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TheChat: Gov. Jay Nixon lauds whites and blacks presiding over Statehouse cornerstone ceremony

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▪ “I am glad the progress we made in 100 years has helped right that wrong.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said during a Friday cornerstone ceremony at the Statehouse in which he noted that black and white masons were presiding. A century ago, the crowds at the original cornerstone ceremony were all white.

Nixon said the inclusiveness makes Missouri a better place. The ceremony, he said, was “a really significant and appropriate step forward.”

▪ “Well, you know, Rand Paul’s father got massive crowds, Ron Paul. He got the same size crowds. Pat Buchanan got massive crowds. It’s not unusual for someone who has an extreme message to have a following.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, an ally of Hillary Clinton, suggesting that the big turnouts that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is drawing aren’t that big a deal.

Salon did a piece poking fun at the McCaskill’s remark: “Ooooh, gotcha: Big crowds mean you’re an extremist. So the fewer people you have, the more reasonable you are.”

▪ “You still love him, he’s still a member of your family, right? But you’ve got to correct him. You don’t want to put him in charge of stuff.” — President Barack Obama last week in Wisconsin comparing the Republican presidential field to a crazy “Uncle Harry” who joins the family for Thanksgiving dinner.

For once, the president gets to shoot back at his critics, this time taking aim at the large, and growing, GOP field. Said Obama, “I’ve lost count of how many Republicans are running. They’ll have enough for an actual Hunger Games!”

▪ “Despite the hyperventilating of recent days, Donald Trump will not be the Republican nominee. Period. Full stop.” — The Washington Post’s James Hohmann talking about Trump’s on-the-rise campaign.

The Post’s polling manager Peyton M. Craighill describes Trump as this cycle’s Michele Bachmann who soared in the early going in 2012 before crashing back to earth.