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March 1, 2013

11:06
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!  The sequester hits at midnight and no one seems to think a last minute fix is coming.

At least Z Burger is giving away free burgers...

Let's do it.

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Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward "embellishes" the truth quite a lot, and that is a well-known fact in journalistic circles. I have no doubt that he wasn't threatened by anyone at the White House. I am sure the person said something along the lines of: "you will regret that you misinterpreted what the President said and wrote about it." But, Woodward likes to go on TV to play the victim. He took way too much credit for his part in uncovering the Watergate scandal (just ask the prosecutors and congressional people during that time). He should be ashamed of himself for what he's trying to do to the Administration now.
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Chris Cillizza :

Let's get the Bob questions out of the way.

First of all, Bob is without question one of the best political reporters ever and, without him, the Washington Post wouldn't be the Washington Post.

The back and forth between he and Gene Sperling seems to me to be the sort of contentious relationship that reporters have occasionally with sources -- nothing more and nothing less.

– March 01, 2013 11:08 AM
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Politics of the Sequester

Chris, Maybe you can explain the political gain of the republican party for the sequester for me? They bet that their general approach of cuts only and not compromsing and not raising taxes would win them 2012 as Ryan Lizza explain in his profile of Eric Cantor, it did not obviously and it seems as if the sequester will impact the economy and Republicans are in general getting blamed in public polls for the sequester. What are they gaining from this politically (firing up a base that is clearly not enough to get them win a presidential election) or am I missing something here, a policy victory (these cuts are seemingly dumb and will impact the economy it seems?) Where is the political upside for the Republicans in this fight??
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Chris Cillizza :

I think you have to think of it this way: On fiscal cliff they agreed to raise taxes, which many in their base hated.  To do so again so soon would create the real risk of a full abandonment of the etablishment of the party of the base.  And, in order to win anything you need to build from your base outward.

Given that, I think Republicans may be ok with a strategic loss on sequester in hopes of winning broader battles down the line.

– March 01, 2013 11:10 AM
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How to shake the feeling that elected representatives really don't care?

Chris, how are we to believe that the elected representatives in Congress actually care about this country? I understand that there are differences, and that both sides are right and the other side is wrong to their base. But that didn't stop advancement when the stake of the country was on the line for the first nearly 200 years of it's existence. It seems that the last 20 years has been the birth of politics aimed at winning for winning sake, not winning for good of the country. Any further proof we need that they don't care, Congress is taking a 3 day vacation. They left for 9 days for Presidents day, came back, tossed crumpled balls of paper in a trash can to see which ideas they'd put in a bill, and when those didn't work, they're bailing as times get tough?! really?!
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Chris Cillizza :

This is a VERY common sentiment -- including from my sister-in-law!

I think politicians are walking a very fine political line at the moment...

– March 01, 2013 11:11 AM
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The next president

Would you say that New York has the best chance of being the state that produces the next president, since Clinton, Cuomo, and Gillibrand -- all with a decent chance of making it to the White House -- all hail from there ... sort of? What other state has the best chance of producing the next POTUS? What state has the least chance?
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Chris Cillizza :

Yes.

The Delmarva area isn't bad either: Biden (Delaware), O'Malley (Maryland) and McDonnell (Virginia).

– March 01, 2013 11:12 AM
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GOP and the Sequester

How can they POSSIBLY think that the American public will be on their side in this, especially after they start to feel the effects? I'm not being partisan, I am genuinely confused as to why they would make this gamble and why they think it will pay off for them. I genuinely do not see how this can possibly turn out well for them.
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Chris Cillizza :

Again, you are thinking of the sequestration politics within the context of a national audience. I am not sure that's what is going on here for Republicans.

I think they, rightly, believe that to raise taxes again is simply not something they can do and hope to keep their base engaged.

– March 01, 2013 11:13 AM
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Huge win at the Carrier Dome

No question, just want to highlight for the obnoxious Syracuse fan(s) on the chat last week exactly how much the Hoyas styled and profiled all over their house. WHOOOOOOOO!
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Chris Cillizza :

Just an amazing win. And the UCONN win on Wednesday was almost as amazing.

– March 01, 2013 11:14 AM
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Sequester Day

As Milhouse Van Houten once said, "We are now through the looking glass"
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Chris Cillizza :

Wait, did you do this unbidden? Did you not see my piece this morning in which I make the SAME reference! Great minds.

Here it is: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/03/01/we-are-through-the-sequestration-looking-glass/

– March 01, 2013 11:16 AM
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Shut down the government?

The Republicans seemed to have played the sequester perfectly - downplay the impact and sell the public on the cost savings while blaming any problems on Obama. Should they push Obama for large tax cuts and deep spending cuts with the threat of shutting down the government? I would think they could easily blame Obama for the shutdown and get everything they ask for and more (with the way Obama negotiates).
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Chris Cillizza :

You're right to note that the March 27 deadline to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government is the Next Big Thing.

John Boehner just came out and said the House will pass a CR next week...

– March 01, 2013 11:17 AM
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sequester

So what are the odds that both parties are crazy like foxes and actually wanted this sequester to go through?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think that when the sequester was proposed last year neither side thought it was even a possibility.

But, as the deadline got closer, I think Republicans saw it as a chance to get cuts they wouldn't be able to secure otherwise and Democrats saw it as a place where they had the political upper hand. And so, here we are.

I wrote a piece a few weeks ago about the political inevitability of the sequester (and why): http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/02/05/how-the-sequester-became-politically-inevitable/

– March 01, 2013 11:19 AM
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Movie references

My Best Friend's Wedding, Bring it On, AND Clueless references on the Fix all in one week? Does this mean I can look forward to headlines like "Obama to Tea Party: 'Stop trying to make 'fetch' happen'"?
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Chris Cillizza :

Well, I do love me some pop culture. And, my favorite piece I wrote this week was that "My Best Friend's Wedding" is like the sequester piece.

It's here - read it (since no one did when I wrote it. Sad face): http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/02/26/why-the-sequester-is-like-my-best-friends-wedding/

– March 01, 2013 11:23 AM
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Daily routine

Describe the rigors of reporting, writing and appearing on several MSNBC programs. When does one sleep?
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Chris Cillizza :

From midnight to 6-ish am.  It's actually great. My issue is wedging in all the shows -- Americans, House of Cards, Nashville -- that Mrs Fix and I want to watch.

– March 01, 2013 11:23 AM
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WWE

Prediction: Will Michelle Obama make an appearance at Wrestlemania?
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Chris Cillizza :

HA!

I was REALLY disappointed CM Punk didn't beat Cena for the chance to take on The Rock.  Punk is my favorite wrestler since Rowdy Roddy Piper.

– March 01, 2013 11:24 AM
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Sequestration

Some friends and I are looking for one more tenant to fill our underground sequestration bunker. We've got three years worth of canned goods, and a whole bucket of Jason Statham DVDs. You in?
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Chris Cillizza :

Only if we lead off with "Snatch".  Brad Pitt's finest hour.

– March 01, 2013 11:25 AM
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NBC News first read

Chuck Todd writes "A conspiracy theorist might conclude that politicians want the cuts to go through while not getting blamed for them." So now I have to be disillusioned with both sides? Is the President to be blamed as much as the Speaker?
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Chris Cillizza :

Chuck is right.

Remember that this is $1.2 trillion in cuts that no one -- Democrat or Republican -- has to vote for (or against).

– March 01, 2013 11:26 AM
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Rm

Is Romney back?
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Chris Cillizza :

Literally, yes. Figuratively, no.

– March 01, 2013 11:26 AM
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WH vs journalists

It sounds like Woodward might have overreacted but in a broader sweep, other journalists have really been threatened. Do you think the press will push back hard enough to change this?
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Chris Cillizza :

The relationship between politicians and the press is, inherently, adversarial -- at times. That has always been true and, I hope, will always be true.

– March 01, 2013 11:27 AM
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Your Staff

Do you need an assistant/protégé? - @FigDrewton

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Chris Cillizza :

We are always looking for good young people to help the cause.  Also, Fix Aaron likes his shirts pressed several times a day...

– March 01, 2013 11:27 AM
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Today's drink

I'm having Tension Tamer tea--hope you have something much better.
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Chris Cillizza :

Grande mocha. It's my default drink now. Also,  I am now paying for Starbucks via an iPhone app. I am relentlessly hip.

– March 01, 2013 11:29 AM
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Lent

Of all days for Z-Burger to do that.
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Chris Cillizza :

It really kills me. Cheese pizza here I come!

– March 01, 2013 11:29 AM
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Bolling

How good of a Virginia Governor's race will it be if Bolling runs as an independent?
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Chris Cillizza :

I have been very skeptical of him doing it but if you listen to what he's been saying of late it sounds like he might be leaning toward it.

I continue to believe a third party bid is a spoiler not a potential winner. And if Bolling helps elect the Macker, his name is going to be mud with Republicans forever. He knows that...

– March 01, 2013 11:30 AM
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Iowa Senate seat

Latham is out, so the "Anybody but Steve King" Republicans are turning to Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds who has never run a statewide race on her own. Should announced Democratic candidate Rep. Bruce Braley be breathing a bit easier?
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Chris Cillizza :

And Reynolds said this week she won't run if King does. Here's the reality: No one left in the field can beat King in a primary.

– March 01, 2013 11:31 AM
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Sequester

So what happens when airplanes don't fall from the skies, teachers aren't fired in mass numbers and the world keeps spinning? Will the fear mongering stop and real discussions on reigning in the budget start?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think sometime between March 4 (Monday) and March 27 (government shutdown) we will get some real negotiations. I really don't know if those negotiations turn into a deal though. The two parties are REALLY far apart on how best to fix our debt problem.

– March 01, 2013 11:33 AM
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real risk of a full abandonment of the etablishment of the party of the base

You wrote the GOP would have the "real risk of a full abandonment of the etablishment of the party of the base." Where would they go? To the Democrats? Really?
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Chris Cillizza :

Just become totally unethusiastic. And that is a HUGE problem heading into a midterm election

– March 01, 2013 11:33 AM
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The lost science of grammar

When you wrote, "The back and forth between he and Gene Sperling," I am sure you meant "The back-and-forth between Gene Sperling and him" or "between him and Gene Sperling." Subject/object/verb, Chris...try to keep 'em straight, willya?
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Chris Cillizza :

The grammar police!

– March 01, 2013 11:33 AM
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Optics

Your piece on the uncertainty of where the sequester blame will lie is really intriguing and a top drawer use of a Van Houten quote. On the more ridiculous side of this affair, for an already embattled institution, can there be a worse image than Congress bolting as the sequester hits?
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Chris Cillizza :

No, there can not be.

And to quote the sage again: "Everything is coming up Milhouse!"

– March 01, 2013 11:34 AM
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"...the House will pass a CR next week..."

Yes, but will it be something the Senate and the President can agree on?
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Chris Cillizza :

Um, no.

– March 01, 2013 11:34 AM
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New York

The previous question about NY politicians reminded me of something from last week, when you mentioned the possibility of Cuomo as Hillary's running mate. Can't happen, constitutionally -- the president and VP can't be from the same state. Bush/Cheney had to scramble to "return" Cheney to his original home state of Wyoming (he had long lived in Texas). No way could Clinton/Cuomo get away with that. Hillary had to fight the carpetbagger image when she moved to NY and, by all appearances, she and Bill have embraced NY as their home state. I don't think she could plausibly skate around that. (And where would she go? Back to Arkansas, where she would lose her home state? Chicago, which she left at 18? DC, which no politician wants to claim as "home"?) And you can't possibly make Cuomo a non-New Yorker.
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Chris Cillizza :

Ah! Helpful. Thanks.

– March 01, 2013 11:34 AM
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Mike survives sequester!

Hi Chris, I know how you wore about the survival of Mike Eruzione, but you need not worry. I see he sold his Olympic jersey for $660,000.00.

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Chris Cillizza :

Phew.

– March 01, 2013 11:34 AM
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Gonzaga!! Go Bulldogs!

This may be the first No. 1 ranking in their History. Oh, and congrats to UVA for beating Duke. Does Coach K have a problem with good engineering schools? - Signed, a Lehigh Alumnus
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Chris Cillizza :

Georgetown could well be top 5 next week if we can beat Rutgers this weekend.

An amazing coaching job by JTIII and and an AMAZING season by Otto Porter Jr.

– March 01, 2013 11:37 AM
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Steve King

Is he now the front runner for the GOP primary in Iowa?
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Chris Cillizza :

Absolutely.

– March 01, 2013 11:40 AM
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Hoya Saxa

Good riddence to the former Big East.
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Chris Cillizza :

Apparently we are keeping the name the Big East for the new conference. And we are adding Butler and Xavier which is AWESOME news.

– March 01, 2013 11:41 AM
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The Fix

I was hoping The Cilliza would make an appearance at Wrestlemania. Remember last year when you skipped watching Wrestlemania to attend The Boss show at Verizon Center
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Chris Cillizza :

I am waiting for my invite...

– March 01, 2013 11:42 AM
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For the record...

I would LOVE a piece with the hed "stop trying to make fetch happen." Given the perennial obsession with trying to describe policies in blinkered, obfuscating ways, it would work in so many situations!
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Chris Cillizza :

:)

– March 01, 2013 11:42 AM
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Chris Christie

Does Christie look stronger to independents by being dissed by CPAC
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Chris Cillizza :

I am not sure indies are paying all that close attention at the moment.

And, remember that to start appealing to independents Christie has to win over Republicans in the GOP primary.

– March 01, 2013 11:43 AM
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Food

Hi Chris, I noticed that you live in Falls Church, Va. Do you have a favorite lunch and dinner place?
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Chris Cillizza :

Pietanza! The Fix fam eats there like 3 times a week.

– March 01, 2013 11:44 AM
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GOP = Whigs?

What do you think are the chances of the GOP breaking apart into two separate parties by 2016 or 2022?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think very unlikely. But I do think there is a HUGE divide -- tonally and on some issues -- between the base and the establishment wings of the party.

– March 01, 2013 11:45 AM
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House of Cards

Please tell an intern from overseas that House of Cards does not correspond to reality! I am worried that I may be too much of an idealist for this kind of job.
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Chris Cillizza :

I am going to start watching it this weekend...

– March 01, 2013 11:45 AM
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Sleep

Tsk tsk tsk. "From midnight to 6-ish am." - your response to a question about when you sleep. Recent research has show a large increase in risk of stroke for people routinely getting less than 7 hours of sleep!
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Chris Cillizza :

Ok. I will add an hour.

– March 01, 2013 11:45 AM
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You

After you get up, daily what do you read in the morning? NYTimes, Politico...
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Chris Cillizza :

I watch: "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" an "Jake and the NeverLand Pirates". It really gets me ready for the day.

– March 01, 2013 11:46 AM
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re: "best chance of being the state that produces the next president"

Florida, Texas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Michigan, in that order.
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Chris Cillizza :

Florida is a good call with Jeb and Rubio.

– March 01, 2013 11:47 AM
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Kabuki

I think it's time to stop treating the back and forth on these manufactured crises as news, and start treating them as a theater critic would. The outcome does indeed impact people's lives, but the "negotiations" themselves are purely for show.
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Chris Cillizza :

Totally agree. I do tend to treat them like that when they deserve it. And this "negotiation" definitely deserves it.

– March 01, 2013 11:47 AM
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Breaking Bad

How far are you now through the series? Have you met Gus yet?
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Chris Cillizza :

Just got to "Better Call Saul!"

– March 01, 2013 11:48 AM
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Fix Aaron

Just need Fix Aaron to appear more on MSNBC. Dozens of his fans request it
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Chris Cillizza :

He rocks. That baby-faced handsomeness..

– March 01, 2013 11:48 AM
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"my favorite piece I wrote this week"

Chris, given the self-congratulatory tone of everything you write, I am guessing you are a member of the Millenial age demographic. (Me? I'm a Gen-Xer.)
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Chris Cillizza :

Just wait until I start referring to myself in the third person only. Chris Cillizza thinks that's an idea whose time has come.

– March 01, 2013 11:49 AM
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re: HUGE WIN AT THE CARRIER DOME

I believe I called that win for your boys, right here, last week. And you should be proud of that win in Storrs, too, although we almost got you. Good thing you won't have to play us again until next year's Final Four.
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Chris Cillizza :

Is UCONN eligible to compete in anything for a few years?

– March 01, 2013 11:50 AM
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Woodward's access

I know you said you were done with the Woodward questions, but I was hoping you could answer one more. Why does the WH (not just this one, but Bush and Clinton before it) give him that kind of access? What's in it for them? Seems like a coin toss at best that his book will match up with their preferred messaging, so why bring him into those meetings at all?
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Chris Cillizza :

Because he is Bob Woodward. He's like Ron Swanson, but for journalism.

– March 01, 2013 11:50 AM
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Vanilla Spice Latte

Did you try this Starbucks offering last month? Or course, not nearly as good as PSL, but interesting.
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Chris Cillizza :

Intriguing. Will order it up this pm.

– March 01, 2013 11:52 AM
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March Madness

Will there be an official The Fix March Madness tourney pool?
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Chris Cillizza :

Should there be?

– March 01, 2013 11:52 AM
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The times they are a changing?

Do you think that gun ownership is going to be the 21st century version of smoking? I sense that the tide is turning in public attiudes
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Chris Cillizza :

Not sure that it is. Yes, there does seem to be an increased desire for stricter gun laws post-Newtown but not sure that guns as part of the culture are going away anytime soon.

– March 01, 2013 11:54 AM
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BBC House of Cards

I know it's a lot of TV, but you should also really check out the BBC House of Cards and the other two series, To Play The King and The Final Cut.
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Chris Cillizza :

Noted. I am making a list.

– March 01, 2013 11:56 AM
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Fellow Gen-Xer

Oh, get over yourself. (The previous chatter, not Cilizza.) I'm pretty sure Chris is actually one of us -- and our generation practically invented the ironic self-reference (perhaps in reaction to the boomers' self-absorption). Sorry you seem to have been left out of the humor distribution.
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Chris Cillizza :

Chris Cillizza endorses this.

– March 01, 2013 11:56 AM
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Which is which?

CC: I watch: "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" an "Jake and the NeverLand Pirates". Is the White House the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and the House is Jake and the Neverland Pirates?
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Chris Cillizza :

Look, I am still dealing with the fact that "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe" was a Christian allegory. I thought it was a story about a big piece of furniture nd a talking lion for my entire life. In other news, I am obtuse.

– March 01, 2013 11:57 AM
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Chris Cillizza :

Ok, folks.

That's all the time I have.

Tune it to MSNBC at 1 pm -- I am guest hosting Andrea Mitchell Reports! Should be fun!

And, I will be back here next Friday. Same time. See you then and spread the word.

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