The hot political yak making its way around the political blogosphere:
• “Understanding that there are differing opinions on both sides of the aisle, it is up to President Obama to make the case to Congress and to the American people that this is the right course of action, and I hope he is successful in that endeavor.” — Congressman Eric Cantor of Virginia, the No. 2 House Republican, joining with House Speaker John Boehner in backing the president’s call to action in Syria.
Don’t ever say that House leaders won’t back Obama on anything. This early support for the president’s demand was crucial — and so was the timing, coming as it did just hours before the president left for a three-day trip to Sweden and Russia.
• “The governor’s veto of House Bill 253, the first across-the-board tax cut for Missourians in almost 100 years, has received the most attention. Unfortunately, much of that attention — from the governor’s office and those he has brought on board — has been slanted and misinformed.” — Missouri state Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee’s Summit Republican.
Kraus, who sponsored the bill, and other Republicans are mounting an eleventh-hour offensive in support of the tax cut. They’re attempting to counteract a seemingly endless blitz from Gov. Jay Nixon who’s traveled the state for weeks in a bid to stave off an override of his tax-bill veto. (He’s in Joplin today). All signs indicate that Nixon is going to prevail next week when lawmakers return to town.
• “I can tell you we won't give up. We’ve come too far.” — The Rev. Ben Scott, past president of the NAACP's Kansas chapter, who criticized a state law requiring new voters to provide proof of citizenship when registering.
Scott and others are urging lawmakers to revisit the policy during a special session of the Legislature that convened Tuesday. The prospects of that happening: zero, zip and nada.
• “Instead of giving people a pittance of money from the government, let's push people into work.” — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.
“Poverty is the single most significant determinant in terms of outcomes in children. Then, the first budget right out of the gate, (Brownback) proposed to eliminate Early Head Start, which serves our poorest, youngest children.” — Shannon Cotsoradis, president of Kansas Action for Children who said the number of Kansas food-stamp recipients is up 21 percent since Brownback was elected in 2010.
When it comes to poverty, the Brownback’s administration is still struggling. Brownback said during his 2010 campaign for governor that he should be judged on whether he lowered the number of children living in poverty. In a Tim Carpenter story Sunday in the Topeka Capital-Journal, Brownback said his Head Start proposal was a mistake.
• “People don’t know what Larry might do.” — Mohamed El-Erian, chief executive of Pimco, the giant bond fund manager, on speculation that Obama is leaning toward naming Lawrence Summers to head the Fed.
Lots of inside speculation that the president wants Summers over Janet L. Yellen, the Fed’s vice chairwoman. Summers has a reputation as hot headed and difficult to work with. Some analysts already predict lower economic growth with Summers at the helm. We’re scratching our heads over this one.