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Franklin Delano Roosevelt: A Man of the Century

an address by William J. vanden Heuvel to the Monthly Meeting of The Century Association

Thursday, April 4, 2002

…FDR was, of course, a consummate political leader. In one situation, a group came to him urging specific actions in support of a cause in which they deeply believed. He replied: I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it

[emphasis added]

Our previous “Overton Window” coverage:

Senator Claire McCaskill: helping keep the “Overton Window” to the right

Senator Claire McCaskill (D) defends her “moderate” bonafides on her blog:

I worked hard to help elect President Obama. I believe he will be a terrific President because he understands that change means listening and compromise, not political posturing. The way forward is almost always up the middle. I look forward to helping the President find that way forward on health care, energy, and our struggling economy. The left and the right shouting at each other hasn’t gotten much done. Red vs Blue hasn’t been very successful either.

I always try to be an independent voice for Missouri. I evaluate every issue, not as a party vote, but as a policy vote.  There is nothing about the group of moderate Democrats that undermines President Obama. Just the opposite, I believe we can help bring people together around good policy and get away from some of the nasty partisan food fights that have blocked real progress for so long.

[emphasis added]

It all depends on how one defines “middle”, eh? Let’s just not keep tugging it right.