How many actual political parties are there in the US?

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    The Christie thread got me thinking. Assuming we could somehow escape the stranglehold of our ridiculous two party system, how many political parties do you think could have a legitimate showing in US politics. My first inclination is four parties. A hard left, a moderate party, a religious right, and a libertarian party. I suppose an argument could also be made for a green party, but that might just be assumed by the hard left. Perhaps a Green party could hold some sway, or it might be consumed by the hard left. Again, this is assuming no more two party system, just a straight ideological vote.
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    Four would be a good start, but i'd argue a hard-left big government social liberal, hard-right big government social conservative, libertarian and some muddled wishy-washy holdouts from the current party system.
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    Your hard right big govt social conservative is probably pretty similar to my religious right party.
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    I wonder if there could be a religious small gov and a religious big gov party.
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    Unless religion influenced politics, I'm not sure the point. And if it did, it wouldn't be small government.
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    How about small government, non religious, Conservative party (Libertarian + ability to go to war when we should)
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    Fiscally was the word I left out
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    Yeah, the more thought I put into it you are right on.
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    I think a party along these lines would draw quite a few people. There are many who would favor smaller gov but want little to do with the religious right.
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    Yep. I think it would win in a land slide
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    That was the tea party until the squad overtook them.
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    God squad that is
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    That's precisely what the Libertarian party already is. Think Neal Boortz.
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    Id like a slightly stiffer stance regarding national security than what most libertarians do
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    Well libertarians are fine on national defense, where they lose most Republicans is their lack of support for national offense.
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    I thought we already had a Green and Libertarian party, and a few other ones.
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    God bless him but Gary Johnson just isn't very charismatic.
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    sadly too many people vote on charisma without substance.

    Could be why we ended up with Bush and Obama, its time for a change.

    If he runs he will get my vote again.

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