So, since the debate last week, during which Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lied his face off and "reinvented" himself by running away from virtually every position he'd been espousing for the last two years, I have seen a steady stream of headlines about how Romney positioned himself as "centrist," or a "moderate," or some variation thereof.
"Mitt's Middle of the Road Makeover" is a typical headline, seen at CNN.
The middle of what road? Plutocrat Boulevard? At the intersection of Extremist Throughway?
This is a laughable narrative. Even Romney's so-called reinvention leaves him firmly right of center—a center that has been moved so far right already that a sitting Democratic president will no longer even mention reproductive rights in his convention speech or at the domestic policy debate; a center so far right that waging an extralegal war with drones is considered the reasonable foreign policy position; a center so far right that no one bats an eye when the right-of-center candidate asserts he doesn't believe people are entitled to food.
There is no functional leftwing in United States governance. That doesn't mean Mitt Romney is a centrist.