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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 9, 2009

With Congress in the most critical legislative period of this session -- getting down to the short straws on health care reform and a cap-and-trade climate change bill -- President Obama's standing with voters looms large. For Democrats in Congress, it is an issue of determining to what extent they want to fall in line or how willing they are to buck the administration, either from the right or t…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 6, 2009

It's impossible to know what a midterm election will be about 17 months before it happens, but it's safe to say that 2010 is likely to be a referendum on President Obama's performance and policies. Having punished Republicans in two consecutive elections already, Democrats are unlikely to make repudiation of the GOP next year's dominant theme. Indeed, one could argue that the election will be a s…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 2, 2009

Someone recently asked me what, after all these years around politics -- 25 years of covering politics, 37 years involved in one way or another -- I liked best and what bothered me the most. To my alarm, I found myself exhibiting far more passion in delineating what I didn't like: the increasingly hateful tone of the discourse, the hypocrisy of selective outrage and the feigning of disgust over b…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 30, 2009

Watching conservatives work themselves into a lather on cable TV over Sonia Sotomayor is amusing. Supreme Court nominees are almost always confirmed, particularly if the president's party has a decisive majority in the Senate. Plus, Sotomayor is a liberal who would replace a liberal, David Souter. This seems to make little difference to the noisemakers. Although Sotomayor might well end up somewh…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 23, 2009

If I were a confidant of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, my advice to the California Democrat would be, "No more news conferences. No more television appearances. Keep your public profile low. Focus on what you do best." Pelosi is like the student who gets A's in some subjects but D's and F's in others. She needs to avoid the areas where she tends to fail. Arguably, Pelosi has amassed and centralized…

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