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Fixin' For a Break

Is it August already?

What a first seven months of the 2008 cycle!

We've watched the rise of Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson, the fall of John McCain and the steadiness of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

We've liveblogged more debates than our two typing fingers would like to recount. We've declared lots of winners and losers. We've ranked the Senate, House and gubernatorial races most likely to switch parties next November. We've parsed (and parsed) the polls. We've been to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

And we've loved every minute of it.

But The Fix needs a break. For the rest of August, The Fix will be posting intermittently as I recharge batteries and plan for the fall campaign. Favorites like the Friday Line and Wag the Blog will continue to appear throughout the rest of the month, but the pace of posts will slow a bit.

Come September we've got several great new features to roll out on The Fix and we are already excited about the prospect of continuing to build our community of political junkies.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your enthusiasm and participation in this blog. As I hope you can tell, it is a labor of love.

By Chris Cillizza  |  August 15, 2007; 9:18 AM ET
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This has been a horrible summer for Markos Moulitsas. First a Black man who was banned at DailyKos dug up and publicized the fact that Markos Moulitsas acknowledged in a June 2, 2006 speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco that Moulitsas spent six months "interviewing" at the CIA at the same time that he was starting DailyKos, back in 2001.

Then, the same Black lawyer researched Kos's published essays from when he was a student at Northern Illinois University and uncovered this gem in the campus newspaper, the "Northern Star":

>>>>>>>>"Military Right"

Published on: Monday, January 25, 1993

It's truly disturbing how much ado has been made over Bill Clinton's campaign promise to lift the ban on homosexuals from the U.S. military. It's ironic how it has taken a president who has never served in the military to make a promise that affects the military in such a negative manner.

Those who have served in the military, such as myself, understand the demands and pressures of military life are incompatible with allowing integration with homosexuals. I'm neither socially conservative or prejudiced, and neither is liberal columnist Mike Royko, Gen. Colin Powell, and influential liberal Democrats Sam Nunn and Les Aspin, all who've come out against lifting the ban.

Under military circumstances, as much has to be done as possible to focus the unit's mission and keep disciplinary problems to a minimum. Worrying about whether the known homosexual sleeping next to you is watching as you change your underwear may seem trivial as you read this, but to the soldier who's short-tempered after three weeks in the field and four hours of daily sleep, it becomes a matter of great importance to his pride and sensibilities. And in any case, there aren't many people who would change clothes in a group of co-workers if members of the opposite sex were in the same room watching. There is something inherently uncomfortable about it.

Such fears would go a long way in disrupting efficiency and morale in a unit.



Freshman >>>>>>>>>>>>

Maybe it doesn't make any difference that DailyKos is 96% white, but banning Black lawyers from DailyKos sure does seem to lead to a lot of bad publicity!

Posted by: Francis L. Holland | August 19, 2007 1:20 AM | Report abuse

tim -- why don't you try clicking "About Chris Cillizza" on the left side of the page?

Posted by: Mike | August 16, 2007 9:59 AM | Report abuse

who is Chris Cillizza anyway? Shouldn't you have a bio up explaining you and what made you you? We have them for the candidates, now we need them for those reporting on the candidates. transparency please. Wikipedia doesn't help much:
shocker, he went to Georgetown.

Posted by: tim chicago | August 16, 2007 9:05 AM | Report abuse

definitely enjoy your time off .. I really enjoy your blog and all your interviews on cable tv
i am crazed political news junkie who checks the wash post almost hourly so u keep me plugged in to what is going on .. I will miss my daily fix of "The Fix" until u return... have fun & relax

Posted by: susan from nj | August 15, 2007 11:02 PM | Report abuse

definitely enjoy your time off .. I really enjoy your blog and all your interviews on cable tv
i am crazed political news junkie who checks the wash post almost hourly so u keep me plugged in to what is going on .. I will miss my daily fix of "The Fix" until u return... have fun & relax

Posted by: susan from nj | August 15, 2007 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Bon voyage, Chris.

By the way, for the truly depraved political junkies, here is a two-part extract from a book you may have already heard about on c-span.,,2143885,00.html

Posted by: anticlimacus | August 15, 2007 10:08 PM | Report abuse

USC looks awfully good.

UMich, LSU, FL, TX, Ohio St., Okla. -all tough. Maybe VaTech.
I discount WVa [sorry, lyle] and Rutgers.
But the Big Ten , Big 12, SEC, and PAC have tough games all year, so Penn St. and Wis. and IA and maybe Purdue and Mich St are dangerous in your conference, just like A&M, TTech, Nebraska, Okla St. and Mizzou are dangerous in ours, and the whole SEC is dangerous, it seems. So its harder to go unbeaten in one of our conferences than in the Big East.

Maybe USC v. the SEC champ in the BCS Bowl and TX v. Mich in the Rose?

Posted by: Mark in Austin | August 15, 2007 8:32 PM | Report abuse

"Bloggers are supposed to be outside the mainstream media"

And where is that written? I can't seem to find the rule book. Maybe that's from Miss Manners.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2007 8:15 PM | Report abuse

thanks guys-look for the blog around early september.

i was thinking about a name change when start up the blog tho, i just had visions of being painted maize and blue by angry alumni from my old college.

off topic question:mark any predictions for the upcoming football season?

Posted by: spartan | August 15, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Have a relaxing vacation, Chris.

Spartan, can a UM-ex use green and white on a blog? When you post the url here, Boko will not be your only visitor.

Posted by: Mark in Austin | August 15, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Spartan, make sure you post the address of your new blog, and I will be sure to check it out once it's up.

Posted by: Bokonon | August 15, 2007 5:52 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JGG | August 15, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

People complaining about this blog are ridiculous. You want a real blogger, go to real blog. Bloggers are supposed to be outside the mainstream media, but it does not get much more mainstream than the Washington Post. The Fix does not even update on weekends, unless there is a debate or something, for Pete's sake. Typical, "we report, you decide" MSM stuff. But you all will continue to come back because you have nothing better to do than semi-anonymously rant and post your off-topic nonsense.

Posted by: Dave in VA | August 15, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Geez Blarg, maybe he actually takes some time to read the posts and think about them. Maybe he actually spends time doing research. Maybe he even spends more time on the posts than a normal blogger because CC has professional standards and an editor! Geez Louise.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Please ignore the trolls. Do not acknowledge or respond to them.

Posted by: Zookeepress | August 15, 2007 3:52 PM | Report abuse

A break? You mean like your vacation in Iowa over the weekend? Geez! ;)

Posted by: fulch | August 15, 2007 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Today is India's 60th Independence Day.

Happy Birthday to the World's largest Democracy!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Chris, excellent work, and you deserve the time off. I do not understand why some comments insist that you have a bias; it seems to me that you are commenting on the polital process rather than the issues, and that you have no editorial agenda. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: jayinchicago | August 15, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

judge-possibly,then again green and white is a good idea

Posted by: spartan | August 15, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Spartan: I'm imagining that it will be a bare-bones blog because that'll make it: spartan. Or decorated in forest green&white?

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | August 15, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

no fix for a month cc? well i guess with all the hilary worship you have been doing, i suppose you do need a rest.

anyways heres a few random thoughs flying around.

im begining to belive that mitt romney is going to get the nod. why? he's polished, well spoken, practially another reagan. he's been a buisnessman,and a governor of a liberal state, so he knows how to win in a blue state. if he can appeal to the evangelical vote, he can be dangerous. if he can pair up with someone like huckabee or a military man then it could even out the disadvantage going in to 2008. both rudy and fred thompson are the only 2 road blocks to his nomination. but with his lead in iowa, i see the repubican side of the primaries ending by mid march possibly.

karl rove-personally, i would like to thank him for a job well done. why? spartan isnt it too early for drinking and blogging? well no and im not drunk. my reasoning is without him basically styiming dems at every turn, it forced us to adapt and evolve. without him, we wouldnt have a howard dean,a 50 state stratergy,or progressives having a loud voice in politics. of course his downfall when he began to belive his hype about having a repubican majority for generations. thanks karl,my only regret is not seeing the look on his face when november 2008 produces a dem victory.

tommy thompson-who? i didnt know he was running in the first place??

anyways,might as well announce that im starting my own blog in.......september!!! i havent thought of a name yet(it probably wont be called conservative standards) also ill be blogging on a few other sites so hopefully you guys can come visit to comment(or troll) so look for it soon.

Posted by: spartan | August 15, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Just kidding Chris. Come back. Just right your ways. I know you know waht tme it is. Why the charade? I know. To keep the fascsits coming back. Tsst Tsst Tsst. Tricky guy. Good luck chris. Watchout for those jumping fish.

Posted by: RUFUS | August 15, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I hope you're fly fishing! We have a great run of Steelhead in Oregon this year. I think you know my email address - drop me a line if you're out this way and I'll "drive" you down the McKenzie in my drift boat.

Posted by: MikeB | August 15, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Us low-life Fix 'junkies' are looking forward to insightful analyses when you return, CC. Jay Rosen's article ( ) would make for interesting reading.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | August 15, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

That may be, JD. But his job here at the Fix seems pretty damn easy. Last week he was blogging about the food he ate at the Ames straw poll!

I'm annoyed because this means there won't be many new posts. And when there aren't new posts, the old ones get hundreds of comments, so they're slow to load and hard to read. CC is slacking off at work, which makes it less pleasant for me to come here when I'm slacking off at work! Hardly seems fair.

Posted by: Blarg | August 15, 2007 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Enjoy your month, CC. It will be getting busy busy for a little more than a year right about when you return.

Posted by: Bokonon | August 15, 2007 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Good Chris. And stay gone please :)

Get us a real blogger talking about real issues. Stay away Chris.

Posted by: rufus | August 15, 2007 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Good Lord, Blarg, give the guy a break. He probably has a day job as well at WaPo.

Have fun Chris

Posted by: JD | August 15, 2007 11:30 AM | Report abuse

safe travels to all. vacations rule.

Posted by: jojo | August 15, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Chris: You are acting like the guy in the "Adam@home" comic strip. Enjoy

Posted by: lylepink | August 15, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Chris, enjoy your time off. May I recommend that you get out of Washington? And, by the way, at this time of the cycle, Iowa doesn't count.

Posted by: bsimon | August 15, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Thank Chris, from all of us anonymous posters (I think)!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2007 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Video Q&A: The White House Without Rove

Associated Press reporter Jennifer Loven discusses how President Bush will handle his remaining time in office once his trusted adviser, Karl Rove, departs the White House later this month.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Re-charge, Chris. I needs my fix as astute as possible come election season in the off year states.

Posted by: Dig It | August 15, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Except for the liveblogging (which I don't particularly like), you make 1-2 posts per day. And a substantial fraction of the posts are "Wag the Blog" or links to articles to read, which don't require much effort on your part. And that's too much for you? There are plenty of bloggers who post far more frequently, and they aren't even being paid for it!

Posted by: Blarg | August 15, 2007 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Have a nice vacation, Chris. My wife and I are planning an extended European vacation in the fall, can't wait.

Posted by: JimD in FL | August 15, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Have a nice vacation Chris.
Maybe now I can get some work done too :-)

Posted by: Andy R | August 15, 2007 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Sounds good. Enjoy the time off--things might finally start to get serious in September.

Posted by: Chris | August 15, 2007 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Dick Cheney on why we shouldn't invade Iraq, in 1994. Listen to it - he predicted everything that has happened. Everything.

But that was before he started working for the oil industry, wasn't it?

So he knew going iinto this what was going to happen and still chose to do it. Of course, his stock in Halliburton is now worth in excess of $90 MILLION, so I guess it was worth it.

Posted by: The Proof | August 15, 2007 9:22 AM | Report abuse

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