Can a Third Party “Fail Forward?”

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“Near the end of July, Andrew Yang — whose previous political projects include an unsuccessful run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, an unsuccessful run for the 2021 Democratic mayoral nomination in New York City, and what initially looked likely to be an unsuccessful new ‘third party,’ the Forward Party — announced a re-launch of that last effort. While it’s still called the Forward Party, Yang’s vehicle is merging with two other (also previously unsuccessful) ‘third party’ efforts …. The merger, Yang tweeted, creates ‘the biggest 3rd party by resources in the United States.’ He may be right about that: The Libertarian Party, which previously held claim to the title of ‘third largest political party in America,’ seems to be circling the drain after after a four-year internecine fight culminating in a Memorial Day weekend ‘takeover’ by a Republican astroturf operation …. But are the ‘resources’ Yang speaks of enough for the Forward Party to realize its vision?” (08/02/22)