Holy ballsack, a new contro post!
This election cycle is peculiar. Voters are flocking to "outsider" candidates in greater numbers than ever before. Establishment candidates are doing far worse than expected across the entire political spectrum. Following the surprise success of Drumpf and Sanders, all the candidates seem to be trying to out-outsider each other. Even the ones who are clearly party establishment (Bush, Clinton).
People have criticized both parties before, but anti-party sentiment now seems to be at a new high. Many liberals seem convinced that the DNC is discreetly trying to sabotage Bernie's campaign to ensure Hillary's success, and conservatives have had a borderline hostile relationship with their party leadership since the end of Dubya's presidency. Differences between each party's sub-factions have been growing more profound.
Of the two parties, Republicans are facing the bigger crisis -- and it may reach a breaking point if Drumpf or Cruz wins the nomination. Various establishment officials have said their nomination could be the beginning of the end. Of course, those are the two most likely to win at this point.
Though it feels like we've been ruled by the same parties forever, the United States has been governed by other parties in the past -- all of which gradually dissolved and/or restructured over time. Depending on who you ask, we're either on our fifth or sixth party system. You know, like how LA has had different "sets" of dorms.
See here for a primer on extinct US parties and their evolution into the current ones.
So, are we facing the imminent collapse/split of at least one of America's political parties?