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It's time to move for the Fixes! Paul Corbit Brown/FTWP

The moving bug has caught the Fixes so we are taking the day off to help lug boxes, move furniture and sweat through several shirts. (Too much information?)

That means a light posting day for us and a shortened version of the Morning Fix -- all the news you need in the time it takes you to eat a bowl of cereal.

The news you can use is after the jump. And stay tuned for a Friday Line -- looking at the ten best primaries in the country -- later today.

Friday Fix Picks: The world needs more "$10 bets."

1. Can Sanford hang on?
2. Even Sanford's security detail didn't know where he was.
3. Bill Clinton on FDR.
4. Do Republicans not tend to choose the "next guy in line" for president?
5. Michael Jackson dies.

Bad News for Specter in New Poll: Sen. Arlen Specter's (D) party switch in late April has -- not surprisingly -- made him far less popular with Republicans. Oddly, it's negatively impacted his job approval numbers with Democrats too. A new Franklin & Marshall College poll showed that just 18 percent of Pennsylvania Republicans gave Specter either "excellent" or "good" marks for the job he was doing, down from 49 percent who said the same in a March F&M poll. Among Democrats, 46 percent said Specter was doing an excellent/good job -- off 11 points from the March poll. Independents were relatively stable with 33 percent offering positive marks for the job Specter was doing in the June poll as compared to 36 percent in the March survey. Specter still led Rep. Joe Sestak by a 33 percent to 13 percent margin but, given Specter's huge statewide name identification edge, that isn't great news for the incumbent either.

Thune for Moran . . . : South Dakota Sen. John Thune, newly elected as chair of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, is wading into the contested Kansas Senate primary on behalf of Rep. Jerry Moran. "Jerry Moran's principled leadership and conservative voice are needed in the U.S. Senate," Thune said in a statement. Moran faces Rep. Todd Tiahrt in next year's Republican primary to replace Sen. Sam Brownback (R) who is running for governor. Thune and Moran were both elected to Congress in 1996 and the South Dakota Senator is the third member of the world's greatest deliberative body to get behind Moran. (Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Mike Johanns of Nebraska are the other two.) Thune is widely seen as a rising star within the Republican party and is well-regarded by conservatives nationally for his defeat of then Democratic Leader Tom Daschle in 2004.

. . . Pro-Life Groups Back Tiahrt: Kansans for Life, the state's largest pro-life organization, threw its support to Tiahrt -- citing his "depth of knowledge, experience and proven leadership" on life issues. Given the heavily social conservative bent of the Kansas Republican primary electorate, an endorsement like this is almost certain to wind up in television ads and direct mail pieces for Tiahrt as both he and Moran try to prove that they are the true, blue conservative in the contest.

Dems Look Strong in Oregon: Democrats look to be in a strong shape to retain the open governor's office in 2010, according to a new poll conducted by Research 2000 for the liberal blog Daily Kos. Both former governor John Kitzhaber (D) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D) hold leads over former senator Gordon Smith (R) and Rep. Greg Walden (R) in hypothetical general election matchups. Kitzhaber, who served as governor of Oregon from 1994 to 2002, led Smith 46 percent to 37 percent and Walden 44 percent to 38 percent. DeFazio held a ten-point edge over Smith and an eight point margin over Walden. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D) is term-limited out of office in 2010.

Say What?: "My only concern at this point is that the water gets a little warmer maybe before we start throwing." -- White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on his worries about his cameo in a dunk tank at the White House last night.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 26, 2009; 5:25 AM ET
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I have been without internet since Friday afternoon on account of...


I myself did a pair of furniture hauls out to our new home (1st home purchase!) on Friday night and Saturday morning.

It's quite a nice surprise to have shared a moving day with The Fix! And I do hope you are not as sore as I am!

Posted by: mabkhar | June 30, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Hey Cizzler, good luck with the move. I moved into my house in '92 and I still have boxes packed. It's more grueling than being in a war. Hope you get over it soon.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 26, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

MJ was a great talent, but why people cry over somebody they don't even know, is beyond my understanding.


No match at all for the inexplicable loyalty of ideologues like you to people who wouldn't turn the steering wheel a few degrees to spare your life. You're here every day dutifully reciting right-wing boilerplate, excoriating the Democrats, referring to the UN as "the usual suspects," a palette of positions that could not possibly be less connected to your personal self-interest.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 26, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

The Sanford story isn't over. Something isn't right with that guy and he's not going to get all stable and reliable again.

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 26, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Not content that the economy is already in shambles, the dems will try to ram through "cap & trade". They will sprout off about it creating a bunch of new green jobs, but the reality is, for every new job created, three jobs will be lost.


No, Chicken Little, the sky won't fall if we do something about our carbon emissions. Try reading some science instead of re-reading all you heavily bookmarked Coulter and Hannity books, and learn something.

To a very real and credible extent, our carbon emissions represent inefficiency. In America we get about half or a third the economic bang for the energy buck than a lot of other nations get (just like our "free market" pry-vit secter healthcare). We drive low mileage cars, our power grid is lousy, our houses aren't well insulated, we burn billions of gallons sitting at stoplights with no cars coming the other way.

Ever read Thomas Friedman? When he stops bragging about his travel and all the important people he has on speed-dial, he makes a very solid point about our addiction to inefficient energy is funding bad leaders and authoritarian governments all over the world.

But you go on pretending there's some doubt about the science, that preservng the Exxon status quo is more important than ecological survival, and all the rest of that Limbaugh BS you come here to recite.

Chocoration going up! Doubleplusgood, eh?

Posted by: chrisfox8 | June 26, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't agree with your more BSIMON, important issues that affect our lives far more than a celebrities death will be sidelined while we focus on MJ. This is a Godsend to Sanford. MJ was a great talent, but why people cry over somebody they don't even know, is beyond my understanding.

Posted by: vbhoomes | June 26, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Sanford's job stability is mostly impacted by SC media. Do they keep the story in the news & continue publishing email, the Argentinian's identity, other sordid details about the affair? Or do they let it drop? I see the Lt Gov has said Sanford should stay, which may take pressure off, or be a saavy move by the guy who wants Sanford's job, but doesn't want to look too opportunistic.

The national media will focus on MJ for several days, likely dedicating all day live coverage of the funeral, whenever that happens. Until then, expect only minimal coverage of those minor stories like Iran, healthcare reform, cap & trade, etc.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 26, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I think Sanford should be ok. Republicans are usually able to get away with infidelity.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 26, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

TO "Brother" Scribbler50:

I am hearing a sermon from the Church of Thou Doth Protest Too Much.

Thanks for the renewed inspiration.

PS -- Isn't it time to revise the training manual for paid bloggers? You're taking the bait -- again.

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 26, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson:


For incontrovertible evidence of my suspicion, go to

or if DHS is playing with my links again

Posted by: scribbler50 | June 26, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

PERSONAL TO vbhoomes:

The fact of your posting shows that you already did.


Posted by: scrivener50 | June 26, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Okay scrivner, I will think hard about that the rest of the day. Not.

Posted by: vbhoomes | June 26, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Not content that the economy is already in shambles, the dems will try to ram through "cap & trade". They will sprout off about it creating a bunch of new green jobs, but the reality is, for every new job created, three jobs will be lost. Spain has adopted this nonsensical cap & trade policy, and their unemployment now stands at 18.1%. Once our unemployment hits 12%, the dems will be voted out of power. But I would rather see the bill fail and save our economy than win political advantage.

Posted by: vbhoomes | June 26, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse


Something to think about...

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 26, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Good luck on the move, Chris. Tomorrow will be as tough as today - I'm sure you know this from previous moves.

Farrah Fawcett showed up at a local party with a law clerk of mine many years ago - he had been a cheerleader at UT and knew her from that connection. He maintained that she was a good sport about being escorted by old college friends, but that there never was any hint of interest in a relationship. We hired him anyway.

I think there has been too much news about the other recently deceased celebrity - even NPR devoted time to him.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 26, 2009 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Hey, the Republicans finally caught a break. Michael Jackson dies suddenly and the world press turns its eye to cover the frenzied and idiosyncratic mourning. Sanford is instantly dropped to below-the-fold (to use an outdated metaphor) status!

Was Dick Cheney seen in Los Angeles yesterday, 'cause I am smelling Special Ops.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 26, 2009 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Hi Chris

Hope the move goes well for you and the Fix family. Enjoy your new home!

Not too surprised about Specter's numbers: I think the PA public is tired of him. His party switching is also for all the wrong reasons...

Smart move by Thune to step into the leadership gap in the GOP at present..

And Michael Jackson.... What can one say except RIP

Posted by: RickJ | June 26, 2009 6:15 AM | Report abuse

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