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  • Carly Fiorina’s first political campaign had a surprising problem: Money

    10/04/2015 7:08:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | October 4, 2015 | Robert Samuels
    Famed California pollster Joe Shumate was found dead in his home one month before Election Day 2010, surrounded by sheets of polling data he labored over for the flailing Senate bid of Carly Fiorina. Upon his death, Fiorina praised Shumate as “the heart and soul” of her team. She issued a news release praising him as a person who believed in “investing in those he worked with” and offering her “sincerest condolences” to his widow. But records show there was something Fiorina did not offer his widow: Shumate’s last paycheck, for at least $30,000. It was one of more than...
  • Should Black Lives Matter Movement Hold A Presidential Candidate Forum To Address Our Issues?

    10/04/2015 8:50:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    News One For Black America ^ | September 28, 2015 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On Monday’s edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin posed a question about the upcoming presidential election and one of the largest movements in recent history: “Should the Black Lives Matter movement invite Republican and Democratic presidential candidates to a debate/forum in an attempt to force them to address issues important to the African-American community?” There would be pros and cons behind holding the forum, NewsOne Now panelist Paris Dennard told Martin: “It would be very telling to those candidates who take this seriously and who may not agree with the slogan or the hashtag, but understand there are pros behind...
  • Kevin McCarthy on Immigration: Potential House Speaker Supports 'Step-by-Step' Immigration Reform

    10/03/2015 9:29:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Latin Post ^ | September 29, 2015 | Michael Oleaga
    Current House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Republican congressman for California's 23rd Congressional District, announced his bid to succeed Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, as Speaker of the House of Representatives. With Boehner resigning, calls have reemerged to vote on comprehensive immigration reform, but what has been McCarthy’s immigration record? First, in an email to colleagues, McCarthy, representing a congressional district where 35 percent of the population is Latino, announced his bid for the speakership. "We have made real progress towards shrinking an overgrown federal government and reforming our broken entitlement system," McCarthy wrote. "But our work is far from done. We...
  • Trump and Carson's attacks on Muslims worry some GOP elders

    10/03/2015 1:57:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Independent Mail ^ | October 2, 2015 | Steve Peoples, The Associated Press
    The candidates atop the GOP presidential field are ramping up political attacks aimed at Muslims, a move designed to appeal to hardline conservatives. But party elders worry that escalating anti-immigrant rhetoric could cost Republicans the White House in 2016. The aggressive words, in particular from front-runners Donald Trump and Ben Carson, have exacerbated a widening rift between the GOP's pragmatic and ideological wings as the party tries to avoid losing a third consecutive presidential election. His relationship with the nation's Hispanic community already strained, Trump vowed on Wednesday to deport any Syrian refugee taken in by the U.S. Most likely...
  • The 4 Percent Man: ‘Stuff Happens’; Bush sees lowest poll numbers as he explains verbal slip-up

    10/03/2015 1:12:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Polizette ^ | October 3, 2015 | Keith Koffler
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush scored just 4 percent of the vote in the latest national GOP survey, a catastrophically low number that is sure to raise grave concern among the establishment donors who have invested millions in his success for the 2016 presidential race. The poll, released Friday by the Pew Research Center, shows Bush slipping into sixth place behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is at 6 percent. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Bush’s archrival for establishment backing, has twice Jeb’s support, with 8 percent. Rubio is tied with Fiorina, whose tally suggests the steam may have run out...
  • Rand Paul not bothered by comment on presidential race

    10/03/2015 12:03:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    TV Newsroom ^ | October 3, 2015
    Another Paul aide told BuzzFeed News that the campaign had made a few new hires in the past two weeks. The campaign insists there will be no shakeups or changes in strategy, that Paul will continue his campaign schedule in the early states and regions off the beaten track, and that it has enough resources to carry the candidate through at least the first four primaries. Now, Paul is bidding for ownership of a niche, and for a long primary where his libertarian base returns to grind out caucus wins. Despite the glimmers of hope, one adviser to the campaign...
  • Pew: Jeb Now Polling at 4 Percent, Collapses Behind Rubio

    10/02/2015 10:16:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    NewsMax ^ | October 2, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Jeb Bush has dropped into sixth place as real estate and TV billionaire Donald Trump is maintaining his lead in the Republican presidential campaign field, a new poll shows. In the Pew Research Center survey released Friday, 4 percent of likely GOP primary voters pick the former Florida governor as their first choice for the nomination; 25 percent select Trump, 16 percent choose retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tie with 8 percent, and 6 percent name Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. "At this stage of the 2016 presidential campaign, key issues divide both Republican...
  • Rand Paul campaign: Around $2.5 million raised in 3rd quarter

    10/02/2015 10:34:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 1, 2015 | Athena Jones
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's campaign for president will announce in the coming days that it raised approximately $2.5 million in the third quarter and has $2 million cash on hand, Communications Director Sergio Gor said Thursday. That haul is just a fraction of the $20 million the campaign of retired brain surgeon Ben Carson says it is on track to post for the third quarter -- half of that money coming in in September alone. Paul's third quarter total is well under the $7 million the libertarian firebrand raised in the second quarter. Part of that money was transferred from...
  • The Ideal GOP Ticket? What Some Canadians Think

    10/01/2015 7:55:17 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 58 replies
    Poletical ^ | October 1st, 2015 | Contributors
    Donald Trump's number one qualification is that he is not a politician. He reminds us everyday and it's true. People may not like what he has to say or how he says it, but America needs Donald Trump. He and Ted Cruz have a similar plan to simplify the tax code, secure the border and make America an economic engine of the world. The two can unite the Tea Party movement and Trump alone can appeal to Democrat voters to beat Hillary Clinton. Recent polls have shown Trump appealing to voters of all stripes. Trump also has a tough foreign...
  • Jeb Bush tells Trump to put on his "big boy pants"

    10/01/2015 10:21:15 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | October 1, 2015 | Daniel Strauss
    Jeb Bush was pretty frank: Donald Trump needs to put on his "big-boy pants."The latest round of sniping between the two GOP presidential candidates started Wednesday night over whether the United States should let Syrian refugees into the United States -- and devolved from there.
  • Ted Cruz Twice Refuses Opportunity To Call For McConnell To Step Down As Republican Leader

    10/01/2015 8:43:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/01/2015 | Jamie Weinstein
    Ted Cruz has called Mitch McConnell a liar and expressed outrage over what he sees as McConnell’s unprincipled leadership — but he’s not ready to call for the Senate majority leader to step down. Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Wednesday, guest hosted by yours truly, the Texas senator and 2016 presidential contender twice rejected an opportunity to call for McConnell’s ousting as Senate majority leader. “We just saw John Boehner announce that he will be stepping down as Speaker in October. Do you think it’s time for Mitch McConnell to leave his role as leader of the Senate Republicans?”...
  • Cruz for president? (Poll to FReep)

    10/01/2015 8:35:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Centerville Daily Iowegian ^ | Michael Schaffer, Managing Editor
    The Daily Iowegian will publish an editorial Question of the Week on the Opinion page. The Iowegian wants you to think about the field of Republican candidates running for United States president. Last week the Iowegian asked you about Carly Fiorina. This week the focus is on Ted Cruz. So, the question of the week is, “Does Ted Cruz have what it takes to be president of the United States?” Go to the Daily Iowegian website,, and scroll down the home page to POLL on the left hand side and cast your vote. Or call the Iowegian office at...
  • Next Republican Debate Could Be Bad News For Paul, Graham

    09/30/2015 7:36:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    National Public Radio's It's All Politics ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jessica Taylor
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul could be on the chopping block and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham may not even make the undercard debate under criteria released Wednesday by CNBC ahead of its Oct. 28 GOP presidential debate. The rules would limit the prime-time debate to any candidates polling above 3 percent. That's of an average of national polls released between Sept. 17 and Oct. 21. Surveys from NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and Bloomberg will be used to make the determination. To quality for the undercard debate, candidates must pull in at least 1 percent support in any of...
  • Ted Cruz announces endorsements for his 2016 White House bid from 41 Texas state lawmakers

    09/30/2015 4:47:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | September 30, 2015
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Home-state presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says he's secured endorsements from 36 Republican Texas state representatives and five state senators. Cruz announced Wednesday that those backers joined fellow Republicans and U.S. Reps. Randy Weber, Louie Gohmert, Michael Burgess, John Culberson, John Ratcliffe and Brian Babin in formally endorsing his 2016 White House bid. Tea party-backed Cruz has angered members of the Republican establishment in Washington, but remains popular with grassroots activists and top conservatives back home...
  • Congress avoids government shutdown (Planned Parenthood wins again thanks to Boehner)

    09/30/2015 3:52:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 30, 2015 | Ted Barrett and Deirdre Walsh
    Just seven hours before federal agencies ran out of money, the House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill funding the federal government through Dec. 11. The measure, which comes hours after the Senate passed a spending bill of its own, will now go to President Barack Obama's desk and averts a government shutdown. The bill was approved 277 to 151, with House Democrats providing most of the votes in favor. Many conservatives wanted to use the bill to defund Planned Parenthood after edited videos released by an anti-abortion group purportedly showed officials talking about the sale of fetal tissue....
  • Lame: Next Republican debate will also feature an “undercard” debate for low-polling candidates

    09/30/2015 2:08:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 30, 2015 | Allahpundit
    By October 28th, we’ll be four full months into Trumpmania and will have shed, at a minimum, two of the most successful Republican governors in America from the field. Let’s either do one big debate with all the candidates left or face the hard reality that we’re never going to have a President Pataki or President Graham by culling the asterisk candidates. Another undercard debate isn’t going to help anyone who didn’t make it out of the first two. In fact, didn’t Chuck Todd say just a few days ago that NBC felt no pressure to feature 10 or 11...
  • Why Jeb Bush Sees Himself as the John McCain of 2016

    09/30/2015 1:11:36 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9/30/15 | CANDACE SMITH
    As polls show Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush slipping, and though his donors may be worried, he’s certainly not, at least visibly. Speaking to ABC News today, Bush offered an anecdote about a previous GOP candidate whose chances seemed slim. “This time, eight years ago, John McCain was traveling through the Atlanta airport. I saw him and he had no aide, no person, [he was] by himself because his campaign was supposed to be ended," Bush said of the Arizona senator. “He won the Republican primary that year. This is how the process works; you have to go earn it.”...
  • Ted Cruz is toast: It’s not just that he won’t be president—his days in Senate are numbered, too

    09/30/2015 1:06:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    Salon ^ | September 30, 2015 | Sean Illing
    Rand Paul is right: Cruz's career in the Senate is "done for." Once he leaves, he can become a full-time grafter.I’m not sure when it started, but at some point the Republican Party ceded the business of governance to the Democrats. Maybe it began with the Tea Party movement or Fox News or the larger conservative media-industrial complex – I honestly don’t know. But it’s clear now that the GOP is no longer a legitimate governing party. A party that allows rank neophytes like Herman Cain and Donald Trump and Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina to run for the highest...
  • Ann Romney: People keep asking Mitt to jump into the race and “we are assessing”

    09/30/2015 1:06:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/30/2015 | AllahPundit
    I know some of you guys worry that I’ll be trolling you with “Romney 2016?” posts right up until the hour the polls open next November, but I promise you this:You’re right. I will be.Skip to 9:30 below for a choice snippet from Ann’s interview with Brian Kilmeade this morning. The magic is back: “All I can say is, we are in New York City, Mitt’s been with me a lot today, over the last few days and we have been walking the streets and people are screaming out there windows, I mean people on the street, people stop...
  • The GOP Is Overmatched: Planned Parenthood hearings prove that Republicans aren't serious

    09/30/2015 7:39:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 09/30/2015 | David Harsanyi
    If for some reason you needed additional evidence that the Republican Party was deeply incompetent, unprepared, uncoordinated, inexcusably lazy, then try watching Cecile Richards’ appearance in front of congress yesterday. Now, I get that these kinds of hearings are normally a waste of time, but in this instance the GOP had some good reasons to project competence. This is, after all, the issue that’s generated so much tension within their party of late. An effective showing—something resembling a smart prosecution—might have allayed a bit of the percolating discontent. Yet there they were, facing a CEO whose organization performs vivisections...
  • Freep a Poll!(Will Donald Trump win the GOP nomination?)

    09/29/2015 5:29:36 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 46 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9-29-15 | Washington Times
    Will Donald Trump win the GOP nomination? Question of the Day YES NO NOT SURE
  • EXCLUSIVE: #Boehner’s Replacement Is Carrying On Long Running Affair With Congresswoman

    09/29/2015 3:54:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Got News ^ | September 25, 2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    Updated September 25, 2015… first published this article earlier this year and has received numerous confirmations about it since then. Neither McCarthy, nor Ellmers has denied it and now that McCarthy is next in line for the speakership of the House the affair has taken on new relevance. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) (center) at the U.S. Capitol July 28, 2011 in Washington, DC. Multiple sources within Bakersfield, North Carolina, & on Capitol Hill tell that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Renee Ellmers (R-NC) have been carrying on a long-running affair since...
  • Senator @MarcoRubio Slurps The Turtle Soup…

    09/29/2015 2:47:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Camp of the Saints | September 28, 2015 | Bob Belvedere
    …and burns his lips, which may make it more difficult for him to kiss a certain Majority Leader’s arse. From Breitbart, Julia Hahn reporting, we learn that Don Marco may be in trouble: The populist, anti-establishment groundswell could spell trouble for the presidential campaign of donor-class darling Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) — who has twice fearlessly ignored voters and risked his political career to advance the goals of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. … Now that the Republican base has its sights set on Mitch McConnell, it could pose a serious problem for the campaign of Sen. Marco Rubio, whose...
  • The Disturbing Prospect of Trey Gowdy as Majority Leader (Consider the Source)

    09/29/2015 12:51:26 PM PDT · by mojito · 36 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 9/29/2015 | Andrew Rosenthal
    The choice House Republicans make to replace John Boehner as speaker will say a lot about how the party is going to handle its current identity crisis. Will it finally take governing seriously, or will it go on using its majority in Congress to shut down the government, hold show votes on health care reform, stymie President Obama and try to stop Hillary Clinton from becoming president? The current conventional wisdom holds that the leading candidate is the majority leader, Kevin McCarthy of California. Mr. McCarthy, at least, said on Monday that it is time to stop “governing by crisis,”...
  • Ted Cruz names Bob Barr head of outreach effort to Ron Paul supporters and libertarians

    09/29/2015 12:30:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Independent Political Report ^ | September 29, 2015
    via The Iowa Statesman. Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz today named former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr the National Chair of the “Liberty Leaders for Cruz” coalition. The campaign also released a video of eight leaders in the Liberty movement who are actively working for the Cruz campaign, featuring their personal stories of why they supported Ron Paul, and why in 2016, they support Ted Cruz for President. Additional coverage at Reason. – Fmr. Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA) was the Libertarian nominee for President in 2008, winning on the sixth ballot at a divided and fractured convention. After a...
  • Carly Fiorina: A liberal chameleon wearing conservative colors

    09/29/2015 11:55:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | September 29, 2015 | James Richard Edwards
    Is Carly Fiorina a liberal chameleon wearing conservative colors? And if she is, will it give Clinton what she needs to win the White House? Carly Fiorina, candidate for the Republican party’s nomination for president, has enjoyed quite a bounce in the polls since the most recent Republican debate. Ironically, however, Fiorina’s policy positions more closely mimic those of Democrats than those of Republicans. Fiorina will not be able to draw a distinct line between her and the Democrat candidate, which will lead to a repeat of 2008 and 2012 when millions of conservatives chose not to vote and a...
  • Ben Carson says he would run outside of GOP if he 'had to'

    09/29/2015 4:54:44 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 31 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 09/28/2015, 02:06pm | Scott Sutton
    Dr. Ben Carson, the Republican party’s current No. 2 presidential candidate, said he would consider a run for the White House outside of the party but probably not this cycle.
  • Baltimore lawmaker moving toward U.S. Senate campaign in Maryland

    09/28/2015 3:15:55 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 28, 2015 | Rachel Weiner
    A Republican state delegate is working toward a bid for Maryland’s open U.S. Senate seat, the first candidate with establishment support. Del. Kathy Szeliga, who represents Baltimore County and serves as minority whip in the House of Delegates, is taking steps toward a campaign. “I’m seriously looking at getting into this race and gauging support, and it’s really been actually overwhelming,” Szeliga said. She said that among those Republicans reaching out to encourage her effort, first reported Sunday by the Baltimore Sun, are Rep. Andy Harris, former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and his wife, Kendel; former lieutenant governor Michael...
  • Planned Parenthood Paid Protestors Who Threw Condoms At Carly Florin

    09/28/2015 3:23:10 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies ^ | September 28, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Planned Parenthood paid some of its supporters who threw condoms at GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and at her supporters during an Iowa Hawkeye tailgate on Saturday.
  • Rep. Randy Weber becomes sixth Texan congressman to endorse Ted Cruz for president

    09/28/2015 2:50:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | September 28, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    Rep. Randy Weber, R-Friendswood, is backing Sen. Ted Cruz for president, Cruz’s campaign announced Monday. “We need a President who will march into the White House on day one with their conservative values in one hand and the Constitution in the other,” said Weber. “I believe Ted Cruz is the candidate who will do just that.”(continued)
  • "Ditch & Switch" Stump for Trump ladies!

    09/28/2015 9:52:43 AM PDT · by Dana1960 · 10 replies
    you tube ^ | 9/28/15 | Diamond & Silk
    Looks like the Stump for Trump ladies have begun a grassroots organizing thing for getting voters to switch from D to R to vote in the primaries.
  • What The Hell Is An Angry Conservative Supposed To Do?

    09/28/2015 5:35:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 94 replies ^ | September 28, 2015 | Kurt Schlichter
    Something is going to end up a smoldering ruin. Maybe it will be the whole country. Maybe it’ll just be the elite-run GOP. Hopefully it will be whatever painfully white, elderly, socialist creep the Democrats nominate. But regardless, I’m one of those many people who is so angry he just wants to see something burn. Boehner down, plenty to go. Now is this reasonable? Is this a smart, savvy strategy? I’m not sure we even care anymore. See, we’ve been shafted too long– these hacks can’t even keep the government from spending money on baby dismemberment – and someone or...
  • Death watch for Rand Paul campaign

    09/27/2015 11:14:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | September 26, 2015 | Sam Youngman
    LEXINGTON,Ky. — Rand Paul was right. In January 2014, the day after The Atlantic anointed Paul, Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator, as the Republican frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race, Paul told the Herald-Leader “it’s still too early probably to talk about things like that.” “That sounds unlucky to me,” he said. Less than two years later, Paul’s luck, it seems, is running out. Campaigning on Friday in New Hampshire, Paul continues to charge ahead with his struggling presidential campaign, but speculation is growing that he might be the next Republican candidate to drop out of the race. Former Texas Gov....
  • Local straw poll leans toward Cruz, Fiorina (Texas)

    09/27/2015 11:05:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Hill Country Community Journal of Kerrville ^ | September 28, 2015 | Bonnie Arnold
    Amy Eldred, program chair and first vice president of RWKC, led a local caucus or straw poll about the Republican candidates for the 2016 Presidential election, after displaying a poster of all 15 of them so luncheon attendees would remember who they all are. Unofficial selections favored Ted Cruz or Carly Fiorina as Republican nominee. The Republican Women of Kerr County and their and guests held a luncheon meeting last Friday, expecting a visiting guest speaker from the Republican Party of Texas, and instead got to hold their own local caucus or straw poll about the 2016 Presidential election. When...
  • Trump: ‘I’m a pretty good Republican’

    09/27/2015 4:34:25 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 102 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/27/2015 | Jonathan Easley
    “I’m a pretty good Republican,” Trump told Scott Pelley on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” “But I will tell you this, I do have some differences.” Trump has been under fire from his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination who have sought to highlight his past support for liberal causes and donations to Democrats. Trump, who is expected to release a policy proposal on tax reform on Monday morning, said one area of disagreement he has with the party is that he supports raising taxes on the wealthiest. “I don't want to have certain people on Wall Street getting away with paying...
  • Poll: 72% of GOP Voters Dissatisfied With Boehner, McConnell

    09/27/2015 10:38:02 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 43 replies
    NBCNews ^ | September 27, 2015 | MARK MURRAY
    Poll: 72% of GOP Voters Dissatisfied With Boehner, McConnell by MARK MURRAY On the same day that House Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation, a whopping 72 percent of Republican primary voters said they were dissatisfied with his and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's ability to achieve GOP goals, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. That includes 44 percent of GOP primary voters who said they were "very" dissatisfied with Boehner and McConnell, and 36 percent who want them immediately removed from their leadership positions.
  • Republican hard-liners are ‘false prophets,’ Boehner says

    09/27/2015 10:35:52 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 27, 2015 | Mike DeBonis
    Outgoing House Speaker John A. Boehner, in his first one-on-one interview since announcing his resignation last week, compared conservative hard-liners in his party to biblical "false prophets" who promise more than they can deliver. Boehner announced Friday that he would step down Oct. 30 after nearly five years as speaker amid constant pressure from his party's right flank. Asked Sunday by host John Dickerson on a live broadcast of CBS's "Face the Nation" whether those hard-liners are "unrealistic about what can be done in government," Boehner exploded. [Snip] Boehner addressed the remaining five weeks of his speakership, in which he...
  • Post debate, Cruz is in good shape

    09/26/2015 10:58:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | September 27, 2015 | Matt Mackowiak, Republican consultant, and former Capitol Hill and Bush administration aide
    With the Summer of Trump behind us, the GOP presidential primary race is beginning to take shape. The sharp decline and hasty exit of Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) leaves only four truly competitive candidates for the Iowa Caucuses on Feb. 1: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Donald Trump, Ben Carson and former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas). Cruz has the strongest ground game of that group and is the best-funded. Carson is better organized than most realize, but has an unproven team and is an unproven candidate. I agree with many experts who believe we now have seen Trump’s peak in...
  • Ted Cruz Wins, Donald Trump Flops In Latest Presidential Straw Poll For Republican Contenders

    09/26/2015 9:15:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 26, 2015 | Kerry Flynn
    Could the Donald be falling? Texas Sen. Ted Cruz came out on top in the latest presidential straw poll, garnering 35 percent of the approximately 1,200 votes from the Values Voter Summit in Washington Saturday, NBC News reports. That’s the third year in a row Cruz has won the support from the forum. The affair comes amid some shakeup for the Republican party in the past week, with House Speaker John Boehner announcing his departure and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has been criticized for not taking stronger conservative stances, ending his bid for the presidency. Social conservatives are further...
  • Religious liberty: Ted Cruz’s conservative ‘rocket fuel’ (Why the senator could win Iowa caucus)

    09/26/2015 7:17:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | September 26, 2015 | Jon Ward, Senior political correspondent
    To watch Ted Cruz speak at a gathering of religious conservatives in Washington Friday was to more fully grasp why the Republican senator from Texas could win the Iowa caucus next year. In two words: religious liberty. Cruz has only one rival in the Republican field — former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — who raises the issue as aggressively. But between the two of them, Cruz has a reputation as a fighter, having tangled repeatedly with GOP leadership in Congress on a host of issues since he was elected in 2010. And the grassroots wants a brawler. Iowa conservatives, who...
  • Bill Clinton Blames G.O.P. and Press for Wife’s Email Woes

    09/26/2015 6:15:09 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 9/26/2015 | Amy Chozick
    Former President Bill Clinton blamed Republicans who hope to undercut his wife’s presidential chances and a voracious political news media uninterested in substance for the furor surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private email account and server while she was secretary of state. “I have never seen so much expended on so little,” Mr. Clinton said in a taped interview with Fareed Zakaria that is scheduled to be shown Sunday on CNN. The network released excerpts on Saturday afternoon. “She said she was sorry that her personal email caused all this confusion,” Mr. Clinton said. “And she’d like to...
  • REACTION: Buzz On Social Media About Boehner Stepping Down

    09/26/2015 6:00:22 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 26 replies
    KWTV ^ | 09/25/2015 | Staff
    "Today was the right day for Speaker Boehner to announce his retirement. He is a new grandfather and nothing would surpass the Pope's address" -Newt Gingrich "Given how it ended, I am guessing Boehner wishes he had just jammed immigration through, would have fundamentally changed his legacy" -Dan Pfeiffer "If Boehner wasn't conservative enough for the Republican Party, they are handing the Dems a win in 2016." -Sarah Wood "I wasn't always happy with what Speaker Boehner told me, but he never, ever misled me. He never told me something that wasn't true." -Harry Reid "John Boehner talking about the...
  • Bush campaign looks to go deep into primaries: Campaign is banking on its organizational strength

    09/26/2015 1:59:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    WBAL-TV ^ | September 26, 2015 | Ashley Killough, CNN
    MOUNT PLEASANT, South Carolina (CNN) —The campaign for Jeb Bush, anticipating a competitive primary season, is forming an aggressive presence in states beyond the four that will vote in February -- Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. He stepped into Rand Paul country on Thursday afternoon, for example, to headline a fundraiser for the Kentucky state GOP and became the first Republican presidential candidate to pay the filing fee for the March 5 caucus. Bush's campaign views the stop as an example of their "robust" operation, not only in Kentucky but across the southern region that will host a...
  • John Boehner left because Republicans' true faith is incompatible with governing

    09/26/2015 12:11:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | September 25, 2015 | Chris Lehmann
    The real religion of Washington conservatives is that having a government at all is offensive to the market. No wonder leading a branch of it is thankless work.House Speaker John Boehner’s last official moment in the media spotlight found him crying: sitting behind Pope Francis during the pontiff’s address to Congress, Boehner – a notorious public cryer – teared up at the homiletic spectacle, and was forced to dry his eyes with a handkerchief. It was fitting because, over the past five years, Boehner himself has presided over a far less decorous and infinitely more fractious show of ardent faith,...
  • Boehner Resigned? Good. Go Cry, Drink And Surrender Somewhere Else.

    09/26/2015 4:06:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 40 replies ^ | September 26, 2015 | John Hawkins
    "Boehner is despised by the younger, more conservative members of the House Republican Conference. They are repelled by his personal behavior. He is louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle. Boehner has already tried to buy the members with campaign contributions and committee assignments, which he has already promised to potentially difficult members. His hold is insecure. He is not [Newt] Gingrich, the natural leader of a 'revolution,' riding the crest into power. He is careworn and threadbare, banal and hollow, holding nobody's enduring loyalty." – Sidney Blumenthal in a private email to Hillary Clinton "We’ve never...
  • If Republicans nominate a strong conservative, it could hurt them on Election Day. A lot.

    09/25/2015 2:49:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | September 25, 2015 | Matthew Atkinson and Darin DeWitt
    In June 2014, Senator Ted Cruz told The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin this: It is amazing that the wisdom of the chattering class to the Republicans is always, always, always ‘Surrender your principles and agree with the Democrats. That’s been true for my entire lifetime. The chattering classes have consistently said, ‘You crazy Republicans have to give up on what you believe and become more like Democrats.’ And, I would note, every time Republicans do that we lose. Cruz went on: And what does the entire D.C. Republican consulting class say? ‘In 2016, we need another establishment moderate!’ Hasn’t worked...
  • Dear GOP House Members – Electing Kevin McCarthy as Speaker Will Fix Nothing

    09/25/2015 8:51:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Red State ^ | 09/25/2015 | Leon H. Wolf
    With the breaking news that Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% is resigning as Speaker and stepping down from Congress at the end of next month, the House caucus is going to have to elect a new leader soon. Reading between the tea leaves, you have to imagine that Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) 63% thinks he has this election in the bag. If Republicans in the House quickly line up behind McCarthy as a replacement for Boehner, it will show that they have learned nothing. It will show that they have mistakenly concluded that Boehner, personally, was just an unjust victim...
  • Ted Cruz Says Republican Leadership Is Guilty Of ‘Peremptory Surrender’

    09/25/2015 6:48:15 AM PDT · by Isara · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/24/2015 | Alex Pappas
    WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says the Republican leadership in Congress is guilty of “peremptory surrender” once again, criticizing House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for not going along with the plan favored by conservatives to defund Planned Parenthood.“Republicans need to act like Republicans,” Cruz said Thursday afternoon to a group of reporters inside his Capitol Hill office. “Leadership needs to lead. Together, we need to actually honor the commitments to the men and women who elected us.”Speaking at a long brown table in his conference room and sipping on a diet Dr. Pepper, Cruz,...
  • GOP Leaders in Congress Move on Bills to Avoid Govt Shutdown(Let Obama have the $ instead)

    09/25/2015 5:07:00 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 13 replies
    newsmax ^ | 9/24/15
    Republican leaders in Congress on Thursday began advancing bills urgently needed to avoid federal agency shutdowns on Oct. 1 while navigating conservatives' demands to punish Planned Parenthood over an abortion controversy. The Senate defeated Republican efforts to use a funding extension bill to cut off money to Planned Parenthood, clearing the way for a version without that provision that extends all previous funding through Dec. 11. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has set the first procedural vote on that measure for Monday, two days before the federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30. House Speaker John Boehner, meanwhile,...
  • GOP insiders: Jindal and Pataki quit next; Rand Paul’s on the departure list too, insiders predict.

    09/25/2015 3:32:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 25, 2015 | Katie Glueck and Kristen Hayford
    Bobby Jindal and George Pataki are the next two quitters in the Republican field. That’s the assessment of Republicans in the POLITICO Caucus, our weekly bipartisan survey of the top activists, operatives and strategists in Iowa and New Hampshire. A quarter of Iowa Republicans say it’s Jindal, a frequent visitor to their state, who is on his way out. "He's become desperate," an Iowa Republican said. "He's taken to attacking Trump (we know how that worked out for Perry and Walker) and has nothing going on here in Iowa." Added another, who like all participants was granted anonymity in order...