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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.


It's Caucus Time Again

For the next week, the Republican presidential campaign will be back where it began a month ago – in the wild and wacky world of the caucuses.

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The Iowa Reversal

Up and down and all around the 2012 Republican presidential campaign has gone. It has probably been the craziest nominating race in the last generation.

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On the Democratic Side

Not many trees have been sacrificed to describe this year’s Democratic primary campaign, as Barack Obama is the fourth president in the last four decades to run unopposed for renomination. Running without primary opposition put his three fortunate predecessors on the path to reelection. And for Obama, it is a very considerable asset in his 2012 campaign.

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Is the GOP Race Over?

There is probably no greater gulf between perception and reality in a presidential campaign than in the opening weeks of the primary season. And that is certainly the case these days in the 2012 Republican contest.

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Notes from New Hampshire

One of the benefits of living in the Northeast is that one can easily travel to New Hampshire before the state’s first-in-the-nation primary and take in the wares of the presidential candidates. This past weekend, a friend and former colleague from Congressional Quarterly joined me for our fourth quadrennial trek to the Granite State. We took in rallies for four candidates: Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich. Regretfully, the geographical layout of events ruled out seeing Jon Huntsman.

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