The most obvious story of the midterm elections is the makeup of the electorate. Those most likely to vote Republican are those most likely to vote in the midterms. Those most likely to vote Democratic are more likely to vote in presidential elections. In presidential elections from 1992 to 2008, voters under 30 made up 18 percent of the electorate. In the midterm elections that followed, voters under 30 made up 12 percent of the vote. That’s obviously a big problem for Democrats in 2014. But it might be even a bigger problem for Republicans in 2016. Via the Atlantic.
Remnick on Ben Bradlee: “The least dull figure in the history of postwar journalism.” Via the New Yorker.
What it was like to meet Ben Bradlee. Via Vox.
Ebola outbreak has cut deeply into the small gains made recently in war-torn West Africa. Via the New York Times.
Maybe it will be a wave election after all. According to the National Journal, it’s looking like Republicans will pick up anywhere from six to nine seats, with nine more likely than six.
What happens if Republicans win the Senate? Katrina vanden Heuvel sums it up in one word: Catastrophe. Via the Washington Post.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich supports the part of Obamacare that expands Medicare. Liberals should be praising him for it, not knocking him for trying to assure fellow Republicans that he’s not really all in. Via the New Republic.