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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Harry Reid wants Warren in Senate leadership

    11/12/2014 7:02:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | November 12, 2014 | Manu Raju and John Bresnahan
    Senate Democrats want to enlist a progressive firebrand as a member of their leadership: Elizabeth Warren. The incoming Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, is engaged in private talks with the Massachusetts freshman to create a special leadership post for the former Harvard professor, according to several people familiar with the matter. It’s unclear exactly what the new job would entail — but luring the populist liberal into leadership could inject fresh blood into a team reeling from significant midterm election losses. Adding Warren, Democrats say, would bring in a nationally known name who could help sharpen the Democratic message as...
  • Pat Buchanan: Romney Is Going To Run In 2016 ("Only cure for presidential fever is embalming fluid")

    09/07/2014 2:50:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | September 6, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Pat Buchanan predicted Mitt Romney will run for president on this weekend's broadcast of The McLaughlin Group. "There is no doubt Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Mitt Romney are in the establishment category or bracket that are headed for the finals," Buchanan said. "I think Mitt would come out first but I really don't see Bush as really having the drive or inner drive. And I think, then you get Mitt Romney against someone like a Cruz, or someone like that, and I think that would be the finals. And I think that Mitt has got it in his heart...
  • At least one serious Democrat a ‘maybe’ on challenging Hillary in 2016

    09/04/2014 2:29:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 4, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    As of now, a handful of Democrats have flirted with (or outright embraced) mounting a challenge to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ahead of her expected second run at the White House. Those candidates have, however, largely been relative unknowns or too exotic to be considered a genuine threat to her inevitability. Self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is seriously contemplating a 2016 bid, but few believe that he can mount a legitimate challenge to Clinton. Former Democratic Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is also contemplating a run at the White House, but he retired from the Senate after only...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

    08/21/2014 8:49:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 20, 2014 | Bob Cusack, Vivian Hughbanks and Tomas Navia
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There are 65 prominent people who might run for president in 2016. The Democratic and Republican fields contrast sharply. Hillary Clinton is the clear front-runner, while there is no front-runner on the Republican side. Twenty-three Democrats have been mentioned as a candidate or are eyeing a bid, according to an analysis by The Hill. The GOP side has 42. Most of the people on this list won’t run, and some have adamantly claimed that they’re not interested. But many politicians have changed their minds on seeking the White House. Before mounting his 2008 bid, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) said he...
  • The Democrats’ Goldwater: Elizabeth Warren leads the party’s leftward march

    08/09/2014 5:04:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The August 18, 2014 Issue | Fred Barnes, executive editor
    Republicans had Barry Goldwater. Democrats now have Elizabeth Warren. What do they have in common? Years back, he pointed the way for his party, and now sheÂ’s doing the same thing for hers. Goldwater was already a force in Republican politics when his Conscience of a Conservative was published in 1960. He pushed the party toward a conservative future. Warren is riding a liberal surge among Democrats and prodding them in an even more liberal direction. We know where Republicans wound up. TheyÂ’re the conservative party, all the more so as a result of Tea Party activism. We donÂ’t know...
  • Valerie Jarrett in secret meetings with Elizabeth Warren, author Ed Klein says

    08/08/2014 5:21:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 8, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    New York Times best-selling author and long-time journalist Ed Klein said that Valerie Jarrett has been engaging in secret meetings with Sen. Elizabeth Warren in recent months, giving rise to speculations that the Massachusetts political newcomer is actually the administration’s choice to head the White House in 2016. “President Obama has authorized Valerie Jarrett, his most important political adviser, to hold secret meetings with Elizabeth Warren to encourage her to challenge Hillary Clinton because the Obamas do not want to see the Clintons succeed them in the White House,” Mr. Klein said during a broadcast interview on “America’s Forum” on...
  • The coming progressive schism (Elizabeth Warren, netroots, Hobby Lobby, Hillary and 2016)

    07/19/2014 5:12:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 19, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    There’s big trouble in little Progressivetown, folks. That’s trouble with a capital T, which rhymes with We, as in We (meaning Daily KOS) won’t be going to Netroots Nation next year because it’s being held in Arizona. Netroots Nation announced two days ago that Phoenix, Arizona would host its 2015 conference. I wish the conference the best, but it will unfortunately take place without Daily Kos’ attendance or assistance. I made very clear in the wake of Arizona’s passage of SB 1070 that I would not be setting foot in the state, nor spending a dime in it until the...
  • 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...
  • Why the "Mitt Romney for President" Talk Won't Die

    07/17/2014 11:56:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The National Interest ^ | July 17, 2014 | W. James Antle III
    Will Mitt Romney run again for president? The question seems absurd. Aside from a single commanding debate performance against President Barack Obama, he was not a very good candidate in 2012. After failing in his first attempt at gaining the Republican nomination four years earlier, Romney struggled across the finish line against weak, underfunded primary opponents whose best days were mostly behind them. He then promptly lost to Obama in November. In fact, Romney has only won one general election in twenty years of running for office. He will be fourteen years removed from that lone victory in November 2016....
  • Is Sen. Elizabeth Warren a Mere Hack or an Out-and-Out Sociopath?

    07/17/2014 3:23:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | July 16, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren now says that last year’s government shutdown was about birth control. Warren did not make the remark in an off-the-cuff setting. She made it in a prepared speech. Warren said it on the floor of the Senate while supporting a bill that she knows has absolutely zero chance of becoming law. “Remember last year’s government shutdown that nearly tanked our economy?” Warren asked. “That fight started with a GOP effort to hold the whole operation of the federal government hostage in order to try to force Democrats and the president to let employers deny workers access to...
  • Giorgio: Impeachment, Immigrants and Sarah Palin (Hurl-licious)

    07/16/2014 4:39:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    GoLocalWorcester ^ | July 16, 2014 | Paul Giorgio, GoLocalWorcester MINDSETTER™
    We have an immigration problem along our southern border, mostly with the Texas portion. The border is leaking like a sieve, with hundreds of children fleeing Central America and the drug induced bloodshed that has moved recently from Mexico down to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. A child has a higher chance of being killed in Central America than they do in Chicago’s South Side. Who are buying the drugs that are causing all the violence in Central America? Americans are. So if we want to stop the influx of children from Central America we need to do something about...
  • Jason Chaffetz: Mitt Romney will run —and win

    07/07/2014 8:04:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 7, 2014 | Nick Gass
    At least one House Republican thinks Mitt Romney will make another run for the White House in 2016 — and this time, he says the 2012 runner-up will emerge victorious. “I think he actually is gonna run for president. He probably doesn’t want me to say that,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Monday. Chaffetz also backed the former Massachusetts governor early in the GOP nomination process for 2012. “A hundred times he says he’s not, but Mitt Romney has always accomplished what he’s set out to do. I think he’s proven right on...
  • Will: Hillary Clinton has lead, but Dems eye new kid Liz Warren

    11/17/2013 12:47:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | November 17, 2013 | George F. Will
    The New Republic magazine was, appropriately, the stimulant that last week gave the Democratic base a frisson of anticipation about a possible Elizabeth Warren presidential candidacy in 2016. Now in her 11th month as a Massachusetts senator, she is suited to carry the progressive torch that was fueled 99 years ago this month by The New Republic’s founding. Its first editor was Herbert Croly, whose 1909 book “The Promise of American Life” — Theodore Roosevelt read it, rapturously, during his post-presidential travels — is progressivism’s primer: “The average American individual is morally and intellectually inadequate to a serious and consistent...
  • 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...
  • Poll: Romney the frontrunner in 2016?

    06/19/2014 3:36:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 425 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | June 19, 2014 | Paul Steinhauser, political editor
    He's said over and over that he won't run for the White House a third time, but a new poll indicates that if Mitt Romney changed his mind and made another bid for president, he'd be the frontrunner among Republicans in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire. According to the Suffolk University/Boston Herald survey, which was released Thursday, 24% of Granite State Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say that Romney would be their first choice for their party's presidential nomination. Among the potential 2016 GOP contenders, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was a distant second, at...
  • Oh my: Elizabeth Warren no longer dismissing questions about running for president

    06/02/2014 4:38:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 2, 2014 | Allahpundit
    She’s said many times that she has no intention of running, going so far as to co-sign a letter beseeching Her Majesty, Queen Hillary, to take her rightful place upon the throne in 2016. But would-be candidates say lots of things early in the cycle. Remember when Obama said, a few months after being elected to the Senate, that he wouldn’t run for president in 2008 because he was a big believer in knowing what you’re doing when you apply for a job? Two years later, he decided he knew what he was doing after all. And that’s how we...
  • Bill Maher pitches Clinton-Warren 2016 ("Granny ticket" -wants carbon tax for AGW)

    05/16/2014 1:01:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 15, 2014 | Jonathan Topaz
    Bill Maher said he would “love” to see Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) run as part of a 2016 presidential ticket with Hillary Clinton, calling the potential duo “a granny ticket.” Speaking on Ora.tv’s PoliticKING with Larry King, the liberal comic called Warren one of the “most gutsy” people in politics. When asked by King whom he thought would be able to lead the country to address climate change, Maher said: “I think someone like Elizabeth Warren, one of the most gutsy people I’ve seen in politics in a long time. She’s somebody, I think, who would really say what she...
  • Elizabeth Warren: Benghazi

    05/09/2014 7:38:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Elizabeth Warren for Senate ^ | May 9, 2014 | Sen. Elizabeth Warren, (D-MA)
    Earlier this week, Speaker John Boehner announced the formation of a new select committee to investigate Benghazi led by Rep. Trey Gowdy. All three of my brothers served in the military, and I know firsthand how much Americans serving abroad -- and their families -- sacrifice. What happened in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 was a tragedy. Four Americans died putting themselves in harm's way in service to peace, diplomacy, and their country. I look at what happened in Benghazi with sadness, with seriousness, and as yet another call to honor the men and women who keep us safe. So...
  • Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Running so Hillary Clinton Will Face No Dem Opposition in ’16

    01/15/2014 5:41:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | January 15, 2014 | Jason Easley
    With Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) joining Elizabeth Warren and other in deciding not to run in 2016, it looks like Hillary Clinton will have no serious challenger for the Democratic nomination in 2016. According to the LA Times, California Gov. Jerry Brown has ruled out another run for the Democratic nomination in 2016, “No, that’s not in the cards. Unfortunately.” With his impressive record as governor, Brown would have presenting a serious and interesting challenge to Hillary Clinton. However, it is looking more and more like Democrats have decided to clear the field for Hillary in 2016. Last month, Sen....
  • The Ghost of Mitt Romney Returns

    11/03/2013 2:44:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Atlantic Wire ^ | November 3, 2013 | Connor Simpson
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney returned to the Sunday shows almost exactly one year since he lost the election to Barack Obama, only to attack the President and call his second term into question. The former Republican politician wasted no time attacking the President over his rocky Obamacare roll out during his appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. "The president failed to learn the lessons that came from the experience in Massachusetts," Romney said, repeating that he thinks a state-by-state healthcare plan would work better. Romney then launched into a greater attack on the President's "you can keep your...
  • Ted Cruz will be president if Democrats listen to Elizabeth Warren, warns Republican

    10/25/2013 10:09:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Salon ^ | October 25, 2013 | Alex Pareene
    What’s that, Daily Beast? “How Ted Cruz Can Win in 2016″? Oh, you are still around, and still doing this sort of thing? That’s great. Let’s take the bait, I guess. Our dutiful “hot take” artist today is David Frum, the famous apostate Republican who has dedicated the last few years to building a new Republican Party that is more moderate, more rational and less dedicated to taking dead-ender stands on cultural issues. He is not, in other words, the sort of Republican Ted Cruz appeals to. Frum has devoted more words to Cruz’s savvy than to his worldview, but...
  • The MSM plan for the GOP & Tea Party: Divide and Conquer

    08/03/2013 11:32:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Da Tech Guy ^ | August 2, 2013 | Da Tech Guy
    Mickey: Stay down, Stay down Rocky 1974 John Rambo: Live for nothing or Die for Something Rambo 2008 I was watching Morning Joe today and as usual the entire table was united in asserting that Ted Cruz and the Tea Party caucus was wrong to consider fighting to de-fund Obamacare highlighting a piece by Krauthammer This is about tactics. If I thought this would work, I would support it. But I don’t fancy suicide. It has a tendency to be fatal. They stressed the wisdom of Krauthammer’s assertion that the GOP should not fight. It seemed an odd assertion since...
  • Who wins if Hillary doesn't run in 2016? Some Dems crossing fingers that Clinton sits this one out

    05/05/2013 12:52:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Week ^ | May 2, 2013 | Keith Wagstaff
    A new Quinnipiac poll comparing potential Democratic candidates for 2016 comes to a familiar conclusion: Hillary Clinton, if she decides to run, would absolutely dominate the competition. The poll has 65 percent of potential Democratic voters picking Hillary Clinton as their presidential nominee in 2016. That's in line with multiple recent polls — including from Gallup, PPP, and PublicMind — showing Clinton as the overwhelming favorite in a Democratic primary. What's interesting about the Quinnipiac poll is that it conducted a separate survey in which Clinton was removed from the race. Which Democrats come out on top if Clinton decides...
  • 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...
  • Battenfeld: Political ploy masked as gratitude? No thank you (Dem Chairwoman DWS, naturally)

    04/23/2013 9:19:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | April 23, 2013 | Joe Battenfeld
    You knew it would happen eventually, but so soon? It took only one week for a partisan group — in this case the Democratic Party — to turn the terror bombings in Boston into a crass political ploy. Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was behind this tasteless tactic, sending out an email and tweet asking people to sign a supposed “thank you note” to the first responders. That would be nice except for the fact that in order to “sign” the note, you have to give the Democratic party your email account and ZIP code. “We’ll collect every...
  • Gov. Tom Ridge: Pat Toomey had 'a lot of courage' on gun bill

    04/19/2013 12:40:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | April 18, 2013 | John L. Micek
    Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary and ex-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge believes the Obama White House can draw some useful lessons from Wednesday's defeat of a bill extending background checks on most firearms purchases. Ridge took a few minutes to chat Thursday about the lessons of Monday's Boston Marathon bombing, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey's rising national profile and where gun-control advocates go next after Wednesday's vote. Here's the transcript of the interview: Q: In the hours after the Boston Marathon attacks, there was a rush to judgment, both in the press and in social media, about the identity of the alleged...
  • After Boston, Congressman Urges Caution on Immigration Reform

    04/16/2013 12:10:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Review's The Corner ^ | April 16, 2013 | Robert Costa
    Representative Steve King of Iowa, a prominent House conservative, says Congress should be cautious about rushing immigration reform, especially after Monday’s bombing in Boston, where three people were killed. “Some of the speculation that has come out is that yes, it was a foreign national and, speculating here, that it was potentially a person on a student visa,” King says. “If that’s the case, then we need to take a look at the big picture.” On immigration, King says national security should be the focus now, and any talk about a path to legalization should be put on hold. “We...
  • NY Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof Points Finger At Senate GOP In Wake Of Explosions, Takes It Back

    04/15/2013 2:34:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 15, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    In the immediate aftermath of the multiple explosions that rocked the Copley Square area of Boston during this afternoon’s marathon, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof took to Twitter to say that the tragic events are a “reminder” of how Senate Republicans blocked the appointment of a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). “[E]xplosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment,” he tweeted with a link to a Washington Post article on the Senate GOP’s threats to put a hold on President Obama‘s nomination for a...
  • $22 minimum wage: Could it pass Congress? (+video)

    03/19/2013 10:58:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 19, 2013 | Peter Grier
    Should the minimum wage be $22 an hour? That’s what Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) of Massachusetts suggested at a recent hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Here’s her logic: If you took the minimum wage from 1960 and indexed it for workers’ gains in productivity, it would be $22 an hour today. And why shouldn’t employees reap the benefits of their own improved labor practices?, she asked at the hearing, rhetorically. Today, the actual minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. “What happened to the other $14.75? It sure didn’t go to the worker,” Senator Warren...
  • O’Donnell Eulogizes ‘Lobbyist’ Scott Brown’s Political Career With Elaborate Sarah Palin Analogy

    03/12/2013 12:19:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 11, 2013 | Matt Wilstein
    “This is Scott Brown’s full Palin.” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell used his “Rewrite” segment Monday night to pay tribute to Scott Brown‘s political career, which he deemed dead today after the former Massachusetts senator and one-time GOP presidential prospect announced that he would be taking a job with Boston law firm Nixon Peabody. O’Donnell reviewed Brown’s short span in the political spotlight, from his unexpected ascent to Ted Kennedy‘s old Senate seat to his recent loss to Sen. Elizabeth Warren after a hard-fought and very expensive campaign. Since the election, Brown has taken a job as a Fox News contributor and...
  • People in MA are excited about Romney victory

    10/31/2012 2:36:05 PM PDT · by indubz · 32 replies
    So I live south of Boston. I have a LOT of friends who are former liberals, who voted for O in 2008, alot of them are either not voting this cycle, or in some cases are ACTIVELY contributing to Romney's campaign, by either voting or going up to volunteer in NH!! NONE of them are supporting Obummer. Now if this isn't a clear indication, give that this is a clear blue state, I don't know what is, that we are about to witness a Romney landslide!
  • Women, including ex-Cabinet members, rally behind Romney and 'binder' project

    10/17/2012 5:09:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 17, 2012 | Nick Kalman
    Mitt Romney’s second-in-command when he was governor of Massachusetts and a coalition of women's groups rallied Wednesday behind the Republican presidential nominee in the face of a rapidly expanding Internet phenomenon poking fun at his "binders full of women." The supporters said Romney, indeed, asked for and received binders with name of potential female candidates for high-level posts -- backing up his claim in Tuesday night's debate that as governor he had reached out to women's groups because he was dissatisfied with the mostly male applicants for jobs in his administration. Romney's anecdote, in which he recalled receiving "binders full...
  • Religious intolerance an insult to all: Kerry

    09/21/2012 8:20:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Express Tribune ^ | September 21, 2012 | Our Correspondent
    WASHINGTON: US Senator John Kerry said on Thursday that religious intolerance is an insult to everybody and condemned senseless intolerance exhibited in the anti-Islam video following a meeting. Senator Kerry made the remarks following an hour-long meeting with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Ambassador Sherry Rehman on Capitol Hill. Other members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee also attended the meeting. “All of us in the US, all of us condemn this senseless intolerance exhibited by the video which very few Americans have seen. We feel it is without any legitimacy, any potential redeeming quality. It is an insult...
  • Kerry Dismisses Romney As “Out Of Touch” In DNC Speech

    09/07/2012 6:16:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John Kerry dismissed Republican Mitt Romney as “out of touch at home, out of his depth abroad and out of the mainstream” in a Democratic National convention speech that’s the Democrat’s audition of sorts for secretary of state if President Barack Obama is re-elected. The 2004 presidential nominee praised Obama for ending the war in Iraq, ordering the killing of Osama bin Laden, helping to end Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in Libya and standing with Israel. “Our opponents like to talk about ‘American Exceptionalism.’ But all they do is talk. They forget that we are exceptional not...
  • Anti-Obama Billboards The Talk Of Hanson (Massachusetts!!)

    08/30/2012 1:41:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    WBZ-TV ^ | August 30, 2012
    Free speech or offensive? Those are two viewpoints regarding three political billboards in Hanson that are getting the attention of everyone who drives by Sullivans Inc., a motorcycle accessories distributor off Route 27. One shows a little girl raising her middle finger next to the message: “Thanks Obama. You’ve spent my lunch money, my allowance, my inheritance, 35 years of future paychecks and my retirement. You Jerk. Vote Mitt Romney For 2012!” The finger is now covered in packing tape. Some people say the sign makes them uncomfortable. “It’s being offensive,” one man told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Thursday. ”I think...
  • Ron Paul and Tea Party supporters rally before Republican National Convention

    08/27/2012 4:01:52 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 63 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2012-08-27 | Patton@Bastogne
    . NBC News : Free Republic's Patton@Bastogne calls-out Myth Romney as a "Pathelogical Political Liar" at the Tampa 2012 GOP Convention ... Patton@Bastogne calls-out Myth Romney as a "Pathelogical Political Liar" in Tampa ...(click) Internet Link: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/nbcnews.com/48798495 .
  • Team Obama responds to special ops criticism via John Kerry (Seriously?!)

    08/17/2012 5:46:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 17, 2012 | Erika Johnsen
    Earlier this week, a group of former special forces and intelligence agents launched a media campaign criticizing President Obama for the White House’s poor handling of sensitive national-security information and for Team Obama persistently using the death of Osama bin Laden as a subject for bragging rights. The Obama campaign can’t have that — Obama almost certainly plans to bring up his daring OBL raid during any foreign policy discussions we have on our way to November, and members of the military and intelligence community rallying in criticism of Obama’s national-security creds would certainly put a damper on that. I’d...
  • Poll - Romney seen as more 'mainstream' than Obama

    06/03/2012 12:19:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 3, 2012 | Kerry Picket
    Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is seen as more 'mainstream' than President Barack Obama according to a Rasmussen poll posted on Sunday morning: A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds that 52% say it’s more accurate to describe the putative Republican nominee’s views as mainstream, while 30% regard them as extreme. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided. When it comes to the president's political views, 45% of voters say they're in the mainstream, but an identical 45% say it's more accurate to describe them as extreme. This same poll, however, showed that voters are equally...
  • Cherokees hammer Elizabeth Warren on ancestry claim ahead of Mass. party convention

    06/02/2012 6:53:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 2, 2012 | Patrik Jonsson
    As Massachusetts Democrats meet at their nominating convention today, some members of the Cherokee Nation are stepping up a campaign to get answers about candidate Elizabeth Warren’s claims of tribal ancestry – a sideshow controversy that has nevertheless begun to wobble one of the most closely-watched Senate campaigns in the country. This week, Indian reporters say they were snubbed by Warren’s campaign as they sought clarification on why Ms. Warren was listed as a minority Native faculty by Harvard in the 1990s, even though she has no evidence to back that claim and apparently never sought out other Native Americans...
  • Barney Frank: The President Has Really Turned Around The ‘Mess of The Economy’

    05/31/2012 8:49:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 31, 2012 | Becket Adams
    During an interview with CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) discussed everything from the Trayvon Martin shooting, to gay marriage, to his upcoming retirement. And while none of these are surprising for this congressman to talk about, the eye-opening moment occurred when he said (with a straight face) that president Obama has helped “turn around the mess of the economy.” Really? “When you look at the election, you look at the campaign season here,” Malveaux said, “What do you think President Obama has done right, that he’s gotten right? And what do you think he really needs to work...
  • Romney’s Electoral College prospects bright — still

    05/28/2012 12:19:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | May 28, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    Not too long ago pundits were arguing that Mitt Romney’s path to 270 electoral votes was “narrow.” We didn’t buy it. Lo and behold, conventional wisdom has now changed. The Associated Press writes: “Warning signs for Obama on tight path to 270.” The AP explains: Obama’s new worries about North Carolina and Wisconsin offer opportunities for Republican Mitt Romney, who must peel off states Obama won in 2008 if he’s to cobble together the 270 electoral votes needed to oust the incumbent in November. Iowa, which kicked off the campaign in January, is now expected to be tight to the...
  • Kennedy Helped Shape Romney’s Career, and Still Haunts It

    03/24/2012 6:06:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 24, 2012 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg
    When Gov. Mitt Romney signed legislation in April 2006 requiring most Massachusetts residents to have health coverage, Senator Edward M. Kennedy stood by his side, beaming like a proud father. They were onstage at historic Faneuil Hall in Boston, a setting that had a special resonance for the two. Twelve years earlier, they shared that stage as opponents in a bitter Senate race. Back then, Mr. Romney accused Mr. Kennedy of waging “untrue, unfair and sleazy” personal attacks. Now, the Republican governor was introducing the liberal Democratic senator as “my collaborator and friend.” Mr. Romney’s complicated relationship with Mr. Kennedy,...
  • This Is How Romney Wins (Sarah Palin/Mitch Daniels unity ticket?)

    03/01/2012 10:10:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies · 2+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 1, 2012 | Ross Douthat
    I’ve been struck, in the aftermath of Michigan and Arizona, by how many political journalists have made arguments like the following from New York’s John Heilemann, which emphasizes Mitt Romney’s continued weakness and vulnerability: … the shirts versus skins schism that has emerged as a defining feature of the Republican electorate will be sharper in many of the ten states that vote [on Super Tuesday]. In Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Idaho, and Alaska, more than half the voters going to the polls are likely to be Evangelicals (whereas in Michigan the percentage was just 39 percent). In all those states, Romney...
  • Poll: Romney Slips in Michigan. (Milt 31%, Newt 26%)

    01/30/2012 1:15:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 30, 2012 | Janet Adamy
    Mitt Romney, once seen as a sure bet to win the Michigan Republican presidential primary, now appears locked in a surprisingly tight race with challenger Newt Gingrich. Michigan is home turf for the former Massachusetts governor. His late father, George Romney, was a popular governor of Michigan from 1963 to 1969, and the younger Romney grew up in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills. But with the state’s primary approaching on Feb. 28, Mr. Romney’s lead remains small, given his home-court advantage. A poll released last week by the Detroit Free Press/WXYZ-TV found that 31% of likely voters supported Mr....
  • Romney Attempts to Convince Palin He's 'Conservative Enough'

    02/15/2012 11:42:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 15, 2012 | Alicia M. Cohn, The Hill
    Mitt Romney on Wednesday defended his conservative bona fides following doubts expressed by Sarah Palin. The former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate told Fox News Sunday that she is "not convinced" by Romney's conservative instincts, indicating he may not be conservative "enough" for her. "And I don't think that the majority of GOP and Independent voters are convinced, and that is why you don't see Romney get over that hump," she said. (VIDEO AT LINK) "I'm not quite sure what she'd be referring to," Romney responded Wednesday, also on Fox News. "I'm pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, I believe in the...
  • Huckabee: Governor Romney acted unconstitutionally on "gay marriage"

    02/07/2012 12:43:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | February 5, 2012 | Amy Contrada
    "He could have stopped it, and should have stopped it," Huckabee said. CNSNews.com: Governor Romney should have stood up to the Court and said, "No"? Huckabee: He should've. (August 2008) Old news? Yes — and Mitt Romney hopes it will be ignored or forgotten. How does Romney manage to bury his past political sins? With a lot of help from his former critics — including Governor Huckabee — who seem to suffer from amnesia. But what of the media's duty to vet the candidates? Shouldn't every significant action in a candidate's record be under review? Why is the media —...
  • Medved: Mitt Romney Should Learn a Lesson from Teddy Kennedy (Assumes he's already GOP nominee)

    02/04/2012 5:15:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 3, 2012 | Michael Medved
    As his formidable campaign marches inexorably toward the nomination, Mitt Romney should learn a vital lesson from the guy who beat him in his first race for public office: Sen. Ted Kennedy. In 1980, Teddy lost his own bid for the presidency because he couldn’t answer a simple question about why he wanted the job. Like Kennedy, Romney could undermine his confident drive to unseat a stumbling incumbent unless he prepares clear, concise, and forceful responses on what he means to do with the office he seeks. Near the end of the disastrous Jimmy Carter administration, most analysts expected an...
  • Romney reiterates support for increasing minimum wage with inflation

    02/01/2012 4:00:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 1, 2012 | Justin Sink
    Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he supported tying the federal minimum wage to inflation, a move that would result in automatic increases to the pay rate. The position is a break from fiscal conservative orthodoxy — which generally seeks to eliminate the minimum wage — but could help Romney rebound from damaging comments he made earlier Wednesday when discussing the "very poor" in America. "I haven't changed my thoughts on that," Romney told reporters aboard his campaign plane on Wednesday, according to The Associated Press. He was apparently referring to a statement he made in 2002 when running for governor...