Yep, the Dems don't need any of the damned centrists. The simple fact is that there are more unaffiliated than party members, on either side. Most of those are in the center. They prefer not to support any extremism. Extremism, in this case is what the center would believe to be anything that goes too far. The trick, to get their vote, is to convince them that you are not representing an "extreme". Single Payer Healthcare is a good example because its to poorly sold to the public. The Republicans actually claim that one of the main things wrong with Single Payer is that there are no options! That is crazy, has nothing to do with single payer because Single Payer, in theory covers everything for everybody so "options" just don't exist because everybody is already covered. Single payer is also more economic, for the citizen, than the current for profit system ("For Profit Healthcare" is another term more descriptive than just "Healthcare", incidentally). Right now the nation is paying, on average, 50% more for their for profit healthcare than they would for a well designed single payer system. The problem is that the left/democratic fears the term "single payer" because the Republicans have demonized it. I don't think so - the left/demcrats have just done a seriously poor job of describing "Single Payer". Single payer is just another one of them things that gov can do better than for profit system. This includes Public Schools, Fire Departments, Police departments, etc. Some, like public schools, get blasted because, in come cases gov does a lousy job running the system. One of the main problems is that we measure against other systems, in other countries, that seem to be doing a better job. This means that our public school system, which provides something like 30% less instruction time than other systems that actually have no summer vacation, no Christmas vacation, no Easter vacation, teacher meetings, etc. Most government social efforts, like schools, police, firemen, etc are also the programs more likely to be cut in times of financial hardship.

Anyway, I guess this is another blather filled anti-democratic rant, sorry about that.................