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  •  Third Parties only matter as spoilers (0+ / 0-)

    The fact is that both major parties are owned by the same Powers that Be.  Like Lawyers, they have rigged the game so that you really can't play without them - thereby assuring their livelihood.

    As I recall, John Anderson used to draw high single digits in the late '70's and early 80's, and didn't make a hill of beans worth of impact in any election.  Ross Perot and Ralph Nader were spoilers for GHWB and Al Gore.  Without Nader, Gore becomes president.  Then again, without Perot, Gore never becomes Vice President, so,...he could never have been spoiled by Nader.  Weird, huh?

    As things are going, someday, the Democratic Party will be the center-right mainstream party of the establishment.  It will be made up of centrist conservadems and all of the sane republicans from everywhere but the deep south.  It will be run by, and for, the Powers that Be, to preserve stability and the status quo.  The GOP will have gone too far to the right fringe and will have become unelectable everywhere but the deep south - which won't be good enough to ever win the presidency or the Senate.  When that happens, the Powers that Be will jump ship and complete their take-over (re:  buy-out) of the Democratic Party.  It will be a socially tolerant (with some homophobia and subtle racism), and economically Darwinist party.  The progressive wing will jump ship and start a third party to the far left of center, which will also be rendered unelectable by the MSM and the establishment powers.

    This is not what I want to see, but it's where I see this going barring some tectonic shift like a major war (think WWII) or complete financial meltdown (think Great Depression) that can cause a major realignment.  

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