The Buzz

September 24, 2013

BuzzChatter Tuesday: Kinder actively discouraging Missourians from signing up for new health-care law

Hillary Clinton, meantime, insists that she’s not in “any hurry” to decide her White House plans

The Buzz

The facts, faces and hum of local politics with Steve Kraske and Dave Helling

The hot talk in politics this morning:

• “Resist signing up.” — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder who on Monday discouraged residents from signing up for federal health insurance under the new health care law.

Kinder, a long-time opponent of the health care law, is scooting out toward the end of a long limb by actively encouraging Missourians to ignore the Oct. 1 date to begin enrollment. Speculation in the Statehouse suggested that Kinder’s stand was a step toward challenging freshman Congressman Jason Smith in southeast Missouri in next year’s GOP primary.

• “I’m not in any hurry. It’s a serious decision, not to be made lightly, but it’s also not one that has to be made soon.” — Hillary Clinton to New York Magazine on the 2016 race for the White House.

No rush for the former secretary of state. And why should there be? As soon as she jumps in, her poll numbers will sag. More than a few insiders want a hint either way by the 2014 mid-term election. That’s more than a year away. In the meantime, take a chill pill.

• “I see our president criticized for playing golf. I think he ought to play golf. I know what it’s like to be in the bubble. I know the pressures of the job, and to be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the president. It does give you an outlet.” — former President George W. Bush on the Golf Channel talking about his successor who occasionally hits the links.

Bush famously quit playing golf during the war in Iraq. But he again passed up an opportunity to ding the man who succeeded him, staying true to a pattern he established when he left office.

• “I don’t intend to participate in any discussion, publicly or privately, that raises taxes or spends more than current law.” — Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell to The New York Times about his upcoming role in the government shutdown crisis.

McConnell is usually in the thick of fiscal talks. But not this time. The Senate minority leader is up for re-election next year, and faces a well-financed Tea Party challenge from the right. Thus, McConnell’s new stance.

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