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Stay out of middle of the road?

"The political center looks like the white line running down the middle of a busy street — a foolish place to stand and an excellent place to get run over," columnist Eugene Robinson wrote in urging President Obama not to compromise too much on health care reform or the rest of his agenda. Though he said that it is a core belief in Washington that "meeting in the middle" is the way to gain and keep the support of the vast political center in this country, Robinson argued that "many of the big decisions that have to be made are binary: yes or no. The terrain in the middle consists only of 'maybe' or 'kind of,' and I see no evidence that the country is in a 'maybe' or 'kind of' mood."