— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) November 2, 2015
Harvard University professor Lawrence Lessig abandoned his Democratic presidential run on Monday, capping a candidacy that failed to get any real traction at all.
Lessig, an outspoken academic who had been a vocal proponent of campaign finance reform, said he was dropping his bid for the White House in a YouTube video.
The Harvard academic didn’t raise a notable amount of money and failed even to get into the Democratic presidential debates. He acknowledged as much in his announcement…
I watched the video. Unless you enjoy whiny self-justification, or need a sleep aid, I wouldn’t bother.
Professor Lessig has chosen a most worthy and important issue, and if he’d had the smarts to aim his doomed candidacy at the Republican party — which even he acknowledges is the source of the big-money rot and its greatest enabler by a huge factor — I’d have had more sympathy for the man. As it is, he’s just the Goo-Goo cherry on our Second Gilded Age’s shit sundae, a high-minded bludgeon aimed at exactly the wrong target.
It's fun to watch Lessig proclaim the death of American democracy while the candidate with the $100 million super PAC plummets in the polls.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) November 2, 2015