"M* argues with the same old label-identity politics that most likely frames the way info is processed and conclusions drawn."
Okay, a little out of context, but the point is: Are we using slightly old delineations of political right-wrong / left-right / red-blue to solve a problem that is inherently more complex in nature. Maybe we should lose the black-white mind-set and use a little more "gray" matter to solve the problems not only at the local level but also the state and national levels as well. America has lost ground. I'm not sure it's coming back. I'm not sure politicians represent the yellow brick road to the Wizard of Oz. There's an important presidential election coming right around the corner. The sky didn't fall like we thought it would, although the river is still rising as our lives become engulfed by higher gas prices and a less certain future. I'm not saying that becoming Centric is the best way ... but I am saying that putting all my eggs in either the left or the right may lead us to the wrong conclusions ... just like "just saying" suggested.