Cory Leonard

Where Did You Go Moderate Voter?

In politics on February 28, 2012 at 6:42 am

As Bob Schieffer said to Rudy Giulani, “Are there moderate Republicans out there anymore?”  Moderates are in decline in the US House of Representatives and among Republican voters, as well. Mitt Romney’s father, Governor George Romney was a key player in efforts to strengthen moderate party members. Why?  A new book by Geoffrey Kabaservice shows the critical role they played:

Romney wrote a lengthy reply to Goldwater, warning against European-style polarization. “Dogmatic ideological parties tend to splinter the political and social fabric of a nation,” Romney wrote. Worse, he added, political parties with fixed ideological programs “lead to governmental crises and deadlocks, and stymie the compromises so often necessary to preserve freedom and achieve progress.”

Romney’s words seem particularly prescient today, as polarized politics have caused the U.S. government to seize up. But what would the elder Romney, who died in 1995, have made of his own son’s embrace of a more orthodox conservatism — the very kind of politics the elder Romney feared would damage the country?

via The Missing Middle in American Politics | Foreign Affairs.

Catch an excerpt in Bloomberg Businessweek and a review in TNR that reminds us how Republicans “had a better record on civil rights than Democrats” and other intriguing tidbits.


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