In a recent interview for Politico, US Representative Michele Bachmann stated the following: "There was a real question, even 18 months ago, about whether the tea party would become a third party. I worked really hard to pull them to our party because we have to have a two-party system. I have been able to bring a voice and motivate people to, in effect, put that gavel in John Boehner’s hands, so that Republicans can lead going forward."
A few questions come to mind. Is the "two-party system" in the US Constitution? Is it detailed in the United States Code? Was it given by Moses on Mt. Sinai, or in Washington's Farewell Address? If so, then would a third party be illegal? If so, then how did Abraham Lincoln become President, since in 1860, he ran as the first Republican nominee (a brand new third party) in a four-party General Election?
There may be a convenient "two party system" inside the sadly twisted matrix of Washington, D.C. but in the land where most Americans live, such a system is a joke. The vast majority of American voters are not aligned or members of either the Democrats or Republicans and not because they are too stupid to understand what's good for them.
There is a profound amount of history on this subject that is not discussed inside the Beltway or on cable news or talk radio. If you like, you can download the book Free Agents, for FREE at aproundtable.org to learn more. Maybe a few thousand in the Tea Party movement should email the link to Mrs. Bachmann. Obviously she considers herself the agent who converted the Tea Party into a Republican sub-group.
Was there a memo or news release on that conversion that we missed?