The Center Is Relative, I Suppose
With a few notable exceptions (ahem), Ian Donnis checked in with some right-leaning Rhode Island groups as we move into election season. It’s interesting to note that the two voices for the other side were not people known for their roles as explicit leftists, but as union leaders, with this bold comment:
Robert Walsh is executive director of the National Education Association in Rhode Island and another prominent Democratic activist. He says unions and liberal Democrats don’t deserve the blame for Rhode Island’s woes.
“You want to give us the keys to the kingdom for a while, we’ll show you what good progressive taxation and business development policies can do to turn the state around,” Walsh says. “We’re, I suppose, a useful target for the people on the other side of the political spectrum, but the gravity in the legislature’s clearly in the center.”
This chart, to which I linked during the Scott Brown campaign, comes to mind. It shows that RI’s Democrats are relatively in the center among Democrats across the country, but that our Republicans are the most liberal around. Which means that the General Assembly is just plain liberal.