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The Fix: August 24, 2008 - August 30, 2008

GOP Veepstakes: How We Missed It

ST. PAUL -- When The Fix's final GOP Veepstakes Line came out, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin wasn't even on it. The names -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman and former Pennsylvania Gov....

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 30, 2008; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (273)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Fix Notes , Veepstakes  
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The Fix Does the Twin Cities

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Fix spent yesterday on the move -- jetting from Denver to Minnesota to prepare for the second national party convention in as many weeks. On the flight, we had the chance to sit next to this...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 30, 2008; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Who is Sarah Palin?

DENVER -- The battle to define Alaska Governor -- and newly minted Republican vice presidential candidate -- Sarah Palin is on. Republicans paint her as the very visage of reform, a candidate who has brought change from the bottom up...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 29, 2008; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (372)
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The Palin Stunner

As governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, shown here in a 2006 photo taken in Juneau, is among the most popular governors in the country and is widely viewed as a reformer. (AP Photo/ Brian Wallace/Juneua Empire) DENVER -- John...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 29, 2008; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1362)
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McCain Picks Palin

DENVER -- John McCain has selected Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate, according to the McCain campaign, a surprise pick sure to shake up the race and reinforce the idea of the Arizona senator as...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 29, 2008; 10:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (894)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Veepstakes  
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Convention Cheat Sheet: It's a Wrap!

Photo by Reurter/Jim Bourg DENVER -- The buildup to Barack Obama's speech was so great, the stakes so high and the setting so dramatic that even some of his staunchest supporters wondered whether he could pull it off. But...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 29, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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The Speech: How Did He Do?

Barack Obama delivers his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Committee. Photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images DENVER -- Barack Obama formally accepted the Democratic presidential nomination tonight in the Mile High City, delivering a speech that was among...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 28, 2008; 11:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1280)
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McCain's Congratulary Ad -- A Nice Touch

DENVER -- When the news broke earlier today that John McCain would launch an ad speaking directly to Barack Obama following the formal nomination of the Illinois senator, most people -- The Fix included -- assumed it would be some...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 28, 2008; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Obama Speech Sneak Peak

The Obama campaign has released excerpts from his nomination acceptance speech titled "The American Promise" in advance of his address tonight at the Democratic National Convention. Obama is scheduled to accept his party's nomination for president at Invesco Field at...

By Paul Volpe  |  August 28, 2008; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Republican Veepstakes Line: The Final Cut

DENVER -- With John McCain expected to reveal his vice presidential pick in the next 24 hours, The Fix decided to take one last crack at our rankings of the men (and woman) most likely to receive that phone call...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 28, 2008; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (228)
Categories:  The Line , Veepstakes  
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VIDEO: Obama's Path to the Nomination

DENVER -- As Barack Obama prepares to accept the Democratic Party's nomination tonight at Invesco Field, now is a good time to look back at the last eighteen months -- an amazing ride that has brought a freshman U.S. Senator...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 28, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Convention Cheat Sheet: Unity!

DENVER -- After two nights of mixed results, the third night of the Democratic National Convention delivered just what Democrats were looking for: reconciliation between the Obamas and the Clintons, an historic presidential nomination, and a startling kiss. Former President...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 28, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (178)
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Bubba Stands and Delivers

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday night. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images DENVER -- Give former President Bill Clinton this: he has a sense of the moment. To our eye, Clinton spun out a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 28, 2008; 12:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (172)
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Twittering the Convention

DENVER -- With the Democratic National Convention in its third night, we are going to forgo any long analysis tonight in favor of a series of shorter observations via Twitter. (If you haven't signed up for our Twitter feed yet,...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 27, 2008; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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Fix Pics: Post Politics TV Goes Hollywood

DENVER -- A picture is worth a 1,000 words. The Fix and Rosario Dawson. Photo by Chet Rhodes. The Fix and Morgan Fairchild. Photo by Chet Rhodes. Um, yeah. Want to see more of The Fix and celebrities -- not...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 27, 2008; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Bill Clinton and Barack: Too Alike to Like Each Other?

Some Democrats worry about how the perceived rift between Sen. Barack Obama and former President Clinton could impact the fall campaign. (REUTERS/Lee Celano) DENVER -- There's little question that Barack Obama and Bill Clinton are the two most compelling...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 27, 2008; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (235)
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VIDEO: Convention Wrapup Day Two

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 27, 2008; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Convention Cheat Sheet: Unite the Clans!

(AFP/Getty Images -- Paul J. Richards) DENVER -- Hillary Rodham Clinton came into her speech last night at the Democratic National Convention with a huge task: to help her erstwhile opponent unite a party that seemed on the verge...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 27, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
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Clinton's Speech: Was It Enough?

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers perhaps the most critical speech of the convention, calling on her party to unite behind the candidacy of Barack Obama, her chief rival during the Democratic primaries. DENVER -- Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 26, 2008; 11:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (463)
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The Fix Covers the Night

DENVER -- The Fix is writing the main story documenting tonight's proceedings over at washingtonpost.com. An excerpt is below and you can continue to monitor the constantly-updated story all night. "Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton prepared to address the Democratic National...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 26, 2008; 9:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Five Things Hillary Clinton Needs To Do Tonight

With her speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton has an opportunity to bring the party together for the fall campaign. (AP Photo) DENVER -- Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech to the Democratic National Convention today is perhaps...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 26, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (368)
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Rendell: Ridge Could Help Bring Pa. to McCain

DENVER -- Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell acknowledged today that if John McCain names former Gov. Tom Ridge as his running mate in the coming days, it will have a discernible impact on the presidential race in the Keystone State. Citing...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 26, 2008; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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VIDEO: Convention Wrapup Day One

And, make sure to tune in today at 4 pm eastern time for our live webcast from the conventions. Two hours of the best convention coverage on the web -- hosted by yours Fixly....

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 26, 2008; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Convention Cheat Sheet: Ted Kennedy's Night

DENVER -- Hours before he was to appear on stage, many here wondered whether the cancer-stricken Sen. Ted Kennedy would be able to stand, let alone speak before a massive crowd on the first night of the Democratic convention. Just...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 26, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Michelle Obama's Message: We're Just Like You

Michelle Obama's speech had a clear goal -- to show voters that she and her husband are regular people and push back against the 'celebrity' label. (Photo: Susan Biddle/Post) DENVER -- The first night of the Democratic National Convention...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 25, 2008; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (159)
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The Kennedy Tribute

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) delivers a speech at the Democratic National Convention in which he signaled the passing of the torch to a new generation. (Photo: Preston Keres/Post) DENVER -- From the second it was reported that Sen....

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 25, 2008; 9:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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A Place for Chet Edwards in an Obama Cabinet?

DENVER -- One of the biggest -- heck, maybe the only -- surprise during Barack Obama's vice presidential search was the emergence of Texas Rep. Chet Edwards as a serious contender for the number two slot. Edwards was ultimately passed...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 25, 2008; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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The Fix Live!

Looking for the Fix? We're Web casting live from the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Starting today, between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. ET, you can get news and analysis from the Fix and contributors from The Washington...

By Paul Volpe  |  August 25, 2008; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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Placating the Clintons

The Clintons -- and their relationship with the nominee -- could end up being the dominant storyline at the convention. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) DENVER -- As the Democratic National Convention opens officially today, talk has turned -- as it...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 25, 2008; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (526)
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Convention Cheat Sheet: Day One

DENVER -- Day one of the Democratic National Convention has the thematic title "One Nation" but could just as easily be called "Meet Barack Obama". The speakers -- ranging from Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetero-Ng, to his wife, Michelle -- not...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 25, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Fix Pics: Inside the Denver Convention

DENVER -- The Fix prides itself on bringing our loyal community behind the political curtain so that you see what we see on a daily basis. For the back to back national conventions, we've brought along our Fix camera (following...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 24, 2008; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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The Dangers of the Protracted Primary

DENVER -- One of the biggest dangers of the protracted primary season on the Democratic side was that it providing Republicans with hours of video of the top contenders bickering relentlessly. John McCain's campaign has already put the video to...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 24, 2008; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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5 Things to Love About Denver

DENVER -- The Democratic National Convention doesn't officially start until tomorrow, leaving The Fix time to explore the local environs. And, since we tend to think of everything in lists these days (damn you, Friday Line!), what follows is our...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 24, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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FixCam: Denver Edition!

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 24, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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