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The Fix's Spring Break

I'll be on vacation this week, basking in the glow of Georgetown's Sweet 16 appearance.

I've left a few items in the hamper that will be rolled out out over the week -- and we'll likely publish some of the most interesting questions from each day's live online political chat. But The Fix will mostly be dark for the week.

This seems as good a time as any to thank you all for your readership, your commentary and your support since The Fix launched in October.

Enjoy the slow week. I'll be back full force on the 27th.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 20, 2006; 10:22 AM ET
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"I'll be back full force on the 27th."

Not exactly hitting the ground running today Chris. Or are you still in a state of mourning over the Hoya's.

It's like I tell my teenage son in the mornings - "if I'm up, you're up." CC- We are waiting!

Posted by: RMill | March 27, 2006 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Turns out Chris was rooting for the wrong DC area team. Go Patriots!

Posted by: RMill | March 27, 2006 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: che | March 21, 2006 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Georgetown beats Florida, then loses to BC. Then I win $300 in my office pool.

Posted by: Glenn Gervasio | March 21, 2006 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Maybe you could arrange for a guest blogger in your absence? I hear Gerry McNamara from Syracuse has a lot of free time right now!

GO HOYAS!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ryan | March 20, 2006 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Anybody read "The Definition of an Official Act" by Birnbaum? Great news, eh? For many years I've wanted to bribe my congressman (the eminently bribable John Doolittle), but have been too afraid. Yet again our freedoms have been expanded, and we can now bribe officials without fear of persecution (or prosecution). It's about time we brought this important American right out from under the table and into the light of this glorious day of our history. May the days when politicians voted on principle and the needs of their people (if such days ever existed) languish forever in the unmarked graves of the withered beliefs of our past.

Sorry about the parentheses.

Posted by: Gravy | March 20, 2006 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, RMill. I generally need someone to explain stupidity to me.

Can't help but note that based on the evidence presented on this page, Chris seems to be the only literate Georgetown product.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | March 20, 2006 1:24 PM | Report abuse

DeWine has no other choice. He has waited silently for too long and his numbers are showing he has not made a case to retain his job. His only shot is hoping the President's numbers pick up. His involvement in Group of 14 has no play with voters, it is all inside baseball in Washington.

Posted by: RMill | March 20, 2006 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Enjoy your week off, Chris, and keep up the good work.

Posted by: Jake | March 20, 2006 12:32 PM | Report abuse

RMill: what about DeWine's attempt to legitimize criminal offenses by this Administration by sponsoring bills that conveniently make those crimes legal? With Bush's approval ratings in the dumpster, DeWine picked a bad year to suck up to this Administration.

I'm actually hoping that the Hoyas go all the way. Best to get beaten by the best if you're going to get beaten at all.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | March 20, 2006 11:56 AM | Report abuse

To be perfectly honest, I have long ago stopped reading stories about Iraq. I pay my respects to fallen soldiers and those still on duty defending what they believe in and lament the continued failed policies that have kept them in harm's way for too long, without adequate resources or an exit plan.

I am not however, an advocate for an immediate pull-out because I think it would cost more lives in the long run, but that of a controlled and sustainable hand over. Unfortunately, it is the only responsible thing to do at this point.

Posted by: RMill | March 20, 2006 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Here's what DeWine should be talking about - the fact that he is supporting an insurance industry give away second only to the Medicare Rx bill (I am only posting the whole piece because TCD requires registration):
Critics blast DeWine for health-care vote
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Jonathan Riskind

Republican Sen. Mike De-Wine is taking heat over his vote yesterday for legislation allowing small businesses to more easily band together to seek lower-priced health coverage.

DeWine joined the Senate Health Committee’s other Republicans in the 11-9 party-line committee vote.

Some consumer and healthcare advocates had been lobbying DeWine to vote against the final bill, saying it allows insurers to drop a number of benefits, such as cancer screening, mandated by Ohio and other states.

DeWine last week was the sole Republican to vote for a Democratic amendment requiring those benefits. The amendment failed 10-10 because the GOP committee chairman gets to break ties.

DeWine said in a statement yesterday that he voted for the final bill because while it "is not a perfect bill . . . it provides insurance options for small businesses which they don’t have right now."

Critics of the legislation were not appeased.

"DeWine’s vote means that the special interests who finance his campaign are one step closer to raising insurance premiums for seniors and ending coverage for things like diabetes, mammography and cancer screenings," said Phil Singer, spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Democratic Rep. Sherrod Brown, of Avon, is running against DeWine this year.

DeWine also was criticized by the American Cancer Society.

"While we appreciate Sen. DeWine’s votes for amendments to protect cancer screenings, the American Cancer Society is extremely disappointed that he did not continue this support by voting against this legislation," said Wendy Simpkins, spokeswoman for the group’s Ohio division.

"This bill jeopardizes statemandated cancer screenings — including mammography — that are key to saving lives."

Posted by: ratatouille | March 20, 2006 11:25 AM | Report abuse

RMill - hell yes, but won't happen.
What did you think of the WP's Iraq-coverage yesterday?

Posted by: ratatouille | March 20, 2006 11:20 AM | Report abuse

National Unemployment rate stands at 4.8%

Illinois 5.8%
Indiana 5.3%
Michigan 7.1%
Minnesota 5.0%
New York 5.2%
Ohio 6.1%
Pennsylvania 4.9%
Wisconsin 5.0%

Every Great Lakes state is above the national average. Outside of the devestated Gulf Coast areas, still recovering from Hurricane Katrina, the majority of job loss continues to be centered in the Great Lakes region.

The sluggish economy continues to be an issue as it has since Bush took office with no solution from the White House except a tax cut plan that has helped as much as anything else, to explode deficits (combined with military spending for "war on terror", Iraq and Afganastan campaigns and
Hurricane Katrina).

Increased fuel and construction material costs has further damaged a full recovery.

Envirnmental concerns about the remediation and protection of the Great Lakes, arguably our greatest natural resource (fresh water is both an economic development and national security issue) has been forwarded in various proposals for a full-scale $6 B protection plan to revitalize and conserve, much like the plan for the Florida Everglades.

Where are these issues being discussed today? Not in Cleveland and not from the President.

Can we and should we expect our influential Ohio Congressional Members (Voinovich, DeWine, Boehner, Pryce, Regula, LaTourette) as well as Gov. Taft to discuss with the President today?

Posted by: RMill | March 20, 2006 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Chris - the only reason you went to Georgetown is because you didn't get accepted into George Washington!

Posted by: Stephen Joel | March 20, 2006 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Bush is in Cleveland to defend his Iraq Policy.


Visiting Cleveland, still reeling from economic downturn, President chooses to highlight the War in Iraq. With headlines in recent weeks showing manufacturing losses continuing and an accelerating population drain into neighboring counties and states, should the President address the weak economy in Ohio and the Great Lakes States?

Posted by: RMill | March 20, 2006 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Enjoy your vacation Chris. I'll miss getting my regular fix!

Posted by: Intrepid Liberal Journal | March 20, 2006 10:44 AM | Report abuse

My sentiments exactly Judge. Bucks emerged a year ahead of schedule and have a top notch recruit class. Final 4 for 2007.

Good luck Hoya's but I fear you'll be back early Chris.

Posted by: RMill | March 20, 2006 10:40 AM | Report abuse

"basking in the glow of Georgetown's Sweet 16 appearance"

Although I wouldn't want this to become another sports blog, allow me to be the first to say: booooo, hisssssss!

Buckeyes: there's always next year. Maybe OSU'll have some height to match Georgetown's next year.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | March 20, 2006 10:28 AM | Report abuse

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