Government & Politics

TheChat: Jeb Bush keeping after Donald Trump

Good morning.

▪ “Just one other thing — I gotta get this off my chest — Donald Trump is a jerk.” — Jeb Bush talking about you-know-who at a town hall in New Hampshire.

Bush is trying, trying, trying to get himself back in this race, and New Hampshire is a state where he must perform well. With the school yard name-calling, though, Bush is playing Trump’s game, not his own. So whether this new brand of straight talk will work remains to be seen.

▪ “How can relocating people half a world away from their homes be any kind of good solution to the tragedy in the Middle East? It defies common sense.” — Missouri GOP gubernatorial candidate John Brunner opposing a move to relocate Syrian refugees and those from other countries in the St. Louis area.

Brunner is echoing the sentiments of GOP presidential candidates who say they fear the possibility that terrorists could be among the refugees. “Without a real way to be sure we can separate friend from foe, accepting the refugees puts Missouri citizens at risk,” Brunner said.

▪ “Today, the House passed a year-long spending bill that contains zero earmarks.” — House Speaker Paul Ryan pointing to one way Congress has reformed itself in recent years. He was referring to a vote cast last week.

Ryan pointed to his predecessor, John Boehner, for implementing the first earmarks ban in history. As recently as in the 2009 omnibus spending bill, more than 9,000 earmarks were included.

▪ “Today’s action by the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen is another step toward keeping the Rams in St. Louis, transforming the north riverfront with private investment, and creating jobs – without raising taxes on Missourians.” — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon applauding the St. Louis Board of Aldermen’s vote signing off on a plan to build a $1.1 billion football stadium.

The board, and Nixon, are working to keep the Rams in St. Louis. But whether that happens remains an open question. The matter now rests in the hands of NFL owners and St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke.