So they said

“Welcome back to the jobs conversation, Mr. President.” – Sen. Pat Roberts (in photo), R-Kan., in a statement responding to President Obama’s economic speech

“Had yesterday’s vote been taken by secret ballot, like the secret spying of #NSA, it would’ve passed. #Irony” – Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, tweeting Thursday about his “no” vote on the failed amendment to limit the National Security Agency’s data collection

“3 hops of snooping should make citizens hoppin mad!” – Huelskamp, also on Twitter, about House testimony that NSA analysts look “two or three hops” from suspects when evaluating terror activity

“The real damage isn’t to Tim Huelskamp in western Kansas or Mike Pompeo in Wichita. The real damage is to Republican presidential hopefuls.” – KU political science professor Burdett Loomis, to Bloomberg Businessweek, describing the House GOP zeal to cut food stamps as “another one of these 47 percent things”

“It’s like they’re living in some bizarro world.” – Rep. Jim Ward, D-Wichita, about the Brownback administration’s rosy reports about KanCare, the state’s privatization of Medicaid