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The Fix: March 6, 2011 - March 12, 2011

Afternoon Fix: NRSC tells Joe Scarborough to keep his day job

Joe Scarborough is sparring with the NRSC over whether or not they want him to run for Senate, Rick Santorum says there's nothing hypocritical about Newt Gingrich's family values, and Haley Barbour has gotten a boost in New Hampshire.

By Chris Cillizza  | March 11, 2011; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Blue Dogs shutter their campaign committees

Former Rep. Stephanie Herseth (D-S.D.) became the latest Democrat to close down her campaign committee this week -- signalling that she's less-than-likely to run for her old seat in 2012. And she's got company. Several Blue Dogs who lost their conservative-leaning districts in 2010 have also signaled they are unlikely to run for their old seats in 2012 by closing their committees.

By Aaron Blake  | March 11, 2011; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House  
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Fast Fix: Pawlenty's flaw-less strength (VIDEO)

Could former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's lack of weaknesses be his greatest strength in the 2012 presidential race?

By Chris Cillizza  | March 11, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Peter King hearings: Was anything accomplished? (POLL)

Yesterday's high-profile hearing on "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response" was not the witch hunt warned of by liberals. That's because it wasn't much of anything.

By Rachel Weiner  | March 11, 2011; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Daily Fix Poll  
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Why governors races matter

The last three weeks in Wisconsin have proven why governors races matter. Here is the Fix's look at the five governor's races most likely to switch parties in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  | March 11, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Line  
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Palin: The GOP's Pelosi?

The former Alaska governor's personal favorability numbers are now worse than Nancy Pelosi's were before the 2010 election, when Republicans used the former speaker against Democrats. Will Democrats use Palin as a political tool in the same way?

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | March 11, 2011; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Mitt Romney picks up endorsements

Mitt Romney is picking up support in New Hampshire and Florida, Ike Skelton has landed on his feet, Mitch Daniels is doing "Meet the Press" and the Nevada 2012 races are heating up.

By Chris Cillizza  | March 10, 2011; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Daniels not backing off social 'truce' comments

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) isn't backing down from his suggestion that Republicans declare a "truce" on social issues. In a new interview, he expands on the idea that there are more pressing concerns right now and declines to throw a bone to social conservatives who have expressed concern about whether he is on their side.

By Aaron Blake  | March 10, 2011; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Tim Kaine's waiting game (and what it means)

Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine remains silent about whether or not he will run for the Senate in 2012. What does that silence mean about his ultimate decision?

By Chris Cillizza  | March 10, 2011; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Will the Wisconsin recall effort work? (Poll)

Will Wisconsin Democrats make history and recall Republican state Senators after their vote in favor of a bill that stripped unions of their right to collectively bargain?

By Rachel Weiner  | March 10, 2011; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Redistricting targets could seek other opportunities

Redistricting is a long and scary process if you're a member of Congress, and it can force you to do things they might otherwise not do.

Like run for Senate.

As states across the country begin to look at drawing their new congressional maps, the members who are most likely to get the short straw will often look for something else to run for rather than try to survive in whatever district they get drawn into. Here's a look at a few members who may do just that.

By Aaron Blake  | March 10, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Redistricting, Senate  
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Democrats huddle to chat 2012 message

A small group of Democratic strategists and Members of Congress will gather this morning in Washington in a private strategy aimed at beginning the process of coordinating party messaging around the economy -- among other issues -- heading into 2012.

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake  | March 10, 2011; 7:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The political dangers of what happened in Wisconsin

The danger for Wisconsin Senate Republicans in the wake of their decision to pass a bill stripping collective bargaining rights from unions.

By Chris Cillizza  | March 9, 2011; 10:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Afternoon Fix: Date set for New York special election

Republican strategist Mike Murhpy is headed to Revolution Agency, Tim Pawlenty is headed to New Hampshire, and a date has been set for the NY-26 special election.

By Chris Cillizza  | March 9, 2011; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Examining Herb Kohl's indecisiveness on 2012

Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl hasn't made his 2012 reelection plans known yet. Might he retire?

By Rachel Weiner  | March 9, 2011; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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On David Broder

A reflection on the life of David Broder.

By Chris Cillizza  | March 9, 2011; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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Dan Malloy and the politics of unpopularity

Connecticut Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy is learning quickly how to navigate the politics of unpopularity amid a less-than-enthusiastic reception from the state's voters for his budget proposal.

By Chris Cillizza  | March 9, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Democratic Party  
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Fast Fix: Senate retirement rush (VIDEO)

Eight Senators have already announced their plans to retire. That's the most at this point in the election in 100 years. What gives?

By Chris Cillizza  | March 9, 2011; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Eric Woolson signs on with Tim Pawlenty

Eric Woolson, a top aide to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, has signed on with former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty for the coming 2012 contest, according to several sources familiar with the decision.

By Chris Cillizza  | March 9, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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As budget battle rages in Wisconsin, a tough round of redistricting looms for GOP

Republicans made big gains in the Badger State in 2010, adding two congressional seats and taking control of the redistricting process. But the GOP will have to make some tough choices when it draws the new map, and success is hardly assured.

By Aaron Blake  | March 9, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Mapping the Future, Redistricting  
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President Obama and the leveling effect

Take the latest job approval numbers that show President Obama slipping with a grain of salt. It's really just a return to the norm.

By Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake  | March 9, 2011; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Afternoon Fix: Dick Lugar explains budget vote, Nikki Haley writing memoir

Dick Lugar says he misunderstood a question about the budget, Jane Corwin says she never hired an illegal immigrant nanny, Nikki Haley is writing a memoir and Indiana politicians are now fighting over Abraham Lincoln.

By Chris Cillizza  | March 8, 2011; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What will Sharron Angle do?

What office will Sharron Angle run for in 2012?

By Chris Cillizza and Rachel Weiner  | March 8, 2011; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  House, Senate  
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The Fix Six: The top free agent Iowa GOP operatives in 2012

The top Iowa Republicans still not signed on with a presidential campaign for 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  | March 8, 2011; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Heather Wilson's primary prospects

Former Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) would be a strong nominee for the GOP in the open New Mexico Senate race, but getting the general election will be no small feat.

By Aaron Blake  | March 8, 2011; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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A new record for Senate retirements

The number of senators announcing their retirement in the first two months of the 111th Congress is higher than it has been for the past 100 years.

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | March 8, 2011; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Fix Face-Offs!

Got plans Tuesday at 11 a.m.? Cancel them. And put the "Fix Face-Off" on your calendar! The idea is simple: you propose the face-off -- any face-off at all -- and we will offer a ruling on them. Offer your...

By Chris Cillizza  | March 7, 2011; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jim Dyke signs on with Haley Barbour

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has signed on Jim Dyke as a communications adviser, a concrete sign of his plan to run for president in 2012.

By Chris Cillizza  | March 7, 2011; 9:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Afternoon Fix: Pete Domenici endorses Heather Wilson

Heather Wilson gets a high-profile endorsement, Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) gets a sexual harassment lawsuit, and no less than five potential presidential contenders will appear at the same event in Iowa tonight.

By Chris Cillizza  | March 7, 2011; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The frontrunner-less Republican presidential field

There is no frontrunner in the 2012 presidential race. What does that tell us about the race to come?

By Chris Cillizza  | March 7, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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John Ensign to retire in 2012

Nevada Sen. John Ensign (R) is expected to announce he will retire rather than seek re-election in 2012, according to two sources familiar with the decision, bringing to an end a tumultuous several years that saw him go from one of the party's rising stars to persona non grata.

By Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane  | March 7, 2011; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Senate  
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Michael Steele: 'Nothing wrong with a government shutdown'

While most Republican leaders have been careful to avoid talk of a government shutdown, former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said on Monday that he didn't think it would be such a bad thing. He even tied the prospect to the 2012 race, suggesting that contenders were slow to declare because they want to see the budget fight play out first.

By Rachel Weiner  | March 7, 2011; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is the South gone from Democrats forever?

The 2010 election saw Democrats sustain heavy losses in the South. Is the region off limits to the party forever?

By Chris Cillizza  | March 7, 2011; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Eye on 2012  
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Romney's tea party-friendly defense on health care

Mitt Romney makes some of his most significant statements yet about the health-care bill he signed as governor of Massachusetts, offering a tea party-friendly defense of the bill.

By Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza  | March 7, 2011; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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