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The Fix: March 11, 2007 - March 17, 2007

Swift Boat Money Man Raising $ for Romney

Bob Perry, a Texas homebuilder and one of the primary funders of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, has signed on to raise money for the presidential campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.). An invite to a Dallas fundraiser...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 16, 2007; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Line: Let the Senate Rankings Begin!

The Fix likes a challenge. So after several Senate Lines in which we listed the ten most competitive race alphabetically, this week's installment kicks off our attempt to rank them based on their likelihood of switching party control next November....

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 16, 2007; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate , The Line  
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Progressive Group Goes After Baucus

They Work For Us, a group of high-profile progressive activists from the worlds of organized labor and the "netroots," has launched a flight of radio ads urging Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) to oppose renewal of fast-track trade authority for President...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 15, 2007; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  Senate  
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Video: The Firefighters' Candidate Cattle Call

The Fix spent yesterday listening to 11 presidential candidates (declared and likely to declare) address the International Association of Fire Fighters gathering in Washington.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  March 15, 2007; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Wag The Blog: GOP Senators and the Gonzales Question

On Wednesday, Sen. John Sununu (N.H.) became the first Republican senator to call on President Bush to fire Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over the Justice Department's dismissal of eight U.S. Attorneys last year. It's no coincidence that Sununu is up...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 15, 2007; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Running Behind the Pack

Polls show that Gov. Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) isn't in the lead pack for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. And he knows it. In a speech this afternoon to the International Association of Fire Fighters, Richardson showed how he hopes to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 14, 2007; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama vs. Clinton

Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) -- the two frontrunners for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination -- squared off today at a gathering of the International Association of Fire Fighters. Well, sort of. Clinton and Obama didn't...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 14, 2007; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Edwards: Shrum was wrong

Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards (D) today rejected the assertion that political calculations were his overriding concern in casting his 2002 vote in favor of the use-of-force resolution against Iraq. John Edwards addressing the Firefighters gathering in Washington on...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 14, 2007; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Putting the Horse Race Numbers in Perspective

On an almost daily basis some media outlet or another releases a national poll that tests hypothetical 2008 presidential primary match-ups. These polls invariably produce headlines like, "Clinton Slips, Obama Gains," "McCain Faltering Among Conservatives" or "Romney Fails to Gain...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 14, 2007; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Fix Picks: Abortion vs. Gay Marriage

To understand modern American politics, you must grasp the profound influence that fights over cultural issues have on voters. No one better understands this intersection of politics and culture than Jonathan Rauch, a writer for Atlantic Monthly magazine. In the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 14, 2007; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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How Vulnerable is Sen. Dole?

Ask Democratic strategists about their chances of giving Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) a serious race in 2008 and you're likely to hear them say she is surprisingly vulnerable. Ask their Republican counterparts and they'll respond that Dole remains an iconic...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 13, 2007; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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The GOP Whale Chase

As the first quarter fundraising deadline fast approaches, the leading contenders for the 2008 presidential nomination are in a full-on sprint to raise cash and recruit the party insiders who can deliver it by the bagful. The name of the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  March 13, 2007; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Republican Party  
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Why Drudge Matters

We've written extensively on The Fix about the importance of the Drudge Report in shaping the day-to-day political debate in American politics. The last 24 hours provided another great example. Last night a YouTube video, which you can watch by...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 12, 2007; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hagel Puts Off Announcement

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) is anything but predictable. (Read the story I filed for the Web today.) At a much-anticipated press conference this morning in Omaha billed as the definitive decision on his political future, Hagel punted. "I will make...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 12, 2007; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Waiting on Hagel's Announcement

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) will let the political world in on his future plans this morning at a scheduled news briefing in his home state of Nebraska. No credible news of his intentions leaked over the weekend, so his announcement...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 12, 2007; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Senate  
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