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  • Rand Paul dives back into Ferguson debate

    11/25/2014 5:15:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WICU-TV / CNN ^ | November 25, 2014 | Ashley Killough, CNN
    Sen. Rand Paul is blaming politicians for the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, arguing that the criminal justice system fuels racial tension by disproportionately targeting African-Americans. The so-called war on drugs has created a culture of violence and put police in a nearly impossible situation," Paul said in an op-ed published for TIME. He acknowledged that the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer wasn't related to drugs, but argued that outsized penalties for nonviolent drug crimes creates a "tension in some communities that too often results in tragedy." The comments are another attempt by Paul, a Kentucky...
  • Ted Cruz Says He’s Not ‘All That Conservative’ and He Has a Point (The Dems have moved Left)

    11/25/2014 11:55:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | November 25, 2014 | Stephen Kruiser
    The New York Observer excerpted some choice lines from Ted Cruz’s meetings with various prominent Jewish leaders in New York City this week. He’s definitely doing prep work for 2016 and, thanks to gross mischaracterizations of him by both Republicans and Democrats, he is probably quite underestimated all around. He is also smart enough to turn this to his advantage in these early stages of the election cycle. Responding to a question inspired by one of the more popular narratives — he can’t win — that Democrats and moderate Republicans are eerily in sync on, Senator Cruz had this to...
  • Peter King: President Obama should invite Officer Darren Wilson to the W.H.

    11/25/2014 11:36:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 25, 2014 | Kendall Breitman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Rep. Peter King has a suggestion for the White House in dealing with the latest developments in Ferguson — invite Officer Darren Wilson over. “I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met with the police officer, or invited him to the White House and said, ‘You’ve gone through four months of smear and slander, and the least we can do is tell you that it’s unfortunate that it happened and thank you for doing your job,’” the New York Republican told Fox Business on Tuesday. ---snip--- “I thought it was terrible how, over the last...
  • Romney rates the presidential hopefuls and leaves door open for himself

    11/25/2014 10:25:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    Past and perhaps future presidential hopeful Mitt Romney came to Chicago last night and, in blunt and sometimes surprisingly candid comments, acted like someone who probably won't run again but is leaving the door open in the apparent hope that his party might call. In a speech and question-and-answer session with the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, the man who lost to Chicago's Barack Obama in 2012 says he's "not planning" to seek the 2016 nomination—language that politicians frequently use to suggest they haven't decided but are keeping their options open. The former Massachusetts governor declined to elaborate,...
  • Congressional Black Caucus denounces Ferguson grand jury

    11/25/2014 12:37:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 24, 2014 | Kendall Breitman
    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday called the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson a “slap in the face” for those seeking justice for the death of Michael Brown “The Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown is a miscarriage of justice,” CBC Chair Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) said in a statement released after the decision was announced late Monday evening in Missouri. “It is a slap in the face to Americans nationwide who continue to hope and believe that justice will prevail.” “This decision...
  • Rubin: Ted Cruz learned nothing from the shutdown

    11/24/2014 11:51:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | November 24, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin (Queen of the Neo-Cons)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) needs to stop defending the disastrous 2013 shutdown. The stunt he inspired was, for all but the Kool-Aid drinkers, a low point in recent Republican history. It plunged the party into a slump and allowed the president to divert attention from the looming Obamacare debacle. It was only after the shutdown ended by complete surrender that Republicans and the media could focus on the horrible Obamacare rollout. The shutdown was so harmful that virtually no conservative — not even Cruz — recommends a repeat over the president’s executive order on immigration. So why is Cruz still...
  • The anxieties of the GOP majority

    11/23/2014 7:28:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 23, 2014 | Alex Isenstadt and Kyle Cheney
    Even after a historic midterm win, Republican confusion over how to respond to Obama on immigration is evidence of a changing party.It was a quiet meeting on the eve of a political explosion. At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 30 or so members of the 2012 GOP freshman class of the House of Representatives gathered in a conference room in the Capitol Visitor Center for what’s become a monthly conclave. For the junior representatives, this was a chance to get some face time with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Everyone knew that the next evening, President Barack Obama planned to deliver an...
  • (October 29, 2014) What did Sarah Palin mean by hinting at running for office?

    11/23/2014 12:19:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    Houston, TX The Examiner ^ | October 29, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sarah Palin recently raised eyebrows by hinting on the Fox Business Network on Tuesday that she might be open to running for public office sometime in the future. Hitherto she has been content to be a gray eminence, using her considerable influence as the most powerful female politician on the planet to support other candidates. So why would she all of the sudden publicly flirt with the idea of getting into the arena in her own right? Hot Air concludes, quite correctly that she will not likely run for president in 2016. Ted Cruz, Palin’s ideological soul mate, is almost...
  • E.J. Dionne: Bush offers best hope for Republicans

    11/22/2014 10:19:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Daytona Beach News-Journal ^ | November 23, 2014 | E.J. Dionne
    President Obama will no doubt clash regularly with his newly empowered partisan adversaries in Congress. But the most important struggle in U.S. politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party. And the person who can play a decisive role in that battle is Jeb Bush. Yes, Democrats have their own divides, usually described as differences between their populist and Wall Street camps. Still, there is broad agreement inside the party, even among most of its Wall Streeters, that wage stagnation and economic inequality are major problems for the country and that Democrats need to make dealing...
  • Grover Norquist: What makes Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker a good choice for 2016

    11/22/2014 8:01:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 20, 2014 | Grover G. Norquist and Patrick Gleason
    After the GOP’s midterm-elections sweep, the Republican Party holds more U.S. House seats and controls more state houses than at any time since 1928. Having reached this goal, the GOP now needs to look for a 2016 presidential nominee to match this success. President Calvin Coolidge, who sat in the Oval Office from 1923 to 1929, would be a smart model for the party. He reined in spending and reduced tax rates at a time when it was as needed as it is today. President Ronald Reagan admired Coolidge so much that he hung a portrait of the 30th president...
  • Obama Flies Luis Gutierrez on Air Force One for Exec Amnesty Celebration

    11/22/2014 3:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 21, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Friday, President Barack Obama flew Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) on Air Force One with other Democrats to a speech at a Las Vegas high school (Del Sol) where he delivered a speech to celebrate and promote his executive amnesty. Others aboard Air Force One, according to the White House, were Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV), Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Rep. Dina Titus (D-NB), Arturo Rodriguez, the president of the United Farm Workers, Marc Morial, the president of the National...
  • Americans 'mad at government' melt phones on Capitol Hill

    11/21/2014 6:03:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 21, 2014 | Garth Kant
    GOP's Sessions: Obama's amnesty 'worse than you think'WASHINGTON – Phone lines are melting on Capitol Hill with outraged citizens calling their elected representatives to complain about the president’s order effectively granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. A number of Capitol Hill offices closed today for the Thanksgiving recess, but aides report hearing from upset voters even at the offices in lawmakers’ home states. The offices of Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, confirmed a flood of complaints, and an aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., told WND, “We are getting tons of phone calls to block executive amnesty.” “I...
  • Ben Carson tries to get right on gun rights

    11/21/2014 4:28:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 21, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    If we had any doubts that Ben Carson was running for president, I’m pretty sure they can be laid to rest now. A person who planned on either continuing their work as a neurosurgeon, going into the ministry or just retiring wouldn’t be hosting a conference call ahead of a trip to Iowa to assure everyone that he’s on board with Second Amendment rights. The confusion and accusations arose from a 2013 interview that Carson did with Glenn Beck where he was asked about who should be able to own a semi-automatic rifle. “It depends on where you live,” Carson...
  • Should Republicans Embrace the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine?

    11/21/2014 11:57:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    PowerLine ^ | November 21, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    The Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine holds that a president is not required to implement or enforce laws passed by Congress with which he disagrees. Obama’s use of the doctrine sets an interesting precedent for the next chief executive, who likely will be a Republican. For example, a Republican could adopt the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine with regard to corporate income taxes by directing the IRS to cease all efforts to enforce those portions of the Internal Revenue Code relating to income taxes payable by corporations. This would be great public policy. My law school tax professor once remarked that there is no...
  • TV ad: Obama finally builds Reagan's 'shining city on a hill'

    11/21/2014 11:06:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)President Obama’s controversial move to open the nation’s door to millions of illegal immigrants is a fulfillment of former President Reagan’s dream of building a “shining city on a hill,” according to a progressive group’s TV ad. The video from Americans United for Change shows Reagan talking about his move to relax immigration rules. In it the Gipper references his “shining city” that has doors open “to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.” It immediately flips to Obama who adds, “that’s the legacy we must leave for those who are yet to come.” The ad, previewed...
  • Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects

    11/21/2014 9:30:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Week ^ | November 21, 2014 | Jon Terbush, associate editor
    On immigration, the GOP primary will have little room for nuance. President Obama on Thursday announced his much-anticipated executive action on immigration, and in doing so he lobbed a grenade squarely into the 2016 Republican primary race. Obama's order will reshape how the feds prioritize deportations of undocumented workers, shielding an estimated five million of them from being kicked out of the country. "We shall not oppress a stranger for we know the heart of a stranger — we were strangers once, too," Obama said, quoting scripture. By moving ahead solo before the new Congress is sworn in, Obama ensured...
  • Nicolle Wallace: Jeb Bush Should 'Double Down' on 'Act of Love' Remarks

    11/20/2014 10:40:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 20, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Thursday, Nicolle Wallace, who has worked for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and President George W. Bush, said she hoped that Jeb Bush "doubles down" on his "act of love" comments regarding illegal immigration. Appearing on Rachel Maddow's show on MSNBC after President Barack Obama's executive amnesty announcement, the Republican sellout said that she hoped more Republicans understand that the "act of illegal immigration, while illegal, is motivated by love." She said "until we get our heads around why people get here" Republicans will supposedly be doomed. Wallace, who was also a McCain campaign hack who became a co-host...
  • Dear GOP: Do Your Damned Job

    11/20/2014 10:28:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ ^ | November 21, 2014 | Steve Deace
    Dear Republican Party, On November 4th the American people spoke with a resounding voice, and voted “no” to President Obama’s Marxist Progressive agenda/tactics. The numbers show the American people gave you a definitive mandate as well. Democrats are now at their lowest numbers in state legislatures nationwide in 86 years, and Republicans now control more than two-thirds of the state legislative chambers across the country. Republicans have the most seats in the U.S. House of Representatives since before the Great Depression. Republicans posted one of the top five election year swings in the U.S. Senate in the past 70 years....
  • Some Republicans Fear That Their Hard-Liners Will Alienate Hispanics

    11/20/2014 8:27:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jackie Calmes
    All but drowned out by Republicans’ clamorous opposition to President Obama’s executive action on immigration are some leaders who worry that their party could alienate the fastest-growing group of voters, for 2016 and beyond, if its hottest heads become its face. They cite the Republican Party’s official analysis of what went wrong in 2012, the presidential-election year in which nominee Mitt Romney urged Latinos here illegally to “self-deport.” “If Hispanics think that we do not want them here,” the report said, “they will close their ears to our policies.” “Both the president and the Republican Party confront risks here,” said...
  • Kobach: Obama's Lawlessness Could Lead To 'Ethnic Cleansing' In America

    11/20/2014 6:11:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | November 20, 2014 | Ahiza Garcia
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) on Sunday warned that President Obama's executive actions and general "lawlessness" on immigration could lead to "ethnic cleansing." Kobach, a vocal advocate of the anti-immigrant movement, claimed during his radio talk show that there was a strategy to replace American voters with Hispanic ones who favored socialism. "The long term strategy of, first of all, replacing American voters with illegal aliens, recently legalized, who then become U.S. citizens," Kobach said. "There is still a decided bias in favor of bigger government not smaller government. So maybe this strategy of replacing American voters with...
  • Ted Cruz's Brain Trust: The Advisers Who Want To Make Him President

    11/20/2014 4:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    There's no official Sen. Ted Cruz presidential team — yet. But the Texas Republican is already surrounding himself with key strategists and advisers that could make his transparent White House ambitions a reality. The tea party firebrand relies on a small circle of advisers to inform his views and amplify his ultraconservative message. The inner circle breaks down into two groups: his chief advisers in the Senate office, and the chiefs of his nationally-focused political operation, which he beefed up in the summer of 2014 by hiring a crop of seasoned Republican campaign operatives. These are the key players that...
  • Michael Steele slaps his GOP team on immigration: 'Get a grip'

    11/19/2014 9:36:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | November 19, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Former Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele ripped his party for pushing back hard on President Obama’s immigration plans with a firm demand that they “get a grip.” Appearing on MSNBC, he said he would advise the GOP to work with the previously passed Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill. “Get a grip, because you’re sounding tone deaf here as I think the president is as well but we can talk about that in a moment. Number two, you have the solution already in front of you – the Senate in a bipartisan effort passed an immigration bill...
  • The rise of liberal tea party caucus?

    11/19/2014 9:09:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 19, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Democrats have long lamented that they do not enjoy the kind of enthusiasm which Republicans benefited from with the rise of the tea party. The left has gone to great lengths to manufacture this sort of energy, including touting the volatile Occupy Wall Street movement as a rough tea party equivalent. Though some have fretted that tea party’s downsides – the targeting and ousting of electable Republican candidates – would necessarily follow the ascension of a liberal version of this grassroots movement to prominence. Democrats got lucky, in a fashion, when it became clear that the Occupy movement had no...
  • Elizabeth Warren Polishes Her Class Warfare Rhetoric

    11/19/2014 7:51:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | November 19, 2014 | Stephen Kruiser
    Okayyyyyyy… Elizabeth Warren, in her first major public speech since being elevated to the Democratic leadership in the Senate, slammed Republicans on education, job creation and other economic policies, warning Wednesday that “the American Dream is slipping out of reach.” “We must fight back with everything we have,” Warren told a gathering hosted by the Center for American Progress in Washington. “The game is rigged but we know how to fix it. We know what to do. We tested the Republican ideas and they failed. They failed spectacularly there’s no denying that fact.” As a science fiction fan, I have...
  • Obama to dine with top lawmakers tonight (Only Democrats, not one Republican)

    11/19/2014 7:37:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics Blog ^ | November 19, 2014 | Ed O'Keefe
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) President Obama has invited senior lawmakers to the White House for dinner Wednesday night so that he can explain his plans to use executive authority to change the nation’s immigration laws, according to several congressional aides. Obama has invited Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the leaders of the congressional Asian, Black and Hispanic caucuses....
  • How Republicans Are Learning to Love the Shutdown

    11/19/2014 7:25:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | November 19, 2014 | Paul Waldman
    Watch for a shift in their perspective, which is already underway.Conventional wisdom is malleable, and it appears that conventional wisdom on the wisdom of shutting down the government is shifting, at least within the Republican party. While the old CW was that it was a terrible idea that Republicans suffered for, and it would be foolish to do it again, the new CW seems to be, "Hey, didn't we shut down the government and win the next election?" The other day, influential conservative journalist Byron York began pushing this line, writing that the 2013 shutdown "so deeply damaged GOP prospects...
  • Texas Republican Says Ted Cruz Not Speaking for State on Immigration

    11/19/2014 6:13:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Slate ^ | November 19, 2014 | Betsy Woodruff
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s piece in Politico Magazine on Wednesday has drawn a lot of attention, not all of it kind. In the piece, the Texas Senator charges that President Obama’s impending executive action on immigration “is lawless” and that if he makes the move, “he will be acting as a monarch.” Since his election in 2012, Cruz has vocally opposed comprehensive immigration reform. A fellow Republican in the Texas congressional delegation said that Cruz’s energetic opposition to comprehensive immigration reform doesn’t adequately represent his constituents. “I don’t think it’s reflective of Texas as a whole,” said Rep. Gene Green, chuckling....
  • What will you ask US Senator John McCain?

    11/19/2014 5:47:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    EuroNews ^ | November 19, 2014
    Vietnam veteran John McCain began his career in the US army and survived five brutal years as a prisoner of war, years after his release he moved into the world of politics. Currently serving as senior United States Senator from Arizona, McCain is known for his maverick style and straight-talking attitude. In 2008 he was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate alongside his contentious running mate Sarah Palin, losing out to President Barack Obama. Today McCain is reputed for his long-standing criticism of the Obama administration, in particular his foreign affairs and defence policies. McCain has lashed out at Obama...
  • Sheila Jackson Lee: 'Selfish' for America to Deny Illegals Amnesty, Work Permits

    11/19/2014 5:07:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 18, 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Tuesday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) said President Barack Obama’s forthcoming unilateral action on immigration is not “amnesty” and declared that America would be “selfish” to deny illegal immigrants temporary work permits and amnesty. Speaking on the House floor, Jackson Lee, who handed out candy to illegal immigrant juveniles this summer at detention centers, mentioned that Texas has 1.3 illegal immigrants and said she loves “living in a country that is known around the world for its humanitarian generosity.” She said the illegal immigrants are working, paying taxes and love their children, some of whom are U.S. citizens or...
  • Ted Cruz Goes There By Accusing Obama of Being An Angry and Defiant Black Man (No he didn't)

    11/19/2014 3:46:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 19, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    In an attempt to game the ref prior to President Obama’s expected immigration reform announcement Thursday (tomorrow), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) accused, “It is lawless. It is unconstitutional. He is defiant and angry at the American people.” The Republican shutdown king from Texas, dubbed a “wacko bird” by Republican Senator John McCain, took to the pages of Politico Magazine on Wednesday in an effort to demonize President Obama’s actions on immigration reform before he even announced them. While Cruz is highly educated, he runs a good game playing obtuse. And thus we get passages like: "To be clear, the dispute...
  • Ted Cruz: Amnesty a Dispute between President Obama and the American People

    11/19/2014 3:13:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ ^ | November 19, 2014 | Staff
    In an op-ed entitled "Obama is Not a Monarch" posted on November 19 in Politico, Senator Ted Cruz made the essential constitutional argument that all too few other Republicans have been willng to make: the Constitution was drawn to stop exactly the kind of arbitrary unilateral executive action President Obama has time and again imposed upon the American people. As Senator Cruz wrote in Politico: The Constitution designs a system of checks and balances for our nation, and executive amnesty unilaterally decreed from the White House would seriously undermine the rule of law. Our founders repeatedly warned about the dangers...
  • Luke Russert: Ted Cruz's Supporters In The House Will "Follow Him To The Gates Of Hell"

    11/19/2014 3:02:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | November 19, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) ALEX WAGNER, MSNBC: Is the sense that Republicans in Congress will try to unwind this [Obama administration executive action on immigration] in the budget process? LUKE RUSSERT, NBC NEWS: That is certainly an option, Alex, and it is something that they will address while they are in the lame duck to some capacity. I basically heard three things are a possibility. That they would actually try to strip the funds available to the president to carry out this executive action within the actual budget bill, of course it is due by December 11th, then that would be sent over...
  • King, CU to host potential 2016 candidates: Iowa Freedom Summit to take place in January 2015

    11/18/2014 1:05:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    KCRG-TV ^ | November 18, 2014 | James Q. Lynch, The Gazette
    CEDAR RAPIDS — Western Iowa U.S. Rep. Steve King is planning a caucus 2016 kickoff featuring at least three potential Republican presidential candidates in January. King, who earlier this month was re-elected to a seventh term, will team up with Citizens United to host the inaugural “Iowa Freedom Summit” in Des Moines Jan. 24. Among the confirmed speakers are Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Also in the lineup are Utah Sen. Mike Lee; Tennessee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn; former Ambassador John Bolton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Additional speakers...
  • Lefty Bill Maher says he’d support Rand Paul 2016

    11/18/2014 8:21:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | November 17, 2014 | Sam Rolley
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) continued his efforts to expand the GOP’s reach ahead of 2016 on Friday, appearing for an interview on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”Maher, an outspoken anti-theist and liberal, said that he admires Paul for being “the one Republican who is willing to go to places Republicans don’t usually speak.” Throughout the interview, Paul and Maher were largely in agreement on issues such as the War on Drugs, reinstating voting rights for nonviolent felons, how the U.S. should go about defeating the Islamic State and even, to some extent, climate change. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)“I am available to the...
  • Why Hillary 2016 Thinks She Can Expand Obama's Electoral Map

    11/17/2014 1:30:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The top minds in the proto-Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign infrastructure are already gaming out Electoral College scenarios. What they think they have is a candidate who could compete in a handful of traditionally red states, putting Republicans on the defensive and increasing her chances of winning the White House. Mitch Stewart, Obama's 2012 battleground state director who is now an independent consultant advising the grassroots group Ready for Hillary, laid out the electoral math to TPM in a recent interview. Clinton will start with Obama's map, he said, and can build from there. There are two buckets of states potentially...
  • Christie calls on House GOP to compromise

    11/17/2014 1:17:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    WREX-TV / The Associated Press ^ | November 17, 2014 | Steve Peoples
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Making a rare Capitol Hill appearance, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday encouraged the GOP's newest members of Congress to embrace compromise and common ground as they shift to a governing role following their party's midterm rout. The Republican governor, who is contemplating a 2016 presidential bid, addressed newly elected House Republicans and their spouses during a closed-door orientation luncheon inside the Capitol. The often-outspoken Christie declined to answer questions from reporters afterward, but attendees said offered a distinctly bipartisan tone. "He did talk about compromise and finding common ground," said incoming Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J....
  • Talking 2016 on the NR Post-Election Cruise...

    11/17/2014 6:32:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review's The Campaign Spot ^ | November 17, 2014 | Jim Geraghty.
    From the first post-cruise edition of the Morning Jolt… What (Some of) You Missed on the National Review Post-Election Cruise Beats a polar vortex, doesn’t it? A bit of 2016 talk from our recently-concluded cruise… Allen West pointed out you don’t often see two presidential candidates from the same state competing against each other for long – their bases of support among donors, activists, and volunteers usually overlap and they can’t sustain two candidates simultaneously. At this very early date, the potential Republican 2016 field includes two candidates from Florida (Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio), two from Texas (Ted Cruz...
  • I'm a Liberal Democrat. I'm Voting for Rand Paul in 2016. Here Is Why.

    11/17/2014 5:58:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 17, 2014 | H.A. Goodman
    The editor of Breitbart Unmasked, a site that I enjoy immensely and find informative, recently told me that supporting Rand Paul disqualifies a person from being labeled a progressive. My rebuttal was that he might be right. However, I also mentioned that Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia agreed with my latest Congress Blog piece. In the article, I explain why Rand Paul is correct in questioning the legality of President Obama's troop deployments. Sadly, people at UC Berkeley are more interested in protesting Bill Maher than condemning a conflict George McGovern stated weakens our country in the same manner...
  • Delusions of the Democrats

    11/16/2014 10:03:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Times' Sunday Review ^ | November 15, 2014 | Kevin Baker
    DEMOGRAPHICS is not enough. For years now, it’s been an article of faith among Democrats that the future belongs to them, thanks to the country’s changing demographic mix. The rising percentage of voters who are women, Americans of color and especially Latinos were always about to turn the country deep “blue.” I never believed this — largely because I have been hearing it since 1971. That was the year the 26th Amendment passed, lowering the voting age to 18. Democrats had already been the dominant political party since the 1930s, and now with young people getting the vote, a permanent...
  • Red State Governors Need To Administer&Enforce Current Voting Laws Soon In Case Of Amnesty.

    11/16/2014 6:50:22 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 6 replies
    Being the real "Democrat Intent" of Amnesty is to enroll a few million more votes to the base, Red State Governors need to fight back, establish & legislate laws requiring who is allowed to vote. In other words, the Dem's can try to pull this stunt against the will of the people, but Governors in Red/Purple States can still fight back by enforcing their own laws whereas all residents have to be "Legal Americans" to vote. What's Obama's plan? send the new illegals to Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin to insure victory in 2016?
  • Positive Conversation About Sen. Ted Cruz Drops Sharply on Facebook After Net Neutrality Comments

    11/16/2014 5:18:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 16, 2014 | Benjamin Bell
    The percentage of conversation about Sen. Ted Cruz that was positive on Facebook fell after the Texas Republican criticized net neutrality, calling it “Obamacare for the Internet.” Positive interactions related to Cruz on Facebook dropped from 52 percent over the period of Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 to 34 percent from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11, following the firebrand Texas senator’s reaction to Obama’s embrace of net neutrality, according to data supplied by Facebook. The percentage of negative interactions for the first week examined was 44 percent, with 4 percent of the interactions being neutral. For the later time period,...
  • On NPR, David Brooks Warns Obama Against 'Ted Cruz Maneuver' With Amnesty Executive Order

    11/16/2014 8:24:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 16, 2014 | Tim Graham
    Pseudo-conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks -- appointed by both NPR and PBS to agree with liberals from the "Republican" side of the political divide on Friday-night "week in review" panels -- is back to bashing Ted Cruz, even though after the election, he admitted Republicans weren't too extreme to win all over the place. On Friday's "All Things Considered," Brooks was bashing Obama with the worst cudgel he could imagine: Mr. President, don't pull a "total Ted Cruz maneuver" and force amnesty by executive order. Oh, he agrees with Obama, but forcing it is just bad manners: DAVID...
  • New rules favor GOP moderates in presidential primary (New Hampshire)

    11/15/2014 10:40:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Newburyport Daily News ^ | November 15, 2014 | David M. Shribman
    LEBANON, N.H. -- Can you discern, deep in the new Republican Party -- amid the conservative warriors and tea-infused crusaders -- a faint moderate heartbeat? Hardly anyone is asking that question this month, in the wake of the Republican tsunami that swept Democrats out of office and swept a Republican majority into the Senate chamber. But two unrelated events this month make the question worth posing, if only to explore the possibility and to understand the political landscape here in the state that only 15 months from now will hold the first presidential primary. The first of those events took...
  • Bill Clinton Says He's Surprised by Midterm Loses

    11/15/2014 8:40:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | November 15, 2014 | Ken Thomas
    Former President Bill Clinton said Saturday that Democrats lacked a "national advertising campaign" in the recent midterm elections and that he's surprised many Senate races were not closer. Clinton said in an interview with Politico that Republicans were helped by a larger bloc of voters who felt more strongly about the elections than members of his party. Democrats could have benefited from a national message that reinforced the party's positions on refinancing student loans and promoting equal pay for women, he said. "The people who were against us felt more strongly than the people who were for us. The people...
  • Wedge, No Edge: Now, Gay Marriage Is a GOP Problem

    11/15/2014 1:56:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 15, 2014 | Marc Solomon, Nat'l Campaign Dir., Freedom To Marry
    By June 2016, same-sex marriage is likely to be the law of the land. What will Republican candidates do then? My how times change.Marriage was the dog that didn’t bark, not even whimper, in the midterm elections. It certainly wasn’t a centerpiece, and it didn’t even surface as a sideline issue. Silence was clearly the preferred strategy of Republican candidates up and down the ballot. After the Supreme Court effectively green-lit marriage for same-sex couples in 11 new states last month, we barely heard a peep from the GOP. High-profile candidates in deeply conservative states, like Senator Mitch McConnell (KY)...
  • Once More, President Obama Is Doing The Republicans’ Jobs For Them

    11/15/2014 12:05:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 15, 2014 | Rmuse
    There is an idiom that parents and employers likely put in practice when an important task has to be completed correctly; “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” President Obama certainly understands that sentiment with a slight variation; if the nation wants anything done at all, the President has to do it himself due to Republicans who have done nothing since January 2009. Sometime next week, after waiting patiently for Ted Cruz to order House Republicans to take up, and pass, the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform, the President will take action on immigration reform. The...
  • Why Democrats Can’t Win Over White Working-Class Voters

    11/15/2014 8:28:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Slate ^ | November 14, 2014 | Jamelle Bouie
    The party’s economic populism doesn’t reach that far.The Democratic Party styles itself a fighter for the working class. But a substantial part of that class—the white part—wants nothing to do with it. If we count the white working class as whites without college degrees, then congressional Democrats lost them by 30 points in last week’s elections, contributing to losses in states as diverse as Iowa, Maine, Colorado, North Carolina, and Florida. But then none of this is new. Democrats lost working class whites by a similar margin in 2010, with almost identical results: A wipeout of Senate seats, House districts,...
  • John Dean: Will a Woman Be Sent to the White House in 2016? Let’s Hope! (Hurl, you will)

    11/14/2014 6:38:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Justia's Verdict Blog ^ | November 14, 2014 | John Dean, former Counsel to the President
    Political prognostications are a risky business. But I have been thinking about what the Republicans might do if Hillary Clinton announces in early 2015 (since she has indicated that is when she will make her decision) that she is running for president. While Republicans dislike this prospect because they know she might win, not to mention take most of the available oxygen out of the race along the way, they understand that they have no woman in their ranks who is qualified to be president, and it is a stretch to say they even have a woman qualified to be...
  • Will Mike Huckabee Win Presidency in 2016?

    11/14/2014 12:48:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Wall Street Daily ^ | November 14, 2014 | Floyd Brown, Chief Political Analyst
    The Republican sweep of November 2014 is now fully in the rearview mirror. And the focus in D.C. is squarely on the 2016 presidential election. Who will win the biggest prize of all and finally replace Barack Obama? With Hillary Clinton perched high atop the Democratic Party polls, it appears as though she’ll sail to her party’s nomination almost unimpeded. On the Republican side, the race is as divided and contentious as ever… Of the prospects, though, one particular man stands out from the crowd. And for this reason, I followed him all the way to Poland so I could...
  • Catching up with the losers: The '96 campaign and GOP lessons for 2016

    11/14/2014 12:35:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 14, 2014 | Jacqueline Alemany
    Twenty years ago, emboldened by Newt Gingrich's triumphant "Republican revolution" in the midterm elections, a raft of Republicans--some famous, some not so famous--readied their campaigns to take on a Democrat named Clinton in a race that may well echo in 2016, albeit with a different Clinton. The 1994 "Republican Revolution," had just taken hold, and Republican party scrambled for the GOP presidential nomination and the chance to take on President Bill Clinton in 1996. It turned out to be more difficult than some of those candidates anticipated. "My name-face recognition was pretty low," said former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, one...