And so are right wingers. The centrist compromise over judicial nominees struck by 14 members of the senate got me thinking: Should Mormons be centrists? I tend to answer that question in the affirmative. The oft spoken Mormon maxim of "Moderation in all things," seems to apply to politics as much as anything else. As Mormons we should be moderate in our politics. We should look for common ground, build on common beliefs, and avoid extremist views. However, this proposition leads to several problems.
First, the congress is structured by the two party system. This means that if you do feel strongly about an issue, for example, gun rights (even if your stance is moderate: you favor citizens owning guns but not assault rifles and cop killer bullets), you need your party to control the senate or you will lose on that particular issue. Unless Republicans control the house and or senate, gun-control laws will be passed or at the least maintained, depending on the exact majority of democrats and the party in the White House. Thus, you would need to support any Republican, regardless of his/her views against any Democrat regardless of his/her views. Thus, you could be very moderate in your politics and still be pushed by one issue to support your party right or wrong–to act as an extremist.
Second, what does moderation mean in politics. Is there political moderation in an absolute sense. Our political moderation may be France’s extreme right. Thus, does the admonition to seek moderation in all things, as it applies to politics (if it does apply to politics), translate into American political moderation or absolutist political moderation and if it is absolutist political moderation how should that be measured?
It seems to me that for American members of the Church, American political moderation is the proper route. Moderation among us in America aids the missionary effort (we don’t appear to be a bunch of John Birchers), it helps our political causes because we can keep good relations on both sides of the aisle (much like businesses try to practice political moderation in order to protect corporate interests regardless of who is in power), and it keeps us from running down the extremist cliff into the brambles of apostasy (the kind laden with: if the prophet were truly inspired he would be advocating x just like I am). In the end moderation helps the Church and helps our personal progression.