The emerging media consensus about why Americans Elect failed is wrong. Media analysts — from Linda Feldman to Will Marshall to Noreen Malone — have declared that the corporate-presidential nominating system’s death came from not having a position or a candidate and instead building a blank platform that anyone could use. The emerging media consensus asserts that if only Americans Elect had an ideology, a position, some political principles driving it, it would have been more likely to attract followers and succeed.
Hogwash. Americans Elect had an ideology. Americans Elect had a position. It’s called “centrism,” which is a euphemism for the interests of the high-powered financial sector in America. That’s the group that funded Americans Elect, and those are the interests that Americans Elect couldn’t stop itself from kissing up to (source | source | source).
Even after its political death, Americans Elect can’t stop slipping into advocacy for “centrism.” Take the organization’s latest post on Twitter:
No one will stop you from saying what you like about Americans Elect, but if you want to be accurate, don’t say that it was too darned neutral.