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April 12, 2013

11:02
A.M.

The Fix Live

Total Responses: 44

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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. What an AMAZING week in  Washington: the McConnell tapes, the gun bill AND immigraton. 

Let's get to it.

Q.

Greg Walden

I'm trying to understand the logic behind his Social Security attacks on Obama, but just can't. What's his thinking here? Or is it just "whatever Obama supports is bad even if I've supported it in the past"?
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Chris Cillizza :

I have NO idea.  

He clearly got himself WAY off the reservation and then, weirdly, chose to stand behind it when the rest of his party made clear to him he was off the reservation.

I suppose two theories could hold: a) Walden really believes what he said about chained CPI or b) he thought it was a golden issue for candidates in 2014 and as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee wanted to signal that.

Of course, when Boehner is out disagreeing with you....it's not a good issue.

– April 12, 2013 11:06 AM
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Gang of 8

Do these 8 senators interested in immigration speak for anyone but themselves? While they may have agreed to something, how much is the rest of Congress on board. I just don't see Boehner letting any Democratic senator tell him what he must bring up for a vote if he wants to keep his job as Speaker. No one in the Tea Party cares about the national Republican Party or they would have gotten with the program a long time ago.
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Chris Cillizza :

It's a very good point.

I think there is quite clearly a disconnect between the GOP leadership and the GOP base on things like immigration and gay marriage.

So, I am not sure how much it means when the Gang of 8 introduces its compromise bill next week. It's going to get tons of national press coverage but remember that Members of Congress don't get elected nationally. They care only about what their constituents in their district or their state think.

– April 12, 2013 11:08 AM
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David Vitter

How was David Vitter able to survive his real sex scandal while non sex scandal pols like tickling Eric Messa, Craiglist Congressman Chris Lee, and Anthony Tweet Weiner were shown the door?
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Chris Cillizza :

Well, he refused to resign.  The other three resigned.

Vitter banked on the fact that the state and national media would move on at some point and that he could weather the attacks until then.

He was right.

– April 12, 2013 11:09 AM
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Baseball Brawl

What would you do if you were a pitcher on the mound being charged by a batter?
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Chris Cillizza :

Run. That's my default approach to all fights.

– April 12, 2013 11:10 AM
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Toomey

Does this week sew up his reelection?
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Chris Cillizza :

No. 

He is still going to have a very tough race. But if expanded background checks become law, Toomey will have done himself real good in the Philly suburbs where he needs to win to claim a second term in 2016.

– April 12, 2013 11:10 AM
Q.

Basketball

I'm in. I want to see The Fix talk trash during a pickup game in Kareem goggles.
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Chris Cillizza :

I get a little intense when I play. The people who I play with at Gonzaga College High School in DC can attest to that.

– April 12, 2013 11:11 AM
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Progress Kentucky

Stupid amateurs, or the stupidest amateurs? Seriously, if you're on the liberal side, as I solidly am, this is an acute HEADDESK inducer, especially coming after those racist comments on McConnell's wife. While the recording makes Team McConnell look like jerks, it's not a code-red scandal for them, and this does nothing but validate his claims of victimhood.
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Chris Cillizza :

Really bad/dumb.

McConnell is not someone easily made into a victim of the politics of personal destruction. But, Progress Kentucky managed to pull it off.

I liked this BuzzFeed story on how bad the group has been: http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/the-disastrous-collapse-of-kentuckys-least-effective-liberal

– April 12, 2013 11:12 AM
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Difficult Question

How do you pronounce your last name?
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Chris Cillizza :

Sah-liz-a

Or you can just call me The Fix.

– April 12, 2013 11:12 AM
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McConnell tapes

About this: Can it help him turning Tea Party and conservatives definitely around him to win in 2014?
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Chris Cillizza :

It's helping him raise money. And it's also making it more difficult for Democrats to attack him since they have to be careful not to get lumped into the Progress Kentucky thing.

He still faces a (likely) real race. But this week helped him.

– April 12, 2013 11:13 AM
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NY Post

What do you think about yesterday NY Post headline about Weiner? It was amazing xD
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Chris Cillizza :

I wrote about it on Fix: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/04/11/the-single-biggest-problem-with-an-anthony-weiner-political-comeback/

I think it's a real thing that if Weiner ran he would have to deal with this sort of daily drumbeat from the NYC tabs.  And that will just keep his past transgressions in the news...

– April 12, 2013 11:15 AM
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Kentucky

What's with men's hair on guys from Kentucky? Rand Paul and Jacob Conway, call your, cough, barbers.
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Chris Cillizza :

I LIKE Rand Paul's hair.

– April 12, 2013 11:16 AM
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Cuomo 2016

I would love to see this happen, only so we could see a possible Carl Paladino v Anthony Weiner matchup!
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Chris Cillizza :

Holy cow. That would rule.

– April 12, 2013 11:17 AM
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Joe Kennedy

Does he secretly hope that Markey or Lynch loses so he can then run in 2014.
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Chris Cillizza :

From what I hear about JKIII (and, yes, that is what people call him), he is taking his time -- in no rush to get to the Senate immediately.

But, his last name is Kennedy. So....

– April 12, 2013 11:17 AM
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springsteen

Five favorite songs / versions / why?
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Chris Cillizza :

1. Darkness on the Edge of Town

2. Trapped

3. Thunder Road

4. Backstreets

5. My City of Ruins

– April 12, 2013 11:19 AM
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Inquiring Yoopers Want To Know

How do you and your family mark Squirrel Week?
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Chris Cillizza :

I dress like Bullwinkle, Fix Jr goes as Rocky, Fix III is Boris and Mrs. Fix is Natasha.

– April 12, 2013 11:20 AM
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Mitch McConnell

Most stories about Mitch McConnell say that he is unpopular in Kentucky. How so, as he always wins!
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Chris Cillizza :

McConnell is VERY effective in defining his opponent as out of touch with average Kentuckians.

He knows that he will never be the most popular politician (or person) in the state but that if he makes his opponent even less palatable he will win.

And, he is very, very, very good at doing just that.

– April 12, 2013 11:21 AM
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political vocab question

Hi, Mr. Fix, thanks for considering this vocabulary question, if you can. In a couple of columns during your reporting on his "wetback" statement, you referred to Alaska Congressman Don Young as an "at large" member of congress. Is "at large" correct, when the entire state is a congressional district? I thought at-large referred to elected officials whose area covers more than one "district" or precinct or ward -- e.g., in D.C. there are 8 wards, but 4 members of the D.C. council are elected at-large, representing all 8 wards. (Council Chairman might make it 5 -- am not sure about that.)
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Chris Cillizza :

I think it's both.

All members from all states with a single House seat are referred to as at-large members -- as in they represent the state "at large" not just any single district or region.

– April 12, 2013 11:22 AM
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Recording Mitch McConnell

I can't figure out yet if this recording incident with Mitch McConnell will help or hurt him. Might depend on how they spin it?
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Chris Cillizza :

I would say the way the week has played out has been VERY good for McConnell, very bad for Progress Kentucky and mildly bad for Democrats more generally.

Again, any time McConnell is able to play the victim in a political context, it's a bad week for Democrats and a good one for him.

Thanks to what looks like heroic levels of bungling from Progress Kentucky, that's exactly what he got to do this week.

– April 12, 2013 11:24 AM
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2016

Who is Hillary's veep?
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Chris Cillizza :

O'Malley? Cuomo? 

– April 12, 2013 11:26 AM
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Marriage is between one man and one woman

In or out in Republican 2016 platform?
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Chris Cillizza :

In.  The base has NOT moved on the issue. I think removing it would cause a revolt.

– April 12, 2013 11:26 AM
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Wrestlemania

Thought it was an average Wrestlemania with pretty obvious results, especially Undertaker, Triple H and Cena winning
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Chris Cillizza :

Agree.

Only wrestler I find compelling is CM Punk. And apparently he is banged up and is going to step back for a while.

– April 12, 2013 11:27 AM
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McConnell defeat

He is the favorite but say he loses, I think the GOP would turn to Thune. He's from a safe state, conservative, but has a pleasant temperament.
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Chris Cillizza :

Cornyn.

– April 12, 2013 11:28 AM
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Walden Rationale

His actions could be explained by a desire to win Worst Week in Washington.
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Chris Cillizza :

And he would have if not for a little group called "Progress Kentucky".....

– April 12, 2013 11:28 AM
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Overreach

People aren't dumb. McConnell is trying to pin this on "The Left" while the NRSC is saying national Democrats were involved. Why can't people stick to the facts?
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Chris Cillizza :

Well, a Dem county chair said that two folks affiliated with "Progress Kentucky" told him they did it. One of those two has lawyered up and the other one has disappeared. Which is kind of suspicious, no?

– April 12, 2013 11:29 AM
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Nats/Braves

You going to be at Nats Park for any of these games this weekend? Should be an epic series.
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Chris Cillizza :

Am not. BIG field hockey weekend for the Fix fam!

– April 12, 2013 11:29 AM
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Bobby Jindal

Did he finally take himself off the 2016 speculation list when he folded like a wet paper towel on his plan to abolish income tax? Will we at last be able to relegate him to electoral Siberia? Even LA voters are starting to look over his shoulder to see who might be next.
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Chris Cillizza :

His numbers are not good. He is still running for president though. I actually think some of the things that have brought his numbers down in Louisiana might help him at the national level including the failed attempt to get rid of the income tax.

– April 12, 2013 11:30 AM
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McConnell

Almost as good at making people dislike the opponent more as is Harry Reid.
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Chris Cillizza :

They are the two masters. No question.

– April 12, 2013 11:31 AM
Q.

Fix Aaron

Should I give Fix Aaron Power of Attorney?
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Chris Cillizza :

I have.

– April 12, 2013 11:32 AM
Q.

Squirrel Chat

Do you miss the competition of Squirrel Chat. And btw, where is Milbank when we need a good chat
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Chris Cillizza :

Seems like the squirrel knew what was good for him and stepped aside. Smart move, squirrel.

– April 12, 2013 11:32 AM
Q.

HI

Would you be surprised if I told you that I am asking you from Spain? A spaniard very interested in USA politics
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Chris Cillizza :

BARCA

– April 12, 2013 11:32 AM
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Progress Kentucky

Let's just say it out loud: Major Backfire?
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Chris Cillizza :

That is an understatement.

– April 12, 2013 11:32 AM
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Hillary's Veep

Couldn't be Cuomo--they're both residents of New York (for now at least). Unless she thinks she can do without NY's 30-odd electoral votes.
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Chris Cillizza :

GOOD point.

– April 12, 2013 11:33 AM
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VA Governor

When is Virginia going to get into the 1970s and eliminate the one term rule?
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Chris Cillizza :

TOTALLY agree. It is a ridiculous law that makes the governor a lame duck the second he or she gets elected. Dumb.

– April 12, 2013 11:33 AM
Q.

A la Scott Brown/New Hampshire speculation

What losing Senate candidate in the last two or three years would you like to see run again in another state? And, which state? Maybe one example that would be "for real" and one "for fun."
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Chris Cillizza :

Harold Ford -- anywhere!

– April 12, 2013 11:33 AM
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Don't Forget the Feud...

In your opener, you did not mention the feud between Ann Coulter and Meghan McCain (which is detailed on the WP's front page, today). If I made an online threat against Meghan McCain, I would be in jail most likely. But I do not understand why celebrities get a pass: Ted Nugent threatening the President and Coulter threatening McCain. Do you have an explanation?
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Chris Cillizza :

I need a good feud.

Ideas on who to feud with?

– April 12, 2013 11:34 AM
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Jeff Flake

He seems to be crafting an image of someone who can reach across to democrats. I thought he was Mr. Conservative in the house. What do you make of him/that?
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Chris Cillizza :

On fiscal issues he's very conservative.  But on things like immigration he is much more toward the center.  Remember that a rich guy spent a bunch of money running to his right in the 2012 GOP primary.

– April 12, 2013 11:35 AM
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RE: Overreach

A Dem County Chair is not the DSCC, no?
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Chris Cillizza :

It is not. But, the way Progress Kentucky is acting?  Seems fishy -- at best.

– April 12, 2013 11:36 AM
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Clinton 2016

If hypothetically she becomes the nominee do you think she potentially expands the playing field? How about Arkansas or West Virginia? Missouri? Arizona?
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Chris Cillizza :

Not Arkansas and I don't think West Virginia. Yes Arizona and maybe MAYBE Missouri.

– April 12, 2013 11:36 AM
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CORNYN VS. THUNE

"Name that Cornyn" just doesn't have the same ring.
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Chris Cillizza :

Hard to argue with that logic.

– April 12, 2013 11:38 AM
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Mark Pryor

I saw somewhere that he was rated the most endangered incumbent. The GOP could not even find a candidate to run against him 5 years ago. How did he fall so fast?
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Chris Cillizza :

It's Arkansas. And he is a Democrat.

– April 12, 2013 11:38 AM
Q.

2010 GOP senators up for re-election in 2016

Chris, the earlier question on Toomey hit on an interesting point. How much will the GOP senators elected in the 2010 cycle from (subsequently) 2012 Obama states (WI, PA, NH, FL) have to track towards the center for 2016, given the likely very different electorate that will be out at the polls? In particular, if you take out Florida, those other states are usually reliably blue states in presidential years. Thanks.
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Chris Cillizza :

I think substantially. It's why Ron Johnson in Wisconsin is in deep trouble.

– April 12, 2013 11:39 AM
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The Pols

How often do you get to Congress? And do they stop to speak with you? Comment: Rand Paul's hair may be OK, but I don't like what's under it.
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Chris Cillizza :

Not as often as I like but one of my New Year's resolutions is to get up there more.

– April 12, 2013 11:39 AM
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VA one term rule

Not only does it make guys like Warner, Kaine, and Mccdonnell lame ducks, it makes them start running for President or Senate right away.
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Chris Cillizza :

It's a bad law. There's a reason it's only a law in one state.

– April 12, 2013 11:40 AM
Q.

Thatcher

Do you Fix, have any interest in politics outside our borders?
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Chris Cillizza :

Everywhere but Canada.

– April 12, 2013 11:40 AM
Q.

Chris Cillizza :

Folks,

 

I have to cut out a littl early today because I am hosting "Andrea Mitchell Reports" today at 1 pm and have to prepare. (How's THAT for a name drop!)

Thanks as always for joining me. We do this every Friday at 11 am so spread the word!

Chris

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