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RoyalTea
04-26-11, 04:12 PM
The last non-Republican, non-Democrat to sit in the Oval Office was a Whig, over 160 years ago.

Assuming that neither the Republican Party nor the Democratic Party change their names, will we ever see another president who isn't from either party?

Th0r S1mpson
04-26-11, 04:15 PM
Yes.

Solid Snake
04-26-11, 04:17 PM
Heavily doubt we'd see it in my life time (i'm only 24). People like to feel like they belong to something. If an independent came along...I'd be amazed if people would back it.

RoyalTea
04-26-11, 04:24 PM
And I know I'm missing the "Yes, but in over 100 years option," but that's because I don't believe there will be a USA in 100 years.

BearFan
04-26-11, 04:46 PM
I think it is possible, Perot had a decent shot (had he not self destructed). I can see a scenario where things are genrally bad, there is an incumbant with poor ratings and a week challenger from the opposition party when an ideal 3rd party candidate could pick off enough of the vote.

JasonF
04-26-11, 04:49 PM
Some time between "Never" and "What -- are you high?"

PopcornTreeCt
04-26-11, 04:49 PM
Never.

wendersfan
04-26-11, 05:08 PM
When we change the electoral laws, i.e., the Constitution, drastically enough so that such a thing is remotely possible.

wmansir
04-26-11, 05:14 PM
I think it is possible, Perot had a decent shot (had he not self destructed). I can see a scenario where things are genrally bad, there is an incumbant with poor ratings and a week challenger from the opposition party when an ideal 3rd party candidate could pick off enough of the vote.

+1, and that 3rd party candidate will probably be a celebrity.

Jason
04-26-11, 05:26 PM
I think it is possible, Perot had a decent shot (had he not self destructed). I can see a scenario where things are genrally bad, there is an incumbant with poor ratings and a week challenger from the opposition party when an ideal 3rd party candidate could pick off enough of the vote.

If Perot had waited 8 years (and not self destructed) it would have been his for the asking in 2000.

Superboy
04-26-11, 05:28 PM
It doesn't matter.

Political parties represent the people, which is why the two parties are so similar. They would have to change to meet the needs of the populace or go extinct.

Th0r S1mpson
04-26-11, 05:28 PM
Were you to take this poll 10 years ago, it would seem far more likely than an African American president in our lifetime.

OldDude
04-26-11, 05:33 PM
When the wing-beats of flying pigs chill Hell to the point of freezing over.

eXcentris
04-26-11, 05:56 PM
Looks like anyone with some Irish heritage has a shot. :)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13166265

NORML54601
04-26-11, 06:15 PM
yes, within the next 50 years.

sracer
04-26-11, 06:30 PM
Never.