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  • Donald Trump Is Our Jean-Marie Le Pen

    11/27/2015 3:51:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 27, 2015 | Barrett Holmes Pitner, politics and race-and-culture journalist based in Washington, DC.
    Compare their quotes; uncanny. But there’s more to it than that. We may be entering a post-two party era. Guess who could start a new one? The continued radicalization of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has quickly become a movement centered on the fear and anxiety of foreign or non-white American bodies, and the hate-filled propaganda and lies that sustain it. He is coalescing his own American far-right political party with roots in white supremacy and neo-Nazi movements. He is copying the modus operandi of the resurgent far-right movements that are sweeping across Europe. He is becoming America’s own Le Pen—Marine...
  • Discipline in the 2016 race

    11/26/2015 11:20:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    PowerLine ^ | November 26, 2015 | Paul Mirengoff
    John Sears, Ronald Reagan’s one-time campaign manager, once said “discipline is nine-tenths of politics.” And, as Tevi Troy reminds us: Candidate Reagan put Sears’ dictum into action, running a relentlessly focused communication operation that kept to its message of the day, often to the consternation of the reporters following the campaign. This approach continued into Reagan’s presidency. As the authors of All the President’s Spin put it: “Ronald Reagan’s administration broke new ground with its message discipline and image control.” The same was true of George W. Bush. Troy, who worked in the Bush administration, recalls Bush’s chief-of-staff Andy Card...
  • Ted Cruz’s Surge in Polls Angers Rubio Supporters

    11/26/2015 7:27:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 25, 2015 | Javier Manjarres
    He has been called a “Whacko Bird” by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and other establishment Republicans in the U.S. Senate. He has been called an “extremist” and a Tea Party Republican that likes to hang out on the far right fringe of the GOP. Detractors, especially those who support his amigo in the Senate, Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) , make fun of his voice and appearance, as well as how he delivers his message. Haters from the Rubio camp and those Democratic Party talking points-spewing armchair quarterbacks, who think they can accurately foretell the future when it comes to...
  • At Trump's presidential rallies, a combustible mix of glee, fear

    11/26/2015 8:55:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 25, 2015 | Luciana Lopez and Jonathan Allen
    "We're not gonna take it anymore," a crowd of thousands sang as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump entered a South Carolina convention center on Tuesday night as a 1980s heavy metal song by the band Twisted Sister blared from speakers. The billionaire real-estate developer's packed rallies have been among the liveliest events in the long build-up to the November 2016 U.S. presidential election. But they are increasingly becoming known for their undercurrent of aggression, which escalated into a physical altercation over the weekend when white Trump supporters attacked a black protester at his rally, to the candidate's approval. Out in...
  • Markay Discusses GOP Field on Fox Business

    11/25/2015 9:14:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 24, 2015 | Staff
    Washington Free Beacon reporter Lachlan Markay discussed the Republican presidential field on Fox Business Network on Tuesday. Markay predicted that Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) will become the establishment favorite for the nomination, ousting erstwhile favorite Gov. Jeb Bush. Transcript below: LOU DOBBS: Joining us now, Lachlan Markay, author, columnist, Fox News contributor Jedediah Bila. We’ll start Jedediah with you, looks like Cruz is making a strong move, still well behind in the national polls to front-runner Donald Trump, but making a big move in Iowa. JEDEDIAH BILA: Yes, and we predicted this right here on the show. We talk...
  • Grayson: I’ll File A Lawsuit Against Ted Cruz If He’s The Nominee

    11/25/2015 8:33:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | November 25, 2015 | Alan Colmes
    Wednesday on “The Alan Colmes Show,” Alan spoke with Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL), who offered to argue with the conservative family member of a donor’s choice this Thanksgiving. Rep. Grayson, who is running for the Senate seat Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is vacating to run for president in 2016, held nothing back as he went after the entire GOP field and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in particular: COLMES: What are some of the other items on your hit list right now in terms of arguing with the other side? GRAYSON: Honestly, it’s the appalling choices that they have among their...
  • The GOP Is Finally Emerging From Trump Denialism: But is it too late?

    11/25/2015 7:58:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The New Republic ^ | November 25, 2015 | Brian Beutler, senior editor
    The contours of the outsider-as-favorite Republican primary began to take shape this summer, when the candidates without establishment support, led by Donald Trump, consolidated half of the vote in national polls. The news for GOP elites has grown consistently worse since then. And only now, as those contours stretch far enough to squeeze the establishment entirely out of contention, are the party faithful emerging from their state of Trump denial. They’re beginning to reckon publicly with the calamity of this campaign, and are grasping to reassert control over the process. The only questions now are whether they’re too late, and...
  • Brent Budowsky: Clinton gives thanks for Trump

    11/25/2015 7:39:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 25, 2015 | Brent Budowsky
    As Thanksgiving arrives and America enters the holiday season in earnest, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are giving thanks for the ultimate gift to the Democratic Party in the 2016 elections: the chaos caused throughout the GOP by the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump! While the Clintons stand for the ability to govern the nation with high stature leadership and to create millions of jobs and enhance America’s role in the world, the GOP is being torn to shreds by a candidate who berates his Republican opponents on a daily basis and divides the...
  • Bernie Sanders wants to bring back deported immigrants

    11/25/2015 7:00:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    USA Today | November 25, 2015 | Alan Gomez
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  • Marco Rubio Is Using a Convicted Felon to Help Him Win Florida

    11/25/2015 1:41:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | November 25, 2015 | Stephanie Mencimer
    Clyde Fabretti, a white-collar criminal, holds a key position in Rubio's presidential campaign.Earlier this month, when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) named his top campaign representatives across Florida, he tapped a conservative activist named Clyde Fabretti as one of the leaders of his presidential effort in Orange County, a key district that includes Orlando. But Fabretti, the co-founder of the West Orlando Tea Party, has a sketchy background that might not reflect well on Rubio's campaign: He is a convicted white-collar criminal with a history of questionable business dealings and associations with fraudsters. Most recently, Fabretti's name surfaced in an ongoing...
  • Ted Cruz will be the GOP presidential nominee (or so goes today's story line): Ted Cruz in the news

    11/25/2015 10:51:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | November 25, 2015 | Stephen Koff, Washington Bureau Chief
    Today's Ted Cruz news: It's official: With his rise in Iowa, Ted Cruz -- in a statistical tie with Donald Trump in the Hawkeye state -- is the man of the hour, the likely Republican nominee for president. So goes today's story line. If you like Cruz, the conservative Texas U.S. senator's ascension will be pleasing, although the manner in which he is described won't. If you dislike him, you'll cheer the way he is described. And just to spoil the party a wee bit, we'll add a historical note: At this point in the 2012 GOP race, Newt Gingrich...
  • Why one political scientist thinks Donald Trump might actually win

    11/25/2015 9:18:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Vox ^ | November 25, 2015 | Ezra Klein
    In an exchange with Paul Krugman, political scientist Alan Abramowitz made one of the best cases I've heard for, as Krugman put it, "thinking the Trumpthinkable." At some point, Abramowitz argued, pundits need to admit that Trump has a good chance of winning the Republican presidential nomination. But that remains a minority viewpoint. Nate Silver, for instance, published a piece arguing that analysts extrapolating forward from Trump's current (and impressively durable) poll lead are likely to be disappointed. So I called Abramowitz and asked him to walk me through his argument in more detail...
  • Is Ted Cruz the Candidate Who Can Beat Donald Trump?

    11/25/2015 8:48:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | November 25, 2015 | Margaret Hartmann
    Though Donald Trump has been the front-runner in the GOP presidential race for months now, many political analysts still refuse to accept that he could be the party's nominee. They cope by latching on to other candidates who appear to be surging in the polls, and theorizing about how they could eventually topple the reality-show character holding the GOP hostage. After Scott Walker dropped out of the race, it was Marco Rubio's turn to be the savvy pick for front-runner. Then pundits had to consider the troubling possibility that they'd shake Trump, but get left with Ben Carson. Rubio is...
  • Ted Cruz’s ‘Donnie Jr.’ Strategy

    11/25/2015 8:36:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 25, 2015 | Michael Tomasky
    By running as a more palatable version of Trump, Cruz is now in a good position to win the GOP nomination. If you’re a liberal, this news should make you very excited. Cue the scary-minor-key power chord: Ted Cruz is within the margin of error of Donald Trump in Iowa. It’s Trump 25, and Cruz 23, but as we will see further down, other numbers from the poll suggest that Cruz is well positioned to win what might now be a two-man race in the Hawkeye State. This is just awesome news. One can now begin to see how this...
  • Ted Cruz could actually be the Republican nominee for president

    11/24/2015 1:55:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | November 24, 2015 | Paul Waldman
    Momentum in primary campaigns is a mysterious thing: impossible to manufacture, easily squandered, and often misidentified. But there’s little doubt that at the moment, with two months before the Iowa caucuses — a period that will fly right by, I promise you — Ted Cruz has it. In that critical first contest, Cruz has leaped toward the front in two new polls: he’s essentially tied with Donald Trump in the latest Quinnipiac poll (Trump has 25 percent, Cruz has 23), and in a CBS poll released yesterday he’s in second place. If voters are ending their fascination with Ben Carson,...
  • Ted Cruz becomes GOP frontrunner in Iowa despite never leading polls

    11/24/2015 1:22:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | November 24, 2015 | Ben Jacobs
    Without ever leading in a single poll, Ted Cruz has become the frontrunner in Iowa. The Texas senator and conservative firebrand has closed the gap on real-estate mogul Donald Trump and is now trailing Trump by only a margin of 25% to 23% in the Hawkeye State, according to a poll released on Tuesday by Quinnipiac University. But, more than that, Cruz has been notching up key endorsements in Iowa and positioning himself to win the state’s first-in-the-nation caucuses on 1 February. The poll comes in the aftermath of Cruz’s successful appearance at the Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines...
  • Good news for Cruz: He's just TWO points behind Trump in Iowa-& he's nearly as well liked as Carson

    11/24/2015 10:49:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 24, 2015 | J. Taylor Rushing, US Reporter
    IOWA: TRUMP 25 / CRUZ 22 / CARSON 18 / RUBIO 13 / PAUL 5 / BUSH 4 Texas senator and tea party favorite is in virtual tie for top spot in Iowa with longtime front-runner Donald TrumpCruz's support has more than doubled over the past month Separate poll shows Cruz tied with Trump and closing on Carson when it comes to favorability among GOP primary voters Surging Sen. Ted Cruz has surged himself into a virtual tie for the top spot in Iowa in the 2016 Republican presidential race, as the Texas lawmaker finds himself just two points behind...
  • Can GOP Party Bosses Rig the Rules to Keep Trump from Winning? You Bet!

    11/24/2015 9:55:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Alternet | September 14, 2015 | Steven Rosenfeld
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  • Presidential Horse Race 2016: Ted Cruz, the electable conservative

    11/23/2015 10:13:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | November 24, 2015 | Jeffrey A. Rendall
    Are you feeling upset? Turn to most news outlets these days and you hear a lot about Republicans being “angry.” Democrats are always portrayed as concerned and caring, but Republicans and conservatives are just mad – at least Ted Cruz busaccording to the media. Those feelings are played out in a new poll, too. Nick Gass of Politico reports, “Republicans are nearly three times as angry at the government as their Democratic counterparts, according to the results of the latest Pew Research Center study out Monday… “The divide between Republicans and Democrats is even deeper among those who said they...
  • Ted Cruz, on the attack

    11/23/2015 7:08:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | November 23, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    West Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)—For months, Ted Cruz wore a cloak in the Republican race, organizing pastors on the ground here and raising serious cash, but somehow avoiding detection or tangling with other candidates. That's over. The Texas firebrand is now squarely in the crosshairs, dealing daily with attacks from Republicans and Democrats in a way that he shied from for much of the race. And he's punching back....
  • This is why we must fear Trump: He makes the insane Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio look sensible

    11/23/2015 6:05:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Salon ^ | November 23, 2015 | Amanda Marcotte
    Trump's racism is bad for Republicans now, but the eventual wild-eyed nominee will only look moderate in comparison.Since the Donald Trump campaign kicked off with demagoguery about Mexican immigration, political watchers have been on quiet but alert fascism watch, carefully monitoring Trump to see if he steps over the line. You can feel in your bones that Trump and his supporters long for to give into the sweet oblivion of balls-out racism, rather than dealing with the tedious process of carefully measuring the lines so you can toe them without stepping so far over that liberal journalists are freed up...
  • Dear Media, Stop Freaking Out About Donald Trump’s Polls

    11/23/2015 5:47:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | November 23, 2015 | Nate Silver
    Lately, pundits and punters seem bullish on Donald Trump, whose chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination recently inched above 20 percent for the first time at the betting market Betfair. Perhaps the conventional wisdom assumes that the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris will play into Trump’s hands, or that Republicans really might be in disarray. If so, I can see where the case for Trump is coming from, although I’d still say a 20 percent chance is substantially too high. Quite often, however, the Trump’s-really-got-a-chance! case is rooted almost entirely in polls. If nothing Trump has said...
  • Donors line up behind Kasich Super PAC planning Trump attack

    11/23/2015 5:33:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 22, 2015 | Emily Flitter
    Nearly a dozen big Republican donors backing different presidential candidates are coming together to help fund an advertising campaign attacking front-runner Donald Trump, who faced sharp criticism from rivals this week for his inflammatory comments about Muslims. Matt David, spokesman for the group planning the attack, a Super PAC called New Day for America, which is supporting Ohio Governor John Kasich's presidential bid, said 10 new donors had pledged money in the two days since Politico reported Thursday evening the group's plans to attack Trump in New Hampshire....
  • Rubio battles Cruz for Iowa edge

    11/23/2015 5:04:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 23, 2015 | Eli Stokols
    More and more Republicans view the rivalry between the two senators as one that could determine the outcome of the Feb. 1 caucuses. DES MOINES — Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz weren't the only candidates in Iowa this weekend, but they might as well have been. Beginning with their Friday night appearances here at the Family Leader Forum -- an audition of sorts before the influential Christian conservative group and its leader, Bob Vander Plaats -- the outline of their looming showdown began to take shape. And Iowa Republicans, including the 2,000 people in attendance at the event, began taking...
  • Can Ben Carson Win Iowa Just By Being A Nice Guy?

    11/22/2015 6:00:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | November 21, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    After several tough weeks on the campaign trail, Carson faces a ballroom full of voters in Des Moines who are looking for a reason to stick with him. “They want so badly to think he would be a great president.” DES MOINES, Iowa — About halfway through Friday night’s Presidential Family Forum — a Republican candidate roundtable that featured seven 2016 contenders — the moderator lobbed a softball question toward Ben Carson. “Is President Obama an armchair quarterback?” Frank Luntz asked, referring to what conservatives widely view as the administration’s overly passive foreign policy. “Are you asking me?” a momentarily...
  • Free Republic Straw Poll (November edition)

    11/22/2015 4:54:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 152 replies
    FreeRepublic | November 22, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • Rush Limbaugh: Ben Carson not equipped to be president

    11/22/2015 3:47:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Philadeplphia Inquirer ^ | November 22, 2015 | Staff
    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh made a rare television appearance Sunday morning, joining "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace to discuss ISIS and the Syrian refugee crisis. After criticizing President Obama for seeming more angry at Republicans than the terrorists who attacked Paris, Limbaugh moved on to comment about the Republican presidential nominees, offering a glowing review of Donald Trump. “Donald Trump is, I think, doing a great service,” Limbaugh said. “He is showing that you do not have to fear attacks from media. He's showing you do not have to fear being politically correct or violating political correctness.”(continued)
  • A ranking of GOP presidential candidates who can still make a case

    11/22/2015 2:50:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | November 22, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    For all of the candidates, all of the debates and all of the unpredictability, the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 has taken a clear shape over the past month or so. There is a four-candidate top tier that has separated itself from the rest of the pack. There is then a trio of “if/then” candidates who would need a major mistake or collapse from one of the top four to have a realistic chance at winning. Everyone else running has a puncher’s chance — at best — at being relevant in the nomination fight. Below are my...
  • George W. Bush Needs to Speak to His Party

    11/21/2015 11:57:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Slate ^ | November 20, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    Six days after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, then-President George W. Bush gave brief remarks at the Islamic Center of Washington, just a short drive from the White House. “These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith,” Bush said. “The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam. That’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace. These terrorists don’t represent peace. They represent evil and war.”(continued)
  • ‘Black Lives Matter’ Activist Calls for Trump’s Assassination… IMMEDIATELY Pays the Price

    11/21/2015 11:22:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Top Right News | November 19, 2015 | Brooke Bosca
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  • N.H. primary poll puts non-candidate Romney first

    11/21/2015 10:28:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 21, 2015 | James Pindell
    For Republicans fearful of Donald Trump becoming their party’s presidential nominee, a new Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters offers a three-word solution: Willard Mitt Romney. If the former Massachusetts governor were added to the mix of the 14 other Republican candidates running in the Feb. 9 first-in-the-nation presidential primary, New Hampshire voters would, if the election were held now, give him a 2-to-1 win over Trump, the leader of the field. Romney, who said as recently as last week that he is not interested in running, did not file for the New Hampshire primary...
  • Iowa Conservatives Abandoning Carson for Cruz

    11/21/2015 9:55:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 21, 2015 | Todd Beamon
    The Paris attacks and several recent foreign-policy fumbles are leading conservatives in Iowa to abandon Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson for rival Ted Cruz. "He’s a great guy, he’s fun to listen to, but I didn’t hear anything substantive," Alan Hilgerson, a physician in Des Moines, told Politico. He said that national security was an "extremely high" priority for him as he pores over the candidates. "I don’t know that I’d want him as my president," Hilgerson said. Marilu Erdahl said that she was leaning more toward Cruz because of his strong positions on national security. "He has experience, he’s...
  • Jeb Bush adviser just comes out and says it: Donald Trump looks like a fascist

    11/21/2015 9:32:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Salon ^ | November 20, 2015 | Sophia Tesfaye
    #TeamJeb won't let The Donald walk this one back Jeb Bush is not joining his fellow Republican, Donald Trump, in arms in the age-old tradition of conservative combat against biased media reporting, and instead, Jeb and his campaign team are piling on The Donald’s latest absurd suggestion that there should be a database to track and monitor Muslims in the U.S. A bit of a mini-media controversy erupted Thursday afternoon when headlines blasted news of Trump suggesting the mandatory registration of Muslim Americans: “Trump won’t rule out database, special ID for Muslims in US.” But, Mother Jones’ Kevin Drum quickly...
  • Sanders: 'To hell with the fossil fuel industry’

    11/21/2015 8:32:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 21, 2015 | Mark Hensch
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday called for Republicans to abandon the corrupting influence of the Koch brothers and other wealthy energy magnates...
  • Schulte Resigns from Iowa GOP SCC to Endorse Ted Cruz

    11/20/2015 8:34:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | November 20, 2015
    Cruz for President today announced that longtime Iowa political activist, and well-respected Republican leader, Loras Schulte, has formally resigned from the Iowa GOP State Central Committee to publicly endorse and support Ted Cruz for President. “I’ve been actively involved in Republican politics for more than thirty years, serving in nearly every capacity one can be involved in; from local committee-man to County Chairman, to serving on the State Central Committee,” Schulte said. He also served as the State Director for Pat Buchanan’s Presidential Campaign in 1996 and for Gary Bauer in 2000. Leading up to this current election cycle, each...
  • Jeb's long-shot path to victory: Becoming inevitable

    11/20/2015 4:20:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 19, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    BEDFORD, N.H. — "When you get to the serious part of this," Jeb Bush says, standing in the home of a supporter, surrounded by Republican voters, "I think you're looking at the guy who's gonna be the nominee." It's understated, but that's Bush's proposed path to victory in a nutshell. Jeb's line Wednesday night echoed the argument his supporters made to me around the state: Republican voters tend to nominate the establishment guy — the boring, staid, responsible grown-up. This explains George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush, John McCain and Mitt Romney. Jeb Bush seems to fit...
  • Yes, Donald Trump could absolutely be the Republican nominee in 2016

    11/19/2015 10:20:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | November 19, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    It has become damn close to religion in Washington to assume that Donald Trump will, at some point not too far from now, flame out of the presidential race -- that he will start losing altitude in polls, get sick of the whole thing and return to the safe sinecure of Trump Inc. The problem with that conceit is this: It's wrong. Matt Dowd, a top adviser to the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004, nailed that fact in a tweet this morning...
  • Obama Should Do Hillary a Solid and Elevate Cruz

    11/19/2015 1:55:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Huffington Post Huffpost Politics ^ | November 19, 2015 | Karl Frisch, Syndicated Columnist and Longtime Political Strategist
    In her memoir published this summer, Claire McCaskill recounts for readers how she confounded political observers who assumed she would lose reelection to the U.S. Senate in right-of-center-leaning Missouri. In order to do that, she poured nearly $2 million of her campaign war chest into an ad blitz designed to elevate the most extreme, right wing candidate among the Republicans seeking to challenge her in the general election. "I helped Todd Akin win -- so I could beat him later," she recalled. He had little money to compete with his better-financed opponents in the Republican primary so McCaskill's effort would...
  • Carson Wins on Personality, Trump on Terror in Bloomberg Poll

    11/19/2015 1:17:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | November 19, 2015 | John McCormick
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  • Trump Says 'Seriously Overweight' Protester Upset Over Talk of Food Stamps

    11/19/2015 1:57:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    KBNW-AM ^ | November 18, 2015 | ABC News
    ABC News(NEW YORK) — A Donald Trump rally was interrupted several times by protesters Wednesday night and the outspoken presidential candidate suggested that one of them, whom he described as “seriously overweight,” was upset because he was talking about food stamps. “You know it’s amazing, I mentioned food stamps at that guy who’s seriously overweight went crazy — Amazing. Amazing,” Trump told the audience in Worcester, Mass. “That’s an amazing sight.” The protester was escorted out of the rally. Just before the protester interrupted Trump, the candidate was talking about the need to roll back the number of people on...
  • Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot endorses Marco Rubio (Multi-level marketing/Romney donor)

    11/19/2015 1:13:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    East Idaho News ^ | November 18, 2015 | Nate Eaton
    IDAHO FALLS — Melaleuca CEO Frank VanderSloot announced Wednesday, Nov. 18 he will support Marco Rubio’s campaign for president. “Marco Rubio is the brightest and most capable candidate,” VanderSloot said in a letter explaining his endorsement. “He has the uncanny ability to state his positions clearly in a way that resonates with the average voter.” VanderSloot said he plans to raise money for Rubio, but has not decided how much he will personally give. The Melaleuca CEO said he believes this presidential election may be the most important election in American history. “Because of that, I have paid a great...
  • Donald Trump fuels support by riding Third Rail, invading ‘safe space’

    11/18/2015 6:59:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2015 | Charles Hurt
    If you are still confused about how Donald Trump is walking away with the Republican nomination for president, look no further than his swift, reflexive, fearless and unvarnished response to the terrorist attack in Paris...
  • Cruz supporters declare candidate poised for takeoff

    11/18/2015 6:09:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WMBF-TV ^ | November 18, 2015 | Charles Molineaux
    COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - “It’s time,” Shery Smith declared. “We are getting serious.” As Midlands field director for presidential candidate Ted Cruz, Smith was among several staffers at the Texas senator’s Columbia headquarters who see Cruz’s campaign as poised for a takeoff: a breakthrough which could make him stand out as a powerful choice in the still-crowded 2016 Republican field, particularly in South Carolina. “We've had a big grass roots presence, volunteers,” continued Smith, who had been a volunteer for months but is now a campaign staffer. “Now we’re opening up and mobilizing the volunteers.” While Cruz still remains far...
  • Impact of King's Cruz endorsement limited unless others follow

    11/17/2015 4:57:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Sioux City Journal ^ | November 17, 2015 | James Q. Lynch, Des Moines Bureau
    CEDAR RAPIDS | Conservative U.S. Rep. Steve King’s endorsement of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the GOP presidential sweepstakes was no bombshell, but that didn’t stop it from reverberating around the Iowa political echo chamber Monday, a day on which no Republican candidates were campaigning in the state. Not only had King and Cruz recently shot pheasants at the western Iowa congressman’s fundraiser, but his son, Jeff King, has been working for a Cruz super PAC. Still, King’s endorsement is seen as a conservative seal of approval. “It certainly helps Cruz, given King’s solid conservative credentials,” said Steffen Schmidt, Iowa...
  • Ted Cruz wins endorsement of Ginni Thomas

    11/17/2015 4:03:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | November 17, 2015 | Eli Watkins
    Washington (CNN)—Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has courted another notable conservative. The Cruz campaign announced Tuesday the endorsement of Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, a high-profile conservative activist and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. "He's distinguishing himself as somebody who can make things happen and excite the country to bring us back on course," Thomas said in a video announcing her endorsement. Thomas praised Cruz's often confrontational relationship with establishment political figures, saying, "Ted Cruz has got the scars to show he has tangled with the top Republican leaders and Democrat leaders in town."(continued)
  • Jeb Bush tells closed-door fundraiser that by next GOP debate, ‘Trump will be in decline’

    11/16/2015 11:47:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPolitics ^ | November 16, 2015 | Ed O'Keefe
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Monday night that GOP front-runner Donald Trump "will be in decline" the next time they meet for a debate in mid-December. Speaking at a closed-door fundraiser in Dallas, Bush also accused some Republican presidential contenders of being "in the witness protection program" when it comes to immigration reform, because they have backed off their previous positions on the issue. He suggested that revamping American immigration laws might help avoid the kind of terrorist attacks that struck Paris last week. Bush spoke at the Dallas home of Amy and Malone Mitchell, who are members of...
  • Once dismissed, Ted Cruz now seen by rivals as serious presidential candidate

    11/16/2015 4:37:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | November 16, 2015
    Just weeks ago, Sen. Ted Cruz did not get a serious mention in discussions about the Republicans most likely to still be standing during the primaries. But fast forward, and he’s a dominant factor in conversations about which candidates, at the moment, seem most likely to snatch the GOP nomination. Rivals now say that Cruz seems to increasingly have a strong shot at being the Republican nominee to run in the 2016 general election, according to Politico.....
  • “Nightmare” scenario of non-establishment GOP candidate looms large

    11/16/2015 4:10:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 16, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    With the Thanksgiving break and the holiday season almost upon us (and the attendant lack of movement in election news which usually attends this period) I’m noticing some serious panic beginning to set in among fans of politics as usual. A pair of articles popped up this week which seem to encapsulate the fatigue inside the Republican establishment and the likely misplaced glee on the part of Democrats. The formerly hypothetical question of could one of these crazy people really win the nomination is beginning to solidify into, okay… so what do we do now? (continued)
  • Have We Taken Notice.Refugees Not To Be Sent To Crucial Swing States?,Cant Lose Ohio In 2016!

    11/16/2015 3:08:26 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 41 replies
    Have any of you taken notice that Obama doesn't plan to send the refugees to Ohio,Pennsylvania,Florida,Colorado and the rest of the swing states? Need to wonder why? Obviously that would assure Carson Or Trump an easy win come 2016. But for now, Obama only wants to send them to red states. Why not send them to Maryland,Delaware and New England, where the liberals there will welcome the Syrians with open arms !!
  • Analysis Ted Cruz: From fringe to presidential material, thanks in part to Donald Trump

    11/16/2015 1:35:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | November 16, 2015 | Lisa Mascaro
    When Sen. Ted Cruz jumped into the Republican presidential primary, he was largely dismissed as an attention-grabbing agitator with a knack for firing up conservatives, whose long-shot campaign was destined to remain on the fringes. But as the GOP contest winnows into a defining struggle between the party’s establishment and conservative factions, the ostrich-boot wearing Texan suddenly looks like the hard-right candidate best positioned to go the distance, perhaps even squaring off for the nomination. Cruz's rise is partly the result of methodical campaign planning, but also sheer luck....