The 'Anyone But Clinton' Constituency

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. Scott Lemieux at Lawyers, Guns and Money makes the case that, no, Joe Lieberman did not cost Democrats the 2000 election. Yes, that sounds correct, but I will add one caveat -- Lemieux is correct that Washington Democrats agreed in 1999-2000 that Bill Clinton was a disgrace, but voters really didn’t, and it would have been smart of Al Gore to ignore the Washington consensus. Would it have changed anything? Probably not, but you never know. Could Gore have both selected Clinton scold Holy Joe and deployed the Big Dog where he was popular (that is, everywhere actual voters lived)? Sure.

2. This time, the Democrats: HuffPollster’s Mark Blumenthal and Ariel Edwards-Levy continue their polling of activists and other party actors. The takeaway: There’s just no Anyone But Clinton constituency among Democrats who pay the most attention to politics, even though a lot of them really like Bernie Sanders.

3. Good reporting from Politico’s Manu Raju and Burgess Everett on Ted Cruz, disliked senator.

4. David Leonhardt on Trump and the press.

5. Here at Bloomberg View, Justin Fox on the demise of local newspapers -- including which category is in big trouble. He’s exactly correct that this is a major disaster for state and local government and politics.

6. And over at the Monkey Cage, Henry Farrell thinks about tattoos, hair and signaling games.

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