I wonder… say the American “Tea Party” movement did have some real numbers to it, and they’re telling the truth when they say they don’t support the Republican Party either, and if the voters they chip away from the Republicans were to give more and more elections to Democrats, then might their existence be enough to make the Republicans finally support preference voting? If the Republicans look at their base slipping away, and those votes going to “Tea Party” candidates and no further, and the Democrats benefiting from the division, might they finally be persuaded that preference voting is a good thing for democracy? Because it’s temporarily in their interests?
Do they love the cosy little duopoly they’ve got with the Democrats more than they love retaining their seats?
Remember, a situation like the above is why we introduced preference voting in Australia.
I suspect I’m being optimistic – the reality is that the “Tea Party” movement are sheep that’ll get angry about “big government” and the “corrupt big parties” one day and vote for the Republicans the next; and it would take a LOT of lost elections due to the split-off before the Republicans would consider anything that threatens their cosy arrangement. And in the meantime they’ve got lots of money to throw at convincing Tea Partiers to stop helping the hated Democrats.
But imagine if the US system wasn’t beyond repair. Citizens finally waking up to the bullsh!t they’re being forced to swallow from the establishment – and its corporate owners – might actually achieve something positive.