Does that sound harsh? Sorry.
It's just that moderates don't exist.
Amongst politicians, "moderate" is, at its worst, a euphemism for opportunist. At its best, it is a euphemism for someone willing to compromise their principles.
But amongst voters, moderate is something far, far worse. A moderate voter is concerned above all else with style. Moderate voters are the ones who vote for the person that seems nicest or most likable. They're the ones who wish everybody could just be nicer about everything.
Moderates are the ones who decide who to vote for based on something called character, rather than getting informed on issues and positions and, you know, reality.
So here's my advice to so-called moderates: If the only thing you can vote on is character, then don't vote for anybody you don't know well. I'm not talking about "heard them give a speech" well, or "shook their hand" well, or "the man on the radio says he's a good guy" well -- I'm talking about been in the trenches, seen into the soul, watched how they treat their family, got your back in a bar-fight well. If the most important thing to you when voting for a leader is character, then you better be damn f@cking sure about it next time you decide to vote for somebody.
Because the characters you've stuck us with the last few times around are leaving something to be desired.