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Forget the Chatter, This is the Democrats' Real Problem

When a party suffers a major setback, everyone comes forward with their diagnosis of the problem. And in most cases their diagnosis of the problem tells us that the solution is what the diagnoser wanted to do more of in the first place. This is just human nature. We see the evidence before us as confirmation of what we already thought. When I'm asked these kinds of questions, what I always say is that we should be highly skeptical of anything that suggests the answer is obvious or simple to execute. Because for all the groupthink and folly and insular thinking of political professionals, they're generally fairly bright and they have huge personal and professional incentives to win. If it were really that obvious, someone would have tried it already.

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Breitbart Issues Best Correction Since Forever

I generally don't like harping on other outlets' errors or the always mortifying process of issuing a correction. It's a mix of 'there but for the grace of God' and, in this case, look at the source. But I think here we may have perhaps the best 'correction' in the long storied history of 'corrections', especially ones stemming from errors no remotely careful journalist ever would have made in the first place.

As noted a bit earlier, on Saturday Breitbart published an exclusive pointing out that President Obama's Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was part of the team that defended President Clinton during the Whitewater investigation - not a bad little scooplet. Only it wasn't the same Loretta Lynch, which kind of takes the punch out of the story.

Breitbart then issued a 'correction'. But like I said, it's a correction for the ages.

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Let's Put This To The Test

A couple of political scientists got in some hot water when their exit poll experiment which asked South Carolina voters a series of question meant to assess negative or positive feelings toward African Americans. Like "Do you think African-Americans are too demanding in their push for equal rights?" But this wasn't the Klan University asking the questions. It was an effort to see whether measurable racial or racist ideas affected whether a voter voted for Tim Scott or Lindsey Graham, both of whom won reelection to the Senate on Tuesday.

Paper Love

I'd love to encourage TPM readers to take a moment to read a heart-wrenching excerpt from Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind by Sarah Wildman. It's a fantastic book, and the excerpt, about the correspondence between her grandfather and those seeking to get Valy out of the Reich. Back then, $300 was an insurmountable sum for a recent immigrant. It's a fascinating read.

Why This Smells So Bad

You can't assess the Supreme Court's surprise jump today into the Obamacare subsidies pseudo-controversy without appreciating that there was a big organized effort in the conservative legal community to create the political and legal space for the Supreme Court to intervene. Part of that effort involved working to delegitimize in advance the pending en banc decision of the DC Circuit Court of Appeals as purely political and without legal foundation. Here's the full rundown on what was being done on the outside to push the Supreme Court toward the decision it made today.

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