Moderate to me doesn't mean strong opinions though. Most people who claim to be moderates tend to be wishy washy and quite 'flexible' (i.e. opportunisiticly dishonest) in the stances they take on things. What you guys (Underhill and Circe) are talking about is holding convictions about things that don't easily fit into the partisan mold. That is a very different thing than being 'moderate' which is too often taking the side that is the most advantageous and not really giving a damn about whether it is the most defensable point of view. If you mean you refuse to be identified as partisan, then I too am a moderate. I get equally pissed at either side when I think they're wrong. And I will defend the one who I think makes the most sense or who I think is being accused wrongly regardless of whether he or she has a "D" or "R" or "L" or "I" after his/her name. I am non partisan though. Not moderate.