(ThinkProgress) -- Billionaire-turned-politician Howard Schultz began his Tuesday by announcing that he knows nothing about either American history or political science.
Someone less drunk on their own self-confidence might expect Mr. Schultz to cite a single example of an American third party prevailing in a presidential race before trotting out the words “as un-American as you can get.” But he can’t because no such thing exists.
To be sure, there are examples of major parties collapsing and eventually being replaced by a different major party — such as when the Whig Party disappeared and was eventually replaced by the Republican Party. But even this hasn’t happened recently. The two party contest between Democrats and Republicans has been remarkably stable since the Civil War.
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