Election 2012 - The Fix Faceoff

Jul 11, 2011

Chris Cillizza of The Fix judged head-to-head matchups submitted by readers that are usually, but not necessarily about the march to the to the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

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Hello and welcome. Lots ot talk about, starting with President Obama's news conference ...

Will the debt limit negotiations ultimately help or hurt Obama in 2012?

What are the best and worst cases from the debt limit talks for these people:

- The president

- The eventual Republican nominee

- Congressional Republicans

Can any GOP candidate score points off the current debt limit negotiations? If  so, who?

If there was a default on the debt, who would independents and moderates blame more?: Congressional Republicans or President Obama? (From Janna in Williamsburg, VA)

Bigger possible impediment to Obama's re-election: Unemployment or National Deficit?

Bigger issue in gaining the Republican nomination: Winning over Tea Party or Winning over Evangelicals? (From Lee)

Huntsman's poll numbers so far are: A major concern for him or Not a problem yet?

The latest attack on Bachmann is that she doesn't have experience being an executive/governor. Will this attack stick?: Yes or No? (From Dani in Mechanicsville, VA)

Which candidate would be more likely to drop out of the race after the Ames Straw Poll?: Pawlenty or Gingrich? (From Greg in Wyoming, MI)

If Republicans win the White House and Senate in 2012 (and hold the House), will the filibuster be no more: Yes or No? (From Jim in Scranton, PA)

I'm pretty bored with 2012, so let's talk 2016. If Barack Obama loses in 2012, what are his chances of pulling a Grover Cleveland and winning the Democratic nomination in 2016? Slim, because of the toll a presidential campaign takes on a person (and his family) would make him unlikely to run again? Or good because of strong fundraising skills and support among core Democratic constituencies (blacks, young people, progressives)?

Who has more indluence in debt standoff: Grover Nordquist or Wall Street?

Do political pledges work? For the special interest groups sponsoring them (or can they backfire)? For the politicians who sign them (or not)?

Which group should pay higher taxes: Political Reporters or Cable News Pundits? (From Ashley in Reston)

Better summer vacation destination: Iowa or New Hampshire?

Better summer vacation destination: Myrtle Beach or Outer Banks?

Rank these solos:

- Han

- Hope

- Jimmy Page's guitar on "Stairway to Heaven"

- Keith Moon's drum on "Won't Get Fooled Again"

- The styrofoam cup company

Rank these sequels in order of which did mroe to ruin a beloved movie franchise:

- Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

- Star Wars prequels

- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

- The Godfather Part III

- Rocky V

As you know, Derek Jeter got his 3,000th hit over the weekend. To prove you belong in D.C., and aren't some Northeastern interloper, who is the better shortstop: Derek Jeter or Cal Ripken Jr.?

That's it. Thanks for watching and submitting questions.

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Chris Cillizza is managing editor of PostPolitics and he writes "The Fix," a politics blog for the Washington Post.

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