. Holy crap, I almost fell over backwards when I saw this: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/16/opinion/keller-the-sweet-spot.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&ref=opinion Bill Keller is a lefty New York Times columnist (I know, redundant) who usually tosses out boiler-plate lefty talking points, but he surprised me with this one. He talks about how Obama and Romney have to deal with the center of the electorate, and I have to admit he described my beliefs better than most: ¶Swing voters tend to be fiscal conservatives, meaning they are profoundly worried about deficits and debt. ¶They are mostly economic moderates, meaning they are free-marketers but expect government to help provide the physical and intellectual infrastructure that creates opportunity. ¶They are aspirational that is, they have nothing against the rich but they dont oppose tax increases. ¶They want the country well protected, but not throwing its weight around in the world. ¶They tend to be fairly progressive on social issues; they think, for example, that abortion should be discouraged but not prohibited. I'm not accustomed to seeing partisans who can reasonably articulate the views of people outside of their ideological sphere, but that's pretty good. So which candidate nails those issues? Here's a hint: Neither of them. .