First ... I know him, which means I know something of his character. "He is the real deal" has become my favorite new phrase." Everything about him ... is what you would dream a candidate should be.Then there are Obama's policies that Lessig likes a lot:
Clearly on the big issues -- the war and corruption. Obama has made his career fighting both. But also on the issues closest to me [technology] Obama has committed himself to important and importantly balanced positions.In stark contrast, Lessig sees serious problems with Clinton's candidacy:
The parts I can't get over all relate to the issues around corruption.That's very interesting, coming from Lessig. Lessig made a name for himself in the area of digital copyright, going on to found Creative Commons (a tool that lets authors mark their creative works with the freedoms they want it to carry). But recently, Lessig decided to focus his research on a completely new topic: corruption.
But that's not the half of it:
...the part that gets me the most about Senator Clinton is the eager embrace of spinelessness. ... Our party seems constitutionally wedded to the idea that you wage a campaign with tiny speech. Say as little as possible. Be as uncontroversial as you can. Embrace the chameleon as the mascot. Fear only that someone would clearly understand what you believe.And what of the "fact" that Clinton appears to have a stranglehold on the Democratic nomination?
"Don't be ridiculous. This isn't about misplaced courage. Barack is going to win this one easily."All very interesting. I missed seeing Obama live last week. But I'm looking forward to watch his appearance on video.