Why Democrats Don't Have a Donald Trump

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. Rick Hasen on the recent voting rights cases.

2. Dan Drezner on foreign policy and the 2016 election.

3. Lynn Vavreck at the Upshot on the changing demographics within the parties.

4. Amanda Skuldt at the Monkey Cage on the possibilities of a third-party candidate actually winning the presidency.

5. Reid Wilson on liberal efforts to govern by ballot measure. Understandable, but still a terrible idea.

6. Here at View, Timothy L. O'Brien on Donald Trump and Russia.

7. And I agree with Michael Tomasky about the implausibility of the Democrats nominating anyone equivalent to Trump in any way -- but not really because of ideology. Remember, in the last two cycles Trump, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann and Ben Carson have all led presidential nomination polls (and that’s not even counting Newt Gingrich, who was chased from public office in disgrace more than a decade before his 2012 campaign). I never thought any of them had a chance, no matter how broken the Republican Party was, but I was obviously wrong about Trump, which suggests perhaps the others might have won as well. Democrats just don’t think totally unqualified crackpots should be president. (No, Bernie Sanders doesn’t count; he’s an ideological outlier, but he otherwise has conventional qualifications for the office. The closest the Democrats have had was Jesse Jackson in the 1980s, and while we could argue about it, I don’t think he really qualifies.)

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