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By Diogenes (articles ) | Mar 29, 2007

This from Jonathan Rauch, writing in the current Atlantic:

The battle lines appeared to have been drawn for a national culture war, waged by extremes of left and right over the heads of a marginalized center.

A marginalized center?

When a metaphor is that far out of control, you know the argument has gone off the rails -- if indeed there's an argument to derail in the first place.

Rauch, as it happens, is the author of Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for Jonathan Rauch (H. Holt: 2004). I won't spoil his Atlantic essay for you by giving away where he locates the center.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 02, 2007 12:45 PM ET USA

    Hey, at least he admits their is an extreme left. That is more than 90% of the "centrists" will do.

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2007 1:28 PM ET USA

    "The false is the truth, the false is the truth. Repeat after me..."

  • Posted by: - Mar. 30, 2007 9:45 AM ET USA

    What a pointless article, and false: whenever the "issue" of homosexual marriage has been presented to the electorate (with one exception), it has been rejected. Romney, of course, is a typical politician and stands no chance of becoming President, so who cares what he thinks?

  • Posted by: - Mar. 29, 2007 3:36 PM ET USA

    Di, it looks like a typo. I think that he meant a margarinalized center--such as Jonathan Rauch stands in the middle of the margarinalized center of the nougat. And if his premise is correct, that is exactly where he stands. Along with, I might add, significant other nougaty ones who seem to populate certain progressive Judeo-Christian "leftist extremes" where their drawn "battle lines" are sweet and sticky.