The Ugly Campaign Against Bernie Sanders

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. Excellent item from Joshua Huder about open process in the House.

2. Vox’s David Roberts is exactly correct: If Bernie Sanders somehow did get nominated, the Republican attacks on him would be vicious. And I’d add: quite likely successful.

3. Ed Kilgore looks at Ted Cruz’s possible path to the nomination. I think this is largely correct; he does it as Huckabee/Santorum plus, building on what those two did in 2008 and 2012. A plausible path to the nomination, but difficult.

4. Nate Silver is on Team Media Domination with me regarding Donald Trump: His high poll numbers were mainly an effect of the information environment, and he underperformed in Iowa when campaigns and attentive voters changed the information environment.

5. Good Dan Larison rejoinder on the question of whether foreign-policy realists should back Trump.

6. Are Jeb Bush’s endorsers preparing to jump ship? National Journal’s Daniel Newhauser and Alex Rogers report.

7. Jessica Roy at the Cut isn’t sure that one critique of Hillary Clinton is convincing.

8. Paul Waldman at the Plum Line listens to Paul Ryan’s surprising speech to Heritage Action. Interesting, and a nice catch.

9. Wonkblog’s Matt O’Brien on what Dodd-Frank has actually accomplished.

10. Don’t miss Politico’s Danny Vinik on federal agencies running with expired Congressional authorization. Remember: Congressional abdication is a much bigger problem than presidential attempts to seize influence.

11. And my Bloomberg View colleague Megan McArdle has a nice How Things Really Work column sure to dismay Trump (and Sanders) supporters. She’s absolutely correct: Incremental change is what’s possible in many cases, for very good reasons having in part to do with what democracy really is. Just remember that the flip side of this is also true -- real, meaningful incremental change is actually possible, and it usually doesn’t take winning the presidency to make it happen. The same decentralized, separated-institutions-sharing-powers Madisonian democracy that makes radical change so difficult also allows individual politicians, from senators to your representative on the city council, to do things that really matter, and it also gives ordinary citizens and groups paths to influence those politicians to do those things.

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