Anderson Cooper’s blog at CNN is carrying an article asking, “What would it take to become a three-party nation?” The article is written by David Gewirtz, Director of the US Strategic Perspective Institute.
American politics hasn’t always been dominated by the Democratic and Republican parties.
The Democratic Party didn’t arrive on the scene until 1828 and it took until 1854 for the early “modern” Republican party to enter the game.
Strangely enough, from 1792 to 1824, there was actually a “Democratic-Republican Party”. That would almost be like having Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner on the same side. It boggles the mind.
Founding father John Adams famously described political parties as “the greatest political evil.” Adams was a wise man.
Although Democrats and Republicans have been around for a long time, we’ve also had other major parties – including Federalists, Whigs, and even Teddy Roosevelt’s Bull Moose party.
And now we have the Tea Party and/or the Conservative Party.
What are the chances that the Tea Partiers or Conservatives will form a viable third party? And if they did, where would they get their strength from? And who would they hurt?
The entire article is well-worth reading–it can be found here.