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BuzzChatter: No wonder Cleaver has not taken a position on Syria

Updated: 2013-09-06T14:04:31Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

The hot talk spanning the political universe this Friday morning once again centers on Syria:

• “We can’t be looking after other people when our own people are suffering.” — speaker at a Thursday night public forum that Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver sponsored in Kansas City. The session may have been the first on Syria presented by a member of Congress.

“Bad things happen because good people do nothing.” — another speaker taking an opposing view at the same forum.

Cleaver heard it from both sides on the issue of whether the U.S. should shoot missiles at Syria. Most opposed intervention, but others, particularly those with ties to the Mideast nation, argued passionately for action. Cleaver’s leaning against intervention, but admitted afterward that this is the toughest call he’s ever made in his long political career.

• “No action, no leadership, only weakness in the region.” — Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner criticizing President Obama’s Syrian policy. She opposes intervention.

“I have not yet reached a decision because I want to examine the evidence further and allow the full congressional debate to go forward.” — Missouri Congressman Lacy Clay.

Fresh reminders that, as of today, the president can count on only one vote in support of military action in Syria from any congressional representative in Missouri or Kansas. That’s Wichita Congressman Mike Pompeo.

•  “If the House voted today on a resolution to attack Syria, President Barack Obama would lose — and lose big.” — The lead paragraph in this morning’s Politico story on where things stand in the House.

Obama’s prospects on this key vote aren’t exactly improving.

•  “I’ve been talking with Alec for awhile and can’t wait to bring his personality and eclectic interests to MSNBC.” — Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC, on plans to air a current events and culture talk show starring Alec Baldwin beginning Fridays in October.

As if the world needs another talk-show host. (And that was written by a guy...who is a talk-show host).

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