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Fix Pick: Palin's Rocky Return to Alaska

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin struggles to adjust to life back in Alaska. AP Photo/Chris Miller For any politician on the losing end of a bid for national office re-acclimating to their previous life can be a rough road. Massachusetts...

By Chris Cillizza | February 18, 2009; 03:27 PM ET | Comments (48)

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)

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)

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)

Sunday Reading: Broder on the Republican South

FT. WORTH, Texas -- Maybe it's because The Fix is in the Lone Star State for the Christmas holiday but this morning's column by David Broder -- the Dean of the political press corps -- struck a chord with us....

By Chris Cillizza | December 28, 2008; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (77)

Fix Pick: Blagojevich's Tentacles

The criminal investigation into Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his administration broke out into the open two weeks ago when "Pay-Rod" was arrested for allegedly attempting to sell the Senate seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. But, the Senate...

By Chris Cillizza | December 22, 2008; 03:58 PM ET | Comments (24)

Blagojevich: Animated

Think you've had enough of the juicy details contained in the 70-plus page criminal complaint filed against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich last week? Think again. Check out this jib-jab-esque re-creation of "Pay-Rod" put together by post.com videographer Akira "Aki" Hakuta....

By Chris Cillizza | December 20, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Fix Pick: Being Bobby Jindal

Is Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal the next Republican presidential nominee? Photo by Pat Semansky -- Getty Images INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Regular Fix readers know that we believe any conversation about the future faces of the Republican Party has...

By Chris Cillizza | November 30, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (54)

The Best BBQ in Texas

Barbecue in all its glory DALLAS, Texas -- The Fix is en route to sunnier climes for the Thanksgiving holiday (more on that later) but we can't resist taking note of one of the best things about flying through...

By Chris Cillizza | November 26, 2008; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (26)

Fix Pick: Brooks on the Transition

New York Times columnist David Brooks is reassured by the people with whom President-elect Obama has chosen to surround himself. (By Linda Davidson -- The Washington Post) Amid the chaos of Cabinet picks and the whirl of White House...

By Chris Cillizza | November 22, 2008; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (72)

Fix Pick: McCain Campaign Post-Mortem

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., gives the thumbs up sign after speaking at a rally, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) The election may still be 12 days away but that...

By Chris Cillizza | October 23, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (171)

Fix Pick: Being Joe Biden

Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., speaks during a campaign rally at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008. Behind is Sen. Maria Cantwell, left, and Gov. Chris Gregoire, right. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) Delaware Sen....

By Chris Cillizza | October 20, 2008; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (25)

VIDEO: Milbank Wants To Hug It Out

Dana Milbank is funny. Really funny. (Trust us: he sits right next to The Fix in the Post newsroom.) And, his Washington Sketch is a must-read -- as Dana trains his rapier-like wit on the political culture of Washington. Milbank...

By Chris Cillizza | October 11, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (46)

Rothenberg Warns of GOP "Bloodbath"

The horizon looks bleak for House and Senate Republicans. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite UPDATE, 4 pm: The Cook Political Report is also amping up their predictions of Democratic gains in the House and Senate next month. In the latest...

By Chris Cillizza | October 9, 2008; 03:06 PM ET | Comments (87)

Fix Pick: Anne Hull's Michigan Masterpiece

Pam Fleck, assistant manager of a Dollar General store in Southfield, Mich., is leaning toward Barack Obama as the working-class candidate. Photo by Michael Williamson of The Washington Post For those Fixistas who don't know the work of the...

By Chris Cillizza | October 6, 2008; 05:56 PM ET | Comments (78)

FixCam Pick: America, America

The Fix loves politics -- and that includes political novels. It's rare these days when a truly great political novel comes down the pike, one that makes The Fix go back to his dog-eared copy of "All the King's...

By Chris Cillizza | September 18, 2008; 03:18 PM ET | Comments (35)

Fix Picks: Inside the Mind of John McCain

McCain's address to the Republican National Convention shed light on the forces that helped shape him and his worldview. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) One of the most fascinating elements of the Republican National Convention last week in St....

By Chris Cillizza | September 11, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (59)

Fix Pick: Jack Shafer Hammers the Veepstakes

The Fix, like all political journalists, carries a strong tendency toward introspection and second-guessing. And so, in the midst of the frenzied speculation cum reporting about the vice presidential picks will be for John McCain and Barack Obama, we were...

By Chris Cillizza | August 20, 2008; 04:40 PM ET | Comments (21)

Fix Pick: Kaine for (University) President?

Barack Obama thanks Va. Gov. Tim Kaine for being an early supporter, as Va. Sen Jim Webb watches at the start of the rally at Nissian Pavilion in Bristow, Va. Photo by Richard A. Lipski of the Washington Post....

By Chris Cillizza | August 18, 2008; 04:00 PM ET | Comments (13)

Michelle Obama, Covergirl

UPDATE Aug. 8, 10:28 a.m.: The McCain campaign has released a new TV ad, called "Painful" that uses some of the Obama magazine covers to reiterate its "celebrity" label. ORIGINAL POST: By Ed O'Keefe The McCain campaign may call Barack...

By Paul Volpe | August 7, 2008; 11:27 AM ET | Comments (79)

Fix Picks: Weekend Items

By Ed O'Keefe While The Fix enjoys his first "off-the-grid" vacation in three years, he's asked yours truly to serve as the first-ever "Fix Fill In," guiding Fixistas through another exciting week in American politics. Your "Fill In" hosts the...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | August 4, 2008; 06:23 AM ET | Comments (65)

Fix Pick: Obama, McCain and the Troop Visit That Wasn't

Ever since the news of Barack Obama's decision to skip a visit to wounded soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany broke last week, John McCain and his campaign have been doing their darndest to keep the story alive....

By Chris Cillizza | July 29, 2008; 07:47 PM ET | Comments (192)

Fix Pick: Get To Know Sheldon Adelson

For anyone who has been to Las Vegas in the last few years, it's hard to miss Sheldon Adelson's imprint on the Strip -- his Venetian and Palazzo casinos are among the most luxurious in Sin City. But, for those...

By Chris Cillizza | July 17, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

Fix Pick: Inside Hillaryland

"A woman running for president can't be a person with multiple...you know...emotions." -- Doug Hattaway, senior adviser to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign Hillary Rodham Clinton pauses during her speech at the National Building Museum in which she suspended...

By Chris Cillizza | July 2, 2008; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (27)

Fix Pick: 'McSame' as Bush?

John McCain = George W. Bush. For much of the last few months, Democrats and their affiliate groups have worked hard to ensure voters become familiar with that equation. The Democratic National Committee has run ads that end with a...

By Chris Cillizza | June 18, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (123)

Fix Pick: Broder on RFK, Milbank on Milbank

As The Fix (and the political world) waits for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) to deliver her concession speech at noon, we offer up a few videos produced by our colleagues that are well worth a few minutes of your...

By Chris Cillizza | June 7, 2008; 07:45 AM ET | Comments (28)

Fix Pick: Crowley on Why Clinton Stays

Even as pundits everywhere declare the race for the Democratic presidential nomination effectively over, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) -- and her husband, former President Bill Clinton -- continue to soldier on with packed travel schedules that belie no...

By Chris Cillizza | May 12, 2008; 05:34 PM ET | Comments (74)

Sunday Reading: When Will the Dem. Race End?

A quick scan of the Sunday papers underscores that the central question in the Democratic presidential race remains: "When will it end?" To that end, there are two pieces you should make sure to read before the start of the...

By Chris Cillizza | March 30, 2008; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fix Pick: Gene Weingarten and the 24-Hour News Cycle

About six weeks ago, Gene Weingarten asked to sit down with The Fix for a chat. Having long admired Gene's writing for The Washington Post Magazine (and his infamous live online discussion), I readily agreed. Weingarten, it turned out, was...

By Chris Cillizza | March 25, 2008; 05:00 AM ET | Comments (82)

Fix Pick: The Arrogance Equation

Running for president is inherently an act of egotism. It requires a candidate to believe wholeheartedly that he or she alone is best equipped to run the country. Under the best circumstances, the self confidence required to run for president...

By Chris Cillizza | March 18, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fix Picks: Inside the Clinton Campaign

There is no more fascinating story for the truest of political junkies than the inner workings of a presidential campaign. Vast operations with budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars are built on the fly, Senior level staffers and consultants...

By Chris Cillizza | March 3, 2008; 05:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fix Pick: On Reporters and Voting

This week's Potomac Primary brought to the fore one of the most contentious questions in the world of political journalism: Should reporters vote? Almost every political reporter for the major newspapers, magazines and cable television outlets calls Virginia, Maryland or...

By Chris Cillizza | February 14, 2008; 05:30 PM ET | Comments (234)

Fix Pick: Obama, the New Gary Hart?

Regular Fix readers know we have long believed (and written) that the best -- and perhaps only -- way for Barack Obama to defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton is to turn his campaign from a traditional test between two candidates and...

By Chris Cillizza | January 16, 2008; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fix Pick: Taken to Task on Endorsements

Regular readers know that Stu Rothenberg, editor of the Rothenberg Political Report, an invaluable political tipsheet, is a close friend and mentor to The Fix. So when Stu speaks, we listen. On Friday, Stu penned an online column taking issue...

By Chris Cillizza | January 11, 2008; 05:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fix Picks: What if Iowa Changes Nothing?

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Seated in the airport today at 5:45 a.m. local time -- waiting to head back to Washington after a whirlwind tour of the state the last few days -- the Fix got caught up on some...

By Chris Cillizza | January 2, 2008; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (87)

Clip -N- Save: The Best State Political Reporters

After a HUGE response to a post earlier this month on the best state politics reporters around the country, we decided to provide a final list of all the people nominated by The Fix community. Thirty-three states are covered. If...

By Chris Cillizza | December 28, 2007; 05:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fix Pick: The Most Important Man in Iowa?

Anyone who follows politics (and political journalism) at all closely knows the name David Yepsen. Yepsen is the longtime political reporter and now columnist for the Des Moines Register -- Iowa's largest and most influential newspaper. Meeting with Yepsen has...

By Chris Cillizza | December 20, 2007; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (137)

Fix Picks: Reading Up on Romney

For the next 24 hours, College Station, Texas, will be at the epicenter of the Republican political world. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has chosen the city -- home of the Texas A&M Aggies (gig 'em) -- to deliver his...

By Chris Cillizza | December 5, 2007; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (43)

Fix Pick: 'Good Bill vs. Bad Bill'

Trying to understand what benefit former president Bill Clinton brings to his wife's campaign for president is a delicate business. Hillary Clinton's campaign never addresses the matter publicly and looks askance at stories that seek to understand the relationship between...

By Chris Cillizza | November 29, 2007; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fix Pick: Some Holiday Reading

The Fix is jetting off to warmer climes on the left coast for the Thanksgiving holiday, which means we'll be posting less often between now and Monday. BUT -- before the Christmas shopping season begins in earnest on Friday morning...

By Chris Cillizza | November 21, 2007; 02:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fix Picks: Understanding Matt Drudge

Regular readers of The Fix are familiar with our contention that Matt Drudge and his linkfest known as the Drudge Report are influential -- and growing more so -- in the world of presidential politics. So, we were very interested...

By Chris Cillizza | September 12, 2007; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (104)

Fix Picks: Romney's JFK Moment?

When considering former Gov. Mitt Romney's (R-Mass.) chances at winning both the Republican nomination and the general election, we must view his Mormon faith as a factor. Reasonable people can disagree about how large a factor it will be but...

By Chris Cillizza | July 30, 2007; 03:16 PM ET | Comments (158)

Fix Picks: A Romney Rundown

With former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) rising in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire (and claiming the number one slot on the Friday Presidential Line), it was only a matter of time before some newspaper offered up a detailed look...

By Chris Cillizza | June 27, 2007; 04:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fix Pick: Bill Richardson and the Element of Unpredictability

We've said and written before that while no one in the presidential race can rival Gov. Bill Richardson's (N.M.) resume we remain skeptical about his chances of winning the nomination for a simple reason: his unpredictability. That trait makes covering...

By Chris Cillizza | June 13, 2007; 06:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fix Picks: Edwards and Obama Under the Microscope

In the newspaper business there are stories and then there are STORIES. Many daily pieces simply catalog an event. In political journalism that may mean covering a speech given by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) or a new energy plan laid...

By Chris Cillizza | April 24, 2007; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fix Pick: Hillary Clinton and the Use of Force

One of the fundamental questions surrounding Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign is simple: Why won't she just apologize for her 2002 vote in favor of a use of force resolution against Iraq? Clinton has been pilloried for her refusal...

By Chris Cillizza | April 9, 2007; 04:03 PM ET | Comments (137)

Fix Picks: The Secret to Giuliani's Success

National polls conducted over the past month that show former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani enjoying a wide lead in the race for the Republican nomination, prompting a slew of "closer looks" at Hizzoner by a variety of national...

By Chris Cillizza | March 29, 2007; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fix Picks: Abortion vs. Gay Marriage

To understand modern American politics, you must grasp the profound influence that fights over cultural issues have on voters. No one better understands this intersection of politics and culture than Jonathan Rauch, a writer for Atlantic Monthly magazine. In the...

By Chris Cillizza | March 14, 2007; 05:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

A New Weekly Feature: Fix Picks

Welcome to a new feature on The Fix where we try to highlight an article or two that might not have made your reading list, but should. At least once a week, we'll draw your attention to reading material that...

By Chris Cillizza | February 28, 2007; 04:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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