The Fix Live!
Earlier today we held our first official Fix chat.
If you missed it, never fear. We'll be here all week -- literally. Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., we'll take questions from a live (online) studio audience. Bookmark the link. It'll be fun. We promise.
For those of you who weren't hip to the new schedule just yet, we've excerpted the best of the best from today's chat after the jump.
Alexandria, Va.: Chris, What's your take on New Jersey? Are the recent arrests of a number of state and local officials on corruption charges the final nail in the coffin for Gov. Corzine? Or is 4 months an eternity in politics? And how does this correlate, if at all, with President Obama's standing in the polls? Should the Rs take heart?
Chris Cillizza: Let's start with the bread and butter....
New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) was in trouble before this huge sting -- politicians AND rabbis -- last week.
He's in even more trouble now. When 40+ people are arrested in a political corruption scandal and several mayors and state Assemblyman are among the guilty, it makes people feel like all politicians are tainted.
Enter Chris Christie, the former U.S. Attorney who has based his entire campaign on his law and order credentials and outsider status.
Ultimately, this race is a referendum on Corzine and the economy -- neither of which look good at the moment. But, the sting operation is just another hurdle the incumbent will need to find a way to overcome.
Helena MT: Okay, Chris, how many Blue Dogs are in the caucus? I heard one of the conservative talk show hosts say they were going after the Blue Dogs if they don't stop health reform, and I have to say I hope GOP goes after them regardless. I might even contribute to get rid of someone like Ross from Arkansas. I just think the Democratic majority might be better off with a smaller, more unified caucus than with these conservatives whose only goal is to tick off the liberals.
Chris Cillizza: An interesting point.
In an interview yesterday with Lois Romano for the Post, Ross said he thought there were roughly 70 conservatives in the house and another 100 (or so) moderates.
There are 50 (or so) actual members of the blue dog coalition.
The truth is that Democrats 40 seat majority is large and there WIDE ideological disparities between many of its members.
As I have written though, Republicans would LOVE to have that problem.
Charlotte, NC: What is your take on the North Carolina United States Senate race? Richard Burr is not a household name according to polls but neither is North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, his most highly touted potential competitor. If Marshall gets in the race, would Kenneth Lewis and former State Senator Cal Cunningham (if he decides to run) present credible challenges to Marshall in a primary?
Chris Cillizza: North Carolina is a hard one to figure.
On the one hand, national Democrats believe that Burr is vulnerable due to a combination of the state's changing demographics and the fact that he hasn't made much of an impression on the state's voters in his first five years in office.
On the other, NO ONE seems to want to run against him. Roy Cooper, Heath Shuler, Bobby Etheridge and Mike McIntyre have all taken passes.
Could Marshall give Burr a real race? Sure. But remember that she came in a distant third in a Democratic primary when she ran for Senate earlier this decade....not exactly a strong showing to build on.
NW D.C.: Hi Chris -- On a lighter note regarding the beer meeting at the White House yesterday, I noted that the two guys who live here knew enough to take off their jackets and roll up their sleeves given our typically awful weather. Gates and Crowley looked kind of funny all buttoned up.
Chris Cillizza: Very good call. I noticed that too.
My calculation in the summer in DC: walk more than three blocks and sweat profusely.
The idea of sitting outside in that swelter last night made ME sweat.
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