Huckabee Loses Again and Thanks, Obama!

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. I’m not much for campaign finance reform, but I agree with Lee Drutman about one thing: Whatever else anyone thinks about the current fundraising system, the demands on politicians’ time are awful and indefensible.

2. At the Monkey Cage, John Sides explains recent research that suggests how to defeat racially coded messages.

3. Nate Silver sets out three ways of understanding the Donald Trump phenomenon. Excellent; my only nitpick is that political scientists have been even more ready to embrace the “media bubble” theory than the “party chooses” theory. And I still think Silver is a bit too optimistic about Trump’s chances. But a terrific overview.

4. Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner on conservatives and Trump.

5. From Sarah Posner: “Inside the Rubio-Cruz Battle for Evangelical Voters.”

6. Ed Kilgore on what’s happened to Mike Huckabee.

7. And Jaime Fuller has the “thanks, Obama” list.

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