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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 11, 2011

The media’s recent coverage of the potential government shutdown over the past few weeks has been genuinely overcaffeinated. The truth is that if a deal had not been reached last weekend, we would have seen something more like a government slowdown. Over the years, the impact of these periodic but unfortunate incidents—the federal government has shut down five times in the past 25 years—has been…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 7, 2011

One of the biggest and most frequent mistakes in politics is for a party to misread its mandate. When it happens, independent and swing voters get angry and punish a candidate or a party on Election Day. Because American politics is a zero-sum game, punishing one party means rewarding the other party—even when the latter is not necessarily deserving of support. Frequently, the party that benefits…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 4, 2011

Until recently, Republicans were taking solace in a number of things as they looked forward to 2012. For one, Republicans knew that the party not holding the White House rarely suffered large House and Senate losses in presidential reelection years. In fact, the only time that has happened in recent history was to Republicans in 1964 when Lyndon Johnson won the White House a year after the assass…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 31, 2011

BRUSSELS—One can certainly understand why Europeans are further along in the conversation about governments’ mounting debt loads than Americans are. Sovereign-debt crises in Greece, Ireland, and Portugal (with several other countries not far behind) have dominated the news in Europe for more than a year. In the United States, we are used to deficit scolds holding forth on the op-ed pages and on t…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 28, 2011

It’s always interesting to watch the disconnect between conversations on the Sunday morning public-affairs programs and the nightly cable-news talk shows with journalists and politicians and activists getting worked into a frenzy over an issue or event that the public doesn’t have strong feelings about. Sometimes, the elites may be ahead of the conversation and public opinion will follow. At oth…

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Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for National Journal magazine, where he writes a twice weekly column. Charlie is considered one of the nation's leading authorities on American politics and U.S. elections.
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