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Where is America's centre (center) party?

I'm writing this in the light of the fiscal cliff approaching rapidly and even though this has been heavily debated and reported in the media, no compromise has been made yet.

It makes me wonder why there isn't a centre party in American politics. If such a party refrained from entering the presidential election, which is extremely costly and requires an unrealistic amount of votes to win, and instead sought to gain seats in the senate and congress, such a party could realistically succeed in winning enough seats to be the decisive vote in both houses.

It's simple game theory and would change the political climate dramatically. As it would be impossible to simply block the opponents policy, both of the traditional parties would have an incentive to negotiate and compromise in order to gain influence and avoid being rendered obsolete.

Theoretically 20 seats for a centre party in the senate could also end filibusters.

I think it would be essential for such a party to “steal” votes from both moderate conservatives and moderate democrats. The advantages would be enormous. You would avoid these stall mate situations and by negotiating with both sides of the houses, legislation could accommodate a larger group of the population.

It would change the rhetoric of politics as well, as advocating extreme viewpoints would be less beneficial.

What do you think?

P.s.: Happy terrestrial heliocentric elliptic orbit completion day!

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  • Jan 13 2013: No party in the states is truly centrist. The majority of Americans are more centrist than they might like to admit, but they come from both parties.

    The few extremists in both parties are driving forces for where we are today. But they don't truly represent the American people. Only a small, but vocal group.

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