I think it's a bit daft for *anybody* to cast doubt on the idea that the US process is heavily stacked against third-party involvement. The names of exactly two parties are cast in stone in the legislation which governs the (eg) primaries of those exactly-two named parties. A Democrat polling at 1% gets a spot in the presidential debates, but an independent polling at 14% is barred. Two points to Matt. But suggesting that Obama's campaign gets its money 'the same way' as McCain and/or the RNC in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary... One point away again, imho. jh PS: On what planet is Sen. Paul not a "career politician" ?