If Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party aren’t allowed into the National Debates they will not receive the necessary media attention to have any shot at the Presidency. If they are allowed into the Debates their slim chances vastly increase. Considering the disgusting alternatives afforded to the American People a 3rd Party may actually have a shot this year.
The Commission of Presidential Debates enforces a minimum of 15% poll average to get a spot on the Podium. And they do this to preserve the Two Party system whom they serve. Despite pretending to “toy with the idea” of allowing 3rd Parties in anyways this year, they won’t.
In a political maneuver that would only seem strange or unexpected to an American, the Libertarians and the Greens “might” be able to reach that 15%. And they could do this by forming a coalition.
How political coalitions work in a nutshell. (For the Americans)
The largest party obviously gets the Presidency. In this scenario, the Libertarians bring so much more to the table that they would also get the VP spot. The Greens however could demand a few Departments (or Ministries as they are known everywhere else). Say Energy and Agriculture for this example.
The Libertarians would be able to push their policies from the White House while the Greens could exert influence with Secretaries of Energy and Agriculture. As a reward for their support the Libertarians may also push a few Green policies.
Obviously this would be a marriage of convenience as there is little in common between the two Party’s. But seeing as the alternative is exclusion and defeat, a coalition is perhaps their only hope. Together they may be able to break the 15% barrier. And then the sky is the limit!