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The Fix: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

Abercrombie to resign Hawaii seat

Hawaii Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D) will resign his seat to focus full time on his run for governor in 2010, a move almost certain to set off a special election next year.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 11, 2009; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Governors , House  
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Live Fix chat: Connecticut Senate, Sarah Palin and best of 2009 in music

We spent an hour this morning fielding question on politics, music, coffee and a variety of other subjects. It's the "Live Fix"! Catch it every Friday from here until eternity at 11 am eastern time. All the cool kids are doing it.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 11, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Friday Governors Line: Change is the new normal

It's been nearly two months since our last governor's Line and to quote the Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) things done changed. Last month, Republicans swept the off-year elections with an expected victory by Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell in Virginia and a less expected win by Gov.-elect Chris Christie in New Jersey.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 11, 2009; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  The Line  
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Morning Fix: The Obama Nobel speech examined

President Barack Obama's Nobel Prize acceptance speech -- delivered in the wee hours of the morning on the east coast -- is one that will echo throughout the remainder of his first term in office and into his re-election campaign in 2012

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 11, 2009; 6:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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Fix Poll: The worst campaign of 2009?

With Virginia Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell (R) far out in front in the Fixista poll for best campaign of the year, we thought we would offer our loyal followers a chance to vote on the opposite side of the coin: the worst campaign of the year that was.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 10, 2009; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  Fix Poll  
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The most important number in politics today

1 That's the number of Democratic-held Senate seat currently ranked by the non-partisan Cook Political Report as leaning toward a takeover in 2010, a dubious distinction that falls to embattled Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 10, 2009; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Senate  
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The Rising: Jack Markell, Risk-Taker

Most people didn't think Jack Markell would be the governor of Delaware. After all, he was running in a primary last year against the sitting lieutenant governor who had the endorsement of the outgoing two-term governor and the rest of the Democratic party establishment.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 10, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  The Rising  
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Morning Fix: An uncertainty about Afghanistan

A new New York Times/CBS poll provides a series of fascinating data points regarding the American public's view about the war in Afghanistan and President Barack Obama's recent decision to put more 30,000 more U.S. troops into the country. Writes Timesman Adam Nagourney: "A bare majority of Americans support President Obama's plan to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, but many are skeptical that the United States can count on Afghanistan as a partner in the fight or that the escalation would reduce the chances of a domestic terrorist attack." A few other pieces of data from the poll: 1) Forty-nine percent said America is doing the "right thing" by fighting the war in Afghanistan while 39 percent said the country should not be involved in the conflict. 2) Six in ten respondents said the war in Afghanistan is going "somewhat" (43 percent) or "very" (17 percent) badly. 3) Fifty-five percent said Obama's decision to announce that troops will begin to come home in 2011 was "not a good idea". 4) Sixty-one percent said America cannot count on the Afghan government to help stabilize the country.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 10, 2009; 6:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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Baird Retires in Washington State

Washington Rep. Brian Baird (D) will not seek re-election in 2010, becoming the tenth Democrat -- and the third within the past few weeks -- to announce that he will leave his seat.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 9, 2009; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  House  
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DeMint to endorse Michael Williams in Texas

Conservative South Carolina Sen. Jim Demint (R) will endorse Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams' Senate candidacy later today, a move designed to thin the GOP field running to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R).

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 9, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Senate  
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The most important number in politics today

55 That's the percentage of people who said that the honesty and ethical standards of members of Congress are either low or very low, the worst score of any profession tested, according to new numbers from Gallup.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 9, 2009; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Most Important Number  
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Evan Bayh's political crossroads

Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh's vote this week in favor of an amendment to the health care bill that would have strengthened restrictions on how federal funds could be spent for abortions is the latest sign that the one-time national rising star has reached a crossroads in a political career that was long expected to end in the White House.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 9, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Senate  
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Morning Fix: Coakley, Brown win in Mass. special election

Martha Coakley cruised to a victory in the special election Democratic primary to replace the late Ted Kennedy, a win that virtually ensures she will be the next senator from the Bay State.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 9, 2009; 6:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Fix Poll: Best campaign of 2009?

Next week we will roll out our awards for the best (and the worst) from the world of politics in 2009.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 8, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
Categories:  Fix Poll  
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The White House's messaging end-run

The White House has begun to use their official blog to drive and reinforce its messaging on critical priorities like health care, yet more evidence of its demonstrated commitment to end-run traditional media filters.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 8, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  White House  
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The most important number in politics today

39 That's the percentage of voters who said the economic conditions are "continuing to worsen" and that the country remains in a "downturn", according to new data in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 8, 2009; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
Categories:  Most Important Number  
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Morning Fix: Voters are voting in Massachusetts!

It's zero hour in the Massachusetts Senate special election race to replace the late Ted Kennedy. The action is all on the Democratic side but thanks to state Attorney General Martha Coakley's name identification and financial advantages this is a race that has been -- as Jmart recently noted -- defined by its distinct lack of excitement. Barring a major upset, Coakley will cruise to the Democratic nod today with Rep. Mike Capuano, who, even though he is almost certain to come up short, has acquitted himself well, expected to come in second. Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca has spent millions on television ads introducing himself to the Democratic electorate but never gained much traction. City Year co-founder Alan Khazei won the endorsement of the Boston Globe and was on the receiving end of a sort-of endorsement from Caroline Kennedy but not much else. State Sen. Scott Brown has put together a solid campaign team and will be the Republican nominee but has little chance at knocking off Coakley (or any other Democrat) in the Jan. 19 special general election. ALSO TAKE: The Post's political quiz on Bay State politics. See if you are as smart as David Wade!

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 8, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (64)
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Politics and Pints!

Do you love politics? Do you love beer? Do you live in (or around) DC? If the answer to all three -- or even just one -- of those questions is "yes" then you need to get yourself over to the Capitol Lounge tonight at

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 7, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Barney Frank, Joe Sestak and the Fix endorsement hierarchy

Rep. Joe Sestak, touting an endorsement from Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) in his Democratic primary challenge to party-switching Sen. Arlen Specter, is trying to send a clear message: on issues of gay rights, he is the candidate willing to stand up and fight while Specter is a newbie to the cause.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 7, 2009; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Senate  
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The most important number in politics today

46 That's the percentage of people who said they have a favorable opinion of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in a recent CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll, the best showing for the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee since mid-May.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 7, 2009; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (186)
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CT-Sen: Liberals attack Lieberman in ads

It's no secret that liberals -- in Connecticut and nationally -- harbor a fervent dislike for Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the man who, after losing a Democratic primary in 2006, formed his own independent party and won re-election. From his strong support to the war in Iraq to his consideration as a running mate for Arizona Sen. John McCain to his recent refusal to consider a public option, Lieberman has antagonized the liberal base of his (former) party and ensured that his 2012 re-election race will be one for the ages. Seeking to strike a first blow against Lieberman in advance of that race, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee is going up with ads in Connecticut and on national cable that call out the incumbent for acting in his own self interest rather than the interests of the state.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 7, 2009; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Senate  
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Morning Fix: Clinton wades into MA-Senate; Palin at Gridiron

With less than 24 hours before Massachusetts voters go to the polls to select nominees in the special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, former President Bill Clinton is wading into the race on behalf of Democratic frontrunner Martha Coakley.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 7, 2009; 5:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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