▪ “Like most psychopaths. That’s the way they look, they all look great.” — Ben Carson, the potential Tea Party presidential candidate, dissecting President Barack Obama’s appearance as the president gave his sixth State of the Union address. An adviser had just told Carson that the president looked good.
Carson, a neurosurgeon who’s never held public office, has lit up conservatives with his tough talk about America’s demise — and the nation’s 44th president. Carson is topping some long-time GOPers, such as Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, in early polls.
▪ “At the time that they were booing him you could not see what was on his shirt.” — Will Lawrence, a Democratic staffer, insisting that fans at Sunday’s KU-Wichita State basketball game were booing Gov. Sam Brownback over this politics and not the t-shirt that he wore showing the logos of both teams.
No question that fans booed the governor when his face was shown on the big screen at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. The issue was what caused all that public discontent — Brownback’s policies or the shirt. The governor’s office said that a great thing about America is that people “can express their opinions freely and without fear of retribution.”
▪ “I apologize for the incorrect date reference.” — GOP businessman David Humphreys who now says he got the date wrong when he released an affidavit last week declaring that Missouri Republican Party chair John Hancock had told he that former state Auditor Tom Schweich was Jewish.
Humphreys now says Hancock told him about Schweich’s faith on Sept. 12, not Nov. 24 as he had said. The date is important because Hancock has said he did not discuss Schweich’s religion after Nov. 12 when he found out that Schweich was actually Episcopalian. Oh, this situation remains a giant mess for the Missouri GOP with no clear resolution in site nearly a month after Schweich’s suicide.
▪ “They’ve got a lot of stuff coming up that their problem is not going to be with us, their problem is within their own party.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, on the struggles facing Senate Republicans who now control the chamber.
McCaskill said the GOP has to muster internal support for the budget, highway funding and Medicare. The larger issue: Can Republicans prove that they can actually govern?