People view centrists as a calm, mediating force between liberals and conservatives, but according to a Reuters article, even centrists have their own self-interests.
Where, panel after panel will ask, are the wise moderates, able to seek compromise and rise above partisanship in pursuit of the public good? America’s biggest problems, and its inability to tackle them head-on, will usually be cited as the consequence of this lack of a sensible middle.
Whether they realize it or not, these sensible centrists are guided by their own self-interests, too. It just so happens that deficits are dangerous for them — they could bring higher taxes — while the jobs deficit has little impact on them or their families.
As a centrist, I take offense to this article. Being a centrist doesn't mean you're in the middle on every single issue. It just means you look at every issue individually, and decide based on common sense rather than ideology. Sometimes you agree with Republicans, sometimes you agree with Democrats, and sometimes you think they're both insane. I mean, it's not even possible to be in the middle on every issue. Have you ever tried aborting half a baby? Trust me, it’s not easy. It starts crying, then you have to either stop the operation or snuff the thing out completely. Then the parents get pissed, cause you promised them a half-abortion, and you couldn’t deliver, and they’re like “I want my money back!” and you’re like “Read the sign, no refunds!” It’s a bad scene, man. That’s why us centrists got out of the half-baby abortion game a long time ago. Leave that mess to the Democrats.