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The Fix: April 15, 2007 - April 21, 2007

French Style Politics

The Fix spends most of his time focused like a laser on American politics, but occasionally the eye wanders across the ocean to presidential elections in other countries. The more worldly of Fix readers know that Sunday marks the first...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 21, 2007; 10:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Odds and Ends  
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The Line: Settling the '08 Field's Quarterly Accounts

What quickly became clear as the leading presidential candidates released their fundraising totals for the first three months of the year was that the conventional wisdom was -- once again -- wrong. It was Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), not Sen....

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 20, 2007; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (235)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , The Line  
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Video: PrezVid Talks With Joe Trippi

Joe Trippi, the campaign consultant who helped make Howard Dean the surprising early frontrunner for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination, has joined John Edwards's campaign operation. Trippi is widely seen as one of the most Web-savvy consultants in Democratic politics....

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  April 20, 2007; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Wag the Blog: Readers' Thoughts on Abortion Ruling

Wow. The Fix community sounded off in a major way -- 320 comments and counting -- on today's Wag the Blog question regarding the political implication's of the Supreme Court's ruling on the partial-birth abortion ban I've selected some of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 19, 2007; 10:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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McCain "Bombs" in S.C.

On Wednesday, The Fix highlighted a video clip of former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) making reference to the French and Adolf Hilter when queried about the future of nuclear power. Romney aides downplayed the comments as nothing more than a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 19, 2007; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Richardson to Hit Iowa Airwaves Next Week

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will be the first Democratic presidential candidate to begin airing television ads in the 2008 race with a series of biographical commercials set to begin running Monday in Iowa. Gov. Bill Richardson, right, in New...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 19, 2007; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Bruning Presses Hagel

It seems as though state Attorney General Jon Bruning (R-Neb.) is no longer content to sit on the sidelines and wait for Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to decide whether he wants to run for president, run for re-election to a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 19, 2007; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Senate  
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Wag the Blog: An Abortion Rallying Cry for Dems?

Wednesday's news that the Supreme Court had upheld the ban on partial-birth abortion signed into law by President Bush in 2003 roiled the political waters that had been largely placid following Monday's shooting spree at Virginia Tech. Republicans largely praised...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 19, 2007; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (326)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Romney's Odd Historical Reference

Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) is one of the most poised and well-spoken candidates in the 2008 field. That's why a remark he made at a forum in Northern Virginia this morning in response to a question regarding the future...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 18, 2007; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Udall Disappoints

Regular Fix readers know that we have been high on Democrats' chances of taking over the seat being vacated by Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.). It's been the number one ranked race on our Friday Senate Line all year thanks to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 18, 2007; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Senate  
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Parsing the Polls on Gun Control

In the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, the issue of gun control is likely to reemerge in the national political debate. But will the Monday's terrible massacre fundamentally reshape American public opinion about guns and gun control? And will...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 18, 2007; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (709)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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McCain's Negative Flyer

To date the leading candidates for president have largely avoided any direct confrontations with one another, believing -- perhaps rightly -- that any sort of major scuffle will leave both sides damaged in the eyes of voters. But, behind the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 17, 2007; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Va. Tech Shooting Puts Politics on Hold

I just wrote a piece on how the presidential campaign is observing an unofficial day of mourning today in honor of those killed yesterday at Virginia Tech. This cessation of politics is not without precedent. Following former President Ronald Reagan's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 17, 2007; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Clinton Aims to Win the "Clyburn Primary"

Regular readers know that The Fix is fascinated by the Democratic presidential candidates' courtship of Rep. Jim Clyburn, the senior Democrat in Congress from South Carolina, a key 2008 primary state. We call it -- not all that creatively --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 17, 2007; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Breaux's Out, Who's Next

Former Sen. John Breaux's (D-La.) decision not to run for governor of Louisiana this fall leaves Democrats at a considerable disadvantage as they try to hold the seat. While Breaux would likely have had to contend with residency questions throughout...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 16, 2007; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Governors  
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The Fix's Fundraising Bullets

The Fix LOVES slicing and dicing fundraising numbers. Spend a few hours rifling through the thousands of pages filed by each of the presidential candidates and you get a unique insight into each of their campaigns -- where they're raising...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 16, 2007; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (113)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Campaign Money Chase: Grading the 2008 Field

Two weeks ago we got the big picture on presidential fundraising, as the 2008 candidates released overall numbers for how much their campaigns took in during the first quarter. Today we get the details. All of the presidential candidates must...

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 15, 2007; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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