There's a Columbus Dispatch columnist (Joe Hallet) who describes himself as independent and a moderate. So I occasionally reverse his statements and see if I can imagine them coming from a moderate.
"Latta and Buehrer don't like big government, unions or abortion. They like God in government, tax cuts and guns."Becomes:
"Latta and Buehrer don't like small government, business or the right to life. They like godlessness in government, tax hikes and gun control."I suggest that he feels free to paint right-leaning positions as stark - in order to portray conservatives as radicals and thus offensive to center-leaning Ohioans - while never painting liberal positions that way.