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The Fix: August 2, 2009 - August 8, 2009

Friday Line: Primary Colors

The recent decisions by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) and Rep. Joe Sestak (D) to leave their current posts for contested primary fights ensures that the contests they joined -- the Texas governor's race and the Pennsylvania Senate race, respectively -- will be the two premier intraparty battles of 2010.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 7, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (214)
Categories:  The Line  
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FL-Senate: Martinez to Resign

Florida Sen. Mel Martinez (R), who had previously announced he would not seek reelection in 2010, has now decided to resign his seat -- a move that will allow Gov. Charlie Crist (R) to appoint a replacement to fill the...

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 7, 2009; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
Categories:  Senate  
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Morning Fix: Danger! Danger! Democrats!

Two new independent polls show Republicans with comfortable leads in the Virginia and New Jersey governors' races, a trend that, if it continues, could cause the White House a major political headache in November. In New Jersey, former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie (R) led Gov. Jon Corzine (D) 48 percent to 40 percent while in Virginia former state Attorney General Bob McDonnell (R) held a 51 percent to 43 percent edge over state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D).

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 7, 2009; 5:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
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The Politics of the Sotomayor Vote

To the surprise of no one, Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court this afternoon by a 68 to 31 Senate vote, a vote that revealed the lingering concerns that many Republican elected officials and aspiring GOP candidates carry about angering their party's base.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 6, 2009; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (158)
Categories:  Republican Party , Senate  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

65 That's the percentage of people who say that President Barack Obama has taken on "more issues than he should have", according to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 6, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (250)
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Fix Political Hall of Fame: The Mayors Edition!

With Franklin Delano Roosevelt now firmly ensconsed in the Fix Political Hall of Fame thanks to the votes of Fixistas, we move on to our next three nominees for admission. While all four men -- FDR, Bill Clinton, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan -- in the HOF ascended to the top of the political pyramid, we are big believers that many of the greatest politicians never even aspired to the presidency, preferring instead to have an impact on the local level.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 6, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Hall of Fame  
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Morning Fix: As California Goes. . .

California has long served as a leading indicator of national political trends. It was California where the battle over illegal immigration began in earnest in 1994 with the passage of Proposition 187, an initiative that was designed to ban illegal immigrants from taking advantage of social services.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 6, 2009; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the number of Senators -- three Democrats, three Republicans -- who are still negotiating to find compromise on a health care reform bill, and, to that end, will huddle with President Barack Obama at the White House tomorrow.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 5, 2009; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
Categories:  Most Important Number  
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A Word on Mouthpiece Theater

As Howard Kurtz is now reporting, Mouthpiece Theater is no more. With Dana Milbank and I headed out on long August vacations, we had always planned to re-evaluate the relative merits of the show, which was begun as an experiment by the Post in producing original web video content, between now and Labor Day. We had hoped our summer experiment would be more of a summer blockbuster, like "Transformers", but it wound up to be something more akin to "Operation Dumbo Drop".

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 5, 2009; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
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Cornyn Pushes Back On Sotomayor Vote

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) dismissed as "Democratic cheerleading" the idea that voting against the confirmation of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court will negatively impact the standing of his party with Hispanics.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 5, 2009; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
Categories:  Senate  
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Morning Fix: The Comeback Kid (Again)

Bill Clinton's secret trip to North Korea and his work to win the release of two American journalists thrust the former president back into the national spotlight and proved, yet again, that Clinton is truly the comeback kid.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 5, 2009; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (116)
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The Most Important Number(s) in Politics Today

63, 25 The first number is the percentage of whites who believe that President Barack Obama "acted stupidly" in his comments about the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. while the second is the number of black who believe the same thing, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 4, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
Categories:  Most Important Number  
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Holtz for House: The Strange History of Sports Stars and Politics

Holtz for House: The Strange History of Sports Stars and Politics

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 4, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  House  
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Pawlenty vs Romney On Health Care

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has rapidly moved to become a leading voice within the Republican party on health care and, in the process, has taken a series of shots at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's handling of the issue in Massachusetts.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 4, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Pat Toomey: Moderate?

Former Rep. Pat Toomey penned an editorial this morning in the Philadelphia Inquirer in support of the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court, the latest in a series of moves by the Pennsylvania Republican to move to the ideological middle in advance of next year's Senate race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 4, 2009; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Senate  
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Morning Fix: Specter-Sestak Under the Microscope

Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak will formally announce his candidacy against Sen. Arlen Specter this morning, setting up what promises to be a bitter battle for the Democratic nomination between the party-switching incumbent and a member of Congress who has built his reputation on his party-bucking tendencies.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 4, 2009; 6:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (185)
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Christie Whitman's Centrist Plea

Fifteen years ago, Christine Todd Whitman was widely touted as one of the bright young stars in the Republican party -- having defeated Jim Florio (D) in the 1993 New Jersey gubernatorial election.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 3, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

37 That's the number of states that are either solidly or leaning Democratic in a series of Gallup tracking polls conducted over the first six months of 2009. Only eight states are solidly or leaning Republicans in that same data.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 3, 2009; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (169)
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Senate Mutt and Jeffs

In last week's first official Fix chat -- every Friday at 11 a.m. -- we got a question that intrigued us. "Which state's senate delegation is the most politically schizophrenic, i.e., has the two senators who are the most diametrically opposed politically?" asked a Fixista from Jackson, Mississippi.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 3, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Morning Fix: The Mac Attack is Back

Arizona Sen. John McCain lambasted the Obama Administration's handling of the health care reform legislation during a CNN interview Sunday, a sign that the president's erstwhile rival hasn't conceded the political battleground just yet.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 3, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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