We Need An Ideological Center In The Senate: Charles Wheelan On MSNBC
The best way to envision an operative centrist party, Wheelan explains, is to listen to more of the population than just the loudest percentage of constituents. Take a sample of 100 people, remove the 20 loudest people in the group, and then listen to the concerns of the other 80 citizens. The loudest, most politically active people often hold the most extreme ideologies. However, there are many who are moderates and are forced to choose between two increasingly polarized parties. By actively seeking out those who identify with the center, Wheelan believes that a new party could tap into an otherwise overlooked voter base.
While many people are disheartened with the political trajectory the nation is taking—Wheelan doesn't think it's broken beyond repair. With a breadth of experience in the political realm as a journalist, speechwriter, and a one-time candidate, Wheelan understands the way the system currently operates, and argues that it's not enough to be "not a Democrat" or "not a Republican" anymore. In his media appearances and his talks, he proposes a new government structure. He explores what our leaders are doing wrong—and how we can create a new method that will help us to get things right.