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A Democrat is appointed to power within The Party.
The election is just a formality to convince everyone it's on the level.
Once selected by The Party the election is used only as a way that Party Leaders can control whether the power broker keeps his office or is thrown own.
Without a prayer of making his one issue happen - the GOP will control Congress for another decade thanks to the very problem he's identified. And Gerrymandering. Why would they change now?
@6 Party loyalty above policy is a value of the Republican party. No other party in modern history has shut down the government over not getting its own way; or directing the DOJ to prosecute the opposition party on the flimsiest of grounds and to deliberately ignore their own party; or removing life-long loyal servants of foreign policy over ideology and replacing them with green, ignorant, straight-out-of-Liberty-University idiots. They all have taken place over the past 15 years, and those are all facts, not some random accusations with nothing to back it up.
There is no reason to include him in the debates.
Our right to be represented by our government is perhaps the most fundamental right we have as American citizens, and we can't even take a moment to consider the platform of the only candidate who wants to speak on this issue? Whether or not you personally think that he has a chance at getting elected or would vote for him, isn't this a fundamentally important issue to Americans across the spectrum? How do we actually expect to get the reforms we want when Congress no longer works for us?
It's worse than that, though. His own stupid plan was to pass his signature bill, then immediately resign. (He's changed his tune now, but he ran on that insane idea for months.)
To explain how stupid his plan is is to insult the intelligence of the commenters here, but he really did somehow seem to claim his election would force the Republicans in Congress to pass a bill they obviously oppose. Also, does Baume actually not understand that the electoral college overrepresents small states like Vermont, not large ones like Texas? Is he aware that's a constitutional provision a hypothetical president Lessig would be powerless to change?
Lessig's signature bill is a fine idea, although not particularly radical within the Democratic party such that "they're suppressing this brave truth-teller" makes any goddamn sense. (After all, HRC, Sanders, and Obama all support the main ideas in it.) The Democrats are trying to nominate a presidential candidate, a job Lessig makes no pretenses to even want, let alone be qualified for.
I withdraw my statement and recommend an internet search using the term "cat sleep ."
During the course of campaigns, candidates are educated and campaign about the local, regional, and state issues most important to the handful of battleground states they need to win. They take this knowledge and prioritization with them once they are elected. Candidates need to be educated and care about all of our states.
The current state-by-state winner-take-all method of awarding electoral votes (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but later enacted by 48 states), under which all of a state's electoral votes are awarded to the candidate who gets the most votes in each separate state, ensures that the candidates, after the conventions, in 2012 did not reach out to about 80% of the states and their voters. 10 of the original 13 states are ignored now. 80% of states’ votes were conceded months before by the minority parties in the states, taken for granted by the dominant party in the states, and ignored by all parties in presidential campaigns. Candidates had no reason to poll, visit, advertise, organize, campaign, or care about the voter concerns in the dozens of states where they were safely ahead or hopelessly behind.
In 2012, more than 99% of presidential campaign attention (ad spending and visits) was invested on voters in just the only ten competitive states. There are only expected to be 7 remaining swing states in 2016.
Issues of importance to non-battleground states are of so little interest to presidential candidates that they don’t even bother to poll them.
Over 87% of both Romney and Obama campaign offices were in just the 12 swing states. The few campaign offices in the 38 remaining states were for fund-raising, volunteer phone calls, and arranging travel to battleground states.
Since World War II, a shift of a few thousand votes in one or two states would have elected the second-place candidate in 4 of the 15 presidential elections
Policies important to the citizens of non-battleground states are not as highly prioritized as policies important to ‘battleground’ states when it comes to governing.
“Battleground” states receive 7% more federal grants than “spectator” states, twice as many presidential disaster declarations, more Superfund enforcement exemptions, and more No Child Left Behind law exemptions.
The bill would take effect when enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes—270 of 538.
All of the presidential electors from the enacting states will be supporters of the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC)—thereby guaranteeing that candidate with an Electoral College majority, and the presidency.
The bill ensures that every vote, in every state, will matter equally in every presidential election.
The bill has passed a total of 33 legislative chambers in 22 rural, small, medium, large, red, blue, and purple states states with 250 electoral votes.
Actually, Lessig says he tried to find a Democrat and also a Republican to run on his "Fix Democracy First" platform, but could find no one. He therefore took upon himself the job of running as a Democrat. I think his recognition of his own lack of political and executive experience led him to promise to resign after signing his proposed Citizen Equality Act, which currently is being crowd-sourced at http://citizenequality.us