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National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 25, 2011

Even though each of them has exhibited occasional bouts of petulance, I must confess that I have great sympathy for President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner as they grapple with the public debt-ceiling and spending crisis. Each has acted out, sometimes because of exasperation with the other and sometimes as part of a kabuki dance that each must perform for his respective party. But both unde…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 21, 2011

It’s interesting that the race for the Republican presidential nomination is as fluid as it is, given that no primaries or caucuses have been held and that the first important straw poll, in Ames, Iowa, is still three weeks away. The narrative is confusing. Is former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney a clear front-runner or a pseudo leader of the pack with a fragile, even deceptive, lead? Is Rep. Mic…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 18, 2011

One of the many problems associated with Washington growing so venomously partisan over the last two decades is that everything has come to be seen as binary. Something is either “0” or “1,” good or bad. And if one side looks bad, it is presumed that the other party looks better. The debt-ceiling fight is a good example. While many of the more ideological Republicans in Congress perceive themselv…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 14, 2011

Remember the old joke that ended with the punch line, “What’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is negotiable?” That seems to be the Republican position in the debt-ceiling debate now that House Speaker John Boehner has been forced to renounce any tax increases and, for that matter, any net revenue increases. It also seems exceedingly doubtful that Republicans will go along with meaningful cuts in de…

National Politics|By Charlie Cook, July 11, 2011

On a WAMU public-radio program on Monday morning, an hour before President Obama’s news conference, host Diane Rehm asked her studio panel of three journalists whether Americans who were not part of either party’s ideological base were engaged in the current budget and debt-ceiling battle. It was a simple question, but it went to the heart of the problem. Republican members of Congress and presid…

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The two-thirds of Re­pub­lic­ans in the House who have nev­er served when the GOP held ma­jor­it­ies in the House and Sen­ate along­side a GOP pres­id­ent can be for­giv­en for not re­mem­ber­ing the last time they were sim­il­arly situ­ated. It was 2006, and they lost 30 seats in the House. When Demo­crats were last in that situ­ation, it was 2010 and they lost 63 House seats. When one party...

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