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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 20, 2010

In a perfect world, Democrats are supposed to relentlessly push for higher taxes as Republicans zealously advocate for cutting government spending. The theory is that if both sides are equally passionate in pursuing their goals, there will be sufficient revenue to pay for government and enough vigilance to keep spending from spinning out of control. But what if Democrats decided they were tired o…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 18, 2010

Apart from shock, the first reaction to Sen. Evan Bayh’s announcement that he would retire was the sense that he had done his party a great disservice by waiting so long to decide not to seek re-election. After all, Bayh announced his intentions on Monday, the day before the deadline for would-be candidates to file the required 4,500 nominating petitions, 500 from each of the state’s nine congress…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 13, 2010

An observation that strikes a strong chord with a great many people these days is that although Democrats in Washington have certainly performed poorly enough over the past year to deserve being thrown out of power, congressional Republicans have done virtually nothing to deserve being thrown back into power. The GOP's eight years in the White House and six years in control of Congress were certai…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 6, 2010

In today's hurry-up world, we're often told, "Early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable." A more forgiving notion is, "Better late than never." And President Obama and congressional Democrats must hope that the attention they're finally paying to the econ-omy will help put voters in a forgiving mood by November. Democrats' prospects continue to worsen. GOP former Sen. Dan Coats'…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 2, 2010

Obviously, a great deal has happened over the last year to affect the political situation for President Obama and congressional Democrats. Serious mistakes and miscalculations by Democrats on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue created some of these problems, while others were problems that were not necessarily of Democrats' making. Arguably, however, the series and sequence of events that laid the…

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