I think of independents as a herd of cats, a pack of dogs, a murder of crows, and a gaggle of geese, all wrapped together with a word that means little more than rejection of the two party system in general and the two parties we have, in particular. Trending more left than right over the past few cycles, they are Libertarian on bedroom issues, pragmatic on budget issues, fair minded up to a point, and all over the place on everything else.
With the baggers coalescing around an agenda of racism and hate, only the lunatic fringe will want to associate them. The remaining "clean" independents will trend more left than right, but not all the way to progressive by any stretch.
Progressive ideological views are, by definition, not centrist. Independents, as a practical matter, are largely centrist. The job of progressive activists is to help these centrists understand that a calculated shift to the center left is good for everyone in America except the richest of the greedy rich. A calculated shift to the center left is good for business (e.g., gets companies out of being healthcare mediators), good for government (e.g., rewards competence and excellence), good for individuals (personal freedom, equal opportunity, reliable and well-maintained public services, safety and security).
Are we doing a good job articulating that vision? Hell no. Will independents reject it in favor of the teabaggin' fringe? Not likely.
BlueNC is dedicated to making North Carolina a more progressive and prosperous state. If your intention is to disrupt this effort, please find somewhere else to express your opinions.