Moderates Under Attack
More and more often the two parties seem to be conspiring to rid this nation of moderates. Yesterday, Senator George Voinovich (R-OH) delayed the Senate committee vote on the nomination of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, stating he needed more time to consider this controversial nominee. (Charging RINO has covered this story in depth, most recently here and here).
Now, conservative group Move America Forward has developed an ad attacking Voinovich, calling him “disloyal” and a “traitor to the Republican Party.”
Meanwhile, in a very underreported story, the liberal group MoveOn.org will be running ads against Democratic Minority Whip (and moderate) Steny Hoyer (MD) attacking him for his support of the recent bankruptcy bill.
Certainly it’s always fair to criticize members of your own party, but running ads against them wrongly enforces a rigid party orthodoxy and can lead to the silencing of moderates. Being a centrist means basing decisions on reason and principle. And that often means having the courage to vote against the party line.
How will moderates prevail with groups like Move America Forward and MoveOn.org attacking us at every turn? We must do more to support the centrists of both parties and insure their right to vote their conscience.
UPDATE: We've written more on this issue here.