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The Fix: August 12, 2007 - August 18, 2007

Democratic Debate Preview (and Obama's Decision)

On the eve of yet another Democratic presidential debate -- this one in Des Moines and hosted by ABC's George Stephanopoulos -- Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) is putting his foot down. "We simply cannot run the kind of campaign we...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 18, 2007; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Line: Where Are the GOP Senate Candidates?

Recruiting is the main task of both parties in the year before an election. It's an arduous process that involves not only trying to find the best candidate and convince him or her to run, but also navigating tricky local...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 17, 2007; 5:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (165)
Categories:  Senate , The Line  
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Analysis: Can Dems Pick Up Hastert and Pryce Seats?

It's been a bad couple of days for House Republicans, as two senior lawmakers who once held top leadership positions in the GOP caucus -- former Speaker Dennis Hastert (Ill.) and ex-Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (Ohio) -- said they will...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 16, 2007; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (181)
Categories:  House  
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Memo to Huckabee: It's Time to Take Some Risks

If you've been paying any attention to the political world over the last few days, you know that Mike Huckabee is reaping political rewards from his surprising second place finish at the Ames Straw Poll over the weekend. No time...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 15, 2007; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Fixin' For a Break

Is it August already? What a first seven months of the 2008 cycle! We've watched the rise of Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson, the fall of John McCain and the steadiness of Hillary Rodham Clinton. We've liveblogged more...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 15, 2007; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Assessing Karl Rove

The decision by White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove to leave his post at the end of the month has set off a furious debate over what his lasting impact will be on the Republican Party specifically and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 14, 2007; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (195)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Wag the Blog: Is Richardson Ready for Primetime?

While The Fix was in Iowa over the weekend, the Democrats attended a candidate forum out in Los Angeles. Sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign and the LOGO cable network, the event was hosted by singer Melissa Etheridge and devoted...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 14, 2007; 9:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (179)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Giuliani Pushes Back on Immigration Issue

After taking a battering over the last week from Mitt Romney on the issue of illegal immigration, Rudy Giuliani will announce an "Immigration Advisory Board" today and tout his position during a trip to South Carolina tomorrow. "The mayor will...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 13, 2007; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (174)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Tommy Thompson Is First Victim of Iowa Straw Poll

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson dropped out of the race for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination tonight, a day after he finished a disappointing sixth in the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa. Tommy Thompson, the four-term governor of Wisconsin and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 12, 2007; 9:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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