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TheChat: Politicos don’t know who’s showing up to vote on Nov. 8

Walker in Kansas City
Walker in Kansas City

Happy November.

▪ “We have no idea what the turnout model is going to be.” — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, speaking at a GOP rally in downtown Kansas City last weekend.

Now there’s an interesting admission. If no one understands who’s showing up to vote on Nov. 8, that suggests that pollsters are stabbing in the dark more than they usually do when it comes to gauging where the public stands on the various races in Missouri, Kansas and everywhere else. There’s a lot of reason for the uncertainty: Will Democrats turn out for Hillary Clinton who can’t shake the email caper? Are Republicans so convinced that Donald Trump will lose that they stay home?

▪ “The silent majority is back.” — Donald Trump speaking in Phoenix, suggesting that a large chunk of the population that doesn’t express its opinions publicly is about to rise up to defeat Clinton.

The phrase “silent majority” was first used by Richard Nixon in 1969. Trump senses some momentum since the FBI announced it was again examining some of Clinton’s emails.

▪ “Putting together a resume.” — Wayne Fields, then the director of the American Cultural Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis, on Republican Eric Greitens, the candidate for Missouri governor, on Greitens’ interest in developing a “platform” for a future political career.

Fields said Greitens genuinely wanted to do something good following his time in the military. But Greitens also was angling for a public office. (link via

▪ “The experiment, which primarily benefited the wealthiest Kansans, did not trickle down to middle- or low-income Kansans.” — Duane Goossen, who worked as budget director for three Kansas governors, on Gov Sam Brownback’s tax cuts.

A new survey showed that 61 percent of Kansans support repeal of the 2012 income tax exemption granted to more than 330,000 farmers, lawyers, accountants, physicians and other owners of limited liability companies, S-corporations and sole proprietorships.