"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.
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.
April 23, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
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