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The National Journal
What’s on the Line in Las Vegas - For some of the Republican wannabes, Tuesday’s debate could matter a lot.
Charlie Cook, December 14, 2015
As we get older, some of us accumulate pet peeves. For me, this is one: when journalists write of an upcoming event as tantamount to a turning point in the history of civilization, or at least since the invention of sliced bread. In politics, many important events shape elections, and a succession of events big and small make up what we call the campaign. For some of the candidates, Tuesday night’s Republican debate in Las Vegas, sponsored by CNN and Facebook, is critically important; for others, even a strong performance would likely be too little, too late. There are likely to be no additional events between now and the first week of January—nothing that’s planned, anyway—that can change the dynamics of this race.
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A column I hated to write. https://t.co/ilbsKUYvDV— Charlie Cook (@CharlieCookDC) December 11, 2015
— National Journal (@nationaljournal) December 11, 2015
If Trump or Carson win GOP nomination, I will eat crow. Not worried about it: https://t.co/xiJW6wTF2e— Charlie Cook (@CharlieCookDC) December 1, 2015
Swing voters increasingly MIA, interesting article. https://t.co/kIqzuWdmYG— Charlie Cook (@CharlieCookDC) November 5, 2015
I first met Charlie Cook of the eponymous Cook Political Report in 1992, when I had a 5-6 month gig at Roll Call newspaper in DC in-between some interviews I was having for some fulltime jobs at trade associations and law/lobbying firms, starting in the spring before the 1992 General Election that Bill Clinton won.
This was in the pre-Internet era when Doug Bailey's The Hotline was faxed daily to eager subscribers aroung the Beltway and the country, and their most-eagerly anticipated 'coverage' in the 15-20 pages we'd print out were whatever crazy smart or crazy cruel thing that Mary Matalin had said in defense of President Bush or against Bill Clinton and the Democrats, and she pulled no punches, much to everyone's delight and constant amazement in the office.
(If only Twitter had existed then!)
This was back when Roll Call was co-owned by Arthur Levitt before President Clinton nominated him to be SEC Chairman, and the paper was edited by James "Jim' Glassman.
Which is to say, before it was owned by The Economist, and before The Hill existed.
Charlie's then-independent Cook Political Report was then-located in the same office around the corner from DC's Union Station as us, a few blocks north of the Senate side of Capitol Hill.
It's while there that among other things, that I first met future Washington state's U.S. Senator Patty Murray months before she won her Senate primary and before her consultant's "mom in tennis shoes" ad campaign became a bit of a national thing via CNN.
That came about because a colleague in the Washington state Senate had once, foolishly, said she was “just a mom in tennis shoes. Go home. You can’t make a difference.”
Then as well as now, sometimes, left to their own devices, your opponents create your golden opportunity.
So, naturally, given all this, we were all VERY curious what Murray would wear for her first appointment with Charlie, which we all knew in advance would be crucial to her, and if positive,would likely have a tidal wave effect on DC PACs and the Beltway Dem money crowd IF she impressed him and his staff.
Surprise! She made a point of wearing sneakers with her smart professional outfit, looking like most of the women I'd just seen on the Metro train a few minutes before, wearing some sort of Anne Klein II thing.
Murray's now the highest-ranking woman in the Senate.
In large part because of his amiable personality and disposition towards fairness -and his remarkable lack of a large ego despite his renown- as well as his zeal for facts and analytics, and his crazy memory for arcane facts, Charlie is probably the most-universally respected person I ever met in my 15 years in DC from 1988-2003.