Clinton's New Vocabulary, Trump's Blame Game

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 Patty at Mischiefs of Faction on which candidates chose to run for president in 2016. I think he gets the Democratic side exactly right, but I'm not at all convinced on the Republican side. Maybe they just didn’t have any available first-tier candidates. He does name the two most likely ones, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. But Romney did run, albeit only for a few weeks, only to find too much resistance. And Ryan chose the speakership over a presidential campaign, a decision forced on him by House politics. 

2. Jennifer Jones at the Monkey Cage on Hillary Clinton’s changing vocabulary.

3. Jason McDaniel on the unfortunate effects of ranked-choice voting.

4. “One candidate is encouraging violence; one is condemning it.” Rick Hasen on seeking blame for an ugly turn in the 2016 campaign.

5. Meg Bernhard at the Boston Globe on which experts get quoted in stories about the elections.

6. Margot Sanger-Katz at the Upshot on how plans offered in the Obamacare exchanges are evolving.

7. Richard Yeselson at Vox on Trumpism in a comparative context.

8. And David Weigel at the Washington Post reports on white nationalists and Trump.

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