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Indianapolis Star's Weekly Political Column Notes DePauw Visit by Charlie Cook

December 5, 2004

Charlie Cook Bode.jpgDecember 5, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - "Political analyst Charlie Cook appeared at DePauw University last week to talk about the recent presidential election," notes today's "Behind Closed Doors" column in the Indianapolis Star. "Cook, whose political report is considered a must-read for political insiders, reminded the group that President Bush did not win his election in a landslide and should be careful about claiming a mandate." (photo shows, l-r, Ken Bode, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw, with Charlie Cook)

The news item continues, "'In terms of what really matters, this election came down toCharlie Cook at DePauw.jpg 136,000 votes in Ohio out of 5.4 million cast in Ohio,' Cook said, according to a transcript. 'Now that's not 537 votes in Florida, but it's pretty darn close.' Cook expressed doubt that there is overwhelming support for a conservative agenda. 'If I were the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and if I had one wish -- and if I were just an absolutely mercenary (and) didn't care about anything except winning -- I would pray that Roe v. Wade was overturned,' Cook said. 'I think that would be probably the single most devastating thing to the Republican Party for 10-20 years to come.'"

Access the column at the Star's Web site by clicking here. Read a comprehensive story on Charlie Cook's November 30 Crain Lecture at DePauw -- including video and audio clips -- here.