I wonder if we in Alabama have stumbled over a major political truth: both major political parties need periodic corrections to re-engage them toward the middle. Neither seeks a middle ground by itself; both are in response to whatever the other one lays out.
And third parties historically have been a crap shoot. They don't have the numbers or resources to make any headway.
Both parties have a tendency to go too far if left on their own; the other party provides something of a corrective against either's extreme. At least, that's the theory. However, it failed in 1972 (before Elvis's Era), and 2004, when both parties managed to come up with doofuses. On the other hand, 2008 was a good year. Halleluia!
I call this the opponent-process theory of politics, because the two parties, when they lay out their stances, do so as a countermeasure to the other party's position in an attempt to seem rational by comparison.
On the other hand, we could wind up with Donald the Trumpster and Nancy Fucking Pelosi running for president! If that's the case, then I'll spend Election Day hiding in a dumpster.
No, we'll just bag it and head down to Gulf Shores! There's just something about the drive downstate that makes things right.