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Polling Rush: A Problem or a Passing Fancy?

A new Democratic poll suggests that conservative talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh is an anchor around the ankles of the national Republican Party, eroding its ability to reach out to moderate and independent voters who sided heavily with President...

By Chris Cillizza | March 11, 2009; 01:35 PM ET | Comments (76)

Obama Creates White House Women's Council

Valerie Jarrett will head a new White House women's council. AP photo by Evan Vucci President Obama will sign an executive order tomorrow to establish a White House Council on Women and Girls, according to an administration official familiar...

By Chris Cillizza | March 10, 2009; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (45)

Obama's Education Outreach: Will it Work?

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By Chris Cillizza | March 10, 2009; 01:51 PM ET | Comments (34)

Plouffe on Rush: 'Fingernails on a Chalkboard'

David Plouffe, campaign manager for Barack Obama, speaks on day four of the Democratic National Convention at Invesco Field in Denver Colorado. (Keith Bedford/Bloomberg News) The latest parry from national Democrats seeking to tie conservative talk radio host around...

By Chris Cillizza | March 4, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (54)

The Jindal Speech: Debacle or Decent?

Even in the sleep-deprived world in which the Fix currently resides, we've been hearing the critiques of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) speech on Tuesday night loud and clear. In a nightmare headline for the aspiring GOP star, the...

By Chris Cillizza | February 26, 2009; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (108)

Obama's Speech: What Did You Think?

The Fix was distracted last night -- Baby Fix has arrived and its a boy! -- but wanted to give our community a forum to discuss President Obama's speech to Congress last night. The Post covered the heck out of...

By Chris Cillizza | February 25, 2009; 09:12 AM ET | Comments (133)

Former Wash. Gov. Gary Locke Likely To Commerce

Former Washington governor Gary Locke, shown here in Jan. 2007, is expected to be named this week as President Obama's choice to head Commerce. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) Former Washington State Gov. Gary Locke is the likely pick...

By Chris Cillizza | February 23, 2009; 05:19 PM ET | Comments (35)

Woodhouse to DNC (Again)

Brad Woodhouse is the new communications director at the Democratic National Committee. Photo by Bill O'Leary of the Washington Post Brad Woodhouse, the head of Americans United for Change, is leaving that post to take over as communications and...

By Chris Cillizza | February 23, 2009; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (8)

Rove Responds to Axelrod

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By Chris Cillizza | February 17, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (90)

Axelrod To Bush Advisers: Butt Out

David Axelrod, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, had harsh words for some of former President Bush's closest advisers during an interview with the Post's Lois Romano yesterday, dismissing as "intramural stuff" the critiques offered by the former Administration....

By Chris Cillizza | February 12, 2009; 07:50 PM ET | Comments (195)

Gregg Withdraws as Commerce Nominee

By Chris Cillizza, Anne E. Kornblut and Michael D. Shear New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg has withdrawn his name from consideration as President Obama's commerce secretary, a major blow to an administration seeking to put a series of Cabinet...

By Chris Cillizza | February 12, 2009; 04:14 PM ET | Comments (513)

Economic Stimulus Fight: Winners and Losers

With Congress set to pass President Obama's economic stimulus package in the next 48 hours, it's worth revisiting the last few weeks to determine who emerged stronger and weaker as a result of the fight on Capitol Hill. It's clear...

By Chris Cillizza | February 12, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (149)

Will Any Other Republicans Support the Stimulus Deal?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid emerged just before 3 p.m. today with a passel of senators in tow to announce that a compromise between the House and Senate on President Barack Obama's economic stimulus package had been reached. That a...

By Chris Cillizza | February 11, 2009; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (162)

Obama and the Town Hall Effect

President Obama is utilizing town halls to sell his economic stimulus package directly to the American public. (Photo by Bill O'Leary of the Washington Post) As the U.S. Senate was voting narrowly to approve President Obama's economic stimulus package...

By Chris Cillizza | February 10, 2009; 01:05 PM ET | Comments (31)

Obama Prime Time Presser: First Thoughts

President Obama delivered opening remarks and then took questions from reporters for about 45 minutes at his first prime time press conference. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) President Obama spent an hour pitching his economic stimulus package and answering...

By Chris Cillizza | February 9, 2009; 09:21 PM ET | Comments (89)

Democrats Launch Poll Offensive

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is pushing new poll numbers that show support for President Obama's economic stimulus plan. AP Photo/Evan Vucci UPDATE, 1:35 p.m.: In a memo penned by Republican pollster Neil Newhouse, he rebuts the idea...

By Chris Cillizza | February 9, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (53)

Cracks in the Cult of Competence?

In his campaign and during the transition Obama built a brand based in part on the people he chose for senior positions. Will recent events damage that image? The twin decisions today by former Sen. Tom Daschle and Nancy...

By Chris Cillizza | February 3, 2009; 03:30 PM ET | Comments (184)

How Killefer Hurts Daschle

President Obama's choice for government performance officer Nancy Killefer withdrew her name from consideration, possibly causing problems for HHS nominee Tom Daschle. (Linda Davidson / staff/ The Washington Post) UPDATE 12:48 p.m.: Tom Daschle has withdrawn from consideration as...

By Chris Cillizza | February 3, 2009; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (44)

Liberal Groups Assert Role In Stimulus Fight

Sens. Dick Lugar (Ind.) and Kit Bond (Mo.) are the targets of new ads from a handful of liberal interest groups. A cadre of liberal interest groups is ramping up its persuasion efforts on the economic stimulus package proposed...

By Chris Cillizza | February 2, 2009; 01:40 PM ET | Comments (18)

Is Rush Limbaugh the New Face of the GOP?

Conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh. AP Photo/Ron Edmonds It's one week into President Obama's term and his arch nemesis isn't Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) or even one of the myriad candidates...

By Chris Cillizza | January 27, 2009; 12:04 PM ET | Comments (237)

Twittering the White House Briefing

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs makes his maiden voyage today. ANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images Today at 1:30 p.m. Robert Gibbs will take to the podium to deliver his the first briefing as White House press secretary in the administration...

By Chris Cillizza | January 22, 2009; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

Clinton Confirmation: Explaining the 'No's

Hillary Rodham Clinton was confirmed as the new Secretary of State by a 94 to 2 vote today, a tally that -- of course -- prompts the question: Who voted "no"? The answer: Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Jim DeMint...

By Chris Cillizza | January 21, 2009; 05:55 PM ET | Comments (40)

A Bush Legacy Bounce?

Will former President Bush's poll numbers ever bounce back? Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images When George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, took off from the Capitol in a Marine helicopter and soared over the site where President Barack...

By Chris Cillizza | January 21, 2009; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (61)

Inauguration Day: "In the Moment"

If you weren't one of the hundreds of thousands (millions?) of people who braved the cold temperatures and the crowds to see Barack Obama sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, a documentary of the day...

By Chris Cillizza | January 21, 2009; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Fix Photos from Inauguration Day

The Fix had a prime spot for President Barack Obama's inauguration today and when we weren't twittering or taking part in washingtonpost.com's live webcast, we snapped a few photos of the proceedings. /* Images are wrapped in divs classed "flickr_badge_image"...

By Chris Cillizza | January 20, 2009; 06:10 PM ET | Comments (5)

Obama's Inauguration Speech: First Thoughts

President Barack Obama smiles from the podium before delivering his speech following his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States in Washington, January 20, 2009. (Reuters / Jim Young) Now that the Fix has returned to our...

By Chris Cillizza | January 20, 2009; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (127)

Obama's Opportunity

When Barack Obama is sworn in as the nation's 44th president tomorrow at noon, he will inherit a country in the midst of a financial crisis of seemingly limitless proportions, a nation seeking to come to grips with its proper...

By Chris Cillizza | January 19, 2009; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (68)

Fix Pick: Maraniss' Masterpiece On Obama's Rise

Presidential candidate Barack Obama attends a rally at American University in January 2008, before his election was a sure thing. Obama's path to the presidency began many years before, as detailed in David Maraniss' piece. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty...

By Chris Cillizza | January 19, 2009; 07:44 AM ET | Comments (14)

"Obama-Stock"

President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration formally kicked off a half hour ago with the start of a massive concert at the Lincoln Memorial. "A diverse and excited crowd converged on the National Mall this afternoon to await a star-studded concert that...

By Chris Cillizza | January 18, 2009; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (14)

Obama Announces "Organizing for America"

President-elect Barack Obama announced the formation of a new group known as "Organizing for America" that aims to continue the grassroots advocacy that the former Illinois Senator began in his presidential campaign. "As President, I will need the help...

By Chris Cillizza | January 17, 2009; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (129)

Obama Refines Philosophy on Big Government

In what his aides billed as a "major" speech on the economy last week, President-elect Barack Obama made an unapologetic case for the need for government to play a large and aggressive role in turning around the faltering economy. "Only...

By Chris Cillizza | January 16, 2009; 03:50 PM ET | Comments (11)

Axelrod Gives Up Ownership Stake in Consulting Firm

By selling his stake in the consulting firm he founded, Obama senior adviser is signaling a shift from campaign politics to the politics of governing. (REUTERS/Jason Reed) David Axelrod, perhaps the most trusted member of President-elect Barack Obama's political inner...

By Chris Cillizza | January 16, 2009; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (3)

Obama To Hold Fiscal Responsibility Summit

President-elect Barack Obama visits the Post newsroom after a meeting with the editorial board and Washington Post Co. Chairman Don Graham, right. (Photo, The Washington Post) President-elect Barack Obama will convene a "fiscal responsibility summit" in February designed to bring...

By Chris Cillizza | January 15, 2009; 03:58 PM ET | Comments (33)

Obama at The Post

President-elect Barack Obama has arrived at the Washington Post for an interview with the editorial board and White House team -- including The Fix! Obama is now just five days away from becoming the 44th president of the United States...

By Chris Cillizza | January 15, 2009; 02:04 PM ET | Comments (24)

Fix Pick: Understanding Obama or Basketball=Life

The University of North Carolina's Jack Wooten, right, pressures then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., during a basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) It's no secret to anyone who has paid even passing attention...

By Chris Cillizza | January 15, 2009; 05:50 AM ET | Comments (17)

Hillary Clinton Re-Imagined

Hillary Rodham Clinton will serve in a non-partisan role as secretary of state, which may provide her an opportunity to recast her legacy. Hillary Rodham Clinton's confirmation hearing today in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee marks a turn...

By Chris Cillizza | January 13, 2009; 03:05 PM ET | Comments (64)

The "Obama Effect"

Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.), Rep. Artur Davis, (D-Ala.) and former congressman Harold Ford Jr. of Tennessee are among those who are more likely to take a chance on a race because of the success of President-elect Barack Obama. The rapid...

By Chris Cillizza | January 13, 2009; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (30)

Plouffe on "Obama 2.0"

Even as Barack Obama completes his transition from candidate to president, the political machine he built in his successful 2008 campaign is also taking new form as an advocacy group for legislative agenda. Bits and pieces of the structure of...

By Chris Cillizza | January 12, 2009; 03:55 PM ET | Comments (8)

Sunday Reading: Broder Hammers Obama

President-elect Barack Obama's popularity ratings may still be sky high but the Post's David Broder -- dean of the political press corps in Washington -- isn't happy with the performance of the former Illinois Senator in recent weeks. In a...

By Chris Cillizza | January 11, 2009; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (82)

Obama Bets Big on Big Government

President-elect Barack Obama enunciated his vision for an activist -- and expansive -- government as the best way to address the economic crisis in a speech this morning, and in the process placed a major bet that the majority of...

By Chris Cillizza | January 8, 2009; 01:20 PM ET | Comments (87)

Obama and the Politics of the Stimulus

President-elect Barack Obama will deliver a speech this morning to make the case for his stimulus plan -- and begin his defense of the office he has not yet taken. When President-elect Barack Obama takes to the podium at...

By Chris Cillizza | January 8, 2009; 09:20 AM ET | Comments (28)

Wag the Blog: Obama's First 100 Days

There's little question that President-elect Barack Obama studied the haphazard transition of the last Democratic president -- Bill Clinton -- in order to avoid making the same mistakes. Where Clinton was scattershot, Obama has been steady. Where Clinton tended toward...

By Chris Cillizza | January 6, 2009; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (48)

Tim Kaine and the Future of Obama For America

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee. (Photo by Linda Davidson of the Washington Post) Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine's installation at the head of the Democratic National Committee sends a strong signal...

By Chris Cillizza | January 5, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (20)

Kaine Will Be DNC Chair

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will be the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee, according to the Post's own Mike Shear. As Shear writes: "A personal friend of the president-elect, Kaine is a gregarious chief executive who is known to...

By Chris Cillizza | January 4, 2009; 06:41 PM ET | Comments (12)

Richardson Withdrawal Mars Seamless Transition

President-elect Barack Obama announced New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson as Commerce Secretary during a press conference at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, Dec. 03, 2008. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) The decision by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson...

By Chris Cillizza | January 4, 2009; 02:22 PM ET | Comments (62)

Blagojevich's Defiance Complicates Democratic Strategy

The decision by Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to -- in his words -- "fight" charges that he was seeking to sell an appointment to the U.S. Senate badly complicates state and national Democrats' efforts to quickly dispose of the...

By Chris Cillizza | December 19, 2008; 03:55 PM ET | Comments (27)

Auto Bailout Winners and Losers: A Response

In the minutes after President George W. Bush announced that he would authorize $17.4 billion to help provide a bridge loan of sorts to the Big Three automakers, Post.com's Ben "Political Browser" Pershing declared President-elect Barack Obama a winner. Wrote...

By Chris Cillizza | December 19, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (24)

Obama and the Transparency Trap

Has President-elect Barack Obama been transparent enough? One of the most common -- and popular -- mantras during the campaign of President-elect Barack Obama was the call for more transparency in government -- an obvious rejection of the secrecy...

By Chris Cillizza | December 18, 2008; 02:58 PM ET | Comments (16)

Hildebrand Returns to the Private Sector

Steve Hildebrand, one of the principal architects of President-elect Barack Obama's field operation during his successful primary and general election campaigns, will return to his consulting company rather than take a job in the White House, Hildebrand confirmed to the...

By Chris Cillizza | December 16, 2008; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (4)

Republicans' Guilt-by-Association Gamble

Too close for comfort? National Republicans moved aggressively over the weekend to link scandal-tarred Gov. Rod Blagojevich to President-elect Barack Obama -- a guilt-by-association tactic that represents a significant gamble for a party still looking to pick itself up...

By Chris Cillizza | December 15, 2008; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (257)

 

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