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The Fix: March 9, 2008 - March 15, 2008

The Wrath of Olbermann

For much of the 1990s, Republicans used talk radio -- and its crown prince, Rush Limbaugh -- as both a motivational and organizational tool for the party base. Millions of people tuned in and turned on -- to politics that...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 15, 2008; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (402)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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FixCam: Choose Your Own (North Carolina) Adventure

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By Chris Cillizza  |  March 14, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Friday Line: Which States Will Flip in 2008?

One of the major disagreements between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) is which of the two can more effectively broaden the general election playing field. Clinton's campaign points to polling in Florida, Arkansas and Ohio that...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 14, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (464)
Categories:  The Line  
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Wag the Blog: What to Do About Florida?

The Florida Democratic Party unveiled a vote-by-mail proposal, Thursday, that would -- in essence -- allow a re-vote of the state's Jan. 29 primary, and provide a way for the state's delegation to be seated and cast votes for a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 13, 2008; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (302)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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How Bad Is It For Senate Republicans?

In the course of 24 hours earlier this week, the 2008 Senate landscape subtly shifted. First, former South Dakota lieutenant governor Steve Kirby (R) decided against challenging incumbent Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.). Then, no Republican candidate filed to challenge Sen....

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 13, 2008; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Hoyer: Democratic Primary Could Damage Party

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) acknowledged during an interview with The Fix Wednesday that the ongoing nomination fight between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama has the potential to cause a major fissure within the Democratic Party due...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 13, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ohio-Texas Two-Step Prediction Winners

Before the March 4 primary contests, Fix readers were asked to predict the primary results in the delegate-rich states of Texas and Ohio. In the end, the Republican contests gave Sen. John McCain the party's nomination, but no knock-out blow...

By Washington Post editors  |  March 12, 2008; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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AFL-CIO Goes After McCain

As the Democratic presidential race continues on with no end in sight, many establishment Democrats are privately fretting that the extended battle will hamstring their chances of winning back the White House in November. Enter the AFL-CIO who today launched...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 12, 2008; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Spitzer Resigns

New York Democratic Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned from office moments ago, just two days after revelations surfaced about his involvement in a prostitution ring. "I am deeply sorry I did not live up to what was expected of me," Spitzer...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 12, 2008; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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Obama Memo: Tex. and Ohio Change Nothing

After watching his candidate cruise to victory in the Mississippi Democratic primary, David Plouffe, Barack Obama's campaign manager, released a memo asserting that the Illinois senator's defeats in Ohio and Texas last week will have no impact on the larger...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 12, 2008; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Wins Mississippi; Next Stop Pa.

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) claimed an expected win over Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) in Tuesday's Mississippi presidential primary, a win that sets the stage for a showdown in six weeks time in Pennsylvania. Obama appeared to score a convincing...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 11, 2008; 11:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama, Clinton Tangle Over Ferraro

Even as political junkies were focused on tonight's Mississippi primary results, a major fight broke out between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama(Ill.) over comments made by former vice presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro. "If Obama was a white...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 11, 2008; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mississippi Primary Predictions

The focus of the Democratic presidential race turns today to Mississippi where Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) square off for the last time before a long six week hiatus from votes. The Magnolia State should be...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 11, 2008; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Assessing the Spitzer Fallout

New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) has remained mum about his political future following Monday's revelations that he has been involved in a prostitution ring. His silence, however, won't quiet speculation about what effect the scandal will have on the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 11, 2008; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Governors  
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Fix Pick: A 'Knife Fight'?

When Barack Obama announced his candidacy for president early in 2007, he pledged to do things very differently. In that address -- delivered in Springfield, Ill., on Feb. 10, 2007 -- Obama decried the "smallness of our politics, the ease...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 11, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Spitzer Apologizes, Does Not Resign

Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D-N.Y.) acknowledged in a very brief statement, Monday, that he had violated the obligations he had to his family and the public, though he offered no specific comments about a report that he was involved in a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 10, 2008; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Governors  
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Putting The Hastert Seat Loss in Context

Republicans' defeat in last Saturday's special election to replace former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) was stunning on its face but the implications of the contest are potentially far-reaching and critical in understanding the coming November elections. As much as...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 10, 2008; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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FixCam Week in Preview ... and Theme Song Finals

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By Chris Cillizza  |  March 10, 2008; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
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