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  • Ticket to the White House set to cost at least $1bn

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

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

    12/21/2014 2:51:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | December 21, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    With no love lost for Jeb Bush among the Republican base, the Iowa caucuses could be an early stumbling block in his 2016 quest. The former Florida governor’s business-friendly stances and willingness to criticize GOP hard-liners make him popular with the donor class. But the first-in-the-nation state hasn’t been kind to establishment candidates in recent years. And just after he announced this week he’s “actively exploring” a president bid, some Iowa activists are already torching Bush’s credentials. “He's on the wrong side of every issue that matters most to conservatives right now,” said Steve Deace, an influential Des Moines-based conservative...
  • McCarthy: Cruz/Lee Were Right to Oppose Obama Lawlessness

    12/21/2014 12:44:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Utah Policy Blog ^ | December 21, 2014 | Golden Webb
    National Review's Andrew C. McCarthy vigorously defends the efforts of Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to draw attention to the unconstitutionality of Obama's amnesty plan. Writes McCarthy: "As long as we’re talking about epic insults to our intelligence, special recognition should go to the GOP establishment claim that, by forcing elected legislators to take an accountable vote, Cruz and Lee enabled Democrats to secure confirmation of objectionable Obama nominees. The story goes like this: By orchestrating a “point of order” vote to question the constitutionality of Obama’s decree, Cruz and Lee broke what Fox News gentlycalled an “informal agreement”...
  • Ted Cruz 2016: 4 Hurdles Faced By GOP Presidential Hopeful

    12/21/2014 12:07:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 19, 2014 | Morgan Chilson
    A clear front-runner for the GOP presidential candidate doesn’t exist right now, but Sen. Ted Cruz’s name is thrown into almost any discussion about who might fill the slot. A recent CNN-Orc International poll found Mitt Romney, who says he’s not going to run, at the top of 2016 candidates, with 20 percent of the responders pointing to him as their preferred candidate. The rest of the field was packed pretty closely, with activist Ben Carson at 10 percent, followed by stair steps down – Jeb Bush, 9 percent; Chris Christie, 8 percent; and Mike Huckabee with 7 percent. Cruz...
  • Without Cruz, there would be no opposition to President Obama (With 2016 poll to FReep)

    12/21/2014 2:42:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Nolan Chart Blog ^ | December 16, 2014 | Mark Vogl
    An entire nation votes, tens of millions of Americans come out to their local polls to tell Washington it is going in the wrong direction on amnesty and Obama Care, and endless deficits, and cowardice in the face of terrorism…and what do the Republicans leaders do? They give the president everything he could ask for, while turning on one of the few in the Republican ranks that understands we are fighting for the very life of the nation. The Republican Party simply is not up to the task of changing the course of this nation. Too many in the Republican...
  • McConnell: I’m on Team Rubio in regard to Cuba

    12/20/2014 7:33:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 20, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Beginning on Thursday night, a fight erupted on line between Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul over the new diplomatic opening to Cuba. Rubio slammed Paul for his ignorance, while Paul bizarrely accused Rubio of “isolationism” for opposing Barack Obama’s policies. Before that battle began in earnest, I spoke with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a wide-ranging interview about his plans for the 114th Session of Congress. We discussed Cuba, and McConnell made it clear that he was relying on Rubio’s leadership on the issue — which might make for an awkward moment or two between McConnell...
  • Ted Cruz Presidency makes Dan Pfeiffer nervous

    12/20/2014 6:51:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Myrtle Beach Examiner ^ | December 20, 2014 | Jesse Broadt
    Dan Pfeiffer, White House senior adviser, admitted that he is concerned about a Ted Cruz presidency, which would almost certainly result in an overturn of Barack Obama's unconstitutional executive amnesty action. This indicates that Ted Cruz is likely the biggest threat to the progressive left for the upcoming 2016 presidential race. The executive action game Yesterday, Pfeiffer told the Wall Street Journal that the first 100 days of Obama's presidency was spent attempting undo many of W's policies through executive action, but admitted he hopes he will never be sitting somewhere reading about a President Ted Cruz doing the same...
  • What on earth is Rand Paul thinking in taking Obama’s side against Rubio on Cuba?

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

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

    12/19/2014 10:21:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Day ^ | December 19, 2014 | Harold Meyerson
    The word on Elizabeth Warren - the Democratic Massachusetts senator who fomented the opposition last week to a rollback of financial regulations in the bill funding the government - is that she's the left's answer to shut-'em-down Ted Cruz. In a recent Washington Post column, Dana Milbank concluded that Warren is more like former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint, the Republican ideologue who left his elective office to better lead the far right to glory. These assessments miss one crucial difference between Warren and the right-wingers: She has crossover appeal. More importantly, so does Warrenism. Cruz and DeMint can claim...
  • Batista Republican Failure: Keep Doing The Same Thing (Beyond insulting)

    12/19/2014 9:16:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Robert F. Kennedy, Junior's Ring Of Fire ^ | December 19, 2014 | Guest Blogger
    It’s been a big week for Cuba and a number of Republicans are trying to piggyback on the good news with their own form of discontent. Enter Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, two Batista Republicans if there ever were. The embargo policies of the United States toward Cuba have been a failure. Originally intended to undermine the governing authority and encourage dissidents in the nation to rise against their dictator, they did not achieve their objective. Much the opposite, actually, as Cuba has seen economic growth since the sanctions were implemented in the 1962. Even further, the actions of the...
  • Tea Party Is a Movement Now, Not Just a Mood

    12/19/2014 8:28:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 19, 2014 | Heath Hansen
    Is the tea party a movement or just a mood? That was the question posed by Weekly Standard columnist and Fox News contributor Steven Hayes as he kicked off a panel at the Heritage Foundation celebrating the 5th anniversary of the tea party. Hayes and his co-panelists, Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham and University of Virginia professor of politics James Ceaser, all agreed that the tea party is in fact a movement. Moods, as Hayes noted, don’t last for five years. Recent polls regarding national tea party support show the panel’s assessment is correct. An NBC News/Wall Street...
  • Will Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas jump from GOP leadership to the ‘Cruz caucus’?

    12/19/2014 7:47:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | December 19, 2014 | Lindsay Wise, Washington Correspondent
    Jerry Moran of Kansas was one of only 11 Republican senators who teamed up this month with tea party favorite Ted Cruz on three votes intended to stall or defeat the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill — a failed but headline-grabbing maneuver that put him at odds with GOP leadership. Moran’s move raised some eyebrows on Capitol Hill, especially given that he’d spent the past two years as part of that same leadership team and had voted in January in favor of the last trillion-dollar spending bill. So why did Moran buck the party line this time and align himself...
  • (satire) President Obama To Require Government Caseworkers To Cold-Call Citizens To Join SNAP

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

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

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

    12/18/2014 7:26:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times' Politics Early & Often ^ | December 18, 2014 | Natasha Korecki
    Now that the GOP is taking control of the Senate in 2015, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., offered up a resolution of sorts for the opposing party to abide by next year: Get Ted Cruz under control. Durbin’s suggestion comes days after Cruz’s disastrous maneuver last week that brought the Senate into session on Saturday, unwittingly opening the door to the approval of dozens of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees. That infuriated Republicans, leading Cruz to apologize days later. “It was classic Cruz. He knew how to get the headline, but he didn’t know how to close the deal,” Durbin...
  • The More, the Merrier for the GOP in 2016

    12/18/2014 2:58:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 18, 2014 | Peter Wehner
    In the aftermath of President Obama giving the Castro regime diplomatic recognition, Senator Marco Rubio has been pretty much everywhere, including multiple television appearances and authoring this Wall Street Journal op-ed. According to Senator Rubio, “By conceding to the oppressors in the Castro regime, this president and his administration have let the Cuban people down, further weakened America’s standing in the world and endangered Americans.” Whether or not one agrees with Rubio’s position–and I’m sympathetic to it–he makes his case clearly, intelligently, and with passion. Despite some differences with him now and then–I found his advocacy for the tactics that...
  • Democrats go searching for a message ahead of 2016

    12/18/2014 12:53:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 17, 2014 | Jon Ward
    Insiders agree the party has lost focus on ‘bread and butter’ economic issues.Elizabeth Warren may have captured the imagination of the Democratic Party’s base, but many in her party worry that it does not have a message that can reach beyond its most loyal supporters. In recent weeks, Democratic operatives have begun to voice concerns that the 2014 midterms made plain the limits of an approach that failed to reach beyond minority groups or those who are reflexively liberal. And yet what should come next is not yet totally clear. “You have to answer the mail about what people’s concerns...
  • CRS Report Details Perks for Outgoing Members of Congress

    12/18/2014 4:56:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Roll Call's Hill Blotter Blog ^ | December 15, 2014 | Bridget Bowman
    Sen. Mark Begich can still return to the Senate.Even though lawmakers who will not be returning to Congress in January might feel downtrodden, they can find solace in the fact that they retain some congressional perks. Those perks, ranging from floor access to permanent identification cards, were outlined in the Congressional Research Service’s Dec. 5 report titled “Selected Privileges and Courtesies Extended to Former Members of Congress.” CRS American National Government specialist R. Eric Peterson wrote in the report, “Some [privileges] are derived from law and chamber rules, but others are courtesies that have been extended as a matter of...
  • Jeb Bush: I’m going to try to persuade Republican voters to back immigration reform

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

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

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

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

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

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

    12/16/2014 8:06:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | December 15, 2014 | Philip Bump
    The last-minute vote to approve a long-term spending package cast a bright light on unusual splits in an otherwise unified Democratic congressional caucus. Following the lead of Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), House and Senate Democrats voted against a bill that President Obama was personally advocating. It was similar to the insurgency faced by the Republican establishment last year, as many, many pundits pointed out, only with "no bank bailouts" replacing "no Obamacare" as a rallying cry. At ABC, Rick Klein, presumably with his tongue in his cheek, suggested that there are now "four parties that need to be...
  • Ted Cruz’s ’16 blues: Why his strategy to win the White House is badly flawed

    12/16/2014 7:50:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Salon ^ | December 16, 2014 | Simon Maloy
    Texan wants to win the presidency by rallying conservatives -- and hoping people forget why they dislike him. Ted Cruz shut down the government; now he wants to preside over it. The junior senator from Texas is apparently moving closer to announcing his presidential candidacy, and National Review’s Eliana Johnson spoke to the people involved in Cruz 2016 who think they’ve figured out a way to propel their boy to the Oval Office: rally the conservative base, ignore independents, and eat into some of the traditionally Democratic constituencies. It’s a strategy that’s very similar to the one embraced by Michele...
  • Elizabeth Warren Is Not the Ted Cruz of the Left: She's more like the Rand Paul of the left.

    12/16/2014 5:49:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 16, 2014 | Peter Beinart
    The symmetry was irresistible. Last weekend, as Ted Cruz almost blew up the budget deal over immigration and Elizabeth Warren almost blew it up over banking regulations, pundits seized upon an analogy. Both senators are articulate, ideological, media-savvy, beloved by party activists, and problematic for party leaders. Thus, Warren is the Cruz of the left. Bad analogy, argues Vox’s Matthew Yglesias, noting that it’s Cruz and the GOP that want “to use government funding as leverage to undo policy measures Democrats enacted in the 111th Congress.” Warren just doesn’t “want to pay the ransom.” The Washington Post’s Sean Sullivan is...
  • Third Party Rumblings After GOP Squanders Election Landslide with Budget Deal

    12/16/2014 5:31:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | December 16, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here's Bob in Nashua, New Hampshire, as we head back to the phones. Great to have you with us, sir. Hello. CALLER: Yeah, thanks, Rush. Yeah, this theme of the GOP establishment that the Tea Party and conservatives are the main enemy not the Dems, it's nothing new. It goes back, really, to the 2008 presidential election when the Republican establishment -- or at least many in the establishment -- sabotaged McCain-Palin. Because, to them, Palin was the bigger threat, the bigger enemy than the Democrats winning. You know, the funny thing is now more than six...
  • 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...
  • Fighting Obama’s Amnesty: Et Tu, Brute?

    12/16/2014 2:09:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 16, 2014 | Jim DeMint
    Most Americans don’t watch C-SPAN and I cannot blame them. More often than not, it seems as though the Senate is in a quorum call or a lone senator is debating something totally irrelevant to the issues that are important to most Americans. That changed a little bit on Saturday when Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Utah Sen. Mike Lee forced the Senate to debate President Obama’s executive amnesty. I’ll save you the boring back-and-forth that occurred in our nation’s capital over the procedural stuff and cut right to the chase: Ted and Mike were attempting to carry out the...
  • Ted Cruz bucks establishment strategy for 2016, leaving trail of avid fans and angry GOP leaders

    12/16/2014 11:08:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Last year, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) stood front and center in the battle against President Barack Obama’s health care program, leading an effort that shut down the government because the budget bill did not include a provision to defund the president’s plan. This year, Cruz was the lead crusader against the spending bill again, this time because it did not include a challenge to Obama’s executive action on immigration, which could shield an estimated 5 million people who entered the country illegally from deportation for about three years....
  • 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...
  • So-Called WashPost 'Conservative' Blogger Shreds Ted Cruz as 'Justifiably Hated By His Peers'

    12/15/2014 9:47:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 15, 2014 | Tim Graham
    The most dishonest advertising in The Washington Post isn’t selling soap or shoes or automobiles. It doesn’t come phonier than this: “Jennifer Rubin writes the Right Turn blog for The Post, offering reported opinion from a conservative perspective.” Rubin spent 2012 insisting that every conservative presidential contender was unelectable except Mitt Romney, who was neither conservative nor electable, as it turned out. Rubin’s still at it, as in her latest screed from Sunday, headlined “Senate passes spending, GOP still despises Ted Cruz: The cromnibus passes despite Ted Cruz's ego trip.” Which part of the GOP? The wing of the party...
  • “It’s nonsense”: Even Pat Robertson thinks Ted Cruz has gone too far (Now Salon likes Pat?)

    12/15/2014 9:01:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | December 15, 2014 | Luke Brinker
    Right-wing televangelist thinks the Tea Party senator from Texas needs to tone it down. It’s come to this: even uber-conservative televangelist Pat Robertson is fed up with Ted Cruz’s rabble-rousing. Over the weekend, the Tea Party hero teamed up with fellow Sen. Mike Lee of Utah to hold up a spending bill funding most of the government through the fiscal year, protesting that the measure did not defund President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, the outgoing majority leader, took advantage of Cruz and Lee’s delaying tactics to push through confirmation votes on several Obama administration...
  • Ted Cruz Strikes Back: ‘Too Many Republicans Willing to Be Complicit’

    12/15/2014 8:07:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 15, 2014 | Rob Bluey, editor-in-chief
    In the midst of the debate over a mammoth government spending bill, Republicans and Democrats found something to agree on: their dislike for Sen. Ted Cruz, who forced a rare weekend session for the Senate. But rather than back down, Cruz opted to call out Washington politicians during on Sean Hannity’s radio show Monday. “Enough is enough,” he told Hannity. The outspoken Texas Republican joined with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to force the Senate to take a vote related to President Obama’s recent immigration actions. The measure was defeated, 22-74, after Cruz said Republican leaders urged senators to vote against...
  • Ted Cruz's 2016 Plan: Court Hispanics, Millennials And Jews

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

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

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

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

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

    12/15/2014 9:13:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ ^ | December 15, 2014 | Staff
    One of the reasons our friend Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) gets under the skin of his Republican colleagues is that, unlike them, he actually votes the way he talks. If he’s against some policy of President Obama’s, like say an unconstitutional attempt to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, he votes NO and does all he can to stop it. This annoys his hypocritical Senate Republican colleagues who prefer to campaign like conservatives at home while voting with President Obama when they are in Washington. After 20 Republicans opposed Cruz’s point of order declaring the “CRomnibus” to be unconstitutional...
  • 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...
  • Senate passes spending, GOP still despises Ted Cruz

    12/14/2014 4:55:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | December 14, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    The Post reports: The Senate on Saturday night approved a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund most of the federal government through the next fiscal year, turning back a conservative rebellion against President Obama’s immigration policy. On a vote of 56 to 40, senators passed the spending bill and sent it to Obama, who plans to sign it. The bill’s passage eliminates the threat of a government shutdown and capped days of acrimonious debate on Capitol Hill over the omnibus agreement. A small group of conservatives, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), had sought to slow debate on the...