by Mike Masnick
Wed, Feb 20th 2008 12:57am
Earlier this week, there was plenty of buzz going around concerning an effort to draft Larry Lessig to run for Congress in the seat opened up by the unfortunate passing of Rep. Tom Lantos in the 12th Congressional district in California (most of San Mateo county). I pretty much brushed it aside as idle speculation, but Lessig has now admitted that he is seriously considering a run for Congress and has put up a website with a video concerning a potential run. I don't agree with Lessig on plenty of things -- and I'm not even sure he could win such a campaign -- but it's hard not to like the idea of Lessig in Congress. Considering how often we see politicians who grandstand and have little knowledge of key important issues, it would be quite a feat to get someone like Lessig into office. Recently, Lessig has been focusing on trying to deal with the problem of political corruption. Some might think it would be a much more difficult challenge from the inside than from the outside -- but it's rather appealing to think he might have the ability to shake things up inside. Of course, plenty of good people have gone to Washington DC with lofty intentions and come back beaten by the system, but it's hard not to think that Lessig has a chance to actually make a difference. Even if Lessig were to run and lose, just by running, he can help push his fight against the inherent corruption of our current political system into the public debate.
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