A Moderate Moment

There comes a time in almost every presidential-election cycle when a small but earnest slice of the American political class gathers to lament the tawdry hyperpartisanship taking over U.S. democracy and to call for something new and better, usually in the form of a third-party or independent candidacy. In the 2008 election cycle, the gathering is taking place on Jan. 7, when a group of mostly retired Democratic and Republican officials, all known for their centrist politics, their seriousness of purpose and their commitment to good government, will meet at the University of Oklahoma, where former Senator David Boren is president. He...

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