When opportunism needs no inducement

Though one can debate the merits of his vision, there’s not much doubt that Ariel Sharon was a visionary. But reading this account of the recent gyrations of his successor Ehud Olmert and Caroline Glick’s account of some of his Kadima party colleagues makes me wonder whether those who purport to be carrying out Sharon’s vision are opportunistic, passionless hacks.

We hear much complaining about the polarization of American politics and how our two parties are dominated by their respective ideological bases to the detriment of moderate voices. Yet our system gives moderates their due when they serve as swing voters who induce ideologically committed politicians to moderate their positions. This may be preferable to having a moderate party led non-ideological figures whose opportunism need not be induced.

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