The Buzz

November 19, 2013

BuzzChatter Tuesday: Toronto’s mayor lights it up

The feud of the Cheney sisters threatens to undermine Senate bid

The Buzz

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

It’s Tuesday, and here are today’s money quotes:

• “If you think American-style politics is nasty, you guys have just attacked Kuwait.” — embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who admitted earlier this month to smoking crack cocaine, to council members who voted Monday to strip him of most of his powers.

The media is turning Ford into a circus act. But the guess here is that the mayor needs help. And I’m serious about that.

• “This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years, and we are pained to see it become public.” —Dick Cheney and his wife, Lynne, in a statement about disagreements between the two Cheney daughters over same-sex marriage.

The dispute threatens to even further undermine the campaign of one of the daughters, Liz Cheney, who’s in a tough GOP Senate primary race against incumbent Sen. Mike Enzi. The incumbent holds a commanding lead in polls, and this dispute won’t help Cheney’s cause.

• “Appointing judges to fill vacant judicial seats is not court-packing. It’s a president’s right as well as his duty.” — Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic majority leader, on Senate Republicans who on Monday for the third time denied President Obama his choice for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Republicans want to protect the D.C. court’s conservative tilt. Democrats call this an obvious double standard for confirming court nominees. Republicans are daring Democrats to alter filibuster rules so that the minority can no longer block judges. It amounts to yet another showdown on Capitol Hill.

• “God willing.” — Vice President Joe Biden on prospects that the administration will fix the health-care website.

At this point, invoking a higher power probably makes sense.

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