socalfitness saidBoth parties have their factions. And those on the left can laugh all they want, but the point is this: If the moderate Democrats were not so marginalized by the far left zealots, then those of us who are moderate could go with or threaten to go with the Democrats, as a balance within the Republican Party to the zealots on the right. But as long as the Democrats are in effect representing the party of Obama and Pelosi, you won't get moderate support, and we have less leverage against the zealots on the right.
Yes, both parties have their factions, and both parties can marginalize their moderates. In case you haven't noticed, but a lot of incumbent Republicans have had to take a stance further to the right since the introduction of the Tea Party movement. So if you want to look at marginalization, I suggest you look at your own party.
May I ask what makes you a moderate? And if you think Obama represents a far left zealot, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
I agree with you that the tea party has nudged more moderates to the right.
I and many will maintain that Obama is a far left zealot and ideologue. The only times he takes more moderate positions, such as giving up the public option, is when he has no choice or deems it politically necessary because his politics are stronger than his core values.
When one party moves further away from the center, there are pressures on the other party to do the same. That leaves many who are moderate on either side of the center to sometimes make difficult choices.
UPDATED - What makes me a moderate? Social positions, generally. Also I have voted for moderate, and even liberal Democrats over the past few years:
Calif Gov - Gray Davis over William Simon, Jr., who was unqualified IMO
Senate - Diane Feinstein even she is left of me on many positions because of character qualities
House - Jane Harmon - Moderate, pro-business, effectively looked after our district, good on foreign policy