It would be remiss of me to discuss the good work coming out of California today without pointing to Calbuzz’s brilliant breakdown of the latest survey from the Public Policy Institute of California. If there is a smarter poll analysis out there, I haven’t seen it. Jerry Roberts and Phil Trounstine’s rigorously account for the trends the poll shows—read: good news for Dems—and pick through the polling methodology. Tame, smart, and presented with a refreshing lack of disaster movie metaphors. If you’re going to do the horse race thing, this is how it should be done.

Joel Meares is a former CJR assistant editor.