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The Fix: August 17, 2008 - August 23, 2008

Biden's Aggressive Approach

DENVER -- After two connections, a stop at Berghoff's at Chicago's O'Hare airport, and a series of buses, trams and golf carts, The Fix has finally made it to the Pepsi Center where Barack Obama will be nominated in four...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 23, 2008; 6:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (173)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Analysis: What Biden's Pick Means

CHICAGO -- The Fix is in the midst of his semi-cross country journey to Denver even as the political world is getting used to the idea that Delaware Sen. Joe Biden is Barack Obama's vice presidential running mate. And, even...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 23, 2008; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (321)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Veepstakes  
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Obama Picks Biden as V.P.

Barack Obama confers with Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which Biden chairs. Barack Obama has chosen Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate, a pick designed to shore...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 23, 2008; 1:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (571)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Veepstakes  
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Veepstakes: Process of Elimination

UPDATE, 11:20 p.m. ET: A report by ABC News that Secret Service agents had been dispatched to Biden's home to begin protecting the Delaware Senator seems to affirm the sense that Biden would be the pick. ORIGINAL POST Slowly but...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 22, 2008; 10:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
Categories:  Veepstakes  
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The Fix Heads to Denver

Starting today, The Fix will take this show on the road -- first to Denver for the Democratic National Convention and then to St. Paul for the Republican National Convention. In addition to trying to provide the latest and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 22, 2008; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  Democratic Party , Eye on 2008  
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Friday House Line: Jetting to Denver Edition

The Fix is hard at work packing for 13 -- yes, 13! -- straight days on the road covering the Democratic and Republican national conventions. But, Friday just wouldn't be Friday without the Line. Below you'll find our rankings of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 22, 2008; 9:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  The Line  
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Analysis: Why the Home Debate Matters

In politics, there is nothing worse than appearing out of touch. From time immemorial, a candidate who is effectively portrayed as forgetting about the "little" people, of having "gone Washington," of living higher on the hog than voters, loses. Class...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 21, 2008; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1326)
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Wag the Blog: Does Obama Need Clinton on Ticket?

Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton appear together at a Women For Obama fundraiser breakfast in New York on July 10, 2008. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) From the moment that Barack Obama secured his party's presidential nomination, we...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 21, 2008; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (229)
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GOP Veepstakes: Political Positioning or a Fundamental Rebranding?

The news that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention -- broken by the lovely and talented Liz Sidoti of the Associated Press -- coupled with John McCain's repeated refusal...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 21, 2008; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Veepstakes  
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Mixing Music and Politics

Regular readers of The Fix know that we aren't just obsessive about politics -- we also tend to go a little ga ga when it comes to music. And, surprisingly enough, The Fix is far from alone in these twin...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 20, 2008; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Fix Pick: Jack Shafer Hammers the Veepstakes

The Fix, like all political journalists, carries a strong tendency toward introspection and second-guessing. And so, in the midst of the frenzied speculation cum reporting about the vice presidential picks will be for John McCain and Barack Obama, we were...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 20, 2008; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Fix Picks , Veepstakes  
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Obama's Late V.P. Date: Pros and Cons

With Barack Obama's schedule now public through tomorrow night -- he spends the next 48 hours on a bus tour through Virginia -- it seems increasingly likely that the announcement of his vice presidential pick will come Friday or even...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 20, 2008; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (175)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Veepstakes  
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The Chase for 60: Stevens' s "Toast" Ad

Alaska Republican Sen. Ted Stevens, fighting a federal indictment and a strong Democratic challenger, has adopted an intriguing strategic message as he campaign for reelection: You need me. Stevens launched a trio of ads late last week aimed at reminding...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 20, 2008; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Senate  
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Veep Tea Leaves: Saturday, Saturday!

Barack Obama will kick off a pre-convention tour on Saturday at the Springfield (Ill.) state House, an announcement that set off wild speculation (surprise, surprise) that the Illinois senator will debut his vice presidential pick that day. Our reporting suggests...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2008; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Veepstakes  
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Veepstakes: How Long Will The Secret Hold?

No scoop in political journalism is more sought after than the identity of the vice presidential nominees. In a world of 24/7 news coverage, scoops -- and those who score them -- are almost immediately forgotten as events quickly overrun...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2008; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Veepstakes  
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The Chase for 60: Is Oklahoma Coming On Line?

With Senate Democrats growing more bullish about their chances of holding 60 seats following the November election, new polling out of Oklahoma suggests that Sen. Jim Inhofe(R) may be in for a serious challenge in the fall. Oklahoma state Sen....

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2008; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Senate  
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Pick a President! Beat The Fix!

Always believed you knew more about politics than The Fix? (And, frankly, who hasn't?) Now's your chance to prove it. Today washingtonpost.com unveils its "Pick Your President" competition where you -- Fixistas around the world -- get the chance to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 19, 2008; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Veep Tea Leaves: As Veep Choice Nears, Obama Hires Speechwriter

On the heels of a New York Times report that Barack Obama may announce his vice president as soon as Wednesday, there's more evidence that the staff for his pick is nearly complete. The latest addition is Jeff Nussbaum, who...

By Paul Volpe  |  August 18, 2008; 8:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Veep Tea Leaves: Former Kaine Staffer Joins V.P. Team

As the eminent Dan Balz noted earlier today in his must-read "take", it's silly season in the Democratic vice presidential sweepstakes. To wit: Rick Siger, director of advance for Gov. Tim Kaine's (Va.) 2005 campaign, has signed on as trip...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 18, 2008; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Battlegrounds , Veepstakes  
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Fix Pick: Kaine for (University) President?

Barack Obama thanks Va. Gov. Tim Kaine for being an early supporter, as Va. Sen Jim Webb watches at the start of the rally at Nissian Pavilion in Bristow, Va. Photo by Richard A. Lipski of the Washington Post....

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 18, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Fix Picks , Governors  
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Sunday Talk Shows: Who Won the Gold?

The Fix has officially caught Olympic fever -- in spite of NBC's relentless promotion of beach volleyball in prime time -- and so when we watched the cavalcade of vice presidential wannabes yesterday on the Sunday talk shows, we couldn't...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 18, 2008; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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FixCam Week in Preview: The Final Countdown!

With the Democratic National Convention slated to begin a week from today, Barack Obama is nearing the end of his long search for a vice presidential running mate. As we noted Friday in our Veepstakes Line, there still appear...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 18, 2008; 9:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Saddleback Forum: First Thoughts

The much-anticipated religion forum hosted by mega-church pastor Rick Warren and featuring Barack Obama and John McCain last night in California passed largely without incident -- as both candidates successfully navigated the occasionally treacherous waters of a detailed discussion about...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 17, 2008; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (566)
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