Clinton and Dysfunctional Republicans

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. My View colleague Francis Wilkinson has a must-read interview with political scientists Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein about what's happening in the House and in the dysfunctional Republican Party in general. 

2. The Mischiefs of Faction gang on the debate.

3. Good Matt Dickinson item discussing which candidate "won" the debate.

4. Nate Silver's debate recap also focuses (as Dickinson and I both did) on Clinton's strength coming in.

5. While Vox's Matt Yglesias points out that "Clinton's greatest achievement in the 2015 primary hasn't been anything she's done against the candidates running against her. It's been preventing other, more formidable politicians from running against her at all." As he says, that was an impressive accomplishment, not luck, and attests to her political skills. 

6. And one more time: Another debunking of Ben Carson's Nazis and handguns insulting nonsense, this time from Holocaust scholar Alan E. Steinweis.

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