Imagine you are a former governor who used to serve in Congress. You decide to run for president. But, you can't get invited to the debates between presidential candidates.
Such is the dilemma for Buddy Roemer, former governor of Louisiana and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Herman Cain, former head of Godfather's Pizza, was a favorite interviewee of major media outlets, so why leave Roemer out?
"Had I known last year that I had less chance of getting into a debate than a pizza guy, I would've legally changed my name to Pious Baloney," Roemer commented Tuesday on his Twitter account.
"I might point out the largest failing of our democracy is allowing the media to decide which candidates we choose from," he added.
Networks and other debate organizers write their invitations based upon a percentage of support that polls show a candidate has.
Opponents of how the process is decided point out that Cain and some others would not have had the percentages they had if they had not been anointed by media reporters and editors.
Roemer is still in the Republican race but is realistic about his chances; another way of saying he knows he doesn't have a chance.
Not long from now, we may see Roemer's Revenge. He has expressed interest in the presidential nomination of Americans Elect, which will nominate a candidate via the Internet in a few months.
Americans Elect is on the ballot in 13 states, including California, and plans to be on all 50 state ballots.
There is no front-runner for the Americans Elect nomination and it could attract more candidates, including Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman and Donald Trump.
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