PRINCETON, NJ -- A majority of U.S. registered voters, 53%, say they are less enthusiastic about voting than in previous elections, while 35% are more enthusiastic. This 18-percentage-point enthusiasm deficit is larger than what Gallup has measured in prior midterm election years, particularly in 2010 when there was record midterm enthusiasm.Gee, I wonder why? Could it be that the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, is still busily stumping for a measure intended to guarantee Democrats control over Congress for the next several decades (or until the place starts to look like Mad Max)?
Third parties do not really work very well in American politics. The last successful third party was the Republicans -- and that was more than 150 years ago. But when so much of the Republican Party is fighting to find a way to get out ahead of the Democrats on gay marriage, open borders, and redistributing money to the billionaire class -- how much enthusiasm can voters actually develop?