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The Fix Weekend Totals

The Fix had quite the weekend.

Here's the rundown:

1 -- Broken-down Fixmobile along I-95 South at 11 pm Sunday night. (Good times!)

1 -- Cold caught while standing in torrential rain storm in northern New Jersey Saturday.

2 -- Overtime games for the Catholic field hockey program over the weekend. (One win; one loss)

This is a long-winded (is there such a thing as "short-winded"?) way of saying that The Fix is taking it very slow today.

Thanks in advance for your understanding.

By Chris Cillizza  |  November 17, 2008; 7:00 AM ET
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Cold germs are all around, but they multiply REALLY fast when the core body temperature drops. So change 'catch a cold' to 'overwhelmed by cold germs' and make the pedants happy.

Saute garlic, onions and potatoes in olive oil as a side dish. Make a garlic and onion omelette. Garlic and onion kill the rhinovirus, so your symptoms will disappear. Chicken soup will also work - if it includes garlic and/or onion! Avoid dairy products for a few days, as they seem to help the germ multiply faster. Stay warm. If you can keep your core body temperature on the high side, that's will slow down the germ multiplying long enough for your body to fight this off.

Posted by: TomJx | November 18, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

37th and O street

are you still that much in lalaland

look at Obama's turnouts from the beginning...look at his internet site and how efficient and forward looking it was...

just because you want to say that his individual fundraising was a "myth"

just makes you look even more like someone who doesn't deal in reality.

Obama raised money in a new way initially...that obviously had a lot of support from individuals...(go look up how many joined the freakin site...duh)...

get a grip

people are back on the reality train after people like you and Foxnews (created just 10 years ago in time to give us the last 8) fooled us into getting Bush and Cheney for 8 years.

no more spin...stick with facts.

please...for your own reputation whebn you comment here

as it have hurt yourself enough over the last year.

Posted by: klondike2 | November 18, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Been there, done that. Only excuses missing was sick kid and dog ate my homework. I feel your pain, especially about field hockey.

Danny L. McDaniel
Lafayette, Indiana

Posted by: ussmcdaniel | November 18, 2008 12:04 AM | Report abuse


That may turn out to be a myth - we do not have an analysis of where all the money came from - just because it is broken up to be below $199 - that does not anything - we need more information.




Posted by: 37thandOStreetRules | November 17, 2008 11:53 PM | Report abuse

You were very productive today, given your weekend. Thanks for keeping an eye on the MN senate race. :)

Posted by: AlishaS | November 17, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse


Thinking about North Jersey does affect me, but I think that's just indigestion. It's snowing in central PA today, so it's "cold" season here. It's probably 80 in central TX, huh? I'm jealous.


Right, but you can stand outside in the rain and not catch a cold. Getting hammered at a bar also stresses the immune system. You don't "catch a cold" because you drank too much, do you? :-)

"Take your dialysis machine, dear. I don't want you to catch a cold after you get bombed at the Brickskeller."

Posted by: mnteng | November 17, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

So the Capitals weren't the only ones to leave New Jersey with an Overtime Loss this weekend?

Posted by: FlyersSuck | November 17, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Just to give Zouk and 37th&Obama their due, I'll direct this comment to those participating in the more interesting discussion... the one about Chris' weekend tribulations, how one catches colds, etc.

Yes, a virus is the DIRECT cause of one of the infections we commonly call a cold. However, these organisms are ubquitous... most of us are exposed to them often, but only rarely experience the troublesome general infections we call "colds". But standing in the rain for a few hours is just the sort of experience that may stress one's immune system enough to permit the little buggers to get out of control for awhile: voila! "Catching" a cold by standing in the rain... its an idiom, after all, a phrase that is imprecise or inaccurate literally (there isn't really any actual "catching" going on, and the phrase doesn't mention the virus at all), yet conveys the intended information.

Get better soon, Chris!

Posted by: Iconoblaster | November 17, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

guy has traffic problems and catches a cold so the regular GOP bedwetters show up to post more campaign BS. Face it, 37th and zouk, your side lost. Go lick your wounds in private.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | November 17, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Mnteng - I catch a cold just by thinking about north Jersey. Central PA is much less suggestive of infectious disease. Central TX is a "cold free" zone - but cedar fever is rampant. I'll bet you catch colds just thinking about north Jersey, too.

Or perhaps colds are caused by germs...

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 17, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
"1 -- Broken-down Fixmobile along I-95 South at 11 pm Sunday night. (Good times!)"

Never fun when they happen, these are the things of which great stories are made.

Posted by: bsimon1 | November 17, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Liberals Clinically Mad, Concludes Top Psychiatrist Dr. Rossiter says the liberal agenda preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by: Creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization; Satisfying infantile claims to entitlement...

this is news?????

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 17, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett Linked to Real Estate Scandals Judicial Watch has obtained documents linking Valerie Jarrett, an advisor to Obama and the co-chairman of his transition team, to a series of real estate scandals, including several housing projects operated by convicted felon Tony Rezko

are there any honest Dems left? the thugs are taking over.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | November 17, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

and be clear...yes corporations donated to Obama

but it was the people...that gave him that opportunity to receive those donations...

it was the people who gave him that first leg up.

it was the people who continued even when he was receiving money from other more common sources.

Posted by: klondike2 | November 17, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

37th and o

you all need to realize...yes the money disparity was great...but that disparity came froma "ball that got rolling " FROM THE PEOPLE...


the bigger donations came from the people speakign up and fighting the corporates ...

the people with their 5 dollar and twen dollar donations that have never been able to contribute easily...

gave Obama the lead in the beginning...

so yes...the people...not the corporations or the wealthy gave opportunity to Obama.

and yes ...he beat them on the playing field that the wealthy and corporations have dominated for the Republican party that has used that to put us where we are now.

Posted by: klondike2 | November 17, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Those paid to name physiological conditions – primarily as a means of marketing pharmacological products for their remediation – refer to "short-winded" as "COPD."

Posted by: FlownOver | November 17, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse


Hope you feel better soon.

In the spirit of busting myths, one does not "catch a cold" (either bacterial or viral infection) by standing in the rain, no matter how low the ambient temperature is.

Posted by: mnteng | November 17, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse




Posted by: scrivener50 | November 17, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Fix,

to quote Barry Manilow, "I feel bad when your sad...I cannot smile without you." plese feel better so you can post more and I can procrastinate and get less done b/c I am reading about the 2010 senate races. my wife loves this reason for not getting stuff done.

Posted by: bloodwor003 | November 17, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse






Our side was getting overwhelmed by the money disparity - Obama had 300 paid bloggers on staff - to our rag-tag band of volunteers - we had to employ copy-and-paste to keep up with the numbers.

It was that simple.

The advertising budget was amazing - there has to be something behind the money disparity and an investigation is in order. If it is true that a simple computer function could VERIFTY THAT THERE IS A MATCH BETWEEN THE NAME GIVEN AND THE NAME OF THE CREDIT CARD then it makes sense that Federal Election Laws call for that function to be TURNED ON.


The Obama Campaign had a LEGAL OBLIGATION to verify that all contributions are from DOMESTIC SOURCES - if they were purposely ignoring that legal obligation there is a problem. In addition, I believe the Federal Election Commission should take a pro-active stance with the credit card companies and see to it that a means is created to verify that credit card payments are in compliance with federal laws. It is not that difficult to have the computer match a credit card with an address.




Posted by: 37thOSt | November 17, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Poor Mr. Fix. I will check back a little bit less obsessively...but still pretty obsessively.

Posted by: alisonserene | November 17, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Hope your luck looks up, Fix!

Posted by: theamazingjex | November 17, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Chris's holiday weekend in north Jersey?

Our sympathies and condolences, of course.

StreetCorner, I criticize your copy-and-pastes when I can. It is fair that I recognize your perfectly legit post skeptical of the good sense of the electorate. We may add the reelection of Cong. Jefferson [D] LA to your lament.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | November 17, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

To comment on your piece on the campaign "myths" I have to advance that the single most important factor was the money disparity. One set of numbers came out stating that Obama had a $210 million to $70 million advertising budget advantage in October.

These numbers have to be looked at.

Clearly one can say that McCain could have opted out of the public finance system and attempted to raise money outside the system and get closer than the public financing allowed.

For the life of me, I do not understand why the public does not appear to be swayed by this issue more.

The one issue which influences the public interest the most is campaign finance - private interests are able to sway Congressional leaders to a great extent under the present system.


The public interest v. private interests balance needs to be re-adjusted. The public needs to place value in having a system in which their interest are weighted more heavily. However come election time, corruption always seems to be an issue low on voters' lists.

The Ted Stevens election is telling - do the voters even care he was convicted?

What does that tell other pols - go get indicted, go get convicted - the voters will not penalize you at the ballot box.

In on northern New Jersey county, the democratic party boss is under indictment, his picture in handcuffs on the front page of the county paper - his people still won in the county - the voters did not penalize the democratic party machine for the indictment.

This is where we are right now - sort of a version of why does Kansas vote against its interests?

Why do voters vote against their interests?




Posted by: 37thOSt | November 17, 2008 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Yikes! Hope all will be better this week for you...

Posted by: RickJ | November 17, 2008 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Where were you in New Jersey?

Posted by: 37thOSt | November 17, 2008 7:08 AM | Report abuse

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