In Washington, moderates in both parties have been pretty effectively marginalized for years.
Remember when former Clinton Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles and former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson co-chaired a commission that drew up a plan for budget-balancing and tax reform that drew praise from moderates for making tough decisions in a balanced way?
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Arch-liberals and arch-conservatives shouted it down.
That’s the way it goes down there, where politicians who care more about their own egos and political careers pander to the noisy ideologues in their constituencies, in their chambers, and in the media "
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