Josh Marshall

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If you read one thing today, make it this.

One of Rand Paul's emerging angles in his hoped-for race against Hillary Clinton is to put the former Senator and Secretary of State on the line for her husband's role creating the system of mass incarceration which many on both sides of the political spectrum now believe was either a mistake or at least should be reined in. “I’ll ask Hillary Clinton," he said earlier this week, "what have you done for criminal justice? Your husband passed all the laws that put a generation of black men in prison. Her husband was responsible for that.” I think as a practical matter it will be a tricky and perilous proposition to hold Hillary Clinton responsible for things her husband did more than 20 years ago. (Husband being a different person from her and Clinton being a man she is somewhat demonstrably not able to control, etc.) But as Ed Kilgore rightly notes here, this is an almost comical distortion of the history of the last forty-plus years in the United States, one which he seems to be banking on a younger generation not remembering and reporters being either to lazy or stupid to contradict.

Let's start with some basic history.

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Before sharing a few thoughts of my own, let me just tell you there's a fascinating TPM Reader email below on what led to the news today out of Nebraska. It's really must read.

I mentioned earlier this afternoon that Nebraska's unicameral legislature today passed a bill abolishing the state's death penalty. Technically, it's not law yet. The governor says he'll veto it. But the vote margin is more than enough to sustain a veto. So it seems next to certain that Nebraska will in fact abolish the death penalty - and become the first conservative state to do so in the modern death penalty era.

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As I noted below and as reality has noted several times in recent months, a series of self-inflicted wounds and news events over which he had little control have conspired together to make the idea of a Chris Christie presidential run an almost comically unrealistic proposition. But let's not forget that the idea was always close to preposterous. And it's worth asking why the idea ever had much currency in the first place.

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Jersey's biggest paper says Gov Christie has "Lost Touch With Reality." This is in general for thinking he's still a viable presidential candidate but in particularly over yesterday's claim polls showing New Jersey voters overwhelming don't think he'd make a good president actually means they won't to hold on to him as governor.