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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 8, 2010

It would be hard to overstate the anger that's the driving force behind the virulent populism sweeping this country. It is anti-Washington, anti-politician, anti-Democratic Party, anti-Wall Street, and anti-establishment, among other things. After I recently remarked that the four most hated places on Earth were North Korea, Iran, Washington, and Wall Street, the retort was that I might have the s…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 4, 2010

Regular readers of this column know that for over seven months, I have argued that because midterm elections are referenda on the party in power, Democrats have big problems going into 2010. The American people continue to be exceedingly unhappy with the way things are going in this country, and especially with Washington politics. Voters believe the jobs situation is poor and blame President Oba…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 30, 2010

With the midterm elections now just six months away, are Democrats' prospects improving? Not really. For every hopeful sign they get, several others -- usually the more telling ones -- point the other way. The most recent, and quite compelling, bad omen surfaced in an April 27 Gallup report. The polling organization found that, based on interviews with more than 5,000 registered voters from April…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 27, 2010

To use some football analogies, we've seen some questionable play-calling and weak ball-handling on both sides in recent weeks, signs of an uneven and poor playing surface. For Republicans, it's hard to make mistakes this year, but recently they might have started committing some errors. For the typical GOP incumbent, there has been little price to pay thus far for opposing President Obama and t…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 20, 2010

Taking the classic Tip O'Neill "all politics is local" approach, The Cook Political Report examines the 435 House races individually. That step-by-step process indicates that Democrats will lose 30 seats, 10 shy of what Republicans need to take control. But this year, the overall national environment must also be taken into account. Measures estimating the overall popular vote for the House, such…

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The collapse of the Senate Republican health care bill isn’t all that complicated and shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Like some bad marriages, you can chalk it up to “irreconcilable differences.” The Senate Republican Conference includes very conservative members who to their marrow believe in minimalist government, especially when it involves health care. But it also includes senators...

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