WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - There was small yet poignant political tragedy playing out in our country last week and almost nobody noticed. But perhaps it's just a sign of the times.
32 years ago, I was voting in my very first Presidential election. Carter Versus Reagan, but there was another guy on the ballot: Independent candidate John Anderson, the Illinois congressman with moderate views and the straight talk.
If Americans were sick of polarized politics, John Anderson was the cure. He never had a chance.
But this year was supposed to be different. Not only do the polls say we're really sick of polarized politics, but a private group called Americans elect was building the political infrastructure, getting on the ballot in all 50 state, in hopes of recruiting the perfect moderate problem solver so many Americans say they want.
Americans Elect spent 35 million dollars, but no serious candidate, as in someone who could actually win, would take up the cause. So last Thursday, Americans Elect announced it was giving up. Not gonna happen--not this year.
Someone said, in a democracy, people get the government they deserve. I say they actually get the kind of government they want and obviously no matter what the polls say, straight talking moderates are not it.