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  • Sarah Palin hits it out of the park at CPAC and the media is irritated

    03/06/2015 2:02:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | February 27, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Some weeks after delivering what many pundits believe was a “disastrous” speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit, former governor, former vice presidential candidate, and still the current most powerful female politician on the planet Sarah Palin took to the podium at CPAC on Thursday and hit it out of the park. Most of her speech concerned veterans’ issues, both heartfelt and filled with policy suggestions. She also took some swings against the Obama administration’s ISIS policy. The media, typically, reacted with irritation. Typical of the reaction from the left side of the media were the accounts in both the Daily...
  • Some Dems giving up on trying to spin Hillary’s e-mail fiasco, mumbling “who gives a [expletive]?”

    03/05/2015 10:05:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 5, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Honestly, it may be their best remaining play. They can’t claim that private e-mail is good practice when the State Department itself is on record as saying it isn’t. They can’t claim that it’s basically as secure as government e-mail when even lefty sites are reporting that that’s wildly untrue. On the merits, in terms of national security and as evidence of the creepy lengths to which President Claire Underwood will go in the name of evading accountability, it’s a total disaster. The only move left on this chessboard is to ignore all that and simply insist that voters won’t...
  • Is Scott Walker the GOP's Barack Obama?

    03/05/2015 9:46:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Cook Political Report ^ | March 4, 2015 | Amy Walter
    Scott Walker in 2015 is a lot like Barack Obama circa 2007; he’s relatively unknown and yet well-known at the same time. Obama’s speech at the DNC in 2004 propelled him to rock-star status among the Democratic faithful, while Walker’s victory over the public sector labor unions in 2011 made him a legend among conservatives. The Wisconsin Governor begins this campaign as a vessel into which voters can pour their hopes and aspirations. The question now is whether the idea of Walker can match up with the reality of Walker. At the annual Club for Growth conference in Florida this...
  • How the Other Candidates Plan to Kill Scott Walker's Candidacy

    03/05/2015 1:24:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 5, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Scott Walker has been at the top of the polls in recent weeks but has he peaked too early? His rivals hope so. The early campaign has been kind to Scott Walker. He tops the competition in Iowa and New Hampshire, and is a close second in South Carolina. He gets high marks among social conservatives, among the moderate establishment, from Tea Party types. The Washington Post recently called him the first “It” candidate of 2016. Which, his rivals to the nomination say, is exactly where they want him. The Daily Beast spoke with strategists working with each of Walker’s...
  • Ted Cruz’s Obamacare Substitute: He Cares, Really!

    03/05/2015 11:29:31 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 5, 2015 | Dean Obeidallah, Lawyer & Arab-American comedian
    And now, Ted Cruz has offered an alternative to Obamacare. And it’s, uh, better than a tattoo of Winston Churchill.Ted Cruz cares about people in need. Stop laughing. Okay, you can laugh a little. The Texas right-wing firebrand (by way of Calgary, Canada) unveiled his alternative to Obamacare on Tuesday. I guess we can call it "Cruzcare" or maybe even, "TeddyCare." You see, Cruz is apparently deeply concerned about the 7.5 million Americans in 36 states who might lose federal government subsidies now provided by Obamacare to buy health insurance in a few months. That very scenario could happen if...
  • Politico Faces Its Worst Fear and Ponders a 2016 Without Hillary

    03/05/2015 9:46:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | March 4, 2015 | Stephen Kruiser
    Someone has abandonment issues. Until now, Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency has been viewed as pretty much a sure thing. But lately the road to near-certain nomination has taken a couple of rough turns, especially with the revelation that Clinton may have broken federal rules as secretary of state by communicating only on her private email account. Which makes us wonder: What if The Unthinkable did happen and she actually dropped out? What would be the Democrats’ response? “Panic,” says Democratic consultant Chris Lapetina. Indeed, the biggest problem is that the Democratic establishment is apparently so terrified of the...
  • Can the GOP survive on white voters alone? Party's future depends on being more inclusive

    03/05/2015 8:11:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Redding Record-Searchlight ^ | February 26, 2015 | Dick Meyer
    “The Republican Party as we know it cannot survive,” according to Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz. Note the caveat: “as we know it.” The Republican Party we know today can barely get 20 percent of the non-white vote in presidential elections. That kind of political party can’t survive precisely because it is the non-white population that is growing, much faster than the white population. By 2044, the United States will be a majority-minority country; there will be more non-whites than whites. The word “minority” will probably be mothballed by then. Unless the GOP can figure out how to stop...
  • The GOP’s Homeland Security fiasco: Why it won’t matter in 2016

    03/05/2015 7:54:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Fox News Politics Media Buzz ^ | March 5, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Will the Republicans’ congressional dysfunction in 2015 hurt the party’s chances in 2016? That’s not some liberal talking point—some GOP lawmakers are very nervous about the prospect. I happen to think the fear is overstated, and we’ll get to that in a moment. For all the sound and fury, it was almost an afterthought when John Boehner’s House passed a funding bill for the Homeland Security Department on Tuesday, with Democrats carrying the ball and Republicans supplying just 75 votes. This, of course, was a complete capitulation from earlier threats to shut down the department rather than acquiesce in President...
  • Ben Carson’s Gay-Making Prisons, & the Insurgent/Petulant/Crusader Split...

    03/04/2015 8:26:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | March 4, 2015 | Matt Welch, editor-in-chief
    Why not all 'outsiders' are built the same, and how that might benefit Ted Cruz.Today the neurosurgeon Ben Carson is coming under political fire, including from conservatives, for giving this answer to a CNN question about whether being gay is a choice: Absolutely. Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question[.] Uh, let's not and say we did? First of all, I think the correct answer to that question, from any presidential candidate, is...
  • Ted Cruz stands out at CPAC

    03/04/2015 1:34:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | March 4, 2015 | James Richard Edwards -
    SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – This past weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, every possible candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination laid out his case on why he should be for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. As could be expected, every speaker from Jeb Bush to Rand Paul to Ben Carson used the opportunity to burnish his conservative credentials and sound like he was the most conservative person alive. Sen. Ted Cruz was one of the few individuals who gave the audience more than just conservative platitudes and anti-Obama rhetoric. Cruz gave the...
  • Looking at 2016? Cruz hires prominent Iowa social conservative

    03/04/2015 8:26:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | March 4, 2015 | Kevin Diaz
    Texas Republican Ted Cruz, bolstering his national network for a possible 2016 presidential bid, named conservative Iowa GOP activist Bryan English as a top political advisor. English served as director of communications and public relations for the Iowa Family Policy Center (now the Iowa Family Leader), where he was instrumental in the group’s efforts to oppose same-sex marriage during the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court battle. Prior to that, he worked as U.S. Rep. Steve King’s policy advisor and district representative in the first-in-the-nation caucus state of Iowa, where he managed relationships with key constituent coalitions, particularly faith-based and community groups...
  • The Entire GOP Field for 2016 is as Tainted as a Bucket of Rotten Meat (Leftist Rant of the Day)

    03/04/2015 7:37:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | March 4, 2015 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    If you are looking for a Republican candidate in 2016 who isn’t either bought and paid for by the Kochs, or in thrall to the Religious Right – or both – good luck. Not one of them has your interests at heart. Or for that matter, America. People for the American Way in a press release yesterday informed us that both Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz will be not just attending but headlining an event in Iowa next week with the Religious Right’s evil mastermind, David Lane. And remember the supposedly moderate Jeb Bush, the guy whose attempt to tell...
  • Gay Group Wins Formal Recognition From State Republican Party

    03/01/2015 1:31:03 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    LATimes ^ | March 1, 2015
    Gay Group Wins Formal Recognition From State Republican Party By SEEMA MEHTA The Log Cabin Republicans, a 38-year-old organization that had unsuccessfully sought a charter from the state party several times in the past, received the formal imprimatur on a 861-293 vote at the party’s biannual convention in Sacramento. Brandon Gesecki, a delegate from Carmel who supported the effort, said the vote showed how much the party in California has changed in recent years. “It would have been the complete opposite 15 years ago,” said Gesecki, who also turned in a proxy vote from former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado supporting...
  • Scott Walker: 'My View Has Changed' on Amnesty

    03/01/2015 11:46:32 AM PST · by entropy12 · 44 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | Yahoo Finance | Ali Elkin
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker admitted Sunday to changing his views on the vexing issue of immigration. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, the presidential was presented with a 2013 clip in which he told a Wisconsin newspaper that he could envision undocumented workers who pay penalties being offered a pathway to citizenship. Walker said Sunday that he has since changed his mind on what many conservatives deem to be "amnesty."
  • Republican Congressman Peter King Slams Self-Righteous Delusional Wing Of His Party

    02/28/2015 2:11:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | February 28, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    Appearing on Luke Russert’s online MSNBC TV program, Shift, New York Congressman Peter King (R) slammed fellow House Republicans for not simply banding together to pass a clean funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. King made it clear that he was fed up with Tea Party Republicans playing politics with Homeland Security funding. The New York Congressman declared: ”This madness has to end soon…I’ve had it with this self-righteous, delusional wing of the party.” King lamented that may GOP members of Congress come from very conservative districts where they “live in an echo chamber”. He argued that those...
  • David Axelrod predicts Rick Perry, Ted Cruz will have uphill fights for GOP presidential nomination

    02/27/2015 4:34:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trailblazers Blog ^ | February 27, 2015 | Gromer Jeffers Jr.
    The architect of Barack Obama’s successful campaigns for president said this week that Rick Perry and Ted Cruz would have uphill battles for the 2016 GOP nomination for the White House. David Axelrod, one of President Obama’s closest advisers, said Texas’ junior senator did have support with hard-right conservatives. But he questioned whether Cruz could build on it. “Ted Cruz has a base. That base will be there,” Axelrod told The Dallas Morning News before a forum at the World Affairs Council in Dallas. “Whether it’s large enough is another question.” Axelrod was not bullish on the prospects of...
  • CPAC Can’t Quit Palin. Neither Can I.

    02/27/2015 3:48:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 26, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    The Sarah Palin who returned to the GOP stage Thursday had no props, few Palinisms, and just a ghost of her former folksy twang. So what if there were still falsehoods? Palin 2016! Failed reality television star and mistress of liberal America Sarah Palin is strutting out onstage at CPAC, clad in a white blazer and black skirt. She places her water bottle on the floor next to the podium and opens a binder. A typical Palin speech usually involves props: Dr. Seuss books or Big Gulp sodas. This year, she has none. A typical Palin speech is usually an...
  • Where's the Vision? The tone at this year's CPAC is resoundingly negative.

    02/27/2015 2:11:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | February 27, 2015 | Susan Milligan
    Cruz channels his inner televangelist.If the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting is a sort of “American Idol” for would-be GOP presidential candidates, the contenders aren’t learning from the mistakes of previous losers. After the 2012 elections – when Republicans lost the White House to an incumbent under fire for the still-struggling economy – some sensible people in the party (South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of them) uttered an important truth: The Republicans, to be successful, can’t just be against things. They have to be for something, have to present a positive and innovative vision for America. We’re not...
  • What Do Conservatives Want For 2016? We Asked

    02/27/2015 1:17:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | February 27, 2015 | Amita Kelly
    Josh DiNatale (left) and Zachary Burns, St. Joseph's University students and members of their College Republicans chapter, get ready to pose for a photo with a cutout of Sen. Rand Paul at CPAC 2015. The Conservative Political Action Conference, held this week in Washington D.C., is prime time for 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls trying — yes, already — to win over a key part of their base. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker and others paraded on and off the main stage, trying to fire up the crowd with their ideas for America's next,...
  • The GOP’s remarkable foreign policy advantage

    02/27/2015 12:10:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 26, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    When Americans are asked what they define to be the nation’s most pressing security challenges, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (and Egypt, and Yemen, and Libya, etc.) is perhaps foremost on their minds. But the threat posed by ISIS is a near-term one. In the longer term, the ascension of regional powers and the threat they pose to their neighbors is of most pressing concern. Through inaction and indifference, President Barack Obama’s failure to safeguard the post-Cold War order and the relative global peace that has accompanied it has made the world a markedly more dangerous place. Americans...
  • Republican sources tell BuzzFeed: Jeb Bush may be “evolving” on gay marriage

    02/26/2015 10:19:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 26, 2015 | Allahpundit
    So clever of BuzzFeed to drop this today, with Bush set to sit down with Sean Hannity onstage at CPAC in 24 hours for Q&A. Think this story might come up? Think it’ll be talked about tonight at the local bars among conservatives already suspicious of Jeb’s ideological leanings? There’s more evidence here than I can fairly excerpt of how strongly Bush’s top advisors feel about this issue, so you’ll have to read the whole thing. Here’s the key bit, though: But inside Bush’s orbit, some believe his personal feelings on the subject may have evolved beyond his on-the-record statements....
  • Farage To Get Hero's Welcome From US Group (UK Independence Party [UKIP] Leader)

    02/25/2015 8:51:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Sky News ^ | February 25, 2015 | Dominic Waghorn, US Correspondent
    The UKIP leader will share a stage with high-profile US conservatives including Sarah Palin and NRA gun lobbyists.UKIP leader Nigel Farage is expected to get a celebrity reception in Washington when he addresses America's most high-profile right-wing conference this week. Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and the National Rifle Association (NRA) gun lobby will be sharing a stage with the British politician after he was invited to address the Conservative Political Action Committee in the US capital. Aides told Sky News his philosophy has much in common with his republican hosts, who also focus on "the battle for smaller...
  • Activist group targets Cruz on Obama order protecting gays in federal workforce

    02/25/2015 6:05:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News' Texas Politics ^ | February 25, 2015 | Kevin Diaz
    As Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and other Republican lawmakers battle the Obama administration on his executive orders on immigration, a national gay rights group is targeting the potential 2016 presidential candidate over another executive order protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in the federal workforce. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, on Wednesday released a comprehensive research report on Cruz that highlights his record on gay rights. Cruz, who is addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington Thursday, is an outspoken opponent of same sex marriage. With...
  • As Some Candidates Try to Duck, HRC Unveils Site Highlighting GOP Candidates’ LGBT Equality Record

    02/25/2015 12:17:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Human Rights Campaign Blog ^ | February 25, 2015 | Staff
    As potential Republican candidates gather this week in Washington, D.C. for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), HRC released a new microsite, 2016: Republican Facts, that will serve as an online resource for documenting the record and rhetoric of potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, and where they stand on key LGBT issues. Some three years after the RNC “autopsy” concluded that candidates need to “demonstrate they care” about LGBT Americans, candidates instead appear to prefer avoiding LGBT issues entirely. The New York Times reported recently that despite a looming Supreme Court Ruling on marriage equality, “notably, from those who are...
  • Question Ted Cruz should ask: Can a foreign-born American be president?

    02/24/2015 7:07:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 210 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 24, 2015 | Doyle McManus
    Sen. Ted Cruz is getting close to announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. The Texan is spending almost as much time in Iowa and New Hampshire as he does on Fox News; he's hired a staff and collected a long list of fiercely conservative supporters.. There's at least one hitch: Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, in the Canadian province of Alberta. His mother was a U.S. citizen, born in Delaware; his father, a Cuban refugee working in Canada's oil fields. Thanks to his mother, Cruz was a U.S. citizen at birth. But that doesn't clear up a...
  • CPAC: For Conservatives, It’s Burning Man Meets the Super Bowl

    02/24/2015 6:13:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | February 24, 2015 | Matthew Cooper
    It’s an industry trade show like Comic-Con, but also a feel-good festival à la Burning Man. It’s got Super Bowlesque hoopla, and for activists on the right, the annual meeting is the get-together in Washington. Thousands of conservatives will gather Wednesday for the weeklong Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and others will try to woo their base in the lead-up to 2016. The event, long held at Washington’s Omni Shoreham Hotel, was moved by organizers to the recently built Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland—a Democratic stronghold,...
  • Why CPAC desperately needs a Sister Souljah moment

    02/24/2015 11:19:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Everything ^ | February 24, 2015 | Ben Adler, Grist.org
    If Republican presidential contenders want to win in 2016, they should take a page from Bill Clinton’s playbook. And the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), beginning Wednesday in Washington, provides them with a perfect opportunity. In 1992, Clinton set himself apart from left-wing identity politics by criticizing radical rapper Sister Souljah at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition. (Souljah had spoken on a panel hosted by the organization and had made provocative anti-white statements.) Today, much like Democrats in 1992, Republicans have an image problem with voters outside their base. Even as they control Congress, just as Democrats did in 1992, they’ve...
  • Reckless Crackpot Ted Cruz Falsely Compares Barack Obama to Corrupt Richard Nixon

    02/23/2015 7:40:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | February 23, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    In an interview for Newsmax TV, released on Monday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) accused President Obama of turning America into a monarchy. He also condemned Congressional Democrats for being “partisan rubber stamps for a lawless president”. While that style of blustering rhetoric is not unusual for the Republican Senator, he also went a step further by comparing President Obama to corrupt former President Nixon. Trying to draw parallels to Nixon’s lawless abuse of power during the Watergate scandal, Cruz complained: We’ve had presidents in the past who have abused power. But when that has happened: When Richard Nixon abused...
  • Opinion: Women: At the political fringes no longer

    02/23/2015 5:00:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Pocono Record ^ | February 23, 2015 | Martha Burk
    It’s that time of year and Americans are honoring some of our favorite presidents. How about honoring our female presidents this time around? Oh, I forgot. There aren’t any. Frankly, I find America’s two-centuries-and-counting streak of all-male presidents astounding. You’d think it was against the law to elect a woman. (It probably would have been if the founding fathers had even thought it could happen — it’s not like they let them vote or anything.) And it’s not that women haven’t tried. Most people don’t know about the first woman to run for our highest office. Victoria Woodhull gave it...
  • Rand Paul: "Mistake" to Jab at Obama's Love of America as Guiliani Did

    02/23/2015 12:06:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | February 21, 2015 | Brian Doherty, senior editor
    One of the least interesting news manias of the week has been former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani discussing his opinion that President Obama doesn't really love America (or you, or me, or him). Obama has been the very living embodiment of American government power for the past 7 years, and not too reluctant to use it against enemies, and just random citizens, both foreign and domestic—whether it comes to foreign policy, spending, taxing, regulating, and arresting. Thus, I doubt any alleged lack of love for the U.S. of A matters in any way that Giuliani or the people delighted to...
  • Scott Walker’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Answer

    02/22/2015 7:28:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 21, 2015 | Matt Lewis
    Does it matter if Obama is a Christian or not? No, but it matters how Republicans answer stupid questions like that.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been surging in recent weeks, and there is a sense he could be the guy to bridge the gap between the Republican establishment and the grassroots conservative base. But campaigns are crucibles, and if the last couple of days are a harbinger of things to come, heÂ’s in trouble. Could it be that the governor who fought so courageously against Wisconsin unions might not be ready for prime time on the national stage? No, IÂ’m...
  • Ted Cruz Comes to Florida to Attack Jeb Bush on Common Core

    02/22/2015 6:48:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | February 22, 2015 | Jeff Henderson
    Ted Cruz came to Jacksonville Friday night and called out Jeb Bush on Common Core. More so than most of the other Republicans testing the waters for 2016, Cruz has taken shots at Bush over Common Core. But this time Cruz fired away at Bush in his own backyard. Cruz said he and Bush had “significant policy disagreements” on Common Core and would not weigh in if the former Florida governor was a conservative, saying that was something voters had to decide for themselves. Of course, Cruz also touched on other topics -- repeal Obamacare, get rid of the IRS...
  • 'No Doubt' President Obama Loves His Country, Says Sen. Lindsey Graham

    02/22/2015 6:11:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 22, 2015 | Laura Wagner via This Week
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Potential Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham has "no doubt" that President Obama loves his country, refuting comments made by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani earlier this week. “Well, I love Rudy, but I don’t want to go there. The nation’s very divided. President Obama has divided us more than he’s brought us together and I don’t want to add to that division,” Graham initially said on ABC's "This Week" today, before adding, “I have no doubt that he loves his country. I have no doubt that he’s a patriot. But his primary job as president of the United...
  • THE REGULARS: Rants gazes into crystal ball ahead of Iowa Caucuses

    02/22/2015 4:18:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Sioux City Journal ^ | February 22, 2015 | Former State Rep. Christopher Rants
    Less than 11 months remain before the first votes are cast in the process of selecting our next president. The Granite Staters like to say Iowa picks corn and New Hampshire picks presidents. The truth is Iowans decide who's left for New Hampshire to pick from. I wrote last month I'd be exploring the GOP field in my coming columns, but this column will be my last for the Journal so I’m compelled to do a Cliff Notes version. Ted Cruz: The Spoiler. The junior senator from Texas has made as many, if not more trips to Iowa than anyone...
  • David Brooks: Giuliani's Comments "Unacceptable," Incumbent Upon Republicans To Police The Party

    02/22/2015 3:40:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 21, 2015
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: At one of the Scott Walker events this week, former New York Mayor, David, Rudy Giuliani made a statement that has gotten a lot of attention. He basically — he talked about President Obama and said, “He wasn’t raised like we were,” talking to the group. He said, “He doesn’t love this country as we do.” It’s gotten a lot of attention. Do we — how big a deal is it? DAVID BROOKS: Well, it’s — you know, it’s unacceptable. You can’t say that. He doesn’t know that. It’s not true. It’s self-destructive. There’s sort...
  • As The "ISIS Crisis" Intensifies,We Never Hear From Any Liberal Leaders.Why Not?

    02/21/2015 8:09:50 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 5 replies
    And remember during the Bush years, virtually every time George Bush made a gaff, or was caught in an embarrassing moment, the media would pounce on it? Especially when he made that comment about OBGYN? Or the classic gaff over "Fooling Me Once"?, Well where are the Democrat Leaders now with the unthinkable crisis we are in now?? Between the open borders, and all of the horrific events taking place in the middle east, why haven't we heard from Steny Hoyer, Reid, Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Shelia Jackson as Obama has now put the U.S. in a State Of Panic?...
  • Marco Rubio’s White House prospects look brighter

    02/21/2015 7:25:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Myrtle Beach Sun News ^ | February 20, 2015 | David Lightman
    Marco Rubio is hot again. The junior senator from Florida is in the midst of a comeback, fueled by a self-assured stand against easing relations with Cuba, some savvy campaigning in Iowa and a meeting that impressed well-heeled donors. He still faces a daunting path to the White House. Voters in his own state would rather he seek a second Senate term in 2016. He’s no longer the only bright young Republican star in the field. And he continues to come under fire for a shift on immigration, particularly from the Latino community that Republicans want to woo. Rubio seems...
  • Democrats Call for Focus on Narrative, White Voters After 2014 Losses

    02/21/2015 2:55:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | February 21, 2015 | Zeke J. Miller
    The party chair calls a new report "tough love" The Democratic Party’s autopsy of its devastating defeat in 2014 calls for a renewed focus on the party’s message and winning back white Southern voters. In preliminary findings unveiled Saturday at a meeting of the Democratic National Committee, a task force studied the party’s defeats in 2010 and 2014—despite its victories in the 2008 and 2012 presidential years. It called for the creation of a “National Narrative Project” to help the party develop a message that can survive in midterm election years. It called for the creation of a “National Narrative...
  • SEN. TED CRUZ: THE 'HISPANIC' CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT?

    02/21/2015 2:05:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The American Reporter ^ | February 1, 2015 | Patrick Osio, Jr.
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has become the darling of the Tea Party and other extreme right Republicans. He is seen as their potential presidential candidate. Cruz is a superb orator and the big plus: He's Hispanic. One needs to put a pan below the chin of the right-wingers to catch the drool. They now know that in order to win the White House their candidate must take between 35 and 40 percent of the Hispanic vote. So having a candidate that not only thinks like they do and is a great orator with leadership qualities, they feel, is a winning...
  • The GOP's scramble for the stupid vote

    02/20/2015 4:31:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Week ^ | February 20, 2015 | Damon Linker, Sr. correspondent and consulting editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press
    Dinesh D’Souza is no one’s idea of a thoughtful participant in the nation’s public conversation. Still, his tweet on Wednesday morning may have set a new low for the right-wing rabble-rouser. Commenting on a widely circulated image of President Obama taking a picture of himself with selfie stick, D’Souza tweeted the following message: “YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE GHETTO... Watch this vulgar man show his stuff, while America cowers in embarrassment.” The tweet has created quite a stir, especially among people who think it demonstrates D’Souza’s racism. But I think it reveals something that might actually be...
  • Obama to GOP: Stop copying me on economy

    02/20/2015 4:05:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | February 20, 2015 | Jim Acosta, CNN
    In his scheduled speech to the Democratic National Committee's 2016 winter meeting on Friday, President Barack Obama is expected to reclaim some ownership over an issue that is suddenly a hot topic among top Republicans -- income inequality. Recent comments from potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders about the growing gap between wealthy and working class Americans in the United States have not gone unnoticed at the White House. "Income inequality has worsened under this administration," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said after the president's State of the Union speech. "We're facing right now a divided America when it comes to the...
  • CPAC lists speakers, wants more candidate engagement with conservative activists

    02/19/2015 8:04:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 19, 2015 | Staff
    A crop of 2016 Republican White House hopefuls and stars of the conservative media firmament are on the list as organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference put the finishing touches on the speakers list for this year’s gathering. The four-day event, considered one of the prime political dates on the calendar for conservative officeholders and activists, kicks off with a daylong activist “boot camp” Wednesday and concludes the evening of Feb. 28 at the Maryland’s National Harbor just outside of Washington. Republican presidential contenders now scheduled to speak include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas...
  • Ron Paul: The government knew where Bin Laden was but wanted a pretext to invade the Middle East

    02/19/2015 5:09:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 18, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Fun stuff via BuzzFeed, portending an exciting “whose close relative is more of a devastating electoral liability?” primary for the GOP if the two men left standing are Jeb Bush and Rand Paul. I don’t understand this even within the parameters of the Ron Paul worldview. I thought hardcore isolationists — sorry, “non-interventionists” — believe that the war machine will always find a new pretext to keep rolling even if the current one goes bust. Obama, for instance, did eventually get Bin Laden, along with many other Al Qaeda capos … and yet at this very moment there’s an AUMF...
  • Early Handicapping

    02/19/2015 12:40:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 19, 2015 | Rich Galen
    By this time next year we will have likely have been through the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primaries. We might have been through the hype of Nevada and headed to the warm welcome of South Carolina. So. Let's take a look at where we are. These are in no particular order, so please don't demand to know why your favorite wasn't mentioned first. On the Republican side, the surprise du jour has been Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's quick start largely as a result of a speech he gave in Iowa a couple of weeks ago. Walker has run...
  • Could Jeb Bush convince conservatives on immigration?

    02/18/2015 4:28:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Guam Pacific Daily News | February 18, 2015 | Susan Page
    Link only, due to copyright issues: http://www.guampdn.com/usatoday/article/23617835
  • Rand Paul’s big mistake: Why his unofficial presidential campaign is flailing already

    02/17/2015 3:12:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | February 17, 2015 | Elias Isquith
    It's still early, but the future candidate is in serious trouble. Here's why his beloved Tea Party is to blame. Just before sundown on Monday, Politico unveiled a report on how Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s support for auditing the Federal Reserve has been received thus far on Wall Street. “Very poorly” seems to be the answer. According to Politico, in fact, the likely presidential candidate’s attempts to bring “the Fed” into the light may have permanently lowered the stock of “the most interesting man in politics” — at least among the conservative members of the 1 percent. “The Fed is...
  • Jeb Bush cannot escape his brother's undeniably disastrous presidency

    02/17/2015 4:08:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Week ^ | February 17, 2015 | Ryu Spaeth
    Earlier this year, Mitt Romney had a Galadriel moment. He appeared to be briefly seized by a vision of himself as an all-powerful, world-striding President Romney, before turning away from temptation and settling for the plain old Mitt Romney he has always been. It was political theater at its most bizarre, a flack-driven frenzy that doubled as a flashback to the self-delusion that blinded the Romney 2012 campaign in its final days. With Romney now out of the way, Jeb Bush has consolidated the support of the GOP's moneyed class with surprising alacrity. As Politico noted last week, the contest...
  • Presidential politics: what to watch for in 2015

    02/17/2015 2:15:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 16, 2015 | Paul Mirengoff
    It’s far too early to guess intelligently about who will be elected president next year or whom the Republicans will nominate, but this doesn’t seem to be stopping many pundits. Fox News has its Special Report panels lay odds on the Republican field once a week. The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza handicaps the Republican field once a week. And the Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes has just produced an assessment of that field so exhaustive that it includes Donald Trump. Memories of eight years ago prevent me from joining in the fun. At this time in 2007, and for a considerable...
  • Scott Walker’s lack of a college degree: A non-issue that Democrats should avoid

    02/16/2015 4:26:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | Jim Newell
    There are plenty of things to criticize Scott Walker over. His lack of a college degree is not one of them. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has emerged as a modest front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination in the past couple of weeks. This may well be a temporary state of affairs. If the 2012 GOP primaries taught us anything about the presidential nominating process in the super PAC era, it’s that every candidate will be the front-runner for a few weeks. At some point this year, everyone from Huckles to Doctor-Citizen Ben Carson will serve a brief spell as the...
  • Social conservatives can make a difference

    02/16/2015 3:41:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | February 16, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the Neocons
    The Hill reports: “Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be among the possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates speaking to a prominent group of conservatives in Iowa this spring. Walker and Cruz will speak at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition’s spring kickoff event on April 25, the group announced in a Monday statement.” Ironically, in an election cycle in which many pundits discount the influence of Christian conservatives, they could play a critical role in selection of the nominee. In past cycles, these values voters have split their vote, never managing to unite behind a single,...