Skip to comments.Centrism is highly overrated
Posted on 11/12/2006 1:10:32 AM PST by NormsRevenge
There have been a lot of warm and fuzzy self-congratulations since Tuesday's election about how California voters and candidates -- particularly Arnold Schwarzenegger -- have met in the middle of the political spectrum.
The cheery theory is that when the guv and the plucky guys and gals who make up the Legislature return to the front lines in January, they'll all sip cocoa together and make toasts to the wonders of "centrism" and lead the state to new heights.
This theory seems to be based on three things: 1. Schwarzenegger was easily re-elected as governor, even though he's a Reep in a Demo state in a Demo year. 2. He and the Demo-dominated Legislature got some stuff done this year through "bipartisan" cooperation. 3. The aforementioned teamed up to persuade voters to approve a bunch of bonds.
But before we all join hands and sing 10 or 12 verses of "Kumbaya," let's peer a little harder at reality.
Schwarzenegger won big, and he's a Reep. Whoop-de-do. Six of the last 10 California governors have been Republican. ...
Plus, let's face it, Skippy the Wonder Possum could have whupped Phil Angelides.
It's true that through "bipartisan cooperation," the Legislature and governor enacted bills that raise the minimum wage, aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make some prescription drugs cheaper for Californians without medical insurance.
That is if you define "bipartisan cooperation" as the governor cutting deals with Democratic lawmakers. And if you ignore the fact that of the 138 Republican legislative votes that could have been cast for those three bills, exactly six were.
Instead of a true centrist "bipartisan" core, what we had was a governor willing to bend to get re-elected, and a majority of Democrats willing to help him to further their own agendas. ...
(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...
Thanks, I knew that one was coming. ;-)
Evil can be more or less understood. It is the 'man in the middle' whose moral depravity few of seem to understand. It is the 'fence-sitter' who ultimately serves to sanction evil by striving to effect compromise between good and evil.
You don't have to look far to see the consequences of 'moderation'.
Anybody remember that Bible quote about "spitting out that which is neither hot nor cold"?
I believe they are called 'lukewarms' ..
Centerism is not defined as pandering to leftism.
Who are you implying dealt with Satan? Governor Arnie? In 2010, Senator Arnie? Or is it the ilk who loost? I wouldn't say the ilk lost, after all the demonratz had an overwhelming victory. The ilk certainly are disappointed they didn't get enough people to vote against Arnie in order to get their Philthy ilk scum in office, but they'll continue by trying to thwart the governor as he tries to hold the line against a socialist demonrat legislature,
RL 6 in SD?
Losing RL 6 was a sad day for America, don't you think?
My candidates all bucked the trend and won, btw.
I'm glad you had some success with your candidates. I had none. 'Cept for Arnie, of course. There all I have left is the hope that without concern for re-election he can move back to the right.
Good luck with that.
Yeah, thanks pal ;)
And who were those candidates, again?
Skippy could be our first dead swing-voter. Looks like he turned left this time. Suicidal.
Wiegand nails it. We don't have "bipartisanship," we have a Governor who has aligned with democrats. Exactly ZERO Republican legislators voted for his Global Warming bill (AB 32), yet that doesn't stop them from touting it as some kind of Centrist accomplishment. Centrism is a sham, imo.
SF Chronicle, November 9, 2006
But [Assembly Speaker Fabian] Núñez said Wednesday he is convinced that Schwarzenegger has become a true supporter of Democratic goals. "We certainly cannot apologize for the progress that was made, because it was all on our terms," he said. "I think we did a good job in California of turning a Republican governor into a Democratic spokesperson."
really - i wasn't aware of this stunning turn of events in places like Arizona 8 and Utah 3... or was I?
Your ignorance causes you to err. I had nothing to do with those races.
My candidates were all in a state in which we won every single major race. We unified the GOP, stuck to our conservative guns, and now, for the first time since the 1920s, hold every statewide and federal office.
The Dems and their water carriers in the Dem Media made a strong bid, as they did practically everywhere across America, but we completely beat them down and beat them back. No matter how hard they lied, we told the truth harder and better.
Don't let your bias' cloud your vision, PDR.