It would turn out to be the column that launched a thousand ships.
In July of last year, Thomas Friedman, from his perch on The New York Times op-ed page, wrote about a “quiet political start-up” backed by millions of hedge fund dollars. Named Americans Elect, the group planned to cut through the partisan divide by holding an online convention designed to nominate the kind of centrist presidential candidate who couldn’t survive the hidebound nominating contests of the major parties.
“What Amazon.com did to books, what the blogosphere did to newspapers, what the iPod did to music, what drugstore.com did to pharmacies, Americans Elect plans to do to the two-party duopoly that has dominated American political life—remove the barriers to real competition, flatten the incumbents and let the people in. Watch out,” Mr. Friedman wrote then. Read More