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TheChat: Republicans aren’t rallying to Jeb Bush like they did his brother

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▪ “There hasn’t been a coalescing around him like there was for his brother in 1998 and 1999.” — Ed Martin, former chairman of the Missouri Republican Party and president of the Eagle Forum, the conservative group founded by Phyllis Schlafly, on GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

Martin was quoted in a New York Times story that focused on the idea that Bush is not an automatic choice for the GOP nomination for many Republicans. It’s early, but it appears that Bush faces a rocky road that could prove impassable.

▪ “The way that Obamacare proposes to solve the problem is just throw everyone on Medicaid....There’s no way the state can afford to do that moving forward.” — Missouri state Sen. Ryan Silvey, a Kansas City Republican, on the prospect of wholesale expansion of Medicaid in the state.

Silvey said Medicaid expansion as proposed by President Obama unaffordable. The senator has proposed a stripped down version of expansion that would apply only to military veterans and their families.

▪ “You can raise the fine to $1,000. Make it $10,000. I don’t care. Make it really, really painful for those young men, those young women who decide not to wear a seat belt. Let’s make sure we get this program into Kansas high schools.” — Kansas state Sen. Jeff Longbine, an Emporia Republican, on his proposal to triple the fine to $30 for not wearing a seat belt.

Longbine’s son, Greg, died in a rollover car accident. The senator’s bill passed 33-2 and went to the House. His legislation is an example of the power of personal experience in passing bills.

▪ “Women are much more patient.” — Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada explaining the benefits of female leadership.

Reid insisted that 2016 is the right time for a woman to run for president and that Hillary Clinton would whip Bush. He said men are generally not as combative as women.