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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, November 10, 2011

The 2012 presidential election is less than a year away, but we still can’t be sure what it will be about. Just 19 percent of Americans tell NBC News/Wall Street Journal pollsters that the country is headed in the right direction; 73 percent say it’s on the wrong track. It’s a decent bet that if this election is a referendum on the past four years, President Obama won’t get a second term. On the o…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, November 7, 2011

As the travails of Herman Cain remain front-and-center, this “contest” for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination is becoming boring. Like a formulaic movie, few plot twists are unfamiliar and we all know how it ends. This leads me to think about the nature and history of Republican nominations. In 1960, Republicans nominated then-Vice President Richard Nixon. In 1968, they chose Nixon again…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, November 3, 2011

The general election is now a year away. Soon, the airwaves will be filled with the venomous, negative campaign ads that we’ve all come to know and sometimes loathe. Parents of young children will be reaching for the Disney DVDs, hoping to protect their offspring from seeing those who aspire to elective office assassinate one other’s character. By November 2012, somewhere in this big country, some…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 31, 2011

It certainly wasn’t just me; a lot of analysts got some push-back for being so definitively sure that the 2012 Republican presidential nominee wouldn’t be former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain. As Cain surged in the polls, with many conservatives loving both his message and delivery, many people wondered how we could be so dismissive. Political analysis or punditry (although I hate the term) h…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, October 27, 2011

With the 2012 presidential general election just a year away, it’s a good time to look at the national polling and talk about the state of play. Obviously, we have to make allowances for changing circumstances and unexpected events. The best barometer of how a president is going to fare is his approval rating, which starts taking on predictive value about a year out. As each month goes by, the ra…

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Al­most as soon as the votes were coun­ted in Novem­ber, some Demo­crats began clam­or­ing for the ap­point­ment of a spe­cial pro­sec­utor to look at al­leg­a­tions of Rus­si­an in­volve­ment in the pres­id­en­tial cam­paign, either to hurt Hil­lary Clin­ton or help Don­ald Trump, or both. These calls were, in my view, way over the top. It has long been the case that when mem­bers of the...

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