Having now been forced to cancel two primary ballots in a row due to the American electorate’sutter failure to respond to its spiel, Americans Elect may now be judged by any rational observer of the political scene to be an abject failure, and dead in the water. So what happens now? When Americans Elect’s predecessor, Unity08, failed similarly in 2008 (albeit much earlier in its existence, before a single ‘vote’ had been cast), that organization simply silently evaporated. That was really the only option available to Unity08’s leadership, because it was a worthless property: it was merely a thin web site, with no money behind it, and its founders had scattered to the four winds (many to their next failure, a ‘Draft Bloomberg’ initiative). So its operators simply abandoned it. Like a rusty old Buick up on cinder blocks in a weed-choked vacant lot, its twisted carcass had no significant scrap value.
But Americans Elect is, today, a new and very different kind of failure. Sure, it is now widely disparaged…even openly laughed at…not only here at AE Transparency, but more recentlythroughout the media. And, equally surely, it is a painful public embarrassment not only to its founder, Wall Street tycoon Peter Ackerman, but also to its star-studded cast of Directors, Board of Advisers members, and other fellow-travelers, including such luminaries as:
- ex-Governor Christine Todd Whitman
- Harvard law professor Lawrence “Thank God For Tenure” Lessig
- Tufts University Dean Stephen “I’m With Peter” Bosworth
- past futurist Esther Dyson
- former Disney CEO Michael Eisner
- royalist zillionaire Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild
- former FBI and CIA chief William Webster
- former Comptroller General David Walker
But the similarity to Unity08’s disaster ends there, because — unlike Unity08 — Americans Elect’s corpse still has significant monetary value. This is so because, even in death, Americans Elect still has a tangible (albeit, distressed) asset: third-party ballot access for the November presidential election in 25 states (with the promise of achieving 50-state access before November)..