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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 22, 2009

While we wait for developments in the health care fight, it's fun to have other political news to distract us. In a hardly surprising story, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee won the Values Voters Summit straw poll of 597 conservative activists in Washington this past weekend. Huckabee pulled approximately 28 percent, while former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, for…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 19, 2009

In June 1953, cartoonist Walt Kelly had one of his characters say the immortal words, "We have met the enemy and he is us." Congressional Democrats would be wise to take this line to heart. Some Capitol Hill Democrats are accusing President Obama of pushing too hard; others argue that he has not provided enough leadership or pushed hard enough. Although Obama has indeed made some critical miscalc…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 15, 2009

As the political environment for Democrats has turned ugly, it is widely assumed the party will sustain losses in next year's midterm elections. The operative question is: How bad will those losses be? With a little over 13 months to go, that's impossible to know. Democrats desperately hope the next year will provide them with opportunities to reverse the tide and minimize losses, possibly by pic…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 12, 2009

In assessing the severity of their current problems, Democrats have split into three distinct camps. The first, the Loyal Obamaites, is made up of those most committed to President Obama, whether or not they're on his payroll. They stress that it is a long time until November 2010 and that their party's problems are primarily driven by the economy. In their view, if the economy turns around over…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 5, 2009

Listening to two briefings -- one by a Democratic pollster who had just conducted a survey for a group favoring health care reform, the other by a Republican pollster more skeptical of the reform plans -- I felt as if I were hearing a pair of reports by the National Transportation Safety Board on the same plane crash. But in sorting through the problems facing President Obama and congressional Dem…

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