If you look out over the landscape and think that both sides are equally bad and that the answer is somewhere in the middle, then you aren’t looking very closely. In fact, you’re not looking at all. You’re letting a pre-existing concept (the vanity of your own conspicuous centrism and bipartisan goodness) warp your perceptions of reality.
The fact that the GOP isn’t getting chased out of town and harassed endlessly by adopting this policy shows just how skewed everyone’s center of gravity is. There really needs to be a seismic shift in how these things are perceived.