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August 16, 2013

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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 Friday morning everyone! Let's chat.

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Making the rounds in Iowa?

Hi Chris -- thanks for taking questions today, and good to see you on MSNBC this morning. As a Minnesotan who is generally happy with our representation in the Senate (Franken and Klobuchar), I have to ask you: what the heck is Sen. Klobuchar doing in Iowa in 2013? Or is she looking even further out to (gulp) 2020? 2024?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think she is dipping a toe in the event Hillary doesn't run in  2016. If Hillary takes a pass, there will be a relativel small group of women who might be able to makre credible bids for president and Klobuchar is in that group along with Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren.

– August 16, 2013 11:02 AM
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Cory Booker

Show horse or work horse when he gets to the Senate?
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Chris Cillizza :

Tilting towards show horse.

– August 16, 2013 11:02 AM
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Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina

Which of those four Democratic incumbents would you rather be next year?
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Chris Cillizza :

North Carolina.

– August 16, 2013 11:02 AM
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All of Fixlandia wants to know...

Did you watch more of "House of Cards"? Did it get better for you? Did you watch the British original and its sequel?

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Chris Cillizza :

Watched the 3rd episode where Zoe Barnes sends a bunch of suggestive messages to Frank Underwoood. That's it for me, folks.

– August 16, 2013 11:03 AM
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Scott Brown

Does he run for senate against Markey or governor or neither?
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Chris Cillizza :

I don't think he runs against Markey. I think it's more likely he runs against Jeanne Shaheen if he runs for Senate.

Governor still makes the most sense since it's a race he has the best chance of winning.

– August 16, 2013 11:04 AM
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Fix Felicia

Is she reporting from China now?
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Chris Cillizza :

She is!  Follow her on Twitter @feliciasonmez.

– August 16, 2013 11:04 AM
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Wither Rick Santorum

Now can we please stop talking about him as a serious 2016 candidate?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think he is a somewhat serious candidate given his demonstrated appeal in Iowa in 2012. But, I agree that with the field that's shaping up, santorum looks to be on the outside looking in at the top tier.

– August 16, 2013 11:05 AM
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Kristi Noem

Do you think there is a chance that Noem could change her mind and jump into the Republican Primary for the SD senate seat? It seems like the only person excited about the prospect of a Senator Mike Rounds is, well, Mike Rounds.
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Chris Cillizza :

Agree that excitement for Rounds isn't super high but I don't think Noem gets back in. She can keep her House seat for as long as she wants while looking for san easy way to get into statewide office as either senator or governor.

– August 16, 2013 11:06 AM
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West Wing

Most accurate depiction of a politico on West Wing had to have been Josh Lyman, right? There's some idealism in him but he's ultra-competitive and pragmatic for his boss. Agree or not?
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Chris Cillizza :

Agree.

– August 16, 2013 11:06 AM
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Work Problems

I'm the head of an organization with about 434 other members and I can't control them. More than half are disconnected from reality. They don't listen to me when I have the best interests of the party -- I mean, group -- at heart. And to top it off, my number two, well, he's more than happy to throw me under the bus at a moment's notice. What can I do? Wait, is this Hax's chat?
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Chris Cillizza :

Man, it is hard to be John Boehner right now. I don't see why he wants the job since he has all the resp0nsibility of leading House Republicans but little of the practical ability to do so.  It's a very tough gig.

– August 16, 2013 11:08 AM
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Kirsten Gillibrand

If Clinton doesn't run, Gillibrand jumps in the race, right? Cuomo's decision won't matter to her, right?
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Chris Cillizza :

Not sure. I hear conflicting things.  Remember that Gillibrand worked for Cuomo before and he has served as a sort of political mentor for her.

That said, I think political ambition is a very powerful thing and something that can overcome a lot of friendships.

I think if Hillary doesn't run, there is quite clearly an opening for Gillibrand or someone like her.  I would be hard pressed to see her walking away from that oppportunity.

– August 16, 2013 11:10 AM
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MI

Your thoughts on Dave Camp not running?
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Chris Cillizza :

Bad news for Republicans.  Mike Rogers would have been their best nominee.  He isn't running. Camp would have been a solid second choice. Now he is out.

The problen for Republicans is that Michigan is a place where they have an opportunity to grow the playing field and, in so doing, give themselves a bit more margin for error in their efforts to take back Senate control.

At the moment, they don't seem to have found a candidate able to do that.

– August 16, 2013 11:12 AM
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Chris Christie

If Chris Christie were to win the Republican nomination in 2016, which VP pick would put him in the best position to win the general election? For discussion's sake, let's say the Democratic nominee is Hillary Clinton. Your thoughts.
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Chris Cillizza :

I think the person who makes the most sense under that scenario is Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

 

– August 16, 2013 11:13 AM
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Chris Christie

How successful will his anti-Rand, anti-Cruz, electability argument be?
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Chris Cillizza :

Not sure yet. I think he is trying to frame 2016 as a choice between someone who can win and someone(s) who can't. 

But, if Rand Paul or Ted Cruz starts to show signs of appeal outside of the typical GOP base -- and Paul, especially, has that capacity -- Christie's "I am the only guy who can win" schtick isn't as powerful.

– August 16, 2013 11:15 AM
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Not quite all of Fixlandia

Forget "HOC." Finish watching "The Wire," OK?
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Chris Cillizza :

Fix family is alredy taking your advice!

We are mid season 3 of The Wire as we speak. Avon just got out of jail in the last episode we watched.

– August 16, 2013 11:15 AM
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If not "House of Cards", then Who?

What are you Binge Watching now?
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Chris Cillizza :

The Wire. And Broadchurch.

– August 16, 2013 11:16 AM
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Boehnor's future

Assuming Rs remain in charge in the House, does Boehnor keep his job in 2015?
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Chris Cillizza :

Does he even run for it? I have doubts about whether Boehner really wants to lead a GOP conference that has proven over and over again in the past few years that it has almost no interest in being led.

– August 16, 2013 11:18 AM
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If Sarah Palin speaks in the forest, does anyone hear her anymore?

Palin's endorsement of Rand Paul: Who benefits, besides Chris Christie?
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Chris Cillizza :

I wrote a piece this week on why I thought Christie should come out and knock Palin's comments. I stand by that. It's here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/13/why-chris-christie-should-take-on-sarah-palin/

– August 16, 2013 11:19 AM
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Christie-Ayotte

Please, no. I'm already exhausted by the hypothetical use of New Kids on the Block/New Sheriff in Town headlines.
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Chris Cillizza :

Oh, Oh hanging tough! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By86PcLufOU

– August 16, 2013 11:19 AM
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Noem

Kristi Noem is already in a statewide office. South Dakota has one House seat.
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Chris Cillizza :

Good point. Should have said a more high prodile statewide office. Tyhanks for the clarification.

– August 16, 2013 11:20 AM
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DJ Khalid and Christie

Any chance we see him on the stump for Christie in 3 years? "All I do is win, win, win, no matter what..." playing while CC takes the stake?
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Chris Cillizza :

That would rule.

– August 16, 2013 11:20 AM
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Boehner versus Cantor

Do you think that Eric Cantor could do a better job than John Boehner of leading the Republicans? Cantor seems to possess a strong streak of pragmatism, but I have little idea of his leadership skills.
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Chris Cillizza :

I genuinely don't think House Republicans can be led by anyone -- not Boehner, not Canter -- in the near term. Too many different agendas, very few of which dovetail nicely.

– August 16, 2013 11:21 AM
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Coach Fix

Has she started workouts for the Field Hockey Team?
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Chris Cillizza :

The team arrives today. And, yes, the Fix fam is amped up for the season.

– August 16, 2013 11:22 AM
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"House of Cards"

May I respectfully recommend the superb original version, starring Ian Richardson as the pluperfect Francis Urquhart?
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Chris Cillizza :

My plan is to watch this British version at some time in the not too distant future.

– August 16, 2013 11:23 AM
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The Kentucy Keffule

What are the latests polls saying for Mitch Defending his Senate Seat.
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Chris Cillizza :

Wrote a big piece yesterday on how much trouble McConnell is relly in. It's here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/15/just-how-much-trouble-is-mitch-mcconnell-really-in/

– August 16, 2013 11:24 AM
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WWIW

RGIII, the sports media in this town jump down his throat after he says anything...
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Chris Cillizza :

Truw. Not a great week for RG. But he is still a multimillonaire and the starting QB for the Redskins. So life isn't bad.

– August 16, 2013 11:24 AM
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Olinguito

Have you seen an Olinguito yet?
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Chris Cillizza :

No. And it's not for a lack of looking.

– August 16, 2013 11:25 AM
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If Boehner isn't Speaker

Who steps up to be Speaker? Cantor? Ryan? McCarthy? Someone from the Tea Party wing?
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Chris Cillizza :

My guess is Ryan. It's an educated guess but still a guess.

– August 16, 2013 11:25 AM
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Football is back! (soccer to you Yanks)

So happy the Premier League is back tomorrow. And as an Arsenal supporter, if we get Suarez and he scores 30 goals, he can bite **me** if he wants to,
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Chris Cillizza :

I am thrilled! Mentioned it this morning on Chuck Todd's show!

My Spurs are starting off against new EPL riser Crystal Palace on Sunday.

– August 16, 2013 11:26 AM
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Liberal Democrat puzzle

Why am I attracted to Chris Christie? Or is that a Hax question?
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Chris Cillizza :

He seems pretty comfortable in his own skin. And that comfort is appealing no matter what party you belong to.

– August 16, 2013 11:26 AM
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Rick Santorum

I tought the GOP had the tradition of the "Next Man Up". Reagan followed Ford, HW Bush followed Reagan, Dole followed HW Bush, George W folled Dole, McCain followed W, Romney followed McCain. Shouldn't Santorum follow Romney?
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Chris Cillizza :

I don't think so. Not in this 2016 field.

– August 16, 2013 11:27 AM
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Missouri State Fair

Any chance the Fix going to the rodeo at the Missouri state fair?
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Chris Cillizza :

No, but Phil Rucker went: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/15/just-how-much-trouble-is-mitch-mcconnell-really-in/

– August 16, 2013 11:28 AM
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Virginia Senate Race

Do people actually want to vote for either candidate? At this point I think a potted plant might make a strong showing.
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Chris Cillizza :

Assume you mean the governor's race, right? And, if so, I think inanimate carbon rod might just get a seruious look from VA voters.

– August 16, 2013 11:29 AM
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OLINGUITO

"Olinguito" is Man United's new scrappy Brazilian midfielder.

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Chris Cillizza :

This is a joke 10 people get. Lucky for me, I am 1 of the 10.

– August 16, 2013 11:29 AM
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Liberal attraction to Christie

He speaks his mind, suffers no fools, makes sense when he speaks, isn't a hypocrite in what he does, has a self-deprecating sense of humor, and adores The Boss. What's not to like?
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Chris Cillizza :
– August 16, 2013 11:33 AM
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Paywall Questions

Does Jackie's Program count against my "Free 20"? Also, has Jeff Bezos given any indication he's going to take down the Paywall? I miss all of your short, but very informative Fix Bits.
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Chris Cillizza :

The new show Jackie and I are doing -- it's called "In Play" -- is not governed by the Post paywall at all. You can watch it all for free here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/c/show/inplay

– August 16, 2013 11:34 AM
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Cory Booker

Do you see him pulling a Corzine? Win the senate race and then run for Governor in 2017 when Christie will be retiring?
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Chris Cillizza :

Not sure. I do think his natural bent is more toward executive positions so maybe. 

But, I do think Booker has his eye next on national office -- prez or VP. Though I wouldn't presume to know his timing on that.

– August 16, 2013 11:35 AM
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Hawaii Senate Race

Who has the edge in this contest? Hanabusa or Schatz?
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Chris Cillizza :

Schatz by a hair.

– August 16, 2013 11:36 AM
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Virginia is for Bad Candidates

How is it that every so often the two parties in Virginia are able to are able to pick the two most disliked people in a state of over 8 million. I have to think turnout is going to be very low in November, which will help Cooch.
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Chris Cillizza :

I tend to agree that turnout isn't going to set the world on fire and that fact is good for Cuccinelli. I also think we have to wait and see how the whole Greentech Auomotive story plays out for McAuliffe.

– August 16, 2013 11:37 AM
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Too much coverage...

Why so much attention for the NYC mayoral race? NYC mayor isn't a feeder for the presidential race and it doesn't tilt the balance of power or make federal policy like a senator/representative. The Acela Corridor may care but doesn't mean the rest of the country does. Oh, and Weiner stories aren't substantive (and he's not going to win anyway), so enlighten me on why the position is worthy of so much attention.
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Chris Cillizza :

I don't think the amount of Weeiner coverage at this point is warranted given that he seems to have almost no chance of winning. 

But, I do think that mayoral race generally is plenty deserving of attention. It's one of the only competitive race in 2013 and it is a massive city where the mayor matters.

– August 16, 2013 11:38 AM
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Stop Christie 2016?

If Christie is seen as the moderate, establishment choice, will conservatives unite behind one candidate to stop him? I think something similar would've happened last cycle had there been better remaining choices than Newt and Santorum. Or will ambition get in the way--i.e., "I'd rather get 15-20% and set myself up for next time"?
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Chris Cillizza :

I wonder.

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul in the same field helps Christie. And, it's worth remembering that Christie is not a direct parrallel for Rudy Giuliani. He is significantly more conservative on virtually everything that the former mayor of NYC.

– August 16, 2013 11:39 AM
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Soccer..err Football

I went to the Chelsea vs Real Madrid game in Miami. Huge crowd- a lot of young 20 somethings. Now NBC will broadcast all Premier League games. Seattle has some of the largest crowds in the world. Are we witnessing the much predicted and anticipaed explosion of the game in the US. I know this has nothing to do with politics but I find it facinating.
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Chris Cillizza :

I sure hope so!

– August 16, 2013 11:40 AM
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Santorum

How is he anything more than a right wing Dennis Kucinich?
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Chris Cillizza :

Because he won Iowa. Dennis Kucinich never came close to winning an early primary or caucus state.

– August 16, 2013 11:41 AM
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Gov. Christie

For now, he is running for governor in November. It's a long way to 2016, and he has a positive nationwide image.....for now. But once we begin the analysis of his accomplishments during his tenure as NJ gov, it may be a different story.
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Chris Cillizza :

I agree that Christie's record -- and even his background before coming into the governor's office -- hasn't been suject to a really deep dive.

That will happen.

– August 16, 2013 11:42 AM
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Yes I meant the VA Gov Race...

And I love the "Deep Space Homer" reference :).
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Chris Cillizza :

:)

– August 16, 2013 11:42 AM
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NYC Mayor coverage

If NYC were its own state it would have about 17 electoral votes (if not more), it is basically like a governors race.
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Chris Cillizza :

Yup. Good point.

– August 16, 2013 11:43 AM
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Follow up to House Leadership Question

If Boehner calls it quits, any chance Rs can't coalesce around one person? Constitution require a majority to be Speaker, not just a plurality. What's the Vegas line on multiple ballots for Speaker in 2015?
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Chris Cillizza :

Not sure.

My guess would be that the establoshment would rally behind someone and the tea party wing would rally around someone else.

Paul Ryan could be a sort of consensus candidate. Cantor might be able to bridge that gap too.

– August 16, 2013 11:44 AM
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Teresa Heinz Kerry

What's the latest word on her health?
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Chris Cillizza :

I haven't heard a word since she was released from the hopsital in late July. http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/07/27/john-kerry-wife-leaves-boston-rehab-hospital/ndr78WIV7R3dmWqCmS3ecK/story.html

– August 16, 2013 11:46 AM
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Soccer in America

Every 4 years I am watching every match of the World Cup, one of the great sporting events. But the Premier League has no playoffs, so it will never sell here.
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Chris Cillizza :

But it has relegation!

Man City winning the EPL championship on the last day, almost the last minute, of the season was among the most exciting things I have ever seen in sports.

– August 16, 2013 11:46 AM
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"Are we witnessing the much predicted and anticipaed explosion of [soccer] in the US."

Just by mentioning it, you have prevented it from happening.
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Chris Cillizza :

I jinxed it. I knew it!

– August 16, 2013 11:47 AM
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"A really deep dive"

Is the media going to do the same "really deep dive" into Hillary Clinton's past issues (travelgate, the Rose Law Firm deals & the documents that mysteriously showed up after being declared loss, HillaryCare, Benghazi -- just a few examples) or is that "all in the past"?
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Chris Cillizza :

You must have missed this story: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/14/us/politics/unease-at-clinton-foundation-over-finances-and-ambitions.html

– August 16, 2013 11:48 AM
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NYC mayor

To answer the earlier chatter (i.e., who cares?): Aside from the fact that most of the national media are HQed in NYC, which admittedly skews the coverage, approximately 1 in 40 people in the entire country lives in that city (if my rough math is right). At 8.25 million, it's actually more populous than 39 states. And I'll bet that more people could name a current or former NY mayor than could name any NY governor.
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Chris Cillizza :

Stats, stats and then more stats!

– August 16, 2013 11:49 AM
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Waiting for Hillary

How long can Hillary keep the Democratic field frozen while she considers whether to run? While a formal announcement can wait, I assume at some point she has to take herself out or send a strong signal that she is in. When is that point? The natives (both Democratic activists and all the pols who think they couldn't beat her but would make a great president) are going to get restless.
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Chris Cillizza :

Sometime in the six month window after the 2014 midterms.  Judging from what she has done in the ast month or two -- appearances, policy speeches etc -- it certainly seems as if it's all system go.

I don't think she has made a final decision yet but she is certainly allowing the speculation machine churn.

– August 16, 2013 11:51 AM
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No Moderates in VA

If VA was just willing to have GOP primary, the state would go Red easy. However the powers that be decided that I shouldn't have a say in picking a candidate. If they don't want my vote for the primary, than I won't vote for the general election either. This from someone who is registered as a republican.
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Chris Cillizza :

Noted.

– August 16, 2013 11:51 AM
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Paul-yanna

Do you foresee any impact of the Paul/Establishment divide on the Iowa caucuses? Could an Iowa GOP run by Paul supporters crowd out the typical Iowa social conservative/Republican?
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Chris Cillizza :

I'm not entirely sure.

I think Paul has a real following in Iowa that he will work like hell to maintain and build on between now and 2016.

Cruz has always struck me as a more socially conservative version of Paul so maybe the Texas Senator tries to occupy that space. Abd then there is Santorum and Rubio, both of whom are likely to try to fill that social conservative space too.

– August 16, 2013 11:53 AM
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HOC guilt and Joe Miller

You're lucky you quit House of Cards when you did. It goes downhill from there. I've watched all of it now and feel sick and disappointed in myself, like I ate a whole pan of fudge. Do you see Joe Miller winning the support of the Alaska GOP in his second try for the senate, or is he destined to forever be a living cautionary tale for Tea Party shark-jumpery?
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Chris Cillizza :

I don't. I think Dan Sullivan, who is in Afghanistan now but is returning soon, is likely to run and likely to win ythe GOP primary. And, if he does that's a major problem for Mark Begich (D).

– August 16, 2013 11:54 AM
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Scott Brown

Scott Brown may be able to win the governorship. But with a veto proof legislature he will have no power. There is a reason 2 republican governors resigned to take ambassadorships in the last 20 years.
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Chris Cillizza :

Fair enough. But being a governor with no power is better than being a two-time Senate race loser isn't it?

– August 16, 2013 11:54 AM
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Champions League

No playoffs in Premier League but Champions League has them.
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Chris Cillizza :

Which makes it SO amazing.

– August 16, 2013 11:54 AM
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how to fix soccor

If there is a tie, both teams lose. If a tourney ends in a tie, no one wins first, same to all. Your welcome.
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Chris Cillizza :

Thank you! Also get rid of offsides.

– August 16, 2013 11:54 AM
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NYC mayor

NYC mayors and mayoral candidates do become candidates for governor (Koch, M. Cuomo) and president (Lindsay, Giuliani). And they influence the race even if they are not candidates. The NYC mayor is the nation's most visible mayor, automatically involved in every issue related to municipalities and poor people, and cuts a bigger figure on the national stage than, say, the governor of Pennsylvania or Illinois.
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Chris Cillizza :

The NYC defenders are out in force!

– August 16, 2013 11:55 AM
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Chris Cillizza :

Ok, folks. That's all I have time for. Have a great weekend. Make sure to watch "In Play"! 

And remember to be back here next Friday, same time for another chat!

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