In a thought-provoking article, Joe Rothstein of U.S. Politics Today likens the “elitist, top-down” Americans Elect organization to a political ghost ship, ready to be claimed by a new populist movement.
“…A political ghost ship has been launched. A ship without a rudder that has secured presidential ballot lines in 29 states with more than the 270 electoral votes needed to punch a ticket for the White House. The momentum generated by the Americans Elect effort is likely to secure it places on even more state ballots.
And not just in 2012. Once qualified, political parties can remain on ballots in most states as long as their candidates attract a minimum number of votes. And not just for President. Enough people organizing within the various states under the Americans Elect banner can take control of the nominating process, from governor to county clerk. They can even change their party’s name, to something like, for example, “Tea Party Elects” or “Progressive Party for Change.”
Just like a ghost ship, which under maritime law can be claimed by whomever captures her, Americans Elect is now adrift, waiting to be boarded.
Clearly, the boarding party will not be “centrists.” Americans Elect raised and spent upwards of $25 million trying to form a third-party “centrist” coalition. No, if Americans Elect is captured before it sinks, the new owners will be a much more aggressive crew.“
Should independent voters get on board? What are your suggestions for how to do it?