Peggy Noonan in The Wall Street Journal on the candidates' missteps Now that Mitt Romney has clinched the Republican nomination and the general election race has officially begun, Noonan recaps the missteps both candidates have made in recent weeks. "The president opened his campaign with a full-fledged assault on his opponent. This is a bad sign in an incumbent! An incumbent should begin his campaign with a full-fledged assertion of the excellence of his administration," she writes. As for Romney: "Does he think keeping Trump close gains him some kind of right-wing street cred? My goodness, who does he think lives on that street?"
Noah Feldman in Bloomberg View on China's pseudo-censorship China's government unveiled new rules for censorship of its microblogging site Sina Weibo, and they allow people 80 strikes -- doled out for offenses like criticizing the government -- before one is banned. This allows China to monitor public opinion without letting it run amok. "China's leaders are trying to gain the advantages of free speech without paying its full price. First Amendment absolutists will probably raise their eyebrows at this," Feldman writes. "Yet there is an extraordinary precedent for China's censorship model: the history of free speech in England and the U.S. before the modern era." He documents that history and its purpose, but notes that, of course, he doesn't endorse it as a model going forward.