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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, November 5, 2015

The Holy Grail in polit­ics is find­ing a can­did­ate who has the com­plete pack­age, the op­tim­al char­ac­ter­ist­ics to win a giv­en race. The list of re­quire­ments is daunt­ing. You want a can­did­ate who is bright and ar­tic­u­late but not eso­ter­ic, with re­lent­less fo­cus and dis­cip­line, es­pe­cially in stay­ing on-message. A com­pel­ling per­son­al story helps.

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 27, 2016

Every­one pretty much agrees that this is one of the most un­usu­al pres­id­en­tial elec­tions in his­tory, but the fo­cus is too much on quirky per­son­al­it­ies. To be sure, Bernie Sanders and Don­ald Trump are un­con­ven­tion­al pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates. But this elec­tion isn’t really about them or about Hil­lary Clin­ton either.

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 12, 2016

Rather than set­tling a linger­ing ques­tion hanging over this pres­id­en­tial race, FBI Dir­ect­or James Comey’s re­com­mend­a­tion not to pro­sec­ute Hil­lary Clin­ton, and sub­sequent word from At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Lor­etta Lynch that the Justice De­part­ment was clos­ing the in­vest­ig­a­tion.

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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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