Lawrence Lessig, the self-described “referendum president” and Harvard law professor who utilized crowdfunding to finance his bid for the White House, has ended his campaign for the Oval Office.
Stopping short of hurling accusations of cheating, Lessig withdrew from the 2016 race in a video, assailed the Democratic Party’s mandates for inclusion in debates and characterized the Party as having “changed the rules” to deliberately exclude his candidacy.
“From the start, it was clear that getting into the Democratic debates was the essential step in this campaign. I may be known in tiny corners of the tubes of the internets, but I am not well known to the American public generally. Our only chance to make this issue central to the 2016 presidential election was to be in those debates.
Last week, we learned that the Democratic Party has changed its rules for inclusion in the debate. And under the new rule, unless we can time travel, there is no way that I will qualify,” said Lessig in his exit video.
Initially, to qualify for the Democratic debates, candidates were required to poll at one percent in three national polls in the six-week period prior to a debate. However, Lessig contends the rules changed and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) insists qualification for an appearance necessitated a one percent poll visibility in three polls six weeks before the debate.
The DNC did not comment on Lessig’s video or his retiring from the race.
Lessig may have a point, but it is lost amid his strict stance.
A long-shot at best, Lessig has a argument worth considering: With the ranks of the Democratic primary thin and growing thinner by the week, and dissimilar to the GOP field, it is entirely plausible rules demanding poll standing be considered for an invitation to debates be nonexistent for the Democratic field.
Lessig dedicated his try at the presidency by making campaign finance the focal point of his candidacy. Lessig once declared his intent to be elected, sign a series of campaign finance laws and promptly resign.
For one, it is advisable to have a broad platform to run on, form a conventional campaign structure, and raise money. It is not sensible however to broadcast your intent to resign once campaign finance reforms have been achieved.
Lessig probably needs lessons on how to run a campaign before eviscerating his party and fellow candidates. Many admire his ironclad commitment to campaign finance reform; however, his narrow plank and preposterous assertion to resign before his term expired is one reason few take White House bids such as his seriously.
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