Jonathan Bernstein

Bernstein: Lessons for democracy in Virginia’s tie vote

There is one obvious lesson from the improbable outcome in a legislative race in Virginia this month: Single votes really can determine election outcomes. After all, a recount there ended in an exact tie between the Republican and the Democrat who were vying for a seat in the state’s House of Delegates.

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Bernstein: Vice-presidential debate was low-key confrontation

The most important thing about the vice presidential debate was what didn't happen. Neither Indiana Gov. Mike Pence nor Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine was pressed at all on his qualifications for the job, or on his readiness to become president if necessary. Read more

Bernstein: Voters already know what they need to know

We have a strong, if mistaken, assumption that voters should be experts on political candidates, at least when it comes to those running for president.  Read more

Bernstein: Voters need more coverage of Congress

For several senators up for re-election this year, a significant problem is that no one in their home states knows who they are. Read more

Bernstein: In a democracy, everyone's a citizen

Good news for democracy in the United States: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is restoring voting rights to some 200,000 citizens who were convicted of felonies, served their time and completed parole. Read more

Bernstein: Will minority voters #FeeltheBern?

The pollsters got it right for a change. Donald Trump, the Republican outsider, won solidly in New Hampshire over a divided field, while Bernie Sanders, the Democratic insurgent, won in a landslide over Hillary Clinton. Read more

Bernstein: Iowa and New Hampshire add stability to presidential selection process

Every four years we hear the many, many complaints that Iowa and New Hampshire are unrepresentative of the nation yet they get to go first in presidential voting. Black, Hispanic and Asian voters are scarce. There are no major cities. Read more

Bernstein: Iowa caucuses lend predictability to presidential race

Iowa doesn't pick presidential nominees. It eliminates presidential candidates. Sometimes that happens quickly: On Monday night, Democrat Martin O'Malley and Republican Mike Huckabee announced immediately that they were out. Read more

Bernstein: Republicans may have slight edge in 2016 balloting

It's 2016, when the election will finally get to the voters. Yes, the presidential cycle is already more than 3 years old. Read more

Bernstein: Graham's exit from GOP field is good move

One more time: Winnowing works. Sen. Lindsey Graham dropped out of the presidential campaign Monday, reducing the field of active candidates to 13. Read more

Republicans turning corner with views on racism

The new Republican position on the Confederate battle flag may be more of a change than most people - and perhaps even the Republicans themselves - realize. Efforts to remove Confederate symbols seem to be gathering steam, moving beyond South Carolina. Read more

Bernstein: Bush may not be 'safe' choice for GOP

The conventional wisdom that Jeb Bush's campaign is in trouble might be correct. According to Byron York's reporting in the Washington Examiner, Bush's camp simply believed this would be 1999 all over again. Read more

Bernstein: Voter registration hurdles impede democracy

Hillary Clinton's call for universal automatic voter registration is a major positive development in the voting wars. Read more

Bernstein: Republicans may be forced to save Obamacare

A recent Wall Street Journal editorial predicted what would happen if Republicans won the King v. Burwell case, which the Supreme Court is expected to decide any week now. Read more


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