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March 31, 2014

BuzzChatter Monday: GOP insiders seek to draft the latest Bush for the White House

And McCaskill talks about being told she was bossy — in 8th grade

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Looks like spring is here. But not in Minnesota where I was this weekend. Up there, forecasters are talking b-b-b-blizzard.

• “He’s the most desired candidate out there. Everybody that I know is excited about it.” — GOP fundraiser Brian Ballard, who raised money for Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008,

on the possible presidential candidacy of Jeb Bush


The Draft Jeb movement has begun in earnest with many concluding that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has blown his chance with Bridge-gate. Bush, 61, says he won’t make any decisions until year’s end. The big question: Does the nation still harbor a Bush hangover from the presidencies of Jeb Bush’s older brother and father?

• “Claire, you talk too much, you are too bossy, you come on too strong. Young men will never be interested in you. And besides, it's not ladylike.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill recalling a comment an eighth-grade teacher once said to her that she said really stung.

McCaskill is part of an effort, led by the chief operating officer at Facebook, aimed at telling young women that speaking out and being strong are “ladylike” attributes after all. McCaskill, who told this story as part of that effort, spoke to college students in Iowa on this topic. The objective here: Getting girls to consider leadership roles. The title of the campaign: “Ban Bossy.”

• “I feel like I took a stand, and I stuck with my constituents, and I stuck with my conscience. If I had to do it over again, I would do the very same thing.” — Missouri state Rep. Elaine Gannon, a De Soto Republican, on her decision to side with Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon last year and oppose a major tax cut in the state.

Tax cut backers had promised a tough primary this year for the handful of Republicans who sided with Nixon. But the AP reports that didn’t happen. Just four of the 15 Republicans who opposed the tax cut wound up with primary opponents, and the tax-cut vote may not have been a factor in that. Gannon was one of the unopposed Republicans.

• “So all polls are about like Nate Silver’s predictions: good sometimes, bad most of the time.” — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

on the editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight


Reid took his shot at Silver after Silver predicted a 60-percent chance that Democrats would lose the Senate to Republicans this year. Reid also pointed out that Silver once “gave me a 16 percent chance of being re-elected, he gave Heidi Heitkamp an 8 percent chance of being re-elected, he gave Jon Tester a [34] percent chance of being re-elected.” All won.

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