From Tom Friedman:
There is a revolution brewing in the country, and it is not just on the right wing but in the radical center.
This column is taking some hits today, as it should. I just want to say that the phrase "radical center" is a tell for "I have no real argument, so I'll resort to cute-sounding oxymorons." At any rate, the problem with "the radical center" is that very few actual voters live there.
Friedman's logic is built the notion that quasi-cultural issues like gay marriage,abortion, and immigration as distraction which "ordinary Americans" are tired of hearing about. Regrettably, those issues actually have "real constituencies." This is one reason why you see otherwise intelligent talking heads preferring the notion that the Tea Party is some kind of nonpartisan insurgency, as opposed to a rebranded far right wing.