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Wag the Blog Redux: Should Geithner Stay or Go?

Is Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's job safe? AP Photo by Ron Edmonds The fate of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner remains a hot topic of discussion in Washington as the political fallout from the AIG bonuses fiasco begins to be...

By Chris Cillizza | March 19, 2009; 04:17 PM ET | Comments (26)

Wag the Blog: Should Geithner Stay or Go?

Is Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's job safe? AP Photo by Ron Edmonds The White House's decision to release a time line of when President Obama and his senior aides discovered that bonuses were being paid out to AIG executives...

By Chris Cillizza | March 18, 2009; 01:25 PM ET | Comments (48)

Wag the Blog Redux: Obama's Earmarking Approach

President Barack Obama's address on earmark reform last week prompted questions about his decision to sign a a $410 billion omnibus spending billthat included several billions of dollars of earmarks. "I am signing an imperfect omnibus bill because it is...

By Sarah Lovenheim | March 16, 2009; 05:30 PM ET | Comments (15)

Wag the Blog: Obama And Earmarks

President Barack Obama will do two seemingly contrary things today: deliver remarks about the need to reform the earmarking process in Congress and then sign an omnibus spending bill with several billions dollars of earmarks contained within it. The...

By Chris Cillizza | March 11, 2009; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (76)

Wag the Blog Redux: Debating the Stimulus

Over the weekend, the we asked Fixistas to weigh in on the merits of economic stimulus plan. Given that the bill seems headed for a vote on final passage in the House and Senate tomorrow, now seemed like a good...

By Sarah Lovenheim | February 11, 2009; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (6)

Weekend Wag the Blog: Debating the Stimulus

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) insists the stimulus plan is the right move for the economy. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite As the Senate debate continues today -- in the wake of an apparent agreement last night by a...

By Chris Cillizza | February 7, 2009; 01:33 PM ET | Comments (144)

Weekend Wag the Blog: Daschle's Demise?

Can former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle withstand revelations about unpaid taxes? AP Photo/Susan Walsh The news that former Sen. Tom Daschle (S.D.), President Barack Obama's nominee to head the Health and Human Service Department had not paid more...

By Chris Cillizza | January 31, 2009; 12:22 PM ET | Comments (181)

Wag the Blog Redux: The Geithner Dilemma

Last week, revelations came that Tim Geithner, President-elect Obama's appointee to become treasury secretary, had not paid Social Security or Medicare taxes for years and consequently owed $43,000 in back taxes. In the aftermath of the news, Geithner's Senate confirmation...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 22, 2009; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (9)

Wag the Blog: The Geithner Dilemma

Does Timothy Geithner's issue with back taxes disqualify him from serving as treasury secretary? (Chip Somodevilla/Bloomberg News) Revelations yesterday that Tim Geithner, the secretary of treasury designate for President-elect Barack Obama, had not paid Social Security or Medicare taxes for...

By Chris Cillizza | January 14, 2009; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (76)

Wag the Blog Redux: Obama's First 100 Days

President-elect Barack Obama's first 100 days will be among the most heavily scrutinized in the history of the presidency as his supporters, his opponents and reporters see whether he can translate his soaring campaign rhetoric into effective governance. In this...

By Sarah Lovenheim | January 9, 2009; 08:00 PM ET | Comments (12)

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)

Wag the Blog: The Rick Warren Kerfuffle

Obama's choice of Saddleback pastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his swearing in has caused an uproar among some parts of the Democratic base. President-elect Barack Obama's honeymoon with the liberal wing of his party came to...

By Chris Cillizza | December 18, 2008; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (233)

Wag the Blog Redux: Is the Obama Cabinet Too Conservative?

In last week's Wag the Blog, we asked you to weigh in on the question of whether President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet picks were too conservative for a candidate who ran on a progressive agenda. Earlier that week, Steve Hildebrand --...

By Sarah Lovenheim | December 17, 2008; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (45)

Wag the Blog: Is the Obama Cabinet Too Conservative?

Is Obama's Cabinet too conservative? Photo by Jim Watson of AFP Earlier this week, Steve Hildebrand, one of the key field generals in President-elect Barack Obama's presidential campaign sparked a firestorm among the liberal commentariat when, in a piece...

By Chris Cillizza | December 11, 2008; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (83)

Wag the Blog: Hillary's Experience

The president-elect and his nominee for secretary of State. Photo by Jim Young of Reuters At a press conference on Monday during which President-elect Barack Obama unveiled the members of his national security team -- including his choice for...

By Chris Cillizza | December 4, 2008; 06:24 AM ET | Comments (60)

Wag the Blog: An Obama Mandate?

Did President-elect Barack Obama earn a mandate on Nov. 4? (AP Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais) At an otherwise news-less press conference yesterday, President-elect Barack Obama was asked about the nature of his victory earlier this month. He responded:...

By Chris Cillizza | November 26, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (125)

Wag the Blog Redux: Media Bias?

Is the media biased? The Fix asked readers to weigh in on that question last week after Post Ombudsman Deborah Howell wrote a piece concluding that the paper had favored President-elect Barack Obama in its coverage. And, boy did you...

By Sarah Lovenheim | November 25, 2008; 06:18 PM ET | Comments (39)

Wag the Blog: Media Bias?

It seems that every social event The Fix attends -- and that list includes plane flights, field hockey games and shopping with Mrs. Fix, among others -- there is someone who asks about bias in the media. Usually the "inquiry"...

By Chris Cillizza | November 13, 2008; 04:47 AM ET | Comments (131)

Wag the Blog Redux: What Should Obama's First Priority Be?

Last week -- in the wake of President-elect Barack Obama's sweeping electoral victory -- we asked Fixistas to offer their thoughts on what the Illinois Senator's first piece of legislative business should be and why. Put another way -- If...

By Sarah Lovenheim | November 12, 2008; 06:20 PM ET | Comments (11)

Wag the Blog: What Should Obama's First Priority Be?

The White House is seen in the morning light, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. AP Photo by Ron Edmonds Any objective look at Tuesday's election results reveals that Democrats scored gains across the board (although the gains were slightly less...

By Chris Cillizza | November 6, 2008; 07:02 AM ET | Comments (122)

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)

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 Sarah Lovenheim | October 26, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (138)

Wag the Blog: Palin's Shopping Spree

Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, walks past media as she boards the campaign bus after deplaning in North Canton, Ohio, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) The report by Politico's Jeanne Cummings that the Republican...

By Chris Cillizza | October 23, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (379)

Wag the Blog Redux: Money, Money, Money

In politics, money often buys publicity. This election cycle, Barack Obama and John McCain have spent millions of dollars on TV ads, hoping to woo voters nationwide with their broadcast spots. But Obama has the clear money lead -- an...

By Sarah Lovenheim | October 20, 2008; 07:42 PM ET | Comments (11)

Wag the Video Blog: Money, Money, Money

The advantages that Barack Obama currently enjoys over John McCain in key battleground states -- where he is almost entirely on offense with just 19 days left before the election -- are due, in large part, to a massive...

By Chris Cillizza | October 16, 2008; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (54)

Wag the (Video) Blog: Can McCain Win?

Consider the following: • Polling nationally and in key battleground states shows John McCain falling further behind Barack Obama. • Obama is outspending McCain at a rate of three to one on television -- an advantage that many political...

By Chris Cillizza | October 9, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (98)

Wag the Blog: A Presidential Staring Contest

John McCain and Barack Obama. Getty Photo. The decision yesterday by John McCain to suspend his campaign in order to deal with the financial crisis on Wall Street and Barack Obama's refusal to follow suit creates an old-fashioned political...

By Chris Cillizza | September 25, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (372)

Wag the Blog Redux: Is Palin Teflon?

As noted in Friday's Wag the Blog, "negative stories rarely stuck to" former presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton -- call it the Teflon quality. We wondered whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin might have the same quality. As most recent...

By Sarah Lovenheim | September 23, 2008; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (89)

Wag the Blog: Is Palin Teflon?

Does Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin have that elusive "Teflon" quality? (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) The two most successful politicians in recent political history -- former presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton -- had one very important thing in...

By Chris Cillizza | September 18, 2008; 06:30 AM ET | Comments (694)

Wag the Blog Redux: What Should Hillary Do?

Earlier this week we asked Fixistas to sound off on the role that Hillary Rodham Clinton should play in the presidential campaign going forward in light of a new Washington Post/ABC News poll that showed Barack Obama losing significant support...

By Sarah Lovenheim | September 16, 2008; 06:13 PM ET | Comments (413)

Wag the Blog: What Should Hillary Do?

As polls show a significant swing in the support of white women toward McCain-Palin, Democrats need to decide the best campaign role for Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank) The most striking development in the new Washington...

By Chris Cillizza | September 10, 2008; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (420)

Wag the Blog: Does Obama Need Clinton on Ticket?

Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Hillary Clinton appear together at a Women For Obama fundraiser breakfast in New York on July 10, 2008. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) From the moment that Barack Obama secured his party's presidential nomination, we...

By Chris Cillizza | August 21, 2008; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (229)

Wag the Blog: Did Edwards Sink Clinton?

Democratic presidential hopeful former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., right, responds to a question as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., watches during a Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong). Re-fighting past political...

By Chris Cillizza | August 14, 2008; 09:28 AM ET | Comments (81)

Wag the Blog Redux: Name that Veep

Earlier this week, we asked the members of the Fix community to offer their picks on who Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama would name as running mates and why. Post.com politics producer Sarah Lovenheim combed through more than 130...

By Sarah Lovenheim | July 30, 2008; 05:37 PM ET | Comments (72)

Wag the Blog: Name that Veep

There's no way around it: there is NO political story these days other than the speculation over who will be the vice presidential picks of Barack Obama and John McCain. Reports yesterday in Politico and the Washington Post that Virginia...

By Chris Cillizza | July 29, 2008; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (137)

Wag the Blog: The New Yorker and the Outrage Factor

Unless you have been under a rock for the past 48 hours, you know that the New Yorker cover featuring Barack Obama, dressed in Islamic garb, and Michelle Obama, toting an assault rifle and ammo belt, is all the rage...

By Chris Cillizza | July 14, 2008; 11:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wag the Blog: Obama Moves to the Middle

"What makes Obama's 'textbook' dash to the center so extraordinary is not just its speed, but how it falsifies the very essence of his candidacy. It's as if Bill Clinton won the Democratic nomination in 1992 and announced suddenly that...

By Chris Cillizza | July 8, 2008; 09:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wag the Blog Redux: FISA Problems for Obama?

Earlier this week, we asked readers to weigh in on Keith Olbermann's 11-minute "Special Comment" on the political dangers posed to Barack Obama by his reversal on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Many liberal activists view the bill as...

By Sarah Lovenheim | July 2, 2008; 06:16 PM ET | Comments (31)

Wag the Blog: FISA Problems for Obama?

As we have written before, Keith Olbermann and his show "Countdown" (on which The Fix occasionally is a guest) has become a major voice on the ideological left -- where many view him with something close to reverence. So,...

By Chris Cillizza | July 1, 2008; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (120)

Wag the Blog Redux: A Second 'Race' Speech?

Last week, we asked whether Fixistas agreed or disagreed with a Wall Street Journal op-ed written by Juan Williams in which he urged Barack Obama to deliver a second speech on the issue of race. Excerpts of the most insightful...

By Sarah Lovenheim | June 16, 2008; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (44)

Weekend Wag the Blog: Town Hall Tussle

Right after Barack Obama clinched the Democratic presidential nomination early this month, John McCain proposed that the two party standardbearers meet in ten town hall meetings to give the voters a close-up look at the two men. Obama, whose campaign...

By Chris Cillizza | June 15, 2008; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (188)

Wag the Blog: A Second 'Race' Speech for Obama?

Now that Barack Obama is the presumptive presidential nominee of the Democratic Party, it's easy to forget the withering gauntlet he ran over the last four months of his campaign. Beginning with the revelation of controversial comments by Rev. Jeremiah...

By Chris Cillizza | June 9, 2008; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wag the Blog: The Biggest Upset Ever?

Upsets have always captivated the imagination of the American public. To wit: * The U.S. ice hockey team defeats Russia and captures the gold medal in the 1980 Olympics. * "Shakespeare in Love" bests "Saving Private Ryan" for Best Picture...

By Chris Cillizza | June 2, 2008; 01:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Wag the Blog: Picking Early?

Two news items over the past 24 hours have kicked the veepstakes into high gear. Item one: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is hosting Govs. Bobby Jindal (La.) and Charlie Crist (Fla.) as well as former governor and 2008 presidential candidate...

By Chris Cillizza | May 22, 2008; 06:25 PM ET | Comments (158)

Wag the Blog: The Longer, the Better?

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) continues to show no signs of dropping her candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, despite the seemingly quixotic nature of her bid. "I'm going to keep going because you're keeping me...

By Chris Cillizza | May 10, 2008; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (343)

Special Weekend Wag the Blog: Debating the Debate

Even before Wednesday night's debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton ended, the protests about it from some within the Democratic Party had begun. Obama supporters slammed the proceedings as a "gotcha" fest in which ABC moderators Charlie Gibson...

By Chris Cillizza | April 19, 2008; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (267)

Wag the Blog Redux: Clinton in Bosnia

Last week, we asked Fixistas to weigh in on whether Sen. Hillary Clinton's Bosnia blunder might prove detrimental to her campaign, or merely pass as a minor blip. Just to recap -- Clinton had said she once fled sniper fire...

By Sarah Lovenheim | April 3, 2008; 06:43 PM ET | Comments (49)

Wag the Blog: A Question of Temperament?

In what has been a relatively slow news week, a made-for-television exchange between Sen. Barack Obama and a extremely persistent man requesting a photo with the Illinois Senator became all the buzz of the chattering class on Wednesday. Here's video...

By Chris Cillizza | April 2, 2008; 07:27 PM ET | Comments (442)

Wag the Blog: Clinton in Bosnia

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's story about a harrowing 1996 landing at an air base in Bosnia has now been formally debunked by comedian Sinbad (who was on the trip), the Post's fact checker Michael Dobbs, and this video provided by...

By Chris Cillizza | March 26, 2008; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (312)

Obama's Speech -- What Did You Think?

That speech, delivered by Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) yesterday in the face of growing concerns about the nature of his relationship with Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is one of the few seminal moments in a campaign defined of late by...

By Chris Cillizza | March 19, 2008; 07:55 AM ET | Comments (439)

 

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