I just wrote a blog about how the “Tea Party” movement is affecting election results and how power brokers behave. This got me thinking about another potential fallout of this movement, the advent of a moderate party.
If you look at how both parties have courted Senator Joseph Lieberman, Senator Susan Collins, Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Ben Nelson, Senator Olympia Snowe, Senator Mary Landrieu, Senator Scott Brown - all Senators from the moderate center, it seems the real power in politics lies there.
Now, imagine if these Senators made a decision to develop a new political party, with the addition of Florida Governor Charlie Crist, this group would wield more power than either political party.
With no super majority, and more likely, no majority, deals would have to be made to make laws, not just within party lines, but across the fence.
As the Democrats and Republicans fight for turf, they are fighting a losing battle. Instead of strength, both parties will be working from weakness, selling out to those in the middle.
We haven’t heard the last of the Louisiana Purchases, or the Cornhusker Kickbacks.