Read Stuff, You Should: Bipartisanship Pipe Dreams

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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Happy Birthday to Sigourney Weaver, 65. Underappreciated, I think.

So. at least from what I see on Twitter, the dominant reaction to the Giants beating the Nats in the NLDS is that it was all a matter of a couple of (yes, very) questionable bullpen choices by Matt Williams last night. I'll point out the following: the Nats bullpen gave up one - one! - run last night, in four innings. They gave up a total of five runs in 19 innings in the series, and that's counting the ninth-inning run in game two as a bullpen run. Did Williams make a bad choice? Probably. Was it decisive, and the story of the series? No. This series was all about abysmal hitting by the Nats (or, if you prefer, excellent Giants pitching). Hard to pin that on the manager. Or on the good stuff:

1. I like Jon Chait on the futility of hoping for bipartisanship. I'm not sure it's quite correct in the details; little instances of bipartisan action happen all the time. After all, Congress has passed some laws since 2010, and larger-scale bipartisan action really can happen even with strongly polarized parties, as long as both sides have overlapping substantive interests. However, Chait is basically correct about wishful thinking, especially in the update at the end of the piece.

2. Richard Skinner looks at the downside -- and the upside -- of insider analysis of the 2016 nomination process.

3. Good Matt O'Brien item about austerity and stimulus, with more economic evidence favoring the latter in recessions.

4. Dahlia Lithwick on the Supreme Court and marriage.

5. And from David Leonhardt, "The Great Wage Slowdown."

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