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The Fix: August 10, 2008 - August 16, 2008

Who Won the Week?

If it's Friday, it's time for "Who Won the Week" -- The Fix competition in which our readers get to offer their opinion about whether John McCain or Barack Obama emerged victorious over the last seven days and why....

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 15, 2008; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , FixCam  
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Friday Veepstakes Line: Crunch Time!

Last Veeps Standing (L to R) Dems: Reed, Sebelius, Kaine, Bayh, BidenGOP: Jindal, Lieberman, Romney, Ridge, Pawlenty The vice presidential sweepstakes has become such a hot topic that last night at The Fix gym one guy called out "Who's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 15, 2008; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (254)
Categories:  The Line , Veepstakes  
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Friday Senate Line: Is 62 Democrats' Magic Number?

Earlier this week, we explored the possibility of Senate Democrats controlling 60 seats following the fall election -- a scenario we deemed a long shot at best. In the interim, two addenda occurred to us. The first, pointed out by...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 15, 2008; 6:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  The Line  
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Obama's Savvy Convention Move

The news today that Barack Obama's campaign had agreed to allow Hillary Rodham Clinton's name to be put forward for nomination at the Democratic National Convention is a savvy piece of political strategy. Why? Because, in politics, it's always better...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 14, 2008; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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FixCam: The Best (and Worst) Vice Presidential Picks

Barack Obama and John McCain will announce their vice presidential selections sometime in the next 14 days (or so). Before that happens, however, The Fix took a stroll back through history to find the best and worst vice presidential...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 14, 2008; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  FixCam  
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The Case Against Joe Biden

Yesterday we argued for why Barack Obama should pick Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate. Today we tackle the opposite argument. Loose Lips Sink Ships Over the course of his presidential bid, Biden cemented his reputation as --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 14, 2008; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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Wag the Blog: Did Edwards Sink Clinton?

Democratic presidential hopeful former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., right, responds to a question as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., watches during a Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong). Re-fighting past political...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 14, 2008; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Veepstakes: McCain's Pro-Choice Trial Balloon?

John McCain's admission to the Weekly Standard's Steve Hayes ("Shayes" to friends) that he would consider the possibility of choosing a pro-choice running mate is rightly seen as a trial balloon to gauge reaction among conservative base voters to such...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 13, 2008; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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Veepstakes: Kerry's New Ad and the Return of the Nominee?

Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, the man who disappointed millions of Democrats when he came up short to President George W. Bush in 2004, is experiencing something of a renaissance within the party of late -- even being mentioned by some...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 13, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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The Case for Joe Biden

With Barack Obama rumored to be nearing a vice presidential pick, there is NO candidate hotter than Sen. Joe Biden (Del.). Why? The decision to name former governor Mark Warner (Va.) as the keynote speaker for the Democratic National Convention...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 13, 2008; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (242)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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60 Senate Seats in Sight?

Senate Democrats, who once pooh-poohed the idea of winning a 60-seat filibuster-proof majority in the fall election, are growing increasingly willing to float the possibility as November nears. The latest evidence of Democrats' increasing optimism comes in the form of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 13, 2008; 6:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  Senate  
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Veepstakes: The Sunday Tryouts

Perhaps the best way to think about the vice presidential sweepstakes is as an extended -- and very public -- job interview. Resumes are examined, references are checked, past performance is measured. But, more important than all of those factors...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 12, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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Hillary Unbound: The Memos

For political junkies, the only thing better than following a political campaign is sifting through the wreckage of a failed one -- trying to understand why a candidate pursued a certain course, and what worked and didn't work. Enter...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 12, 2008; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Ad Wars: Riding the Gas Issue

As gas prices continue to hover around $4 a gallon, American energy policy has emerged as a potent issue in the fall elections. Both parties are grappling with ways to turn the issue to their advantage, with Democrats blaming "Big...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 12, 2008; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
 
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The Duality of Celebrity

Over the past two weeks, John McCain has found a soft spot in the previously impenetrable defenses of Barack Obama: attack the Illinois senator as a celebrity. Huh? In our celebrity-obsessed culture, it's hard to imagine how playing up Obama...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 12, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Ad Wars  
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Mapping the Political Landscape

For a political junkie, the 2008 election is an embarrassment of riches. Not only do you have an historic presidential election between two candidates with very different but equally compelling life stories, but there is a slew of intriguing downballot...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 12, 2008; 5:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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The Fix On Kindle

In our ongoing attempt to carry The Fix into every possible platform, you can now read the blog on your Kindle -- Amazon's wireless reading device that is flying off the (electronic) shelves these days. Have a Kindle and want...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 11, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Explaining Edwards

The biggest news during The Fix's 10-day sojourn to South America came late Friday when former senator John Edwards (N.C.) admitted an extramarital affair with a former campaign videographer named Rielle Hunter. While rumors regarding Edwards's personal life had been...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 11, 2008; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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FixCam Week in Preview: Of Argentina and John McCain

Our long national nightmare is over. The Fix has returned from Argentina. We kid, of course. As promised, Ed O'Keefe ("Cillizza 2.0") delivered great posts last week -- for which we are eternally grateful. But, after ten days in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 11, 2008; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
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Obama Nearing a Veep Decision?

An email from David Plouffe, campaign manager for Sen. Barack Obama, sent tonight to supporters is sure to stoke speculation about the candidate's announcement of who his choice for vice president will be. In a message entitled "Barack's VP: Be...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 10, 2008; 9:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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