There’s nothing more creepy than a political campaign that doesn’t know that it’s dead. That’s what’s happened to the Rocky Anderson for President campaign, though.
For a few short months, the Rocky Anderson campaign showed remarkable vigor, fueled by assertions of uncompromising ethics. Rocky Anderson promised that he wasn’t going to be like the Democrats and Republicans. He said that he was going to stand firm against corporate attempts to manipulate the democratic process.
“The Republicans and the Democrats are completely in bed with the same folks, these corporate interests who are in control of our government,” Rocky Anderson said.
Last week, though, Rocky Anderson hopped right into bed alongside the Republicans, the Democrats and those corporate interests. Rocky Anderson submitted himself for approval to Americans Elect, a pro-corporate political party that was set up with money taken from Wall Street hedge funds. The Anderson campaign justified its embrace of the power of corporate interests by pointing out that Americans Elect could provide Anderson with ballot access. That ballot access was bought using secret donations from undisclosed big money donors – members of the One Percent – who paid the salaries of professional petitioners who put Americans Elect on the ballot despite the new political party’s lack of grassroots support.
Over the weekend, Rocky Anderson and his supporters grew rather petulant at the idea that anyone would dare to criticize Anderson. Don’t we all know who Rocky Anderson is, and what a wonderful person he is? they asked. Our role is to stop complaining and not second guess great leaders like Rocky Anderson they said.
Rocky Anderson’s small remaining band of supporters, holed up in Salt Lake City, is now spending most of its time defending the corporate mechanisms of Americans Elect. That’s a far cry from where the Rocky Anderson 2012 campaign began.
Rocky Anderson himself issued a response to the report by Irregular Times about his embrace of the Americans Elect Party. Anderson asserted that, “By me participating in the AE process to spread the word about the Justice Party and about my candidacy in no way compromises my long-time stand (including my advocacy over the years, not just campaign rhetoric) against the corrupting influence of money in our government.”
This statement revealed a remarkable chasm between political reality and the perspective from within the Rocky Anderson for President campaign. When Rocky Anderson decided to try to use the ballot access of Americans Elect to his advantage, he was choosing to become part of a system that is dedicated to the corrupting influence of money in our government.
When Rocky Anderson entered into a partnership with the pro-corporate Americans Elect, he committed political suicide.
The thing is, Rocky Anderson doesn’t understand that. His statement makes it clear that Mr. Anderson still thinks that his credibility is undamaged. He thinks that, even though he has endorsed a system rife with corruption, he remains pure, a paragon of political virtue.
Rocky Anderson is now a member of the political undead. He’s crossed over to the shadowy terrain of corporate politics, but he still thinks that he’s the same as he ever was. Rocky Anderson is like a zombie, shuffling and moaning, and trying to go through the motions, as if his campaign still has life in it, while everyone on the outside can see that it’s all over now.
Give up the ghost, Mr. Anderson. You blew it.