Friday, November 10, 2006

Governing From The Center

That's the phrase coming out of the mouths of all good Washington pundits right now, that the Democrats must govern from the center.

I have no idea what that means, and nor do they. There was a time when the "political center" had some actual meaning and some genuine relationship to voter preference, but it's now a concept which has been redefined to be equated with the elite consensus. Centrism is sensible, sensible pundits are sensible, so whatever sensible pundits think is correct is the center. Magic!

Still, I'd like to know what they think not "governing from the center" would be like. That is, what specific crazy-ass left wing policies that ultra-liberal Nancy Pelosi is secretly wanting to unleash on the world are they thinking about? I actually have a hard time thinking of any.

The truth is any agenda that the Democrats are likely to work on is entirely mainstream, and this would probably be true even if they had an 80 seat majority in the House and a veto-proof majority in the Senate. Whether or not this mainstream agenda will be judged as "centrist" by the sensible people who make such determinations I have no idea.