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TheChat: The Kansas caucuses edition

‘Twas a big time in Kansas this weekend with all those presidential candidates around:

▪ “What a ridiculous system.” — Donald Trump speaking in Wichita about the Kansas GOP caucus system.

Ridiculous, maybe, but it’s far cheaper than a primary. And the parties wind up paying for it as opposed to the state. At least this is the rationale for why Kansas does it the way it does.

▪ “He was a stiff.” — Trump addressing 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Romney, of course, blasted Trump last week as a con man. Trump returned the favor in Wichita, also labeling Romney as a disaster and a loser.

▪ “You see all the attention we're getting in Kansas?” — Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, a Wichita Republican, on all the presidential activity Saturday in the Sunflower State.

It was an amazing few days with Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders all appearing in the state and buying TV ads. Since when does Kansas matter? When there’s an election, and the races for the nomination are hotly contested.

▪ “This demonstrates the total dissatisfaction voters feel with the Obama administration and the sense of urgency to make a change in our country.” — Kansas GOP chair Kelly Arnold on the huge crowds that showed up Saturday around the state.

Arnold said turnout in some locations was four to five times the 2012 showing.

And in Missouri:

▪ “Untethered itself from planet Earth.” — Missouri Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris Koster speaking in Hannibal, Mo., about today’s GOP.

Koster, the two-term attorney general, once was a Republican and apparently is comfortable with the decision he made to switch parties.