The Village Times




Bill Keller



Former Executive Editor, New York Times


Issued: April 2012
Statement: Congratulations to Bill for becoming a two-time citation winner thanks to his stirring defense of centrism in an April 16, 2012, New York Times column entitled "The Sweet Spot." While noting that the politics of the center "do not quicken the pulse," Bill defends their importance using info from Third Way, the centrist think tank and one of our partners. Bill rightly dismisses President Obama's recent support of the Buffett Rule, a.k.a., tax on millionaires, as a desperate act of pandering to his base. Solid work, Bill, although we might quibble with this one point:


"The middle matters...even if in these hyperpolarized times it doesn’t get much respect."


Not true. It gets plenty of respect—here in the Village.