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.