The M word

McGehee uses it here:

Maybe that’s what we need to do: hate the moderates, and let them know it. Maybe they’ll come crawling to us begging us to like them, like they’ve been doing to the Left for years.

Which reminded me of this Chris Lawrence post, which I’ve invoked twice already:

Most Americans — and most people the world over, in fact — don’t have consistent, ideological belief systems. The absence of those belief systems makes them moderate, because they just react to whatever’s going on in the political ether; if you’re lucky, you might be able to pin their beliefs to some overarching fundamental value (“hard work”, “equality”, “liberty”).

There are only two types of true moderate: people who don’t care about politics, and centrist politicians (and this latter class of people generally care less about politics than they care about keeping their jobs — I defy you to explain the behavior of Arlen Specter or Olympia Snowe otherwise).

And, well, it seems unreasonable to hate people who don’t care about politics when there are so many people who do care about politics who deserve it so much more.

1 comment

  1. McGehee »

    3 March 2009 · 10:43 am

    Well, it would be purely strategic, to get them to do what we want them to do. Since the Left has already demonstrated how effective the strategy is (as I noted in the portion of my comment just before what you excerpted).

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