The king of Very Serious Persons(VSP),Tom Friedman, is fed up with the political gridlock. He has embraced a third party movement called Americans Elect:
"Here is how it will work, explains Elliot Ackerman, an Iraq war veteran with a Silver Star, who serves as the chief operating officer of Americans Elect, and whose father, Peter, a successful investor, has been a prime engine behind the group. First, anyone interested in becoming a delegate goes to the Americans Elect Web site and registers. As part of that process, you will be asked to fill in a questionnaire about your political priorities: education, foreign policy, the economy, etc. This enables Americans Elect to put you in contact with others who share your views so you can discuss them and organize together. Then you will be invited to draft a candidate or support one who has already been drafted and to contribute to the list of questions that anyone running on the Americans Elect platform will have to answer on the site".
Sounds great, right? A third party empowered by the internet and driven by citizen choice. What's not to like? How about the fact that Peter Ackerman(see the bold text above) ,a "prime engine" for this new movement, once sat on the board at CATO Institute and was "a project advisor to the Cato Institute’s “Project on Social Security Choice,” an effort to privatize Social Security and turn management of Social Security funds over to Wall Street investment firm managers"(source). Gee, I wonder if any of those Americans Elect web site questions will be biased towards privatization of Social Security? I smell astroturf.