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Dems Need to 'Reject Siren Calls of the Left'

And embrace a more centrist perspective: 'NYT' op-ed

(Newser) - "Reject the siren calls of the left" is the advice Mark Penn and Andrew Stein offer for the Democratic Party in a New York Times op-ed. The two make a case for why Democrats have to move back to the centrist position advocated by President Bill Clinton in the... More »

We Need a Center-Right Party

Republicans have to adapt, for everyone's sake

(Newser) - Democrats didn't win this election: Republicans lost it, mostly because of demography. "A coalition of aging white men is a recipe for failure in a nation that increasingly looks like a rainbow," observes Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times . But nobody should cheer the ongoing decline... More »

As Romney Seeks Center, Ryan Sidelined

His new message: Wisconsin's a lot like Ohio

(Newser) - With Mitt Romney trying to win over swing voters, his conservative running mate has taken a diminished public role in the campaign. In speeches, Paul Ryan is sticking to the Romney message rather than touting his own record on matters like the budget and Medicare, the Los Angeles Times reports.... More »

Paul Ryan a Centrist? Pure Myth

Paul Krugman: Obama is the real moderate

(Newser) - Paul Krugman has already declared the Paul Ryan budget worse than pink slime. Now he's wondering why folks are calling Ryan some kind of centrist when his budget would deny health care to millions, cut taxes on the rich, and do little to fix the deficit. The trouble is... More »

NRA Refuses White House Meeting on Gun Rules

Democrats are out to kill Second Amendment, says group

(Newser) - The Obama administration is trying to bring together both sides in the debate over gun control for a series of meetings, but the NRA sees it as a waste of time. “Why should I or the NRA go sit down with a group of people that have spent a... More »

Obama's SOTU: Go Centrist, or Go Home

Both sides are right in economy debate, says Fareed Zakaria

(Newser) - President Obama’s recent move the center has been a political boon, but in his State of the Union address he needs to redefine that center, laying out "a genuinely bipartisan pro-growth strategy ... that is not just good politics but good policy," writes Fareed Zakaria for the Washington ... More »

3 Things Obama Should Say in State of the Union

Peggy Noonan: For starters, call for a ban on ammunition clips

(Newser) - President Obama’s on a winning streak, and he has a chance to continue it with next week's State of the Union. To do so, he needs to offer “surprising, shrewd, centrist and good policy,” writes Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal . Here’s how:
  • Guns:
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Whine All You Want: Obama Gets It Done

He's no Michael Moore—he's a pragmatist, and he keeps scoring

(Newser) - Frank Rich and Paul Krugman can rail all they want, fueled by their disappointment that President Obama is no “Michael Moore in chief.” These “brilliant men" are “profoundly resistant to the core rationale of the Obama presidency"—a strategy that’s working well as Obama... More »

How Obama Can Win Again

David Brooks offers a four-step plan to win over the center

(Newser) - The president is set for a bruising on Tuesday, but he can come back, writes David Brooks in the New York Times . Here’s how: first, “win back independents,” who have swung Republican lately. Second, he must “redefine himself” as “a traditionalist on social matters and... More »

The Center Gets Shafted, the 'Base' Rules

DC stuck in neutral because no one 'governs from the center'

(Newser) - The US itself isn’t becoming more “polarized”—proportions of conservatives, moderates, and liberals remain at about 1992 levels—but policymaking is. Why? Robert Samuelson outlines four reasons for RealClearPolitics :
  1. Politicians are leaning more on “activist ‘bases’” for votes and cash ... which often results in
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From Rockies, Dems Can See Their Future

Party can mine the West's demographic, ideological shifts

(Newser) - The past few years have shown a surprising trend toward a Democratic preference in the Mountain West, but that doesn’t mean voters are embracing the party line, Ryan Lizza writes in the New Yorker. Governors like Colorado’s Bill Ritter—who gained office on a coalition more of new... More »

Rove Legacy Tails McCain's New Top Dog

Schmidt takes the reins

(Newser) - Steve Schmidt is the new captain of the McCain campaign ship, which an ex-operative compares to the "Pirates of the Caribbean." Known as a taskmasker and carrying the seemingly oxymoronic reputation of a moderate Karl Rove protégé, Steve Schmidt isn't showing his hand just yet. The New ... More »

Dem Primaries: A Referendum on Clintonism

Bill's legacy, deeper than memory tells, will decide the nominee

(Newser) - The Democratic presidential primary contest will be “a judgment on the ‘90s,” writes the New York Times’ Matt Bai: The left is deeply conflicted about Bill Clinton and his "third way," and Hillary's “fortunes are bound up with his,” Bai says. "They... More »

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