I'm still holding onto a shred of hope that the Tea Party might actually save this country.
I know, bear with me.
My hope is that the TP could manage to actually peel the lunatic fringe off of the Republican party into a separate group. If it worked, the Greens might do the same with the Democrats, and leave the Libertarians without the fringe right wing influence and able to be more centrist.
So instead of a far-right vs slightly-left-of-center two party system, we end up with a reasonably strong moderate left and moderate right, plus three smaller but still formidable parties occupying the far left, far right, and center.
And then we might actually have some real choice and a chance to institute instant runoff voting.
It probably won't happen, but I can dream.