New political party made up of Republicans and Democrats called, Forward

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A new American political party is forming called "Forward". Here are some of the highlights about it from a CNN article:

A group of former Republican and Democratic officials are forming a new political party called Forward, in an attempt to appeal to what they call the "moderate, common-sense majority."

"Political extremism is ripping our nation apart, and the two major parties have failed to remedy the crisis," David Jolly, Christine Todd Whitman and Andrew Yang wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published Wednesday.

Jolly is a former Republican congressman from Florida, Whitman a former Republican governor of New Jersey and Yang is a former Democratic presidential and New York mayoral candidate. The three will merge their political organizations into the new party, whose launch was first reported by Reuters.

The group cites issues including guns, climate change and abortion as those that could benefit from a moderate approach. The new party will also advocate ranked-choice voting and open primaries, the end of gerrymandering, and nationwide protection for voting rights.

" Yang told CNN's Brianna Keilar on "New Day" on Thursday in a joint appearance with Whitman. "Sixty-two percent of Americans now want a third party, a record high, because they can see that our leaders aren't getting it done," "And when you ask about the policy goals, the fact is the majority of Americans actually agree on really even divisive issues. The most divisive issues of the day like abortion or firearms -- there's actually a commonsense coalition position on these issues and just about every other issue under the sun."

Jolly, Whitman and Yang acknowledged the clear lack of success third parties have had in the United States previously, writing in their op-ed, "Most third parties in U.S. history failed to take off, either because they were ideologically too narrow or the population was uninterested." But they said that "voters are calling for a new party now more than ever," citing a Gallup poll from last year.

Asked by Keilar on Thursday why they believe their effort to create a third party would work, Whitman said, "We're in a different time."
"When you have 50% of the American people saying that they are registered independent ... people are sick and tired of what they're seeing in Washington and the fact that nothing major is getting done is frustrating them. We have big problems and we want to see them resolved," she said.

What are your thoughts on this article?

Does America need a new party? Why or why not?
 
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What are your thoughts on this article?
I am optimistic seeing a party being formed by a diverse group. If the Forward party is going to claim to be a moderate option in a polarized environment, then what better way to show that than bringing Republicans and Democrats together to help form the party. I presume that this bipartisanship would reflect in their policy.

Does America need a new party? Why or why not?
According to some polls, the answer to that is yes.

"WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Americans' desire for a third party has ticked up since last fall and now sits at a high in Gallup's trend. Sixty-two percent of U.S. adults say the "parties do such a poor job representing the American people that a third party is needed," an increase from 57% in September. Support for a third party has been elevated in recent years, including readings of 60% in 2013 and 2015 and 61% in 2017."
Source: Gallup

More than the poll #s, another thing I would like to highlight is the reason why these Americans think we need a third party, "parties do such a poor job representing the American people that a third party is needed,"

I fall into that camp. It seems almost on every major issue, like guns, abortion, national security, responses to covid, those in charge tend to come up with extreme positions and then get a sizable percentage of the population to agree with them, and make them just as extreme. Fortunately, there is also a sizable population, one that is increasing, that sees through all of the partisan politics and are sick of it. This is the 60% that the Gallup poll brings up.