Not surprised. Soon the uber unbalanced conservatives can live entirely within heir bubble, only stepping out occasionally to buy stuff from Amazon or argue with everyone else.
I hope the tea party fades soon and that the Republican Party is taken over by sane folks. I vote democratic because they're not shouting bigoted things from the rooftops as much as the republicans. So basically as long as the republican party is like this, democrats get a monopoly and don't have to fix their huge problems.
Yeah. To be honest, I think the lack of power for more than the big two parties in the States is a problem. As long as only 1 or 2 parties have a hold on things, there's a lot of room for abuses. More than two at least mean that competition becomes more necessary than corruption.
The problem is that we'd have to change our voting system to make third parties more mathematically viable without causing the spoiler effect and other issues, and IIRC it's actually baked into the Constitution, so it would require an amendment.
More that First-Past-The-Post voting is baked in, and it mathematically means that if you develop parties, it means it's difficult for a third party to get any real mindshare without either a spoiler effect or supplanting one of the existing two main parties. Especially in the US, where getting a significant majority of people to agree on anything is... obviously problematic.
You'd have to get a third of the country to unite around a third party to achieve a workable equilibrium; not very likely... especially when you consider that neither the Green Party nor the Libertarian Party are the centrist party needed. The Green Party just splits the Democrats and the Libertarian Party splits the Republicans. I guess if you could somehow get both parties to split exactly in half at the same... but that doesn't seem likely, since the Green Party is currently much too weak and impractical to attract the number needed.
And there's the other rub, I guess. Third Parties might help out disenfranchised right-wingers since the Libertarian Party is halfway competent, but leftists are still out to dry because the Green Party is nigh useless.
Which brings me right back to my comment about the image problem. Part of the reason why the US keeps creeping right is because even though the views of the populace actually skew to the left, the left has often had a very bad image problem. And the entire reason why the left is gaining any ground now is because the conservative PR campaign is finally starting to crash and burn more often while the Dems have really stepped up their image selling. Problem is, the Greens are still in the "ideology matters more than image" segment of the left, while the Libertarians are slowly making inroads on picking up the conservative PR baton.