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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.

Tuesday
Jan032012

Iowa Caucuses: 5 Counties to Watch 

Iowa is not a microcosm of America. It is too white and too rural for that. But the vote tonight in the Iowa precinct caucuses will begin to show which Republican candidates run well (or not so well) among a variety of constituencies that will be major participants in the primary balloting to follow.

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Tuesday
Jan032012

Anticipating Iowa

If former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney or former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania manages to win the Iowa Republican caucuses Tuesday night, it would be a first.

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Thursday
Dec152011

It’s “Howard Dean” Time

About this time eight years ago I was part of a panel in New Hampshire on the topic of the 2004 presidential election. Although not one primary or caucus had been held, the discussion focused on how the newly minted Democratic front-runner, Howard Dean, would fare in the fall campaign against President George W. Bush.

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Saturday
Nov262011

For Obama, Good News & Bad News

As for President Obama these days, there is both good news and bad. The good: the filing deadline has passed for the New Hampshire primary and he has drawn no opposition of note on the Democratic side. It confirms an easy path to renomination for the president that should ultimately brighten his reelection chances.

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Thursday
Sep152011

Gotham Earthquakes

New York City has by hit by two earthquakes in the last month. The first was of the meteorological sort and registered nearly 6.0 on the Richter scale. The second rumblings Sept. 13 were of the political kind, and came when Republican Bob Turner won a historically Democratic House district anchored in Queens that was formerly represented by Geraldine Ferraro, current Sen. Charles Schumer, and the recently resigned, ethically-tinged Anthony Weiner.

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