Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Seeing so many stories like this one I've become increasingly convinced of the existence and the importance of what I will call the Unicornstitution. Related but by no means synonymous with the US constitution, the Unicornstitution exists as a sort of ersatz Platonic ideal form of the Constitution which exists in the ether and is ready at hand to give a big thumbs up and attaboy and 'you go girl' to whatever crazy bullshit thing you already decided to do, especially if you're really angry and stupid and fundamentally see life in America as as matter of other undeserving people taking away your stuff and your not being able to do anything about it.

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As I've said before, I'm something of a Hillary Agnostic. There's no question that the email story has done her a great deal of harm, regardless of the merits of the story itself. But it's worth stopping now and then and taking a look at just how nonsensical most of the coverage of the story is at this point. Beside the point that the relevant Inspector General has said that none of the stuff the DC press corps has been hyperventilating about can, by definition, have violated any law, you also have stories like this new one today from Bloomberg.

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I'm not sure how much play this will get. But this poll tells you a lot about the candidacies of Donald Trump and Jeb Bush. A new PPP polls shows Trump, not surprisingly, at the head of the GOP pack. But when PPP created head to head match ups with the other contenders, Carson, Fiorina, Rubio and Walker all beat Trump and in most cases handily. Except Jeb. Trump beat Jeb. So Trump really isn't that strong. He's just got a committed following that holds the ground in a crowded field. Another way of putting it is that as big a plurality as Trump has, the bigger deal is the majority that is clearly against him.

Meanwhile, Jeb is weak and nobody likes him.

Donald Trump has sent a 'cease and desist' letter to the perennially corrupt and tendentious "Club for Growth" demanding they stop running ads against him. They're defamatory, mean, false, bad, etc. There's no direct connection to Citizens United. But I would say it's all of a piece. "Speech" in the form of unlimited spending by billionaires becomes entirely unfettered. But we also import the moguls' habit of unbridled litigiousness to clamp down on actual speech. Welcome to the future.

A new Insight poll I wanted to share with you. We asked our center-left reader set the following question: Which statement most closely matches your view of government regulation?

The choices were ...

"Government should regulate as little as possible."

"Every case and industry is different. Each should be addressed on its own merits."

"A strong regulatory state is necessary to protect the public interest."

results after the jump ...

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