Florida Republican David Jolly has been sworn in as the newest member of the House. Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images

What Mattered This Week?

Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg View columnist. He taught political science at the University of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw University and wrote A Plain Blog About Politics.
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What's easy is the thing that didn't matter: the flap over presidential dignity. It was interesting, to be sure, but we'll all forget it in a week.

All House elections matter, and House elections for closely contested seats matter even more. So I'll put the Republican win in Florida's 13th House district down as a thing that mattered. Even if it really, really, really doesn't tell us anything at all about what's going to happen in November.

That's what I noticed. What do you have? What do you think mattered this week?

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(Jonathan Bernstein covers U.S. politics for Bloomberg View. He is co-editor of "The Making of the Presidential Candidates 2012." Follow him onTwitter at @JBPlainblog.)

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