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  • Iowa Caucus Kingmaker Assesses 2016 GOP Field [Read this]

    05/02/2015 2:34:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 2, 2015 | Steve Deace
    Arguably the most important Republican presidential endorsement to precede the 2016 Iowa Caucuses will come from Bob Vander Plaats, who failed on three occasions to become governor of Iowa. And over here in the ‘nobody cares’ pile is Terry Branstad, Iowa’s current Republican head of state and the soon-to-be longest-serving governor in the history of this nation. How a man with that kind of stature can have zero impact on presidential politics is a solid lesson in pyrrhic victories. The reason for such a counter-intuitive reality is simple. It’s a matter of having convictions versus pursuing positions. Vander Plaats is...
  • Cruz consultant Jeff Roe thrives in the school of hard hits

    05/01/2015 9:04:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | May 1, 2015 | Kevin Diaz
    When Ted Cruz brought national campaign consultant Jeff Roe to Houston to run his insurgent campaign for president, he knew he was getting the "bad boy" of Missouri politics. He knew from experience, having himself felt the bad boy's sting. In 2012, during his high stakes battle with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the GOP nomination in Texas' U.S. Senate race, his likeness was plastered over a Chinese flag in an eye-popping pamphlet attacking Cruz's past legal representation of a company with ties to the Chinese government. "Mr. Cruz betrayed our country," the pamphlet read. The man behind the attack...
  • GOP Chairman: Campaign Prep Just as Important as Nominee

    05/01/2015 7:59:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | May 1, 2015 | Bill Barrow
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus cautioned GOP faithful on Friday that they won't recapture the White House if the party gets too obsessed with choosing its nominee while Democrats continue to outpace Republicans on campaign tactics. "We have become a candidate-crazy party to the detriment of all the mechanics," Priebus told hundreds of GOP donors and activists at a South Carolina party dinner. Describing the 2012 nomination fight as a "total disaster" and a "traveling circus," Priebus said the Republican National Committee has learned its lesson....
  • Levin Destroys Republicans Opposing... Iran Amendments: ‘Lying,... Preposterous & Pathetic!’

    05/01/2015 6:01:04 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 30 2015 | Michael van der Galien
    On his radio show yesterday, Mark “The Great One” Levin did something he usually doesn’t — or at least not to this degree. He truly blasted, if not utterly destroyed, Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate for opposing amendments to the now notorious Iran bill, which grants President Obama the power to do whatever he wants to do in order to get a deal with Iran. Snip It’s shocking to the extreme, which is why Levin went off on an epic rant. He called out every single one of the eight Republican senators voting against it: “We have eight Republicans...
  • HILLARY'S CORPORATIST POLITICS OFFERS 'FREE MARKETS' FOR SUPER BIG BUSINESS AND 'FREE SEX' FOR ALL

    05/01/2015 5:18:50 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 6 replies
    5/1/2015 | Self
    "...we'd be so much better if we governed ourselves, controlled our borders and gave ordinary workers a chance against the corporate companies who've now basically taken over our political parties..." Nigel Farage of the United Kingdom Independence Party "Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed." Hillary Rodham Clinton "I don't want Alabama portrayed in a negative light because when it's portrayed in a negative light, it doesn't help me to recruit jobs in Alabama.....So I'm hurting families when I can't help people get...
  • Man shot himself in the foot to see what it felt like

    04/29/2015 11:07:43 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 87 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 29 Apr 2015 | Matt Payton
    There is a concrete reason why ‘shooting yourself in the foot’ is an idiom as this man found out.Police have not revealed the 35-year-old’s name who was admitted to hospital last weekend in the Spanish town of Elda near Alicante.However, it currently appears that he shot himself in the foot with a handgun to find out what it would feel like.MORE: Police smell cannabis through letter box, then find this in the looAuthorities have not yet found the firearm which they believe he threw out of his car window on the way to hospital, according to i100.Investigators have not ruled out sending...
  • Ted Cruz ‘hitting on a lot of cylinders’ in presidential campaign: Insiders say rollout exceptional

    04/29/2015 8:34:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s month-old presidential campaign has won strong reviews from GOP insiders in key states who say he’s managed to tap into the anti-establishment sentiment of primary voters, and his allies have proved they have the ability to raise tens of millions of dollars to boost his bid. The Texan’s presidential aspirations hinge on his ability to lay claim to being the chief conservative alternative in the race, which means he’ll have to find a way to expand beyond the tea party and social conservative base that he begins with. “He is expanding his base, and he is right...
  • The two reasons Sen. John McCain will not stop ridiculing Ted Cruz and Rand Paul

    04/29/2015 1:20:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Communities Digital News' A Time For Choosing Blog ^ | April 29, 2015 | James Richard Edwards
    Sen. John McCain, the man that gave us President Barack Obama by running the most anemic, ineffective campaign in modern history, has decided to constantly interfere in this election cycle, demeaning any principled conservatives in favor of establishment Republicans that share his failed ideological viewpoint. McCain’s recent comments in regards to Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Rand Paul, both of whom are running for the Republican nomination for president, are clearly indicative of his desire to give his best effort to destroy any and all principled conservatives that dare challenge the establishment wing of the Republican Party. According to an...
  • Cruz points to support in Iowa (Has people from ALL previous recent GOP campaigns!)

    04/29/2015 11:22:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Quad City Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Ed Tibbetts
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is putting a lot of emphasis on Iowa in his presidential campaign, is continuing to notch endorsements from some well-known activists in the state. Former Secretary of State Matt Schultz told the Quad-City Times on Wednesday he is endorsing Cruz for president. "I’m looking for somebody who’s going to stand up and fight for our country, and he gives me hope we can turn things around," said Schultz, who is now the Madison County Attorney. "He's not going to back down from a fight." In a letter to two dozen members of the Cruz...
  • Anti-gay Republican state lawmaker comes out after Grindr account exposed

    04/29/2015 9:43:51 AM PDT · by redreno · 19 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | By Jessica Chasmar
    North Dakota state Rep. Randy Boehning has come out as bisexual after a 21-year-old man claimed the Republican sent him a photo of his genitals via the gay dating site Grindr. Mr. Boehning, 52, says the man who came forward is retaliating against him for a recent vote against expanding gay rights, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reported. Dustin Smith, 21, contacted the newspaper earlier this month, saying he recognized Mr. Boehning from Grindr, chatting under the user name Top Man! According to exchanges reviewed by The Forum, Mr. Boehning sent Mr. Smith an unsolicited photo of his penis on March...
  • Obama on Baltimore riots: Blame Republicans

    04/29/2015 4:27:25 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 48 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | April 29,2015 | Noah Rothman
    On Tuesday, Barack Obama admitted that the situation faced by the impoverished residents of American urban centers like Baltimore is a hopeless one.
  • Is Jeb Bush too reasonable for Republicans?

    04/28/2015 7:58:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 28, 2015 | Doyle McManus
    For a Republican who once called himself a "head-banging conservative," Jeb Bush has said some surprisingly nice things about President Obama lately.. He endorsed Obama's proposed trade deal with Asia. He praised Obama's tough policies on terrorism, including the National Security Agency's collection of bulk data. He called on balky Republicans in Congress to confirm Obama's new attorney general, Loretta Lynch. He even applauded Obama for tightening sanctions on Iran, although he also criticized the president for making concessions in nuclear negotiations. "I'm not a big Obama fan, but when he does something right, we need to give him credit,"...
  • Why Alabamians should vote for Ted Cruz: guest opinion

    04/28/2015 12:37:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | April 28, 2015 | Jodi McDade, AL state Republican Executive Committee & Chair, Coosa County GOP
    The Presidential campaign for the 2016 election is getting under way and it is time to start researching the different candidates that have already entered the race or have expressed the possibility of doing so. I have been thinking about this for quite some time and I know exactly what I am looking for in the next President of the United States. I am looking for someone who knows the Constitution backwards and forwards – and who believes in it with all their soul. I am looking for someone who knows and loves the rule of law – and who...
  • Republican 2016 Hopefuls Court Iowa's 'Super Volunteers'

    04/28/2015 10:18:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 27, 2015 | Adam Wollner
    The state’s most dedicated activists are getting showered with attention.CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—The Monday after Easter, 73-year-old Joni Scotter found herself at the hospital for the second time in as many days. The two-time cancer survivor, having just been treated for a skin condition, was about to be hospitalized for three days after a series of tests revealed another problem: kidney failure. It didn't take long for the well-wishes to pour in from concerned friends, family—and Republican presidential contenders. Jeb Bush sent flowers and a handwritten note. Ted Cruz passed along flowers as well. Scott Walker mailed a copy of his...
  • GOP Can Stop Being Nice to Ted Cruz

    04/28/2015 9:48:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Bloomberg View | April 28, 2015 | Jonathan Bernstein, political scientist
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-28/gop-can-stop-being-nice-to-ted-cruz
  • Supreme Court can’t fix Ted Cruz’s America: Why bigotry will survive even if marriage equality wins

    04/28/2015 6:45:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Salon ^ | April 28, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    Even if the Supreme Court rules for gay marriage, Cruz proves that much still needs to be done for LGBT rights. Today’s oral arguments in the Supreme Court marriage equality case may or may not be exciting, but the importance of the outcome cannot be overstated. We are witnessing before us one of the greatest expansions of civil rights in decades, and if the high court decides to be part of the future instead of the past, this advance will codify into law the basic human right of marriage for gays and lesbians throughout America. This country has come a...
  • 10 Reasons Why Libertarians Should Support Ted Cruz

    04/27/2015 5:01:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | April 27, 2015 | R. Brownell
    10. He wants to rebuild the old Reagan Coalitions Cruz without argument is a constitutional conservative, unwilling to compromise with progressives if it means government grows even an inch bigger. His plan to win the presidency won’t involve shifting towards the mushy middle like previous GOP candidates, but instead reforming the old Reagan Coalition of Evangelicals, Conservatives, Reagan Democrats, and Libertarians to help him get to the White House. 9. He shut down the government and beat Rand Paul’s filibuster record During the fight to defund Obamacare, Cruz pushed his filibuster past the deadline for the government shutdown; while in...
  • We Shouldn’t Accept LGBT Businessman Ian Reisner’s Duplicitous Apology (Gaystapo roars)

    04/27/2015 2:50:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Care2 ^ | April 27, 2015 | Chris Sosa
    New York City-based gay businessman Ian Reisner recently hosted a “fireside chat” with Sen. Ted Cruz in Manhattan. You read that correctly: a successful LGBT community member invited one of the most notoriously anti-LGBT politicians in the U.S. to his home. His business partner, Mati Weiderpass, even posted a photo of the two together on Facebook (seen above). Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass are called “pioneers in the gay hospitality industry” by The New York Times. The piece talks about how “opposition to President Obama,” the single best president on LGBT issues, was a focal point of the evening in...
  • Let Obamacare´s Subsidy Victims Suffer

    04/27/2015 4:00:13 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 14 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/27/2015 | David Catron
    The GOP seems determined to reinforce its reputation as “the stupid party.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other prominent Republicans plan to co-sponsor a piece of legislation introduced by Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson that, as he recently admitted in the Wall Street Journal, would allow Obamacare subsidies issued through federal exchanges to continue for two more years—even if the Supreme Court declares them illegal. This will not only mask the negative consequences of the sloppily-written law, it will antagonize the voters who reinstated the GOP congressional majority last November and provide yet more time for Obamacare to metastasize. Senator...
  • Is Rick Santorum losing his core audience?

    04/26/2015 9:01:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 26, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Here’s one name you haven’t seen here at Hot Gas quite so much this election cycle… at least so far: Rick Santorum. After a somewhat shocking start to the 2012 election trail, followed by a gritty, “outlast everyone else” campaign against Mitt Romney, Santorum seemed to have cemented a place as a serious contender in national GOP politics. Further more, he’s made no secret that he’s interested in another grab at the brass ring this time. But where is the splash for him this year? One reason for the lack of media coverage is that the former Pennsylvania Senator hasn’t...
  • Ted Cruz Facebook Interactions More Than Double Those of Jeb Bush Nationally

    04/26/2015 12:19:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 26, 2015 | Benjamin Bell via This Week
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Interactions on the social platform Facebook related to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas more than doubled those of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a period measured earlier this month according to data -- which is approximate -- provided to ABC News by Facebook. Facebook, which measured the data from April 17 to April 23, reported 2.2 million interactions related to Cruz and about 1 million interactions related to Bush. Facebook defines "interactions" on the social platform as posts, comments, likes and shares. Bush is exploring a run for the White House while Cruz has officially declared his candidacy...
  • Republican Congressman: We Welcome Bruce Jenner to the GOP

    04/26/2015 9:59:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    TMZ ^ | 04/26/2015
    Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz is happy Bruce Jenner will continue to embrace the GOP, telling us his party needs all the Cali support it can get. Chaffetz -- an ultra conservative from Utah who has become extremely influential in DC -- told our TMZ photog it's not his job to judge Jenner's choices. It's interesting ... Chaffetz has become a powerful voice promoting the right of privacy. Although it seems Chaffetz is saying live and let live, he clearly has limits because he has opposed both gay marriage and medical marijuana use in the past. Jenner told Sawyer he's a...
  • The Disgraceful Republican Cave-in on Loretta Lynch

    04/25/2015 7:13:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 25, 2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Voting to confirm an attorney general who won’t uphold the Constitution isn’t a way to inspire confidence among conservatives.Hillary Clinton didn’t have such a bad week after all. Sure, she’s reeling from the latest unseemly revelations about the Clinton Foundation family piggy bank. But they’re only marginally worse than earlier unseemly revelations about the Clinton Foundation. They are roughly on par with the revelations about how Mrs. Clinton obstructed Congress’s Benghazi investigations by purging her unlawful private e-mail system, which was worse than her obstruction of the State Department’s Benghazi investigation. Yet it may not have been as bad as...
  • Cruz Supporters Planning to Launch ‘Ted Cruz Air Force’

    04/25/2015 2:12:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 25, 2015 | Justin Haskins
    A group of zealous supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz’ (R-TX) 2016 presidential run is planning to launch a ‘Ted Cruz Air Force’ (TCAF) in the coming months prior to the Republican primaries that begin in less than a year. According to TCAF, “Ted Cruz clearly has the support of the grassroots. He will also have air support.” TCAF says its most prominent air feature will be the “Ted Cruz Blimp,” but it also plans on recruiting “antique aircraft, towed aerial banners, light sport aircraft … [and] parachutes.” Member of TCAF Jerry Collette says he’s going to do everything he can...
  • Milbank: Using Jesus to curtail reproductive rights is incendiary

    04/25/2015 10:13:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Columbian ^ | April 25, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    Michigan Republican Tim Walberg was a Christian minister before winning election to Congress in 2010 — and he hasn't entirely changed jobs. In a rare Tuesday night committee meeting at which House Republicans advanced a bill curtailing reproductive rights, Walberg took the even rarer step of lecturing his colleagues on Scripture. "It is clearly taught by Jesus the Christ himself," Walberg preached to members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, "for those of us who believe in him — and I understand and I accept the fact that there are those who don't — but he said render...
  • The GOP is scared of you?

    04/25/2015 12:29:19 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 38 replies
    www.glennbeck.com ^ | Apr 24. 2015 | Shannon
    This morning on radio, Glenn gave some hints from an important phone call he received before going on the air. While Glenn was unable to release any of the details about who called or exactly what it was about, he did share a snippet of content concerning the GOP. Courtesy of Glenn, we do know that there were “big names involved” and Glenn was “encouraged by who it came from.”Glenn did provide some of the message from the mystery caller, saying“Just please tell Glenn to continue to put the heat on. Because the party is split. And half of...
  • Bristol Palin Backs Stephen A. Smith: ‘Every Black Person Should Vote Republican’

    04/24/2015 10:25:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | April 24, 2015 | Steph Bazzle
    Bristol Palin says that Stephen A. Smith has it right when he declares that for one election cycle, every black person should vote Republican. She says that when you listen to his logic, it “just makes sense.” Tricks to get large groups to swap parties, without a solid political reason, aren’t exactly uncommon, but the logic Smith and Palin are employing here is mind-boggling. Here’s Stephen A.’s idea, initially published by Breitbart. Currently, the majority of black voters vote for Democrats. He believes this demonstrates that the average black person would never vote Republican, leaving both parties’ candidates thinking they...
  • Elizabeth Warren v. Ted Cruz

    04/24/2015 5:33:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Salina Journal ^ | April 24, 2015 | John M. Crisp
    Elizabeth Warren versus Ted Cruz? Not likely. Only the most extraordinary circumstances could produce this improbable contest for the presidency in 2016. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was the first to declare his candidacy for the Republican nomination, but his hardcore ideology and abrasive manner make him unlikely to be chosen by calmer heads closer to the center of the party. And despite persistent efforts by left-wing Democrats to change her mind, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is emphatic in her refusal to run for the office. Still, consideration of the remote possibility that these two could face off for the presidency...
  • BRITISH AND AMERICAN ELECTIONS: NIGEL FARAGE GETS IT AND HIS IMITATOR IN THE PANTSUIT DOES TOO

    04/24/2015 5:34:19 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 13 replies
    4/24/2015 | Self
    "I'M PATRIOTIC, I BELIEVE IN THIS COUNTRY, I BELIEVE IN THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY, I BELIEVE WE'D BE SO MUCH BETTER IF WE GOVERNED OURSELVES, CONTROLLED OUR BORDERS AND GAVE ORDINARY WORKERS A CHANCE AGAINST THE TAKEOVER OF THE GIANT CORPORATE COMPANIES WHO'VE NOW BASICALLY TAKEN OVER OUR POLITICAL PARTIES...." UNITED KINGDOM INDEPENDENCE PARTY LEADER NIGEL FARAGE CLOSING STATEMENT OPPOSITION DEBATE APRIL 16, 2015 Ted Cruz is getting my money, but Nigel Farage has my heart. He tells the truth about how the system is working in the UK and the US right now and identifies with the little...
  • Republican Senate Confirms AG Who Says Illegals Have Right to Work But Partially Born Babies ...

    04/24/2015 1:49:04 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 6 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 23, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Complete Headline: Republican Senate Confirms AG Who Says Illegals Have Right to Work But Partially Born Babies Have No Right to Life A Republican-controlled U.S. Senate voted to confirm an attorney general today who says that illegal aliens have a right to work in the United States but that partially born babies do not have a right to life. The Senate took two votes on the nomination of Loretta Lynch: first, a "cloture" vote to end debate and allow a final vote on confirmation, and, then, the final vote itself. Neither of these votes would have taken place had not...
  • Senate GOP Leaders Endorse Bill To Extend Obamacare Subsidies To 2017

    04/23/2015 9:53:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 04/23/2015 | BySahil Kapur
    WASHINGTON — The Senate's top five Republican leaders have cosponsored legislation to extend until 2017 the Obamacare insurance subsidies that may be struck down by the Supreme Court this summer. The legislation, offered by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), one of the most politically vulnerable Senate incumbents in 2016, would maintain the federal HealthCare.gov subsidies at stake in King v. Burwell through the end of August 2017. The bill was unveiled this week with 29 other cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his four top deputies, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), John Thune (R-SD), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Roy...
  • Is Marco Rubio an anchor-baby?

    04/22/2015 12:06:18 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 35 replies
    Self ^ | 04/22/15 | Self
    Since Marco Rubio was born in the U.S. to the parents that were not U.S. citizens, does that make him an anchor baby? I personally think at least one parent should be a U.S. citizen before citizenship is granted upon birth. I haven't really seen many people talking about this.
  • 2016 Elections: Why This Year is the Time To Focus on Asian American Voter Power

    04/21/2015 10:59:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Asian Fortune ^ | April 21, 2015 | Jennie Ilustre
    Next year, the country will elect a new president. But next year is already here. Notice how candidates are already positioning themselves for the primaries and caucuses? It is urgent that now–not next year–is when all candidates must realize that American voters of Asian and Pacific heritage will play a major role in the 2016 elections. Republican Jeb Bush was first at the gate, albeit unofficially, in next year’s presidential elections. Bush is of course, former Florida governor and son and brother of two former presidents. In a crowded Republican field, Senator Ted Cruz was the first to officially launch...
  • Rep. Mo Brooks rips Rubio on open borders

    04/21/2015 10:37:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | Tim Constantine
    A Republican congressman ripped congressional leadership for their inaction on President Obama’s executive amnesty plan for illegals and pointed a finger at Sen. Marco Rubio for U.S. problems with open borders. Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks was a guest on Tim Constantine’s “Capitol Hill Show” on Tuesday and the conversation was dominated by the topic of illegal immigration and the effort by the Obama administration to circumvent existing law and grant amnesty to millions. “What I am very disappointed in is the House and Senate leadership,” Mr. Brooks explained....
  • HILLARY'S RUNNING... (Will Monica Lewinsky vote for Hillary Clinton?)

    04/21/2015 12:41:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Here’s the thing—the Tea Party, and the GOP horrify me. I might not know all the details about their campaigns, and I might not know what exactly HRC is planning, but one thing is for sure: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Jeb Bush are absolutely bad news. Many feminists including myself are “excited” about the idea of a woman holding office in the White House. But it is a very dull excitement, muffled by the fact that this racist police state will have nothing to offer us, regardless of who is sitting in The Oval Office. Just as Obama’s election...
  • Huckabee Is Ted Cruz’s Nightmare: How the former governor’s populism could upend the GOP field.

    04/21/2015 12:20:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 21, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    The Upshot’’s Nate Cohn is making the contrarian case for Mike Huckabee. I give him credit for seeing things that others might not, but—despite the optimistic headline: “Mike Huckabee Would Be a More Important Candidate Than You Might Think,” he actually underestimates Huck’s potential as a disruptive factor in this campaign. It’s unclear what’s in the water in Hope, Arkansas, but that Bill Clinton and Huck are both from the same hamlet is nothing short of miraculous. Put aside the snake oil salesman stuff, and the numerous ridiculous things Huckabee has said to get attention, and you’re left with a...
  • The GOP front-runner? It's not Jeb Bush: At this stage in the primary fight, no one has the edge.

    04/21/2015 10:56:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/21/2015 | By ELI STOKOLS
    With one well-received January speech in Iowa, Scott Walker shot to the top of the polls. After a successful campaign launch, Marco Rubio is slowly gaining ground with donors and with conservatives who see a candidate with an inspiring biography and exceptional skills as a communicator. Yet it’s Jeb Bush who’s frequently described as the front-runner in a crowded field of more than a dozen Republican candidates. The reality is that he’s not — at this stage in the nominating contest, no one is. “The Republican nomination is wide open,” said Ana Navarro, a Miami-based strategist who is close to...
  • New Hampshire Summit: How the 2016 GOP Hopefuls Fared at First-in-the-Nation Auditions

    04/21/2015 9:16:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/21/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    The Republican presidential hopefuls — declared and undeclared — descended on New Hampshire this past weekend for the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit.But what issue was first on the agendas of those eyeing a shot at the Oval Office?Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tried to varnish the family name for a new campaign. “We’re not always like our brother or sister or mom and dad. We all have our own unique DNA and our own life experiences,” he said, telling a bit of his life story including the love-at-first-sight meeting with his wife at age 17 in...
  • Fox News host grills Ted Cruz on being too conservative to get independents

    04/21/2015 8:35:51 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 87 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 4/21/2015 | Rightscoop
    Ted Cruz knocks it out of the park again. Ted was on with Martha MacCallum this morning who grilled him on getting independents versus just sticking with the base. MacCallum started with the premise that Cruz is too conservative but he refuted that nonsense and told her that he’s already seeing a wider coalition of voters including Reagan Democrats and independents among his supporters. But she still insisted on sticking with her premise, asking Cruz if he even wants the independent vote. Cruz responded that of course he wants independents. He explained to MacCallum, as he as told others in...
  • Lobbyists begin to cash in on Republican-led Congress

    04/21/2015 6:35:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 20, 2015 | Megan R. Wilson
    K Street’s largest firms are starting to reap the rewards of the new GOP-controlled Congress, leaving lobbyists bullish about 2015. Nearly all of two-dozen firms that provided their first-quarter earnings totals to The Hill on Monday — the deadline to report the figures to the House and Senate — saw their revenues increase.
  • Palmetto State gearing up for 2016

    04/20/2015 8:50:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Southern Political Report Magazine ^ | April 20, 2015 | Hastings Wyman
    Ten months from now, on February 13, 2016, all eyes will be on South Carolina, which will host the first-in-the-South Republican presidential primary. The candidates are already assembling on-the-ground operations in the state, hoping of course, that their campaigns will still be viable after the Iowa caucuses, the New Hampshire primary and contests in the West and Midwest. Here’s an early look at how the Palmetto State campaign organizations are taking shape for the three announced Republican candidates – Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio – as well as the state’s favorite son, Lindsey Graham. Ted Cruz, a freshman...
  • Who are the Republican candidates’ Jewish donors?

    04/20/2015 6:15:11 PM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 16 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | April 21, 2015, 2:14 am | Ron Kampeas
    Aside from Democrat Hillary Clinton, three Republican candidates with reasonable chances at the nomination have declared and several others are on the cusp. The Republican Party says it’s been making inroads with Jewish voters, who traditionally have favored Democrats by 2-to-1 margins. Here’s a rundown of the views of three declared Republican candidates — and two likely candidates — on issues of Jewish interest, and their connections to the community.
  • How Rand Paul is turning off Republicans by stretching the truth

    04/20/2015 5:27:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Vox ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    Rand Paul has cast himself as a Diogenes for the modern era, a truth-seeker who can't seem to find an honest man — or woman — no matter where he shines his lamp in Washington. That's why his willingness to say almost anything about himself and other Republicans, regardless of whether it's true, poses an existential threat to his brand. It's only a matter of time before the offended start punching back publicly, and that will surely start with fellow Republicans. Many of them had a right to be aggrieved after Paul's speech this weekend at the First in the...
  • The power players behind Ted Cruz's campaign

    04/20/2015 5:06:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 20, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    Ted Cruz is running for president as an outsider, and his relatively lean campaign staff reflects that approach. The Texas senator, who once played a pivotal role in shutting down the federal government, loves to rail against Washington, and his supporters have embraced the tagline “make D.C. listen.” Cruz was the first presidential contender out of the gates with an official announcement and did so with a core group of staffers that lacks bold-faced Beltway names. It’s largely a Texas-heavy group of strategists plus a handful of operatives with experience doing conservative combat. The Lone Star State Republican’s base begins...
  • Ted Cruz brings the energy in New Hampshire

    04/19/2015 1:09:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    SaintPetersBlog ^ | April 19, 2015 | Mitch Perry
    Ted Cruz headlined the daytime portion of the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., Saturday, where 20 presidential candidates or those seriously thinking about it came to speak. “What a testament to the desire for Americans: We want something new, we want new leadership to change the page, and to turnaround,” the 44-year-old U.S. senator from Texas said as he began his remarks. “You know the Democratic version of this I’m pretty sure is Hillary Clinton having a conversation with a Chipotle clerk,” he said. It was one of countless times Republicans jabbed Clinton for her clandestine appearance at the...
  • Slow Your Roll on Scott Walker

    04/18/2015 8:00:37 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 42 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2/7/2015 | Steve Deace
    We’re still a year away from the first official votes being cast in the 2016 Republican presidential primary in my home state of Iowa. Yet some of my brethren seem willing to declare the contest over and award Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker the victory before he’s truly been vetted. How about we make a guy go through the job interview before we hire him based solely off his resume? Now, to be sure Walker has an attractive resume, which is why I have several kind things to say about him in my book Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win...
  • Cruz wins straw polls in Greenville, Spartanburg

    04/18/2015 6:48:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Greenville Online | April 18, 2015 | Rudolph Bell
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/politics/2015/04/18/ted-cruz-scott-walker-jeb-bush/25987009/
  • Joe Scarborough Opens GOP Leadership Summit Day 2 with Series of Awkward Jokes

    04/18/2015 10:41:29 AM PDT · by PROCON · 23 replies
    mediaite ^ | April 18, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    The second day of the New Hampshire Republican Party’s “First in the Nation” leadership summit kicked off Saturday morning with a speech from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, a former GOP congressman. As you might expect, the reception was lukewarm at first — especially when he tried to land a series of fratboy-ish jokes — but became much warmer when he talked actual policy and tried to stir the crowd into rallying around conservative principles for the 2016 election. But let’s run through his awkward jokes: Scarborough approached the stage to noticeably tepid applause (though, to be fair, this was the first...
  • THE UNIPARTY DELUSION IN BRITAIN AND AMERICA

    04/18/2015 5:32:18 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 9 replies
    4/17/2015 | Self
    There was a "debate" between political parties in the United Kingdom Thursday night with five leaders on the stage from the leading parties that aren't in power. PM David Cameron only wanted to participate in one debate so this format was concocted by the BBC as an alternative to an all party debate. Also excluded, Cameron's partner party in government, the Liberal Democrats. Labour leader Ed Miliband was joined by UKIP leader Nigel Farage, Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon, Welsh nationalist leader Leanne Wood and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett. Sturgeon, Wood and Bennett whose main differences with Miliband...
  • The Party of Ideas: Applied Conservatism 101

    04/17/2015 3:03:04 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4-27-15 | Fred Barnes
    Middleburg, Va. Republicans have few built-in advantages in politics. But they do have one that’s already a factor in the 2016 presidential campaign. That advantage is ideas, especially ones affecting middle-income Americans. GOP presidential candidates were among the first to notice. Florida senator Marco Rubio, who announced for president last week, met several times with a group of conservative intellectuals last year. Now his agenda, notably on taxes, echoes their ideas. So does his new book, American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone. When Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, came to Washington in February, he made a point of...