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  • Ted Cruz Calls Latinos 'Violent Criminal Illegal Aliens,' Slams Democrats For Protecting Immigrants

    10/13/2015 4:07:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 13, 2015 | Cristina Silva
    Donald Trump isn't the only Republican presidential candidate prepared to talk smack about Latinos to win the White House. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, whose father hails from Cuba, accused Democrats Monday of helping "violent criminal illegal aliens." Cruz said Senate Democrats have worked to protect immigrants with criminal records because they are “willing to stand in pure party line vote” in support of releasing undocumented immigrants who are “murderers and rapists” to protect the president, BuzzFeed reported. “The Democrats are getting more and more open that they are the party of illegal immigration,” he said during an interview with Iowa...
  • Christie, Kasich Fall to 1% in New Poll (Trump 1st, Carson 2nd, Cruz 3rd)

    10/13/2015 3:51:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 13, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    A new poll by Fox News finds Donald Trump remains the leader of the Republican pack. Trump holds 24 percent of the vote, but is in a virtual tie with Ben Carson, who is getting 23 percent of the vote. But the real news might be that New Jersey governor Chris Christie is polling at 1 percent. And is tied with Ohio governor John Kasich, who is also only at 1 percent. Ted Cruz has 10 percent, Marco Rubio is at 9 percent, and Jeb Bush is at 8 percent. Carly Fiorina has fallen to 5 percent.
  • Why Republicans Need to Nominate Ted Cruz

    10/13/2015 10:06:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Roll Call's Rothenblog ^ | October 13, 2015 | Stuart Rothenberg
    It is increasingly apparent the GOP needs to nominate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president next year. The party’s difficulty in finding a broadly acceptable candidate for House speaker, combined with the success of anti-establishment candidates in the presidential race, should make it clear to all that the fissure in the Republican Party is becoming wider and deeper. House Freedom Caucus conservatives believe they are growing stronger within the GOP, and they are likely to look for more opportunities to flex their muscles over the next year. Even if Wisconsin Rep. Paul D. Ryan agrees to run for speaker, the...
  • Trump says he'll live-tweet 'boring' Democratic debate

    10/13/2015 9:47:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 13, 2015 | Eliza Collins
    Donald Trump may not be on the stage Tuesday night but the business mogul has inserted himself into the Democratic debate anyway. “At the request of many, and even though I expect it to be a very boring two hours, I will be covering the Democrat Debate live on twitter!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, promising to insert his 2 cents throughout. “Someone should inform @CNN that, despite spending millions of $'s on graphics, it is not the Democratic Debate, rather the Democrat[s] D!” he continued. (Some Republicans have long refused to say "Democratic Party," because they deny that the party...
  • Republican activists think a strong conservative can win the White House. They’re probably wrong.

    10/13/2015 8:31:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | October 13, 2015 | John Sides
    A common piece of conventional wisdom — and one that has backing in the political science literature — is that candidates are punished for being ideologically out of step with their constituents. This is what underlies the usual advice given to presidential candidates in a general election: move to the center, or risk being perceived as too ideological. Thus far in 2016, as Matthew Atkinson and Darin DeWitt have argued on this blog, prediction markets bear out this advice. Now here’s something fascinating about this election cycle: Republicans seem not to believe that there is any electoral penalty for being...
  • Ted Cruz’s cynical appeal

    10/13/2015 8:17:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | October 12, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    The irony of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is that he claims to be the champion of outsiders, yet he is as conventional a politician as you will find. For starters, he’s got two Ivy League degrees and worked outside government (Senate, Texas solicitor general, Bush 43 staffer, court clerk) for a fraction of his adult life (less than 30 percent or five of 18 years). He is as much a cause of partisan gridlock and dysfunction as anyone, taking joy in riling up the base and blaming liberal elites, fanning the flames of anti-immigrant sentiment (both his own determination to...
  • Paul Camp Fiercely Guards Liberty Base as Cruz Looms

    10/13/2015 8:05:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | October 13, 2015 | Patrick Svitek
    SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The presidential campaign of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is fiercely guarding its libertarian base against GOP rival Ted Cruz, producing the harshest pushback yet to the Texan's efforts to consolidate conservative support in his own bid for the White House. As the two candidates crisscrossed this key presidential proving ground Monday, the rift remained on full display, with Paul's campaign all but suggesting Cruz's team was trying to buy the support of libertarian voters. Paul has a long history with the liberty movement, a campaign spokesman said, and "no amount in any bank account can...
  • USA TODAY GOP Power Rankings: Cruz rises, Fiorina falls

    10/13/2015 7:56:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
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  • Obama: Trump Can't Win; I Could Win 3rd Term; America Is Safer

    10/13/2015 5:43:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 12, 2015 | Leonardo Blair, Reporter
    President Barack Obama believes America is safer since he became president, he could win a third term and Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump is a "great publicity-seeker" who will not win the White House. Speaking in a pretaped "60 Minutes" interview that aired Sunday, Obama told Steve Kroft that while he believes Trump has tapped into genuine discontent among "at least Republican primary voters" the real-estate mogul won't be sitting in the Oval Office at the end of the election cycle. "Well, I think that he is a great publicity-seeker and at a time when the Republican party hasn't really...
  • Zogby: Trump Will 'Fizzle Out Shortly'

    10/13/2015 5:27:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    NewsMax ^ | October 12, 2015 | Bill Hoffmann
    Veteran pollster John Zogby is continuing to stick to his longstanding prediction that Republican front-runner Donald Trump's run for president will not last. "I'm in a margin-of-error business, so plus or minus a couple of weeks … I do think he'll fizzle out, I really do," Zogby, senior analyst at Zogby Analytics, tells "Newsmax Prime" with J.D. Hayworth on Newsmax TV. "He's starting to, he's peaked a little bit and I think his numbers are coming down … he'll fizzle out shortly." Zogby said he is not surprised that Trump supporters say if the billionaire developer ends up dropping out,...
  • CBS News: Ted Cruz in Third Place

    10/12/2015 5:28:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Patterico's Pontifications ^ | October 11, 2015 | Patterico
    As the silly season continues, CBS News reports that Trump is still on top and Ben Carson is still second. The real lede, however, is buried in paragraph two. Guess who’s #3? If you didn’t read the headline, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer: The rest of the Republican field is in single digits, with Texas Senator Ted Cruz inching up into third place with nine percent, followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with eight percent. Businesswoman Carly Fiorina and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush follow at six percent each. Former Governor Mike Huckabee has also slipped considerably...
  • Jeb Bush’s PAC Erases Carly Fiorina From GOP Race

    10/12/2015 4:29:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 12, 2015 | Neil Munro
    A new Internet-ad by Jeb Bush’s independent PAC erases fourth-place challenger Carly Fiorina from the GOP’s 2016 line-up. The 15-second ad shows Bush’s eight male rivals — Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson, etc. — but noticeably excludes the one woman in the race. That’s unexpected, because Fiorina currently leads fifth-place Bush, 8.9 percent to 7.1 percent, in RCP’s average of primary polls, following Fiorina’s highly rated performance in the GOP’s second debate. “Maybe Jeb is just trying to forget the last debate?,” said Sarah Isgur Flores, Fiorina’s deputy campaign manager. “Or maybe they can’t read New Hampshire...
  • Lindsey Graham Calls Out GOPers Who ‘Deny the Science’ on Climate Change

    10/12/2015 4:13:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 12, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    Lindsey Graham today called out fellow Republicans who “deny the science” on climate change. Graham was one of several candidates who spoke at the No Labels conference in New Hampshire today, and he made it clear he just doesn’t get Republican resistance to climate science. He spoke of “business-friendly” solutions to the problem and said, “To my friends on the left who are making this a religion, you’re making a mistake. To my friends on the right who deny the science, tell me why.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Earlier this year, Graham said he has no idea what the GOP’s environmental platform is and...
  • Keith Ellison hands Bernie Sanders his second congressional endorsement

    10/12/2015 3:48:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    MSNBC ^ | October 12, 2015 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    Sen. Bernie Sanders will get a pre-debate boost from Rep. Keith Ellison, the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, who will become the second member of Congress to endorse Sanders’ insurgent presidential campaign Monday, he told MSNBC. “I’m endorsing Bernie because he is talking about the issues that are important to American families,” Ellison told MSNBC in an email via his spokesperson. “His candidacy is important for many reasons, but I believe the most important part of his candidacy is that it has the ability to create a renaissance in voter participation, which was at its lowest in decades this...
  • Millennial voters weigh in on ’16 candidates

    10/12/2015 2:10:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WGNO-TV ^ | October 12, 2015 | Anthony Perrucci, CNN
    CNN asked millennial voters from a range of backgrounds to weigh in on whether, and how well, the 2016 presidential candidates are reflecting the priorities of their generation — the largest and most diverse demographic cohort in American history — as they make their case to voters. The opinions expressed are solely those of the authors. Elizabeth Elizalde, 22, is a New York-based journalist and a former CNN en Español intern. Follow her on Twitter @EElizalde5. I’m a 22-year-old Latina living in New York City, and as a recent college graduate, I know the struggle of making ends meet. My...
  • 2016 GOP power index: Jeb breaks down, Rubio races ahead

    10/12/2015 1:45:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 12, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    2016 GOP POWER INDEX: JEB BREAKS DOWN, RUBIO RACES AHEAD In what could end up being the final pairing of the Republican nominating contest two 44-year-old Cuban American senators hold the top two spots in this week’s 2016 GOP Power Index. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, remains the FNF favorite to win the votes of Republican insurgents. Cruz is running a disciplined campaign and mostly avoiding the candidate-on-candidate violence of the cycle. And he is raising enough money to burn a wet elephant. But on the other side of the map, the terrain is shifting. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is consolidating...
  • Horry likes Ted Cruz, straw polls show (South Carolina)

    10/12/2015 1:22:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Sun News ^ | October 12, 2015 | Donna W. McKinney
    It has been rewarding to join a group of dedicated S.C. grassroots conservatives. Recently a group of Horry County volunteers for Ted Cruz engaged in their first two events: the Aynor Harvest Hoedown and the Irish-Italian Festival. We proudly wore our red shirts declaring the same values as our favorite presidential candidate. National polls have indicated that billionaire TV reality star Donald Trump is still leading. However, based on straw polls, Horry County residents who participated clearly indicated they preferred Ted Cruz over all other candidates. Straw polls top 3: Aynor Harvest Hoedown: Cruz 45.5%, Trump 20.8%, Carson 18.2% Irish-Italian...
  • VIDEO: Black Trump Supporter Goes Off at Rally: “Obama Has Failed Us. We’re Taking Back America”

    10/12/2015 12:32:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    A video of a man going off at a Trump rally in Georgia is quickly going viral- and it’s easy to see why. His passion for Trump and his plans for jobs surely is something most Americans can relate to: From comments on YouTube: Mike Sweat Hoke has seen the truth. A two time Obama supporter. He realizes that Obama has failed the nation. We need a solid leader in this country. Trump is the man. RinascitaVita This guy speaks for lot of Black Americans that are mad as hell. Many are really pissed off that they got used by...
  • Chris Wallace: Establishment groups are threatening to primary House conservatives who oppose Paul R

    10/12/2015 12:14:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 12, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Via Breitbart, this is the kind of claim that big-media types would sneer at as right-wing propaganda designed to build grassroots opposition to Ryan becoming Speaker … if it wasn’t a big-media type who was reporting it. Outside groups spent $23 million last year trying to beat tea-party candidates in Republican primaries, with the Chamber of Commerce accounting for nearly a third of that amount. Ryan is an ideal choice for that wing of the party — anti-tax and pro-amnesty, serious about cutting spending but not above voting for TARP amid a financial crisis. He was Mitt Farking Romney’s running...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (October 2015 Edition)

    10/12/2015 12:05:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    FreeRepublic | October 12, 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.
  • Cruz Raises $1 Million in First 9 Days of Fourth Quarter

    10/12/2015 11:55:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies ^ | October 11, 2015
    HOUSTON, Texas – Today, the Cruz for President campaign announced it raised $1 million in the first 9 days of the fourth quarter. Cruz’s impressive haul in just over a week comes off his successful third quarter fundraising, in which he pulled in more than $12 million. The early start in the fourth quarter brings his campaign’s total to more than $27.5 million. “It certainly shows what kind of incredible support and enthusiasm we have for our campaign,” said campaign manager Jeff Roe. “But more than that, we have made the right investments in our fundraising infrastructure that ensures a...
  • Narrow support for Trump (Massachusetts)

    10/11/2015 10:37:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Westborough News ^ | October 11, 2015 | Zachary Comeau, Daily News Staff
    At an event in Norwood in August, real estate mogul and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump embraced Maureen Maloney, the mother of Matthew Denise of Milford. In August 2011, Denise was killed on his motorcycle when he was hit and dragged by a pickup truck driven by a drunken man, here in the country illegally. Denise was dragged a quarter mile, authorities said. His death became a lightning rod on the subject of undocumented immigrants. “Will you close the borders?” an emotional Maloney asked Trump at the event via an arranged meeting. Trump replied, “We’ll get them closed, believe...
  • 'Democratic socialist' Bernie Sanders insists he's no capitalist as he pledges to raise taxes...

    10/11/2015 8:26:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | October 11, 2015 | David Martosko, US Political Editor
    Bernie Sanders said Sunday that if he's elected president he will raise taxes on American companies and upper-income earners to pay for a $1 trillion infrastructure-rebuilding jobs program even as America's public debt crests over the $18 trillion mark and twelve-figure annual deficits continue to pile up. 'Real unemployment in this country is not 5.1 per cent,' he said on NBC's 'Meet the Press' show. 'It is 10 per cent.' 'I want to invest a trillion dollars in rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. I do want to do that because I think that will create up to 13 million jobs.' 'Is...
  • Cruz For President - Cruz Scores Major Upset Among Libertarian Voters

    10/11/2015 7:19:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    NH Insider ^ | October 11, 2015
    Earns 51% of voter approval in Republican Liberty Caucus Straw Poll -- just a few points behind Rand Paul, among Libertarians. HOUSTON, TEXAS - Presidential candidate Ted Cruz continues to shore up his strong support among libertarian voters, earning 51 percent support from voters participating in the straw poll held at the Republican Liberty Caucus in Nashua, NH over the weekend. Cruz received 399 votes (51%), just a few points behind Rand Paul's 445 votes (57%). “We are very encouraged by the growing support we are seeing among liberty voters in the early states and across the country,” Cruz said....
  • New polls: Clinton, Trump hold leads; Boehner receives poor rank (Cruz now in third place)

    10/11/2015 3:50:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    KCCI-TV Des Moines ^ | October 11, 2015 | Kait McKinney
    DES MOINES, Iowa —CBS News polls released Sunday during “Face the Nation” reveal new rankings in the Republican and Democratic presidential races, as well as approval ratings of Congress and President Barack Obama. With the first Democratic presidential debate just days away, the newly released poll shows Hillary Clinton maintains a sizable lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders and Vice President Joe Biden, even though Biden hasn’t officially jumped in the race. Clinton leads at 46 percent, Sanders has 27 percent and Biden has 16 percent. In the race for the GOP nomination, the CBS News poll reveals Donald Trump maintains...
  • The age of banana Republicans: Scorched earth tactics are damaging the spirit of the US constitution

    10/11/2015 3:03:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | October 11, 2015 | Edward Luce
    The problem with labels is they shut down thought. According to Webster’s, a conservative is someone who embraces “the value of established or traditional practices”. It is hard to find a worse description...
  • House conservative group would 'look favorably' on Ryan for speakership

    10/11/2015 2:54:56 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 105 replies ^ | 10/11/15 | Jason Lange and Timothy Gardner
    The approximately 40-member House Freedom Caucus is at the center of turmoil within the Republican Party over who will be the party's effective leader in the House ahead of the 2016 presidential election. A group of hard-line conservative Republicans would "look favorably" on Paul Ryan if he ran to be speaker of the House of Representatives, the group's leader said on Sunday.
  • Care2 Candidate Profile: Ted Cruz

    10/11/2015 2:46:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Care2 ^ | October 11, 2015 | Chris Sosa
    Ted Cruz is the first Hispanic American to serve as a U.S. Senator from Texas. He was elected to office in 2012 and serves as a chairman on a number of Senate subcommittees. His past government positions include the Federal Trade Commission and Justice Department. Cruz served as a domestic policy advisor on President George W. Bush’s first presidential campaign and was the Solicitor General of Texas from 2003 to 2008. Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada. He is eligible to run for President of the United States because his mother was an American citizen at the time of his...
  • Clinton’s Leftward Tack on Immigration and Guns Has Risks for November

    10/11/2015 1:08:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | October 10, 2015 | Michael Barone
    You win the presidency, Richard Nixon supposedly observed, by tacking to the right in the primaries and to the center in the general election. Hillary Clinton seems to be following that strategy except, as a Democrat, she is tacking to the left. This strategy has risks, as Nixon, who lost the presidency once and won it once by narrow margins, understood. Your right- or left-wing stances in the primaries can hurt in the general. As happened to George McGovern, the leftward-tacking Democratic nominee in 1972, whom Nixon beat with 61 percent of the vote. In the four decades since only...
  • Quotes of the day (Many taking a second look at Ted Cruz)

    10/11/2015 12:52:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 10, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign raised $12.2 million in the third quarter, more than twice as much as the $6 million that Florida Senator Marco Rubio brought in during the same period. Cruz’s campaign said it took in 184,800 donations in the third quarter, the average coming in at $66, bringing the total Cruz has raised since launching his presidential bid to $26.5 million. “We are thrilled to see a grassroots wave of support for our campaign gaining momentum all over the country,” Cruz said in a statement Thursday night. “Not only are we seeing a surge of new...
  • Rubio, Not Trump, Is Now the Defining Figure in the GOP Race

    10/10/2015 11:20:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer ^ | October 9, 2015 | Benjamin Wallace-Wells
    Cycles in presidential campaigns begin with hopeful conjecture, outright lies, blind tabloid items that can’t ever be proved or disproved. This week the Marco Rubio cycle began. Marco Rubio is now the “front-runner” for the Koch brothers’ support and cash, the New York Daily News reported yesterday morning, citing a source “who ran into David Koch at a recent event in Manhattan.” That sourcing sounds pretty shaky — David Koch has never seemed like someone who blurts out his political plans to the restroom attendant, though, who knows, people always surprise you — but of course it’s hard to imagine...
  • Cruz to sub for Walker at Family Foundation gala

    10/10/2015 11:11:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | October 10, 2015 | Andrew Cain
    Another 2016 hopeful, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has stepped in for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as the headline speaker for the Family Foundation of Virginia's annual gala Nov. 14 in Richmond. Walker was slated to headline the organization's 30th annual gala at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, but he announced Sept. 21 that he was dropping out of the presidential contest. Cruz also addressed The Family Foundation's annual gala in October 2013. This time his father, the Rev. Rafael Cruz, will join the senator and will discuss the importance of family and fatherhood. During his March 23 presidential campaign announcement...
  • Sanders stresses gun control, calls for assault weapon ban

    10/10/2015 10:48:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 10, 2015 | Nicholas Riccardi, The Associated Press
    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday called for an assault weapons ban in his second straight day of talking about an issue — guns — where he has sometimes deviated from the Democratic Party's consensus. In a campaign appearance ahead of next week's Democratic presidential debate, Sanders cited two shootings Friday at universities in Arizona and Texas as well as last week's slayings at an Oregon community college. "Instead of people yelling at each other, we have got to come together on commonsense approaches which, in fact, the vast majority of the American people support," said...
  • Obama: Republicans have 'gone off the deep end'

    10/10/2015 10:27:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 11, 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    Los Angeles (AFP) - President Barack Obama said the Republican Party has "gone off the deep end" with its messy failure to elect a new speaker of the House of Representatives. The Republican-controlled House was left in shock and disarray this week when Kevin McCarthy, the frontrunner to replace John Boehner, who has announced his resignation, suddenly withdrew from the race because of a revolt by conservatives. The challenge now is to find a consensus candidate who can soothe wounds and unite a fractious caucus. Obama addressed the drama at an expensive fundraiser at a private home in Los Angeles....
  • Yes, there are other people running besides Donald Trump

    10/10/2015 8:19:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Gwinnett Daily Post ^ | October 10, 2015 | Rob Jenkins
    After my last two columns on Donald Trump, several people have written to ask what I think about some of the other Republican presidential candidates. So I thought I’d address that question this week. Hey, I’m nothing if not responsive to my readers. Please excuse me if I don’t mention everyone. I’ve only got 500 words. Ben Carson. No question, Dr. Carson is manifestly the smartest person in the race, on either side. His slogan should be, “It’s just politics, folks. Not brain surgery.” I don’t necessarily agree with him on every issue, but I believe he’s a man of...
  • The Republicans’ Ugly Revolt

    10/10/2015 1:22:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The New York Times' Sunday Review ^ | October 10, 2015 | Frank Bruni
    OVER the last two decades, through Bob Dole and George W. Bush and John McCain and Mitt Romney, it has become an article of faith that the Republican presidential nominee is a person blessed by, or acceptable to, the party’s establishment, meaning the elders, the bankers, the cool heads, the deep pockets. There’s mess along the way — brief tantrums by restive voters, fleeting triumphs by renegade candidates — but order and obeisance in the end. Is this the election cycle when that changes? The twilight of the Republican elite? Donald Trump’s stamina and the ascendance of Ben Carson and...
  • Trump’s No. 1 Fan is a Ricky-Martin-Hating Latina Birther

    10/10/2015 11:42:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 9, 2015 | Asawin Suebsaeng
    Trump's most passionate worshipper thinks he was sent from Heaven, and has blanketed her social media accounts with pro-Trump, anti-establishment messages. “I’M HISPANIC AND I VOTE FOR MR. TRUMP! VOTE FOR MR. TRUMP! YES, MR. TRUMP! WE LOVE YOU! WE LOVE YOU ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE!” That was the resounding, loud endorsement given by Myriam Witcher, a devout Trump fan who was invited on-stage by the Republican presidential frontrunner during a Las Vegas rally on Thursday. Witcher, a Colombian immigrant, was picked out of the crowd after Trump spotted her flaunting a copy of the issue of...
  • Iowa Caucus: Will There Be a 2016 Dark Horse Candidate?

    10/10/2015 11:07:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 10, 2015 | Ray Nothstine, Reporter
    The Iowa caucuses have a history of propelling late surge candidates in presidential races. Will there be a 2016 dark horse? If the Iowa caucuses were held today, notable Iowa radio host Steve Deace believes Ted Cruz or Ben Carson would emerge victorious on the Republican side while Bernie Sanders would capture the coveted race for Democrats. Deace called the track record of polling in the race "a joke," saying the outcome depends on the organization and effectiveness of the candidate's ground game. The Iowa Caucus has produced many surprise winners over the years who have benefited from a late...
  • As Rand Paul stalls, Ted Cruz seeks to pick up support among libertarians

    10/10/2015 10:56:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's Politics ^ | October 10, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    NASHUA, N.H. — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) came to a convention of libertarian-leaning Republicans and talked about shrinking government, slashing regulations, fighting against the bulk collection of phone data and his great affinity for a rival in the presidential race. “I love Rand Paul,” Cruz said. Paul, Kentucky’s junior U.S. senator and scion of one of America’s most famous libertarian families, was fully expected to lock down the support of libertarian voters in the presidential election. But as Paul’s poll numbers have sagged nationally — and in such libertarian-minded places as New Hampshire — Cruz is trying to pick off...
  • In Debate, Hillary Clinton Will Display Skills Honed Over a Lifetime

    10/10/2015 3:49:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 9, 2015 | Amy Chozick
    Hillary Rodham, second from left in the back row, with her debate team in 1965 at Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Ill. She was known for her debating skills as a student. When Hillary Rodham’s high school government teacher in Park Ridge, Ill., insisted she play the role of Lyndon B. Johnson in a mock debate of the 1964 presidential election, she protested. Ms. Rodham, one of the school’s standout debaters, was a proud Barry Goldwater supporter (she wore a hat with an “AuH2O” logo) and an active member of the Young Republicans. But the teacher, Jerry Baker,...
  • Should Jeb Bush Be Freaking Out Right Now? (Rubio, Rubio and more Rubio)

    10/09/2015 11:40:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | October 7, 2015 | Various staff
    It’s time again for our weekly 2016 election Slack chat, in which FiveThirtyEight’s political team debates the latest developments. As always, the transcript below has been lightly edited. micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): So, is Jeb! toast? There’s been a spate of articles recently suggesting he should be panicking right now. And he’s at a low ebb in national polls: hjenten (Harry Enten, senior political writer): Why should he panic? The leader in the polls is Donald Trump (though trends indicate that he may not be for much longer). A man who basically spent no money on his campaign. A...
  • Boehner should seize his chance for the nation

    10/09/2015 10:08:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPartisan ^ | October 9, 2015 | Colbert I. King
    If House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wasn’t convinced before, he now knows to a 100 percent degree of certainty that the extreme right wing of the Republican caucus would burn down the U.S. Capitol before they would let him keep the gavel in his hands. They are joined by a nationwide crowd of prominent conservatives, including GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who cheered Boehner’s announcement of his resignation from Congress. All conclusive proof that there’s nothing that Boehner can do, even if he was inclined to try, to get back in the far right’s good...
  • Rush Limbaugh: GOP Implosion Feared by ‘Establishment of Both Parties’

    10/09/2015 9:52:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 9, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Friday the reason why the mainstream media is not visibly celebrating Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)’s decision to drop his bid for House Speaker and the ensuing Republican Party implosion is because the perception is that conservatives have won a victory over Washington insider establishment individuals like McCarthy. Limbaugh told listeners: What it should tell you is that McCarthy obviously is a Washington insider, and his fall from grace as future Speaker obviously is bad news to the insiders or the establishment in Washington, both parties. And the reason for that is it is perceived...
  • Ted Cruz says Donald Trump can't win, nation awaits inevitable angry response

    10/09/2015 8:19:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 147 replies
    The Examiner ^ | October 9, 2015 | Mark Whittington, Houston Ted Cruz Examiner
    Politico noted on Friday that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a candidate for president of the United States, has said the first thing that has come out of his mouth that could be construed to be remotely negative about Donald Trump. Cruz stated in an interview that will run Sunday on WABC that he does not think that Trump will win the Republican nomination and that most of the mercurial businessman’s voters will gravitate to the man from Texas. The statement was so mild and obvious that if said about anyone else it would not be news. Indeed, a Trump spokesperson...
  • Obama: Urges Americans to ‘Stand Up’ Against GOP’s Anti-Immigrant ‘Bigotry’

    10/09/2015 6:06:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Forex Report Daily ^ | October 9, 2015 | Iris Duncan
    “There’s nowhere they want to go further backwards than on immigration”, said the president, who noted his administration’s progress on reducing the Latino unemployment rate and providing more health care to the minority group. Obama is using the speech to highlight differences with several of the Republican presidential candidates on the issue. Like Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has said he does not support a path to citizenship, and stirred controversy for using the term “anchor babies”. Thats not leadership, turning against whats right the moment the politics of your base gets tough. President Barack Obama promised Hispanic leaders...
  • Ted Cruz sets sights on Rand Paul’s libertarian base

    10/09/2015 3:49:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 9, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    NASHUA, N.H.—He’s sliding in the polls, struggling to raise money — and now the only base he has left is starting to wobble. Rand Paul returned to what should have been home turf on Friday when he appeared at the Republican Liberty Caucus, a gathering of libertarian activists in New Hampshire. And while he was a crowd favorite, there is an intensifying buzz around rival Ted Cruz, even from ideological purists still pining for Rand’s dad, Ron. “Cruz is stronger, he’d have more spunk as president,” said Shirlene Van Doorne, 64, of Nashua, after the Texas senator delivered a rousing...
  • In which I obliterate the Wall Street Journal's pathetic attempt to see Paul Ryan become Speaker

    10/09/2015 3:22:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | October 9, 2015 | Doug Ross
    Over at the GOP establishment's press release reprint service known as The Wall Street Journal, the panic over Kevin McCarthy's sudden withdrawal from the race for the Speaker's gavel is palpable. Decrying a "toxic crack-up inside the Republican conference", the Journal says the real issues in Washington are the fault of the "Refuseniks" (the party's conservative base and its representatives, albeit a better epithet than "hobbits"). According to the WSJ rocket scientists, conservatives blame the GOPe "for all the country’s problems, not President Obama." That kind of sheer unvarnished idiocy is not unexpected from the GOP, which now seeks to...
  • Trump Will Make Fools Of Us All

    10/09/2015 2:44:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    The Huffington Post's Post 50 The Blog ^ | October 9, 2015 | Joe Seldner, Journalist and producer
    Donald has signaled loudly and clearly that he will drop out of the presidential race if his poll numbers don't continue to soar above the mediocre crowd of candidates. He (sort of) backtracked later, but his message was unmistakably that he will take his ball and go home if too many voters polled like other kids more than him. This will, in fact, happen. Donald doesn't like to lose, and more importantly, doesn't like to be ignored, and when his luster starts to fade, as it already has, he will return to the business of insulting Mexicans and women in...
  • Ted Cruz just raised a significant amount of cash for his presidential bid

    10/09/2015 1:36:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 9, 2015 | Steve Peoples, The Associated Press
    Ted Cruz raised $12.2 million in the past three months for his Republican presidential bid, about twice what competitor Marco Rubio collected in the same time period. The new numbers are being circulated by the campaigns ahead of a deadline next week to report fundraising to federal regulators. The quarterly figures mark a practical and symbolic measure of strength for all presidential candidates, but they don't tell the whole story. Cruz and Rubio both topped Rand Paul, whose presidential campaign said it had pulled in $2.5 million through the end of September....
  • Donald Trump and the “F-Word”: An unsettling symbiosis between man and mob

    10/09/2015 12:58:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Spectator - A Project of the Public Concern Foundation ^ | September 30, 2015 | Rick Perlstein, National correspondent
    Donald Trump is not a fascist––probably. His ex-wife Ivana once claimed he kept a volume of Hitler’s collected speeches in a cabinet by his bed, and read from time to time the fuhrer’s vision of human life as a pitiless war of all against all. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them,” he told Vanity Fair in 1990. But consider something the architect of Trump Tower, Der Scutt, once said on how to evaluate the truth value of Donald Trump claims: “divide by two, then divide by four, and...