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Welcome to The Fix, a new washingtonpost.com blog that aims to serve as a one-stop shop for political junkies in Washington and the wider world.

My name is Chris Cillizza and I will be your cruise director through these (somewhat) uncharted waters. Expect to see daily posts on a range of political topics, from the latest 2008 wannabe to take a trip to Iowa to who's up and who's down in the race for control of Congress in 2006.

As an added bonus, look for regular posts at The Fix from members of the political staff at The Washington Post. These reporters hear great tidbits every day, so be sure to bookmark the site (or sign up for the RSS feed) to see what they've dug up.

A final note: This column is meant to be interactive, so if you have a tip, idea or -- perish the thought -- a complaint, feel free to post it in the comments section attached to each posting, or drop me an e-mail. I'll do my best to monitor the comments and react when appropriate.

Let me be the first to wish you many happy returns to The Fix.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 3, 2005; 6:00 AM ET
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No comments since 2006. Is this broken?

Best/worst VPs.

Jefferson did pick Burr and he worked brilliantly to a point. Burr's pre-Tamany connections flipped enough votes in NY City to flip the 1800 election to Jefferson/Burr from Adams (like 2000/2004 1796/1800 were a pair of extremely tight elections). The only problem was that in the first try at working a slate no one held back and Jefferson and Burr got exactly the same number of votes. ZThat meant chaos with the opposition legislators in Congress getting to pick the President.

Thomas Marshall was a legitimately crumby VP pick for Woodrow Wilson. Asked to fill in on a temporary basis due to Wilson's stroke, Marshall refused unless he got the full Presidential salary. Then he resumed his for pay speaking tour.

Harry Truman was picked by FDR to use his Senate contacts to get his post war treaties ratified. He did that as President and more. I'd say he belongs on your top five.

Posted by: David Kowalski | August 15, 2008 3:29 AM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to Jeff Gannon/Jim Guckert,the Washington press corps stooge that the administration used to lob softballs to the president during the first two years of the Afghan/Iraq conflict.There are major questions here that need to be answered . Was this a major campaign of misinformation at the highest levels of government?

Posted by: Daryl | September 28, 2006 1:24 PM | Report abuse

This is the first time I arrive here and I read washingtonpost.com news everyday in Chengdu,China.
Anyone would have a talk with me by MSN yuhua816@yahoo.com.cn?
It's far from you.

Posted by: Darren | September 25, 2006 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Your blog is broken again. Can't post or read comments to the Florida primary results.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 6, 2006 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Please read my open letter to Condoleeza Rice @ 9ethernews.blogspot.com

Posted by: 9Ether | September 1, 2006 11:10 AM | Report abuse

There is a definite pattern to Democrat news people in their rants. First take a poll with a built in bias. This is the easy part that most people learned in Statistics 101. Then make the bogus poll news. Then spin the facts to somehow blame Bush. It is tiresome and boring to your readers. Any close poll may be slanted in its taking to get desired results. We will take a poll at election time that will be valid. Meanwhile you will try to establish a bandwagon hoping all the people will hop on. The fallacy of your logic is only surmounted by your bias and arrogance.

Posted by: Sam Douthit | August 31, 2006 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Hi! Very interesting! pidgbacka

Posted by: John S | August 27, 2006 5:25 AM | Report abuse

VP Cheney would never resign in order to allow Condoleeza Rice or anyone else to become vice president. Cheney wouldn't want historians forever after to portray his departure as a forced resignation (a la Richard Nixon) in the wake of scandal. And that's exactly how historians (left-leaning, at least) would portray it: Blunders over the Iraq war and other problems with the Bush presidency caused the vice president to step down. Clinton and Gore also briefly toyed with the idea of allowing Gore to become an incumbent president after the impeachment scandal, then thought better of it in the longer view of history. Clinton did not believe he had done anything near on a level of Nixon's infractions and did not want to leave on those terms. Cheney doesn't, either.

Posted by: SThomas | August 25, 2006 5:50 AM | Report abuse

Re: your posting on the Michigan Senatorial race, Debbie Stabenow has not done a single thing for her Michigan constituents other than name a Federal Building in Detroit. Mike Brouchard has a long history of serving michigan citizens well. The choice is obvious. Mike Yes. Do nothing Debbie NO

Posted by: Ron Savage | August 20, 2006 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The main problems are:
The USA and its greed.

DC

Posted by: Anonymous | August 13, 2006 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Aloha Chris: Welcome to info central. Lets start with this from Hawaii. Senator Barack Obama is campaigning for Senator Akaka in Novembers election. He states in his TV message That Senator Akaka does not align himselves with special interest groups. "What A Crock" I have done research on our good Senator over last 3 elections and the reason the Jones Act will never get repealed in Hawaii or Exempted as The Senators and Representatives did for our Island Cruise Line NCL is About 60% of all Seafarer,Dock Workers Union and PAC Money goes to him every year. Go to Balliston on Sunlightfoundation.com and asked about Email I sent with specific figuers on each of our represenatives. Holualoa Hi.

Posted by: Buzz Baer | August 11, 2006 12:47 PM | Report abuse

If Barack Obama is so easily seduced by the lure of fame/leadership, then he is definitely not ready for the enormous task of leading the country. we've had too much in the past 6 years of an ego fed by stubborness, with a limited ability to understand global implications , to be faced with a too young - as in unseasoned - person, who portends great growth. He should be willing to wait an few, and if he does, my respect for his intellect and ability to perform will be greatly enhanced.

Posted by: ruths | July 27, 2006 5:54 PM | Report abuse

please email me at activistliberal@yahoo.com
I managed a congressional campaign 2004 (district 16 in Florida.Would like to speak to you ASAP.
561 835 8419
Sincerely,
Al Rogers

Posted by: al rogers | July 24, 2006 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Like the 2004 election in Ohio, it's all over and Ney (Bush) won. All that's left to do is the counting and Ken Blackwell will take care of that. Dear Chris, you report on elections like they are run fairly in the United States. Around the world Democracy and election rigging go hand-in-hand. Doubters, Google "electronic voting machines'. Read the GAO and Brennan Reports and other articles written by this nation's leading computer scientists. Democracy in the U.S. is all fluff. The voters decide nothing.

Posted by: Peter E | July 12, 2006 6:47 AM | Report abuse

I have been told that one Congressional race, CO 04, has received no interest nationally in this blog or most national ones (liberal or conservative). I find this hard to believe because the incumbent, Marilyn Musgrave, is a lightening rod for those who oppose what has happened to our country under the leadership of Bush-Cheney-Delay.

Musgrave has a very energetic, bright, articulate competitor, Angie Paccione, who has spent the last year (weekends until mid-May) traveling across the district, and attracting large crowds. Paccione was a member of Colorado's State House of Representatives for the past 2 terms.

Perhaps, because I am too close to this election, I am naive. But I'd like to hear from those who see themselves as "all-knowing" what they believe might be happening.


Thanks
Ann

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Posted by: John Hash | June 24, 2006 9:26 AM | Report abuse

So what's the big deal about Edwards and Iowa anyway? I would think Iowans would be all over their own governor. Is Edwards really that big a deal outside horny housewives and trial lawyers?

Posted by: NachoMama | June 22, 2006 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Love The Fix but have one suggestion. Could you put the name and party of the incumbent in the heading for each race? It would make it easier to understand your comments.

Posted by: Sampappy | May 29, 2006 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Will Dems Sweep GOP in Govs. Series?
The Fix by Chris Cillizza

Think about it in terms of baseball !

And you would like us to consider you just as someone else but completely fool and childish. That's no more a game man: your vice pres and his wild bunch have been demonstratred completely insane, focused, obsessed, plain liards and totally irresponsible, and you've got exactly the same mess on the other wing of your white stable.

Worst of all, none of your institutions, chamber controls, bipartisan commissions, old reps or wise senators have been able to see it, to say it, to put any tiny little stop to their (your) collective delirium but - maybe - special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald and (hopefully) some new others who might now be in charge to clean Augias' poulterer.

Will Dem Lieberman be able to make one more stupid point ? Sure, I hope he won't.

Look at the plain stupidity of all your daily titles man: can't you see that Berlin is on fire and your all in a sunken bunker?


Yours truly.
phv

05.20.2006

Philippe Viredaz
Louve 12
CH-1003 Lausanne
Switzerland

Posted by: Philippe Viredaz | May 21, 2006 5:22 AM | Report abuse

YES, I PATRICK KENNEDY SHOULD BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE, BUT NO ONE WILL RUN AGAINST ME. ALL I WANT TO DO IS TO GET DRUNK OR SMASHED ON PERSCRIPTION PILLS SO I CAN BE JUST LIKE MY WORTHLESS DAD TEDDY. I AM JUST LIKE MY DAD, A LAME EXCUSE FOR A PUBLIC SERVANT. WE KENNEDY'S ARE MASTERS AT THE ART OF LYING TO THE PUBLIC AND MY RECENT ESCAPADES DOWN IN DC IS NO EXCEPTION. HEY , I WAS STONED AND DRUNK, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT? HONESTLY I COULD CARE LESS IF I LOOSE MY SEAT IN THE CONGRESS.
SINCERELY,
PATRICK KENNEDY

Posted by: JIM DANDY | May 8, 2006 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who didn't vote in the last presidential election should keep their opinion of John Kerry's electibility to themselves. It's because of non-voters like you that John Kerry is not now our president!

Posted by: Steve Franke | April 18, 2006 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Here is how Bush can fix this mess:
cross posted on KOS

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. http://www.iom.edu/...

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

Posted by: Mike Bailey | April 17, 2006 11:36 AM | Report abuse

In Florida, you are selling short the candidacy of Rod Smith, who has been whipping Jim Davis in debates and speaking appearances.
Rod is a straight-talking force who appeals to both Democrats and Republicans, has built a terrific record for working across the aisle in the state legislature, and has won elections on strong Republican turf.
He has vast experience in state issues, knows what this state needs to turn itself around, such as education, and relates very well and easily to the concerns of people.

Posted by: Jay | February 17, 2006 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Guns don't shoot people, Chaney does!

Posted by: gyrene | February 15, 2006 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Tom Vilsack is a nice guy but he won't even win his home state in the race for the nomination. In the just completed off year Iowa caucuses a straw poll was taken at the Jasper County-wide Democratic caucus(an important democratic county in Iowa). The Newton daily News reported that Vilsack came in a distanat 3rd.
EDWARDS 46% H.CLINTON 18% VILSACK 17%.

Posted by: Dennis | February 7, 2006 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Part of my job is researching "Business Opportunities" for my agency. Part of my research is in fed gov bus ops. I found this the other day. Don't know what genius in PR publicly solicited for this bus op....
If anyone needed a(another) reason to be against this war...
http://www.fbo.gov/spg/DLA/J3/DSCP-M/SP0200-06-Q-4023/SynopsisP.html

Posted by: TP in ND | January 26, 2006 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have a publically available website where we can find recent polling data for all the local races? (not just the swing-seats or other marquee races)

We have to be close enough to state primaries for this data to be out there in play.

Ideas?

Posted by: Christopher | January 25, 2006 12:54 PM | Report abuse

The wimp out on the torture scenario is stupid. Are we better than the thugs who drop nukes on us because we don't drop nukes on them.? I say if you can kill the killers you can torture the torturers.

Posted by: Dale L | December 19, 2005 1:20 PM | Report abuse

So are you the anti-Froomkin?

Lot's of folks don't trust ya WaPo

or should I say washingtoncom.post ?

Waiting patiently..

Posted by: biobit | December 13, 2005 5:50 PM | Report abuse

So the Democrats fear a backlash in 06 and 08 due to their defeatest and damn near traitorous activities during our present war. WELL I SURE HOPE SO!!!!!!
I am a Vietnam vet who was on the losing side due to the wimps, posey sniffers,
and bleeding hearts stabbing us in the back
from 1968 on.
So now old fat drunken Kennedy now that he
is to old to drive young girls off bridges
and Pelosi (who needs a face transplant bad!)and the usual suspects have another war they can lose for the U.S. They must be SO PROUD of themselves! I wish the whole pack of them would move to San Francisco, a place that is just right for them. Kiss me Bruce

Merry CHRISTMAS(yes I said CHRISTMAS!)

Ralph L.

Posted by: Ralph L. | December 9, 2005 6:48 PM | Report abuse

What a disgrace in America! It is unconscionable that any body of so-call concerned, caring human beings would allow a meager social security check for survival to be touched for a government education loan as the government spends billions toward educating non-Americans.

I suppose now we will have more homeless, and unnecessary illnesses, and deaths.

Please think of someway to rescind this and let the people live.

Maybe the Senators will find in their hearts to take a look at this
stumping the poor.

Posted by: A. J. Mendoza | December 9, 2005 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"IT IS FORTUNATE FOR GOVERNMENTS THAT THE PEOPLE THEY ADMINISTER DON'T THINK" GEO. BUSH ??? NO, ADOLPH HITLER

"NATURALLY THE COMMON PEOPLE DON'T WANT WAR, BUT THEY CAN ALWAYS BE BROUGHT TO THE BIDDING OF THE LEADERS. TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED,AND DENOUNCE THE PACIFISTS FOR LACK OF PATRIOTISM AND ENDANGERING THE COUNTRY. IT WORKS THE SAME IN EVERY COUNTRY". '
DICK CHENEY ??? NO, HERMANN GOERING.

APPARENTLY THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT REPUBLICAN REDNECKS HAVE READ "MEIN KAMPF"

Posted by: WINSHIP | November 22, 2005 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Welcome Chris,but why isnt Dan Froomkin of "White House Briefing" mentioned anywhere re. the new political blogs??

There are alot of us who are fierce,loyal fans of his excellent daily insights and links!

Posted by: Nancy/Ca | October 3, 2005 1:55 PM | Report abuse

you could grab market share from Achenblog, where his efforts to get political discussions going degrade into singalongs and recipe recommendations.

Posted by: pizzle | October 3, 2005 1:52 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the Vegas Pony. I want more field hockey information.

Posted by: J. Nutting | October 3, 2005 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm... it looks OK, so far. What will set this blog apart from all the others? Like I said, it seems OK, but I'm not exactly enthralled.

Posted by: Princess Sparkle Pony | October 3, 2005 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I read the Washington Post everyday.
The Fix is a fix I needed. I have bookmarked it and look forward to your in-depth reporting.
Jerry Plantz
Lee's Summit, Missouri

Posted by: Jerry Plantz | October 3, 2005 10:54 AM | Report abuse

p.s. I am referring to the Sept. 30 list of Senatorial races, but the comment applies to any reference to polling number or other statistic.

p.p.s. I find MyDD.com is very good at providing info on polling.

Posted by: grooft | October 3, 2005 9:20 AM | Report abuse

The info following the name is lacking in any text to enable interpretation. Please add info to any (presumed polling, popularity statistic, difference between incumbent and named/unnamed challenger). The statistic, 51%, all by itself is pretty meaningless/misleading.
Thx.

Posted by: grooft | October 3, 2005 9:18 AM | Report abuse

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