>>70>You would be right, if you said the opposite of everything you just said.
I think you meant to say "I would agree with you if you said the opposite of everything you said."
You seem to be filtering your reason through your ideology.
The middle decides the election, not the bases, a president either moves to the middle or does not get a second term. The opposing side never sees this move to the middle, they focus on those few issues that are to feed and maintain the base, these also serve to make sure the middle stays put and helps solidify the base on the other side as well. Only one or two of these issues are serious, the rest never have a chance to go anywhere, they are just to stir the pot. The base is always outraged by the move to middle and generally stop caring, but they stay put and still do a party vote, they are the base after all.
The right still bitches about being betrayed by Jr when he turned moderate, they see Bill as a socialist and Obama as a communist.
Calling the other side 'obstructionist' is bullshit, they were elected to stop certain legislation, they are doing the job they were elected to do. Talk like this is essentially advocating for a single party system or a monarchy, not democracy. One side is always 'obstructing' the other, but it is only on those few issues that are there to feed the bases, the rest of the time they work fairly well together with the exception of those select representatives/senators that are safe for the next election or not running and willing to play the game. These are the Hatchet Men and Woman and anything they say should just be ignored.
Also, the manufacturing sector in the midwest largely died in the 80s/90s, what remains is small scale and industrial, both of which are fairly safe and stable, even through the recession. It still is cheaper to build that massive tractor in farm country than ship it after all. You are playing politics here and clearly have spent little time in the midwest and any you have spent was likely in the big cities. But this is another discussion, you just brought it up to rant, not further an idea.
The bases are only worth considering if they become unbalanced or show signs of a split. Trump will have repaired most of the split on the left caused by Bernie, fear will unify them, just as Obama anPost too long. Click here to view the full text.