• http://markjf.users.btopenworld.com/index.html Mark JF

    Of course he can. However, the article seems to think transformation means transforming government and this seems to me the problem. Voters are more interested in how their lives can be transformed: jobs, security, healthcare, pensions, education. They’re more interested in outcomes than the process itself. I think President-elect Obama needs to define a transformation that resonates with the people and hold himself accountable for that.

  • http://digitalcitizen.info/ J.B. Nicholson-Owens

    If you explain to me what a “truly transformational presidency” means, this question might be more than corporate media filler.

    What’s far more clear is that the Obama presidency will be filled with corporatists just like the Bush presidency was (and one can go further back, but Obama promised us “change we can believe in” in reference to the Bush administration). Amy Goodman has a good article about the “continuity we can believe in”.

  • Jardinero1

    I think it would be simpler to ban all political parties. That’s what you would end up with in Prof Lessig’s version of “not democracy”. If candidates are funded by the state, and may not accept money from interest groups then what you end up with is an entrenched group that will continue to fund itself in election cycle after election cycle. The congress would be about as responsive as your typical postal employee. What incentive would they have to listen to constituents? Get rid of earmarks? What’s the point of politics if not earmarks. One man’s earmark are another’s economic development project. What is an earmark? I think Net Neutrality is an earmark for some interest groups and constituents.

  • Curious Texan

    Like J.B. Nicholson-Owens, I wasn’t sure what Dr. Lessig meant by a “truly transformational presidency,” so I did a little research on the subject and found this excellent synopsis of Transformational Leadership.

    Towards the end of the article is this interesting tidbit:

    “One of the traps of Transformational Leadership is that passion and confidence can easily be mistaken for truth and reality. Whilst it is true that great things have been achieved through enthusiastic leadership, it is also true that many passionate people have led the charge right over the cliff and into a bottomless chasm. Just because someone believes they are right, it does not mean they are right.”

    Given the full meaning of transformational leadership, I would have to agree with Dr. Lessig that Barack Obama can create a “truly transformational presidency.”