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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 8, 2005

It's difficult to say which was more frustrating last Wednesday, watching the president's State of the Union address or the Democratic "response." While President Bush's speech was well crafted and well delivered, it begged so many questions that I suspect I wasn't the only one talking to the television set during the speech. But the Democrats failed to ask any of those questions. That the word…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 5, 2005

Diane Farrell is the Democrat who last November held longtime Republican Rep. Christopher Shays (CT-04) to the lowest winning percentage (52 percent) of his career. She was in Washington recently to check in with top House Democrats and fundraisers. She's hesitant to commit to challenging Shays a second time, despite the district's movement away from the GOP. Farrell's reluctance is a prime indic…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, February 1, 2005

It's not too often that you see an elected official make a really interesting, even daring political move, one that potentially antagonizes an element of that politician's base. But that's exactly what Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., did. Last week, Clinton spoke at the annual conference of the New York State Family Planning Providers in Albany. After saying the obligatory things that any el…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 29, 2005

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Calif., may well be the prickliest and most explosive lawmaker on Capitol Hill, but the White House would be well advised to listen to him on Social Security and tax reform. What Thomas may lack in social graces, he makes up for in his understanding of these issues and their politics. In many ways, President Bush's fate on his two prime domes…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, January 25, 2005

Sometimes the best questions that should be asked after each election are the ones that never are, and maybe they are never asked for a reason: No one wants to hear the answers. But for all the hundreds of millions of dollars spent in each election cycle on television advertising, how much of it is wasted on formulaic ads that look and sound alike and lack even the slightest bit of creativity? A…

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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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