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Chris Cillizza comes to from Roll Call newspaper, a Washington, D.C., publication covering Congress. During his four years at the paper, he reported on campaign politics from the presidential to the congressional level, finishing his time at Roll Call as the paper's White House correspondent. Prior to joining Roll Call in June 2001, Chris covered governor's races and southern House races at the Cook Political Report and wrote a column on politics for Congress Daily. His freelance work has appeared in a variety of publications including the Atlantic Monthly, Washingtonian and Slate. He has also been a guest on CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC.

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The best summary of the Saddleback event I have found. Kudos and gratitude. The superficiality of most summaries, or alternately, the bias, are distressing. I hope someone actually does investigate the "McCain in a cone of silence" distortion. He did act like he knew the questions before they were asked, sometimes jumping in with the answer before Warren finished the question. It was noticable. Gergen on CNN said that we need to reevaluate John McCain's potential to handle a debate, implying he was better than expected. Perhaps what we really need to do is make sure he doesn't have the questions ahead of time. I keep pondering the reality that this all happened in the name of religion and faith and virtue. The media needs to investigate this. Will they?

At any rate Chris, keep on keeping on. We count on folks like you to save us from the aging media who have trouble hearing from the next generation...and for the record, I am 65; some of us want to hear from the next generation and give them a shot at leadership.

Posted by: Phyllis | August 18, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Chris. It's Randy Wanat, from RHAM and Xavier. Glad to see you're doing well (presumably). Heard from the Delanos or Brett Russillo? Drop me a line at randywanat @ gmail . com if you've got a minute. Thanks.

Posted by: Another Xavier Man Done Good | August 18, 2008 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Mr. McCain was in his motorcade and not in a so-called cone of silence on Saturday night while his rival, Senator Barack Obama, was being interviewed at the Saddleback Church in California.
"Before an audience of more than 2,000 people at the church, the candidates answered questions about policy and social issues.
Mr. Warren, the pastor of Saddleback, had assured the audience while he was interviewing Mr. Obama that “we have safely placed Senator McCain in a cone of silence” and that he could not hear the questions.
Mr. Warren started by asking Mr. McCain, “Now, my first question: Was the cone of silence comfortable that you were in just now?”
Mr. McCain deadpanned, “I was trying to hear through the wall.”
Even In Church there is no TRUTH?????

Posted by: Anonymous | August 17, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Just want to say, "Great job, Chris!" Really appreciate your analysis and hope you get some sleep one of these days.

I live outside the country and reading the Fix helps me stay in touch.


Posted by: Jason Wallach | October 4, 2006 7:48 AM | Report abuse

The media has missed the most important question about the Foley/House pages situation. The primary question the media should be asking Congress is: Does anyone know of similar situations involving members of Congress?

Posted by: Chris Burdge | October 2, 2006 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Is this latest report about Allen and being a racist student and UVA true?

Posted by: Charlie Gallie | September 24, 2006 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I would find this diary of comments more useful if arranged in reverse chronological order: the most recent what we see first.

Posted by: jim allan | September 20, 2006 7:52 PM | Report abuse

What happened to "comments" on your Fixes?

Posted by: Truth Hunter | August 30, 2006 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Todd B. | August 30, 2006 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Re: Much ado about macaca

Oh, please. The very fact of this brouhaha about a questionable nickname reveals clearly who are the humorless intolerants in this debate. By the way, if you don't want to be called a macaca, try not to look like one (and if you are ugly, try not to wear a hairstyle that will make you look even uglier than you actually are).

Posted by: macskuli | August 25, 2006 8:51 AM | Report abuse

I enjoy your comments. After four decades in politics, I agree with Bill Hillsman(the man who brought you Wellstone, Ventura and now Kinky Friedman). Read his "Run The Other Way." Hillsman and I don't agree on much politically, yet his view on polls and other stuff is right on. Most polls are so skewed to the left and yet journalist of all stripes still believe them. And few folks really know or care about them. Media folks thrive on them--you included.

Posted by: Dr. R.D.B.(Ben)Laime | August 24, 2006 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Chris, wondering if you had any input on two Congressional races in western New York, Tom Reynolds in the 26th and Randy Kuhl. Reynolds won 56-44 last time, the lowest percentage of any NYS Rep, and his opponent Jack Davis is very well financed. Randy Kuhl is running against a former Naval officer and the race could be like Fitzpatricks in Philadelphia. Both are mentioned locally as some of the most competitive in '06. Wondering what your thoughts were.

Posted by: P Chase | August 22, 2006 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Hello, This is my first post so since I'm off topic please forgive.
I have been paying attention to Ann Coulter's amazing ability to determine anyones sexual preference, at will. Truly amazing! While I don't get too excited from her rants(I was tought early on to consider the source), there is something I've been wondering after looking closely at her web pictures and anything else in photo format that is of course of Ms. Coulter.I showed some of her photos to my wife the other night and asked her if she noticed anything out of the ordinary, she stared at them for a minute and then then informed me that I was looking at pictures of a man! Her reasoning has to do with Ms. Coulter's HUGE apple. The more I look at her photos, the more boxy and masculine her face becomes. If anyone out here has additional photos of Ms. Coulter Please feel free to e-mail them to me for further study. Wouldn't it be a hoot if THE Fire breathing neo con turned out to be a man?

Posted by: Mr. Laurn Bedingfield | August 22, 2006 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I read that the Webb staffer was wearing a baseball cap at that event so how the heck can the Allen staffers not be telling a lie when they say that "macaca" refers to a Mohawk haircut?

Of course, it was intended as a racial slur. Just look at the people around Allen who enjoyed it so much. These are the kind of men who, when they were young back in the 50's, loved to get drunk and ride through black neighborhoods hooting and hollering. Thats the "Old South" that George Allen and those folks have so much fondness for. And you have to be very naive not to know that. I'm sure that most people in Virginia know what this is all about.

Posted by: Karen | August 19, 2006 10:05 AM | Report abuse

From the Idaho Mountain Express

Cheney's dubious Idaho visit

One assumption can be made about Vice President Cheney's hurried, whistle stop trip to Idaho this week to endorse controversial Republican state Rep. Bill Sali for Congress.

That no matter how flawed Rep. Sali's performance and politics, Republicans are sufficiently nervous about November elections they're willing to squander the vice president's time to glorify a man literally ostracized by Republican legislative colleagues and who admits to memory problems and occasional "brain fade."

That background didn't prevent Cheney from blessing Sali effortlessly--he's a man "who makes all of you proud."

Oh? If Sali is such a source of Republican pride, why did only three out of 85 Republicans in the state Senate and House show up for Cheney's anointing of Sali, and even more baffling they didn't show up if for no other reason than the vice president's presence.

Cheney hinted at his own distaste for this assignment: The Veep hurriedly departed even before Sali could rise and acknowledge the endorsement. The Veep's staff probably handed him local news accounts of Sali's eccentric obsession with abortion legislation.

Then there's the cost of the dubious tribal rite in Boise. GOP state lawmakers who are watchdogs of wasteful spending haven't uttered a peep about expense to taxpayers or the Republican Party of flying Cheney in an Air Force 737 VIP jet (a military C-40B) from Washington--perhaps as much as $20,000 in fuel alone.

A dubious visit, indeed.

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Posted by: Gaetha Pace | August 18, 2006 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris, it's you remember me from Xavier? Manson told me you were doing this Blog on the Post, and I think it's v. cool.

Do me a favor, drop a line at to catch up if you get a chance.

Posted by: Joe Didato from Xavier | August 14, 2006 8:38 AM | Report abuse

We all want to know what are the Senator's real chances of winning in November?

Posted by: Lieberman | August 9, 2006 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Where do you think the financial support for Lieberman's independent campaign will come from?

Posted by: F. Golden | August 9, 2006 8:12 AM | Report abuse

A great political blogspot:

Posted by: Moristotle-itis | August 7, 2006 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Dear Chris:

In one of your postings: "Bayh's methodological approach to the nominating process". I believe you meant to say "methodical". [Would have emailed you instead, but didn't see a link or an email address.]

Posted by: Martin L. Buchanan | July 28, 2006 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris, you say Barack Obama is only the second African American US Senator since Reconstruction. Did you forget the first one? Edward W. Brooke (R-Massachusetts), 1967-1979

Posted by: Howie Morgan | July 25, 2006 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Dear Chris,
I agree with Jo-Anne White (comment July 13, 2006) that "Americans living overseas have many obstacles to get around in order to vote absentee", but Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF),, is a NON-PARTISAN, nonprofit 501(c)(3)organization that has been providing a suite of online services and support to overseas voters since the beginning of the year: RAVA, OVF's secure, non-partisan, user-friendly, online registration/absentee ballot request wizard, the OVF Voter Help Desk, and the OVF Election Official Directory with contact information for all the local election officials in the United States and its territories.

Posted by: Marina Mecl | July 15, 2006 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Dear Chris,

Your column is aptly named: I can't go a day without checking in (sometimes more often than that); thank you for all this great information.

On a different - though political, of course - note: Americans living overseas have many obstacles to get around in order to vote absentee; this spring there is a new tool that allows you to register on-line: Please look into this &, if you find it merits a mention in one of your columns, you would be doing millions of expats a favour by spreading the word. It's fast & easy; I've used it myself.

Thank you,
Jo-Ann White

Posted by: Jo-Ann White | July 13, 2006 3:14 PM | Report abuse

how bout going after guilian's many affairs while your at it ala hillary?
he was not "america's mayor" prior to 9/11.
do some investigative work here.

Posted by: lindab | July 13, 2006 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2006 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Why is NO media entity or journalist covering the KEN LAY FUNERAL?
IS there a funeral?
WAS there a death?

Posted by: Marg | July 10, 2006 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The real X factor in the U.S. Senate race will be former state Senator and Balto County executive Dennis Rasmussen. Rales while impressive in business is about to find our what a contact sport politics is. His Landlord days better be squeeky clean or Cardin and Mfume will brutilize him. For my money I think Cardin will lose and either Mfume or Rasmussen emerge.

Jack Woodward Baltimore

Posted by: Jack Woodward | July 7, 2006 3:38 PM | Report abuse

In all due respect to think Rales is the X factor in the Senate Race and not consider former state Senator and Baltimore County Executive as a factor at all is unbelievably stupid. Marylanders will not respond to someone who attemps to buy the race. Rales is a novice at best while impressive in the business world he is about to find politics a bit more combative. My bet is Cardin loses to either Mfume or Rasmussen

Posted by: Jack W | July 7, 2006 3:32 PM | Report abuse

According to the circumstances your family is doing a tremendous work. I did not mean to attack Hong Kong. Its just that she did not answer to me and puts me into permanent danger and isolation.

Posted by: Jusuf Macias | July 7, 2006 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Very good, In A Vacuum. Everybody is insignificant, except us, of course. Until our "politics of self-centeredness" is addressed, and until we begin recognizing that our greatest weakness stems from our self-sustaining self-importance, similar to that of an adolescent, ain't much gonna change. It would be nice to steadfastly demonstrate a mature leadership, one that recognizes others and leads by example -- leads by the same standards of which we expect others to arise.

Posted by: Bravo, In a Vacuum | July 6, 2006 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Why is there no coverage or reporting of our largest trading parter and largest supplier of crude oil (Canada) and talks in Washington with new Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper? Like this is more important to North America than alot of the the other crap reported in the past few days are we in a freakin vacuum or what? Come on, are we sending a mesage to Canadians that they are that insignificant? Wait until we need them. It is not surprising why Canadians often think Americans are arrogant or myopic to what happens above the 49th parallel. Let's get with it!!!

Posted by: In a vacuum? | July 6, 2006 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Regarding, A Driven President Faces a World of Crises, "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." If we're attracting such continuous crises, perhaps we need to look in the mirror for the answer. Maybe it's time to do a more intelligent way of doing, something beyond beyond the goatropping, authoritative bullying we seem to bestow onto others.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 6, 2006 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Hi Chris,

...we seem to be functioning under the Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome....always a crisis...always stress...always attention getting...clearly co-dependent...and it's debilitating our country.

MUNCHAUSEN BY PROXY (MBP) (also called Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome, and Factitious Disorder by Proxy) is a label for a pattern of behavior in which caretakers deliberately exaggerate and/or fabricate and/or induce physical and/or psychological-behavioral-mental health problems in others.

Posted by: MBP No More | July 4, 2006 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris,

Herb Rubenstein is a viable candidate for Congress in Colorado's 7th. He has the resources to win, is being covered by all the major media in Colorado and is the only candidate with a clear plan to end the War in Iraq.

The war is the issue this time around and the Washington Post is not serving its readers by ignoring him. I'll be glad to remind your editors of that when Herb wins.

Posted by: Herb Rubenstein Fan | June 27, 2006 1:40 PM | Report abuse

You always speak about the latest moves that Democrats are making in the "Blogosphere" as if it is their exclussive universe. Before Dean, McCain was the original politician to attempt to effectively use the internet to establish "netroots." I think your largely unbiased reporting has been great so far, but keep us posted on Republican moves court internet savy voters, doner and volunteers as well. Thanks Chris, your the man!

Posted by: Ryan C. | June 27, 2006 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Bilbray was not an incumbent in the 50th District in California. The previous seat holder is in prison.
The district has a more than 2-1 Republican registration edge. While I think Francine Busby should have won anyway there will be races in the fall that are much easier for Democrats to win than this one. Even the 50th may be easier to win in the fall. By that time voters will know that "once a lobbyist for special interests always a lobbyist for special interests".

Posted by: John | June 23, 2006 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Chris about your article Fit It...When are you going to write a great article about Democrats Corruption,with abramoff
and other corruption scandals they have now.That's what interest me..It's sad when a person knows it's going on,and the media wont print, about the Democrats.
If I could find one news media,that list
all of democrats corruption,I would thank that media for a Job well done.I have never seen or Ny times,Cnn,
MSNBC,Cbs,not any media,list the Democrats corruption scandals.
But, other people stay in the news,except your dear old pals > The Democrats.
My My,they are so innocent,Ya Think...
I don't think so.

Posted by: Veronica | June 23, 2006 10:52 AM | Report abuse


Corruption in Congress? For laughs, you might want to check out Check out the members of the Congressional Prison Caucus, the Sexual Harassment Caucus, and a blow-by-blow update of current malfeasance.

Posted by: Dennis J. | June 23, 2006 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Minnesota may have some interesting races for you to consider.

Wetterling vs Bachman seen as a hopelessy naive liberal vs a satanically conservative nut-job.

Hatch vs Pawlenty. Hatch could upset the incumbent.

Rowley vs Kline. FBI hero vs military man incumbent.

Dems could gain in the Gopher state.

True Believer

Posted by: Anonymous | June 22, 2006 10:34 AM | Report abuse

You think?? Bokchoi

Posted by: pr | June 18, 2006 5:21 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: FREDDY WALKER | June 16, 2006 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Now that the primary is over can you start writing about Phyllis Busansky and the FL-09 House seat called: "The biggest dark horse race this cycle."

Posted by: jen | June 13, 2006 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The thought of Allen as president is disturbing. I have read several sources which describe him as marginal intellectually, slightly less bright than Bush. Thoughts?

Posted by: BS in Loudoun | June 3, 2006 10:50 AM | Report abuse

More shake-up in the #1 House Race in the Nation. Herb Rubinstein makes the ballot in CO-07.

denver & the west

Rubenstein placed on Democratic ballot

By Arthur Kane
Denver Post Staff Writer

It looks like a three-person race in the Democratic primary for the 7th Congressional District.

Businessman Herb Rubenstein gathered enough signatures to get on the ballot, the secretary of state determined Thursday. On Wednesday, former state Rep. Peggy Lamm had her signatures verified.

Former state Sen. Ed Perlmutter's name was put on the ballot by fellow Democrats at a caucus.

Rubenstein said 1,316 of 2,650 signatures he submitted were verified as valid. The rest were disqualified.Workers at the secretary of state's office notified Lamm on Wednesday that 1,988 of more than 3,300 signatures she submitted met state requirements.

Candidates in the 7th Congressional District had to gather 1,000 signatures of voters registered in their party and who live in the district to get in the Aug. 8 primary.

Opponents have five days from the day the petitions are verified to contest the signatures.

The district covers most of Adams and parts of Jefferson and Arapahoe counties.

Staff writer Arthur Kane can be reached at 303-820-1626 or

Posted by: CO-07 | June 2, 2006 8:28 AM | Report abuse

A referendum on Bush? You liberals, in the press, have been running that same headline since the 2002 mid-terms and the republicans keep winning.

Posted by: Diane Reid | May 24, 2006 11:14 AM | Report abuse

It has been a while since I have seen an article on the special election for Rep. Cunningham's Congressional seat. After the primary, you had commentary that the seat was likely to remain Republican. Is that still the perceived wisdom?
I would be interested in the thoughts of you and others on how to gauge the results. Obviously, any Democratic victory or a Republican victory by a margin as large as the 2004 one would be clearcut. But what portents would there be in a narrow Democratic loss?

Posted by: Mouse | May 24, 2006 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Peggy Lamm's new poll has Rubenstein firmly in second place in Colorado's Seventh District. Perlmutter is a distant third and Lamm in first.
Herb Rubenstein hit the district with strong mail opposing the War In Iraq and it has worked

Posted by: Fan of Herb in Colorado 7CD | May 21, 2006 12:41 PM | Report abuse

If you want your Information without the spin, but with the Attitude:

Check out:

Posted by: Steve Berryman | May 19, 2006 8:37 AM | Report abuse

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Check out:

Posted by: Steve Berryman | May 19, 2006 8:33 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Steve Berryman | May 19, 2006 8:32 AM | Report abuse


Majority of Americans disapprove of NSA Phone Tracking Database. ( Only 43% supupport )

Poll just came out from USA Today :

By 51%-43%, those polled disapprove of the program, disclosed Thursday in USA TODAY. The National Security Agency has been collecting phone records from three of the nation's four largest telecommunication companies since soon after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Link at USA Today

((( Please fire the idiot who did the ABC Poll that tried to tell us that the majority of Americans support the NSA Phone Tracking Database. I really find the ABC poll obscene to the point of almost being propaganda ! Is the Washington Post now going to run a retraction about the ABC poll being off ? )))

Posted by: Wells | May 14, 2006 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Gail "for Rail" Parker, the Indy Green candidate for U.S. Senate - is near qualifying for the ballot.

the state board of elections confirmed 9,543 valid signatures on May 12...Gail for Rail continues to collect in Va. Beach, Roanoake, Richmond, and Chesapeake..

Posted by: Campbell | May 12, 2006 10:46 PM | Report abuse

There's no reason to capitalize a title just because it happens to immedeately precede a name that it's not part of. For example, the May 5 article refers to "former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani" instead of correctly to "former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani."

Posted by: jim richters | May 5, 2006 3:19 PM | Report abuse

In your article 5/5/2006 regarding potential 2008 candidates, I believe you missed a democrat that is pulling out in this crowd, Al Gore. He has been stating opinions without being "politically correct" which has helped grow his following. Hillary is way too politically correct and a chickenhawk as well.
Just don't want you to dismiss Al Gore. He has a movie coming out on the global warming crisis and has been active in many areas since his last presidential bid. Without Lieberman, he may be quite the contender.

Posted by: Chris Cheshire | May 5, 2006 1:49 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect, it's obvious that you know little about Ney's district other than polling numbers and election results. I will answer your question for you. All the politics in Eastern Ohio are local. Furthermore, Ney is the king of constituent service. If you are not Homegrown or at the very least Homespun in that area of Ohio the locals will eat you alive. So best of luck to national organizations trying to influence the voters - they will take a local crook before they take an outsider or someone financed by outsiders.
As for Kensington's comment on Republican v. Democratic turnout on Tuesday: what did Dems have to vote for? They had few statewide choices on the ballot (maybe three in statewide races and two were not contests). Lastly, there is no question for the November Gubernatorial race, Strickland might as well call a moving truck he is going to Columbus. Blackwell has little to no state party support and zero appeal to the moderates. Best of luck to him, maybe Bush will give him another job.

Posted by: Jim | May 4, 2006 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Come on, Chris. Most analysts deeply discount polls paid for by the candidate. The Mason Dixon Ohio poll deserves respect, if for no other reason than their past record in Ohio.

How come no mention of the fact that total statewide Republican voters in Ohio were over 100,000 more than the Dems? Where is the MMM with this important news that doesn't fit their hopes for Nov.? Where is that Dem intensity? Yes, the GOP had the more contested primary, but there were important DEM contests also.

Posted by: ted kensington | May 3, 2006 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Come on, Chris. Most analysts deeply discount polls paid for by the candidate. The Mason Dixon Ohio poll deserves respect, if for no other reason than their past record in Ohio.

How come no mention of the fact that total statewide Republican voters in Ohio were over 100,000 more than the Dems? Where is the MMM with this important news that doesn't fit their hopes for Nov.? Where is that Dem intensity? Yes, the GOP had the more contested primary, but there were important DEM contests also.

Posted by: ted kensington | May 3, 2006 1:04 PM | Report abuse

So after failing for ten years to entice the fearful soccer moms by play faux conservatives, the Democrats are now going after the priest ridden minority by pretending to be religious?

Sounds like a plan for another Republican Congress.

The Democrats could win hands down by firing all these overpaid, overstuffed consultants and going back to their traditional values.

Social Justice, a reasonable foreign policy, fiscal responsibility and serving the interests of their constituents.

The vote gathering power of taking a principaled stand has been proven over and over again.

Posted by: CarolDW | April 25, 2006 5:30 PM | Report abuse


Please put your April 23rd Washington Post story, Wartime Dissent Is Part Of Patriotism, Kerry Says" online in The Fix so readers can comment on it.

Your story should be exhibit A for why Kerry must give up his shameful, hopeless and losing campaign for the 2008 Dem nomination.

Here is a man who has been on every side of the Iraq issue depending on what he thought would make him most viable politically.

The fact is that Kerry had his chance to lead on Iraq in 2004 and blew it. He remained silent when his own patriotism was attacked and I am totally unimpressed with his promise to do better the next time -- in fact, I am deeply offended by his assumption that he deserves to get another chance.

Kerry didn't get out front last year on Iraq and the need for a timetable to leave. He reached that convenient conclusion after Russ Feingold courageously stood by himself in the Senate and called for such a timetable. Feingold didn't do so because it was the politically right thing to do, but because Feingold had the guts to say what no one else in the Senate, including Kerry, was willing to do.

Why should we support someone who has proven himself to be a political coward when we can support someone like Russ Feingold who from the beginning proved himself once again to be a consistent profile in courage on the matter of Iraq?

Posted by: IMHO | April 22, 2006 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris,

I know you've said "He'll run, but not yet," but I'm wondering if you'll explore Obama's prospects a little bit further - it honestly seems like he's making some interesting moves toward the formation of the presidential primary bid. Wondering what you think about (a) forming a leadership PAC (Hope Fund America) and (b) coming out with a book this October (The Audacity of Hope) (c) a campaign website (, a little early for 2010, isn't it?)

His kind of fame has an expiration date (Cuomo is a good example), and it'd be a lot harder for him to get the nomination if the next president ends up being a 2 term Democrat. He's also a lot less committal about his answer to the "are you running for president" question than he was a year ago. I think he really might be counting his chips and actually considering the run this time around.

What do you think? Could "The Case For/Against Barack Obama" be in the works?


Posted by: Matthew Bell | April 20, 2006 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Hi Chris,

You've just made a significant factual error that you should immediately correct. You wrote:

"The first time Gallup showed a majority of voters calling the war a mistake was in late June 2004 -- just after the bipartisan 9/11 Commission released its report concluding that there was no credible evidence of ties between al Qaeda and Iraq -- an unstated, if not implicit pillar of the Bush administration's case for deposing Saddam Hussein."

President Bush stated that there WERE ties between al Qaeda and Iraq, as Walter Pincus reported on the front page the June 22, 2003 edition of the Washington Post:

"In a nationally televised address last October in which he sought to rally congressional support for a resolution authorizing war against Iraq, President Bush declared that the government of Saddam Hussein posed an immediate threat to the United States by outlining what he said was evidence pointing to its ongoing ties with al Qaeda."

Posted by: Dr. Kurt Heidinger | April 19, 2006 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Chris, I was gobsmacked by your story on the Republican dirty tricks in the Ohio 6th District. Recently I received a survey from the Republican National Committee inviting me to rate Bush's performance. I've been a registered yellow-dog, Capital-D Democrat for 35 years, yet the cover survey on this letter identified me as a Republican, even giving me a registration number and citing the voting district. It didn't take me long to realize this was another Repub dirty trick. I wrote back to the RNC as follows:
"Dear Republican National Committee:
I was delighted to receive your invitation to fill out the Republican Party Census Questionnaire. I’m a Democrat, registered in the same district for more than 20 years, and as such, you can imagine my glee as I ran down the list of items on which I was invited to rate our current paragon of a president. My No. 2 pencil was poised over the first little “No” circle when a cautionary thought crept in. I began to ponder. (We Democrats do that. It’s like thinking, only deeper.) What exactly are the odds that today’s Republicans—a bunch of tricksters so dirty and cunning they make Dick Nixon look like Jimmy Carter—what are the chances that this lot co-opted my party affiliation by mistake? As compared to the chances that, say, Karl Rove took a look at George’s poll numbers, which are hovering around his shoe size, and came up with another brilliant plan. Send out phony Republican surveys to a bunch of Democrats, who of course will jump on the chance to trash the George, and presto! You have another bona fide conspiracy on the part of the liberal left! Of course George’s poll numbers are low – the Democrats are sabotaging our polls!
Paranoid thinking? Maybe. Or maybe my country really is being hammered into disrepute and moral decay by the party of Tom Delay, Duke Cunningham, George Ryan, Claude Allen, Tony Rudy, Jack Abramoff, David Safavian, Scooter Libby, Mike Battles, Ken Lay, Ben Domenech, James Tobin … oh, you get the picture.
Anyway, I’m foregoing the pleasure of using your nice survey to tell you what I think of George, and politely asking you to remove my name from your rolls. I’ll feel intractably grimy until you do.
As for your request to enclose “my most generous gift to help the RNC,” I’ll send any amount you name if you promise to use it to retire George and send him back to Waco, or wherever it is he whacks brush, poste haste.
See you in November. "

Chris, after reading your post today, I no longer feel paranoid! Any Dems out there who received these trick surveys -- let the NRC know we're onto them. Thanks. Nancy Cahill, Woodbridge, VA

Posted by: Nancy Cahill | April 18, 2006 1:32 PM | Report abuse

An Open Letter to Our President
by testvet6778 [Subscribe] [Edit Diary]
Mon Apr 17, 2006 at 05:48:05 AM PDT
This is a letter to our President and I regret I feel I must do it as an open letter, but I feel if I sent it to the White House, that he would never see it.

Right, wrong or indifferent he is an American President, not a republican not a Democrat, the seat you are occupying is an elected National seat, you are accountable to all of us and history.

You still have a chance to correct some of your mistakes, before history writes it's last chapter on your Presidency. I feel it is time you do a Ronald Reagan style "Mea Culpa" and below the fold is why:

testvet6778's diary :: ::

Mr Bush, the men in power around you from your Father's Presidency I feel have had an agenda that differs from you, and due to their "trusted counsel" you have chosen to go along with their ideas. Mr Cheney and Rumsfeld's desire to overthrow Saddam.

Mr Rumsfeld is the one who was the Middle East envoy in 1987 and 1988 that helped Saddam obtain the chemicals needed to make the chemical weaposn he used on his "people" and the Iranians in the 80's.

They were part of a group that wrote a "White Paper" in the early 90's explaining on why the U.S. needed to overthrow Saddam. This was not in response to 9/11, this is an agenda they have held for decades. An agenda that is destroying your Presidency.

These trusted men of government, men who served in our nations capitol while you were still in college and the National Guard. They have a lot of experience, and a lot of skeletons in their closets. They have worked together for decades, they protect each other, their loyalty is to each other, not this nation.

They committed crimes in the mid 70's while in Ford's White House they have never been held accountable for and the programs they approved or had knowledge of, caused death and disability to the men invovled, and they are still ignoring these "honorable" veterans and their widows, 31 plus years after Congress made President Ford stop the human testing that the CIA and DOD had been funding from 1952 thru 1975.

These "honorable" men around you did not stop the human experiments because they were wrong, they stopped them because they got caught. In the meantime DOD and the government have not sought to "find" these veterans of Edgewood Arsenal amd Fort Detrick's biological and chemical weapons and LSD, PCP etc experiments.

I do not have a clue how the health of the Fort Detrick test subjects is, there have been no known long term health studies of them, but Mr Bush, the IOM did a health study on the Edgewood vets, 7120 of them. In March 2003 the last study by Dr Page was released and it shows that 40% of the men are dead 2098, and of the 4022 survivors they found in FY 2000, that 54% of them are disabled about 2200 men.

Your Secretary of Defense seems to be involved in keeping these men and their widows from obtaining their veteran benefits, why?

Mr President, you can probably still clean up this mess, by asking these men for their resignations. Your duty is to this country, not to a political party. Republicans and Democrats both need to realize, that being an American is the first consideration in anything being done. How does it affect their nation, not how can I get more votes. This country is more divided now than at any other point in our nations history, you have the ability to bring it together again, will you? P.S. My wife sends her best wishes to your wife Laura.

Michael Bailey a disabled veteran
Lexington SC

Tags: Bush, C

Posted by: Mikey30919 | April 17, 2006 11:34 AM | Report abuse

You know Chris if your team is losing in sports,it is a sad thing. But if you are a sports fan in the genuien ,than there is the game in play and it all counts.I think whats at play here is not going to favor any one party is it? Or what are the precentages more or less.Least the facts be the facts.Isn,t that why we read the newspaper?Take it leave it or extend or expand by it.Get,s you to think right?

Posted by: Deskjet | April 13, 2006 6:08 PM | Report abuse

What I find interesting is that you relate this (the potentially corrupt Dem from WVA) to the Democratic attempt to tarnish the Reps with a culture of corruption. I think the more important thing about these charges, if they are true, is that it proves again that Washington, DC is rapidly reaching new levels of corruption in both parties. Eventually, at this pace, we will look like say Nigeria.

Posted by: Larry Berlin | April 13, 2006 1:28 PM | Report abuse

You've got inside some Post polls in the past. The latest ABBC-WaPo poll shows 59% of people saying they would vote for the incumbent and 55% saying that they would vote for the Democrat while 40% said that they would vote for the Republican.
Cross correlations of thes would be informative; I'd find them fascinating. What %age said they'd vote for their incumbent and a Democrat? What %age said that they'd vote for an incumbent and a Republican?

Can you find out? Can you publish?

Posted by: Frank Palmer | April 12, 2006 12:26 PM | Report abuse

The constitution required a 2/3rds vote to be accepted.Or to add an amendment.Why do we allow the Supreme Court to interpet it by a majority?...The congress has the constitutional right to set the rules for the do we get them to do it???

Posted by: William Cunningham | April 8, 2006 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Mike | April 5, 2006 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Another seat ripe for repositioning is the Ohio First. Cincinnati
City Councilman John Cranley (D) has as much or more name
recognition as the incumbent, is also a West Side Catholic and
does not have any ties to Abramoff scandal.

Posted by: | April 4, 2006 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Chris, the Vermont House race summary needs updating. The Progressives are not going to run anyone against Democrat Peter Welch, so it is going to be a straight Dem-GOP race, which puts Rainville at a disadvantage even before you factor in the reality that the hard right core of the GOP in VT won't support her because of her Dem-lite positions. The big question in Vermont is whether the Dems can use the juice of the Sanders/Welch juggenaut to displace the incumbent GOP governor. Party organizations exist to win close races, and for VT Dems the real action is at the gubernatorial level -- where 60,000 voters pulled levers in 04 for Kerry and the GOP governor Douglas. Getting just 1/3 of those voters back to the D line will put Dem candidate Scudder Parker in the Governor's office.

Posted by: F. X. Flinn | March 21, 2006 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Your interactive map says that the race in the open AZ CD8 seat is between Giffords and Graff. The trouble is, both of these folks are Republicans— at least, until recently. Have you considered the possibility that retiring 11-term GOP congressman Jim Kolbe conspired with other moderate Republicans in his district to fix this race? Consider this- 3 years ago moderate Republican Gabrielle Giffords switches parties in order to run for state office in preparation for inheriting his seat upon his retirement. Why else would the GOP be ignoring this race, except for the fact that they have both candidates in the bag- a moderate Republican in Democrat clothes and a radical Republican that costs them no money. Its a win-win situation for the GOP and a lose-lose situation for the Demos.

Posted by: Noah Vail | March 21, 2006 12:40 PM | Report abuse


Wisconsin is becoming more interesting with the recent conviction of Scott Jensen (former republican speaker in Wisconsins Assembly)on corruption charges. At his trial both of the Republican candidates for governor were implicated with involvement of illegally using their offices to raise money for campaigns and using their staff to campaign on the taxpayers dollar when they were in the Wisconsin Assembly. Sort of like Delay. It could make the governors race even more interesting.

John Shaw

Posted by: Anonymous | March 17, 2006 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Howdy , I am a small Business person , and the thing that pisses me off the most is that here in America as a Capitalistic society , we see the trend to Socialism more and more than ever !1 Our government over the years with the implementation of the WTO , NAFTA deal back in 1994-5 , with a Tarriff free import program , was the biggest screw up ever, Bill Clinton for crying out loud ! It has killed off all the small business people, and the Socialist Democrats don't even support Small Business policies , check out how the Democrats vote for small business at this website by NFIB , , and the only ones left are Minority , subsidied , Socialist , kinda props, and Big business is even peaking out on how the profits stack up year in and out , anymore , and the fact that all the wealth of the retail markets is consolidated to the point that all the Big Corps are doing is Hoarding the Cash , as it shows on their public Frickin accounting records , and is why if the United States Government doesn't started writing Policies that support more Small Business in this Frickin country , before long , we will see a Crash of Capitalism , and then we will be at the cross roads of How we best keep the Society functioning , and that is when we will see a Frickin Democratic Socialistic movement take over , and kill off the USA as we know it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I believe this more than ever , because we got a goupe of people called the Democratic Party , that has been pushing this trend for the past 30 frickin years , and they want it more than ever , because they don't support Small Business as a whole in our country , and it pisses me off !!!!!!!! until I see the Free and Fair Support of our government , supporting all forms of Frickin Business in America , so we can stimulate people to want to achieve from their own efforts instead of the Frickin Government Taxing the hell out of everyone and then giving it back in some fricking Program , like a Frickin Socialist , so we can have a better chance to create more Respectable , Honnorable , Dignified societies rise up , in the world , not just the USA, so people are busy creating , rather than hate driven motivation , like I see the Frickin Democrats always promoting , Think about it , all the Frickin Democrats do is stand up and say thangs about other people that promote " Hate " hate that SOB , because he ain't a Frickin Democrat , is what they should all be saying . I tell ya if we don't quit this frickin hate motivating type of Promotion all the time , in the public eye , we are going to see the future as not such a bright one . I am glad we are fighting corruption in Government , but by golly we need to instead of just spouting off hatred as the Counter play , we need to be spouting off alternative plans for America , and that better not be Frickin Socialism , I am a Free Person ,and i won't support a Person in this Country that wants America to become a Socialist Society , and if we don't start supporting more small business in this country to keep the wealth more evenly re-distributed , then we will see the biggest struggle in America you have ever seen .

Posted by: Anthony Newbill | March 17, 2006 10:14 AM | Report abuse

If you are going to have Tennessee in your top 10, then you should know that the Republicans aren't only firing shots at each other. They fired a pretty good one at Harold Ford this week - one so well-documented and potentially damaging (not to mention top-notch in the creative and humorous way it's presented) that I expect to see the link become part of your blog next Friday...

Posted by: David G | March 10, 2006 3:46 PM | Report abuse

March 2, 2006
To: Honorable Senator Ken Salazar
E-mail Copy to Other:
Dear Sir or Madam:
The way I see, illegal immigration will be difficult to deal with, instead, I believe that the best way is to have some control and at the same time cover some of the cost is to impose to all employers that employ illegal immigrants to collect a straight tax for both state and federal. The straight tax would include the total of Social Security and Medicare plus health care. I suggest $0.17 (seventeen cents on every dollar; (equal to less or more to $41,000,000,000.00 Billions) The employer does not have to pay anything, the only thing the employer would be required to pay would be Workman’s compensation. .
Now what this tax will accomplish? (a) Will force employers to: identify and collect such taxes. (b) The taxes that would be divided between Federal and state would cover much of the costs not paid by the government. (c) It will force illegal employees to send less money to their country of origin. Illegal immigrants will be force to decide if is worth to come to work here, in United States, (d) employers would be required to get a health certificate from an illegal employee within 90 days of employment and such certificate shall be on hand to be inspected by the health department when so requested. By requiring this health corticated will insure that the employee is not carrying some dangerous disease.

Jose Alemar

PHONE: 719-784-2298 •

Posted by: JOSE ALEMAR | March 4, 2006 8:49 AM | Report abuse

March 2, 2006
To: Honorable Senator Ken Salazar
E-mail Copy to Other:
Dear Sir or Madam:
The way I see, illegal immigration will be difficult to deal with, instead, I believe that the best way is to have some control and at the same time cover some of the cost is to impose to all employers that employ illegal immigrants to collect a straight tax for both state and federal. The straight tax would include the total of Social Security and Medicare plus health care. I suggest $0.17 (seventeen cents on every dollar; (equal to less or more to $41,000,000,000.00 Billions) The employer does not have to pay anything, the only thing the employer would be required to pay would be Workman’s compensation. .
Now what this tax will accomplish? (a) Will force employers to: identify and collect such taxes. (b) The taxes that would be divided between Federal and state would cover much of the costs not paid by the government. (c) It will force illegal employees to send less money to their country of origin. Illegal immigrants will be force to decide if is worth to come to work here, in United States, (d) employers would be required to get a health certificate from an illegal employee within 90 days of employment and such certificate shall be on hand to be inspected by the health department when so requested. By requiring this health corticated will insure that the employee is not carrying some dangerous disease.

Jose Alemar

PHONE: 719-784-2298 •

Posted by: JOSE ALEMAR | March 4, 2006 8:45 AM | Report abuse

God. Thanks for your pointless blog, Chris. You're just another Repugnantcan hack.

Posted by: Chimpy | February 23, 2006 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I love your blog - check on it several times a day.

Check out the following story about Rick Santorum:

Some of the charges here sound really significant. Is this causing any buzz/stir?

Posted by: Chris Sharp | February 21, 2006 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Can't feature ex-mayor Rudy as National candidate: much too much Vagina Monologue
fallout + the henchmen stain. Sure, outpoll John McCain (very few wouldn't). C'mon, Sen. Lieberman can announce for the GOP and finally land after jumping ship on so many occasions. Now there's a sight for sore DEM eyes.

Posted by: King Maker | February 8, 2006 12:36 PM | Report abuse

This blog posting is great. Your views are very true. Everyone should start thinking as you are doing.

Andrea Jasperson

Posted by: Andrea Jasperson | February 7, 2006 4:00 AM | Report abuse

I think you might be mistaken about Tim Rooney. The link you provided does not mention him. The Rooney family has supported Democratic politicians in the past, including Gore/Lieberman

Posted by: James | January 31, 2006 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Any chance you have a breakdown of the Dems who voted for Thomas in '91? Just curious if those folks are still around, and if so, how they may / may not vote for Alito.

Posted by: Curious | January 26, 2006 3:41 PM | Report abuse

This is just more Washington Post drivil in the form of a blog. There is plenty of left leaning "unbiased" journalism out there in the papers. The purpose of blogs is to link to original source documents and read views from people who are up front about their leanings. Cilliza is disingenous by concealing his tilt like the mass media while wrapping in in the the blog format. Try again WP this is lame.

Posted by: cincylitigator | January 25, 2006 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Love the blog and your regular takes on '08, but I'm surprised you never reference the power rankings, they are one-of-a-kind.

Posted by: Jason Wright | January 25, 2006 9:27 AM | Report abuse

I read your blog almost every morning, and one thing continually striking me (being from New Mexico) is how little you mention Gov. Bill Richardson when you do your laundry list of 2008 contenders. Do you not consider him a serious candiate? Is it easy to forget about New Mexico in Washington D.C.?

Posted by: Russell Simon | January 24, 2006 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I note that Rove says the Democrats don't "get" the value of what the Republicans are doing, but so far we have spent about $100 million for every person killed on 9/11, in a country that had no WMD and contributed zero terrorists the attack. We soon will have as many U.S. military deaths in Iraq than we had civilian deaths 9/11, and the only terrorist we kill in Iraq are those who chose to join the fight (I submit that when people who only have WW I weapons chose to fight a moderan army, we are not winning). How come Rove isn't talking about the value of our investment? We have spent all the good will get got after 9/11, and are not much safer than when Tim McVeigh was on the loose.

Posted by: Harrison Picot | January 20, 2006 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Chris, we stunk up the court yesterday, especially me.

Jon Deuser

Posted by: Jon Deuser | January 3, 2006 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Chris, great job on your end-of-year piece on presidential contenders. Well-written, balanced and informative.

Posted by: Don Mancuso | January 2, 2006 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Chris, what's up with the trackbacks? I haven't posted on here in 2 days, or tracked back in 2 weeks, but I still get the error at haloscan that it's been too soon.

Posted by: Crazy Politico | January 1, 2006 1:26 PM | Report abuse

The real sleeper House race will be Tom "DeLay" Davis, Republican from Fairfax, Virginia. His district voted 58% in favor of liberal Democrat Tom Kaine for Governor. Now DeLay-Davis is scrambling to go door-to-door and appear at local events. However, even little old ladies, as portrayed by the Washington Post, cut into DeLay-Davis for his support for Tom Delay, Bush, the Iraq War, and right-wing causes. Put DeLay-Davis on your list of prospective victims of a Democratic Blow-Out in 2006 when Bush is impeached for lying about the Iraq War and violating the law by illegal domestic spying....

Posted by: BlueVoter | December 22, 2005 7:37 PM | Report abuse

How come we are not hearing from anyone that the French were right after all? If the inspections had continued for 6 more months as the French wanted, we would have had no reasons to go to war. Was this war inevitable in "W"'s mind from the beginning no matter the evidence? And why the rush? Did Iraq hold a Missile of Damacles over the head of the US? Was it a rush to get the war in before the inspection teams proved "W"'s accusations wrong?

I am such a cynic that I feel the neo-cons know that presidents always get re-elected if there is a war on. Is that too cynical? Anything to win and push their agenda.

Posted by: Freedom Fried | December 21, 2005 3:32 PM | Report abuse

How come nothing in the Post about this:

Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle has threatened to subpoenaed two
officials at the Free Enterprise Fund in connection with ads the conservative group has run criticizing him for his indictment of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.).
The ads attacked Earle, who has a history of indicting his political enemies in both parties, by comparing him to an attack dog.

The draft subpoena served to the organization demands that FEF's Todd Schorle and executive director O'Brien
Murray testify in Texas at DeLay's change of venue hearing.

In the subpoena, Earle also demands "any and all documentation regarding the advertisements that have been produced or paid for by the Free Enterprise Fund -- which includes donor and memebrship lists whose privavcy is protected by the First Amendment.

Posted by: Interested Bystander | December 20, 2005 5:18 PM | Report abuse

As the publisher of, a site currently covering Minnesota and Michigan politics, I think your piece on Minnesota somewhat missed the real race here in the Land O' 10,000 Lakes. I expect that Mike Ciresi will enter and since he is supposed to let me know soon after making the decision his candidacy will play a role in the outcome. The other candidate you failed to mention is Patty Wetterling, Wetterling has high name recognition, which outpaces all other candidates in the race. As the mother of Jacob Wetterling, a child abducted in the 1980's she has been a national figure on the issue of child safety. Yes, Wetterling matched up against Rep. Mark Kennedy in 2004 and lost, but she had a short campaign and the RNC and the RCC used last minute ads that portrayed Wetterling far differently than people in Minnesota view her. The 6th Congressional district is a fairly conservative area and Wetterling ran nearly 3.7 points better than John Kerry.
I am not saying that Wetterling will be the ultimate winner, it is far too far away, but she is a significant factor.

Posted by: Shawn Towle | December 9, 2005 11:10 AM | Report abuse

I'm wondering about rumours that Mark Warner has a penchant for beating his wives, both past and current?

Posted by: Curious | December 7, 2005 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Since I can't figure out how to email you, here's a blog post I wrote about you:

Posted by: hilzoy | December 7, 2005 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I enjoy your blog, and think you actually do a decent job trying to get both sides of the issues out there.

Posted by: Crazy Politico | December 7, 2005 5:16 AM | Report abuse

Mr Weicker could be taken more seriously as person of conscience and an antiwar candidate if he swallowed some pride and entered a primary against Rob Simmons second district instead of trying to unseat Lieberman.

Posted by: Steve Delano | December 6, 2005 2:02 PM | Report abuse

I like my insurgents cooked slow over a white phosphorous fire. Mmmm, tastes like baby back chicken.

Posted by: Dick Cheney | November 17, 2005 12:28 PM | Report abuse

White phosphorous weaponry is military jargon meaning 'Kentucky fried Iraqi'. Cindy Sheehan will have to change the mantra of her protests to 'support the war crimes of our troops'!

Posted by: Citizen X | November 16, 2005 1:30 PM | Report abuse

In Chris's last article related to the lack of Democratic fund raising, he indicates that recent victories in 'red-state' Virginia...the incumbent there was a Democrat!@? Winning by a whisker when the Republicans are down is a sign of weakness not strength.

How about a collossal lack of proposals for solutions being the reason why the Democrats are having difficulty.

How about commentary on a coorelation between the Harry Reid 'closed-session' and the recent anti-war mongering and the lack of funds...are the Dems on the 'anti-war' path to rally their base to give?

I guess that kind of journalism is to much to expect.

Posted by: Brendan Hogan | November 12, 2005 8:49 AM | Report abuse

I am a Red State Dem. Quit playing the Cheney/Bush/Rove divide and conquer game. Neo-cons are playing a very dangerous game by using these Neanderthals to protect your interests. Israel. You guys have to come up with a new game plan.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 2, 2005 8:17 PM | Report abuse

In your 11/2/05 piece on Ohio as Ground Zero, you fail to mention the 13th Cong Dist which Brown is vacating. To date any real contenders are yet to emerge. This is an open seat which tilts Democrat. My guess is that the final candidates will come out of the Summit County portion of the district which could see former rep Tom Sawyer of Akron make a comeback.

Posted by: David Arredondo | November 2, 2005 8:57 AM | Report abuse

How about some comments on the Hijacking Of America by Delay, Inc.?

Posted by: Victor Vega | October 3, 2005 4:54 PM | Report abuse

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