Originally Posted by NZ Benz
Thats a dream. Here the two major political parites are very close to eachother on policy, and thus attract the most votes as they appeal to voters from both sides. Thats why I think people like Guliani and to a certain extent Arnold out in California are still Republican enough to attract the core voters but liberal enough to eat into the Democratic base.
A man who has no dreams is small man.
I agree with your characterization of the two parties, but it is far, far more insidious than that. They have bent, twisted, and warped the voting geography to favor one party or the other in nearly every congressional district. At every juncture they have been desperate to limited access of 3rd parties to televised debates. They have scewed election laws in favor of the controlled voices of the two parties by limiting free speech before elections.
About 60% of the voters will never, ever vote for a candidate who is not a member of their party: This is the 30% of people who blindly support the current president and the 30% who blindly hate him. 40% of the voters can be swayed to either vote for an opposition candidate or to stay home, which is the form of vote that the majority of Americans choose to exercise.
Sway Democrats to vote for Rudy? Probably some proportion would do that. Whether it would be a large enough proportion to offset the loss of the 2nd Amendment and/or pro-life conservatives is, I think, open to question.
I'd like to see the 50% or so of Americans who do not vote in a general election to show-up and vote for any of the minor parties. That would shake the ruling parties to their bones. And they need it.