Thursday, November 10, 2005

Has "The Moment" Arrived?

Centrist Republicans in the House successfully managed to keep ANWR drilling out of the budget reconciliation bill, as I noted last night. The WaPo adds this morning that the group even received "assurances that it would not return after House and Senate negotiators hash out a final measure" (although Ted Stevens will certainly have something to say about that). Sherry Boehlert, fast becoming a leader in the rebellion, said "I want something more than a feel-good press release that will be operable for no more than a few hours," demanding no ANWR provisions in the budget bill all the way through the process.

Other House moderates are planning to vote against the budget bill today because of plans for a $70 billion tax-cut extension bill the House plans to debate next week (which would more than offset the $54 billion ostensibly being cut by this budget). And in the Senate, Senator Olympia Snowe told Bill Frist yesterday she plans to oppose a $60 billion tax-cut extension bill in the Finance Committee - thereby scuttling the measure for the moment.

Snowe's not alone: Senator George Voinovich also announced his opposition to the tax cuts yesterday, saying in part "I do not know how anyone can say with a straight face that when we voted to cut spending last week to help achieve deficit reductions we can now then turn around two weeks later to provide tax cuts that exceed the reduction in spending. That is beyond me, and I am sure the American people."

The Times also covers these important developments today, linking the moderate uprising to Tuesday's election results. They quote Boehlert as saying "There is a clear message from the election results all over the country. The American people, by and large as a body politic, are looking for a more centrist approach."

It's time. No more caving in. No more giving up. Look at what we can do if we centrists stand up and be counted when it really counts. If this be treason, as Patrick Henry said, then let us make the most of it. The American people are hungry for sensible leadership, and if those in the middle will finally offer it, the public will rally to the cause.


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At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I would be in favot of the drilling. I don't believe it would destroy the area. I have lived around oil wells before with no problems and I don't believe that the drilling would always result in environmental destruction.

Having said that, I do believe that it would be to the advantage of the Republican Party to move away from issues such as "Intelligent Design" in schools and the outlawing of abortion, and staying out of state decisions on gay issues. There is no need to pander to a fundamental religious faction within the party. Consider what would happen if the Republicans became "pro choice" or at least just became satisfied with the status quo. Would the religious right run to the Democrats? Not likely.

I consider myself aligned with the Democrats on most social liberty issues (freedom of choice, gay rights, real science in schools) but opposed to the Democrats and with the Republicans on just about every other issue.

The Republicans would gut the Libertarians by backing off of the social issues a little in the national scene and playing those issues on the local state instead.

At 9:41 AM, Blogger Performing Bear said...

I discovered this weblog thanks to the link on Althouse.

Both parties are prisoners of their extreme bases. This is ironic given that the centrist bloc elects the President (and probably every other general election, at least statewide).

What can be done to empower moderates in both parties to win primaries?

I look for the stealth centrist when I decide whom to support in a primary.

Who are the national moderate leaders with presidential ambitions?

Political ideas reach equilibrium in a general election. The efficient market for political ideas?

At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please support the Republican Main Street Partnership and their members who are fighting the fight for all moderate republicans

At 2:37 AM, Blogger Pierre Legrand said...

No drilling in ANWAR is a victory?

Wow...whats next getting us to surrender to show how sensible we are?


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