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"Live Fix" chat: Of Charlie Crist, Lexi Giannoulias and "Friday Night Lights"

Earlier today we spent an hour answering reader questions on topics ranging from Senate races in Florida and Illinois to the return of "Friday Night Lights" aka the greatest show on television.

We call it the "Live Fix" and it goes down every Friday from 11 am to noon. A few of our favorite questions and answers from today's chat are below. You can read the whole shebang here.

Q: IL Senate
So, is Alexi done today if the Broadway bank goes under this afternoon? Will he ask to be removed from the ballot...stay on the ballot and lose, or pull it off? Will any of this hurt Senator Durbin one of his biggest supporters?

A. Chris Cillizza
If or, maybe more accurately, when Broadway Bank fails, it is going to be a major problem for Lexi.

It's not unexpected -- the bank has been in serious financial difficulty for months -- but the political fallout from when it actually goes down is hard to gauge.

Giannoulias and his team are likely to admit mistakes and try to move on. It's not clear whether that strategy will work as Rep. Mark Kirk and national Republicans will do everything they can to keep the story in the news for as long as possible.

Watch to see how the White House reacts. Remember that this is the seat that President Obama held. Despite that, the WH has been largely hands-off in the contest since their recruiting effort of state AG Lisa Madigan (a Hoya!) failed.

How the WH reacts to the bank news could well determine whether Lexi's political fate.

Q: What did [Crist] ever do to earn their disdain?
Not from Florida (or a Republican) I have to ask, what did Crist, a sitting Republican guv (and I thought popular) do to get dropped so low by his party? Also, any traction to the story I saw on MSNBC that Rubio is being investigated by the IRS (along with others) for issues related to personal charges placed on the Republican party tab?

A. Chris Cillizza
He hugged Obama AND supported the economic stimulus package.

But, it goes further back than that. Crist is the sort of politician who wants to win every election with 100 percent of the vote.

As a result, he has avoided taking controversial stands during his time as governor -- a stance that has always put him at odds with the GOP base.

The rise of Rubio and the econstimpack/Obama hug just gave those who didn't like Crist a chance to exact their revenge.

Of course, if he runs as an independent, he might get a measure of revenge himself.

Q. WHCA Dinner
What celebrity are you looking forward to seeing at the dinner?

A. Chris Cillizza

I reached nirvana at last year's Correspondents dinner when I got to meet Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler (of "Friday Night Lights") in person.

Nothing, literally, can top that.

And, we are now just one week from the beginning of season 3 of "FNL" on NBC. Hard to describe how excited I am.

By Chris Cillizza  |  April 23, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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All of our institutions are untrustworthy. Voters have abdicated the hard choices of governance for a few decades too many. The dead hand of the state is now too painful. Time to throw all the rascals out and start over.

Crist also supported cap & trade and endorsed McCain. That's more than enough dead weight for any politician who hopes to gain conservative/libertarian votes. Of he runs as an independent he'll just make a fool of himself. Its really all about Charlie--voters are just a means to an end.

As for Giannoulias, he's the treasurer of a state that is tens of billions of dollars in the red for Pete's sake. I'm still trying to get assets of my mom's estate out from his Illinois unclaimed property "cash dash" clutches and keep getting the runaround. Maybe I'll just have to sue him. Sometime in October.

Posted by: Miner49er | April 26, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I don't trust EITHER of the parties on the Wall Street issue.


The fact that they launched into a partisan skirmish this week shows that they are more interested in political advantage than actually getting the legislation right.


That attitude is vile.


What is the best possible regulatory environment ? I don't want to hear partisan bickering. I don't want to see either side even TRY to get a partisan advantage on this issue.


I want what is best for the American people.


Yes, the ONLY WAY to start is to ban all contributions from Wall Street interests - which may require a Constitutional Amendment but so be it - if what they did was so grave - it deserves a PERMANENT BARMENT FROM CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS TO ANYONE.


Only after that is passed can the a proper regulatory regime be developed.


It is pretty simple.


Anyone who is more interested in their party gaining an advantage on this issue - more than actually getting the legislation right - is simply a traitor to the American economy.


There is a proper place for partisan politics in this country - and this is not one of them.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 25, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

37, the entire blogosphere has just left the building.

Goodnight.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | April 24, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

get a life

Posted by: drindl | April 24, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I don't trust EITHER of the parties on the Wall Street issue.


The fact that they launched into a partisan skirmish this week shows that they are more interested in political advantage than actually getting the legislation right.


That attitude is vile.


What is the best possible regulatory environment ? I don't want to hear partisan bickering. I don't want to see either side even TRY to get a partisan advantage on this issue.


I want what is best for the American people.


Yes, the ONLY WAY to start is to ban all contributions from Wall Street interests - which may require a Constitutional Amendment but so be it - if what they did was so grave - it deserves a PERMANENT BARMENT FROM CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS TO ANYONE.


Only after that is passed can the a proper regulatory regime be developed.


It is pretty simple.


Anyone who is more interested in their party gaining an advantage on this issue - more than actually getting the legislation right - is simply a traitor to the American economy.


There is a proper place for partisan politics in this country - and this is not one of them.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 24, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

The goal of the advocates for the illegal aliens is TO STOP ALL ENFORCEMENT - not to quibble about the meaning of "unreasonable."


The law must be enforced.

It is "reasonable" for an officer to ask for papers. Why is it "unreasonable?"

That is the test.


We have lost sight of what probable cause is all about -


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 23, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Actually this mess is helping Alexi Giannoulias's name recognition - so there is a postive which contributes some towards reducing the negative.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 23, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DDAWD | April 23, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

My feeling in Illinois is Giannoulias needs something else to happen before he is out of the race.


I think there is a rationality out there that it is his family's bank - and Alexi really is not directly responsible for everything that happened there.


If Alexi starts to slip in the polls, and it starts to affect his fundraising, then the thoughts of Quinn, who is up for re-election, will count.

The short answer is if the bank fails, it is not the last straw - the next straw is the last straw.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | April 23, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/celebritology/2010/04/friday_list_the_most_surprisin.html

For your pleasure. It's got the classic Ben Affleck doing Olbermann.

Posted by: DDAWD | April 23, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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