Americans Elect has many ifs, and not much time to find answers
What if they held a presidential election and 2,150 people showed up? That’s about the extent of the voter interest generated for the leading candidate so far by the alternate political reality that is Americans Elect.
An intriguing new concept whose time has not yet arrived, Americans Elect is showing the very old-fashioned signs of a sputtering campaign that is in trouble.
Backers of Americans Elect originally planned to have a list of serious candidates by April. That deadline has been pushed back a month. Seven months before Election Day, the top candidate is Buddy Roemer, a onetime Louisiana governor and former congressman who hasn’t held public office in 20 years.
Roemer’s slogan is “America Needs Buddy for President, 2012.” I hesitate to make predictions but here’s one: America may need Buddy, but 2012 isn’t Buddy’s year.
As of Friday, 2,150 individuals were backing Roemer’s presidential bid on the Americans Elect website. His closest rival, former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, had 906 supporters at last check.
Americans Elect is a nonprofit corporation created by billionaire investor Peter Ackerman, who is dissatisfied with politics as usual. The organization’s goal is to gain ballot access in all 50 states, paving the way for the ideal presidential candidate – no one knows who – who would work across party lines for the betterment of all people.
The concept is to use the Internet to conduct an online primary in June to nominate presidential and vice presidential candidates from opposite parties who would “work together to develop fresh solutions to the serious challenges facing our country.”
Americans Elect seems very civic-minded and techie. Mr. Smith enters the Internet age. This would seem to be a good year for a third candidate. Polls show voters are restless and unhappy with the choices in this year’s presidential race. At least
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