In the Arena

The Wages of Moderation

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This week’s print column on the latest, sad–but sort of hopeful–attempt at bipartisanship.

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peter.milley
peter.milley

Why?

Why this fetish for bipartisanship for bipartisanship's sake? Bipartisanship is a means, not an end. Why this pointless elevation of form over substance?

What do you want to do that requires Democrats and Republicans to come together and sing kumbaya? What is your goal that requires turning a system that already has too few parties into an indistiguishable mush that eliminates all voter choice? What, at the end of the day, do you actually stand for?

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

Mann an Ornstein have written that "It's Even Worse than it Looks", Joe. You should read it.

There's no "moderate" ground between sane and crazy. The GOP needs to focus on purging its crazies. The Dems need to be patient. 

Finding "middle ground" at this point in time is premature...

paulejb
paulejb

Another word for middle of the roaders is roadkill, Joe. There are no "moderate" heroes.

fitty_three
fitty_three

Bipartisanship like Bibi vs. Palestinians?

We've been there, and done that, only here, in this country, the Dems had greater relative strength.

shepherdwong
shepherdwong

The Wages of Moderation:

Empowering right-wing radicalism.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

 And then there was the lockstep liberalism of the assorted identity caucuses.

It wouldn't be a Joe Klein article if he didn't punch at least ONE hippie! How DARE women and gays and Hispanics and seniors think that equal treatment isn't a special privilege?!




roknsteve
roknsteve

How can Little Red Riding Hood (bill moderation) get to Grandma's house (Pres. desk) when the woods is full of  Gee-O-Pee Big Bad Wolves?

steveot
steveot

@paulejb Really?? Most successful presidents have been middle of the road. Clinton, Reagan (to an extent). Even Lincoln was moderate for his times.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@PaulDirks 

That's why the GOP keeps reminding us that the civil rights act is an act, and not an amendment.