The presidential playbook generally calls for a successful candidate to swing to the middle when they are running unopposed for their party’s nomination.
But as we enter perhaps the final three months of the Obama administration, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for anyone to make an appeal to the center, if indeed a center even exists in American politics anymore.
Obama has destroyed the political center in this country, and for that we can be thankful.
Because Obama’s policies have exposed the basic problem with the bipartisan approach favored by establishment Republicans and so-called Blue Dog Democrats.
Both of those centrist elements have often led the country to believe that limited government meant accepting half the social and economic agenda that more radical Democrats propose.
Romneycare is a great example of that.
In attempt to provide half-a-loaf- or perhaps half and aspirin is better-Romneycare offers the worst of socialism with none of the benefits of capitalism. Romenycare is nonsense, filled with wonkishness, wrapped in the Beltway- and it doesn’t even attempt to address the problem of spiraling healthcare costs that it was originally supposed to solve. In fact, it pushes costs higher.
See Ransom's weekly repsonses to his "Comrades" at: Obama's Plan: "I Eat Cake, You Gain Weight"
Somewhere along the line, however, voters got wise to the Washington dodge: You don’t really have solve problems in DC or state capitals- actually you can even try to make them worse- you just have to wrap “solutions” into a complicated system. Now your job is to convince everyone that the system doesn’t work because it’s someone else’s fault.
The days of that dodge are drawing rapidly to a close.
Romney may win- in fact he probably will win. But that’s only because this year in the race to be president, Romney looks a little less like Barack Obama than Barack Obama looks like George W Bush- policy-wise