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  • Mitt Romney returns to political stage as Republicans prepare for midterms

    04/18/2014 2:49:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 18, 2014 | Robert Costa and Philip Rucker
    One rainy morning this month, the man who thought he would be president boarded a train near his beach house in San Diego. He stepped off in Burbank, Calif., and caught a ride to a sound stage, where his on-again, off-again political consigliere, Mike Murphy, was waiting to shoot a commercial on a set that bore more than a passing resemblance to the Oval Office. Looking and sounding like a president out of central casting, he nailed his lines. The crew called him “one-take Romney,” and before he departed, they swarmed, extending arms around his shoulders and angling their iPhones...
  • In SW Florida congressional race, who matters more: Palin or Paul?

    04/15/2014 12:14:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times' The Buzz ^ | April 15, 2014 | Alex Leary, Washington Bureau Chief
    Endorsments can be overrated but in a conservative primary with a lot of noise and mud, could a high-profile name give a candidate the edge? Congressional District 19 candidate Lizbeth Benacquisto recently got the backing of Sarah Palin, who held a fundraiser and sang the candidate's praises on Fox News. Yesterday, Curt Clawson scored the endorsement of Sen. Rand Paul, among the first tea party backed candidates to make it big. "Washington is desperate for outside leadership," Paul said. "Curt Clawson is an outsider who will bring refreshing ideas to the halls of Congress. Today, I proudly stand with Curt...
  • Cynical Race-Baiting Will Fail to Save the Democrats

    04/14/2014 6:04:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 14, 2014 | Ron Christie
    Sadly, it has come down to this. When they assumed power in 2009, Democrats promised that a trillion-dollar stimulus package would invigorate the economy and create millions of jobs. It did not happen—all while trillions of dollars were added to the national debt which will become due when these current lawmakers are safely in retirement. The president of the United States and congressional Democrats promised that if they passed Obamacare, you could keep your doctor and your health plan while your premiums would decrease by an average of $2,500 a year. All of these claims were assessed and identified by...
  • Scandal in Florida Race Exposed. Some Keeping Quiet About It. Wonder Why?

    04/14/2014 2:14:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | April 11, 2014 | Isabel Matos
    Curt Clawson has hired a record 25 consultants for his campaign. It’s a lie that he’s an outsider. He’s not a principled Conservative either, something those supporting him claim he is. Just recently Breitbart News contributor Javier Manjarres of Shark Tank wrote a hit piece on Sarah, criticizing her for choosing the wrong Conservative in the race: Sarah Palin Jumps the Gun May Not Have Fully Vetted Recent Endorsee. That is ironic coming from a RINO-infested tank who shilled for Marco Rubio when he was lying about being against amnesty early on. Where was his research and vetting then? Shark...
  • How Low Can You Go? (Virginia Democrat candidate Mike Dickinson)

    04/10/2014 11:31:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Red Knuckle Politics ^ | April 1, 2014 | Tim O'Donnell
    Virginia Congressional Candidate has a disgraceful past (and present) Some of you may know of Mike Dickinson from his god awful twitter rants. Same may recognize the man who dailykos.com calls “the next Alan Grayson. Still others may recognize him from his appearance on Fox News’ Hannity, where he was eviscerated by the host. Just speaking to him and giving him facts will normally just earn you a block from his account @VoteMike2014. Others aren’t so lucky. Mike Dickinson recently agreed to an interview with this website as we profiled the Virginia congressional candidates in the 7th district. Mr. Dickinson...
  • Curt Clawson Backers Urge Sarah Palin to Reconsider Support for Lizbeth Benacquisto

    04/09/2014 1:35:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | April 3, 2014 | Kevin Derby
    Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska will be in Southwest Florida on Thursday for a fundraising event with Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, who is running in the Republican primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress. “Excited to announce that Sarah Palin is coming to Southwest Florida this week to join me on the campaign trail,” Benacquisto announced on Monday. But tea party leaders in the district backing Curt Clawson in the primary are urging Palin to reconsider her endorsement. Jack Tymann of the Naples Tea Party, Kathy Jones of the Lee County...
  • State Sen. Glenn Grothman plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (Wisconsin)

    04/03/2014 1:30:59 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal ^ | April 3, 2014 | Don Walker
    Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) announced Thursday he will challenge longtime Republican congressman Tom Petri in the 6th Congressional District. Grothman made the announcement on Charlie Sykes' morning talk-show on WTMJ-AM (620). Asked if he was running, Grothman replied, "Absolutely." Grothman conceded he did not currently live within district boundaries, but said he planned to move to Campbellsport in Fond du Lac County. "I don't think it's going to be an issue," he said. He also said he expected the state's Republican congressional delegation to back Petri. "There is apparently a deal between Wisconsin Republican congressmen that they come to...
  • Cantor rival Mike Dickinson compares Tea Party to al Qaeda, Palin to bin Laden

    04/02/2014 4:53:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 2, 2014 | Joe Newby
    On Tuesday, Mike Dickinson, the Virginia Democrat seeking the House seat currently held by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., compared the Tea Party to the terror group al-Qaeda on Twitter and claimed that Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are the U.S. equivalent of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks. Ultimately, Dickinson called the Tea Party and Sarah Palin "pure unamerican (sic) trash." "The tea party is Americas version of Al-Qaeda. Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin/Rand Paul all on same level as Bin laden (sic)," he claimed. "Tea party and Al-Qaeda: both resort to...
  • Palin, Virginia, & the Road to the White House

    03/31/2014 8:01:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Sarah Palin: Ex-veep nominee backs three Dixie Senate hopefuls. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R), whose support often helps propel underdog conservatives into the winner’s circle, has now endorsed three Republican US candidates who are challenging establishment-backed contenders. The latest is in Mississippi, where Palin has given her imprimatur to state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) in his challenge to six-term US Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). Before that, Palin endorsed Oklahoma House Speaker T. W. Shannon (R) over US Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), and Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) in a multi-candidate field to succeed US Sen. Johnny Isakson...
  • Smokin’ Joe Biden Pierces Republican Hearts Saying Fair Wages Are Good for Business

    03/29/2014 11:59:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | March 29, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    Vice President Joe Biden said Congress should raise the minimum wage because it’s good for people, business, women, and the economy. He thinks you ought to call your do-nothing representative and ask why they’re not passing a raise for the people. Smokin’ Joe also burned a certain Speaker by saying that Congress ought to do it because it’s what the people want. But I’m sure Joe knows that Speaker Boehner (R-OH) can’t be bothered with what the people want. After all, he’s got an itty bitty circus tent full of extremists’ egos to stroke in an election year, since they’re...
  • Assemblywoman primaries against third-most-liberal Republican (upstate NY)

    03/29/2014 10:32:47 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 26, 2014
    New York state Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney announced a primary challenge to Republican Rep. Richard Hanna Wednesday morning, hitting her opponent from the right. Tenney, a second-term conservative Republican and “lifelong resident of New Hartford,” launched the challenge to the two-term congressman at 9 a.m.
  • This Is How The Tea Party Ends

    03/28/2014 12:43:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Somewhat Reasonable blog ^ | March 28, 2014 | Benjamin Domenech
    How do political movements end? And how do we assess the impact they had on the political sphere? In the case of the Tea Party, it seems to me that some smart analysts are focusing too much on horserace politics, and less on the bigger picture of how public policy is made. More than one smart journalist is writing this spring that the less aggressive approach of grassroots groups in this year’s Senate and House primaries means that the Tea Party movement is essentially coming to an end. In a piece at National Journal titled “The Tea Party’s Over”, Josh...
  • House GOP Will Attend a Secret Island Meeting on How to Crush Conservatives

    03/27/2014 8:37:29 AM PDT · by drypowder · 48 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | March 27, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Erick Erickson reported that Republicans John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and 25 other Congress members will fly to Amelia Island next weekend to meet with a group dedicated to defeating conservatives in Congress. “Main Street Advocacy” is hosting the event at the Ritz Carlton – only the best for these sorts. Steve LaTourette, liberal Republican and former congressman, is the face of the group and a good friend of Boehner’s.
  • Ryman Shoaf for Congress - FL-4

    03/18/2014 12:14:58 PM PDT · by castowell · 5 replies
    Vanity ^ | March 18, 2014 | castowell
    My good friend is running for the 4th Congressional District in the state of Florida. Ryman Shoaf is a Tea Party conservative who wants to restore our country, and North Florida in particular, to a Constitutional- following Republic. The incumbent is Ander Crenshaw, who has held the seat for many years and has over time lost his conservative creds and has become a RINO. His Heritage Foundation rating for following the Constitution is 45% (overall Republican average is 65% - pathetic, I know, and a topic for another day). Ryman has nearly 1000 petitions signed and needs another 3000 by...
  • Pelosi: GOP friend-of-mine told me his party is “indifferent” to “really hungry children,” you know

    03/11/2014 7:00:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 11, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    What does that even mean? That some shall-remain-unnamed Republican colleague literally told her, presumably when asked why he supported the one percent budget cut to the federal food stamp program recently passed in the farm bill or why he did not support extending unemployment benefits or something, that his entire party’s policy platform is based off of its collective and utter indifference to the plight of families in poverty? …Why do I feel skeptical? Via RCP:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) "I asked a Republican friend why his party remains so opposed to extending the vital lifelines for struggling families and really hungry children. This...
  • Comical Thread:If You Were Darrell Issa,What Questions Would You Asked Of Lois Lerner?

    03/08/2014 7:14:12 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 49 replies
    Put yourself in Darrell's shoes.It's been three questions so far and Lois is still giving you the "Sargaent Schultz Response".By this time you have lost your patience and decide to mess with her.What Darrell should of done was ask her "Miss Lerner,Are You A Conservative Who Despises Liberals,or a "Liberal Who Despises Conservatives"?.Darrell had the opportunity to make her look like a fool if he had just asked a few simple questions just to see if she answered them.Can you imagine if he had asked:,Miss Lerner,are you a Male,Female,or "Gender Neutral"?, Now that would of made for an interesting response...
  • Joe Scarborough, apparently serious about 2016 run, gives speech in South Carolina

    02/27/2014 12:19:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 26, 2014 | Alex Pappas
    MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough continues to indicate that he is taking the prospect of running for president in 2016 seriously by giving speeches in more early primary states. Just last week, Scarborough made the trek from New York City to Greenville, South Carolina to speak at the South Carolina Automotive Council’s yearly summit. A schedule for the event indicates that Scarborough addressed attendees during a morning speech at the Hyatt Hotel in Greenville on Feb. 20. Scarborough’s visit to South Carolina, the location of the “First in the South” primary, follows The Daily Caller’s report earlier this month that it’s widely...
  • Sarah Palin: Remove from Congress all Potted Plants…

    02/21/2014 9:52:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | February 21, 2014 | Gary P. Jackson
    Governor Sarah Palin tweeted this today: Sarah Palin ✔ @SarahPalinUSA Remove from Congress all Potted Plants...... http://fb.me/6Jv64aAkT 10:32 AM - 21 Feb 2014 133 Retweets 101 favorites This serves as her comment to the linked article at Townhall from Judge Andrew Napolitano about President Obama’s unconstitutional power grab and the lack of Congress to even attempt to stop him: The political philosopher Edmund Burke once remarked that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good folks to do nothing. A glaring example of the impending triumph of a constitutional evil that could be stopped by folks...
  • This GOP Leader Wants Cruz To Leave Party

    02/21/2014 9:23:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Center for Western Journalism ^ | February 21, 2014 | Chrisopher Agee
    The internal battle between establishment and conservative Republicans has gained intensity recently, especially as more and more frustrated Americans align themselves with Tea Party values like limited government and individual liberty. Desperate to retain power, many in the party’s left wing choose to focus their efforts on fellow Republicans rather than the corrupt Democrats currently in charge of D.C. One of the latest examples of this disturbing trend came during a recent MSNBC segment featuring former Republican Rep. Steven LaTourette. Now the leader of a political action committee called “Defending Main Street,” the politico had some extremely harsh words for...
  • Joe Biden: “There isn’t a Republican Party” ("On every single issue, Americans agree with Dems")

    02/15/2014 12:06:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 14, 2014 | Allahpundit
    He said this at a conference organized by House Democrats, who’ve spent several years in the minority and are doomed to spend at least a few more at the hands of The Party That Doesn’t Exist. My favorite part in the clip below is where he touts the fact that ObamaCare, which has been underwater in public approval since the day it was signed, nonetheless hasn’t annoyed quite enough people to build a majority in favor of repeal (yet). To hear him talk, there must be a Democratic landslide brewin’ in November. But he’s not wrong about the fracturing of...
  • Kristol to Scarborough: You’ll run in 2016 to ‘fill the Jon Huntsman lane’ [VIDEO]

    02/06/2014 7:03:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 6, 2014 | Jamie Weinstein, senior editor
    Bill Kristol played the role of mischief maker on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday. Prompted by host Joe Scarborough, Kristol tallied off the nine Republicans he thinks will be finalists for the 2016 Republican nomination — and one of the nine was Scarborough himself. “Why would you put Joe on that list?” show co-host Mika Brzezinski asked. “He’s a former elected official. He’s got a real following out there. He’ll fill the Jon Huntsman lane,” Kristol said with a wry smile, eliciting cackles from Scarborough. After his failed 2016 presidential run, Huntsman has become a punchline for many conservatives. “OK, I’ll...
  • Key Democratic Group Will Sit Out Midterm Elections

    02/06/2014 4:21:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | February 5, 2014 | Ruby Cramer
    The Democratic Party’s biggest super PAC, recently retooled as an early pro-Hillary Clinton effort, will sit out the midterm elections this year. A spokesman with the group, Priorities USA Action, confirmed to BuzzFeed on Wednesday night that it would not be involved in House or Senate campaigns. “House Majority PAC and Majority PAC are doing everything right and making a real difference. We fully support their efforts,” said the spokesman, Peter Kauffmann, referring to the main groups supporting Democratic congressional candidates. Priorities USA Action, which operates under loose campaign finance rules that allow it to raise and spend unlimited sums,...
  • First on CNN: Conservative group pushes to topple GOP leaders in Congress

    02/04/2014 7:51:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | February 4, 2014 | Paul Steinhauser, CNN Political Editor
    A conservative group is launching a new campaign which calls on "the GOP leadership in both the House and the Senate to step aside." ForAmerica told CNN that it's putting six figures behind its "Dump the Leadership" campaign between now and November's leadership elections. The group says that its digital ads will target House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, as well as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn, and the group adds that the first paid spots are now up online. "Time and again, year after year, the Republican...
  • Report: Sandra Fluke Mulls Run for Henry Waxman's Seat

    01/30/2014 1:51:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 30, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sandra Fluke, the birth-control activist who helped Democrats launch their "Republican war on women" theme in the 2012 elections, is reported to be considering a run for the seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA). Waxman announced his retirement after 20 terms in the U.S. House on Thursday morning. Fluke, who reports her profession as "Social Justice Attorney," is from Los Angeles. The field of potential Democratic candidates is already filling quickly with state and local politicians who have bided their time for four decades, waiting for Waxman to leave an opening. But Fluke's national profile could draw big...
  • Ryan supports Christie, disagrees with Cruz’s approach on budget

    01/27/2014 1:14:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | January 26, 2014 | Deena Zaru
    Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin and former Republican vice presidential candidate, distanced himself from one of the most conservative leaders of his party and expressed reluctant support for one of its most embattled figures. At the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Ryan took a swipe at Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for not recognizing "reality" and, when pressed, expressed moderate support for Gov. Chris Christie, R-New Jersey. The chairman of the House Budget Committee and potential presidential contender in 2016 made the comments in a one-on-one conversation with Texas Tribune editor-in-chief Evan Smith on Thursday. ‘I wish Chris...
  • Arizona GOP censures McCain for 'liberal' record

    01/26/2014 2:28:26 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 23 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | January 26, 2013 | Terry Tang
    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain on Saturday, citing a voting record they say is insufficiently conservative. The resolution to censure McCain was approved by a voice-vote during a meeting of state committee members in Tempe, state party spokesman Tim Sifert said. It needed signatures from at least 20 percent of state committee members to reach the floor for debate. Sifert said no further action was expected. McCain spokesman Brian Rogers declined to comment on the censure. But former three-term Sen. Jon Kyl told The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/1mIyKyy ) that the move was "wacky."
  • Sleeper issue that could help Dems in 2014: Midterms starting to look a lot less favorable to GOP

    01/23/2014 12:36:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | January 22, 2014 | Jon Terbush
    The GOP has made opposition to ObamaCare a central pillar of its 2014 campaign strategy. And even though the health care law has begun to turn around, that may not be such a bad idea given lingering public skepticism over the law. However, there is one crucial piece of ObamaCare that may well become a big winner for Democrats by the end of the year: The dramatic expansion of Medicaid. Unlike the overall law, the expansion of Medicaid is actually quite popular with voters of all political stripes. Even in the Deep South, more than six in ten support expanding...
  • Local anti-Citizens United group hopes to place candidate in Dem congressional primary (OH)

    01/20/2014 11:58:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Athens News ^ | January 20, 2014 | David DeWitt
    A meeting last week of activist members of a local group called Democracy Over Corporations revealed a potential primary challenge to former state Rep. Jennifer Garrison for the Democratic Party nod to challenge U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, in Ohio's 6th Congressional District. The group also heard a presentation by Dick McGinn, a leader of the Athens-based anti-fracking group known as the Bill of Rights Committee, on a statewide Ohio Community Rights Network. McGinn said this is part of a statewide effort to push back against drilling interests and government collusion that he said hurts the environment. The DOC was...
  • Upset: Republican wins surprise blowout in Arkansas Senate special election

    01/17/2014 8:47:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 17, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Let’s read some 2014 tea leaves, shall we? First, some background on an Arkansas special election that was decided earlier this week: The special election for a northeast Arkansas Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who resigned over ethics violations will be an early bellwether on the fight to protect the state’s Medicaid expansion, as well as Democrats’ chances in the November election. Voters head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in the special election between Democrat Steve Rockwell and Republican John Cooper for state Senate District 21 seat that covers the Jonesboro area. The winner will serve the...
  • Armed Services Chairman McKeon retiring (California Republican)

    01/15/2014 9:56:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | Cameron Joseph and Jeremy Herb
    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) will announce his retirement on Thursday, according to two sources close to McKeon. "Mr. McKeon will be making his announcement tomorrow morning that he'll be retiring," a source close to McKeon tells The Hill. The powerful lawmaker's retirement is likely to spark a battle for his chairmanship — and lead to a competitive race for his House seat. Democrats are hopeful they could compete for McKeon's slightly Republican-leaning district in Southern California now that he's retiring. President Obama won 48 percent of the vote there in 2012. Lee Rogers (D), who held...
  • Jim Moran becomes 3rd House Dem this week to retire

    01/15/2014 12:54:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 15, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Publicly, House Democrats declare confidence in their chances to retake control of the lower chamber in the 2014 election cycle, even though presidents routinely lose significant numbers of seats in their second midterms. Their actions speak louder than their boasts, however. Jim Moran, a 12-term Congressman in a safe Democratic district and a close ally of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, called it quits — the third House Democrat to do so this week: Senior appropriator and progressive stalwart James P. Moran will step down at the end of this year, making him the thirdHouse Democrat in just three days to...
  • Fired by House Republicans, Hired by Ted Cruz

    01/13/2014 10:59:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Slate ^ | January 13, 2014 | David Weigel, Journ-o-list member
    Not every piece of congressional staffing news is going to be particularly relevant outside the beloved, wealthy Beltway. This is one of the outliers: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today announced Paul Teller as his new deputy chief of staff, effective Thursday, January 16. “Paul’s many years of experience working in Congress and his tireless work to advance conservative principles make him a tremendous addition to our team,” Sen. Cruz said. Many other Republicans are reading that and suppressing their gag reflexes. Thirteen years ago, when he was just 30, Teller joined the conservative Republican Study Committee as legislative director....
  • Sheila Jackson Lee proposes new term for 'welfare' (a "transitional living fund")

    01/11/2014 3:28:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 9, 2014 | Carol Christian
    U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who has decried the failure of Congress to extend unemployment benefits before its December recess, is talking about changing the vocabulary of assistance. In a speech Jan. 8 on the House of Representatives floor, Jackson Lee suggested renaming government welfare. "Maybe the word 'welfare' should be changed to something of, 'a transitional living fund,'" Jackson Lee said, according to a post on The Minority Report blog. "For that is what it is - for people to be able to live," she said....
  • Clay Aiken Mulls Run for Congress (Report)[North Carolina]

    01/03/2014 2:14:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Wrap ^ | January 3, 2014 | Tim Molloy
    Openly gay “American Idol” runner-up could run in North Carolina Clay Aiken may dedicate his knack for winning voters’ hearts to something besides “American Idol”: The runner-up on the show’s second-season is reportedly mulling a run for Congress in North Carolina. The Washington Blade says Aiken, 35, has consulted with political operatives including Betsy Conti, a political strategist who worked for Al Gore and former North Carolina Gov. Bev Purdue. Conti is based in Aiken’s hometown of Raleigh. He would potentially seek the seat now held by second term Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, the Blade reported. Aiken, who came...
  • Peter King Says He May Run for President to Save the GOP from Cruz and Paul

    12/31/2013 2:57:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | December 24, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Former Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said he’s still pondering a run for the White House because he doesn’t want Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) define the GOP. King, who’s made five trips up to early primary state New Hampshire and admitted in July that he’s toying with the idea of a presidential campaign, told MSNBC he hasn’t made up his mind yet and his decision should come “sometime next year, either next year or the beginning of 2015.” “Again, I’ve been up there five times. I am looking at it. People are talking...
  • Neal Boortz Unloads on Social Conservatives on Sean Hannity’s Radio Show

    12/27/2013 5:30:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 27, 2013 | Paula Bolyard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Neal Boortz, subbing for Sean Hannity on his radio show on the day after Christmas, took the opportunity to unload a heap of libertarian wrath upon social conservatives, saying that Republicans will not win another election if they continue ”screaming and yelling about abortion, about gay rights, about prayer in school.” Boortz spat the words “social conservative Republicans” into the airwaves as he railed against (some unnamed) Republicans who, apparently “obsessed” with social issues, are running around the country raging against the forces trying to take prayer out of school. Boortz seemed particularly upset with Republicans who want to peer...
  • Rove predicts GOP unity and Senate win in 2014

    12/27/2013 1:16:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 26, 2013 | Neil Munro, White House correspondent
    Karl Rove, the voice of the Republican donor class, is predicting that tea party-backed primary candidates will lose nearly all their primary fights against business-backed GOP politicians during 2014. “Every Republican senator and virtually every representative challenged in a primary as insufficiently conservative will win,” Rove wrote in a Dec. 26 blog post, an excerpt of which appeared in The Wall Street Journal. The op-ed listed his predictions about American politics in 2014. Rove’s business vs. tea party prediction is somewhat self-serving — he’s positioned himself as a leader of the GOP-affiliated donors and businesses who are facing criticism from...
  • Poll: GOP lead in generic ballot still growing despite ObamaCare website improvements

    12/26/2013 2:11:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 26, 2013 | Allahpundit
    I think Conn Carroll’s got the right takeaway here. The news isn’t that the GOP’s leading on the generic ballot; that’s been true in several polls since November, when the botched ObamaCare rollout dropped an atomic bomb on Democratic numbers so powerful that even veteran number-crunchers like Charlie Cook trembled at its glory. The news is that the comparative stability of Healthcare.gov over the past month hasn’t healed those Democratic wounds, which suggests two possibilities. Maybe, as more people rushed to sign up before the deadline, more of them saw for themselves just how irritating using the website is. It...
  • Examiner Editorial: Only Republicans can prevent a conservative renaissance

    12/23/2013 3:22:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 22, 2013 | The Editors
    As 2013 heads for the exits, it is clear the Obamacare debacle has shattered the rose-colored lenses through which many Americans have viewed President Obama ever since his dramatic address to the 2004 Democratic National Convention. The vaunted Obama charm can no longer obscure the fact that the president mislead the nation by promising people that Obamacare would let them keep the insurance plans and doctors they like and save thousands of dollars on health care costs. As a result, a growing number of opinion surveys point to the emergence of a new public consensus that Washington spends too much,...
  • Ryan to pass on 2016 presidential race?

    12/18/2013 8:34:07 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 18, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Most people viewed the budget deal crafted by Paul Ryan and Patty Murray in the context of the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, but that group may not have included Paul Ryan. After a solid campaign performance as Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012, the assumption was that Ryan wanted to take a shot at the top spot in the next opportunity. The Hill’s Russell Berman talked to Ryan’s colleagues on Capitol Hill, who believe Ryan has other plans in mind:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) In interviews The Hill conducted with more than two dozen House Republicans from across the ideological spectrum over the...
  • Huckabee Scolds the Tea Party Groups: ‘Politics Is Not Theology’

    12/15/2013 4:46:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 14, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News Channel host Mike Huckabee weighed in on the escalating feud between establishment Republican politicians and conservative activist groups on Saturday. Asked for his thoughts on House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) admonition of the idealized purism advocated by some outside groups, Huckabee sympathized with Boehner saying that governing is more difficult than activism and “politics is not theology.” Huckabee began by saying that Boehner was not scolding the tea party movement but conservative groups that capitalize on that movement. He added that some of those groups appear to have an “all or nothing mindset” and...
  • The Democrats’ secret plan to extend unemployment

    12/15/2013 2:08:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 14, 2013 | Jazz Shaw
    When “The Deal” was struck in the House this week there was one element which nearly had some of the congressional Democrats in open revolt. (And may still proved to be a problem in the Senate.) The progressive members wanted to tie an extension of unemployment benefits into the mix. But doing that without being willing to find the money to pay for it was going to prove a deal buster for the GOP, so it didn’t make the final cut. Never one to give up on an idea once he’s gotten his teeth into it, Chris Van Hollen has...
  • How ‘Liberal’ Is Sen. Cornyn?

    12/14/2013 11:59:29 AM PST · by Innovative · 57 replies
    Factcheck.org ^ | Dec 11, 2013 | Brooks Jackson
    Cornyn was rated the second most conservative of all incumbent U.S. senators by the nonpartisan National Journal, based on his voting record in the last Congress, which sat during 2011 and 2012. He scored 93.8 percent on the Journal’s “composite” conservative scale, which melds ratings on economic, social and foreign policy votes. Similarly, the anti-tax group Club for Growth has consistently rated Cornyn among the most conservative GOP senators over the years. The anti-abortion National Right to Life Committee gave Cornyn a rating of 100 percent in the last Congress, and also 100 percent in the current Congress to date....
  • How John Boehner learned to stop worrying and hate the Tea Party

    12/14/2013 9:41:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Week ^ | December 13, 2013 | Jon Terbush, Boston-based columnist
    Throughout the government shutdown, a great deal of speculation concerned when Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) would cut loose the Tea Party and deal with Democrats. That time has now come. Despite strong opposition from the right, Boehner threw his weight behind the bipartisan budget agreement reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), which passed the House Thursday by a 332–94 vote. In doing so, Boehner essentially gave the finger to the same forces who've repeatedly cornered him on thorny issues in the past and made his speakership, at times, quite miserable. "Frankly, I...
  • Boehner Slaps Conservatives: 'This is Ridiculous'

    12/11/2013 9:05:49 AM PST · by robowombat · 45 replies
    CNS ^ | December 11, 2013 - 11:22 AM | Susan Jones
    Boehner Slaps Conservatives: 'This is Ridiculous' By Susan Jones (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday took a swipe at conservative groups that "came out and opposed" a bipartisan budget deal "before they ever saw it." "They're using our members, and they're using the American people for their own goals. This is ridiculous," he said at a Republican news conference. "Listen, if you're for more deficit reduction, you're for this agreement," he snapped. The Heritage Foundation said the budget deal "thoroughly disappoints," and the conservative group offers "three key facts on the sour deal": It busts through supposed spending...
  • The Democratic Party: How It Can Save Itself

    12/09/2013 10:53:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 5, 2013 | Ted Van Dyk
    With the GOP in disarray and the president an increasingly lame duck, Democrats need to take the next three years to refind their focus. Between 1968, when Lyndon Johnson left the White House, and the end of the century, the nation elected only two Democratic presidents. Both were Southern populists who had been careful to differentiate themselves from Great Society and their liberal predecessors. That all changed in 2008, when Barack Obama defeated the party-establishment candidate, Hillary Clinton, and then Republican John McCain with a campaign that pledged to end political and ideological polarization with pragmatic problem-solving—from a liberal point...
  • Election 2014 GOP strategy memo: How Republicans can win big

    12/04/2013 6:50:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 4, 2013 | Eric Golub
    The 2014 midterm elections are less than one year away, and the day after the 2014 elections begins the 2016 presidential election. While the Obama liberal agenda is collapsing, Republicans must not get complacent. The only thing that matters is winning elections and governing. The Super Bowl winner gets a trophy and a parade. The loser gets garbage. Politics is no different. There is winning, and there is garbage. President Obama has used his 2012 election victory to ruthlessly punish those who did not vote for him. He treats half the country like garbage, and the only way to fight...
  • Charlie Rangel denies healthcare lies, says criticism ‘all about Obama’ [VIDEO]

    12/01/2013 11:14:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 1, 2013 | Brendan Bordelon
    New York Democrat Rep. Charlie Rangel denied that President Barack Obama lied when he repeatedly claimed those who liked their healthcare plans could keep them under Obamacare, claiming that the ensuing criticism is instead “all about Obama.” Rangel appeared alongside North Carolina Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers to discuss Obamacare’s political future with Fox News’ Shannon Bream on Sunday. After checking in on a fatal subway derailment in Rangel’s New York district, Bream asked the congressman if he would be open to modifying parts of the healthcare law that need work. “I don’t know what you mean by modification,” Rangel protested....
  • Poll: Democrats lose lead in 2014 generic ballot following Obamacare rollout

    11/26/2013 11:37:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 26, 2013 | Mandy Nagy
    After insurance policy cancellations and the botched launch of healthcare.gov, the political fallout from the rollout of Obamacare seems to be having an impact for Democrats in general and Obama, according to recent polling conducted by CNN and ORC International. From a CNN post this morning entitled CNN/ORC poll: Democrats lose 2014 edge following Obamacare uproar: "What a difference a month makes. A new CNN/ORC International poll indicates a dramatic turnaround in the battle for control of Congress in next year’s midterm elections. Democrats a month ago held a 50%-42% advantage among registered voters in a generic ballot, which asked...
  • GOP Rising Star Launches House Bid in New Hampshire

    11/26/2013 3:28:24 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 37 replies
    Roll Call ^ | November 25, 2013 | Kyle Trygstad
    New Hampshire state Rep. Marilinda Garcia announced Monday that she will enter the Republican primary for a targeted House race for the party. “To solve our country’s problems, we have to change the kind of people we send to Washington and that’s why I’m running for Congress,” Garcia tweeted on Monday. Garcia joins former state Sen. Gary Lambert in the primary to take on freshman Democratic Rep. Ann McLane Kuster. New Hampshire’s 2nd District, which President Barack Obama carried by 10 points in 2012, has switched party hands in three out of the past four elections. Republicans have viewed Garcia,...