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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 19, 2010

Republicans had a tsunami phase, then Democrats had a natural tightening, and now things have stabilized in the Newton’s Laws of Motion-phase, where for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. One state might be improving for Democrats, another for Republicans, but they seem to net out with few if any new broad trends. Strategists for each party are often staring at contradictory po…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 16, 2010

It's crunch time for pollsters. One Republican I know gets to his office every morning about 8, sifts through data, writes memos, and participates in conference calls until about 6 p.m. He goes home to eat and rest, then returns to the office around 10 p.m. as the interviews from polling on the East Coast arrive for analysis. He writes reports and makes calls to client campaigns until about 5 a.m.…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 13, 2010

There is no shortage of bad news for Democrats these days. They are now widely regarded as underdogs in their quest to maintain their majority in the House, and the prospect of Republicans winning a Senate majority, though still unlikely, is quite plausible. At this point, 80 Democratic House seats are in some degree of danger. It is virtually impossible for Democrats to lose all of those races, b…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 13, 2010

In a perverse way, the job has gotten simpler for Democrats. Rather than having to try to do two very different things, they can focus on just one. Efforts to persuade independents, that pivotal bloc of as many as 40 percent of all voters who helped Democrats rack up big wins in 2006 and 2008, have been to little avail. Nationally and in state- and district-level polling, the swing voters swung a…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 9, 2010

These are tortuous days for Democrats. Unlike 1994, when ignorance was bliss and no one on either side appreciated the magnitude of the pending storm, Democrats can see what's coming. They know that what happened 16 years ago could happen again. Yet every few days, some poll or development gives them a bit of hope -- until other polls or more-persuasive evidence comes along to dash their optimism.…

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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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