While Americans Elect keeps telling people that it doesn’t favor any presidential candidates in its nominating process, it has:
1. Rated Buddy Roemer as its top “national match” based on a curiously error-prone profile that appeared shortly after a Roemer-Americans Elect joint appearance and shortly before Roemer became the first candidate to announce he would be running for President under the Americans Elect banner.
2. Selected each and every one of its other top “Select Nine” from the ranks of the Republican party, including Rep. Allen West, famous for his campaign speech deriding the idea of religious coexistence as offensive.
3. Rated down Barack Obama for extremist policy positions he very clearly does not actually hold, errors that place Obama curiously just a few points below Americans Elect’s Select Nine.
Let’s take a further look today. Go visit the web page featuring Americans Elect’s Select Nine, listed prominently as the “Top National Matches:”
Now head a bit further down the page to find another listing of the “Top National Matches:”
Although it’s given the heading of “Top National Matches,” this second list of four politicians does not actually contain the Top National Matches as determined by Americans Elect elsewhere. It appears to only include politicians who have declared themselves to be candidates for President of the United States in 2012. But even within that list, you should have noticed Jon Huntsman’s smiling face as an anomaly.
Jon Huntsman? What’s Jon Huntsman doing in there? Yet another Republican, Huntsman is listed as one of the top four “National Matches” to be promoted by Americans Elect, but another one of the Republican presidential candidates, Gary Johnson, has a higher ranking than he does. Even by its own flawed ratings system, Johnson should be included on this list and Jon Huntsman should be budged down. Furthermore, if the factual errors in Americans Elect’s rating of Barack Obama were fixed, Obama would rate higher than Huntsman, budging him entirely out of this list of the top 4.
But Jon Huntsman is there. Why is Huntsman there? Who decided to put Jon Huntsman in this list as a “Top National Match” when he is not actually in that group? Why is Gary Johnson kicked out to make room for Huntsman? Americans Elect doesn’t say why. It’s just another in an increasingly long line of curious choices.
In other news, did I mention that a Republican member of the Board of Directors of Americans Elect has been asking Jon Huntsman to run for President under the Americans Elect banner? Another curious thing, that.