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Polls (GOP Club)

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  • Hillary Clinton, Youth Candidate

    04/15/2014 5:15:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 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 · 19 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 · 28 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...
  • Not who’s ahead, but who’s going to to run?

    04/03/2014 9:36:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | April 3, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    It’s a mystery how the chattering class arrives at any conclusion as to the “front-runner” in an election two years away with no declared candidates. First the “front-runner” was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; then, according to others, it was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), despite his obvious unacceptability to a significant segment of Republicans). The polls, if anything, reflect name identification, and in that department former governors Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee generally lead — in a race neither may enter. That is what being a “front-runner” means on talking-head cable TV shows. More relevant at this stage is figuring...
  • A Gaffe Can Matter When It Motivates the Base (Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley)

    04/01/2014 2:08:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    FiveThirtyEightPolitics ^ | April 1, 2014 | Nate Silver
    We recently published a forecast that described the GOP as more likely than not to win the U.S. Senate in November. But our analysis was less bullish on Republicans’ prospects of flipping the seat in Iowa currently held by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who is retiring. There, Democrats appeared to have a strong candidate in Rep. Bruce Braley, who has cleared his primary field. Republicans, meanwhile, face a contentious primary with a number of candidates who have never won races for statewide or federal office. After we published our forecast, the Republican PAC America Rising released a video of Braley,...
  • Why the GOP Should Say No to Jeb

    04/01/2014 1:50:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | April 1, 2014 | Myra Adams
    With Chris Christie in deep trouble, Republican poobahs are reportedly looking to Jeb Bush to save their party in 2016. The former two-term governor of Florida speaks fluent Spanish, is a convert to Catholicism, and has high name recognition. Jeb could raise millions of dollars over night by just saying “yes” to running. Despite all this, there are strong reasons Republicans should say no to him. 1. His last name is poison. Let’s face it, if Jeb Bush had the last name of Something Else he would have already run for president in 2008 or 2012. According to a recent...
  • Hypothetical Scenario:If Harry Reid Or Pelosi Were Asked About Flight 370,How Would They Respond?

    03/12/2014 3:37:56 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 16 replies
    Considering the lies,arrogance and hidden anger of Harry Reid we have been seeing lately,can you just imagine if a reporter were to ask him what his theory/explanation/opinion is of flight 370?,It would be beyond obvious what he would likely say.Just like when Liberals were blaming the GOP and Sarah Palin for all of the mass shootings since 2009.Rush made a comical comment that the Kock Brothers hijacked the plane.Although it is a little odd that the far left hasn't said anything yet regarding the tragedy being they are always the first ones to blame all tragic events on the GOP&Conservatives.
  • Drudge Report Readers Choose Rand Paul, Ted Cruz in 2016 Presidential Poll

    03/10/2014 8:40:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | March 10, 2014 | Zachary Stieber
    Drudge Report readers in a recent poll were asked which Republican presidential candidate they would pick for 2016. Rand Paul ended on top of the poll with 30.91 percent of the vote (72,277 votes), followed by Ted Cruz with 28.33 percent. The other candidates were pretty far behind. Jeb Bush was next with 6.30 percent. After him was Sarah Palin (5.24 percent); Chris Christie (4.87 percent); Rick Perry (4.33 percent); and Mike Huckabee (3.73 percent). Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan, Rick Santorum, and Donald Trump were also choices in the poll, in which over 230,00 votes were cast. Other recent polls...
  • Another RNC Ad Campaign Proposal:Democrats,The Party Of,"I Don't Know".

    03/09/2014 4:09:56 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 4 replies
    So Republicans are "The Party Of No"?,well at least Republicans and Conservatives answer questions regardless of whom ever asks them,especially on live TV.But over the last five years,it seems that whenever a liberal/democrat is asked even basic questions regarding any scandal or screw-up,all we get is,"I don't know",and/or "this all started under the Bush Administration.There is more than enough footage of any Liberal&Democrat leader acting "Stupidly"when questioned over any international or national dilemma.And to think that Hillary didn't recall anything during the Clinton Years! and she wants to be President?
  • Poll: John McCain’s low job approval

    03/06/2014 2:20:20 PM PST · by gooblah · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/6/14 12:30 PM EST | Tal Kopan
    Sen. John McCain is the least popular senator in the country of those surveyed by Public Policy Polling, with low marks from members of his own party, independents and Democrats. Just 30 percent of Arizona voters approve of the job the Republican senator is doing, while 54 percent disapprove, according to a PPP release Thursday. That is the worst of any senator’s polling in the nation that PPP has found. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/poll-john-mccains-low-job-approval-104355.html#ixzz2vDwQ2KMU
  • Republicans Need a Champion in 2016 (Guess which two he suggests?)

    03/04/2014 7:40:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | March 3, 2014 | Professor Larry J. Sabato
    e are already at the point in this prematurely unfolding 2016 presidential campaign when a glance down the list of prospective candidates can cause most observers to wince. As that seductive and sultry crooner Peggy Lee once sang, “Is that all there is?” At the U.Va. Crystal Ball, we currently have 11 Republicans and nine Democrats as probable or possible presidential contenders. The Democrats have fewer and more tentative contenders because of the paralyzing gravitational pull of “Planet Hillary,” as the New York Times Magazine described the Clinton operation. The former secretary of state is a kind of massive Jupiter...
  • Not Just Hillary's Age A Setback,How Will She Handpick Her Rally Crowds?,Only The Uninformed?

    02/27/2014 6:23:05 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 39 replies
    Hillary has to wonder how she can campaign before her massive crowds of 300 to 1000 and deal with dozens of people screaming back at her,"What Difference Does It Make" and, "You Let Them Die !!!".Is there a purple state out there where Hillary will allow anyone into her rallies?What will her staff do?Interview everyone before they enter the arena and make sure they don't have extra magic markers to alter or make new signs?
  • Current 2016 Democrat Line-Up.Can We Say:"Send In The Clowns"?

    02/26/2014 5:28:47 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 28 replies
    Let's take a look at what 200 Million Adults will or may be laughing at during the 2015 campaign season.Joe Biden,Cuomo,O'Malley,Moonbeam,Howard Dean,Wendy Davis(after she loses in Texas),Deval Patrick,Chris Christie,Charlie Crisp,and maybe even Bozo or "Eric The Clown".Hillary?,anyone really believe she will have the strength to campaign at her age?,Anyone looking forward to the never ending laughter watching the Dem's lie for 12 months,trying to convince us that Obama-Care is a success and the economy is booming?
  • Titanic Republican shift in key Senate race (Cornyn now at 43%, can't avoid a runoff election)

    02/18/2014 8:58:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | February 18, 2014 | Garth Kant
    'Cruz missile' strategy propels Stockman toward runoff vs. Cornyn. It is a monumental shift in major race that could be sending shock waves through the GOP establishment. Underfunded and targeted by GOP strategist Karl Rove, Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, has defied the odds in his long-shot bid to topple the second-most powerful Republican in the U.S. Senate, and he’s on the verge of forcing a crucial runoff with incumbent Sen. Jon Cornyn, R-Texas, in the Texas GOP primary. According to the results of a stunning new poll, Cornyn has fallen from 50 percent to 43 percent. That means Cornyn would...
  • Joe Biden: “There isn’t a Republican Party” ("On every single issue, Americans agree with Dems")

    02/15/2014 12:06:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 14, 2014 | Allahpundit
    He said this at a conference organized by House Democrats, who’ve spent several years in the minority and are doomed to spend at least a few more at the hands of The Party That Doesn’t Exist. My favorite part in the clip below is where he touts the fact that ObamaCare, which has been underwater in public approval since the day it was signed, nonetheless hasn’t annoyed quite enough people to build a majority in favor of repeal (yet). To hear him talk, there must be a Democratic landslide brewin’ in November. But he’s not wrong about the fracturing of...
  • Texas senator wins unofficial straw poll for president at Penobscot County caucus

    02/09/2014 2:22:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | February 9, 2014 | Judy Harrison
    BANGOR, Maine – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Saturday won an unofficial straw poll to be the 2016 GOP presidential nominee at the Penobscot County Republican caucus at Husson University. Administered by the Maine Republican Liberty Caucus, caucus attendees paid $1 for a ballot that listed 20 potential GOP presidential candidates’ names plus room for write-ins, according to Maine RLC State Chair Vic Berardelli. Balloters were asked to mark their first, second and third choice. Points were weighted at five points for a first place vote, three points for second and one point for a third place vote....
  • Bill Kristol: Palin Would Be 'Formidable' Presidential Candidate

    02/07/2014 2:46:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 6, 2014 | Wanda Carruthers
    Former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin would prove "formidable" in a 2016 run for president, Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol predicted Thursday. "She's a huge political talent. She has a real populist streak, and a real feel for, sort of, middle America in a way that very few politicians do," Kristol told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "The truth is, she might be kind of formidable," he added.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Her biggest obstacle, Kristol maintained, would be explaining why she stepped down as Alaska's governor before serving her entire term. Kristol advised the next Republican nominee to "spend some time...
  • Hillary Clinton leads WaPo/ABC 2016 primary poll by … 61 points

    01/30/2014 1:29:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 30, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Gee, I wonder if she’s running? Let’s put this another way. If anyone had a 6:1 lead over the closest potential opponent in a future race (with a 61-point lead), and that closest opponent’s name was Joe Biden, who wouldn’t run? Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a commanding 6 to 1 lead over other Democrats heading into the 2016 presidential campaign, while the Republican field is deeply divided with no clear front-runner, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Clinton trounces her potential primary rivals with 73 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, reinforcing a narrative of inevitability around her...
  • Poll: 81% of DC Residents Approve of Obama's Job Performance

    01/30/2014 7:56:29 AM PST · by gooblah · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Jan 2014, 6:46 | Elizabeth Sheild
    According to a Gallup poll surveying the U.S. States, Obama's job approval ratings are the highest in the District of Columbia and Hawaii with 81% and 61% respectively approving of the presidents job performance. Also earning honorable mention is Maryland, neighbor of D.C., weighing in with a 57% approval rating.
  • Gallup Obama approval numbers suggest shifting Electoral College map

    01/30/2014 7:28:07 AM PST · by gooblah · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | JANUARY 29, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Gallup has released President Obama's approval numbers for 2013 for the 50 states and the District of Columbia. I thought it would be interesting to compare those percentages with Obama's percentage of the 2012 popular vote in each state and D.C. His approval numbers seem to track closely with his percentage of the vote: his job approval nationally was 50 percent in the first week of November 2012, and he received 51 percent of the popular vote. Gallup conducts many interviews over the course of a year, and so its figures for each state are statistically meaningful, although I think...
  • New leader in 2016 GOP primary field: Mike Huckabee, of course (Actually, it's Gov. Palin)

    01/29/2014 5:14:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 29, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I realize that all presidential polls this far out from election day are hot garbage but there’s no way I’m missing an opportunity to troll my Huck-hating readership as golden as this one. Two words, my friends: Huckabee/Christie?Although Huck’s now technically the GOP frontrunner, he’s not the pol with the highest favorable rating among Republicans. That’d be Sarah Palin, who’s at 70/20 and has the highest numbers among both women and men. PPP didn’t offer her as an option in its presidential polling, presumably because they think she’s unlikely to run. Following the controversy over his ‘Uncle Sugar’ speech Mike...
  • Democrats see same-sex marriage as issue that will mobilize voters

    01/26/2014 1:49:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2014 | Juliet Eilperin, Niraj Chokshi and Robert Barnes
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Video: Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has concluded that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional and he will no longer defend it in federal lawsuits.Public opinion on same-sex marriage has shifted so dramatically in recent years that Democratic groups now see the issue as a critical way to mobilize voters in a slew of races up and down the ballot. Just a decade ago, widespread opposition to gay marriage did just the opposite, allowing Karl Rove to mobilize conservatives in 13 states and help reelect George W. Bush as president. The changing political dynamics were on full display...
  • The RNC Presidential Straw Poll Is Here

    01/25/2014 11:24:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    FITS News ^ | January 25, 2014
    PICK YOUR POISONS … For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, the “Republican” Party is coming apart at the seams as factions of increasingly divergent political ideologies battle for a shrinking pool of the electorate. And the camps are getting increasingly belligerent … In one corner we have big government “neoconservatives” – fiscal liberals who are wholly owned subsidiaries of America’s military industrial complex. These “Republicans” want no changes to the status quo in Washington, D.C. – with the exception of perpetual funding increases for the bloated U.S. military. In another corner we have big government Bible Thumpers...
  • Republicans In Total Panic as Christie Falls 8 Points Behind Hillary Clinton (Are you worried?)

    01/21/2014 2:58:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 122 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | January 21, 2014 | Jason Easley
    The Republican Party put all of their 2016 eggs in the Christie basket. Now the basket has George Washington Bridge size hole, Hillary Clinton has opened up an 8 point lead and Republicans are panicking. The first whiff of GOP panic came from a recent New York Times story, Of all the new realities that Mr. Christie must confront, perhaps the most humbling is a sense of losing the momentum that surrounded him just a few months ago. Last year, the governor’s staff had begun building up his foreign policy bona fides, quietly reaching out to Brian H. Hook, a...
  • Juan Williams: GOP will rue O-Care focus

    01/20/2014 6:12:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 20, 2014 | Juan Williams
    Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), chairman of the Republican Senatorial Committee, is sure he has the best political strategy for winning the six seats the GOP needs to capture control of the Senate in November — attack Democrats for the Affordable Care Act. The Republican National Committee’s first major advertising buy of this midterm election season will come in the shape of attack ads in 12 states against incumbent Democrats who voted for ObamaCare. Conservative activists are following the same strategy. The New York Times reported last week that the billionaire Koch brothers have already helped to air $20 million in...
  • The Democratic Party’s uphill path to 270 electoral votes in 2016

    01/19/2014 1:16:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Washington Post's The Monkey Cage ^ | January 18, 2014 | John Sides
    My Post colleague Dan Balz has some very interesting reporting from Democratic and Republican strategists. Both groups seem somewhat pessimistic about the GOP’s chances in 2016: A recent conversation with a veteran of GOP presidential campaigns raised this question: Which, if any, of the recent battleground states are likely to become more Republican by 2016? The consensus: very few. That reality highlights one problem Republicans face as they seek to regain the White House after six years under President Obama. Lots of factors affect elections: The quality of the candidates, the state of the economy, the effectiveness of the campaigns....
  • Poll: Undecided 2014 Voters Overwhelmingly Disapprove of Obamacare

    01/09/2014 5:46:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 9, 2014 | Guy Benson
    Where have we seen an anti-Obamacare threshold of two-thirds before? Oh, right. In this case, undecided voters basically fall into two categories. They're either pure independents, or they're low information voters who nonetheless say they're likely to go to the polls in November. It looks like the GOP is enjoying a significant advantage among both groups heading into the midterms -- including with those under-informed voters who are so often ripe for Democrats' picking. The perception that Obamacare stinks has calcified in the public's imagination, and it's tough to reverse those sort of sentiments, especially amidst powerful headwinds. Check out...
  • The Agony of Frank Luntz

    01/07/2014 9:10:03 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 21 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Molly Ball
    Luntz—the tubby, rumpled guy who runs the focus groups on Fox News after presidential debates, the political consultant and TV fixture whose word has been law in Republican circles since he helped write the 1994 Contract With America—has always been a hard man to please. But something is different now, he tells me. SNIP. His belief in unfettered capitalism and individual self-reliance appears stronger than ever. He hasn't become disillusioned with his very profitable career or his nomadic, solitary lifestyle. His complaints—that America is too divided ... SNIP "I just gave up, I didn't work on Mitt Romney's campaign. It...
  • Colorado Dems blamed for $80M punch to gut with Magpul pulling up stakes

    01/05/2014 6:45:09 PM PST · by gooblah · 20 replies
    Bizpacreview ^ | January 5, 2014
    Thanks to the gun control blitzkrieg led by Democratic lawmakers last year, Colorado is about to take a hit in the wallet in the midst of an already anemic economy, and lose hundreds of private-sector jobs at a time when they can least afford it.
  • Is Hillary inevitable in 2016? No way

    01/01/2014 4:35:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Rare ^ | December 30, 2013 | Merrill Matthews
    The Clintons are trying to create the impression that Hillary has the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination—if not the presidential election—sewn up. Contenders need not apply. Hillary already has the media eating out of her hand. Barbara Walters provided her an in-kind donation by naming Hillary her most fascinating person for 2013. And CNN political editor Paul Steinhauser recently wrote, “If she decides to run, Clinton would instantly become the overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.” Of course, the media were saying the same thing back in 2007. But a relative Senate newcomer named Barack Obama didn’t know she couldn’t be—or...
  • The GOP's History of Sexist Hillary-Bashing (Boo-hoo!)

    12/26/2013 11:54:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 26, 2013 | Sam Kleiner
    Desperate to stop a second Clinton presidency in 2016, it’s a sure bet many in the GOP will reprise the ugly attacks they used on her 22 years ago. While Hillary Clinton has made clear that she won’t decide whether she wants to pursue the presidency in 2016 until next year, Republicans have decided they already are going to make her a top target. Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee Chairman, has promised this month to go after the “rough stuff” about Clinton in an ad campaign that will be “very aggressive.” The Republicans are promising a shotgun approach; just...
  • Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval

    12/26/2013 2:46:08 PM PST · by gooblah · 14 replies
    Gallup ^ | December 25 2013
    Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points.
  • Poll: GOP lead in generic ballot still growing despite ObamaCare website improvements

    12/26/2013 2:11:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 26, 2013 | Allahpundit
    I think Conn Carroll’s got the right takeaway here. The news isn’t that the GOP’s leading on the generic ballot; that’s been true in several polls since November, when the botched ObamaCare rollout dropped an atomic bomb on Democratic numbers so powerful that even veteran number-crunchers like Charlie Cook trembled at its glory. The news is that the comparative stability of Healthcare.gov over the past month hasn’t healed those Democratic wounds, which suggests two possibilities. Maybe, as more people rushed to sign up before the deadline, more of them saw for themselves just how irritating using the website is. It...
  • Why a Mike Huckabee presidential run is Chris Christie's worst nightmare

    12/13/2013 1:36:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Week ^ | December 13, 2013 | Jon Terbush, Boston-based columnist
    Mike Huckabee sat out the 2012 election, but he may be game in 2016. The former Arkansas governor — who won the 2008 Iowa caucuses and emerged as the strongest challenger to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in the race to capture the GOP nomination — ended his daily radio show Thursday and said he was considering another run at the White House. "I'm keeping the door open," he told the New York Times. "I think right now the focus needs to be on 2014, but I'm mindful of the fact that there's a real opportunity for me." Huckabee hasn't been...
  • Poll: Clinton has big edge in advance of 2016 elections

    12/11/2013 11:59:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    MSN News ^ | December 10, 2013 | Steven Thomma
    At this early stage for the 2016 presidential campaign, it’s Hillary’s world, and everyone else just lives in it. Hillary Clinton dominates the potential field of candidates for the Democratic nomination by huge margins, with a more than 5-to-1 advantage over her nearest rival and more than doubling the support of everyone else combined, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll. The Republican race is wide open, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie slightly ahead. And Clinton has an edge or outright lead over any of them. “It’s Hillary versus the pack for the nomination,” said Lee Miringoff, director of The...
  • Sarah Palin 5 Reasons She Should Do Another TV Show

    12/11/2013 2:08:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Las Vegas Guardian Express ^ | December 10, 2013 | Earnestine Jones
    Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential candidate has had one prior TV show. Now it has been announced that Palin will be hosting a Sportsman Channel original series in 2014. There are many who do not think that this is a good idea, but here are 5 reasons that Sarah Palin should do another TV show. 1. Working on a television show would keep Palin busy and away from politics. This may sound good for those who believe that Palin should not be involved in politics in any manner what so ever. While a vice presidential candidate, Palin received a...
  • Obama approval cliff dives among poor Hispanics and Non-Whites

    12/06/2013 12:23:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 5, 2013 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Yesterday we noted the precipitous drop in support for Obama among one of his stool legs, Harvard Survey: Obama and Obamacare push Millennials support off cliff It gets worse. There is a certain poetic justice in the latest Gallup poll of presidential support. Obama’s support has dropped the most among poor Hispanics and Non-Whites versus one year ago. President Barack Obama’s job approval rating averaged 41% in November, down 12 percentage points from 53% last December, his high-water mark since his first year in office. Hispanics’ approval has dropped 23 points over the last 12 months, the most among major...
  • Poll: Democrats lose lead in 2014 generic ballot following Obamacare rollout

    11/26/2013 11:37:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 26, 2013 | Mandy Nagy
    After insurance policy cancellations and the botched launch of healthcare.gov, the political fallout from the rollout of Obamacare seems to be having an impact for Democrats in general and Obama, according to recent polling conducted by CNN and ORC International. From a CNN post this morning entitled CNN/ORC poll: Democrats lose 2014 edge following Obamacare uproar: "What a difference a month makes. A new CNN/ORC International poll indicates a dramatic turnaround in the battle for control of Congress in next year’s midterm elections. Democrats a month ago held a 50%-42% advantage among registered voters in a generic ballot, which asked...
  • White House: Website won’t be fixed by December 1 (Democrats fear the Senate has been lost)

    11/26/2013 7:26:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 26, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    Old and busted: Healthcare.gov will be fully operational by November 30th. New hotness: Healthcare.gov will, er, work better than it did by December 1!Brought to you by the same people who insisted that if you liked your insurance plan, you could keep it: Obama administration officials said Monday that some visitors to HealthCare.gov will experience outages, slow response times or try-again-later messages in December. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) delivered the message in the latest attempt to downplay expectations for Nov. 30, the administration’s self-imposed deadline for fixing ObamaCare’s federal enrollment site. CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille said...
  • Poll: Obama Sinking Dems in Swing State Florida

    11/26/2013 1:26:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 25, 2013 | Mike Flynn
    A new Quinnipiac poll of Florida finds a majority of voters in the state view President Obama as untrustworthy. Just 44% believe Obama is honest. This view is a major factor in the collapse of Obama's approval rating in the state, where just 40% of voters approve of the job he is doing. This poll drop isn't just confined to Obama, however. The poll found a significant trend towards Republicans and steep drops in approval ratings for Democrats up and down the ballot. Former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is seeking the Democrat nomination for Governor next year, saw his favorable...
  • Krugman: Those counting on Obamacare collapse are “making a very bad bet”

    11/20/2013 3:03:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Salon ^ | November 20, 2013 | Elias Isquith, assistant editor
    Writing at his New York Times blog, Paul Krugman warned that those banking on Obamacare to collapse are “probably making a very bad bet.” As proof, Krugman points to the record of state-level healthcare exchanges, which by and large have been performing much better than their federal counterpart. He also cites the rising levels of Medicaid enrollment — which is occurring in both states that have and haven’t accepted the Obamacare expansion — and the slow improvement of Healthcare.gov as reasons for optimism. All in all, Krugman says, the law is “probably going to stumble through to the finish line.”...
  • David Plouffe to ABC: GOP Plan to Run Against Obamacare an ‘Impossibility’

    11/17/2013 5:49:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 17, 2013 | Evan McMurry
    On This Week With George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning, former Obama advior David Plouffe dismissed the comparisons between the second terms of President Barack Obama and former President George W Bush—who have similar approval ratings at comparative points in their presidencies—and also argued that Republicans would be unable to run against Obamacare once it’s working. Guest host Martha Raddatz had asked if the troubled Affordable Care Act rollout was a “political Katrina,” an analogy that’s been making the rounds. “First of all there’s a qualitative difference between people dying in New Orleans and people not able to get health care,” former...
  • Honest: Would You Rather Win with Chris Christie or Lose with Ted Cruz?

    11/12/2013 5:18:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 147 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | November 12, 2013 | Bernard Goldberg
    Those sophisticates at Time magazine made a funny. They put Chris Christie on their cover with the headline, "The Elephant in the Room." Get it? Elephant. Christie. Time magazine did a junior high fat joke right there on its cover. Time's executive editor Michael Duffy explained the cheap shot this way: "Well, he's obviously a big guy. He's obviously a big Republican. But he's also done a really huge thing here this week." The "huge thing" wasn't only winning re-election as New Jersey's governor, but doing it by appealing to a broad range of voters in a very blue state...
  • Lesson for Democrats in McAuliffe win: Bet on black (Yeah, he actually said it)

    11/10/2013 12:14:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPartisan ^ | November 8, 2013 | Jonathan Capehart
    The news is filled with stories about nervous Democrats up for reelection who are worried that the terrible roll-out of HealthCare.gov will force them to involuntarily spend more time with their families. And that’s a valid concern. But Terry McAuliffe’s win in Old Dominion shows that involuntary early retirement can be forestalled if African American voters are fired up. A truism of American politics is that turnout in off-year elections is low. A corollary is that African Americans especially won’t show up at the voting booth. This belief bled over into the 2012 presidential election because Republicans thought black voters...
  • Please, stop: Chris Christie is not the 2016 GOP front-runner (PDS snark by the bucketful)

    11/07/2013 8:59:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Week ^ | November 7, 2013 | Jon Terbush
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) sailed to re-election Tuesday by a whopping 22-point margin, further fueling the narrative that he has become the clear front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. By winning so handily in a deep blue state, the story goes, Christie proved to Republicans he's by far their strongest, most electable candidate. And though we're more than two years out from the first primary in the 2016 race, there have already been a torrent of stories gaming out his hypothetical path to the White House. Lost in all the breathless prognostication, though, is the fact that...
  • 'Extremist' Cuccinelli Crushed McAuliffe Among Independents

    11/06/2013 7:20:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 6, 2013 | Joel B. Pollak
    Tea Party favorite Ken Cuccinelli, abandoned by the Republican establishment as too "extreme" to win in Virginia, crushed Democrat Terry McAuliffe among independent voters by 9 percentage points, 47%-38%. The key to McAuliffe's victory was that the Democrat--assisted by the ruthless data-mining operation that fueled Barack Obama's 2012 re-election--turned out his party's base, while conservative voters were divided. Cuccinelli's winning margin among independent voters was only slightly lower than Mitt Romney's 12-point margin in 2012. Romney also lost the state, however, after failing to bring conservative voters to the polls and mounting a lackluster a get-out-the-vote operation that was badly...
  • Democrat Terry McAuliffe wins Va. governor's race, Fox News projects

    11/05/2013 7:05:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 152 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 5, 2013
    Democrat Terry McAuliffe is projected to win the Virginia gubernatorial race, defeating Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli in a surprisingly close victory. Fox News projected McAuliffe as the winner Tuesday night. The closely watched raced pitted a Tea Party-backed Republican and an establishment Democrat locked in an expensive, ideological battle whose outcome is expected to set a course for the 2014 and 2016 elections -- in large part forcing the GOP to consider whether a strong conservative candidate is the party’s best pick to win a national election. Cuccinelli, trailing late by single digits, tried unsuccessfully to use voter dissatisfaction with...
  • Waterloo for the Republicans: Will the Cruz, Paul, Palin, Lee, Bachmann wing win out?

    11/05/2013 3:18:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 5, 2013 | Peter H. Fenn, Democratic political strategist & consultant
    In the coming two to four years, the Republicans seem ready to engage in a battle royal for the soul of their party. And it sure will be ugly. It looks like a war between the Backward Caucus and the usual Conservative Caucus. Forget the moderate Republicans; most of them were put out to pasture long ago. Parties have seen battles between factions since the founding of the republic: the Whigs, the Bull Moose Party, conservative Democrats, liberal Republicans — plenty of splinter groups to go around. Conservatives took over the Republican Party in the 1970s and northern liberal Republicans...
  • How Obamacare Glitches Could Put Hispanics in Play

    11/05/2013 1:58:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The National Journal ^ | November 4, 2013 | Beth Reinhard
    After two election cycles of Democrats successfully marketing Obamacare to Hispanic voters, the health care law's rocky start could turn into a bargaining chip for Republicans. Hispanic adults have supported President Obama's Affordable Care Act at a rate twice that of whites. More than 10 million Hispanics—roughly one-fourth of the total uninsured population—stand to benefit from the law. An outsize proportion of the eligible Hispanics are the healthy millennials who could make or break universal health care. But glitches on the enrollment site are blocking Hispanics (and everyone else) from signing up for subsidized insurance, while the Spanish-language website has...