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The Fix: June 8, 2008 - June 14, 2008

More On Tim Russert

The death of NBC Washington bureau chief Tim Russert continues to dominate the worlds of politics and journalism. The Fix is on the way to Las Vegas for a few days (and, as a result, posting will be light) but...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 14, 2008; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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On Tim Russert

News of the sudden death of Tim Russert, Washington bureau chief of NBC News and host of "Meet the Press," will have a large -- and lasting -- impact on the world of politics and journalism. Tim Russert. (File photo:...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 13, 2008; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (493)
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Viva Revolution! Understanding the Ron Paul Phenomenon

Rep. Ron Paul (AP Photo) In an election cycle filled with fascinating storylines, the rise of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) may be the most fascinating. Paul's decision to end his bid for president yesterday and transform his presidential campaign...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 13, 2008; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Obama Leans on Team Daschle in Key States

One of the secret ingredients to Barack Obama's change-centric presidential campaign is his reliance on a stable of longtime political operatives with ties to former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (S.D.). The former Senate Democratic leader is playing an influential...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 13, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Line: When a Small Loss Is Your 'Best Case Scenario'

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Ensign (Nev.) is nothing if not a realist. At a luncheon with reporters on Thursday in Washington, Ensign said the best-case scenario for his party in the fall election would be a three-seat loss....

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 13, 2008; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate , The Line  
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Brand Problems Haunt GOP

Sometimes politics is surprisingly simple. The more people who identify with a particular party, the better chance the nominee of that party has of winning. Since the start of the Bush administration -- and especially over the last few years...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 12, 2008; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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FixCam: Obama Tries to 'Fight the Smears'

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By Chris Cillizza  |  June 12, 2008; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (507)
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The Case Against Kathleen Sebelius

On Wednesday, The Fix made the case for why Kathleen Sebelius should be tapped by Barack Obama to serve as his running mate. Today, the opposite argument. Like yesterday's piece, this post is meant to spark conversation, so feel free...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 12, 2008; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (159)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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Is Johnson News a Sign of Weakness in Obama Camp?

Today's news that Jim Johnson, one of three people charged with vetting potential vice presidential candidates for Barack Obama, is stepping down from his role illustrates the perils ahead for the presumptive Democratic nominee as he seeks to preserve his...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 11, 2008; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Running From Obama?

Less than a week after Barack Obama clinched his party's presidential nomination, several Democratic members of Congress have publicly refused to endorse him, raising questions about how much of a hindrance the Illinois senator could be in some conservative-leaning districts....

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 11, 2008; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ad Wars: Playing Transactional Politics

With the unemployment rate soaring, gas above $4 a gallon, an unpopular war in Iraq and President Bush's approval numbers mired in the 30s, it's hard out there for Republican candidates. Given the challenges, how can a GOP incumbent hope...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 11, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ad Wars  
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The Case for Kathleen Sebelius

Back when the 2008 presidential race was just getting started, The Fix made the case for and against nearly every major candidate for the White House. Those cases were built on conversations with operatives of both parties and The Fix's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 11, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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Clinton Donors Urged To Back Obama

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's top national fundraisers convened a series of conference calls today with major donors in various regions around the country to urge them to throw their financial weight behind Sen. Barack Obama -- sooner rather than later....

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 10, 2008; 4:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Race, Polling and the 'Bradley Effect'

Barack Obama's clinching of the Democratic presidential nomination ensures that race will play an outsized role in the November election. Or maybe not. Understanding how large (or small) a factor race will be in the general election this fall is...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 10, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Parsing the Polls  
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How Many House Seats Will Be in Play This Fall?

The ever-worsening political environment and the increasing financial disparity between the two congressional campaign committees have House strategists for both parties wondering how large the playing field could grow between now and November. There is widespread agreement among Democratic and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 10, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Primary Predictions Redux: Mont., S.D., P.R.

It's t-shirt time! In the runup to the final three primaries of the Democratic race -- Puerto Rico, Montana and South Dakota -- we asked Fixistas to predict the result of the races and the next day's story line for...

By Washington Post editors  |  June 9, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Wag the Blog: A Second 'Race' Speech for Obama?

Now that Barack Obama is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, it's easy to forget the withering gauntlet he ran over the last four months of his campaign. Beginning with the revelation of controversial comments by Rev. Jeremiah...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 9, 2008; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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FixCam Week in Preview: General Election Geography

Now that Hillary Rodham Clinton has formally suspended her campaign for president, the general election between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain can begin in earnest. With just 148 days between now and Election Day (Nov. 4), every...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 9, 2008; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fix on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter

Nineteen months down, five to go! In a presidential campaign that hasn't stopped making news for the better part of the last year and a half, the decision by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) to formally step aside in favor...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 8, 2008; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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