Democrats and Superdelegates, Republicans and Strategy

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. Matt Grossmann at Polyarchy reminds everyone that, yes, the Democratic nomination battle is basically over, and it has been for some time. Superdelegates count, even though -- as Glassman points out -- Bernie Sanders has incentives to pretend they aren't really committed to Hillary Clinton, and Clinton has incentives to pretend they don't exist. Clinton's delegate lead, including superdelegates, is real and large, and there's no reason at all to expect it to disappear. 

2. Thinking about North Carolina's "bathroom law" as a public health issue, from Shoshana Goldberg and Andrew Reynolds at the Monkey Cage.

3. Greg Koger at Mischiefs of Faction reports on Republican delegate selection in Florida. Fascinating. And he confirms something we've seen reports of elsewhere: Not all anti-Donald Trump delegates will be loyal Ted Cruz supporters. 

4. Seth Masket at Pacific Standard on the prospects for governing after the next election. 

5. Jeff Spross at the Week on the good side of public debt

6. And FiveThirtyEight's Harry Enten with a fun and detailed preview of today's New York primary. By the way, for strategic anti-Trumpers in New York: Feel free to vote for Ted Cruz or John Kasich. The key for Trump is to get to 50 percent of the vote in each House district. But don't throw away your vote on one of the candidates who have dropped out -- it would help keep Trump under 50 percent, but Cruz or Kasich (or both) has to hit 20 percent to get delegates in each district. Of course, Trump voters, and Clinton and Sanders voters, have it easy: They just vote for their candidate. No strategy needed. 

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