At least someone has a shred of dignity
Congratulations to James Dever:
Also congratulations to the Green Party of North Carolina. And then of course you have the Forward Party, whose leader Andrew Yang is apparently tired of playing footsie with the major parties. As this article says:
Forward plans to get legal recognition in 15 states by the end of this year, twice that number in 2023 and in almost all states by the end of 2024.
So they're serious. As Krystal Ball points out, however, the Forward Party's proclaimed perspective is "centrist," which is to say that Yang wants to form another money party:
Of course America doesn't need another money party. But you can see that the People's Party isn't going to go anywhere if it continues to expel participants as a substitute for horizontalist organization. The Forward Party, however, has attracted some negative attention in the Democratic Party's "fool the people" organ: The Nation magazine. Here's Joan Walsh's main complaint:
He found two older, retired Republicans, former Florida representative David Jolly and former New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman, to give him bipartisan cover for what is essentially an attack on Democrats. Because the law of third-party dynamics is: The party the new group is closest to is the party that will suffer if the new group gathers mass. Obviously, that party is the Democrats.
Oh those poor Democrats! How dare Andrew Yang meddle with their 50-year plan after which they, they promise (!), plan to actually stand for something besides money! It will be fun to watch as the Democratic Party attempts to crush the Forward Party with lawyers. Gee, maybe they can pull some more of the same stunts they pulled in North Carolina or something. Meanwhile we should all sit back and watch. Let the popcorn flow!
NAGGING REMINDER: Under Obama's watch, the Democratic Party gave, to the Republican Party, all branches of the Federal government (i.e. 69 seats in Congress and 13 Senate seats), 900+ state legislative seats, and 12 governor's houses. What might save the "hand it over" party this time? Abortion prosecutions.