Pick a President on the Internet?

Went looking for sites that took advantage of the internet in the candidate selection process recently. I knew about http://www.selectsmart.com/president/
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...from previous elections. However, I was pointed to http://www.opencongress.org/ (hardcore debate site, I'm told) and VoteEasy (from Project: Vote Smart) as other resources that do the something similar.

The problem is, who to trust? The fractious nature of the American populace is the stumbling block. It's not just that they have different sources, it's that those sources use different facts. They think they're entitled to different facts. Reality just doesn't work that way.

To me, this is just another example of why we need an election process that is more open, and publicly funded. I don't want to have to pick over Iowa's leavings when it comes to opponents for the status quo. What they select will most likely not be electable, an we'll end up with Romney against Obama as a compromise candidate; the status quo vs. the status quo. That's not a race, that's yet another yawnfest. Maybe something like this...

http://www.americanselect.org


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Something more "content neutral". Rather than having to sell yourself to your nutjob left or right base (about 2/10's of the population, combined) you can appeal to the middle directly. An interesting approach to the problem, to say the least, if not exactly original (saw something similar started last election that never got any traction) let's see if it goes anywhere.

Maybe we should use this guy's theories (also on Colbert. It's been a good week for election theory there lately) to pick the candidate we need;
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Probably the most interesting interview I've seen in awhile (Much as I like The Cars' revival album) on Colbert.

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