One more week in the can:
• “Rather than try to understand my vision for a free society or accurately report the facts about Koch Industries, our critics would have you believe we’re ‘un-American’ and trying to ‘rig the system,’ that we’re against ‘environmental protection’ or eager to ‘end workplace safety standards.’’” — Businessman Charles Koch defending himself
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this week in The Wall Street Journal.
Koch seems to have had it with endless attacks from Democrats, especially Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid whom Koch did not mention by name. But Koch had better get used to it. Democrats are bent on ramming his name down the throats of midterm voters as a way to counter the GOP’s even more aggressive attacks on the Affordable Care Act. Democrats needed a whipping boy, and they’ve found one.
• “The results were shocking.” — California Sen. Dianne Feinstein
on a report that lambasts
the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs under former President George W. Bush.
The Senate Intelligence Committee, which Feinstein heads, voted Thursday to seek declassification of the report. She said the findings suggest the CIA “made serious mistakes that haunt us to this day” in the agency’s work to track down those responsible for the Sept. 11th attacks.“The report exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation,” Feinstein said. “It chronicles a stain on our history that must never again be allowed to happen.”
• “I’m growing weary of the small group of senators who just refuse to acknowledge that there are problems that need to be fixed and want to bury their head and say, ‘Anything associated with Obamacare, we just can’t touch it.’” — Missouri state Sen. Ryan Silvey, a Kansas City Republican, on his inability to introduce what he calls a conservative Medicaid-expansion plan.
Silvey talked to Virginia Young of the Post-Dispatch about his frustration. An expansion critic, Sen. John Lamping, a Ladue Republican, this week prevented Silvey from substituting his proposal for another bill and bringing it to the floor. Aiding Silvey in his cause is former U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, a fellow Republican. But Silvey and Bond are rapidly running out of time in this year’s session.
• “Still thinking it over, studying it.” — former Kansas Congressman Todd Tiahrt when asked the other day if he was still considering a comeback race for his old House seat in Wichita.
Tiahrt, a Republican who held the 4th District seat from 1995-2011, was seen sauntering around the Statehouse Wednesday with his wife, Vicki, at his side. Tiahrt is clearly still flirting with the idea of taking on two-term incumbent, and fellow Republican, Mike Pompeo, in August in a primary race that would be a marquee intra-party fight. Tiahrt is well-known in that part of the state and popular enough that he can run a last-minute campaign and have a shot at winning. The waiting game has to be torture for Pompeo.