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  • Hot Air Survey: July Results (2016 presidential poll)

    07/30/2014 7:04:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 30, 2014 | Patrick Ishmael
    Cruz control, indeed. Taking 41% of the vote, Ted Cruz is your new primary leader, taking over from Scott Walker who finished in second at 15%. Rick Perry, Rand Paul and Mitt Romney round out the top 5.Cruz also won the second choice vote, although by a much smaller margin, edging Walker and Perry. Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson round things out.Cruz, Walker, Perry, Jindal and Carson are the most “acceptable” among the candidates posed.As to the most important issue, readers believe general election voters will be most interested in the economy, followed by immigration, health care and foreign policy....
  • Hot Air Survey: July Edition

    07/28/2014 7:01:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 28, 2014 | Patrick Ishmael
    Hot Air Presidential Survey After you click Submit the page may appear blank, but there should be a confirmation message at the top of the page. If you scroll up and see it, your votes have been received... ---snip--- ***** Polls to FReep on candidates for 2016 and issues. Please hurry, they usually close these pretty quickly,
  • Right wing’s worst nightmare: The master stroke that turns red states blue

    07/27/2014 2:33:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies
    Salon ^ | July 27, 2014 | Paul Rosenberg, Al Jazeera & Senior Editor, Random Lengths
    (FAKE COLLAGE PHOTO AT LINK) Our divisions are phony: There's broad agreement on more issues. Here's how we convert the Tea Party. Elizabeth Warren’s rock star reception at Netroots Nation came as a surprise to absolutely no one, but not so her popularity as a draw for red state Democrats running for Senate, like West Virginia’s Natalie Tennant or Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes. Yet, there shouldn’t be anything surprising about Warren’s broad economic populist appeal. It was, after all, the foundation of Democratic Party power from 1932 through 1968, a period in which Democrats won seven of nine presidential elections...
  • Familiar names lead 2016 presidential race in South Carolina poll

    07/27/2014 2:25:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Forgive South Carolina voters if the looming 2016 presidential contest is giving them a strong sense of deja vu. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is leading the Democratic pack among this state's voters, according to a new Palmetto Politics poll, while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is receiving the most love here on the GOP side. "I think it's hilarious," College of Charleston political scientist Gibbs Knotts said. "This is not 1992 all over again, but we've still got Bush and Clinton. Of course, we're talking about a different Bush and a different Clinton." About one-third of 1,000 likely...
  • MERRY: Handicaps in Hillary’s way; Contrary to conventional wisdom, she’s probably finished

    07/21/2014 11:31:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 18, 2014 | Robert W. Merry, political editor, The National Interest
    Hillary Clinton isn’t likely ever to become president of the United States. In fact, there is a greater possibility than is generally recognized by the Washington cognoscenti that she won’t even run. If she does, though, the barriers she faces will prove overwhelming. Her 2008 campaign was her last good shot for the office, and she failed. Since then, numerous developments have conspired steadily to diminish her prospects. Those prospects are now near zero. This analytical framework holds absolutely no credulity in Washington, where thinking rarely extends beyond the conventional. The conventional wisdom, of course, is that Mrs. Clinton’s nomination...
  • Vacation loving president reaches new high in popularity polls

    07/20/2014 3:40:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 20, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    How can a president who seems to do so many things wrong and spends so much time running around on vacation surge to all time highs in popularity? Some of you look a little confused, so allow me to reassure you… I’m not talking about Barack Obama. This story is about Russian leader Vladimir Putin. As our good friend (and Prince of Twitter) Andrew Malcolm notes, Putin is more popular than ever in his home country, at least according to a major polling outfit. As Obama wallows in the low 40′s in overall job approval among Americans, with even lower...
  • Hillary Clinton for president: She will run, she will win, and she will be excellent

    07/19/2014 10:12:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada ^ | July 19, 2014 | David Kilgour
    Anyone who believes that Hillary Clinton will not run for President in 2016 should examine her recently-published book, Hard Choices, which in places reads like a campaign manifesto. The 600 pages of text offer much more, but on myriad domestic and international issues readers can readily predict her positions as president, even beyond what she has already indicated as first lady, senator from New York, and Barack Obama’s first secretary of state. With the escalating violence in Israel and Gaza, for example, her chapter on the Middle East indicates in detail how she dealt with key regional leaders in earlier...
  • Hillary Clinton for president: She will run, she will win, but she will struggle

    07/19/2014 9:55:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Yahoo! News Canada ^ | July 19, 2014 | David T Jones
    There are three questions surrounding Hillary Clinton: Will she run? If she runs, will she win? And if she wins, will she be President Barack Obama in a skirt or Bill Clinton in a pantsuit? Will She Run? The Hillary Inevitability, far in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has a “déjŕ vu all over again” atmospheric. That's because 2008 was really supposed to be Hillary’s year: She had the highest name recognition, deep financing, major political backers and her politically canny husband to game-plan campaign tactics. But a funny thing happened on the way to the nomination: "Black...
  • Todays Presidential Response To Ukraine.Another"What Difference Does It Make"Moment?

    07/17/2014 6:59:56 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 20 replies
    Today was the day we never wished we would ever see.The shooting down of a commercial passenger plane via ground to air missile attack.Could this be Barry's 9/11?And all he could say that it looks like a terrible tragedy?It's as if we are reliving the moment when Hillary said "What Difference Does It Make"?.The country is in utter shock! And then he's off to another fund-raiser right after Americans have been murdered in Ukraine.Can anyone take another two years of this?
  • Editorial: Let's see leadership from Palin at JBS Institute event (Quick push-back, pardner!)

    07/16/2014 10:58:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Midland Reporter-Telegram ^ | July 16, 2014 | The Editors
    The John Ben Shepperd Leadership Institute at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin raised some eyebrows Wednesday with the announcement that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will be the speaker at its Distinguished Lecture Series event on Feb. 12. For many of our readers, a night with Sarah Palin is a must-attend event. Fortunately for some of those readers, there will not be a four-digit-a-plate price tag to hear the former Republican nominee for vice president. If you are into politics, we would encourage you to make the event at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center on UTPB’s...
  • Rasmussen: 58% of Republicans 32% of ALL Americans Favor Impeachment

    07/14/2014 4:09:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | July 14, 2014 | Gary P. Jackson
    We just talked about the HuffPo/YouGov poll, which is rather cut and dried. This Rasmussen poll, however is a bit different, as it gives voters different choices. More people favor electing an opposing Congress [Republicans] than impeaching Obama, as a solution to the problem. This troubles me, simply because those folks must not have been paying attention as Obama has ignored Congress, and the Rule of Law, for quite some time. We already have proof positive that Obama will never follow the Rule of Law, and will continue to do as he pleases until he is removed from office. The...
  • Zogby Report Card: America is 'just giving up' on Obama

    07/12/2014 7:54:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Pollster John Zogby reports in our weekly White House report card that the troubles dogging President Obama and his inability to handle them have prompted even his most ardent supporters to give up. "Now some people have really bad weeks. Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff got an 'F' after the nation's soccer team lost to Germany. “But President Obama's week was just as bad. Israel and the Palestinians are at war again. The president should have visited the U.S.-Mexican border where so many immigrant children are in danger and so many American citizens are worried. “It just seems that even those...
  • He's baaaack!: Romney destroys all other potential Republicans in N.H. presidential primary poll

    07/11/2014 5:35:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 11, 2014 | David Martosko, U.S. Political Editor
    The WMUR/Granite State Poll gives Christie a first-place 19 per cent showing among New Hampshire Republicans But when Romney is added to the mix, he draws 39-percent support and leaves everyone else in single digits Paul Ryan has the highest 'favorable' numbers of the field, at 55 per cent Christie's 46 per cent favorable number is soft since a separate 36 per cent say they don't like him When asked which potential White House hopeful they would never support, More Republicans name Christie than any other pol.Chris Christie narrowly leads the pack of potential Republican presidential candidates in a poll...
  • Enough! Most Say They're Over Sarah Palin, Poll Shows (So we wrote yet another story about her)

    07/09/2014 1:21:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 9, 2014 | Mark Murray
    More than half of the country has a message for former Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin: enough. That's the result from a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll in which 54 percent of voters say they've heard enough from Palin and would prefer that she be less outspoken in political debates. That includes nearly two-thirds of Democrats, a majority of independents, and even nearly four-in-10 Republicans. And the results come as Palin has called for President Barack Obama's impeachment. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)But Palin isn't the only former politician voters wish would stay away from politics. Fifty-one percent of voters say they've heard...
  • Poll: Hillary Sweeps Dem Primary, Struggles Against GOP Challenger

    07/08/2014 6:05:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Jewish Political News and Updates ^ | July 8, 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a clear lead in the Democratic primary, topping her potential challengers by an almost 50 percentage point margin, yet fails to hit the 50% mark against any of her potential Republican opponents, a Quinnipiac University National Poll, published Tuesday, shows. Hillary leads the Democratic primary with 58 percent, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts with 11 percent, Vice President Joseph Biden with 9 percent and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with 4 percent. No other candidate tops 1 percent, the poll found. On the contrary, the Republican presidential primary is wide open....
  • How Hillary Clinton Is Like John McCain

    07/05/2014 10:57:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 30, 2014 | Professor Brendan Nyhan
    Hillary Clinton’s artificially inflated poll numbers have made her seem like an especially strong presidential candidate, but the Clinton bubble is quickly coming to an end. Earlier in June, Ross Douthat of The New York Times noted that she has been “leading every potential Republican candidate by around 10 points” and “running far ahead of President Obama’s job approval numbers.” Carl Cannon, the Real Clear Politics Washington bureau chief, cited her standing as the most admired woman in America, a contest in which she easily topped Oprah in 2013. But Ms. Clinton’s re-entry on the political stage over the last...
  • Getting Democrats to Vote (Lefty thinks Ted Cruz will face Hillary in 2016)

    07/04/2014 7:10:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | July 4, 2014 | Bob Burnett, Berkeley writer, retired Silicon Valley executive
    After an absence of several years, the new Pew Research Center political typology poll was just released. It breaks the American political electorate into eight groups. And, it makes clear what the Democratic challenge is in November midterm election. The Pew political typology has two dimensions. One is the likelihood of voting. Pew factors voters into three categories: "General Public," "Registered Voter," and "Politically Engaged." I'll assume the "Politically Engaged" are those likely to vote in the November midterm election and focus on those percentages. The second Pew dimension is the degree of partisanship. Pew sees three clusters. The first...
  • Assuming Charlie Crisp Loses To Rick Scott,Then It's Off To 2016.Crisp/Warren Ticket?

    07/03/2014 5:09:45 AM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 14 replies
    As Charlie Crist has pretty much established his persona as a incompetent Democrat,along with becoming another laughing stock for Floridians,Debbie Wasserman being at the top of the list,so what happens when Floridians say "Sorry Charlie" come November? Is he off to 2016? God Help Us Please!Charlie Crist,and easy contender for a nightmare Democrat Ticket!.Hard to say what would be the worst Democratic ticket for 2016,but Charlie Crist will easily make the list of possibilities along with Howard Dean,Bernie Sanders and John Kerry.
  • Wendy Davis: ‘Absurd’ to suggest she can’t overtake Greg Abbott

    06/29/2014 11:19:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's Texas Politics blog ^ | June 28, 2014 | Peggy Fikac
    DALLAS – Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis said Saturday it’s “absurd” to suggest it’s too late for her to overtake Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott in the race for governor Davis, pausing to speak to reporters after a breakfast speech at the Texas Democratic Convention, said her campaign will have the resources to compete with Abbott. He has a substantial war chest, years in the making, and his campaign recently confirmed to the Express-News that he has reserved $10 million of airtime in October ahead of the general election. Davis, however, has raised millions since announcing last year, and observers are...
  • As Cochran Courts Blacks, Tea Party Vows to Police Polls

    06/24/2014 3:22:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 24, 2014 | Jonathan Weisman
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. — With only hours before the polls were to close in the Republican Senate runoff here, Senator Thad Cochran’s campaign was still reaching out to traditional black Democrats in his effort to defeat his Tea Party-backed opponent, State Senator Chris McDaniel. But turnout in African-American precincts appeared to be low, and McDaniel supporters were optimistic. The hard feelings generated by the race were also in evidence, with both conservative groups and the N.A.A.C.P. sending out poll watchers to look for what they considered to be fraud or intimidation. The United States Justice Department also said that it was...
  • Poll: Romney the frontrunner in 2016?

    06/19/2014 3:36:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 423 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | June 19, 2014 | Paul Steinhauser, political editor
    He's said over and over that he won't run for the White House a third time, but a new poll indicates that if Mitt Romney changed his mind and made another bid for president, he'd be the frontrunner among Republicans in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire. According to the Suffolk University/Boston Herald survey, which was released Thursday, 24% of Granite State Republicans and independents who lean towards the GOP say that Romney would be their first choice for their party's presidential nomination. Among the potential 2016 GOP contenders, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was a distant second, at...
  • ‘Ready for Hillary’ Enthusiasm for Clinton’s candidacy is based on identity politics, not substance

    06/12/2014 10:23:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 13, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Have you seen the “Ready for Hillary” bumper stickers? I’ve seen one already, and wondered about the implied insult to the current occupant of the White House. You’re “Ready for Hillary” when the greatest statesman of our age isn’t even halfway through his second term? Are you ready because Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state was such a rousing success? As of this writing, Islamist forces are marching south from newly conquered Mosul and Tikrit in Iraq. Wasn’t Clinton the chief architect of our foreign policy when we failed to negotiate a status-of-forces agreement with Iraq in 2011? Reviewing that...
  • Joni Ernst Leads Two IA Polls after Bruce Braley Insults Women, Farmers

    06/07/2014 10:03:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 7, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Just days after becoming Iowa's Republican Senate nominee, Joni Ernst has taken the lead over Democrat Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) in two polls in a race that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate. A poll by Loras College's Public Opinion Survey Center found Ernst leading with 48% to Braley's 41.7%. A Rasmussen Reports poll also has Ernst leading Braley by one percentage point (45%-44%). Ernst navigated the GOP civil war, getting the endorsements of everyone from Sarah Palin to Mitt Romney. Republicans, who need to gain six seats to take back the Senate, coalesced around her because, as...
  • Interesting Question.If It's Ben Carson 2016,Which Black President Will He Be?,The First?

    06/01/2014 5:51:23 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 53 replies
    Now this would make for an interesting debate.What if Ben Carson wins the election in 2016?,Will this change the order of Black Presidents?,Then we will have to rearrange the order.As of today,many still consider Bill Clinton to be the "First Black President",who is second?,Jimmy Carter?,Al Gore?,Hillary?.This would make for a great debate/conversation on media outlets."Ben Carson", First or Second Black President.Let's hear the views from our "All Star Panels" !!
  • Poll: Joni Ernst Opens Up 18-Pt Lead in Iowa

    06/01/2014 3:56:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 1, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst has opened up an 18-point lead and is on pace to win the nomination on Tuesday, according to the results of a Des Moines Register poll three days before the primary. Ernst, who has been endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and became a household name with her hog castration ad, has 36% in the poll, which was released on Saturday evening. Mark Jacobs, the more liberal businessman who has poured millions of his own money into the race, has 18%. A candidate needs to receive more than 35% of the vote to...
  • Ted Cruz wins presidential straw poll at Republican Leadership Conference

    05/31/2014 5:31:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | May 31, 2014 | Conor Finnegan
    Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has won another straw poll, boosting his national profile and elevating his name among potential 2016 presidential contenders. The firebrand freshman senator and tea party favorite was among a handful of 2016 hopefuls speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans this week. Cruz finished in first place in the annual conference's presidential straw poll at 30.33%. Dr. Ben Carson, a Fox News commentator and conservative activist, finished in second with 29.38% while Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, was third with 10.43%. Fox News host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Texas Governor Rick Perry rounded...
  • Republicans need a positive message to win back the White House in 2016 (Brit anti-Tea Party screed)

    05/24/2014 3:08:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | May 24, 2014 | Peter Foster in Washington
    A strong showing in this year's US mid-term elections should not seduce Republicans into thinking they have cracked the code for taking back the White House. After four years of Tea Party insurgency, the Republican Party last week finally appeared to have caught hold of itself and embraced a more commonsense kind of politics. That, at least, was the pundits' big take-away from the poor showing of Tea Party candidates in last Tuesday's primary races for November's mid-term elections. From Idaho to Georgia, the "wacko birds", as John McCain so memorably dubbed his Tea Party colleagues, took a beating from...
  • Poll for Anti-RINO's:

    05/24/2014 10:45:55 AM PDT · by Vinylly · 24 replies
    If the election was held today, who would you rather see in office, Hitlery Clinton or a RINO? If you don't want a RINO in office who would it be?
  • So The GOP Has Nothing To Run On?,Are Liberal Commentators Naive&Oblivious?

    05/20/2014 3:10:29 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 18 replies
    Right through November we will likely hear from the likes of Matthews,Schultz and Juan Williams that conservatives and republicans have nothing to run on.Really?,are they aware of the two primary issues that will have them racing to the polls in November are Health-Care and Harry Reid?,You will probably never hear from any leftist network the up most urgent issues of which will have them lining up to vote come November. Harry Reid alone is within the top 3 reasons conservatives will be standing in long lines the week going into November 4, aside from the other 6 or 7 scandals.
  • The Georgia Primary’s Biggest Surprise

    05/19/2014 5:03:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | May 19, 2014 | Kate Nocera
    Karen Handel’s surge in advance of Tuesday’s GOP primary has stunned some Republicans in the state. “I have been underestimated my whole life,” Handel says. ATLANTA — The Republican primary for Georgia’s Senate seat has been long and grueling, pitting seven candidates against one another in an unpredictable race. But before voters even head to the polls on Tuesday, Karen Handel is already acting like a winner. The former Georgia secretary of state has surged in recent weeks despite a significant cash disadvantage, a lack of paid media, and a number of political foes stemming from her brutal 2010 gubernatorial...
  • President Hillary Clinton?,Four More Years Of,"What Difference Does It Make"?

    05/16/2014 7:02:14 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 20 replies
    Now here is another reason not to vote for Hillary.Do we really need another four years of hearing the excuse,"What Difference Does It Make?",and "I Don't Recall".Do we really want another four years of monthly scandals&embarrassing debacles where all of the Democrat Leaders will refuse to answer any questions regarding the latest Presidential Oops?,By 2016 we would have already dealt with 8 years of blaming Bush/It's not my fault,"I Know Nothing"and "Dude Excuses".So can we expect to hear "What Difference Does It Make" from Hillary every time someone in her cabinet really screws up under her watch?,or will she just...
  • Fear Of Hillary Clinton Leads Conservatives To Illogically Blame Her For Boko Haram

    05/10/2014 5:32:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | May 10, 2014 | Justin Baragona
    On April 16th, in Nigeria, about 250 schoolgirls were kidnapped by the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The story didn’t become widely known in the US for a while. However, now that efforts are being made by the United States government to assist in recovering these girls, conservatives have decided to use this time to play the blame game. Over the past couple of days, the right-wing media has focused their attentions solely on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Based on the logic they are presenting, Clinton is to blame for Boko Haram’s actions due to her not designating...
  • The Tea Party’s Over As Only 41% Of Republicans Support The Far-Right Movement (Another obituary)

    05/08/2014 9:42:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | May 8, 2014 | Justin Baragona
    <p>Gallup released a new poll on Thursday which shows that opposition to the Tea Party is at its highest level since the polling firm started tracking the far-right, anti-government movement in 2010. Currently, 30% of adults nationwide oppose the Tea Part, while only 22% support it. Meanwhile, 48% have no real opinion of the Tea Party. The number of people opposing the Tea Party is matches the highest mark that Gallup has tracked, which occurred in November 2010, which is when a number of Tea Party-backed Republicans won House and Senate seats.</p>
  • Republicans Should Hope Jeb Bush Runs

    05/08/2014 9:03:45 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 55 replies
    The Upshot ^ | 5-8-14
    "The influx of Democratic-friendly Hispanics and broader Democratic gains among Hispanics combined to flip Florida’s Hispanic vote."
  • Hot Air survey results: Presidential primary candidate and issue testing

    05/07/2014 7:16:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 7, 2014 | Patrick Ishmael
    Longtime Hot Air readers may recall that the first “winner” we ever had in these surveys was Chris Christie. Four years ago he earned 29% of the vote, but my, how things change. Christie now has 1% of the vote and sits well behind everyone except Mike Huckabee, who he ties, Rick Santorum, and Joe Scarborough, who out of over 3000 votes received a grand total of 6. Your current leader? Ted Cruz, who earned 29% of the vote. The top five is rounded out by Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. As to issue testing, the...
  • Does the tea party still have the juice?

    05/01/2014 3:03:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    PBS Newshour ^ | May 1, 2014 | Domenico Montanaro, Terence Burlij, Rachel Wellford and Simone Pathe
    Today in the Morning Line: •How might tea party vs. establishment storyline play out? •May brings 13 primaries •Laying out the calendar •Your guide to this month’s races Let the elections begin! The midterm election primary season kicks off in earnest Tuesday with elections in North Carolina, Ohio and Indiana. Get this: There are 13 states with primaries in May. It’s always nice when instead of just talking about races, you get results. The overarching question for May: does the tea party still have the juice? In races this month in places like Kentucky and Georgia, “establishment” candidates appear poised...
  • A Resurgence for Senate Tea Party Candidates?

    05/01/2014 2:56:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire ^ | May 1, 2014 | Reid J. Epstein
    Tea party challengers to incumbent Republican senators have faded in Kentucky, Kansas and Mississippi, but in two open-seat primaries tea party candidates are showing some signs of life. Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) is headed to North Carolina Monday to campaign for Greg Brannon, a physician who trails the state house speaker and establishment choice, Thom Tillis, in most polling ahead of Tuesday’s primary election. Mr. Paul endorsed Mr. Brannon in October, and his trip to the state for events on the eve of the primary is aimed at keeping Mr. Tillis’s vote tally below 40%. If he doesn’t meet...
  • Poll: GOP voters like Huckabee most, say he's best qualified

    04/30/2014 12:39:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | April 29, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Republicans like former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee the most and consider him the best qualified potential GOP presidential candidate among the major contenders. But, as with the rest, they aren't psyched for him to run, according to a new Economist/YouGov.com survey. Some 72 percent of Republicans like Huckabee, a Fox host and conservative populist. That beats Sen. Rand Paul, at 66 percent, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 62 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 60 percent. And 51 percent of Republicans also view him as qualified to be president, more than the rest again. But as previous...
  • The Sarah Palin Primary

    04/29/2014 10:14:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 30, 2014 | W. James Antle III, Editor, The Daily Caller News Foundation
    In 2010, Sarah Palin endorsed Rand Paul for U.S. Senate in Kentucky. Most other reliable Republican hawks — Dick Cheney, Rudy Giuliani, Rick Santorum — endorsed his primary opponent. Three years later, when Chris Christie criticized Paul’s stand on warrantless surveillance, Palin endorsed him again. “I’m on Team Rand,” she said. “Rand Paul understands, he gets the whole notion of ‘Don’t tread on me, government,’ whereas Chris Christie is for big government and, you know, trying to go along to get along in so many respects.” In a North Carolina congressional primary, however, Sarah Palin is on the side of...
  • Carville: Handicapping the GOP for 2016

    04/29/2014 8:11:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 29, 2014 | James Carville, Democratic operative
    Anyone who loves politics and horse racing is out to try and handicap anything this week. My favorite Saturday, outside any Saturday that Louisiana State University plays football, is the Kentucky Derby. It might not be very fashionable these days to be a horse degenerate, but that’s what I am. Thinking about the up and coming presidential election, I will use some horse racing analogies to talk about 2016. On the Democratic side, there has never been a more non-incumbent prohibitive favorite than Hillary Clinton. Seems to me the best horse analogy would be Secretariat running in the Belmont Stakes...
  • The Rush To Nominate Leftist Judges.What If Red State Democrats Vote No?

    04/29/2014 6:57:17 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 2 replies
    So our President wants to speed up the process of nominating as many Liberal judges as possible before the Senate goes Red.But,aren't there between 9 and 11 Senators up for re-election this November?,Why would they vote for a Liberal Judge knowing that it will just add to the fire of Obama-Care?.Let's all hope most of these Red-State Senators wake up and not make things worse for us and themselves!,Would anyone be surprised if Prince Harry tries to bribe them again to get their votes? Just like he did in 2010?
  • Huckabee, Ryan, Bush Lead Daily Caller-Vox Populi poll of Iowa voters

    04/27/2014 10:29:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 27, 2014 | Alex Pappas
    Mike Huckabee, Paul Ryan and Jeb Bush are in a dead heat to win the 2016 Iowa Republican caucuses, according to a new poll sponsored by The Daily Caller and Vox Populi Polling. Of the Republicans polled from April 22-24, Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, took in 20 percent; Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman and 2012 vice presidential nominee, won 19 percent; and Bush, the former governor of Florida and brother of former President George W. Bush, garnered 18 percent. Other possible Republicans are in single digits in the poll: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (9 percent); Florida Sen. Marco Rubio...
  • Ted Cruz's big show

    04/23/2014 8:21:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Hill's Congress Blog ^ | April 23, 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz hasn't even completed two years in the United States Senate, which makes his accomplishments of the past few days all the more remarkable. The best way to gauge his stature is by the harsh treatment he routinely receives from the establishment media. A profile in the Wall Street Journal began and ended with accounts of Cruz getting snubbed by his Senate colleagues, the first time on the Capitol subway, the second on an elevator in his office building. According to the Journal's account, on the short rides none of his colleagues even acknowledged his presence....
  • Poll: Independent Voters Back Anti-Obamacare Candidates By 25 Points

    04/21/2014 8:08:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 21, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    A devastating new poll finds that Independent voters overwhelmingly back candidates who oppose Obamacare by a 25% margin (54% to 29%). The Fox News poll, released on Monday, also found that the general electorate backs anti-Obamacare candidates by 14% (53% to 39%). Nearly one in five voters (19%) said a congressional candidate's position on Obamacare will be the "single most important factor" driving their voting decision. A full 51% of those polled said 20 years from now Obamacare will be seen as "one of the worst" things President Barack Obama did as president, a sentiment with which even one in...
  • Poll says Ted Cruz is the most popular Texas politician

    04/18/2014 11:12:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    KXAN-TV ^ | April 18, 2014 | Monica Ayala-Talavera
    Ted Cruz is the most popular politician in Texas, according to a Public Policy Polling Texas poll. Cruz has a 47 percent approval rating – better than both Rick Perry and John Cornyn, with only 35 percent who disapprove of him. He also continues to lead the Republican primary field for presidential candidates in Texas with 25 percent willing to support his campaign compared to Jeb Bush at 14 percent and Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Rick Perry each at 10 percent. Chris Christie and Paul Ryan received support for a potential presidential campaign from 5 percent of Texans polled,...
  • Curt Clawson Maintains Commanding Lead For Trey Radel's Seat In Local Media Poll.

    04/18/2014 8:28:24 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 3 replies
    Despite all of the negative ads attempting to make Curt Clawson "An Evil Rich Republican",his poll numbers have never budged.All looks well for the honorable Curt Clawson in next weeks election.
  • Hillary Clinton, Youth Candidate

    04/15/2014 5:15:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | April 15, 2014 | Paul Waldman
    Republicans will nominate someone younger than her, and it won't make a difference to young people.Our old colleague Patrick Caldwell has an interesting article up at Mother Jones about the way the Hillary Clinton campaign—or whatever we can call it at this point, since it isn't actually a campaign but it isn't exactly just a bunch of independent people doing their own thing either—is going after college students. I had forgotten how idiotically hostile the Hillary '08 campaign was toward college students in Iowa, but that's just one of innumerable mistakes that one presumes she'll attempt to correct this time...
  • Iowa Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Strong and GOP Field Scattered in Advance of Caucuses

    04/09/2014 12:45:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Suffolk University News ^ | April 9, 1994 | Greg Gatlin and Mariellen Norris
    With the January 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses on the horizon, Hillary Clinton is the far-and-away favorite among self-described Democratic caucus-goers, according to a Suffolk University statewide Iowa poll. And while some Republicans have begun visiting the Hawkeye State, the survey shows no favorites among prospective GOP presidential candidates. Meanwhile, the Suffolk University poll of likely general-election Iowa voters shows Republican Gov. Terry Branstad with a strong advantage heading into the June 3 Republican gubernatorial primary, and he leads the sole Democrat in the race, State Sen. Jack Hatch, by 10 points in a general-election match-up. Branstad, the longest serving governor...
  • Brutal: Democratic poll finds Obama’s base is ready to stay home in November

    04/09/2014 12:49:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 8, 2014 | Allahpundit
    The poll was conducted between March 19 and 23, a week before the White House declared “mission accomplished” on ObamaCare, so maybe it’s simply missing a recent surge in enthusiasm among lefties. The first rule of ACA polling, though, is that the numbers rarely move much no matter what’s going on with the law. They dipped after the Healthcare.gov Chernobyl in October, they bounced back a bit as sign-ups improved, but overall they’ve been steady at around -10 or -12 for years now. Hard to believe that an enrollment milestone will shift that trend markedly and durably, especially with premiums...
  • Jeb Bush – 2016's Obligatory Sane Republican?

    04/07/2014 1:04:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | April 7, 2014 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    The 2014 midterms are looming large, and behind them, the specter of 2016. In the past year, Chris Christie has gone from being the Republican Wunderkind to elephant in the room, and Hilary Clinton is, well, Hilary Clinton. What is the modern-day Republican Party – a Völkisch (ethnic nationalist) political party become religion – to do? Clearly, it’s time for the Republican establishment to start asking themselves, “Where are we going to find a sane candidate?” (or at least sane-seeming, as 2012′s misadventure with Mitt Romney demonstrates). The answer is already in the history books, not that Republicans like to...