From Pine View Farm

Hole in the Center 3

The Booman savages the pundits who claim that me need a new “centrist” party. (Someone, I think Atrios, once defined “centrism” as a position that agrees with that of the pundit advocating it).

A nugget:

The problem with our politics is not that our government isn’t run by some middle of the road consensus between Ben Nelson and Olympia Snowe or Joe Lieberman and John McCain or Lincoln Chafee and Arlen Specter. Our problem is that we have one party that wants to govern but isn’t allowed to, and another party that thinks Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, and Rick Perry have something meaningful to say. If you honestly think that the Democratic Party is too beholden to the left, you know nothing about politics, here or globally. And if you think the Republican Party, as it exists right now, is capable of responsible governance, then you’re the type of fool who buys swampland off the internet or answers those emails from Nigerian princes.



  1. George

    May 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Americans Elect gathered signatures outside my supermarket. I wouldn’t sign. Today Bill Bradley, another ‘centrist’ is peddling his idiot book saying what’s wrong with Washington is gerrymandering and money, while completely omitting that one party is completely nuts and responsible for halting everything as a consequence. Then he mentions Americans Elect but is forced to concede that absolutely no one was interested in them except Tom Friedman, Dylan Ratigan and a few other swells they could stroke. That Buddy Roemer was the best they could come up with was laughable. 

  2. Frank

    May 17, 2012 at 8:06 am

    As I thought about your comment, I realized that it is about manners.  

    The professional centrists dislike the lack of manners and have concluded that restoring manners will fix the polity, when, in fact, fixing the polity will restore the manners.

  3. George

    May 17, 2012 at 10:58 am

    What they really want, too, is an old-school Republican, ergo Roemer. But no old school Republican of consequence would join up because they know the current GOP would ruin them permanently for being their Ralph Nader. And they were way too sold on how they were innovating by allowing people to “click” their way to a candidate. The numbers published by the LA Times yesterday on how many people actually clicked through for candidates as opposed to those who just visited the site were humiliating. Their social media selection was aimed at an older audience that doesn’t even care for it and the kids who do would never have been interested in their old stodge dressed up as new.