During Obama's time in office, his administration has taken no action to actually rebalance the system so candidates are accountable to ordinary Americans, not just wealthy special interests. As the president enters his final 14 months, he would do well to consider how history will remember him on this issue.
While it may feel like it has been going on forever, the 2016 election is one year from now. The presidency is at stake, of course. Control of the Senate, of state legislatures, and even (theoretically) of the House of Representatives is up in the air. But in basic ways, the very integrity of our electoral system is on the ballot, too, next year. Alarmingly, we don't even know the basic rules that will be in place -- and there is more in flux than in any recent presidential year. Republican-controlled states have passed dozens of new laws since 2011 to make it harder for many Americans -- especially the poor, minorities, students and the elderly -- to cast a ballot. Those who care about democracy have a lot to do to make sure that the election of 2016 is free, fair, and reflects the will of the people.