US politics are effed — this much we know. With crazy on the right, and discord on the left, the idea of someone, anyone, above the fray swooping in to make it all better has a childlike appeal in its simplicity. Enter Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei, who yesterday in the pages of the Wall Street Journal suggested the formation of a new party — wait for it — called The Innovation Party, to be headed by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg.
"The ideal candidate would write a very specific agenda in normal, conversational language, not whatever nonsensical language today’s political class was taught to speak," explained VandeHei. "He or she would engage voters daily on social media, with fun and flare. [...] Why not recruit Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg to head a third-party movement?"
Putting aside the fact that Zuckerberg is only 31, and one must be 35 to run for president (he'll be 35 in 2020...), why on earth would anyone want someone from Silicon Valley running the country? Especially someone who refuses to allow his fiefdom access to something as simple as a "dislike" button, or who had to abandon his company motto of "move fast and break things" because, well, too many things were broken?
Yes, there are a lot of problems in Washington, but it seems a stretch to image that an industry known for systematically ignoring government regulations would be very good at governance. And yet that is exactly what VandeHei is doing, taking it so far as to suggest that the tech-shuttle rank and file get involved as well in the form of "tours of service to bring data solutions and efficiencies to our aging governmental systems."
Can you image Evan Spiegel trying to solve the problem of aging national infrastructure? Or social security payments dropping because the "SoshAL app" is still in beta? Then again, virtual reality tax audits do sound pretty amazing.
Anyway, let's be real, if Zuckerberg did want to run for president no one could stop him anyway — politics becomes a whole lot easier when you can read the world's private messages.
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