At a time of political polarization and upheaval in the West, the Atlantic Sentinel believes that the center can hold. It are not the fanatics on either side who decide elections; it are reasonable people in the middle. Better to muddle through than to veer to extremes.
In Current Affairs magazine, Nathan J. Robinson takes issue with the centrism of America’s Democratic Party.
The idea that Democrats can win elections by reminding progressives they have nowhere else to go and reassuring conservatives they won’t go after big business is a dead end, according to Robinson:
For one thing, it doesn’t work. Unless you have Bill Clinton’s special charismatic magic, what actually happens is that progressive voters just stay home, disgusted at the failure of both parties to actually try to improve the country.
This is the left-wing version of the Ted Cruz philosophy: that you can win national elections by mobilizing your base instead of appealing to the center.
A few fanatics might hold out if Democrats nominate too centrist a candidate, like Hillary Clinton, but the majority will make the rational decision and vote for the lesser of two evils, as many Bernie Sanders supporters did in November. Read more
Dutch Liberal, Christian Parties Start Talks to Form Government
Parties in the Netherlands have asked former finance minister Gerrit Zalm to lead negotiations for forming a government, signaling their seriousness to do a deal before the start of the fiscal year in September. Read more
After Landslide, Macron’s Challenge Lies in Forgotten France
French president Emmanuel Macron has won a comfortable majority for his centrist party, La République En Marche, but low turnout points to the difficult task ahead: convincing the less prosperous half of France to give him a chance. Read more
Both Conservatives and Labour Have Left the Center Wide Open
Former prime minister Gerrit Schotte has lost the election on Curaçao, avoiding a standoff with the European Netherlands, which is loath to work with the corrupt politician.
Schotte’s populist Movement for the Future of Curaçao (MFK) gained one seat in the island’s legislature on Friday, winning five seats altogether, but the mainstream parties did better.
The liberal Party for the Restructured Antilles (PAR) and the social democratic Partido MAN won a majority between them. They can now govern alone, although they may add one or two small parties to round out a coalition. Read more
Center-Right Parties Expected to Form Government in Netherlands
Center-right parties are expected to dominate the next coalition government in the Netherlands.
If the exit poll released on Wednesday night turns out to be correct, the ruling liberal party of Mark Rutte would come close to finding a majority in the next parliament with the likeminded liberal Democrats and Christian Democrats. Read more