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Obama Centrist

Scholar: Obama Would Have Been 'A Moderate Republican'

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 02.01.2013 | Politics

MIT professor and widely renowned scholar Noam Chomsky said on Thursday that President Barack Obama is "basically what would have been called several ...

Pass the Blame, Pass the Center, Head for the Truth

Carol Smaldino | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

Maybe part of the issue is our own complicity by getting depressed rather than angry.

Draft Moderate Manifesto Part 1

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

In election after election, the same opportunity remains unrealized -- the possibility that either extreme could unite with the center to exclude the most extreme policies of the other.

Centrism Wins! Media Marvel at Obama's Move to the Right

Peter Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Hart

There is little evidence that Obama's current approval ratings have anything to do with a rightward shift, and the entire conversation rests on the premise that Obama was governing from the left in the first place.

Fatal Triangles

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

President Obama is now Mr. Reasonable Centrist -- except that in substance there is no reasonable center to be had. Just how far right do we have to go for Republicans to cut any kind of deal?

Redefining "the Center" to "the New True Center"

Norman Goldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Norman Goldman

To democrats, "the center" means being the same as corporatist Republicans: explicit, actual Republicans, but just slightly less so. This is not "the center;" this is mimicry.

Yes We Can Win in 2012

Ed Koch | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Ed Koch

Will the Democratic Party learn from the drubbing and loss of one House? Probably not, but hope springs eternal. Maybe Democrats will take a hint and begin moving to a moderate left position.

A Note to the President

Jim Neal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Neal

There is a silver lining for the president. The heat's off. It's now the Republicans' economy to fix and it's the Republicans' responsibility to create jobs and stimulate economic growth.

The Blame Game

Adam Neiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Neiman

I don't blame the "professional left" or Robert Gibbs or Obama or even Rahm Emmanuel. I blame me. I was one of the last pragmatic progressives that swung from Hillary to Obama.

My Private Obama

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

History has seldom delivered a more graphic, teachable crisis than the one that Obama inherited. Although we voted our hopes that events could compel Obama to govern as a progressive, we are still waiting, and we are a cheap date.

Obama Seen As Firmly Positioned In 'Radical Center'

Bloomberg | Al Hunt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Barack Obama sees an irony in his relations with the U.S. business community. "On the left, we are perceived as being in the pockets of big ...

A Tale of Two Obamas

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

This president, who could have been such an insurgent at a moment demanding insurgency, has been so utterly captured by the Wall Street elite, the health insurance industry elite, and the military elite.

Mark Another Coup for David Axelrod

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard M. Benjamin

Why do economic and racial segregation still dog us in 2009 -- the forty-fifth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act -- and what, if anything, can be done?

Sonia, Who? Way Outta Center-Left Field

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard M. Benjamin

President Obama has chosen one tough, intellectually dazzling, judicially seasoned woman as his Supreme Court pick.


Bernard Rowan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bernard Rowan

It's time to bring in a new generation of leaders to the White House, not just a new version of the same.

Jason Linkins

This Day In 'Center-Right' Schizophrenia | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Right-tilting pundits have fallen all over themselves to insist that the U.S. remains some sort of "center-right" nation -- this despite the fact that positions they once advertised as "extreme" are now, quite clearly, embraced fully.

Why is Obama Losing?

Rabbi Michael Lerner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rabbi Michael Lerner

Senator Obama is now trailing Senator McCain in many national polls. In fact, his national popularity has been falling ever since he received the nomi...

Oh, Yes She Can

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

Obama's early supporters voted for him specifically because he said that he wasn't the type of person that he has now revealed himself to be.

Why the Left Doesn't "Get" Obama

Peter Clothier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Clothier

Flexibility and openness is Obama's way forward, and it's the kind of politics he has been championing from the beginning -- the kind of politics, let's remember, that had us all chanting, "Yes, we can!"

Obama and My Achy Breaky Heart

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

Obama seems to be testing the waters, seeing what will work for him in order to gain more independent voters while still keeping his core beliefs intact; there's some fudging, but not yet any flip-flopping.

Obama Must Be Doing Something Right: He's Got The Fundamentalists of the Left and Right Upset

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Obama's America is not about ideological vindication. Obama is not about progressive Americans "winning" or centrists winning. Obama is about American winning.

Senator Obama in The Summer of Awful

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Choosing to support Obama has never been about issues. Rather, it's always been about electing a president we can reference with pride -- a president who won't flatly embarrass us everyday, who can inspire and negotiate the necessary support he'll need to roll back the darkness of the Bush years.

On Fellow Disgruntled Shareholders of Obama's Campaign

Max and the Marginalized | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max and the Marginalized

In a quest to impress the three people who drive lifted trucks who might vote Democratic, Obama will inevitably end up looking as ridiculous as he should look trying to achieve that end.

I'll Pass On The Rubber Glove

R.T. Eby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
R.T. Eby

I understand Barack Obama's stance on FISA. But when I look at his defense of the position, I imagine the men behind him, including an adviser wearing a rubber glove who has been probing the electorate.

Jason Furman And Barack Obama

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mayhill Fowler

Furman as chief economic adviser tells us little about Obama economics but much about Obama. Furman is young and smart and he actually told the press that "Bush has had some bad luck with the economy."