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  • Matthews: Tea Party Treats Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged' 'Like It's the Little Red Book of Mao'

    07/11/2014 11:38:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 11, 2014 | Matthew Balan
    On Friday's Hardball, Chris Matthews and Howard Dean slammed the supposedly "lunatic" Republican Party for opposing President Obama's $3.7 billion request to deal with the ongoing crisis at the U.S-Mexico border. Dean likened the political stalemate over this issue and in general in Washington to McCarthyism in the 1950s: "It reminds me of the 'who lost China' debate...where one side is frothing at the mouth and finding communists under every bed; and the other side – including some reasonable Republicans...actually trying to run the country." Matthews endorsed the former Vermont governor's take, and targeted fiscal conservatives/the Tea Party as somehow...
  • GOP's Ernst of Iowa to Give Party's Radio Address

    07/11/2014 9:04:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | July 11, 2014 | Thomas Beaumont
    Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst will take a break from campaigning for two weeks to take part in active-duty training for the Iowa National Guard. But before lacing up her boots, Ernst was to record the Republicans' national radio address, the Republican National Committee said Friday. Ernst, a lieutenant colonel and state senator from southwest Iowa, recorded the speech Thursday evening just hours before she was scheduled to report for duty at 6 a.m. From central Iowa Ernst was leading a convoy to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, where for the next two weeks she will drill with her transportation battalion....
  • Palin the constitutional expert (She must be right over the target)

    07/11/2014 8:45:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 11, 2014 | A.B. Stoddard
    It has been a while since former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) embarrassed herself, but staying out of the news isn't good for her livelihood, which relies on lucrative speeches, television appearances and a regular stream of news accounts of her Facebook posts where she offers up her special brand of leadership. So since things have been a bit quiet for her, this week she insisted that everyone who resists impeaching President Obama must go. In her words, "we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment," and this other...
  • Sarah Palin vs. President Obama: Are Republicans the losers? (C'mon, you knew they'd go there)

    07/11/2014 4:28:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Los Angeles Times' Politics Now ^ | July 11, 2014 | Cathleen Decker
    For a few political cycles now, Republican leaders have strained to distance themselves from some in their midst and focus on the basics to secure and extend their power in Washington: The less-than-sweeping economic recovery and President Obama’s foundering, as they see it, at home and abroad. And those in their midst have continued to define the party in ways that drew an injurious response from key voter groups. There was the dust-up in 2012 when Todd Akin, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri, defended his opposition to abortion by positing that women’s bodies blocked conception resulting from rape....
  • Chris Christie’s Faking It on Gun Rights

    07/10/2014 11:15:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 10, 2014 | Olivia Nuzzi
    Twenty years before he killed a cap on magazine rounds, the Republican entered politics explicitly to fight for an assault-weapons ban and bullet limit. A gun control bill landed on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s desk on July 2, the same day that two parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, took to the Trenton State House to try to convince him to sign it. When Christie vetoed the bill instead—not even blinking at the pleas from the victims’ families—he sent a message to conservatives and gun-rights groups that he is still a...
  • Tea party could spoil GOP chances

    07/10/2014 9:36:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    A few recent developments have revealed the tea party temperament in its most distilled, potent form. Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin called for the impeachment of President Obama on the theory that his border policies are "the last straw that makes the battered wife say, 'no mas.' " Excavating the layers of mixed metaphor - the straw that broke the camel's back is somehow causing an abused woman to surrender in Spanish - Palin demands the ousting of an American president on the constitutional theory that "enough is enough." Republicans who disapprove of this plan, according to Palin,...
  • Barack Obama on impeachment: 'Really?'(“I don’t have to run anymore, so I can just let it rip”)

    07/10/2014 7:10:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 10, 2014 | Edward-Isaac Dovere, senior White House reporter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Go ahead, President Barack Obama told House Republicans Thursday. Impeach him. “You hear some of them: ‘Sue him! Impeach him!’” Obama said in a relaxed, sniping campaign-style speech in Austin, Texas, recounting the resistance he’s run into for signing executive actions. “Really? For what, doing my job?” So punchy that he was leaning arms hanging off the front of his podium, telling a few hecklers to “sit down,” and instructing the Secret Service not to bother removing them, Obama said he was feeling liberated. “I don’t have to run for office anymore, so I can just let it rip,” he...
  • Obama Wants 3.7 Bill.Well,Then Congress Should Make A List Of Their Demands.Let's Make A Deal!

    07/09/2014 4:02:37 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 27 replies
    So Barry wants 3.7 Billion for the upkeep of the refugee crisis.Fine!,now here is an opportunity for Boehner and Congress to come back at the President and say,Hey,OK,you want 3.7 Billion dollars,Fine,then you give us Keystone,pass our tax-reform bill(lowering all taxes for individuals and businesses)lets say lower the Capital Gains to 15%.They should also demand that Obama-Care become optional/no mandates.Fire Harry Reid,and Barry has to pay for the rest of his vacations/golf outings/fundraisers,etc.Yah,lets just see if he agrees to all of those mandatory agreements if he wants his money!
  • A party that won’t be saved: GOP dead-enders and “reform conservatives” duke it out

    07/09/2014 10:04:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Salon ^ | July 9, 2014 | Simon Maloy
    Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin teamed up to show "Reformicons" just how tough reforming the GOP will be. The last couple of weeks have been a coming out party of sorts for the “Reformicons,” the group of conservative intellectuals who have taken it upon themselves to reform the Republican Party into something less dogmatic and more electable. They were the subject of a New York Times Magazine profile and countless thinkpieces. They were the topic of a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution. Pundits were commenting on the resurgence of conservative intellectualism and wondering whether a gaggle of economics-obsessed conservatives...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz tweets Obama directions from fundraisers to border towns (OUCH!)

    07/09/2014 9:41:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted Google Map directions to border towns from President Obama’s planned fundraiser stops in Austin and Dallas. “If President Obama wants to have a real border meeting with @GovernorPerry, here are a couple suggested detours,” the Republican tweeted Tuesday to his 327,000 followers. Mr. Cruz has joined Gov. Rick Perry in criticizing the president for refusing to visit the troubled southern border while he fundraises in Texas, a Houston CBSaffiliate reported. One map shows the driving route from Austin to the border town of Laredo, and another shows the route from Dallas to border town McAllen....
  • On Fox Disgruntled Obama Stalker Sarah Palin Claims Impeachment Is a Bipartisan Issue (H8rade)

    07/09/2014 9:02:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | July 8, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    On Hannity, Sarah Palin claimed to have a list of 25 impeachable offenses, and that Democrats also want to impeach President Obama. After six years of attacking President Obama in hopes of being noticed, Ms. Palin is rather disgruntled. So like all relentlessly rejected stalkers, she’s upped the ante in a desperate bid for attention. Now she wants him impeached. That will teach mean old Mr. President to ignore Sarah Palin from Alaska Arizona. On Hannity, Palin claimed that Obama is a lawless and imperial president. She said it was time for a little less talk and a lot more...
  • Top Dem: U.S. 'Cannot Be Expected to Give Sanctuary to Every Single Child in the World'

    07/09/2014 12:13:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 8, 2014 | Caroline May
    The unaccompanied children from Central American crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally should be deported except in extreme circumstances, according to House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. “We have an immediate humanitarian crisis that confronts this country, we also have a crisis in terms of this country cannot continue to absorb, nor should it, a limitless number of people who — particularly children who want to cross our border,” Hoyer told reporters Tuesday. According to the Democratic whip the influx is unsustainable in the U.S. “We cannot give these children sanctuary except in extraordinary circumstances. Obviously we have refugee status and protective...
  • Harry Reid Apparently Thinks Clarence Thomas Is White

    07/08/2014 10:43:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is so angry over the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in the Hobby Lobby contraception case last week that he apparently forgot Justice Clarence Thomas is black. The Nevada Democrat lamented the court’s ruling which allows Hobby Lobby and other for-profit companies with religious objections to certain forms of contraception to avoid providing them to employees in health insurance plans mandated under Obamacare. Hobby Lobby approves of 16 out of 20 forms of contraception that have been approved by the FDA. “People are going to have to walk down here and vote, and if they vote...
  • Republicans’ impeachment-mania: How it achieves a subtler, dangerous end (Cue spooky music)

    07/08/2014 10:17:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | July 8, 2014 | Emmett Rensin
    Despite Sarah Palin's calls, the president won't be impeached. But here's how her demand normalizes other lunacy. “By the Grace of God,” the English used to say, when asked by what authority their monarch ruled. “Divine right” was the answer, and that was that – you didn’t have to like the queen, but God did, and that’s why she was in charge. Simpler times, those were. Today, former GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced her belief that President Obama should be impeached. Last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced his intention to launch the first congressional lawsuit against...
  • Sarah Palin just joined the ‘impeach Obama’ crowd. That’s bad news for the GOP.

    07/08/2014 1:36:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 8, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    Sarah Palin on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of Republicans calling for the impeachment of President Obama, writing in a Breitbart op-ed that the influx of young illegal immigrants over the southern border "is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, 'no mas.' " Mixed/careless metaphors aside, this is nothing but bad news for Republicans — especially four months until the 2014 election. Palin is hardly the first GOP politician to raise the issue of impeachment over the past couple years. Others include Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Reps. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.),...
  • Sarah Palin: Impeach Obama; ‘If He’s Not Impeachable, Then No One Is’

    07/08/2014 1:26:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Sarah Palin now thinks President Obama should be impeached. The former Governor of Alaska made her case in an op-ed for Breitbart. Starting with illegal immigration, Palin referred to America as the “battered wife” that needs to say “no mas.” Obama “deliberately” wants to let illegal immigrants in, Palin wrote, to compete “against Americans for our jobs and limited public services” by allowing them to “kick off their shoes and come on in.” Palin used quotation marks when referring to Obama as the country’s “leader,” and said that “we average Americans know” about the “unsafe conditions” of the country. The...
  • Joe Scarborough slams Chris Christie on guns

    07/08/2014 5:53:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 8, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Joe Scarborough on Tuesday slammed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s refusal to meet with the parents of the Sandy Hook shooting, calling his defense one of the “stupidest arguments” he’s ever heard. The Republican governor declined to meet with the families of children who were killed in the December 2012 shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School, who wanted to discuss gun control legislation. Christie last week vetoed a state bill that would have banned ammunition magazines that held more than ten rounds. The governor said that it would have been “really hypocritical” to meet with the families who wanted...
  • The Republican who has followed Ted Kennedy's path (I'll give you three guesses)

    07/07/2014 9:34:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 3, 2014 | David M. Drucker
    It's a story that's been told before. After a failed bid for the White House, the long-serving senator returned to Capitol Hill. As the years wore on, he sparred with the president, used his name recognition to push his pet causes and became a power broker able to step in when party leadership failed. In many ways, Sen. John McCain has followed the path laid out by Sen. Ted Kennedy after his unsuccessful attempt to wrest the Democratic nomination from Jimmy Carter in 1980. But there are differences between the Arizona Republican and the Massachusetts Democrat, and not just those...
  • Cruz Calls for Investigation in Mississippi Runoff

    07/07/2014 8:37:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | July 7, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued that the allegations of voter fraud in the Mississippi Senate runoff between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel in an interview on Monday’s “Mark Levin Show.”“What the D.C. machine did was not try to grow the party, instead, the ads that they ran were racially charged, false attacks and they were explicit promises to continue and expand the welfare state, and nobody has suggested that the Democrats who voted in the primary will actually vote Republican in the general election,” Cruz said. “Instead, they were just recruited to decide who the Republican nominee was, and that’s...
  • Cruz Could Turn Texas Blue: GOP is following in Cruz's footsteps, that could give Dems an advantage

    07/07/2014 5:59:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | July 7, 2014 | Lauren Fox
    Some of Texas' moderate Republicans say the state's far-right turn since Sen. Ted Cruz's political ascendancy could have unintended consequences.At a breakfast in Washington’s St. Regis Hotel in June, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, took a moment to gather his thoughts before he was ready to answer a question about how junior Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had changed his home state. “Texas is pretty big and pretty diverse,” Perry said peering intently through his black horn-rimmed glasses. “I’m not sure one person has the ability to change all of that.” A few seconds later, he clarified exactly where he think...
  • Libertarians Branded "New Communists" at Bloomberg.com

    07/06/2014 7:51:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The New American ^ | July 6, 2014 | Jack Kenny
    The trite joke used to be that right-wing zealots would look for communists under the bed. A pair of political commentators writing at Bloomberg.com apparently can find them at the Cato Institute, or perhaps at LewRockwell.com. According to venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and Eric P. Liu, a former domestic policy adviser to President Bill Clinton, "radical libertarians" are the "new communists." The authors acknowledge the apparent contradiction. "Most people would consider radical libertarianism and communism polar opposites: The first glorifies personal freedom. The second would obliterate it. Yet the ideologies are simply mirror images," they contend. "Both attempt to answer...
  • Border-state Democrat: Obama "one step behind" on immigration (Obama's "Hurricane Katrina?")

    07/06/2014 3:53:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | July 6, 2014 | Conor Finnegan
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Obama administration is facing fresh criticism for its handling of the immigration crisis from two voices at the center of the debate. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, and Mayor Alan Long of Murrieta, California - the small town that rose up in protest after federal officials bused illegal immigrants to a facility there - both criticized the administration for failing to fix a broken system and address what they called a foreseeable problem. "With all due respect to the administration, they're one step behind. They should have seen this coming a long time ago," Cuellar, a red-state Democrat, told CNN's...
  • If Obama isn’t secretly urging Elizabeth Warren to run, he should be

    07/06/2014 3:34:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | July 6, 2014 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Obama’s Mini-Me will protect all of Obama’s, ahem, accomplishments.Ed Klein reports that Obama is using Valerie Jarrett to urge Elizabeth Warren to challenge Hillary in the primary to protect Obama’s transformation of the nation into something of which he and Michelle can be proud. Warren will protect Obama’s, ahem, achievements, Hillary can’t be trusted to do that. It’s entirely believable. Whether it’s true remains to be seen. Here is part of the report, This means Warren: Obama backs challenger to Hillary: "President Obama has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president — a stinging...
  • Second look at Al Gore?

    07/05/2014 10:09:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 5, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Allahpundit touched on this idea briefly this week in an article primarily to do with Mitt Romney in specific and the general question of whether or not there are second acts for losing party nominees in the 21st century. But apparently the idea has taken root in a few places, and as he noted in the article, the Daily Caller (or at least Mark Halperin) talked about it without being entirely tongue in cheek. Mark Halperin, the senior political analyst for “Time” magazine, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday and boldly reiterated his Wednesday Twitter assertion that Al Gore —...
  • Hispanic Growth Not Turning Texas Blue as Expected

    07/05/2014 7:56:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Breitbart's Texas ^ | July 5, 2014 | Bob Price
    HOUSTON, Texas—The enormous growth of the Hispanic population does not seem to be turning Texas blue as fast as many political pundits expected. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed a decreasing non-Hispanic white population and a rapidly growing Hispanic population. The growth of the Hispanic population over the past fourteen years was expected to make a huge difference in Texas’ Republican vs. Democrat voting patterns. It appears it has not. A report in the Washington Post indicates this may not be the case. The article by Philip Bump, contains a series of interactive demographic maps that illustrate several...
  • Is Lucy Flores the Latina star Democrats have been waiting for?

    07/05/2014 2:42:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    MSNBC ^ | July 5, 2014 | Benjy Sarlin
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) LAS VEGAS, Nev. – “I don’t have the background of a typical politician, right?” Lucy Flores told a crowd of Democratic activists as she accepted the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor of Nevada in June. It’s a line you’ve heard before: Candidates love to brag about how they didn’t grow up like those “typical” politicians. But there’s no other way to describe Flores, a Latina rising star who was born into an impoverished family of 13 children, whose mother abandoned her in grade school, who fell in with a gang, who was sentenced to a youth prison, who dropped...
  • The Lawyers Behind the Lawsuit against Obama

    07/05/2014 2:10:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The National Review ^ | July 5, 2014 | Ian Tuttle
    For some time now, Elizabeth Foley and David Rivkin have had two questions about the 44th president: “How is he getting away with this? And why isn’t someone doing something about this?” Foley, a professor of constitutional law at Florida International University College of Law, and Rivkin, lead outside counsel of Florida et al. v. United States Department of Health and Human Services, one of three Obamacare challenges that ended up before the Supreme Court in 2012, are doing something. They are the architects of the House of Representatives’ likely lawsuit against President Obama, which would challenge the president’s selective...
  • Sharpton Teaches Obamabots How-To Battle 'Wacky' Right-Wingers w/'Rev. Al's July 4 Barbecue Tips'

    07/05/2014 11:25:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 5, 2014 | Tim Graham
    On Thursday night’s Politics Nation, MSNBC host Al Sharpton wrapped up his show from New Orleans by insisting the Fourth of July is a great day to unload your talking points in defense of Barack Obama. Just like Thanksgiving. And Christmas. And perhaps at weddings and funerals. “It's a day to celebrate our great are country, to rest, relax and maybe have a barbecue. But you know what that means. Your wacky uncle or your Ted Cruz-loving neighbor or your cousin who watches Fox News all day may swing by for a burger or a dog,” he suggested. “But...
  • How Hillary Clinton Is Like John McCain

    07/05/2014 10:57:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 30, 2014 | Professor Brendan Nyhan
    Hillary Clinton’s artificially inflated poll numbers have made her seem like an especially strong presidential candidate, but the Clinton bubble is quickly coming to an end. Earlier in June, Ross Douthat of The New York Times noted that she has been “leading every potential Republican candidate by around 10 points” and “running far ahead of President Obama’s job approval numbers.” Carl Cannon, the Real Clear Politics Washington bureau chief, cited her standing as the most admired woman in America, a contest in which she easily topped Oprah in 2013. But Ms. Clinton’s re-entry on the political stage over the last...
  • Hillary's Authenticity Problem Could Cost Democrats the Election

    07/04/2014 7:27:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | July 4, 2014 | John Sexton
    A new conventional wisdom is forming which says Democrat's gaffes don't matter because they aren't connected to (bad) Republican policies. There's a grain of truth to this argument and yet it misses the big picture. Hillary's policy positions won't be able to save her from her own serious flaws as a candidate. Progressive writer Brian Beutler explained why Romney's gaffe's mattered (and Hillary's didn't) this way: "Romney's weaknesses ran much deeper than tone-deaf asides about close friendships with NASCAR team owners, or a car elevator. His unfamiliarity with material deprivation was badly compounded by his devotion to an agenda (and...
  • Getting Democrats to Vote (Lefty thinks Ted Cruz will face Hillary in 2016)

    07/04/2014 7:10:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 4, 2014 | Bob Burnett, Berkeley writer, retired Silicon Valley executive
    After an absence of several years, the new Pew Research Center political typology poll was just released. It breaks the American political electorate into eight groups. And, it makes clear what the Democratic challenge is in November midterm election. The Pew political typology has two dimensions. One is the likelihood of voting. Pew factors voters into three categories: "General Public," "Registered Voter," and "Politically Engaged." I'll assume the "Politically Engaged" are those likely to vote in the November midterm election and focus on those percentages. The second Pew dimension is the degree of partisanship. Pew sees three clusters. The first...
  • The Clintons’ Goldman Sachs Gold Mine

    07/04/2014 4:45:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | July 3, 2014 | Dick Morris
    The never-ending Clinton money grab is more than $150 million deep. One of their most lucrative benefactors is Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs. Since leaving the White House, Bill and Hillary have collected more than $3 million from the banking goliath in campaign contributions, speaking fees and donations to their private foundation. In addition, Goldman has underwritten some of Hillary’s pet projects, including a partnership with the State Department on a women’s project conceived by Hillary. There’s more — Goldman also made commitments in the millions to the Clintons favorite programs at the Clinton Global Initiative. Of course, that money...
  • Tea Party Smarts (They truly fear Ted, Sarah and us!) [Ultra barf alert]

    07/04/2014 2:13:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Real News ^ | July 4, 2014 | Andrew Levine
    Last year, Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker’s legal affairs writer, famously called Edward Snowden “a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison.” This is far from the only reason not to take Toobin seriously. Sometimes, though, he does have a point: for instance, when he argues, as he did in The New Yorker’s June 30 edition, that Texas Senator Ted Cruz should not be underestimated. Ted Cruz? Really? Even John McCain called him a “wacko bird.” This from the man who offered the Vice Presidential nomination to Sarah Palin! If McCain knows anything, it’s his wacko birds. Paradoxically, Toobin’s...
  • GOP’s culture war disaster: How this week highlighted a massive blind spot

    07/03/2014 11:51:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Salon ^ | July 3, 2014 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    Why are women’s rights stalling even as other societal advances are made? The answer is a disaster for the right. Progressives often comfort themselves that while they’re losing a lot of economic battles, at least they’re winning the so-called culture wars. New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a staunch proponent of both gay marriage and tax cuts for the wealthy, symbolizes that political paradox for the left. But lately it’s impossible not to notice that even our culture war victories are uneven. They mostly involve gay rights, particularly marriage equality, and rarely women’s rights. In the same few years that...
  • Is Obama’s go it alone strategy telling Democrats to stay home in November?

    07/03/2014 8:42:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 3, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Democrats have an enthusiasm problem, and they know it. A June poll from the Democratic firm Democracy Corps revealed that, among those voters who make up the Obama coalition — young people, Latinos, African-Americans, and single women – only 68 percent describe themselves as “likely” to vote in 2014. 85 percent of other voters who are expected to favor Republican candidates say they are “likely” to cast a ballot in November. The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake observed that this is not the only troubling sign for Democrats ahead of the midterms. “An April AP-GfK poll showed, among those who are...
  • Who will wind up as GOP presidential nominee in 2016? (Laff riot)

    07/03/2014 4:51:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Buenos Aires Herald / The Washington Post ^ | June 30, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    A look at the frontrunners currently making waves.Mitt Romney hasn’t disappeared from the political scene the way many people thought he would after coming up on the losing end in the 2012 presidential race. But that doesn’t mean he’s running for president — or even thinking about running for president — in 2016. Talk of a possible third presidential bid for Romney has surfaced of late, with poll numbers showing that he is well regarded by Republican voters and a growing sense within the GOP smart set that no candidate has really emerged from the pack as yet. Romney has,...
  • Charlie Rangel: It’s hard to distinguish between racist Dixiecrats and the Tea Party

    07/03/2014 3:42:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | July 2, 2014 | Right Scoop
    It’s clear the left will say anything to make people believe that the Tea Party is racist, no matter how ludicrous. Tonight on Hardball, Charlie Rangel claimed that the Dixiecrats who opposed the Civil Right’s Act are in fact today’s Tea Party, arguing that it’s hard to distinguish between the two. In fact, he goes on to say that the Dixiecrats that were from the South are the ‘grandparents’ of the Tea Party. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) HOST: Congressman, I will start with you. …The Civil Rights Act that passed in 1964 wouldn’t pass in 2014. Do you agree with that? RANGEL: First...
  • Assuming Charlie Crisp Loses To Rick Scott,Then It's Off To 2016.Crisp/Warren Ticket?

    07/03/2014 5:09:45 AM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 14 replies
    As Charlie Crist has pretty much established his persona as a incompetent Democrat,along with becoming another laughing stock for Floridians,Debbie Wasserman being at the top of the list,so what happens when Floridians say "Sorry Charlie" come November? Is he off to 2016? God Help Us Please!Charlie Crist,and easy contender for a nightmare Democrat Ticket!.Hard to say what would be the worst Democratic ticket for 2016,but Charlie Crist will easily make the list of possibilities along with Howard Dean,Bernie Sanders and John Kerry.
  • The Increasingly Set Stage of 2016

    07/03/2014 1:33:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The National Review ^ | July 2, 2014 | Jim Geraghty
    We don’t know who the GOP candidate will be, but we know what he needs to be. This week, Gallup found Americans are losing faith in their government: “Americans’ confidence in all three branches of the U.S. government has fallen, reaching record lows for the Supreme Court (30 percent) and Congress (7 percent), and a six-year low for the presidency (29 percent).” Gallup also finds Americans are increasingly dissatisfied with their freedom to choose what they can do with their lives: Gallup also finds Americans increasingly believe corruption is widespread throughout the government. Note that this question does not specify...
  • Bad news: Hillary deeply disturbed that Supreme Court upheld statute signed into law by her husband

    07/02/2014 3:04:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 30, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Thanks to AG Conservative for that headline. First “don’t ask, don’t tell,” then DOMA, now RFRA: Precisely how many statutes signed by Bill Clinton are the Clintons currently horrified by? It’ll be fun during President Hillary’s administration to try to identify the various laws that Senator Chelsea will be forced to repudiate circa 2036. Part of the reason I was so adamant about including women and girls in our foreign policy, not as a luxury but as a central issue is because they’re often the canaries in the mine,” Clinton said. “You watch women and girls being deprived of their...
  • Clinton: Hobby Lobby ruling a 'slippery slope'

    06/30/2014 4:48:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room ^ | June 30, 2014 | Mario Trujillo and Jesse Byrnes
    Hillary Clinton on Monday condemned the Supreme Court decision that found some family-owned corporations cannot be forced to pay for the birth control coverage of their employees, required by the healthcare law. "I think that there should be a real outcry against the decision," Clinton said at the Aspen Ideas Festival. "And there will be many more now — look, many more companies will claim religious beliefs and some will be sincere but others maybe not. And we are going to see this one insurable service cut out for many, many women." The 5-4 ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby,...
  • Davis slaps SC for ‘disappointing decision to restrict access to birth control’; Abbott calls a win

    06/30/2014 4:10:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Biz Beat Blog ^ | June 30, 2014 | Michael Lindenberger
    Update: 2:34 p.m. EST: Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor in 2014, issued a statement condemning the court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case. “Today’s disappointing decision to restrict access to birth control puts employers between women and their doctors. We need to trust women to make their own health care decisions — not corporations, the Supreme Court, or Greg Abbott,” she said. Abbott, the attorney general and her opponent in this fall election, issued a statement praising the ruling, which is below. Update 1:09 p.m. EST: Former U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth Starr, the current president of...
  • Ted Olson Likens U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's Anti-Gay Views To Racism During Civil Rights Movement

    06/30/2014 3:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Burnt Orange Report ^ | June 30, 2014 | Omar Araiza
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is taking heat for his anti-gay views and vocal opposition to marriage equality by none other than a fellow Republican figure. Prominent Republican lawyer, Ted Olson, who is a strong supporter of LGBT rights, thought Cruz's comments on marriage equality were "very, very sad." Cruz had a lot to say to the crowds at the Texas GOP convention about the "threat" that is gay marriage. His speech appeared on an article of The New Yorker (emphasis mine): "Marriage is under assault," Ted Cruz said to the crowd. "It is under assault in a way that is...
  • An Angry Tea Party and Vocal Ted Cruz Prove America Is Becoming More Liberal

    06/30/2014 8:03:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 26, 2014 | H. A. Goodman
    Christopher Hitchens got a chance to analyze the Tea Party in 2011, the same year cancer took his life. In a Vanity Fair article titled "Tea'd Off," the great polemicist explains that populist movements like the Tea Party are a reaction to social and political change. Hitchens writes that before the Revolutionary War costumes, America had seen a somewhat similar phenomenon with the John Birch Society: The John Birch Society possessed such a mainstream message--the existence of a Communist world system with tentacles in the United States--that it had a potent influence over whole sections of the Republican Party. It...
  • Ted Cruz, House Republicans, and their many secret meetings

    06/29/2014 10:36:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show ^ | June 27, 2014 | Steve Benen
    It’s not too uncommon for Republican leaders from the House and Senate to occasionally meet, trade notes, and work out bicameral strategies, but as a rule, rank-and-file members tend to stick with colleagues from the same chamber. When they have ideas or grand plans, GOP lawmakers usually turn to their chamber’s leadership or committee chairs. Which is why it’s odd to see House Republicans huddle so frequently with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Last September, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) presented a plan to avoid a government shutdown. Cruz met directly with House Republicans, urged them to ignore their own leader’s...
  • Sarah Palin: Nancy Pelosi Cares More About Illegals at Border than Unborn in America

    06/29/2014 9:06:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 29, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin suggested that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) cares more about illegal immigrant children than the unborn in the United States after Pelosi went to the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday and said America should view the border crisis as a "humanitarian opportunity." Palin said her sister sent her the Breitbart TV report about Pelosi's comments over the weekend. According to Palin, Pelosi was "either speaking such gibberish, considering her track record, or confessing one heck of a great conversion." "Yesterday, Ms. Pelosi spoke highly of illegal immigrants storming our U.S. border, including the children being...
  • Christie presidential rumblings have NJ politicos thinking about life after governor

    06/29/2014 7:04:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Times of Trenton ^ | June 29, 2014 | Matt Arco
    TRENTON — Democratic state Senate President Stephen Sweeney has been traveling all over the state, pitching his "Sandy Bill of Rights" bill — a tour many see as laying the groundwork for a run for governor. Republican lawmakers who never dared challenge Gov. Chris Christie this month openly opposed a series of tax and fee hikes in his budget, including a tax on e-cigarettes first proposed by the governor. Nobody knows if the Republican governor will prepare a White House run in the next year. But already, lawmakers from both parties have been staking claims and thinking of a post-Christie...
  • McCain, Graham Open To Emergency Refugee Program For Immigrant Children

    06/29/2014 1:00:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller / Reuters ^ | June 28, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    Some Congressional leaders are coming out in support of creating an emergency refugee program that they believe would help deal with a massive surge of child immigrants coming to the U.S. from Central America. Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain said that establishing refugee application programs in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador is “key” to help stem the tide, according to Reuters. Since October, 52,000 Unaccompanied Children, or UACs, have been apprehended at the U.S. border. That is up from 6,000 in 2011. Another 39,000 parents with children have been apprehended as well. The surge has strained resources at the border...
  • Nancy Pelosi at Illegal Immigrant Holding Facility “We’re All Americans” (Video)

    06/28/2014 3:57:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 28, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    Minority leader Nancy Pelosi visited the border on Saturday. The former Speaker made a statement to reporters, “I wish I could take all those children home with me… We’re all Americans in this hemisphere, North and South Amrerica.” KGBT reported:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Breitbart reported: Saturday at a press conference from the Rio Grande Valley, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) discussed her tour of a border holding facility and addressed the humanitarian crisis of thousands unaccompanied minors flooding across the U.S.-Mexico border, which she called a “humanitarian opportunity.” Pelosi explained, “We are all Americans — north and south in this hemisphere,” and urged America to...
  • CNN's Jeffrey Toobin: Ted Cruz’s Goal Is a Right-Wing ‘Purification Ritual’

    06/28/2014 3:51:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 28, 2014 | Tom Johnson
    Last fall, not long after the federal government’s partial shutdown ended, The New Yorker’s David Denby alleged that shutdown point man Ted Cruz seemed to be pursuing the presidency “by sowing as much confusion and disorder as possible—playing the joker in a seemingly nihilistic charade whose actual intent is a rational grab for power.” There’s nothing as pointed or nasty as that in “The Absolutist,” Jeffrey Toobin’s 8,400-word New Yorker profile of Cruz, but Toobin does paint Cruz as an extremist – more of a Goldwater figure than a Reagan figure – as well as a hypocrite regarding judicial activism....