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Happy 2009!


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Thanks to one and all Fixistas for your support of this blog in what was -- without any argument -- one of the greatest political years in memory.

In the new year, we'll be turning out attention to soon-to-be President Barack Obama and the machinations within his White House and Washington generally. We'll also be keeping an eye on the governors races in Virginia and New Jersey and the two parties' positioning for the 2010 midterms.

Stay tuned as we will have lots of new features (including more video and Twitter) to unveil in the coming weeks and months. And, don't forget about the debute of Baby Fix in less than two months time!

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 1, 2009; 12:35 PM ET
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Thank you Chris for giving America's political junkies a legitimate forum where we may argue, debate, challenge, and vent on how our government should work. Your blog keep me sane.

Posted by: txgall | January 4, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year!

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | January 4, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

What would it take to have a new election now that many negatives are surfacing? Do the majority of Americans support Obama? Is there a respectable poll available to reflect the opinion of the majority of voting Americans?

Posted by: wonderbear | January 4, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Arlen Spector will do himself in by voting against Obamas stimulus package and the appointment of Eric Holder. This will give an opening to Chris Matthews of "Hardball" an opening to beat him in the general election in 2010. Spector will look like a fool, the unemployment rate is high and Pennsylvania needs a stimulus package. It will uspset his constituents and they will vote him out before his personal health issues over comes him. Spector will look like a racist/fool to President Obama, African Americans, Pennsylvania and liberals.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | January 4, 2009 3:10 AM | Report abuse

My prediction: Since OBAMA has been stupid enough to let the Bush and Clinton cronies in his cabinet.
1. His agenda and stimulus package will be blocked by the Republicans.
2. Since having Bush's buddy Gates and his staff stay on- most things on Obamas agenda (troops out of Iraq) will be delayed or not worked out.
3. Hillary will come out on top because she will get the troops out of Iraq.
4. Obama will end up having to fire Gates and get rid of the rest of the Bush cronies out of his cabinet and Washington DC.
5. Obama will get upset because non of his agenda is being passed and he will have to fire and clean house of ALL the Republicans from Washington DC and his cabinet.
Obama will have to Fire his Republicans Transportation Sec as well because of trust issues.
6. The Republican Senator from Maine changes her party to Democrate.
7. Chris Matthews becomes the next Senator from Penn because of Spectors health and Spector upsets his constituents by voting against the first black Attorney General.
8.Democrats will have to let Burris be sworn in as the next Illinois Senator because they need him and his vote.
8. Al Frankin wins the Min Senate race.
9. The Illinois Gov Rod B stays on and is reelected in 2010.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | January 3, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

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17 Days until the start of the Third Clinton Administration


We have been through this before -


A Campaign promising 'CHANGE' How in the the world was Obama not called for Plagarism against Bill Clinton??


A Campaign promising a Middle Class Tax Cut - Let's see it.


The last time we had a Clinton Administration - Wall Street was deregulated with the Repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act and that set the stage for today's economic disaster.


The last time we had a Clinton Administration they cut the intelligence budget and NEGLECTED FOREIGN POLICY unti we were blind in the Middle East and the Terrorists were running wild.


Obama has promised us POST-PARTISAN, POST-RACIAL AND TRANSPARENCY


Let's see it.


First, he has to hire more Republicans, not just a few token Republicans (especially if he is claiming he wants experience)


Then Let's see AN TO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AS THE WAY TO BEING POST-RACIAL.


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Posted by: Yes37thandORulesForever | January 3, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

With Mark in austin, I wish a speedy recovery for all the mentally ill rightwingers on this blog, who live only to spew their poison and lies.

Every single day, all day long, all they do is post the most vile propaganda. Unfortunately, due to the dire condition of healthcare in this country, they clearly don't receive the medical attention they so desperately need.

We can only hope that when President Obama [just say that a few times, it will make you feel better in these dark days] passes true healthcare reform, these terribly ill individuals will be placed under the care of institutions who can rebuild their warped and twisted souls and make them functioning and contributing members of society.

Posted by: drindl | January 2, 2009 6:25 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year to Chris "Countrywide" Dodd and "Nine Percent" Pelosi !

Posted by: leapin | January 2, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

And don't forget in 2009 about Charlie Rangel's son getting all that campaign cash (80K) for building amatuerish web sites.

Posted by: leapin | January 2, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

and at the heart of the meltdown:

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT): Question: Which member of the U.S. Senate tookthe most campaign money from corrupt institutions Fannie Mae and FreddieMac? Answer: Chris Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Giventhis fact there is little reason to wonder why Senator Dodd blocked reformproposals for Fannie and Freddie, calling them "ill advised." Dodd'swillingness to protect Fannie and Freddie would alone merit a spot on the"ten most corrupt list," but there is much more. Dodd was also nabbed foraccepting preferential treatment and loan terms from Countrywide Financial.The Connecticut Senator admitted earlier this year that he was told in 2003when he refinanced two properties that he was being placed in Countrywide's"VIP Program," but said he believed this was simply a courtesy that hadnothing to do with his position in the U.S. Senate. This is either ablatant lie or horribly naïve for a man who has served in the Senate formore than 25 years and currently chairs the Senate Banking Committee thatregulates the mortgage industry. We're not buying it.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 2, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

and don't forget:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): Last year House Speaker Nancy Pelosimade the "most corrupt" list for sneaking a $25 million earmark for herhusband into a $15 billion Water Resources Development Act passed byCongress. This year, Pelosi ran afoul of federal election law byparticipating in an illegal advertising campaign funded by Al Gore'snon-profit Alliance for Climate protection. The advertisement featuringPelosi ran at least 300 times nationally, including in the House speaker'sdistrict, during campaign season, representing an illegal in-kindcontribution to her campaign. Perhaps more disturbing than this incident,however, is the fact that Speaker Pelosi has allowed corruption to runrampant in Congress and has ignored serious incidents of crooked behaviorwithin her own party. Pelosi promised a new era of ethics enforcementduring the 2006 campaign and she has failed to deliver. Instead, shecontinues to protect the worst of the worst of political corruption in theHouse of Representatives.

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY): Rep. Charles Rangel, Chairman of the powerfulWays and Means Committee, took the unusual step of filing an ethicscomplaint against himself in 2008 related to scandals involving unpaidtaxes and rent-controlled apartments. This act was clearly a publicitystunt, but regardless, the House Ethics Committee took the New Yorkcongressman up on his request, and even took things a step further byexpanding the scope of its investigation. The initial transgressions thatled to the ethics panel probe involve: Rangel's failure to pay taxes on$75,000 in rental income he earned from his off-shore rental property; hisefforts to use his influence to keep hold of highly coveted rent-controlledapartments in Harlem; and misusing his congressional office to fundraisefor his private Rangel Center. Now Congress is looking into whether or notRangel preserved a tax loophole for an oil drilling company in exchange forfunding for the Rangel Center as well.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 2, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Judicial Watch announces most crooked pols. guess who?

Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY): Let's start with the fact that HillaryClinton is constitutionally ineligible to serve as Secretary of State inthe Obama administration. According to the Ineligibility Clause of theUnited States Constitution, no member of Congress can be appointed to anoffice that has benefited from a salary increase during the time thatSenator or Representative served in Congress. A January 2008 ExecutiveOrder signed by President Bush during Hillary Clinton's current Senate termincreased the salary for Secretary of State, thereby rendering SenatorClinton ineligible for the position. (Congressional "fixes" do not addressthe constitutional issue. Her appointment would be in violation of theU.S. Constitution.) And then, of course, there is the long history ofcorrupt behavior that follows Hillary wherever she goes, includingChinagate, Filegate, pardons for terrorists, pardons for cash (for herbrothers), White House fundraising coffees, Whitewater, Travelgate lies,doing business with the State of Arkansas while her husband was governor,Web Hubbell, smear campaigns, false financial disclosure forms, John Huang,Chinese generals, the Lippo Group, paid sleepovers in the Lincoln Bedroom,cattle futures fraud, and stealing White House furniture. (This corruptionis still going strong. In 2008, Hillary also received an illegal foreigncampaign contribution in the form of a fundraising concert by music iconElton John.)

President-Elect Barack Obama (D-IL): As Barack Obama assumes thepresidency he already brings to the White House a large amount of ethicalbaggage. Obama's presidential campaign had some of the ethical trimmingsof a Chicago ward election. It was marked with enormous corruption issues,ranging from its alliance with the sleazy ACORN operation's "voterregistration" and "get out the vote" efforts to its acceptance ofuntraceable, and in too many cases, illegal online contributions. Thereare also Obama's corrupt dealings with convicted felon Tony Rezko andunrepentant terrorist William Ayers, his below-market rate mortgage loans,his stock dealings and related "earmark" votes in the U.S. Senate, and hismissing or non-existent official papers from his years in the IllinoisState Senate. His ongoing cover up of his and his team's role in theBlagojevich "pay-to-play" scandal is ruining his presidency even before hetakes the oath of office.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | January 2, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year to all. May the new year be less stressful than the one just departed.My wife asked me what my New Years wish was and I told her "That we and ours still be here next New Year." The rest will work itself out. We will either be richer or poorer but we will manage. At our age (75) good health is more important than anything else. So, don't worry and be happy every one. You too Chris.

Posted by: Opa2 | January 2, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

To Chris and the "Fix" staff I wish a Happy New Year, filled with blogs that "illuminate our times" [Walter Cronkite quote].

To all posters who share both curiousity and good manners, I wish a Happy and healthy New Year.

To the rest of you I pray for your recovery, but nevertheless wish you happiness and good health.

For the USA and Canada I pray for the blessings of peace and prosperity, and for the world I wish for a lessening of tension and hostility and an outbreak of respect for human rights in various quarters.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 2, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Happy New Year Chris!

All the best and thanks again for providing one of the best political blogs/forums around...

Posted by: RickJ | January 2, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

PREDICTION FOR '09:

WOODWARD TO AGAIN UPSET POLITICAL UNIVERSE
WITH THE SCOOP OF THE NEW WORLD (ORDER?) CENTURY


Chris: For 2009, in the words of John Lennon: "Let's hope it's a good one, without any fear."

As I recall, he also said: "It's getting better all the time; it can't get no worse."

Here's my top prediction for 2009:

Bob Woodward/Washington Post will report an explosive scoop that will rock the politico-military-security complex...

...an expose that will make Watergate look like the third-rate burglary it was supposed to be...

...disturbing revelations that will take down what some are calling the Fourth Reich.

Official sources already are counting the days until they can more freely tell him what they know; I believe Woodward already has an inkling of what they're about to reveal, but don't expect him to tell even you.

The story is out there already, but requires validation by the mainstream media before Congress and the punditocracy (ironically, a prime target of the evil Woodward will expose) will accept its shocking truth.

So as not to be "too cute by half," here's a link that provides some clues:

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if the link is disabled):

http://members.nowpublic.com/scrivener

If the blog link suddenly stops working, Google "Radiation Weaponry" and "Domestic Torture." But do it soon, in the event that "gremlins" hit those links, too.

And please check in to inquire about the continued health and well-being of those who have put it all on the line to let the public know about the "shadow government" at work.

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 1, 2009 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for riveting commentary for 2008! Twitter made the campaign news simply great! Looking forward to 2009 and news of another kind: Baby Cillizza's first take on the world! Happy 2009!

Posted by: HazardKY | January 1, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Happy New Year.

Posted by: Yes37thandORulesForever | January 1, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

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