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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 17, 2007

Samuel Johnson wrote, "Second marriages are the triumph of hope over experience." As the 2008 presidential campaign unfolds, a curiously large number of voters in each of the two major parties seem to be banking more on hope than experience. Romantic idealism is hardly new in American politics, but the picture this cycle looks a bit more dramatic than usual. Within the Democratic Party, national…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 15, 2007

Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R) recent remark on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he would consider running on an independent presidential ticket with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) is intriguing because they complement each other so well. Friends say Bloomberg could easily drop a billion on a presidential campaign without missing it too much. Bloomberg offers up the executive experience t…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 12, 2007

The war in Iraq is probably the biggest single variable that will influence the outcome of the 2008 presidential and congressional elections. It is likely to be a more important factor than whom each party nominates for president or how the parties fare at candidate recruitment and fundraising. And Iraq will be a liability for Republican candidates, just as it was last year. The 2006 election mat…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 8, 2007

Analyzing politics can be viewed as a science or as an art. Likewise, presidential campaigns can be evaluated objectively, based on quantitative measurements, or subjectively, based on judgment, experience, and intuition. Neither way is perfect, but all too often people look at elections entirely through a subjective prism, and they can sometimes end up drawing rather odd conclusions. Fundraising…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 8, 2007

Perhaps the most extraordinary thing about this anything-but-ordinary election season is that in the wake of a monumental midterm election, the 2008 congressional elections have already been eclipsed by the unfolding presidential campaign, despite Democrats' narrow margins in the House and particularly in the Senate. A big reason for the lack of attention on House and Senate races is that many of…

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Charlie Cook is Editor and Publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for National Journal magazine, where he writes a twice weekly column. Charlie is considered one of the nation's leading authorities on American politics and U.S. elections.
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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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