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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, November 3, 2015

You can look at polls and read news accounts all day long, but the frustration, despair—and, in some cases, rage—among a multitude of Republican voters can be lost in the numbers. Better to let them just talk. Anecdotally, you can chat with friends, relatives, neighbors, cabdrivers, and other regular folks. But the antipathy really comes through when you listen in on Republican voters gathered...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 30, 2015

Ques­tion: What’s the dif­fer­ence between the House Se­lect Com­mit­tee on Benghazi’s hear­ings last week and a train wreck? An­swer: Once a train is com­ing off the rails, the pas­sen­gers know it.

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 27, 2015

Defying the predictions of just about everyone who watches politics even remotely, the two nontraditional Republican presidential contenders remain at the top of just-released opinion polls. Public polls, it is true, have proliferated, and many are worthy of being ignored. But four of the most respected surveys came out this week, and they pretty much agreed.

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 23, 2015

He doesn’t want the job—Paul Ry­an has made that abund­antly clear—but Re­pub­lic­ans still hope that the Ways and Means Com­mit­tee chair­man will change his mind and seek the House speak­er­ship. He is, after all, the only pos­sible can­did­ate who could plaus­ibly bridge the ideo­lo­gic­al, styl­ist­ic, and stra­tegic chasm between the main­stream, es­tab­lish­ment-friendly Re­pub­lic­ans...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 13, 2015

Given the prevailing anger at Washington and career politicians, it shouldn’t be a surprise that voters increasingly see experience as overrated. An opinion poll conducted nationwide by the Pew Research Center from September 22 to 27, and just released, found that only 37 percent of registered voters put greater value on “experience and a proven record,” down from 50 percent in March. The share...

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