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  • The Ben Carson Super PAC has some money issues (Won't support Ted Cruz if Carson doesn't run)

    12/22/2014 3:53:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 22, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The campaign to draft Dr. Ben Carson into a presidential run is clearly bigger than some flash in the pan and worthy of serious consideration, particularly given his showings in multiple polls. (Of course, I’ve been of the opinion for some time that he really doesn’t need that much coaxing and may well be enjoying the idea of needing to be teased into the fight.) One group which is most directly involved in the effort is Run Ben Run, which has already raised more than $12M toward the effort. But where is that money now? For the most part, it’s...
  • Rand Paul's NYPD Shooting Blowback

    12/22/2014 11:23:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 22, 2014 | Lloyd Green
    De Blasio? Sharpton? Nope. The biggest blowback will be against the “reforming” Kentucky senator, because Republicans back cops, period.After New York City Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down in a retaliatory ambush on Saturday afternoon, the collateral damage was immediate. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio relationship with the police went from horrible to horrendous. Rev. Al Sharpton’s campaign to cleanse his race-baiting past grew more difficult, and Sen. Rand Paul—who had gone out of his way to break bread with Sharpton and to criticize police militarization—may now be facing an even more difficult task...
  • Ticket to the White House set to cost at least $1bn

    12/22/2014 2:46:26 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Financial Times ^ | December 21, 2014 | Megan Murphy
    It is set to be one of the toughest US presidential races and certainly its most expensive. With 687 days to go to election day, the 2016 campaign is already rich with storylines as candidates hone their messages and handshakes for the gruelling primary schedule ahead. Will voters warm to another contest between America’s two modern political dynasties in Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush? Or will other, less well-known candidates capitalise on unrest in the US over its widening economic and social fault lines and growing disquiet over its role as the world’s policeman? For Republicans, the field will be...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street Allies CRUSH Elizabeth Warren in the First Battle of the Dem Primary

    12/22/2014 2:29:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon's The Editor's Blog ^ | December 12, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    Liberals powerless to stop the Clinton-Wall Street gravy train.Despite her best efforts and most passionate gesticulations, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) failed to shut down the government on Thursday, thus proving her political clout is vastly inferior to that of GOP colleague Ted Cruz. Warren had urged House Democrats to block a controversial spending package, which included a provision to roll back a portion of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill known as the “swaps pushout” rule. Warren, for the record, does not like Wall Street. “It is time for all of us to stand up and fight,” she said on...
  • Will Jeb stumble in Iowa?

    12/21/2014 2:51:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | December 21, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    With no love lost for Jeb Bush among the Republican base, the Iowa caucuses could be an early stumbling block in his 2016 quest. The former Florida governor’s business-friendly stances and willingness to criticize GOP hard-liners make him popular with the donor class. But the first-in-the-nation state hasn’t been kind to establishment candidates in recent years. And just after he announced this week he’s “actively exploring” a president bid, some Iowa activists are already torching Bush’s credentials. “He's on the wrong side of every issue that matters most to conservatives right now,” said Steve Deace, an influential Des Moines-based conservative...
  • Ted Cruz 2016: 4 Hurdles Faced By GOP Presidential Hopeful

    12/21/2014 12:07:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 19, 2014 | Morgan Chilson
    A clear front-runner for the GOP presidential candidate doesn’t exist right now, but Sen. Ted Cruz’s name is thrown into almost any discussion about who might fill the slot. A recent CNN-Orc International poll found Mitt Romney, who says he’s not going to run, at the top of 2016 candidates, with 20 percent of the responders pointing to him as their preferred candidate. The rest of the field was packed pretty closely, with activist Ben Carson at 10 percent, followed by stair steps down – Jeb Bush, 9 percent; Chris Christie, 8 percent; and Mike Huckabee with 7 percent. Cruz...
  • What on earth is Rand Paul thinking in taking Obama’s side against Rubio on Cuba?

    12/20/2014 2:53:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 19, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Noah already wrote a policy rebuttal to Paul’s position, which Paul elaborated on this afternoon in a new op-ed at Time. (The op-ed, unlike his tweets, doesn’t mention Rubio by name. Although it does approvingly cite … George W. Bush?) Anyone want to make the case that the politics of attacking Rubio on this issue were smart, at least? I can’t figure out why Rand would do it. When I tweeted out my surprise a few hours ago, a dozen people tweeted back, “Maybe Paul’s just saying what he really believes.” No doubt. But the thing that distinguishes Rand from...
  • Ruth: Jeb Bush plays the grown-up card (Some of the worst writing you'll read this year)

    12/19/2014 10:55:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | December 19, 2014 | Daniel Ruth
    Nothing shakes up the political landscape more than the exciting arrival of a new, bold, spirited, youthful fresh face. And then there is Jeb Bush, 61, the Eddie Haskell of the Republican Party. Why that's a lovely dress you're wearing, Mrs. Koch. For a while there the former governor of Florida was flirting with being tagged as the GOP's version of an overly cautious, indecisive Democrat — Mario Cuomo 2.0 — as he mulled and ruminated and pondered and cogitated on whether he should run for president. Decisions, decisions. But this was about as big a mystery as wondering if...
  • (satire) President Obama To Require Government Caseworkers To Cold-Call Citizens To Join SNAP

    12/19/2014 3:54:34 PM PST · by justiceleagues · 37 replies
    Salty Badger ^ | 12/19/14 | Salty Badger
    Due to an increase in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program’s budget, formerly known as food stamps, President Obama is requiring all SNAP agencies to add a sales team. The sales team will be responsible for telemarketing, cold-calling eligible Americans and persuading them to join the entitlement program that already services 50 million citizens and visa-holders.
  • Cruz’s Campaign Guided By Goldwater’s Theory (Hosh Posh and hogwash)

    12/19/2014 9:07:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 19, 2014 | Peter Wehner
    National Review’s Eliana Johnson, in writing about Texas Senator Ted Cruz, begins her article this way: To hell with the independents. That’s not usually the animating principle of a presidential campaign, but for Ted Cruz’s, it just might be. His strategists aren’t planning to make a big play for so-called independent voters in the general election if Cruz wins the Republican nomination. According to several of the senator’s top advisers, Cruz sees a path to victory that relies instead on increasing conservative turnout; attracting votes from groups — including Jews, Hispanics, and Millennials — that have tended to favor Democrats;...
  • A Jew Says "Merry Christmas" and "Vote for Dr Carson"

    12/19/2014 4:28:31 AM PST · by Yaacov · 8 replies
    Run Ben Run Blog ^ | 12/18/2014 | Jerome N. Gould
    ...The Individual, Enterprise, Study, Work and Liberty formed the culture of the greatest country the world has yet seen, Benjamin Carson’s life, and especially the story of his remarkable mother and his escape from poverty echo the birth drama of The United States of America. In the end it is all about culture. He was born an outsider, a poor black kid. He became a great man because he was raised by a great mother. Dr. Carson’s single mother worked menial jobs all her life and yet she raised two sons to distinguished lives. One became a U.S. Naval Officer...
  • The More, the Merrier for the GOP in 2016

    12/18/2014 2:58:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 18, 2014 | Peter Wehner
    In the aftermath of President Obama giving the Castro regime diplomatic recognition, Senator Marco Rubio has been pretty much everywhere, including multiple television appearances and authoring this Wall Street Journal op-ed. According to Senator Rubio, “By conceding to the oppressors in the Castro regime, this president and his administration have let the Cuban people down, further weakened America’s standing in the world and endangered Americans.” Whether or not one agrees with Rubio’s position–and I’m sympathetic to it–he makes his case clearly, intelligently, and with passion. Despite some differences with him now and then–I found his advocacy for the tactics that...
  • Jeb Bush: I’m going to try to persuade Republican voters to back immigration reform

    12/17/2014 9:56:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 17, 2014 | Allahpundit
    The key bit comes at 1:20. BuzzFeed headlines this clip, “Jeb Bush Thinks He Can Persuade The Republican Base To Get Behind Immigration Legislation.” Is that what Bush said? “A candidate gets to persuade,” Bush said to Miami’s NBC 6. “I think there’s a compelling case that if we want to be young and dynamic again, we have to make legal immigration easier than illegal immigration, that we control our borders, enforce the laws. But that we embrace our immigrant heritage and allow our country to take off. You gotta do both.” “You gotta protect the borders, enforce the law,...
  • Can Jeb Bush win Iowa? Operatives say he may be more formidable than is assumed

    12/17/2014 5:44:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 16, 2014 | James Hohmann
    The Bush family has had its share of disappointment and elation in Iowa and New Hampshire. George H.W. Bush finished a dismal third in the 1988 Iowa caucuses, before rebounding in New Hampshire. George W. Bush, however, won the 2000 caucuses, only to get thumped by John McCain in New Hampshire. Now, with Jeb Bush’s announcement on Tuesday, a third Bush seems to be preparing to face the demanding voters of the first two states in the presidential selection process, with uncertain expectations. But a chorus of top Republicans in Iowa and New Hampshire said that the former Florida governor...
  • The 2016 Republican primary is the biggest crap-shoot since at least 1988

    12/17/2014 4:44:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | December 17, 2014 | Scott Clement
    Early national presidential primary polls are, at best, rough indicators of who will eventually become the party's standard-bearer. But the Republican primary field is especially scattered heading into the 2016 cycle, which is one reason why Jeb Bush's recent moves toward a candidacy are getting so much attention. In fact, the GOP field is more scattered at this stage in GOP primaries since at least 1987, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The table below looks back at early Post-ABC surveys in the past five open Republican primary contests. A few findings help give a sense of just...
  • Limbaugh: Jeb Bush really running to kill tea party

    12/17/2014 12:40:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 16, 2014 | Joe Kovacs
    'It's all about us being the No. 1 enemy of these people' PALM BEACH, Florida – With the announcement Tuesday by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that he plans to “actively explore” a run for president in 2016, radio host Rush Limbaugh says the real reason Jeb is seeking the White House is to choke the influence of tea-party conservatives out of the Republican Party. “You want to know why Jeb Bush is thinking about running?” Limbaugh asked on his top-rated program Tuesday. “He’s … being looked at as savior by the big-money donor class and the consultant class –...
  • Jeb Bush’s Rivals Already Running

    12/17/2014 12:22:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    OpenSecrets.org ^ | December 17, 2014 | Russ Choma
    Former Florida Governor and ex-First Brother Jeb Bush announced his plans to start a fundraising committee next month, and immediately some big names in GOP money — such as Florida developer Mel Sembler — got behind him. Bush has recently proven his ability to raise big bucks, but some of Bush’s likely competitors for the 2016 GOP nomination already have a head start. Three of them — Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) — have the advantage of a national podium in the Senate and plenty of places to start stashing away cash. All three...
  • Rand Paul is Already Running an Ad Against Jeb Bush

    12/16/2014 11:31:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | December 16, 2014 | Zeke J. Miller
    That didn't take long The 2016 Republican primary battle is up and running—at least on Google. Hours after former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced he would “actively explore” a run for the White House, the political action committee for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who appears certain to announce a bid for the Oval Office in the coming months, took out a Google search ad on his name, with a not-so-subtle dig at the more moderate Republican. “Join a movement working to shrink government. Not grow it,” the ad states, with a link to RandPAC, Paul’s longstanding federal leadership committee, and...
  • Ted Cruz’s ’16 blues: Why his strategy to win the White House is badly flawed

    12/16/2014 7:50:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Salon ^ | December 16, 2014 | Simon Maloy
    Texan wants to win the presidency by rallying conservatives -- and hoping people forget why they dislike him. Ted Cruz shut down the government; now he wants to preside over it. The junior senator from Texas is apparently moving closer to announcing his presidential candidacy, and National Review’s Eliana Johnson spoke to the people involved in Cruz 2016 who think they’ve figured out a way to propel their boy to the Oval Office: rally the conservative base, ignore independents, and eat into some of the traditionally Democratic constituencies. It’s a strategy that’s very similar to the one embraced by Michele...
  • Jeb Bush Is Running for President, But Obama Has Already Destroyed His Candidacy

    12/16/2014 7:37:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The New Republic ^ | December 16, 2014 | Brian Beutler
    Because the right never trusted him, Mitt Romney spent the entire 2012 presidential primary burnishing his conservative credentials, and spent much of the general election on unsure footing, never confident that the Republican base would be comfortable with his gestures to the broader electorate. If the next Republican nominee is going to find balance, it won't be as an establishment guy putting on a Goldwater impression. The question is whether he’ll be a party activist or another patrician who also happens to be comfortable in his own skin. Two weeks ago, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush weighed in for the...
  • Ted Cruz’s independence from independents

    12/16/2014 3:02:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 16, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    Eliana Johnson reports that Ted Cruz and his strategists see a path to the presidency that relies on turning out the conservative base and largely ignoring independents: "It’s almost conventional wisdom now that presidential candidates woo the party faithful in primary contests and tack to the middle in the general election to attract more-moderate voters. Not Cruz. As one of his advisers puts it, “winning independents has meant not winning.” The adviser says the moderate fiscal- and social-policy positions that candidates need to adopt to win independent voters have dampened base turnout." As evidence, the adviser points out that George...
  • President Trump? Says 'there's a substantial chance' he'll run & slaps Cruz for being born in Canada

    12/16/2014 2:23:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2014 | David Martosko
    * Trump has kept his spotlight hot and raised smirks by speculating about a White House run, but now he's scheduling speeches in early primary states * 'A lot of people believe I'm having fun with it, and I enjoy the process,' he said during an Economic Club of Washington event, but 'the country's in serious trouble' * He lashed out at potential opponents including Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz * Couldn't come up with a 'single nice thing' to say about Hillary Clinton and insists Sen. Elizabeth Warren will give her serious competition * Trump has flirted with running...
  • Ted Cruz: An isolated figure in a minority of the minority

    12/16/2014 11:02:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | December 16, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    The National Review reports: To hell with the independents. That’s not usually the animating principle of a presidential campaign, but for Ted Cruz’s, it just might be. His strategists aren’t planning to make a big play for so-called independent voters in the general election if Cruz wins the Republican nomination. Several of the senator’s top advisers said that Cruz sees a path to victory that relies instead on increasing conservative turnout, trying to attract votes from groups that have tended to favor Democrats (Jews, Hispanics and millennials), and, in the words of one Cruz strategist, “not getting killed with independents.”...
  • Elizabeth Warren Is The Face Of Modern Democrats (And Hillary Is Their Mitt Romney)

    12/15/2014 10:16:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 15, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    There’s no good reason for her not to run. When Elizabeth Warren rallied beleaguered House liberals to push back against a bank-coddling omnibus bill and the spineless White House that enabled it, she showed us some of her dynamic appeal. Her only leverage? An implicit threat to shut down the government. Hypocrisy? Sure. Consider the agitated criticism Warren and her allies threw at Republicans not very long ago. And yes, St. Warren’s righteousness was aimed at some inconsequential riders. Still, passing trillion-dollar pieces of legislation should never be easy, and disrupting the current cozy, bipartisan environment surely can’t be a...
  • Ted Cruz's 2016 Plan: Court Hispanics, Millennials And Jews

    12/15/2014 7:44:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | December 15, 2014 | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has a plan for running for president in 2016, according to National Review: don't focus on winning over Independents, instead hedge on getting "Jews, Hispanics, and Millenials." That's according to a new report in National Review on Monday which said that the Texas senator, if he does decide to run for president as he's rumored to be planning on, has a strategy for victory that does not center around winning independents. As an unnamed adviser put it to National Review, "winning independents has meant not winning." The Cruz circle cited John Kerry in 2004 and Mitt...
  • Cruz Doesn’t Believe Governors Have The Edge Over Senators

    12/15/2014 7:20:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Roll Call's #WGDB Blog ^ | December 15, 2014 | Humberto Sanchez
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, doesn’t believe governors have an advantage over senators when it comes to winning the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. “It’s an advantage only if you think that the American people are looking for someone who is not standing up and leading on the great challenges of the day,” Cruz said Monday in an appearance on the Mark Levin Show. Cruz’s comments come as several Republican governors and former governors are considering running for president. That includes Jeb Bush of Florida, Chris Christie of New Jersey, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and John Kasich of Ohio. Cruz’s colleagues who...
  • Why Elizabeth Warren does not equal Ted Cruz (Fauxcahontas is willing to play along)

    12/15/2014 7:03:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | December 15, 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    At the height of the debate over a $1.1 trillion spending bill last week, we examined the similarities and differences between Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who protested the measure from opposite ends of the political spectrum. Later, as the bill approached passage and won approval over the weekend, we saw a key distinction emerge: Cruz was willing to hold up the process to make his point. Warren was not. Warren opposed the bill because of a provision that would relax a restriction on Wall Street banks. In press conferences and Senate floor speeches, Warren spoke out...
  • Ted Cruz Quietly Seeks Peace With GOP's Big Spenders (Donors, not Politicians)

    12/15/2014 6:54:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 15, 2014 | Tim Alberta
    The Texas Republican has traveled to both coasts in the hopes of winning over skeptical donors.There's a downside to digging in. Just ask Ted Cruz. Since being elected to Congress in 2012, the Texas Republican has established himself as a conservative icon. On everything from spending fights to immigration policy and social issues, Cruz has been a powerful and reliable voice of the far right. His push last year to defund Obamacare—which shuttered the government—cemented his image as an uncompromising champion of the tea party. But now, as he prepares a presidential bid, Cruz needs to round out the rough...
  • Tomasky: The Most Powerful Democrat in America (Guess who he means?)

    12/15/2014 11:05:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 15, 2014 | Michael Tomasky
    Elizabeth Warren’s weekend heroics have endeared her even more to the Democratic base, and it’s time Hillary started getting worried.Are future historians going to look back on the past weekend as the one in which Elizabeth Warren took over the Democratic Party? She didn’t win the fight she led over the weekend to have the provision weakening the Dodd-Frank law stripped out of the spending bill, but she was never going to win that vote. What she did win, though, was the ever-more intense ardor of her growing number of liberal fans. They’d march with her over hot coals. There’s...
  • Ted Cruz's Strategy: To Hell With Independents

    12/15/2014 10:51:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | December 15, 2014 | Eliana Johnson
    To hell with the independents. That’s not usually the animating principle of a presidential campaign, but for Ted Cruz’s, it just might be. His strategists aren’t planning to make a big play for so-called independent voters in the general election if Cruz wins the Republican nomination. According to several of the senator’s top advisers, Cruz sees a path to victory that relies instead on increasing conservative turnout; attracting votes from groups — including Jews, Hispanics, and Millennials — that have tended to favor Democrats; and, in the words of one Cruz strategist, “not getting killed with independents.” Twenty-three months from...
  • Ted Cruz doesn’t care what you think

    12/15/2014 8:48:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | December 15, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    If the Senate were high school and there was a superlative for "least popular member," Ted Cruz would win in a walk. The Texas Republican reaffirmed his status as the Senate's most reviled member -- among his peers -- over the weekend when he refused to allow the chamber to go out of session on Friday and return Monday to vote on the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending package. Instead, Cruz used procedural moves to force 10 straight hours of votes on Saturday as a way to protest President Obama's executive action on immigration. Cruz ultimately forced a "point of order"...
  • Another Obstacle For Jeb Bush.Lacking Of An Alluring Charisma.

    12/14/2014 6:53:28 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 30 replies
    And who hasn't seen Jeb Bush over the last few months speaking to the media on either his views on current events or a possible run for President? He just comes off as rather dull. And a candidate's charisma/personality is generally the first aspect we look for in choosing a candidate. Jeb Bush would be the Vanilla Candidate if he chooses to run. We have not had a very entertaining President since Bill Clinton. And we also have not had anyone that would compare to Reagan as well.This time around we definitely have several candidates with intriguing personalities and would...
  • Which Potential Candidates Speak Spanish—and Will It Matter? (Bush speaks only Spanish at home)

    12/14/2014 5:20:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 14, 2014 | Eleanor Clift
    Jeb Bush does. The Democrats’ Castro brothers do not. Ted Cruz knows ‘Spanglish.’ But fluency and being able to talk to Hispanics are two entirely different matters.The ability to speak Spanish is a prized commodity on the campaign trail, a way to prove your bona fides with Hispanics—the fastest-growing bloc of voters—and to show your inclusiveness in a rapidly changing country. Lots of Anglos are proficient in Spanish. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential presidential candidate, speaks nothing but Spanish at home, and has for years. His wife, Columba, is from Mexico. A more recent phenomenon in the political...
  • Elizabeth Warren poses a challenge to Hillary in 2016

    12/14/2014 10:21:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 14, 2014 | Michael Goodwin
    It’s enough to make you feel sorry for Hillary Clinton. Well, almost. Her presidential campaign of celebrity and inevitability got off to a rocky start, mostly through her own mistakes, as when she claimed they were “dead broke” when she and Bubba left the White House. But her gaffes were mere speed bumps compared to the real threat forming now. Massachusetts firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren emerges from Washington’s budget clash as the undisputed champion of the rising left, and will almost certainly challenge Clinton for the 2016 nomination. The polls say it’s Hillary’s turn, but I’m starting to believe 2016...
  • With little help from GOP, Ted Cruz corners Harry Reid to make a point conservatives will remember

    12/14/2014 8:41:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | December 14, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    When you take a stand on principle in the unprincipled world of Washington, D.C., you’re sure to upset a lot of people, as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz found out Saturday when he forced a vote on the constitutionality of President Obama’s overreaching executive order on immigration. In a move that pitted Cruz in a head-to-head matchup with outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, the Texas senator prevailed in getting a point-of-order vote on whether Obama’s action was constitutional, before the Senate passed a massive $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. Cruz would lose that vote overwhelmingly — 22 to...
  • The Speech That Could Make Elizabeth Warren the Next President of the United States

    12/13/2014 9:55:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | December 13, 2014 | Miles Mogulescu, Entertainment attorney, writer and political activist
    Early Friday evening Sen. Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor and gave a plain-spoken, barn-burning speech that could make history and put her into serious contention to be the next President of the United States. There are only a handful of political speeches that have such historic impact. Barack Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention comes readily to mind. It's what catapulted an obscure Illinois state Senator into the national limelight and put him on the path to becoming President. Warren's Senate speech was different, but just as electrifying. Obama's rhetoric was lofty, high-minded, and general, with...
  • The Week Elizabeth Warren Decided to Run for President

    12/12/2014 7:34:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The New Republic ^ | December 12, 2014 | Danny Vinik
    Or may have decided. We won’t know for a few months whether the Massachusetts senator will challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, but if she chooses to run, we’re going to look back at this week as a pivotal moment in Warren’s decision-making. Warren has been waging two battles against mainstream Democrats over the past month in an attempt to reduce Wall Street’s influence within the party. Both of those battles hit inflection points this week. The first is over President Barack Obama’s nominee for the under secretary for Domestic Finance, the number three position at the Treasury Department....
  • Jeb Bush huddles w/advisors: How can I avoid being tripped up by conservative base in the primaries?

    12/12/2014 6:27:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 12, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Good question, but the question Jeb should be considering is how do you survive two tons of ROMNEYMANIA dropping square on your head. ‘Cause it’s comin’, son. No, seriously, with each passing day this sounds more like Huntsman II. But with lots, lots, lots more money involved. “I just said to him, ‘I think if you look back, despite the far right’s complaints, it is the centrist that wins the nomination,’” Mr. McCain, an Arizona Republican, said he told Mr. Bush. In the past few weeks, Mr. Bush has moved toward a run for the White House. His family’s resistance...
  • Is Elizabeth Warren the left’s Ted Cruz? It’s not that simple.

    12/11/2014 1:02:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | December 11, 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    Have you heard the story of the first-term senator who is a hero to the party base and the subject of intense 2016 speculation -- the one who's willing to buck leaders on big bills, and has even lobbied House members to stand against a funding measure to keep the government running? It's the story of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.). This week, it's also the story of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Warren has emerged as the torchbearer of the liberal resistance on Capitol Hill to a $1.01 trillion bill to fund the government, which is facing the threat of a...
  • The GOP base will win the ’16 primary (So wrong he's right)

    12/11/2014 11:12:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's GOPLifer blog ^ | December 11, 2014 | Chris Ladd
    For fifty years the Republican nominating process has been the avenue through which the party chooses the nominee for the next election season. This year’s nominee is never in doubt. Whoever finished second last time simply steps up for his turn. If the second-place finisher from the last campaign decides not to run, as in ’68 and ‘00, the nominee is appointed by the party leadership and presented for ratification in the primary process. This is no historical accident, but rather a product of the institutional structure of the party. That institutional structure has broken down. Priorities and practices that...
  • Rand Paul The GOP Front Runner? Not Likely

    12/10/2014 7:45:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Outside The Beltway ^ | December 10, 2014 | Doug Mataconis
    In a post ranking the potential Republican candidates for President, Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake put Kentucky Senator at the top of the list: 1. Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.). People used to roll their eyes when we said Paul had a real chance to be the Republican nominee in 2016. Not anymore. Paul has a unique activist and fundraising base, thanks to his father’s two runs for president, and has shown considerable savvy in his outreach to the establishment end of the party over the past few years. Paul still says odd things — his blaming of high cigarette taxes...
  • Our View | Jeb Bush: true conservative

    12/10/2014 10:35:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Longboat Key Observer ^ | December 10, 2014 | Staff
    Is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush too moderate for the Republican Party? That is all the talk. But here’s a surprise: Adam C. Smith, political editor of the liberal Tampa Bay Times, authored this piece last Friday refuting with evidence that Bush as governor was “arch-conservative” and far from a “moderate squish.” — Ed. Respected Ronald Reagan biographer Craig Shirley told the Washington Examiner recently that Jeb Bush is the latest in a line of Bushes who oppose Reaganism. Radio host Mark Levin has dismissed Florida’s former governor as “a very good moderate Democrat,” while pioneering conservative activist Richard Viguerie...
  • The 2016 Republican Field: They Don’t All Suck

    12/10/2014 7:39:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/10/2014 | Eric Erickson
    On January 27, 2007, I wrote what remains one of the most read posts in RedState history. The title summed it up. “They All Suck”. In it, I noted that the field of Republican candidates then taking shape headed into the 2008 election were just terrible. Giuliani, McCain, Romney, Tom Tancredo, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) Heritage ActionScorecard Rep. Duncan HunterHouse Republican Average See Full Scorecard 68%, and Sam Brownback were a lightweight crew of candidates. as I noted: They all suck. Let’s just admit it. Every one of the thus far announced Republican candidates for President sucks. From the lecherous...
  • Early 2016 GOP Coronation Not in the Cards

    12/09/2014 9:26:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 9, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    The Republican Party’s largest donors all seem to have the same idea. They’d like the 2016 presidential nomination race settled early on in the cycle. And, if you believe the reporting of the New York Times (and in this instance, it may be accurate), they’d like it to be one of the following three candidates: Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, or, wait for it, Mitt Romney. The conceit of the article is not crazy. If a critical mass of GOP fat cats gets together on a candidate, the odds will shift in favor of that person. But there’s a big problem...
  • Rand Paul Ready To Hire Controversial Ex-McConnell Campaign Manager

    12/09/2014 3:31:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | December 9, 2014 | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said that Jesse Benton, the former campaign manager for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), will be part of Paul's campaign team in 2016. Benton, served as McConnell's campaign manager for much of the 2014 cycle until he resigned amid questions about the role he allegedly played in a 2012 Iowa pay-for-votes bribery scandal. Paul, in an interview with WHAS11, said that he thinks "Jesse is honest, he's good at politics and I don't think he's done anything wrong." It wasn't clear from Paul's comments if he was referring to his Senate re-election campaign or the...
  • Now they’re trying to steal 2016: GOP schemes to rewire Electoral College & elect a Tea Party prez

    12/08/2014 9:59:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | December 6, 2014 | Paul Rosenberg
    Republicans know they can't win the popular vote. You won't believe sick schemes they've launched to get around it. Republicans have only won the popular vote for president once in the last 25 years, a steep decline in their fortunes from the period from 1972 to 1988, when they won the popular vote every time but one–1976, the aftermath of Watergate. Add to that massive policy failures and demographic trends against them, and the motivations to cheat are overwhelming. Voter suppression seemed promising at first—and it’s helpful in many downticket races—but it’s not going to be enough to secure the...
  • Clinton Will Need to Win Over the Black Voters That Landrieu Couldn't

    12/08/2014 3:29:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 7, 2014 | Alex Roarty
    The likely Democratic presidential nominee needs to duplicate, or at least come close to duplicating, Obama's performance among African-Americans. It's a tall task. Mary Landrieu lost her runoff race Saturday because President Obama isn't well-liked, national Democrats abandoned her, and, statewide, Louisiana pretty much only elects Republicans. But Democrats and their likely presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, might squirm the most over her defeat for a different reason: The longtime senator couldn't get enough support from African-Americans. Like Landrieu, Clinton (or whoever becomes the party's standard-bearer) will try to win over black voters at the same rate Obama did in both...
  • Palin, Cruz, Huckabee and Santorum to travel to Iowa Freedom Summit

    12/08/2014 1:13:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    WQAD-TV / CNN ^ | December 8, 2014 | Shellie Nelson
    <p>Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential pick, is headed to Iowa in January 2015 for a conservative gathering that will showcase no fewer than nine potential 2016 presidential contenders.</p> <p>She’s one of the confirmed speakers at the inaugural Iowa Freedom Summit, an event organized by Iowa Rep. Steve King and conservative group Citizens United to “bring grassroots activists from across Iowa to hear directly from national conservative leaders,” per its website. The event is scheduled for Jan. 24.</p>
  • The guy from that “Stand With Hillary” video has also played Jesus, starred in Ariana Grande video

    12/07/2014 8:39:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | December 5, 2014 | Jaime Fuller
    Stand With Hillary, a group focused on getting Latino voters and working families excited about the possibility of a Hillary Clinton presidential run, released a music video on YouTube last month. YouTube is basically the debutante ball where all outside groups announce they have arrived, with varied success. The music video has been online since November 16 has been viewed no less than 300,000 times. Hillary boosterism is a crowded field, as there are already Clinton 2016 groups that travel the country in a bus and sell branded Mason jars and sell many, many paintings with Hillary Clinton's face on...
  • Is Jeb Bush really prepared to lose in order to win?

    12/07/2014 8:22:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 6, 2014 | Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
    Jeb Bush might or might not run for president in 2016. If he runs, he might or might not emerge as a winner. But his formulation for how to think about waging a successful presidential campaign suggests he already is ahead of some of his potential competitors — in both parties. Bush, the former governor of Florida, spoke last week at a Wall Street Journal conference in Washington. In an interview conducted by Jerry Seib, the Journal’s Washington bureau chief, he said that anyone running for president should be prepared “to lose the primary to win the general [election] without...