Cokie Roberts: System should be “rigged” against 3rd Parties

Roberts: Why a third party might happen
By Steve and Cokie Roberts

Unlike countries with parliamentary systems, American politics is rigged against third parties. We have one party and one president in power at a time. No coalitions. (And that’s a good thing; this country is too big and diverse to tolerate an array of splinter parties.) In 1992, Ross Perot received 19 percent of the vote but ended up with nothing – no cabinet post, no Congressional seat. In 1998, Germany’s Green Party got 6.7 percent and earned 47 places in parliament and three cabinet slots.

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