“It takes a lot of spine to be a centrist in America today. You get whacked from the left and whacked from the right. That’s my life. I get whacked"--Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, in my new column
We need more radical centrists like Raimondo.
“It takes a lot of spine to be a centrist in America today. You get whacked from the left and whacked from the right. That’s my life. I get whacked.” Sounds familiar.
Frank Bruni has found a centrist moderate Democrat. That's what is needed if the Democrats want to win in 2020. The party's left-wing will be its death knell
”The media attention to full-throttle progressives among newly elected House D’s is disproportionate to their #’s....Their more moderate peers are the ones who wrested seats from R’s in districts that...aren’t deep red or emphatically blue.”
I like Gina Raimondo, but Rhode Island's politics are so odd I think it's impossible to draw national lessons from there. In particular, while she is a moderate, the RI Dem party has lots of prominent pols to her *right*, including the state house speaker.
"I did it. I found a significantly accomplished, defensibly qualified Democratic officeholder who isn’t flirting with—and hasn’t fantasized about—a presidential run" |
“It takes a lot of spine to be a centrist in America today. You get whacked from the left and whacked from the right. That’s my life. I get whacked.” (Via ⁦⁩)
. found an accomplished, qualified Democratic officeholder who actually hasn't flirted with a 2020 presidential run. And she's worth listening to.
“So many Democrats just assume we’re going to win,” she said. “They underestimate how hard it’s going to be.” Would be good if more Dems were like Gina Raimondo.
This column is absolutely astonishing. The whole thing is about how Raimondo is a "moderate," but I challenge you, reader, to tell me, after reading, what "moderate" means. She ... says nice things about business? is that really it?
Moderate Dems are being under-covered, but 2 recent good examples show how electability may play into 2020 & how big think lefty proposals will run into trouble with other Dems in 2021 before they even have a chance to win over Reps
Gov. Raimondo “had ample support in the end. It just didn’t show up on Twitter, where an overwhelming majority of Americans still spend no time at all.”
Raimondo 2020! I look forward to framing my 2017 column saying she should run
The Loneliness of the Moderate Democrat
The Loneliness of the Moderate Democrat via Great article ⁦
Blue, red, or indep... political rage may get likes on social, but these days centrism & effective governance are in short supply. Proud of my friend & former VC partner ⁦⁩ - NYT - The Loneliness of the Moderate Democrat
Frank Bruni writes about " The Loneliness of the Moderate Democrat ‘It takes a lot of spine to be a centrist in America today.’" Certainly does not reflect the history of the party.
The Loneliness of the Moderate Democrat > I imagine similar problems for moderate Republicans.
column generalises: The Loneliness of the Moderate Democrat: “It takes a lot of spine to be a centrist in America/Britain today. You get whacked from the left and whacked from the right”