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If a bipartisan stimulus felt good, Washington, just try for more of that

Anderson is editor of "Leveraging: A Political, Economic and Societal Framework" (Springer, 2014) and sought the Democratic nomination for a House seat in Maryland in 2016.

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"Deval Patrick needs a bold theme to harness his power," argues Dave Anderson.

Presidential longshot Deval Patrick poised to claim the new ‘sentrist’ mantle

Anderson is the editor of "Leveraging: A Political, Economic and Societal Framework" (Springer, 2014) and ran for the 2016 Democratic nomination in Maryland's 8th Congressional District.

So many of the 2020 Democratic candidates are qualified and would have a good chance of being good presidents, but it is unclear if anyone is up to the task of defeating President Trump. Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who jumped into the race in November, has the charisma as well as the executive branch experience, experience in Washington, and arteries connecting him to former President Barack Obama to win the nomination and the general election.

What Patrick does not have is a theme for his campaign. If he did, the money and followers might come his way. For now, he remains a virtual afterthought in the race. But I have a winning suggestion for him.

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"The concept of centrism actually comes from the positioning our politicians have on the political spectrum," writes Dave Anderson.

Sentrism: A new word for a needed brand of politics

Anderson is editor of "Leveraging" and ran for the 2016 Democratic nomination in Maryland's 8th Congressional District.

With the House impeachment inquiry officially launched, no one can predict how this will affect the race for president, especially the Democratic primary. Because the inquiry concerns allegedly impeachable acts by President Trump to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate behavior by Joe Biden when he was vice president, Biden's candidacy is now being discussed from every possible angle.

With so much attention on Biden, it is notable that the concept of centrism has received so little analysis. The pundits tell us Biden is a centrist and that Elizabeth Warren, for example, is a progressive; likewise, Amy Klobuchar is a centrist and Bernie Sanders is a progressive. And so on. Indeed, the campaign to date is regarded as a standard battle within the Democratic Party between its moderate-centrist and progressive-leftist wings.

But there are many problems with the way the internal battle has been conceptualized.

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