During the break I wrote a column for the FT on centrism.

US centrists, if any still exist, need some policies and a willingness to defend them, not rules of etiquette. The middle is not an ideology-free zone, where you see "what's best for America" the moment you take off your partisan goggles. Nothing is resolved by asking: "Why can't we all just get along?" Centrism needs an ideology, too - the more strident, the better. Without one, it is empty. It is No Labels.