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TheChat: Peter Kinder gears up for 2016

It’s a new week, and there’s hardly an election in sight. For now, that’s a good thing.

▪ “I also want to let you know that I will be expressing my intention to seek-election as your lieutenant governor very soon.” — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder in a note to Republicans.

The Missouri Scout came across this morsel, which clears up one of the mysteries of the 2016 election cycle, which is whether Kinder will run for a fourth term as the state’s second banana. Kinder will eventually face a blitz of questions about why he wants to keep running for a largely ceremonial job. That said, the man appears to have a lock on the office, and Democrats are going to struggle to find someone willing to take him on again. (link via

▪ “Staying positive is much harder than anyone realizes.” — Aaron Estabrook of Manhattan, Kan., and a field director for Greg Orman’s independent Senate campaign writing in a letter to the editor.

Estabrook makes a fair point, and that is Orman mostly refrained from negative attacks on Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts even while Orman was being barraged with tough hits from the Republican and his allies. The Senate race was yet another reminder that going negative works. And its outcome raises a question about independents everywhere. That is, if they are trying to break the mold by not resorting to negative attacks, can they win closely contested races?

▪ “We Won. Everything. Again.” — Kansas GOP chairman Kelly Arnold exulting in an e-mail blast to Republicans about the GOP’s second-straight “clean sweep” election.

Arnold deserves a chance to rave a bit. His note points out that the last time Republicans held all statewide offices for eight consecutive years was from 1941-1948. And he said that the GOP’s 98-27 seat advantage over House Democrats represents the most seats Republicans have held since their 105-seat caucus in 1952.

▪ “To suggest that we might somehow work together is something which is so far beyond the pale, I was speechless as I heard about it.” — Republican Mitt Romney talking about President Barack Obama’s letter to Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei concerning the fight against Islamic State militants.

Romney called the letter “astonishing” and “an enormous error.” The administration, however, has not confirmed the letter’s existence and has denied talk that it would cooperate militarily with Iran.