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  • Trump question leaves House Republican stumbling

    02/11/2016 8:00:52 PM PST · by entropy12 · 26 replies
    msnbc.com ^ | 02/11/16 12:40 PM | Steve Benen
    As much of the political world shifts its attention towards the South Carolina primary, MSNBCs Steve Kornacki checked in this morning with Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), the states former governor. Sanford noted he’d heard from a lot of locals that supporting Donald Trump would help send a message to Washington. The Trump candidacy, the congressman added, has tapped into Republicans frustrations. Sanford’s troubles were understandable. There were plenty of Republicans who effectively, if not literally, ruled out Trump as a possibility in 2015, when they still assumed the New York developer’s support would collapse. But many of those same GOP...
  • Cruz supporters organizing

    02/11/2016 6:33:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Citizen ^ | February 11, 2016
    A grassroots initiative in support of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is organizing within the next few days, according to a statement. "If you are tired and frustrated over the Supreme Court Justices continuing to violate their judicial oaths, a failed Obamacare that continues to be re-written to force on the American people and so much more, come join the Cruz Coalition," the statement read. The group will be making phone calls locally in support of Cruz with a scheduled launch of Monday, Feb. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Fayette Event Center, 174 N. Glynn St. in Fayetteville....
  • Ted Cruz Grabs New FRC-Linked Endorsement

    02/11/2016 5:44:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 11, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    Thursday's latest endorsement for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was a two-for-one deal for the Republican presidential candidate's campaign. In South Carolina, where Republican voters will make their choice for their party's presidential nomination a week from Saturday, there are two major voting blocs. Christian conservatives make up one, while active-duty military and veterans make up the other. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin (ret.) bridges both groups. He retired after 36 years in the military, and is also an ordained with a passion for spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. And, as of Thursday afternoon, he was firmly with the...
  • GOP is officially a horror film: Welcome to a world where Trump & Cruz are last men standing

    02/11/2016 5:12:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Salon ^ | February 10, 2016 | Heather Digby Parton
    Trump won in dominant fashion and Cruz met expectations as Rubio fell completely apart. This is scary stuff. I've been writing about the Donald Trump phenomenon several times a week for seven months now. As his candidacy evolved from a bizarre spectacle to a serious campaign, it's become clear that this is a pivotal moment in American politics. It's not just that we have a shocking demagogue or a profane performer topping the polls in the Republican presidential race. It's the alarming notion that a crude authoritarian white nationalist is appealing to a very large section of the American people....
  • Limbaugh: Cruz 'Has Got to Be Your Guy' – 'Closest to Reagan'

    02/11/2016 4:06:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 10, 2016 | Wire Services
    With conservatives across the country facing a critical decision whether to back Donald Trump, top radio talker Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday that true conservatives have no choice but to vote for Ted Cruz. Limbaugh told his radio audience, "If conservatism is your bag, if conservatism is the dominating factor in how you vote, there is no other choice for you in this campaign than Ted Cruz...." Limbaugh gave his powerful imprimatur to Cruz by adding, "This [Ted Cruz] is the closest in our lifetimes we have ever been to Ronald Reagan." Cruz has finished first in Iowa caucuses, but performed,...
  • Marco Rubio slams opponents by name in South Carolina

    02/11/2016 3:00:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 11, 2016 | Julia Manchester
    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio turned up the heat on his opponents -- proactively calling them out by name -- while campaigning in South Carolina on Thursday. Rubio touted his international affairs record on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, while taking aim at the experience of Ohio Governor John Kasich, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump -- all of whom won more votes than him in Tuesday's New Hampshire primary. "We'll have a debate on Saturday. Who on that stage has more experience or has shown better judgment or a better understanding of the foreign...
  • Can the Establishments Strike Back? Time is running out to derail Sanders, Trump and Cruz

    02/10/2016 4:44:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | February 10, 2016 | James Warren
    Like all too many commuters, Political America awoke Wednesday to a traffic jam. It could use a PolitiChopper, or some counterpart to those TV and radio helicopters that diligently track fender benders, jack-knifed tractor-trailers, construction, power outages and other havoc-inducing rush hour impediments on our roads and rails. Hillary Clinton's seemingly irresistible march to the Democratic nomination was diverted, at least for now, in New Hampshire. And the Republican elite was flummoxed by its muddle in finding an obvious alternative to either Donald Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz....
  • Ted Cruz may have lost in New Hampshire, but pundits say he comes out ahead

    02/10/2016 3:57:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | February 10, 2016 | Elizabeth Koh
    <p>If Iowa was Sen. Ted Cruz's stomping ground, New Hampshire was set up to be a resounding defeat.</p> <p>The evangelical values Cruz campaigned on in the Midwest were in short supply in the secular Granite State. He -- and everyone else -- polled double-digits behind Donald Trump. But though Trump snagged his first win in Tuesday night's primary, Cruz notched a comfortable third-place finish after Ohio Gov. John Kasich and avoided a brawl that experts said are likely to bruise the weaker candidates in the race.</p>
  • Jeb Bush fundraisers celebrate after New Hampshire

    02/10/2016 2:19:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    USA Today | February 10, 2016 | Fredreka Schouten
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/02/10/jeb-bush-fundraisers-celebrate-after-new-hampshire/80185874/#
  • Lessons from premature Rubio coronation

    02/10/2016 1:27:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    USA Today | February 10, 2016 | Rem Rieder
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/rieder/2016/02/10/rieder-lessons-premature-rubio-coronation/80175032/#
  • Is Cruz the frontrunner now?

    02/10/2016 12:36:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 10, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Yep, says Philip Klein. I hope he's right, but I'm not sure the takeaway from a blowout win for Trump in New Hampshire is that it's now Ted Cruz's race to lose. Though Trump's victory in New Hampshire was no doubt impressive, the electorate of independent voters and super high turnout was tailor-made for him, whereas Cruz didn't put substantial effort into winning the state -- where very conservative candidates don't typically do as well. He is currently in position to win third here, with votes still outstanding. As the race moves to South Carolina, however, Cruz has a ground...
  • The ‘Flag Man’: Donald Trump a ‘Prototype’ Telling ‘Neglected Truths’

    02/10/2016 3:41:38 AM PST · by mazda77 · 2 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 2/9/16 | Alex Swoyer
    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire -- Bill Shields, who is nicknamed "The Flag Man," decided to start making a new model of flags, the Donald Trump "Make America Great Again" flag. "Donald Trump is a prototype," Shields, a flag maker from Connecticut, said of Trump. "The man is a human being, but he represents a lot more than being a human being, as far as regular Americans [being] fed up and sold out." "We've been neglected," Shields said of Americans -- in particular, Trump supporters. "We've been kicked to the side. Finally, we hear the ring of truth in one man, and...
  • New Hampshire Was A Very Good Night For Ted Cruz: Watch this guy

    02/09/2016 11:08:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nick Baumann, Ryan Grim and Matt Fuller
    MANCHESTER, N.H -- If Marco Rubio won the Iowa caucus by finishing third last week, Ted Cruz just won New Hampshire. Cruz (R-Texas), the actual winner of the Iowa Republican caucus, finished third in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, behind life-sized Chucky impersonator Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. In other words, he lost. But don't count Cruz out quite yet. Just two of the 48 states have voted, and Cruz has the money -- and the polling numbers -- to stay in the GOP race and, potentially, win it. Cruz, a methodical politician, plotted a course to...
  • Daily News Calls Out The 'Brain Dead' Voters Of New Hampshire

    02/09/2016 10:12:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Media ^ | February 9, 2016 | Nick Visser
    The New York Daily News is not amused with the people of New Hampshire. Following business mogul Donald Trump's double-digit win in the state's primary, the brash media outlet announced that its cover on Wednesday would depict a clown-faced image of the GOP front-runner alongside a sharp jab at the voters who've gotten him this far. "Clown comes back to life with N.H. win as mindless zombies turn out in droves," the cover reads, underneath the headline "Dawn of the brain dead." The Daily News has called Trump a clown -- among other things -- on its cover several times....
  • Does New Hampshire Mean Hillary Clinton Will Lose? That Depends On Her Strategy Going Forward

    02/09/2016 9:30:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Romper ^ | February 10, 2016 | Keiko Zoll
    Oh, what a difference a week makes: After barely eking past her Democratic opponent in Iowa, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost the New Hampshire primary to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday night. With 68 percent of precincts reporting at press time, Sanders had a nearly 20 point lead over Clinton. Does her loss in New Hampshire mean Clinton will lose the nomination? Right now -- only one state into the long primary process between now and party nominations in July -- it's still too early to tell. What we do know is that in order for Clinton...
  • It’s A Time For Choosing And That’s Why I Must Choose Cruz

    02/09/2016 6:39:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 168 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | February 2, 2016 | Kevin Boyd
    I have been struggling to decide who to vote for president. This field that was hyped as the "most talented in a generation" has turned out to be a field full of mediocrities. Standing atop the field until last night was a vulgar carnival barker and reality TV star. Instead of a debate on ideas, we have mindless sloganeering and empty words. Donald Trump absolutely cannot be the Republican nominee. Trump is not a conservative, he has not fought with conservatives, and he has actively aided and funded the enemies of conservatives. It's more than that though. To nominate Trump...
  • 'It was like a retweet': Donald Trump deploys creative defence of crude Ted Cruz insult at rally

    02/09/2016 2:32:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 9, 2016 | Colin Campbell
    As New Hampshire voters headed to the polls Tuesday, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump downplayed his use of a crude insult the day before. "It was like a retweet," Trump said during an interview on "Fox & Friends." "I would never say a word like that," he further insisted. At a Monday-night rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, Trump told his supporters he was surprised Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was not more supportive of waterboarding. An audience member apparently shouted out the vulgar insult, which Trump repeated from the stage while jokingly "reprimanding" his supporter for saying such a "terrible" thing....
  • The POLITICO 100: Billionaires dominate 2016

    02/08/2016 5:03:57 PM PST · by entropy12 · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/08/16 05:14 AM EST | K.P.Vogel & I.Arnsdorf
    The 100 biggest donors of 2016 cycle have spent $195 million trying to influence the presidential election more than the $155 million spent by the 2 million smallest donors combined, according to a POLITICO analysis of campaign finance data. The analysis found that the leading beneficiaries of checks from the top 100 donors were Jeb Bushs floundering campaign for the GOP nomination (a supportive super PAC received $49 million from donors on the list), Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton (super PACs dedicated to her raised $38 million from top 100 donors) and Ted Cruzs insurgent GOP campaign ($37 million). In fact,...
  • Latest N.H. Tracking Poll: Trump, Sanders Lead With 1 Day to Go

    02/08/2016 3:38:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    UMass-Lowell ^ | February 8, 2016 | Christine Gillette
    The eighth and final day of results from the UMass Lowell/7News tracking poll of 1,400 New Hampshire voters who were surveyed about candidates in the Feb. 9 Democratic and Republican primaries include: * With just a day to go before the first-in-the-nation primary, two outsider candidates - businessman Donald Trump and Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders - have double-digit leads. Both candidates have held large leads with likely primary voters since the first day of tracking poll results were released. Today, Trump's lead stands at 21 points and Sanders' at 16 points. * Trump has the support of 34 percent...
  • The Brief: With Second Place in Sight, Cruz Has Big Push in N.H.

    02/08/2016 2:00:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 147 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | February 8, 2016 | Jacob Sanchez and John Reynolds
    The Big Conversation The pivotal and increasingly more difficult to predict GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire will happen tomorrow. As the Tribune's Abby Livingston reports, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is campaigning with an urgency similar to his efforts in Iowa. "Cruz already has an Iowa victory under his belt, and will soon turn to Republican supporters better aligned with his message in Southern states in the coming weeks," Livingston wrote. "But he is campaigning here in New Hampshire as if there is not tomorrow: come Tuesday, he will have made at least 17 stops in a week's time." Donald...
  • New Hampshire's 'Liberty Wing' Shifts to Ted Cruz

    02/08/2016 1:14:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Charisma Magazine's Charisma Caucus ^ | February 8, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    One of the under-reported stories leading up to Ted Cruz' win in the Iowa Republican Caucus was his ability to attract libertarian-leaning members of the GOP base. With Rand Paul in the race, it seemed unlikely he would be able to convince New Hampshire's decidedly more libertarian "liberty wing" to follow suit. Paul dropped out of the race last week, and this week seven of the Kentucky senator's biggest Granite State supporters announced they are backing Cruz now. State Rep. J.R. Hoell was among the first to switch. The mechanical engineer now in his third term serving New Hampshire House...
  • Flint water crisis: residents say Hillary Clinton ‘coming for the entertainment’

    02/08/2016 3:13:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | February 7, 2016 | Lucia Graves in Flint, Michigan
    Hillary Clinton has made every effort to make Flint her own. The water crisis afflicting this predominantly black Michigan city - ignored by Washington politicians for years - has become another battlefield in a progressive war between Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Race, class and the environment matter again in an issues-based, neck-and-neck race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Looking past Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, where Sanders is tipped to win, and toward the March primary states where she will be counting on African American support, Clinton made a symbolic campaign stop here on Sunday. "I feel blessed to be...
  • When the applause dies for Jeb Bush (In desperation, using Terri Schiavo campaign ad)

    02/08/2016 2:29:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | February 5, 2016 | Carl Hiaasen
    "Please clap," Jeb Bush wryly told a subdued crowd in New Hampshire last week, a moment that epitomizes his problem. The pundits call it lack of traction. Among too many voters it's lack of interest. If Jeb bombs in New Hampshire, he's done. Even if he doesn't quit the race, it's over. A year ago this scenario was unimaginable. He had more money, more brains, more connections and more governing experience than any other Republican wanting to be president. Like many people, I thought his nomination would be a slam dunk. The gaseous rise of Donald Trump upended everything, but...
  • Iowa offers lessons for North Carollina voters, politicians

    02/07/2016 10:09:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Asheboro Courier-Tribune ^ | February 8, 2016 | John Hood
    The states of Iowa and North Carolina have at least two things in common. First, they are the nation's top producers of hogs. Second, they are often overrun with politicians desperate to attract attention and votes. But I repeat myself. Now that we know the results of the Iowa caucuses, the 2016 political landscape is much clearer. Those seeking office or running campaigns in North Carolina would be well advised to look to Iowa, another purple state, for lessons about the press, the polls and the parties. For starters, reporters and commentators are only as insightful as their sources. Many...
  • First on CNN: Bush camp includes Santorum in new anti-Rubio ad

    02/07/2016 9:37:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 5, 2016 | By Ashley Killough
    (CNN)--Jeb Bush's campaign is pouncing Marco Rubio's resume -- or lack thereof -- in a new, edgy TV ad that features Rick Santorum's now-famous interview and draws a contrast to Bush's record as former Florida governor. The 60-second ad, "Accomplishments," will start running in New Hampshire on Saturday. It shows the MSNBC "Morning Joe" interview of Santorum, who endorsed Rubio this week, struggling to list anything Rubio has done of significance in the Senate during an interview on Thursday. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) It's the second ad on the interview this week from a rival of Rubio, who's been gaining momentum after his...
  • Young Women in NH ‘Offended’ Clinton Using Gender as Political Tool

    02/07/2016 9:11:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 5, 2016 | Jenna Lifhits
    Young women in New Hampshire were offended by the way Hillary Clinton uses her gender to garner support, an MSNBC survey revealed Friday. When MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall asked young female voters about Hillary Clinton's claim on Wednesday that she is not an establishment candidate because she is a woman, they responded negatively. One of the respondents said that she did not like how Clinton assumed that her feminism was identical to the feminism of all women. "I also am a woman. I also face discrimination as being a woman. Her feminism does not represent my feminism, and I think...
  • Quick poll shows decline for Rubio

    02/07/2016 8:33:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 7, 2016 | Alex Isenstadt
    MANCHESTER, N.H. - An internal poll conducted on Sunday suggests that Marco Rubio's fumbled debate performance has damaged his prospects heading into the New Hampshire primary. The poll, conducted by the pro-John Kasich New Day for America Super PAC, shows Rubio plummeting to fourth place in the primary here, with 10 percent of the vote. Most of the polling conducted in the immediate days before the debate showed Rubio in second place. The survey, which was based on phone calls to 500 likely voters (margin of error plus or minus 3 percent), was conducted Sunday, the day following the latest...
  • The politics of Cruz and the personality of Trump — in one governor

    02/07/2016 7:30:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Post ^ | February 7, 2016 | Richard Warnica
    LEXINGTON, Ky. -- At the start, of course, he was a joke -- a rich man playing politics, dismissed by friend and foe. But he stayed in it. His numbers climbed. And at a certain point, he wasn't funny anymore. He is Matt Bevin, the governor of Kentucky, and his election last fall may say more about the current state of Republican politics than anything happening in New Hampshire this week. Bevin has been called "The Donald Trump of Kentucky." But he's more of an amalgam really: a mix of Trump, Ted Cruz and something all his own. His success...
  • Rupert Murdoch on Debate: Cruz Good, but Why Don't Colleagues Trust Him?

    02/07/2016 6:18:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 7, 2016 | Greg Richter
    News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch weighed in on Saturday night's Republican presidential debate, with questions about Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie. Murdoch was complimentary of all the candidates on the stage in his first tweet on the subject on Sunday morning, saying all lifted their game. He then said businessman Donald Trump looked more presidential than he has in past debates, and even gave Rubio a good review, though most thought the Florida senator stumbled amid criticism from Chris Christie that he has simply memorized short speeches on various subjects. Murdoch did mention that shortcoming. Murdoch liked Cruz,...
  • Ted Cruz Picks Up Six Endorsements From Rand Paul’s Backers (NH Lawmakers)

    02/07/2016 4:36:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 7, 2016 | Michelle Fields
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has picked up endorsements from six New Hampshire lawmakers who previously supported Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 's presidential bid. From The New Hampshire Union Leader: The six state lawmakers endorsing Cruz are: Rep. Max Abramson of Seabrook, Rep. Eric Eastman of Nashua, Rep. Harold French of Franklin, Rep. Larry Gagne of Manchester, Rep. JR Hoell of Dunbarton, and Rep. Mark McLean of Manchester....
  • Trump: I 'very much agree' with Sanders on trade

    02/07/2016 3:43:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | February 7, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump on Sunday said he and Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders "very much agree" on trade. "Well it's very interesting that you say that, because the one thing we very much agree on is trade," Trump said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We both agree that we're getting ripped off by China, by Japan, by Mexico, by everybody we do business with." Asked how he would differentiate himself with the Vermont senator to New Hampshire independents who may be torn, the billionaire businessman said he will actually be able to do something to correct trade...
  • Last Night's "Marcobot Moment" May Have Ruined a Political Career

    02/07/2016 3:17:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | February 7, 2016 | Kevin Drum
    I was out to dinner last night--the duck at Il Fornaio was great!--so I missed the Republican debate. That was too bad, because apparently the highlight of the night was Chris Christie's brutal beatdown of Marco Rubio over precisely the point I made a few days ago. Here's my version: To me he seems like a robot: he's memorized a whole bunch of virtual index cards, and whenever you ask a question he performs a database search and recites whatever comes up. The index cards aren't bad, mind you, and I suppose they allow him to emulate a dumb person's...
  • If Bernie Sanders loses, his backers may not be there for Hillary Clinton in November

    02/07/2016 1:28:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 6, 2016 | Evan Halper and Michael A. Memoli
    Gio Vanecchia is so enamored of Bernie Sanders that he made a five-hour drive with his wife and infant son from South Jersey on Saturday morning to catch a glimpse of the progressive firebrand. But what if Sanders loses the Democratic nomination? Asked whether he will be there to vote for the Democrat in November should Sanders falter, the 34-year-old union mechanic reacts as if the question is insane. There is not a chance, he insists, that he would ever support Hillary Clinton. "She's establishment," Vanecchia said. "Most of the guys I work with think she's a criminal." Usually, that...
  • Why It’s Too Soon for Mitt Romney to Endorse Marco Rubio

    02/06/2016 7:22:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Slate ^ | February 5, 2016 | Jim Newell
    He should wait until that endorsement would do the most good. It doesn't take many mental contortions to figure out whom Mitt Romney would support in a three-way race between Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz, and Sen. Marco Rubio. Obviously he would support none of them, because Romney is waiting for the three to end up in a deadlocked convention from which Romney emerges the consensus nominee. Just kidding, sort of. The dude wants to endorse Rubio, and it's only a matter of time...
  • Ted Cruz Won’t Be Denied

    02/06/2016 5:13:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 6, 2016 | Frank Bruni
    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- ANOTHER Ted Cruz rally, another Ted Cruz rant about the media's failure to give him his due. I endured one in the tiny town of Weare, N.H., on Thursday afternoon and had two thoughts. The first was that I'd seldom heard a voice as ripe with self-regard -- as juicy with it -- as his. He's pomposity's plum tomato. The second thought was that he's right. We've sold him short. We continue to underestimate him. He's even craftier than we appreciated. He's more devious than we realized. And he has a better chance to win the Republican...
  • Former Ben Carson Communications Director: They gave Cruz a "loaded pistol"

    02/05/2016 9:01:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Business Insider ^ | February 5, 2016 | Allan Smith
    Link only: http://www.businessinsider.com/ben-carson-ted-cruz-letter-voicemail-iowa-2016-2
  • Carson: Cruz^s attitude towards what he did in Iowa reminds me of Hillary attitude towards Benghazi

    02/05/2016 9:00:51 PM PST · by entropy12 · 139 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 3:21 PM ON FEBRUARY 5, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Cruz should have held his campaign staff accountable for spreading bad information just like Hillary should have held State Department staff accountable for not stopping jihadi savages from murdering Americans. Asked by Todd Starnes if he was satisfied with the way Sen. Cruz has handled himself as Christian over the incident in Iowa, Carson said, Well, let me put it this way, it is not the way that I would have handled it. I would make sure that it did not happen again, Carson continued. And I would take corrective action. Not to take corrective action is tacitly saying it...
  • This top Rand Paul donor just made a big endorsement in the presidential race

    02/05/2016 8:40:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Rare ^ | February 3, 2016 | Corie W. Stephens
    Tech entrepreneur Scott Banister has long been an ally to the liberty movement. The angel investor, IronPort founder, and PayPal board member donated $3 million to a Rand Paul supporting Super PAC, and has been a vocal supporter of the libertarian Republican. Now that Rand Paul is out of the presidential race, Banister has thrown his support behind Ted Cruz. Cruz is a self-described constitutional conservative who earned the endorsements of both Rand and Ron Paul in his 2012 Texas Senate race. Scott Banister Our best chance for a constitutional presidency is now @tedcruz. #LibertariansForCruz Cruz's relationship with the Pauls...
  • Trump: Eh, who cares about that Iowa thing now?

    02/05/2016 7:32:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 5, 2016 | Ed Morrissey
    Well, until last night's interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, it seemed Donald Trump certainly cared a great deal about it. After a brief but gracious silver-medalist speech on Monday night, Trump spent the rest of the week raging on Twitter over Ted Cruz' supposed "voter fraud," demanding a do-over of the Iowa caucuses and investigations by the RNC. After a few days of what Cruz called a "Trumper-tanrum," Trump now wants everyone to just get over it: (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The day after accusing Ted Cruz of winning the Iowa caucuses unfairly and asking for a rematch in the state, Donald Trump...
  • Donald Trump Anderson Cooper FULL Interview CNN Q&A - 2/4/16

    02/05/2016 7:07:15 PM PST · by entropy12 · 7 replies
    Youtube ^ | 02/04/16 | Anderson Cooper
    Published on Feb 4, 2016 February 4, 2016 - Donald Trump Anderson Cooper FULL Interview CNN Q&A Category News & Politics License Standard YouTube License
  • WBUR Poll: In N.H., Dem Race Tightens Slightly, Trump Stays Ahead On GOP Side (Cruz, Rubio tied)

    02/05/2016 2:45:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WBUR-TV ^ | February 5, 2016 | Fred Thys
    With four days to go until voting, a new WBUR poll finds a somewhat tightening race in the Democratic presidential primary. The poll (topline, Democratic crosstabs) -- conducted over three nights this week after the Iowa caucuses -- has U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, leading former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 54 percent to 39 percent. That's a tighter margin than many other recent polls. "The Democratic side, we have what looks like a possible contest," said Steve Koczela, of The MassINC Polling Group, which conducted the survey for WBUR. On the Republican side, the poll (Republican crosstabs) finds...
  • Why Ted Cruz’s Facial Expression Makes Me Uneasy

    02/05/2016 9:31:04 AM PST · by entropy12 · 191 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | Posted Jan 01, 2016 | Richard E. Cytowic M.D
    He’s a brilliant orator with a sharp legal mind. But his expression unsettles me. I know my reaction is visceral and automatic, but as a neurologist it is my business to notice things out of the ordinary and probe them. The Senator’s atypical expressions leave me uneasy. Skill in reading faces is so fundamental to our species that 54 facial muscles orchestrate its endless nuances, which others read like a book just as we read them. Only some of these many facial muscles are under voluntary control, which is one reason it is so hard to maintain a poker face...
  • Rubio endorsements: Another senator, Pat Toomey, signs on

    02/03/2016 9:03:31 PM PST · by entropy12 · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | FEBRUARY 3, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Not as important as Tim Scott’s support since Toomey’s not from an early state, but still significant big-picture. This isn’t just a case of Cruz losing out to Rubio on another endorsement among his Senate colleagues, it’s a litmus test of electability — or perceived electability. Why might a Republican from a purple state, whose seat is up this year by the way, prefer Rubio to Cruz or Trump? Hmmm:
  • Full Event: Donald Trump Holds Rally in Little Rock, AR (2-3-16)

    02/03/2016 7:16:18 PM PST · by entropy12 · 52 replies
    RSBN ^ | (2-3-16) | RSBN
    Wednesday, February 3, 2016: GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump held a campaign rally in Little Rock, AR at Barton Coliseum and spoke to a record crowd. Watch the live stream and replay of the event below.
  • Afghan vet Brian Mast announces for FL-18

    02/03/2016 3:08:17 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 25, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    That leaves FL-18 open, and gives Republicans an excellent opportunity for a pickup. The South Florida coastal district has a Cook rating of R+3, and without a Democratic incumbent to hold it, the district may serve as a bellwether of sorts for the GOP’s potential success in the entire state. Former Army Ranger and veteran of Afghanistan Brian Mast has announced this morning that he will seek the Republican nomination for Congress in this district — less than five years after losing both of his legs in Afghanistan
  • Jon Keyser parachutes into crowded GOP field for U.S. Senate in Colorado

    02/03/2016 3:03:28 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 13 replies
    The Colorado Independent ^ | January 11, 2016 | Corey Hutchins
    So who is Jon Keyser? He’s a 34-year-old, first-term member of the Colorado House of Representatives who will resign from his local lawmaker seat so he can devote his full attention to a run at the big show. What’s he bring to a race that includes state Sen. Tim Neville, wealthy Colorado Springs businessman Robert Blaha, and former Aurora City Councilman Ryan Frazier, among several others? Youth, an apparent coating of fairy dust from the national GOP establishment, and, oh, a biographical data point that includes killing terrorists as part of special ops missions for the U.S. military.
  • Brian Fitzpatrick announces candidacy for Congress in Pennsylvania's 8th District

    02/03/2016 2:51:38 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    Bucks Local News ^ | February 01, 2016
    Former FBI Supervisory Special Agent and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Fitzpatrick, standing outside the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown on Thursday, announced his candidacy for Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District in the House of Representatives. “The time is now to restore integrity and honor to our nation’s capital. Our government is broken. People have lost faith in the system: Corruption is rampant in our nation’s capital and Harrisburg. And all the while, too many politicians prefer to be political ideologues, rather than the problem solvers we need,” said Fitzpatrick surrounded by supporters. “I believe I have the experience and background...
  • Veterans slam Sarah Palin for saying son's domestic abuse arrest result of PTSD

    02/03/2016 7:58:09 AM PST · by Virtuoso80 · 68 replies
    Veterans have come out against Sarah Palin after she said in a speech on Wednesday that PTSD caused her son Track’s alleged domestic abuse ‘As a combat vet, EXTREMELY disgusted by #SarahPalin blaming PTSD 4 domestic abuse,’ wrote one man on Twitter Another said: ‘Speaking as a combat vet who literally slept in the same barracks as Track Palin, his mother is wrong and her son is not a victim’ Paul Rieckhoff, who heads Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, also criticized Palin for blaming the incident on President Obama Brandon Friedman, former digital media director for the Department of...
  • Give 'Em a Few More Days, And Everyone Will "Know" That Rubio Won Iowa

    02/02/2016 7:06:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | February 2, 2016 | Ace
    Reuters Top News Marco Rubio emerges as champion of battered Republican party http://reut.rs/1SAq0xv Yes, Rubio's fans, and the permanent GOP establishment (but I repeat myself), are just sort of ignoring the winner, Ted Cruz, and the second place finisher, Trump, and declaring Rubio won. They'll keep on saying it. They always throw some caveat around Cruz's win, which was apparently tainted by the fact that he worked really hard at it, and out-organized everyone else. So they just sort of blow that off. Rubio didn't even try, and he got third. Marcomentum! Meanwhile, this happened during Hillary's speech: 😂 RT...
  • Sarah Palin talks about Trump’s Iowa loss and whether they’ve discussed running together

    02/02/2016 6:25:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | February 2, 2016 | Hunter Walker, national correspondent
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin flew out of Iowa on Tuesday after traveling there to campaign with presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Yahoo News spoke to Palin, who was the GOP's vice presidential candidate in 2008, as she passed through airport security. Trump came in second to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, so we asked Palin whether she thinks Trump will catch up in the next primary state, New Hampshire. "I think so," Palin said of Trump's chances in the Granite State. "He's going to do well there." Palin also shared...