- Not a press release...
- Not a notice on the web site's 'Candidates' section that further votes won't count toward candidate qualification for the next round of voting (although we note that new votes are still being recorded)
- Not an email to delegates
- No posted Board decisions regarding the impact of the failed vote on the upcoming Primaries
No response to repeated voicemail messages from us to AECorp's press secretary, Ileana Wachtel, requesting AECorp's comment[EDIT]: See 11 AM update at the end of this article
- Nothing. Zip. (...crickets...)
Not since the final episode of The Sopranos have Americans been so let down by a dramatic denouement.
Was it all just a bad dream? Is this the way Peter Ackerman's democracy theater ends -- not with a bang, but a whimper?
UPDATE #1 (11 AM ET, May 1): We have just spoken by phone with AECorp press secretary Ileana Wachtel, who confirmed that "Since no candidate earned enough support clicks to qualify for the First Primary ballot on May 8 we are cancelling that ballot and will move on to the Second Primary ballot on May 15."
UPDATE #2 (3 PM ET, May 1): As of this time, AECorp still hasn't seen fit to issue a press release, or even just email its delegates, letting us know that the primary has been cancelled. And the 'countdown clock' to be found all over its web site (for example, here) still reads "6 days left until first caucus on May 8." The server's on, but nobody's home?
UPDATE #3 (4:45 PM ET, May 1): In a 'News' item just now posted on its web site, rather blandly titled Caucus Schedule Updated, AECorp has just announced that "According to our rules, since fewer than seven candidates have received enough support to qualify for the AE nomination, the first caucus scheduled for May 8th will now take place on May 15th." A considerably less maladept way of saying "we had to cancel our first primary because it turned out nobody actually gave a damn." Attentive readers will note that not only did "fewer than seven candidates" receive sufficient support to move on to the (now cancelled) May 8 primary, not a single candidate did. Indeed, no one even came close. (A tip of the hat to John Lumea for alerting us to this long-awaited AECorp post!)
UPDATE #4 (2:00 PM ET, May 11): The AE news item cited in Update #3 above, Caucus Schedule Updated, can no longer be found on the Americans Elect web site (a copy is, for the moment, still available from Bing's cache). Like an incompetent physician, Americans Elect just quietly buries its mistakes while no one's looking, and moves on.
Screenshot of the page from Bing's cache:
END NOTE: To (finally!) close this little story we would just like to extend our sincerest gratitude to AECorp owner/operator Peter Ackerman for not blowing our exclusive scoop when he was "kicking back" with senior columnist for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, John Avlon, last night, while we were slaving away on this story. This, John, is what happens when newspersons simply fawn over headliner billionaires rather than, you know, actually asking real questions and digging for answers: you end up missing the story. We don't really mean to kick you while you're down, but the mass media's consistent failure to ask Americans Elect a single hard question, and not take mush-mouthery for answers, has been driving us all a little crazy for months now. So at least you're not alone in your inch-deep credulity; you're really just falling in behind so many of your journalistic colleagues.
We hope Peter at least left you a decent tip.