In an Intelligence^2 debate, Arianna Huffington and David Brooks argued in favor of the resolution, “the two party system is making America ungovernable,” while Zev Chafets and P.J. O’Rourke argued against it. The entire debate, along with accompanying information, can be viewed here.
Interestingly – aside from how interesting the debate itself and the fact that it’s a group of people from the mainstream media talking about this – a poll of the audience was conducted before and after the debate. Beforehand, 46 percent were in favor and 40 percent against (that is, 46 percent thought the two party system is making America ungovernable). Afterward, 50 percent were in favor and only 24 percent were against.
Correction: The 40 percent and 24 percent figures were actually reversed, which is interesting in its own way, but perhaps less relevant to our blog’s mission! Thanks to Pete Healy for that tip.