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Talk of third parties and the greens is BS. A two-party system is built into our electoral mechanics and entrenched by tradition and history.  Furthermore, its not like the Democratic coalition of the Obama era is a dwindling rump of the population - it was huge and won the presidency twice, easily.  If the Greens want to get serious they need to start by building serious local parties and taking over small towns first.  The fact that this happens so rarely is a prime indication of how the Green party is more of a feel-good lobbying project, and not a party aspiring to governance.

"I'm going to stay home and show you how important my vote is!" is the kind of crap that insures leftists will be ignored year after year.  Why bother wooing an extreme demographic that demands serious policy compromises and threatens to drop out of the election entirely at the drop of the hat?

Unfortunately, that is EXACTLY the attitude I see from far, far too many Sanders supporters.

by Zwackus on Wed May 18th, 2016 at 05:29:19 PM EST
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Most third parties fade away, remain highly marginal or form legislative alliances with major parties. But sometimes one catches fire and the end result is a lot of members from other parties join and IT becomes one of the major parties - a political realignment, which was what happened to the American Whig Party, being completed by the election of Republican Abraham Lincoln. Other times there are realignments in which factions within a major party change parties, as with the Progressives joining the Democrats, transitioning beginning about 1916 and being complete with the election of FDR.

I don't know what, if anything, will happen with the progressives. I just doubt that, without a realignment, the current corrupt duopoly of Rep/Dem will be sufficiently able to deal with real world problems for the very government to survive even another decade. I don't see a workable path forward that doesn't involve dealing rather harshly with the US financial sector and those who it represents.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed May 18th, 2016 at 08:48:28 PM EST
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