Battenfeld: ‘Forward Party’ stands for nothing, excellent for Massachusetts


Lastly, a political celebration that stands for nothing. It’s the Seinfeld of politics.

Led by a former politician, the Ahead Occasion launched in Massachusetts this week vowing to turn out to be the main celebration of the state’s voters in just some years.

There’s one small downside. The celebration has taken no positions on the problems and simply guarantees to be the center of the street between Democrats and Republicans.

The Ahead Occasion’s web site states it’s “centrist” and continues to be within the means of developing with a proper celebration platform.

“We believe a Party’s platform should be created by a process that elevates the voice of its membership. We are engaged in a process to organize, inform, and then poll Forward members to show which policies are supported,” the celebration’s web site says.

So a celebration that’s wishy washy and hasn’t give you any positions appears to be excellent for Massachusetts, the place flip-flopping politicians are all over the place.

Former Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey (no relation to present Gov. Maura Healey) – who helped launch the celebration right here – is the right face for a nondescript celebration as a result of she’s by no means stood for a lot. Her press convention saying the celebration’s try and get officers standing in Massachusetts landed with a thud, overshadowed by the Celtics and a warmth wave.

Healey ended her affiliation with the Republican Occasion the day after the Jan. 6 riots on the Capitol, and apparently has now ended her seek for a brand new dwelling.

“Sixty percent of all Massachusetts voters have said ‘I don’t want to be labeled a Republican or a Democrat’ So the question is, what does tap into the passions of the people here in this state?” Healey stated.

Effectively, offhand, a celebration with no positions just isn’t going to stir the “passions” of anybody.

Healey describes former Gov. Mitt Romney as a mentor however Romney largely ignored her throughout his one time period as governor and didn’t give her many duties – not like earlier Republican governors who made their second in command “co-governors.”

When Healey struck out on her personal to run for governor, she was crushed by Democrat Deval Patrick and Romney was lengthy gone to run for president.

Throughout the marketing campaign, she made it clear she was no Romney and tried to distance herself from him – repacking herself as a average who took progressive positions on some social points.

“Now, as a candidate for governor, I can speak my own mind and I think people are getting to know me better,” she stated.

Voters did get to know her and rejected her resoundingly.

Healey later turned president of Babson Faculty, fairly a soft submit for a second in command and gubernatorial loser on the Statehouse.

She was a giant backer of Jeb Bush (yawn) when he ran for president after which of Marco Rubio, one other unsuccessful White Home aspirant.

The nationwide chief of the Ahead Occasion is Andrew Yang, who was only a blip within the Democratic presidential race just a few years in the past.

Let’s simply say I don’t have a variety of hope for the Ahead Occasion. Search for it together with the Inexperienced-Rainbow celebration, the Pizza celebration and the Conservative celebration on a discarded poll within the close to future.

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