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  • Limbaugh: Jeb Bush really running to kill tea party

    12/17/2014 12:40:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 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 · 11 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 · 61 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 · 62 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...
  • Landrieu and the myth of the southern realignment

    12/07/2014 6:17:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 7, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    With Mary Landrieu exiting the Senate, the usual rounds of finger pointing and recriminations have already begun. In the eyes of her supporters, the reasons are numerous and obvious. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the unpopularity of the President or the issues she espoused. No, the only reason that a Republican will occupy that seat next year is that the South is full of hateful, bigoted, stars and bars waving racists and homophobes. This, they will claim, is the result of an ongoing process which began simmering after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,...
  • Mark Shields: 2016 an Unconventional Year for Presidential Nominees

    12/06/2014 8:19:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Noozhawk ^ | December 6, 2014 | Mark Shields
    Since 1952, nearly every battle for an open Republican presidential nomination when there has been no Republican incumbent running for re-election has followed two dependable storylines. First, a year before the party convention, the GOP voters have settled on a front-runner and then, with the only exception being former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (who, before he self-destructed his campaign in 2008, led in the 2007 polls), 12 months later, nominated that early front-runner. Beginning with Dwight Eisenhower in 1951 — followed by Richard Nixon in 1959 (and again in 1967), Barry Goldwater in 1963, Ronald Reagan in 1979, George...
  • Chris Matthews: "Mark My Words," Mitt Romney Will Beat Jeb Bush And Be GOP Nominee

    12/06/2014 5:31:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | December 5, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: Apparently back then when Romney was thinking of putting [Chris Christie] on the ticket when he was running, when he was running, he discovered there were some problems, alright? Do you think he might use those problems against him next time? DAVID CORN, MOTHER JONES: Well, that opposition book is rather thick. If Romney doesn't use it, somebody else will. MATTHEWS: And therefore -- but I keep thinking Romney is going to be the nominee after all this is over. CORN: No. MATTHEWS: Look, I'm pretty good at this. CORN: No. No... He's not going to run....
  • The ‘Why not me?’ race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 (Their list is laughable)

    12/05/2014 9:33:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | December 5, 2014 | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    If there's one think you can say about the 2016 Republican presidential field, it is this: It is going to be HUGE. There are currently 23 names on the long, long list of potential candidates. That's twice (!) as many people as have ever run for the GOP nomination in the past. Now, not all of those "candidates" will actually run -- Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and Rep. Marsha Blackburn don't make much sense as presidential candidates, to name just two -- but that's a huge field of prospective candidates. And while all two dozen names being mentioned won't make...
  • 2016–Mitt Romney: I'm the Establishment GOP Leader, Not Jeb

    12/05/2014 6:09:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 5, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Former Massachusetts Governor and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not yet ready to relinquish his title as the head of the pale-pastels establishment wing of the Republican Party to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. "A senior Republican who has met with Mitt Romney" tells Politico that Romney is telling donors on Wall Street "not to commit to a candidate that is not their first choice and that they aren’t excited about. He does not think much of the current field and does not think it is jelling. He still views himself as the leader of the establishment wing of...
  • Karl Rove: GOP Standouts Busy Paving Way for Presidential Runs

    12/04/2014 2:43:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 4, 2014 | Elliot Jager
    Though the Republican presidential primaries are some 14 months away, the groundwork now being set will separate those who are likely to be serious contenders from the also-rans, writes veteran GOP strategist Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal. Rove calls this crucial stage-setting process the "invisible primaries" in which the candidates compete to distill their messages, raise cash, and put together cohesive campaign staffs. He dismisses current polling numbers — showing Mitt Romney way ahead — as reflecting "little more than name recognition." Rove lauds New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and Sen. Marco Rubio,...
  • Rand Paul wins AL.com's presidential poll and now, he's coming to Alabama: Today's political update

    12/04/2014 2:33:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | December 4, 2014 | Leada Gore
    Alabama Republicans will host Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at its winter dinner on Feb. 20. If a new AL.com poll is any indication, he will get more than a warm welcome. A recent AL.com poll puts Paul ahead of nine other leading contenders for the GOP presidential nomination. Paul garnered 43 percent of the vote, followed by Ted Cruz at 31 percent and Dr. Ben Carson at 14 percent. Of course, the poll is not scientific. And it's interesting to note the poll was shared widely among Paul supporters, showing up on sites such as dailypaul.com. Paul, a favorite among...
  • Ted Cruz is winning at Twitter, tied with Hillary Clinton on Facebook

    12/04/2014 10:25:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 4, 2014 | Kelly Cohen
    Sen. Ted Cruz is winning on social media. Between Sept. 1 to Dec. 1, the Texas Republican garnered the most mentions on Twitter out of 10 potential 2016 candidates, with 4.55 million mentions to his two handles, @SenTedCruz and @TedCruz, according to data provided to Politico. Cruz also had similar success on Facebook, with 1.8 million people talking about him, adding up to a whopping 5.6 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) between Aug. 22 and Nov. 22. The only other candidate with as much clout as Cruz on social media was former Secretary of State and likely 2016 Democratic...
  • Rand stands with Obama and Kerry on Iran

    12/04/2014 8:35:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | December 4, 2014 | Philip Klein
    There may be disagreements on foreign policy among conservatives, but one thing that there's near universal agreement on is that President Obama's foreign policy has been an abysmal failure. That's why it was especially noteworthy that Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., already facing an uphill battle in winning over conservative primary voters on foreign policy, has embraced the disastrous, John Kerry-led negotiations with the radical Islamic Iranian regime. Speaking at a meeting sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, "Mr. Paul said he doesn’t favor increasing sanctions on Iran as the U.S. continues diplomatic efforts aimed at ending the Iranian nuclear weapons...
  • Economy Doesn't Make Clinton a Favorite in 2016

    12/03/2014 5:41:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 3, 2014 | Sean Trende
    I’d intended to write about the Democratic and Republican primaries this week, but an article from the New Republic’s very smart Danny Vinik caught my eye. So, the primaries will have to wait. Referencing a piece by Ed Luce in the Financial Times, Vinik writes that Luce “overlooks a fundamental reason why [Hillary Clinton] is the early [2016] favorite: The economy is quickly improving under a Democratic president.” Vinik then cites political science research suggesting that the economy is the crucial factor in predicting elections. This is true. But there are other factors to consider as well; no model of...
  • Ron Paul: Evangelicals' Support for War at Odds With Fundamental Teachings of Jesus

    12/02/2014 2:48:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Yahoo! Finance / FTM Daily ^ | December 2, 2014 | Jerry Robinson
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., -- In an exclusive interview with FTMDaily's (http://ftmdaily.com/) Jerry Robinson, former Congressman Ron Paul discusses some of his core values as an American and as a human being. "On Faith and Family: A Conversation With Dr. Ron Paul" provides compelling insight on the problems facing the nation today, as well as reflections on Paul's three presidential campaigns. Paul explained that war and strong-arm diplomacy, both part of America's compulsion to police the world, are fundamentally unsound policies. Most disturbingly, he said, is that a vocal minority of the Christian Evangelical community is strongly in favor of such foreign...
  • Cruz: Defense Department has higher turnover than 'a typical Burger King'

    12/02/2014 2:21:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | December 2, 2014 | Jeremy Diamond
    Sen. Ted Cruz slammed the White House on Tuesday for a "failure of leadership" as President Barack Obama prepares to nominate his administration's fourth defense secretary. The Texas Republican, who is considering a 2016 run in hopes of heading his own White House administration, called the unusually high turnover at the helm of the Defense Department emblematic of a White House that puts politics above U.S. national security. "It seems what the administration is looking for is a defense secretary who will follow the orders of a political White House rather than focus on defending the national security interests of...
  • Did John McCain Just Say He Might Run for President Again?

    12/02/2014 1:56:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 2, 2014 | Marina Koren
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Forget Mitt Romney. Another former Republican presidential candidate is stoking 2016 rumors. It seemed like another run-of-the-mill interview with a politician on late-night television. Sen. John McCain was on The Colbert Report on Tuesday night to talk about his love of deep-frying turkeys and his new book with Mark Salter, Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War. At the end of the show, host Stephen Colbert asked McCain if he wanted to be the next Defense secretary. And then McCain dropped the mic. "Actually, I was thinking about running for president again," he said. "What do you...
  • The Teabag GOP is Bat[expletive]; Jeb is Noticing That as He Prepares to Run

    12/02/2014 12:05:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    RFK, Jr's Ring Of Fire ^ | December 2, 2014 | Joshua De Leon
    For some time, rumors have been circulating as to whether former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will run for the president in 2016. As Bush further considers the possibility of running, he’s seems to have realized one thing: the current GOP is completely insane. Yesterday, Bush announced a game plan of sorts should he follow through and run for president in 2016, according to The Huffington Post. Bush said a successful candidate must be willing to “lose the primary to win the general.” As strange as the rationale behind that analogy may seem, Bush is saying that a candidate must stick...
  • Run Ted Run! Presidential aspirant Cruz dominates ZOA's annual event with his robust Zionism.

    12/02/2014 11:33:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Jewish Week ^ | December 1, 2014 | Tim Boxer
    Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was the most exciting entrée that president Mort Klein dished up at his Nov. 23 Zionist Organization of America dinner at Manhattan’s Grand Hyatt. The ballroom rocked with chants of “Run Ted Run! Run Ted Run!” Will these hordes of supporters pass the pushke to help fill Cruz’s coffers? Cheerleading burnishes the ego, but barrels of shekels churn out the votes. That’s why Cruz was cruising Jewish right wing at the ZOA affair. The tea party darling was one of 1,000 guests, including such major machers as real estate mogul/media honcho Mortimer Zuckerman, deep-pocketed Michael...