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TheChat: Pat Roberts tells world he’s very much alive

We’re still in recovery mode following a terrific set of mid-term elections.

▪ “Come on, I’m not near-dead.” — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts on whether his re-election campaign was a “near-death” experience.

After a brutal re-election campaign, Roberts demonstrated that he’s plenty alive and kicking with his unexpected 10-point win. Roberts didn’t let on about his feelings during the campaign, but plenty of top Republicans in Kansas thought his winning margin would be just a point or two — if he won at all.

▪ “Good examples of accepting the government you have rather than fantasizing about the government you wished you had.” — incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaking about Presidents Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton who managed to forge progress on the domestic front despite working with Congresses of the opposing party.

Speaking on Wednesday, McConnell said President Barack Obama has a choice. He can wield his veto pen or choose to work with Republicans in the same way Reagan and Clinton did. “The president has really got a choice,” McConnell said.

▪ “I’ll never be bought by anyone.” — Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, a Republican, at his re-election party taking a swipe at Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster. Both are expected to run for governor in 2016.

Schweich took a swing at Koster over recent stories that detailed Koster’s ties to lobbyists. Let’s be clear: The 2016 campaigns are off and running, folks. (link via

▪ “Not a bad night.” — Missouri House Speaker-designate John Diehl, a Town and Country Republican.

Now there’s modesty on display for you. The GOP is likely to control the Senate 25-9 and the House by a historic 116-47 — a pickup of one Senate seat and six House seats. Republicans rule the Legislature.

▪ “This is not the end of anything. This is the beginning.” — independent Kansas Senate candidate Greg Orman conceding the race to Republican Pat Roberts.

Orman’s comment at once left the door open to another race and also suggested that Orman believes a wave of independent candidacies are now in the offing across the country, based on his performance in Kansas. It’s going to be interesting to see if he’s right about the latter.