There are several items elsewhere on the Washington Monthly site you shouldn’t miss:

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein notes with reference to the Etch-A-Sketch incident that campaign “moments” like this matter a lot more in primaries than in general elections, when so many other factors (e.g., party affiliation, economic fundamentals) affect perceptions of candidates.

* Also at Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll reports that the Obama administration is taking an all-or-nothing position towards the constitutional challenge: If the mandate goes, so does most of the Affordable Care Act.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer examines polling on the belief that college professors are “anti-religion.” Seems the people most likely to believe that didn’t go to college. Wonder where they got the idea?

And aside from the above post from Jonathan Bernstein, I’d note one he did today at WaPo’s PostPartisan responding to my theory that Romney’s rivals couldn’t bash him for ideological heresy because they can’t keep up with rightward drift of the GOP themselves. Jonathan thinks elite support for Romney, and elite willingness to go negative on his opponents, discouraged support for rivals and kept the field small.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.