Ron Fournier of National Journal has this essay about the plausibility that the next presidential election will see the birth of a new political party. Although the article is newsworthy, Fournier’s use of the term “two-party system” is flawed. He seems to use “two-party system” as a synonym for the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, taken together. Many others use the term in the same way. However, the term was coined in 1911 to describe any system in which two particular parties are far larger than all the other parties. It was first applied to the British party system. But Britain has never been without third parties big and powerful enough to elect multiple members of the House of Commons. Thanks to PoliticalWire for the link.