Third-Party Candidates Can't Win

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. Norm Ornstein makes the case against Dennis Hastert as Speaker.

2. At the Monkey Cage, Michelle Amazeen looks at fact-checking: What works, and how.

3. Why third-party candidates won’t win the presidency even if they’re invited to debates, from Brendan Nyhan. True, although Ross Perot was almost certainly helped by getting included, and presumably future third-party candidates would as well. More to the point? Third-party candidates shouldn’t be invited.

4. Husna Hak at the Christian Science Monitor explains why George W. Bush’s favorability ratings are now higher than Barack Obama’s.

5. Nate Silver on the state of polling and why polls are good for democracy.

6. Nice debunking from Dave Weigel at Bloomberg Politics of a misleading video of Hillary Clinton. We’re going to see a lot of these, from both sides, for the next year. Yes, both sides will do it -- although it’s also worth remembering that the Mitt Romney campaign specialized in out-of-context Barack Obama “quotes.”

7. And here at View, Noah Smith on liberal economists and liberal economics.

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