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The Fix: June 15, 2008 - June 21, 2008

Hagel for (Democratic) Veep?

Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-Neb.) acknowledgment that he would consider serving as Barack Obama's vice president speaks to his continued alienation from the GOP as well as from his longtime friend John McCain. "If it would occur, I would have to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 21, 2008; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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"Who Won The Week?" -- The Competition Continues

Now that the work week in political Washington has come to a close, it's a perfect time to enter your submission in the latest Fix craze: "Who Won the Week?" Remember that we are looking for your -- relatively brief...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 21, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Case Against Tim Pawlenty

There's little dispute in Republican circles that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the leading candidate at the moment to be selected as John McCain's running mate. Yesterday we made the case for Pawlenty as the right pick; today we argue...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 20, 2008; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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Woodhouse to DNC

The takeover of the Democratic National Committee by Barack Obama's campaign continues apace with the hiring of communications operative Brad Woodhouse at the national party committee. Woodhouse will share duties with current communications director Karen Finney -- a similar setup...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 20, 2008; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Line: Generic Ballot Distress for House GOP

A single question in the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll says all you need to know about the problems facing Republicans in the fall election. Asked if the election were held today which party's candidate would they vote for in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 20, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
Categories:  House , The Line  
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FixCam: Introducing... 'Who Won the Week?'

Now that the presidential primary season is done and we won't have another vote at the national level until November 4, The Fix -- and his legion of editors, aides and hangers-on -- has been brainstorming ways to keep...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 19, 2008; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
Categories:  FixCam  
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Obama Launches Nationwide Ad Campaign

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) will launch an 18-state ad buy beginning tomorrow in which he speaks directly to voters in an attempt to get out in front of the misinformation likely to be spread about him as the general election...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 19, 2008; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Parsing Obama's Decision to Opt Out

Barack Obama's decision to opt out of public financing for the presidential election, the first candidate to ever do so, marks a significant moment in the 2008 general election. The move, which Obama announced in a video and an e-mail...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 19, 2008; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Case for Tim Pawlenty

No potential vice presidential pick -- with the exception of Hillary Rodham Clinton -- has received as much attention over the last few months as Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Pawlenty is widely assumed to be favorite pick of presumptive GOP...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 19, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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America Votes Plans GOTV Effort in Battlegrounds

Seeking to jump-start a largely moribund third-party political operation in the progressive community, America Votes announced today it has begun its grassroots mobilization efforts in 14 states expected to be presidential battlegrounds in the fall. The group, which is led...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 18, 2008; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Obama Coattails in Alaska?

A Democratic-funded poll out of Alaska suggests that Barack Obama's pledge to expand the traditional Electoral College playing field this fall may well find fertile soil in places that haven't seen a competitive presidential race in decades. John McCain leads...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 18, 2008; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  '08 Endorsement Elite , Eye on 2008 , Senate  
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McCain Pushes On Terror

Less than two weeks into the general election campaign between Sens. Barack Obama (Ill.) and John McCain (Ariz.), the race has turned into a referendum on which candidate can keep Americans safe from the threat of terrorism -- a repeat...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 18, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Fix Pick: 'McSame' as Bush?

John McCain = George W. Bush. For much of the last few months, Democrats and their affiliate groups have worked hard to ensure voters become familiar with that equation. The Democratic National Committee has run ads that end with a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 18, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
Categories:  Fix Picks  
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What Does the Goreacle's Endorsement Mean?

Former Vice President Al Gore's decision to endorse Sen. Barack Obama drew wall-to-wall coverage across the media spectrum. But, will it carry significant weight with voters? As always, we return the to handy dandy Fix Endorsement Hierarchy for the answers....

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 17, 2008; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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New Ad Shows MoveOn Is Not Afraid of Controversy

MoveOn.org, one of the most influential progressive political groups, isn't known for subtlety in its advertising. A newspaper ad that ran on the eve of Gen. David Petraeus's testimony on Capitol Hill in September 2007 labeled the military man "General...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 17, 2008; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ad Wars  
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Veepstakes: When It Comes to Saying 'No'

Over the last week, three Democrats often mentioned as possible running mates for Barack Obama confront that most dreaded of questions: "Will you or won't you?" How each of the men handled the question about his interest (or lack thereof)...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 17, 2008; 7:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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Wag the Blog Redux: A Second 'Race' Speech?

Last week, we asked whether Fixistas agreed or disagreed with a Wall Street Journal op-ed written by Juan Williams in which he urged Barack Obama to deliver a second speech on the issue of race. Excerpts of the most insightful...

By Washington Post editors  |  June 16, 2008; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Former Clinton Insider Joins Obama Campaign

UPDATE, 1:30 p.m. ET: As expected, the Obama campaign announced a series of general election hires today, most notably Patti Solis Doyle, former campaign manager for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid. Solis Doyle, one of Clinton's closest confidantes, will serve...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 16, 2008; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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FixCam Week in Preview ... Town Halls vs. The Economy

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By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  June 16, 2008; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Messina to Become Obama Campaign Chief of Staff

Jim Messina, who is currently serving as chief of staff to Montana Sen. Max Baucus, will join the presidential operation of Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) in a senior advisory role -- the latest addition of a longtime party operative to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 16, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Weekend Wag the Blog: Town Hall Tussle

Right after Barack Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination early this month, John McCain proposed that the two party standardbearers meet in ten town hall meetings to give the voters a close-up look at the two men. Obama, whose campaign...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 15, 2008; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (188)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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