Lessig asks: "If you assume it would be hard for me, do you assume it would be easier for an ordinary president?"
He thinks it would be easier for an ordinary president to get laws passed by Congress and the Senate, changing the illegitimate voting system which keeps every single congressman and senator in power?
I think everyone agrees allies are good. But how could anyone possibly gain allies willing to pass laws resulting in their own, as well as their entire party's, political death?
If you want to argue that what Lessig is trying to accomplish is impossible, sure, there's good reason to believe that. But Pacific Standard argues it could be better accomplished differently, which, to me, seems even less possible.