The current administration may be showing signs of centrism (from today's Wall Street Journal, probably gated):
In his most aggressive outreach yet to the business community, President Barack Obama told some of the nation's leading CEOs that he is ready to talk about lowering corporate income-tax rates and could compromise on his plan to combat global warming.
Speaking for more than an hour Thursday to the Business Roundtable, a chief executives organization, Mr. Obama made it clear he wants the business community's cooperation to secure his agenda of expanding the federal role in education, overhauling health care and transforming the energy sector. . . .
Of course, this is sort of like having a 10%-off "sale" after prices have been marked up by 20%. But there seems to be a wee cause for hope in there somewhere.