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The Fix: September 20, 2009 - September 26, 2009

Friday House Line: A GOP-Friendly Environment

It's been almost two months since we last penned a House Line and, in that time, much has changed. The national political environment, which, heading into the summer had been neutral to slightly positive for Democrats, turned in a meaningful way as Labor Day approached as anger over the growth of government under President Barack Obama reached a boiling point.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 25, 2009; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  The Line  
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The Live Fix!

Another Friday, another "Live Fix" chat in the books.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 25, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Morning Fix: Blame the Media!

With the health care debate raging in Washington, President Barack Obama has of late turned to a dependable bogeyman to rally the Democratic base behind his proposal: the media.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 25, 2009; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the percent of voters who view former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie (N.J.) in an unfavorable light as compared to 32 percent who see him in a favorable light, according to a new Democracy Corps poll released in the New Jersey governor's race today.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 24, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Most Important Number  
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Hall of Fame: The Case Against Richard J. Daley

Yesterday we argued for the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley's inclusion in the Fix Political Hall of Fame. Today we make the opposite case.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 24, 2009; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Hall of Fame  
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MA-Senate: Patrick Names Kirk Interim Senator

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has named Paul Kirk, a former aide to the late Ted Kennedy, to fill the interim vacancy caused by the Democratic senator's death.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 24, 2009; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (297)
Categories:  Senate  
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Morning Fix: Leveraging Foreign Policy?

President Barack Obama's prominence on the world stage this week -- he chairs a U.N. Security Council meeting today before heading to Pittsburgh for a gathering of the G-20 -- is being touted by some Democrats as the perfect antidote to his ongoing struggle to pass a health care bill on the home front.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 24, 2009; 5:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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MA-Senate: Kirk is Frontrunner

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) is expected to name Paul Kirk, a longtime aide to the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, as the interim Senator, an announcement that could come Thursday, according to sources familiar with the decision.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 23, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Best State-Based Political Reporters

One of the Fix's pleasures in life -- yes, we know we are weird -- is reading the work of the best political reporters from across the country to get a close-to-the-ground sense for the what's happening in the states.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 23, 2009; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

49 That's the percentage of people who say the government is doing "too many things better left to businesses and individuals" in the latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, the first time that number has surpassed those saying the government "should do more to solve problems" in their data since December 1997.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 23, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
Categories:  Most Important Number  
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Hall of Fame: The Case for Richard J. Daley

No group of politicians are closer -- literally and figuratively -- to the people who elect them than mayors. That proximity can breed admiration, devotion and contempt (and sometimes all three) depending on how able a politician the man or woman in the mayor's office happens to be.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 23, 2009; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Morning Fix: Demonizing Nancy Pelosi

National Republicans are up with a commercial that seeks to link the Democratic nominee in the special election for an Upstate New York seat to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), an early window into the GOP's strategy to use Pelosi's increased profile against members of her party running in conservative areas.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 23, 2009; 5:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
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MA-Sen.: Kennedy Bill Advances; Focus Now on Successor

With the Massachusetts state Senate on the verge of approving a bill that would allow Gov. Deval Patrick (D) to name an interim successor for the late Ted Kennedy, speculation is heating up about who the short-time Senator might be.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 22, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (133)
Categories:  Senate  
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Pawlenty to Start PAC

In the latest sign that he is preparing to run for president in 2012, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) is starting a political action committee that will allow him to donate to and travel across the country in support of state and federal candidates.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 22, 2009; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the percentage of voters in new Gallup data who expressed confidence in President Barack Obama's ability to effectively manage the government -- down 11 points from where he stood on that same question at the 100-day mark of his presidency.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 22, 2009; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Most Important Number  
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Short Takes: Ready on Day One?

Time and again during the 2008 presidential campaign, former President Bill Clinton insisted that his wife -- then New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton -- was, without question, the Democratic candidate best equipped to step into the presidency on day one and do the job.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 22, 2009; 10:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Morning Fix: Being Olympia Snowe

As the health care debate enters its final stretch, Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) has emerged as the focal point not only of the White House's attempts to make the final bill a bipartisan affair but also for liberals who want the so-called public option in the legislation.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 22, 2009; 5:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Paterson: Doomed or Determined?

The White House's decision to involve itself in the New York governor's race sends one very clear message: they do not believe that Gov. David Paterson (D) can win re-election next November.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 21, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
Categories:  Governors  
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Wag the Blog Redux: A Conversation On Race Worth Having?

Last week the Fix asked Fixistas to weigh in on President Obama's handling of an emerging storyline -- that angry protests over the summer were ignited partly over racial tensions toward the nation's first black president.

By Washington Post editors  |  September 21, 2009; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

54 That's the percentage of Virginia voters in a new Washington Post poll who said they had heard little or nothing about former state Attorney General Bob McDonnell's controversial master's thesis in which he advocated for a strongly socially conservative view of government.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 21, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
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Morning Fix: The White House Plays (Political) Hardball

The White House's decision to wade into the New York governor's race is the latest example of the deep engagement of President Barack Obama and his senior aides in the rough and tumble world of Democratic primary politics.

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 21, 2009; 5:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Paterson, White House Adviser Huddled About Re-Election

White House political director Patrick Gaspard met last Monday with New York Gov. David Paterson (D) to express concern about the incumbent's chances at winning re-election in 2010, according to several sources briefed on the matter. Less than 24 hours...

By Chris Cillizza  |  September 20, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Governors , White House  
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