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March 29, 2013

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The Fix Live

Total Responses: 77

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About the host

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 :

Happy Friday everyone!

One week ago today G'town bowed out of the NCAA tournament with a whimper. 

On that happy anniversary note, let's chat!

Q.

Fort Myers, Florida

Told ya.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Yes, yes you did.

– March 29, 2013 11:00 AM
Q.

South Dakota

Hello Chris! Thanks for taking questions today. I wanted to get your opinion on how likely this scenario is: Herseth-Sandlin is the Democratic nominee for Senate, Noem decides to run against Rounds in the primary and Brendan Johnson runs for her open seat. Is that likely or probable?
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Chris Cillizza :

Lots going on in South Dakota.

Let's take Democrats first.

There's clearly some momentum building behind Brendan Johnson, the son of the retiring Senator to run. But Herseth Dandlin has been eyeing a statewide bid for gov or Senate for a while and I can't see her passing it up.

Noem JUST got to the House and might want to stay there for a few more terms although I was suprised by a poll that showed her running close to even with former Gov. Rounds. I would not have expected that.

– March 29, 2013 11:02 AM
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South Dakota Senate Race

I am a little surprised to see how many people seem to think that this seat will flip to the GOP easily. They should heed the lessons of North Dakota. Everybody thought that seat was a sure pickup for the Republicans and we all know how that turned out.
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Chris Cillizza :

Fair point.

Candidates matter. Let's see who both sides put up and how they perform.

– March 29, 2013 11:02 AM
Q.

Lisa Murkowski

Will she be the newest senator to endorse gay marriage based on what she said yesterday?
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Chris Cillizza :

It certainly seems like she is headed in that direction doesn't it?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/03/28/murkowski-says-her-views-on-same-sex-marriage-are-evolving/

– March 29, 2013 11:03 AM
Q.

Max Baucus

Does he support gay marriage?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

He does not. He is one of 9 Democratic Senators who doesn't.

– March 29, 2013 11:03 AM
Q.

The Next Senator...

If another Republican senator endorses same-sex marriage, who is is it likely to be? Murkowski? Collins? Kirk? Have you heard any rumors?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Based on her recent comments, I'd have to say Murkowski though any of the three you name could be next.

– March 29, 2013 11:04 AM
Q.

Cutting down the nets on Gtowns home court

So Marquette is generally Syracuse's kryptonite, but is anything more gut wrenching to you then the idea of Syracuse cutting down the nets at Gtown's home floor?
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Chris Cillizza :

No. Literally nothing.

– March 29, 2013 11:05 AM
Q.

Celeb Crush

No, you're not mine. Sorry. This tells us a lot about a person though. Who is your biggest celebrity crush (other than Mrs. Fix) now and when you were younger?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Connie Britton. Done and done.

– March 29, 2013 11:05 AM
Q.

Hoos-ier Daddy?

Hey Hoya, Hoos-ier Daddy? I'd say it's Jim Boeheim. You should rock some Orange today in penance...
A.
Chris Cillizza :

That will NEVER happen.

– March 29, 2013 11:06 AM
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Democratic Senators Supporting Gay Marriage

Mark Warner is obviously keeping his options for 2016 open. Claire McCaskill could be a potentially attractive VP candidate in 2016, too. Marc Ambinder wrote awhile back that the gay community had become one of the largest financial backers of the Democratic Party. So with all these Democratic senators coming out in favor of gay marriage recently, how much is wanting to open the pocketbooks of gay donors?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think it's a combination of things.

1. It's now politically safe to publicly state a position many og them have held for a while privately.

2. Gay donors are a huge piece of the Democratic donor base

 

– March 29, 2013 11:08 AM
Q.

Tom Carper

I noticed he was one of the 9 remaining Democratic senators who hasn't endorsed same-sex marriage. What is he waiting for? He just won reelection and he comes from a very blue state, much bluer than Hagan, Tester, or Begich.
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Chris Cillizza :

It does seem as bit odd. My only guess -- and it is a guess -- is that Carper has a deeply held belief on the issue that is holding him back.

Because, as you rightly note, there is no political downside for him.

– March 29, 2013 11:08 AM
Q.

March Madness

Who is going to win the real bracket? Your '16 bracket? I'm going with Clinton/Biden and Bush/Christie with Clinton/Christie in the finals.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

The Elite 8 matchups are AWESOME.

My fav is Rubio-Jeb but Biden-Cuomo and Christie-Rand also quite good.  Hillary is already running away from Martin O'Malley.

Check out the Fix Sweet 2016 bracket (and vote) here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/03/29/the-fixs-sweet-2016-bracket-competition-the-elite-8/

– March 29, 2013 11:10 AM
Q.

NJ Politics

What are Booker's chances of becoming the next Senator of NJ? Does Buono have any chance against Christie in November?
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Chris Cillizza :

Second question first.  

I think Buono is a major long shot against Christie but it is NJ so a Democrat always has a chance.

Booker seems to me to be  heavy favorite to be the next Senator. I know Frank Pallone is talking about a primary challenge but I don't know if that will materialize and I've not heard any big names GOPers express interest.

– March 29, 2013 11:11 AM
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Florida Gulf Coast

Rooting for the Cinderella story or holding a grudge about the whole thing?
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Chris Cillizza :

GO GATORS

– March 29, 2013 11:11 AM
Q.

MSNBC

When will MSNBC debut "The Fix with Chris Cillizza" haha I'm waiting . . hosting AMR & Daily Rundown were a tease
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Potential show names....

"I'm Out with Chris Cillizza." (I end every show by saying "I. Am. Out.")

"And Another Thing....with Chris Cillizza (I rant)

"The Aaron Blake Show....with Chris Cillizza."

– March 29, 2013 11:14 AM
Q.

First Things First

Whatcha Drinking? Whoya Hearing? Wherya Thinking?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I had downed a grande Mocha before the clock struck 7 am this morning.

Writing from the hallowed halls of the NBC Washington buro. And sitting -- actually typing -- in silence. Did have some Glenn Gould "Goldberg Cariations" going earlier though.

– March 29, 2013 11:15 AM
Q.

GA senate

Who on earth will the Dems run? What are you hearing? There just aren't many state-wide well known Dems. And we are close to maybe flipping the state -- why can't we field a good Dem to challenge Kingston/Broun/Gingrey, etc.?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I think they want John Barrow. Barrow has won a House seat in a very tough district and assuming he didn't get primaried might actually have a shot in the general election.

Of course, House Dems want Barrow to stay put since they will struggle to hold his seat if he vacates it.

– March 29, 2013 11:16 AM
Q.

Winter is Coming

If LeBron were a character of Game of Thrones, who would he be?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Tywin Lannister.

– March 29, 2013 11:17 AM
Q.

Top of the Heap

So how great is it that you are now the first entry when one enters "The Fix" rather than that drug rehab place?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Victory!

– March 29, 2013 11:17 AM
Q.

Madness

What hurts more? Georgetown losing in the 1st round or Syracuse beating Indiana. (I know the answer is the former, but still last night had to hurt)
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Chris Cillizza :

Both hurt. A lot.

– March 29, 2013 11:17 AM
Q.

House of Cards on Netflix

Wonder if you've watched House of Cards. We're nearly done and it's been a good show.
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Chris Cillizza :

Haven't started yet but am a Netflix subscriber now. I feel like that is a step in the right direction.

– March 29, 2013 11:19 AM
Q.

Dook

What do you make of the fact that Tom Izzo told Mike and Mike this morning that his 13 year-old son, Steven, picked Duke to beat MSU in the Sweet Sixteen tonight?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Why do you listen to "Mike and Mike"?

– March 29, 2013 11:19 AM
Q.

2008 v. 2016

Was the Hillary Rodham Clinton pre-election hype stronger then or now? For me personally, I felt it was stronger back then.
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Chris Cillizza :

Definitely stronger then.  I think it will heat up again (if and when) she seems to have any interest in running. But, the second time in politics is rarely more exciting than the first.

– March 29, 2013 11:20 AM
Q.

Cruz

How long do we have to deal with Ted Cruz in the Senate? I'm already tired of his routine.
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Chris Cillizza :

As long as he wants to be in the Senate. Texas remains a pretty Republican state.  Not sure Cruz even gets a series challenge in 2018...although who knows.

– March 29, 2013 11:21 AM
Q.

GOLDBERG CARIATIONS

Is that where vultures peck Bach out on the keyboard?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Ah, bad typing gets me.

Goldberg VARIATIONS

– March 29, 2013 11:21 AM
Q.

Won't you feel better?

The farther Florida Gulf Coast goes? Then you'll know it really wasn't just a fluke?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

No. I will still feel terrible.

– March 29, 2013 11:22 AM
Q.

The View

So it seems like everyone's favorite show "The View" is loosing 2 or 3 hosts within the next year . . . . who are your picks as replacements?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Are you asking me if I want to be a co-host?

– March 29, 2013 11:23 AM
Q.

Rush says gay marriage is inevitable

When saw the headline of Rush Limbaugh saying that gay marriage was inevitable, my first thought was, "Did hell freeze over for Rush to think--let alone SAY--such a thing?" My second thought was, "This is probably sour grapes on Rush's part for being on the losing end of the argument." Your take?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I was surprised by it.  But, he's right. Politically speaking, the fight on gay marriage is already over.

Check this out: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-political-debate-on-same-sex-marriage-is-over/2013/03/24/eb7a3538-9495-11e2-b6f0-a5150a247b6a_story.html

– March 29, 2013 11:24 AM
Q.

FLGC

C'mon! Young, rich, a lingerie model wife - wouldn't a NCAA title just complete the set?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

A guy who lives and dies with Georgetown hoops.

– March 29, 2013 11:25 AM
Q.

Saw you at the National Press Club during the Washington Journalism and Media Conference last summer.

You rule, dude.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Thanks, Mom.

– March 29, 2013 11:26 AM
Q.

Chuck Todd

That hair on his face . . .creepy or cool?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Creepily cool.

– March 29, 2013 11:26 AM
Q.

Roberts Court

Do you think anyone ever thought that the Roberts Court would uphold Obamacare and legalize gay marriage? What do you think the reaction will be in June if this is the case?
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Chris Cillizza :

Handicapping how the Supreme Court will rule is about as reliable as handicapping winter storms in DC.

Not.

– March 29, 2013 11:27 AM
Q.

NCAA Tourney

The best part is ... the end. You know when it stops and there is no more college basketball.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

BOOOOOO

– March 29, 2013 11:27 AM
Q.

Cuomo vs. Christie

I was going to dump a little more Syracuse trash talk on you but you've suffered enough. That said, possible to see a Cuomo vs. Christie match-up in 2016 and if so, who wins? Oh . . . and you can kiss Georgetown good-bye . . . courtesy of JT . . . couldn't resist.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Did every person in DC go to Syracuse? It is unreal.

Cuomo vs Christie would be a GREAT race.  Very east coast centric though.

– March 29, 2013 11:27 AM
Q.

RE: Hillary 2008/2016

Google exists and a whole bunch of pundits sound stupid because they echo exactly what they said about Hillary before 2008--how inevitable she was--and then she lost.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

What is this Google you speak of?

– March 29, 2013 11:28 AM
Q.

LEBRON = TYWIN LANNISTER

Better to be the Lord of Casterly Rock than the King of Quarth (the view leaves something to be desired)..
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Good call.

 

– March 29, 2013 11:30 AM
Q.

"The View"

How about Mrs. Cillizza as a new chatter on "The View"? I bet she'd be scintillating, and could also book you as a guest any time!
A.
Chris Cillizza :

She rules and would be AMAZING.

Mrs Fix = my MUCH better half.

– March 29, 2013 11:31 AM
Q.

iPhone App

Which app that I don't currently have is a must-have?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

How about the new anbd improved WaPo iPad app. It rules!

Sidebar: I have the original iPad. Do I need to buy a new one? If so, why.

– March 29, 2013 11:32 AM
Q.

Lunch

Working at home today and the only food we have is eggs and Annie's cheddar bunnies. Should I attempt an omelette? This is what happens when there's no food chat.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Sounds like Fix Jr's favorite foods...

– March 29, 2013 11:32 AM
Q.

Chat promo in morning newsletter?

Good morning from the Left Coast ... why don't you include a link to your Friday chat in The Fix daily newsletter?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Damn good question. We will in the future.

– March 29, 2013 11:32 AM
Q.

Drink up

Hi Chris, I always find your drink choices interesting. I think you would be better off in an ice cream shop sucking down coffee milk shakes rather than the fake drinks you usually go with. What ever happen to the good old days when newspaper men drank whiskey in the day time?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I am stunned -- and offended -- that Starbucks has yet to offer to sponsor the Fix chat.

– March 29, 2013 11:34 AM
Q.

Hillary

Is? She? Running?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I know the answer but I am not telling.

– March 29, 2013 11:34 AM
Q.

Pittsburgh

Marquette's men's basketball team had Pitt's number this season too, alas.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Pitt: The only team who plays worse in the tournament than Gtown.

– March 29, 2013 11:34 AM
Q.

new iPad?

More horsepower under the hood, better display...and Siri!
A.
Chris Cillizza :

HMMM.  I loathe Siri.  Better display interests me. But I need to make the case to Mrs. Fix....

– March 29, 2013 11:35 AM
Q.

Mrs Fix = my MUCH better half

Then what did she see in YOU???
A.
Chris Cillizza :

It's a question no one I know has an answer for ;)

– March 29, 2013 11:35 AM
Q.

What has Mark Sanford been smoking?

Are there REALLY enough conservative Republicans in Mark Sanford's old Congressional district willing to vote for him in contradiction of their family-values views that Sanford can win even the primary, let alone a general election? I assume he's already sewn up the Argentinian-mistress faction.
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Chris Cillizza :

I think he has to be considered the favorite to win the runoff on Tuesday. And, if he wins that, he will enter the special general election as the favorite just because of the partisan nature of the seat.

– March 29, 2013 11:36 AM
Q.

JEB BUSH

Jeb Bush, Bill Bradley and Gwen Ifill were at a Guilford College event in NC last night...he certainly sounded like he plans to run in 2016, what do you think?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Bradley? Interesting.

:)

– March 29, 2013 11:37 AM
Q.

Rep. Young

While Rep. Young's remarks about workers from Mexico reflects badly on the GOP, how will it affect him in Alaska? I am not aware of a large population of Latinos there, although many non-Latino Alaskans certainly will be offended.
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Chris Cillizza :

He has weathered a LOT of controversy and still managed to win re-election. Not sure if one more negative national news narrative matters much. People in Alaska just keep voting for the guy.

– March 29, 2013 11:37 AM
Q.

Senate Gains

It's +2 for Republicans. Let's stop now. They're gaining Johnson and Rockefeller's seats and that's it...barring something crazy. With that in mind, it's no surprise the media and opponents will try to add some intrigue in other races.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

If I stopped now, I would have to shut The Fix down. And, I ain't doing that.

West Va is a likely pickup. SD looks good but let's see the candidates. Arkansas, North Carolina, Alaska and Louisiana also all Dem held and likely to be quite competitive.

– March 29, 2013 11:38 AM
Q.

new iPad?

Give the old iPad to Fix Jr with the Fisher-Price "apptivity" case and the free Fisher-Price apps...
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Now THAT is a good argument.

– March 29, 2013 11:40 AM
Q.

Ashley Judd

Not surprised she is not running. Did her announcement give Mitch McConnell the Worst Week in Washington
A.
Chris Cillizza :

McConnell was frontrunner for "Worst Week" until....Dony Young!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/03/28/republican-rep-don-young-refers-to-latinos-using-racial-slur/

– March 29, 2013 11:40 AM
Q.

Original House of Cards

Chris - you must watch the original House of Cards. Must-see-TV for political junkies.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

The British one? Where can I see?

– March 29, 2013 11:40 AM
Q.

Way 2 Early Predictions - AG Kamala Harris - CA

She's been extra visible nationally this week with the SCOTUS cases, and comes across as smart as a whip. I think there's no doubt she'll run for senator or governor of CA, pending availability. Your thoughts on the Kamala future?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Gov run in 2018.  Primary against Gavin Newsom. EPIC.

– March 29, 2013 11:41 AM
Q.

United States - Costa Rica

That was neat. Never seen a soccer game being played in a blizzard
A.
Chris Cillizza :

It was.  But the scene at the Azteca on Tuesday was even better.

– March 29, 2013 11:41 AM
Q.

Our long, national nightmare is over

As a Bulls fan, of course I'm referring to the end of the Heat's streak.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I knew what you meant.

– March 29, 2013 11:41 AM
Q.

DC Food

Have any lunch/dinner recommendations for DC tourists who don't want to eat at chains?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

On the Hill I LOVE Good Stuff for burgers.  We the Pizza (next door) also VERY good.

– March 29, 2013 11:43 AM
Q.

Fix Aaron

Is Fix Aaron the next star at MSNBC?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

He is a talented dude. I hope so.

– March 29, 2013 11:43 AM
Q.

Wrestlemania

How excited are you for WrestleMania next week?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Excited. But not as excited as I am for FishoMania. http://www.fishomania.net/

– March 29, 2013 11:46 AM
Q.

Beating the 6th year jinx?

How likely do you think it is that Obama will beat the traditional 6th year jinx by increasing Democratic holdings in the House (maybe even a majority) and retaining a Democratic majority in the Senate? Or, to put it differently, how likely that Republicans will blow their chance?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

At this point, Dems winning back the House seems pretty unlikely.

As for the Senate, GOPers have to win 6 seats to get the majority. They have enough Dem targets to make it happen but will need some breaks they didn't get last cycle.

– March 29, 2013 11:47 AM
Q.

Jabroni

With the economy changing and a growing bipartisan push in Washington, can you smell what The Rock is cookin?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Rock for President!

"Finally, The Rock has COME BACK to the nation's capitol!"

– March 29, 2013 11:48 AM
Q.

The Pope

Yesterday, Pope Francis washed the feet of jailed youth, including Muslims and women, instead of bishops. Would you sign a WhiteHouse.gov petition to have him change his name to Pope Awesome Humbleheart I?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

A very cool move.

– March 29, 2013 11:49 AM
Q.

Beatles

Chris Matthews Show featured a segment on the Beatles a couple of weeks ago. So...top 5 favorite Beatles songs?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

HMMM. In no particular order...

For No one

 Strawberry Fields Forever

Blackbird

I'm Only Sleeping

Penny Lane

– March 29, 2013 11:51 AM
Q.

Florida Florida Florida

Rick Scott vs. Charlie Crist. Is this done already?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Looks like that's the race. And it's going to be a DOOZY.

– March 29, 2013 11:52 AM
Q.

LEBRON/GAME OF THRONES

I would say LeBron's more Daenerys Targaryen: 1. Both have immense innate physical strengths (LeBron's size, speed, strength and Targaryen's dragon DNA). 2. Both were petulant in the beginning but are slowly becoming the world's most dominating force. 3. After faltering in the NBA Finals of Westeros and Essos, Targaryen took her talents to South Beach to rebuild.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

This is the best thing. Ever.

– March 29, 2013 11:52 AM
Q.

Other than G'Town Fans

Who had the Worst Week in Washington?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Don't want to spoil the surprise....

But I'll give you a hint. Think Alaska.

– March 29, 2013 11:53 AM
Q.

Ohio Governor

Who's likely to run against Kasich?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Ed FitzGerald is the guy Dems want.

– March 29, 2013 11:53 AM
Q.

"I am not aware of a large population of Latinos [in Alaska]"

NHLer Steve Gomez, anyone?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

People DO still watch ice hockey. I knew it!

– March 29, 2013 11:54 AM
Q.

House of Cards, Game of Thrones

So you've got Netflix and HBO in the Fix household and two little Fixers?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

That is correct.

– March 29, 2013 11:54 AM
Q.

CA Gov

No Villaraigosa for Governor?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

He will have been out of office for a long time (5 years) by 2018....

– March 29, 2013 11:54 AM
Q.

Re: Don Young...

I remember many years ago, a senator made a racist comment and ultimately ended up resigning. (I am sorry--I cannot remember who he was but I do know he was from Mississippi.) There was actually a push to have him resign from his own party (Republicans). Do you anticipate the same happening with Young?
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Chris Cillizza :

Trent Lott.

And, I don't expect it regarding Young -- and I am pretty sure he wouldn't listen anyway.

But, people like Sen. John Cornyn and House Speaker John Boehner have already come out today and condemned Young...

– March 29, 2013 11:55 AM
Q.

Song of the Day

My song of the Day is Thunder Road by the Boss
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Screen door slams...

– March 29, 2013 11:55 AM
Q.

President Obama Game of Thrones

Now that we know who Lebron would be in Game of Thrones, who would President Obama be? Robb Stark, with Catelyn Tully as Nancy Pelosi?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I smell a Fix post....

– March 29, 2013 11:55 AM
Q.

Harris v Newsom CA 2018

Newsom's star has dimmed, hasn't it? Harris seems much more capable, forceful, and nimble than Newsom ever has--he doesn't have a lot of depth. I wish she would run for senate instead of Guv though.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Yes and no. Newsom will have been LG for 8 years in 2018...that's not a bad platform from which to run.

– March 29, 2013 11:56 AM
Q.

Candy smackdown!

Oh Henry vs. Baby Ruth?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Baby Ruth. I LOVE those things.

Also, I gave up all sweets for Lent. 

– March 29, 2013 11:56 AM
Q.

Winning streaks

How 'bout those Pittsburgh Penguins?!?!?!? 14 wins in a row.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Did I wonder into an ice hockey chat?

– March 29, 2013 11:56 AM
Q.

Re: "The British one? Where can I see?"

Netflix, natch (lots of good British TV on Netflix). Welcome to the future. Don't worry - soon Netflix will know you so well that it'll put shows like that right on the home page for you.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Good deal. PSYCHED.

– March 29, 2013 11:57 AM
Q.

Harlem Shake

Where is "The Fix" Harlem Shake video?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Would be epic....if epic means terrible.

– March 29, 2013 11:57 AM
Q.

Chris Cillizza :

That's all the time I've got. Have a great weekend and enjoy all the great college hoops on TV. Thanks to Georgetown, I can't.

Chris

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