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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 12, 2010

The terms "gruesome" and "psychologically devastating" come to mind when thinking about the political developments over the last six weeks for Democrats. Last week was a particularly bad one by any standard. In a matter of a few hours last Tuesday, Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota and Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter unexpectedly announced their decisions not to seek re-election, and Michigan Lt. Gov.…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 9, 2010

In the world of economics, a virtuous circle is created when a series of positive events triggers a self-perpetuating pattern of other good occurrences -- a positive feedback loop, in other words. A vicious circle, of course, is just the opposite and appears to be what Democrats are caught in these days. Over the past five weeks, four House Democrats in difficult districts have announced their in…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 7, 2010

It's easy to overstate the events of a single 12-hour period with regards to an election that is ten months in the future. However, Tuesday's developments have served to perpetuate a vicious cycle that began last month with the retirement announcements of four House Democrats in endangered districts and the party switch of a fifth. These latest developments are occurring as part of a larger tren…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 7, 2010

It’s been apparent since the start of the election cycle that Dodd was the most vulnerable incumbent facing re-election this year. His political injuries are largely self-inflicted and range from his failed bid for the Democratic presidential nominee in 2008 to questions about his stewardship of the Senate Banking Committee and to questions about mortgages he received from the now-defunct Country…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 6, 2010

What the political gods giveth, they taketh away. Yesterday at 6:00 p.m., The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza broke the news that North Dakota Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan would retire at the end of this Congress rather than run for re-election. As we wrote yesterday, Dorgan’s retirement has handed Republicans one of their best opportunities to pick up a Democratic-held seat. At 11:53 p.m. las…

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