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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 10, 2014

Over the last few weeks, it has been hard to watch six-term Sen. Thad Cochran fight for political survival in Mississippi's Republican primary without thinking of some of the lyrics from Kenny Rogers's song "The Gambler." In the second stanza, we hear an old-timer say, "Son, I've made a life out of readin' people's faces, knowin' what the cards were by the way they held their eyes. So if you...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, June 6, 2014

"Where you stand depends on where you sit." It is an age-old expression that I've heard a thousand times and often found quite relevant. Intelligent and honest people can be looking at the same question, but through different lenses, and thus see different things. Sadly, though, in today's culture, rarely can there be a reasonable difference of opinion. Anyone holding an alternative view is...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 23, 2014

Some people involved in politics evoke the strongest of emotions. Surely, Hillary Clinton is one of those people. In the category of those who have never sought elective office themselves, Karl Rove would certainly be on the list as well. Their lines intersected a week ago with a New York Post report that at a conference, Rove made reference to the much-publicized fall and head injury that the...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 19, 2014

Each election year has its own unique characteristics. No two are alike, and this is one of the many things that make politics so interesting. Obviously, Senate Democrats are facing tough challenges in 2014. They have more seats up—meaning more at risk—than Republicans. Seven of those Democratic seats are up in states carried by Mitt Romney in 2012 (six went for the GOP presidential nominee by...

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 16, 2014

The best thing about long airline flights is the time they offer for delving into long reports, uninterrupted by phone calls and emails. This includes reports from economic departments of investment houses—economic consulting firms and groups that advise institutional investors—that give a texture to what is going on in the economy that can shape public opinion. One of my favorite lines about...

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There’s an old say­ing that close only counts in horse­shoes and hand gren­ades, and that’s cer­tainly how Demo­crats must feel after los­ing their third and fourth at­tempts of the year to wrestle away Re­pub­lic­an-held seats in spe­cial con­gres­sion­al elec­tions. In fair­ness, the first two shouldn’t fully count against them since the Demo­crat­ic Con­gres­sion­al Cam­paign Com­mit­tee was...

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