I’m always a little nervous when commenting on the views of political scientists (as opposed to those of, say, Mark Halperin), as I just did in the last post. I’ve taken a grand total of one poli sci course in my life, and that was “Classical Political Theory,” focused almost entirely on Plato and Aristotle. Then again, I spent many years as a professional speechwriter before I even became aware there was this new discipline called “political communications” sprouting up in colleges everywhere. So I try to avoid the chip-on-the-shoulder of the unschooled practitioner, born of the fear of being in the outer darkness of the refuted.
Here are some rough-and-ready midday news/views treats:
* Brian Beutler notes the unpopularity of ACA mostly rooted in segments of the population that are not really affected by it: seniors.
* National Review‘s Eliana Johnson makes extremely unconvincing case that NH could lift Chris Christie into contention like it did John McCain in 2008. I’ll return to this pinata if it remains a slow news day.
And in non-political news:
* Rob Lowe latest example of celebrity endorsements gone wrong.
As we break for lunch, here’s Tito Puente with “Five Beat Mambo.”