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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 17, 2009

What if someone told you that 17 percent of American adults -- one out of every six civilians -- is unemployed, working part-time but seeking a full-time job, or would like to be employed but has given up the search? That would make the current 9.8 percent unemployment number pale in comparison, right? It also might really get your attention if you were the party in control of the White House and…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 13, 2009

Unquestionably, the most memorable phrase of the 1992 presidential contest was "It's the economy, stupid." The slogan grew out of a three-phrase sign that James Carville hung in Bill Clinton's headquarters to keep campaign workers focused: "1) Change vs. more of the same; 2) The economy, stupid; 3) Don't forget health care." Perhaps that sign should be posted in the Obama White House, given that…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 2, 2009

One of the toughest challenges for a party after it wins a big national election is matching its agenda to voters' desires. So, having ridden a message of change to back-to-back victories, the Democratic Party needed to figure out what kind of change the public actually wanted. In 2006, the key swing voters were weary of a succession of Republican scandals and had lost faith in the Iraq war. Even…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 29, 2009

One of Vice President Joe Biden's long-standing and endearing qualities is his gift of hyperbole. The Washington Post recently quoted Biden as saying at a Democratic fundraiser that, of the 54 House seats Democrats have flipped in the last two elections cycles, "If [Republicans] take them back, this is the end of the road for what [President Obama] and I are trying to do." While he overstates the…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 26, 2009

Recently, I had the honor of delivering the inaugural lecture at the Joe D. Waggonner Center for Bipartisan Politics and Public Policy at Louisiana Tech University. The center is named after a conservative Democrat from northern Louisiana who served in the House for 18 years, from 1961 to 1979, and sat on the Ways and Means Committee. The bipartisanship common in Waggonner's day is now studied as…

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GOP Divisions Doomed Health Care Bill

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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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