Time to End theTwo-Party System?

More politicians -- and more voters -- are feeling out of place in either the Democratic or Republican Party.

In just a few days, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will have to make a fateful decision -- whether to abandon his fight for the GOP Senate nomination and seek election as an independent. A lifelong Republican considered for the vice presidential nomination and once seen as GOP presidential prospect, Crist has fallen far behind conservative challenger Marco Rubio in the primary. Though Crist’s GOP credentials were once unchallenged, his embrace of President Obama’s stimulus money (and of Obama himself in a now fateful photo) has made him the target of Tea Party activists.

In Arizona, meanwhile, former presidential candidate John McCain is fighting for his political life against a more conservative primary challenger, ex-Rep. J.D. Hayworth. In an effort to move to the right, McCain now denies the maverick label he once championed, says he made a mistake in voting for the 2008 financial bailout, and no longer supports a comprehensive immigration bill. Just last week he went so far as to accuse illegal immigrants of “intentionally crashing cars on the freeway” in an interview on Fox. (I guess he thinks they’re eager to be arrested by Arizona police, who will soon be newly empowered to put illegal immigrants in jail.)

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Mark Willen
Senior Political Editor, The Kiplinger Letter