January 6, 2008 · Lessig
Senator Clinton says: “We’re all advocating for change. We all want to change the status quo, which is George W. Bush and the Republican domination of Washington.”
Really? Is that the “change” being called for by Edwards and Obama? Because I heard their call for change to be bigger than this. To be more fundamental. We’ve not made progress if change gets us to a world where lobbyists influence Democrats rather than Republicans. It’s not “change” if we get back to a world where the Lincoln Bedroom goes to a leading Democratic fundraiser rather than a Republican. If the only “change” at stake here is a change in the party in control, then there’s no much to get excited about.
Update: Some have misread this to be a kind a Nader-esque post — that three’s no difference between the Dems and Republicans, etc. I don’t mean that at all. I think there is a hugely significant difference between the DEMs and GOP, and between Obama/Edwards and Clinton, on the single issue that I care most about — whether we will see any progress in reforming the corruption that is Congress.