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CNN Opinion: When did moderate become a political dirty word?
Two of Mitt Romney's rivals in the presidential campaign have tarred him as "moderate." Bob Greene asks: Why is that so bad?
April 2nd, 2012
01:11 PM ET

CNN Opinion: When did moderate become a political dirty word?

By Bob Greene, CNN Contributor

(CNN) - For months now, platoons of politicians have been filling the air with words.

But today, if only for a few minutes, can we forget about the politicians and express our sympathy for one of the words?

It's such an amiable word: a word that is friendly and easygoing and nonconfrontational, a word that would never want to get dragged into a fight like this.

Yet it is there anyway, caught between practiced brawlers.

The word?

"Moderate."

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