Donald Trump's Conservative Enablers

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 on one the House got right.

2. Seth Masket writes against civility. Or at least, against incivility opponents.

3. At the Monkey Cage, Boris Heersink and Jeffery A. Jenkins on national committee party chairs -- what they can do, what they can’t. Good as far as it goes; I’d like it if they placed Super PACs and candidate campaign organizations within the party network, where they belong, rather than implying that they compete with parties. The real story here is that the national party just wasn’t important at all until relatively recently -- and while national formal party organizations have grown in capacity, they haven’t grown as dramatically as other portions of the expanded, networked party.

4. Conor Friedersdorf on Donald Trump’s enablers.

5. National Journal’s Lauren French reports on what the House Freedom Caucus is up to.

6. Brian Beutler on Scott Walker: He’s boring, and his tweets are boring.

7. But Kevin Drum points out that lots of candidates are boring, and it’s not necessarily a liability.

8. Greg Sargent argues that the Republican effort to paint Hillary Clinton as out-of-touch has a problem -- it doesn’t go with her (and their) public policy preferences. Could be true.

9. And over at Bloomberg Politics, Will Leitch has a very nice Pete Rose item.

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