Two thoughtful people who IVA likes a lot– Lawrence Lessig and John Lumea– go toe-to-toe in a post on Lumea’s site about Americans Elect’s purported neutrality towards candidates… and why it matters. Lessig, whose “Change Congress” campaign of a few years ago is as relevant today as it was then, is a Buddy Roemer supporter and served on the advisory board of Americans Elect, and argues that we can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Lumea gets to the heart of the recent two major party mantra that political independents don’t really exist, because we don’t usually end up voting for political independents. IVA believes that one of the things that may have crippled Americans Elect is that their process preferred a more centrist, Democrat+Republican mix as opposed to a true populist independent from outside the system (like a Ross Perot or Jesse Ventura) who could have galvanized the dissatisfaction among voters.
What do you think? Is it more about the candidate, or the process?