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The Fix: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

The Live Fix!

Earlier today, we took questions from the masses in our weekly "Live Fix" online chat. The topics ranged from final handicapping in the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial contests, a discussion of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and, per usual, some musings on Bob Dylan.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 23, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Friday Line: Ranking Republican Leaders

Ten months into his first year as chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele is a figure of considerable debate within the GOP. In conversations with more than a dozen top Republican operatives about the most influential figures in their party, Steele was alternately cast as someone who has overperformed expectations at every turn and a leader who has done little to help the party.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 23, 2009; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  The Line  
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Morning Fix: Palin Endorses Hoffman

Sarah Palin's decision to endorse the Conservative party candidate over the Republican nominee in a special House election in upstate New York is the latest example that the former Alaska Governor's allegiance is to her conservative principles rather than the edicts of the party.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 23, 2009; 5:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (102)
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Fix Poll: Markell as most underrated (by a nose!)

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D) is the most underrated governor in the country, according to votes cast by Fixistas.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 22, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

210,000 That's the amount of money that Conservative party nominee Doug Hoffman raised online in the last seven days in support of his candidacy in the special election in New York's 23rd district, according to a source close to the campaign.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 22, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Short Takes: Reid's Squeeze

A new poll released by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee suggests that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) should tack to his ideological left, the latest example of the party base putting the squeeze on the leader even as he faces significant electoral peril next November.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 22, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Senate , Short Takes  
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The Rise of Independents?

Two new polls -- one by the Washington Post, the other by Pew -- shows an increase in the number of people identifying as independents, data points that are sure to lead to speculation about the possibility of the emergence of a third party and third party candidate in the runup to the 2012 presidential race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 22, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Morning Fix: The Top 10

Due to a long drive to and from southern New Jersey last night -- the Fix's devotion to politics is only eclipsed by his devotion to Mrs. Fix's field hockey team -- we are offering an a different kind of Morning Fix today. It's actually a sneak peek at what the Morning Fix will look like after the Nov. 3 election when, in recognition of the fact that we will be on years out(!) from the 2010 midterms elections, we are re-structuring our a.m. offering to ensure that you have the need-to-know information about the campaign in an easy to digest format (It is the Morning Fix, after all.)

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 22, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Fix Poll: The most underrated Governor in the country

Given the enormous outpouring of interest over our last Fix Poll about the most underrated (Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island) and overrated (John McCain of Arizona) Senators, we thought we would do a variation on that theme for today's survey. Governors continue to have a major impact on the national political landscape -- from those seeking higher office (Florida's Charlie Frist and, potentially, North Dakota's John Hoeven) to those rumored to have an eye -- eventually -- on the presidency (Louisiana's Bobby Jindal, Montana's Brian Schweitzer).

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 21, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

0 That's the number of words that state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D) utters in his campaign's latest ad -- an endorsement spot by President Barack Obama -- in the Virginia governor's race.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 21, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Short Takes: Rubio's Rise (Cont.)

A new Quinnipiac poll in the Florida Senate race shows former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) narrowing the gap against Gov. Charlie Crist (R), numbers sure to embolden national conservatives who are already casting the primary as a fight for the heart and soul of the Republican party.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 21, 2009; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Morning Fix: Obama's populist turn

Days after his senior aides ramped up the populist rhetoric against Wall Street, President Barack Obama did the same in remarks at several fundraisers in New York City last night.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 21, 2009; 6:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
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NY-23: Can Doug Hoffman Win?

President Barack Obama heads to New York City later today to raise campaign cash for businessman Bill Owens, the party's nominee in the Nov. 3 special election in New York's 23rd district, but the emerging storyline in the race is Conservative party candidate Doug Hoffman and whether he has a real chance at winning.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  House  
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Romney to raise cash for DeMint

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) will appear as the special guest at a fundraiser to benefit South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's 2010 re-election, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by the Fix. The event, which will be held on Monday in Charleston at the home of Sheila and Bill Prezzano, features a number of power players in Palmetto State politics including money men Dick Coen, Bill Hewitt and O.L. Thompson as well as former Rep. Tommy Hartnett and Republican National Committeewoman Cindy Costa.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2009; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the percentage of people unhappy with the pace of Congress, according to a new national survey conducted by Public Strategies Inc. for Politico. Within that 56 percent, the vast majority (63 percent) of the sample said their unhappiness came from Congress moving too fast, a potential trouble spot for an Administration and Democratic-led House and Senate who take their ability to deal with a number of major issues simultaneously as a point of pride.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Morning Fix: A premature celebration for the GOP

Republicans in Washington can barely contain their glee at the turnaround of President Barack Obama's political fortunes in the first nine months of the year but a new Washington Post/ABC News poll suggest the GOP still faces serious perception problems in the eyes of the American public.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 20, 2009; 5:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (213)
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The Most Important Number in Politics Today

That's the percentage of Americans who believe the war in Afghanistan has turned into a situation like the United States faced in Vietnam, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Romney on Iran: "Unalloyed Evil"

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) condemned the Obama Administration's approach toward Iran, a republic he described as "unalloyed evil" and controlled by "ruthless and fanatical" leaders in a speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee today in San Diego.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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The Post Endorsement and Creigh Deeds

Three weeks before the June 6 Democratic primary in Virginia, state Sen. Creigh Deeds' campaign was dead in the water. Then came the May 22 endorsement of his candidacy from the Washington Post and all that changed. The Post endorsement turned Deeds from an unknown into a credible candidate in the eyes of crucial northern Virginia voters who were not sold on either of his primary rivals -- former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe and state Del. Brian Moran.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2009; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Governors  
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Morning Fix: Palin's Facebook Strategy

Since resigning as governor of Alaska in early July, Sarah Palin has used the social networking tool Facebook almost exclusively to convey her thoughts on the issues of the day to her supporters and the media.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 19, 2009; 5:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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