Thanks for the careful research and analysis. I don’t think we’re disagreeing on the facts (though I think Clinton has done more than you’re indicating, still, I agree, not much more).

But my whole point is that simply supporting the right policy isn’t enough to make it likely to be law. If if were, then we’d have climate legislation, and a public option in Obamacare, and immigration reform, and public funding of elections. Obama support all of that. If this were 2007, one of his supporters could easily have pointed to the places in his record where indicated strong support for each. But that’s not enough to get something enacted into law—especially when that something would radically change the power of all the powerful players in DC.

What’s needed to do that is a campaign that brings America to recognize why the change is needed and commits the candidate to fighting for that change on day one. This won’t be easy. Most of America doesn’t even understand how we could change the way campaigns are funded, or how such a change would help. But that’s exactly why I have criticized the Democrats: We need leadership here, yet so far, none have led.

The only change that would matter (w/r/t money in politics) and that Congress could enact on day 1 is a change in the way campaigns are funded. Yet that idea was not mentioned once by anyone in that debate. Read that again: The only change that would matter was not mentioned once. I don’t think I’m being unfair when I say—in the face of that fact—that none of the Democrats have made fixing this democracy first their priority.

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