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  • What Liberals Really Want: 5 Goals for End of Obama’s Presidency (Voting, guns, student loans)

    07/18/2014 3:54:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Caleb Jackson and Noah Weiland
    From reducing student loan debt to expanding voter rights to dealing with the scourge of violent crime, liberals have laid out an ambitious agenda for the waning years of the Obama presidency. At a day-long summit Wednesday organized by Generation Progress, the youth division of the influential Washington-based think tank Center for American Progress, speakers such as Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi articulated their goals to a Washington audience of more than 1,000. Here are five issues that came up again and again at the Make Progress National Summit, and the...
  • Ky. must change its stand-your-ground law to make it fairer (Trayvon vs. Zimmerman, again)

    07/18/2014 3:29:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | July 18, 2014 | State Sen. Reginald L. Thomas, (D- Lexington)
    What may have started out as an ordinary evening in February 2012, ended with a dead teen-ager and a national controversy that is still unresolved. The fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the subsequent not-guilty verdict of the shooter, George Zimmerman, on July 13, 2013, prompted citizens across the nation to question the "stand-your-ground" laws. Such laws, often criticized as being "shoot first" laws, make it hard to prosecute cases against people who shoot others and then claim self-defense. Kentucky, as well as the other states with such laws, should revise them so that the one who initiates a...
  • The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Is Saving the GOP Establishment at Ballot Box

    07/14/2014 7:52:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 14, 2014 | Alex Altman
    Business group has been major force in 2014 races.On the day after New Jersey and Virginia’s gubernatorial elections last fall, Mitch McConnell showed up at a board meeting of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with another race on his mind. He announced that the day’s most consequential contest had been neither Chris Christie’s victory nor Ken Cuccinelli’s defeat. Instead, the Senate minority leader explained, it had been a GOP primary in South Alabama. The Chamber had shelled out about $200,000 in the sleepy district on the Mississippi border to rescue a mainstream candidate who was struggling to fend off a...
  • Scarborough Outright Dismisses Rand Paul 2016: He’s ‘His Father’s Son’

    07/14/2014 7:09:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 14, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    On Monday, Morning Joe played a game of “Fact or Fiction” and Joe Scarborough had a lot to say when they arrived at this prediction: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will win the 2016 GOP nomination. “Fiction, fiction, fiction,” Scarborough declared. Scarborough admitted that if Paul runs he will probably do well in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, but beyond that, “he will be his father’s son.” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell said he “would have agreed” with Scarborough assessment, but does not know who on the Republican side has what it takes to beat Paul. “I have to continue to look...
  • Mitch McConnell: It’s Clear Thad Cochran Won Mississippi Runoff

    07/09/2014 1:19:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Roll Call's At The Races blog ^ | July 8, 2014 | Humberto Sanchez
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky dismissed allegations from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of impropriety in the Mississippi Republican primary — but noted it’s an issue for state officials to decide. “I assume the people in Mississippi will look at what ever complaints are filed,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday when asked to comment on Cruz’s call for an investigation in to voter fraud. “That is what typically happens in a post election situation if there are complaints filed they are dealt with at the state level.” “I think it’s pretty clear who won. Sen. [Thad Cochran, R-Miss.,] ran a...
  • Ron Paul: Police manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect scarier than attack

    04/29/2013 5:09:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Former Rep. Ron Paul said the law enforcement that swarmed around Boston in the days following the marathon bombings was scarier than the actual terrorist attack. “The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city,” he said on the Lew Rockwell website, Politico reported. “This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.” The terror attacks on April 15 in Boston killed three and injured 264. Mr. Paul, a former libertarian political candidate who served in Congress as...
  • Rand Paul Teams Up with Lamar Alexander for Healthcare Roundtable

    06/27/2014 5:27:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 27, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has yet to endorse a candidate in the Tennessee primary, but incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander has already recruited him for an event in his state. The two senators will host a healthcare roundtable discussion in Nashville on June 30 with Tennessee healthcare executives and professionals to discuss the effects of Obamacare. Although the discussion is closed to the press, the two senators will hold media availability after the event. As he faces primary challenger Joe Carr in the fall, Alexander has touted his work with Sen. Paul in campaign ads – particularly on the Freedom to...
  • Rand Paul Defends Obama Against Dick Cheney

    06/21/2014 8:58:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Newsweek ^ | June 20, 2014 | Pema Levy
    Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, has waded into the ongoing blame game over who is responsible for the unfolding crisis in Iraq. A constant critic of President Barack Obama, this time the Republican presidential hopeful sided with the president and criticized the George W. Bush administration. Paul’s intervention follows an op-ed written by Paul for the Wall Street Journal in which he criticizes President George W. Bush’s decision to go to war to oust the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. “Much of the rationale for going to war did not measure up” to the “Weinberger Doctrine” by which President Ronald Reagan decided...
  • The new campaign contribution: I’ll get my employees to vote for you

    05/20/2014 4:22:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | May 20, 2014 | Philip Bump
    Some businesses in states with pitched Republican primary fights are turning to a relatively new tool to help ensure the outcome they want: telling employees how they want them to vote. Thanks in part to Citizens United, it's perfectly legal — but it probably doesn't do much good. Bloomberg Businessweek describes the concerted effort by business groups to get their member corporations ready to weigh in on the election — an election, we'll remind you, that has largely been framed as business-versus-Tea Party. The National Association of Manufacturers spent a week in Kentucky, briefing "as many as 10 businesses a...
  • Rand Paul: We’re All Racists Now

    05/14/2014 6:20:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 12, 2014 | Steve Deace
    Somebody save Rand Paul from himself. At a time when champions for liberty are in short supply, someone has apparently convinced the original “wacko bird” that the road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue isn’t “stand with Rand,” but “where does Rand stand?” Because, you know, it worked so well for President Romney or something. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Ambitious Republican wants desperately to be president, so he begins what amounts to a nationwide pandering tour. To show he’s not like all those other “spiteful conservatives” that inhabit his party, he pre-emptively apologizes for what his base believes,...
  • Ted Cruz and Rand Paul: Opposite directions

    04/20/2014 3:29:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | April 20, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    In 2013, freshmen senators Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) seemed like two peas in a pod. Both railed at the NSA, backed the government shutdown, opposed intervention in Syria and championed the tea party faithful. But 2014 has been a different story. Cruz has become a serious, vocal proponent of a tough foreign policy and harsh critic of President Obama’s approach to Iran and Russia. He gave serious speeches on the importance of standing up to Vladimir Putin and on the folly of expecting Iran to give away its nuclear weapons program without stringent sanctions and/or the threat...
  • U.S. Sen. Rand Paul visits Edmonton (Wouldn't answer publicly why he supports McConnell)

    04/17/2014 1:39:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Glasgow Daily Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Gina Kinslow
    EDMONTON — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul made a visit to Edmonton on Wednesday afternoon for a community forum during which he spoke mostly about health care and the economy and how he proposes to fix problems with each. The stop was one of several he made across the state during the week. After addressing about 30 people who turned out to hear him, the senator opened the floor for questions. One constituent asked him why he came out in support of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville. Paul declined to answer the question publicly, saying he would speak with her in private...
  • Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee face off at New Hampshire Freedom Summit

    04/13/2014 7:36:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 12, 2014 | Benjy Sarlin
    MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Republican presidential primary is up and running in New Hampshire, where conservative prospects lined up in Manchester Saturday for the first cattle call of the 2016 cycle. Speakers at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, which was sponsored by Citizens United and Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity, included Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, all of whom would be top tier presidential contenders should they run. Donald Trump also spoke. Huckabee seemed especially determined to show he could compete for conservative votes against politicians like Paul and Cruz, who have each...
  • Paul defends Bush on immgration but says US 'can't invite the whole world'

    04/13/2014 7:11:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love." In an interview that aired Sunday, Paul said that those immigrants "are not bad people" but added the United States "can't invite the whole world" inside its borders....
  • 2009 Rand Paul Speech: Cheney Manipulated US Into Iraq War for Profit

    04/08/2014 9:46:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 7, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Sen. Rand Paul claimed in 2009 that former Vice President Dick Cheney exploited the 9/11 attacks in order to lead the United States into war in Iraq to benefit military contractor Halliburton, where Cheney had been CEO before heading to Washington, a video unveiled by blog Mother Jones' writer David Corn shows. In the video unearthed of a speech given at Western Kentucky University, Paul argues that Cheney opposed the first Bush administration's plans but changed his mind over Halliburton, Corn reports. "He's being interviewed (in 1995), I think, by the American Enterprise Institute, and he says it would be...
  • Cantor rival Mike Dickinson compares Tea Party to al Qaeda, Palin to bin Laden

    04/02/2014 4:53:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 2, 2014 | Joe Newby
    On Tuesday, Mike Dickinson, the Virginia Democrat seeking the House seat currently held by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., compared the Tea Party to the terror group al-Qaeda on Twitter and claimed that Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are the U.S. equivalent of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks. Ultimately, Dickinson called the Tea Party and Sarah Palin "pure unamerican (sic) trash." "The tea party is Americas version of Al-Qaeda. Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin/Rand Paul all on same level as Bin laden (sic)," he claimed. "Tea party and Al-Qaeda: both resort to...
  • Hawkish GOP donors to Time mag: We’ll stop Rand Paul in the primaries

    03/31/2014 2:14:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 31, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Nothing surprising here but the quotes are oh so tasty. Including one that comes, secondhand, from Paul himself. Is that what the last month of Russia-bashing and Tomahawk-praising was all about? Is Rand … “evolving” on foreign policy? The [Republican Jewish Coalition] conference brings together some of the biggest names — and wallets — in Republican politics, most notably billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. At a private dinner for VIP donors in an Adelson-owned aircraft hangar holding one of his pair of Boeing 747s, Bush was asked about the growing isolationist wing of the Republican Party and replied there was...
  • Ted Cruz vs. Rand Paul: A GOP road to nowhere

    03/18/2014 1:37:04 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | March 17, 2014 | Julian Zelizer
    Editor's note: Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of "Jimmy Carter" and "Governing America." (CNN) -- ...The weaknesses of both men—Cruz in terms of his style and Paul in terms of his rhetoric—point out how desperate the GOP is to find someone who can build a broad coalition, something that is essential for a presidential victory, particularly when Republicans will likely be facing a formidable candidate. The problems of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been a huge blow to the party, and there are not many alternatives at...
  • Ron, Rand, and the Mises Institute

    03/13/2014 11:07:21 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    New York Young Republican Club ^ | August 21, 2013 | New York Young Republican Club
    The “Ron Paul Revolution,” as it is sometimes called, is a self-described Libertarian movement that preaches individual liberty, limited government, and – above all else – personal freedoms. Such freedoms include, apparently, racial segregation at private institutions (they call this property rights) and recreational narcotics usage. Ron Paul is proud of his friendship with the late Murray Rothbard, an economist of the “Austrian” school (which dates back to Carl Menger, and was developed fully by Ludwig von Mises, both Austrian). Paul and Rothbard shared an affinity for sound money (i.e., gold) and a disdain for the Federal Reserve System, which...
  • Mother Russia, Alaska, and the Ron Paul Revolution

    03/11/2014 7:19:32 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 17 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | March 11, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    In a Breitbart column insisting that Ronald Reagan was not as assertive as commonly believed on military and foreign policy issues, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) mentions, in passing, “I met Ronald Reagan as a teenager when my father was a Reagan delegate in 1976.” . But his father, Ron Paul, is hardly a Reaganite today. Indeed, he is now claiming that Crimea has a right to leave Ukraine and join Russia, and that U.S. sanctions against the Russian regime are “criminal.” “That’s just people looking to start a war,” Paul said. “This is criminal, it’s stealing and will just aggravate...
  • A super-early look at the 2016 N.H. GOP presidential primary

    02/27/2014 3:12:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Concord Monitor ^ | February 26, 2014
    Who’s likely to do well in New Hampshire’s 2016 first-in-the-nation presidential primary? It’s a preposterous question, here in 2014, but what the heck? We asked six experts to weigh in on some of the biggest political players. Our analysts are Wayne Lesperance, political science professor at New England College; Phil Boynton, president of the University of New Hampshire College Republicans; Peter Burling, Democratic national committeeman; Dante Scala, professor of political science at UNH; Jess Steever, vice president of the Plymouth State University Democrats; and Brandon Lemay, public relations officer for the PSU Democrats. Today, our panelists consider the Republicans. Tomorrow,...
  • GOP must target Rustbelt to win presidency: Column

    02/16/2014 12:05:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    USA Today | February 15, 2014 | Brett M. Decker
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/02/15/president-election-2016-hillary-clinton-column/5340999/
  • Peter King Says He May Run for President to Save the GOP from Cruz and Paul

    12/31/2013 2:57:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | December 24, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Former Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said he’s still pondering a run for the White House because he doesn’t want Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) define the GOP. King, who’s made five trips up to early primary state New Hampshire and admitted in July that he’s toying with the idea of a presidential campaign, told MSNBC he hasn’t made up his mind yet and his decision should come “sometime next year, either next year or the beginning of 2015.” “Again, I’ve been up there five times. I am looking at it. People are talking...
  • Mitch McConnell: 'I'm a Big Fan of Tea Party'

    12/11/2013 12:09:27 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 32 replies
    Breibart - Big Government ^ | 12-10-2013 | Mike Flynn
    Appearing on FoxNews' "Your World with Neil Cavuto" Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reiterated his support of the Tea Party movement. “Let me make it clear," McConnell told Cavuto. "I'm a big fan of the tea party movement. I think it's been extremely important in helping us regain the House and do well in the Senate in 2010." McConnell had sparked controversy at the end of the November when he seemed to suggest on a conference call with donors that the Tea Party were "bullies" that he planned to "punch...in the nose." "There is one particular organization that I...
  • Rubio Defies Tea Party, Endorses Mitch McConnell For Reelection

    10/20/2013 11:09:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Outside the Beltway ^ | October 20, 2013 | Doug Mataconis
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio has endorsed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over his Tea Party primary challenger: Washington (CNN) - One-time tea party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, said Sunday he supports Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s bid for re-election in 2014. McConnell is facing a primary challenge in his home state of Kentucky from businessman Matt Bevin, who was endorsed by the influential Senate Conservatives Fund on Friday. “Matt Bevin is a true conservative who will fight to stop the massive spending, bailouts, and debt that are destroying our country. He is not afraid to stand up to the...
  • Chris Christie, my favorite Republican. . . for now (Should one write if they can't spell?)

    11/09/2013 5:52:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Examiner ^ | November 9, 2013 | Russell Allyn, LA Progressive Examiner
    It is no wonder that with Christie’s 22.5 point reelection victory in the New Jersey governor’s race on Tuesday the national press has christened him a star. Other than Christie, there is not one political adult being mentioned as a serious candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. Rand Paul values property rights over civil rights, which should be reversed. Ted Cruz wants to close the federal government and seal the boarder from immigrants, which is odd for a Canadian. And Rick Santorum. Enough said. Truth be told, the GOP has not fielded many attractive candidates of late. ---snip--- Here...
  • McConnell smacks down tea party groups: They mislead for profit

    11/09/2013 12:51:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    MSNBC's Morning Joe ^ | November 8, 2013 | Jane C. Timm
    Sen. Mitch McConnell is done playing nice. McConnell smacked down the tea party in an interview with Wall Street Journal opinion writer Peggy Noonan published Thursday evening. The Tea Party is made up of people who are “angry and upset at government,” the Senate minority leader said, but they’ve been mislead by their leaders. “They’ve been told the reason we can’t get to better outcomes than we’ve gotten is not because the Democrats control the Senate and the White House but because Republicans have been insufficiently feisty. Well, that’s just not true, and I think that the folks that I...
  • GOP’s McConnell promises no more shutdowns over ObamaCare

    10/17/2013 9:31:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 17, 2013 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says he will not allow another government shutdown as part of a strategy to repeal ObamaCare. McConnell (Ky.) told The Hill in an interview Thursday afternoon that his party learned a painful political lesson over the past 16 days, as its approval rating dropped while the government was shuttered. He said there’s no reason to go through the political wringer again in January, when the stopgap measure Congress passed late Wednesday is set to expire. “One of my favorite old Kentucky sayings is there’s no education in the second kick of a mule. The first...
  • Peter King: It’s Ted Cruz and Rand Paul who are the real RINOs

    10/12/2013 1:13:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 11, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Via RCP. Wait, wait, wait — before you start shaking your first at him, isn’t his point here oddly simpatico with what tea partiers say every day about Beltway squishes like King himself? It all depends on what benchmark you use to define “Republican.” The Republican establishment of the past 10 years has been fiercely interventionist, willing to bend on civil liberties in the name of fighting terrorism, and happy to back new entitlement programs like Medicare Part D so long as their guy’s in the White House. Rand Paul, by contrast, tilts towards isolationism, wants to sue the NSA...
  • Ron Paul Photographed With White Supremacists Don and Derek Black

    12/30/2011 1:13:33 PM PST · by Billlknowles · 13 replies
    WeArePolitics.com ^ | 12-30-2011 | Bill Knowles
    Fresh off of his endorsement from former KKK Grand Wizard and former Congressman from Louisiana David Duke, we find this photo of Congressman Ron Paul with former Klansman, former Nazi and current radio show host and moderator of Stormfront.org Don Black. Pictured next to Black in the cool hat appears to be his radio sidekick and son Derek. (Here's an interesting note....Derek's mother is David Duke's ex-wife. Que the banjos.)
  • ABC Tries to Con America Into Believing that Sarah Palin Will Run for President

    08/18/2013 3:47:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | August 18, 2013 | Jason Easley
    The mainstream media refuses to give it up. ABC News is trying to fool people into believing that Sarah Palin will be a presidential candidate. Check out this graphic and see it for yourself. Before RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was interviewed on This Week, ABC aired a pre-recorded video package with the announcer saying at the end, “There’s no shortage of prospective Republican candidates, and that makes it even more challenging for the party to resolve its ideological divide.” So let’s take a look at who ABC News thinks is a potential Republican presidential candidate: Ted Cruz? Check. Donald Trump?...
  • Obama's moment — a deal with Iran!

    08/12/2013 4:09:17 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 8 replies
    Journal-Advocate ^ | 7/31/2013 | Pat Buchanan
    In his second term, Richard Nixon had Watergate, but also the rescue of Israel in the Yom Kippur War. In his second term, Ronald Reagan had Iran-Contra, but also a treaty eliminating U.S. and Soviet missiles in Europe, his "tear-down-this-wall" moment in Berlin and his lead role in ending the Cold War. In his second term, Bill Clinton had Monica, but also came close to a peace treaty between Ehud Barak and Yasser Arafat. Obama's second-term scandals — IRS, Benghazi, wiretapping The Associated Press and Fox — are in the low-kiloton range compared to the resignation of Nixon or the...
  • Rasmussen poll of Republican voters: Christie 21, Rubio 18, Jeb Bush 16

    08/11/2013 7:50:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 7, 2013 | Allahpundit
    One word, my friends: RINOgeddon. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that Christie earns 21% support when Republican voters are asked whom they would vote for if the party’s primary in their state were held today. Florida Senator Marco Rubio runs a close second with 18% of the GOP vote, followed by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at 16% and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul with 15% of the vote. Congressman Paul Ryan, the unsuccessful Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012, picks up 13% of the Republican vote, with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker dead last at six percent (6%)....
  • Chris Matthews: Take my word for it — Rand Paul will be the GOP nominee in 2016

    08/08/2013 2:23:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 8, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Money line: “This is what I do for a living.” Didn’t he predict a Bush/Clinton race in 2016 just nine months ago? If he believes what he says here about the parties swinging like “pendulums” from moderate nominees to ideologues and then back again, why would he have named Jeb as a strong contender last November? In fact, the roots of the counterargument are in Matthews’s own shpiel here: Most of the time, they head to the center. This is what Republicans did most successfully in 1952 – when, after twenty years of Roosevelt and Harry Truman – they wanted...
  • Poll: 2 percent in Alaska support Zimmerman for president (Supposedly, HRC beats SP!)

    08/02/2013 8:22:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    United Press International ^ | August 2, 2013 | Kristen Butler
    In a recent poll of Alaska voters, George Zimmerman -- who was recently acquitted in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin -- got a surprising 2 percent support as a hypothetical Republican presidential candidate. The newest Alaska survey from Public Policy Polling shows Hillary Clinton's only chance of winning the state in 2016 would be in a matchup against Republican Sarah Palin, where Clinton would lead 49/40 percent. Clinton trails all other Republican candidates in the survey. Out in front, Chris Christie leads her by 8 points at 46/38, Jeb Bush leads at 49/42, Rand Paul is up...
  • Chris Christie slams libertarians over national security

    07/26/2013 10:10:38 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 52 replies
    970 WFLA ^ | 7/26/13 | Jason Howerton
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday took a big swing at libertarian-leaning lawmakers in both parties, calling the ideology, when applied to national security, “a very dangerous thought.” His comments come just one day after the House narrowly rejected a sweeping amendment to defund the National Security Agency’s surveillance program. Addressing the bipartisan coalition that joined together to nearly push the so-called Amash amendment through, Christie told lawmakers who harbor libertarian views on the issue to explain their position to the victims of 9/11, the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake reports. He also included Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in...
  • Chris Christie And Rand Paul Are Blasting Each Other Over 'Very Dangerous' Foreign Policies

    07/26/2013 11:50:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 26, 2013 | Brett LoGiurato
    In a preview of the debate to come within the Republican Party ahead of the 2016 presidential election, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie denounced Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and other libertarians as having "dangerous" views on foreign policy. At a Republican governors forum in Aspen, Colo., Christie railed against opposition to the National Security Agency surveillance programs. On Wednesday, the House narrowly voted to defeat an amendment that would have curtailed the NSA's ability to collect data on telephone calls. Lumping Paul in with those House members, Christie suggested that Paul and other libertarians should explain their positions to widows...
  • Rand Paul Takes Shot at Neoconservatives (Video)

    07/25/2013 5:32:38 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 44 replies
    CBN ^ | July 24, 2013 | David Brody
    In a veiled shot at influential neoconservatives within the Republican Party, Sen. Rand Paul tells The Brody File the following: “There are people who will do or say anything who are your enemies,” Paul said. “Those who believe in perpetual war are some of the most dangerous to our country, and I think they will do everything they can to try and vilify people who are trying to find a more reasoned approach where war is the last resort not the first resort.” While he didn’t mention any names, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Paul...
  • Aide’s resignation heightens Sen. Rand Paul’s war with neocons

    07/22/2013 5:44:27 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 22, 2013 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    DES MOINES, Iowa — Some Republicans are accusing the party’s neoconservative hawks of playing dirty pool in an attempt to smear Sen. Rand Paul as a bigot for having an aide who once expressed admiration for Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. The aide, Jack Hunter, who quit on Monday, was eased out by Mr. Paul after a neoconservative publication revealed that, as a radio “shock jock” some years ago, Mr. Hunter advocated that the Southern states secede once again from the union. Saying he had become more libertarian and broad-minded since his days as the “Southern Avenger,” Mr. Hunter revealed...
  • Cheney vs. Paul-Liz Cheney’s bid for the Senate is widening the GOP’s foreign policy rifts.

    07/19/2013 11:54:01 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 10 replies
    Slate ^ | July 17, 2013 | David Weigel
    Near the end of March 2010, as Republicans outside Kentucky realized that Rand Paul might actually become a senator, Paul’s opponent received an unexpected and important-looking endorsement. “I’m a lifelong conservative, and I can tell the real thing when I see it,” announced Dick Cheney. “I have looked at the records of both candidates in the race, and it is clear to me that Trey Grayson is right on the issues that matter—both on fiscal responsibility and on national security.” Paul’s campaign was half-unsurprised, half-amused. They’d seen this coming a week before, when former Cheney policy adviser Cesar Conda emailed...
  • Gun Control Advocates in Hysterics over Fading Chances of Legislation

    05/04/2013 8:38:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 4, 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    Gun control advocates are in hysterics, using frenzied, emotional attacks against Senators who opposed gun control last month in hopes of changing the momentum. This explains why Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) has been targeted in New Hampshire, and it's why Gabby Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly have been targeting Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in Kentucky. Staunch gun control supporters saw Sandy Hook Elementary as their opportunity to secure more gun laws, but now they see that opportunity fading away....
  • Progress Kentucky official resigns (Senator McConnell situation)

    04/11/2013 9:30:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 11, 2013 | Kevin Robillard
    Pressure is growing Thursday afternoon on a liberal super PAC in Kentucky accused of surreptitiously recording a strategy session held by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Jacob Conway, the Jefferson County Democratic Party’s executive committee member who originally accused Progress Kentucky of making the recording, told NBC News he was on his way to talk to the FBI about the allegations. And the group’s treasurer confirmed he had quit his position after the audio was published. “At this time based on advice of both friends and counsel, I will be not be making a public statement available until everything has...
  • Report: Liberal group Progress Kentucky behind McConnell taping Update: Corn “Can’t say much now.”

    04/11/2013 3:41:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 11, 2013 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Which is, well, kinda what Sen. Mitch McConnell said yesterday. These are the same guys who sent out racist tweets about McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, and her Chinese heritage. Local news in Kentucky is reporting, via a Democratic official, that Progress Kentucky is behind the secret tapes published by Mother Jones this week, which revealed McConnell operatives in the act of…running a campaign. The story immediately went viral in political circles, not so much for the videos’ content as for McConnell’s pushback. The Republican senator quickly went on offense, decrying the left’s “Nixonian-style” tactics, and turning the non-story of the...
  • Rand Paul tells majority black Howard Univ. that it was Dems, not GOP behind 'racism and Jim Crow'

    04/11/2013 2:09:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | April 10. 2013 | David Martosko
    'We'll have to see what the Howard students thought,' Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul shouted from an elevator Wednesday afternoon, answering MailOnline's question about whether his foray into winning the hearts and minds of black youths was successful. Paul, a Republican darling who is already laying the groundwork for a 2016 presidential run with a coming appearance in New Hampshire, had just wrapped up a two-hour appearance at the Howard University School of Business. Howard is among the U.S. colleges classified as 'historically black,' and the audience of approximately 300 included few white faces apart from those belonging to reporters. (VIDEO...
  • Mitch McConnell Joins Filibuster Against Gun Control

    04/08/2013 7:26:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 8, 2013 | AWR Hawkins
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says he will join GOP Senators to filibuster a bill expanding gun control regulations if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) brings it up for a vote this week. This puts McConnell shoulder-to-shoulder with Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), and eight other Senators who have said they will block a push for gun control in the Senate. Currently, Reid's gun control package focuses on instituting universal background checks and new laws against gun trafficking. Reid has made it clear he will allow also...
  • Zaleski: How about a Palin and Paul ticket? (He thinks he's being funny)

    03/24/2013 11:04:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Fargo-Moorhead Forum ^ | March 23, 2013 | Jack Zaleski
    The best thing that could happen to Democrats in the run-up to the 2016 election campaign is a Republican slate of Sarah Palin for president and Rand Paul for her running mate. It’s a dream ticket for Democrats, a nightmare for Republicans. As the Republican Party attempts to put Humpty Dumpty back together again after the presidential fiascos of 2008 and 2012, the challenge that rises above all others is defining, or redefining, the party. It’s not going well. Party disarray was in full flower recently at the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, where Palin and Paul...
  • Rand Paul: I’m pro-life, but exceptions should be handled case by case

    03/20/2013 6:39:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 20, 2013 | Allahpundit
    So confused am I by what he’s saying in the clip below that I’m not sure I’ve summed up his position correctly in the headline. The Blaze, wisely, didn’t even try. Their own post on this is simply titled, “CNN Asked Rand Paul About Abortion Exceptions: This Is How He Answered.” Here’s what we know: Not only is Paul pro-life, he just introduced the Life At Conception Act in the Senate, which would overturn Roe via a federal statute aimed at protecting due process for a fetus per Congress’s power under Section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment. So far, so...
  • Top labor union stands with Rand Paul on immigration (SEIU)

    03/20/2013 5:30:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 20, 2013 | Sean Higgins
    The Service Employees International Union applauded Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul for announcing that he supports an immigration bill that would include a pathway to legalization for existing illegal immigrants. In the statement emailed to reporters (it doesn’t appear to be online) SEIU Secretary-Treasurer Eliseo Medina said: The diversity behind the voices in support of commonsense immigration reform continues to grow, strengthening the call for a solution this year. The GOP should heed Sen. Rand Paul’s words today and truly join the consensus that wants Congress to pass a bill that will create a just roadmap to citizenship, boost our...
  • My Bad, Rand Paul Is A Hero For Democracy (Major Heave Warning!)

    03/09/2013 1:58:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 9, 2013 | Tommy Christopher
    They say every dog has its day, but Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has had at least a whole week. Political figures and media types from left, right, and center have all hopped aboard the Rand Paul Drone-i-buster Express, praising his 13-hour ode to Reynolds Wrap as everything from Constitutional Heroism to an Important Moment For Democracy From A Flawed Messenger. There have been a few liberal dissenters like Lawrence O’Donnell, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham, and myself, but for the most part, the reaction has been universal (if heavily qualified) praise. I’m sorry, Lawrence, but I’ve changed my mind:...
  • McCain Says He, Not Rand Paul, Represents ‘Party Of Ronald Reagan’ (VIDEO)

    03/09/2013 12:00:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | March 8, 2013 | Tom Kludt
    At a time when there appears to be a burgeoning rift in Republican ranks over the government's use of drones, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Friday argued that he, not Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), represents former President Ronald Reagan's true legacy in the party. In a tense interview on Fox News, anchor Shepard Smith brought up the emerging schism between hawks such as McCain and non-interventionists like Paul.McCain and his longtime ally Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) each blasted Paul earlier this week for the Kentucky libertarian's epic 13-hour filibuster over the nomination of John Brennan to lead the CIA. Smith...