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GOP Senate Super-Majority? Fuggedaboutit, Says Charlie Cook

Republicans eyeing a 60-seat super-majority in the Senate need to set their sights lower, political analyst Charlie Cook said Tuesday.

“It is impossible,” said Cook, speaking at the National Journal’s Election Preview event, joking that pundits rarely speak in such black-and-white terms.

“The underlying seats just aren’t there for Republicans to get up to 58, 59, 60 seats,” he said. “It would be really, really extraordinary for that to happen.”

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:40am

Rick Perry vs. Charlie Sheen; Plus: Herman Cain's Creepy Smile -- VIDEO

Last night on late-night, TV hosts covered sexual harassment allegations against Herman Cain, Rick Perry's off-the-cuff remarks over the weekend, and, of course, Halloween.

"President Obama invited trick-or-treaters to the White House Saturday night. A very scary party they had," Jay Leno said Monday. "They sat in a circle, turned off all the nights and the kids read the president his poll numbers."

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Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:40am

Got Hope? Strategists Differ on Whether Obama Should

Is next year’s election a referendum on President Obama? Or a choice between him and his yet-to-be-determined Republican opponent? It’s perhaps the central question of the 2012 election, and, not surprisingly, it divided the opinions of a Democratic and Republican consultant who spoke at National Journal’s 2012 Election Preview.

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:40am

GOP Strategist Charlie Black: We Don't Need a Palin on the Ticket

Republicans won't need to put a candidate like Sarah Palin on the presidential ticket this year, veteran party strategist Charlie Black says, because the candidates are already conservative enough.

Asked at National Journal's Election Preview on Tuesday whether he thought the party might name a vice presidential candidate like Sarah Palin, whose addition to the GOP 2008 presidential ticket excited conservatives -- but also turned off independent voters -- Black argued such a pick won't be necessary given the current crop of presidential candidates.

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:40am

Complete Transcript of Cain's Fox Interview

In an interview late Monday with Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain gave the most detailed description to date of the sexual harassment case against him when he headed the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. Here is the complete transcript:

 

 

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Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:40am

Charlie Cook: It's Romney, But How Soon?

Charlie Cook says Herman Cain's day has pretty much come and gone, and it looks like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is going to be the GOP presidential nominee.

The only question, said the editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report, is the length of the nomination fight. "Is it quick and clean," Cook said, "or long and dirty?"

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:40am

Hillary Clinton Cancels Overseas Trip

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has canceled a trip to the United Kingdom and Turkey because her mother, Dorothy Rodham, has fallen ill, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

Clinton was slated to attend a cybersecurity conference in London and an international meeting on Afghanistan in Istanbul this week. However, she has decided to stay in Washington, D.C., due to her 92-year old mother's illness.

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 9:40am

Booze or Back Meds? Consultants Wonder About Perry's "Odd" Video

 

It's anybody's guess why Rick Perry delivered such a comically awkward speech in New Hampshire last weekend. Here's two guesses: Pain medication and booze.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 8:40am

GOP Consultant: 'Hard to Judge' Impact of Allegations on Cain

 

Well, that didn't take long.

 

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Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 8:40am

Hotline Sort: Razing Cain

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Cain's big day in Washington Monday was marked by inconsistencies in his explanation of events, feds are looking more closely at Corzine's brokerage firm, Cantwell's numbers are looking quite good, and Perry is getting some reinforcements in South Carolina and Iowa. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 8:40am