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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 1, 2005

To say that Tom DeLay's indictment was the last thing the Republican Party needed right now is, of course, a gigantic understatement. The original autumn agendas of President Bush and the party's congressional leaders had already been largely trashed by Hurricane Katrina. Now the highly effective DeLay, who has played both quarterback and enforcer for the House GOP, is not only out as majority lea…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 27, 2005

The conventional wisdom these days is that it would pretty much require a political tidal wave for Democrats to gain control of the U.S. House and Senate. While it is true that many of the factors that have led to such waves in the past exist today, they aren't present to the degree necessary for one on the magnitude of the 1994 elections to occur -- at least not yet anyway. The factors that gen…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 25, 2005

"Can Hillary Clinton win?" That is one of the most common questions in American politics these days, except among people who flatly declare, "There is no way Hillary Clinton can win." All but the m…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 24, 2005

Anyone who expected that President Bush could fix his Katrina problems by making five visits to the damaged region, delivering a strong televised speech to the nation, launching a belated all-hands-on…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 20, 2005

A CNN/Gallup/USA Today poll released Monday suggests that despite five trips to the hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast, a nationally televised speech on the subject and pledges of hundreds of billions of dollars to help Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama recover from Hurricane Katrina, President Bush's approval ratings have not rebounded. The poll of 818 adults -- conducted last Friday, Saturday and Su…

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Hostile Swing Voters Spell Trouble for House Republicans

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The two-thirds of Re­pub­lic­ans in the House who have nev­er served when the GOP held ma­jor­it­ies in the House and Sen­ate along­side a GOP pres­id­ent can be for­giv­en for not re­mem­ber­ing the last time they were sim­il­arly situ­ated. It was 2006, and they lost 30 seats in the House. When Demo­crats were last in that situ­ation, it was 2010 and they lost 63 House seats. When one party...

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