The Problem of Donald Trump for Americans Elect: What Ideology is Me?
Donald Trump’s hired political spokesman, Michael Cohen, is making the rounds to news outlets in order to let it be known that Donald Trump is thinking hard about running for President under the banner of Americans Elect. Says Cohen on behalf of his boss:
“Couple Donald Trump’s name recognition with his extraordinary wealth and Americans Elect truly becomes a viable force in determining who the next president will be. One thing is for certain, Donald Trump is adamant that Barack Obama must be defeated in 2012 under any circumstances.”
Americans Elect already has extraordinary wealth thanks to its unnamed benefactors, but with Donald Trump, everything gets extraordinarier. It’d be a .01%-.01% ticket.
There’s only one problem: Rule 8.0 for the Americans Elect online convention specifies that “The Presidential and Vice Presidential ticket nominated by Americans Elect shall, as nearly as practicable, consist of persons of differing ideological perspective”. The corporate-selected “Candidate Certification Committee shall determine whether any proposed ticket is balanced by reference to candidates’ responses to the Platform of Questions”. But how will the Candidate Certification Committee classify Donald Trump’s ideology? What ideology is “Me”?