Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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We've all seen the polls showing Trump as the forerunner in the massive GOP field with around 20% support. It's early. His name recognition is sky high. And with so many in the race, you can be a frontrunner with a big lead without a huge amount of support. But here's a number that is genuinely a big deal.

We've assumed that Donald Trump is not only capped in a national race but also likely capped about where he is now in a GOP primary race because his negatives are so high and there are so many people who not only do not support him, but who would never support him under any circumstance.

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For decades, the customary and accepted way to dodge responsibility for mistakes on your watch was to say, "Mistakes were made." Now the Times has upped the ante to "Mistakes weren't made." If our mailbag is any measure, it's having an effect.

From TPM Reader MT ...

Quick comment about your Biden piece, but really my comment is about Hillary and the Times. You capture the increasingly bizarre Times coverage of Clinton’s campaign nicely. From a personal perspective, when I saw the headline about Biden considering a run in the Times I immediately dismissed it as being newsworthy because it appeared first in the Times. I don’t recall doing that since the run up to the Iraq war and Judith Miller’s brilliant reporting. One difference, however. With Iraq, they get fooled. With Clinton, they are part of the disinformation process.

I'm a big fan of Joe Biden's. I think he'd be a great president. I'm less certain he'd be a great candidate for president - and his first two runs provide some basis for that judgement. I'm also a bit suspicious of a groundswell or campaign of anonymous leaks in favor of a Biden campaign, all or most of which seem to emanate from The New York Times, which is grappling - or rather, not grappling - with its own institutional problems covering Hillary Clinton. But here's one thing I've been watching closely: Over the past two weeks, among some of the most active and opinion leading center-left voters, those who believe Clinton will be the Democratic nominee has dropped dramatically.

Here are some of the numbers.

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