Arlo Guthrie, Unexpected Republican

guthrieDeborah Solomon had this interesting exchange with folksinger Arlo Guthrie in this weekend's New York Times Magazine:

Where are you politically these days?

I became a registered Republican about five or six years ago because to have a successful democracy you have to have at least two parties, and one of them was failing miserably. We had enough good Democrats. We needed a few more good Republicans. We needed a loyal opposition.