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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 14, 2009

If the Senate doesn't set a record with the number of seats up for grabs next year, it won't miss the mark by much. The all-time high, at least since 1960 when the chamber expanded to 100 seats, is 39 and was reached in 1962, according to the Senate Historian's Office. Already, 36 Senate contests are on the ballot in 2010, and a 37th race is a distinct possibility. In a normal cycle, 33 or 34 Sen…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 10, 2009

Gallup Organization polling released Monday reveals a rather telling report card on how the public perceives the performance of key players in dealing with the economic stimulus package. President…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 7, 2009

Together with the intense criticism of the House-passed economic stimulus package, former Sen. Tom Daschle's withdrawal as President Obama's nominee to be Health and Human Services secretary brings the new White House to an important fork in the road. Down one path is the possibility of Obama's administration being perceived as incompetent and setting a modern record for shortest honeymoon. Down…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 3, 2009

Here are two questions to ponder over the table in the Rayburn Cafeteria. The first is whether, over the next couple of months, President Obama's job approval numbers are tethered to successes and failures, or are they more conceptual -- such that two-thirds of Americans are either optimistic or hopeful about his presidency and are likely to give him the benefit of the doubt. The second question…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 31, 2009

In contemplating the future of the GOP, it is hard to avoid focusing on the coming fight for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. In the absence of a party leader with an outsized, charismatic personality -- think House Minority Leader Newt Gingrich circa 1993 -- a minority party has a hard time defining itself. And, like it or not, its presidential candidates tend to become the face of th…

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