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Too Neutral? Even After Political Death, Americans Elect Can’t Stop Hawking Centrism

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 [...]

Committee: Vote David Walker for President First. You’ll get his Policy Ideas later.

The campaign to Draft David Walker for President is an awfully strange one in many ways, right down to David Walker himself making an appearance on national TV to declare that he wasn’t running for president, and he wasn’t encouraging anyone to vote for him for president, except back when he repeatedly did, but anyway [...]

A Weak Week in Votes and Tweets for Americans Elect

As AE Transparency notes, another week has passed during which the Americans Elect presidential contenders have failed to attract enough supporters to qualify for the May 8 Americans Elect presidential primary ballot — the nation’s first-ever privatized all-online presidential nomination vote. Americans Elect set a fairly low standard for political insiders to gain ballot access [...]

Buddy Roemer Buying Votes in the Americans Elect Presidential Nomination With “Swag”

Just when you thought the Americans Elect circus couldn’t get any more zany…

… Even though he’s the frontrunner among Americans Elect declared candidates, Buddy Roemer is far from getting enough “support” votes to actually make it onto the ballot. What’s a frustrated candidate to do?

Buy votes with “swag.” Tip of the pen to [...]

In “Slut” Debacle, Rush Limbaugh Reflects Us

It would be nice to be able to say that Rush Limbaugh is an outlier for shouting “slut!” at a woman who dared to testify regarding contraceptive coverage policy on Capitol Hill. But I don’t think I can honestly say that. I just finished a review of the 1,577 Twitter posts yesterday that contained the [...]

Sad Note on the “This Slut” Meme

Number of Twitter Posts (tweets) featuring the phrase “This Slut” between March 21 and March 25 2012: 356

Number of these tweets uttering the anti-Limbaugh protest meme “This Slut Votes“: 2

Number of these tweets declaring some particular woman or another to be “This Slut”: 354

Was Rush Limbaugh really an aberration? Can someone remind [...]

Neutrality? Americans Elect Leader Tweets His Heart Out for Buddy Roemer

Update, April 3 2012: some time in the last two days, Americans Elect revised its Who We Are web page to remove reference to Lawrence Lessig as part of its “Leadership.” He is now listed there as a member of an official board of Americans Elect, without any reference to him being in “Leadership.”

Does [...]

These Twitterers’ Titters Trigger Tweets (David Walker for President Edition)

Apart from the propriety of Americans Elect communicating in glowing terms about one of its draft presidential candidates, I have a broader curiosity about who’s talking about this heretofore obscure individual as a contender for the most powerful position on the planet.

To find out, I’m taking to Twitter. The micro-mention online social media website [...]

Complete List of Questions Submitted to #3wayrace before 2/12 Americans Elect Forum. Will AE Reply?

Update, 6:53 pm: At the end of the event, the succinct answer to the title of this post is “unfortunately not.” Stick a fork in Americans Elect: with its failure to change, it seems pretty much done. [...]

Americans Elect Says it will Answer Any Questions on February 12 at 6pm Eastern. Will It Really?

Update, 2/12/2012 @9:18PM: The Short Answer is “No.” The long answer is that Americans Elect refused to answer any probing, difficult questions. The affair, unfortunately, was a public relations event, not a democratic one. See details here.

There’s a 501c4 corporation and political party on the national scene that has been mum on many matters. [...]

After Presidential Draft Candidate System Debuts, Who’s Talking About Americans Elect and How?

On the last day of January 2012, Americans Elect rolled out its online voting system by which identity-verified delegates could draft candidates to appear on the ballot for the Americans Elect presidential nomination. Americans Elect has indirectly referred to the number of people participating in the new candidate-drafting system…

“The Americans Elect Candidates page has [...]