We have a crisis in which the right is making insane demands,
while the president and Democrats in Congress are bending over
backward to be accommodating — offering plans that are all
spending cuts and no taxes, plans that are far to the right of
So what do most news reports say? They portray it as a situation
in which both sides are equally partisan, equally intransigent —
because news reports always do that. And we have influential
pundits calling out for a new centrist party, a new centrist
president, to get us away from the evils of partisanship.
The reality, of course, is that we already have a centrist
president — actually a moderate conservative president.