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“We’re going to have to figure out how to look at candidates in their 40s and early 50s and evaluate them differently maybe than we have.” — Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a Republican, on the GOP’s need to judge presidential candidates differently.

In an interview with Bloomberg News, Blunt appeared to suggest that a younger candidate might be the way to go. Democrats have shown in recent years that candidates need not have deep experience in foreign policy to win the White House, he said. The key, he added, is figuring out a way to win.

“She is as likely to put her name in contention to be the next pope as she is to run for political office.” — former communications director Kristina Schake on the prospects that first lady Michelle Obama will run for the U.S. Senate after her husband’s term is completed.

Another potential candidate bites the dust. The first lady apparently will not be walking in the footsteps of Hillary Clinton.

“The thorough investigative work of one of our nation’s most prominent news outlets has exposed what appears to be an egregious violation of the public’s trust perpetuated by Attorney General Koster.” — Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones on a news story in The New York Times Wednesday concerning Chris Koster’s decision to back out of an investigation of deceptive advertising after the company involved, 5-Hour Energy, had lobbied Koster.

The Times story documented a new trend in politics where even attorneys general are targeted with campaign donations and lobbying to get them to drop investigations or grant favorable settlements. Koster was lobbied by 5-Hour Energy. Bottom line: Nothing is off-limits in U.S. politics these days.

“I’ve always believed that it’s not an effective strategy to run against a president of your own party, unless you’ve been actively opposed to that president. You’re going to get tagged with it anyway.” — David Axelrod, who was President Barack Obama’s top political strategist in his two presidential campaigns and a senior adviser in his White House.

But running away from President Obama is exactly what many Senate Democrats are doing these days, and it’s creating friction with the White House.