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Republican Annihilation Is Not Likely

Kyll-Why-T Wrote: Jan 28, 2013 11:03 AM
I would suggest that it has more to do with a lack of funding for 3rd parties as well as a lack of truly top tier candidates. Look at 1992 when Ross Perot spent a pile of cash and nearly got a viable 3rd party up and running. They were included in the presidential debates, held some congressional seats and even a governorship or two. But as they failed to continue finding good charismatic candidates the bit of money that was there dried up and by 2002 the Independece party was pretty much a thing of the past. Find a source of money and a good spokesperson/leader and you'll have a 3rd party.
These days, our political parties are defined by their presidents. Their policies and their programs tend to become their respective parties' orthodoxies.

And the perceived success or failure of those policies and programs tends to determine how the parties' candidates, even those who don't support many of them, do at the polls.

This has been especially true in the past two decades, in which fewer Americans have been splitting their tickets or changing their minds from election to election than was the case from the 1950s to the 1980s.

For years, white Southerners voted Republican or for a third-party candidate in presidential elections and...