Donald Trump's Historical Precedents

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 the Monkey Cage, Patrick Egan tells us the only polling number about 2016 we shouldn’t be ignoring this summer. (Yes, I know. The Republican debate rules mean that we have to pay attention to otherwise-meaningless rank-order differences among marginal Republicans. So there’s that, too.)

2. At Mischiefs of Faction, Julia Azari has a nice one on Trump and his supposed historical precedents.

3. Matthew Dickinson throws cold water on the Bernie Sanders surge.

4. Sanders argues with the Upshot’s Nate Cohn about his chances.

5. Very good Ed Kilgore item on Sanders and “hidden majorities.”

6. I mostly agree with Kevin Drum’s point that we should expect candidates to say what they favor, not necessarily how they can achieve those things given the likely political context.

7. Benjamin Wallace-Wells profiles Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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