Bangor Daily News: ‘the two-party standoff would end if another party asserted itself’

The Bangor Daily News is a newspaper in Bangor, Maine, which has former Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Pat Lamarche as a columnist and where the Greens have had moderate success.  In an editorial, the paper stated:

It’s a long shot, but the two-party standoff would end if another party asserted itself. The Tea Party may provide that impetus, although its recent convention was more of an Obama-bashing festival. Or maybe the Libertarian Party, which saw new life in the presidential candidacy of Ron Paul. The Green Party also could provide a third way.

When the views of Ralph Nader, said to be on the far left, and Pat Buchanan, said to be on the far right, begin to sound harmonious on some issues, it suggests Democrats and Republicans have imposed a two-dimensional view of politics that is not accurate. A viable centrist or other third party could force a sort of parliamentary approach in Congress, creating coalitions and compromise.

11 thoughts on “Bangor Daily News: ‘the two-party standoff would end if another party asserted itself’

  1. Green Party fan

    Pat LaMarche is a great American Heroine, and strong Green Party leader!

    Adored and Admired.

    Tea Party folks should (and already have in some places) join the Green Party where they can put true fiscal conservatives on the ballot.

  2. Northern Exposure

    Alaska could be said to have a four party system at this time. Though neither party currently has any elected partisan officeholders now, both the Alaska LP and the Alaskan Independence Party have in the past. Also, both parties continue to play active roles in local and statewide politics.

  3. Dale Sheldon-Hess

    Ah, of course; “active rolls”. Doing something like “influencing political discourse,” I’m sure.

    Come on, if you haven’t got seats, you’re certainly not part of any party system. Even sometimes when you DO have seats…

  4. Don Lake ........... rearraigning the deck chairs ??????

    Green Party fan // Feb 18, 2010:
    “Pat LaMarche is a great American Heroine, and strong Green Party leader! Adored and Admired” [ ????????]

    ——— Agent Provocateur DESPISED from coast to coast and boarder to boarder, in and out of the GP!

    “Tea Party folks should (and already have in some places) join the Green Party where they can put true fiscal conservatives on the ballot.”

    ———- Huh ??????

  5. Mike Indiana

    Green Party fan, (Who is actually a member of the non-green Indy Greens of Virginia)

    “Tea Party folks should (and already have in some places) join the Green Party where they can put true fiscal conservatives on the ballot.”

    Please stop acting like you have anything to do with the Green Party, the Indy Greens of virginia are neither part of the wider green political movement or even Green! the Tea Party movement is in many ways the polar opposite of the Green Party, and most real greens would rather have no candidate then a “Tea Party” activist as there candidate.

    Your Indy Greens on the other hand have no principles when it comes to candidates, the party endorses any Independent and third party candidate that comes along, and often the candidates you endorse – do not seek and do not want your endorsement. In the past (2005) the Indy Greens have even fraudulently claimed candidates of other parties (and Independents) as your own, on a candidate list provided to the state of virginia. Further more the few candidates who have actually appeared on the ballot as Indy Greens (the party has claimed full congressional slates in the past but only a couple candidates actually appeared on the ballot as Indy Greens) have been all over the political spectrum, but usally social conservatives (such as the Indy Green – presidential nominees (the constitution party candidates) in 2004 and especially 2008 when the party sold its ballot line to the Constitution Party for $25,000. The Indy Greens state running is winning which is good because no Indy Green candidate has ever been elected, to any office not even dog catcher!!! You may claim to be a ‘Green Party Fan’ but the reality is the indy greens were formed because of the ego of Carey Campbell who after failing to fraudulently take over a local affiliate of the Green Party of Virginia decideed to form a seperate political party which he has been the head of since its inception. The fraudulent indy greens are a joke in both the wider green party movement, and third party politics as a whole.

    Besides the Indy Greens fetish for light rail (which the party seems to believe will bring world peace), the party has no principles and will endorse or offer its ballot line to any tom, dick, or harry that comes along – if Hitler was alive and running for public office in Virginia he would surely be an Indy Green candidate!

  6. Dave Schwab

    “There’s no such thing as a three-party system.”

    Politics in both the UK and Canada has been dominated by three parties for years. In the UK, the Liberal Democrats arose to challenge the Conservative/Labour duopoly; in Canada, the New Democrats arose to challenge the Conservative/Liberal duopoly. Both countries have first-past-the-post voting, altho that could change if the UK holds a referendum on ranked choice voting.

    There are also countries that use proportional representation that could be said to have a three party system. In Australia and New Zealand, Green parties hold seats in the legislature as well as the longer-established conservative/labor parties.

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