Read Stuff, You Should: If Everyone Voted

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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1. If everyone voted in U.S. elections…very little would change. John Sides at the Monkey Cage reports what, among political scientists, is close to conventional wisdom. Some caveats: As John notes, there could be complicated second-order effects. For example, even if there were no difference in who wins elections, politicians might forge different relationships with constituents if all of them voted. Also, it's a lot harder to know what would happen in dismally low-turnout elections, such as many local races.

2. Seth Masket at Mischiefs of Faction points out that nothing about the process or the GOP seems to have changed to give a candidate such as Ben Carson a chance to win a presidential nomination

3. Dan Drezner at the Washington Post on U.S. calculations of interest with regard to ISIS and Iran. My long ago, tongue-mostly-but-not-entirely-in-cheek suggestion for cleaning up the disaster of the Iraq War was for Iran to annex Iraq. Sure, it would add to Iran’s resources, but not without adding more trouble than it was worth. Hey, Dan: Want to tell me why that’s wrong?

4. Paul Krugman ripped into the “magic asterisks” in the Republican budgets.

5. Jonathan Cohn at Huffington Post predicts a major freakout by ordinary voters if the Supreme Court knocks out Obamacare subsidies – but Cohn doesn’t predict who the outrage will be aimed at. Fair enough, but note that Democrats will be able to say there’s a very easy one-page solution at the national level, and a relatively easy solution at the state level, while Republicans will, um, not. We’ll see if that plays out well for the Democrats, if we do get to that point.

6. It shouldn’t be necessary, but Jonathan Chait points out that no, Barack Obama is not being nicer to Iran than to Israel.

7. And Alyssa Rosenberg on “The brilliance of Britta Perry.”

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