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  • Three Republican 'colonels' plot their coup (Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio)

    04/17/2015 11:12:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The British Broadcasting Company ^ | April 17, 2015 | Anthony Zurcher, North America reporter
    It's almost always the colonels who lead the coups. Why? Because they're usually young, hungry and oh-so-close to holding the reins of power, if only those pesky generals weren't in the way. The US isn't big on military putsches, but in the past month the Republican Party has witnessed a political equivalent, as three Republican "colonels" - first-term senators with little establishment authority but lots of ambition - made their moves for the White House. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio may be junior players in congressional chambers but Republican politics, and US electioneering in general, have changed in...
  • Jake Tapper Presses Marco Rubio: ‘Do You Still Believe in Amnesty?’

    04/17/2015 6:36:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 14, 2015 | Andrew Kirell
    Several years ago, Sen. Marco Rubio was the face of the so-called “pro-amnesty” faction of the Republican Party — a subset of the party who believe in a pathway to citizenship for people currently in the U.S. illegally. That position helped catapult him to media prominence but has become something of a liability for him as he attempts to court staunch conservatives during his 2016 presidential run. During his speech earlier this year at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Rubio effectively walked back his previous “amnesty” support by telling the crowd that before a pathway reform can be negotiated,...
  • Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity

    04/17/2015 3:32:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Esquire Magazine ^ | April 17, 2015 | Charles Pierce
    In which we learn that old memes do not learn new tricks as Politico explains the biggest factors facing Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign.Remember how important it was for Democratic senatorial candidates in the 2014 midterms to "distance themselves" from the massively unpopular policies of the massively unpopular incumbent president? Remember how well that worked out for Senators Bruce Braley, Alison Lundergan Grimes, and Michelle Nunn? Well, thanks to Tiger Beat On The Potomac this morning, we see that someone's rolled back the stone on that particular meme. The two factors that might be most vital to Hillary Clinton's...
  • Ted Cruz’s frightening gun fanaticism: When a presidential contender encourages armed insurrection

    04/17/2015 11:48:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 128 replies
    Salon ^ | April 17, 2015 | Simon Maloy
    Ted Cruz thinks Americans should arm themselves against "tyranny," and Lindsey Graham thinks that's crazy. As incredible as it sounds, there’s an argument going on right now between two Republican senators (and, potentially, two Republican candidates for the presidency) over whether the American citizenry should be ready to fight a war against the federal government. The two senators in question are Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, and they can’t seem to agree whether the Second Amendment serves as bulwark against government “tyranny.” It all started with a fundraising email Cruz sent making the case that “The 2nd Amendment to the...
  • The What Ifs of the 2016 GOP Presidential Race

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

    04/17/2015 9:23:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Open Secrets ^ | April 16, 2015 | Russ Choma and Paul Lewis
    Ted Cruz is raising money for his presidential campaign at a significantly faster rate than Mitt Romney did four years ago, eclipsing the early total raised by the former Massachusetts governor who went on to win the Republican nomination in 2012. The conservative Texas senator, who is seeking to unite the Republicans’ tea party wing behind his White House run, raised $4.3 million during the final days of March – his first full week after declaring as a candidate for president. Cruz proved particularly popular with small donors, raising more in his first week from contributors giving $200 or less...
  • Rubio's greatest strength: He's the anti-Hillary

    04/16/2015 8:55:47 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 90 replies
    The Week ^ | April 16, 2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    And if there is one candidate who is the anti-Hillary, it is Marco Rubio. Let me list the reasons. Youth This is the most obvious contrast — one that Rubio is pushing to the hilt. Rubio is young. Clinton is not. At CPAC, when asked to say the first word that came to mind when he thought of Clinton, he said, "Yesterday." Historic-ness You can already hear the left-wing inevitability noise machine: Oh, how historic it would be to elect the first female president! But of course, there is also something historic about Rubio's candidacy: he would be the first...
  • Perry 'Advisory Board' Members Give Cash to Cruz's White House Bid

    04/16/2015 12:40:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 16, 2015 | Adam Wollner
    Ted Cruz hauled in more than $4 million during his first nine days as a formal presidential candidate—with help from a handful of Rick Perry's top donors. Five members of Perry's leadership PAC advisory board contributed to Cruz's presidential campaign in late March, a National Journal review of Federal Election Commission records found. San Antonio auto dealer Red McCombs, Austin oil executive Ben "Bud" Brigham, Houston chemical company executive Steven P. Mach, retired Houston technology executive Holloway Frost, and Houston Republican Kathaleen Wall each wrote four-figure checks to Cruz's campaign in late March. Those five donors were also among the...
  • GOP dirt diggers dog Clinton

    04/16/2015 9:32:22 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | April 15, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    Nearly 100 staff of Republican opposition research group America Rising are digging up dirt on Hillary Clinton. The group has 20 full-time and more than 50 part-time trackers across the country, mostly in early primary states and big money hubs such as Boston, New York and San Francisco, to document Clinton's every move. At the Arlington, Va., headquarters, more than 20 researchers are mining the paper trail she has left behind her during decades in public life, trying to find facts and factoids which can be turned into deadly ammo against the Democratic frontrunner. A dedicated war room synthesizes all...
  • McCaskill For Hillary: "Varied & Strong" Resume, "What's Far Left Going To Do? Embrace Ted Cruz?"

    04/15/2015 11:24:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | April 15, 2015
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)SEN. CLAIRE McCASKILL (D-MO): Frankly, Darrell Issa is so over the top. He is like the lead drum major of the Hillary haters. And they're a legion out there. But let's get to the policies. And that's what the American people are going to do, Chris. They're going to look at these people, and they're going to decide who has the stable of a resume that is incredibly varied and strong? Who is confident? Who has gravitas on the world stage, and who cares about them in terms of the policies? This parade of characters they have, none of them...
  • Conservative group to audition Republican candidates for 2016

    04/15/2015 4:11:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 15, 2015 | Steve Holland
    A group of conservative activists will meet privately next month in suburban Washington to hear from potential Republican presidential candidates and determine who among them to support, a Republican involved in the effort said on Monday. Many conservatives want one of their own as the 2016 Republican presidential nominee and would prefer to avoid establishment candidates such as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who is expected to seek the nomination. The session at a hotel in Tyson's Corner, which is in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, will take place on May 15 and 16, according to the source, who spoke...
  • Lees: Hillary shows her strength in announcement candidacy (Fawning sycophant alert)

    04/15/2015 12:34:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Norristown Times Herald ^ | April 15, 2015 | Tom Lees
    In the last week or so we are beginning to see the outlines of the 2016 Presidential campaign. Ted Cruz is showing Jeb Bush that he can raise a lot of money by coming up with $31 million in a short period of time. According to the “National Review”, Long Island billionaire Robert Mercer will control one of the four Super PACs donating money to Cruz. Mercer’s hedge fund has been accused of underestimating what it owes the IRS by $6 billion. And Cruz has called for the abolish of the IRS. So Mr. Mercer’s support of Cruz is just...
  • Who flunks — and who passes — the beer test?

    04/15/2015 10:42:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | April 15, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the Neocons
    In every election we get the “Which candidate would you rather have a beer with?” question. It’s a shorthand for testing how genuine, fun and likable a candidate may be. With the exception of Richard Nixon in 1968, the nicer guy actually does finish first in most elections. Politics after all is the marriage of personality and policy, so it’s worth looking at candidates from a non-ideological point of view, which by the way is how a lot of casual voters who turn out only in presidential races make up their minds. We will start with an easy one. David...
  • TED CRUZ - A Giant among Men (With photos of Campaign HQ grand opening)

    04/15/2015 12:38:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    TexasGOPVote ^ | April 14, 2015 | Sonja Harria
    On March 23rd, Ted Cruz became the first to throw in his name to run for the Republican presidential nomination. On Tuesday, March 31st, enthusiasts from all over the state came to the Grand Opening of his presidential headquarters in Houston, Texas. It was a ‘joyous’ occasion. Americans are hungry for a ‘change’ from doom and gloom to a new dawn. His presidential campaign logo signifies this very premise, "Reigniting the Promise of America." Cruz is a dynamic courageous conservative that will energize the many angry, restless and hurting Americans into a positive force against progressivism. The response to his...
  • Poll: Would You Pick Christie, Paul, Cruz, Rubio As 2016 Republican Presidential Nominee? (FReep)

    04/14/2015 7:01:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 101 replies
    WLNY-TV ^ | April 14, 2015
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas got the ball rolling: On March 23, he announced he was running for president and became the first Republican to enter the 2016 presidential race. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky quickly followed suit and became the second Republican to officially declare his candidacy. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida officially joined the race Monday. They could all face New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Republican primary. Though the governor of the Garden State hasn’t officially declared, Christie has formed a political action committee to explore a run is in New Hampshire for a week...
  • Cruz campaign using advanced data-mining to target voters

    04/14/2015 6:28:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    KTRK-TV ^ | April 14, 2015 | Tom Abrahams
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) HOUSTON (KTRK) -- In the center of Ted Cruz's national campaign headquarters in a southwest Houston high-rise is a group of staffers you may not know -- but who may know a lot about you. They are the data and analytics team, led by researcher Chris Wilson. "There is nothing we're doing that is magical or is in a black box," explained Wilson, whose company, WPA Opinion Research, also worked for Texas Governor Greg Abbott's successful campaign in 2014. "The difference between what we're doing and what other people are doing is the commitment to it. I think what...
  • GOP Armageddon. (Clinton nostalgia)

    04/14/2015 3:41:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Thy Black Man ^ | April 14, 2015 | Arthur L. Jones, III
    “I was dreamin’ when I wrote this Forgive me if it goes astray… But when I woke up this morning Could’ve sworn it was Judgment Day. The sky was all purple, There were people runnin’ everywhere Tryin’ to run from the destruction You know I didn’t even care ‘Cuz they say 2000 zero zero party over, oops, out of time!” So begins the classic Prince song “1999.” Although it’s Monday morning as I’m writing this, yesterday was Judgment Day for conservatives throughout America. Hillary Rodham Clinton – former First Lady, former distinguished Senator from the great state of New...
  • For young conservatives, now is the time to invest in the GOP

    04/14/2015 2:49:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Nooga ^ | April 14, 2015 | David Allen Martin
    No matter how much their adversaries have tried to pin them as the "party of no," the GOP is far and away the most dynamic of the two major American political parties today. As evidence of this, just look at how the 2016 primary campaigns are shaping up on either side of the ideological divide. Conservative voters will get to choose from the youngest and most philosophically diverse group of GOP candidates I’ve seen in my lifetime, while the left will get to choose—wait, there is no choice. Yes, that’s right: Unless something drastically changes, the very same liberals who...
  • Rubio 2013: I can’t imagine a Republican president undoing an Obama executive order on amnesty

    04/14/2015 11:40:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 14, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Is this anecdote from Byron York new or did I miss it when he first published it? Either way, can’t wait until Rubio gets asked whether he still believes this at his first presidential campaign townhall. Oh, by the way: What he says here is 100 percent correct. “Here’s my big worry,” Rubio told me during an interview while the bill was making its way through the Senate. “I fear that if this thing fails, the president will basically say to anyone in the U.S. who has been here more than three years, who has not committed a serious crime…he’ll...
  • Daily Caller: Rubio's Candidacy May Cut Into Scott Walker's Appeal

    04/14/2015 11:20:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 14, 2015 | Elliot Jager
    The formal entry of Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination could spell trouble for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, according to W. James Antle III of The Daily Caller. Walker has been running ahead of the pack of declared and undeclared candidates. The most recent Fox News poll of national Republican primary voters has him maintaining his lead, with 15 percent support. He is generally out front in Iowa and New Hampshire polling, too. Since he declared his presidential aspirations, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has also been pulling double-digit poll numbers. If the...
  • If Hillary Clinton is called ‘Hillary' in stories, why not call Ted Cruz ‘Ted' and Rand Paul ‘Rand'?

    04/14/2015 9:49:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Redding Record-Searchlight's Decode DC ^ | April 14, 2015 | Abby Johnston
    Studies find sexism slips into political coverage.Hillary Clinton is a presidential candidate, former first lady, twice-elected U.S. senator, ex-secretary of state – and a grandma. She is not the first candidate with some of those qualifications, including the grandparent part. When President George H.W. Bush – a former congressman, director of the CIA, ambassador and White House wingman - took office he had 12 grandchildren. While Mitt Romney was campaigning, two more grandchildren were added to his brood. Yet Bush and Romney’s roles as gramps were never headline worthy. Grandma Hillary, however, already has become part of the discourse. Sure,...
  • The 7 GOP Long Shots Who Still Have a Chance (180 degrees from reality)

    04/13/2015 11:58:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Bloomberg View | April 13, 2015 | Jonathan Bernstein
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-13/the-7-gop-long-shots-who-still-have-a-chance
  • Ron Paul on Iran letter signed by Rand: The Senators who signed it are “out to stop peace”

    04/13/2015 11:13:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 13, 2015 | Allahpundit
    If Ron Paul weren’t Ron Paul, I’d assume this denunciation was just a stunt orchestrated by him and Rand to put some foreign-policy distance between them before the primaries. Are you a mainstream conservative worried that President Rand would be too much like Ron in office? Well, here you go. Let your conscience be eased. The nation’s most famous isolationist thinks his boy’s a bit of a warmonger. But c’mon. With the possible exception of his vote for the Afghanistan AUMF in 2001, has Ron Paul ever endorsed a position that he didn’t sincerely hold? Of course he thinks the...
  • The Official 2016 GOP Field Gets Its First Real Contender: Marco Rubio

    04/13/2015 10:33:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | April 13, 2015 | Harry Enten
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s campaign, which officially kicks off Monday, has so far attracted paltry support from Republican voters, according to polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, as well as nationally. He’s down near Chris Christie! Yet, when we talk about him in the FiveThirtyEight office, we usually put Rubio in the top tier, in front of everyone except Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, the two candidates at the top of the polls. Why? Rubio is both electable and conservative, and in optimal proportions. He’s in a position to satisfy the GOP establishment, tea party-aligned voters and social conservatives. In...
  • Hillary Clinton will make it to the White House if the Republicans remain divided

    04/13/2015 8:10:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    London's City A.M. Business Paper ^ | April 14, 2015 | Andrew Hammond
    HILLARY Clinton announced on Sunday her intention to run to become the first female President in US history. She is the overwhelming favourite to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, despite recent controversies over her personal email use when she was US secretary of state between 2009 and 2013. Although general election day remains over a year and a half away, Clinton’s announcement is the clearest sign yet that the US presidential election has already begun. While the Democratic race is already hers to lose, the Republican contest could be the most competitive in a generation. In the last...
  • Why Marco Rubio has a real shot at 2016 Republican nomination (More about Cruz & Paul)

    04/13/2015 6:52:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 13, 2015 | Erick Erickson
    Ted Cruz remains a conservative favorite in 2016. In 2012, the establishment backed his Senate opponent in Texas, then Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. The conservative grassroots backed Cruz and pushed him over the finish line. Cruz has since remained a favorite of the grassroots with a continually antagonist relationship with the Republican establishment. In 2010, Rand Paul, before Cruz, was a grassroots favorite. The Republican Establishment backed his rival, Trey Grayson. Paul rallied a coalition of conservative grassroots and Ron Paul acolytes to trounce Grayson and win the Kentucky Senate seat. Since then, Paul has wobbled between maintaining grassroots support...
  • Senator Ted Cruz campaigns in North Carolina

    04/13/2015 6:25:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    WTVD-TV ^ | April 13, 2015 | Joel Brown
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Ted Cruz arrived in Raleigh Monday to help dig an even deeper foothold with conservative voters. Since the junior senator from Texas announced he was running for president in March, he's shot up in the polls here. PPP, a Democratic pollster in Raleigh, showed a dramatic rise in support from North Carolina Republican voters. Cruz's support rose from 5 percent over the winter to 16 percent now. Cruz found a receptive audience at the North Raleigh Hilton where he addressed a crowd of conservatives from across the state at a $100 a ticket luncheon hosted by the...
  • Ted Cruz's Big Money Man Is A Hedge Funder With a $2 Million Train Set (Smell their fear)

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

    04/13/2015 3:07:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Responding to Climate Change ^ | April 13, 2015 | Ed King
    Presidential bid could be first in US history to make global warming key election issue, highlighting differences with Republicans. John Podesta, who recently quit his job as advisor to President Barack Obama, tweeted this would be “top of the agenda” for Clinton as she prepares her run for the White House. John Podesta ✔ @johnpodesta Helping working families succeed, building small businesses, tackling climate change & clean energy. Top of the agenda. #Hillary2016 3:45 PM - 12 Apr 2015 A Washington veteran who was also advisor to Bill Clinton, Podesta is widely credited as the brains behind Obama’s climate change...
  • Who Are Hillary Clinton's Likely Challengers?

    04/13/2015 2:52:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Sky News ^ | April 13, 2015 | Sky News US Team
    As the ex-secretary of state announces her White House bid, Sky News looks at who she could be up against from both parties.Hillary Clinton is widely seen as a front-runner for Democratic Party's presidential nomination, and her resume makes her a strong rival to any Republican. Here is a look at some of her likely opponents in the White House race. The Republican field is already crowded. :: Ted Cruz Ted Cruz became the first candidate to launch the 2016 White House bid when he announced his campaign last month. The Texas senator, 44, is a conservative firebrand who frequently...
  • Can Rubio, Bush both compete for Latino vote? (Ted Cruz "post-Hispanic")

    04/13/2015 12:33:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | April 13, 2015 | Nia-Malika Henderson, Senior Political Reporter
    *VIDEO-AT-LINK) They're both Spanish-speaking Republicans from Florida. And they both want to be president. There's a battle brewing between Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush over who is best-positioned to help the GOP make inroads with Latino voters, a crucial voting bloc for the party if it hopes to win the White House in 2016. Rubio will make his case on Monday when he formally announces his presidential campaign. He'll speak from Miami's Freedom Tower, where Cuban exiles who fled Fidel Castro's regime stood in line for processing, and introduce himself as the son of Cuban immigrants whose candidacy is the...
  • Rep. Frankel on Clinton: ‘It’s time’ a woman is president (And Alcee Hastings is all-in)

    04/12/2015 5:47:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Palm Beach Post / The Associated Press ^ | April 12, 2015 | Alexandra Seltzer, George Bennett and AP Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Hillary Clinton announced her second run at the presidency Sunday afternoon in an email message and a video posted on social media. “I’m getting ready to do something, too. I’m running for president,” Clinton said toward the end of the two-minute video. “Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion so you can do more than just get by, you can get ahead and stay ahead. Because when families are strong, America is...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Confirms for SRLC (Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma)

    04/12/2015 3:01:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    OK GOP ^ | April 10, 2015
    One of the U.S. Senate’s most outspoken conservative leaders, Sen. Ted Cruz, officially confirmed today for the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) in Oklahoma City in May. Cruz is the ninth national leader and 2016 presidential candidate to confirm for the conference behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Dr. Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump and Ambassador John Bolton. OKGOP Chairman Dave Weston noted, "Sen. Cruz’s recent announcement for president has created quite a buzz among Republican voters. We’re excited he’ll be joining us for the SRLC, as...
  • New York Times fears a 1980-style presidential ‘shellacking’

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

    04/12/2015 12:01:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Crooks and Liars ^ | April 12, 2015 | Karoli
    I just love it when a Republican candidate who is currently serving in Congress explains why Republican policies fail. Lindsey Graham did it twice on CNN's State of the Union this morning. First, when asked about Ted Cruz, Graham criticized his decision to shut down the government over Obamacare, saying it "hurt our party." He also intimated that Cruz doesn't have the temperament or experience to bring about consensus on policy issues. He begins by blaming Hillary for everything that's wrong in the Middle East, as though she was a puppetmaster while serving as Secretary of State. When he gets...
  • Hillary Couldn't Afford To Wait

    04/12/2015 2:55:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 11, 2015 | David Freedlander
    Hillary launches her campaign on Sunday – and, some Dems say, it’s about damn time.At long last, the campaign has a candidate. After playing one of the more tedious games of cat and mouse in recent American political history, Hillary Clinton stands now ready to admit that she is what she has been for the last two years: an actual contender for the Democratic nomination for president. The announcement comes as Democrats in DC have fretted that without an organized infrastructure Clinton has been a glutton for Republican attacks, and ill-equipped to respond to the news of the moment, whether...
  • “I’m a libertarian, and I’m supporting Ted Cruz”

    04/12/2015 1:04:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    JoelKurtinitis.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Joel Kurtinitis
    The other night as my wife Kelsey and I were getting ready for bed, we were talking about the 2016 presidential race and discussing how things would shape up for the first-in-the-nation caucus state – our home state – of Iowa. We had both heard that Ted Cruz was set to announce his candidacy at midnight, and were keeping a finger on the pulse of the reaction within our liberty-heavy political circles. My wife’s phone buzzed, and then I heard her groan. Another of our friends had asked her who we would be supporting for president in the state where...
  • The Insiders: The Democratic Whackjob Survey

    04/11/2015 9:22:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | April 10, 2015 | Ed Rogers
    Yesterday, in a somewhat useful exercise, my Democratic friend and sometimes sparring partner Carter Eskew compiled a “Republican Nutcase Check List” for Republican presidential candidates to take. (If you want to see how you’d rank, you can take that survey here.) With his quiz as motivation, and in the same spirit, I wrote a corresponding checklist for Democrats in general, given that their presidential candidate bench is so weak. In order to slant his test and present Republicans as Democrats want them to be, Carter had to scour some remote corners of the country in search of narrow positions and...
  • How Michael Bloomberg could cost Democrats the next election

    04/11/2015 6:27:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 11, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Who is the last great hope for Republicans in 2016 as they seek to maintain control of the Senate… and possibly the White House? One surprising answer is coming out of the annual convention of the NRA, and his name is Michael Bloomberg. The well monied former New York mayor and head honcho of Everytown for Gun Safety is holding his own event in Tennessee to focus attention on politicians who aren’t willing to sign on to ever increasing restrictions of the rights of gun owners. And it’s got some Democrats worried with good reason. “Every time a Democrat starts...
  • [VIDEO] Ted Cruz At The NRA: Can A Positive Campaign Produce A Winner?

    04/11/2015 4:16:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | April 11, 2015 | Michael van der Galien
    At the NRA’s Annual Meeting yesterday, Senator Ted Cruz once again presented his vision for America… and for his presidential campaign. The biggest take-away isn’t that he’s pro-second amendment (we already knew that), but that he’s determined to run a positive campaign. Just watch the video:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Of course Cruz criticized President Obama and other Democrats for implementing horrendous policies that do tremendous damage to America and the rest of the world, but his message was – overall – very positive. He emphasized time and again that he’s inspired and motivated to fight “for your constitutional rights” and that he still believes...
  • Ted Cruz Tells Hillary Clinton To "Come And Take" His Guns At NRA Conference...

    04/11/2015 4:03:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Bustle ^ | April 11, 2015 | Melanie Schmitz
    The National Rifle Association’s annual leadership conference is always a treasure trove of GOP smack-talk and an all-out constitutional liturgy — and if Friday night’s viral talking points are any indication, this year’s celebration ranks further right on the political spectrum than usual. Not that that’s surprising: it is the run-up year to a presidential election cycle, which means that the Republican machine was churning out even more harsh allegations than usual. Of course, one of the biggest showboats of the night was Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who told political opponent Hillary Clinton to “come and take” away his guns,...
  • And the winner of round one between Cruz and Paul is....

    04/11/2015 12:56:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    KNRS-FM Talk Radio ^ | April 10, 2015 | Rod Arquette
    You probably guessed it...Ted Cruz! At least if we're going solely by the measuring stick of fund raising. Yes Cruz announced his candidacy not much earlier than Paul did, but still he's managed an astounding $31 million in a single week! Which has really turned a lot of heads. Including a good number of people in more traditionally liberal news outlets... (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Notice how they're trying to pin so much of this on the citizens united case? As though that one supreme court decision has allowed for the rise of a principled conservative with real values and beliefs to occur. Only...
  • Cruz Is Suddenly a Player, Thanks to Reclusive Backer

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

    04/10/2015 8:19:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 10, 2015 | John Hayward
    The Left has become very devoted to the strategy of defining Republicans with early hits. Conventional wisdom holds such tactics were particularly effective against Sarah Palin as the vice-presidential candidate in 2008, and Mitt Romney on the top of the ticket in 2012. That’s why we have overheated and dishonest attempts to portray Senator Rand Paul as a short-tempered misogyinst, and a crusade to discredit Senator Ted Cruz as a spinner of tall tales, disconnected from reality. The interview between Cruz and CNBC’s John Harwood I mentioned yesterday – in which Harwood asked, “Why shouldn’t somebody listen to you and...
  • Rand Paul's First Test: If he can't beat his father's numbers in the Iowa caucus, he's toast.

    04/10/2015 6:26:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Slate ^ | April 10, 2015 | Josh Voorhees
    IOWA CITY, Iowa—Rand Paul kicked off his first public appearance in the Hawkeye State since launching his anti-establishment presidential campaign with a question that was meant as a rallying cry. “Do we have any liberty lovers here?” he asked a crowd composed mostly of University of Iowa students, who sported Rand stickers and responded with cheers and whistles. But if Paul’s going to have any chance of contending for his party’s nomination, he better hope their nonlibertarian-leaning parents feel the same way. The Iowa caucus will, of course, be the first major test for the entire GOP field—but the first-in-the-nation...
  • 2016: An Unanchored, Puzzling Presidential Election | Commentary

    04/10/2015 3:19:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Roll Call's Beltway Insiders Blog ^ | April 10, 2015 | Special to Roll Call
    So far, the 2016 presidential campaign is not about anything very much, excepting issues specific to the leading and emerging candidates. It has been mostly about controversies swirling around Hillary Rodham Clinton, including the legacy question, which she shares with Jeb Bush. And more recently the focus has turned to the qualifications and electability of the emerging GOP newbies, from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who stand in the way of a possible third Bush presidency. In none of this do we see anything that speaks to the general state of...
  • Democrats Keep Lead in Party Identification (GOP making inroads among younger minority voters)

    04/10/2015 12:34:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The New York Times' The Upshot ^ | April 10, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    The party identification of American voters was one of the most hotly debated topics among analysts before the 2012 presidential election. Many Republicans thought there were roughly equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans, and so doubted polls showing President Obama with the lead. In the end, the polls were right. This week, a Pew Research report based on about 25,000 interviews in 2014 took a new measure of partisanship. Here are the most interesting findings: Partisan Leanings Favor Democrats Forty-eight percent of adults identify as Democrats or lean Democratic, compared with 39 percent who identify as Republicans or lean Republican....
  • Five Things About Cruz’s Presidential Bid

    04/10/2015 10:47:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Newsweek ^ | April 10, 2015 | Peter Suderman
    Senator Ted Cruz’s announcement he’s running for president during a March 23 speech at Virginia’s Liberty University made him the first candidate to declare his candidacy official in the 2016 cycle. Here are five things to know about Cruz and his presidential run: 1. He wanted to be the first candidate to announce because he thought it would bring him attention. Being first out of the gate, his campaign hopes, will catch the eyes of both high-engagement Republican primary voters and the media—and, in the process, might slow or stop Governor Scott Walker’s rapid rise. From The New York Times:...
  • Rand Paul, Media Darling

    04/10/2015 8:43:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | April 10, 2015 | David Frum, former Bush speechwriter
    Five reasons why the Kentucky senator trails Ted Cruz in fundraising, but is still stealing the spotlight. If you’re a member of the Washington media, odds are you’ve spent at least some time over the past 48 hours discussing Rand Paul’s entry into the presidential race and his testy exchanges about abortion with an Associated Press reporter. Reporters and pundits have covered Paul’s debut for The Washington Post, NPR, The Huffington Post, and the Today Show. The Daily Beast offered space to the libertarian Cato Institute’s David Boaz to argue that yes, Paul can do it. In The Hill, Dick...
  • GOP hopefuls praise, woo home school families in Des Moines appearance

    04/09/2015 8:31:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | April 9, 2015 | James Q. Lynch, The Gazette
    Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) after a Town Hall Panel Discussion hosted by Steve Deace at the NICHE Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day at the Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport/Conference Center in Des Moines on Thursday, Apr. 9, 2015.DES MOINES — The debate over religious liberty in Indiana spilled over into Iowa Thursday as four presidential hopefuls pledged to defend the rights of parents who home-school their children to worship as they choose and educate their children as they wish. Religious liberty is the “civil rights issue of...