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May 16, 2014

11:06
A.M.

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 :

Hello everyone!

Rainy Friday here in DC but I remain sunny.  Let's do it.

Q.

ID GOP debate

why was George R R Martin running for governor and not writing??!!!
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Chris Cillizza :

If you have not watched this video, you need to stop what you are doing (even if your boss fires you) and watch this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/05/15/governors-debates-in-idaho-are-well-different/?tid=pm_politics_pop 

– May 16, 2014 11:08 AM
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Idaho Debate

Why am I so interested in the Idaho debate, especially Harley Brown.
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Chris Cillizza :

How could you NOT be?!?!?

– May 16, 2014 11:08 AM
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Talents

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

My desk

Soundtrack: Lykke Li's new one

Drink: Peets' Mocha

Food: Currant scone.

That's how I do it.

– May 16, 2014 11:08 AM
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Karl Rove

I have Karl Rove winning Worst Week.
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Chris Cillizza :

Close but no close enough.

Steve Israel won! wapo.st/1gaOlJN

– May 16, 2014 11:09 AM
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Monica

It's just not going to be an issue in 2016, is it? Anybody who cares about it has already made up their mind about who they are supporting.
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Chris Cillizza :

Correct.  Not an issue.

– May 16, 2014 11:09 AM
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Same-Sex Marriage

In the general election, I expect the Republican nominee will talk about his gay friends to obscure his opposition to same-sex marriage, Honestly, I expect the courts to resolve this issue before the GOP changes its position.
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Chris Cillizza :

Here's the issue: There is a portion of the GOP base that feels deeply and passionately that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.

Taking a position directly in contrast to that would make it more difficult for the candidate who adopted that position to win. (It's the same problem Mitt Romney had with "self deportation" in 2012.)

So, I can't see any candidate totally switching on the issue. instead my guess is that the GOP candidates talk differently about it -- or talk less about it.

– May 16, 2014 11:11 AM
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Jeb's family drama

If Jeb runs, how do you expect the media to cover (1) his wife's dislike for the spotlight and (2) his daughter Noelle's history of substance abuse? Bill de Blasio's daughter was remarkably open about her problems. But I'm not sure Noelle Bush wants to emulate her -- she seems very private.
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Chris Cillizza :

Roz Helderman did a great piece on how family is the big reason for why Jeb may ultimately stay out.

It's here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-jeb-bush-eyes-2016-key-question-is-how-a-presidential-campaign-would-affect-his-family/2014/05/11/73ef1816-d55e-11e3-8a78-8fe50322a72c_story.html

Politics has become so intrusive and so personal even in the decade or so Jeb has been out. If he and his family didn't like it then, they'll hate it now.

– May 16, 2014 11:12 AM
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Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee

Two potential presidential candidates with dedicated followings but also distrusted by party insiders. Compare and contrast.
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Chris Cillizza :

Rand seems to me to be the far more serious of the two.

He has spent the last year reaching out to establishment types -- not necessarily to get them to back him but to insure them that if he is the nominee he won't blow up the party or their chances at winning in 2016.

Huckabee never did anything like that.

Also, Paul can raise real money.  Huck never demonstrated that he could or cared to.

– May 16, 2014 11:14 AM
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Rand and Ron

What role do you expect Ron Paul to play in his son's presidential campaign? Will Rand hide Ron?
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Chris Cillizza :

When the libertarian base needs stoking Ron will be there. But I don't think he will be front and center most of the time.

– May 16, 2014 11:15 AM
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Immunity?

Do Hillary Clinton's years in the public spotlight provide her some immunity from Republican attacks/attempts to define her.?
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Chris Cillizza :

Immunity I'm not sure of.

But, because Clinton has been sop public for so long, opinions about her -- good and bad -- are pretty well set.

There is very little undecided vote when it comes to Clinton.

– May 16, 2014 11:16 AM
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Worst Week in Washington

It's only Tuesday I am subbmitting this but Rep. Joe Garcia (D-FL). Picked his ear, looked at the wax on his finger, and then ate it! Embarrassed and hungry!
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Chris Cillizza :

Um, it's Friday.

That said, this is SO gross: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk2dyF5Fvv8

– May 16, 2014 11:18 AM
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Accents

Rate these accents from best to worst: Australian, English, Spanish, Italian, French, and Russian.
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Chris Cillizza :

Australian

Spanish

Italian

Russia 

French

Scottish accent is my #1 overall seed though. So amazing.

– May 16, 2014 11:19 AM
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India's election

500 million people voted over five weeks. Aren't you glad you weren't covering that marathon?
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Chris Cillizza :

Is there a "Fix" in India? Shouldn't there be? I may have to expand globally.

– May 16, 2014 11:19 AM
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First things First

Place? Tunes? Drink? ....and is Jill Abraham there?
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Chris Cillizza :

Neither Jill Abraham nor Jill Abramson are here.

– May 16, 2014 11:20 AM
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Arsenal and the FA Cup

What would Arsenal winning the FA Cup and ending their silverware drought feel like? Boiling molten gold on the head? A Lord Stannis sword to the face? Being crucified on the road in Mereen?
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Chris Cillizza :

Ned Stark post head chop.

– May 16, 2014 11:21 AM
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WWIW

Jill Abramson... Enough said.
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Chris Cillizza :

1. She's in NYC

2. Not a great PR week for NYT either. Salary equity = big deal.

– May 16, 2014 11:21 AM
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Elizabeth Warren

I've been reading her book, and based on how I read it, I believe her that she doesn't want to run for president. I think maybe yea on the challenge, but nay on the actual workings of the job. And I do think the age thing does come into play in her thinking, for herself, not for anyone else her age who might run.
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Chris Cillizza :

She doesn't. Especially against Hillary.

Our new ratings of the 2016 D field came out this morning. They're here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/05/16/hillary-clinton-is-the-only-person-who-can-stop-hillary-clinton/

– May 16, 2014 11:22 AM
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Worst Week

The New York Times. They have that old do as I say not what I do thing going on there with equal pay.
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Chris Cillizza :

See above

– May 16, 2014 11:23 AM
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Riddle me this, Cillizza

Fox has the Democrats +3 on the generic. Rasmussen +2. USA Today has Republicans +4. CNN +1. Do you feel all these results are legit, or is there some skewin' goin' on?
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Chris Cillizza :

Remember this: Democrats have a built-in edge on the generic. So, if it's tied or they have a 1-2 point lead that usually spells trouble for them in the close races nationally.

– May 16, 2014 11:23 AM
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Jack Kingston

I always liked him. What chance do you give him of winning the R Primary?
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Chris Cillizza :

Right now I think he's got a spot in the runoff with David Perdue. But Karen Handel is the momentum candidate -- thanks in no small part to the Sarah Palin endorsement.

– May 16, 2014 11:24 AM
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Ageism?

Do you believe the media will respond to Republican hints that Hillary is too old the same way the media treated it when the Democrats hinted that Reagan, Dole and McCain were too old?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think when you would be tied as the oldest person ever elected as president, the bar for proving your health and fitness for the gig is higher. That goes for Democrats and Republicans.

That said, I have no reason to think Hillary is not in perfectly fine health.

– May 16, 2014 11:25 AM
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WWIW

Lady GaGa, she had to move her concert for that?!?!?! What a terrible way to end the season.
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Chris Cillizza :

Yeah. not so good.

Wall was TERRIBLE in that series and in the postseason generally. If he is even moderately close to what he was in the regular season, the 'Zards win.

– May 16, 2014 11:26 AM
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World Cup

Did you ask to be a special correspondent to Brazil?
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Chris Cillizza :

Still working on it...SO PSYCHED for it.

Sleeper team: Belgium.

– May 16, 2014 11:26 AM
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Steve Israel

What does he do next? He really wanted to be Senator, but missed out on that. Does he try to get into the leadership?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think when he passed on running against Gillibrand in the special election, he gave up his chance of being in the Senate. (Neither Gillibrand nor Schumer are going anywhere.)

I think at this point he is aiming to be the top of the Democratic pile in the House whenever Pelosi/Clyburn/Hoyer move on.

– May 16, 2014 11:28 AM
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Nigel

Give us your thoughts on Roger Bennett, if you would be so kind.
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Chris Cillizza :

Roger Bennett is the king of the Andals and the First Men. He might also be the Mother of Dragons.

– May 16, 2014 11:29 AM
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Idaho Debate lives on

Will this be the cold open on SNL tomorrow night? (Only someone will have to wear a fat suit because Bobby Moynihan can only play one of these guys in a live spot.)
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Chris Cillizza :

I'd love it if they did.  But that's probably too insidery for SNL to do.

– May 16, 2014 11:30 AM
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Hillary 2016

If she runs, I predict she will announce sometime between May 21-June 7 2015. That gives her about 8 months before Iowa. Thoughts on that timeline?
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Chris Cillizza :

Makes sense. No reason for her to rush into the race. She needs to find the sweet spot between looking as non political for as long as possible and giving herself enough time to effectively organize in the early states.

– May 16, 2014 11:31 AM
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Bush v Clinton

I just don't want to see these two run. It would be like watching the Spurs and Heat in the finals again. been there done that.
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Chris Cillizza :

Sure.

But guess who is probably making the Finals this year. Yeah, the Spurs and the Heat.

– May 16, 2014 11:31 AM
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I want to see a Trial by Combat...

...for future elections. Each party nominates its hero (heroine) and they let "the gods decide". What say you?
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Chris Cillizza :

If the Moon Door is somehow involved, I am ALL IN.

Also, I made a Cersei Lannister reference in Worst Week in Washington this week.

– May 16, 2014 11:31 AM
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Favorite Game of Thrones character? And why?

Littlefinger is one evil dude, but he seems to be playing at a level above everyone else.
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Chris Cillizza :

Bronn. Not close.

Also, I love me some Tywin Lannister.

– May 16, 2014 11:35 AM
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Jeb wants to chair the 2017 Republican NYC mayoral campaign

Is this something a presidential candidate actually says? Or is he just rusty?
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Chris Cillizza :

Oh, he's rusty. Look at how he handled the immigration questions when he was doing publicity for his book last year. Not so good.

– May 16, 2014 11:36 AM
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The Weekly Jeb Index

With 100 being Magic Johnson's chances of making a free throw and 0 being Don Sterling's where is Jeb's chances of running for President this week?
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Chris Cillizza :

64.

– May 16, 2014 11:36 AM
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Crystal ball

It's December 1st, 2014 and Hillary Clinton has just announced she isn't running - what happens on the Democratic side in the weeks after the announcement?
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Chris Cillizza :

Biden gets in.

Gillibrand gets in

O'Malley is prob already in

Pressure is exerted on E Warren to run.

– May 16, 2014 11:37 AM
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Wehby

The GOP's great hope in the Oregon Senate race might have a stalker issue: http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2014/05/monica_wehby_accused_of_stalki.html How damaging is this?
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Chris Cillizza :

Oh, I saw. Not so good.

– May 16, 2014 11:37 AM
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Down goes Bevin

So I guess Mitch McConnell isn't worried about the primary anymore. Does Bevin's downfall affect the landscape for the general election in KY?
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Chris Cillizza :

Bevin turned out to be a LOT less than advertised.

I am not sure it drastically alters things in the general election although Democrats would have of course liked to see Bevin land a few more body blows than he has.

The race is still a referendum on McConnell.  And he has lots of people who will not vote for him.

– May 16, 2014 11:39 AM
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Rhiannon

Why does Stevie Nicks always sing "promise to you heaven" instead of "promise you heaven"?
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Chris Cillizza :

Some questions just will never be answered.

– May 16, 2014 11:40 AM
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Mr. Tony Show

Are you officially a regular on the show now?
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Chris Cillizza :

Um, I "think" so?  I am on next Monday!

– May 16, 2014 11:41 AM
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Earwax

You do realize the person who said It's only tuesday, actually submitted the question on tuesday?
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Chris Cillizza :

Yes, yes I do. 

Now.

– May 16, 2014 11:41 AM
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NYT

If women want to be treated like men, they should expect to be fired just like them, and not treated nicely on the way out. It's actually sexist to treat them so softly, like the way you treat a kindergartener.
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Chris Cillizza :

Um....

– May 16, 2014 11:42 AM
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WWIW

Those tourists who got stuck in the elevator in the Washington Monument. They couldn't test it out first?
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Chris Cillizza :

Fix Iron Rule: Don't take elevator in national monuments. Washington Monument, St Louis Arch etc.

– May 16, 2014 11:43 AM
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Fix Jargon...

More likely to catch on: "'Zards" or "Cast Iron Conservatives"?
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Chris Cillizza :

Trevor A-Three-Za.

– May 16, 2014 11:43 AM
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Conyers

What's going on there? Did he forget how to file for his job?
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Chris Cillizza :

Read this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/05/13/wait-john-conyers-might-not-qualify-for-the-ballot-after-50-years-in-office/

– May 16, 2014 11:43 AM
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Tall odds

Which is more likely: Dems retain Senate in November, or USA makes it out of the group stage in Brazil?
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Chris Cillizza :

Dems in the Senate, definitely.

We ain't making it out of the group stage

– May 16, 2014 11:44 AM
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Mark Obenshain

Does he have a chance to get the Gov nomination in 17'?
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Chris Cillizza :

Not if Tony Kormheiser has anything to do with it.

– May 16, 2014 11:45 AM
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Pryor v Cotton

What do you attribute Pryor's lead to?
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Chris Cillizza :

1. He's run a good campaign so far

2. People know him

3. People don't know Cotton

– May 16, 2014 11:45 AM
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Game of Thrones

Who will Tyrion pick as his Champion? If he picks Jamie Lannister he knows his father will tank the match. But if Cersei gets the first pick, she may pick her brother/lover/rapist first!
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Chris Cillizza :

So, I feel like Meryn Trant is a definite to go against Tyrion. 

Another option: Both the king and Tyrion try to pick Jaime.

Or: The Hound vs the Mountain (that's WaPo editor Dan Eggen's idea)

– May 16, 2014 11:47 AM
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POLITICS & PINTS ON TOUR (OR STREAMING)

When are you going to take Politics & Pints on the road? You should seriously consider a college pub tour. It could also lend itself to a realityesque show on MSNBC that can be played at home or in bars across the country.
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Chris Cillizza :

We ARE going on the road.

Follow the Facebook page for more info!

https://www.facebook.com/politicsandpints

– May 16, 2014 11:47 AM
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education issue

I was intrigued that you picked education as one of the main issues for 2016. What did you have in mind? Universal pre-K, Race to the Top, Common Core standards, high-stakes testing, charter schools? Something college-related? Please elaborate.
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Chris Cillizza :

Any and all. It's just a ripe topic of discussion and a place where Republicans should go if they want to re-focus the party on more kitchen table issues.

– May 16, 2014 11:48 AM
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"Hillary" vs. "Clinton"

Why is she the only candidate consistently referred to by her first name in the political press, rather than her last name? Avoiding confusion with her husband? Branding? Other?
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Chris Cillizza :

I do it to keep confusion down. But I also refer to her and her husband by their full names too.

– May 16, 2014 11:49 AM
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Jay Nixon VP

He would have to be Hillary's short list along with Kaine and Warner right?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think he would be.

– May 16, 2014 11:49 AM
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NC tradition

You said on Hardball that Hagan being voted out after one term would not be surprising. Other than Dole, who are all these senators from NC voted out after only one term to the point that it creates a tradition of NC voters doing so as often or more than other states?
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Chris Cillizza :

Lauch Faircloth. Edwards left after a term.

– May 16, 2014 11:49 AM
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Mid Terms

How much trouble do you think Udall is in out in CO?
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Chris Cillizza :

A significant amount. Garnder is a very solid candidate and CO is a swing state.

That said, udall is a proven name and vote-getter in the state. And he knows he has a real race on his hands.

– May 16, 2014 11:51 AM
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Messi

Is one of the coolest things about messi is that his buy out clause is $343 million?
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Chris Cillizza :

THere are so many cool things about him. Hoping he has a good World Cup for Argentina.

– May 16, 2014 11:51 AM
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Hillary

Last year, I didn't think HRC was running. Now, it seems to me that if she was NOT running, we'd know by now. She's not going to let her beloved Democratic Party down by bailing late in the game. Or are we not at "late in the game" yet?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think she is running because she is letting people like Tim Kaine endorse the prospect of her running. Seems weird he would do that if she was definitely out or leaning out.

– May 16, 2014 11:52 AM
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Oklahoma Senate

Is TW running away with it?
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Chris Cillizza :

Not sure if he is running away with it but I think he is a slight favorite over lankford in the primary...

– May 16, 2014 11:53 AM
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Dog

My dog thinks his name is "I love you" because I say it to him so much. Have a nice day, everyone.
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Chris Cillizza :

This happened.

– May 16, 2014 11:53 AM
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Earwax

I don't care when that person posted the question, it was horribly gross.
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Chris Cillizza :

Yes, yes it was.

– May 16, 2014 11:53 AM
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Trial By Combat

I concur on the trial by combat needs to make its way into the political arena, even if a British court kept it out of parking ticket cases: (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1416262/Court-refuses-trial-by-combat.html). Who do you see from the parties who would agree to be their party's "champion"?
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Chris Cillizza :

Republicans would pick Jon Runyan. That dude is giant.

– May 16, 2014 11:54 AM
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World Cup

Grantland predicted the US would win the whole thing. We all know their word is gospel.
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Chris Cillizza :

Give me Belgium.

– May 16, 2014 11:54 AM
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Sepp Blatter

Out of roughly the 7 Billion people in the how many of them could do a better job running FIFA than Sepp?
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Chris Cillizza :

6.99999 billion. What a joke.

– May 16, 2014 11:54 AM
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World Cup group play

So you should have The Fix as a group on ESPN's fantasy game. I already signed up and made picks. Good format and it's amazing to see how tough the matchups are to predict after group play.
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Chris Cillizza :

GOOD IDEA.

Goodbye Friday afternoon.

– May 16, 2014 11:56 AM
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Tywin's not gonna pick Jamie

No one know's that he's practicing with Bronn
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Chris Cillizza :

Wouldn't Tyrion know?

– May 16, 2014 11:56 AM
Q.

Have your people talk to my people

This could be big.
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Chris Cillizza :

I agree.

Though I don't know what you are talking about.

– May 16, 2014 11:57 AM
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Copa Mundial

According to Portuguese amigos, their World Cup entry consists of Cristiano Ronaldo and a bunch of other mediocre guys, with little team cohesiveness. So perhaps the US can win that match after all.
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Chris Cillizza :

CR7 by himself may be enough to beat the US team.

– May 16, 2014 11:57 AM
Q.

Chris Cillizza :

That's all folks!

Thanks for joining me.  Remember we do this thing every Friday at 11 am. Spread the word.

 

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