Read Stuff, You Should: Misrepresenting Lyndon Johnson

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 Oliver Platt, 55.

No shortage of good stuff:

1. Julian E. Zelizer at the Monkey Cage on how “even Lyndon Johnson wasn’t Lyndon Johnson” -- on presidential power, Congress, Selma and the Great Society.

2. Nate Cohn at the Upshot on the invisible primary. Note, however, that the invisible primary has been going on for a couple of years, so the headline suggestion to “start paying attention” is misleading at best.

3. Jacqueline Gehring writes at The New West about the political consequences of the terrorist attacks in France.

4. Jay Ulfelder at Dart-Throwing Chimp looks at the global prospects for democracy through 2025.

5. And perhaps the problem with presidential systems is that most are poorly designed. At Fruits and Votes, Matthew Shugart comments in the context of the Sri Lanka elections. As always, I’d emphasize that the U.S. doesn’t have a “presidential system” as much as it has separated institutions sharing powers, with a (highly unusual) transformative legislature.

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