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How to Run for President as a Woman

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.

1. Corrine McConnaughy at the Monkey Cage on Hillary Clinton and “running as a woman.” Excellent. I’d add, by the way, that this has serious implications for representation and how she would act if elected. Politicians try to keep their promises, and many of those promises are about who they are and how they will act, as opposed to commitments on specific public-policy positions. Candidates who run “as a woman” and win will seek ways to demonstrate they are keeping those promises -- and will be faulted if they don’t.

2. Hans Noel at Mischiefs of Faction on why #NeverTrump is a party story.

3. Tom Clark, Sanford Gordon and Micheal Giles at the Monkey Cage present data indicating Merrick Garland is a moderate, or has at least acted as one as an appellate judge, although as they say it’s a very rough measure.

4. Rick Hasen looks at Garland’s record on election law.

5. Nate Cohn at the Upshot looks ahead to where Bernie Sanders might do well. The media freakout if Sanders wins big in Wisconsin on April 5 is going to be amazing. Anyway, Sanders isn’t going to be the nominee, and losing some primaries is not a sign that Clinton will be a weak general election candidate.

6. Here at Bloomberg View, Eli Lake looks at Ted Cruz’s foreign-policy team. A good reminder, as I read it, of how much of an extremist Cruz really is.

7. And Greg Koger with a tribute to the late Barbara Sinclair, a brilliant scholar of Congress.

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