The End is Near! (Hallelujah!)
If you're like me, you've probably had it up to hear with the politics of polarization. You are tired of the Cindy Sheehan-Michael Moore-Moveon.org, Bush-hating Left and the Rush Limbaugh-Ann Coulter-Pat Roberston Right.
Well, things might be changing. Bull Moose notes that 2008 might just be the year of the centrists in the way 2004 was the year of the extremists. He cites a column by US News writer Michael Barone that shows that the leading contenders for the prez nod in 2008, John McCain and Rudy Guliani, are "men of the center" as the Moose calls them. Even among Dems, Hillary Clinton is doing what she can to steer clear of the far left and proposing centrist proposals.
It is interesting that at least at this time, are no strong contenders on the far right. Bill Frist is fast becoming a joke and the others are not well known. John Kerry seems to be staging another run, but I think the public already thinks he had his chance.
So maybe in 2008 we will actually have substantive discussion on the issues instead of what someone did in Vietnam 30 years ago. Let's hope the end of polarization is near, indeed.