Jeb Bush Arrives, Donald Trump Divides

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. Andrew Sabl at the Monkey Cage on demagogues, the Constitution and political parties. Regular readers of mine will not be surprised that I strongly disagree with his characterization of the role of the parties -- I generally think they promote responsible governing -- but please read Sabl for the opposing view.

2. Matthew Dickinson looks in on Jeb Bush and is impressed.

3. Sarah Posner on Jerry Falwell Jr. and divisions among Christian conservatives.

4. Good Nate Silver debate wrap, especially his point about how hard it is for attentive outsiders to put themselves in the shoes of undecided Iowa voters.

5. Paul Waldman is exactly correct that Republicans simply can’t trust Donald Trump.

6. Nice Jamelle Bouie item at Slate on where Bernie Sanders needs to improve what he’s doing.

7. And smart stuff from Kevin Drum about Trump -- and about journalism.

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