Andrew Yang's and Christine Todd Whitman's “Forward Party”
Think piece/Open Discussion
Andrew Yang, a former Democratic presidential candidate, and Christine Todd Whitman, the former Republican governor of New Jersey, have come together to create the “Forward Party.” The party is being pitched more like a political action committee than a party itself. They don’t run in general races and instead back supporters within the two major primaries. Honestly, this route is likely the best to go in terms of avoiding a vote split.
Many have stated the “Forward Party” has dropped the ball with no foundation being laid out for the platform. There are citings of three vague principles on their website and this lack of information will just lead to everyone viewing the party based on the stances of the founders. It is a party that supports the UBI, mainly because this is the main proponent of Andrew Yang’s presidential run in 2020. There is nothing written to indicate any view that is different throughout the party.
Other people will imprint their own interpretations of what the party supports in a general sense. However, once again, it will be based on their knowledge of the party founders. When forming a new party, many have criticized the “Forward Party” by claiming they need to prep some solid positions before launching to the public. For Andrew Yang and his partner specifically, what is your stance on Abortion? Where do you stand on Climate Change? Where do you stand on Corporate America? Where do you stand with Welfare Programs? Where do you stand on Healthcare, Immigration, and Free Trade? It is an endless mountain of foundation that has to be laid out.
There has to be something to chew besides just a name.
It may also too be a terrible time in history to push the third part. The “Forward Party” would just siphon votes away from the Democratic party and help the MAGA Christian Nationalists solidify the supposed “Red Wave” come November and 2024 alike. Yes, it sucks that our only choices are a flawed and lost Democratic Party and then the Republican Party with its own issues. However, right now is more of a critical time to iron out those issues.
A third party right now would create the Ross Perot effect. Ross’s third party appealed to the Republicans who weren’t happy with their own party. Enough people voted for Ross Perot that it actually turned out to help Bill Clinton to win the presidency.
It will not be an easy game for a third party to come into play — if they ever do. The “Forward Party” will not win the election, all they will do is miss out on votes for the Democratic party and make it easier to create an actual “Red Wave,” which currently is something of a myth…