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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 8, 2011

Next year will mark my 40th working in politics. I got my start working on a U.S. Senate race as a senior in high school, and later that year I moved to Washington to attend Georgetown and begin a stint on Capitol Hill. As I reflect on nearly four decades of watching politics from high and low perches, I can say that the way I look at national politics and political trends has greatly evolved. I…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, March 6, 2011

Consider yourself clairvoyant if you can correctly predict who is going to win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. The race is that wide open. In most years, Republicans tap the person whose “turn” it is to be the party’s standard-bearer, and that individual’s identity is often known long before the start of the primary and caucus season. This time, the race looks different. One could ar…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 28, 2011

Even though political forecasts made 20 months before an election can be a dubious venture, making those forecasts provides benchmarks of what was thought at a given point in time, and allows us to watch the evolution of an election cycle. That’s a fancy way of saying: “This is what was thought at this point during the cycle.” Obviously, politics is a dynamic process and circumstances, issues, an…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 24, 2011

It seems eerily appropriate that on the day we observed George Washington’s birthday, another revolution was taking place, this time in Libya. In what might be the third such toppling of a government in less than two months, we are witnessing more iconic scenes on television of city squares filled with people demanding change. Footage of two Libyan fighter pilots dismounting their aircraft and def…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 18, 2011

If there were any lingering doubts about whether President Obama got the memo on the midterm elections, they were resolved on Monday when the White House released its fiscal 2012 budget. Conservatives and Republicans certainly had much to fault, but it was the Democratic base that wasn’t feeling the love on Cupid’s day. Obama’s budget may not recommend the deepest domestic spending cuts by any De…

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