Friday morning’s hot talk from the political wars:
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
• “I have a deep interest in Missouri’s — what I consider to be — solid mainstream voice being heard in a broader zone.” — Gov. Jay Nixon in an interview with The Washington Post.
Nixon is starting to raise his profile nationally as 2016 nears. In this interview, he again took himself out of the 2016 U.S. Senate race in Missouri that would pit him against Republican incumbent Roy Blunt. But Nixon pointedly did not rule out a bid for the White House or the vice presidency, saying he remains committed to public service.
• “This is the least productive congress in history.” — New York Congressman Steve Israel, a Democrat.
Anyone going to argue with the congressman? Anyone?
• “It is sad that people are able to name three Kardashian sisters, but they cannot name the three branches of government. And they might be able to recount all the details of `Duck Dynasty,’ but they have no understanding of how judges decide cases. — Missouri Chief Justice Mary Russell to the Missouri Bar.
Russell said the legal profession has “no one to blame but ourselves” for that lack of understanding. Citizens, she said, don’t know how the three branches check and balance each other. And they need to know more.
• “We were all basically on our knees praying and my lawyer calls and says, 'You're a free man.'" — former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay whose conviction for allegedly scheming to influence Texas state elections with corporate money was overturned.
The Hammer, as he was not-so-affectionately known, still faces the prospect that the federal government could appeal the ruling by a three-judge Texas appellate court. Remember him? No politician was ever so adroit at the art of generating public disdain.
• “Two weeks till the shootout at the OK Coral.” — Public transit activist Clay Chastain, noting that oral arguments before the Missouri Supreme Court on getting his latest light-rail initiative before the voters are two weeks off.
Now we know the answer to this question: Will Clay Chastain ever go away? Answer: no.
• “Much like this administration’s strategy on spinning the truth and overlooking the true shortcomings of Obamacare, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is meeting in private with officials in St. Louis today. This secret meeting is the epitome of the problem a majority of Americans have with Obamacare.” — Missouri GOP chair Ed Martin on Sebelius’ visit to St. Louis.
The GOP is convinced that defeating Obamacare is its ticket to future electoral successes. Republicans continue to overplay their hand on this one.