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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 31, 2011

Last week’s smartest observation came from Steven Law, the president and CEO of the Republican uber-PAC American Crossroads after Republicans lost the special congressional election in New York’s 26th District. Law said, “What is clear is that this election is a wake-up call for anyone who thinks that 2012 will be just like 2010. It’s going to be a tougher environment, Democrats will be more comp…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 26, 2011

A lot of Republicans aren’t surprised by the inauspicious start of Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign. GOP insiders who know and admire Gingrich and respect his intellect and creativity have long suspected that his candidacy would not end well. Some Republican operatives say they advised Gingrich not to run but that the former House speaker felt that mounting a presidential campaign was an itch…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 23, 2011

Trying to make sense of the unfolding Republican presidential nomination contest is a challenge. Historically, Republicans have been hierarchical in their selection of presidential nominees, picking the candidate whose “turn” it is—the logical successor rather than having a real, open contest. This time that dynamic doesn’t seem to be in place. More often than not, open contests for presidentia…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 19, 2011

More than two weeks have passed since the successful SEAL team raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and, as expected, about half of President Obama’s ratings bounce has disappeared. Gallup’s tracking polls conducted through Tuesday night put his job-approval rating at 48 percent, higher than the 43-to-44 percent weekly averages he had before the commando mission but lower than…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, May 16, 2011

This last week has seen a potpourri of interesting political developments on the presidential, senatorial, and congressional election front. In my not-so-humble opinion, the least important were…

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