I just had a fairly terrifying thought. If a strong, viable and popular third party party can't rise up in the middle of THIS partisan disaster, maybe it never CAN. Is it possible that independent and moderate voices are now so unwelcome in both "major" parties that they will no longer be allowed to see the light of day? Did we, as country, shut the door to independent and moderate thought so quickly and so firmly that they simply no longer have a place? I hope I'm wrong here. .