Last week, Rocky Anderson, the presidential candidate of his own personal political party, the Justice Party, decided to try an experiment. Yes, it’s true that when he started his presidential campaign, Rocky Anderson promised to stand against the influence of corporate money in politics.
As time went on, however, Rocky Anderson discovered that avoiding the patronage of corporate insiders was a rather inconvenient hindrance to his personal ambitions. Rocky Anderson wasn’t getting the kind of personal attention he wanted, so he decided to shake things up.
Rocky Anderson decided to submit his presidential candidacy for approval by the Americans Elect Party – a political party that was set up with Wall Street hedge fund money and remains controlled by corporate-aligned officers. Americans Elect’s appointed leaders have reserved the right to kick any candidate out of the running for the Americans Elect presidential nomination, if that candidate fails to support the Americans Elect pro-corporate agenda. In these ways and more, Americans Elect has become the most naked attempt to establish corporate control over American politics in existence today.
Yes, it was a terrible compromise of his principles for Rocky Anderson to join with Americans Elect. But, a small number of supporters, mostly die-hard fans in Utah, have justified Anderson’s deal with corporate America by saying that it’s a necessary way to give Anderson the attention that he deserves. They urged Rocky Anderson supporters to flood the Americans Elect system, making Anderson the most-supported candidate there.
It’s been a week now since Rocky Anderson embraced corporate money in politics by joining Americans Elect. So, there’s been enough time for Rocky Anderson fans to go over to Americans Elect and sign up. We can look and see if joining Americans Elect has really helped the Rocky Anderson presidential campaign.
Looking at Rocky Anderson’s numbers at Americans Elect, it’s clear that Anderson’s gamble didn’t pay off. Rocky Anderson has only 831 supporters on Americans Elect. 831 people, from across the entire United States of America.
That’s got to be kind of embarrassing for Rocky Anderson.
In the Americans Elect system, Rocky Anderson is actually losing the competition to politicians who have declared that they are not running, and will not run for President in 2012. For example, Rocky Anderson has less than half the support on Americans Elect that Senator Bernard Sanders has gathered… even though Sanders has urged his supporters to abandon the idea that he will ever start a presidential campaign. In fact, Bernard Sanders has not even joined Americans Elect.
So, Rocky Anderson sold out to corporate America, and he failed to wrangle any political advantage out of the deal. That’s about the worst kind of campaign failure I can imagine.
For American liberals who are looking for an alternative presidential candidate to vote for instead of Barack Obama, Rocky Anderson doesn’t look like a leader who can deliver.
Jill Stein is a liberal leader who can deliver. While Rocky Anderson was breaking his promises and stumbling into an inept relationship with Americans Elect, Dr. Stein was winning the New Jersey Green Party presidential primary and qualifying for federal matching funds in Illinois and Wisconsin.