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  • Voters in SC Ready For Trump: 'We Won't Be Swayed' By Tonight's Debate

    02/13/2016 1:50:08 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 4 replies
    TownHall ^ | 12/13/2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    I'm here in downtown Greenville ahead of Saturday night's GOP presidential debate at The Peace Center. Down the street from the venue, a flurry of "Trump" signs led me to his local campaign headquarters. Hundreds of visitors have been filing in and out since this morning, organizers told me. One receptionist said "she's never seen anything like it" since she started working there a month ago. All ages were walking through the HQ, many of whom were eager to take pictures with the life size cutout of Trump in the lobby. "We won't be swayed tonight," one Trump supporter said,...
  • Trump weighs in on Carrier relocation to Mexico

    02/13/2016 1:21:48 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 58 replies
    RTV6.COM ^ | 13 FEBRUARY 2016 | RTV6.COM
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Donald Trump is weighing in on the news that Carrier is moving from Indianapolis to Mexico. 1,400 workers at the heating, cooling, air conditioning, and refrigeration company got word Wednesday that the plant was being relocated to Monterrey.
  • The Real Ted Cruz

    02/13/2016 1:20:39 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 26 replies
    http://www.slate.com ^ | January 10, 2016 | William Saletan
    Ted Cruz is the only true conservative running for president. That's the message of his campaign: He's the only senator who stood and fought against amnesty, Obamacare, and Planned Parenthood. His finest hour was the defeat of immigration reform three years ago. Democrats wanted to give illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. Cruz said no. He took on the establishment and won. It's a good story, and the immigration fight tells us a lot about Cruz. But the fight didn't happen the way he says it did. Cruz didn't marshal the opposition or even take a firm stand. He's a...
  • Trump’s Ceiling of Support May Be Limited

    02/13/2016 12:50:30 PM PST · by TBBT · 147 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 2/11/16 | Sean Trende
    Few professional analysts seriously expected six months ago that Donald Trump could win the Republican nomination. But after Tuesday night, it is a clear possibility. How much of a possibility? To get that answer right, it is important to understand some things about the Trump phenomenon. Perhaps most important, Trump's campaign is not a Tea Party phenomenon. While there's been a tendency to try to lump Trump in with various G.O.P. insurgencies of the last few years, that role is best filled by Sen. Ted Cruz, who really occupies the "Tea Party lane" of the G.O.P. primary more cleanly. Instead,...
  • 15 percent of latest Clinton emails marked classified; 551 released Saturday

    02/13/2016 12:00:29 PM PST · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 13, 2016 | Stephen Dinan
    More than 15 percent of the latest batch of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails released Saturday contain classified information, with three of the messages being labeled "secret" -- continuing to add to the questions surrounding her email use. One of the messages is an extensive missive from David Satterfield, a top U.S. diplomat to Egypt, who told top officials in both the White House and State Department about negotiations in the Sinai. The entire contents of the messages are now deemed "secret," though there is no indication they were marked as such at the time. The message was...
  • Christian conservatives pivotal in the South, and feeling under siege

    02/13/2016 11:03:39 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 28 replies
    McclatchyDC ^ | 2/12/2016 | DAVID GOLDSTEIN
    Because of their opposition to issues like same-sex marriage, abortion and others, many Christian conservative voters in the South and elsewhere feel their faith and the moral code by which they live is under siege and look to the political arena for support. Inside the Sunshine Coin Laundry near the Piggly Wiggly supermarket, Lagretta Ellington removed her family's clothes from one of the large dryers and began to neatly fold them on a nearby table. The air was moist and smelled of detergent. The floor was concrete. Her views of the presidential race were anything but. She was unsettled, and...
  • Cruz’s misleading attack that Trump ‘convinced’ the gov to ‘bulldoze’ a widow’s home

    02/13/2016 10:23:41 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 260 replies
    https://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | February 13, 2016 | Michelle Ye Hee Lee
    "Trump bankrolled politicians to steamroll the little guy, a pattern of sleaze stretching back decades. Worse? Trump still supports eminent domain today." Who knew such a wonky topic would find its way into political attacks in the Republican presidential race? An ad released this week by Ted Cruz's presidential campaign lodged a renewed attack on Donald Trump's support for eminent domain and alleged use of the government's powers for private gain, to bully an elderly woman out of her home. There are two problematic aspects of this ad: the misleading headlines that accompany the narration and the cherry-picked footage of...
  • Tax Reform That Will Make America Great Again

    02/13/2016 10:19:42 AM PST · by UnwashedPeasant · 29 replies
    donaldjtrump.com ^ | unknown | Trump staff
    The Goals Of Donald J. Trump's Tax PlanToo few Americans are working, too many jobs have been shipped overseas, and too many middle class families cannot make ends meet. This tax plan directly meets these challenges with four simple goals: Tax relief for middle class Americans: In order to achieve the American dream, let people keep more money in their pockets and increase after-tax wages.Simplify the tax code to reduce the headaches Americans face in preparing their taxes and let everyone keep more of their money.Grow the American economy by discouraging corporate inversions, adding a huge number of new jobs,...
  • Carpenter: The GOP Debate Stakes for Saturday Night

    02/13/2016 10:17:12 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | Amanda Carpenter
    Then there were six.Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump will all meet on Saturday night in Greenville, South Carolina for CBS’s GOP presidential primary debate, a week before Palmetto State voters declare a victor.Rubio has the most to lose after suffering devastating blows in the last debate delivered by Chris Christie, who dropped out of the race on Thursday; but that’s not the only dynamic to watch for during the debate tomorrow. Rubio has promised supporters in no uncertain terms that he’ll never perform that badly again, almost baiting his other rivals to...
  • Immigration News: Ted Cruz's Newest Bill Boosts ICE Agents to Enforce Laws

    02/13/2016 9:52:21 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 81 replies
    Latin Post ^ | Feb 12, 2016 | Michael Oleaga
    While not on the campaign trail, Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is still a working U.S. senator, and he introduced legislation on Wednesday to help federal immigration agents. ICE Support Along with Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Cruz introduced the "ICE Agent Support Act of 2016" (S. 2538). The bill would give the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the "necessary resources" to enforce U.S. immigration laws. The bill would allow ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations, or ERO, to receive "substantial revenue" from penalties and fines from immigrants. The bill would...
  • CNN's Avlon Mocks Cruz As Not 'Effective' or 'Charming,' Costello Laughs

    02/13/2016 9:44:40 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 11, 2016 | Brad Wilmouth
    Appearing as a guest on Thursday morning's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, CNN political commentator and Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon used praise for Ted Cruz's ads and social media campaign to take an underhanded swipe at the GOP presidential candidate by suggesting that, unlike the ads, he is not "effective" or "charming." His jab at Cruz inspired laughter from host Costello as she mildly chided him for being "kind of harsh." The exchange came at 10:21 a.m. ET during a discussion of a Cruz campaign ad using humor to attack Donald Trump over the issue of his past...
  • Cruz TV ad uses 'self help' spoof to slam Rubio on 'amnesty'

    02/13/2016 9:37:57 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    FoxNews ^ | February 11, 2016 | Serafin Gomez
    EXCLUSIVE: The battle of the senators is back in full force. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is releasing a tough new TV ad in South Carolina that targets rival Sen. Marco Rubio on the contentious issue of illegal immigration – featuring people at a faux “self help” session lamenting their past support of the Florida senator. The 30-second commercial is part of a six-figure ad buy in the Palmetto State ahead of the Feb. 20 Republican primary. The ad, titled "Self Help," mimics a 12-step group setting, showing people sitting in a circle of folding chairs in a dark...
  • Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Receives Three Influential Florida Endorsements

    02/13/2016 9:33:30 AM PST · by WilliamIII · 23 replies
    Trump and Space Coast Daily ^ | Feb 13 2016 | Space Coast Daily
    On Feb. 12, Donald J. Trump was endorsed by former USAF Colonel and retired senior intelligence and political-military affairs officer, Jim Waurishuk, highly decorated, retired Senior CIA Operations Officer Gary Bernsten, and National Gold Star Mother, Susan Price. Waurishuk is extremely well respected in the security community and an expert on national security with specific expertise in strategic engagement and policy, and unconventional and asymmetric warfare. He has served as Deputy Director for Intelligence for U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM) during the peak years (2004-07) of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the War on Terrorism.
  • Cruz and Trump poised for the ugliest debate yet

    02/13/2016 9:32:01 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 115 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/12/16 11:46 PM EST | Katie Glueck and Ben Schreckinger
    These rivals are itching for a fight as South Carolina settles into a two-man race. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump enter Saturday's debate locked in a two-man race for South Carolina, and to prepare, both have gone full negative.After splitting the first two votes, the New York billionaire has relentlessly hammered away at Cruz on everything from his campaign's tactics to what Trump sees as the Texan's character flaws. And on Friday, Trump warned that he has standing to sue Cruz over questions of his birth and constitutional eligibility to serve in the White House."If @tedcruz doesn't clean up his...
  • Chuck Todd Whines About Ted Cruz’s Office Space/Hillary Ad (VIDEO)

    02/13/2016 9:19:37 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 32 replies
    RedState ^ | February 13th, 2016 at 09:42 AM | Jay Caruso
    It has long been the conventional wisdom that Republicans and conservatives just don’t “get it” with respect to popular culture. It was actually a relatively fair critique as Republicans often railed about popular culture and attempting (incorrectly) to blame it on the downfall of society. It paid, electorally, to shun and mock mainstream pop culture rather than engage and embrace it.However, with a new generation of Republican leaders taking over positions of power across the country, that has changed. Senator Marco Rubio can comfortably talk to TMZ about hip-hop music, Republican politicians are happy to go on late night talk...
  • MSNBC's Reid Suggests Cruz Would Establish Evangelical 'National Church'

    02/13/2016 9:15:16 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 42 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Liberals love to "find" things in the Constitution that simply aren't there. The most egregious example is the right to abortion that the Supreme Court claimed to discover in Roe v. Wade. Another liberal myth is that the Constitution provides for the "separation of church and state." MSNBC's Joy Reid today told the Rev. Mike Gonzalez, head of Ted Cruz's evangelical movement in South Carolina, that "separation of church and state is not a myth, it's a constitutional fact." What's worse, Reid alleged that as president, Cruz would "ignore" the part of the Constitution prohibiting the establishment of a national...
  • REPORT: Ted Cruz Entered US Illegally in 1974

    02/13/2016 9:12:01 AM PST · by Dana1960 · 452 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/12/16 | Jim Hoft
    Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. a retired colonel with 29 years of experience in the US Army Reserve, argues that Senator Ted Cruz entered the United States illegally as a child in 1974. His parents failed to file a CRBA form which is required by US law. Ted’s parents did not fill out the required form until 1986.
  • The complete idiot's guide to being right about Donald Trump

    02/13/2016 8:57:26 AM PST · by Robert DeLong · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 12, 2016 | Eddie Zipperer
    If you operate under the assumption that helium is heavier than the air around you, you're going to lose your balloon. If you're smart, you won't lose many balloons before you change your assumption. If you don't change your assumption, you're going to keep losing balloons and start to look pretty stupid in the process. But it looks like you can't teach old pundits new paradigms. After presidential candidate Donald Trump finished in second in the Iowa Republican caucus, the media went straight to work picking out a coffin for his campaign, battling it out to see who could write...
  • South Carolina Poll – Donald Trump 36%, Ted Cruz 19% (Trump above 50% with second choice)

    02/13/2016 8:29:38 AM PST · by GilGil · 44 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 2/12/2016 | Sundance
    A close review of the poll internals, shows some remarkable and consistent insights when contrast against ground reports, alternate polling and field data. What many political junkies might find remarkable is the dominance of the Trump coalition. After reviewing the poll data, the current decisions of the Trump campaign’s approach in South Carolina make VERY good sense. When you review the poll data take note of what the pollster calls Horse Race #1, and Horse Race #2, the first preference and second preference of the SC electorate. Only Donald Trump extends well beyond 50% when both first and second choices...
  • �‹Hundreds attend active shooter seminar

    02/13/2016 8:08:50 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    times-herald.com ^ | 2/12/2016 | Clay Neely
    Almost 400 people were in attendance for the Active Shooter Seminar held at the Newnan Centre on Tuesday. According to statistics given during the presentation, the United States currently is seeing an average of 20 mass shootings annually. And while the odds of being involved in an active shooting situation may be slim, police stressed the need for a plan to be in place.
  • Elite Don't Get Trump's Appeal

    02/13/2016 8:01:03 AM PST · by GilGil · 114 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/10/2016 | Bill Donohue
    The difference between Sununu and most conservative pundits is that he is honest about his cluelessness. For several months, night after night, conservative talking heads have been bashing Trump, dismissing him as if he were a carnival freak. Oh, yes, they readily concede, he may be able to whip up the masses, but he cannot engage them for the long fight. That they look increasingly silly cannot be denied. The fundamental problem with conservative critics of Trump is their class bias. They don't understand the working class. Sheltered in prep schools and Ivy League institutions, their world is one where...
  • Before Trump takes the stage tonight ...

    02/13/2016 7:59:40 AM PST · by Hostage · 147 replies
    Repubiican National Committee ^ | February 13, 2016 | Sharon Day
    GOP Friend, Before Trump takes the stage at tonight’s debate, I’ll be giving him a list of his most active supporters within our Party. Since you’ve identified as a Trump supporter, I wanted to make sure you had the opportunity to make it on his list. Contribute $100, $75, $50, or even just $35 to identify yourself as one of Trump’s earliest supporters within our Party. Trump could proudly see your name on his list of supporters before he gets up on that stage and fights for his platform in front of millions of Americans. To send these lists over...
  • How seven years of Obama created Trump

    02/13/2016 7:46:30 AM PST · by NRx · 52 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 02-13-2016 | Simon Heffer
    America has been run for nearly a decade by a clever incompetent. It's hardly surprising that the voters are revolting. The morning after Barack Obama was elected, in November 2008, I put the television on in my hotel room in New York to watch the reaction. Fox News was putting on a brave face, though the sourness and anger were barely contained: but MSNBC, an avowedly liberal network, was in a state of almost convulsive ecstasy... ...I had seen Obama at the primaries, and at the Democrat Convention. I had waited for him to speak intelligently and practically about the...
  • Beating Trump in Debate (NRO Delusional with Rage)

    02/13/2016 7:23:01 AM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 143 replies
    I have a little bit of advice for Cruz and Rubio tomorrow when it comes to defeating Trump. Some of the advice is tactical, but the more important advice is strategic. Attack Trump early, relentlessly, on everything, and never, ever stop. The tactical advice is that you should stop saying that Trump is for single-payer. That is too bloodless. Say that Trump was for a government-owned, and government-rationed, health care monopoly. Also try to work in the argument that Trump would give us the corruption of the Clintons with the huge government of Bernie Sanders. Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/postmodern-conservative/431264/easy-me-say
  • Will crash of 2016 be worse than 2008? Interview with Charles Ortel

    02/13/2016 7:15:33 AM PST · by Randall_S · 19 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | February 13, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Will the crash of 2016 be worse than 2008? Central banks have failed to solve the crisis, and instead have taken on more debt than any time in history. At the same time, western institutions are welcoming in Islamic money. Does this mean Sharia-compliant finance? Listen here: http://usatransnationalreport.org/2016/02/13/usa-transnational-report-february-13-2016-guest-charles-ortel/ While European banks, such as Deutsche Bank, falter, what does this mean for the U.S. economy? And what does the future look like? Charles Ortel is an investor and writer interested in economics, geo-politics, history, travel and just, lasting peace. He has done extensive research on the fraudulent activities of the Clinton...
  • Trump tackles Clinton's emails, calls Bernie a Commie

    02/13/2016 6:40:06 AM PST · by Zakeet · 66 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 12, 2016 | Anna Giaritelli
    A dumbfounded Donald Trump mused over the logistics behind Hillary Clinton's email scandal at a Friday campaign rally in Tampa. He questioned how she was physically able to send so many messages and why it was so important that she did. "Why'd you have to do this? You put it [email server] in the bathroom of the house, some place no one even knows," Trump said. "And then you look at the volume. I mean, who can possible do that many? That's like 24 hours a day ... They've released them back, 22,000 emails. That's like one little bunch." [Snip]...
  • Amy Lindsey talks to CNN's Jake Tapper in her first TV interview. (Ted Cruz ad)

    02/13/2016 6:38:01 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | 2/12/16
    Video @ link
  • Trump versus Cruz (Saturbray)

    02/13/2016 6:24:41 AM PST · by bray · 140 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 2/13/16 | bray
    2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. This is the greatest election ever and it is only just begun. We have the outsiders completing the work the Tea Party had begun and Moscow on the Potomac has no idea what is about to hit them. When you look at the two Parties you have one which is being headed by some old as dirt Leninists...
  • Message Matters: Trump Succeeded, Yellen Failed

    02/13/2016 6:18:04 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | February 12,2016 | Larry Kudlow
    Most of all, a clear message tells voters what a candidate believes and where he or she wants to take the country. Ronald Reagan was the master of the message. Campaigning on a few key points, he told America how he was going to rejuvenate the economy and defeat Soviet communism. He didnt spend much time on detail. But over and over he repeated his strategic message. It worked. The two biggest events this past week were Donald Trumps landslide in New Hampshire and Janet Yellenâs testimonies before Congress. Trumpâs message succeeded. Yellenâs failed. When I interviewed Trump on the...
  • Trump Leads GOP Field In South Carolina By 16 Points After NH Win

    02/13/2016 6:12:30 AM PST · by scooby321 · 19 replies
    TMP Poll Tracker ^ | 2-12-2016 | Conor Dinan
    Trump still Cruzing
  • Trump’s America

    02/13/2016 6:06:05 AM PST · by Theoria · 46 replies
    WSJ ^ | 13 Feb 2016 | Charles Murray
    There's nothing irrational about Donald Trump's appeal to the white working class, writes Charles Murray: they have every reason to be angry If you are dismayed by Trumpism, don't kid yourself that it will fade away if Donald Trump fails to win the Republican nomination. Trumpism is an expression of the legitimate anger that many Americans feel about the course that the country has taken, and its appearance was predictable. It is the endgame of a process that has been going on for a half-century: America's divestment of its historic national identity. For the eminent political scientist Samuel Huntington, writing...
  • CONFIRMED: South Carolina Debate Will Be Another GOP Party Insider Audience Stacked Against Trump

    02/13/2016 5:18:25 AM PST · by blueyon · 41 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/12/16 | Jim Hoft
    "CONFIRMED: South Carolina Debate Will Be Another GOP Party Insider Audience Stacked Against Trump" At the New Hampshire debate last week the House was stacked against Trump— And it showed — The Republican audience roared throughout the debate for the GOPe candidates. It was only until Donald Trump confronted the stacked audience that they began to not appear so in the tank for the establishment candidates. Donald Trump shushed Jeb Bush at GOP New Hampshire Debate. Then scolded the audience and Republican Party for its ticket policy. Trump claimed the GOP only gives tickets to certain campaigns and GOP donors....
  • Bernie Sanders is Not a Social Democrat; He's a Marxist

    02/13/2016 5:00:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 13, 2016 | John C. Goodman
    When is the last time you were in Denmark? Or Norway? Or Sweden? If you have had the pleasure of visiting these lovely places you may have noticed something really odd. Nobody there talks the way Bernie Sanders talks. Sanders frequently points to northern European countries, especially Denmark, as examples of how he would like to remake the United States economy - by which he mainly means higher taxes and more social services. But the main difference between the tax systems of the US and Denmark is not high taxes on the rich. It's higher taxes on the middle class....
  • Trump Has Huge Lead Over Cruz in Two SC Polls

    02/13/2016 4:36:46 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 226 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 2-12-2016 | Cathy Burke
    February 12, 2016 Trump Has Huge Lead Over Cruz in Two SC Pollsby Cathy Burke Donald Trump has a commanding lead in the GOP presidential primary field in South Carolina in two new polls – including one in which the real estate billionaire has more than double the support of his nearest rival, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. The surveys, the South Carolina House Republican Caucus, and the Opinion Savvy Poll, come just eight days ahead of the Palmetto State's Feb. 20 primary. Here's the breakdown in the South Carolina House Republican Caucus survey: Trump: 34.5 percentCruz: 15.5 percentFlorida Gov. Jeb Bush: 13...
  • One-Man 'Rabbi for Trump' Dumps Donald Trump After Iowa

    02/13/2016 4:34:32 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 25 replies
    The Forward ^ | February 3, 2016 | Nathan Guttman
    Donald Trump not only lost Iowa, he also lost his rabbi. Rabbi Bernhard Rosenberg, the founder and sole member of the Facebook group named "Rabbi for Trump" announced Tuesday he is closing the group. "Ladies and gentlemen of Facebook: Rabbi For Trump will be closing down," Rosenberg, a rabbi from Edison, New Jersey, announced. Rosenberg went on to accuse Trump's campaign of ignoring Jewish supporters in the Republican primary race. "It seems to me that representatives of his campaign don't care about the Jewish vote. They think they can win without it," he wrote, explaining that he had "pleaded" with...
  • Henry Kissinger's War Crimes Are Central to the Divide Between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

    02/13/2016 4:26:54 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 18 replies
    The Intercept ^ | Feb. 12 2016 | Dan Froomkin
    The sparring during Thursday's Democratic presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over whether Henry Kissinger is an elder statesman or a pariah has laid bare a major foreign policy divide within the Democratic Party. Clinton and Sanders stand on opposite sides of that divide. One represents the hawkish Washington foreign policy establishment, which reveres and in some cases actually works for Kissinger. The other represents the marginalized non-interventionists, who can't possibly forgive someone with the blood of millions of brown people on his hands. Kissinger is an amazing and appropriate lens through which to see what's at stake...
  • Capacity crowd at Sun Dome picks up Trump call to ‘win again’

    02/13/2016 4:07:20 AM PST · by scooby321 · 72 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 2-13-2016 | Mike Salinero
    More than 10,500 Fill USF Tampa Sun Dome
  • Why I Can’t Learn to Love Donald Trump (Ross Douthat)

    02/13/2016 3:59:44 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 45 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2016 | Ross Douthat
    [A] Trumpian four years would almost certainly involve a significant degradation of the unwritten restraints on presidential conduct, an acceleration of royalist tendencies that may be built into our system but still deserve to be slowed down, and a blurring of reality-TV and political culture that takes us several leagues further along the road to President Camacho. I don’t think that the nebulous possibility of dealmaking should tempt liberals to welcome this kind of experiment; I don’t think the hope of a more working-class-friendly G.O.P. should tempt conservative reformers to learn to love it either. And the fact that recent...
  • With a Slur for Ted Cruz, Donald Trump Further Splits Voters

    02/13/2016 3:50:07 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 76 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 12, 2016 | JONATHAN MARTIN and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    ... [I]n a campaign that has seemingly tested every political rule, Mr. Trump’s opponents hope his latest provocation will be too much for well-mannered voters in this heavily evangelical Christian state to bear: his use of a pungently vulgar word this week to describe one of his rivals, Senator Ted Cruz. Mr. Trump’s raunchy language has become unsurprising at his rallies. And the slur against Mr. Cruz was largely overshadowed by the coverage of the next day’s New Hampshire primary. But in voicing the crude term, Mr. Trump has further polarized a Republican Party already deeply divided about his candidacy,...
  • CNN’s Tapper Challenges DNC Chair To Explain ‘Rigged’ Superdelegate System [VIDEO]

    02/13/2016 3:47:51 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 36 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/13/16 | Steve Guest
    CNN’s Jake Tapper confronted Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz over the “rigged” process in New Hampshire that left Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton with the same number of delegates despite Sanders’ 22 point shellacking of Clinton. Appearing on CNN’s “The Lead” with Jake Tapper on Thursday, after Wasserman Schultz attempted an explanation, Tapper said, “I’m not sure that, that answer would satisfy an anxious young voter.” (RELATED: After Crushing Defeat, DNC Quirk Still Gives Hillary More New Hampshire Delegates Than Sanders) “Hillary Clinton lost to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire by 22 percentage points, the biggest victory in...
  • Coulter's W&L mock convention speech

    02/13/2016 2:41:11 AM PST · by tgdunbar · 29 replies
    Facebook ^ | 02/12/2016 | Ann Coulter
    As Miss Coulter explains in her Washington and Lee University Mock Convention speech: Immigration, Immigration, Immigration
  • 'Pro-Faith' or 'Profane?' Trump Surrogate Gets Heckled at Faith and Family Forum

    02/13/2016 12:24:33 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 253 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 12, 2016 | Leigh Munsil
    "...[Pastor Mark Burns] repeated four times: "Donald Trump is pro-faith. He is pro-faith. He is pro-faith. He is pro-faith." But an attendee called out loudly that Trump is "profane" - presumably referring to Trump's use of the word "pussy" on stage to mock opponent Sen. Ted Cruz and other such statements over the course of the campaign. Burns responded by admitting that Trump's language is profane. "Let me tell you one thing, I'm grateful you said that, that Donald Trump is profane, and that's what you're saying," he said. "Donald Trump is profane, but guess what? ... I don't know...
  • Politico: Trump Freezes Establishment Mega-Donors in Place

    02/12/2016 11:19:40 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 45 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/12/2016
    Some of the biggest Republican donors, who collectively have contributed tens of millions of dollars to shape the presidential race, are tightening their purse strings out of frustration with their inability to boost their favored candidates, or to slow Donald Trump. Rather than continuing to write huge checks to support the cluster of establishment candidates jockeying to emerge as the leading alternative to Trump, a billionaire real estate showman roundly despised by the GOP elite, these donors have mostly retreated to the sidelines. They're watching anxiously, hoping that the field sorts itself out, according to interviews with a half dozen...
  • Mitchell and Todd Appalled By Cruz's 'Vicious' Office Space Parody

    02/12/2016 11:00:23 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 82 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 12, 2016 | Scott Whitlock
    MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd were appalled by a new Ted Cruz commercial attacking Hillary Clinton, labeling it “vicious” and “rough.” The campaign spot parodied the 1999 cult classic Office Space, showing “Hillary Clinton” angrily destroying a computer hard drive.  After playing a clip, a disgusted Chuck Todd condemned, “That was a little rough. That was a little uncomfortable to watch.” Todd added, “That looked vicious” and suggested the commercial crossed the line.  Mitchell lectured, “First of all, Ted Cruz is not running against Hillary Clinton yet. And I just think the parody is great in politics,” but “I'm...
  • 5 Major Reasons Rand Paul Supporters Should Back Ted Cruz

    02/12/2016 10:51:01 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 15 replies
    Constitution.com ^ | Feb 12, 2016 | Rob Knowles
    As a member of several libertarian-leaning social media groups, I see a lot of staunch support for the libertarian’s libertarian, Rand Paul. Unwavering in their support, even after he dropped out of the race, many Paul supporters seem to dislike Ted Cruz intensely. I’m not sure where this comes from–given Cruz’s record of defending constitutional liberties–but in this piece, I’d like to make an argument as to why libertarians should lend their support to Ted Cruz this primary cycle.Ted Cruz stood firmly against Net Neutrality Few people understood–or understand–what net neutrality means, but Jeffrey Dorfman explains the argument against net...
  • When did Freepers turn so nasty? (vanity)

    02/12/2016 10:04:27 PM PST · by Optimist · 302 replies
    vanity | 2/12/2016 | Optimist
    Over the past several months, Free Republic has begun to show an ugly side of its members. Although admittedly comprised of many strong-willed, opinion-charged individuals presenting thoughtful, conservative insights into the topics of the day, this forum has begun to show a seamier side as the Trump-Cruz-Rubio-Carson 2016 Primary heated up. You all know what I mean. Many of you have either been at the giving or receiving end of EMOTIONALLY-charged attacks against various candidates or even individuals as their supporters. Herewith a few thoughts I would like to share: Passion for a candidate and buying into the campaign is...
  • Four GOP Candidates Pledge To Pass FADA In First 100 days

    02/12/2016 10:44:57 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 42 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | February 12, 2016 | Nate Madden and Robert Eno
    Four remaining Presidential Candidates Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush have pledged to push for passing the First Amendment Defense Act within their first 100 days in office, while others still in the race have not. The pledge, a joint effort of the American Principles Project, Heritage Action for America and Family Research Council Action, reads "If elected, I pledge to push for the passage of the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) and sign it into law during the first 100 days of my term as President." "Our future President, whoever he or she may be,...
  • Cruz attacks Rubio on Planned Parenthood: NRTL calls Cruz attacks on Rubio on PP "misleading"

    02/12/2016 10:35:16 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/12/2016
    Ted Cruz alleged Marco Rubio did not want to use Congress's "constitutional authority to defund Planned Parenthood." The National Right to Life, one of the chief arbiters of social issues in GOP politics, quickly stepped in to back Rubio and called Cruz's Friday remarks "inaccurate and misleading." "Marco Rubio voted to defund Planned Parenthood before Ted Cruz ever got to the U.S. Senate. Since Ted Cruz joined the U.S. Senate, both he and Sen. Rubio have voted the same on every roll call that National Right to Life regards as pertinent to defunding Planned Parenthood," said Carol Tobias, president of...
  • What Heidi Cruz Said About Ted That Has Liberals Steamed

    02/12/2016 10:31:28 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 50 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 9:00AM EST 2/12/2016 | Bob Eschliman
    An appearance earlier this week by Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz's wife, Heidi, has the liberal media practically losing its collective mind.Heidi Cruz appeared Tuesday afternoon on The Vince Coakley Radio Program, a weekday show on WYRD-FM "Word 106.3" in Greenville, South Carolina. Although the station is standard conservative talk radio, Coakley is an ordained minister who frequently talks about matters of faith on his show.His official biography reads: "Vince is a voice for personal, spiritual and political freedom. His listeners often refer to him as 'a breath of fresh air.' Vince's primary passion is God's glory. As a minister...
  • Best Ad of the Campaign Season: New Cruz Ad Slams Hillary With 'Office Space' Parody

    02/12/2016 10:22:22 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 12, 2016 | Michael van der Galien
    This has got to be the best ad of the campaign season thus far. And it's especially refreshing because Team Ted Cruz, which is responsible for the ad, focuses on Hillary Clinton rather than on his Republican opponents. First look at new @tedcruz ad in SC targeting @HillaryClinton and lampooning classic 'Office Space' scene https://t.co/Mu1YI4KJZJ- Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) February 12, 2016Note to all of the Republican candidates: more of this please. This is exactly what conservatives want: taking Hillary to task -- instead of slamming fellow Republicans -- in way that's downright hilarious.For those who want to compare the parody...