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  • The disturbing case of Ted Cruz and the gay hoteliers

    04/27/2015 1:41:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | April 27, 2015 | Kyle Wingfield
    If there is a worse example of our politics today than this, I’d hate to see it. Ted Cruz, the ultra-conservative Texas senator running for the GOP’s presidential nomination, spent an evening last week visiting with about a dozen people at the Manhattan home of Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass, the gay proprietors of, among other properties, the Out NYC hotel. Cruz’s opinions about gay marriage are very different from those of the hoteliers. But — gasp! — he and Reisner, in particular, apparently agree about other issues, notably foreign policy and America’s relationship with Israel. So they met to...
  • NYT Freak Out: Ermagersh! Ted Cruz Has Gay Friends—and Supporters!!!This doesn't fit the narrative

    04/24/2015 1:41:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | April 23, 2015 | Paula Bolyard
    It seems the New York Times has gotten itself all worked up because Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz attended an event in his honor at the Manhattan apartment of — gasp! — “two prominent gay hoteliers.” (Apparently one cannot simply be a ‘hotelier’ these days — a sexual identifier is required.) It’s obvious that Times reporter Maggie Haberman thought she had found the smoking gun that would tarnish Cruz’s conservative credentials forever when she reported that he’s not a hateful bigot or something. ”Mr. Cruz said he would not love his daughters any differently if one of them was gay,”...
  • Donations to Ted Cruz come in chunks big and small, but much is murky ("Murky" compared to Hillary?)

    04/22/2015 9:37:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 22, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman, Washington Bureau
    The money fueling Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for president comes in both trickles and torrents. And the sources of much of it are murky. A hedge fund billionaire is reported to have poured $30 million into the cause isn’t talking. So it’s unclear why he picked Cruz and how much he’s willing to spend to keep the Texas Republican’s hopes alive as the race plays out. Nor will Cruz identify supporters who’ve agreed to raise up to $500,000 from their networks of friends and associates — bundlers who’ll be rewarded with special access to the candidate in coming months. “Some...
  • Walker closes NH Summit w/call for going ‘big, bold’ -Cruz to defend Bill of Rights, “all of it”

    04/18/2015 8:34:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | April 18, 2015 | John DiStaso
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)NASHUA, N.H. —Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker closed the NHGOP’s First-in-the-Nation Republican Leadership Summit on Saturday night with a call for “common sense” leadership to promote “big and bold” ideas. Walker, who has been leading the GOP presidential field in recent New Hampshire polling, told several hundred Republicans who remained for the separately ticketed Saturday night dinner that if he runs for president, he would apply the same principles and approach that he said has turned around his state’s economy. Introduced by former Gov. John H. Sununu, Walker said he decided to run for governor because he and his wife wanted...
  • The What Ifs of the 2016 GOP Presidential Race

    04/17/2015 11:02:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Roll Call's RothenBlog ^ | April 16, 2015 | Stuart Rothenberg
    If Jeb Bush doesn’t win any of the first four GOP contests — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — does that eliminate him from the Republican race? Or does he have the staying power to survive those losses? If Texas Sen. Ted Cruz finishes first in the Iowa caucuses, does that all but eliminate hopefuls such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Ben Carson from the race? If Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul finishes fourth in Iowa (which would be worse than his father’s third-place showing in the caucuses...
  • Ted Cruz's Big Money Man Is A Hedge Funder With a $2 Million Train Set (Smell their fear)

    04/13/2015 5:25:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Mother Jones' Political Mojo Blog ^ | April 13, 2015 | Molly Redden
    Robert Mercer, a Long Island hedge fund magnate, has made some lavish investments over the years: There's his 203-foot super yacht, called the Sea Owl. There's the $2 million model train set he had custom-built in his mansion—and the lawsuit he filed against the builders, saying they'd overcharged him. And now there's the money he's putting behind Ted Cruz's presidential ambitions. Mercer is the main bankroller of a ring of four super-PACs supporting Cruz for president, the New York Times reported Friday. The PACs have collected $31 million in the four weeks since Cruz launched his campaign, giving the freshman...
  • New York Times fears a 1980-style presidential ‘shellacking’

    04/12/2015 12:38:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Communities Digital News' More Than Right Blog ^ | April 12, 2015 | Stephen Z. Nemo
    It’s never been a secret that the politically regressive “progressives” on the New York Times editorial board hate freedom. And so, in last Sunday’s lead editorial, they came out full square for a totalitarian state under the iron boot of Supreme Leader Barack Obama. The Times is concerned that, as the failed Obama presidency heads into the final stretch and his policies become a greater concern to voting Americans, frightened citizens, especially those that have never voted before, will continue replacing tangential establishment Republicans in Congress with robust conservative-libertarian-tea partiers. That is why the Times finds the return of a...
  • Cruz Is Suddenly a Player, Thanks to Reclusive Backer

    04/11/2015 12:35:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    Newser ^ | April 11, 2015 | John Johnson
    Millionaire Robert Mercer helps him raise an 'eye-popping' $31M right off the bat.If other GOP contenders shrugged off Ted Cruz's chances of winning the nomination, it's a safe bet they're reassessing things after four new super PACS announced they'd raised a staggering $31 million to support his new candidacy. "Even in the context of a presidential campaign cycle in which the major party nominees are expected to raise more than $1.5 billion, Cruz’s haul is eye-popping, one that instantly raises the stakes in the Republican fundraising contest," writes Mark Halperin at Bloomberg. The super PACs in question are only a...
  • Hillary Clinton is following the lead of America's wealthiest (Also Cruz, Paul & Rubio)

    04/04/2015 7:47:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 4, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie, Slate
    The wealthiest Americans don’t care about inequality, and our presidential candidates are following their lead. That’s not to say they aren’t talking about inequality. They are, for anyone who will listen. As Noam Scheiber notes for the New York Times, Sens. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio broached the issue in January, while Hillary Clinton discussed it at the Center for American Progress last week. But none of them have ideas for tackling the problem. Neither Cruz nor Paul nor Rubio was willing to say “the government should intervene to solve it,” while Clinton would rather retreat to platitudes—“We...
  • The “Rand Paul Isn’t Running” Story Is Bogus … But Brilliant: But Who Is Spreading It?

    04/03/2015 5:24:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    FITS News ^ | April 3, 2015 | Staff
    U.S. Senator Rand Paul is running for president … in fact, he announces his candidacy next week in Louisville, Kentucky. From there he travels to early voting Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina – including a big fundraiser in the Palmetto State the day after he announces. As we write this, money is being collected. Speeches are being vetted. He’s 100 percent in … and not only that, Paul is one of the few candidates in the race with (we believe) a path to victory. And one of the few candidates (we believe) to be worthy of real consideration. Is...
  • GOP congressman: Ted Cruz backers are making boorish phone calls to my office (Guess who?)

    03/27/2015 10:19:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | March 27, 2015 | Mike DeBonis
    Rep. Peter D. King (R-N.Y.) is not a fan of Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas senator, newly announced presidential candidate, and fellow Republican. "To me, he's just a guy with a big mouth and no results," he told CNN this week. Well, Cruz supporters aren't much fans of King, a moderate representing Long Island who has long been critical of hard-line conservatives in his own party. And, King said Friday, they have called his congressional office to let him know how they felt, prompting him to issue a statement slamming those Cruz backers as suffering "from severe cases of arrested...
  • GOP Rep. Peter King dismisses Ted Cruz as 'carnival barker'

    03/23/2015 9:48:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    CNN ^ | March 23, 2015 | Deirdre Walsh, Senior Congressional Producer
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)New York Republican Rep. Peter King, who is considering his own bid for the White House, mocked Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz's announcement that he was running in 2016 and said the Texas Republican isn't qualified to serve as president. "Shutting down the federal government and reading Dr. Seuss on the Senate floor are the marks of a carnival barker not the leader of the free world," King said in a written statement on Monday. King's statement references a Cruz speech on the Senate floor that last more than 20 hours, railing against Obamacare in 2013. The New York Republican...
  • Republicans Blew Their Chance to End Hillary's Career 15 Years Ago. Have They Learned Their Lesson?

    03/20/2015 9:05:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | March 19, 2015 | Nick Baumann and Patrick Caldwell
    Note to GOP dudes: This is how to blow an election against Hillary.On the evening of September 13, 2000, after his first debate with Hillary Clinton, Rick Lazio was feeling confident. Several polls had shown the Republican congressman ahead of the first lady in the race for New York's open Senate seat, and Lazio and his team felt the debate had bolstered his lead. He wasn't alone in this view. "The post-debate conventional wisdom was clear," Michael Tomasky wrote in Hillary's Turn, his account of the contest. "Lazio had won." Even Patti Solis Doyle, Clinton's chief of staff for the...
  • Politico Faces Its Worst Fear and Ponders a 2016 Without Hillary

    03/05/2015 9:46:04 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | March 4, 2015 | Stephen Kruiser
    Someone has abandonment issues. Until now, Hillary Clinton’s run for the presidency has been viewed as pretty much a sure thing. But lately the road to near-certain nomination has taken a couple of rough turns, especially with the revelation that Clinton may have broken federal rules as secretary of state by communicating only on her private email account. Which makes us wonder: What if The Unthinkable did happen and she actually dropped out? What would be the Democrats’ response? “Panic,” says Democratic consultant Chris Lapetina. Indeed, the biggest problem is that the Democratic establishment is apparently so terrified of the...
  • Republican Congressman Peter King Slams Self-Righteous Delusional Wing Of His Party

    02/28/2015 2:11:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | February 28, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    Appearing on Luke Russert’s online MSNBC TV program, Shift, New York Congressman Peter King (R) slammed fellow House Republicans for not simply banding together to pass a clean funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. King made it clear that he was fed up with Tea Party Republicans playing politics with Homeland Security funding. The New York Congressman declared: ”This madness has to end soon…I’ve had it with this self-righteous, delusional wing of the party.” King lamented that may GOP members of Congress come from very conservative districts where they “live in an echo chamber”. He argued that those...
  • Has Boehner Grown a Spine? Guy's starting to sound like Ted Cruz.

    02/16/2015 11:18:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | February 16, 2015 | Walter Hudson
    In a move more reminiscent of Texas Senator Ted Cruz than Ohio Representative John Boehner, the House Speaker has pursued a strategy to defund President Obama’s executive action on immigration, leveraging funding for Homeland Security in the process. Bloomberg News reports: House Speaker John Boehner said he’s prepared to let funding lapse for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and blame Democrats if the Senate fails to pass a House-backed bill for the agency. … The Homeland Security Department faces a shutdown of nonessential operations if Congress does not reach agreement before current funding ends on Feb. 27. When asked...
  • And the next President is...

    02/07/2015 4:57:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 7, 2015 | Robert Potts
    Based on historical patterns, the next president is likely to be a GenXer. This is not good news for the many baby boomers running, or thinking about running, in 2016. When voters decide it is time to move the presidency on to the next generation, they keep electing presidents in that next generation, or they go on to the one that follows. They do not go back. Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were from the baby boomer generation. Barack Obama is from the Gen X generation (those born 1961 to 1981). If the pattern holds, the next president will...
  • Hillary eyes Brooklyn for campaign HQ

    02/04/2015 2:55:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 2, 2015 | Amie Parnes
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Hillary Clinton is focused on housing her 2016 campaign headquarters in New York City — potentially in Brooklyn, which has emerged as a leading contender. Insiders say Clinton aides are looking at Brooklyn as a possible location, and that an office in White Plains, near the Clintons’s Chappaqua, N.Y., home, has been all but ruled out. For months, some in the Clinton universe thought that setting up the campaign in or around White Plains, a middle-class enclave with dozens of office parks, would be a good home for the former secretary of State’s second presidential campaign. But using Brooklyn for...
  • Peter King Running For President To Block Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio And Rand Paul

    02/01/2015 10:45:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Spreadit ^ | February 1, 2015 | Garrett Montgomery
    Peter King running for president in order to prevent other Republicans from winning the 2016 election. In numerous interviews, Congressman Peter King from New York has confirmed that his main reason for entering the presidential race is to serve as an obstacle to conservatives like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul.Peter King running for president not because he thinks he can make it to the White House, but because he wants to stop several Republicans from becoming the most powerful leader in the world. For over two years now, Mr Peter Thomas King, who is the U.S. Representative for...
  • Gail Collins: Texas Is Sending You a Present (Wherein she insults Perry, Cruz and Texas)

    01/16/2015 9:33:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 16, 2015 | Gail Collins
    Rick Perry! The man who has been governor of Texas since pterodactyls roamed the plains took his leave at the State Capitol this week. He is not saying anything for sure about running for president. Mum’s the word until springtime. However, he recently told a reporter that if voters want to break from the Obama era, “I am a very clear and compelling individual to support.” Wow, the Republican race is getting to be like one of those crime shows where the detectives have to paste pictures all over the wall so they can keep the suspects straight. So many...
  • Jeb Bush v. Hillary Clinton 2016? Yawn. Give me Ted Cruz v. Elizabeth Warren: PennLive letters

    01/14/2015 11:18:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Patriot-News ^ | January 14, 2015 | Steve Todd, Democratic Precinct Committeeman, Dauphin County
    On Jan. 4, New York Times' Frank Bruni kicked off the new presidential race with an analysis of a likely - some say inevitable - Bush / Clinton rematch (Jeb vs. Hillary). Predictably it covered little that those outside The Political Class likely even found compelled to read. What, after all, is there to say of such a matchup? If (another) Bush runs against (another) Clinton, and no one can tell them apart, will anyone notice? How many beyond the politically passionate — that is: those whose votes are ensured no matter who each party fields — will care who...
  • Ted Cruz Accuses Bill de Blasio of Throwing ‘Young African-Americans’ Out of School

    01/13/2015 2:17:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | January 13, 2015 | Ross Barkan
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz has more than the White House on his mind–he’s also taking a shot at Gracie Mansion. The conservative Republican, a probable presidential contender in 2016, blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, for his educational views in a speech he gave yesterday at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. Mr. Cruz, a supporter of charter schools, said Mr. de Blasio’s opposition to Eva Moskowitz’s charter network amounted to throwing “young African-American kids” out of school. “In my view school choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. And I gotta say...
  • Pat Buchanan: 'Civil war' in Democratic Party

    01/05/2015 9:18:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 5, 2015 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    For the third time, the cops of the NYPD have turned their backs on the mayor of New York. The first time was when Mayor Bill de Blasio arrived at Woodhull Hospital where mortally wounded officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu had been taken on Dec. 20. The second was when the mayor spoke at Ramos’ funeral. The third was at Liu’s service on Sunday. Detestation of de Blasio among the NYPD and the cops who came from across the country to stand in solidarity with their slain brothers is broad and deep. And, in a way, de Blasio served...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ted Cruz Impresses NYC's Jewish Donors in Whirlwind Stopover

    11/25/2014 8:46:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 25, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Sen. Ted Cruz is in New York City paying visits to some of the nation's most powerful Jewish leaders — including a private two-hour session with billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson, the largest donor to Republican causes during the 2012 presidential election — to dispel any concerns about Cruz's politics and electability. The Texas Republican, a likely candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, sat by Adelson during Sunday night's Zionist Organization of America dinner, which featured Cruz in a prominent speaking role, reports The New York Observer. On Monday, after Cruz and Adelson met privately, a source close to...
  • Peter King: President Obama should invite Officer Darren Wilson to the W.H.

    11/25/2014 11:36:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 25, 2014 | Kendall Breitman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Rep. Peter King has a suggestion for the White House in dealing with the latest developments in Ferguson — invite Officer Darren Wilson over. “I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met with the police officer, or invited him to the White House and said, ‘You’ve gone through four months of smear and slander, and the least we can do is tell you that it’s unfortunate that it happened and thank you for doing your job,’” the New York Republican told Fox Business on Tuesday. ---snip--- “I thought it was terrible how, over the last...
  • The new Rand Paul vs. the old Rand Paul

    10/25/2014 12:44:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Doyle McManus
    Rand Paul, the heretofore libertarian senator from Kentucky, gave a foreign policy speech to Republican grandees in New York last week with a clear message: I'm not an isolationist like my dad.. The senator's peppery father, the thoroughly libertarian former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, hardly ever saw a U.S. military intervention he liked. He said George W. Bush's war in Iraq was nuts, suggested that the United States could live with a nuclear Iran and thought stationing U.S. troops overseas was just an expensive way to invite trouble. On Thursday evening in a Manhattan ballroom, Sen. Paul, a probable...
  • 8 Desperation Moves from Democrats That Show They'll Be Crushed on Tuesday

    10/31/2014 6:02:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 31, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Friday, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), in an act of pure political desperation, has now labeled her own constituency racist and sexist. “I’ll be very, very honest with you,” Landrieu said. “The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as leader.” The goal: drive out the black vote, the same way President Obama did in 2012. Landrieu then added that the South is “more of a conservative place” and said that women have a problem “presenting ourselves.” The goal: driving out...
  • Democratic Rep: This Kaci Hickox dustup is just like the Terri Schiavo case

    10/30/2014 1:30:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 30, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    This clip confirms the extent to which condescension on the left has replaced efforts to convince those skeptical of the medical community’s assessment of Ebola’s communicability of their error. In an appearance on CNN on Thursday, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) sought to assure the viewing audience that everyone (including, presumably, the Democratic governors of California, New Hampshire, and New York) is overreacting to the threat of Ebola. When probed by anchor Carol Costello as to why the president’s freshly appointed “Ebola Czar,” Ron Klain, has not come out publicly and assured the nation that there is no medical need to...
  • Charlie Rangel: 'The Things We Believe in Are Spiritual Damn Things'

    10/27/2014 7:53:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    CNS News ^ | October 27, 2014 | Craig Millward
    Speaking at a breakfast sponsored by the Transport Workers Local 100 union in Harlem last week, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) said that union organizing, raising the minimum wage, and unemployment compensation are "spiritual damn things” and he didn't know "where the hell" spiritual leaders were on shelter and homelessness. "The things we believe in are spiritual damn things. You can talk about the union organizing and raising the minimum wage and extensive unemployment compensation, but isn't that the same thing as talking about someone that's hungry, that's thirsty, that's naked, that's in prison. All of these things – I'm not...
  • Will Cities Turn Texas Purple?

    10/07/2014 1:28:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 6, 2014 | Richard Parker
    AUSTIN, Tex. — FOR most of a long, hot summer, Wendy Davis’s campaign for governor here resembled a cowboy lost in the desert — horseless, stumbling and finally just left for dead in the remorseless Texas heat. Despite a strong national profile, she trailed her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, sometimes by double digits. Among the experts, a conventional wisdom set in: Ms. Davis can’t win, Republicans can’t lose and Texas won’t change. Yet as summer has turned to fall, Ms. Davis has entered new territory: Last week a poll by the Texas Lyceum, a nonpartisan, nonprofit educational institution,...
  • Politico Staffers Begin Circling Wagons to Ensure Hillary's Not Vetted

    09/24/2014 1:00:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 24, 2014 | John Nolte
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Brace yourselves. It looks as though it's going to be 2008 and 2012 all over again -- where a 50 year-old GOP haircut and a 35 year-old GOP rock are big news but Hillary will get a sweet mainstream media pass when it comes to vetting her past and formative years. Worse, any attempt by New Media to do the vetting the MSM won't will be met with equal parts wrist-flicking and mockery. Oh, and once again, Politico will lead the Democratic defense. The tweets below are written by high-level Politico staffers. Politico presents itself as an objective news outlet...
  • Charlie Rangel: I Was Told Not to Talk About How Racist the Tea Party Is

    09/15/2014 1:39:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | August 25, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)During a Q&A with CSPAN, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) discussed comments he has made many time in in the past claiming the Tea Party is motivated by racism because they are the old Dixiecrats from mainly Southern states Rangel said he was told not to talk about race anymore saying, "So people said please don't bring up that race thing anymore."(continued)
  • Bronx Borough President Responds to Ted Cruz's Bronx Comments

    09/02/2014 11:23:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    New York 1 News ^ | September 2, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. fired back at Texas Senator Ted Cruz for remarks he made over the weekend about his borough. During a speech in Dallas Saturday, Cruz said he was tired of northern senators like Charles Schumer lecturing him on border security. He then added, "I understand that Manhattan is very concerned with their security with the Bronx, but it's a little bit different on 2,000 miles of the Rio Grande." Diaz Jr. responded, "This is unbecoming of him as a U.S. Senator, you know, who wants to be President of the United States—which, last I checked,...
  • The 65 people who might run for president in 2016

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

    08/29/2014 3:30:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 29, 2014 | Tina Nguyen
    The overload of coverage over Barack Obama‘s tan suit has led to some unexpected consequences: Rep. Peter King (R-NY), called into The Steve Malzberg Show to rage about how “trivial” the summer suit was. Summer suits, according to Rep. King, are not appropriate garb for talking about terrorism or ISIS, and especially when the President says he doesn’t have a strategy to deal with the resurgence of terrorism. “For him to walk out — I’m not trying to be trivial here — in a light suit, light tan suit, saying that first he wants to talk about what most Americans...
  • High fashion, expense for Hillary travel (´presidential suite,´ stenographer, G4 or larger, etc..)

    08/16/2014 9:25:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | August 16, 2014 | Laura Myers
    Hillary Rodham Clinton likes to travel in style. She insists on staying in the “presidential suite” of luxury hotels that she chooses anywhere in the world, including Las Vegas. She usually requires those who pay her six-figure fees for speeches to also provide a private jet for transportation — only a $39 million, 16-passenger Gulfstream G450 or larger will do. And she doesn’t travel alone, relying on an entourage of a couple of “travel aides,” and a couple of advance staffers who check out her speech site in the days leading up to her appearance, much like a White House...
  • Al Sharpton: 'Rand Paul Is Right'

    08/15/2014 10:09:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 14, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)"Rand Paul is right," Rev. Al Sharpton said on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Friday after the Kentucky Senator empathized with African-Americans who believe their rights were threatened by police officers. Paul published a TIME op-ed on Thursday discussing the issue of the "militarization" of the police force and what it meant in the showdown between police officers and protestors in Ferguson, Missouri reacting to the shooting death of Michael Brown. "Given the racial disparities in our criminal justice system, it is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them," Paul wrote, after criticizing the racial...
  • The Clintons break bread and build ties with Julian Castro, stoking talk of a 2016 ticket

    08/14/2014 10:12:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 14, 2014 | Ed O'Keefe and Philip Rucker
    As she expands her political network in advance of an expected presidential run, Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband have been cultivating an important ally who some believe could become her vice presidential running mate. Former president Bill Clinton invited Julian Castro, a former San Antonio mayor and incoming Obama Cabinet secretary, to the Clintons’ home in Washington last week for a private dinner that friends described as a chance for Democratic leaders from different generations to become better acquainted. Castro, 39, who is scheduled to be sworn in Monday as secretary of housing and urban development, traveled to New...
  • Valerie Jarrett in secret meetings with Elizabeth Warren, author Ed Klein says

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

    08/06/2014 9:35:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hollywood Life ^ | August 5, 2014 | Elizabeth Wagmeister and Chloe Melas
    It appears Hillary Clinton has launched her 2016 presidential campaign. HollywoodLife.com can exclusively report that Hillary has leased office space on a high-level floor of a corporate New York City office building, overlooking Times Square, for what sources are saying, is her campaign headquarters. It looks like Hillary Clinton has officially begun her campaign to be the next President of the United States. Three sources tell HollywoodLife.com that the former Secretary of State has rented sunny, spacious digs for two years in a midtown office tower, as the headquarters for her 2016 presidential bid. Hillary Clinton Sets Up Campaign Headquarters...
  • Shields and Brooks on finding a GOP ‘anti-Cruz,’ Middle East alliances

    08/01/2014 10:15:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | August 1, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the weekÂ’s top news, including the struggle on Capitol Hill to find a resolution to the political division on the border crisis before Congress leaves for August recess, as well as how these events will affect the November election, plus the outlook for ending the war between Israel and Hamas. (AUDIO-AT-LINK)TRANSCRIPT JUDY WOODRUFF: In Washington, House Republicans were racing to pass something on the border crisis after a day of confusion and chaos on Capitol Hill Thursday. For a taste of what went on...
  • Run, Mike Bloomberg, run (Jennifer jumps the shark)

    07/24/2014 5:40:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | July 23, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s dramatic and defiant flight to Israel to protest the U.S. ban on flights to Ben Gurion airport got me thinking. Can anyone imagine Hillary Clinton doing anything so daring, so anti-authoritarian, as that? Has she ever done anything truly shocking and trend-setting? And that brings me to the ideal candidate to take her on from the left: Bloomberg. He has been a Democrat, a Republican and an independent (a man for all voters!). He is pro-choice, pro-gay marriage (much earlier than Clinton was), anti-gun, anti-smoking and anti-trans fat. Although he is a billionaire, he...
  • Former NYT Editor: Hillary Expects Journalists To Be '100 Percent In Her Corner,' Especially Women

    07/20/2014 9:50:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 19, 2014 | Tim Graham
    In May, Politico's reporting inside Democratic circles led them to the strange conclusion that the one thing that could sink Hillary's hopes of winning the White House was the press corps. A Clinton insider announced: “She wants to be president; she doesn’t want to run for president...The worst part of running for president for her, clearly, is dealing with the press.” In July, Politico interviewed former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who made some sense of this bizarre-sounding notion. The media has for many years defended and protected and glamorized the Clintons. But Abramson said Hillary expects the...
  • Hillary Clinton's $275K Speaking Fee Comes with Diva Demands

    07/16/2014 5:57:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | July 16, 2014 | John Nolte
    Former Secretary of State and almost-certain 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton not only demanded $275,000 to speak at the University of Buffalo, her nine-page contract is filled with the kinds of demands that Pop Divas like Madonna are regularly mocked for. According to documents obtained by the Washington Post, on top of that mammoth speaking fee, Clinton's contract demands… …the university provide "a presidential glass panel teleprompter and a qualified operator," that Clinton's office have "final approval" of her introducer and the moderator of any question-and-answer session, as well as "the sets, backdrops, banners, scenery, logos, settings, etc," and that...
  • What Dems always forget about Hillary: Clinton has perfect résumé, but she's a terrible politician

    07/14/2014 9:10:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Week ^ | July 14, 2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Hillary Clinton already wears the mantle of presumptive nominee for president. She's an accomplished lawyer, a member of Walmart's board of directors, a close adviser to her husband when he was president, a two-term senator from New York, and secretary of state. And yet, she is a horrible politician. So far, she has been able to sew up lots of Democratic money and support, and build an organization without actually beginning her campaign. She hasn't even decided on running, but maintains the repose of someone awaiting her party's coronation. That is a wise strategy. Consider that Clinton has run in...
  • NY Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof Points Finger At Senate GOP In Wake Of Explosions, Takes It Back

    04/15/2013 2:34:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 15, 2013 | Andrew Kirell
    In the immediate aftermath of the multiple explosions that rocked the Copley Square area of Boston during this afternoon’s marathon, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof took to Twitter to say that the tragic events are a “reminder” of how Senate Republicans blocked the appointment of a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). “[E]xplosion is a reminder that ATF needs a director. Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking apptment,” he tweeted with a link to a Washington Post article on the Senate GOP’s threats to put a hold on President Obama‘s nomination for a...
  • Sharpton Teaches Obamabots How-To Battle 'Wacky' Right-Wingers w/'Rev. Al's July 4 Barbecue Tips'

    07/05/2014 11:25:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 5, 2014 | Tim Graham
    On Thursday night’s Politics Nation, MSNBC host Al Sharpton wrapped up his show from New Orleans by insisting the Fourth of July is a great day to unload your talking points in defense of Barack Obama. Just like Thanksgiving. And Christmas. And perhaps at weddings and funerals. “It's a day to celebrate our great are country, to rest, relax and maybe have a barbecue. But you know what that means. Your wacky uncle or your Ted Cruz-loving neighbor or your cousin who watches Fox News all day may swing by for a burger or a dog,” he suggested. “But...