At some point around 2004, I remember watching some Sunday political chat show and some intellectual type journalist hyped up the idea that moderate Republicans were the way to go. The idea was....if you just had some centralist GOP guy....things would go fine with Democrats supporting the guy. For several years, I hear the expression repeated over and over. At some point around 2012 (with Mitt Romney), I figured that the magic expression would finally work, and the general public would likely vote for Mitt...instead of Barrack. Well....I was wrong.
In the last five years, I've come to this conclusion....Democrats vote for Democrats, and Republicans vote for Republicans, and independents are locked in for policy changes or particular reforms only. The theme of a moderate Republican? It is non-existent. It's like a magic unicorn.
I will admit, it's a nifty catch-phrase, and folks can be led to believe that some Democrats might cross an imaginary line for a moderate Republican. The problem is if you ask a hundred Democrats....there's probably only one or two who would fall into this strategy.
So it's mostly just a gimmick of provocateurs, to keep convincing naive Republicans and independent voters....into thinking that there is such a person existing and that the public might vote for him.
When people stand there and suggest to you about finding this mythical creature....the moderate Republican....ask them to identify the moderate Democrat instead. The pause will last for a while.