Earlier this summer, a group of anti-Trump and moderate Republicans and Democrats launched a new political party called the Forward Party. On the surface, this movement echoes recent polls indicating that Americans have a growing appetite for a third party. With former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang and former Department of Homeland Security official Miles Taylor spearheading the effort, the party has attracted a lot of media attention.
The purpose of the party is straightforward. One senior adviser to the Forward Party, former Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly, told me on the “iGen Politics” podcast I co-host that the party is a “home for voters who don’t feel represented in our two-party system.” Intriguing at first glance.
But despite its appeal, introducing a new political party may not be the best way to bring independents and former Republicans into the political fold.