As far as my “tweet” containing a seed of naivete’
I am specifically referring to your view that centrists don’t stand for anything.
A POLITICAL centrist (not some lazy person who doesn’t think deeply about politics) (version 1) often/usually has strong opinions about specific policy proposals; its just that their policy preferences have some root in both political parties. The most common form of this type of centrist over the last twenty years or so has been the individual who is moderate/liberal in their social policy views, but is opposed to higher taxation and government infringements on free markets.
There is, also, a “version 2”. This sort of centrist USED to be the status quo in America — it is an individual who sees the positives and negatives in the policy proposals of both sides, and believes that the best way forward for the country is if both parties would go back to taking “half a loaf” and compromise on proposals.
My take on the matter is simple; if you don’t believe in political compromise with your opponents, then you;re a tribalist. Personally, I don’t think that ends well for either the citizens or the nation as a whole, as it is rooted in the fact that neither political party seems interested in doing the hard work required to convince the public that their views are right/better, and prefers rather to poison their opponents’ well.