>> Honestly, there is not much I like about either party. <<What I don't like about both parties is that their leadership tends to marginalize their pragmatists. I think that's a function of the primary system with an assist from increased political polarization. In a primary you have to convince your base that you are the most true to their parties core values, and then in the general election you have to find a way to gracefully backpedal from some of them in order to capture the independent/moderate vote.GWB has to play the (ha) "compassionate conservative" in the general election even as he emphasized his neocon pedigree in the primaries.Mike Dukakis gets into a friggin' tank to convince people he's not a total dove.I've long wanted sensible Republicans not beholden to the God/gays/guns crowd and sensible Democrats not beholden to unions or class warfare types to join together and leave their current parties to form a "sensibility" party. But until election laws change so the game isn't rigged for a "two party system" are changed, that will never be feasible. And as a result, sensible and somewhat conservative Democrats and sensible and somewhat progressive Republicans oppose each other, even though they have a lot more in common with each other than they do with the more extreme elements in their own party. And I think that's a sad commentary on our electoral system.#29
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