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McCain talks tough after signing off on Obama's Syria plan

Updated: 2013-09-09T12:13:23Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

• “No one wants American boots on the ground. Nor will there be American boots on the ground, because there would be an impeachment of the president if they did that.” — Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican.

McCain has angered conservatives in his home state for coming out in support of President Obama’s plans for a military strike against Syria. Here he’s talking tough about the president and dropping the “I” word — impeachment — to give him some political cover. Boots on the ground ain’t happenin’, and he knows it.

• “Kansans should prepare to man the barricades, to defend our Kansas Constitution, and to not allow partisan politics to change the way we select fair, independent and qualified justices on the Kansas Supreme Court.” — former Kansas Attorney General Steve Six criticizing the new method for picking Kansas Court of Appeals judges.

Six should be aiming his fire at the next battle, which will be over the selection of Kansas Supreme Court members. That’s where Kansas conservatives are headed next, and they will be tough to stop.

• “My guess this year is that it will take a little longer than a day.” — Missouri state Sen. Mike Kehoe, a Jefferson City Republican, on this week’s veto session that begins Wednesday.

Kehoe is right. Expect a session that could last through Friday. The centerpiece issue: House Bill 253, a 177-page bill that proposes big income tax cuts to position Missouri to better compete with Kansas, bill backers say.

• “I find it very odd that the governor has spent 90 percent of the summer working against a tax-cut bill that passed with a super majority. He seems to be going against the stream.” — Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones, a Republican.

Nixon could care less about going against the stream on this bill. He’s made more than 40 stops around the state in a bid to kill the measure, which he says will severely undermine state services. His efforts probably rank as the most energy a Missouri governor has invested in a single bill in a generation. It looks like it’s going to pay off.

• “I doubt the White House really believes in this moment that an Oval Office or White House address will be transformative, but they need to use everything in their arsenal, including sheer repetition.” — Jeff Shesol, a top speechwriter for President Bill Clinton on Obama’s upcoming Tuesday night prime-time speech on Syria.

Obama has mostly avoided high-stakes nighttime speeches in a belief that these addresses are something of a relic of the past. But the president is fighting from behind on this one. So nighttime speech here he comes.

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