Political analyst Charlie Cook wrapped up his pointed appraisal of the 2008 presidential election year topography with a quip that not everyone attending the National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference last month found particularly humorous.“If Barack Obama wins, your taxes are going up,” Cook told the 775 restaurateurs and association officials gathered in Washington, D.C., for the NRA’s annual grassroots lobbying event. “If John McCain wins, your taxes are going up.”While ...

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