Originally Posted by KevinNYC
Your first point is irrelevant because we are not discussing legitimacy, but yes public opinion does have something to do being left right or center.
If something is in the mainstream it by definition is in the center. That is mutable and something that is in center can move to the margins or something on the margins can move to the mainstream.
So how do you determine if it's left or right then? Apparently if everyone agrees on it, it's a center position . . but if they don't? How do you decide then? Is it whether or not it has more support or not on the left or right?
Were the policies of Hugo Chavez centrist? In his own country? He seemed to enjoy a lot of public support.
I don't think that mainstream support of a policy means that it is a "centrist" position.