The Live Fix!
Another Friday, another "Live Fix" chat in the books.
(Don't know about the Live Fix? Get out from under that pile of coats and sign on every Friday at 11 a.m. for an hour of political q and a -- with a little music, field hockey and coffee talk thrown in.)
You can find the full chat transcript here. Below are our two favorite questions (and answers) from today's discussion:
Chicago: [Frank] Lautenberg and [Bob] Torricelli [of New Jersey] famously did not get along. What Senate delegation would you say has the most in-fighting? Which duo gets along really well?
Chris Cillizza: This is a GREAT question that deserves -- and will get -- its own Fix post in the near future.
There is no correct duo in the Senate that matches the utter disdain (hatred?) that Torricelli and Lautenberg had for one another. (Especially fascinating since they were both Democrats so the disagreement were totally personal rather than political.)
Mary Landrieu and David Vitter (of Louisiana) aren't particularly close and I can't imagine relations are great between Roland Burris and Dick Durbin given that Durbin endorsed against Burris while the incumbent was still weighing whether to run for a full term in 2010. There is always talk that Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe don't see eye to eye but it never seeps into public (unfortunately) so it's hard to know if that is just rumor or whether there is some truth there.
Like I said, LOTS of fodder here....working on Fix post [on it] as we speak...
Poplar Bluff, Mo.: Chris, thanks for the chat. I was surprised to read that President Obama has asked a sitting governor (David Paterson) not to run for re-election. Is the President in danger of alienating state politicos for his hands-on policy of selecting candidates to run for public office on the state level?
Chris Cillizza: He "might" be but it seems pretty clear that it was the state politicos who pushed the White House to intervene.
There is serious concern about New York pols that have a governor with a job approval rating of 20 percent leading their ticket in 2010 could be a recipe for downballot disaster.
The White House would never -- we repeat, never -- have tried to gently nudge Paterson out unless influential state politicians had signed off on such a move.
In the short term, the intervention has angered Paterson and led him to insist he will run. But, with the White House on the record as opposed to him running in 2010, it is likely to make raising money VERY difficult for Paterson -- not to mention serve as encouragement to state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to run.
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