These statutes were not written to "give a man like Donald Trump the power he's now claiming," Lawrence Lessig said.
Despite their votes, Trump will be the biggest popular vote loser in raw numbers ever to reach the White House.
In the Jim Crow South, before blacks had their turn to vote, states often held a white primary -- so that even in districts where blacks were the majority, black political priorities were nullified and black voters were subjected to picking from a crop of 'general election' candidates preselected by the white population.
It is sad and it is wrong for the Democratic National Committee to change their rules, and block him from the debates just as he was on the cusp on getting into them and giving America a chance to hear his critical message. That is our loss.
The Harvard professor's long-shot campaign just got a little bit less preposterous.
With the first Democratic Presidential debate scheduled, what's even worse is that the media isn't digging beneath Democratic Nation Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's refusal to sanction more than six presidential debates -- compared to a total of nine for Republicans.
As Democrats get ready for a presidential debate in Las Vegas, it's clear that the Elizabeth Warren wing of American politics has fundamentally shifted the ground on which candidates will stand Tuesday night.
Much of the news coverage of Lessig has treated him more as a concept than as an individual. Even if his bid is a long-shot, he is breaking all the political rules, and he might just make an impact. Voters should know who he is and what he wants to do.