Blog Posts by Chris Cillizza

  • The Fast Fix: Rick Perry for President?

    Texas Republican governor Rick Perry may be looking to run in 2012, but would the GOP support another Texan governor while still recovering from Bush fatigue?

    Is America ready for another Republican governor from Texas to be president?

    We may just find out in 2012 as Rick Perry is actively considering a run for the GOP nod.

    Perry's had a long history in Texas politics, dating back to his time as a yell leader at Texas A&M. Perry served as George W. Bush's lieutenant governor for six years before ascending to the top job in 2000 when Bush became president.

    Since then Perry has won three elections in his own right, raising and spending more than $40 million on his 2010 race against a serious Democratic opponent.

    Perry has long denied any interest in running for president but the wide open nature of the field has clearly piqued his interest.

    If he does run, Perry would bring several major assets to the Republican primary race.

    First, he was the first high profile politician to link

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  • The Fast Fix: The 2012 presidential race begins

    It's well over a year until the next Presidential election, but the Republican debate in New Hampshire will kick off the 2012 race Monday night. How will the candidates use this crucial platform?

    There may still be 512 days until Americans pick their next president but debate season has officially begun!

    Monday night in New Hampshire seven Republican contenders will gather at St. Anselm's College for what is regarded by many as the formal kickoff of the 2012 race.

    All eyes will be on former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney who declared his candidacy earlier this month in New Hampshire and is widely regarded as the frontrunner in the Republican race.

    For Romney to win the nomination, he must win the New Hampshire primary -- a journey that starts with today's debate.

    Another candidate with something to prove is former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who is struggling to rebuild his campaign after virtually of his senior staff quit late last week.

    Gingrich has promised to soldier on but

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  • The Fast Fix: Can Newt Gingrich resurrect his 2012 campaign?

    Despite losing his senior campaign staff, Newt Gingrich is pledging to continue his GOP Presidential run. Can he resurrect his bid, or is he already dead in the water?

    The stunning resignations of Newt Gingrich's senior staff not only badly imperils his presidential chances but also increases the likelihood that Texas Governor Rick Perry might run.

    Gingrich has pledged to soldier on in the campaign though it's not clear how he will do so without any senior staff of note left on board. In a Facebook message posted Thursday Gingrich promised that the campaign would "begin anew" on Sunday in Los Angeles.

    While Gingrich's campaign is clearly flagging, recent presidential history provides evidence that political comebacks can and do happen. In July 2007, Arizona Sen. John McCain suffered a similar staff exodus but managed to rebuild his campaign, win the New Hampshire primaries in early 2008 and capture the Republican nomination.

    In the event Gingrich can't pull off a McCain-like

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  • The Fast Fix: Can Weiner survive?

    Congressman Anthony Weiner finally admitted to his online indiscretions. Will he overcome the scandal, or resign to join the ranks of other politicians caught in the act?

    Anthony Weiner's admission that he engaged in a series of inappropriate online relationships with women over the past few years means his name will be added to a political hall of shame that is rapidly expanding.

    In the last five years, the pace of political sex scandals has picked up considerably as the world of social media has added new and dangerous dimensions to men behaving badly.

    First there was Mark Foley the Florida Republican Congressman who was caught exchanging explicit instant messages with male congressional pages in 2006. He resigned.

    Idaho Republican Senator Larry Craig was arrested June 2007 in a Minneapolis airport for suspicion of soliciting sex in a bathroom. Craig resigned but then reversed course. He eventually retired from office in 2008.

    Less than a month after Craig's arrest came the

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  • The Fast Fix: GOP contender Herman Cain on the rise

    2012 hopeful and former Godfather pizza CEO Herman Cain is the hottest thing in Republican presidential politics


    Herman Cain is the hottest thing in Republican presidential politics these days.


    Cain, a businessman who served as the CEO of Godfather's pizza chain, has been winning over converts with his fiery rhetorical flourishes and non-political background.

    He was widely judged to have emerged as the winner from last month's presidential debate, which included, among others, former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty.  And a new Gallup poll showed Cain receiving a surprisingly strong eight percent support, putting him ahead of nationally-known candidates like Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann.


    And, he was the most searched-for GOP candidate on Yahoo! in the last month by far, overtaking Ron Paul from the previous month.

    While Cain is opening lots of Republican eyes, he's not exactly new to politics.

    In 1994, he became a conservative hero when he confronted then President Bill

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  • The Fast Fix: Can Mitt Romney last as the GOP frontrunner?

    As the GOP presidential race for 2012 heats up, can former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney remain the front runner?

    Mitt Romney will officially enter the 2012 presidential race on Thursday. And he starts the race as the frontrunner.

    Romney has been planning to run for president ever since he dropped out of the 2008 contest in favor of Senator John McCain.

    Most polling suggests he former Massachusetts governor leads the Republican field although he is far from a clear favorite for the nomination.

    Romney does bring major advantages to the race.

    First and foremost, he is a fundraising machine. Romney raked in more than $10 million in a single day last month and has the capacity to raise much much more.

    Second, he's done this all before. Romney knows the grueling pace of a presidential bid. And the Republican party has shown a tendency to nominate the person perceived to have finished second the last time around. That's Romney.

    Third, he is a strong frontrunner in New Hampshire, the

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  • The Fast Fix: Is Sarah Palin back?

    Is Sarah Palin returning to the national spotlight for a run at the GOP 2012 presidential nomination?

    Sarah Palin is back. Maybe.

    The former Alaska governor had largely disappeared from the national political radar over the last few months.

    But, she's made plenty of headlines lately. She's embarking on a bus tour over Memorial Day weekend that will take her to historical locales all over the east coast. She and her husband Todd have reportedly bought a $1.7 million home near Scottsdale, Arizona. And there's a new movie about her life, set for release in Iowa next month.

    Palin has helped to stoke the rumor mill by recently telling Fox News Channel's Great van Susteren that she does have the "fire in my belly" to run for president.

    While Palin's celebrity status would make her a real player if she decided to run for president, her unorthodox approach to politics could hurt her.

    Palin hasn't visited early voting states like Iowa and South Carolina at all this year. And she hasn't been

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  • The Fast Fix: Will the Democrats retake the House?

    Will 2012 bring another wave election?

    In the 2010 election, Republicans won 63 House seats and the majority in the chamber. But, they didn't win over the American public.

    New polling data from Gallup shows that just 28 percent of voters think the majority of House members should be re-elected -- the exact same number who felt that way just before last November's election.

    What those numbers make clear is that voters make little distinction between the two parties when it comes to control of the House. That is, voters seem to be souring on whichever side is in control incredibly quickly -- moving to change the majority party at an unprecedented pace.

    Over the last four years, control of the House has switched twice: in 2006 and again in 2010.

    Why the increased volatility? Independent voters tell the story. In 2006, they voted for Democratic candidates by 18 points. Four years later they supported Republican candidates by 19 points.

    Of course, Congress has never been a popular

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  • The Fast Fix: President Pawlenty?

    Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota,  is seen as someone with a real chance at becoming the Republican presidential nominee in 2012. But will his strengths outweigh his weaknesses?

    Former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty made it official today: He's running for president in 2012.

    Pawlenty is seen as someone with a real chance at the Republican nomination. Let's take a look at his strengths and weaknesses.

    First, his strengths.

    Pawlenty spent eight years as governor of Minnesota, not exactly a Republican stronghold. That means he knows how to appeal to the all-important swing voter.

    Pawlenty is a committed campaigner. He's already been to key early states like Iowa and New Hampshire multiple times and is building solid political organizations in each of those places too.

    Pawlenty is a down-the-line conservative. With the exception of past support for cap and trade energy legislation, he wracked up a solidly conservative record even while governing Minnesota.

    Now, his

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  • House Speaker John Boehner finds himself in a tricky position as the deadline to raise the debt ceiling approaches.

    House Speaker John Boehner and the tea party movement have been on something of a political honeymoon for the first six months of this year.

    But, the coming fight over whether or not to raise the debt ceiling -- essentially raising the limit the country can borrow -- has the potential to break up that happy marriage.

    Tea party aligned Republicans have insisted that without major cuts to federal spending and an overhaul of the tax system they simply won't vote to raise the debt ceiling.

    And there is a growing movement in Congress -- led by Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey -- that insists that there's no real chance that the country would default on our debts. Toomey has said it's "irresponsible for the administration to even implicitly threaten the possibility of a default."

    Boehner, for his part, has tried to strike a hard line on the debt ceiling debate, arguing that

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