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The Fix: September 13, 2009 - September 19, 2009

Huckabee Wins Values Voter Straw Poll

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee cruised to a victory in a (very) early 2012 straw poll today at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 19, 2009; 9:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Pawlenty Hammers Obama on Missile Defense Decision

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) will raise the specter of appeasement in regards President Barack Obama's decision earlier this week to abandon a missile defense system in Europe, according to excerpts of remarks he will deliver at tonight's Value Voters Summit obtained by the Fix.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 18, 2009; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (231)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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The Live Fix!

The transcript from our Live Fix chat -- every Friday from 11 a.m. to noon! -- is below. Among the topics covered: the Senate playing field, the Values Voter Summit, great political nicknames, and the need for an independent coffee shop in Falls Church.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 18, 2009; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Friday Senate Line: Filling Out the Recruitment Dance Card

With just over a year left before the 2010 midterm elections, the Senate playing field is coming into far sharper focus. In recent weeks, Democrats have landed their top recruit in Louisiana -- Rep. Charlie Melancon -- and Republicans have seen credible challengers emerge in Arkansas and Colorado. By our count, only four states that one (or both) parties view as competitive have open recruiting processes: Delaware, Nevada, North Carolina and North Dakota.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 18, 2009; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  The Line  
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Morning Fix: Bush as Burden?

The recent controversy over an article critical of former President George W. Bush penned by one of his former speechwriters has restarted a debate over how much of an issue the 43rd president will be at the ballot box in 2010.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 18, 2009; 5:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (85)
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The Line: A Resurgent Republican Party

After a month without Lines -- on Friday or any other day -- Fixistas need their, um, Fix. And, of course, we aim to please. So this week we are doing two Lines -- one today looking at the ten most influential Republican leaders in the party and then one tomorrow ranking the ten Senate races most likely to switch parties in 2010. Republicans have seen something of a reversal of fortune since we last penned a Line looking at their relatively meager list of leaders.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 17, 2009; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
Categories:  The Line  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the percentage of Americans who say they approved of the way President Obama has handled the health care debate as compared to 43 percent who disapproved, according to new data from Gallup.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 17, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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CT-Sen: Dodd Claws Back

Two new polls in Connecticut show that embattled Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd (D) has begun to bounce back after hitting rock bottom in late spring over his association with failed lending giant Countrywide.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 17, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Senate  
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Morning Fix: ACORN -- How Much Danger For Democrats?

The ongoing controversy over the community organizing group ACORN -- spurred by several undercover videos shot for a conservative blog known as biggovernment.com -- has emboldened Republicans to use the group's troubles as a political cudgel against Democrats.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 17, 2009; 5:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (256)
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Wag the Blog: A Conversation On Race Worth Having?

President Barack Obama and his senior aides have done everything they can to downplay the emerging storyline -- begun by Jmart over at Politico -- that the angry protests that have dominated the news over the past six weeks were the result, at least in part, of continued racial tensions.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 16, 2009; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  Wag The Blog  
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The Politics of the Joe Wilson Vote

The vote taken Tuesday to formally rebuke Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) for his now infamous "You lie" outburst during President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress proved -- yet again -- that politics is at work in everything.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 16, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  House  
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The Rising: Ideas Wanted!

One of our favorite features on the Fix is "The Rising" -- our mini profiles of political up and comers in the states. (It's one of our favorites for lots of reasons not the least of which is we get to run pictures of the Boss with it occasionally.)

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 16, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

0 That's the number of Republican Senators who ultimately signed on to the health care bill put forward by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) this morning.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 16, 2009; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
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Morning Fix: A McMahon in the Senate?

World Wresting Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) will formally enter the Connecticut Senate race today, adding a celebrity element to a race that promises to be among the most entertaining in the country.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 16, 2009; 5:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the number of networks -- ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Univision -- that President >Barack Obama will appear on this Sunday as he seeks to re-build momentum for his health care plan.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 15, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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Gavin Newsom, Bill Clinton and the Endorsement Hierarchy

Former President Bill Clinton's decision to wade in on behalf of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in the California Democratic primary is big news in the Golden State this morning.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 15, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Governors  
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MA-Senate: Lynch Drops Candidacy

In a stunning development in the special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, Rep. Stephen Lynch has decided against a run after entering the race last week.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 15, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Senate  
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MA-Senate: Khazei is Running

City Year co-founder Alan Khazei (D) will run in the special election for the seat long held by Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy (D), he confirmed in an e-mail to friends and colleagues this morning.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 15, 2009; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Senate  
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Morning Fix: 42 and 44 Make Peace

President Barack Obama will address the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative next week, the latest in a series of public -- and private -- signs that he and former President Bill Clinton have made peace after a very rocky relationship during the 2008 campaign.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 15, 2009; 5:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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The Almanac Arrives!

Last Friday was a banner day in the Fix household -- not only did Catholic University field hockey move to 3-0 (!) on the season but the latest edition of the "Almanac of American Politics" arrived in our mailbox!

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 14, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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MA-Senate: A New Entrant?

Massachusetts Democratic insiders are buzzing about the possibility that Steve Pagliuca, a managing director at Bain Capital and a managing partner of the Boston Celtics, is giving serious consideration to a run in the special election race to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 14, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the percentage of voters who said that the more they learn about President Barack Obama's health care plan, the less they like it, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 14, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
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NJ Gov: Is Corzine Coming Back?

New Jersey and national Democrats have spent the last few weeks insisting that Gov. Jon Corzine is making a comeback in a race that as recently as last month looked unwinnable for the incumbent.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 14, 2009; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Governors  
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Morning Fix: Obama, Health Care and Political Timelines

President Barack Obama's comments on health care -- made Sunday during an interview with CBS' Steve Kroft -- highlight the fundamentally different political timetables that he and the Democratic-controlled Congress are operating on.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 14, 2009; 5:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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