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Don't call me moderate, I'm a centrist
CNN ^ | July 28 | Mark Preston

Posted on 07/29/2006 7:13:13 PM PDT by darkangel82

Don't call me moderate, I'm a centrist By Mark Preston

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A word of advice if you speak to leaders of the Republican Main Street Partnership. Do not use the word moderate when talking about the organization's politics.

Members prefer being described as centrists, because the moderate tag conjures up thoughts of abortion and gay rights. And Main Street does not take a position on either of these issues.

Instead, the group of over 60 governors, representatives and senators advocates reducing the deficit, cutting taxes, focusing on education as well as environmentally friendly measures. The organization released its "Promise for America" agenda yesterday.

The battle of ideas within the Republican Party has not always been easy for Main Street members, who sometimes find themselves at odds with their own leadership. The latest disagreement was over President Bush's veto of stem cell legislation.

Rep. Tom Davis (R-Virginia), who serves as president of the organization, called it "a bad issue to make your first veto" in a recent meeting with a small group of political reporters. But Davis, a former National Republican Congressional Committee chairman, was very careful not to criticize Bush or Congressional Republican leaders, who are now pushing socially conservative measures under the "American Values Agenda," banner.

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


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: defendingmainst; mainstpartnership; mainstreet; rinos; rmsp; stevelatourette

1 posted on 07/29/2006 7:13:16 PM PDT by darkangel82
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To: darkangel82

Also known as losers.


2 posted on 07/29/2006 7:19:56 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: darkangel82

rmsp keyword bump


3 posted on 07/29/2006 7:27:19 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ......Help the "Pendleton 8' and families -- http://www.freerepublic.com/~normsrevenge/)
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To: GeronL

I call them wussies.


4 posted on 07/29/2006 7:48:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: darkangel82
"Don't call me a moderate, I'm a centrist"

Don't you just love semantics!! I don't know the difference between moderate and centrist or Liberal and Progressive.

The funniest thing is that they makeup new terms and definitions every election and expect us stupid little people to not get it.

As Ma ha Rushie say "A tiger is a tiger, a liberal is a liberal." No matter what new words or definitions they decide to this year.
5 posted on 07/29/2006 7:48:57 PM PDT by Anti-Christ is Hillary (If Moreen Dowd can call herself a journalist than so can I.)
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To: darkangel82

No position is a position, at least on many issues. Abortion for example. I'm sure they take a position on murder, so why not abortion? No position on gay marriage means you want to wait until the judges legalize it. Why wait? They already have in Massachusetts and Vermont -- Hawaii too, and elsewhere, only the people were able to counter the move, unlike in Massachusetts and Vermont.


6 posted on 07/29/2006 8:01:58 PM PDT by The Ghost of FReepers Past (Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light..... Isaiah 5:20)
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To: darkangel82

Isn’t interesting that when the CNN writer (Mark Preston) seems to be about to make his point he changes the topic to “minimum wage?” The issue here is whether or not the common tax payer, being for or against, will have to pay for stem cell experiments, or pay for abortions, or pay for farmers to not grow crops, or pay for derelicts rehabilitation, or pay for illegal immigrants housing, health care, education, food, etc..

So what is the difference between a centrist and a moderate? Nothing… these are politicians who are waiting for the next poll to see what they should say next. They have no convictions, no values, no beliefs, and no morals.

The current congress shames us all. We elected them – so shame on all of us. The buzz now is that the democrats will make gains this year. I don’t think so, but if they do, thank your local centrist politician (or moderate politician).


7 posted on 07/29/2006 8:15:57 PM PDT by Dale 1
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past
Re: No position is a position

I agree.

Allowing others in society to decide your core values, who you are, and what you stand for is intellectually dishonest and emotionally immature.

When asked what you think, you shouldn't have to respond "I haven't watched Katie Couric, Chris Mathews or, Wolf Blitzer yet."

"I'll tell you after the daily show" doesn't cut it.

8 posted on 07/29/2006 8:25:10 PM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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To: ChadGore

Rush (the band) put it best, "If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."


9 posted on 07/29/2006 8:26:39 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: darkangel82
Sarah Chamberlain Resnick, executive director of Main Street, contends the Club is being dishonest in saying it only targets people it disagrees with on economic matters. In fact, she claims it specifically goes after lawmakers it doesn't consider conservative enough on social issues.

Club for Growth goes after socially conservative candidates because they know they are not only right on social issues but usually right on the rest of the issues as well.
10 posted on 07/29/2006 8:27:23 PM PDT by Delphinium
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To: dfwgator

"I will choose freewill"


11 posted on 07/29/2006 8:27:56 PM PDT by ChadGore (VISUALIZE 62,041,268 Bush fans. We Vote.)
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To: darkangel82
"I'm not an alcoholic, I'm a Chivas Regal connisseur."

--Ted Kennedy

12 posted on 07/29/2006 8:28:21 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (FR's token San Francisco Giants fan)
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To: The Ghost of FReepers Past

VT, HI and CT all have gay unions, signed into law by 'moderate Republicans' like these.


13 posted on 07/29/2006 8:28:27 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: darkangel82

Changing a word doesn't mean squat. Actions speak louder.


14 posted on 07/29/2006 8:31:38 PM PDT by vpintheak (All other ground is sinking sand.)
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To: darkangel82

just call them RINOS.


15 posted on 07/29/2006 8:33:12 PM PDT by balch3
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To: darkangel82

The ORGANIZATION may not take a position on abortion or embryonic stem cell research, but I'd bet a dollar to a donut you won't find many people who have conservative leanings on those issues in the group.


16 posted on 07/29/2006 8:37:07 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: balch3

That's what I call them.


17 posted on 07/29/2006 8:37:54 PM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: darkangel82

"Centrist" or "Moderate", both remind me of the old "street and trail" motorcycles. They beat walking, but can't do anything worth a dang.


18 posted on 07/29/2006 8:49:45 PM PDT by 308MBR ( "She pulled up her petticoat, and I pulled out for Tulsa!" Abstinence training from Bob Wills.)
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To: darkangel82
Centrist=Center of the road.

What do you find in the center of the road?

Yellow stripes, and dead skunks!

19 posted on 07/29/2006 9:24:56 PM PDT by c-b 1 (Reporting from behind enemy lines, in occupied AZTLAN.)
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To: darkangel82
reducing the deficit, cutting taxes, focusing on education as well as environmentally friendly measures.

Neutral on social issues, obviously.

The latest disagreement was over President Bush's veto of stem cell legislation.

Or not.

What a frickin joke these liberals are.

20 posted on 07/29/2006 9:36:11 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (I ha' da Steve Nash DO befo' Steve Nash DID)
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To: darkangel82

Actually, I believe Rush has destroyed the term "moderate" as just a cover for the same ol' liberal ....


21 posted on 07/29/2006 9:56:19 PM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Jabba the Hutt's bigger, meaner, uglier brother.)
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To: darkangel82
When the spin is more important than the message, it's a sure sign the message is wrong.
22 posted on 07/29/2006 11:38:32 PM PDT by Question_Assumptions
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To: darkangel82

"And Davis said if the GOP wants to maintain control of Congress this year and the White House after 2008, it needs to embrace a big tent philosophy.

"If you want to be a national party, be competitive in all regions, you need to be tolerant," Davis said."

I totally agree with this. The rep party must be big tent, or it will have no tent. National elections will increasingly be won by those who appeal to many, not try to exclude the many.


23 posted on 07/30/2006 5:17:16 AM PDT by tkathy (Einstein: Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.)
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To: darkangel82
...the group of over 60 governors, representatives and senators advocates .... environmentally friendly measures.

Oh Goody. You're against peeing in the swimming pool. That'll get ya a lot of votes.

~~ spineless wussy mocking OFF ~~

24 posted on 07/30/2006 5:40:32 AM PDT by Condor51 (Better to fight for something than live for nothing - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: darkangel82
RINOs. They're as conservative as.... when they aren't serving as Trojan Horses for the Democrats.

(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em Down Hezbullies.)

25 posted on 07/30/2006 5:42:07 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: darkangel82

Those who straddle fence soon lose balls.


26 posted on 07/30/2006 5:46:21 AM PDT by auboy
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To: darkangel82
Don't call me moderate, I'm a centrist

Are you sure about that?

27 posted on 07/30/2006 5:47:00 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: darkangel82

"Don't call us ANYthing! We have no opinions - no, wait, we MIGHT have opinions! Yes, we DEFINITELY MIGHT have some opinions! We just don't want to look wishy-washy - or maybe wishy-washy is what we should go for! Oh - we don't know!!!"


28 posted on 07/30/2006 6:52:56 AM PDT by AmericanChef
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To: darkangel82

MUGWUMPS


29 posted on 07/30/2006 6:55:59 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Crazier than a rattlesnake at a Thai wedding)
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To: Raycpa

They aren't sure, that's why they call themselves "moderates."


30 posted on 07/30/2006 8:56:13 AM PDT by darkangel82 (Higher visibility leads to greater zottability.)
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To: darkangel82

Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.


31 posted on 07/30/2006 12:54:04 PM PDT by Waywardson (Carry on! Nothing equals the splendor!)
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To: ChadGore

"I will choose freewill"




"And the men who hold high places, must be the ones to start."


32 posted on 07/30/2006 12:57:37 PM PDT by Waywardson (Carry on! Nothing equals the splendor!)
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To: dfwgator

I call them cheap liberals.


33 posted on 07/30/2006 1:02:56 PM PDT by Badray (CFR my ass. There's not too much money in politics. There's too much money in government hands.)
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To: Badray

They aren't cheap, they cost us all a lot of money.


34 posted on 07/30/2006 7:06:14 PM PDT by smokeyb
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To: darkangel82

Roadkill.


35 posted on 07/30/2006 7:15:18 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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