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August Break!

The Fix, like others this summer, is kicking off his shoes and taking a break from the grind. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

With Congress out of session and most candidates taking it easy before the year-long sprint to the 2010 midterm elections, now seemed as good a time as any to get caught up on the many things that we let go by the wayside in service of the Fix.

We'll finally get the broken headlight of the Fix-mobile fixed, get a new pair of glasses, and, yes, write the book proposal we have put off for WAY too long. (Hint: think the Fix Political Hall of Fame -- expanded!)

So, for the next two weeks we will be writing the Morning Fix -- to keep you up to date on what you need to know in the world of politics -- but little else during the day.

For the final two weeks of August, we are going to try (emphasis on the word "try") to not write in this space at all as we gear up for the fall campaign, the Catholic University field hockey season (this is the year!) and the big Fix family move.

As always, we reserve the right to write (heyoo!) a post or two if something important or otherwise interesting crops up in the political world over the next month. But, we are going to do our darnedest to get caught up on our regular life -- remember that? -- so we can come back better than ever after Labor Day!

Thanks for your continued support of the Fix.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 10, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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I get called a "liar" for every post (even if it's just a simple question). How about a few "warnings" for that?

Posted by: JakeD | August 12, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cillizza:

Doess "Mind your own f*cking business you weak-minded idiot" = vulgar name-calling?

Posted by: JakeD | August 12, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

"Bánh mì" is the word for "sandwich."

I like the chicken ones myself.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 11, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

@ChrisFox - I'll definitely order some Mì Quãng at the next opportunity .The name of the sandwich place is, in fact, Banh Mi. We bought some sandwiches there recently and our 3 1/2 year old twins went for it. I was impressed!


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | August 11, 2009 8:33 PM | Report abuse

What's the matter leapin? Afraid someone somewhere won't read your lackluster post so you need to post it in every thread?

Get some help for that yearning for attention. It's not a good sign.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 11, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Almost everyday since BO’s election the statists have come on this blog to indicate that a certain political party is dead and completely disorganized. Now they will have you believe that the same party is now a master organizer in protest over healthcare (I mean health insurance reform the statists changed the terminology today).

Posted by: leapin | August 11, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Please post ONE single "lie" of mine from this thread.

Posted by: JakeD | August 11, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

But when someone lies in just about every post, and rejoices almost daily in having successfully derailed a conversation, the fact that the poster inadvertently posts something not false is easy to overlook, and doing do is understandable.

Take-away for you, Jake: if you go a few weeks without lying and trolling you just might get that "in a civil manner" thing you're always pouting about. Give it a shot.

I'm not holding my breath. Far as I'm concerned you're a lying racist troll.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 11, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

That's the main problem with ad hominem personal attacks in civil debate; even if the person is literally wrong about everything else in the world, she could be right about this one, single point. Attacking her because she is wrong about everything else is a logical fallacy.

Posted by: JakeD | August 11, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Lucky for me then, I guess, that "Snotty sarcasm, passive aggression, and endless noisemaking" is NOT against the posted rules. "User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks" (which "racist!" certainly is, whether it's true or not) are.

Posted by: JakeD | August 11, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Jake, you're just as bad as zouk, and in terms of disrupting conversation here, you're worse.

If you continue to post racist swill, I will continue to call you a racist. You can whine about "name calling" all you like, but if you don't like being called a racist then stop posting racism.

You engage in every other kind of verbal hostility there is. Snotty sarcasm, passive aggression, and endless noisemaking. I hope you're next.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 11, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

there is no one else doing that.

Posted by: drindl | August 11, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Did I say I liked it -- I have also asked "king_of_zouk" to stop the personal attacks -- if he gets banned, though, the rules should be enforced across the board.

Posted by: JakeD | August 11, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

what said poster had descended into was lewd and crude personal sexual harrassment attacks, and you know it. if you like that sort of thng, you should go to a porn blog.

Posted by: drindl | August 11, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

"... comments that include profanity or personal attacks ... will be removed from the site" too.

Posted by: JakeD | August 11, 2009 10:11 AM | Report abuse


For draining the swamp.

Jake, persistent name-calling is one thing. Engaging in sexual harassment and foaming racism is another. zouk does not post here to discuss ANYTHING, but like the mobs at town halls, is interested only in shutting down rational discourse.

Posted by: drindl | August 11, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Cillizza:

If "king_of_zouk" is banned, then everyone who engages in persistent name-calling should be banned.

Posted by: JakeD | August 11, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

KofZ must be off his meds. Insults, foaming porn and blather. For hours. I take back every nice thing I have ever said about his sometimes being funny.

His 'ideas' are worthless, his posts are disruptive and his tone is disgusting.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | August 11, 2009 6:45 AM | Report abuse

God, why did Obama have to answer that question with a joke? At least at the start of the answer. Not appropriate, man.

And when did Virginia Foxx start running for Bachmann's position of top crazy? She's really brought it to a new level.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 11, 2009 5:04 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: DrainYou | August 11, 2009 3:20 AM | Report abuse

@DrainYou: alas the video has been pulled. I'd love o read a transcript of what she had to say, especially about that vicious harpy devil Sarah Palin and her bloody lies about death tribunals or whatever unhinged crap she said.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 11, 2009 2:50 AM | Report abuse

What do you think, Jake?

What does "vulgar" mean to you? It has two distinct meanings. One is something like "obscene," the other is something like "ordinary." Common everyday speech is referred to by the educated as "vulgar parlance." Write it down, sounds like it's been a long time since you learned anything.

I think Chris was referring to the first meaning, and alas for your feigned sensitivities, "nutbar fundie crap" will get past any censor.


Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 11, 2009 2:34 AM | Report abuse

@BB: those sandwiches .. even the lousy ones are delicious. Some Vietnamese food is better there, some is better here. The sandwiches are better here. Bigger, more meat, more veggies. We're thinking of going into business over there selling the American style ones, will almost certainly call it "Banh Mi Ca Li" the last two words being how "California" comes out over there. There was a Pho' Ca Li next to our hotel in Can Tho last February.

Try the noodle I recommended to Chris. Qua~ng is a province there. I haven't been to it.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 11, 2009 2:31 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Cillizza:

Is "nutbar fundie crap" vulgar name calling?

Posted by: JakeD | August 11, 2009 2:29 AM | Report abuse

@DrainYou - I'll take a look at it tomorrow. Don't think I can make... it... much... longer...






Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | August 11, 2009 1:02 AM | Report abuse


Check this out.

The ring-wing in this country is going off the tracks on a crazy train.

Posted by: DrainYou | August 11, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

There was an interesting interview on As It Happens (a CBC program) tonight. Someone who was involved in the formation of the religious right activists was commenting on the current anti-healthcare protests. Almost the same tactics and many of the same people.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | August 11, 2009 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Reposted - because the dittoheaded corporate sponsored Teabaggers thugs, who are terorizing the healthcare townhalls all over America, can't be mocked enough.

Here's some must-see video from Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor's recent speech at the Tampa, Florida town hall co-hosted by the SEIU and State Rep. Betty Reed:

If you know anybody who's got doubts about the true nature of the anti-health care wingnut goons (that JakeD supports) trying to disrupt health care town halls, have them watch this video. Let them see for themselves the truly infantile behavior of these angry wingnuts. They aren't interested in dialogue, debate, or discussion. All they want to do is hear their own voices scream, shouting down anybody with whom they happen to disagree.

The full speech is about fifteen minutes long. You can watch it here. The wingnut goons were trying to shout Castor down for almost the entire speech, and for at least five minutes of it, they made her nearly impossible to hear.

The Teabagger goons are to stupid to know that they're hurting their own cause.

Posted by: DrainYou | August 11, 2009 12:46 AM | Report abuse

@mark - It's worth investigating, but i didn't feel like piling on. The man is deservedly toast, burnt toast at that. Now, back to writing my solid state lighting opus.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | August 11, 2009 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone commented, all day, on Fix Pick #3, the article about Sanford using the state airplane to fly family around for apparently private purposes?

The article claims that if proved it is a violation of state law. Everything has unraveled for this man, but he seems to be the source of his own pain. I hope his four children thrive, even without their father's presence and accountability.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | August 11, 2009 12:34 AM | Report abuse

@ChrisFox8 - There are some great places in the DC area for Vietnamese, especially NoVa. Eden Center near 7 Corners is Ground Zero for Vietnamese. 4 Sisters, which has since moved, is said to be terrific. The new hot spot in the area is called Present (google Sietsema's reviews). We're planning on a date night there. There's also a sandwich place in Falls Church that I make a rule to visit when in the neighborhood. It's amazing what a few sprigs of cilantro will do for a sandwich.

@Chris_Cillizza - THANK YOU!!! I honestly don't mind having Zouk on the blog (my page up key gets an occasional workout), but I tire of seeing sexually explicit name calling. Lord knows why homonyms of vulgarities make it through the Post's filters.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | August 11, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

I take it non vulger name calling is to be encouraged then. This is esentially what over half of your blog has become. And I am not the culprit.


chrisuxcox, drivel, Obimbo, Peloony.

Nobody else who posts here does infantile crap like this. Grow the hell up.

Referring to someone who posts racist crap here as a racist isn't "name-calling."

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 10, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

what we need is a fill-in Fix. The job is too big for one Field Hockey fag. The competition would pick up the pace and move Catholic boy out of the box into the wider world of political theater (think Playboy of the Western World). I could easily read two Fix P.O.V.'s a day, especially when the fur is flying (example, why not look into the World Wrestling Federation synergy now incorporated into Town Hall meetings). And we'd hopefully get less background stories of wife and child. Not that I don't care... but I don't care. I tune in for insight, not your knowledge of sports or your family. Political junkies need a Fix and everything else is squidgy nonsense.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 10, 2009 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Rest well, Fix, you are the best thing about WaPo these days.

Posted by: theamazingjex | August 10, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse


You deserve the rest! Despite to hardship to Fixistos--especially this Fixisto--we will attempt to fill up the void with a few mundane bits of political minutiae from the various other political blogs, but it won't be the same...

Because (Cue Music!)....
'Nobody does it better/ Makes me feel sad for the rest/ Nobody does it half as good as you/ Baby, you're the best!

P.S. I've been fascinated about the book content for a long time now; hope you'll share!

Posted by: sverigegrabb | August 10, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

I take it non vulger name calling is to be encouraged then. This is esentially what over half of your blog has become. And I am not the culprit.

Take a look at the content of the high volume and low content "regulars".

This blog has changed in character since the ignorant element appeared. I will not persist but watch the downward spiral.

It's your blog.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | August 10, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse


Consider this a final warning. I don't care where you or anyone else comes from on the ideological spectrum but I will not tolerate vulgar name-calling of other posters on the Fix.

Keep it clean.


Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | August 10, 2009 10:24 PM | Report abuse

Insurance companies aren't making "reasonable profit," they're making scandalous profit.

Chrisuxcox never let's his total ignorance get in the way of an idiotic statement. This clueless commie can't even spell economics

the average profit for insurance companies is roughly four percent. Meanwhile al gore has raked in over 200 percent in his green fraud.

Does anyone wonder why libs can't add?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | August 10, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Cc by the time you return chrisuxcox will have run off all your bloggers. Even moonbats can only stand so much nonsense.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | August 10, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

What we learned today we could have done without:

whenever someone approaches chrisuxcox and offers to put me Wang in his mouth, he eagerly complies.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | August 10, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

The US government has a 100% "monopoly" on space travel, on keeping military forces.

What's the problem?

Standard Oil is in the money-making business, government isn't.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 10, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Jake, riddle me this.

What is the essential difference between the US government and Standard Oil?

I guess if you're opposed to monopolies and trusts you agree with the Democrats for blocking the nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 10, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

If 85% was too much for Standard Oil, same goes for the government.

Posted by: JakeD | August 10, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a crap if it's "off topic!"

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 10, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Jake, it will take a lot more than copy-pasting out of wikipedia to make you appear scholarly. These are diversions, not debate points.

Funny you should suddenly be concerned about monopoly, but that's not really an issue. The idea that government sponsored health care monopolize healthcare is just a Rush talking point, and neither substantiated nor interesting. So what if it does? Is it the US government's job to defer core responsibilities of public health to the unsteady caprice of "the marketplace?"

And if government healthcare is so good and so cheap that 85% of Americans select it, why exactly is this a problem?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 10, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

O.K., since this is going to be yet another "off-topic" thread about healthcare, what's a "reasonable" profit then, margaretmeyers? How is the government going to enforce that? We all know that the Canadian healthcare model won't work here in the U.S. -- and we know that the Blue Dog Dems won't agree to go all the way with "single payor" like Austrailia (yet) -- so what's left?

Does anyone other than "chrisfox8" want to debate the options? Can we finally get "vouchers" for this, then schools?

Posted by: JakeD | August 10, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Chris Fox is absolutley right about reasonable profit. As a federal employee I already enjoy the benefits of gubmint administered health care. What I notice is that

a. the system pays for itself (1/3 from the employee, 2/3 from the employer), just like private industry provided programs)

b. A companies eagerly apply to be included in the FEHB pool, which means they are making enough money off the program to make it attractive to be included

c. my policy for my family of 4 comes in at about $7100 a year total (my share + my employer's share)

d. my self-employed neighbors are paying on average $2k a month for coverage, and they can lose that coverage if they become too expensive to be profitable.

My government insurance costs less, provides better coverage AND the insurance company is still making money. Win win win.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | August 10, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

No current healthcare insurance company (however draconian it's policy exclusions are) has 85% of the customers out there. What's the percentage market share of the largest one, Blue Cross or some other company?

Posted by: JakeD | August 10, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

"villain" (darn Spellchecker ; )

Posted by: JakeD | August 10, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking of spreading sun screen on those dimpled shoulders and chubby legs, and the little sun hats ...

Hey! not on the FIX, on the BABY.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | August 10, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

In economics, a monopoly (from Greek monos , alone or single + polein , to sell) exists when a specific individual or an enterprise has sufficient control over a particular product or service to determine significantly the terms on which other individuals shall have access to it. Monopolies are thus characterized by a lack of economic competition for the good or service that they provide and a lack of viable substitute goods. The verb "monopolize" refers to the process by which a firm gains persistently greater market share than what is expected under perfect competition.

For instance, Standard Oil had an effective monopoly in the industry -- over 91% of production and 85% of final sales -- it was broken up using the Sherman Antitrust Act in 1911. We don't want to go back to that and one government entity as the "villian" re: healthcare.

Posted by: JakeD | August 10, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Insurance companies aren't making "reasonable profit," they're making scandalous profit. And they are cutting off customers who get sick, including people in the fight of their lives with cancer.

But I'm sure you spring to their defense since "liberals" want them to clean up their act.

As for borrowing from China, that began on 1/20/09, right?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 10, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, an incompetent government -- for instance, losing money hand over foot but still borrowing from China -- could still undercut any reasonable "profit" and put insurance companies out of business. Then the REAL fun starts.

Posted by: JakeD | August 10, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

@Bobby WC: the greater contradiction .. the same people claiming government can't do anything, can't manage anything, and most of all can't effectively do health care, are claiming out the other side of their mouths that government would represent unfair competition to private insurance.


So which is it? Is government incompetent and inept or is it dangerous competition?

Of course, if they used logic they wouldn't be Republicans.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 10, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris. Find a good Vietnamese restaurant if they have them in DC and try Mì Quãng. Prounounced "mee wang?" You'll thank me.

Vote yes on Mì Quãng

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 10, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Good luck with the move. I speak as one who moved into his house in '92 and still has boxes unpacked ... from two moves before. I hate moving.

And with the book proposal.

I've got one (1) book in me, an SF story about a first contact. I'll probably never write it. Oh well. The world will have to get along without the story of the black plants.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | August 10, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

So is anyone else excited by the fact that Dan Froomkin will actually be directing reporters in DC? He always knows the best questions to ask, now let's see if he can get the answers as well.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 10, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

CC, I wish for you and your family a true vacation.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | August 10, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Vote yes early and often on a tasty fermented malt beverage!

Posted by: bsimon1 | August 10, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Vote yes on ice cream!


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | August 10, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Vote NO on Prop H8!

Posted by: JakeD | August 10, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Since this is a non-specific discussion I want to raise an example of BS in teh healthcare debate. Senator Cornyn and KBH (R. Tex) have both stated government healthcare does not work.

But here in Texas they are both pushing for the passage of Prop 8 which would have Texas pay for a new VA hospital in the Lower Rio Grande Valley - if government healthcare does not work why are they pushing it on veterans? Why is the liberal press not throwing this in their face.

The debate over section 1233 of the House Bill - Living Will etc. This has been going on in the VA for as far back as I can remember - they ask you if you want to sign these documents during the preop interview among other times. There is no evidence veterans have been abused by being provided this information. If it is so bad why have the Republicans not come to the defense of veterans?

I can go on and on - but I will leave it there - have a nice remainder of the summer guys

Bobby Wightman-Cervantes

Posted by: bobbywc | August 10, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for all the great summer commentary so far!

Where, oh where, to get political insight and not partisan talking points without the Fix?

Posted by: laurenbeau | August 10, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

And some people are going to use August to get things heated up.

Froomkin's first Huffingtonpost post

Posted by: DDAWD | August 10, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse


What's a loser like JakeD going to do now to fill his day?

I guess he'll have to get out his Sarahcudda photos and spank his monkey full-time now for a couple of weeks.

Posted by: DrainYou | August 10, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

You can just feel that grubby airport floor under your shoeless feet!

They need to make those anti-microbial socks with the anti-microbial stuff on the OUTSIDE.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | August 10, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Good luck on the book proposal. An expansion of the Political Hall of Fame is a great idea! Enjoy the vacation.

Posted by: timmerq | August 10, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I like the way The Fix is thinking.

Posted by: bsimon1 | August 10, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Mr. Cillizza, for all your posts and enjoy the time off.

Posted by: JakeD | August 10, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

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