Could a new political party defang radical politicians?

Source: Washington Post
by Jennifer Rubin

“Pundits and political scientists have claimed for years that there is no hope for a third party. The structural advantages for a two-party system and voters’ aversion to ‘throwing away their votes’ pose a major hurdle for alternative candidates. Yet in a couple of states, alternate parties thrive. In New York, the Conservative Party and the Working Families Party both endorse candidates. In the case of the Conservative Party, such candidates may also run on the Republican Party line. These sort of ‘fusion parties’ used to be common throughout the 19th century, but the entrenched parties set about to outlaw them to protect their political turf. Now, as Republicans leap into the abyss of the MAGA movement, such parties might once again serve a useful purpose.” (06/08/22)