Could the two-party system be headed to oblivion, paving the way for a multi-party system? Ohio Gov. John Kasich predicts yes; history may be on his side.
Similar to what happened to the Whig Party, the Republicans — John Kasich being among them — lost touch with their base, which was partly the reason why Donald Trump rose to prominence in the first place. The Democrats suffer a similar problem, though their populist candidate Bernie Sanders could not overcome the establishment machine like Trump did with Republicans. All of this just means that both parties struggle with an identity crisis that could lead to popular new parties. Just ask the Whigs what happened when they faced a similar crisis.
Speaking on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday, Kasich said that both parties have failed the American people and a new “multi-party system” could be on the horizon.
Kasich, who has been rumored to challenge President Trump come 2020 (he has denied these rumors), said on Sunday that young people are seeking something purer than the two-party system.
“I want to support candidates who I believe want to take the high road. Those that want to create discord and those that want to put the party in front of the country, I’m not showing up,” he said.
He continued, “I will tell you another thing. We may be beginning to see the end of a two-party system. I’m starting to really wonder if we are going to see a multi-party system at some point in the future in this country. Because I don’t think either party is answering people’s deepest concerns and needs.”
John Kasich, who never had a shot during the 2015 primaries, said he does not plan to run for president again.
“I don’t think about it. You know what, because I can’t predict the future and I can’t do what is going to be expected of me at some level to serve my country. I don’t know what that means. I’m sorry. I just don’t know,” he said.
“And do I sit around at night and think do I want to go through running for president again? Did you ever try it? Go try it once and give me a call. See how much fun it is. We’ll see what the future brings.”