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December 14, 2012

11:03
A.M.

The Fix Live

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Host: Chris Cillizza

Chris Cillizza

Chris Cillizza is the managing editor of PostPolitics and he writes "The Fix," a politics blog for The Washington Post. He also covers the White House for the newspaper and website. Chris has appeared as a guest on NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, Fox News Channel and CNN to talk politics. He lives in Virginia with his wife and sons.

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Q.

Chris Cillizza :

Good morning everyone!

Susan Rice is out, John Kerry is (probably) in and Scott Brown is smiling somewhere.

With grande mocha in hand and Hiss Golden Messenger playing in my ears, let's chat.

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Don't Pick Kerry

I am the rarest of things. I was enthusiastic about voting for John Kerry in 2004. But I don't want President Obama to pick him for the State Department or any other Cabinet position. It's too big a risk to the Senate seat. Honestly, I'd rather have Chuck Hagel at State and then a Democrat picked to run the Defense Department.
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Chris Cillizza :

Well, it's surely a worry for Senate Democrats particularly given that Brown has proven his abilities as a candidate in a special election.

But remember that Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat, gets to pick someone to hold the seat until the special election. Let's say he picks Vicki Kennedy. That could be a very powerful pick if she was willing to run for the full term.

And, remember that Democrats expanded their Senate majority in November. So, one seat won't make THAT much difference.

– December 14, 2012 11:05 AM
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Kerry a sure thing as nominee?

Why would the Dems be anxious to nominate Kerry in Rice's place, given the possibility that they'd lose a Senate seat? Just to have a peaceful confirmatio process and assuare the Republicans? I think Clinton should stay on for another 2 years (she could still run for Prez), but I gather that's out, so why not someone else? Powell? Some Dems would be unhappy, but Repubs couldn't realisically argue he isn't qualified for the job.
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Chris Cillizza :

Clinton is not staying.

And, Kerry really wants the job.

So I think that's what will happen with the acknowledgment that putting Kerry at State opens up at least the possibility that they lose the Senate seat.

– December 14, 2012 11:07 AM
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Lugar for Sec. of State?

Why not? I understand he and Obama are tight, he without doubt has the expertise, and would add a Republican to the Cabinet. Then Obama could put Kerry in as Sec. of Defense and watch the swiftboaters' heads explode!
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Chris Cillizza :

I don't think Kerry wants to be SecDef and Obama would accomplish the bipartisan thing if he named former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary....

– December 14, 2012 11:08 AM
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The bullies win

The Rice affair shows that bullying works. What a shame. I sure wish the WH would have stood up to the mean three. How many times will the WH let the mean three throw sand in there face before they stand up to these playground bullies? Second question, why do the media seem to fawn over the mean three and the other bullies on capital hill and give them so much love?
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Chris Cillizza :

I don't think McCain/Graha/Ayotte were the straw that broke the camel's back on this one.  I think it was Susan Collins who had harsh words for Rice. And I don't really think most people see Collins as a bully.

– December 14, 2012 11:09 AM
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Massachusetts Senate Race

Hi Chris -- Thanks for taking questions today. With Rice our of the S of S race and Kerry appearing to be in contention, who do you think is likely to run for Kerry's seat? Or, just to give the Republicans a few fits, what are the odds that Obama goes with someone other than Kerry and so the whole question becomes moot?
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Chris Cillizza :

I do think he goes with Kerry.

So, assuming that no one named Kennedy runs (which is, of course, a possibility) the names on the D side include:

Marty Meehan

Ed Markey

Mike Capuano

Stephen Lynch

Martha Coakley

Alan Khazei

And a few others. Capuano ran and lost against Coakley in the 2010 special. The rest of them have been waiting for years -- literally -- for the chance at this seat.

On the GOP side, I would guess the filed would be cleared (or damn close) for Brown.

– December 14, 2012 11:12 AM
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RIP Big East

Though this is not a politics question per se (though the internal politics of the Big East Schools as they scrambled amid the realignment mess must be fascinating. I'd love to run a model UN style sim of the Big East. But I digress), let us all raise a glass to the dear departed Big East. May our Hoyas find a basketball home worthy of their glory.
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Chris Cillizza :

I agree. Still hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that there will be no more Big East tournament at the Garden. That was a GREAT event.

– December 14, 2012 11:13 AM
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All's well that ends well?

The new CBA--Catholic Basketball Association--seems to be making a silk purse out of a sow's ear, yes?
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Chris Cillizza :

Yup. Let's get temple, Xavier and a few others on board -- then we will be talking.

– December 14, 2012 11:13 AM
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Brown for MA

The Beltway media (sorry, it's true) seems like Brown is a lock when he just freakin' lost. Now, he's going to come back and say, "I know you just voted against me and I'm a Republican, but give me Kerry's Democratic seat"? I mean, MA already did it, then voted him out ASAP.
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Chris Cillizza :

I agree that the idea that Brown walks to victory isn't close to right. That said, he's a far more proven commodity as a statewide candidate than anyone being mentioned on the Democratic side.

– December 14, 2012 11:14 AM
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Georgetown

Leaving the Big East - pro or con?
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Chris Cillizza :

Pro. The Big East as we know it was dead anyway.

– December 14, 2012 11:14 AM
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Kerry for State

What I hate most about this process is that it seems that the Republicans can stamp their feet and get their way. Any chance that Obama thumbs his nose at them and nominates someone other than Kerry now?
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Chris Cillizza :

I don't think so. I also am not sure it's fair to characterize Kerry as the "Republican pick". I think you've seen kind words for Kerry because the Senate protects their own. It's a very clubby place.

– December 14, 2012 11:16 AM
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Joe Lieberman

Wouldn't Joe Lieberman make more sense for SoD for the Obama Administration, than Hagel?
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Chris Cillizza :

Lieberman as SecDef would drive Democrats insane. The base of the Democratic party LOATHES Joe-mentum.

– December 14, 2012 11:17 AM
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Unmoveable Object

Chris, I had always assumed that Joementum was as constant as the speed of light. How does this bode for humanity?
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Chris Cillizza :

""We are in a three-way split decision for third place." -- Joe Lieberman.

http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/01/27/elec04.prez.lieberman/index.html


– December 14, 2012 11:18 AM
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E Scurius Plurius Unum

Where has the DC Squirrel been lately?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Running scared.

– December 14, 2012 11:18 AM
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Susan Rice

Chris, why would President Obama cave in to a couple of right-wing senators? Why not fight back? He has a majority in the Senate, and Ms Rice's approval was virtually assured. Why not show the Republicans and the country that he's the boss? And why possibly diminish his majority in the Senate by giving a Republican a shot at taking John Kerry's seat?
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Chris Cillizza :

Not sure her approval was "virtually assured".  Collins was skeptical as was Bob Corker of Tennessee. And there is NO way that people like Mark Pryor, Tim Johnson, Max Baucus, Mary Landrieu and Mark Begich -- all of whom are up in 2014 -- wanted to walk the plank ona  Rice confirmation vote.

– December 14, 2012 11:19 AM
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Cristory

If Charlie Crist were to win the FL-GOV race as a Democrat, would he be the first Governor to serve 2 non-consecutive terms from different parties since Mills Godwin of Virginia?
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Chris Cillizza :

Good question. That seems right to me...

– December 14, 2012 11:20 AM
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Lisa Madigan

When does she move up from Attorney General? Does she risk running for governor in 2014 with Quinn being so unpopular? Does Pat Quinn step aside for her?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think her next step is to be governor.  I could see Quinn retiring in 2014 or even Madigan primarying him.

She would be a favorite under either of those scenarios.

– December 14, 2012 11:21 AM
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Frank Lautenberg

Does Frank Lautenberg go quietly if Cory Booker runs for the Senate in 2014, or does he put up a fight? How would a primary fight between the two look? How well known is Booker outside Newark? Lautenberg easily dispatched his primary opponent in 2006. Does Springsteen take sides?
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Chris Cillizza :

HMMM.

I think the ideal Democratic scenario is that Lautenberg decides of his own volition to retire, Booker steps in and sweeps to the Democratic nomination.

I am not so sure Lautenberg is on board with that plan though. And, Booker seems sort of cautious to me -- I don't know that he primaries Lautenberg if the incumbent decides to run again.

– December 14, 2012 11:22 AM
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Martin O'Malley

Is Martin O'Malley banking on there being no such thing as "too liberal" for the Democratic primary in 2016?
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Chris Cillizza :

He is definitely trying to stake out the ground as the liberal candidate in the race, which, to be frank, is a smart strategy.  You very rarely lose a party primary for president because you are overly loyal to the party base....

– December 14, 2012 11:23 AM
Q.

John Thune

More likely future for John Thune -- future, serious Republican presidential candidate or future Majority Leader in the Senate?
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Chris Cillizza :

The latter. I think he had his shot for president in 2012 -- field was WIDE open -- and passed.  The 2016 field is going to be packed with quality candidates.

– December 14, 2012 11:25 AM
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Storrs, CT

Hey, can we play with you CBA guys? Our football program is at a 1-AA level, we bring two TV markets, and the Hartford Civic Center is cheap to rent for a tournament. And just to make it fair, we'll spot you 10 to start the game...so you can finish with 50.
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Chris Cillizza :

Typical Uconn arrogance. Have fun in the Little East!

– December 14, 2012 11:25 AM
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PA Gov 2014

Hey Chris, it looks as if Tom Corbett is one of the more vulnerable Govs in the country for 2014. Senator Casey didn't do much at the PA Dinner to quell rumors about possibly running. If he doesn't, do you think it will be a crowded field? Any chance the AG-Elect gets involved?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think Bobby Casey would have the right of first refusal and I could see how he would think being governor was a sort of family tradition....

– December 14, 2012 11:26 AM
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Won't make that much difference

If Kerry get State and then Brown wins the special, it could have an effect on either majority or minority status for the Democrats come 2014.
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Chris Cillizza :

Absolutely. My point was that it wouldn't cost Democrats control between now and then.

– December 14, 2012 11:27 AM
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Kerry, Rice and the fallout

Assuming that Kerry at State is a done deal. does Patrick appoint himself as Senator? does Rice stay at UN or does President move her to the white house as part of his national security team
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Chris Cillizza :

Governors almost NEVER appoint themselves to the Senate. (The last one to do it was in the late 1970s.)

Could Patrick put a placeholder in the seat and then run in the special election? Sure. I don't think it's likely but it's certainly possible given that he is term limited out of office in 2014.

– December 14, 2012 11:28 AM
Q.

That fiscal thing

Hearing a lot about Obama and Boehner's comings and goings. Where is McConnell in all this?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

In the Senate minority.

– December 14, 2012 11:28 AM
Q.

Deval Patrick...

Considering he's not running for a third term, what's his next move? Does he finish his term then run for Senate?
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Chris Cillizza :

See above...

– December 14, 2012 11:28 AM
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Attorney General

I am starting to hear Janet Napolitano being mentioned for AG. How likely is that?
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Chris Cillizza :

Well, she would like to be AG certainly. I would think Eric Holder sticks around for another year or so though...

– December 14, 2012 11:30 AM
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Bobby Jindal's role in the future

Hey Chris, Bobby Jindal is constantly touted as a future Presidential possibility, but he just doesn't seem to have that charisma that some of the other Republicans (Christie, Rubio, etc.) have, and seems to be required in the Post-Obama election world. Still, he's come out with a lot of good ideas recently, and looks to be taking the GOP towards a more moderate future. Do you think he would be more successful as RNC chair or something where his relative blandness wouldn't hurt him, but still would give him a potent way to shape the future of the party?
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Chris Cillizza :

JIndal is definitely trying to seize the reformer/ideas guy mantle.

That said, I agree with you. He lacks the common touch that someone like Christie possesses naturally.

– December 14, 2012 11:31 AM
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You have 167 chatters participating

I like this new feature. You're doing better than the home chat yesterday but not as well as the government worker satisfaction one. Will be interested to see Hax's numbers. I don't live in MA but I could never forgive Coakley for her [insert expletive here] campaign against Brown the first time around and wouldn't support her this time. I wonder how many MA Dems feel that way.
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Chris Cillizza :

Um, ok.

And, comparing me to Hax is like comparing some decent high school basketball player to Michael Jordan.

– December 14, 2012 11:31 AM
Q.

From America's Wang re: Charlie Crist

Crist was actually a pretty competent governor for a fairly purple state. I voted for Rubio over him in the primary--because senators are advocates, not administrators--but I might be convinced to vote for Crist over Rick Scott (who isn't nearly as "bad" as people would like to think he is).
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Chris Cillizza :

Also, because Crist wasn't running in the primary. He switched to become an independent before the Republican primary which he was going to lose badly.

– December 14, 2012 11:32 AM
Q.

Why not show the Republicans and the country that he's the boss?

I assume this poster backed W in all of his decisions because he was the boss.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Like a boss. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78hT0H8nt_E

– December 14, 2012 11:35 AM
Q.

2014 Senate elections

The GOP was convinced it could reclaim the US Senate majority in the November elections (oops!). Do you think they'll have a stronger chance to do so in 2014?
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Chris Cillizza :

Well, Democrats have to defend 20 seats to just 10 for Republicans.

And, Democrats have to try to hold seat in Arkansas, Louisiana, Alaska, South Dakota, West Virginia, Montana etc -- none of which will be easy.

That said, I think 2012 proves that the Senate majority isn't won on paper....

– December 14, 2012 11:36 AM
Q.

CHRIS CILLIZZA : I think Bobby Casey would have the right of first refusal and I could see how he would think being governor was a sort of family tradition....

You're exactly right. And this is exactly what's wrong with our country.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Fair enough.

– December 14, 2012 11:36 AM
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Catholic Conference

Former Big East 7 (Georgetown, Villanova, Marquette, St. John's, Seton Hall, Providence, and DePaul) + Xavier + St. Louis U + Creighton. There's your 10, with Iona, Canisius, and Duquesne lurking in case it'd need to be 12 teams for 2 divisions. Solved and good basketball to watch.
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Chris Cillizza :

Agree. That would make me happy.  And G'town would look like a pretty dominant program in that setup...

– December 14, 2012 11:38 AM
Q.

Linda McMahon

After two very expensive losses, do you think Linda McMahon will run for elective office again?
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Chris Cillizza :

She shouldn't. At least not in Connecticut.

– December 14, 2012 11:38 AM
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Filibustering Kerry

Just because McCain, Graham et al agree that Kerry will sail through confirmation doesn't mean he does. Why wouldn't another Republican step up and filibuster the nomination - maybe while wearing a purple bandage? Yes, I believe the Republicans are that duplicitous.
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Chris Cillizza :

Always a possibility. But VERY unlikely.  I think youy underestimate how much the Senate is driven by relationships.  Filibustering one of their own would stun me.

– December 14, 2012 11:39 AM
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Joe Biden v. Hillary Clinton

Lots of talk last week about Hillary 2016. On election day, Biden hinted that he's interested in running for President. What's going to happen? Will the DNC throw Biden under the bus in favor of Hillary or does Biden get the nod? Or some as-yet-unnamed person?
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Chris Cillizza :

I find it hard to believe Biden could be Clinton in a primary. That said, I'd love to see that race.

– December 14, 2012 11:39 AM
Q.

Dear Fix (this could be a new thing)

Dear Fix, What should I buy my family for Christmas this year? (Other than your book, of course)?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Downtown Abbey

Homeland

Apple TV

 

– December 14, 2012 11:39 AM
Q.

Remember Michael Jordan did get cut from his HS team one year....

Just sayin'
A.
Chris Cillizza :

righto.

– December 14, 2012 11:40 AM
Q.

NAME THAT THUNE, CONT.

Future Senate Majority Leader? John Thune renounces the GOP and does a reverse Charlie Crist? Now THAT's a breaking Fix exclusive!
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Chris Cillizza :

HA!

– December 14, 2012 11:40 AM
Q.

Over/Under Odds

1. How many games will the Wiz win this year? More or less than 10? 2. How many Senate seats will the GOP pick up in 2014? More or less than 4? (Alaska, WV, Arkansas, South Dakota, North Carolina?)
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Chris Cillizza :

I think the Wiz go 14-68.

And I am not making political predictions this far out.  Too much ammo for the haters ;)

– December 14, 2012 11:41 AM
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Buzzfeed

You've defended and promoted Buzzfeed before. When the "reporters" go from silly outsiders to establishment figures who are RT left and right (affecting the debate), they need to be held to certain standards that they just haven't proven capable of.
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Chris Cillizza :

Disagree.  Who among their political reporters have show they lack the abilityn to meet basic standards of journalism?

– December 14, 2012 11:41 AM
Q.

Come On

"And, comparing me to Hax is like comparing some decent high school basketball player to Michael Jordan." Hax is way better than a decent high school player.
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Chris Cillizza :

I see what you did there.

– December 14, 2012 11:41 AM
Q.

Mea culpa

Have you moved Ohio back to lean Obama yet?
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Chris Cillizza :

It was the 2nd closest state in the country. So, toss up seemed right then and seems right now. Thanks for reading!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/11/08/the-10-closest-states-in-election-2012/

– December 14, 2012 11:45 AM
Q.

Fiscal cliff

Your odds on us going over the fiscal cliff?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

25% chance we go off the cliff. I am still skeptical.

– December 14, 2012 11:45 AM
Q.

Susan Collins' role

So what was her motivation to reject Rice? I'm thinking it was a bone for the Republicans so she can push them elsewhere, but I have also read that it was a favor to Kerry. From what I am reading here in Maine, she is looking to extend her influence now that she's the senior senator, does she really have a chance to do that?
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Chris Cillizza :

Don't know. I do think it's at least worth floating the idea that Collins just disagreed with Rice on matters of policy?

– December 14, 2012 11:48 AM
Q.

Um, ok.

What does this mean? Do you think Dems in MA don't care about how bad Coakley was the last time she ran? Or that they do but would get over it if she would have the best chance of beating Brown?
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Chris Cillizza :

Coakley will not be the D nominee. And she wants to be governor in 2014 anyway...

– December 14, 2012 11:49 AM
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Holiday gifts

What's under the Fix family Christmas tree this year? Do people give you politically-themed gifts?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

"People" don't give me gifts. If they want to start, I would welcome it.

– December 14, 2012 11:49 AM
Q.

2016

I just to let you know that I refuse to read any articles that have the word "2016" in them. I just can't bear to think that far ahead.
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Chris Cillizza :

Never. Too. Early.

– December 14, 2012 11:49 AM
Q.

Downtown Abbey...

Really...? Downton Abbey would more than likely be easier to find...
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Well played.

– December 14, 2012 11:49 AM
Q.

"Right to work" backlashes?

Do you anticipate voters in Wisconsin and Michigan are likely to inflict "Right to work" backlashes on Republican candidates in 2014?
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Chris Cillizza :

Let's see. I wrote about Rick Snyder and the Scott Walker of 2014 earlier this week. Here's that piece: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/12/12/rick-snyder-the-scott-walker-of-2014/

– December 14, 2012 11:50 AM
Q.

Filibustering one of their own

John Tower
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Chris Cillizza :

Comparing John Kerry and John Tower = no comparison.

– December 14, 2012 11:51 AM
Q.

Starbucks

Best Seasonal Coffee: Pumpkin Spice or Gingerbread Latte?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

PSL.

Though I am now a Mocha guy. Old skool.

– December 14, 2012 11:51 AM
Q.

The new conference...

Bringing in true mid-majors like Iona and Canisius doesn't seem right (although Canisius is #67 in RPI as of today just 1 slot above my alma mater UAlbany). Considering the 7 freaked out about Tulane, I can't see them diluting the pool with mid-majors.
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Chris Cillizza :

True enough. But we need to add a few schools, no?

– December 14, 2012 11:52 AM
Q.

RE: Conference

Well, Temple isn't Catholic. Those Catholic hoops teams on their own (Xavier would be a coup) would make a good conference. Maybe they could steal St. Louis University and someone else for a really good conference top to bottom.
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Chris Cillizza :

Good point.

– December 14, 2012 11:54 AM
Q.

Here's "why not LUGAR FOR SEC. OF STATE?"

He's too liberal for this administration. He's opposed to killing American citizens abroad without a trial.
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Chris Cillizza :

Oh, snap.

– December 14, 2012 11:55 AM
Q.

The Gospel According to The Fix

Speaking of Christmas gifts...Any plans to record an audio book of "The Gospel According to The Fix?" If so, who would you pick to read it (assuming you are too busy to do it yourself)?
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Chris Cillizza :

I would read it!  And no, not yet. But if you want to buy it for the political junkie in your family, here's an easy link to do it: http://www.amazon.com/The-Gospel-According-Fix-Insiders/dp/0307987094/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355504208&sr=8-1&keywords=gospel+according+to+the+fix

– December 14, 2012 11:56 AM
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John Tower was not filibustered

He lost on a 53 - 47 vote. BB
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Chris Cillizza :

Yes. Good pt.

– December 14, 2012 11:57 AM
Q.

All Catholic Conference

The Pope has to do the first tip-off.
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Chris Cillizza :

Would rule.

– December 14, 2012 11:57 AM
Q.

Hillary's political capital

In your opinion, is she sitting on the biggest pile of political capital in American history, or at least since LBJ in '64?
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Chris Cillizza :

Yes.  Read this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/12/13/hillary-the-new-teflon-clinton/

– December 14, 2012 11:57 AM
Q.

Campaign memorabilia

Do you collect anything? Probably some good deals on the overstocks right now.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Used to collect baseball cards. Now I collect Almanacs of American politics. if someone wants to buy me the 1982 and 1974 Alamanacs I will love you forever.

– December 14, 2012 11:59 AM
Q.

TV

For you TV viewing pleasure add "The Hour".
A.
Chris Cillizza :

WILL DO.

– December 14, 2012 11:59 AM
Q.

I do think it's at least worth floating the idea that Collins just disagreed with Rice on matters of policy

No way! Politicians do everything for, well, politics.
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Chris Cillizza :

Yeah, can't believe I forgot.

– December 14, 2012 11:59 AM
Q.

Chris Cillizza :

That's all folks! Have a good Friday and enjoy your weekend...and see you back here next Friday at 11 am.

 


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