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  • Reform Judaism confab to feature interviews with U.S. presidential contenders

    05/21/2015 8:55:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Jewish News Service ^ | May 21, 2015 | Staff
    This November’s biennial convention of the Reform Jewish movement’s congregational umbrella organization will feature interviews with candidates in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Chuck Todd, moderator of the NBC television network’s popular “Meet the Press” program, will conduct one-on-one interviews with each presidential contender before the audience of the 2015 Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) convention in Orlando, Fla. “URJ’s biennial, because of its timing, location, and audience, will be a must-attend event for the top presidential candidates,” Todd said Thursday. “Florida has long been a key state in presidential elections, and I am very much looking forward to this...
  • Why Are So Many Republicans With No Chance Running for President? (Thinks only 3 are contenders)

    05/21/2015 5:24:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Slate ^ | May 21, 2014. | Jamelle Bouie
    N o one will blame you if you can’t keep track of the Republican presidential field. It’s huge. If you count declared candidates, prospectives, and announced aspirants, you have 18 people from across the Republican ideological spectrum: Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Rick Santorum, Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. John Kasich, Gov. Rick Snyder, Gov. Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Jim Gilmore, Mike Huckabee, George Pataki, Rick Perry, Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. The field is so large that news networks have put limits on who can...
  • Romney looks strong for 2016

    05/21/2015 2:04:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Hill's Contributors ^ | May 21, 2015 | Brent Budowsky, columnist
    Shortly after 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney withdrew from the presidential campaign of 2016, I suggested that he was probably pursuing a brilliant strategy intended to let the other Republican candidates wear each other down while the media investigated them all, paving the way for Romney to step in as the savior of the party. My Machiavellian theory early this year is starting to look pretty good today! In my column this week about the magic of Bill Clinton, I suggested that because of the great success of the Bill Clinton presidency, the vast experience of Hillary Clinton and huge...
  • Sen. Paul Calls for "Open Rebellion" Against NSA Spy Program

    05/21/2015 12:55:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The New American ^ | May 21, 2014. | Jack Kenny
    With a call for “open rebellion” against the program, Senator Rand Paul (shown, R-Ky.) held the Senate floor for ten-and-a-half hours Wednesday in opposition to extending provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act that allow the National Security Agency to collect billions of telephone records and and electronic messages every day. "We should be in open rebellion, saying, 'enough is enough, we're not going to take it anymore,'" Paul said of the NSA’s “metadata” program. Calling for “a thorough and complete debate,” the first-term senator asked: "Do we want to live in a world where the government knows everything about us?...
  • The Republican presidential field (The "Clown Car" reference, again)

    05/21/2015 12:05:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Longboat Key News ^ | May 20, 2015 | Tom Burgum
    You can be forgiven if you sometimes feel the Republican presidential contest is a bit like a clown car, they just keep coming and coming. That there are a few clowns among them only strengthens the illusion. Democrats had the same problem a few years ago. That was in the era when the absence of male genitalia was not a prerequisite for the Democratic nomination. Think I’m kidding? Okay, name one Democratic male candidate with even a miniscule chance of success this time or one who might be thought of as a future star in the party. No, Elizabeth Warren...
  • Cruz Throws Back Gay Question To Reporter: "Do You Have A Personal Animosity Against Christians?"

    05/21/2015 10:32:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    Presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz made a campaign stop in Beaumont, TX on Tuesday, May 19. He was asked repeatedly by Kevin Steele from KMBT-TV about the issue of gay marriage, to which Cruz responds by turning the tables. (via Joe Walsh) SEN. TED CRUZ: Let me ask a question: Is there something about the left, and I am going to put the media in this category, that is obsessed with sex? Why is it the only question you want to ask concerns homosexuals? Okay, you can ask those questions over and over and over again. I recognize that you're...
  • 4 Texas Congressmen Say They're Backing Cruz's 2016 Bid

    05/21/2015 10:04:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | May 20, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign will announce the endorsements of four members of the Texas congressional delegation. Republican U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess of Lewisville, John Culberson of Houston, Louie Gohmert of Tyler and John Ratcliffe of Heath are all backing the state's junior senator on Thursday, according to a Cruz campaign news release obtained by The Texas Tribune. Gohmert had a specifically pointed statement in the batch of endorsements. "With a Ted Cruz Presidency, America will finally be respected around the world again as other nations will see a courageous and intellectual leader, NEVER wavering on principle, who stands...
  • Ted Cruz denies animosity toward gay Americans

    05/20/2015 5:23:00 PM PDT · by PROCON · 74 replies
    12newsnow.com ^ | May 19, 2015 | Kevin Steele
    BEAUMONT - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, denies that he has any animosity toward gay Americans when it comes to states using its own system of regulations to define marriage. While at a fundraiser at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Beaumont on Tuesday, Cruz held tight to his ideas that links same sex marriage to a fight over American's religions freedoms. "Look, I'm a Christian," Cruz said. "Scripture commands us to love everybody. And what I have been talking about, with respect to same sex marriage, is the constitution, which is what we should all be focused on. The constitution gives...
  • Knowing What We Know Now, Would You Say Jeb Bush is Retarded?

    05/20/2015 3:02:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 20, 2015 | Ann Coulter
    Was Jeb Bush too busy watching telenovelas during his brother's presidency to remember the Iraq War? We went to war at such breakneck speed after 9/11, that, before the invasion, I was able to write approximately 30 columns about it, give five dozen speeches on it, discuss it on TV a hundred times and read 1,089 New York Times editorials denouncing the "rush to war." So I remember the arguments. Contrary to the fairy tale the left has told itself since Obama truculently gave away America's victory in Iraq, our argument wasn't that we had to invade Iraq because of...
  • A Confederacy Of Dunces: The State of The Presidential Race (Weird, Authentic Libertarian gibberish)

    05/20/2015 1:51:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | May 20, 2015 | Don Rasmussen
    It has been a fascinating and fast-moving week in presidential politics. The Hillary spiral has continued unabated. While talking heads marvel at her durability in head-to-head polling and within the Democrat field, the underlying erosion on honesty and trustworthiness is a troubling sign for her candidacy. The latest Quinnipiac poll in Iowa has just 43% of voters believing in her veracity. Her strength in top line polling reflects name identification and the perception of inevitability. This is pretty much the same trajectory as her 2008 collapse, if not earlier. I’m reminded of an SNL skit from that race, “It was...
  • Scott Walker’s Called out For His ‘Clinton-Esque’ Spin on Immigration Flip-Flop

    05/20/2015 10:49:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | May 20, 2015 | Katie LaPotin
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Presumed 2016 Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker has faced serious backlash over his “flip-flop” on immigration reform and one prominent conservative journalist has gone so far as to refer to the Wisconsin governor’s spin on the issues as “Clinton-esque.” The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis wrote on Wednesday: “This is really a remarkable example of political spin. According to Walker’s definition, you can change your mind as many times as you want — on as many hot-button issues as possible — so long as your past public support didn’t involve casting a vote. It’s a pretty convenient argument for a Midwestern...
  • Bernie Sanders makes the pitch for free college tuition

    05/19/2015 10:28:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show ^ | May 19, 2015 | Steve Benen
    Even Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) most ardent supporters would probably concede, albeit grudgingly, that he faces very long odds in the 2016 presidential race. So why run? Because there’s value in having a national platform for bold, progressive ideas that might otherwise be ignored. Bloomberg Politics reported yesterday, for example, on Sanders’ new plan to make public college tuition-free in the United States. The plan will provide tuition-free higher education to students at four-year colleges, the statement said, and is modeled after the way many European nations handle the costs of college. “Countries like Germany, Denmark, Sweden and many more...
  • People for the American Way's Sanchez Says GOP Needs Accountability in Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

    05/19/2015 10:07:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Latin Post ^ | May 19, 2015 | Michael Oleaga
    Latin Post presents "Turnout," a series featuring leading Latino politicians, government leaders and advocacy groups discussing and debating the most important issues facing the Latino voting bloc. Listen to the Unedited "Turnout" Interview with People for the American Way's Coordinator for Political Campaigns Carlos Sanchez:(AUDIO-AND-VIDEO-AT-LINK)More than two-thirds of the U.S. Latino electorate live in six states -- Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas -- but one progressive advocacy organization has been working on having anti-Latino and anti-immigrant representatives accountable and heard for Latinos across the country, especially for the presidential election season. With people entering their names for...
  • Ted Cruz goes full Ted Cruz: “Is there something about the left that is obsessed with sex?”

    05/19/2015 9:28:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | May 19, 2015 | Staff
    He really wants to know! "ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights?" Ted Cruz was at his Ted Cruz-iest today after a meeting with local officials in Beaumont, Texas. The senator and GOP presidential candidate faced questions from reporters about gay marriage, and responded with this, according to a report in the Washington Post. “Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex? “ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very...
  • In Beaumont, Ted Cruz Spars a Bit

    05/19/2015 8:52:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | May 19, 2015 | Bobby Blanchard
    BEAUMONT — Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz hit some of his main stump points while meeting with local leaders here Tuesday afternoon — promising to defend the Constitution, step back from the Obama administration's foreign policy and promote economic growth. Then Texas' junior Republican U.S. senator, visiting Beaumont to meet privately with county officials and others, got in a light sparring round with reporters, mainly working on his attacks on Hillary Clinton and defending his views on same-sex marriage. "Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed...
  • Cruz plans town halls, meetings in NH: Texas senator returns to state May 29-June 1

    05/19/2015 7:29:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | May 19, 2015 | John DiStaso
    MANCHESTER, N.H. —When Texas Sen. Ted Cruz returns to New Hampshire from May 29 to June 1, he will meet activists and voters at six events in southern New Hampshire. According to an email sent Tuesday to the Cruz New Hampshire leadership team, obtained by WMUR.com, the GOP presidential candidate will have a town hall meeting on Friday, May 29, at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge. On Saturday, May 30, he will host a town hall meeting at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. The following day, Cruz will attend a meet-and-greet at the home of David Scott in Dover,...
  • Why A Cruz/Martinez Ticket Should Give Dem's Something To Worry About.Both Popular Hispanic Names.

    05/19/2015 6:42:02 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 19 replies
    A Cruz/Martinez ticket is already one of the desired tickets many conservatives are banking on. But another advantage of a Cruz/Martinez ticket, both last names are in the top 20 most common Hispanic names in the United States. Martinez is in the top five, there may be a million or close to a million Martinez's in the USA. Cruz is in the second tier(10 to 20th most common). Now wouldn't anyone assume that aside from the general hispanic vote, Cruz/Martinez will already have the "Martinez/Cruz" vote already locked up. Why would any latino with either last name vote for an...
  • Invoking Reagan, Ted Cruz Discusses His Presidential Campaign and the Fight for Religious Liberty

    05/19/2015 1:52:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Peach Pundit ^ | May 19, 2015 | Jon Richards
    Senator Ted Cruz, who appeared in Georgia over the weekend at the Republican state convention in Athens, sees his candidacy for President of the United States as Reaganesque. Comparing the 1980 and 2016 election cycles, he noted the similarity between incumbent Democratic presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama. And in an interview late Friday afternoon, he told me how he hopes to win the presidency in 2016. Cruz noted that since World War II, the GOP has only won the presidency when they ran on all three legs of the proverbial Republican Stool. The winning candidate has been a fiscal...
  • Why Marco Rubio is Going to Be President ("Cuz he's "attractive, young and Hispanic")

    05/19/2015 12:03:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Huffington Post's College The Blog ^ | May 19, 2015 | David and Jack Cahn
    It's early in the campaign cycle, but it's never too early to speculate on who will win in 2016. Though most of my friends are "Ready for Hillary," I am confident that Marco Rubio will be the next president of the United States. Here's why: Marco Rubio is handsome. The effects of physical looks on presidential elections are well documented. The most famous example was 1960, when John F. Kennedy was perceived by television viewers to have beaten Nixon in their presidential debate and radio listeners said Nixon won. Data confirms the importance of looks. Researchers at Princeton University found...
  • Planned Parenthood Abortion Activists Hate Ted Cruz and Scott Walker the Most

    05/19/2015 10:46:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Life News ^ | May 19, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    The Planned Parenthood abortion business is running a new poll for its abortion activists to determine which of the pro-life Republican presidential candidates and potential candidates they hate the most. Apparently the pro-abortion stalwarts at Planned Parenthood are not fans of Ted Cruz and Scott Walker. Ad Row 1 Not in use The abortion business couches the poll in it’s typical “pro-woman” phraseology, designed to shield itself from abortion and make it appear pro-life candidates hate women, never mind that Planned Parenthood aborts hundreds of thousands of baby girls every year and kills and injures their mothers in abortions. Here’s...
  • Ted Cruz, GOP candidate for the White House: "Bill Clinton imprisoned a generation of blacks"

    05/18/2015 7:35:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Latercera ^ | May 18, 2015
    He thus pointed the finger on the "Control Act of violent crime and public order" adopted by the Clinton administration in 1994. Ted Cruz, one of the many Republican candidates in the race to the White House, accused former President Bill Clinton have put a generation of African Americans in jail, so he stated that his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, should respond to this. Cruz and pointed his finger on the "Law on Control of violent crime and public order" adopted by the Clinton administration in 1994. One measure introduced tax incentives for States launched the "harder"...
  • Who should be excluded from the Republican debates?

    05/18/2015 5:09:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 18, 2015 | Newsmachete
    We all know that if the Republican debates include all the declared candidates that it's going to be a circus. Each candidate will only get to speak for a few minutes and we won't learn much. We'd learn more if the debates were limited to the candidates who had the greatest chance of getting the nomination. Here are the most realistic candidates--not the best candidates, but the ones who have at least a chance to win the nomination: Scott Walker: Current governor of Wisconsin, an inspirational speaker, riding high in several polls. Jeb Bush: Former governor of Florida, he's been...
  • The GOP's worst nightmare and a pundit's dream: A brokered convention in 2016

    05/18/2015 4:49:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Week ^ | May 18, 2015 | Taegan Goddard
    There are so many Republicans running for president, or thinking about running for president, that the Republican National Committee is having a hard time keeping track of them all. An official GOP online straw poll lists 36 potential candidates (and as Politico noted, that list actually missed at least two former governors who have said they're mulling White House bids). Regardless of the final tally, it's becoming increasingly clear that debate planners will need to come up with creative ways to fit so many podiums on the stage when the candidates first face off in August. But what makes this...
  • Bored to Death: Do Jeb and Hillary Really Want to Be President?

    05/18/2015 12:05:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    PJ Media's Diary of a Mad Voter ^ | May 18, 2015 | Roger L. Simon
    Last week I wrote that Bill Clinton, deep down, didn’t really want his wife to be president. On reflection, I don’t think she really wants to be president either. And for that matter, neither does Jeb Bush. Both Jeb and Hillary think they want to be president, have had it in their dreams for umpteen years, but now, faced with the reality, they don’t know why they’re doing it. At least they don’t act that way. They are lost people, running not on fumes, but on habit. They’re supposed to run. They were bred to run. But they don’t have...
  • The chaos of a de Blasio presidency

    05/18/2015 2:05:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The New York Post ^ | May 17, 2015 | Andrea Peyser
    I see a future of sky-high taxes and very tall ceilings. Of a chicken in every pot and a pot plant in every planter. Fat cats would be incarcerated en masse for the criminal possession of money. And thugs who shoot, maim and steal would be reclassified as victims of wage inequality, in need of high-paying jobs, welfare benefits, affordable housing, therapy, hugs or deep-tissue massages. Cops would replace their badges and aggressive blue uniforms with soothing earth-tone windbreakers and espadrilles, and trade in their guns for thick-skinned yellow fruit. Bananas donÂ’t kill people. People kill people. And with burger-flippers...
  • Ted Cruz invests time at Georgia GOP convention

    05/17/2015 5:46:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Cobb County Examiner ^ | May 17, 2015 | Jim Jess
    Presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) invested time Friday at the Georgia Republican State Convention in Athens as he met delegates and delivered two speeches. Cruz was surrounded by admirers late Saturday afternoon once delegates discovered his staff room on the second floor of the Classic Center in Athens, where the state’s GOP convention was being held. A line formed and a crowd gathered to shake his hand, ask him about issues and pose with him for a photo. Cruz is one of a half-dozen declared Republican candidates for president in what is expected to be a crowded...
  • Influential Texas Conservative Backs Ted Cruz

    05/17/2015 5:28:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    American Clarion ^ | May 17, 2015 | Bob Ellis
    As America begins the search for a new president in 2016, many people are tired of the status quo and are looking for an authentic conservative, one who can make a difference and who has shown they are determined to make a difference. There aren’t many who fit that description like Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. In fact, there are none in the race so far who can match his record of conservatism. And he’s demonstrated an willingness to do more than just mouth conservative platitudes. When most “Republicans” were busy badmouthing ObamaCare but doing absolutely nothing to stop it,...
  • Republican presidential hopefuls heading to Oklahoma City this week

    05/16/2015 10:13:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    NewsOK ^ | May 17, 2015 | Chris Casteel and Randy Ellis
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The road to the White House goes through downtown Oklahoma City this week as hopefuls in the crowded Republican field audition on a stage ideally suited for their messages about military power, religious liberty and energy independence. Eleven Republicans with presidential aspirations — including some who have not officially declared their candidacy — will speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, which begins at the Cox Convention Center on Thursday and ends Saturday with the release of a straw poll. “This is a huge event for Oklahoma City,” said Gov. Mary Fallin, who will address the conference and introduce some...
  • Five reasons why Jeb Bush should drop out now – before entering the 2016 race

    05/16/2015 5:56:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | May 15, 2015 | Myra Adams
    Reason No. 5: Running for his brother’s “third term” is a losing proposition. After finishing the first draft of this piece I received a late night return phone call from a Florida Republican power player (who asked that his name be withheld). He was responding to a question from me earlier about former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s prospects for winning the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Coincidentally, he had just left a high-dollar local fundraiser for Florida Senator Marco Rubio — the reason he gave for calling so late. Here are some direct quotes from our conservation: “Jeb’s people are now...
  • Conservative Ted Cruz Goes After Progressive Jeb Bush for His Support for Common Core

    05/16/2015 11:24:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | May 16, 2015 | Michael van der Galien
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)It’s clear that Jeb isn’t a conservative, but it’s mightily kind of him to be honest about it. He could also do what the Mitch McConnells of this world like to do: lie about it until they get elected after which they ‘suddenly’ become as progressive as Nancy Pelosi. That’s what Senator Ted Cruz recently said on Megyn Kelly’s show on Fox News. Well, OK, I admit I added the last part about Mitch McConnell myself, but I’m sure you get my drift. "I’m a fan of Jeb Bush. I’ll give him credit for candor and consistency. He is running...
  • Jeb bends with the wind ("Gaffes only serve to make Rubio and Ted Cruz more serious candidates")

    05/16/2015 4:14:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 16, 2015 | Marc Caputo
    It’s not just Iraq: Bush repeatedly insists he won’t yield to popular pressure, until he does.After a week of misinterpreting, misspeaking and mismanaging the media over his position on the Iraq war, Jeb Bush’s hoped-for shock-and-awe campaign-in-waiting looked nothing like a political juggernaut. “It’s the Bad News Bears,” quipped Dave Bossie, president of the Citizens United conservative group. “The problem for Jeb Bush is he didn’t look very agile. He didn’t look smart in the sense of a rapid-response communications system that could get him out of the trouble he was in.” More troubling for Bush is that many supporters...
  • GOP’s endless crazy train: Are you ready for Herman Cain 2016?

    05/15/2015 6:35:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Salon ^ | May 15, 2015 | Simon Maloy
    The 2016 clown car can't get much longer -- but the Republican National Committee can't be bothered.The Republican Party has a bit of mess on its hands heading into the 2016 election season. Simply put, too many Republicans want to be president. The field of declared and potential candidates is large and in flux, and this will leave the Republican National Committee with some tough choices to make when debate season starts up. How do they decide who makes the cut for debate invitations? Do they go by polling numbers and risk letting a clown like Donald Trump through while...
  • What vision will the GOP field of presidential candidates offer?: Erick Erickson

    05/15/2015 5:37:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | May 15, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    A surreal moment passed for me this week with several press reports about presidential candidates heading to Atlanta in August this year. Six years ago in Atlanta, a group of online political activists got together in person. They had been online collaborators among the Republican grassroots for six years without ever having met face to face. In May 2009, I put up a post at RedState.com, where I had taken over the helm as editor-in-chief. "Who wants to get together for a beer in Atlanta?" I asked. More than 500 people said yes. I scrambled. My friend Caleb Howe volunteered...
  • What the 2016 Candidates are Saying about SCOTUS and Marriage Equality (From the horses' mouth)

    05/15/2015 3:34:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Human Rights Campaign Blog ^ | May 15, 2015 | Staff
    With oral arguments at the Supreme Court concluded in Obergefell v. Hodges, 2016 candidates are starting to weigh in on how they would handle a potential Supreme Court ruling that leads to nationwide marriage equality. This week, Republican Carly Fiorina said that she would not fight a ruling in favor of marriage equality. Fiorina joins Lindsey Graham, another potential 2016 candidate, who issued a similar statement. On the other side, Ted Cruz, who has been a consistent opponent of LGBT equality, has said he will introduce a constitutional amendment to fight marriage if the Supreme Court rules in favor of...
  • Early prediction made for conservatives left standing (Ted Cruz vs. Scott Walker)

    05/15/2015 2:17:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | May 15, 2015 | Chad Groening
    A Texas-based conservative activist has a prediction for who will be left standing among the crowded field of Republicans seeking the White House. "Everything I'm seeing is a Cruz-Walker race at this point," observes Cathie Adams, a longtime Republican activist and currently the president of Texas Eagle Forum. It's still early in the presidential election and the crowd of declared GOP candidates is already lengthy. There are also the undeclared, including Gov. Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. Adams says Republican Party "kingmakers" are behind Bush, and Cruz and Walker are the conservatives most likely to defeat him in the primary....
  • Picking up the Republican pieces (Ironically, a "hit piece")

    05/15/2015 1:52:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Hill's Congress Blog ^ | May 15, 2015 | Eddie Zipperer, professor and playwright
    Release dull, ultra-sanitized, uncontroversial autobiography that folks will own but never read. Check. Buy and memorize The Quotable Ronald Reagan. Check.Lose the beer gut. Camouflage the bald spot. Hire writers to concoct explanation for all that weed smoked in high school? Check. Check. Check.It is now safe to enter the Republican primary. But there is still one major problem left: the current state of the Republican party. Tea Partiers, evangelicals, establishment RINOs, Libertarians, neocon foreign policy hawks, and moderates. According to Dr. Stella Rouse, associate professor and Director of the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of...
  • Study Suggests ‘Black’ Is an Ideology, Not a Skin Color

    05/15/2015 1:35:11 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 17 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 5-14-2015 | Walter Hudson
    "Nothing the Republican Party does, even nominating African-American GOP candidates, works to win them over."(snip) In my encounters with radical black activists, my skin color has commanded no respect. Blackness, it would seem, means how you think, not how you look. A new study seems to confirm this. The Washington Examiner reports: The study… searched through the demographic details of 3,300 African-American voters in the 2010 election, when the GOP had nearly three dozen black House candidates running, part of the Republican Party’s push to attract minority voters. But the authors, political scientists from Washington University in St. Louis and...
  • We’re all populists now

    05/15/2015 12:21:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 15, 2015 | Professor David Greenberg, Rutgers University
    Candidates of the left, right and center have something in common: They all want to be seen as populists. Hillary Clinton attacks income inequality and issues booklets showing how well she stacks up, even against Sen. Elizabeth Warren, as a booster for the embattled middle class; Sen. Marco Rubio invokes the American dream; Mike Huckabee and putative libertarian Sen. Rand Paul are against giving President Obama a free hand to negotiate the Pacific trade pact. Meanwhile, pundits and journalists prowl for populists everywhere: Sen. Ted Cruz is a “populist egghead.” Rubio showcases “populist themes” of up-by-the-bootstraps success. Huckabee is going...
  • A look at the GOP contenders

    05/15/2015 11:25:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Hill's Contributors ^ | May 15, 2015 | Wamara Mwine
    On April 17, New Hampshire hosted a Republican Leadership Summit, which drew GOP presidential hopefuls and over 500 Republican activists. The horse-and-buggy show highlighted and defined the 2016 Republican field. Covering all 19 prospective candidates was a stretch, but I will share my insights on a few here. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: My Wisconsin skeet-shooter friend Margaret claims Walker is a "good man." Is that enough though to win the presidency? Billionaire election investor David Koch seems to think Walker will be the nominee. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) almost ruined the governor's reputation by saying, "I don't...
  • Ralph Nader: Why run for president if you don't have a real chance?

    05/15/2015 11:03:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | May 15, 2015 | Ralph Nader
    The 2016 presidential election is attracting an unusually large number of hopefuls. The Republicans will probably field more than a dozen candidates and the Democrats, as many as five. Presently, very few of these supposed contenders have a real chance of becoming president. Republicans Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Ted Cruz are long shots. On the Democratic side, that term applies to everyone but Hillary Rodham Clinton.. But the size of the crowd isn't terribly surprising; if anything I thought it might be even larger. The barriers to entry are low, and all a candidate needs to keep going, at...
  • It's Official: Jeb Bush is a Dud

    05/14/2015 9:54:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | May 14, 2015 | Lev Raphael, author, reviewer and blogger
    It's not just Gail Collins of the New York Times who's noticed that Jeb Bush is making a mess on the campaign trail or whatever trail he's on. That's despite the fact he's always been considered competent (compared to his brother, of course). As a humorist, Collins is having fun picking him apart, though she does seem honestly surprised. But even fellow Republicans like Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio have attacked him for saying he would have gone to war in Iraq in 2003 even if had known the intelligence was faulty, and they've watched him...
  • Could the GOP Really See a Brokered Convention in 2016?

    05/14/2015 6:55:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 14, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Ask around and you’ll hear a consistent theme from political strategists in the Republican party: The 2016 primary is wide open. “It is by far the most interesting presidential year since I’ve been involved [in Republican politics],” says Steve Munisteri, a senior adviser to Senator Rand Paul (R., Ky.). How interesting? Top-tier presidential campaigns are preparing for the still-unlikely scenario that the nomination fight goes all the way to the 2016 Republican National Convention. There hasn’t been a brokered convention since 1976, but the strength of the GOP field, when coupled with the proliferation of super PACs, increases the chances...
  • Jeb Bush is no better than Ted Cruz: Why his moderate rep is such a farce (View from the Left)

    05/14/2015 1:42:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Salon ^ | May 14, 2015 | Thom Hartmann
    “I would have invaded Iraq, and you would have too.” That is literally what Jeb Bush told Megyn Kelly in an interview set to air tonight on “Fox So-Called News.” Amazing, right? Up until this point, Jeb has done everything he can to separate himself from his brother George W. Bush’s disastrous eight years as president. Just a few months ago, for example, he went out of his way to say during a speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that he was his “own man” and that his family’s track record didn’t say anything about what he would...
  • Zogby - The GOP Field: How They Stack Up So Far

    05/14/2015 4:36:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 14, 2015 | John Zogby
    A number of Republican candidates for the 2016 presidential nomination have now formally declared or are poised to announce very soon. Here’s my assessment where each stands right now and how I see their strengths, weaknesses and prospects – at least at this moment. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush – his family has a record of winning elections and he has won perhaps the most important swing state twice. He has name recognition, money, clear leadership capacity, and the demeanor to be President. He also will raise a staggering amount of money. Given the GOP tradition of ultimately nominating the...
  • Why Ted Cruz is wowing some of Wall Street's money-men

    05/13/2015 10:43:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 14, 2015 | Emily Flitter
    Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a Tea Party favorite and leading figure in the 2013 government shutdown that rattled investors, isn’t the kind of politician who usually wins a lot of friends among Wall Street campaign donors. The freshman Republican senator from Texas has none of the moderate tendencies that financiers often prefer in presidential candidates. Cruz relishes his image as an anti-establishment figure and boasts of his aversion to compromise. He has vowed to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and repeal President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare plan, commonly known as Obamacare. Despite the uncompromising rhetoric, Cruz is winning praise from...
  • SEN. RAND PAUL VISITS SECRET ROOM TO READ OBAMATRADE

    05/13/2015 8:27:45 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 57 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 13, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)93% —an opponent of the secretive Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) that would fast-track the Pacific Rim trade deal Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)—went inside the secret room inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday morning to read the TPP text and told Breitbart News exclusively afterwards that he believes President Barack Obama should make it public now. The deal’s text is kept in a room behind double doors that each have signs: “No Public Or Media Beyond This Point.” “I think the staff signed an agreement [which didn’t include a non-disclosure]—they signed in, it’s a normal procedure,” he explained....
  • Why are the media whacking Mike Huckabee—Unless he’s a 2016 threat?

    05/12/2015 8:47:14 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 29 replies
    Foxnews ^ | May 12, 2015 | Howard Kurtz
    The media’s conventional wisdom is that Mike Huckabee, a onetime winner of the Iowa caucuses, doesn’t have much of a shot in 2016. So why are some pundits and news outlets suddenly attacking him if he’s just an asterisk? The answer is that the former Arkansas governor and ex-Fox News contributor will matter, at least in the early states. And beyond that, some conservatives have a visceral dislike for the guy—and especially for his passionate defense of entitlement programs.
  • Conservatives plot to hijack 2016 Republican nomination at secret meeting

    05/12/2015 7:44:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 12, 2015 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    Ideas include oath to single candidate, pledge to stay in race until end.SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — As the Republican National Committee convenes its spring meeting in this resort city, conservative activists fearful of getting stuck with another moderate candidate in 2016 are gathering 2,300 miles away to plot strategies to engineer the presidential nomination to their liking. Representatives of some 40 conservative groups plan to meet Wednesday at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the Washington suburb of McLean, Virginia, where they will air their fears of having the nomination process hijacked by establishment Republicans and wrestle over different strategies to turn the...
  • I Don't <3 Huckabee (Laughable, concentrated idiocy)

    05/12/2015 6:24:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | May 12, 2015 | Eoin Higgins, writer and historian
    And now Mike Huckabee, the Gomer Pyle of unadulterated hatred masquerading as good ol' religion, has, again, joined the Republican race for the presidency. Distressed because of the success Ted Cruz has had making inroads to the virulent right wing religious/racist base of the Christian Right, Huckabee made sure to fluff his announcement with the prerequisite xenophobia necessary to show he's still The One. A little mention of the evils of Islam here, a little homophobic red meat there- Huck's on the move to shore up those right wing evangelical votes. The problem is that Huckabee's all hat and no...
  • American Conservative Union ratings: Ted Cruz edges Marco Rubio, Rand Paul

    05/12/2015 5:36:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Palm Beach Post's Post On Politics ^ | May 12, 2015 | George Bennett
    The American Conservative Union released its congressional scorecard for 2014 today, providing instant fodder for Republican primary contests — and some head-scratching for Florida Democrats. Of the three Republican senators running for president, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz retains conservative bragging rights with a 100 percent score for 2014 and 100 percent lifetime score. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul aren’t too far behind however. Both got 96 percent ratings for 2014 and have lifetime conservative scores of 98 percent....