We made it. Happy Friday:
• “If you don’t know, and speak about that which you don’t know, you are going to be ending up in a mouth trap. That’s where Chairman Ryan has ended up.” — Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaverspeaking
about comments that Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan made last month about poverty.
Ryan got into hot water for talking about “this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working.” He was taken to task for using code words to talk about blacks and was accused of making a racial attack. Cleaver and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus were to meet with Ryan this week.
• “There are too many things they don’t know.” — Missouri state Rep. Chris Kelly of Columbia lamenting eight-year term limits in the House and Senate. (link via johncombest.com).
Kelly, 67, served in the Missouri House from 1982-1992 before returning in 2009. Widely respected by members of both parties, Kelly said eight years isn’t long enough for lawmakers to learn all they need to know about a complicated enterprise like state government.
• “Not worth the cost.” — former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in an interview with NPR saying that the country has paid too high a price for the prohibition against marijuana.
Stevens also said that pot should be legalized. “The distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages is really not much of a distinction,” he said.
• “Absolutely.” — Caroline Kennedy on whether she would back Hillary Clinton for the White House in 2016.
Kennedy backed Barack Obama in 2008 in a move that was seen as a big setback for Clinton. Kennedy, now the ambassador to Japan, wrote that year, “I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me my father inspired them. But, for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president.”