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BuzzChatter Friday: Republicans do a victory lap on Obamacare policy cancellations

Updated: 2013-10-31T20:35:25Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

• “For the mainstream media, this matters to them now because they feel like they were lied to — that’s why it’s caught on. The White House made it out like we were the ones crying wolf, now it turns out they’re the ones who were wrong.” — Kirsten Kukowski, press secretary for the Republican National Committee on the wave of health insurance cancellation letters showing up in Americans’ mailboxes.

The GOP is rightfully yelling, “We told you so.” On Monday, NBC News reported that at least half of the approximately 14 million Americans with individual insurance are set to have their health plans shut down by insurers under Obamacare. Since 2009, Republicans have dismissed President Barack Obama’s oft-repeated promise that anyone who liked their insurance plan would be able to keep it. That’s turning out not to be the case.

• “The President's had a very complicated and tough time of it since he was re-elected. I often wonder why people want a second term in the White House. They end up with so many headaches.” — CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger explaining why President Barack Obama’s poll numbers are in the tank.

I’ve wondered the same thing. What’s the point of a second term beyond the ego boost it provides a president and the padding it gives his image for the history books? Quick: Name the last successful second term. See? It’s been awhile.

• “This is great news for the traveling public — and frankly, a win for common sense.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on the news that aviation regulators have given the OK for airline passengers to keep their electronic gadgets — but not cellphones — switched on during takeoffs and landings.

McCaskill made this a personal mission in recent months. The change mostly affects passengers who want to read their IPads or Kindles on flights.

• “We are careening from crisis to crisis instead of having a plan, bringing people to that plan, focusing on common-sense solutions and being relentless in driving toward them.” — Democrat Hillary Clinton signaling a possible campaign theme if she proceeds with a presidential candidacy.

The Washington Post pointed out in a piece Thursday that such theme might be seen as a rebuke of Obama who has struggled to find common ground during his five years in office. But, hey, polls suggest people want more comity in politics, and a theme like this might sell well. (And that’s the whole point of themes, right?)

• “I’d like to send him back to Kenya.” — the Rev. Rafael Cruz, father of the conservative senator, speaking about Obama to a north Texas tea party event in September.

The senator’s office said the quotes were taken out of context and thats Rafael Cruz does not speak for his son.

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