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National Politics|By Amy Walter, November 20, 2013

With no sign that the troubled roll-out of Obamacare will be getting better any time soon, there is growing speculation that nervous Congressional Democrats will ultimately join GOPers in calling for the law to be scrapped. That would be foolish. More importantly, it also won’t insulate them from the political fall-out in 2014. Democrats have played defense on Obamacare since 2010, and...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, November 6, 2013

The great thing about elections is that they have a definitive conclusion. People win. People lose. Even so, everyone has a different definition of what the results actually "mean." Here's how I see it:

National Politics|By Amy Walter, October 30, 2013

If the 2010-2012 campaigns were about Republicans appeasing their Tea Party primary challengers, 2014 is shaping up to be the year when establishment Republicans decided they're no longer going to play nice. The business community and many in the GOP's old guard are fed up with debates about "purity" and downright furious about the shutdown strategy. Instead of conceding the primary process to...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, October 23, 2013

By now just about every single media outlet, comedian, pundit and columnist – left, right and center – has flogged the Obama Administration for their poorly designed and terribly managed health care website. But, what many are missing is the fact that those who are uninsured and struggling to get onto the website (or are giving up all together), aren’t the ones that should worry Democrats the...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, October 16, 2013

By now it's clear we’ve got big problems with our political system. We also have lots of ideas for the causes of our current dysfunction. Redistricting! SuperPACS! Tea Party! The Media! What we haven't spent enough time talking about is a solution. If one of the biggest disincentives to compromise is the fact incumbents are more worried about placating their base than winning...

Amy Walter, National Editor

Amy Walter is the Cook Political Report's National Editor. In her weekly column, Walter provides analysis of the issues, trends, and events that shape the national political environment.
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