The Buzz

Clinton returns to Iowa

Good morning.

“Hello Iowa. I’m baaaack.” — Hillary Clinton on Sunday at the final Sen. Tom Harkin Steak Fry.

The speech Clinton gave was her first political address in a year, and it came in a state that arguably cost her the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton lost the Iowa caucuses that year to Barack Obama, a win that propelled Obama forward as a serious candidate against the better-established Clinton.

“I got 35 percent of Missouri that thinks I’m Satan on a horse. They’re watching Fox News. I got 35 percent of Missouri that thinks I can do no wrong. They’re watching MSNBC. And I got 30 percent of Missouri that’s watching The View and think we’re all crazy.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, joking about her reputation as a moderate to MU students. (link courtesy of

That sums it up quite nicely.

“(Secretary of State Kris) Kobach is abusing the office yet again.” — Sulma Arias, executive director of the Wichita-based Kansas People’s Action, on Kobach’s decision to leave Democrat Chad Taylor’s name on the November ballot.

“His reading of the law is the correct reading.” — Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, a fellow Republican whose office consulted with Kobach’s.

These two quotes sum up the controversy that engulfs Kobach once again. There’s little doubt that Kobach’s decision on Taylor’s ballot status is costing him support based on recent polls. Imagine the irony if Kobach loses in November and Republican Sen. Pat Roberts winds up winning re-election in part because of Kobach’s decision.

“Well if he believes criminals should be playing in the National Football League, he’s got a serious issue.” — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand ripping Rush Limbaugh after the conservative radio host said the uproar over Ray Rice and domestic abuse is just liberals “feminizing” and “chickifying” the NFL.

Gillibrand, a Democrat, said, “These are criminal cases of assault and battery and sexual violence. Our players are role models, we don’t want young kids looking up to these folks who are beating their wives. It’s not right. And so we should have a zero tolerance policy. And he’s wrong.” Limbaugh said he opposes wife-beating and also opposes “mixing social issues with broadcast of sporting events.”