SHORING UP THE MIDDLE
Voter vexation with elected officials is the highest on record, according to a new Gallup poll that finds that 72 percent of registered voters say most members of Congress do not deserve re-election.
But wait. Now on the political landscape, and a timely launch it is: the Centrist Project Voice, which bills itself as “the first political action committee supporting candidates poised to set aside partisan politics and focus on the core issues of critical importance to all Americans.” And project organizers say they will promote centrist candidates regardless of their party affiliation.
“Most Americans are moderates, yet we are represented by officials who pander to the extremes of the electorate and put partisan politics ahead of what’s best for our country as a whole,” said Centrist Project founder Charles Wheelan, a policy fellow at Dartmouth College.
The PAC’s first endorsement is Larry Pressler, who served three terms as a Republican senator from South Dakota. The endorsement is accompanied by some rambunctious talk.
“I am running as an independent to help end the poisonous fighting between Republicans and Democrats that has paralyzed Congress. It is incredibly difficult to run as an independent,” Mr. Pressler observes, citing “special-interest money” which he says goes exclusively to Republicans and Democrats. See the big doings here: Centristproject.org