A topic I write about often is the skewed interpretations of what defines "the center."
Yesterday's Times editorial makes a very good point on this topic. (Italics for emphasis are mine)
“The Republicans created their defeat by focusing obsessively on the right-wing ‘base,’ ostracizing not only the Democrats but their own party’s more moderate legislators. The conflict between the extremist House and the conservative Senate created a phony center, far to the right of the general public’s idea of where the middle ought to be.”