Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Not my favorite, but

Click here: FOXNews.com - Moderate GOP Candidate Chafee Wins Rhode Island Primary - Voting | Vote | 2006 Elections

Sen. Chafee is not my favorite.

It is said that "there is no center" remaining in American politics.

By definition that is wrong. Arrayed along a spectrum, there is always a center.

As Richard M. Scammon and I wrote in The Real Majority in 1970, the real swing vote in American legislatures is in the the middle. More than 35 years later --- astonishingly --- TRM is still cited with approval. Joe Klein's new book did so three times ( !)

The Middle Legislator casts the vote that makes a majority.

He/she is very important.

Ben


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