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The Fix: July 6, 2008 - July 12, 2008

Who Won The Week?

If it's Friday, it's time for "Who Won the Week," our weekly (that's sort of obvious) contest in which you, the Fix community, get the opportunity to choose whether John McCain or Barack Obama emerged victorious over the past...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 11, 2008; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Defining the House Playing Field

The news that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has reserved more than $35 million worth of air time in 31 districts across the country gives us our first real sense of what the House playing field might look like this...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 11, 2008; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  House  
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The Veepstakes Line: The Only Constant is Change

One of the most fascinating elements of the vice presidential sweepstakes -- veepstakes for those of us in the know -- is its changeability. Names rise and names fall; some potential veeps get hot at the right time while others...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 11, 2008; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (296)
Categories:  The Line , Veepstakes  
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John McCain's Economic Narrative Problem

In a vacuum, former Texas Senator and John McCain supporter Phil Gramm's remarks in today's Washington Times -- that America was in a "mental recession" when it came to the economy and that "we have sort of become a nation...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 10, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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FixCam: The Collision of Wrestling and Politics

The news that former Minnesota Gov. Jesse "The Body" Ventura was considering a return to the political ring, got The Fix to thinking about the best moments when two of his biggest passions -- wrestling and politics -- collided....

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 10, 2008; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  FixCam  
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The Case Against Tim Kaine

Yesterday we made the case for why Barack Obama should pick Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as his vice presidential running mate in the fall. Today, we tackle the opposite argument. Foreign Policy Foreign Kaine's record of service on domestic issues...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 10, 2008; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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How Matt Drudge Rules the (Political) World

There's little debate that Matt Drudge and his eponymous website sit at the junction of politics and journalism in the modern media age. This observation is not new. John F. Harris, editor-in-chief of Politico, and Mark Halperin, author of "The...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 10, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (396)
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Obama Adds Another Longtime Party Operative

Sen. Barack Obama has brought on veteran party operative Erik Smith as a consultant to his campaign, the latest in a string of moves to install longtime party strategists in senior positions on his staff. Smith has been tasked to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2008; 7:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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The Two Johns: How Kerry and McCain Grew Apart

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) appear together on NBC's "Meet the Press." In today's Post, The Fix penned a story that looks at the relationship (or lack thereof) between Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and John Kerry...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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AFL-CIO Goes After McCain in Battleground States

The AFL-CIO is preparing to launch television ads in six battleground states tomorrow that take direct aim at separating John McCain's military service from his service and record in the U.S. Senate. "Every vet respects John McCain's war record,"...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2008; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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The Case for Tim Kaine

Once the hottest hotbed of potential vice presidential picks, Virginia has quickly lost its luster in the veepstakes as former governor Mark Warner and Sen. Jim Webb have both removed themselves from consideration over the last month. And yet, the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 9, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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Mark Warner's Blueprint to Win Virginia

Former Virginia governor Mark Warner, the man who seven years ago broke the Republican stranglehold on statewide elected offices, told The Fix in an interview today that Barack Obama can be the first Democratic presidential candidate in more than...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 8, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Ad Wars: McCain and the Redefinition of Hope

John McCain's latest ad in the presidential race never mentions Barack Obama but the Illinois senator is everywhere in the spot, which seeks to punch a hole in the idea of "hope" in politics. Let's take a look at the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 8, 2008; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ad Wars  
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Wag the Blog: Obama Moves to the Middle

"What makes Obama's 'textbook' dash to the center so extraordinary is not just its speed, but how it falsifies the very essence of his candidacy. It's as if Bill Clinton won the Democratic nomination in 1992 and announced suddenly that...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 8, 2008; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Top Clinton Adviser to Join Fox News

Howard Wolfson, one of the members of Hillary Rodham Clinton's innermost circle and perhaps the most visible member of the New York senator's television surrogates, is joining Fox News Channel as a Democratic analyst. Wolfson confirmed the move this evening...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 7, 2008; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Analysis: Webb Drops Out Of Veepstakes

Virginia Sen. Jim Webb's decision today to voluntarily remove his name from the pool of people being considered as Barack Obama's running mate came as a significant surprise to those closely monitoring the veepstakes. "Last week I communicated to Senator...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 7, 2008; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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"Old" vs. "Change" and the Battle of Perception

MACARTHUR AIRPORT, N.Y. -- Time and time again on The Fix, we emphasize the importance of perception in politics. When something looks bad, it usually is bad -- no matter the reality. And so, when we came across a new...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 7, 2008; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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FixCam Week in Preview: It's the Economy...

FIRE ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Fix (and Mrs. Fix) are extending their July Fourth weekend one extra day, so it will be light posting today but right back at it tomorrow. The political week goes on regardless of The...

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 7, 2008; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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New RNC Ads Go After Obama on Energy

The Republican National Committee last night began running ads questioning Barack Obama's commitment to energy reform, the first major ad buy by either party in the presidential race. "Record gas prices, a climate in crisis," says the ad's narrator....

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 6, 2008; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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