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The Fix: June 29, 2008 - July 5, 2008

Who Won The Week (Or Lost It Less)?

Sometimes in the presidential race, winning the week amounts to not losing it as bad as the other guy. This week's race between Barack Obama and John McCain typifies that "battle for last" mentality. Consider the following: • Obama's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 3, 2008; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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McCain Memo: Strengthening National Campaign

Steve Schmidt, the newly installed senior adviser for John McCain's presidential bid, is moving quickly to strengthen the power of the operation's national headquarters by hiring a political director and a field director. Contrary to published reports, however, Schmidt will...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 3, 2008; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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The Case Against Mitt Romney

On Wednesday, The Fix made the case that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is an ideal vice presidential pick for John McCain. Today, the opposite case. Can't We All Just Get Along? For all of the talk that Romney and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 3, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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Wag the Blog Redux: FISA Problems for Obama?

Earlier this week, we asked readers to weigh in on Keith Olbermann's 11-minute "Special Comment" on the political dangers posed to Barack Obama by his reversal on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Many liberal activists view the bill as...

By Washington Post editors  |  July 2, 2008; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Shakeup in McCain Campaign

The news that Steve Schmidt will take over the day-to-day operations of John McCain's presidential campaign represent the result of several months of carping within the campaign and among the broader Republican chattering class about the direction of the Arizona...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 2, 2008; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Fix Pick: Inside Hillaryland

"A woman running for president can't be a person with multiple...you know...emotions." -- Doug Hattaway, senior adviser to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign Hillary Rodham Clinton pauses during her speech at the National Building Museum in which she suspended...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 2, 2008; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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The Case for Mitt Romney

When former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney dropped out of the presidential race on February 7, GOP insiders and observers in the press figured he would be persona non grata in John McCain's campaign. During the primary, the distaste that McCain...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 2, 2008; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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Jindal Dodges Potential Veepstakes Pitfall

One of the most fascinating elements of the quadrennial Veepstakes is its changeability. Even as the presidential candidate weighs his potential options, the politicians being considered are mixed up in the nitty-gritty of their day jobs -- often veering into...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 1, 2008; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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McCain vs Clark: Day Three

UPDATE, 1:10 pm: Clark continues his media campaign to explain his comments on Sunday -- appearing on Andrea Mitchell's show on MSNBC moments ago. Again, Clark reiterated his argument that serving in the military is not the same as exercising...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 1, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (230)
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Wag the Blog: FISA Problems for Obama?

As we have written before, Keith Olbermann and his show "Countdown" (on which The Fix occasionally is a guest) has become a major voice on the ideological left -- where many view him with something close to reverence. So,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 1, 2008; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
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Analysis: Obama's Blend of Idealism and Realism

Barack Obama's speech today on patriotism, which was billed as a "major" address by his campaign, is sure to set off a debate over the next few weeks (and months) about the role this issue should play in the campaign....

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 30, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (146)
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Clark's Comments Play to McCain's Strengths

John McCain's campaign is aggressively pushing back against the idea floated by retired Gen. Wesley Clark that the GOP presidential candidate's military credentials are not as impressive as he claims them to be on the campaign trail. Play Video VIDEO...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 30, 2008; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (203)
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Freedom's Watch To Run Radio Ads

Freedom's Watch, a conservative-aligned independent group, is sponsoring radio ads in 16 congressional districts -- bashing Democratic incumbents for their alleged culpability for sky-high gas prices. "These Members, who claim to be leaders, have gone on vacation and failed to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 30, 2008; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  House  
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FixCam Week in Preview: July 4 Edition

It's an abbreviated week on the campaign trail for Barack Obama and John McCain as the July 4 get-away will begin in earnest tomorrow and Wednesday. While both men will campaign in a series of swing states in the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 30, 2008; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Sunday Talker: Tracing an E-Mail Smear

On Sundays, The Fix tries to catch up with all the reading that got neglected during the week. And, more often than not, we come across something in our own newspaper that's worth highlighting for Fixistas. Last week we noted...

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 29, 2008; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (193)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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