I cautioned a friend recently on describing himself as a Centrist. Here's why.
There's nothing wrong with the new center being roughly where the old right used to be. Because the old right was fairly reasonable and worked with the good of the country at heart. Even if the left disagreed, compromise was usually possible. Problem is my friend belonged in the old center, and in continuing to describe himself this way (a mistake that President Obama made but then stopped) he is actually saying that his views have moved radically further right - which I know they have not. It's a horrible situation that many conservatives now find themselves in.
Now that the new right is leading the Republican party everything has changed. Which is why I feel sorry for my Republican friends because their views put them just right of where the old center was - no further right than that. And the only reasonable, caring thing for them to do is to vote for Obama next November. Because the Republicans are never going to field a candidate who represents the new center - they all come from that new right. And it's a truly inhumane, scary, racist, out-dated place where all decisions are left to god and climate change is not happening and possibly innocent men get executed.
And before someone suggests it, there has been no equivalent move to the left by liberals. We believe in pretty much the same things we've believed in for decades. The Tea Party - I hate using that phrase as it's a party you cannot vote for, they are REPUBLICANS! - is a new phenomenon that has impacted only one side of this equation. It may have entrenched some Liberal's views, which is good. But it has not shifted those views.