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The Fix took questions this morning on why Deeds lost, election hangovers, Crist vs. Rubio, DINOs and RINOs, and other assorted topics (Cillizza's new role on 'Vampire Diaries'?). Below is a taste of the conversation -- for the full dish, full of political meat and potatoes with the distinct Fix flavor, check out the full transcript of the discussion.


Fairfax, Va.: So, taking the lessons we've learn from NY-23 and looking forward, how much of a shot do you really think Rubio has going against Crist? Crist may not be the Republicans' Republican, but he's still a fairly popular governor, isn't he?

Chris Cillizza: I actually think that Rubio had already turned the primary into a real competition before NY-23.

The key moment for Rubio was when he reported raising more than $1 million in the third quarter, still well short of what Crist collected but enough to keep him within shouting distance of the governor. That financial showing proved that Rubio was in the race to stay and that he would have the money to make sure Republican primary voters knew they had an alternative to Crist.

Everything since then -- including NY-23 and Crist's unsuccessful attempts to walk back his support for the stimulus -- has been gravy.

My guess is that the Club for Growth gets involved for Rubio some time soon and, as they proved in NY-23, that means a significant financial windfall. Momentum is all on Rubio's side at the moment but Crist still has a 15-20 point lead which isn't insignificant.


Fairfax, Va.: Charlie Cook lists Boxer's seat as a "Lean Democrat." Stu Rothenberg lists her as a "Safe Democrat." Discuss.

Chris Cillizza: Terrific question.

I think I would rate the race somewhere in between Charlie and Stu.

Former HP exec Carly Fiorina is now officially in the race and while she got off to a VERY bumpy start in the runup to the campaign she should -- on paper -- present a semi-seriou challenge to Boxer.

Boxer should be safer than she is but moments like berating a witness at a Seate hearing for calling her "ma'am" rather than "Senator" tend not to sit well with some voters.

But, California if Cawlifornya and so Boxer starts with a clear edge.


Boston: From memory it seems the Dems have won almost every Congressional special election over the past few years. Is my memory correct? Any idea how many in a row and what is the longest special elect winning streak for either party?

Chris Cillizza: They have won the last five competitive special elections -- where both parties spent money -- over the last two years.

Mississippi's 1st, Louisiana's 6th and Illinois' 14th were all in 2008 and now New York's 20th and 23rd this year.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which oversees House races, deserves huge credit for that record as special elections are notoriously hard to predict with wacky turnout patterns and very low interest from voters.

By Paul Volpe  |  November 6, 2009; 12:13 PM ET
 
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Can it be any clearer that drivl and nambla have utterly destroyed this blog. Sad. What kind of life is that?

All normal posters have run off. Only the mutual moonbat admiration society remains.

Posted by: snowbama | November 7, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

It's obvious that Comrade Obama's Marxist chickens are comming home to roost, but then what do you expect from a Communist trying to impose his Communist economic policies on America.

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Yeah and all this is Obama's doing, eight years of "Republican economics" had nothing to do with it, right?

My god you are such an idiot.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 6, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Lemme see now.
*According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for:
1st Quarter 2009: Negative 1.9%
2nd Quarter 2009: Negative 3.3%
3rd Quarter 2009: Negative 3.8%
4th Quarter 2009: not released yet, but bound to be worse.

*The deficit, that the far left whined about and used as a campaign issue against Bush to get elected, is now 3 times what it was under him, and not a peep from the MSM or any of the Democrap Socialist Party slimeballs.

*Obama's 'Cash for Clunkers' program that went broke in just a few days, and was used by new car-buyers to buy primarily foreign cars.

*The unemployment number figures (released today) 10.2%, the highest in 30 years. This despite the fact that the Christmas season comming up is usually a time when there's a lot of hiring going on.
(if it's 10.2 now, I can just imagine what it'll be AFTER Christmas).

*The Bureau of Labor Statistics Report shows that 2.7 million jobs have been lost since Obama's first stimulus bill.

*Freddie Mac just posted a $5 billion dollar LOSS.

*Senior citizens and disabled Americans on Social Security are NOT GETTING any COLA (Cost of Living Ajustment) this year AND NEXT YEAR, for the first time since the 1970's when they first were given them, despite the fact that everything costs a lot more now (Comrade Obama claims not, which is a obvious lie if you actually check your grocery bills).

*Neil Barofsky, Special Inspector General for the Treasury, testifying before a Senate committee told them recently that the American taxpayers: 'Aren't likely to recover the hundreds of billions of dollars they "invested" to bail out the financial institutions, Detroit automakers and bubble-inducing homeowner programs'. He further told them that: 'While several TARP recipients have repaid funds for what was widely been reported as a 17% profit, it is extremely unlikely that the taxpayers will see a full return on it's TARP investment'.

It's obvious that Comrade Obama's Marxist chickens are comming home to roost, but then what do you expect from a Communist trying to impose his Communist economic policies on America.

Posted by: armpeg | November 6, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

Sp let me get this straight, leapin ... you're cool with living in the wealthiest nation in the world and nevertheless having a sixth of the population with no recourse but the emergency room for medical care.

That marks you in my estimation as having despicable morals.

If we can pay for two vanity wars we didn't need to fight then we can pay for medical care for all our citizens.

After all, plenty of European nations manage it. Are they better than we are? "Socialism" (sic) and all?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 6, 2009 5:58 PM | Report abuse

leapin, I think that if the Government decides to open the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plans to uninsured citizens across the country you wil find that many of the uninsured will be able to pay for coverage themselves.

http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/planinfo/index.asp If you go to the above link you wil see the programs offered to Federal employees across the country.

When an uninsured person gets quotes from insurance companies for coverage they are huge (self-employed neighbors pay 16 to 22K a year and can be dropped at any time). FEHB has done a lot of negotiating with insurance companies. That means that when I go to choose a policy for my family of 4 I am looking at less than $600 a month (that's my premium of $180 and my employer share (Uncle Sam) of $370). And it can't be cancelled and they cover all pre-existing conditions.

Anyone can see that many more people would be able to pay for their own insurance if it was $550 a month, not $1600 a month. I hope the Feds choose FEHB as their public option. It works well for me and my family -- and it's the same system congress uses.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | November 6, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"Gee, you should try being among the millions of middle-class people in this country who can't afford health insurance or any healthcare at all. You want to talk about waiting? You wait -- forever."

How are they going to pay for ObamaRhama care then?

Posted by: leapin | November 6, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

'I agree we should take care of our broken bones NOW as it will be hard devising a proper homemade cast while waiting for an ObamaRhama care appointment'

Gee, you should try being among the millions of middle-class people in this country who can't afford health insurance or any healthcare at all. You want to talk about waiting? You wait -- forever.

Posted by: drindl | November 6, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse


“Well your guys had your shot running the store and all they could do was try to burn it down. The adults are charge now, so why don't you guys go find a nice solid wall and punch it until every bone in your hand is broken.”

I agree we should take care of our broken bones NOW as it will be hard devising a proper homemade cast while waiting for an ObamaRhama care appointment. As since you are the daddy now how come you are running up the credit card. Daddy how long will it take to pay trillions? Daddy will I have to pay out of my allowance? Is this really an adult thing to do to your family?

Posted by: leapin | November 6, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

So you believe in the supernatural?

Ghosts, spirits, God?

Yes, Obama mmm...mmm..mmm

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Well your guys had your shot running the store and all they could do was try to burn it down. The adults are charge now, so why don't you guys go find a nice solid wall and punch it until every bone in your hand is broken.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 6, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

So you believe in the supernatural?

Ghosts, spirits, God?

Yes, Obama mmm...mmm..mmm

Posted by: leapin | November 6, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

I believe the correct spelling is Demoncrap.

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So you believe in the supernatural?

Ghosts, spirits, God?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 6, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I believe the correct spelling is Demoncrap.

Posted by: leapin | November 6, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Like Shakespeare once said, 'a rose by any other name is still a rose'.

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"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet"
-- "Romeo and Juliet" (1594)

How unsurprising that you can't even get a simple quote right

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 6, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Today's Democrat Party is not the same as the Democrat Party of Truman, JFK, or even Lyndon Johnson

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And today's GOP doesn't have much to do with Lincoln or Goldwater.

Since you're so red-faced with rage why should anyone take your opinions seriously? You're a figure of fun.

"Democrap," now there's an indication of maturity. How old are you, twelve?

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 6, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1:

Sweet! Joey Lombard got 439 1st choice votes -- almost 1%. Looks like y'all had about 20% turnout though. Must be the Franken/Coleman hangover.

Posted by: mnteng | November 6, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1 2:52 PM notes that there were 11 people on the ballot for mayor of Minneapolis this year, and none were listed as 'democrap socialist party' or 'commies'.
You're right bsimon1, because nobody would call themselves that. It's what they really are though. I can call myself the King of the USA, but that doesn't make it true. Today's Democrat Party is not the same as the Democrat Party of Truman, JFK, or even Lyndon Johnson, they've morphed into a Communist-USA Party with the same goals. From each according to his ability, to each according to his need, describes exactly what Comrade Obama and the NEW Democrap Socialist Party are doing. Like Shakespeare once said, 'a rose by any other name is still a rose'.

Posted by: armpeg | November 6, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Wonder how long it will take the DP to realize that voters don't want neocom statist jerks elected to national office.
My guess is that they have at least two more losing presidentials to go before they decide that having any repeat ANY influence on policy is a tad more important than ideological commitment to their 1917 brand of intolerance and their totally nutty ideas about free lunch money.

Posted by: leapin | November 6, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Aw, Gat, I almost feel sorry for armpit. it must be hard going through life that angry and stupid every minute.

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Peg is so enraged all the time he's probably going to die of a cerebral hemorrhage before he's eighteen.

I don't feel sorry for him. Frankly I wish all these über-right-wing screamers would go down the drain in green cancer piss and good riddance.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 6, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

They appear to be going after Whitman, too, Andy. That surprised me. But she apparently flunked a litmus test.

I thought this was telling...

"When it's a choice between strengthening the Patriot Act, or showing up for the Tea Party Patriots, what's a GOP lawmaker to do? We'll give you one guess...

Several Republican members of Congress yesterday blew off votes on the signature anti-terror legislation of the post 9/11 era to attend Michele Bachmann's Tea Party rally against health-care reform.

Reps. Steve King of Iowa, Trent Franks of Arizona, Randy Forbes of Virginia, Jim Jordan of Ohio, and Louie Gohmert and Ted Poe of Texas all took time out yesterday for the "Super Bowl of Freedom," as Bachmann has called it. And all missed votes in the House Judiciary committee on Republican-sponsored amendments to the reauthorization of the Patriot Act -- measures that would have toughened the Act, but narrowly failed. Those votes took place, a committee staffer confirmed, between noon and two -- the very time when Republican lawmakers were rallying the Tea Party troops on the Capitol steps.

One measure, offered by Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the ranking Republican on the committee, failed to pass by a single vote, 15-15. Reps. King and Gohmert were absent.

Another, offered by Rep. Dan Lundgren (R-CA), failed by a vote of 11 to 8. Reps. King, Gohmert, Jordan, and Poe were all missing.

And a third, brought by Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL), which would have bolstered the ability of local law enforcement to use a device that records phone numbers from a particular phone, failed by 12 to 10, with King, Gohmert, Jordan, Poe, and Franks all absent. '

Posted by: drindl | November 6, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Aw, Gat, I almost feel sorry for armpit. it must be hard going through life that angry and stupid every minute.

Posted by: drindl | November 6, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

armpeg writes
"While the Comrade Obama worshippers and the Democrap Socialist Party (actually nothing more than the new Communist Party USA) are ..."

We had 11 people on the ballot for mayor of Minneapolis this year, due to the implementation of instant runoff / ranked-choice voting. I couldn't find a single candidate running under the 'democrap socialist' party, or the Commies, for that matter. There was a guy running for the 'is Awesome' party though. That was kindof... awesome.

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2009/11/the_awesome_candidate.shtml


Also of note: John Charles Wilson of the 'Edgertonite National Party' thinks Laura Ingalls Wilder is God. For real.

Why the Fix never profiled this race will forever remain a mystery.


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Posted by: bsimon1 | November 6, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I know - lets let the market solve this problem.

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And if a few dozen million people die then that's the best of all possible worlds! The marketplace CAN'T be wrong it's simply IMPOSSIBLE!!

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 6, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Fiorina isn't going anywhere, especially if the far right come out in force in the primary.

Bsimon, Pawlenty reminds me more and more of a guy who is dating a girl way out of his league and because of that has been thrust into the popular crowd. He tries to talk the talk and act the part, but everyone knows that as soon as she comes to her senses and dumps his butt for the stud he will quickly fall into obscurity again.

Posted by: AndyR3 | November 6, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

While the Comrade Obama worshippers and the Democrap Socialist Party (actually nothing more than the new Communist Party USA)

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shut up and go away you damned idiot

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 6, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

While the Comrade Obama worshippers and the Democrap Socialist Party (actually nothing more than the new Communist Party USA) are gleefully pointing to NY 23 as a big, big win in an election year they got the floor wiped in (because it was held by a Republican), NY 23 was Represented by Mike McNulty, a Democrap Socialist, just 2 years ago. Although NY 23 was re-districted right after his term, NY 23's lines were still 80% or so as it was.
The Democrap Socialists who've been telling everybody that this was a Republican seat for a 100 years are lying, which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, because that's what they always do. They've learned their lessons from the Nazi propaganda machine well that if you tell a lie often enough, it'll be believed.

Posted by: armpeg | November 6, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Rounding out Pawlenty's less-than-stellar week, he comes in on the wrong side of a fact check. This time, its a partisan attack on the availability of the H1N1 vaccine:

http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2009/11/fact_check_pawl.shtml

"Pawlenty is correct that the federal government did promise as many as 120 million doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine. But he's incorrect in suggesting that the federal government is responsible for manufacturing the vaccine. That falls on private drug companies."


Hey, I know - lets let the market solve this problem.


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Posted by: bsimon1 | November 6, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"Former HP exec Carly Fiorina is now officially in the race and while she got off to a VERY bumpy start in the runup to the campaign she should -- on paper -- present a semi-seriou challenge to Boxer."

Interesting that CC is not mentioning that the rightwingers are going after Fiorina. However, she is backed by several R Senators,like McCain, Snowe and Collins, and i think Graham, who are being derided by the Palin/Limbaugh wing as RINOs. The civil war has begun.

'DeMint announced last night his Senate Conservatives Fund was endorsing state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore over former Hewlett Packard chief Carly Fiorina. The group supports only "rock solid" conservatives, organizers told supporters on a conference call last night as election results came in.'


Posted by: drindl | November 6, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Wonder how long it will take the GOP to realize that voters don't want social-conservative jerks elected to national office.

My guess is that they have at least two more losing presidentials to go before they decide that having any repeat ANY influence on policy is a tad more important that ideological commitment to their 18th century brand of intolerance and their totally nutty ideas about money.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | November 6, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

For question #3 a fuller answer would be that in the last 2 years there have been 12 special elections for seats i the House of Representatives. Only ONE of those races has been won by a Republican.

Yes, the DCCC and the voting public are doing a great job.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | November 6, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Chris C, since you hoped for this...

Your attitude was very unappealing.

Posted by: DDAWD | November 6, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

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