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TheChat: Jack Danforth says voters need to rethink their attitude toward government


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▪ “People say politicians don’t listen. You bet they listen. The question isn’t whether they listen. It’s what they hear. And what they hear is give me mine, and give it to me now, and don’t give an inch.” — former Missouri Sen. Jack Danforth urging voters to reconsider their own attitudes about government.

Danforth spoke in St. Louis with former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman about the role that religion can play in easing the partisanship that grips Washington. The key, Lieberman said, is finding a way for religion to raise politicians “above where they are now.” (link courtesy of

▪ “It’s a short-term fix that buys time. It doesn’t fix your imbalance, it doesn’t solve the bigger issues that are at stake, but it’s the minimum payment.” — former Kansas budget director Duane Goossen on Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget cuts.

Goossen, who worked for both Democratic and Republican governors, described the cuts as making a minimum payment on a credit card debt. A bigger payment will be required next year when lawmakers have to trim about $600 million in spending.

▪ “Bad piece of journalism.” — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill bemoaning Rolling Stone’s article about an alleged rape at the University of Virginia that the magazine has now retracted.

McCaskill, who has worked to crack down on campus sexual assault, worries that the article will have a chilling effect on women coming forward to report crimes. “I want to make sure we overcome it and don't allow it to slow us in our determination to make sure that victims have the support they need,” she told a Senate subcommittee this week.

▪ “I look forward to the 2016 campaign.” — Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder confirming that he will seek a fourth term in 2016.

The Republican was laying down a marker on the race in the wake of the news that GOP mega donor Rex Sinquefield had contributed $1 million to the campaign of Bev Randles, a Kansas City lawyer, who wants Kinder’s job. Why that job is worth $1 million to anyone is a mystery. So is why Kinder wants another four years of a largely powerless position.