We Need to Talk About Reactionary Centrists – Member Feature Stories – Medium

Reactionary centrism is an ideological stance that isn’t really centrist at all. It can elevate a speaker in the mainstream media as a liberal-ish critic of liberalism and make someone feel good about being above it all and not taking sides, but it’s increasingly a stance that leads to sloppy thinking, especially as the Republican party continues to lurch rightward and away from democratic rule.
We Need to Talk About Reactionary Centrists – Member Feature Stories – Medium

I used to call this hippie punching. agreeing with liberal principals while attacking actual liberals based on straw man liberal caricatures.