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NY-Sen: Did Caroline Campaign Too Much?

Caroline Kennedy listens to a reporter's question during a news conference at City Hall in Buffalo, N.Y.. Kennedy is campaigning for the open Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton. (AP Photo/Don Heupel) When the news broke that Caroline Kennedy,...

By Chris Cillizza | January 7, 2009; 03:20 PM ET | Comments (54)

Inside the Mind of John McCain: On Picking Palin

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz) held forth today on his decision to choose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) John McCain is not a man who likes to be psychoanalyzed. So, when he gets reflective...

By Chris Cillizza | November 25, 2008; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (89)

Obama's Ad Dominance Reaffirmed

As the presidential election entered its final months, it became increasingly clear that Barack Obama was vastly outspending John McCain on television -- a massive gap that allowed the Illinois senator to expand the playing field and led to victories...

By Chris Cillizza | November 25, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (18)

The Five Myths of Campaign 2008

In a piece for tomorrow's "Outlook" section, The Fix explores -- and explodes the five biggest myths of the 2008 campaign. We don't want to ruin the surprise but here's a sampling: Myth #2: A wave of black voters and...

By Chris Cillizza | November 15, 2008; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (35)

Political Take: The Transition Edition!

The election may be over but the Political Take continues! In today's edition, The Fix and Newsweek managing editor Dan Klaidman discuss the hiring of two longtime Clinton Administration operatives -- Rahm Emanuel and Ron Klain -- to senior positions...

By Chris Cillizza | November 13, 2008; 05:30 PM ET | Comments (5)

Impossibly High Expectations on Race Relations?

Can President-elect Obama heal the racial divide? Photo by Charles Dharapak -- Associated Press Photo Much has been made -- and rightly so -- of the historic nature of Barack Obama's election as the first African-American to hold the...

By Chris Cillizza | November 12, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (132)

Obama Lays Out Ethics Rules

President-elect Barack Obama today released a series of ethics guidelines for those working in the transition operation, a continuation of the anti-lobbying policies adopted by the Illinois Senator during his primary and general election campaigns. The ethics rules -- no...

By Chris Cillizza | November 11, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (99)

A Thousand Words

The current and future presidents of the United States met today at the White House. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) They say a picture is worth .... The transition from President George W. Bush to President-elect Barack Obama began -- symbolically,...

By Chris Cillizza | November 10, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (93)

Obama's First Press Conference: Mission Accomplished?

Barack Obama used his first press conference since winning the presidential election earlier this week to sound a reassuring note on the economy even while acknowledging that he has limited tools at his disposal to turn things around before he...

By Chris Cillizza | November 7, 2008; 03:40 PM ET | Comments (107)

Ten Facts You Need To Know About Rahm Emanuel

Barack Obama's decision to name Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel as his chief of staff ensures that myriad profiles of the man they call "Rahmbo" will be written in the days and weeks to come. Here at The Fix we aim...

By Chris Cillizza | November 6, 2008; 05:04 PM ET | Comments (87)

Emanuel Accepts Job as Obama's Chief of Staff

Newly installed White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and President-elect Barack Obama. Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast of the Associated Press llinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel has accepted the job as President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff, a move...

By Chris Cillizza | November 6, 2008; 04:10 PM ET | Comments (333)

Obama Transition Trail Mix

With rumors constantly flying about the newest faces in President-elect Barack Obama's Administration, we at The Fix are launching a feature -- at least through his swearing in early next year -- that seeks to gather the latest and greatest...

By Chris Cillizza | November 6, 2008; 11:34 AM ET | Comments (14)

The RNC Chair Fight Begins

UPDATED, 5:55 p.m. ET: Since we wrote this post, a number of other names have been floated including three who seem all but certain candidates: current Republican National Committee Chair Mike Duncan, former Maryland Lieutenant Gov. Michael Steele and Chip...

By Chris Cillizza | November 5, 2008; 04:11 PM ET | Comments (25)

Political Take: Obama Wins, What's Next?

Barack Obama's historic win will soon -- sooner than you think -- give way to talk of his transition and to how he will govern when he is sworn in on Jan. 20, 2009. The Fix and the Post's Dan...

By Chris Cillizza | November 5, 2008; 01:22 PM ET | Comments (46)

Rahm Emanuel Mulling Obama Job Offer

President-elect Barack Obama wasted no time in making his first personnel move, asking Illinois Rep. Rahm Emanuel to serve as his chief of staff. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the fourth ranking Democrat in the House, is...

By Chris Cillizza | November 5, 2008; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (64)

2008 Election: Winners and Losers

Barack Obama will be the 44th president of the United States. John McCain will not, likely capping a long and well-decorated political career with a loss. Democrats will expand their majorities in the House and the Senate. Republicans will be...

By Chris Cillizza | November 5, 2008; 09:04 AM ET | Comments (227)

Obama Rides 'Change' Message To The Presidency

Barack Obama becomes the first African American to wwin the presidency, changing the political map in the process. Barack Obama's victory tonight affirms a fundamental re-shaping of the electoral map that has dominated American politics for the better part...

By Chris Cillizza | November 4, 2008; 11:10 PM ET | Comments (100)

Ohio Falls to Obama

Ohio, the state in which Democrats' hopes for the presidency fell short four years ago, has gone for Barack Obama in this election -- a hugely important symbolic and practical victory for the Illinois senator. Ohio was called for Obama...

By Chris Cillizza | November 4, 2008; 09:23 PM ET | Comments (15)

Obama, Senate Democrats Add To Totals

It's 9 p.m. -- do you know who the next president is? The answer: not yet. But, things continue to look quite good for Barack Obama. Polls have now closed in 80 percent of the country although results will be...

By Chris Cillizza | November 4, 2008; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (16)

Presidential Update: Red America

Anyone watching at home tonight will immediately notice something odd: although, as of 9 p.m. ET, polls in 40 of the 50 states will have closed, very few states have been called for either Barack Obama or John McCain. (For...

By Chris Cillizza | November 4, 2008; 08:35 PM ET | Comments (3)

McCain's Blue State Problem

Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, the only blue states that John McCain was targeting in the final week of the campaign have gone for Barack Obama, according to the exit poll consortium tasked with calling races for the television networks and...

By Chris Cillizza | November 4, 2008; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (10)

Presidential Update: No Alarms, No Surprises

Ninety minutes after polls began to close on the east coast, two states have been called in the presidential contest -- neither of which is shocking or particularly revealing. In Barack Obama's column is the solidly Democratic Vermont while John...

By Chris Cillizza | November 4, 2008; 07:31 PM ET | Comments (5)

Pennsylvania: Watch Chester County

Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D), during an appearance moments ago on MSNBC, predicted that Barack Obama would emerge with a 650,000-vote edge out of Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs -- an analysis that has set off speculation that John McCain...

By Chris Cillizza | November 4, 2008; 06:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Reading the National Exit Poll

The first data of today's election has emerged in the form of the national exit poll. The news? No surprises. President George W. Bush remains strikingly unpopular among broad swaths of voters today with just 27 percent approving of the...

By Chris Cillizza | November 4, 2008; 05:55 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Fix's Election Night Viewer's Guide

The big day is here! Voters are voting! We'll be providing updates throughout the night on The Fix -- news! analysis! insight! you'll laugh! you'll cry! -- but in the long dark tea time between now and when the polls...

By Chris Cillizza | November 4, 2008; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (64)

Thank You (And Two Notes on the Future of The Fix)

Here's a little secret most politicos won't tell you: election days are notoriously boring. Many permanent members of the political class play golf or go out to long lunches. The most common activities? Kibbitzing about what is going to...

By Chris Cillizza | November 4, 2008; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (91)

The Fix Ad Contest: The Best Presidential Ads

Over the next week (or so), we'll be rolling out the awards for the best and the worst ads of the 2008 election. To ensure we were comparing apples to apples, we have broken the competition into three categories: presidential,...

By Chris Cillizza | November 3, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (154)

Democrats Carry Big Generic Ballot Lead

House Democrats appear poised to gain 20 or more seats in tomorrow's election. Washington Post photo On the eve of the 2008 election, House Democrats enjoy their largest lead since 1980 in Gallup's generic ballot question -- a sign...

By Chris Cillizza | November 3, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (122)

The Final Fix Electoral Map

>2008 Election Contest: Pick Your President - Predict the winner of the 2008 presidential election. After two years of following every jot and tittle of a presidential race that has had more twists and turns than this political junkie could...

By Chris Cillizza | November 3, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (204)

Sunday Afternoon Fun: The Best Band in the World

Wilco, led by Barack Obama-loving frontman Jeff Tweedy, appeared on "The Colbert Report" earlier in the week and even found a way to make mention of the host of the show. Hat tip: Philadelphia based music man (and Democratic strategist)...

By Chris Cillizza | November 2, 2008; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (30)

McCain Sells His Campaign on "SNL"

Yet again proving its primacy in this presidential campaign, "Saturday Night Live" featured John McCain last night in its opening skit -- where he and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (played, as always, by Tina Fey) hawked campaign wares on QVC....

By Chris Cillizza | November 2, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (125)

The Fix's Crystal Ball Predictions

Long ago, when The Fix was nothing but a twinkle in the eye of John Harris, Russ Walker and Jim Brady, we expectantly waited for the Sunday before the election for the Post's Crystal Ball Contest. Starting way back in...

By Chris Cillizza | November 1, 2008; 08:35 PM ET | Comments (62)

Did the Debates Matter?

Barack Obama and John McCain squared off in the third and final debate at Hofstra University. Photo by Gary Hershorn of Getty Images Although there are still three days before the presidential election, some already are looking back at...

By Chris Cillizza | November 1, 2008; 11:06 AM ET | Comments (85)

Who's Got The Momentum?

Which candidate has the momentum? It depends on where you look and whom you ask. In the last 96 hours of any election, both parties seek to cast themselves and their candidate as the ones closing strong with a...

By Chris Cillizza | October 31, 2008; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (117)

The Fix Ad Competition: The Best (and the Worst)

It's just five days before the election and, for The Fix at least, the wistfulness has already set in. In an attempt to stave off the almost certain post-election depression that will set in, we are gathering our favorite commercials...

By Chris Cillizza | October 30, 2008; 04:35 PM ET | Comments (105)

Florida, Florida, Florida! (In Honor of Tim Russert)

Barack Obama can win the White House next Tuesday over John McCain without carrying Florida and its 27 votes but it has become increasingly clear that the Democratic nominee and his campaign see the Sunshine State as a critical symbolic...

By Chris Cillizza | October 30, 2008; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (280)

Wag the Blog: Does Drudge Matter?

Internet newsman Matt Drudge No Fix post in recent memory has provoked the sort of reaction -- some of it good, but mostly bad -- generated by the two pieces we did on the influence of Matt Drudge (and...

By Chris Cillizza | October 30, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (152)

Parsing the (Tracking) Poll: October Surprise

Although there are only two days left in October, there are still many people in the political world waiting for an "October Surprise" -- some sort of game-changing event in the final moment before the general election that could fundamentally...

By Chris Cillizza | October 30, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (55)

The Obama Informercial: Good, Bad or Indifferent?

For those of you who missed the 30-minute infomercial paid for by Barack Obama's presidential campaign, which ran across nearly every television network between 8 and 8:30 pm eastern tonight, here it is: What did you think of it? It...

By Chris Cillizza | October 29, 2008; 09:15 PM ET | Comments (548)

Political Take: On Tightening In A Center-Right County

The Fix and Newsweek boss Jon Meacham got together this morning to chat about the next six days and what comes next. It's the Political Take:...

By Chris Cillizza | October 29, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (62)

IL-Senate: Who Would Step Into Obama's Shoes?

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has a tough choice in front of him if Obama wins the White House -- one on which his own political future could hinge. The 2008 presidential election may not be over for another week...

By Chris Cillizza | October 29, 2008; 03:02 PM ET | Comments (109)

Is McCain Coming Back? (Revisited)

John McCain at a rally in Dayton, Ohio. Photo by Melina Mara -- The Washington Post Nine days ago, we asked in this space whether John McCain was cutting into the lead -- both nationally and in key battleground...

By Chris Cillizza | October 29, 2008; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (358)

Parsing the (Tracking) Poll: The White Catholic Weathervane

Looking for a bellwether group to focus on in the final week of the presidential race? Look no further than white Catholics, who have gone for the winner in every single presidential election for which exit polling exists. That means...

By Chris Cillizza | October 29, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (140)

RNC Borrows $5 Million For Senate Races

The Republican National Committee has taken out a $5 million line of credit to help fund last minute efforts to keep Senate Democrats from winning a filibuster-proof 60 seat majority, according to an official with the committee. Of the $5...

By Chris Cillizza | October 28, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (161)

Should Republicans Cut Bait?

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., greets supporters as he enters a campaign rally at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008. AP Photo/Stephan Savoia With each passing day the political outlook...

By Chris Cillizza | October 28, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (417)

Parsing the (Tracking) Poll: Are We A Center-Right Country?

The latest Washington Post/ABC News tracking poll -- using interviews conducted Thursday through Sunday -- shows Barack Obama leading John McCain 52 percent to 45 percent. Almost every other internal measure in the survey also provides good news for Obama;...

By Chris Cillizza | October 28, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (130)

RNC Takes to the Airwaves in Montana (!)

The Republican National Committee will begin running television ads in Montana beginning on Wednesday, a sign of how heavily the playing field is tilted against the GOP with just eight days left in the presidential election. Montana has been a...

By Chris Cillizza | October 27, 2008; 07:25 PM ET | Comments (46)

Obama: The Final Frame

Barack Obama will return to the stage today with a major speech to present his case for why voters should put him in the White House. (Photo by Nikki Kahn -- The Washington Post) Seeking to frame the final...

By Chris Cillizza | October 27, 2008; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (214)

Updated Fix Electoral Map Picks: An Obama Landslide?

Barack Obama stands on the cusp of an electoral vote blowout over John McCain with just eight days left in the 2008 general election. On our latest Fix electoral map, we have Obama at 349 electoral votes -- his...

By Chris Cillizza | October 27, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (235)

Wag the Blog Redux: Palin's Shopping Spree

Earlier this week, the report by Politico's Jeanne Cummings that the Republican National Committee dished out $150,000 to clothe and provide makeup for Alaska Gov. Sarah Palinset off a barrage of media coverage. In yesterday's Wag the Blog, we layed...

By washingtonpost.com editors | October 26, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (138)

 

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