Things to Read for Your Afternoon Procrastination on September 9, 2015

Must-Read: Nate Silver calls out David Brooks and George Packer and Jonah Goldberg. May I say that the New York Times made a major mistake when it decided to let Nate Silver but not David Brooks go? And that the New Yorker would be well-advised to give Nate Silver George Packer's inches?

Nate Silver: Stop Comparing Donald Trump And Bernie Sanders: "A lot [David Brooks] of people [Jonah Goldberg] are linking [George Packer] the candidacies of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump...

...under headings like “populist” and “anti-establishment.” Most of these comparisons are too cute for their own good.... You can call both “outsiders.” But if you’re a Democrat, Sanders is your eccentric uncle.... Trump is as familial as the vacuum salesman knocking on your door.... Sanders is campaigning on substantive policy positions, and Trump is largely campaigning on the force of his personality.... Sanders is a career politician; Trump isn’t. Let’s not neglect this obvious one. Bernie Sanders has been in Congress since 1991, making him one of the most senior members of Congress; Trump has never officially run a political campaign before.... Sanders holds policy positions of a typical liberal Democrat; Trump’s are all over the place.... Sanders’s support divides fairly clearly along ideological and demographic lines; Trump’s doesn’t.... fight. Clinton’s position relative to Sanders is analogous to the one Al Gore held against Bill Bradley in the 2000 Democratic primary. Sanders’s campaign also has parallels to liberal stalwarts from Howard Dean to Eugene McCarthy; these candidates can have an impact on the race, but they usually don’t win the nomination.... Trump is engaged in an attempted “hostile takeover” of the Republican Party...

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/stop-comparing-donald-trump-and-bernie-sanders/

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