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  • Why We Must Unify the Republican Party Before the Convention: President Hillary Clinton

    04/29/2016 11:56:55 AM PDT · by Brookhaven · 28 replies
    Politics as Unusual ^ | 4-28-16 | Otto Lamp
    These are the scenarios I see for a contested convention. In every case many become disaffected and refuse to vote GOP come November. All scenarios produce the same result: President Hillary Clinton. Ted Cruz, by hook or crook, takes the nomination on the 2nd or later ballot. Trump supporters will bolt the GOP. The result: President Hillary Clinton.John Kasich, by hook or crook, takes the nomination on the 2nd or later ballot. Trump & Cruz supporters bolt the GOP. The Result: President Hillary Clinton.Someone not currently running (say Paul Ryan) takes the nomination on the 2nd or later ballot. Cruz, Kasich,...
  • Could Trump Beat Clinton in New York? Yes.

    04/27/2016 6:10:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Liberty Blitzkrieg ^ | April 26, 2016 | Michael Krieger
    One thing Clinton supporters remain in complete denial about (other than the fact most Americans who don’t identify as Democrats find her to be somewhere in between untrustworthy and criminal), is that a significant number of Sanders supporters will never vote for Hillary. Forget the fact that I know a few personally, I’ve noticed several interviews with voters who proclaim Sanders to be their first choice but Trump their second. Are they just saying this or do they mean it? I think a lot of them mean it. – From the post: Why Hillary Clinton Cannot Beat Donald Trump I...
  • Campaign Mystery: Why Don't Bernie Sanders' Big Rallies Lead To Big Wins?

    04/26/2016 6:05:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | April 26, 2016 | Tamara Keith
    If you only considered crowd size at rallies for Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, you might wonder how Clinton has won so many big states. Sanders draws massive, enthusiastic crowds, while Clinton's rallies often seem tiny and subdued by comparison. Monday night, the eve of five East Coast primaries taking place today, Sanders spoke to an overflow crowd — 3,200 people in total — at Drexel University in Philadelphia. His audience was more than double the crowd that showed up to hear Hillary Clinton speak at Philadelphia's city hall. On Sunday, 14,000 were there for Sanders in New Haven, Conn....
  • Maddow to Hillary: Will You Try to ‘Lobby’ GOP Voters Who Don’t Like Trump, Cruz?

    04/26/2016 1:26:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 25, 2016 | Josh Feldman
    During their MSNBC town hall tonight, Rachel Maddow asked Hillary Clinton about the quasi-endorsement she got from Charles Koch, who basically said she might be better than whoever the Republicans pick. Maddow brought up how a lot of Republicans who––like Koch––would find either Ted Cruz or Donald Trump to be “unacceptable,” and asked Clinton, “Do you have a plan to basically try to lobby for Republican votes?” They shared a laugh over the chaos in the Republican party right now before Clinton dismissively said she’ll let the GOP fight things out first. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Also, Clinton made it clear again that...
  • Meet the Vigilantes Who Patrol Trump’s Rallies

    04/25/2016 2:45:33 PM PDT · by RayofHope · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/25/2016 | M. Scott Mahaskey
    It was Friday night and Chris Cox was sitting at the No Name Saloon in Edgewater, Florida, planning a pro-Trump rally during Daytona Bike Week, when he looked up at the television in the bar. Protesters were clashing with Donald Trump’s supporters inside a packed Chicago arena, forcing the campaign to cancel the event and urge everyone to leave “in peace.” “The TV comes on and there’s chaos and mayhem in Chicago and all we could do is shake our heads,” said Cox. “At that moment we couldn’t really see our role. We were in shock. But over the next...
  • Exclusive: Donald Trump Losing Unbound Delegate Race to Ted Cruz

    04/24/2016 7:15:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | April 24, 2016 | Tessa Berenson
    The group could be pivotal Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has a clear early lead in the Republican race for unbound delegates who can vote their personal preference on the first ballot at the Cleveland convention, according to a TIME survey, presenting an obstacle for frontrunner Donald Trump if he falls just short of the 1,237 bound delegates needed to clinch the nomination. Of the 63 unbound delegates who have already been named, 26 have told TIME or other news outlets that they are either committed to support Cruz, lean towards supporting Cruz or refuse to support Trump on the first...
  • 'Never Trump' groups collide with Kasich, Cruz

    04/23/2016 8:25:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box Blog ^ | April 23, 2016 | Jonathan Easley and Jonathan Swan
    The anti-Trump movement is at odds with Ted Cruz and John Kasich over how to stop Donald Trump. 
 In interviews and strategy memos, operatives aligned with the anti-Trump movement have outlined a roadmap for how to block Trump from obtaining the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination.

 But Cruz and Kasich – both of whom have been mathematically eliminated from winning the nomination outright — are carrying on with no regard for the anti-Trump movement’s proposed pathway to a contested convention.

 The differences have stirred tensions between Republicans who share the same goal of stopping Trump, but can’t...
  • Pro-Ted Cruz groups have 10 times as much campaign cash as pro-John Kasich groups

    04/23/2016 7:04:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Cincinnati Enquirer | April 21, 2016 | Chrissie Thompson, Deirdre Shesgreen and Jeremy Fugleberg
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/04/20/pro-kasich-super-pacs-low-cash-after-primary-heavy-march/83284622/
  • US election: Credentials Committee could play hardball against Trump 'breaking rules'

    04/23/2016 3:50:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Ausgtralian Broadcasting Company ^ | April 23, 2016 | Michael Vincent
    Imagine this: Republican presidential candidate runner Donald Trump wins 1,250 delegates, but far from waltzing into the nomination, he is undone. Key points: •'Whoever chairs Credentials Committee better bring Tylenol', Donald Trump warns •It is made up of two national delegates from each state and territory, and District of Columbia •Political correspondent Tim Alberta says 'anything could pass' It is entirely possible that some of those delegates get blocked from entering the convention even before it begins. It would mean he would not get the nomination outright. To get into the convention you need credentials. "There is going to be...
  • HUGE: Ted Cruz Earns FOUR Critical California Endorsements!

    04/22/2016 5:50:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 142 replies
    Red State ^ | April 22, 2016 | Caleb Howe
    Today the Cruz campaign announced the endorsements of former Chairmen of the California Republican Party John S. Herrington and Tirso del Junco. They join former CRP Chairmen Ron Nehring and Michael Schroeder on the Cruz team From the campaign statement: “As a member of President Reagan’s cabinet, I’ve seen first-hand how a great leader can change the course of our nation. Ted Cruz is the proven conservative leader our country needs to lead us to prosperity once again,” said Herrington. John S. Herrington served as President Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1981-83, Deputy Assistant for Presidential Personnel from...
  • Oh boy: Two private polls of Indiana show Trump and Cruz tied, one shows Trump ahead

    04/22/2016 2:58:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 21, 2016 | Allahpundit
    If you donÂ’t know by now why Indiana is important, you must have missed this post and a good 8,000 similar explainers elsewhere in political media. Long story short, IndianaÂ’s one of the few states left on the map where either Cruz or Trump might plausibly do well. With 57 delegates at stake, a win or loss for Trump there could be the difference between him reaching 1,237 delegates on the first ballot and falling a few dozen short. ItÂ’s essentially a must-win for Cruz to force a contested convention. But heÂ’s not winning, at least according to three private...
  • Bill Bennett: GOP Leaders Have "Closed Their Minds" To Trump; "Take The High Road" And Talk To Him

    04/22/2016 9:53:10 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 19 replies
    RCP ^ | April 22, 2016 | Tim Hains
    Former Education Secretary under Ronald Reagan, Bill Bennett, says that it is time for the #NeverTrump crowd to give the Republican frontrunner another look. "We may have a roundtable of [white] knights," swooping in to stop Trump at the RNC convention, Bennett told Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly on Wednesday. "And I'll be Secretary Arthur." "Let's look a little bit macro at this," he explained. "There is momentum. Trump really finished big in New York. And Cruz finished third. Very bad for Cruz. Remember Cruz told Kasich, when it became mathematically impossible for Kasich to win, you should drop out...
  • New York never mattered, Ted Cruz won the Presidency

    04/22/2016 2:32:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 156 replies
    Red State ^ | April 20, 2016 | Michael Harrington
    The math is certain, it's time to move on to fighting Hillary. The current real numbers are just fine, Trump was expected to win New York, optimistic news I had received not with standing. Yes Trump got 90 delegates. Yes he did well. Yes Kasich got 5 delegates, his first in how long? Yes yes and yes. And No I am not even bothered. Real Numbers: Cruz 696 Delegates to Trumps 815 Delegates. Whats left now? California 172 Indiana 57 New Jersey 51 Washington 44 Maryland 38 Nebraska 36 West Virginia 34 South Dakota 29 Connecticut 28 Oregon 28 Montana...
  • The Absurdity of "Trump/Cruz Can't Win"

    04/22/2016 12:18:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 22, 2016 | Mark Davis
    Have we not all learned that this is a terrible year for broad pronouncements? The past months are littered with the failed assertions of oh-so-smart people who just knew they had everything figured out. Trump is a joke. No, wait, he’s inevitable. He’s out of control. No, now he’s more disciplined, He’s got this. No, he’s a loose cannon. Cruz has no chance to be the nominee. No, wait, now he has the inside track. His campaign operation has too many flaws. No, now they are the smart ones with the best delegate roundup skills. It’s the Year of the...
  • Black Lives Matter protesters demand Clinton pardon all victims of the 1994 crime bill

    04/21/2016 4:03:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Death and Taxes ^ | April 20, 2016 | Jamie Peck
    As her campaign chugs merrily along, Hillary Clinton and her people continue to walk the line between paying lip service to civil rights and standing by Clinton-era policies that were disastrous for the African-American community. Clinton has even gone so far as to admit that the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 had “unintended” negative effects in the same breath that she deflected the blame for it onto Bill. (I guess we’re supposed to forget that she stumped for it hard at the time and criticized Barack Obama for being too easy on crime as recently as...
  • No, Trump Isn’t on Cruz Control Yet

    04/20/2016 11:04:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | April 20, 2016 | Keith Koffler
    Donald Trump no doubt had a big win in New York. He’s on track to claim nearly all of the state’s 98 delegates in a victory that saw him not only smash the 50 percent mark – which allowed him to gain extra delegates – but win nearly every region of the state. But according to the widely respected Nate Silver, writing for his political website, FiveThirtyEight, Trump is still also on track to come up short at the convention. The main question is, will he get close enough to required 1,237 that he can maneuver his way over the...
  • The GOP Mess

    04/20/2016 5:57:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The mess the Republicans have got themselves into leaves them facing a likely landslide defeat regardless of whom they nominate for president. So while television, the press and party leaders focus on whether Donald Trump, Ted Cruz or a Sir Galahad to be named later emerges as their candidate, there is a greater, related question lurking. Does about the Republican Party have a future? Or is the Party founded in 1856 no longer Grand, just Old, falling apart, on its way to dissolution? In its 2016 campaign, the G.O.P. is squandering the political advantages of the recent tradition of changing...
  • Why Cruz Is Going All-In on Indiana

    04/20/2016 2:40:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 20, 2016 | Tim Alberta, chief political correspondent
    Ted Cruz’s team knew that Donald Trump would run away with his native New York Tuesday. And they expect he’ll win the lion’s share of delegates at stake next week when a slate of northeastern states votes. So they’ve spent the last two weeks looking ahead, quietly laying the groundwork for a kitchen-sink campaign in a state they can’t afford to let Trump win: Indiana. The Hoosier State doesn’t vote until May 3, and Cruz certainly isn’t ignoring the contests in between. He spent time this week in both Maryland and Pennsylvania, the two states his campaign is confident will...
  • Franken jokes Cruz is ‘lovechild of Joe McCarthy and Dracula’

    04/20/2016 1:35:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 20, 2016 | Brianna Ehley
    Sen. Al Franken dusted off his comedic chops over the weekend and took some jabs at his Senate colleague and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, declaring him “the lovechild of Joe McCarthy and Dracula.” “Republicans are in kind of a bind since their best hope for stopping Donald Trump is a guy who’s the lovechild of Joe McCarthy and Dracula,” Franken said at MinnPosts's annual variety show, MinnRoast. The event took place last Friday, with video posted on Wednesday. That wasn’t the end of it. He also quipped that “Cruz can be really hard to get along with, but I...
  • CNN Hosts Nail Trump's Iowa Co-Chair To Wall For Accusing Cruz Camp Of Bribery (VIDEO)

    04/20/2016 12:13:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | April 19, 2016 | Katherine Krueger
    Republican Donald Trump’s top staffer in Iowa accused rival Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) campaign Tuesday of blatantly bribing delegates but backpedaled on the accusations when pressed for specifics. Asked on CNN whether the Cruz campaign has proved better at “gathering” delegates so far in the race, Tana Goertz, Iowa co-chair for the Trump campaign, responded they haven’t been ethically collecting delegates at all. “Oh, no, no, no, not gathering delegates, stealing, lying, and bribing people to become delegates. I'm sorry if I wasn't clear,” Goertz, a former contest on “The Apprentice,” responded with a smile. But when CNN hosts John...
  • Cruz supporters dominate at district convention in Newnan, around state (Georgia)

    04/19/2016 6:44:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Newnan Times-Herald ^ | April 19, 2016 | Sarah Fay Campbell
    Conventions were held in every Georgia Congressional district last week to choose 42 of the state’s 76 delegates to the Republican National Convention. Each district choses three delegates. In the Third District, which includes Coweta, Trump won overwhelmingly in the Presidential Preference Primary. He also overwhelmingly won Georgia. But Saturday, Ted Cruz supporters overwhelmingly were named delegates at conventions around the state. Though many of the delegates chosen Saturday are supporters of Cruz, they still have to vote for Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention on the first ballot. Under Republican party rules, the delegates are free to vote...
  • We did the math. Cruz was smart to campaign in a Bronx district with almost no Republican voters.

    04/19/2016 6:07:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | April 19, 2016 | Tobias Konitzer and David Rothschild
    When Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz came to the Bronx to campaign in the run-up to the New York primary, ridicule was not far away. After all, what is a Republican candidate doing in the staunchly Democratic, minority-majority northern part of New York City? What is he doing in New York State at all, when Donald Trump is nearly certain to carry the most votes and, according to market-based forecasts, has an 85 percent chance to win more than 50 percent of the vote? Why would Ted Cruz campaign in the Bronx? For someone like Cruz to campaign exactly...
  • The Power of Work; Ted Cruz’s Story

    04/19/2016 4:28:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 119 replies
    The Huffington Post's Huffpost Politics The Blog ^ | April 19, 2016 | Daniel Kushner
    “Cruz was the earliest to organize here and unquestionably had the deepest connections on the ground. His top local organizer, Bette Grande, has been supporting him for months, dating back to when Cruz’s father, Rafael Cruz, came to her house last September during a North Dakota campaign swing.” How do you not love this? Literally eight months ago, he was already having his father campaign in North Dakota. And not just doing events, but going to the house of top local organizers in, again, not Iowa, not New Hampshire, not South Carolina, but North Dakota. And it’s not like Ted...
  • New York Primary: Donald Trump Eager to End Ted Cruz's Winning Streak

    04/19/2016 3:56:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 19, 2016 | Benjy Sarlin
    Donald Trump's final push for the GOP nomination starts Tuesday in New York, where the front-runner is heavily favored over rivals Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. The burning question is not whether Trump wins New York — if he doesn't, it will be among the biggest polling surprises ever — but whether Cruz and Kasich can pick up enough delegates to derail his nomination before July's convention in Cleveland. Since Trump's last victory in Arizona's March 22 primary, Cruz has won a competitive race in Wisconsin, as well as a series of sweeping victories in North Dakota,...
  • Turnout 'way more than usual for a primary' poll worker says (With video) [New York]

    04/19/2016 2:52:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The White Plains Journal News | April 19, 2016 | Staff
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/04/19/new-york-primary-polls/83199858/
  • Trump campaign official resigns in wake of campaign shake-up

    04/19/2016 2:06:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 19, 2016 | Larry O'Connor
    Donald Trump’s national field director quit late last night as the billionaire businessman made changes to his campaign apparatus on the eve of an important primary vote in New York. Stuart Jolly is a retired Army Lieutenant who came to the Trump campaign as a close ally of campaign manager Corey Lewandowski . They both worked at Americans For Prosperity and joined the Trump campaign during it’s infancy. The New York Times interprets the shake-up as a bad sign for Lewandowski: But the resignation was seen as a sign of distress among those loyal to Mr. Lewandowski about recent changes...
  • Ted Cruz continues work to lock down Washington State.

    04/18/2016 3:48:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 142 replies
    Red State ^ | April 17, 2016 | Moe Lane
    To refresh your memory: Washington State has 44 delegates, winner-take-most (majority takes all) proportional primary (20% threshold), with statewide and CD delegates. Closed primary (deadline to switch is next week; deadline for first-time voters is next month), but it’s all mail-in. …And, just think! Five months ago, I would have had to write another three or four sentences to explain all of that. Now I can just assume that most of you folks will be able to follow along. It’s an ill wind, huh? Anyway, it turns out that Ted Cruz has already done the work – before the deadline...
  • Presidential Horse Race 2016: Getting to know Ted Cruz is learning to like him even more

    04/18/2016 12:46:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | April 15, 2016 | Jeffrey A. Rendall
    It’s safe to say each of the CNN Town Halls this week painted the remaining Republican presidential candidates in a positive light and that’s a good thing for those of us who see the number one priority as the need to defeat Hillary Clinton (or Bernie Sanders) in November. Instead of #NeverTrump, we were reminded that #NeverHillary is a much more important objective than the need to settle scores, even if there’s good reason to carry grudges in the first place. Ted CruzAnd while it’s somewhat likely the Republican candidates’ favorability ratings could get a boost courtesy of CNN’s idea...
  • Ted Cruz supporters dominate NC’s GOP delegate selection so far

    04/17/2016 11:03:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The News & Observer ^ | April 16, 2016 | Colin Campbell
    Donald Trump won North Carolina’s Republican primary last month, but many of the state’s GOP convention delegates elected so far prefer the second-place candidate: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. That could spell trouble for Trump if he doesn’t arrive at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July with the 1,237 delegates required to win on the first ballot. For the first round of voting, North Carolina’s delegate count must proportionately match the state’s March 15 primary results: 29 votes for Trump, 27 for Cruz, nine for John Kasich, six for Marco Rubio and one for Ben Carson. Any delegate who...
  • Trump to Nevada delegates: I'll pay your travel, hotel costs

    04/17/2016 5:07:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 17, 2016 | David M. Drucker
    Donald Trump's campaign is going all out to win delegates in Nevada, offering to cover transportation and lodging costs for Nevada supporters who travel to Reno in mid May to participate in delegate elections. Trump's Nevada activities contradict his claim that he has deliberately declined to invest resources in the election of delegates to the Republican nominating convention in Cleveland because the process is "corrupt." "With overwhelming success throughout each county, we're in a strong position going into the state convention being held in Reno on May 14th and 15th," Charles Munoz, Trump's Nevada state director, wrote in an email...
  • Pollster McLaughlin: Trump in 'Big Trouble' if He Loses First Ballot

    04/17/2016 1:14:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 17, 2016 | Cathy Burke
    Donald Trump could be in "big trouble" if he doesn't cinch the GOP presidential nomination on the first ballot at the party's convention in July, GOP pollster John McLaughlin said Sunday. In a "Cats Roundtable" radio interview with businessman and former GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis in New York, McLaughlin said the front-runner "should win this on a first ballot." The remarks begin at about the 42:37-minute mark. "If he doesn’t, he’s in big trouble, because he’s been out-organized” by the campaign of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, McLaughlin said. “You’ve got the Cruz campaign putting in people that may be...
  • Mark Shields: Could a Donald Trump-Ted Cruz Alliance Be in the Cards?

    04/16/2016 6:29:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Noozhawk ^ | April 16, 2016 | Mark Shields
    In addition to winning more primaries, more convention delegates and 2 million more votes than any other Republican presidential candidate running this year, billionaire developer Donald Trump has won a significant national following with his repeated pledge, as a shrewd negotiator, “to beat China, Japan and Mexico at trade.” Trump offers a simple explanation for the problem: “Their leaders are much smarter than our leaders.” But they’re not smarter than the no-nonsense negotiator Trump: “I beat China all the time.” If that is true, then why has candidate Trump been so publicly and griping about his campaign’s having been cheated...
  • A big day for Cruz in Virginia’s 10th District

    04/16/2016 5:48:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Loudoun Times-Mirror ^ | April 16, 2016 | Staff
    Virginia's 10th Congressional District Republicans today nominated their three delegates and three alternates to the Republican National Convention in July, and all three main delegates are backers of Sen. Ted Cruz (R). State Sen. Dick Black, Mick Staton (Black's son-in-law) and Beau Correll were elected as delegates, while two supporters of front-runner Donald Trump – former Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio and past 10th District chairman Howie Lind – were elected as alternates. Blaine Dunn, a Cruz supporter, was selected as the third alternate. Trump narrowly won March's GOP Primary in the commonwealth -- although Sen. Marco Rubio comfortably took...
  • Will Chris Christie Body-Block Ted Cruz From New Jersey Ballot

    04/16/2016 1:47:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | April 15, 2016 | Victor Williams
    BETHESDA, Md., April 15, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Washington D.C. Law Professor Victor Williams has filed an Emergency Petition with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie demanding that the Canadian-born Ted Cruz be disqualified from the ballot. (Full details at his website – www.VictorWilliamsforPresident.com) Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada and held his resulting Canadian citizenship until May 2014. Scholars across the nation agree that Edward Rafael Cruz is not a "natural born [American] Citizen" as required by Article II of the U.S. Constitution. Victor Williams charges that Ted Cruz falsely certified his constitutional eligibility for office to gain ballot access...
  • Clift: Cruz ‘Makes Trump Look Like a Raving Liberal,’ ‘Most Dems’ Would Prefer Trump Over Cruz

    04/16/2016 1:25:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 16, 2016 | Ian Hanchett
    The Daily Beast’s Eleanor Clift argued that Republican presidential candidate Texas Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “makes Donald Trump look like a raving liberal” and “most Democrats would look at the two of them, and would prefer Trump over Cruz” on Friday’s “McLaughlin Group.”Clift said, “We’ve paid so little attention to what Cruz actually stands for, and when — the attention I’ve paid is — I get pretty scared, actually. He makes Donald Trump look like a raving liberal, actually.” When asked who should we would vote for between the two candidates if she had to pick, Clift responded that...
  • I'm Not Saying There's No Political Solution; I'm Saying Pick Up the Owner's Manual for Politics...

    04/15/2016 11:43:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Excellence in Broadcasting Network ^ | April 12, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We have a guy on here from Southampton, New York, named Bill. Greetings, Bill. Great to have you. What is the point that you wanted to make here? You've been holding on for quite a while now. CALLER: Thank you, Rush. My conclusion is that if Donald Trump is denied the nomination -- and in line with everything that you've just been saying -- that the big lesson for all of us is that there is no political solution available for our grievances to be addressed in America today. RUSH: I did not say that. See, that's......
  • Hmmm: Trump under 50% in poll of New York for first time this month

    04/15/2016 10:42:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 132 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 15, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Via Red State, not a huge deal but worth flagging in case there’s another poll this weekend showing his numbers dipping a bit in New York on the eve of the primary. That would suggest a trend, and that would be a big deal given what’s at stake. To be clear: Trump’s going to romp in NY on Tuesday night, winning by 25 points or better, and will pick up something like 75 delegates even in a worst-case scenario. But since his path to 1,237 is so difficult, it matters a lot whether he ends up with 75 in New...
  • Ryan Is Right: No White Knights Should Apply

    04/15/2016 10:08:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 15, 2016 | Newt Gingrich and Ben Domenech
    As the Republican presidential race has narrowed to a contest between two candidates the Republican elites despise, each one with a razor-thin path to the nomination, the conversation among party figures in Washington has rapidly shifted from the desperate to the absurd. They talk of an “open convention” in Cleveland, where party leaders could parachute in a third, more favored candidate and render the entire GOP primary process null and void. House Speaker Paul Ryan, one focus of such talk, ruled himself out at a press conference on Tuesday. “I do not want, nor will I accept, the Republican nomination,”...
  • Tracking the Ted Cruz moment

    04/15/2016 8:57:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Salem News ^ | April 15, 2016 | David M. Shribman, executive editor, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
    He won a big victory in Wisconsin. He pierced the Donald Trump mystique. He even got some of the Capitol Hill lawmakers who regard him as a revolutionary and renegade to slink cautiously into his corner. By all logic, this should be a Ted Cruz moment — if only the next primary weren’t in New York. But on Tuesday, New Yorkers go to their polling places, and though Cruz has been the beneficiary of the calendar before — his performance on Super Tuesday helped force out of the race Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, a demographically identical and philosophically similar...
  • Trump’s Seeming Incomprehension Of State Primaries Is A Big Red Flag

    04/15/2016 6:22:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 115 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | April 15, 2016 | Brent Smith
    Why are the Trumpists so angry at Cruz? In fact, doesn’t it seem like they are always angry at something or someone? It’s true. It’s either “lyin’ Ted,” the Washington insiders, the press, which is bit surprising considering how much free air time he is given, or whatever. It almost appears Svengali Trump has figured out that he must continually invent new villains to keep his followers amped up. This reminds me a bit of the leaders of the hard left, who must keep some form of “The Man” in perpetuity, holding down the oppressed democrat faithful, who are then...
  • Trump prepared to cede Wyoming delegate contest

    04/15/2016 2:57:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 142 replies
    The Record ^ | April 15, 2016 | Ben Neary, The Associated Press
    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Donald Trump's presidential campaign has all but thrown in the towel in Wyoming ahead of Saturday's Republican convention. The billionaire businessman's campaign made a conscious decision not to commit resources to Wyoming, according to Alan Cobb, a senior Trump adviser. Trump picked only up a single delegate in last month's Wyoming county conventions while Cruz scored nine. There are 14 more delegates at stake at this weekend's state convention. In a telephone interview with The Associated Press from the convention site in Casper, Wyoming, Cobb said Friday that he expects Trump's rival Ted Cruz to sweep...
  • Conventional Wisdom: Is Cruz stealing delegates from Trump?

    04/15/2016 2:18:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The April 25, 2016 Issue | Jay Cost
    After Ted Cruz won every delegate up for grabs at the Colorado Republican convention, Donald Trump began complaining that the process at such conventions is unfair. His claim is that party insiders should not be making these choices, but rather that the power should be vested with the voters. As a consequence, Cruz is “stealing" delegates from Trump, and in so doing defying the will of the voters. Trump's accusations are specious and disingenuous. The process that has been playing out is perfectly legitimate. Trump's real problem is that he is being outhustled by the Cruz campaign. The Republican nomination...
  • Kelli Ward Beats John McCain in Latest AZ Poll

    04/15/2016 7:02:03 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Michelle Moons
    Arizona State Senator Kelli Ward, challenging U.S. Senator Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), leads the five-term Washington insider for the first time in a poll. Her lead stands at nine percent. Ward was the choice of 45 percent of the registered Arizona voters polled, while McCain only garnered 36 percent. 1,271 of the more than 1,400 voters polled say they intend to vote in the 2016 primary election. Approximately one fifth remained undecided at this early stage of the race. Independent polling company Gravis Marketing conducted the August 15 poll. It surveyed 844 Republican primary voters and 427 Democratic.
  • Tennessee Republicans distrust party direction

    04/15/2016 4:50:53 AM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    Columbis Daily Herald ^ | April 14, 2016 | SAVANNA WALKER
    Local politicians and activists are apprehensive about the upcoming Republican convention in July. “The fight I hope to lead once we get to Cleveland is that the rules that we started with are the rules that we end with,” former State Rep. Joe Carr, a delegate for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, said. Carr was a Newt Gingrich delegate in 2012, when the RNC changed the requirements for winning the nomination. Prior to 2012, a nominee was required to have won a majority of delegates from at least five states to be on the ballot at the convention. Then, the GOP...
  • Trump Wuz Robbed

    04/15/2016 12:43:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | April 14, 2016 | Rich Lowry
    Give Donald Trump credit for planning ahead. He is preparing to be a sore loser. Trump’s complaints that he is being undone by a rigged system crafted by a corrupt Republican Party is the dress rehearsal for his campaign’s closing argument should it come up short in Cleveland. Trump will, in his telling, have been stabbed in the back by insiders and be fully justified in wreaking a terrible revenge on the party that he briefly sought to lead. Facts and logic don’t particularly matter to Trump or his mouthpieces, yet the “rigged” charge is absurd even by the standards...
  • Here’s Why Trump’s Convention Manager is Wrong About April Delegate Projections

    04/14/2016 7:09:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | April 13, 2016 | Robert Eno
    * Trump convention manager Paul Manafort told Sean Hannity that Cruz will “probably finish third in delegates in April.” But… Cruz has already won 88 of the 107 delegates awarded in the month. * There is no way Kasich can catch Cruz.* Finally, even giving Trump 81 out of 95 delegates in New York, there is a strong likelihood Cruz may still finish first in delegates for the month. Trump convention manager Paul Manafort’s delegate skills may be a little rusty. He claimed on Hannity last night that Ted Cruz will “probably finish third in delegates in April.” An absurd...
  • Guadagno accepts judge's ruling on Cruz ballot eligibility (New Jersey)

    04/14/2016 1:49:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Record ^ | April 14, 2016 | Kim Lueddeke
    Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has accepted an administrative law judge’s decision ruling that Sen. Ted Cruz meets the criteria for a natural born citizen and should be allowed to run in New Jersey’s GOP presidential primary on June 7. “After full consideration of the record, as well as Judge Masin’s thorough and well researched initial decision and the exceptions filed with my office, I, Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, as Secretary of State and chief election official of the State of New Jersey, adopt Judge Masin’s initial decision in its entirety,” Guadagno said in a statement posted to the state Division...
  • Ben Carson could be Trump spoiler in New York primary

    04/14/2016 1:04:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    USA Today | April 14, 2016 | Jon Campbell, Gannett New York
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/04/14/ben-carson-could-trump-spoiler-new-york-primary/83036318/
  • The Arena: Cruz missile

    04/13/2016 10:47:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    The Tufts Daily ^ | April 14, 2016 | Aren Torikian
    Candidates like Donald Trump are exciting. Trump is guaranteed to bring out thousands to his events and generate copious decibels of noise. He has built a campaign on telling it like it is and refusing to be politically correct. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, is boring. He brings hundreds to his events and utters Ronald Reagan’s name a few times to get the crowd going. His demeanor is confident but not quite as in-your-face as Trump is. But for those afraid of what Trump stands for, Cruz may be the far more dangerous candidate. For one, Cruz is much...
  • Ted Cruz Could Be President—No, Seriously

    04/13/2016 10:10:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 159 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 13, 2016 | Matthew Cooper
    It’s a well known story: When Ted Cruz went to work for the George W. Bush presidential campaign in 2000, he had a lot going for him. He was in his 20s, a Texan, and smart, boasting a Harvard Law degree and a Supreme Court clerkship. It didn’t hurt to be young Hispanic man in a campaign looking for Latino votes. But Cruz was so self-aggrandizing and irksome that he managed to annoy folks at the headquarters in Austin so much that he never won a coveted slot at the White House. When Bush took office, Cruz was relegated to...