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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 7, 2011

A lot of people in Washington appear surprised that congressional Republicans are intent on trying to repeal the health care bill that President Obama signed into law last year. What seems lost on them is that elections have consequences. In the 2010 midterms, the health care law was second only to the economy as a root cause of the Democratic disaster. A December ABC News/Washington Post poll sh…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 16, 2010

If I had my druthers, I’d just as soon wait a while before starting to think about 2012—let a decent interval elapse between the end of one election cycle and the beginning of another. But professional obligations dictate otherwise, so here’s an early look at the contours of the 2012 House and Senate races. To state the obvious, we do not know yet what the economic and political climate will be,…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 13, 2010

Here’s a theory: House Democrats know their chances of recapturing the majority they just lost in two years aren’t good and have decided, “What the hell.” Because of this, they show no desire or need to compromise with President Obama or Senate Republicans on a tax deal and are going to go out of power with their guns blazing. These House Democrats are ignoring the reality that this was pretty m…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 9, 2010

The liberal wing of the Democratic Party is furious over President Obama’s deal with congressional Republicans on extending the Bush tax cuts, but the move is likely to go over well with independent voters. To liberals, the president’s agreement to continue the cuts for families whose incomes top $250,000 was heresy. To independents, it was compromise—more like candidate Obama’s promise to “change…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 7, 2010

Many Democrats seem to take solace in the idea that stubbornly high unemployment and the terrible economy are to blame for their midterm election losses. They are unwilling to acknowledge that there were some more fundamental factors at work, ones that may be too unpleasant for them to face. Some veteran party strategists are warning that this denial, which is on display by key Democrats on both…

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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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Hostile Swing Voters Spell Trouble for House Republicans

February 28, 2017

The two-thirds of Re­pub­lic­ans in the House who have nev­er served when the GOP held ma­jor­it­ies in the House and Sen­ate along­side a GOP pres­id­ent can be for­giv­en for not re­mem­ber­ing the last time they were sim­il­arly situ­ated. It was 2006, and they lost 30 seats in the House. When Demo­crats were last in that situ­ation, it was 2010 and they lost 63 House seats. When one party...

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