Huge Negativity and Deep Divisions

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. Yes, Donald Trump’s speech was unusually negative. John Sides at the Monkey Cage passes along an analysis.

2. See also Brendan Nyhan on Trump’s emphasis on crime.

3. Dave Hopkins on the divide within the Republican Party.

4. I really disagree with Matthew Dickinson about intraparty divisions -- I think the Democrats are far more unified than the Republicans are -- but as usual when we disagree, I urge you to read him. What I did find very interesting in his in-person report were his comments on “lock her up.”

5. The Huffington Post's Natalie Jackson reminds everyone not to overreact to polls over the next couple of weeks.

6. Here at Bloomberg View, Megan McArdle and Ramesh Ponnuru on the Democratic convention. I lean towards Ponnuru’s view here.

7. And Nate Cohn at the Upshot on Tim Kaine, Virginia and the electoral college. A big “if” here -- political scientists are split about whether a home state effect is real.

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