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Is governing from the middle dead? MTP exclusive

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Midterm elections signal the death of center politics

Panelists include the Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot, the New York Times’ Tom Friedman, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, and the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, along with host David Gregory. Video available here.

MR. GREGORY:  I want to follow up on one point, though, Tom Friedman, which is when you have such activism on the left and the right, what does that do to the political center and how do you govern in that respect?  Bob Bennett, the senator who was defeated in a nominated convention in Utah, wrote this in The Washington Post this morning, “The tea party movement’s …  two strongest slogans,” he writes, “are `Send a message to Washington,’ `Take back America.’ I know both very well because they were the main tools used to defeat me. […] Where is the center that actually does something, that actually achieves things in Washington if this is what we’re creating?

MR. FRIEDMAN:  Well, David, it’s been decimated.  It’s been decimated by everything from the gerrymandering of political districts to cable television to an Internet where I can create a digital lynch mob against you from the left or right if I don’t like where you’re going, to the fact that money and politics is so out of control–really our Congress is a forum for legalized bribery.  You know, that’s really what, what it’s come down to.  […]  right now we have a system that can only produce suboptimal solutions.


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May 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm

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