Pondering Bill Keller’s ‘Middle’

Nobody loves centrism, writes Bill Keller in the New York Times (4/16/12), but they should. “Centrism is easily mocked and not much fun to defend,” writes, noting that critiques of centrism from the left and right have a certain appeal: The politics of the center–including the professional centrists and trans-partisans of groups like Third Way and Americans Elect–do not quicken the pulse. White bread, elevator music, No Labels, meh. So what’s to love about white bread? Winning. Elections are, Keller writes, usually decided by voters who are not wedded to either party, who don’t stay in any ideological lane. These […]