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The Fix: July 29, 2007 - August 4, 2007

Kos Presidential Forum: Highs and Lows

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Seven of the eight Democratic candidates for president just spent 90 rollicking minutes answering questions and -- occasionally -- jabbing each other in the marquee event of this year's YearlyKos gathering. The crowd, which packed into a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 4, 2007; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Clinton's Tame Session With the Netroots

CHICAGO -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) fielded a series of questions on topics ranging from domestic wiretapping to education policy from a packed room of bloggers here at the YearlyKos convention. While Clinton has not enjoyed the friendliest relationship...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 4, 2007; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Barack Obama: Cultural Phenomenon

CHICAGO -- Even when The Fix isn't working, it's hard for him to escape politics. Take last night as an example. Looking for a break from the wall-to-wall politics of YearlyKos, we found ourselves at Second City -- the famed...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 4, 2007; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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At YearlyKos: Dems Set to Expand Congressional Majorities

CHICAGO -- Renowned Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg had some advice for the progressive bloggers gathered here for the second annual YearlyKos convention: Think big. As in, big gains for Democrats in both the House and the Senate in 2008. "Do...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 3, 2007; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  House , Senate  
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Obama's HQ

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The Fix is in the Windy City for the YearlyKos conference but couldn't resist the chance to stop by the campaign headquarters of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to see what all the buzz is about. In the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 3, 2007; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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The Friday Line: Top 2008 Recruits

The Fix is in Chicago for the YearlyKos annual convention this weekend so we'll keep the introduction of The Line short and sweet. Rather than look at the ten House races most likely to switch parties -- as we've done...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 3, 2007; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
Categories:  The Line  
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VIDEO: Handicapping Campaign 2008

The Fix and Washington Post senior political reporter Dan Balz sat down earlier this week to chat about the state of the presidential race. You can check it out below. Offer your own thoughts in the comments section. Note: Please...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 2, 2007; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Barack Obama: Putting Meat on the Bone

For the first few months of his presidential candidacy, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) was criticized for being all rhetoric and no depth. His rivals took subtle jabs at him for the lightness of the campaign, insisting that "hope" was not...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 2, 2007; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (190)
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House Republicans Make Attempt at Playing Offense

After spending the first seven months of the 2008 cycle in a defensive crouch, House Republicans are trying to regain momentum by launching radio ads against five Democratic incumbents. The ads, funded by the National Republican Congressional Committee and timed...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 2, 2007; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
Categories:  House  
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Wag the Blog Redux: Overlooking Obama?

Last week's Wag the Blog discussion on whether the mainstream media was missing something about Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) performance in the early presidential debates was, by The Fix's estimation, a high point in the nearly two years we have...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 1, 2007; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Rudy's Congressional Backing

Congressional endorsements are the flimsiest of all endorsements in a presidential race. While a select few members can have an impact due to their home state's primacy in the nominating process (Iowa, New Hampshire etc.) or a particularly well organized...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 1, 2007; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
Categories:  '08 Endorsement Elite , Eye on 2008  
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Parsing the Polls: First and Lasting Impressions

National polling at this stage of the presidential election tends to reveal more about voters' general impressions of the candidates rather than give any real indication as to who might actually win the party nominations. But, as the saying goes,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 1, 2007; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Parsing the Polls  
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Thompson's Take

After months of anticipation, former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) released a detailed report of the contributions to and expenditures by his presidential campaign-in-waiting. The report was filed with the Internal Revenue Service -- not the Federal Election Commission -- because,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 31, 2007; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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What's the Matter With Alaska?

Remember Alaska? The ruby red state President Bush carried by 25 points in 2004 and 31 points four years earlier? The state who last elected a Democrat to the Senate in 1974. And to the House in 1972? (For trivia's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 31, 2007; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Approaching Ames

The Ames Straw poll is now just days away. And, while three of the four leading Republican contenders -- John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson -- have signaled they will not participate in the traditional early organizational test, they...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 31, 2007; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fix Picks: Romney's JFK Moment?

When considering former Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-Mass.) chances at winning both the Republican nomination and the general election, we must view his Mormon faith as a factor. Reasonable people can disagree about how large a factor it will be but...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 30, 2007; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (158)
Categories:  Fix Picks  
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Looks and Politics

Simply mentioning the words "hair" or "cleavage" in a discussion about the 2008 presidential election during the last couple of weeks was likely to spark an intense conversation. Hair, of course, refers to former Sen. John Edwards' (D-N.C.) brilliant video...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 30, 2007; 6:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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