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TheChat: You’ll never guess what Tom Schweich’s hobby is

Another day, another round of can’t-miss quotes:

“That is the hardest autograph to get in all of Hollywood! It’s extremely rare!” — Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich exulting over the rare autograph and photograph he obtained of 20th Century movie star Greta Garbo.

With Schweich facing little opposition in his re-election campaign this year, the focus of a pre-election profile was Schweich’s fascination with Hollywood history. Why not? The big question is whether Schweich turns around after November and mounts a campaign for governor. He’s expected to do exactly that. (link via

“Monumental Pilgrim Principles.” — the title of a class that former Missouri Congressman Todd Akin is teaching at the Pillar Foundation the next five weeks.

Akin, a conservative Republican, talked often about the pilgrims during his 2012 run for the U.S. Senate. In a 2009 letter to constituents, Akin wrote, “The free enterprise pioneered by the Pilgrims has been an example to the world for over 300 years.”

“In the twilight of his long political career, Sen. Pat Roberts seems hell-bent on destroying the image he spent decades building.” — the Salina Journal in an editorial Monday endorsing independent Senate candidate Greg Orman over Roberts.

A tough one for Roberts. The editorial continued, “Even if Roberts wins another six-years in the Senate, Kansans will never look at him the same way.”

“I think Obama being so unpopular is the biggest factor in this election. And I think at the end of the day, it may be too much for a lot of the Democratic Senate candidates to overcome.” — Democratic pollster Tom Jensen of Public Policy Polling.

Locally, the question is whether it’ll be too much for Orman in his race against Roberts. Roberts and his allies have worked overtime to tie Orman to the president and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In fact, Orman told Roberts after one of their debates that Roberts had mentioned Reid’s name 38 times during the hour.