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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…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 30, 2009

Most political aficionados have moved on from analyzing, celebrating or bemoaning the 2008 presidential election. They have shifted their focus to how President Obama and his Democratic House and Senate majorities are performing and will perform, how the Republican Party seeks to repair its tarnished brand, and how Democrats will be judged on their work in the 2010 midterm elections. There is also…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 27, 2009

John Edwards was right when he spoke about there being "two Americas." The way Edwards framed it, there was an America of "haves" and an America of "have-nots." My version is a bit different. There is an America that watched with hope and excitement as Barack Obama took the oath of office to become the 44th president of the United States. And there is an America that watched with dread and skeptic…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 23, 2009

My 22-year-old daughter Becky reminded me last year of a conversation we apparently had seven or eight years ago, in which she asked my wife Lucy and I whether we thought a woman or a black would be elected president first. While, sadly, I don't recall the conversation, apparently Lucy and I both responded that a woman would probably be elected first, and certainly in our lifetime. However, we we…

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There’s an old say­ing that close only counts in horse­shoes and hand gren­ades, and that’s cer­tainly how Demo­crats must feel after los­ing their third and fourth at­tempts of the year to wrestle away Re­pub­lic­an-held seats in spe­cial con­gres­sion­al elec­tions. In fair­ness, the first two shouldn’t fully count against them since the Demo­crat­ic Con­gres­sion­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee was...

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