Read Stuff, You Should: Smeared as a Moderate

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.

Happy Birthday to Juan Marichal, 77. I may be more likely than usual to seek out Giants birthdays these days, but of course no excuse is needed to celebrate Marichal.

I haven't written here since the Travis Ishikawa home run, so I'll just say this: Nothing in my lifetime of rooting for the Giants (and my memory goes back to when Marichal was still going strong) has prepared me for the idea that I'm rooting for the Evil Empire and against the scrappy rebels in the next World Series. I'm pretty sure that's how the national press is casting the series, however, and objectively I do understand that. It's not that I've forgotten 2010 or 2012 (or the terrific ballpark and all the other markers of franchise health and stability). It's just that 1972 through 1985 was a very long time for someone in my age cohort. Meanwhile, one more day to wait. Glad there's good stuff:

1. Julia Azari does some thinking about how partisan polarization affects the issues in the political conversation.

2. Erin Jenne reports on research on the Tea Party effect on 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

3. Rick Hasen on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent and the future of voting law.

4. Who is a moderate? Ed Kilgore on the ability of some Republicans to embrace unpopular positions without getting a matching reputation.

5. And Nate Cohn argues the virtues of the 2014 election cycle. Eh; it's a great election cycle because they all are, if you find elections interesting. So I agree with him ... up to a point.

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