The Search for Republican Policy Positions

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 Pacific Standard, Seth Masket reminds us to keep an eye on endorsements.

2. John Sides at the Monkey Cage on new research suggesting Hillary Clinton will probably select a man as her running mate.

3. Julia Azari at Mischiefs of Faction looks more carefully at how and how often Republican presidential candidates invoke Ronald Reagan in debates.

4. More from Stan Collender at Forbes about Mitch McConnell and the chances of a government shutdown. Quite right. It matters that McConnell (and probably John Boehner) don’t want a shutdown; it matters, quite possibly more, that others in the party do want one.

5. At the American Conservative, Dan Larison on the Iraq surge.

6. View’s Justin Fox on government jobs and the economic recovery.

7. Ezra Klein looks at tax plans from Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

8. While Politico’s Darren Samuelsohn goes looking for Republican policy positions on the presidential candidates’ web sites and comes up (close to) blank.   

9. Via Steve Benen, who checks and discovers that, yes, Democrats are different. I’ve been beating this drum since the debate (and long before that). It’s not that Republicans are wrong (or right) on policy; it’s that they basically have given up on it. Ronald Reagan was elected president with a full agenda of domestic and foreign policy; that’s just not something the party has any urgency about repeating.

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