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August 23, 2013

10:59
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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 morning everyone. Having polished off an old- fashioned donut and a grande Awake tea, I am sufficiently ready to chat.

While we're at it, tell me who you think had the "Worst Week in Washington".... Bring it on.

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Comrade Cruz

All the hosers are up in arms about Cruz's Canuck citizenship, eh? But has it been definitively ruled out that he doesn't hold Cuban citizenship, as well?
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Chris Cillizza :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsgVspgy184

– August 23, 2013 11:01 AM
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Dem ticket

Prediction: Clinton-Kaine or Gillibrand-Warner. What do you think?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think the former is far more likely because I think Hillary is much more likely to be the nominee than Gillibrand. And, as for Kaine, I tend to think he is overlooked in a way he shouldn't be. He proved himself a VERY able candidate in 2012 in winning a tough Senate race.

– August 23, 2013 11:03 AM
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WHAT are they thinking?

More than a third of congressional Republicans told their leader on Thursday to shut down government rather than pay for the Obamacare health care law, according to the Associated Press.
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Chris Cillizza :

For most of them, it reflects where their constituents are on the issue. Remember that redistricting has made about 400 of the 435 House districts entirely safe for one party or the other, meaning that the only thing these members need to worry about is a challenge in a primary.

– August 23, 2013 11:04 AM
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Ted Cruz

I thought he had the Worst Week in Washington. He got heckled at a town hall, birtherism made a return and is losing steam on shutting down the government over the ACA.
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Chris Cillizza :

Noted.

He's headed to NH later tonight...will be interesting to see how he is received. I wrote a piece about it this AM: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/23/ted-cruz-is-going-to-new-hampshire-will-they-like-him/

– August 23, 2013 11:06 AM
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Batman

Ben Affleck as Batman. I have a hard time seeing it working out, especially with the last time he played a super hero in Daredevil.
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Chris Cillizza :

I am opposed to the whole Superman and Batman in one movie concept. I like Affleck though unlike, seemingly, all of Twitter.

– August 23, 2013 11:07 AM
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School

Did you and Simmons go to prep school together?
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Chris Cillizza :

We did not.

– August 23, 2013 11:07 AM
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"Perilously Close"?

Hi Chris -- thanks for taking questions today. Though we couldn't be further apart on our political views, I had the impression that Sen. Colburn was fairly reasonable and pragmatic about things...and yet here is, talking up impeachment. What's going on here? And what has Obama done to put him on the precipice of impeachment?
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Chris Cillizza :

The lack of detail from Coburn was the problem for him.  I think Coburn is a very straight shooter, a quality that built some level of friendship between he adn Obama when they were both in the Senate.  I have no doubt then that Cobnurn thinks there are very real problems but until he enunciates them he's in a sort of political no man 's land.

– August 23, 2013 11:09 AM
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Mark your calendar!

Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte begins Sept. 4
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Chris Cillizza :

DONE.

– August 23, 2013 11:09 AM
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Virginia Governor Race

Quinnipiac has MaCauliffe +6. Is this an outlier or is the opposite party going to fail to continue the trend?
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Chris Cillizza :

I don't think it's an outlier. Most people I talk to in both parties say that McAulliffe is ahead but not by 6 points -- more like 2-4 points.

– August 23, 2013 11:10 AM
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Chris Christie

Christie's support dipped 10 points to a 20% lead over (I have no idea who he is running against) the Democrat. I'm wondering if this could be a very close, or if Christie could even lose? The economy in Jersey still stinks, and Christie is still way to the right of the electorate.
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Chris Cillizza :

Any time there is a vote, a candidate can lose. But, will Christie lose? It's hard to see. Buono, his Democratic opponent, has struggled to raise money or to convince national Democrats that she has a chance. because NJ is a lean D state, it's hard to imagine Christie winning by 20+ points but it's equally tough to see Buono making a real run at him.

Make sure to read Maggie Haberman's smart piece about Dems inability to go after Christie: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/chris-christie-2016-democrats-95829.html?hp=t1_3

– August 23, 2013 11:12 AM
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SummerSlam

Did you watch SummerSlam? What did you think of the CM Punk match
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Chris Cillizza :

I didn't watch but read and listened to a ton of commentary about it. Sounded like Punk-Lesnar was amazing. And I am strongly pro Daniel Bryan.

YES! YES! YES! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJbmB9k2Y88

– August 23, 2013 11:13 AM
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Cost?

What's the downside for individuals like Cruz to play to their base and demand a shutdown?
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Chris Cillizza :

If he becomes the nominee, it's a bit harder (or maybe a lot harder) to move it to the center. But, usually, candidates worry about that problem once they become the nominee.

– August 23, 2013 11:15 AM
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Tom Coburn

Is the uproar over his impeachment comment a classic August story? He did not call for it, and made clear he did not have the legal background to say where the line was.
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Chris Cillizza :

Sure...it's a bit of a news vaccuum story. I also think the storyline is made more interesting by the Obama-Coburn friendship or perceived friendship.

– August 23, 2013 11:15 AM
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You seem to like "The Big Lebowski".....

But what is the better movie "The Big Lebowski" or "Groundhog Day"?
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Chris Cillizza :

Lebowski.  Not that close though I love both.

– August 23, 2013 11:16 AM
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Cruz

Cruz should have attempted to grow his hair like fellow Canadian Barry Melrose.
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Chris Cillizza :

No one can argue with this.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-O-pFnRHL2bk/UaqVjfNiS3I/AAAAAAAAAHQ/5Ypj90aaGCU/s200/hockey+hair+melrose.jpg

– August 23, 2013 11:16 AM
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Rush, Rush, Rush

I have to assume that Obama believes that his frequent digs at Rush Limbaugh are serving a useful function. But what does he think IS that function? To me, all these digs eleveate Limbaugh above his real life status and make the President look thin-skinned and petty. Can you interpret this for us?
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Chris Cillizza :

1. Shame some more establishment and/or moderate Republicans who view themselves as independent thinkers into working with him.

2,. Rev up his party's base for the coming budget fight.

– August 23, 2013 11:18 AM
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Worst Week

President Obama..... He riding on a bus through Upstate New York, and he slept in a Holiday Inn last night.
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Chris Cillizza :

Ha!

– August 23, 2013 11:19 AM
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Cuccinelli

How much of a drag is McDonnell on Cuccinelli's campaign?
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Chris Cillizza :

He hurts him, no doubt. There is some tarnishing on the Republican brand in VA because of McDonnell. I don't think cuccinelli ultimately wins or loses the race because of McDonnell, however.

Both Cuccinelli and McAulliffe are well known and very divisive in terms of peoples' opinions of them. That well knownnness makes McDonnell a side issue.

– August 23, 2013 11:21 AM
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Cruz's attacks on his own party

How many years until someone in his own party stands up to Cruz and says, "Have you no sense of decency, sir?"
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Chris Cillizza :

I have advocated for Chris Christie to do that with Sarah Palin. I think doing it with Cruz is a bit more dangerous -- particularly for someone who wants to run for president in 2016.

Here's my Christie-Palin piece. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/13/why-chris-christie-should-take-on-sarah-palin/

– August 23, 2013 11:22 AM
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O'Malley

How does O'Malley run before Hillary Clinton announces? Does he simply attack Republicans? It seems hard to see him drawing too many distinctions between himself and Hillary or Obama lest he face a backlash.
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Chris Cillizza :

I think he  attacks Republicans and spend a lot of time talking about his record in Maryland. I can't imagine him going too aggressively at either Clinton or Biden for fear he might sacrifice a chance at the Cabinet...

– August 23, 2013 11:23 AM
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Upstate tour

Upstate New Yorker here. A late summer tour of upstate New York? Sounds like a certain president is having the Best Week in Washington!
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Chris Cillizza :

It is beautiful that time of year in that neck of the woods.

– August 23, 2013 11:24 AM
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Scott Brown

Has he decided he can have a much more enjoyable life commentating on politics rather than swimming upstream in a very left leaning state?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think so.

If I had to make an educated guess, is that all of the "maybe I will run for president" stuff is aimed at Brown increasing his speaking fees and earning power.

He has a nice gig now and I don't see him giving it up for what would be a long shot New Hampsghire Senate bid or an even longer shot presidential campaign.

– August 23, 2013 11:25 AM
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Kaine or Warner as VP

Since we're supposing - if one of them ends up a winner, what kind of Democratic bench is there in Virginia to replace him? And would any possibility hinge on who wins this November?
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Chris Cillizza :

Tom Perriello, who served a single term in Congress, would definitely be a leading contender for D's.

On the R side, Jill Holtzmann Vogel is ambitious.  Maybe Bill Bolling?

– August 23, 2013 11:26 AM
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Gareth Bale

How soon till he plays for Real Madrid?
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Chris Cillizza :

Not too long now. Some of the moves we are making -- Willian etc -- suggest we are spending with the expectation that we are going to get $90 million or so for Bale.

– August 23, 2013 11:29 AM
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If Buono could pull it off, is there presidential talk?

The odds of Chris Christie losing are slim, but can't be counted out in such a rigidly blue state, especially since the last poll shows Dems are coming home. If Buono pulled it off, is her name in the conversation for 2016 or 2020?
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Chris Cillizza :

I mean, no.

– August 23, 2013 11:29 AM
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Mitch McConnell

How much trouble is Mitch McConnell in for re-election?
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Chris Cillizza :

I asked and answered that EXACT question last week!

Short answer: A significant amount although I think he remains a slight favorite to win.

Long answer: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/15/just-how-much-trouble-is-mitch-mcconnell-really-in/

– August 23, 2013 11:30 AM
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How long can Congress continue to be dysfunctional?

And how would it finally be broken? Tea Party splits off into a third party? Defeat after defeat for the presidency? Wait for another Clinton or Reagan? Tell me it's not hopeless, Fix!
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Chris Cillizza :

Poilitics has a way of working itself out.

That said, I don't think anything resolves itself until the next round of redistciting in 2021.  

– August 23, 2013 11:31 AM
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va gov

Maybe it is because I'm not in the area, but it doesn't feel like the race has really started. Agree?
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Chris Cillizza :

It's just really starting now...Ad wars heating up etc.  That's why I think we should all be slightly skeptical of what McAuliffe's current lead actually means.

Read this smart piece on why McAuliffe is ahead right now: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/21/why-terry-mcauliffe-is-winning-the-virginia-governors-race/

– August 23, 2013 11:33 AM
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Shutdown polling

You said that shutting down the government to defund obamacare "reflects where their constituents are on the issue" when it comes to Republican congressmen but in a poll just done by Republican pollster David Winston only 37% of REPUBLICANS supported shutting down the government to defund Obamacare. Why do you think shutdown is "where their constituents are" when polls like this contradict that?
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Chris Cillizza :

That's a national poll, not a district by district poll. My guess is if you asked the shutdown question in the districts where Members have signed on to the proposal, supoport would be far higher.

– August 23, 2013 11:34 AM
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Boehner Bellyaching

I don't really understand the opining about Boehner's future. Sure, he's got an unmanageable caucus and he has no real power, but he's THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE. He's got a big office, a big staff, and after the veep, he's next in line to the presidency. Life could be worse.
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Chris Cillizza :

Absolutely.

But I also think he is in a very very tough spot since his main mission is to lead a House Republican conference that has very little interest in being led.

No amount of staff or stature changes that equation.

– August 23, 2013 11:35 AM
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Kelly Ayotte v Maggie Hassan

If this matchup were to happen in 2016 who would be the initial favorite?
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Chris Cillizza :

For Senate?  Not sure.  Would be a very good race. And the presidential race in what could be a swing state  might make a difference.

– August 23, 2013 11:38 AM
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Talents

Where have you taken your talents this morning?
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Chris Cillizza :

Sitting in the Post TV empire, plotting today's "In Play". You haven't bookmarked our new daily politics web show yet? COME ON! (Gob Bluth voice.)

Do it now: http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/c/show/inplay

– August 23, 2013 11:40 AM
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When will the New Jersey U.S. Senate replacement for Lautenberg. . .

Will voters decide early in September or on into November for a vote in the U.S. Senate for New Jersey?
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Chris Cillizza :

The special general election is on Oct. 16. Then Booker will run for a full term next November in the regular general election.

– August 23, 2013 11:41 AM
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Fantasy scenario

Obama resigns. (Hey, the pope did it.) O becomes head of Microsoft. Biden becomes POTUS. Republican right winger heads explode because Biden makes deals with old friends in Congress to get legislation moving. .
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Chris Cillizza :

Um....

– August 23, 2013 11:41 AM
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Toomey 2016

Dark horse or darkest horse? I can see him being the compromise candidate between anti-Christie folks and anti-Rand Paul/Cruz Republicans.
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Chris Cillizza :

I always thought he would have been an intriguing pick for Romney's VP.

I m not sure Toomey has the charisma to pull off leading a national ticket but he has a nice fiscal conservative profile and is from a state that Republicans would love to put in play in the next presidential election. So, maybe VP list?

– August 23, 2013 11:42 AM
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English Premier League

I am hooked. I just don't get the no playoffs thing. If you are a middle of the road team, and you are not close to winning it all, and no chance of being in the bottom 3, why are we playing?
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Chris Cillizza :

You are playing to either force teams into relegation or keep them from the top 4, which ensures a spot in the Champions League.

I LOVE that 3 teams get relegated. I wish we did something like that in American sports.

– August 23, 2013 11:43 AM
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No CIR

Will Republicans pay a price for blocking it in the House? Do House members see a connection between what they do/don't do and winning a presidential campaign? Do they care about it?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think the team player mentality is in short supply for most House Republicans these days. BEcause so few of them have heavily Hisdpanic districts, there's little direct political danger in being seen as having blocked the immigration bill -- and it might well be seen as a benefit for many of them.

But, nationally and in 2016, it's almost impossible to see how a failure to get some sort of immigration bill is anything but a strong negative for the party.

– August 23, 2013 11:44 AM
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Martinez

Why is Martinez in NM laying low?
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Chris Cillizza :

Trying to catch Heisenberg?

– August 23, 2013 11:45 AM
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Aston Villa

I've decided to make them my team in the EPL, is this a solid choice?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think so. Off to a surprisingly strong start and Christian Benteke is GOOD.

– August 23, 2013 11:46 AM
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Challenging Tom Corbett for Governor of PA.

Former state Auditor Jack Wagner is now testing the waters for running against incumbent Tom Corbett for Governor of PA. The Democratic field is getting pretty crowded now. Your best guess on who wins the Democrats' nomination?
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Chris Cillizza :

I still think allyson Schwartz has the inside track because of her fundraising ability and base in the Philly suburbs.

I still wonder whether Corbett is the Republican nominee when all is said and done.

– August 23, 2013 11:47 AM
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New York State

Can you think of any Republican in the state that could run statewide and not get humiliated? Peter King, Chris Collins?
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Chris Cillizza :

Giuliani?

And even him probably not.

– August 23, 2013 11:47 AM
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Odds of gov't shutdown?

BTW I'm okay with a gov't shutdown as long as the screenwriter's guild doesn't strike at the same time. We need one of those two for the country to function properly.
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Chris Cillizza :

Agreed.

– August 23, 2013 11:47 AM
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Batman

They need to think outside the box and go with John Goodman... Who's with me!!!
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Chris Cillizza :

His Walter Sobchak is one of my favorite film characters ever.

– August 23, 2013 11:48 AM
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Kaine as running mate

I suggested Clinton-Kaine before. He meets the experience threshold-both legislative and executive-and can speak Spanish and is Catholic. No surprise why he was close to be chosen before. More importantly, I think he comes across as very friendly, something Hillary doesn't always do. (And, no, I don't work for Kaine, nor am I related to him :) )
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Chris Cillizza :

Yes. Also fluent in Spanish from a stint as a missionary. Really good personal story. Intriguing guy. And good political judgment; he was the first prominent politician to endorse then Sen. Obama in the 2008 prez race.

– August 23, 2013 11:49 AM
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Obama's Cuomo "interview"

The president says "when it comes to shutting down the government to kill ObamaCare, his "Republican friends" tell him "privately" that they agree with him but are afraid of Rush Limbaugh and the Tea Party." Well, of course his Republican friends tell him that. He's only talking to McCain and Graham, and they should be scared.
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Chris Cillizza :

Fair point.

Although my guess is Obama was using "friends" in the political sense. When ytranslated into regular-speke, "friends" actually means "people I loathe."

– August 23, 2013 11:50 AM
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Aston Villa

Tom Hanks is a part owner of Aston Villa.
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Chris Cillizza :

Another reason to root for them.

– August 23, 2013 11:51 AM
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TV suggestions

I'm really liking the Bridge on FX, a crime drama that takes place in the border area of El Paso and Ciudad. Compelling and gripping television. Also, Luther when it returns to BBC America. Idris Elba is the best. Best TV though...the EPL on NBC Sports
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Chris Cillizza :

Cool.

I am into BroadChurch on BBC America..

– August 23, 2013 11:51 AM
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Basketball matchup

Mr. Blake thinks he and Prince could take you and Otto Porter. Agree or disagree?
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Chris Cillizza :

Um., no.

– August 23, 2013 11:52 AM
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State Houses

Given their impact on setting the gerrymandered Congressional districts for this decade, are the 2010 state legislative elections (with 19 chambers switching parties nationwide) one of the great overlooked political stories of recent years?
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Chris Cillizza :

Yes. This year and every year.

Lucky for all of us that WaPo has started a new blog dedicated to covering state and local politics and policy. It's called GovBeat and it's well worth your time.  Check it out here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/

– August 23, 2013 11:53 AM
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Iowa

I'm stunned Republicans haven't been able to come up with a strong candidate in that state. It's one of the ultimate swing states that seems to always be competitive. What's up over there in Iowa? Does the state have a slightly more Democratic lean than assumed, or is the Republican Party there in disarray to the extent they can't field a strong candidate for the seat?
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Chris Cillizza :

Agree. If Republicans come up short in trying to win the majority next November, they will look back at their inability to find a top tier recruit in Iowa as one of the main reasons.

– August 23, 2013 11:53 AM
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Chris Cillizza :

That's all for me this week folks!

Remember to check out In Play here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/c/show/inplay

And we do this every Friday at 11 am. So, tune in and spread the word.

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