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The Fix: February 24, 2008 - March 1, 2008

Managing March 4 Expectations

Even as the campaigns of Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) battled it out over the latest campaign ad from the New York senator, the two sides also found time to set expectations heading into the Ohio-Texas...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 29, 2008; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clinton's "3 a.m. Phone Call" Ad

UPDATE, 5:55 pm: Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) campaign is now on the air with an ad that directly responds to the "3 am phone call" commercial launched by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in Texas earlier today. The commercial touts...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 29, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Friday Senate Line: Republican Recruits?

For months, it appeared as though Senate Republicans would seriously contest only one Democratic-held seat this November as a combination of fund-raising struggles and failed recruitment took seat after seat off the table. Of late, the horizon has brightened --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 29, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wag the Blog Redux: Impact of the McCain Story?

Last week we asked the Fix community whether the New York Times story that alleged a too-close relationship between Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and a female lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, might hurt the Arizona senator's presidential campaign. The fact that, less...

By Washington Post editors  |  February 28, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bloomberg Bows to the (Seemingly) Inevitable

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made it official today: he's not running for president this fall. "I listened carefully to those who encouraged me to run, but I am not -- and will not be -- a candidate for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 28, 2008; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FixCam: John Lewis and the Superdelegate Stampede

The defection of Rep. John Lewis (Ga.) -- congressman, civil rights pioneer AND superdelegate -- from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) to Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) drew wall-to-wall press coverage after it was first reported in the Atlanta Journal...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 28, 2008; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
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Bobby Bright and The Question of Obama's Coattails

Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright's recent decision to run as a Democrat for the open 2nd District House seat in Alabama may not have drawn much attention nationally, but his campaign could well serve as a litmus test for just how...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 28, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (348)
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Begich Explores -- Another Senate Seat in Play?

Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich (D) announced this afternoon that he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run against Sen. Ted Stevens (R) this fall, a decision that virtually ensures Alaska will play host to a competitive statewide race...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 27, 2008; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Winners and Losers: The Democratic Debate

Last night's set-to between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama was the liveliest of the three one-on-one debates between the two Democratic presidential candidates. While there were some fireworks, it was by no means the brawl that many people expected,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 27, 2008; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (316)
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For Clinton, What Defines a 'Win' on March 4?

Six days before Hillary Rodham Clinton puts her political future on the line in Ohio and Texas, one pressing question remains: What qualifies as a "win" next Tuesday? Tracking the Democratic Delegates Is a victory official only if Clinton claims...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 27, 2008; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (232)
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First Thoughts on the Showdown in Cleveland

In a debate often defined by sharp clashes between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama, the final 20 minutes were largely cordial, as both candidates sounded vaguely wistful about a campaign that has gone on far longer than either of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 26, 2008; 11:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (160)
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The Tough Questions...Courtesy of Russert

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By Chris Cillizza  |  February 26, 2008; 10:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clashing Over Iraq

The war in Iraq -- long a dormant issue in the Democratic primary fight campaign -- roared back to relevance in tonight's debate as the two candidates clashed about whose experience better equipped them to face off against Sen. John...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 26, 2008; 9:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Clinton: Get Obama a Pillow

A very odd moment -- almost surreal -- when Clinton complained that she has been forced to answer the first questions throughout her debate showdowns with Obama. She made reference to a "Saturday Night Live" skit in which the press...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 26, 2008; 9:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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First Shots Fired Over Health Care

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By Chris Cillizza  |  February 26, 2008; 9:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Democratic Debate Preview: The Final Face-off?

After 19 debates spanning the better part of the last year, tonight's one on one between Democrats Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton could be the last time the two appear on stage together for some time. The debate --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 26, 2008; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia Primary Predictions Revisited (Finally!)

Before we revisit the winning predictions from the Feb. 12 Potomac Primary and award the coveted Fix t-shirts, a few notes of thanks. First, THANK YOU to the Fixistas/Fixites/Fixophiles (more on that below) for pointing out that we had omitted...

By Washington Post editors  |  February 26, 2008; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Veepstakes: Scouting the Governors

The Fix had the unique opportunity yesterday to sit down with four governors mentioned as potential vice presidential picks for their respective parties this November as part of the PostTalk show. In our conversations -- edited video versions of which...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 26, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (176)
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Rendell: 'The Media Does Not Like the Clintons'

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By Chris Cillizza  |  February 25, 2008; 10:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Power of Drudge (Revisited)

The power of Matt Drudge was affirmed yet again this morning as a photo of Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) dressed in African tribal garb was featured on his Web site, setting off a furious back and forth between the Obama...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 25, 2008; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (180)
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Obama and the Red State Question

Can Barack Obama turn red states blue? As talk has turned to a potential general election matchup between the Illinois Democrat and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a heated debate has begun over whether Obama's message of post-partisan politics can fundamentally...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 25, 2008; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (237)
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FixCam Week in Preview

It's a week without a primary (or caucus) vote -- what will we do? Never fear political junkies. We're less than 24 hours from a Democratic debate at Cleveland State University. The debate will be the last get-together between...

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 25, 2008; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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