The Truth About the Bernie Sanders Surge

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. Absolutely correct: John Hudak at Brookings says that every 2016 presidential candidate should be starting to work on the transition that only one of them will actually carry out. Okay, not every presidential candidate; some of them aren’t going to come close to the Oval Office and probably know it, so they can pass on it. What would make all of this a bit saner? If Barack Obama would get to work on executive branch nomination reform in order to radically reduce vetting.

2. Mike Konczal at Next New Deal on different flavors of liberal thought on economics.

3. I might as well link back to Vox’s Matt Yglesias earlier in the week, since Konczal is reacting to his critique. Both are worth reading.

4. Good, comprehensive look at the Bernie Sanders surge from Nate Silver.

5. Mark Schmitt at Vox argues against the idea that restoring earmarks in Congress would achieve what (anti)reformers want: a return to transactional politics. It's a very good piece. I'll say this: As far as I can tell, most Congressional scholars think earmarks were and are overrated, so in that sense Schmidt is correct. He's also correct that there's a deeper problem (well, I think it's a problem, at least) with the Republican Party in Congress, which is the whole reason they eliminated earmarks in the first place. Nevertheless: I'm for restoring earmarks, on the theory that they would do more good than harm.

6. And here at View, Kavitha Davidson on collusion in the NFL.

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