What Voters' Anger Is Really About

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. John Sides at the Monkey Cage on partisanship in the electorate: Partisanship seems more important than wealth in driving perceptions of the economy

2. Deborah Avant, also at the Monkey Cage, explains a real surprise -- the beginnings of effective self-government among private military firms.

3. Josh Putnam on why urging for changes to the presidential nomination process is a lot easier than actually implementing changes to the process. A good reminder. On the other hand, conventions have set up both more serious and much less serious reform commissions; some of the reforms in the air could be at least goals to work toward. Whether that's a good idea is, of course, another question. 

4. John Hudak and Grace Wallack at Brookings have a new study about government inspector generals -- what works, and what goes wrong.

5, And the latest on the Senate's disgraceful refusal to consider Barack Obama's judicial nominees, from Jennifer Bendery. It's not just the Supreme Court vacancy, or even just appellate judges. This is partisanship, not ideology, and with no regard to the costs to citizens who need their day in court.

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