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  1. John Green

    Political discourse in America would make a lot more sense if people across the political spectrum stopped using words like “mainstream” and “extreme” as if they meant the same thing to everybody. They don’t, and pretending they do just tends to discourage critical thinking about the issues. Instead of labeling a candidate’s position as inside or outside “the mainstream” (whatever that is) or as “extreme” (extremely what exactly?), how about we just debate the positions on their merits or lack thereof? I can’t think of a single prominent American political figure who would be universally considered to be “in the mainstream.” I’m not even sure there is such a thing as a “mainstream.” You can probably tell I’m an English teacher. I’m hoping that from what I’ve just written it will be harder for you to tell whether I am on the left or the right.

  2. I hope Mr. Wallison catches no grief for this post. Mr. Ornstein’s op-ed is foolish, and Mr. Wallison’s criticism is welcome, both for its rightness and as reassurance of the integrity of AEI’s scholars. Sometimes one must find public fault with a colleague.

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