Americans Elect Sputters in Effort to Field Nominee
Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics - The experiment in independent political thinking that is Americans Elect is poised to flame out while the presidential contest gains altitude. Why the group’s ambitions are falling flat in a political climate seemingly over-ripe for a prominent third-party is worth a look.
Despite optimism and expertise, an innovative website designed to put the voters in the driver’s seat, and a budget of about $40 million, Americans Elect has not produced — and likely will not produce — an independent-party candidate who possesses marquee national appeal.
“Ultimately, Americans Elect is in this Catch-22 where it’s not going to be viewed as credible by a lot of observers unless it has a high-profile candidate,” said Darry Sragow, a Los Angeles attorney who served as a candidate recruiter for the group as well as an adviser. “But it’s having trouble getting a high-profile candidate because of questions about its credibility.”