Read Stuff, You Should: Presidential Campaign Announcements

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Happy Birthday to John Doman, 70.

Ready for the good stuff?

1. “There are very few real ideologues in the general public, group feelings and attachments are more important to the structure of public opinion than anything else, and swing voters in elections are mostly responding to 'nature of the times.'” John Zaller remembers Philip Converse. At Mischiefs of Faction.

2. Seth Masket, also at Mischiefs of Faction, recalls a moderate Democratic uprising against Willie Brown in the California Assembly.

3. Nice interview of Dan Drezner by Henry Farrell; the two political scientists talk about the politics of the recession at the Monkey Cage.

4. The Ames Straw Poll is a bit closer to surviving in this presidential nomination cycle; Josh Pullman explains what’s happening, at FrontloadingHQ.

5. Interesting item on “dynamic scoring” vs. making stuff up, from Dean Baker at the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

6. Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight on the timing of official announcements of presidential campaigns. Good, but doesn’t address the question of why we should care much about formal announcements when the campaigns have been going on for some time. 

7. And back at the Monkey Cage, Gail Baitinger has research on why there are so few women on the Sunday talk shows. Good, but doesn’t address the question of why we should care about the Sunday talk shows.

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