• Our plurality voting system with the winner take all tends to favor a two party system - this is known as Duvergers Law.....

    This is from Wikipedia:

    "In political science, Duverger's law is a principle which asserts that a plurality rule election system tends to favor a two-party system. This is one of two hypotheses proposed by Duverger, the second stating that “the double ballot majority system and proportional representation tend to multipartism.”[1]

    The discovery of this tendency is attributed to Maurice Duverger, a French sociologist who observed the effect and recorded it in several papers published in the 1950s and 1960s.

    In the course of further research, other political scientists began calling the effect a “law” or principle…….........

    A proportional representation (PR) system creates the electoral conditions necessary to foster (multi) party development while a plurality system marginalizes many smaller political parties, resulting in what is known as a two-party system."

    Our country has been a two party system from inception. There were multiple parties prior to the Civil War. At the time the Republican Party was a third party that replaced the dying Whig Party. That was about the only time a third party was successful.

    November 7, 2011 at 7:21 p.m.
  • This is a good subject that's brought up every four years by people who are not satisfied with the leading candidates of a particular party.

    The two- party system is far from perfect but I don't see where third party will remedy that. Congress is made up of democrats and republicans that are in gridlock right now, adding a third party won't help that. Political parties change when they have to.

    I'm not against a third party but I know its limitations and drawbacks. I think campaign finance reform is a better approach. Turning over redistricting to a non partial commission is another good approach. We could also try limiting the campaign season and move toward rewarding politicians who don't take PAC money and are public financed.

    A third party can be used as a good leverage against the two major parties, if they can attract credible candidates.

    November 7, 2011 at 2:24 p.m.
  • Do we really have two parties? I only see one party with two departments.

    November 7, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.
  • Trying to say all the best politicians are in one party is like trying to say all the best football players are on the Cowboys. If you want an All-Star team with the best players, you will need to get players from all teams. This political bickering along party lines is very anti- the-American-people. Shame on the Dems and Repubs. Why didn't the Advocate mention Montana with NO political parties.

    November 7, 2011 at 1:56 p.m.