What We Didn't Hear From Republican Candidates

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. The Mischiefs of Faction authors look at the Republican debate.

2. Natalie Jackson at HuffPollster on the power of partisanship

3. At the Monkey Cage, Michael Tesler makes the case for why Bernie Sanders has far more trouble indicated in current polling than Barack Obama did in 2007. Perhaps, but I'm not convinced that his longshot bid is doomed for that reason. It is doomed, however, because Democratic party actors are massively for Hillary Clinton. That's why we shouldn't expect Sanders to win in the long run.

4. Julia Azari of MoF on slavery as a national institution in the early U.S. 

5. AEI's James Pethokoukis on the words we didn't hear from the Republican candidates. I'm not a fan of word clouds, but the point is reasonable.

6. Nice Kevin Drum on the punditry gushing over Carly Fiorina

7. Good debate wrap from Jonathan Chait.

8. HuffPost's Jennifer Bendery looks at the slow-walking of judicial nominees by the Republican Senate. Not as bad as some liberals predicted -- but significantly worse than what Democrats did with George W. Bush's choices in 2007. By the way: Did anyone else notice Rick Santorum bragging during the undercard debate Wednesday about obstructing Bill Clinton's judicial nominees? Oops -- Republicans don't officially admit to that; their story is that judicial obstruction began during Bush's presidency. The fact is, Democrats did ratchet up when W. was president -- but Republicans also ratcheted up during the Clinton years, and then massively increased obstruction beginning in January 2009.  

9. And sorry Paul Jossey: I'm all for slamming Larry Lessig's presidential campaign, but don't smear George Washington Plunkitt, who got parties and politics right (at least in many respects).

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