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Kathleen Parker: America is neither left nor right but centrist
The Washington Post ^ | March 21 2010 | Kathleen Parker

Posted on 03/23/2010 9:27:32 AM PDT by EveningStar

...Independents -- neither right nor left but smack dab in the broad middle -- today constitute 42 percent of the electorate, according to a recent CBS/New York Times poll...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: centrist; kathleenparker; polls
Different polls can show different results. Or in the words of the wildly overused saying, "Your milage may vary."
1 posted on 03/23/2010 9:27:32 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

If you put one foot in scalding water and one foot in freezing water, on average you are comfortable.


2 posted on 03/23/2010 9:28:40 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: EveningStar

Parker is an idiot. After all, she had a thing for 0bama, didn’t she?


3 posted on 03/23/2010 9:29:18 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: All

She also says, “We’re a vast middle, slightly right-of-center nation.”


4 posted on 03/23/2010 9:31:41 AM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar
There's no middle, and I doubt there ever was. There is only the single-member district and the mathematical laws that drive folks to one pole or the other ~ or leave them in the lurch as "a fringe".

Today's "fringe" might well be larger than usual ~ Ms. Parker is not part of it though. Her inclinations are actually with the Democrats.

5 posted on 03/23/2010 9:32:03 AM PDT by muawiyah ("Git Out The Way")
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To: EveningStar
Independents — neither right nor left but smack dab in the broad middle — today constitute 42 percent of the electorate, according to a recent CBS/New York Times poll

Only thing is, Kathleen dear, independents have voted for the Republican candidates by over a 2:1 margin, in the recent state wide polls in NJ, VA and MA, all states that 0bozo won by huge majorities just a year ago.

6 posted on 03/23/2010 9:34:58 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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To: EveningStar

What is wrong with this broad?


7 posted on 03/23/2010 9:37:22 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: ConservativeMind
I heard her speak one time and was quite puzzled as to why conservatives would bother reading any of her columns.

I have got a suspicion that Kathleen, who emerged on the conservative scene before Palin did, is quite miffed at the fact that she is no longer the media darling she started out to be. Therefore, she has to put down her rival.

Sarah is more true to real conservative beliefs. Kathleen Parker likes the spotlight.

8 posted on 03/23/2010 9:39:13 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: EveningStar
...Independents -- neither right nor left but smack dab in the broad middle -- today constitute 42 percent of the electorate, according to a recent CBS/New York Times poll...

Conservatives make up 40 percent of the electorate - a lot of conservatives no longer self-identify with the GOP - Parker would know that if she didn't have her own RINO agenda.

9 posted on 03/23/2010 9:39:21 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: EveningStar

And what exactly does a “centrist” believe in?

These are the Oprah-watchers. They don’t know what they believe in.

And frankly, I don’t care what you believe in, if you believe in the constitution. And if you don’t, then I really don’t care. You’re the problem.


10 posted on 03/23/2010 9:39:42 AM PDT by marron
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To: EveningStar

Why do we keep posting this woman’s stories? She is a RINO who sold her soul supporting Obama and criticizing Palin. Nothing she writes is worth reading or commenting upon.


11 posted on 03/23/2010 9:40:00 AM PDT by kabar
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To: EveningStar

Kathleen Parker, CBS and NYT.
Enough said.


12 posted on 03/23/2010 9:42:49 AM PDT by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: EveningStar

Kathleen, you ignorant slut (I remember your adoration of Obama during the 2008 election). When party labels are removed and people are quizzed on their beliefs on policy issues, the majority are conservative. It is only when you start applying party labels and the social stigmas attached to them that you see people identifying themselves as being more “moderate” and “independent”.


13 posted on 03/23/2010 9:47:22 AM PDT by kevkrom (Hey, IRS: can I simply "deem" my taxes paid instead of paying them?)
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To: EveningStar
Since there is no objective standard about what is left, right or center, of course people are in the center. That statement is a statistical tautology. The average Arab is in the center of Arab opinion and the average Christian is in the center of Christian opinion and the average felon is in the center of felon opinion.

But still, to the extent we can figure any of this out, the majority of people seem to be fiscally conservative and mildly liberal on social issues when compared to the conventional sense of what is liberal and conservative at this moment in history.

14 posted on 03/23/2010 9:48:15 AM PDT by freedom_forge (http://libertyphysics.wordpress.com/)
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To: marron
And frankly, I don’t care what you believe in, if you believe in the constitution. And if you don’t, then I really don’t care. You’re the problem.

Agreed!

15 posted on 03/23/2010 9:50:43 AM PDT by freedom_forge (http://libertyphysics.wordpress.com/)
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To: ConservativeMind
she had a thing for 0bama, didn’t she?

IIRC, she (along with several other Beltway type conservaives) did seem quite enamored of Obama.

16 posted on 03/23/2010 9:54:37 AM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar

Why are you so fond of posting and linking to Katty Parker? She’s neither important nor influential.


17 posted on 03/23/2010 10:02:20 AM PDT by Mamzelle (Cameras, cameras--never forget to bring your cameras)
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To: kabar
re: Why do we keep posting this woman’s stories?)))

Maybe her publicist has an account on FR?

18 posted on 03/23/2010 10:04:17 AM PDT by Mamzelle (Cameras, cameras--never forget to bring your cameras)
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To: Slyfox; ConservativeMind
I have got a suspicion that Kathleen, who emerged on the conservative scene before Palin did, is quite miffed at the fact that she is no longer the media darling she started out to be. Therefore, she has to put down her rival.

She's definitely not a fan, that's for sure. And it goes back to when Palin was picked for VP.

19 posted on 03/23/2010 10:04:36 AM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar; Jim Robinson; ConjunctionJunction; Al B.; SolidWood; Leisler; greyfoxx39; ...
From the hyperbiased and hyperpartisan article:

Ms. Parker: ”Centrists -- who may be broadly defined as fiscally
conservative, socially libertarian-ish -- have been relatively quiet as "patriots" have made
threats, building armies of "hunters" to bring down RINOs (Republicans in Name Only)
and DINOs (Democrats in Name Only) or creating online "leper colonies" to post the
names of those who, for example, dared speak out against Sarah Palin. The latter was the
creation of Erick Erickson, founder of RedState.com, recently hired as a CNN
commentator and famous for calling retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter a
"goat-[expletive] child molester," among other similarly trenchant observations.”


Benedict Willard Romney:
”What starts twisted, ends twisted.”


Late in October, The American Spectator's The Prowler revealed:
"Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers…
have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election.
'Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,'
says one former Romney aide…
'The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney.
"Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a 'diva' and was going off message intentionally."


The Palmetto Scoop reported: "One of the first stories to hit the national airwaves was
the claim of a major internal strife between close McCain aides and the folks handling his running mate Sarah Palin."
"I'm told by very good sources that this was indeed the case and that a rift had developed, but it was between Palin's people and the staffers brought on from the failed presidential campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney, not McCain aides."
"The sources said nearly 80 percent of Romney's former staff was absorbed by McCain and these individuals were responsible for what amounts to a premeditated, last-minute sabotage of Palin."
… aides loyal to Romney inside the McCain campaign, said The Scoop, reportedly saw
that Palin would be a serious contender for the Republican nomination in 2012 or 2016, which made her a threat to another presidential quest by Romney.
"These staffers are now out trying to finish her off ….hoping it would ingratiate themselves with Mitt Romney."


Kathleen Parker: "[I]t is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem." "Parker ... says something publicly that many of us have thought privately
but lacked the courage to say out loud - Palin should step down:"

"Kathleen Parker: After Interviews, Palin Should Bow Out"

Kathleen Parker: "Romney would bring more than squeaky clean qualifications
and youthful good looks to the ticket.
Romney would seem a logical choice."


"Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney"

"Someone's got to say it: IS MITT ROMNEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY?"

"Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?"

"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"

"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"



20 posted on 03/23/2010 10:05:11 AM PDT by Diogenesis ("Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." --Thomas Jefferson)
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To: kabar
Why do we keep posting this woman’s stories?

So we can make fun of her. :)

21 posted on 03/23/2010 10:08:25 AM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: Retired Greyhound
What is wrong with this broad?

Her husband was all a'twitter over Sarah Palin after her RNC convention speech. Parker didn't like it. She hasn't been the same since.

True story. :)

22 posted on 03/23/2010 10:08:34 AM PDT by Al B.
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To: EveningStar
Parker is right -- up to a point. Measured at any given point in time, the act of averaging the political positions of all Americans will produce a center. Therefore, America is always a centrist nation.

However, that political center shifts daily, and the center is shifting right nowadays.

23 posted on 03/23/2010 10:08:53 AM PDT by Publius (The prudent man sees the evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished.)
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To: EveningStar

It is a form of masochism to publish her stuff. This is my last comment on this garbage.


24 posted on 03/23/2010 10:09:50 AM PDT by kabar
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To: ConservativeMind

No, she’s got a thing for Romney.


25 posted on 03/23/2010 10:10:52 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: Mamzelle
Why are you so fond of posting and linking to Katty Parker?

I haven't posted an article by her since last year. But she's a good target, so why not post her stuff? :)

26 posted on 03/23/2010 10:11:59 AM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar
Thanks for the Blast from the Past.

Kathleen is not even knowledgeable enough to be a RINO. She is a latecomer with a weak resume who just happened to catch the attention of a few big conservatives.

For her to diss Sarah the way she has is just disgusting.

27 posted on 03/23/2010 10:12:05 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: EveningStar

Count me dead center in American politics.

In other words, I’m dead center in the middle of the principles this republic was founded upon. I’m part of the “we” in “We hold these truths to be self-evident...” and “We the People of the United States of America...”

With the founders, I believe that our rights come from God, not from any man, and that those rights are therefore unalienable. I believe that the purpose of government is to protect the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and private property of ALL persons. I believe the oath of office is to fulfill the stated ultimate purpose of the Constitution, which is to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves AND OUR POSTERITY.”

And no matter what ditch anyone else falls into on either side of the road, that’s where I intend to stay.


28 posted on 03/23/2010 10:13:21 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (TATBO - "Throw All The Bums Out")
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To: EveningStar

America is left and right, and certainly not centrist.


29 posted on 03/23/2010 10:15:33 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Publius
Measured at any given point in time, the act of averaging the political positions of all Americans will produce a center. Therefore, America is always a centrist nation.

However, that political center shifts daily, and the center is shifting right nowadays.

Good points.

30 posted on 03/23/2010 10:22:28 AM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: EveningStar

Kathleen Parker is neither intelligent nor smart — she’s ust a b*#^/!


31 posted on 03/23/2010 10:30:38 AM PDT by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
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To: EveningStar

Kathleen Parker is wrong.


32 posted on 03/23/2010 10:57:25 AM PDT by Recovering_Democrat
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To: ConservativeMind

Kathleen Parker; yet another chi-chi “conservative” who couldn’t hit the water if she fell out of the boat. She’s the reason why we have people like John “You Have Nothing to Fear from a President Obama” McCain still mucking up the works. No spine, too cerebral and not willing to get her hands dirty. Ugh.


33 posted on 03/23/2010 11:01:49 AM PDT by BigKahuna
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To: EveningStar
the further left the left goes, the further left it drags the "center" and the right.

That's how a Scott Brown can get away with calling himself a republican; even a "conservative."

Meanings change when people spend their lives sitting on their asses in front of the television.

34 posted on 03/23/2010 11:15:38 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (let the rich eat the rich.)
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To: EveningStar

Check this witch’s biography out on
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathleen_Parker

to see what kind of “conservative” she isn’t.


35 posted on 03/23/2010 1:16:43 PM PDT by ZULU
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To: EveningStar

There is nothing centerist about the health care takeover.


36 posted on 03/23/2010 6:41:00 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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