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The Fix: March 4, 2007 - March 10, 2007

The Friday Governors Line: Breaux or No?

The last time we penned a gubernatorial Line, former Louisiana Sen. John Breaux's name was nowhere to be found. But, over the last month, Breaux's flirtation with a race for governor this fall has quickly become the biggest story in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 9, 2007; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
Categories:  The Line  
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Hagel Decision Imminent

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.)'s announcement that he will make a decision on his political future Monday in Omaha has set off furious speculation about what that next step might be. His options run the gamut from a presidential bid as...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 8, 2007; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Cole a Rare GOP Optimist

Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole may be the last Republican optimist left in Washington. "Our political positioning is very good," Cole insisted during an interview earlier this week. "It is not believable to me that we would have two 2006s in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 8, 2007; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Gaming the Money Game

Ask Bill Burton, a spokesman for Sen. Barack Obama, how much money the Illinois Democrat will raise for his presidential race in the first three months of this year and he'll tell you $8 to $10 million. Peruse an invite...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 8, 2007; 9:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Does Obama Have a Problem?

For the second time since signaling his plans to run for president, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is battling allegations of ethical misjudgment. The latest incident comes courtesy of today's New York Times, which reports that shortly after arriving in the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 7, 2007; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (230)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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McCain Elevates Loeffler

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to name former Rep. Tom Loeffler (R-Texas) as his consigliere for the 2008 presidential race, bringing a longtime friend and backer into the inner circle of the Arizona Senator's national campaign. Loeffler will play a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 7, 2007; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Parsing the Polls: Seeing a President

Our readers know we love to use poll data to understand the preconceived notions voters bring to the 2008 presidential race. And Gallup continues to provide us with numbers to feed our hunger. Their latest is from a poll conducted...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 7, 2007; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Wag the Blog: The Readers on Rudy

We asked and you answered. Already more than 160 comments have been posted on the question of whether or not former New York City Mayor Rudy Giulianican win the Republican nomination and -- eventually -- the White House. The conversation...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 7, 2007; 6:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Hillary in Her Element

The video said it all. Prior to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) taking the stage at an EMILY's List luncheon today, two huge screens in the room showed a video clip of swearing-in ceremonies throughout history. Cut to a woman...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 6, 2007; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Wag the Blog: Can Rudy Win?

The rise of Rudy Giuliani is the story in American politics at the moment. Not only has Giuliani silenced doubters (The Fix included) who speculated that he would not ultimately run for president, but he has seen his poll numbers...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 6, 2007; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
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Margolis Considers Joining Obama Campaign

Jim Margolis, a well-regarded Democratic media consultant, is in talks with the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama about playing a formal role, according to three Democratic sources familiar with the discussions. Margolis has been a 2008 free agent since former...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 5, 2007; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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YouTube Clip Takes Aim at Breaux

As former Democratic Sen. John Breaux ponders a run for Louisiana governor, a new video posted on YouTube aims to undermine his candidacy before it begins. Posted on March 1, the 40-second clip features a variety of quotes from Breaux...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 5, 2007; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Domenici's No-No

Sen. Pete Domenici's (R-N.M.) acknowledged on Sunday that he called a U.S. attorney last fall to inquire about the status of an investigation into several New Mexico Democrats, an error in judgment that could have serious repercussions on his re-election...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 5, 2007; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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