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The next five days (hopefully) for the Fix and Mrs. Fix

The Fix, laid low by a post-election/post-field hockey season cold for the past ten days, has decided to seek warmer climes on the Left Coast from which to convalesce.

Since everyone who has even a passing interest in this blog knows we can't totally stay away from politics, we won't even pretend that we are going cold turkey (ahem) from posting over the next five days -- or so.

But, we will be slowing the pace considerably as we get some rest and relaxation in sunny California.

In the meantime, if you are looking for other news on President-elect Barack Obama and the transition within the federal government, make sure to check out these new sites on washingtonpost.com:

Federal Eye by Ed O'Keefe: Fix 2.0 goes in-depth inside the new federal government.

In the Loop by Al Kamen: The man you know and love is now fully web-ified.

44: From the people who brought you "The Trail" comes a blog aimed at covering every jot and tittle of the Obama Administration.

Inauguration Watch: Everything you need to know about Obama's inauguration. Literally.

Happy Thanksgiving!

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 26, 2008; 3:20 PM ET
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The Clinton administration was anything but the best and brightest -


These are the people who started off claiming they were "policy wonks."

Soon it became apparent they were unable to produce any workable proposals for health care legislation - they produced a deficit-laden plan that had zero chance of passage.

Then they proved even more inept by failing to get support for their own plan.

Incredibly it was all downhill from there: the stage was set for

losing control of Congress,
the budget crisis,
the Monica affair,
the trade deals,
the Chinese money,
the Indonesian money,
the lying in a deposition,
the disbarment of a sitting President.

Do I have to go on?

The Clinton administration was the worst in the 20th century - so much promise and absolutely nothing delivered.


All the while squandering the opportunities which came at the end of the Cold War -

You people can not be serious.

History will lay responsiblity for current economic crisis squarely on the democrats in the 1990s - the money that that DNC and the Clintons took from Wall Street in order to deregulate and repeal the Glass-Steagall Act

OH Hillary did get herself elected to the Senate - coincidence that she was courting Wall Street for her run at the same period of deregulation of Wall Street ???

As history will lay the failure of US Foreign Polic in the Middle East to confront al queda in the 1990s squarely on the Clinton Administration - leading to al queda's increasing boldness until the terrorist attacks in New York.

DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT RE-INSTALLING THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION IS A GOOD IDEA???

ONLY IF THE INTERNS COME TOO.

What this nation needs most is HONESTY - we have way too many partisans spinning their own versions of history so many ways that perhaps even they have deluded themselves.

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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | November 29, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse


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YOU are delusional.

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Anything in the rules against delusional people posting on this blog???

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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | November 29, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Posted by "37": "I would like to see some people take personal responsibility for electing an inexperienced person with no foreign policy experience, no defense experience, no business experience and no economic experience."

No, you're wrong, 37. We didn't elect Phalin. (I assume you were referring to Phalin, weren't you?.) Remember Phalin was the one who was stumped by Katie Couric's head-scratching question, "What newspapers do you read?" And it was Phalin of whom Mac's (not O's) campaign said: she has no knowledge of any policy debate that has occurred in the last TEN years. And it was Phalin who boldly challenged the geographical reality that Africa IS a continent.

Or maybe it was Mac you were talking about: well, his relevant "experience" is recited in vivid -- and depressing -- detail in Tim Dickinson's memorable Rolling Stone profile of him. For economic guidance, Mac said he would select a vp who would advise him in that area. His choice? -- Phalin, with her 200,000 wardrobe budget.

"37," the country DID pick someone with the right experience and judgment, in a landslide, the man known to Mac as "that one" and known to Phalin as Samb-, er, let's not go there.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | November 29, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

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Let's talk about the Clinton Administration and the "judgement" of re-installing them in the government:

From the Wall Street Journal today:


Under fire for his role in the near-collapse of Citigroup Inc., Robert Rubin said its problems were due to the buckling financial system, not its own mistakes, and that his role was peripheral to the bank's main operations even though he was one of its highest-paid officials.

"Nobody was prepared for this," Mr. Rubin said in an interview. He cited former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan as another example of someone whose reputation has been unfairly damaged by the crisis.

Robert Rubin, in Washington this month, faces criticism as Citi slides.
Mr. Rubin, senior counselor and a director at Citigroup, acknowledged that he was involved in a board decision to ramp up risk-taking in 2004 and 2005, even though he was warning publicly that investors were taking too much risk. He said if executives had executed the plan properly, the bank's losses would have been less.

Its troubles have put the former Treasury secretary in the awkward position of having to justify $115 million in pay since 1999, excluding stock options, while explaining Citigroup's $20 billion in losses over the past year and a government bailout of at least $45 billion.

Mr. Rubin's salary made him one of Wall Street's highest-paid officials -- and a controversial figure among Citigroup shareholders and some executives, who questioned whether his limited duties justified the big paydays.

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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | November 29, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

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To the posters who wish to harass other posters:


Please just make your points, support them and leave it at that - no need to get personal.


You should go back in the archives and see what the paid Obama staffers were saying - attacking and harassing every poster who did not agree with them on a daily and hourly basis.


I would like to see some people take personal responsibility for electing an inexperienced person with no foreign policy experience, no defense experience, no business experience and no economic experience.


YOU decided to roll the dice with the country, not anyone else.


You own it now.


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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | November 29, 2008 8:54 AM | Report abuse

37th&OStreet, gee hope I got that right!

Might I suggest you get a life. :-))

Posted by: wendyo1 | November 29, 2008 12:55 AM | Report abuse

Mr Cillizza and the Post,

I can't believe the vitriolic puke you allow to be published in 'comments'.

Are you aware that comments like those posted by a class of 'people' like '37th&0' are very repulsive to the sane among us.

Most of the garbage is unrelated to the column being reviewed, and it adds to time scanning for real content.

Is there no rule against unrelated Bull Sh!t?

Posted by: OLDSCHOOL2 | November 28, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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just emulating the Great Moron 37th&0, the current resident idiot of this blog. you really don't have any other life than posting here, do you?

Posted by: drindl | November 28, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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The world is a dangerous place - I know all you Obamaniacs are all happy right now - however the Presidency is no place for an inexperience untested person who has no defense experience and no foreign policy experience.


You all should be ashamed of yourselves for being so irresponsible with your votes.


145 people are now dead. The Kashmiri Muslims decided that they wanted their issues front and center so they decided to test Obama before he got into office - other terrorist groups are lining up to test Obama next.


Al Queda can't wait to attack - just to see if Obama will "cut and run" from the region.


Russia, France, Venezuela and China are waiting for their chance too to push the limites - all set-up by the irresponsible latte liberals. HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE HAVE TO DIE BEFORE YOU REALIZE THAT AN EXPERIENCED TOUGH PERSON WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER ???


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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | November 28, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: nquotes | November 27, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

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To the Posters who call themselves DDAWD, broadwayjoe, SeanC1 and DrainYou:


I have FREEDOM OF SPEECH guaranteed to me by the UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.


The Washington Post fought one of the most famous Free Speech battles ever against the Nixon Administration over the Pentagon Papers.

I will characterize your postings as this: an attempted conspiracy to RESTRICT THE FREEDOM OF SPEECH OF US CITIZENS.

The Nixon Administration would be proud that the Obama people have adopted these tactics, first at the Daily Kos, and now here on this blog.


In fact I can almost hear Nixon cheering from his grave.

One other note: the conspiracy you are attempting to engage in - which is based on THE CONTENT OF ONE'S SPEECH - should be viewed as a VIOLATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS UNDER THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS ACTS.


The Obama crowd has regularly engaged in the intimidation and harassment of other posters - intimidation based solely on the content of one's speech.

hmmm - some of this is being paid for - PAID BLOGGERS have been instructed to hit the 'report abuse" button based on the CONTENT OF ONE'S SPEECH NOT ANY REAL VIOLATION.


So, we have this development: foreign money coming into the Obama people - unverified by simple software which has been purposely turned off - a flood of questionable money from questionable sources -


A flood of money which might be foreign money - of questionable legality - being utilized to restrict the Freedom of Speech of American citizens.

The disgraceful actions began last winter and they continue.

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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | November 27, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

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OHIOCITIZEN


I call 'em as I see 'em - and there are no mischaracterizations. This election was more about money than anything else, hence the blame on the "latte liberals" who can be characterized as spoiled brats who love to ignore reality.


I take issue with your "truly patriotic individuals" idea.


"Truly patriotic individuals" are those who, when the republicans are joined by the democrats to vote for the war, do not "cut and run" and withdraw their support for the war when they see a potential electorial advantage in the overnight polling.

"Truly patriotic individuals" - do not run around for years and years saying "Bush lied, Bush lied" - when we have troops on the ground in a foreign land getting shot at.


The only person on tape saying that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction was Bill Clinton - no one went around for years saying "Clinton lied, Clinton lied."


AGAIN, these are the same people demanding unity now - for their program - extremely silly notion given that they refused to give the nation unity during wartime.


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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | November 27, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse


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Weapons of Mass Destruction - means chemical weapons too - Saddam had them and he used them - he used them to kill 100,000 of his own people.


All the intelligence services in the West were concerned - NOT only that he had them - BUT THAT HE WAS SICK ENOUGH TO USE THEM.


That is a key point.


The concern was that Saddam COULD team up with terrorists and used those weapons against Western targets, or even in the United States itself.

THAT WAS THE CONCERN WHICH HAD TO BE DEALT WITH.


GROW UP - THAT WAS A LEGITIMATE THREAT AND YOU ARE LIVING IN CANDYLAND IF YOU WANT TO IGNORE THAT REALITY.

One additional factor: the democrats in Congress starting in the 70s - through the 80s and the Clinton administration - CONSTANTLY DEMANDED THAT OUR INTELLIGENCE BUDGETS WERE CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT.


This cutting left our nation's intelligence services basically blind in the Middle East - and YES ONE MUST BLAME THE DEMOCRATS BECAUSE THEY WERE THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS IDIOTS WHO WENT OUT AND DEMANDED THAT OUR INTELLIGENCE BUDGETS WERE SLASHED.

So, we ended up a with a situation in which the we had significantly less intelligence resources in the Middle East - and what do the democrats do?


They run around for years and years and years saying "Bush lied, Bush lied" - about intelligence reports WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN SUBSTANTIALLY BETTER WERE IT NOT FOR THE DEMOCRATS CUTTING THE BUDGETS.

Sorry however this story WILL BE TOLD.


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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | November 27, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

NOW we have the same idiots out there demanding unity for their program - an extremely silly notion -


OK if you want unity this is how to get it:


Post Partisan - give half the cabinet positions to Republicans and cover the entire political spectrum


Post Racial - end affirmative action - enact an entirely MERIT-BASED economy and throw all college and graduate school admissions boards in jail who give any advantage based on minority or gender status.

OK that would begin to Unify people.


HOWEVER we don't have that - do we? We have a re-installation of the Clinton administration (are the interns coming back too?) -


AND "CHANGE" is defined as throwing in a few guys from the Carter administration - a "fresh-face."


OK there you have it - if Obama adheres to his actual message - instead of the ultra latte-liberal agenda which they ware attempting to slip in under these crazy campaign themes.

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A poster on the other topic asked - what did the American people vote for? His point is they voted for what I just outlined, not some ultra-liberal agenda and the sooner everyone realizes that and that idea guides action, the better for the entire nation.

Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | November 27, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse


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The Washington Post has really gone a long way since the Pentagon Papers - when it was the Nixon Administration attempting to restrict the Freedom of Speech of the Washington Post.

Democracy and Freedom won that battle.


What we have today is the Obama people attempting to stamp out opposing opinions.


This started last winter when the Hillary people were thrown off the Daily Kos - in a blantant exercise of authoritarian action BASED ON CONTENT.

There should be NO RESTRICTIONS BASED ON CONTENT OF ONE'S SPEECH. That is exactly what is happneing here.

The "report abuse" button is being abused.

The Obama people are teaming up to complain - to encourage people to hit "report abuse" BASED ON CONTENT - not on actual violations.


I would not be surprised if PAID STAFFERS were involved in these efforts.

So, money of questionable foreign origin, of questionable legality, is being utilized to restrict FREEDOM OF SPEECH ON THE WASHINGTON POST.

That is a new one, however apparently true.

If anything, that is a violation of FREEDOM OF SPEECH.


Again, those who fought the battle of the Pentagon Papers would be astonished.

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Posted by: 37thOStreetRules | November 27, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Happy Thanksgiving, Chris. And here's to your cold being left in DC and not accompanying you to California.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | November 27, 2008 4:54 AM | Report abuse

The second-guessing and mischaracterization of the judgment of the American people should stop. The President-elect received 53% of the national vote, a higher percentage than that received by the outgoing President in either of his elections. The incoming President also received a much larger number of electoral votes than did the outgoing President in either 2000 or 2004. Let's not forget that the outgoing President actually finished second in the national popular vote when first elected in 2000.

It is obvious that the support for the man who will become our 44th President was not limited to "latte-liberals." In fact it encompassed majorities in every region of the country outside the South, a region which is now beginning to look out-of-touch with the rest of the nation. In fact we can distinguish between the Coastal South or Atlantic South including the five states from Virginia to Florida, three of which were carried by the winning candidate in 2008, and the interior and border South extending from West Virginia to Oklahoma where all nine of those states were carried by the losing candidate by at least 12 points.

Of course there are always those who prefer to whine and complain and engage in the behavior common to sore losers rather than show grace in defeat and seek to show solidarity with their fellow citizens when the nation is facing its worst economic crisis in 75 years. Truly patriotic individuals undoubtedly are united in common hopes for the success of the 44th President as that will mean success for the nation. But there are always those who put petty quarrels and vindictiveness before what is best for the nation. It's rather clear who among the readers of and posters to this blog puts country first and who among them would prefer to rant and condemn others who are not so shallow.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | November 27, 2008 4:52 AM | Report abuse

Happy Thanskgiving Chris and feel better!

Posted by: RickJ | November 27, 2008 4:40 AM | Report abuse

Mr Fix

For Thanksgiving, I am thankful for The Fix (blog, or on TV)

Hope you and Mrs Fix have a great vacation, a Happy Thanksgiving, and a safe trip!

Posted by: Noonski | November 27, 2008 4:36 AM | Report abuse

Some California sun sounds pretty good from the Canadian winter. Have a great vacation.

And 37thandFail continues his irrelevant and idiotic postings; countdown to the accusation that I'm trampling on his freedom of speech...5...4...3...

Posted by: SeanC1 | November 26, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Get well and be thankful with the rest of us, Chris.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 26, 2008 7:24 PM | Report abuse

chris, enjoy california! it's been rainy and cold (for us) lately, but you could get some sunsets like this one...


Posted by: Kili | November 26, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

CC,

Have a nice vacation. Get lots of rest so you can get over that cold!

Posted by: mnteng | November 26, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

pittgirly


the terrorists are not taking a holiday - they are seeking to get the new administration to start a policy of "cut and run" right away. If you don't see that, you are completely blind.

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Posted by: 37thandOStreetRules | November 26, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Not only does the previous comment have nothing to do with the actual post (have a great vacation by the way, Chris), but it doesn't make any sense.

President-Elect Obama is just that- the President-ELECT. If anything, these terrorists or whoever they are are likely testing the current President, or punishing us for past policies enacted by the CURRENT Administration.

Have a nice Thanksgiving anyway. We'll be keeping ALL the families of the victims in our thoughts this holiday season, regardless of our political persuasion.

Posted by: pittgirly | November 26, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

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Is Obama going to "cut and run" from India now? These terrorists have killed over 90 people attempting to test Obama.

Here's to the Great Latte Liberal Experiment !!!!


Are the Obama people going to comfort the families of the dead ????


Go to the funerals ???

Clearly the Obama people set the stage for this "test" of the inexperienced Obama -

The Obama people naively thought that making such an "affirmative action statement" the world would look at us differently and peace would break out all over the place.


Instead the terrorists can't wait to start to attack and see if they can get the "cut and run" Obama to pull back and allow the terrorists to make gains against American interests internationally.

The terrorists were running through hotels demanding people who had US and British passports.

This is the response of the terrorists to the latte liberals electing the inexperienced Obama.

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Posted by: 37thandOStreetRules | November 26, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

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