Read Stuff, You Should: Vermont Excitement

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 Tommy Toms, 63.

My theory about the game last night is that Bruce Bochy and Ned Yost switched brains. Bochy left in Tim Hudson as long as possible, which cost the Giants the lead; Yost got what he could out of Jeremy Guthrie and went to his excellent bullpen quickly. Hey, it all worked out for both. Meanwhile, I love Tim Lincecum, but what exactly is he doing on the active roster? Waiting for the good stuff, I suppose:

1. The dull, dull, dull set of 435 House elections this year, updated by Ben Highton.

2. Julia Azari gives the case for President Barack Obama as a Progressive.

3. Norm Ornstein tweets: "media narrative: GOP picked better candidates. So when they say crazy things, ignore bec contra narrative."

4. Mark Blumenthal and Ariel Edwards-Levy look at how often the polls turn out to be wrong in Senate elections (and by how much).

5. First-class profile of Ohio Governor John Kasich from Dan Balz.

6. Nate Cohn has a close look at the Georgia electorate.

7. Philip Klein with a comprehensive look at what Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell got wrong on Obamacare -- and why Alison Lundergan Grimes was perhaps more coherent, but no more substantive.

8. I think Matt Yglesias undervalues House and Senate elections, but he's absolutely correct about state and local elections.

9. And Jaime Fuller collects the best things said about the wild Vermont gubernatorial debate.

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