Democracy's Decline and the Center's Collapse

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. At Vox, John Patty considers the election. I’m not convinced he’s correct about messages and election results, but he’s always worth reading. 

2. Sheri Berman at the Monkey Cage has as good a summary as I've seen about the dangers of a democratic decline in the U.S. 

3. I like Jonathan Chait on the failures of the center during the Barack Obama presidency. It would be stronger, however, if he had included some examples of those who got it right. Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein would be a good start.

4. Margaret Sullivan at the Washington Post has some suggestions for journalists during the Donald Trump presidency. Not bad. 

5. My Bloomberg View colleague Al Hunt on John McCain and the new president.

6. Aaron Blake at the Fix is correct that the statistic about total U.S. Senate votes is ... not helpful. 

7. James Hohmann on where Trump is finding the people to staff his administration.

8. And since I said yesterday that no Republicans in Congress had stood up against Trump’s false claims of voter fraud, I should note that Senator Lindsey Graham has now done so. Good! Next step: Try to do something about it. Senators have leverage, and they can use it.

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