She ended up making the right decision. Photographer: Win McNamee/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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The Veterans Affairs scandal? Sure, it matters, if for no other reason than because it's likely to have substantive effects. It's likely to improve health care for veterans. I don't think it's very likely that the VA scandal will be a significant factor in November's elections, though.

For something that doesn't matter, I'll stick to what I already said: It doesn't matter that Democrats decided against boycotting the Benghazi committee. That said, if House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was going to name anyone, she clearly made the correct choice to pick serious members and not blowhards, as some recommended.

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

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