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Insider Interview: Amy Dacey

In the days and weeks following Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry's loss in the 2004 presidential election, the massive campaign staff he had constructed quickly dissolved. They returned to their lives as consultants, lobbyists and staffers on Capitol Hill, and quickly...

By Chris Cillizza | August 21, 2006; 03:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insider Interview: Third Way's Matt Bennett

The lasting image of the 1988 presidential race is of Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis (D) riding on top of a military tank clad awkwardly in a too-big helmet and jumpsuit. Bennett says Democrats "have got to win not just a...

By Chris Cillizza | July 24, 2006; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insider Interview: John McCain

As part of our continuing series of interviews with politicians weighing bids for president in 2008, the Post's Dan Balz and I sat down with Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) late last month. Arizona Sen. John McCain Much has been...

By Chris Cillizza | July 10, 2006; 06:02 AM ET | Comments (20)

Insider Interview: Nevada's Paul Adams

When Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called President Bush a "liar" and a "loser" last spring, Paul Adams sprang into action. He started a website called "Reid's Retchings", hoping to make it a clearinghouse for comments made by the Nevada...

By Chris Cillizza | June 26, 2006; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (36)

Insider Interview: Is Nevada Ready for Presidential Primetime?

Jon Ralston is already an institution in Nevada politics. In 2008, he just might become one nationally. Ralston is the political reporter in Nevada, and his state is very likely to play a special role in the 2008 presidential campaign,...

By Chris Cillizza | June 19, 2006; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (44)

Russ Feingold: Bucking Convention All the Way to the White House?

"Cautious" is not a word that comes to mind when writing about Russ Feingold. Feingold is tired of what he says is Democrats' softness on issues. "[W]e lost because we were perceived as unable to take the tough stands," he...

By Chris Cillizza | June 5, 2006; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (134)

The Fix Podcast: Sen. Russ Feingold

In a discussion with The Fix's Chris Cillizza and chief Washington Post political reporter Dan Balz, Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold shares his views on the weaknesses of the Democratic party, the war in Iraq and his plans for 2008. Download/Listen...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 5, 2006; 07:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Fix Podcast: Interview With Mike Huckabee

The Fix's Chris Cillizza and chief Washington Post political reporter Dan Balz sat down with Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee to talk about the governor's views on politics and faith, as well as his plans for 2008. Download/Listen to the interview...

By Chris Cillizza | May 24, 2006; 07:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

Mike Huckabee: Placing Faith in a Hopeful Message

Yes, that Mike Huckabee: The Arkansas governor who went from fat to fit, from munching to marathoning, from political unknown to a man profiled by the nation's leading news organizations. Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he isn't interested in separating his...

By Chris Cillizza | May 23, 2006; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (103)

Insider Interview: Rodriguez Helps Lay Groundwork For Pataki '08

New York Gov. George Pataki (R) isn't a household name in the 2008 presidential sweepstakes, but Leonard Rodriguez aims to make him one. Should New York's George Pataki enter the '08 GOP presidential race, Leonard Rodriguez will bring valuable national...

By Chris Cillizza | May 15, 2006; 08:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insider Interview: EMILY's List's Chris Esposito

Behind every great man, there's a great woman, according to the tired cliché. But when it comes to the single largest political organization in the country dedicated to electing pro-abortion rights Democratic women, the old saying's reverse is true too....

By Chris Cillizza | May 8, 2006; 08:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insider Interview: Michigan's GOP Chairman Handicaps the '08 Primary

In 2000 Michigan was John McCain's last stand. In 2008 it could be his final hurdle to the Republican presidential nomination. McCain has an early lead for 2008, according to Mich. party chairman Saul Anuzis. (Courtesy Michigan GOP) Michigan Republican...

By Chris Cillizza | May 1, 2006; 08:33 AM ET | Comments (31)

Insider Interview: Democratic Pollster Pete Brodnitz

Everything pollster Pete Brodnitz needed to know about the 2005 Virginia governor's race he learned two years ago in Nevada. Can Democratic pollster Pete Brodnitz apply the lessons he learned in Nevada and Virginia to help the Democrats reclaim the...

By Chris Cillizza | April 24, 2006; 08:28 AM ET | Comments (37)

Insider Interview: A Granite State Republican's Early Take on '08

Ask Tom Rath to describe the courting process between presidential candidates and New Hampshire voters and he begins to wax poetic. "It is a real art form," Rath said. "It's...kind of mannered, almost elegant dance." Rath should know. He has...

By Chris Cillizza | April 10, 2006; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Evan Bayh: Betting on Democrats' Minds, Not Hearts

Indiana's junior senator is nothing if not thoughtful. Bayh is laying the groundwork for a 2008 White House run. Above, Bayh, center, talks with members of New Hampshire Young Democrats before an address on Sunday, March 26 2006, in Portsmouth,...

By Chris Cillizza | April 3, 2006; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Video: Excerpts From the Evan Bayh Interview

Click the video player below to watch an excerpt from The Fix's interview with Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.). You can also subscribe to The Fix's podcast to receive future Insider Interviews and analysis from Chris Cillizza: Audio Podcast: XML |...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | April 2, 2006; 10:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insider Interview: John Edwards -- Not Dwelling on 2004

A lot has changed for John Edwards since November 2004 when he and John Kerry were defeated at the ballot box by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards (D) says he's...

By Chris Cillizza | March 13, 2006; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Video: Excerpts From the John Edwards Interview

Click the video player below to watch an excerpt from The Fix's interview with former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.). You can also subscribe to The Fix's podcast to receive future Insider Interviews and analysis from Chris Cillizza: Audio Podcast: XML...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | March 13, 2006; 05:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insider Interview: Matt Angle's Lone Star Mission

The last week has been a busy one for Matt Angle. He's been fighting two simultaneous battles -- the first against the 2003 Texas congressional redistricting plan that drove his former boss from the House, and the second against the...

By Chris Cillizza | March 6, 2006; 08:20 AM ET | Comments (19)

Insider Interview: Sen. George Allen

George Allen is regularly compared (flatteringly and unflatteringly) to the current commander-in-chief, but the Republican senator from Virginia sees himself more in the mold of another GOP president -- Ronald Reagan. Can Sen. George Allen win the White House running...

By Chris Cillizza | February 27, 2006; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insider Interview: Scott Howell -- GOP Imagemaker

Scott Howell is the man Democrats love to hate. A Republican media consultant, Howell has been involved in some of the most high-profile (and nasty) Senate races in recent memory, including Sen. Saxby Chambliss's (R) 2002 defeat of Max Cleland...

By Chris Cillizza | February 13, 2006; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insider Interview: Tom Vilsack's Democratic Optimism

The Fix has embarked on a project to sit down with each and every one of the candidates contemplating a 2008 White House run to give readers a sense of these politicians -- from a political, policy and personal perspective....

By Chris Cillizza | February 6, 2006; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Insider Interview: Cornell Belcher Talks Values

As Democrats seek to find their way back to majority-party status, Cornell Belcher is the number-crunching guru the party is turning to for guidance. Belcher is the lead pollster at the Democratic National Committee, tasked with deciphering how to find...

By Chris Cillizza | January 30, 2006; 06:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insider Interview: Iowa Democratic Operative Jeff Link

Jeff Link's nomadic political career has taken him from the Iowa river town of Burlington to the island paradise of Aruba and back -- all in the space of the last 15 years. One of the top Democratic operatives in...

By Chris Cillizza | January 23, 2006; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (24)

Insider Interview: Palmetto State Powerbrokers

For the half-dozen or so Republicans most-often mentioned as considering a White House run in 2008, Warren Tompkins, Heath Thompson and Terry Sullivan are very familiar names. The three GOP operatives, who joined forces in the wake of the 2004...

By Chris Cillizza | January 17, 2006; 06:30 AM ET | Comments (29)

Insider Interview: The Union Leader's John DiStaso

Today marks the unveiling of The Fix's weekly insider interview feature, a conversation with key behind-the-scenes players in the national political arena. The interviews will run every Monday morning on The Fix. We'll interview top consultants from both parties, key...

By Chris Cillizza | January 9, 2006; 06:30 AM ET | Comments (7)

 

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