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The Fix: September 14, 2008 - September 20, 2008

Rethinking the Veeps?

Maybe it's because it's Friday afternoon -- or maybe it's because it's "talk like a pirate day" -- but The Fix has been ruminating on what might have happened in the veep selection process if the recent (and ongoing) financial...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 19, 2008; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (454)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Exploring the Palin Divide

The Fix had a chance last night to co-moderate a panel at Georgetown University (go Hoyas!) featuring a discussion between surrogates for the two presidential candidates: New Mexico Rep. Heather Wilson for John McCain and Alabama Rep. Artur Davis for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 19, 2008; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (332)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Friday Senate Line: Republicans' Happy Talk

Earlier this week at a briefing for the press, Nevada Sen. John Ensign, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, suggested that the GOP could break even in the fight for control of the upper chamber this fall. "I...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 19, 2008; 6:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (255)
Categories:  The Line  
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Introducing the Campaign Timeline

When did Hillary Rodham Clinton make her driver's licenses for illegal immigrants gaffe again? How long ago did John McCain start his attempts to limit the influence of outside cash in political campaigns? Want to relive Barack Obama's keynote address...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 18, 2008; 8:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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FixCam Pick: America, America

The Fix loves politics -- and that includes political novels. It's rare these days when a truly great political novel comes down the pike, one that makes The Fix go back to his dog-eared copy of "All the King's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 18, 2008; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Fix Picks , FixCam  
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McCain Reverts to Tax Attack

In politics, the more things change the more they stay the same. With less than seven weeks remaining before the November presidential election, John McCain is turning to a tried and true tactic: attacking Barack Obama as a serial tax...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 18, 2008; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (870)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Wag the Blog: Is Palin Teflon?

Does Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin have that elusive "Teflon" quality? (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) The two most successful politicians in recent political history -- former presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton -- had one very important thing in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 18, 2008; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (694)
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Ralph Nader and Cardozo the Parrot

Ralph Nader is running for president (again). And, he's not happy because the media, he argues, isn't taking him seriously. What better way to counter that idea than to appear in a YouTube video talking to a parrot named Cardozo...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 17, 2008; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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The Political Take!

Looking for more of The Fix? (And, honestly, who isn't?) We've got you covered. Below you'll find our latest creation -- the "Political Take" where, thanks to miracle of live web video, The Fix and Jon Meacham, executive editor at...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 17, 2008; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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McCain and the Power of Populism

John McCain's success may depend on whether he can connect with his populist message -- or paint Obama as someone who can't. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia) The onrushing economic crisis on Wall Street has prompted John McCain to adopt a...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 17, 2008; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (369)
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Drudge-ology 101: McCain, Obama and Media Bias

Yesterday was a typical recent day on the Drudge Report -- the single most influential source for how the presidential campaign is covered in the country. In the banner headline spot for most of the day was a picture of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 17, 2008; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1391)
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Wag the Blog Redux: What Should Hillary Do?

Earlier this week we asked Fixistas to sound off on the role that Hillary Rodham Clinton should play in the presidential campaign going forward in light of a new Washington Post/ABC News poll that showed Barack Obama losing significant support...

By Washington Post editors  |  September 16, 2008; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (413)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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Democrats Slam Coleman On Iraq

For the last month -- at least -- the Minnesota Senate race has featured some of the hardest hitting television ads in any contest (the presidential included) in the country. After Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign released an ad late last...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 16, 2008; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Ad Wars , Senate  
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CA-GOV: The Next Big Thing

In 49 days, when (and if) the historic contest between John McCain and Barack Obama ends, political junkies -- including The Fix -- will start craving their next, well, fix. Our recommendation? Look west to the open seat race for...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 16, 2008; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Governors  
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Handling the Economic Crisis: 10 Bright (Political) Ideas

Both McCain and Obama addressed the burgeoning economic crisis on the Trail yesterday. They'll be returning to that theme for the next 50 days. (Getty Images) The crisis that has seized Wall Street over the last few days caught...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 16, 2008; 6:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (513)
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Hockey Moms Against Palin

One of the most important traits when covering -- or participating in -- the political game is a sense of humor. Politics is deadly serious but it also, at times, is absolutely and totally ridiculous. And so, every once in...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 15, 2008; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
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Swift Boat Redux?

UPDATE, 5:45 pm: Matt Mosk over at the Trail has more evidence of the lack of excitement among donors for a major anti-Obama campaign in the next few weeks. Mosk chatted with Sam Wyly who dismissed the idea he would...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 15, 2008; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Analysis: Economic Crisis Puts Candidates To Test

The weekend collapse of Lehman Brothers and takeover of Merrill Lynch coupled with the plummeting stock market this morning has created a full-blown economic crisis with profound political implications. After weeks of petty bickering between the two parties, the financial...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 15, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (389)
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FixCam Week in Preview: Obama's Moment?

UPDATE, 9:30 am: Joe Biden is expected to continue the Democratic attack on John McCain's economic credentials in a speech today in Michigan. "John McCain stands with George Bush firmly in the corner of the wealthy and well-connected," Biden...

By Paul Volpe  |  September 15, 2008; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
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Palin's SNL Debut

A sure sign you've made it big in politics: you get impersonated on "Saturday Night Live." Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- played by Tina Fey with whom The Fix shared a ferry from Fire Island earlier this summer (!) --...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 14, 2008; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (456)
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