Lessig is one of my favorite liberals. I disagree with him on many many things, but he is not a lockstepper. He has done excellent work on the issue of Internet freedom (though he threw in with the Net neutrality folks) and the Democrats would have done well to have included him in the debates. Heck, Lincoln Chafee got to be in the debates, surely Lawrence Lessig should have been included.
But I’ll bet the possibility of Lessig bringing up the suicide of Aaron Swartz (founder of Reddit and friend of Lessig’s) while being harassed by the Obama Justice Department scared the party a bit.* Anyway,