I took extreme measures to not mention Bush and/or Iraq here. I'm thinking that keeping those 2 items out will help this discussion along on a bipartisan plane. Also, I say a MODERATE PARTY...not Candidate. I really don't see the Green Party or the Libertarian party as moderate...but they do look better than the far left and right IMO. I feel the time has never been better for a truly moderate President. Not a liberal like Kerry or Hillary moving right and not a righty like Cheney(I said no B#$h so I use him) moving left. Because moving left means they still get the strong money from the extreme donors but they try to appease the center for votes. Running as a true moderate would be tough to near impossible because the $$$ needed to run won't really be there. The big money comes from the PACS and their people. Two of the most famous are the abortion people donating to the left and the gun lobby to the right for example. But, when I think of this issue it makes alot of sense. If Cheney runs he would appeal to me about 20% or so on issues and Hillary the same from the left...@ 20% of the issues. Now take the real lefties and righties here and in America. Would a true moderate appeal @ 20% to them...I don't think so. Just guessing on my part...don't want a link heavy thread...I would rather have a discussion of real opinion...I would think that a moderate would appeal at least 50% to these people if not more. Using an appeal factor of let's say 70% to 100% for a candidate someone would really truly like alot. So, am I wrong to say this candidate would not represent the people better? I would think a true moderate would never go to war without true Congressional approval. A real moderate would really use the U.N....even with it's inherent flaws. A real moderate would have a strong defense, but one that truly protects as opposed to being aggresive with manpower, weapons and the media. A real moderate would be forced to listen to the people...because they would not have THAT BASE TO FALL BACK UPON. A real moderate would need to have a balanced budget with a reduced deficit...because only a successfull budget will help re-election...no base to fall back on. A real moderate would enhance the chances of having a larger center in the House and Senate...this is where we would see the most benefit of representation for the people vs big business. A real moderate would expose big business for what it is, causing the voters to take appropriate measures to fight back. A real moderate would make it easier for the media to bring debate back into the news...they are just way to busy fighting for their side all the time. A real moderate would make it harder for minorities on the left and right...this could be a problem for them unless they lessen their demands...which could end up being good...I am not sure? I CAN THINK OF MORE...BUT I'M GUESSING OTHERS WILL POST MORE OR TAKE SOME AWAY. The 4TH item...THE BASE TO FALL BACK ON...That is what allows our politicians to continually SH - IT on us all the time. Take away the base and you take away the power....the power goes back to the people, where it belongs. MY THEORY...IN SIMPLE UNLINKED TERMS OF WHY WE NEED A TRULY(donations come from moderates) MODERATE PARTY. OPINIONS???