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TheChat: How can you blame Roy Blunt?


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▪ “Roy Blunt was secretary of state as well, and there was fraud happening under his watch. I don’t blame him for saying it. If I was running Blunt’s campaign I’d tell him to say the same things. But he knows it’s just politics to blame Jason Kander.” — St. Louis University political scientist Ken Warren on Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt’s tactic of blaming Secretary of State Jason Kander, his opponent in the November Senate race, for a pair of election snafus this year.

Kander is saying his office only has so much authority, which is what Blunt once said back in the 1990s when he was secretary of state. (link via

▪ “Race never came up, so I brought it up.” — former Missouri Congressman Alan Wheat, a black congressman then of Kansas City, reflecting on his 1994 run for the U.S. Senate against Republican John Ashcroft.

This year, Robin Smith, a candidate for secretary of state, is seeking to become the first African American to be elected statewide in Missouri. The state is one of only 10 since Reconstruction where only white candidates have won contests for president, senator, governor and other nonjudicial offices elected statewide.

▪ “I admire somebody who has the money to play big in this system who says it is the wrong way to do it.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill speaking about Fred Sauer, who’s pushing for a statewide vote on campaign-finance limits in November.

Other wealthy individuals, such as David Humphreys and Rex Sinquefield, have chosen to spend their money trying to elect conservative candidates. Sauer could do the same thing. Instead, he’s gone to bat for the initiative, which McCaskill backs.

▪ “We’re turning a page. We’ve put the resources together to tell the story that we always knew was there, and in a narrative that’s not celebratory or dealt with in a worshipful way. It’s a pretty straightforward story.” — Ken Khachigian, a former aide to Nixon and Ronald Reagan and a longtime former Nixon Foundation board member, on the renovated library of President Richard M. Nixon, which emphasizes a more forthright history of Nixon’s presidency.

The library no longer is a shrine to the 37th president.