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Americans Elect

Jason Linkins

The Worst Predictions Of The 2012 Election Season | Jason Linkins | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics

Tonight, barring some unforeseen horrible event (or a completely foreseen Ohio outcome that puts the fate of the presidency into some sort of weeks-lo...

Bloomberg Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is -- But Will That Really Work?

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Bloomberg has his work cut out for him if it's just an exercise in cutting checks. Few are brave enough to cross the aisle, even when there's a clear national or constituent imperative.

Andover Uprising: Hedge Fund Children Fighting to Liberate the Masses

David Karpf | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
David Karpf

The leaders of Concerned Youth of America are likely all wonderful, well-meaning people. They may vote for Democrats and Republicans both, but that does not make them the political middle. What unites this supposed "center" is its haughty elitism.

On Greens and Libertarians

Peter Ubertaccio | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Peter Ubertaccio

Why go through with a national campaign they are going to lose, that keeps them in fringe territory, and risks throwing the election to the party they most disagree with? Herewith a solution: don't.

The Politics of Division and Subtraction

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

As the parties have polarized they have grown the divide between them and subtracted a large number of registered voters from their rolls. This polarization has increased the ranks of reported independents substantially.

Jason Linkins

Roemer Suspends Presidential Campaign | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics

Buddy Roemer, the former Louisiana governor who unexpectedly jumped into the GOP presidential primary, and subsequently jumped out of that race to uns...

Jason Linkins

Roemer Suspends Presidential Campaign | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.31.2012 | Politics

Buddy Roemer, the former Louisiana governor who unexpectedly jumped into the GOP presidential primary, and subsequently jumped out of that race to uns...

The 12th Amendment and the Demise of Americans Elect

Holly Munson | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Holly Munson

Americans Elect's proclaimed goal of bringing bipartisanship to the White House is admirable. But a bipartisanship ticket is a naive and misguided approach.

Friday Talking Points -- Good Enough for My Money

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It was a somewhat eclectic week in politics. The House -- in one of their rare moments when they actually meet and attempt to get something done -- passed a bunch of bills which have exactly zero chance of becoming law. Well, at least they had fun, right?

Americans Elect's Failure Is Our Victory

Murray Hill Inc. | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics
Murray Hill Inc.

Isn't it clear by now that flesh and blood humans have made a complete mess of things? We trust corporations with what we eat, watch, drive, and do online -- so why not complete the circle and give corporations our vote?

Jason Linkins

Americans Elect Admits Defeat: 'The Primary Process ... Has Come To An End' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.17.2012 | Politics

Well, after a couple days of fretting behind the scenes with the members of its "online community" (at least those few members who managed to discover...

Jason Linkins

Americans Elect Continues To Fail At The Internet | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.17.2012 | Politics

At some point today, the folks behind Americans Elect -- the super whiz-bang effort to get an anthropomorphic Thomas Friedman column elected president...

Better Idea -- Next Time, Just Light Your $35 Million on Fire

Ari Rabin-Havt | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics
Ari Rabin-Havt

Americans Elect was never a grassroots movement. At best, it was a well-funded organization in which a number of elites could dream up a fake democratic process and pretend they were above the silly infighting of the plebes.

Americans Elect and the Failure of Our Leadership Class

Andrew S. Doctoroff | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Andrew S. Doctoroff

The cognoscenti so dismissive of American Elects' efforts merely smirk, mocking the truth many of us consider self-evident: Our partisan duopoly continues to fail us.

Jason Linkins

Late Returns: Will Big Money Buy A Cornhusker Primary? | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.15.2012 | Politics

You probably haven't been paying much attention to the Nebraska GOP Senate primary (there is one, and it's tonight), because feh, Nebraska. But over a...

Jason Linkins

Americans Elect? More Like American't Elect | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics

Today is May 15, 2012, and if you're up on this year's most misbegotten political ideas, you know what that means: Today is the deadline for Americans...

Saving Face or Saving Lives? When Will Obama Lead?

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

I'm running against President Obama as a candidate for the nomination of the Americans Elect platform. But I have deep respect for him as a person an...

Jason Linkins

Late Returns: Americans Elect Candidates Still Not Doing Well | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics

Last week, we reported on the newly minted "Draft David Walker" movement, a campaign to get the former head of the Government Accountability Office i...

If Republicans Are the Problem, Americans Elect Is No Solution

Jason Stanford | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Even if the Americans Elect nominee figured out how to defeat Obama and Mitt Romney, the centrist president would still have the same Congress stymied by a Republican Party that values purity of essence more than progress.

Under-Thirty Eyes Only

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

If you're 30 or older, stop reading. This isn't for you. This is for America's sacrificial lambs -- our children.

Jason Linkins

Americans Elect Backers Quit Americans Elect To Get American Elected | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics

When Americans Elect was founded back in April of 2010 by a collection of semi-obscure political elites and hedge fund managers, their intention was t...

The Dangerous Joker in the Presidential Political Deck

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

Americans Elect is the joker in the presidential election deck that could trump every other card and determine whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney is elected in November.

Tom Friedman Should Run for President

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Let me urge Tom Friedman to run for President. He's an extremely sensible man with plenty of common sense and the right instincts on economic and foreign policy. He'd give the President and Governor a run for their money.

Time for a Serious Third Party Candidate

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Now that the presidential race has come down to a choice between two candidates that most Americans don't love, representing two parties that most Americans don't like, it's time to consider an alternative -- a serious third-party candidate. I'm such a candidate.

Gail Collins' Worst Column

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Gail Collins calls Americans Elect "the worst idea." Gail is a terrific columnist, one of my favorites. But she's clearly terrified that President Obama will lose the election to Mitt Romney.