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The Fix: October 19, 2008 - October 25, 2008

Bach-pology! (Sort of)

Minnesota Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann, just one week after she alleged that Barack Obama held anti-American views during an appearance on "Hardball," launched a mea culpa ad yesterday aimed at explaining her comments. Here it is: What's odd about this...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 25, 2008; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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Parsing the (Tracking) Poll: Feeling Voters' Pain

Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) One of the essential character traits in any successful politician is an ability -- whether real or feigned -- to connect with the hopes and fears of the average voter. Voters tend...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 25, 2008; 7:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Parsing the Polls  
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Ad Wars: Obama Works For a Major Majority

Seeking to ensure a significant Democratic majority in the Senate come 2009, Barack Obama took time to cut an ad endorsing Oregon state House Speaker Jeff Merkley (D) in his challenge to Sen. Gordon Smith (R). Here's the ad, which...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 24, 2008; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Ad Wars , Eye on 2008  
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Friday House Line: The Second 25!

Last week as we were putting together the Line of the 25 House districts most likely to switch parties on Nov. 4, we had a revelation: there were WAY more seats in play than we were writing about. With neutral...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 24, 2008; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
Categories:  House , The Line  
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McCain Pushes "Obama as Risky" Message

Down in both national and battleground state polling, John McCain is up with a new ad that uses the words of Delaware Sen. Joe Biden to stoke voter fears about Barack Obama's readiness to assume the presidency next January. Here's...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 24, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
Categories:  Ad Wars , Eye on 2008  
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Friday Senate Line: Democrats Creep Closer to 60

Democrats' chances at reaching 60 seats in the Senate depend largely on how these four senators -- Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) -- fare on Nov. 4. UPDATE, 10:40 am: The...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 24, 2008; 6:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
Categories:  Senate , The Line  
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Fix Pick: McCain Campaign Post-Mortem

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gives the thumbs up sign after speaking at a rally, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) The election may still be 12 days away but that...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 23, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (171)
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Wag the Blog: Palin's Shopping Spree

Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, walks past media as she boards the campaign bus after deplaning in North Canton, Ohio, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) The report by Politico's Jeanne Cummings that the Republican...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 23, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (379)
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Parsing the (Tracking) Poll: McCain=Bush?

With President Bush's approval rating as low as it is, it's critical that John McCain be able to show some distance from this administration. (Photo by Charles Dharapak -- Associated Press) When John McCain became the Republican party's presidential...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 23, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Parsing the Polls  
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House Republicans Bow to Political Reality

Storm clouds are gathering for House Republicans. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite of the Associated Press With only 13 days left before the November election, the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee is coming to grips with its dire circumstances...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 22, 2008; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Jindal Makes a Political Power Play

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is putting his political brand to the test, a gamble that could influence his long-term prospects for national office. (Photo by Bill Haber -- AP) On its face, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision to appear...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 22, 2008; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Governors , Republican Party , Senate  
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The Political Take: McCain's Shrinking Map and Palin's New Wardrobe

The Fix and Newsweek managing editor Dan Klaidman got together -- in the virtual world -- this morning to offer our thoughts on the week that was and the week to come in the presidential race. Among the topics: John...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 22, 2008; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Exploring the Unknowns

There is a tendency in politics -- amid the never-ending polls, news coverage and chatter -- to assume that everything that needs to be known about the presidential election can be known. Wrong. Ask any political operative who has spent...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 22, 2008; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (213)
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Parsing the (Tracking) Poll: It's the Economy, Stupid

The latest Washington Post/ABC News tracking poll -- released daily at 5 p.m. ET on the Behind the Numbers blog -- shows Barack Obama's nine-point edge over John McCain holding steady. (Not sure what a tracking poll is? Check this...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 22, 2008; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Parsing the Polls  
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Is Palin A 2012 Contender or Pretender?

Like her or hate her, it seems likely that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be back in 2012. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski) As Barack Obama has maintained a steady lead over John McCain over the last few weeks...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 21, 2008; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (387)
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Bachmann Goes Boom!

Five days ago, Minnesota Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann seemed headed to a relatively pedestrian reelection win in her suburban Twin Cities district. Then this happened (the excitement begins around the seven-minute mark): Those comments, made to Chris Matthews on "Hardball"...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 21, 2008; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (427)
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Parsing the (Tracking) Poll: The Youth Vote

Thanks to the polling gods -- and by that we mean Jon Cohen and Jennifer Agiesta -- the Washington Post is conducting a daily tracking poll for the final two weeks (!) of the presidential race between Barack Obama and...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 21, 2008; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Eye on 2008 , Parsing the Polls  
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Feeney Plays the 9/11 Card

Florida Republican Rep. Tom Feeney, already in deep electoral trouble this fall, has a new ad up in which he seeks to tie his Democratic opponent to the ringleader of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks -- a huge gamble...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2008; 8:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Ad Wars , House  
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Wag the Blog Redux: Money, Money, Money

In politics, money often buys publicity. This election cycle, Barack Obama and John McCain have spent millions of dollars on TV ads, hoping to woo voters nationwide with their broadcast spots. But Obama has the clear money lead -- an...

By Washington Post editors  |  October 20, 2008; 7:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Fix Pick: Being Joe Biden

Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., speaks during a campaign rally at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008. Behind is Sen. Maria Cantwell, left, and Gov. Chris Gregoire, right. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) Delaware Sen....

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2008; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Is McCain Coming Back?

Does recent polling suggest a McCain comeback at the right time or something else? Photo by Ricky Carioti -- The Washington Post Amid the wall-to-wall coverage of Barack Obama's $150 million fundraising take in September and the endorsement of...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2008; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (561)
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FixCam Week in Preview: Updated Electoral Map

Fifteen days remain in the presidential race and the electoral map appears to be hardening in Barack Obama's favor with the Illinois senator playing offense in a number of red states while John McCain has largely retreated within the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2008; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
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Palin Does Palin on "SNL"

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin confronted her tormentors last night on "Saturday Night Live" with a brief appearance on the sketch comedy show. Did she change any minds out there?...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2008; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Powell Endorses Obama

After months of hints and speculation, former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed the presidential candidacy of Barack Obama this morning, a huge vote of confidence in the Illinois Democrat with just 16 days left before the November election. "He...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2008; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (336)
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Obama: The $150 Million Man

Barack Obama at the Arch in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Linda Davidson -- The Washington Post In a stunning display of fundraising might, Barack Obama brought in $150 million in the month of September alone, doubling his best...

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2008; 9:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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