Read this article now, and remember it later

For my money, Thomas Edsall writes the best pieces on politics and government for teachers and students.  This isn’t one of his better ones —  the connection between the political science analysis and Malcolm Gladwell seems forced —  but it still contains ideas that we will be talking about all year long. Read it, and if you want to respond, try to be specific and limit yourself to one or two of its points.

(if the link above doesn’t work …)