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BuzzChatter Wednesday: Day one of the shutdown in the can

10/02/2013 6:00 AM

10/01/2013 6:10 PM

One shutdown day over, and the rhetoric rages on:

• “I don’t think it ends well for Republicans. I just think that we get the blame on things like this. I don’t think it will be any different this time.” — Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican and former House member in Politco.

Feels that way to many others, too. Polls are polls, and we get that. But this one caught our eye: A Quinnipiac poll out Tuesday said Americans oppose a shutdown as a way to stop the president’s health care law from taking effect by 72 percent to 22 percent. That doesn’t bode well for Rs.

• “As a result of partisan bickering, I have waived my salary for the duration of the gov’t shutdown.” — Missouri Congresswoman Ann Wagner on Twitter.

Smart move by the freshman Republican rep from the St. Louis area who impresses insiders from both parties. Other members also are foregoing their pay.

• “Just sit back and watch.” — former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on MSNBC about what President Obama needs to do regarding the shutdown.

Gibbs thinks the president is on firm political footing these days, and it’s the Republicans who need to dance. He could be right.

• “They've made their point. It's time to say enough and move on.” — former GOP Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott in Mother Jones.

Lott thinks Republicans need to deal. But there was little sign of that happening on Tuesday.

• “Our country is in deep trouble. We're going to have to send our most proven candidates to fight in Washington.” — Missouri three-term Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, who formed an exploratory committee Tuesday to run for Congress in southeast Missouri.

Kinder’s move takes him one step closer to a 2014 primary battle with freshman Rep. Jason Smith. Kinder’s name ID is strong in the 8th District, and he could knock off Smith. But it’ll be a blood bath.


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