Ezra Klein takes Friedman to task:
The worst illusion pundits foist on the populace is the idea that if we just elect the right guy (or gal) to be president, everything will be fine. It won't be. If you don't like how our laws are being made, you have to change how our laws are being made. And that doesn't mean changing the president, who's not even in the branch of government that makes our laws. Elect Ralph Nader, or some other hard-charging third-party candidate with a penchant for applause lines, and everything will just be filibustered to death. "He probably did the best he could do," some pundit will say, "and that’s the point. The best our current three parties can produce today is suboptimal."
Four-party system, anyone?