Measuring Republican Disunity

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. Jennifer Victor at Mischiefs of Faction assesses the Republican presidential nomination contest.

2. Dawn Teele at the Monkey Cage on "Suffragette" and how women actually won the vote.

3. Also at the Monkey Cage, Patrick Egan argues that Republicans in Congress are about as unified as they’ve ever been. No more, no less. Perhaps; I’m swayed by the argument that roll call voting scores are heavily influenced by the types of measures that come up. Worth reading either way.

4. Dave Hopkins on why Bernie Sanders voted for the budget deal. It makes sense, but it demonstrates again why Sanders never had a shot at being nominated: Democrats aren’t looking for someone to repudiate President Barack Obama, and Sanders isn't the continuity candidate. That doesn’t mean his candidacy can’t have real effects, of course.

5. Brad DeLong makes the economic case for a larger public sector -- and larger public debt. Those who believe the news media are extremely liberal need to explain why almost no “neutral” reporter or pundit has described this argument, let alone explained why it should be taken seriously.

6. Kevin Drum on Carly Fiorina's lamenting the ravages of Obamacare before it began. Who will be the first Republican candidate to say the 2007-2009 recession was caused by Obamacare?

7. Quoctrung Bui and Margot Sanger-Katz at the Upshot ask: Where are the remaining uninsured? Not hard to find; they’re mostly in Republican states.  

8. And “liberating yourself from any pretense to obeying the laws of arithmetic provides certain upsides.” Jonathan Chait on Marco Rubio’s tax plan.

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