There is always talk about forming a third party or third party candidates or the effects of various third party candidates on the electoral process over the years. But actually the United States has already devolved into a third party political environment over the past 6 or 8 years and it has never become more apparent than now…after the 2016 elections.
Take a look at the evidence:
In Washington the Republican Party holds the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. And despite all of the kvetching in D.C. about obstructionist Democrats, the Republicans have blocked them from any and all decision and policy making processes. So the dysfunction is within the Republican Party itself…the ultra-conservative or tea party caucus and the moderate or traditional Republicans. It’s the failure of the GOP to come to its own consensus that keeps it from getting anything from its agenda actually passed.
In Madison Wi, the Republican Party holds the Assembly, the Senate and the Governor’s office. Yet they can’t even pass their biennial budget on time. It is now 3 weeks late…exactly because of the divisions described above…but on the state level.
At what point will the GOP either re-assimilate its outliers or split into two parties? And of course the Democratic Party isn’t that much different. Between the continued infighting from the Bernie and Hillary wings and the purist progressives vs. the ‘neo-liberals’ they aren’t going anywhere any time soon.