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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Mort Kondracke
Every four years around the time the presidential primaries begin to wrap up, the drumbeat from pundits begins: If only a centrist superhero would swoop in and save the day, espousing bold self-control and a issuing a resounding call to pragmatism. Sorry to ruin the fantasy for you, but Superman doesn't exist.
Fred Barnes is now best-known as co-host with Morton Kondracke of "The Beltway Boys" on the Fox News Channel, but he's spent more than three decades as a reporter and editor. A University of Virginia graduate, Mr. Barnes began his career at the Charleston (S.C.) News and Courier before joining the staff of the Washington Star in 1979. He was later a reporter for the Baltimore Sun, and was an editor and White House correspondent for the New Republic until 1995, when he became a founding editor of Weekly Standard magazine.
"With Republicans moving ever further to the right and Democrats to the left," Mr. Kondracke writes, "there really is a crying need for a centrist alternative."
Mr. Friedman is promoting the candidacy of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, while Mr. Kondracke has mentioned a variety of possible candidates for the Americans Elect online nomination process.