Mario Mendoza was an all field no hit shortstop who played major league baseball from 1974 through 1982. His lifetime batting average was an anemic .215. But he often flirted with an average of .200 or lower.
Mendoza was such a light hitter, but such a good fielder, that a term was coined that refers to a position player whose offensive output is so bad that regardless of his fielding ability, his presence on a major league roster just can’t be justified. Usually that means someone with a batting average of .200 or less.
That’s the Mendoza line.
Now, we have the Oregon Republican Party flirting with the Political Mendoza line. That is, the point at which non affiliated and Independent voters outnumber the voters from a major party. And at which point the question becomes, does the current Oregon Republican Party really deserve to be considered a “major” party when there are more independent voters that Republicans?
As described in Washington County Independents , both Republican and Democratic Parties continue to shrink as the big and small “i” i/Independents continue to grow.