By its very nature and rules, Congress undergoes certain changes every two years at this point. But in some respects, given the relatively small number of retirees and incumbents losing re-election, fewer changes than normal are taking place as legislators and staff return to Capitol Hill this week. While veteran lawmakers like Republican Sens. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina and Jesse Helms of N…
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Here is a New Year's prediction: Heading toward the 2004 election, the word that Democrats will use most in attacking President Bush, his administration, and his re-election campaign will be "balance.…
In the words of Mr. Charlie Cook, "If Obama is re-elected, it will be despite the economy and because of his campaign, if Romney wins, it will be because of the economy and despite his campaign. This economy is a ten-ton millstone around the President's neck but his campaign is superior, their messaging and delivery of a message is far superior to Romney's."There is no strong partisan tide…
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.
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