Biden in the Rearview Mirror

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. Seth Masket at Mischiefs of Faction: No, Joe Biden didn’t run out of time.          

2. Matthew Dickinson, from a somewhat less party-centric point of view, agrees: Biden just didn’t have a plausible path to the nomination.

3. At the Monkey Cage, John Sides talks with the political scientist Jill Greenlee about Hillary Clinton and the politics of motherhood.

4. Scott Lemieux on the latest nonsense from the presidential candidate Larry Lessig.

5. NBC’s Perry Bacon Jr. agrees with the political scientists: Biden lost the invisible primary to Hillary Clinton. Good comparison, too, to Mitt Romney’s brief campaign earlier this year. He’s right that Romney’s opponents were a lot weaker than Hillary Clinton. My view is that Romney had enough support that he could have gone forward -- but he was interested only if the party would nominate him by acclamation. Once he realized he would be just another candidate, he wasn’t willing to go through the process again. I suspect that if Biden had been an equal competitor in an open race he would have gone for it, but that’s just a guess. We can never get inside a politician’s head; all we can do is assess the context they’re working in and the incentives they’re responding to.

6. Another good one on Biden’s situation from Slate’s Jamelle Bouie -- including a good explanation of why Clinton’s lead in 2007 isn't the same as her lead in 2015.

7. Speaking of incentives: Nate Silver points out how the media’s interest in a competitive nomination on the Democratic side drove the Biden story.

8. Greg Sargent at Plum Line with an appreciation of Biden.

9. “So they're willing to let $20 billion go down a black hole and pay $2 billion extra in order to prevent Obamacare from helping the needy.” Kevin Drum on Republican states and Medicaid expansion.

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