What Do Moderates Think?

By Jennifer Parker

Mar 3, 2009 9:56am

I’m reading David Brooks’ op-ed column today in the New York Times, "A Moderate Manifesto." Brooks writes, "Those of us who consider ourselves moderates — moderate-conservative, in my case — are forced to confront the reality that Barack Obama is not who we thought he was. His words are responsible; his character is inspiring. But his actions betray a transformational liberalism that should put every centrist on notice. As Clive Crook, an Obama admirer, wrote in The Financial Times, the Obama budget ‘contains no trace of compromise. It makes no gesture, however small, however costless to its larger agenda, of a bipartisan approach to the great questions it addresses. It is a liberal’s dream of a new New Deal.’" He’s passionate. But are moderates across country inflamed in the same way? On that, the jury is out. The polls don’t show yet. But what do you think? –George Stephanopoulos

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