Sarah Palin’s flirtation with third party politics has inspired Jeffery Lord to write this article at American Spectatoron the history of third parties in general. Describing the “third party paradox” Lord says:
It is always an abysmal failure.
While being a spectacular success.
It has never elected a President of the United States.
It has elected some of history’s most important Presidents of the United States.
How can this be?