Scholars, Conservatives and Early Voting

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. I don’t suppose it’s a big surprise that international-relations scholars, including those who are conservatives, prefer Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, but they do. The Monkey Cage has the details.

2. Nate Cohn at the Upshot on the early vote in North Carolina.

3. Conor Friedersdorf argues that a less Trump-like Donald Trump wouldn’t have won the Republican nomination, so it doesn’t really make sense to think about how a better version of Trump would be doing in the general election.

4. Despair about conservative intellectualism from Ross Douthat.

5. Yuval Levin with a good conservative argument about what people got wrong about Obamacare.

6. My Bloomberg View colleague Ramesh Ponnuru on Trump’s economic plans ...

7. ... while Brian Beutler makes the point that Republicans in Congress are still dedicated to keeping the health-care system from any possible incremental improvements.

8. And Jonathan Chait on Trump and intellectuals.

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