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Live Fix: Texas governor's race, Mass. special election and more!

We spent an hour this morning chatting live with Fixistas -- on topics ranging from the primary battle between Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R), the upcoming Senate special election in Massachusetts and our ongoing quest to get Bill Simmons aka the "Sports Guy" to refer to us as the "homeless man's Bill Simmons".

A few of our favorite questions and answers are below. You can check out the full transcript here.

Boston: Does Martha win on Tuesday?

Chris Cillizza: Yes. If by Martha, you mean Martha Coakley, the Attorney General of Massachusetts who is running in the special election to replace the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

(If you were talking about Martha Stewart, she wins EVERY DAY.)

Coakley hasn't really been challenged in the Democratic primary that concludes on Tuesday. She started the race with the most money and the best name recognition and has avoided the sort of major mistake that would turn those advantages against her.

Rep. Mike Capuano has run a good campaign -- and appears to be a quality candidate in every respect -- but he's not likely to catch Coakley.

And, if Coakley is the nominee, she is nearly certain to roll over state Sen. Scott Brown (R) in the Jan. 19 special general election and claim the seat.

A remarkably ho-hum race given the (or my) high expectations for it.

Dallas, Tex.: Which opponent do you think gives Bill White the best chance of winning in Texas -- Perry or KBH? Give me your insight on this ever complicated race, oh Fixated one ...

Chris Cillizza: Let's start with the political news of the day...the mayor of Houston, Bill White, is switching from the Senate race to the governors race.

White gives Democrats a legitimate chance of winning the Texas governorship next year, a prospect that was unimaginable as recently as a few weeks ago.

White's decision to switch is likely do to his belief that Gov. Rick Perry is going to beat Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the primary next March. Perry's numbers in a general election are far weaker than KBH's and even some Republicans are concerned that a Perry-White general election might be a tougher than expected race.

It's Texas so Republicans still have to be favored but White's candidacy make the governors race a whole lot more interesting.

Charlottesville, Va.: When I saw Raj Goyle and his wife's name on the guest list for White House State Dinner, I thought of youu.

Chris Cillizza: As well you should. Now that I have accomplished the Raj Goyle=Live Fix chat goal, I am moving on to my larger aim: getting Bill Simmons to refer to me as "the homeless man's Bill Simmons" in his column.

Let's go people. We can do this! Yes we can! Yes we can! Si se puede!

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 4, 2009; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Fix Notes  
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"yes one can."

The impersonal is antiquated in English, we should restore it. But the translation was supposed to from "yes we can."

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 7, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Since we are doing grammar, spelling and translation corrections today, it might be worth pointing out that, while Gold&Tanz is correct about the literal translation ("Si lo podemos" = "yes, we can do it"), the idiom "Si se puede" (or "yes, it can be done") is more commonly used.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | December 7, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

If Perry wins the GOP nomination, there's a more than good chance TX could elect a Democratic governor. The TX GOP is definitely conservative, but TX is not as red as it once was. As Houston's mayor, White has been very popular. If he can tap into the Hispanic vote - which runs very blue in TX - TX very well could defeat Perry.

Posted by: GordonsGirl | December 7, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Progressive Liberals Creating a Diabolical Society
Also google Boston Children's Hospital Sex Change Clinic
Also google You're Teaching My Child What?
Also Planned Parenthood
Also MFIeForce(
Also CitizensforCommunityvalues(

This so called health care bill covers sex change surgeries, they start at $25.000.

Posted by: boski66 | December 7, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

"White's decision to switch is likely do to his belief.."

"do" should be "due"

Posted by: Jindal2012 | December 6, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

"I love how the media tries to find anything in terms of good news for the Dems. in 2010. "

Notes from the Alternate Universe. These people live in a place completely divorced from objective reality.

Posted by: drindl | December 5, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

BroadwayJoe, post of the year! I'd like to add: outlay the dollar and return Texas to the gold standard; mandatory gun laws for kids and women in the kitchen laws

Posted by: Muley63 | December 5, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

By the time KBH and Perry finish out Palinating each other, White should be a shoe-in. Whichever GOPer wins the primary, the final platform's may include: mile high borders with Mexico, Texas secession, segregated water fountains, a war on chlorinated water, an end to multiculturalism, million dollar state subsidies for the Kl-, er, Minutemen, and an initiative to rid the Sewer Department of commies and socialists.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | December 5, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I love how the media tries to find anything in terms of good news for the Dems. in 2010. The good news for the country is that Harry Reid will be booted out of office and Obama will face a lot more Republicans in Washington next year. I doubt that Texas will elect a liberal mayor from Houston. Have you ever been to Southeast Texas?

Posted by: kenpasadena | December 4, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse


"flamer" is so 1970s.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 4, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

The loser flaming usurper has siezed the thread for the duration. Staring at the screen. Hoping for her first friend.

Posted by: snowbama | December 4, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

(If you were talking about Martha Stewart, she wins EVERY DAY.)


Come on, Chris.

Periods go outside parentheses.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 4, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: shrink2 | December 4, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"Si lo podemos"

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | December 4, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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