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TheChat: Roy Blunt will have a bird’s eye view of Donald Trump’s inauguration


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▪ “I will be relieved when everybody leaves safely and once again the United States has been an example of what a democracy should be.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, describing the upcoming Donald Trump inauguration ceremonies and the transfer of power.

Blunt, a history buff, will oversee Trump’s inauguration as chair of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. He’s the first Missourian to hold the post since 1901.

▪ “Transition team members shall hold in confidence any confidential information provided to them in the course of their duties with the transition...” — the wording of an agreement that members of Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens transition team are required to sign that bans them from speaking about what’s going on behind closed doors.

Failure to comply with the agreement could result in dismissal from the transition team.

▪ “Not only a talent scout, a coach, a friend...” — President Barack Obama outlining how he wants to help the Democratic Party find quality candidates once he leaves office.

Obama shapes up as an incredibly valuable ally for Democrats who must find a way out of the political wilderness. He’s also talking about helping Democrats navigate the once-a-decade redistricting process that has left them in deep minority status in many statehouses across the country, including Missouri.

▪ “The harder question is how you fight intelligently and strategically when every house is burning down.” — Gara LaMarche, president of the Democracy Alliance, on how the left must combat Trump going forward.

The good news for liberals: the left is unified, LaMarche said.