Today’s hot political quotes:
• “I don't think in America we should throw tantrums when we lose elections and threaten to shut down the government and refuse to pay the bills.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, chastising Republicans on “Fox News Sunday.”
McCaskill is parroting President Obama’s Friday rhetoric in Kansas City. Republicans continue to bet huge on undercutting the president’s health care program as a way for the GOP to gain steam politically — a play that still ranks as a long shot.
• “All parties see the momentum for some type of tax policy changes.” — Missouri state Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee’s Summit Republican. Kraus sponsored the big income-tax cut that Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed this year. The General Assembly tried, but failed, to override that veto this month.
Kraus is right. Lots of talk now from Democrats and Republicans about changing Missouri tax policy, including modifying state tax credits, which is an idea that’s been kicked around for years. What’s unclear is whether cutting income taxes will be part of that mix. Kraus and other Republicans almost certainly want to head down that road again. Whether Nixon and Democratic leaders can live with it is another question. That issue already shapes up as perhaps the biggest heading into the 2014 session.
• “I don't know what she's going to do,” Bill Clinton on CNN about his wife’s plans for 2016.
Yea, and he didn’t have sexual relations with “that woman” either. The former president needs a better answer than this one.
• “He (the new pope) is going to be a major figure on the world stage because he was so humble, his talk about his apartments, his talk about Mary and people's love of Mary. It was a presence of a genuinely humble, new voice in the world. I think just his personality will be as powerful as JP II.” — The New York Times’ David Brooks, speaking on National Public Radio.
Wow. Comparing the new pope to John Paul II is like comparing Andy Reid to the second coming of Vince Lombardi. But Pope Francis’ comments last week on gays and divorced parents offered a new, more welcoming vision for the Catholic Church. No question that his profile already has surpassed that of his predecessor, Pope Benedict.
• “Right now, I can tell you there’s not a consensus on anything, from anybody.” — Missouri Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, a St. Elizabeth Republican, on Congress.
That sums it up quite nicely.
• “Our tears are not enough. Our words are not enough. We are going to have to change.” — Obama at a memorial services for the victims of the Navy Yard shootings.
The problem? See Luetkemeyer quote.