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"If you read just three people analyzing American politics today, do yourself a favor and make certain that Rhodes Cook is one of them. Rhodes is one of the three wisest Americans now analyzing this country's politics. As somebody who writes on politics, I want my reader to have one of two reactions: 1) Gee, I never knew that or 2) Gee, I never thought of it that way! Every time I read Rhodes Cook I have both reactions--with some envy--Gee, I never knew that and Gee, I never thought of it that way." 

~ Mark Shields, Analyst on PBS's NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, panelist on "Inside Washington," Syndicated Columnist, Creators Syndicate.

Wednesday
Jan132010

Time for the Democrats to Worry?

Depending on which poll one tends to favor, the Democratic senatorial nominee in Massachusetts is either way ahead of or narrowly behind her Republican rival with the special election to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat just one week off.

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Friday
Jan082010

If Obama Thought His First Year was Difficult...

After seeing his presidential approval rating plummet by roughly 20 percentage points during his first year in office, the question now is whether President Barack Obama may be able to fashion a comeback in 2010. If history is a guide, don’t bet on it.

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Sunday
Dec272009

A Different Type of Party Switch

Congressional Democrats received a near-final version of health care reform as their gift from Santa this year. Congressional Republicans got Parker Griffith. The freshman Democratic House member from northern Alabama announced Dec. 22 that he was switching his allegiance to the GOP.

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Wednesday
Dec162009

Joe Lieberman: A 'Sore Winner"?

As Senate debate winds down on the most important piece of legislation this year, one can be forgiven if it appears there is only one senator that matters: Independent Democrat Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.

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Friday
Dec112009

Some Primary Thoughts

The Massachusetts Senate primary Dec. 8 did not anoint a new senator to succeed the late Edward M. Kennedy (and his temporary replacement, Paul Kirk). But there was nothing in the results that would point to anything but a Democratic special election victory Jan. 19.

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