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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, November 14, 2009

The skills that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel displayed working from their respective ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to get the health care reform package through the House last Saturday night were quite impressive. Is health care where Democrats should be putting their energy right now? That's debatable. What's not in question is the legislative prowess that…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, November 10, 2009

Denial is not a river; it is a state of mind. It's inhabited by Democrats and liberal-leaning journalists who blame Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds for Democrats' loss of the governorship, all statewide offices, and a five-seat net loss in the state House of Delegates, with a sixth seat too close to call. Sure, other elections were held a week ago. In the special election in New York's 23rd Dist…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, November 7, 2009

Did we really learn much from the off-year elections? I don't think so. We already knew that Democrats had big troubles. We knew that for the past five consecutive elections, the party that had won the White House just a year earlier lost the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia -- and that the pattern had a good chance of continuing this year. We knew that the young and minority voters…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, November 3, 2009

Many years ago, one of the great Republican campaign consultants of the day, Eddie Mahe, wrote a fascinating, periodic memo, "Assumptions," where he laid out what might be expected in politics, domestic policy, economics and anything else he thought relevant. The purpose of the exercise was not to show how brilliant he was but to lay out what could reasonably be expected to happen for clients and…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 31, 2009

Reading a lot into the results of odd-year elections is almost always wrongheaded because they involve so few races. Obviously, if one party sweeps the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial contests as well as the special election in New York's 23rd Congressional District, the winning side will crow that this is the most significant political event in a half-century. And, just as obviously, if on…

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Hostile Swing Voters Spell Trouble for House Republicans

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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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