Auto Load Responses: 
Font Size: 

December 13, 2013

11:06
A.M.

The Fix Live

Total Responses: 63

About the hosts

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.

About the topic

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

Follow @TheFix on Twitter.
Q.

Chris Cillizza :

Good Friday morning!

I just posted the Fix list of the best political books of 2013: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/12/13/the-fixs-best-political-books-of-2013/.

What did I miss?

Q.

washington DC

do you know where i can get an "embrace the suck" T shirt? Just wondered.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I want to get these made. They would see like hotcakes.

My other t-shirt idea: "Where's Wallace?" with a picture of Stringer Bellon it.

That would rule.

– December 13, 2013 11:07 AM
Q.

Shutdown City

Rank the DC shutdowns, from better ideas to worse ideas: Robert Griffin III Stephen Strasburg Federal Government (snow threat edition) Federal Government (Ted Cruz edition)
A.
Chris Cillizza :

This rules.

Best idea to worst idea

Stras

Fed Govt snow threat (it snowed where I live!)

RGIII

Fed Govt Cruz

– December 13, 2013 11:08 AM
Q.

The Wire

Hi Chris, Have you caught up on The Wire yet, specifically seasons 3+? I'm waiting for your keen insight into the Baltimore mayoral election and other political happenings of the later seasons. Quit wasting your time with House of Cards and watch a show that's actually good and stand the test of time!
A.
Chris Cillizza :

This is on the agenda for this winter.

– December 13, 2013 11:08 AM
Q.

Homeland

Hahaha-without spoiling anything...let's just say it's funny to hear from snobbish critics about Homeland's implausibility with news like the last 24 hours. When will they learn not to doubt the extent of the CIA, to focus criticism elsewhere?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

After falling out of love with Homeland in Season 2 and the start of this season, I am now all in again.

– December 13, 2013 11:09 AM
Q.

Imagine that

What lit a fire under Boehner?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I think eh just got sick of it all.  I also think he knew they had the votes to pass it so he could afford to go off a little bit on the Club, Heritage etc.

Here's my piece on it: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/12/12/john-boehner-is-mad-as-hell-and-hes-not-going-to-take-it-anymore/

– December 13, 2013 11:11 AM
Q.

Commenters

Do you ever read comments posted below WashPost online articles? if so, please rate your level of concern for our future?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I think comments CAN be a good thing. For example, I got lots of great suggestions when I asked for recommendations for best political books of 2013.

Unfortunately, most of the time they are cesspools of the who-can-shout-loudest crowd.

– December 13, 2013 11:12 AM
Q.

Budget deal in the Senate?

Hi Chris -- what are the odds that the bill passed in the House makes it through the Senate? Is that where full scale Republican civil war will be launched? Or has Boehner solved that problem once and for all?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

It will pass the Senate.

And, I think you need to look toward primaries in early 2014 to see where things stand. if Mitch McConnell loses or comes close to losing, all of the establishment's current boldness will disappear.

– December 13, 2013 11:13 AM
Q.

presidential centrists

Despite all the talk of polarization, the front runners for 2016 are two centrists, Clinton and Christie. Won't a lot of issues be taken off the table if those two are the nominees? And won't a lot of people on both the right and the left feel angry and frustrated?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

It's interesting.

One thing I would note is that at this point of the 2008 cycle, polls said Clinton and Giuliani were the frontrunners. And we know how that turned out.

– December 13, 2013 11:13 AM
Q.

Paul Ryan

This deal means Paul Ryan is not running for president, right? He is getting 0 credit from liberals, and is getting killed by conservatives.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I think so. Everything I have heard for months is that he doesn't want to run for president. His decision to put his name on this compromise deal reinforces that reporting.

I wrote about it here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/12/12/paul-ryans-boldest-moment-its-happening-right-now/

– December 13, 2013 11:15 AM
Q.

Christie stock

The more I see clips of him bullying reporters over the years, the more I think he's going to do surprisingly poorly. Sell, sell, sell.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I think his temper/temperament will be a major issue in 2016...

– December 13, 2013 11:16 AM
Q.

Talents

Where are your talents being taken this weekend?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I sit in the Fix lair. Sipping water. And listening to NPR's best music of 2013.  You should too: http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2013/12/12/249997274/poll-results-listeners-pick-their-favorite-albums-of-2013

– December 13, 2013 11:17 AM
Q.

Worst Week

I thought Steve Stockman took the honors for worst week. Last minute primary challenge to Cornyn, with almost no money and calling Cornyn a "liberal". Huh?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Or did he have the best week? When's the last time Steve Stockman got this much press?

I see no path to him winning. But he is going to get a lot more national attention over these next 3 months than he would have if he would have run for re-election.

– December 13, 2013 11:18 AM
Q.

Huckabee 2016

So he'd win Iowa and South Carolina, right?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I don't think so. I am going to do a bigger take out on the Huckabee candidacy in '16 later today on Fix. But, in short, remember that Huck was largely ignored in the 08 race until right before the Iowa caucuses. That wouldn't happen again.

– December 13, 2013 11:19 AM
Q.

RG3

Rob Ford says it was okay for RG3 to be benched. That's good enough for me.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Agreed.

– December 13, 2013 11:20 AM
Q.

Boehner's Swan Song

I may be reading too much into this (can't believe those words just came out of my mouth), but does this episode signal a Boehner with his eye on the door and nothing to lose or a Boehner who knows he needs to break the stalemate in order to be a more effective speaker next Congress?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Not sure. 

I am not sure Boehner can win another Speaker vote if someone real (Ryan etc) challenges him...but I don't think anyone will.

I continue to not understand why Boehner wants to be Speaker in a GOP conference where no matter what he does 40+ members are going to be against him.

– December 13, 2013 11:21 AM
Q.

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan: better chance at being Speaker, President, or neither?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Speaker.  I don't see him possessing the political acumen  or political will to run for president.

– December 13, 2013 11:21 AM
Q.

2014 Election

Rank Pryor, Landrieu, and Hagan from most in danger of losing their seat in 2014 to least?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Pryor

Pryor

Landrieu

Hagan

– December 13, 2013 11:23 AM
Q.

Music!

Chris, Pick for album/song of the year? I'd go with Chvrches for album, Arcade Fire's Afterlife for song. From: @davemitrani
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I am going to put together a full list next week.

But man oh man I loved "Southeastern" by Jason Isbell.

– December 13, 2013 11:23 AM
Q.

Sides and Vivreck

Their book "The Gamble" pairs well with a book like "Game Change," showing the stability beneath the ever-changing campaign narratives.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

OH YES. Oversight. That book rules. Adding now.

– December 13, 2013 11:24 AM
Q.

Primaries

Hi Chris! First off, I'm a big fan! My question is, regarding Republican primaries in 2014, it seems as if the tea party challengers are less credible (or not as big of a threat) as the ones in 2010 and 2012. In my mind, the only person who might have to worry is Thad Cochran. What do you think?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Cochran is in a category all his own in terms of vulnerability, for sure.

I think McConnell could face trouble...but I agree that people like Lamar(!) and Cornyn are probably going to be fine.

I am always mindful that the universe of people who vote in these primaries is tiny...so anything can and sometimes does happen.

– December 13, 2013 11:26 AM
Q.

Where's Wallace

That shirt would rule, in the sense that it would make me burst into tears everytime I saw one.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

"Where's Wallace at, String? Where's the boy?"

– December 13, 2013 11:26 AM
Q.

Fix Sean

Fix Sean is doing a great job!! Give him a raise!!
A.
Chris Cillizza :

He rocks.  Thanks for noticing.

– December 13, 2013 11:27 AM
Q.

Home for the Holidays

When does the mass exodus begin in the Capital? I always thought that X-mas in DC would be great for a vacation because no one would be around.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I think next week is when people start clearing out of DC.

After the House passed the budget deal on Thursday night, they got the heck out.

– December 13, 2013 11:27 AM
Q.

NPR

Nothing says hip like "NPR music"
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Wrong.

– December 13, 2013 11:28 AM
Q.

Walker and Jindal

Barring some major event, Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal will both run for president in 2016. Considering the fact that they will be competing for the same donors, voters and message, to what degree will either of them be able to gain traction with the other breathing on his neck?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Not sure they will be competiting for the same voters/donors...

– December 13, 2013 11:28 AM
Q.

Texas sen.

Did Stockton wait to enter the race to be sure that there would be no other challengers to split the primary vote against Cornyn?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

This created a mental image of short-shorts John Stockton running against Cornyn. Which made me happy.

– December 13, 2013 11:29 AM
Q.

Georgetown Alumnus

Looks like a Georgetown alumnus is heading over across the pond to be on "Downton Abbey" http://i2.cdnds.net/13/49/618x443/uktv-downton-abbey-christmas-special-still-1.jpg http://www.georgetown.edu/news/michael-benz-hamlet-shakespeare.html
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Still waiting for the call...that show could use a nerdy political reporter spending some time abroad to recover from a "nervous condition"....right? Right?

– December 13, 2013 11:30 AM
Q.

EPL

I'm starting to enjoy weekend soccer. (Sorry, but I'm not prepared to call it football yet like you.) It's more fun when you can attach yourself to a team. With that in mind, is it OK for me to like Arsenal? I think they have a cool name, nice jerseys, a couple recognizable players from Olympics/World Cup viewing, and they're not the best-known team like Man U.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Oh my god no.

Arsenal is just the worst.

I root for Tottenham. But, if yoi are looking to adopt a team, I would go with Everton. Scrappy, competitive and Tim Howard is the goalie.

– December 13, 2013 11:31 AM
Q.

FL-13 special election

Thoughts on the special election to replace the late Bill Young? I would assume you tip the scale in favor of Sink in the March election, but the R primary (Peters v Jolly) looks quite intriguing. It's also the first primary I have seen in a long time where there is no tea party candidate and no tea party influence.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I think Sink probably starts with an edge because of name ID and fundraising potential.

But, it's a super competitive seat. Also, Bob Barker just endorsed Jolly. 

http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2013/12/12/250466209/come-on-down-to-congress-bob-barker-endorses-in-fla-race

– December 13, 2013 11:33 AM
Q.

East Coast bias

I love all the attention to the moves of Warren and Gillibrand. Trivia question for you though: Who was the last President from the East Coast? (No, GWB doesn't count.) Donor money comes from the East Coast, but winning candidates come from other parts.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Who else belongs on these lists?

Hickenlooper? He has really struggled this year.

Schweitzer? There's a reason he didn't run for Senate.

Who else?

– December 13, 2013 11:33 AM
Q.

Worst Week

Me for finding out that my alma mater-which has won the most games in college football history-is playing in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl with a special performance by Smash Mouth.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Oh my gosh.

It could be worse: You could have to root for Georgetown football.

– December 13, 2013 11:34 AM
Q.

Tom Corbett

Weekly update on him. I'm surprised because he has got a lot done this year, but he is soooooo unpopular. Do you know why? I think that anyone that had anything to do with Penn State, fair or not is getting swept away.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Still not going to win.

– December 13, 2013 11:35 AM
Q.

Best, and some not so good, political books

Hi, Chris, Interesting that Charles Krauthammer's book made your list. It's bad enough reading his column. I would never suggest myself to a book-length Charles Krauthammer.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

It takes all kinds. Plenty of other great stuff on there if you don't like his stuff. I tend to think he is a really thoughtful voice.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/12/13/the-fixs-best-political-books-of-2013/

– December 13, 2013 11:36 AM
Q.

Piers Morgan

Piers Morgan would be upset with you dissing on Arsenal.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I know he would.

– December 13, 2013 11:36 AM
Q.

BCS

It is officially dead. What will politicians complain about now, when they are trying to appear to be "real people"?????
A.
Chris Cillizza :

EPL? Wait...

– December 13, 2013 11:36 AM
Q.

Worst Week

Lamar Alexander. Just a weird disgusting story. I assume if this week events will come up in next falls election.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

It's awful. Awful.  

– December 13, 2013 11:37 AM
Q.

Immigration

Since Boehner feels more freed up supposedly, does he push Immigration bill in 2014?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Does he feel more freed up? Or was this a one off because he knew he had the votes?

– December 13, 2013 11:37 AM
Q.

Virginia AG Recount

I read in a conservative leaning publication (so I took it with a grain of salt), that the AG race had some irregularities, and could flip. Any truth to this?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I suppose. I think it's unlikely but recounts are wild things.

– December 13, 2013 11:38 AM
Q.

Jim Demint

I thought he left the senate because he would have a larger platform running Heritage. I've seen him once on MTP one time, is he still around?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

He is...I tend to think he miscalculated how relevant he could be to national debates as the head of a think tank - -even one as big and well funded as Heritage.

– December 13, 2013 11:39 AM
Q.

Big Senate Map

The general consensus on Senate races at this point is that Republicans will pick up West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota, and are strongly favored to pick up Arkansas. Several polls in the past couple weeks have shown Republican Senate candidates tied or leading in North Carolina, Michigan and slightly behind in Colorado and Iowa. Obviously its early, but if these numbers hold and primary voters don't completely screw up (two big ifs I know), this cycle could end up being a pretty big map, correct?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Yes. Map gets bigger if Obamacare/Obama is a major problem for Democrats because then Iowa and Michigan and maybe Colorado go onto the map.

– December 13, 2013 11:40 AM
Q.

Shirts Made

You can get your own user-uploaded shirts made at http://skreened.com/
A.
Chris Cillizza :

"Where's Wallace"!!!!

– December 13, 2013 11:40 AM
Q.

Dana Milbank

Do you ever talk trash to Dana Milbank for him not doing chats anymore?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Constantly.

– December 13, 2013 11:40 AM
Q.

Shirt

My shirt would be: Where's Fix Aaron?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

SO GOOD.

– December 13, 2013 11:42 AM
Q.

I am completely shocked.......

Georgetown has a football team? I thought the only sport they had was basketball, from November until their annual first round loss in the tourney...
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Heck yeah they do.

2-9 this year. But we did close the year by beating Bill Simmons' alma mater Holy Cross. So we've got that going for us, which is nice.

– December 13, 2013 11:43 AM
Q.

Jeb and Ryan

Hate to break it to the chattering class but neither Jeb nor Ryan will run for President in 2016. When they forego doing so, where does their 20% or so of primary support go?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Christie?

I think the top tier right now is:

Christie

Rand

Cruz

Walker

– December 13, 2013 11:45 AM
Q.

Bridgegate

So how badly does the Bridegate scandal hurt Christie in 2016?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Not sure it has that long of legs...it's not great though.

– December 13, 2013 11:46 AM
Q.

Hawaii

Are there any, you know, issues that separate Brian Schatz and Colleen Hanabusa, or is this strictly a matter of an Inouye vs. Abercrombie proxy fight?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

The latter as far as I can tell. Both are pretty down the line liberals.

– December 13, 2013 11:46 AM
Q.

Scott Brown

Chance he goes through with it-over/under 50%? Chance he can overcome Wall Street shill/carpetbagger label if he does-over/under 50%?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Everything he is saying makes me think he runs in NH. I think that's a tough race for him but not impossible.

– December 13, 2013 11:46 AM
Q.

Fix Aaron

Will you be shutting down Fix Aaron for the remainder of the year so that he comes back stronger next year?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

That's what I told him. (wink, wink)

– December 13, 2013 11:47 AM
Q.

Shirt Made

"I had the Worst Week in Washington"
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Holy cow. I could send one to every winner...

– December 13, 2013 11:47 AM
Q.

FSU v Auburn

Not sure if you're a college football fan, if so who you got? (I'm an Auburn grad, War Eagle! choose wisely)
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Auburn, I guess.  I am  Texas A&M guy.

– December 13, 2013 11:47 AM
Q.

Iowa Senate

Republicans can't even focus on a candidate, and some of the primary contenders are not likely to be popular statewide. Unless Braley does something really stupid, this shouldn't be a nail biter.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

National environment could complicate things for Braley. But, you are right, the R field is, um, not good.

– December 13, 2013 11:48 AM
Q.

Soccer

I know you hate Arsenal because you support Spurs. And I, as an Arsenal fan, hate Spurs. But we're all political junkies here--can't we all just get along? (Oh, and who's in first place?)
A.
Chris Cillizza :

When you defend Arsenal, you defend Oliver Giroud's haircut. Are you comfortable with that?

– December 13, 2013 11:48 AM
Q.

Cruz, top tier? Really?

Explain.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

He would win Iowa if the vote was held today. And maybe South Carolina too.

– December 13, 2013 11:49 AM
Q.

Best book of 2013

Not poltiics, but in keeping with the music portion of the program, I just started Tune In, the 900-page tome on the first three years of the Beatles, and I'm hooked. But get it as an e-book--you need forearms like Popeye to lift the thing. And to tie in two other threads, have you ever looked at the connection between soccer and politics, especially in Eastern Europe? I believe CSKA Moscow, for instance, was the Army team and was supported by Stalin. They had a pretty good record. And Red Star Belgrade was recently owned by someone on the US terrorist list.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Thanks for the rec!

As for soccer/politics, you MUST read "How Soccer Explains the World" by Frank Foer. It's awesome.

http://www.amazon.com/How-Soccer-Explains-World-Globalization/dp/0061978051

– December 13, 2013 11:50 AM
Q.

Just a thought

So if Bill Simmons can publish pieces crafted from e-mail exchanges with Malcolm Gladwell, how come you aren't doing the occasional e-mail exchange piece with, say, Ryan Lizza? Imagine the branding opportunities...
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Just wait...The Fix's thoughts on sports and pop culture are coming to a computer screen near you soon...

– December 13, 2013 11:51 AM
Q.

Fix movie going

Can't think of any good political films this year? Although your viewing may be more limited these days to Despicable Me 2 (which could be about a politician?) and Planes.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

You nailed it.

– December 13, 2013 11:51 AM
Q.

Go with Man City

Or at least that was what I was told 10 years (and at least one owner ago) by a friend who just moved back from the UK. The fact that it's not Man U gives you instant stret cred.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Also, Ya Ya Toure is amazing. And Vincent Kompany is a major bad ass.

– December 13, 2013 11:52 AM
Q.

Rubio Foregoing a 2016 Bid?

His numbers have not recovered from his immigration debacle, and he probably sees the writing on the wall in terms of the viability of a senator (or lack there of) compared to a governor. What are the chances he opts out of 2016?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Oh, I don't think so.

It's peaks and valleys in a presidential bid. And he is in a valley now. Also, it's 2013.

– December 13, 2013 11:52 AM
Q.

Rankings

Winning the Iowa caucuses is hardly predictive of winning the GOP nomination let alone the general election. Cruz has no chance in a general election and at some point in the long process, that will sink in for primary voters.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I am not so sure that the "he can win the general" is as strong a calculation for primary voters as you might think.

– December 13, 2013 11:53 AM
Q.

Music on TV

Have you ever watched "The Sing-Off," a 2-week (on TV) competition among a capella groups (i.e., no instrumental backing at all)? The ensembles are simply amazing.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I loathe a cappella music. LOATHE.

– December 13, 2013 11:53 AM
Q.

Book nomination

"Act of Congress," by Robert Kaiser. I haven't read everything on your list but I have to think this is as good as some of those.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Love Bob! Adding.

– December 13, 2013 11:54 AM
Q.

Chelsea

Just go with Chelsea.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

No, don't.

– December 13, 2013 11:54 AM
Q.

Chris Cillizza :

That's all folks!  Remember, go out and buy a book for your favorite political junkie -- and use our list: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/12/13/the-fixs-best-political-books-of-2013/

We do this chat EVERY Friday at 11 am. Spread the word!

Chris

Q.

 

A.
Host: