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Last "Live Fix" Chat of the decade!

Looking for a way to cap your political year? What better way than spending an hour with us -- chatting live about the year that was in politics?

Starting at 11 am this morning, we will field your questions on any and everything political. You can submit questions in advance or simply throw your query out there in real time.

Be there.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 29, 2009; 10:39 AM ET
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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bsimon1, I'm a patient woman.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 29, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers asks
"any chance that suburban growth could unseat Bachmann? The rest of the country could use a break."

Odds are long this year. An up-and-coming DFLer from St Cloud (largest city in MN-6) is taking her on, but faces an uphill climb. Redistricting is a more likely cause of her departure from DC.

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 29, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Yeah like someone who communes with invisible giant spirits has any business having her red claws on the nuclear triggers.

Posted by: SeattleTop | December 29, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Bachman has suggested she might run for president, actually, if God asks her to.

Posted by: drindl | December 29, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

@margaret - I think that was addressed in today's chat. The answer was not likely.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 29, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1, any chance that suburban growth could unseat Bachmann? The rest of the country could use a break.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 29, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

FarlingtonBlade writes
"This redistricting post concentrates on shifts from one state to another. Underneath the surface, there are going to be intrastate shifts of population."

Good point. Here in MN, the state demographer says we are on the bubble for losing a seat, but that the recession may actually help us keep all the ones we have because migration is slowing.

Working from memory (and therefore potentially inaccurate), the MN districts that are losing seats are Oberstar's & Peterson's (7&8). Growing districts are the suburbs/exurbs around the metrocore, meaning Paulsen, Bachmann & Kline (2,3,6). Ellison, McCollum & Walz's districts are relatively even, for population (5,4 & 1). so whether we lose a seat or not, the districts will change.

Also, there are efforts underway to turn over the task of redistricting to a three judge panel, subject to an up-or-down vote in the Legislature. Whether that happens remains to be seen...

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 29, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

We had Unibomber, now AQ is giving us Undiebomber.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 29, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Napolitano has denied we are at war with anyone. Yet she has ordered new security procedures at airports.

Underwear will no longer be permitted in window seats for the last hour of any flights.

Bill Clinton promptly enrolled in Air Marshall school, citing a burning patriotism.

Posted by: snowbama | December 29, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse


You were so quick to agree with the "Live Fix" poster that the botched airliner bombing is just what it appears to be. How can you speak so unequivocally? President Kennedy supposedly rejected a "false flag" attack on Diem in South Vietnam. Diem ended up assassinated anyway (as did JFK). The lack of skepticism among mainstream media does not further the search for truth, justice and the American Way, IMO. Well, you did allow me to ask the question, so I have no complaints! Happy new year; some pre- New Year's Eve reading for you:


...perhaps to deflect attention from America's horrific domestic shame?


• Secret Bush legacy multi-agency federal program uses cell tower/GPS satellite microwave/laser electromagnetic radiation attack system to torture, impair, subjugate "targeted" citizens -- and oversees local "community watch" vigilante terrorism and financial sabotage campaigns.

See story at: ("Reporting" section)

Posted by: scrivener50 | December 29, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I wasn't sure which thread to post this on, so hope the double post is forgiven. This redistricting post concentrates on shifts from one state to another. Underneath the surface, there are going to be intrastate shifts of population.

For example, Virginia neither gained nor lost a seat, but NoVa has clearly gained relative importance. CC didn't think that NoVa would be gaining a seat, though some seats will be gaining more blue voters. As a second example (didn't get that one in), Texas. On the face of it, Texas gaining 4 seats sounds like a good thing for the Republicans. However, if you look at the Texas House, it's surprisingly even due to increasing urbanization (thank, Mark). So, if those Texas seats form competitive urban/suburban districts, the net change might possibly favorable for the Democrats.

The surface story is a shift from blue states in the north to red states in the south. Beneath the surface is a shift from rural to suburban/urban population.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | December 29, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I heard the Obama administration is holding an open house at the Pentagon next month. Muslim men are encouraged to attend. Be sure to wear your heavy winter coats. Normal security procedures will be suspended for reasons of inclusion. It should be a blast.

Posted by: snowbama | December 29, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

While Republicans will celebrate the botched terror attack until Fox changes the subject to the next script on Obama hatred, the country has moved on.

See you at the polls. Winning politics, like investing, is all about confidence in the future and America is choosing confidence over fear.

Look for Republicans to turn up the pitch on how very, very afraid we should all remain. Fortunately, America's lost decade is over.

Posted by: shrink2 | December 29, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

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