▪ “After today, this much is clear: People who trust @SenPatRoberts & @JerryMoran are the same people who believe that #Sharknado3 is real.” — Kansas Republican Milton Wolf, the former U.S. Senate candidate, bemoaning (on Twitter) the two senators’ backing of the Export-Import Bank.
Wolf, who ran against Sen. Pat Roberts in 2014, has been withering in his criticism of both Moran and Roberts in recent months. Conservatives, such as Wolf, strongly opposed the bank. The question now is whether Wolf will run again in 2016 against Moran. So far, we’re hearing a lot of saber-rattling, but not any concrete steps toward another race.
▪ “There's not any strong front runner at all in that race.” — St. Louis University political scientist Ken Warren talking about the GOP primary for Missouri governor.
Warren was referring to candidates in the race, including former state House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, state Sen. Bob Dixon and former state Rep. Randy Asbury. Former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens and businessman John Brunner are also expected to run. No question the GOP race is going to be a scramble, but we still regard Kinder as the early frontrunner, given his three terms as the state’s lieutenant governor.
▪ “This is not complicated, folks. The people on the other side will answer any question about climate change by saying, ‘Well, I’m not a scientist.’ Well, I’m not a scientist either. I’m just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain.” — Hillary Clinton talking about climate change in Iowa.
Clinton has revved up her rhetoric in a bid to generate some excitement about her candidacy — and counter the enthusiasm that fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders is generating.
▪ “By doing so, he will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” — GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee criticizing President Barack Obama as “naive” for trusting Iran to uphold its part of the recent nuclear deal.
The Anti-Defamation League, which monitors anti-Semitism, denounced Huckabee’s language, but the former Arkansas governor wasn’t backing down.
▪ “The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are I think part of just a general pattern that we've seen that is, would be, considered ridiculous if it weren't so sad.” — Obama’s retort on Monday from Ethiopia where he’s visiting.
Obama may have run his last campaigin, but he’s new-found aggressiveness was very much on display Monday.