Today was supposed to be the day in which AmericansElect, the shadowy and hedge-fund approved third party advocacy group, was to start the process of picking a nominee via online convention.
AE required at least 10,000 clicks (1,000 clicks per 10 states to be more precise) for a candidate to be considered and was made to try and persuade a major centrist a la Michael Bloomberg to run on an unaffiliated ticket.
Well, as leading contender and failed GOP nominee Buddy Roemer led the way with less than 6,000 total “clicks”; it looks like AE is re-evaluating its options as CEO Kahlil Byrd stated:
Over the past two years, Americans Elect has focused on achieving three clear goals:
- Gaining nationwide ballot access for a third presidential ticket to compete in the 2012 race;
- Holding the first ever nonpartisan secure national online primary at AmericansElect.org; and
- Fielding a credible, balanced, unaffiliated ticket for the 2012 presidential race.
Through the efforts of thousands of staffers, volunteers, and leadership, Americans Elect has achieved every stated operational goal. Despite these efforts, as of today, no candidate has reached the national support threshold required to enter the “Americans Elect Online Convention” this June. (Read a detailed summary of the AE process here and the full rules here.)
Because of this, under the rules that AE delegates ratified, the primary process would end today. There is, however, an almost universal desire among delegates, leadership and millions of Americans who have supported AE to see a credible candidate emerge from this process.
Every step of the way, AE has conferred with its community before making major decisions. We will do the same this week before determining next steps for the immediate future. AE will announce the results of these conversations on Thursday, May 17.
As always, we thank everyone who has participated in this effort and will honor the work, efforts and trust so many people have placed in Americans Elect.
Considering the lack of interest after some minor hype, to me this looks like AE is preparing to shut down it’s doors.
Let this be a lesson though. America wants solutions. They don’t want some compromising third-party candidate to come in and get watered-down versions of legislations that could be better. You can’t “force” a movement, rather one has to come naturally. Ross Perot isn’t the norm and remember, he didn’t even swing an electoral vote his way.