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August 29, 2014

11:05
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 :

Good morning everyone!

I'm getting ready to head out for the kickoff weekend of the Catholic University field hockey season down in Ashland, Virginia tonight but BEFORE that happens, let's chat!

Q.

WWIW

We will have sunk to a new low if the president's suit is WWIW, no ?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

It's not.

– August 29, 2014 11:05 AM
Q.

WWIW

Does Mary Landrieu qualify since it appears she lives in Washington?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Getting warm.

– August 29, 2014 11:05 AM
Q.

Chuck Todd Button

The Chuck Todd button was amazing! Now I'm waiting for a "Ralph Wiggum for President" button.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Thanks! For those of you who don't know, today is Chuck Todd's last day as host of the Daily Rundown before he moves on to host Meet The Press.

I was thrilled to have a chance to participate in it.  And, yes, I wore a Chuck Todd button.

– August 29, 2014 11:06 AM
Q.

Mary Landrieu

It seems like she has some issues to deal with. They are minor ones, but those things add up over time. She is already vulnerable, but will she be hurt by these issues?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think this "where does she live" thing (read story here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/landrieu-claims-parents-home-as-her-own-raising-questions-of-louisiana-residency/2014/08/28/423d8552-2e08-11e4-9b98-848790384093_story.html) is a distraction she doesn't need.

She is running for reelection in a state that tilts Republicans. It doesn't look like a great year for Democrats nationally. And Landrieu has never won with more than 52%. 

So this is a complication she doesn't need.

– August 29, 2014 11:08 AM
Q.

Legacy win

More likely family name to hold on-Begich or Pryor? I'm leaning Pryor. Agree?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I think Begich.  Democrats feel very good about where he is.  Republicans admit he looks pretty strong.

– August 29, 2014 11:08 AM
Q.

Worst Week in Washington

Isn't time to rename the award in honor of Barack Obama? Kind of like the Vince Lombardi trophy...
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Chris Cillizza :

We almost named it the Anthony Weiner award for a period when he won 5 weeks in a row. That's a record that may never be broken.

– August 29, 2014 11:09 AM
Q.

Mary Landrieu

Is this the year that she runs out of luck?
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Chris Cillizza :

I think it's her toughest race, yes.

– August 29, 2014 11:09 AM
Q.

North Carolina

The polls for the Senate race seem to be all over the place. How do you rate the race, a toss up or is it leaning in one direction.
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Chris Cillizza :

Very close.  I think it will be the race that decides whether Republicans retake the majority or not.

– August 29, 2014 11:09 AM
Q.

First things First

What are you Drinking? Where are you Posting? What's the soundtrack? Who is Coach Fix playing this week?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Already put a way a grade mocha this AM.

Listening to Josh Ritter.

At the Fix home HQ

Mrs. Fix's Catholic U Cardinals take on Randolph Macon tonight at 6 pm and then Denison University on Sunday.

I will be the guy in the stands ranting about the referees.

– August 29, 2014 11:10 AM
Q.

Suit-Up

I know we usually grouse about your checkered shirts, but that is nothing compared to a tan suit!
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I still think Obama should have gone full second term president mode and rolled up in a seersucker suit.

– August 29, 2014 11:11 AM
Q.

Decision 2014

The most important race of the year will not take place on November 4th. It will happen on October 27th, when the citizens of Toronto have the chance to do the right thing and return Rob Ford to his rightful thrown.
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Chris Cillizza :

Rob Ford, king of the Andals and the First Men...

– August 29, 2014 11:11 AM
Q.

PSL

It came early this year, did you get one yet? I feel like I can only get one when there's a little chill in the air, and by the time I'm ready in a day to get one, it's sunny and warm... I'm thinking Mid-September for the first one here.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Agree. I need a crisp morning to pull the trigger. Once I open Pumpkindora's box, however, look out.

– August 29, 2014 11:13 AM
Q.

WWIW Nominee

Maureen McDonnell. Not only did her husband throw her under the bus, but he backed up and ran her over again and again!
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Chris Cillizza :

I feel like the McDonnells could win every week.

– August 29, 2014 11:13 AM
Q.

Greetings from Punta Cana!

I love these live chats so much, I had to tune in while on vacation in the DR. I get the feeling that you hate answering questions about polling, but things do seem to be all over the map of late. Fox News has Democrats +7 on the generic congressional ballot? Do you think these types of results are just statistical noise, or do pollsters intentionally manipulate results to strike terror into their respective bases?
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Chris Cillizza :

LOVE your commitment!

I think there's a lot of noise out there right now. Partisans are seizing on whatever data makes their point.

I think what we know is that the election looks marginally goof for Republicans but that there doesn't look to be a wave building just yet.

– August 29, 2014 11:14 AM
Q.

WWIW Nominee

Airline Passengers without the "Knee Defender"
A.
Chris Cillizza :

The Fix father in law is a BIG believer in the knee defender. BIG.

– August 29, 2014 11:15 AM
Q.

TDR

Do you know who will be the new TDR host?
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Chris Cillizza :

I don't!

– August 29, 2014 11:15 AM
Q.

MTP

Can we expect to see you on Meet The Press now that Chuck Todd is doing hosting duties?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I hope so! But that's up to Chuck.  I mean, I DID wear a Chuck button this morning....I also loaned him $5 about 10 years ago....just saying...

– August 29, 2014 11:16 AM
Q.

WWIW

Bob Mcdonnell, after this trial he kind of reminds me of Warden Norton from Shawshank Redemption. Clean to the outside world corrupt on the inside.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Who is the Andy Dufresne character?

– August 29, 2014 11:17 AM
Q.

Rob Ford

Ford More Years!!! He has to win!!
A.
Chris Cillizza :

http://ballastmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/h0s0F2.gif

– August 29, 2014 11:17 AM
Q.

Vegas

Will be going to Vegas in two weeks. Any thoughts of what I should do while I am there?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

See a show! Underrated part of Vegas.

– August 29, 2014 11:18 AM
Q.

WWIW

Andrew Cuomo?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Not a very good week. But he's not in Washington!

– August 29, 2014 11:18 AM
Q.

Obama's Suit

I'm the opposite of a fan of the president, but the suit was very good. It's steamy in Washington this time of year, so even though he's on a millionaire's estate where it's cool, he looks good pretending to be suffering like the rest of us.
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Chris Cillizza :

I still believe in a place called Taupe.

– August 29, 2014 11:18 AM
Q.

"Gaffe"

"We don't have a strategy yet" was an answer to a question about getting Congress on board. This is political journalism at its worst.
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Chris Cillizza :

Well, what Obama says matters.

Read this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/08/29/why-obamas-we-dont-have-a-strategy-gaffe-stings

– August 29, 2014 11:19 AM
Q.

Fanny Pack

Is everyone at the Fix mandated to wear a fanny pack, ala The Rock?
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Chris Cillizza :

No comment.

Let's just say there are a LOT of rules.

Rule #1: Do NOT make eye contact with Chris.

– August 29, 2014 11:21 AM
Q.

Wave?

There doesn't appear to be a safe democratic senator or governor in any even slightly swing-y state: Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Colorado, incumbent democratic senators and governors all seem to have single-digit leads at best. How close are we to seeing a third consecutive wave election?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Not sure I see MN or CO moving toward Republicans. NH looks a little closer.

As for a wave, I don't see it. Yet.

– August 29, 2014 11:22 AM
Q.

WWIW Nominee

Pres. Obama's Tailor. What's with that ill-fitting Tan Suit?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

He's a thin dude. 

– August 29, 2014 11:22 AM
Q.

Fla Governor Race

How do things look after the primary? Who got more votes?
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Chris Cillizza :

It's close. I think Scott has a slight lead.  He is spending HUGE money on TV bashing Crist.

– August 29, 2014 11:23 AM
Q.

Just wonderin'

You are extremely quick-witted in your replies to the chat questions. Are you like that in real life conversation, too?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Uh, what?

– August 29, 2014 11:24 AM
Q.

Best News

Best News next week is the return of the one and only Mr. Tony.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

The Orange One's return is indeed cause for celebration. 

If you missed it: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/dc-sports-bog/wp/2014/08/26/tony-kornheiser-show-will-return-to-espn-980-on-sept-2-and-the-podcast-delay-might-soon-go-away/

– August 29, 2014 11:25 AM
Q.

CO Senate Race

Since you think NC could decide the senate, I assume you think CO is at lease leaning to Udall?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Yes. I think the "personhood" stuff really hurts Cory Gardner with women in the suburbs of Denver, which is the group he has to win to win the race.

I think Senate control prob comes down to NC or IA.

– August 29, 2014 11:26 AM
Q.

The Fix father in law

Do you just call him Fix-FIL for short? How's Fix. Jr's soccer team?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Good idea. Will do so from now on.

Team hasn't formed yet. Working the transfer window right now...

– August 29, 2014 11:26 AM
Q.

Reclining Seats

Expecting passengers to not recline seats that recline is like expecting patients to not look at magazines put in the waiting room. That's what they're there for.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I NEVER recline. And I am 6'2".

– August 29, 2014 11:27 AM
Q.

The Glorious EPL

Top 4 prediction. Go.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

In order

City

Chelsea

Arsenal

Spurs

– August 29, 2014 11:27 AM
Q.

Worst Week

Harry Reid, public officials probably should avoid making "Wong" jokes to an Asian audience.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

That was last week though...

– August 29, 2014 11:28 AM
Q.

WWIW Nominee

Has David Gregory won this yet?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Yes. Last week.

– August 29, 2014 11:28 AM
Q.

Seersucker!

Yes! LORL
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I don't know what the "R" is for.

– August 29, 2014 11:28 AM
Q.

Go Yellowjackets!

We may lose the field hockey game, but at least one of our professors will be in Congress! Will you be seeking out Brat or Trammell? (Not a good sign for Trammell that as a self-proclaimed politically engaged liberal, I still had to Google his name.)
A.
Chris Cillizza :

True!

They should change the team mascot to "The Fighting Dave Brats".

– August 29, 2014 11:28 AM
Q.

What is a wave?

Is a wave election one where one party's supporters come out in force or the other party's supporters stay home or both?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Where national issues dominate local ones and one side wins basically all of the swing seats.

– August 29, 2014 11:29 AM
Q.

A Record ?

Is there a record for the number of responses in an hour for Fix Live? For WaPO chats ? Surely , you must hold it.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I like to think I embody the  phrase "quantity over quality".

– August 29, 2014 11:29 AM
Q.

I still believe in a place called Taupe.

This is why Chuck Todd isn't going to invite you on his show ... that and he doesn't want to pay you back that $5.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Fair.

– August 29, 2014 11:30 AM
Q.

Chuck Todd

With chats you've had with Mr. Todd, what changes do you expect him to bring to MTP? We've seen This Week move towards a "news magazine" format and see some success with audiences, do you expect him to embrace that tactic at all?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

I don't know (we haven't talked about it.) But I am really excited to see what he cooks up!

– August 29, 2014 11:31 AM
Q.

re: Fix Jr.'s soccer

You should see whether they can get a match in with Man U before relegation. Good to limber up, you know?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

True. Also nice to start the season with an easy win.

– August 29, 2014 11:32 AM
Q.

2016 FL Senate

It is way early but could you envision Marco Rubio getting a tough race?
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Chris Cillizza :

Could? Sure. But it speaks to the weakness of the Democratic bench in florida that a guy who was the REPUBLICAN governor of the state four years ago as their nominee for governor this time around.

– August 29, 2014 11:33 AM
Q.

WWIW

The guy responsible for finding the "Soup of the Day" on the Daily RUndown because he's out of a job?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

People who know soup will ALWAYS find work.

– August 29, 2014 11:33 AM
Q.

Decline To Recline?

Do you not recline because you think it's wrong to recline? Passengers trying to rest, sleep , stretch....need to recline.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Because 3 inches of reclining doesn't give me any better chance of relaxing or sleeping and it almost certainly inconveniences the person behind me.

– August 29, 2014 11:34 AM
Q.

Chuck Todd

The best way to get on MTP is to tweet how much you love the Miami Hurricanes 24/7.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

THE U!

– August 29, 2014 11:34 AM
Q.

Worst Week

Worst Week should go to the President for that Press conference with no strategy for ISIS.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Not one of his best moments. 

He did win the "honor" last week. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/who-had-the-worst-week-in-washington-the-vacationing-president-obama/2014/08/22/8cbabec2-296e-11e4-86ca-6f03cbd15c1a_story.html

– August 29, 2014 11:36 AM
Q.

The usual questions

So where are you? what you wearing and what you drinking? And can you wish me a happy birthday too?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Happy Birthday!

I got you this: http://i.perezhilton.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/30-rock-gif-30(1).gif

– August 29, 2014 11:38 AM
Q.

More likely to happen

Tom Corbett wins re-election or you eat a sandwich with mayonnaise on it?
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Chris Cillizza :

Mayo. Not close. I did it recently. I was SO hungry (it was like 3 pm) and I went to Potbelly. Italian with mustard and hot peppers. Except they put mayo and hot peppers. I ate it anyway. Gagged twice.

– August 29, 2014 11:39 AM
Q.

LORL

Real
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Laughing Out Real Loud?

– August 29, 2014 11:40 AM
Q.

PRedictions

"As for a wave, I don't see it. Yet." Way to go out on a limb there....
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Maybe I am not far enough forward on my surfboard.

– August 29, 2014 11:40 AM
Q.

RE: PSL

Drinking one right now. It doesn't taste right to do have one before my alma mater kicks off its football season.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Agree. I need a daytime temperature in the 50s before I break the seal.

– August 29, 2014 11:41 AM
Q.

MiB or MTP

If you had to choose between consistent contributor status to Men in Blazers or Meet the Press, which would it be. #NotInTheFace #COYG
A.
Chris Cillizza :

This question scored too soon.

– August 29, 2014 11:42 AM
Q.

I'm 6-5 and I don't recline

Because I'm not a boor. Bore, maybe.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Totally agree.

– August 29, 2014 11:43 AM
Q.

The House

So do you have a guess on how many seats will be gained lost by both parties?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Republicans gain between 5-10.

– August 29, 2014 11:44 AM
Q.

The Fix

So...you think that all airline seats should be retro-fitted...so as not to recline?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Yes.

– August 29, 2014 11:44 AM
Q.

Human Rights

So you're against the right to recline?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Strongly.  And against people who stand to work at their desks. 

– August 29, 2014 11:45 AM
Q.

Wendy Davis

Talk about a candidacy that went kaput.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Yeah, hasn't panned out. But it was always a very tough race.

– August 29, 2014 11:45 AM
Q.

Nicknames

How did you come to be called The Fix?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

This is an origin myth that will be covered in the "Behind the Music" special on The Fix.

– August 29, 2014 11:46 AM
Q.

Michelle Nunn

Seriously, does she think that claiming that she maybe perhaps I'll-think-about-it "won't vote" for Harry Reid for Speaker when the vote is SECRET is going to sway voters?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Yeah, it won't.

– August 29, 2014 11:46 AM
Q.

?

How do you choose which questions to take?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

A VERY complicated formula.  Lots of math.

– August 29, 2014 11:46 AM
Q.

Air Rage

So what's going through your head when the person in front of you reclines?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

SERENITY NOW SERENITY NOW SERENITY NOW

– August 29, 2014 11:48 AM
Q.

WWIW

Anybody working on "House of Cards" because they were shut out of the Emmys
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Well, it's a terrible show so...

– August 29, 2014 11:49 AM
Q.

Do You Speak For All?

The seats recline. Passengers can decide to recline or not. Are you trying to deny them the right to make that decision?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

No. I am just saying I don't recline. And no one else should either.

– August 29, 2014 11:49 AM
Q.

standing desks

are all the rage at my workplace, what's your beef with it, looks? practicality?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Mostly the assumed sanctimony.

– August 29, 2014 11:50 AM
Q.

Personal Knee Protection

Being 6-5/295, I always just lean down and ask the person in front of me to do me a favor. After looking all the way up into my cold dead eyes, they're usually inclined to stay unreclined.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Well said.

– August 29, 2014 11:50 AM
Q.

CO and CT Gov Races

Which incumbent is more likely to lose?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Malloy in CT.

– August 29, 2014 11:50 AM
Q.

tan suit

problem wasn't the fit as much as the color just washes him out, made him look haggard IMO.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Read this from Robin Givhan, the WaPo fashion critic, on the suit: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/08/28/nation-distracted-by-presidents-tan-suit/

– August 29, 2014 11:52 AM
Q.

Senate

So which states are def flipping from D to R in November?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Montana

South Dakota

West Virginia

I think the next two most likely are Louisiana and Arkansas.

– August 29, 2014 11:52 AM
Q.

Simple Solution

When the person in front of you reclines....you can simply recline your own seat. That way all are more comfortable.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

And then the person behind me gets screwed.

– August 29, 2014 11:52 AM
Q.

Reclining airline seats

A pestilence. With only 27 inches per passenger or whatever the dratted figure is, it is simple human consideration not to encroach on others' space. I also do not like finding crumbs left in the butter dish.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

We can rise up!

– August 29, 2014 11:54 AM
Q.

What breed of cat?

Do you think of yourself as a digital journalist or a print journalist? Or the King of All Media?
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Just plain journalist.

Also, I don't like cats.

– August 29, 2014 11:54 AM
Q.

A Wave

The person behind you can also recline.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

But what about that poor person sitting at the back near the bathroom?

Also, another flying pet peeve: People who put that gross air blower on. Just blowing germs all over yourself and your seatmates.

– August 29, 2014 11:57 AM
Q.

Seriously!

Who in their right mind puts mustard on an Italian sandwich? No wonder Potbelly's screwed up the order. The order was wrong wrong wrong in the first place.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

But mayo?!

– August 29, 2014 11:57 AM
Q.

The worst people

are the ones who recline AND don't put the seat backs up when the flight attendants tell them to just before landing.
A.
Chris Cillizza :

Yes. Those are the people to whom the regular rules don't apply. They're the best.

– August 29, 2014 11:57 AM
Q.

Chris Cillizza :

While this "recline or don't recline" debate could continue ad infinitum, I need to end the chat. Got to get on the road -- and get my face painted -- in advance of the Catholic field hockey game tonight.

Have a great long weekend and GO CARDINALS!

Chris

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