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The Danger of Moderation

© Matt Bors

Is it really true that if you don’t play to your “base” (the most extreme elements of your supporters) that you can’t make anyone happy? Is there no place for moderates in American politics?



  1. Mike wrote:

    I have been thinking this too. One side is going to be pissed off no matter what you do, so make your base happy. Now I see where Rove was coming from.

    Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Permalink
  2. Jonah wrote:

    Thats a very interesting cartoon which perhaps exposes Obama’s weakness which is that he appears to be thinking that there is a middle ground to everything. In the end what matters is the end result. If his moderate approach results in success then he will win over left and right wingers as well as the moderates.

    Wednesday, December 23, 2009 at 3:40 pm | Permalink
  3. Chris wrote:

    Moderation is certainly underrated, but some problems just can’t be fixed with moderate solutions. Since that usually means a compromise between two differing solutions, neither solution is actually tried. (What’s the average of an apple and a banana?)

    But of course, in our system, the options are usually not so far apart. We didn’t just have a debate between single-payer health care and the current capitalist system. It was a compromise between two basically pro-business solutions – single-payer was never even on the table. And as for the public option, someone leaked the fact that Obama would sacrifice it early in the game. (And the leaker was Obama!).

    I think the cartoon is pretty spot on.

    Thursday, December 24, 2009 at 11:48 am | Permalink