Wednesday, April 20, 2005

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 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 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.


At 12:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank goodness for the moveon ads against stoyer. there is nothing centrist about the bankruptcy bill, it's a radical rewrite of the law in favor of credit card companies.

It even socks it to our troops in the field. where's stoyer's and the credit card companies companies patriotism.

the only real principles involved are corporate bribery rules. cash for votes

At 6:42 AM, Blogger Dean Esmay said...

There are good and moderate reasons to think this bankruptcy bill isn't all that bad.

At 8:56 AM, Blogger Alan Stewart Carl said...

The bankruptcy bill is a terrible bit of legislation. But that's besides the point in our reasoning. I urge you to read our follow-up post on this issue and the comments that follow.


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