The Overton Window has four panes
(And Blue Gal, who found this, is a total hottie. I love a girl who can link to a good chart.)
Here is our current predicament:
So, if we think of the chart above as a window, like the Overton window, we can see that it's our job not to just pull left, since that could still leave us in the authoritarian pane (Hillary), but left and down (shit, bias even in the axes of a "neutral" chart, fer gawdsake**). The Overton window has two axes, not one, and four panes.
And we can also see how the political discourse that the winger billionaires decided to purchase and structure thirty years ago, when they started building the VRWC, has skewed our world so insanely: Edwards is smack dab in the middle of the chart, and the middle is, as we have seen from Elizabeth, the restoration of Constitutional government. A position which our famously free press will doubtless start deriding as "extreme", impractical, and an example of pre-9/11 thinking. Before writing more stories about hair.
So, the reality-based community has a long way to go. We might be getting there. But the entire Beltway--including, and perhaps even especially, the Democrat consultant class--has a huge interest in keeping the Overton window stuck in exactly the position it is today (or moving it further right and up).
Shystee? You're the expert on this mode of thought. Corrections? Clarifications? Additions?
NOTE ** The authoritarian quadrant should be down. Closer to hell.
UPDATE See also comment here.