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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 6, 2011

Now that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has announced he will not seek the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, all of the Republican donors, elected officials, and party activists pining for a savior to jump into the race must face the reality that the field is set. They need to channel Stephen Stills: “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.” No doubt the fundraisers for M…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 28, 2011

A plethora of articles in recent days have noted President Obama’s sudden shift in emphasis back to his party’s liberal base, following his largely unrewarded dalliance with independents. What has gone unnoticed, however, is that this move could mimic the strategy that Karl Rove pursued in President Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign. When faced with a bloc of independent voters who viewed Bush with…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 27, 2011

While it’s commonly heard around town that there is a leadership vacuum, maybe it is also accurate to say there is a followership vacuum, particularly on the Republican side. Late in the afternoon on Sept. 21, 48 House Republicans defied their party’s leadership and voted against the continuing resolution (House Roll Call 719). Without question the vote was an embarrassment to the House Republica…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 22, 2011

It’s hard to find many upbeat and optimistic Democrats these days; many seem distinctly worried if not apoplectic about the 2012 elections. Thinking about those lofty days when Barack Obama was elected and sworn in as president of the United States, let’s just say this wasn’t the cruise that Democrats and particularly Obama supporters signed up for. At the risk of sending more Democrats reaching…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, September 19, 2011

The 2012 Republican presidential nomination is Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s to lose. The question is: Will he blow it? To be sure, there are less polarizing Republicans, ones who are, have been, or should have been running, who would stand a better chance of winning over the between-the-40-yard-line independents who tend to decide big elections. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would stand a bette…

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