Gil Troy writes that the best American presidents have all been moderates, citing the examples of George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan. He says most presidential candidates pretend to be moderates, but show themselves as partisans once they are in office. Mr. Troy urges politicians of all stripes to be “muscular” unapologetic moderates.
Gil Troy is a history professor at McGill University and a visiting scholar at the Bipartisan Policy Center. He is the author of “Morning in America: How Ronald Reagan Invented the 1980s” and “Hillary Rodham Clinton: Polarizing First Lady.”