Most Californians say they want a serious third-party option. But experts are skeptical one will succeed anytime soon.

There aren’t many phrases that commonly show up in messaging from Democrats and Republicans alike in these highly partisan times. But recent statements from both GOP Rep. Darrell Issa and former Democratic Rep. Harley Rouda, from both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump all included this one: “common sense.”

It makes sense, then, that an aspiring new political party – launched by independent former lawmakers, with an aim to appeal to voters and candidates across the political spectrum who are interested in finding middle ground to get things done – would call itself the Common Sense Party.