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TheChat: The fallout to the Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling rolls on


Happy Friday:

▪ “Today we are reminded of why it is destructive to have activists on the Supreme Court who are empowered by their hubris to act as judge, senator and king.” — Matt Schlapp, chairman of The American Conservative Union, on Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act.

Schlapp, who has deep ties to Kansas Republican politics, charged that Chief Justice John Roberts and others who backed the law “have disgraced their office, sprayed graffiti on the Constitution and set America on a path toward a constitutional crisis.” That crisis, he suggested was that two of the justices, Roberts and Anthony Kennedy, had said during their confirmation hearings that they would follow the letter of the law, and that, in his view, didn’t happen.

▪  “It is time to turn the page of history and prove our state has truly moved on.” — Missouri state Rep. Joshua Peters, a St. Louis Democrat, on a bill he plans to sponsor that would ban the Confederate flag from government buildings.

In a statement, Peters pointed out that a year ago, the Sons of Confederate Veterans lobbied lawmakers to have the Confederate flag flown permanently at the Confederate Memorial Historic Site in Higginsville. Gov. Bob Holden removed the flag in 2003, he said. Two years later, Gov. Matt Blunt ordered it returned on June 7, a day known as Confederate Memorial Day. The Confederate flag belongs only in museums, Peters said.

▪ “Honored.” — Sally Bradshaw, a top adviser to Jeb Bush, on the news that Bush had tapped Woody Johnson, owner of the New York Jets and heir to the Johnson & Johnson empire, and Jack Oliver, a long-time GOP fundraiser from St. Louis, to head his fund-raising team.

The Buzz’s interest here is in Oliver, who’s a senior adviser to Barclays and Bryan Cave LLP, an international law firm based in St. Louis. Oliver served as national finance chairman for the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-election campaign, and he’s a guy we’ve enjoyed knowing for years. Congrats, Jack. Now get out there and raise that $5 million a month, which is the Bush campaign goal. (link courtesy of

▪ “Rural roads rarely get the attention they need.” — Missouri Congressman Sam Graves, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, on the challenges facing rural infrastructure.

The hearing comes as Congress works on a new long-term federal Highway Bill. Graves, a Republican from northwest Missouri, is trying to make sure that rural America is not overlooked.

▪ “The fight is not over.” — Mike Parson, a Missouri GOP candidate for governor, on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Obamacare ruling Thursday.

Parson said something provocative: Health care reform “should focus on free markets, not government mandates.”