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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...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, October 3, 2013

While a government shut-down is not new, it is the first time where we've seen a combination of low presidential approval, low consumer confidence and low approval ratings of Congress. With no one starting in a good position, it becomes harder to predict just how this plays out politically over the next few weeks - or even into 2014. More importantly, with a debt ceiling fight right around...

National Politics|By Amy Walter, September 25, 2013

It's hard to get Democrats and Republicans to agree on much of anything these days. Ted Cruz has managed to bridge that partisan gap all by himself. And, precisely because of himself. I asked a group of long-time Hill watchers if they'd ever seen another member of Congress alienate friends and foes as quickly as Cruz. While Fritz Hollings, Rick Santorum, and Joe McCarthy had more detractors...

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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