October 16, 2012

THE RIGHT HAS NOWHERE TO GO:

Moderate Mitt's Rise and Conservatives' Cognitive Dissonance (John Avlon, Oct 16, 2012, Daily Beast)

It's a conundrum for conservatives--Mitt Romney couldn't get traction while he was playing to the base with his vice-presidential selection or his convention speech.  But once he broke out the big Etch A Sketch in his first debate against President Obama, Mitt started soaring in the polls.

Of course, the reaction is not really a mystery--it's a tried-and-true lesson of American politics: a more centrist candidate moves swing voters into his column, while a more extreme candidate alienates them. Mitt's gains among moderates, the middle class, and women voters since the first debate are a direct result of this self-conscious re-centering of his presidential campaign.

Republicans are the grown up party, which is why we always nominate moderates instead of ideologues.  The governors win.  The Senators, whose records can call their moderation into doubt, lose.

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