Center of Attention

A round up of recent posts by a few centrist, moderate, and independent bloggers.

Dennis Sanders finds a rarity: A think-tank for centrist Republicans.

Elyas Bakhtiari chimes in on (a) the already-much-discussed AP-Ipsos poll re: book-reading among U.S. adults of different political persuasions; and (b) the Harris poll re: the same population’s (woeful) world affairs literacy.

Daniel DiRito suggests Bush, the would-be architect of democracy around the world, should do a better job respecting (at home) one of democracy’s leading outcomes: grassroots dissent.

Simon worries that what’s going on in California will defeat the purpose and value of the electoral college.

Patrick Joubert Conlon looks at the question of historical benchmarks for Iraq: Another Vietnam or Bosnia (backwards)?

Dyre42 suggests certain GOP candidates’ opposition to birth control is yet another reason the party will lose big in 2008. Money quote: “I really believe as long as the GOP keeps pandering to its base it is going to be relegated to the minority party until the Dems royally screw up and I’m guessing it’ll be eight years of Dem control before that happens.”

One great center-leaning blogger, Steve Clemons, will help fill in for another, Andrew Sullivan, as the latter prepares to marry and honeymoon.

Speaking of Sullivan, he highlights here the controversional voice of a new blogger-colleague at The Atlantic.

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Author: PETE ABEL