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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 10, 2003

Columbia, S.C.-For political reporters, Democratic operatives and activists, and political junkies of all persuasions, this past weekend's South Carolina Democratic Party State Convention, accompanied by the first debate for Democrats running for the 2004 presidential nomination, was a long-overdue fix after months in which foreign policy and war have dominated the news. Whether it was the annual…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 3, 2003

Not long ago, someone asked me why the House and Senate are so very different. The easy answer is that their rules, cultures, and traditions have created vastly different dynamics. That doesn't explain all of the contrast, though. There's an old story in which a House leader tells a younger colleague, ‘The other party is the opposition; the Senate is the enemy." That tale probably came to many mi…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 29, 2003

For Democrats to win back control of the Senate in 2004, they will have to pull off something akin to an inside straight -- very difficult, but not impossible. After all, not many people expected Republicans to score a net gain of two Senate seats in 2002 or that Democrats would pick up four in 2000. Although some point to the fact that Democrats have more seats to defend (19) than do Republicans…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 26, 2003

With the war in Iraq over, the political focus is shifting to the role that the national-security-versus-economic-security debate will play in the 2004 presidential campaign and to the obvious comparisons between the situations of the two presidents named Bush. Certainly, both similarities and differences abound in the circumstances of father and son. One important, perhaps critical, distinction…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, April 22, 2003

Although it is true that all bounces in presidential popularity are not created equal, some surges that follow major developments or big successes are more durable than others. In truth, things are mu…

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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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