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  • Sarah Palin vs. President Obama: Are Republicans the losers? (C'mon, you knew they'd go there)

    07/11/2014 4:28:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Los Angeles Times' Politics Now ^ | July 11, 2014 | Cathleen Decker
    For a few political cycles now, Republican leaders have strained to distance themselves from some in their midst and focus on the basics to secure and extend their power in Washington: The less-than-sweeping economic recovery and President Obama’s foundering, as they see it, at home and abroad. And those in their midst have continued to define the party in ways that drew an injurious response from key voter groups. There was the dust-up in 2012 when Todd Akin, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri, defended his opposition to abortion by positing that women’s bodies blocked conception resulting from rape....
  • Barack Obama on impeachment: 'Really?'(“I don’t have to run anymore, so I can just let it rip”)

    07/10/2014 7:10:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 10, 2014 | Edward-Isaac Dovere, senior White House reporter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Go ahead, President Barack Obama told House Republicans Thursday. Impeach him. “You hear some of them: ‘Sue him! Impeach him!’” Obama said in a relaxed, sniping campaign-style speech in Austin, Texas, recounting the resistance he’s run into for signing executive actions. “Really? For what, doing my job?” So punchy that he was leaning arms hanging off the front of his podium, telling a few hecklers to “sit down,” and instructing the Secret Service not to bother removing them, Obama said he was feeling liberated. “I don’t have to run for office anymore, so I can just let it rip,” he...
  • Obama Wants 3.7 Bill.Well,Then Congress Should Make A List Of Their Demands.Let's Make A Deal!

    07/09/2014 4:02:37 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 27 replies
    So Barry wants 3.7 Billion for the upkeep of the refugee crisis.Fine!,now here is an opportunity for Boehner and Congress to come back at the President and say,Hey,OK,you want 3.7 Billion dollars,Fine,then you give us Keystone,pass our tax-reform bill(lowering all taxes for individuals and businesses)lets say lower the Capital Gains to 15%.They should also demand that Obama-Care become optional/no mandates.Fire Harry Reid,and Barry has to pay for the rest of his vacations/golf outings/fundraisers,etc.Yah,lets just see if he agrees to all of those mandatory agreements if he wants his money!
  • A party that won’t be saved: GOP dead-enders and “reform conservatives” duke it out

    07/09/2014 10:04:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Salon ^ | July 9, 2014 | Simon Maloy
    Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin teamed up to show "Reformicons" just how tough reforming the GOP will be. The last couple of weeks have been a coming out party of sorts for the “Reformicons,” the group of conservative intellectuals who have taken it upon themselves to reform the Republican Party into something less dogmatic and more electable. They were the subject of a New York Times Magazine profile and countless thinkpieces. They were the topic of a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution. Pundits were commenting on the resurgence of conservative intellectualism and wondering whether a gaggle of economics-obsessed conservatives...
  • On Fox Disgruntled Obama Stalker Sarah Palin Claims Impeachment Is a Bipartisan Issue (H8rade)

    07/09/2014 9:02:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | July 8, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    On Hannity, Sarah Palin claimed to have a list of 25 impeachable offenses, and that Democrats also want to impeach President Obama. After six years of attacking President Obama in hopes of being noticed, Ms. Palin is rather disgruntled. So like all relentlessly rejected stalkers, she’s upped the ante in a desperate bid for attention. Now she wants him impeached. That will teach mean old Mr. President to ignore Sarah Palin from Alaska Arizona. On Hannity, Palin claimed that Obama is a lawless and imperial president. She said it was time for a little less talk and a lot more...
  • Top Dem: U.S. 'Cannot Be Expected to Give Sanctuary to Every Single Child in the World'

    07/09/2014 12:13:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 8, 2014 | Caroline May
    The unaccompanied children from Central American crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally should be deported except in extreme circumstances, according to House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. “We have an immediate humanitarian crisis that confronts this country, we also have a crisis in terms of this country cannot continue to absorb, nor should it, a limitless number of people who — particularly children who want to cross our border,” Hoyer told reporters Tuesday. According to the Democratic whip the influx is unsustainable in the U.S. “We cannot give these children sanctuary except in extraordinary circumstances. Obviously we have refugee status and protective...
  • Republicans’ impeachment-mania: How it achieves a subtler, dangerous end (Cue spooky music)

    07/08/2014 10:17:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | July 8, 2014 | Emmett Rensin
    Despite Sarah Palin's calls, the president won't be impeached. But here's how her demand normalizes other lunacy. “By the Grace of God,” the English used to say, when asked by what authority their monarch ruled. “Divine right” was the answer, and that was that – you didn’t have to like the queen, but God did, and that’s why she was in charge. Simpler times, those were. Today, former GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced her belief that President Obama should be impeached. Last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced his intention to launch the first congressional lawsuit against...
  • Sarah Palin just joined the ‘impeach Obama’ crowd. That’s bad news for the GOP.

    07/08/2014 1:36:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 8, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    Sarah Palin on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of Republicans calling for the impeachment of President Obama, writing in a Breitbart op-ed that the influx of young illegal immigrants over the southern border "is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, 'no mas.' " Mixed/careless metaphors aside, this is nothing but bad news for Republicans — especially four months until the 2014 election. Palin is hardly the first GOP politician to raise the issue of impeachment over the past couple years. Others include Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Reps. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.),...
  • Sarah Palin: Impeach Obama; ‘If He’s Not Impeachable, Then No One Is’

    07/08/2014 1:26:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Sarah Palin now thinks President Obama should be impeached. The former Governor of Alaska made her case in an op-ed for Breitbart. Starting with illegal immigration, Palin referred to America as the “battered wife” that needs to say “no mas.” Obama “deliberately” wants to let illegal immigrants in, Palin wrote, to compete “against Americans for our jobs and limited public services” by allowing them to “kick off their shoes and come on in.” Palin used quotation marks when referring to Obama as the country’s “leader,” and said that “we average Americans know” about the “unsafe conditions” of the country. The...
  • Border-state Democrat: Obama "one step behind" on immigration (Obama's "Hurricane Katrina?")

    07/06/2014 3:53:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | July 6, 2014 | Conor Finnegan
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Obama administration is facing fresh criticism for its handling of the immigration crisis from two voices at the center of the debate. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, and Mayor Alan Long of Murrieta, California - the small town that rose up in protest after federal officials bused illegal immigrants to a facility there - both criticized the administration for failing to fix a broken system and address what they called a foreseeable problem. "With all due respect to the administration, they're one step behind. They should have seen this coming a long time ago," Cuellar, a red-state Democrat, told CNN's...
  • The Lawyers Behind the Lawsuit against Obama

    07/05/2014 2:10:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The National Review ^ | July 5, 2014 | Ian Tuttle
    For some time now, Elizabeth Foley and David Rivkin have had two questions about the 44th president: “How is he getting away with this? And why isn’t someone doing something about this?” Foley, a professor of constitutional law at Florida International University College of Law, and Rivkin, lead outside counsel of Florida et al. v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of three Obamacare challenges that ended up before the Supreme Court in 2012, are doing something. They are the architects of the House of Representatives’ likely lawsuit against President Obama, which would challenge the president’s selective...
  • Is Obama’s go it alone strategy telling Democrats to stay home in November?

    07/03/2014 8:42:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 3, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Democrats have an enthusiasm problem, and they know it. A June poll from the Democratic firm Democracy Corps revealed that, among those voters who make up the Obama coalition — young people, Latinos, African-Americans, and single women – only 68 percent describe themselves as “likely” to vote in 2014. 85 percent of other voters who are expected to favor Republican candidates say they are “likely” to cast a ballot in November. The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake observed that this is not the only troubling sign for Democrats ahead of the midterms. “An April AP-GfK poll showed, among those who are...
  • Charlie Rangel: It’s hard to distinguish between racist Dixiecrats and the Tea Party

    07/03/2014 3:42:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | July 2, 2014 | Right Scoop
    It’s clear the left will say anything to make people believe that the Tea Party is racist, no matter how ludicrous. Tonight on Hardball, Charlie Rangel claimed that the Dixiecrats who opposed the Civil Right’s Act are in fact today’s Tea Party, arguing that it’s hard to distinguish between the two. In fact, he goes on to say that the Dixiecrats that were from the South are the ‘grandparents’ of the Tea Party. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) HOST: Congressman, I will start with you. …The Civil Rights Act that passed in 1964 wouldn’t pass in 2014. Do you agree with that? RANGEL: First...
  • Sen. Cruz Names Nick Muzin As Senior Adviser, Dep. Chief of Staff

    07/02/2014 11:16:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Jewish Political News and Updates ^ | July 2, 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday named Nick Muzin as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff for strategy, effective Monday, July 14. “Nick’s broad range of experience and networks make him the ideal person to help us craft a positive, forward-looking vision for America and take that message to every corner of the country,” Sen. Cruz said in a statement. “I am delighted to have him on our team, and look forward to working together.” Muzin, 38, an Orthodox Jew, is a physician and attorney, and is currently the director of coalitions for the House Republican Conference,...
  • [Kent] Bush: The tea party is GOP’s own worst enemy

    06/30/2014 7:46:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Pekin Daily Times ^ | June 30, 2014 | Kent Bush
    Do you know why everyone loves the holidays? It’s because we all have that one wacky uncle that does enough stupid stuff during each family get together to give the rest of us funny inside jokes that last all year. If you don’t know who that is in your family, it’s probably you. In the GOP, it is the tea party. This fringe group has always clung to the edges of the Grand Old Party. Thanks to Barack Obama — ostensibly because of his policies and not his pigmentation — the group was able to cohere into a politically relevant...
  • An Angry Tea Party and Vocal Ted Cruz Prove America Is Becoming More Liberal

    06/30/2014 8:03:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 26, 2014 | H. A. Goodman
    Christopher Hitchens got a chance to analyze the Tea Party in 2011, the same year cancer took his life. In a Vanity Fair article titled "Tea'd Off," the great polemicist explains that populist movements like the Tea Party are a reaction to social and political change. Hitchens writes that before the Revolutionary War costumes, America had seen a somewhat similar phenomenon with the John Birch Society: The John Birch Society possessed such a mainstream message--the existence of a Communist world system with tentacles in the United States--that it had a potent influence over whole sections of the Republican Party. It...
  • Ted Cruz, House Republicans, and their many secret meetings

    06/29/2014 10:36:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show ^ | June 27, 2014 | Steve Benen
    It’s not too uncommon for Republican leaders from the House and Senate to occasionally meet, trade notes, and work out bicameral strategies, but as a rule, rank-and-file members tend to stick with colleagues from the same chamber. When they have ideas or grand plans, GOP lawmakers usually turn to their chamber’s leadership or committee chairs. Which is why it’s odd to see House Republicans huddle so frequently with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Last September, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) presented a plan to avoid a government shutdown. Cruz met directly with House Republicans, urged them to ignore their own leader’s...
  • Sarah Palin: Nancy Pelosi Cares More About Illegals at Border than Unborn in America

    06/29/2014 9:06:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 29, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin suggested that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) cares more about illegal immigrant children than the unborn in the United States after Pelosi went to the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday and said America should view the border crisis as a "humanitarian opportunity." Palin said her sister sent her the Breitbart TV report about Pelosi's comments over the weekend. According to Palin, Pelosi was "either speaking such gibberish, considering her track record, or confessing one heck of a great conversion." "Yesterday, Ms. Pelosi spoke highly of illegal immigrants storming our U.S. border, including the children being...
  • Nancy Pelosi at Illegal Immigrant Holding Facility “We’re All Americans” (Video)

    06/28/2014 3:57:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 28, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Minority leader Nancy Pelosi visited the border on Saturday. The former Speaker made a statement to reporters, “I wish I could take all those children home with me… We’re all Americans in this hemisphere, North and South Amrerica.” KGBT reported:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Breitbart reported: Saturday at a press conference from the Rio Grande Valley, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discussed her tour of a border holding facility and addressed the humanitarian crisis of thousands unaccompanied minors flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border, which she called a “humanitarian opportunity.” Pelosi explained, “We are all Americans — north and south in this hemisphere,” and urged America to...
  • GOP Front-Runner Compares Gay Marriage to Polygamy

    06/27/2014 12:08:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | June 23, 2014 | Erika Eichelberger
    Last week, a top GOP House candidate in Washington state compared gay marriage to polygamy. "Marriage is something more for religion to decide," Republican front-runner Pedro Celis said Thursday when asked about his stance on same-sex marriage at a GOP candidate forum, the Seattle Times reported. "Is this marriage or not? Polygamy—is it fine or not? It's a religion thing." The National Republican Congressional Committee has backed Celis, a former Microsoft engineer, to run against Democratic Rep. Suzan DelBene in Washington's first congressional district. DelBene is expected to hold onto her seat in November, but national Republicans are trying extra...
  • WH Press Secretary: 'We’re Not Just Going to Sit Around and Wait' for Congress to Write Laws

    06/26/2014 9:32:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 26, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)President Obama, tired of waiting for Congress to act on immigration reform, is currently exploring ways to address issues with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. During an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained that the Obama administration was getting impatient with Congress. “[W]e’re not just going to sit around and wait interminably for Congress,” he explained. “We’ve been waiting a year already. The president has tasked his Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson with reviewing what options are available to the president, what is at his disposal using his executive authority to...
  • The Reality Is That There Is No Difference Between Republican and Tea Party Candidates (Laff-riot)

    06/26/2014 2:20:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    In order to understand their surroundings, human beings depend on their brain’s ability to organize, identify, and interpret a barrage of sensory information that allows them to perceive, among other things, a potential threat. There has been a gross misperception among a large number of people who observe American politics that the greatest threat to this country, and more specifically its democracy, is the rise of extremists in the conservative movement. As a rule, the first extremist group that comes to most people’s mind is the Koch brothers’ tea party movement that they errantly bifurcate from establishment Republicans and it...
  • Republican Clawson wins Florida special election

    06/24/2014 7:02:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Modesto Bee / The Associated Press ^ | June 24, 2014 | Donna Cassata and Emily Wagster Pettus
    In a victory for the tea party movement, Republican Curt Clawson won a special election in southwest Florida on Tuesday to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, who resigned in January after pleading guilty to cocaine possession. The businessman and former Purdue basketball star cruised past Democrat April Freeman and Libertarian Ray Netherwood in a solidly Republican district on the state’s Gulf Coast. With all precincts reporting, uncertified results show Clawson captured 67 percent of the vote for District 19, which includes most of Lee County and about a third of Collier County....
  • Gowdy to IRS Commish: How Do You Know No Criminal Act Occurred?

    06/24/2014 6:49:44 PM PDT · by IndianaJax · 23 replies
    RealClearPolitics.com ^ | 06/24/14 | Real Clear Politics
    REP. TREY GOWDY (R-SC): You have already said multiple times today that there was no evidence that you found of any criminal wrongdoing. I want you to tell me what criminal statutes you have evaluated. JOHN KOSKINEN, IRS COMMISSIONER: I have not looked at any. GOWDY: Well, how can you possibly tell our fellow citizens that there's not criminal wrongdoing if you don’t even know what statutes to look at? KOSKINEN: I have seen no evidence that anyone -- GOWDY: Well, how would you know what elements of the crime existed? You don’t even know what statutes are in play....
  • Column: Here’s What Teatopia Would Look Like

    06/20/2014 10:37:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Valley News ^ | June 21, 2014 | Reihan Salam for Slate
    What exactly does the Tea Party movement want? Other than bringing three-cornered hats, powdered wigs, and knee breeches back in style, that is. If every Republican squish in Congress were booted out of office and replaced by a doughty defender of our constitutional freedoms, what kind of laws would this purer, more authentically conservative GOP pass, and which government programs would it dismantle? If FDR gave us the New Deal and LBJ gave us the Great Society, how would President Rand Paul or President Ted Cruz seek to transform American life? No one really knows. But it is a question...
  • Pelosi: Boehner Using Word ‘Alien’ to Describe Illegals is 'Reprehensible'

    06/20/2014 7:11:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Townhall ^ | June 20, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rebuked House Speaker John Boehner on Friday for calling illegal immigrants ‘aliens’ in a tweet he sent out. Speaker John Boehner ✔ @SpeakerBoehner Obama admin should immediately deploy additional personnel to assist in the processing & removal of these aliens: http://j.mp/1lbtIxH 10:40 AM - 20 Jun 2014 38 Retweets 27 favorites “Mr. Speaker, these comments and labels are inexcusable and reprehensible — no one should be politicizing the ordeal of these children in such a manner,” Pelosi’s office said. Newsflash, NP: ‘alien’ is the correct legal term—even DHS uses it (Unaccompanied Alien Children).
  • Brian Schweitzer says his 'gaydar' goes off when he sees Eric Cantor

    06/19/2014 2:52:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | June 19, 2014 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer chose an interesting path and offered puzzling critiques since he tossed his name in the hat for a potential presidential run in 2016. But comments the Democrat made about Rep. Eric Cantor and Sen. Dianne Feinstein in a lengthy profile published by National Journal have probably knocked him off that path. In the piece, Schweitzer shared his perceptions on Cantor's sexuality while discussing the Virginia Republican's shocking loss last week against an unknown primary candidate. “If you were just a regular person, you turned on the TV, and you saw Eric Cantor talking, I would...
  • Dave Brat rising: A better Ron Paul?

    06/16/2014 1:57:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 16, 2014 | Bernie Quigley
    Like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), Dave Brat sends a shock through the New York/Washington axis. His victory shows a classic denial of political reality by the political establishment. It comes because the establishment holds fast to "the way we were" and won't let go. 'Twas ever thus, but all the money, all the influence, all the mainstream propaganda from Hollywood and the Eastern press cannot hold it back. The new century rises to new themes; the old falls away to ruins. I have been saying here that what we have been seeing...
  • Liberal Media Are Very Concerned Over Cantor’s Primary Loss

    06/15/2014 10:00:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Pirate's Cove ^ | June 12, 2014 | William Teach
    They are Very Concerned about the extremists taking over or something. Here’s the NY Times Editorial Board The forces of political nihilism not only remain alive and well within the Republican Party, but they are on the rise. Witness the way they shook Washington on Tuesday by removing from power Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, who had been one of the most implacable opponents to the reform of immigration, health care and taxation. His crime (in addition to complacent campaigning)? He was occasionally obliged, as a leader, to take a few minimalist steps toward governing, like raising the debt...
  • NY Times: GOP’ers sounding more like Occupy Wall Street, scaring business leaders

    06/15/2014 7:34:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 15, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    As the fallout from Rep. Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) stunning primary loss continues to settle, one of the many entrenched interests feeling suddenly insecure about their position in the American hierarchy is big business. For some, like the aviation giant Boeing, Cantor was a reliable friend. With his loss, that company’s prospects, along with its share price, have crumpled. “Mr. Cantor’s loss is much more than just symbolism,” the Times reported on Saturday. “He has been one of Wall Street’s most reliable benefactors in Congress. And Mr. Brat used that fact to deride the majority leader as someone who has rigged...
  • Top Jeb Bush Adviser: Cantor Didn't Lose Because of Amnesty

    06/14/2014 10:30:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 14, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Top Jeb Bush adviser Mike Murphy, who did not even pay attention to Dave Brat's campaign like Breitbart News did, has falsely been claiming that Cantor's embrace of amnesty for illegal immigrants was not the reason he lost last Tuesday. Liberal writer Mickey Kaus had enough of Murphy's nonsense and slammed him on Twitter on Friday evening. Kaus became Brat's de facto press secretary and top advocate on Twitter in the last months of the campaign because Kaus, like Brat, opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants because it would hurt American workers. He mentioned to Murphy that talk radio host Laura...
  • Michael Steele: 'Lot Of Interest' In Eric Cantor Serving As RNC Chairman

    06/14/2014 4:06:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | June 14, 2014 | Sahil Kapur
    Eric Cantor, next Republican National Committee chairman? Former RNC chair Michael Steele thinks it's a possibility after the House majority leader was defeated Tuesday in a Virginia Republican primary. "With the upcoming presidential election, there's a lot of interest in Eric Cantor serving as national chairman of the RNC," Steele said Saturday on MSNBC's "Up With Steve Kornacki.""In fact I think he'd be interesting because he started dialogues on poverty and some other issues that were sort of outside of what Republicans have traditionally talked about. So he could bring a very interesting voice into that space," he said. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)
  • Joe Scarborough: Draft Mitt Romney in 2016!

    06/14/2014 3:31:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 14, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Joe Scarborough, the MSNBC host who has transformed into one of his generation's most preeminent Rockefeller Republicans, believes Mitt Romney should run for president again in 2016. Speaking to about 300 guests at "a luxury resort in the Rocky Mountains" with other potential GOP presidential hopefuls like Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Scarborough reportedly urged the establishment donors and insiders to being a “Draft Romney” movement. “This is the only person that can fill the stage,” Scarborough said at a summit hosted by Romney, according to a Washington Post report. Scarborough and other attendees may not...
  • What Eric Cantor's Defeat Means for Hillary Clinton ("Advantage, Clinton")

    06/13/2014 5:59:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 12, 2014 | Ronald Brownstein
    The Democratic presidential prospect could have demographics on her side.The best news for Hillary Rodham Clinton this week wasn't the mostly positive reviews for her memoir Hard Choices. It was the hard fall taken by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor when he was ousted by a tea-party challenger who denounced him as insufficiently conservative, particularly on immigration. The Virginia Republican's defeat virtually extinguishes the already flickering chances that House Republicans will pass immigration reform before the 2014 election, and even dims the odds that the chamber will take action before 2016. And that significantly improves prospects in the next presidential...
  • Top Democrat: Tea party swallowed GOP

    06/13/2014 5:33:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    DES MOINES — It’s not often that a Democratic Party top national strategist travels to Iowa to lament an election loss of a prominent conservative Republican leader. But that happened Friday when Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz warned that the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican who is the second most-powerful U.S. House leader, could be a harbinger of deeper political extremism, gridlock and obstructionism....
  • Six Months Of Scandals&World Crises So Far.2015 SOTU Address Crisis To Come?

    06/13/2014 5:18:04 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 5 replies
    Now wasn't it the 2010 SOTU Address when Obama was gloating all of the military successes of Iraq?(Along with all of the fake Democrat Applause).Here we are approaching mid-way into 2014 and needless to say,probably worst year ever for a second-term President.And to think they grilled Clinton in 1998 and Nixon in 1972 for matters that were minuscule compared to Obamas?.The 2015 State Of The Union Address will either be cancelled or turn into a comedy hour.If we have another six months of these scandals and unrest in the mid-east,How Will Barry Explain It In The next State Of The...
  • The young Haverford grad who helped beat Eric Cantor

    06/13/2014 1:32:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | June 13, 2014 | Jeff Gammage
    In the space of less than a week, 23-year-old Zachary Werrell went from unknown to boy wonder to angry toddler, depending on who was talking. Werrell, who graduated last year from Haverford College, was lauded for having engineered Tuesday's shocking political defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. And, as campaign manager of insurgent David Brat, he was criticized Wednesday for scrubbing his Facebook page, which included provocative comments comparing the shooting of Trayvon Martin with abortion. Multiple efforts to reach Werrell were unsuccessful. His teachers at Haverford, the rigorous, liberal-arts-and-Quaker-values institution on the Main Line, described Werrell as a...
  • Will Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl be the Democrats' albatross?

    06/12/2014 9:44:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 13, 2014 | Professor Jonathan Turley
    The controversy over the trade of five Taliban prisoners for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl continues to grow with allegations that President Barack Obama violated federal law and paid too high a price for the release. However, the biggest problem for the White House may not be the Taliban (including one released prisoner who said he wants to immediately rejoin the fight against America) but what to do with Bergdahl now that we have him back. Bergdahl is facing allegations that he not only deserted in June 2009, but may have collaborated with the enemy. If he faces a military trial,...
  • David Frum: When Will Republican Leaders Fight Back? (Unintentionally hilarious!)

    06/12/2014 4:45:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 12, 2014 | David Frum, senior editor
    If the GOP is unwilling to stand up to radicals, it might as well just rename itself the Committee to Elect Hillary Clinton. Eric Cantor tried to appease Republican radicals. They turned on him anyway. John Boehner has tried to resist them. They just overwhelmed him. Mitt Romney tried to join them—and in doing so fastened onto his party the platform that lost the presidential election of 2012. At some point, Republican leaders must recognize that they have a fight on their hands whether they like it or not. If they refuse to join that fight, they will be devoured...
  • For White House, little joy in Cantor's defeat

    06/12/2014 2:21:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | June 12, 2014 | Julie Pace
    For years, the White House saw House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as a chief driver of Republicans' staunch opposition to nearly all of President Barack Obama's agenda. Now, Cantor's stunning primary loss seems likely to make politics even more difficult for Obama. Rather than opening a pathway for the president, Cantor's defeat could push Republicans more to the right and harden the House GOP's hostility toward the White House, virtually dooming Obama's efforts to pass a legacy-building immigration bill or other major legislation....
  • Giddy Dems’ new strategy: Watch the GOP implode (Think Cantor's defeat is an opportunity for them)

    06/12/2014 1:16:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 12, 2014 | Edward-Isaac Dovere and Carrie Budoff Brown
    Democratic operatives were just as surprised as everyone else by Eric Cantor’s defeat — but now they’re trying to figure out how to make the most of it. The early thinking: Stay out of the GOP’s way. Virginia’s 7th Congressional District probably isn’t going their way, regardless of the Republican candidate switch. But operatives planning for the midterms believe they can turn Tuesday’s surprising tea party resurgence into something much bigger. They see the attention to the defeat as another cut at the House Republicans as extremists, a new way to highlight congressional dysfunction, a chance to pump more GOP...
  • Republicans Know What They’re Against. But What Are They For?

    06/12/2014 9:44:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/12/2014 | Rick Moran
    Let’s face it. It’s tough being in the minority. Any ideas they have for improving the lives of Americans, or improving the performance of government, or improving the economy are ignored by the majority. “I won,” President Obama told Republicans a few days after he took office as they sought to have some input into the developing stimulus package.And that’s the way it’s been since then. During the debate over Obamacare, the president and Democrats continuously told the lie that his plan had to be passed because the Republicans had no ideas of their own. Not only were there...
  • Cantor Campaign Spent More at One Steakhouse than Brat on Entire Campaign

    06/11/2014 6:52:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 11, 2014 | Tony Lee
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) campaign spent more money at one posh steakhouse before his shocking Tuesday primary defeat than his opponent Dave Brat spent on his whole campaign. Cantor's campaign spent $124,177 at Bobby Van'S Grill and Steakhouse and $44,460 at Blt Steak for a total of $168,637. According to Open Secrets, Cantor raised $5.4 million while Brat raised $206,663. While Cantor spent nearly all of his haul ($5.1 million), Brat spent $122,793 for his entire campaign, which was less than what Cantor's campaign spent at Bobby Van's alone ($124,177).[continued]
  • With Eric Cantor's shocking defeat, immigration reform all but dies in US House this year

    06/10/2014 8:35:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Miami Herald's Naked Politics ^ | June 10, 2014 | Marc A. Caputo
    The No. 2 Republican in the U.S. House is a goner. And amid the ashes of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s shocking defeat Tuesday, comprehensive immigration reform smolders. This is not to say that immigration reform would have passed if the Virginia Republican had not been the first House majority leader to lose since 1899. Immigration reform was already endangered. But Cantor’s defeat to tea partier David Brat was so intertwined with immigration -- “amnesty” and “illegal aliens” – that the few fence-sitters in the GOP-led House are going to flock back to the politically right side of the divide....
  • The Big Murkowski: Will Cantor Try to Salvage Seat Through Write-Ins?

    06/10/2014 6:30:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 10, 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) conceded Tuesday night that “obviously, we came up short” in fending off the Tea Party challenge from economics professor Dave Brat. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Brat had 55.6 percent to Cantor’s 44.4 percent. “I know there’s a lot of long faces here tonight and it’s disappointing, sure,” Cantor said. “But I believe in this country, I believe there’s opportunity around the next corner for all of us.” “So I look forward to continue to fight with all of you for the things that we believe in for the conservative cause because those...
  • No End Game: How the Treatment of Bowe Bergdahl Will Destroy the Republican Party (Laff riot!)

    06/08/2014 1:53:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | June 6, 2014 | Trevor LaFauci
    We are looking at an unprecedented time in our nation’s history. With any nation that has a two-party system of government, it is inevitable that the party out of power will feel some kind of animosity toward the party in power. In fact, it is natural. As the party not in power, it is your goal to convince your nation that the party in power is somehow and some way being detrimental to the country through their policy decisions. These decisions could be related to a nation’s safety and security, a nation’s economy, a nation’s immigration system, and a nation’s...
  • Hey, GOP: If you liked the Bergdahl show, just keep bickering

    06/06/2014 10:44:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Fort Wayne News-Sentinel ^ | June 7, 2014 | Kevin Leininger
    Americans can still be outraged by lies, but will you tell them the truth?Dear Republican convention delegates, Welcome to Fort Wayne. I hope you have a lot of fun, spend a lot of money and thoroughly debunk real estate company Movoto's new poll listing my hometown among the five most boring cities in the United States. How could the prospect of listening to 2,000 people discuss everything from bureaucratic minutia to gay marriage for two days be anything but scintillating? But before you do anything you or the rest of us may regret, please spend some time thinking about President...
  • Can Sarah Palin Play In New Jersey?

    05/28/2014 7:01:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | May 28, 2014 | Olivia Nuzzi
    Former reality television star Sarah Palin made her 17th endorsement of the primary season on Tuesday, when the former Alaska governor threw her support and credibility behind Steve Lonegan, a staunchly anti-immigration Tea Partier, who is running in the June 3 primary for the Republican nomination in New Jersey’s competitive 3rd Congressional District. “Steve is the type of conservative leader we need. He believes in the free market principles this country was founded on because he has seen first hand how they can lead to success,” Palin said in a Facebook post. It is unclear how much a Palin endorsement...
  • Nate Silver Is Half Right About the Tea Party

    05/25/2014 4:06:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 24, 2014 | Kevin Glass
    The resounding victory that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell scored over "tea party" businessman Matt Bevin this past week has thrown the media into a tizzy. Is the "tea party" dead? Did the GOP establishment kill it? Or did the GOP subsume the tea party, taking its candidates, its issues, and its ideology for the GOP? Nate Silver writes that recent "tea party vs. establishment GOP" stories are inadequate: The term “tea party” is applied very loosely by the political media. Was Missouri Rep. Todd Akin a member of the tea party, for instance? Weigel says no: Most groups associated...
  • Social Security components going bankrupt in 2016!

    05/24/2014 9:54:22 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 84 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | May 21, 2014 | Brianna Ehley
    For years, the Social Security Administration has warned lawmakers that unless they do something soon, the entitlement program for disabled workers will run out of cash by 2016. Still, as the program’s funds dry up and its insolvency hovers less than two years away, Congress remains quiet on the issue.