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The Fix: December 3, 2006 - December 9, 2006

The Line: '08 Hopefuls Shift Into High Gear

Given the rate at which 2008 presidential exploratory bids and outright campaigns are being announced these days, this week's Friday Line may be moot by the time you reach the end of it. Exhibiting our trademark "damn the torpedos" attitude,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 8, 2006; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (284)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , The Line  
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Virginia Senate: If John Warner Doesn't Run Again...

Lost amid the hubbub over the release of the Iraq Study Group report yesterday, Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) told a group of reporters that he was "leaning in favor" of running for a sixth term in 2008. All eyes in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 7, 2006; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Senate  
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McCain Continues to Win Over Bush Insiders

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) continues to recruit top GOP political operatives in expectation of a presidential run. According to a source close to the McCain operation, the candidate has lined up Terry Nelson to serve as campaign manager (if a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 7, 2006; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Parsing the Polls: Choosing the Right (or Left) Words

Words -- and the images they provoke -- matter in politics. Whether it's the back and forth between two candidates in a particular race or a long-term linguistic struggle between the two national parties, choosing the right words to describe...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 6, 2006; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Still No Winner in Florida's 13th District

News of aspiring 2008 presidential candidates may have pushed the just-concluded midterm elections off the front pages, but one 2006 story remains without an end -- the ongoing legal fight over the results in Florida's 13th Congressional District. At issue...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 6, 2006; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  House  
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Romney Continues D.C. Talent Raid

Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has hired Matt Rhoades to serve as a senior communications strategist in his all-but-announced presidential bid, according to sources familiar with the internal workings of the campaign. "He will be in a top level, inner circle...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 5, 2006; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Sam Brownback's Inner Circle

With the 2008 campaign unfolding faster than even The Fix imagined, it's time to roll out a new feature: The Inner Circle. Sen. Sam Brownback says he is seriously considering a 2008 presidential bid. (AP Photo) The Inner Circle will...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 5, 2006; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Inner Circle  
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The Case Against Tom Vilsack

Last week The Fix offered up the case for a presidential bid by Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D). Today: The argument against such a candidacy. Vilsack would face huge expectations in the '08 Iowa caucuses. (AP File Photo) Remember, these...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 4, 2006; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Ky. Governor: With Chandler Out, Who Will Dems Turn to?

Rep. Ben Chandler's (D) decision not to run for governor in Kentucky next year throws open the field in what should be a prime pick-up opportunity for his party. Congressman Ben Chandler won't make a second run for governor in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 4, 2006; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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