Ignatius Profiles Peters


By Patrick 

The Post’s David Ignatius writes about Washington Monthly’s Charles Peters, a “relentless centrist.”

    his record of conventional success is so dazzling that it masks the radicalism of what Peters tried to do. From the first issue of his magazine in 1969, he prodded his readers, and editors, to rethink liberal and conservative ideas. He preached a passionate politics of the center — something that comes out bland and mushy when propounded by today’s politicians but which in Peters’s version had steel in its spine. (Plus a certain off-the-wall nuttiness that his young assistants tried their best to conceal.)

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