What are the prospects of a 3rd party ever becoming a substantial political force in the US? From what I can see the only two possibilities are with the Greens and Libertarians. Does anyone think that either of these two could ever attain any kind of 'critical mass' to make an ideological splash on US politics? Is there anyone here that bothers "wasting" a vote on any of them? Or will their influence be limited to 'siphoning' votes from the two main parties? That actually presents an 'interesting' problem. Personally, I think the Greens are going to leave the Libertarians in the dust. Libertarianism sounds great from a distance, but I think when you look at the core implications -- which to me are basically anarchic -- many people are turned off. The Greens, on the other hand, actually stand a chance of building some political momentum. The implications of that sure look nasty for the Dems. Will they ever reclaim the White House? Discuss.