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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 18, 2012

It’s often said that people aren’t as brilliant or talented as they seem when they win, or as dumb or inept as they seem when they lose. That should be kept in mind in any analysis of the 2012 general-election campaign. It’s easy to talk about how great and effective the Obama campaign was and to ridicule the Romney effort. But Republicans by all means should look at this year’s presidential camp…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 14, 2012

Even many of us who don’t believe the United States will be going over the fiscal cliff still worry about the fallout that will likely occur over the next four or five months. The U.S. and world economies are in an unusually fragile state, lacking the kind of resiliency that is needed to withstand shocks to the system. Indeed, anyone with a 401(k) or other investments should be bracing for a pret…

Senate Overview|By Charlie Cook, December 11, 2012

It’s hard to pick up any publication or watch any television program oriented toward politics and not be reminded of the problems facing the Republican Party. Republicans have now lost the popular vote for president in five of the past six presidential elections. The last time the GOP won 300 electoral votes was in 1988; Democrats have won 300 or more in four of the past six contests. Eighteen st…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, December 6, 2012

It is a source of tremendous amusement to me that one day of every week contains a spate of news stories suggesting movement toward a tax and budget deal, only to be followed the next week by stories declaring that imminent disaster lies ahead and an apocalyptic cliff dive is just around the corner. It’s hard to figure out whom to feel more sorry for: the eternal optimists who think that contrary…

Senate Overview|By Charlie Cook, November 30, 2012

After back-to-back disappointing Senate elections in 2010 and 2012, Republicans (and others) are looking at 2014 and wondering not just how similar, but perhaps, how different, they could be. Two years ago, Republicans gained six Senate seats, but that gain was disappointing compared with what they could have won but weren’t able to because of exotic candidates (see Colorado, Delaware, and Nevada…

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