Yeah, I never thought that I would say that, either. Brad Delong has recently attempted to define his politics, which he labels "reality-based center-left technocrat." He says that he is non-ideological, to which Duncan Black responds:
Second, it's a useful conceit to imagine you're above ideology, to plant your feet in a place and call it the center, imagining you have the facts on your side and everyone else is an ideologue, but that's hogwash. Certainly some people are more informed by the facts than others, but that doesn't free them from ideology.
Our ideological worldviews are inescapable. Delong's, for example, presuppose that government is capable of benefiting the lives of its subjects, or even that it should. His usage of "reality-based" presupposes a certain epistemology.
I always find the "centrist" label amusing. Centrist (not synonymous with 'moderate') is, by definition, pro-status quo. To be in center one must be opposed to change. My brother has defined himself this way for at least a decade, but always votes Democratic. I've never met a centrist who really was centrist.
I now resume my routine disagreement with Atrios. I will not have a Wanker of the Day post, but I have considered awarding Worst of the Methodist Blogosphere! from time to time when creating the MBWR.