Election Handicapper Charlie Cook Issues Special Warning to DemsAugust 21, 2009
Politico reports that Charlie Cook issued a special, unscheduled newsletter to his subscribers — I would say an emergency warning to his Democratic colleagues on the Hill — which said, in part:
“These data confirm anecdotal evidence, and our own view, that the situation this summer has slipped completely out of control for President Obama and Congressional Democrats. Today, The Cook Political Report’s Congressional election model, based on individual races, is pointing toward a net Democratic loss of between six and 12 seats, but our sense, factoring in macro-political dynamics is that this is far too low,” he wrote.
Cook also says, essentially, anyone who does not believe that this rapid change of fortunes for the Democratic Party will not impact the fall Congressional legislative session, think again:
“We believe it would be a mistake to underestimate the impact that this mood will have on Members of Congress of both parties when they return to Washington in September, if it persists through the end of the Congressional recess.”