I put Middle Earth Journal in hiatus in May of 2008 and moved to Newshoggers.
I temporarily reopened Middle Earth Journal when Newshoggers shut it's doors but I was invited to Participate at The Moderate Voice so Middle Earth Journal is once again in hiatus.

Monday, June 25, 2007

So where are all those centrists?

The out of touch DC pundits like David Broder are for ever telling us that the US is made up of moderates/centrists. According to Broder they want Washington to act in a bi-partisan manner and solve the nation's problems. Well now we have a bi-partisan immigration bill written by both Democrats and Republicans including the administration of George W Cheney Bush and Teddy Kennedy. Well guess what, only 22% of the American voters like it.
Just 22% Favor Stalled Immigration Bill
As the Senate prepares to resume debate the “comprehensive” immigration reform bill, the legislation continues to face broad public opposition. In fact, despite a massive White House effort, public opinion has barely moved since the public uproar stalled the bill just over two weeks ago.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 22% of American voters currently favor the legislation. That’s down a point from 23% a couple of weeks ago and down from 26% when the debate in the Senate began. Fifty percent (50%) oppose the Senate bill while 28% are not sure.

But at least there is bipartisan opposition.
Among the public, there is a bi-partisan lack of enthusiasm for the Senate bill. It is supported by 22% of Republicans, 23% of Democrats, and 22% of those not affiliated with either major party. It is opposed by 52% of Republicans, 50% of Democrats, and 48% of unaffiliateds.
So Mr Broder, where are all of your centrists/moderates?.

Thanks to Rational Conservative Ed Morrissey for the link. Ed says:
Rational liberal Ron Beasley at Middle Earth Journal wonders what happened to the supposed majority of moderates in the US electorate. They're there, Ron, but they don't like the bill either, because it won't work.
I still doubt the moderate/centrist America meme but Ed is right. We can all agree, if for different reasons, that this is a bad bill. OK, I'm guilty, I used this as an opportunity to take a cheap shot at David Broder. With that said I'll probably do it again.

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