Blog Posts by Chris Cillizza

  • The Fast Fix: Will Obama dump Biden?

    Rumors abound that President Obama may ditch current Vice President Joe Biden for the 2012 presidential race, with the most recent replacement speculated to be NY State Gov Andrew Cuomo. However, it is much more likely we'll see another Obama/Biden ticket in 2012.

    Wither Joe Biden?

    In the wake of New York's landmark legalization of gay marriage, some people are speculating that Barack Obama may well dump Biden as his vice president in 2012 and put Empire State Governor Andrew Cuomo on the ticket.

    It's not the first time a "jettison Joe" rumor has cropped up. Earlier this year, rumors cropped up that Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could switch jobs heading into 2012.

    History suggests that such a swap isn't very likely. No president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt has pulled the vice presidential switcheroo.   Roosevelt's hand was forced when his vice president, John Nance Garner, ran against him in 1940. Roosevelt won the primary and picked Henry Wallace as his

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  • The Fast Fix: The GOP’s Reagan factor

    Despite rarely endorsing any candidates, former First Lady Nancy Reagan and her late husband continue to influence the GOP, even as she turns 90.

    Former First Lady Nancy Reagan turns 90 on Wednesday but she and her late husband remain very much an active part of the modern Republican party.

    Nancy Reagan, always a private person, has grown increasingly so as she has gotten older -- rarely attending Republican events or doing much at all in the public eye.

    But, she remains a powerful figure within Republican politics as the last direct link to the man who reinvented the Grand Old Party with his victory in 1980.

    For that reason, her endorsement is highly coveted by all of the Republican candidates running for president in 2012. But she tends not to play all that heavily in primary politics. In 2008, she endorsed Senator John McCain in late March 2008 after it became clear he would the party's nominee. She endorsed then Texas Governor George W. Bush in May 2000, saying that he

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  • The Fast Fix: Candidates on Parade

    The fourth of July is important for politicians, and even moreso for those angling to be president. While they won't get a vacation, the day does provide a stage for candidates to showcase their patriotism and political independence.

    If you are running for president, you don't get July 4th off.

    While the rest of us will be eating barbecue and watching the fireworks, the likes of Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann and Jon Huntsman will be stumping for votes.

    Bachmann spent her weekend in Iowa, the state where she was born and where polling suggests she may well be the frontrunner.

    Romney and Huntsman will both be in Amherst, New Hampshire for the Fourth and will even be walking in the same parade. That could get interesting. Businessman Herman Cain will be in the Granite State too, taking in a New Hampshire Fisher Cats minor league baseball game.

    The Fourth of July is an important one for politicians. Patriotism and political independence are part and parcel of the day and every

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  • The Fast Fix: Will Obama support gay marriage?

    President Obama has yet to make known whether or not he supports gay marriage. Coming out in favor could satisfy and energize his base, but Obama needs to appeal to both bases in 2012, and likely won't take a firm stance before the race is over.

    Days after New York passed a law legalizing gay marriage, President Obama was asked where he stood on the controversial issue.

    His response? "I'm not going to make news on that today. Good try though."

    The White House has previously acknowledged that Obama's past opposition to gay marriage is "evolving" but have been unwilling to say when he might have more to say on the issue -- and when he might say it.

    The new New York law coupled with the fact that gay men and women comprise a not-insignificant chunk of the Democratic base and donor community will ramp up the pressure on Obama to say something sooner rather than later about where he stands on gay marriage.

    But, political reality suggests Obama will continue to not make news on the issue

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  • The Fast Fix: Cash for Candidates

    Fundraising is vital to a successful presidential bid, and the Republican 2012 hopefuls are already raking in cash to put toward their campaigns. But money equates to power in more than one way this early in the race: it means strength, and hopefully, support down the line.

    The chase for campaign cash in the presidential race is heating up.

    Fundraising is seen as an early sign of strength for a candidate. Donors invest in people they think can win. If you can't get someone to write you a check, it's not likely you'll win their vote.

    That makes Thursday a very important day in the 2012 presidential race. It's the deadline for fundraising over the past three months and every candidate is pushing hard to collect as many checks as possible before the clock strikes midnight.

    For Republicans, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will be the cash king. He raised more than $10 million in a single day last month and is likely to raise as much as $20 million for the entire quarter.

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  • The Fast Fix: President Bachmann?

    Michele Bachmann makes a compelling and confident 2012 Presidential candidate. She needs to keep that spark up--but avoid a tendency to misspeak as she moves forward.

    If you haven't heard of Michele Bachmann yet, you will soon enough.

    The Minnesota Republican Congresswoman officially enters the 2012 presidential race today in Waterloo, Iowa. She'll also make trips to New Hampshire and South Carolina to declare her intentions.

    Bachmann has been in the U.S. House since 2006 and has rapidly emerged as one of its most outspoken and controversial members.

    Her comments that Barack Obama might hold "anti-American" views during the 2008 election nearly cost her her seat.

    But she's emerged as a champion of the tea party for her willingness to stake out conservative positions on the federal debt, slashing government spending and virtually every other issue. That has turned her into a very hot commodity in the GOP these days.

    And Bachmann has a compelling personal story to tell. She is the

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  • The Fast Fix: First Lady, second term?

    One of the most popular public figures in the country, First Lady Michelle Obama will undoubtedly play a prominent role in her husband's 2012 reelection campaign, but how much can she affect the voters?

    Michelle Obama is in the midst of a high profile tour of South Africa, the latest reminder of the prominent role she will play in the 2012 reelection race of her husband.

    Michelle Obama is among the most popular public figures in the country.  A May Associated Press poll showed that 71 percent of people had a favorable opinion of the First Lady. Those sort of numbers make her the envy of most politicians -- including her husband.

    The popularity of the First Lady makes her a force to be reckoned with as a presidential surrogate on the campaign trail.

    Michelle Obama told ABC News this week that she "loves" the job of First Lady and made clear she is committed to re-visiting her active schedule from the 2008 campaign. "I think there's so much more work to do," she told ABC. "We've

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  • The Fast Fix: What’s next for Gabby Giffords?

    Five months after being shot in the head, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords recently returned to the public eye with a trip to Tucson.  Her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, is retiring from NASA to support her continued recovery. One question remains: Will she return to politics?

    It's been five months since Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head at an event in Tucson.

    Her recovery has become a national drama and her release from a Houston-area rehabilitation center last week was greeted with cheers.

    Now comes the more difficult question: Will Giffords ever return to public office?

    The honest answer is that no one really knows.

    Giffords chief of staff told the Arizona Republic that the congresswoman was using hand signals and pointing to communicate but that "when it comes to a bigger and more complex thought that requires words, that's where she's had the trouble."

    Another Giffords strategist said that the congresswoman is entirely focused on her recovery

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  • The Fast Fix: President Huntsman?

    Jon Huntsman  is running for president, but can the former Utah governor  get the GOP nod with his ties to Obama's administration?

    Meet Jon Huntsman.

    Huntsman is, among other things, a former Utah governor and most recently the Obama Administration's ambassador to China.

    As of Tuesday, he's also a formally announced candidate for the Republican presidential nomination as he makes it official with the Statue of Liberty as the backdrop.

    Huntsman's unorthodox resume has attracted considerable interest in his candidacy but is also a major hurdle as he tries to win over Republican voters.

    Serving in a Democratic president's administration is not the typical training ground for a Republican president.

    Huntsman and his political team are casting him as a patriot, willing to serve his president if and when asked.

    But Republican voters are likely to be suspicious of anyone with ties to the current president and Huntsman is going to have convince them of his GOP bona fides to get

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  • The Fast Fix: Tough times for political wives

    To run for political office you don't just need support from your constituents, you need it from your partner as well. Many political spouses have been in the news lately, and not all necessarily want to be.

    Running for president is tough. Being married to someone running for president may be even tougher.

    Political spouses have been all over the news lately--and not in a good way.

    Newt Gingrich went on an angry rant on Fox News Channel earlier this week, reacting to reports that his wife, Callista, played a role in cause the across-the-board resignations of his senior staff.

    But, Callista Gingrich was only the latest example of a political spouse in the national limelight.

    Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels decided against running for president last month due to family concerns. His wife, Cheri, was publicly opposed to her husband running and in a statement announcing his decision, Daniels said that "I love my country; I love my family more."

    Mississippi governor Haley Barbour also

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