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The center does not hold

If there's a single idea that has defined the politics of the last 70 years it is the notion of "the center."

What constituted the center of American politics has always been up for debate. Did the center mean mushy moderation? Was it the "reasonable" midpoint between the right and left where most American voters clustered? Was it a set of clear principles most Americans rallied around? Or was the center whatever positions could win over enough

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