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May 29th, 2009
11:29 AM ET

No one represents America's center

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John Feehery
Special to CNN

There's nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos." - Jim Hightower

"Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides." - Margaret Thatcher

Despite these warnings from the left and the right, increasingly, the American people are viewing themselves as centrists.

According to the Pew Research Group, fully 39 percent of the American people identify themselves as political independents, the highest percentage in 70 years.

As Andrew Kohut of Pew put it, "Centrism has emerged as a dominant factor in public opinion as the Obama era begins. ... Republicans and Democrats are even more divided than in the past, while the growing political middle is steadfastly mixed in its beliefs about government, the free market and other values that underlie views on contemporary issues and policies."

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  1. Mari

    I am a registered Independent. The far-right has done great damage to the unity of our Nation. They seek to divide us, by name calling or questioning who is a patriot and who is not.

    After 8 long years of the divisive Bush regime, is anyone surprised that our nation is still divided? It will take time to heal the wounds inflicted on our nation by the far-right.

    As an Independent who voted straight Democrat this past election, I can tell you that most of us, are sick and tired of the vitriolic and divisive politics of the conservatives!

    May 29, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  2. Bettty Williams

    John is so correct. This past election was the first time I didn't vote for President, and, as a 76 year-old, I have never missed an election. What choice does one have between the Do-it-My-Way Right and the No -Personal-Responsibility Left. Yes, we need a Third Party, but it will require a leader who has the courage, the stamina and the money (big bucks) to win against the ruling parties. Good Luck!!

    May 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm |