Dohiyi Mir
    In Which NTodd Says His Peace

Wednesday, November 05, 2003
Go to the new DM blog.

The Two-Party System

In Japan, it would be a new thing:

Nobody expects Japan's main opposition party to dethrone Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's ruling Liberal Democrats in elections this weekend. But they might pull within range of another elusive goal -- the creation of a viable two-party system.

Capitalizing on voter frustration with government waste, a long stagnant economy and successive scandals under the Liberal Democratic Party, the opposition Democrats are putting up the most serious challenge to the ruling bloc in years.

"This election is also about whether we can create a new Japanese democracy," Democratic leader Naoto Kan has told voters. "Whether we can build a two-party system depends on the outcome of this election."

And at home, we might be edging closer to a expanding our system as well:

Twenty-eight percent of those surveyed by Gallup, CNN and USA Today in mid-September said they had voted for an Independent or third-party candidate for president in the past.

In a separate question, 23 percent said they would like to see 2000 Green Party presidential nominee Ralph Nader run for president in 2004, but 66 percent would not.

In the mid-October Princeton Survey Research Associates/Pew Research Center poll, 46 percent agreed that the United States should have a third major political party; 44 percent disagreed. In the late October ABC News/Washington Post poll, 47 percent said we should have one or two more political parties in addition to the Democratic and Republican parties, but 51 percent said the two parties are enough.

This election year, let's focus on getting one party out of power first, then let's re-engineer the system.


June 2003 July 2003 August 2003 September 2003 October 2003 November 2003 December 2003 January 2004 February 2004 March 2004 April 2004 May 2004 April 2007


Best New Blog finalist - 2003 Koufax Awards

A non-violent, counter-dominant, left-liberal, possibly charismatic, quasi anarcho-libertarian Quaker's take on politics, volleyball, and other esoterica.

Lo alecha ha-m'lacha ligmor, v'lo atah ben chorin l'hibateyl mimenah.

For more about me, go to You can also e-mail me at

My Weather Stations
Newark WX/Webcam
Fletcher WX

Donate to my Fox lawsuit legal fund (via Paypal or Amazon). Alternately, you can buy me stuff off my Amazon Wish List.

check to have all links open new windows

Boot Bush! Donate to the DNC today
Donate to the DNC

Single Donations: 2 = $170
Sustainer Donations: 1 = $40
Recurring Donations: 0 = $0
Total Donations: 3 = $210

Contribute to John Kerry

Total Donations: 13
Total Dollars: $750
Average Donation: $57.69

Give to MoveOn


Dean is still the messenger.
We are still the message.

My goodness! Rummy loves
these fair and balanced blogs:

The Coalition

Cairo wonders when I'll be fair
and balanced and go throw sticks...

Listed on Blogwise

Powered by Blogger