Thursday, December 24, 2009

Great moments in the history of centrism Pt. III

From William M. Daley, chairman of Al Gore’s presidential campaign and brother of current Chicago mayor, Richard M. Daley:

The announcement by Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith that he is switching to the Republican Party is just the latest warning sign that the Democratic Party -- my lifelong political home -- has a critical decision to make: Either we plot a more moderate, centrist course or risk electoral disaster not just in the upcoming midterms but in many elections to come.

Just wondering what all that talk was about the Republicans being run into the ground by the "extremists"?

In his op-ed piece for the WaPo, Daley goes on to explain what we’ve been preaching all along: that recent Democrat victories in ’06 and ’08 weren’t a result of leaning left but rather capturing the center-right ground that the Republicans, drunk with power, had abandoned during the Bush years.

In a glorious re-enactment of history, the Democrats stand poised to repeat the same mistakes of the Republicans but with even more monumental displays of spending, statism and craven pork-barrel politics that Americans clearly don’t want.

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