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The Fix: March 23, 2008 - March 29, 2008

RNC Fundraising Operation Staffs Up

Amid some grumbling about the pace of fundraising for Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign, the Republican National Committee has hired veteran cash collector Kara Ahern to lead their effort in the runup to the November election. Ahern cut her...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 29, 2008; 7:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Clinton Seeks to Cash In on 'Drop Out' Talk

There's a silver lining in every dark cloud, or at least that's the approach Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign is taking when it comes to recent comments made by surrogates for Barack Obama that Clinton should drop from the Democratic presidential...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 29, 2008; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Bob Casey and the Endorsement Hierarchy

Sen. Bob Casey's (Pa.) endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign has dominated cable news today and led to all sort of speculation as to what it might mean for the Illinois Senator's chances in the Keystone State. Lucky for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 28, 2008; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (228)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Friday Line: Pin the VP on the Nominee

One of the benefits of such a long break between primary votes in the Democratic presidential race is that operatives, reporters and politicians have far more free time to engage in the greatest political parlor game of all: the Veepstakes....

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 28, 2008; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (248)
Categories:  The Line , Veepstakes  
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FixCam: Obamacains and McClintons

A new Gallup poll shows a significant number of supporters of both Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) would not vote for the other Democrat in the general election should their favored candidate lose the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 27, 2008; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (401)
Categories:  FixCam  
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Polling the Wright Stuff

Ever since Barack Obama delivered his widely publicized speech on race last week, we've been waiting for some reliable poll results to gauge the impact his words had on defusing the hubbub created by Rev. Jeremiah Wright. New numbers are...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 27, 2008; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (294)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Parsing the Polls  
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Blog Roll: The Best of State Political Blogs

During The Fix's semi-vacation last week, Fixistas for were asked to chime in with their favorite state-based political blogs. We've found over the last few years that these state-based blogs are often the best repositories for good links and good...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 26, 2008; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Montana: A June Battleground?

Earlier this week, we wrote a piece that divvied up the 10 remaining states and jurisdictions in the Democratic presidential race between Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.). In the story, we gave Obama the edge in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 26, 2008; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (172)
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Wag the Blog: Clinton in Bosnia

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's story about a harrowing 1996 landing at an air base in Bosnia has now been formally debunked by comedian Sinbad (who was on the trip), the Post's fact checker Michael Dobbs, and this video provided by...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 26, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (312)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Freedom's Watch Makes a Move

Freedom's Watch, an independent conservative organization expected to play a big role in the 2008 general election, has brought on longtime Republican operative Carl Forti. Forti, who starts at Freedom's Watch tomorrow, comes to the group from the presidential campaign...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 25, 2008; 7:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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A Major Shakeup in Virginia Governor's Race

In a surprise announcement, Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling said he will not run for governor in 2009, a move that likely clears the Republican field for state Attorney General Bob McDonnell and offers an early preview of a race...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 25, 2008; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Governors  
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Bill Clinton -- From Plus to Minus to Plus

From the start of the 2008 presidential campaign, it was clear that former president Bill Clinton would play a unique role in his wife's campaign. What exactly that role entailed was anybody's guess a year ago, but it was impossible...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 25, 2008; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (194)
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McCain Expands Campaign Media Team

Presumptive GOP nominee John McCain is vastly expanding his campaign media team -- bringing in a number of the leading consultants as he prepares for the general election. The media operation, which will be known as Foxhole Productions, is adding...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 25, 2008; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Fix Pick: Gene Weingarten and the 24-Hour News Cycle

About six weeks ago, Gene Weingarten asked to sit down with The Fix for a chat. Having long admired Gene's writing for The Washington Post Magazine (and his infamous live online discussion), I readily agreed. Weingarten, it turned out, was...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 25, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (82)
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For Clinton, It's All About the Superdelegates

There are 10 primaries and 71 days left in the Democratic nomination fight between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. But with those ten elections likely to split relatively evenly between Clinton (Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky and Puerto Rico) and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 24, 2008; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (353)
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A New GOP Player in the Soft Money World

Amid the doom and gloom of the last few weeks for congressional Republicans, a ray of light poked through in the form of the American Future Fund. The group, whose existence was first reported last week by Fix friend Stu...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 24, 2008; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Senate  
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For Clinton, It's the Economy, Stupid

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is scheduled to give a speech on the economy this morning at the University of Pennsylvania -- the kickoff to a week in which the New York Senator will spotlight the nation's fiscal troubles and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 24, 2008; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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