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TheChat: Claire McCaskill reveals an ongoing nightmare

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Happy Monday.

▪ “What do you think you are doing here?" — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s “recurring dream,” which is an imposing man approaches her on the floor of the U.S. Senate and asks her this question. (link via

The question speaks to the “deep-seated” fears many women have, McCaskill told a women's empowerment conference. The fear is that “we are not going to do as well as we need to do."

▪ “The Democrats on their side probably have Chris Koster. That would be a good comparison – somebody who is just kind of the complete package. They look the part, they speak well, they present well, they have a broad understanding of policy. And they have a political intuition that probably helps them out a lot on the official side.” — Scott Dieckhaus, a former state representative and the executive director of the House Republican Campaign Committee, comparing the new House speaker, Todd Richardson, with Missouri’s two-term attorney general.

Dieckhaus referred to Richardson as a “once in a generation” political figure. Republicans are verrrrry excited about Richardson. Already, it’s like the reign of former Speaker John Diehl is a distant memory.

▪ “Now that the session has come to a close, members of the General Assembly face a choice of whether the past few days will simply reinforce the low expectations many Missourians already have for the legislative process, or whether these events will serve as a wakeup call to do better and act in ways that will make Missourians proud.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaking about the post-Diehl General Assembly.

Nixon wasn’t as critical of Republican lawmakers as he usually is in his post-session remarks. Instead, he reserved his sharpest remarks for Diehl’s behavior.

▪ “She reads them,.” — Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp, a tea party Republican, on who reads the more than 100 newspapers that his office receives at a cost of nearly $52,000 during his first four years in Congress.

Huelskamp was referring to his director of communications, Jennifer Pett. The congressman also said the newspapers help his office “see what people are thinking, what they are talking about at home and what are the issues there. We’ve talked about it before and we’re going to keep doing it. I think it’s good to support local newspapers.” Hard to argue with that.