Politico‘s fake presidential election forges on despite being mocked by Twitter personality alias FakeJimVandeHei and shredded as idiotic and pedestrian by Columbia Journalism Review. Greg Marx writes, “Heck, it could, theoretically, even be a vehicle to inject new voices and new perspectives into the political process. …But, but, but. Did they have to make the thing so terrible?” He later adds, “The feature’s single most aggravating aspect is the gaping chasm between Politico’s pretensions to outside-the-box thinking and populist sentiment and the crushing, establishment-approved obviousness of the first five candidates.” Now there are five more. The powers that be, Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen (a.k.a. HeiMike) have agreed to let former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman run for Prez. How generous. Readers were allowed to suggest candidates, but final calls rested in the hands of almighty HeiMike.
Voting concludes Wednesday at noon. The new “President” will be announced Thursday morning. Visit here to cast your vote.
The top names nominated by Politico readers include:
· Michael Bloomberg, New York City mayor
· Colin Powell, former Secretary of State
· David M. Walker, former U.S. comptroller general
· Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah and current Republican presidential candidate
· Mark Warner, Senator (D-Va.)
Politico‘s initial picks include:
· Erskine Bowles, co-chairman of the president’s deficit commission
· John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems
· Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
· David Petraeus, CIA director
· Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State