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August 30, 2013

11
A.M.

The Fix Live

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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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The Fix's Chris Cillizza discussed the latest in political news.

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Q.

Chris Cillizza :

It's Friday. It's 11 am. That means it's Fix Live Chat time or, as most people know, that chat with the guy with glasses before Carolyn hax's chat.

Let's make it rain.

Q.

nyc mayor race

What is the prob with quinn? I don't follow it too much, but I don't understand the ssue voters have to the extent that they almost voted for weiner over her.
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Chris Cillizza :

She's seen as too closely aligned with Mayor Bloomberg who isn't all that popular among Democratic voters these days.

Quinn is doing what she can to distance herself from Bloomberg -- on stop and frisk for example -- but she's struggled against the attack that she is Bloomberg's heir.

The Bloomberg impact also explains why Bill de Blasio has soared of late. He is the liberal in the race, running as the obvious anti-Bloomberg.

– August 30, 2013 11:02 AM
Q.

PSL mug

Do you need a new mug for your Pumpkin Spice Latte? http://www.delish.com/food/recalls-reviews/starbucks-150-dollar-coffee-cup
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Chris Cillizza :

Whoah.

Best things about fall:

1. Catholic University field hockey

2. Catholic University field hockey

3. Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

– August 30, 2013 11:02 AM
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Syria

now what on Syria?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think President Obama is thinking something similar today.

The resistance in Congress to immediate action in Syria coupled with the UK's Parliament rejection of David Cameron's push for action complicates Obama timetable and calculation.

Still seems to me likely -- though I am no expert -- that some strikes are coming although the severity of them and the length of them remain unclear.

– August 30, 2013 11:04 AM
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Congressional deadlines

What is your over/under date for solving all of these upcoming Congressional deadlines (e.g. 2014 Budget and raising debt limit)? Or are they just going to keep punting with short term extensions?
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Chris Cillizza :

If the choice is between punting and a grand bargain, I am taking punting every time.

I see no evidence that the two sides are moving any closer to a deal of any sort. The first two weeks once Congress are back will be critical in whether a real big-ish bargain is popular.

– August 30, 2013 11:05 AM
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house of cards

Unrealistic?! What is unrealistic about the vp stepping down to run for his old job of PA gov? That happened 5 times last year. Five! Oh and spoilers or something I guess.
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Chris Cillizza :

Just so ridic.

For those of you who missed my rant against "House of Cards", it's here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/29/why-i-hate-house-of-cards/

– August 30, 2013 11:06 AM
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Worst Week in Washington

I would have to give that honor to the President, He is stuck with the Syria situation and his red line remarks didn't help.
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Chris Cillizza :

Ok, taking nominations....

– August 30, 2013 11:07 AM
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The Daily Rundown

Not sure what to make of your wardrobe in hosting the Daily Rundown. That looked like J Crew out of the hamper.
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Chris Cillizza :

I am all about the ginghams these days! 

– August 30, 2013 11:07 AM
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Talents

Where are you taking your talents this weekend?
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Chris Cillizza :

Always a relevant question. Sitting in thre Post TV world headquarters. Soundtrack: "Yeezus" by Kanye.  Beverage: Water (too much coffee already consumed...)

– August 30, 2013 11:08 AM
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Soup

It's delicious. Why do you hate America?
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Chris Cillizza :

Fair question.

– August 30, 2013 11:08 AM
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Greetings from the Bahamas

I always wish we were a US state so I could read your analysis on my country :)
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Chris Cillizza :

We are working on a Fix, Bahamas edition ;)

– August 30, 2013 11:08 AM
Q.

Who will be the first elected official to reference twerking?

And precisely how many milliseconds later will that person receive the TWIW award?
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Chris Cillizza :

Please let this never, ever happen. Actually, given my Worst Week demands, PLEASE let this happen.

– August 30, 2013 11:09 AM
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2016 Veepstakes

Assuming Hillary gets the nod for the Democrats, and for arguments sake Christie, Rand Paul, or Paul Ryan (sorry could't pick one) gets the GOP nod who are the top 3 likely VP picks for each side?
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Chris Cillizza :

Kelly Ayotte

Nikki Haley (assuming she gets re-elected next November)

The person seen as the runner up to the nominee.

– August 30, 2013 11:09 AM
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Gareth Bale

Don't know if anything has been as long and as drawn out as the Gareth Bale transfer to Real Madrid.
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Chris Cillizza :

Seriously. Let's just get 'er done. Not for nothing: Spurs at or near top of the table.

– August 30, 2013 11:10 AM
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Joe Lhota

Do you think he has a realistic chance to defeat whoever comes out of the Democrat Primary?
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Chris Cillizza :

No.

– August 30, 2013 11:11 AM
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2016

If you had to take a guess on the tickets for both the Democrats and Republicans in 2016 what do you think they'll be?
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Chris Cillizza :

Clinton-Tim Kaine

Christie-Ayotte

– August 30, 2013 11:13 AM
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House of Cards

The show is not claiming that every member of Congress/reporter acts like they do on television, instead they're taking the most extreme real life cases and putting it into characters. Do you really think there aren't alcoholic members of Congress, sham political marriages or reporters who sleep with sources? At the end of the first episode of Friday Night Lights Matt Saracen avoids 3 tacklers and throws the ball to a receiver who would never be open because its the last play of the game and the D would have 2 people at the goal line. They took the most extreme thing in real life and made it seem normal.
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Chris Cillizza :

I get ALL of that.

But, I work with lots of female reporters and I think the portrayal of Zoe Barnes hurts how people regard them.

The idea that female reporters way of getting information from male politicians is by using sexuality to me is damaging to the real world in which female reporters live.

I have plenty of other issues with House of Cards but that's the biggest one.

– August 30, 2013 11:16 AM
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Post TV

If you are going to be such a regular fixture, they should get you a professional stylist.
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Chris Cillizza :

So, you are saying you don't think I have one already?

– August 30, 2013 11:16 AM
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NFL Lawsuit

Just curious, I know you are a sports fan, and the NFL is the biggest league around, with injuries coming to the public conscious, how would you feel about your kids wanting to play little league and HS Football?
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Chris Cillizza :

Thanks.  Mrs Fix and I talked a lot about this. And we agreed that Fix jr and Fix III won't be playing football.

I just don't think it's worth the obvious risks.  

– August 30, 2013 11:17 AM
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The Cruz Fuse

Does it look like he's all wet on the "shut down Obamacare or we'll shut down the Government" threat?
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Chris Cillizza :

Well, it works for him with the base while he simultaneously knows the chances of it actually happening are basically zero.

Read this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/27/how-rubio-cruz-and-paul-stand-to-win-in-the-losing-battle-to-defund-obamacare/

– August 30, 2013 11:18 AM
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You

What do you think you'd be doing career wise if you weren't doing what you currently do?
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Chris Cillizza :

Probably a haberdasher.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZbHagBNY98

– August 30, 2013 11:20 AM
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> House of Cards

Seriously, watch Spinning Boris. Low time investment to see Jeff Goldblum and Liev Schrieber in Russia.
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Chris Cillizza :

Will do. Also have the original BBC version of House of Cards on the watch list.

Mrs Fix and I are currently in the midst of Broadchurch on BBC America. Brutal but gripping detective story.

– August 30, 2013 11:20 AM
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Congress

What will be first for this Congress to do after the August recess, if they can actually work for a change?
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Chris Cillizza :

Assume they will do budget/government shutdown first since that is the first deadline (Sept. 30). Obviously debt ceiling too. I think immigration gets pushed to the back burner -- until at least late fall or winter.

– August 30, 2013 11:21 AM
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Christine Quinn

A friend in NY says, "The more people get to know here, the less they like her."
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Chris Cillizza :

Yeah, that's a bad trait for a politician.

– August 30, 2013 11:22 AM
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boring realistic TV shows don't make it very long

You do understand that 99% of politics is boring, fund raising dinners. It would be pretty hard to make a political TV show that was realistic. If they did, it wouldn't last more than a week. BTW, you do understand that most British spies don't act like James Bond, right?
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Chris Cillizza :

Wait, what?  Also, most science teachers sell meth on the side right?

– August 30, 2013 11:22 AM
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Re: twerking reference

Of course, I never expected the words "transvaginal ultrasound" to be uttered in a political setting. So, yeah, it can happen!
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Chris Cillizza :

Fair point.

– August 30, 2013 11:23 AM
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WWIW

Chuck Todd, he let Mr. Fix take over hosting duties today, opening himself up to become the Wally Pipp of cable news hosting.
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Chris Cillizza :

Ha! Chuck is the king. I am just happy to warm the seat every once in a whole. It's a fun show to host.

– August 30, 2013 11:24 AM
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Boehner Agonistes

I know Boehner's having a hard time of it lately, but would anyone else in his caucus even want the job?
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Chris Cillizza :

I have NO idea why they would.

I have written about this for a while now. Yes, Boehner takes a ton of heat but it's not really about him. The House Republican conference is just VERY hard to lead at the moment.

Does anyone really think that Eric Cantor would be able to lead a united GOP conference? I think the only person who could make the argument that he could lead the party in the House is Paul Ryan.

– August 30, 2013 11:25 AM
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Virginia Governor Race

Is MaCauliffe measuring the drapes yet?
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Chris Cillizza :

He might be but he shouldn't be. I think the Macker is up by a sliver of Co0ch but it's far from a done thing.

– August 30, 2013 11:26 AM
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Assuming Hillary is the Democratic nominee...

Are Steve Bullock and Jay Inslee on the shortlist for VP pick?
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Chris Cillizza :

Maybe Steve Bullock. I don't see Jay Inslee.

– August 30, 2013 11:26 AM
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Nickname

1) When does the list of political nicknames go up? 2) You had to have been called "Lizard" at some point, right?
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Chris Cillizza :

Goes up in a little while on the Fix. I am SUPER excited for it.

And, people used to call me Lizard occasionally. I prefer "Brad Pitt" due to the obvious resemblance.

– August 30, 2013 11:27 AM
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More on HoC

Disclaimer: I LOVED House of Cards. That said, I completely hated the Zoe Barnes character but never thought she was supposed to be illustrative of all journalists. She is someone who disdains the real work of reporters (covering local Fairfax county issues is beneath her) and she wants quick, easy notoriety via the Internet. I don't think we are supposed to assume that all journalists are that way (and in fact, the show has several examples of journalists who don't). That said, if you don't like the Underwood-Barnes relationship, do stop watching because it only gets worse.
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Chris Cillizza :

What about the more senior female political reporter? Also, an awful stereotype.

– August 30, 2013 11:28 AM
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re: Post TV recommendation

As a fellow sweaty guy, might I refer you to the "continuous comfort" shirts that actually wick away the sweat and keep you dry? They're great in humidity or under the hot lights.
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Chris Cillizza :

NOTED.

– August 30, 2013 11:30 AM
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This Teddy is not Cuddly

I would imagine that Ted Cruz probably is the hands down favorite for last place in the Senate Collegiality Department. Who in the Senate would like the guy? Fellow Incumbent R's: not a chance; Dem's: despised. For the chamber of collegiality, he must be a new low. What is his MO?
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Chris Cillizza :

His MO is running for president. And, last time I checked the temperature of GOP primary voters, they didn't much like their own party leadership in Washington.

I don't Ted Cruz has any ambitions to stay in the Senate long or put in the time and effort to rise up the leadership ladder.

– August 30, 2013 11:31 AM
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Virginia

Is Virginia officially South Maryland? Obama gets its vote twice, two Dems in the senate, now the Macker is going to Richmond, it's now slightly blue, not purple right?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think this gov election will tell us a lot. Obama in 08, McDonnell in 09, Kaine and Obama in 2012.

I think it is quite cleary a swing state. The question now is whether it tilts just slightly Democratic or whether it's a genuine toss up in every race.

– August 30, 2013 11:33 AM
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Dream Race for 2016

Dream race for 2016, Clinton/Kaine vs Bush/Paul. What's yours?
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Chris Cillizza :

I get why that could be a dream race. On the other hand, if Hillary and Jeb run, the primary season in 2016 could be far less interesting than if they don't...

– August 30, 2013 11:34 AM
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Brad Pitt Resemblance

Is that more "Legends of the Fall" or "Kalifornia"?
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Chris Cillizza :

More "Ocean's Eleven"

– August 30, 2013 11:34 AM
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Lizard?

Was once the term referring to those following the former great Celebritologist Liz Kelly at the WP. I'd think you'd hold out for CC (Ryder).
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Chris Cillizza :

Agreed. Or CC (Deville).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYeZJ9_Hmwg

– August 30, 2013 11:35 AM
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Trivia

How many team names will have "twerk" at the next Politics and Pints?
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Chris Cillizza :

Not sure. it's not until Sept. 9...so does the whole Miley thing run its course by then?

– August 30, 2013 11:36 AM
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Twerking

Seriously, did you know what Twerking was before the VMA's? I had to ask my 17year old daughter on Monday what the hell everyone was talking about. I'm OLD!
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Chris Cillizza :

I had NO idea.  Until recently I was unaware what "cronut" was.

– August 30, 2013 11:36 AM
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2016 Talk

What's your opinion on all the 2016 talk? Too early? Love it? What say you?
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Chris Cillizza :

Is this a joke?

I am a FIRM believer that it is NEVER TOO EARLY for 2016.

I explain why in my "Iceberg Theory" here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/21/the-iceberg-theory-of-presidential-politics/

– August 30, 2013 11:37 AM
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Realistic TV Shows

You mean The West Wing was not realistic when a 3 term Democrat Congressman from Texas who wants to totally abolish teacher tenure takes on a Pro-Choice Republican Senator from California... I just can't believe television anymore.
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Chris Cillizza :

I wasn't a big "West Wing" guy either.

Now, "Veep" -- that is a show.

– August 30, 2013 11:37 AM
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John Kasich

Scale of 1-10 what chance do you give him to win reelection? I've seen his approval numbers rise, but also some close numbers with Dem opponents.
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Chris Cillizza :

1 being not winning, 10 being certain victory?

6.5. Maybe 7.

– August 30, 2013 11:38 AM
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Broadchurch

Marathon on BBC America this Sunday. A good time for anyone to catch up.
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Chris Cillizza :

Yes. Great show. But brace yourself emotionally. Very tough subject matter.

– August 30, 2013 11:38 AM
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You'll be fine

As long as you don't twerk a cronut. That's just bad form.
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Chris Cillizza :

Good advice.

– August 30, 2013 11:39 AM
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ambition

Your previous defense of political ambition: you understand that the only people allowed power are those with no idea how to wield it, right?
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Chris Cillizza :

Is that how it goes?

– August 30, 2013 11:40 AM
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Iowa

Today's newspaper headline: Steve King plans to be a presidential power broker in 2016. One wag commented: "Power broker." As in, "the guy who helps select the guy who loses to Hillary Clinton." Go for it, Stevie.
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Chris Cillizza :

It's interesting because King was weirdly non influential in 2012 because he waited SO long to endorse anyone.

He clearly has learned his lesson and, I would think, an early endorsement from King, could be a boost in the GOP-rich areas of western Iowa he represents.

– August 30, 2013 11:43 AM
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Twerking

Who'da thunk that Billy Ray was the true talent in the family?
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Chris Cillizza :

I actually think Miley IS talented. That performance though...yeesh.

– August 30, 2013 11:44 AM
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T.W. Shannon

With Coburn definetly gone in 16' and Inhofe being 78 and up for reelection in 14', what do you think the chances are for the OK SOH running for one of those seats, putting a second African American Republican in the Senate.
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Chris Cillizza :

We listed TW in our list last Friday of the 10 biggest rising stars in the 2 parties. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/08/23/the-fixs-top-10-rising-stars/

– August 30, 2013 11:45 AM
Q.

Perhaps a show somewhat related to what you do...

Have you watched The Newsroom (HBO)--if so, what do you think? I have lots of friends who really enjoy it.
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Chris Cillizza :

Wacthed a few episodes. Not my thing.

I am more of a "Game of Thrones" guy.

– August 30, 2013 11:46 AM
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Don't Twerk My Cronut Dude!

Soon to be heard on a Televised Debate......
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Chris Cillizza :

Please please please.

– August 30, 2013 11:46 AM
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Re: West Wing

To be fair, that presidential campaign was not Sorkin's idea and the focus was supposed to be on the staff. A lot of Josh Lyman's actions are realistic, as were the moments the show touched on money in politics.
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Chris Cillizza :

Aaron Sorkin on the Fix Chat! What an honor!

– August 30, 2013 11:46 AM
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Re:Veep vs. HOC

Not a fan of the hugely overrated house of cards either. Veep can be pretty offensive too so I don't think this is about being prudish or naive.
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Chris Cillizza :

I love Veep so much. 

– August 30, 2013 11:47 AM
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Nickname

"Craigslist" Chris Lee and "Tickles" Eric Massa.... You don't even have to make them up.
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Chris Cillizza :

BRUTAL.

– August 30, 2013 11:48 AM
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Why Veep is better than HOC

The characters are similar--venal congressmen, clueless staffers--but Veep knows it's exaggerated and plays for laughs. HOC, like West Wing (and all Sorkin's stuff) takes itself far too seriously.
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Chris Cillizza :

YES YES YES

 

– August 30, 2013 11:49 AM
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Ben Affleck as Batman

More or Less Credible than Anthony Weiner as Hizzoner?
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Chris Cillizza :

More.

– August 30, 2013 11:49 AM
Q.

Not so worried bout twerking

But I think FOMO is a bigger issue society wide.
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Chris Cillizza :

It will not surprise you to know that I ALSO had no idea what FOMO meant until this week.

– August 30, 2013 11:49 AM
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Super Bowl Prediction

I have the Giants over the Colts. Do you have a pick?
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Chris Cillizza :

Catholic University field hockey team. That's my answer to ALL sports questions.

– August 30, 2013 11:50 AM
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Miley

She might look into some choreography lessons, though. And what's with the tongue?? Is that what "the kids" are doing these days?
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Chris Cillizza :

If you are looking to me to answer questions about what the kids are doing these days, you are in far worse shape than you even know.

– August 30, 2013 11:50 AM
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Cory Booker

Do you think Booker is enjoying his opponent's attempts to question Booker's sexuality pretty much drowning out the imaginary friend story that may have become a problem for Booker's campaign?
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Chris Cillizza :

The T-Bone story is kind of crazy to me...

– August 30, 2013 11:52 AM
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Go Hokies!

First time I've ever said that, but someone has to beat bama
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Chris Cillizza :

Possible for that game to end with two losing teams? For me, it's like when Syracuse plays UCONN in basketball. Just a no-win situation.

– August 30, 2013 11:52 AM
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VEEP

I share your adoration of that show -- I have told my college-age daughter that it's not only realistic about politics, it may be the most realistic WORKPLACE show ever, because everybody hates everybody, and the pettiness knows no bounds. I
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Chris Cillizza :

CORRECT

– August 30, 2013 11:53 AM
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Thank you

Just wanted to say thank you for doing the chat. I love your work.
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Chris Cillizza :

Thanks, Mom!

– August 30, 2013 11:53 AM
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Insider

Sorry but too many folks are getting too into what's on TV for my taste. Have I ended up in the wrong chat?
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Chris Cillizza :

Carolyn Hax is coming up at noon. The DC squirrel is in a standoff with the Post over how many chats he has to do a week. I'm the best you've got.

– August 30, 2013 11:53 AM
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RE: FOMO

I just had to google it. I'm depressed that you knew slang before I did.
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Chris Cillizza :

I am, as the kids say, "super cool". 

– August 30, 2013 11:54 AM
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Veep vs Dramas

It's also easier to be absurd in a comedy. You're not judged the same way.
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Chris Cillizza :

Fair enough. But the self-seriousness of "House of Cards".....GAG.

– August 30, 2013 11:54 AM
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FOMO

In my day, FOMO stood for "Fear of Missing Out". Did it become a stupid dance in the last week?
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Chris Cillizza :

It still stands for that! Everything old is new again!

– August 30, 2013 11:55 AM
Q.

Chris Cillizza :

Ok, folks. I am offf to plan for Friday's "In Play" -- the Post's new web TV politics show I am co-hosting with Jackie Kucinich.

And, yes, that is an incredibly shameless plug. Check out the show EVERY DAY here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/posttv/c/show/inplay

Until next Friday....

Chris

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