Why do eight radicals hold power over the entire US House of Representatives?
This is what happens.
Yes, yes, I know, the US is a two party – wings of one party if you like – system. But there’s no party discipline at all. Each seat decides, alone, who runs for it. There’s no national imposition of candidates. Thus we end up with woldly different views making int into the House. Just as we would with any system of PR. And that makes the weirdos the kingmakers. PR gives more power to the fringe groups that is.
Think of PR in the Commons. On the current voting intentions we’d have a big Reform group, a big Green one, and some combination of one – or even both – of those plus two of the three LibDem, Labour and Tory would be required for a majority. Well, probably.
And having either Reform or Green in government is going to lead to lower influence of the extremists, is it?