From around the web:

1) Former Williams Professor Marc Lynch sees “gobs of victory” in Iraq, or something like that. (Hat tip to Eph Planet.)

2) Rory challenged my description of the Jena Six as “thugs,” pointing out that, as far as I documented, only one had an arrest record. Well, here is another. Think that stuff like this will come up at the next Jena Six teach-in at Williams? (Hat tip to Steve Sailer.)

3) Newsweek reports on the “Science of Politics”:

Anxiety has a more subtle effect on voting decisions, too. It pushes people to seek out new information, research shows. Uneasy about either the state of the country or their personal finances, anxious voters are motivated to find out more about the candidates, paying greater attention to news coverage and debates. This year’s electorate is nothing if not anxious, says political scientist George Marcus of Williams College, with two thirds telling pollsters the country is “moving in the wrong direction.” That helps explain why polls have been so unreliable, particularly on the GOP side: anxiety pushed voters to learn more about the candidates, which translated into taking a new look at some they might have originally supported (Giuliani, who had long been leading in national polls) or dismissed (McCain).

Even when anxiety is triggered by a specific issue, such as fear of an impending recession, it prompts voters to seek out more information on all aspects of a candidate, not only his or her economic platform. “That’s why candidates and their personal qualities are getting a lot more attention,” says Marcus. Everything, in other words, is in play. “When voters looked again at Giuliani, they were, like, ‘Wait a minute, I don’t like all this stuff about the [three] wives and the kids [who don’t speak to their father]’,” says Democratic strategist Peter Fenn. “He began to tank under the power of the microscope.”

Not that there is anything wrong with multiple wives, of course. (Hat tip to The Monkey Cage.)

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