Prepare for a Long Primary Season

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. At Politico, David Lazer and Michael Neblo have some important news for politicians: talk to your consituents.

2. Meredith Conroy at New West summarizes new research on gender and politics.

3. Jim Warren with a reporter’s view of what political scientists were up to in Chicago over the weekend.

4. Jack Goldsmith is shocked (shocked!) that Andrew McCarthy doesn’t know what he’s talking about on the Corker bill and presidential authority.

5. Heidi Przybyla and Dave Weigel at Bloomberg Politics, up in New Hampshire for a presidential candidate forum, report that the “field of Republican hopefuls is unlikely to narrow anytime soon.” Interesting. I’m skeptical -- I suspect two or three viable-on-paper candidates will drop out by Labor Day -- but certainly very possible.

6. Andrew Sprung is tracking changes to health care access in New York. Interesting.

7. And good reminder from Nate Silver: once the nominations are decided, both candidates will be very popular within their parties -- regardless of how they poll within their parties right now.

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