The Buzz

April 23, 2014

BuzzChatter Wednesday: At 90, Dole’s still making news

And...Nixon, GOP leaders at war over tax cuts

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

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• “I don't think they've got enough experience yet.” — former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole on whether fellow Republicans and Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are ready for the presidency.

Dole, 90, told The Wichita Eagles that less than one term of experience in the U.S. Senate doesn’t qualify anyone for the presidency. In making the comment, Dole showed his penchant for making news. Want to know why Dole set a record with 63 appearances on “Meet the Press?” It’s because the man knows how to make news.

• “I did attend school here. And that’s an overstatement.” — Dole in remarks before an standing-room-only crowd at the Dole Institute of Politics at KU on Tuesday.

Something else about Dole — his dry wit. A lot of Kansans have heard this quip before. We at The Buzz have heard it 20 times. And we still laugh.

• “Cataclysmic.” “Staggering.” “Devastating.” “Bankrupt the state.” “Cripple our schools.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon describing the apparently unintended consequences of a GOP-backed tax cut that Nixon says would relieve every Missourian who earns more than $9,000 a year from paying state income taxes on anything above the $9,000 level.

“Utterly ridiculous.” “Laughable.” “Absurd.” “Scare tactics and deception.” — House Majority Leader John Diehl, a Republican responding.

We haven’t heard this much hyperbole since the first Ali-Frazier fight in 1971, and all the hyperbole came from one guy — Muhammad Ali. Nixon is clearly trying to drum up support for his effort to veto the bill and fight off a legislative override. Diehl and other Republicans are eager to pass the first income tax cut in Missouri in decades before the mid-term elections. What a circus.

• “For political junkies and those who just want to catch up, the Sunday shows still are relevant, but they’re

not the signature events

they once were.” — Tom Brokaw, the NBC News veteran who briefly moderated “Meet the Press” in 2008.

The shows also don’t set the Washington agenda as they once did. Even influential Washington players don’t make it a point to watch each week. The headline above the Politico story: “The death of the Sunday shows.”

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