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  • Donald Trump third in STL Tea Party poll; Ted Cruz on top

    08/01/2015 5:01:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    KPLR-TV ^ | August 1, 2015 | Gregg Palermo
    Donald Trump is surging in GOP presidential polls ahead of next week’s first Republican debate among the party’s presidential candidates, but the controversial businessman finished third in a sampling of conservative activists, according to a survey released Saturday by the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition. In email polling of 122 coalition members conducted July 26 through July 29, Texas Senator Ted Cruz came in first at 29 percent, followed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at 27 percent, with Trump at 19 percent. The rest of the crowded GOP field finished in single digits. You can see the entire poll here....
  • Trump's Endorsement of Sarah Palin Proves He Isn't Serious about the Presidency

    08/01/2015 7:58:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Huffington Post's Entertainment The Blog ^ | July 31, 2015 | Geoffrey Dunn, Author and filmmaker
    Donald Trump is many things -- a demagogue and a pompous blowhard, a braggart and a race baiter -- but in the end, he's nobody's fool, except perhaps his own. Thus, his recent lauding of Sarah Palin and his hiring of her former Chief of Staff reveal that Trump's campaign for the presidency is, ultimately, more of a circus act than it is a serious endeavor for the White House. If Trump were really serious, he'd be keeping the quitter governor at bay. Trump and Palin have many things in common--and Palin has long been enamored of the Trump family's...
  • Hot Air Primary Survey: Pre-Debate Edition (Hurry before it closes!)

    08/01/2015 5:00:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 31, 2015 | Patrick Ishmael
    Looking forward to these results, especially the consensus vote. Fox News’ criteria for its first debate seems, unfortunately, to bias strongly toward name recognition rather than broad appeal, and I think that hurdle undermines the meaningful policy discussions that these early events should foster. Put another way: If a candidate could get consensus support but can’t get in the door of the debate, then is the debate really representative of the preferences of the Republican electorate? Thanks for participating. (POLL-AT-LINK)
  • How Donald Trump finally decided to run for president after nearly 30 years of just talk

    07/31/2015 5:22:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | July 31, 2015 | Lisa Gutierrez
    He might run. No he won’t. He might run. No he won’t. For nearly 30 years and during at least four election cycles, Donald Trump teased the American public that he might run for president of the United States. To standing-room-only crowds in tiny New Hampshire restaurants to viewers of “Meet the Press,” he told anyone who would listen that he could win if he ever ran. So no wonder in late May the New York Post ran a story under this headline: “Stop pretending — Donald Trump is not running for president.” But after all that hemming and hawing...
  • How we rank the 10 men most likely to win the Republican nomination — now with (much) more Trump!

    07/31/2015 10:08:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 31, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    The obvious problem when sitting down (or standing up) and trying to rank the 10 people most likely to wind up as the Republican presidential nominee next year can be summed up in two words: Donald Trump. On one hand, Trump is way ahead in most national polls on the primary race and even leads (or comes close to leading) in surveys conducted in early-voting states like Iowa and New Hampshire. On the other, he is Donald Trump. (The last time I ranked the 2016 GOP field -- June 12 -- Trump was barely a blip on the radar and...
  • Harley an awkward ride for 'union-busting' Republican Walker

    07/30/2015 2:37:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | July 30, 2015 | Emily Flitter and Alexia Shurmur
    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - For Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, there's something awkward about the Harley-Davidson motorcycles that he has been posing on at presidential campaign stops: each one bears a sticker on its frame that reads "Union made in the USA." Walker has made the iconic American brand a centerpiece of his campaign kick-off tour this month, visiting four dealerships and sometimes showing off his own 2003 Harley Road King as he seeks to harness its appeal to older white male voters. But there is another side to Harley that the Republican candidate has been less vocal about - it is...
  • SHOCK POLLS: Trump Just Scored Two HUGE Wins In A Way That Could Redefine The Race (Guess where?)

    07/29/2015 12:56:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | July 29, 2015 | Norvell Rose
    When the home team suffers an unexpected and startling defeat on its own field, fans and commentators will most likely take notice. And that’s just what’s happening today as the GOP front-runner for the 2016 presidential nomination, Donald Trump, scores a big win in a state where a rival or two could certainly be considered favorite sons. The website Florida Politics reports on what it calls the “shock poll” that finds Trump leading Jeb Bush by a significant margin in Florida, the state where George W.’s younger brother served as a very popular governor from 1999-2007. According to the just-released...
  • Do You Approve of Ted Cruz Calling Mitch McConnell a Liar on the Senate Floor? [POLL]

    07/28/2015 9:50:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    KFYO-AM ^ | July 28, 2015 | Chad Hasty
    Senator Ted Cruz has drawn both praise and scorn for comments made last Friday on the Senate floor. According to the Texas Tribune, Cruz upset some by calling Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar. “I have listened to the comments of my colleague, the junior senator from Texas, both last week and this week, and I would have to say that he is mistaken,” Cornyn said. At issue: Cruz on Friday accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — a Cornyn ally — of telling a “flat-out lie” to Senate Republicans over movement of legislation related to an obscure, controversial...
  • The one thing that makes me take Donald Trump seriously as a candidate — Rush Limbaugh

    07/27/2015 11:32:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Vox ^ | July 27, 2015 | Matthew Yglesias
    Conventional wisdom says that despite his lead in the polls, Donald Trump can't win the Republican Party presidential nomination. And I agree with that. At least, I agree with it six days a week. The other day, I am paying attention to Rush Limbaugh. When Trump's diss of John McCain's military service became a cudgel for people to use against him, Limbaugh called it a "teachable moment" about how "the Washington establishment and media" operate, and he predicted that Trump would survive it by refusing to back down. On Thursday, Limbaugh took a victory lap on Trump's behalf, saying "Trump...
  • How Donald Trump Can Win

    07/27/2015 1:44:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 27, 2015 | Tommy Christopher
    They said it couldn’t be done. First, they said Donald Trump would never actually run for president, and then he officially announced his run for president. They said his comments about Mexican rapists would sink him before he got started, and Trump promptly rocketed to the top of the polls. Then, they said his attack on Sen. John McCain‘s (R-AZ) war heroism would definitely derail the Trump train, and yet he remains at the top of all the national polls, is a close second in Iowa, and has a huge lead in New Hampshire. Republican strategists are consoling themselves by...
  • Trump: The Case for Despairing — About America

    07/27/2015 11:52:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Commentary Magazine's Contentions ^ | July 27, 2015 | John Podhoretz
    No sense pretending: Donald Trump is the only news of the 2016 race, and this fact says something very troubling about the Republican party, the conservative electorate, the mass media culture, and the United States in general. Sounds like an exaggeration, but it’s not. Really it’s not. Ted Cruz goes to war with the GOP Senate leadership; Hillary Clinton proposes the highest tax rates in 70 years; Marco Rubio goes after John Kerry on the Iran deal in a Senate hearing. Well, big deal. Phffft. They’ve all been crowded out by the Trump noise. There will be the first Republican...
  • Trump’s teachable moment: Ralph Nader on what we should make of the billionaire's longshot candidacy

    07/27/2015 10:34:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 27, 2015 | Ralph Nader
    The brouhahas over billionaire Donald Trump show how broadcasters favor easy, juicy stories about powerful people’s bad words over harder, less sexy ones about their bad deeds. This is a teachable moment for the mass media. Failing to take Trump seriously could set a dangerous precedent for future candidates with fresh ideas, looking to shake up the controlling status quo. The Huffington Post, which carries my column, announced that it is excluding Trump from its political coverage and instead filing all stories about the man leading the Republican field, according to the most recent polls, under entertainment. If they existed...
  • Martin Schram - Trump's campaign crowds are America's new reality

    07/26/2015 4:57:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Crescent-News ^ | July 26, 2015 | Martin Schram, op-ed columnist for Tribune News Service
    It isn't hard to figure out what's driving the so-called Donald Trump phenomenon that just prompted one-quarter of America's likely Republican voters to say in a poll he's the one they want to be our commander-in-chief. What's harder to figure out is why the Trump phenomenon blindsided the Republican Party's presidential pack, the working press and the parasitic punditocracy. And why we keep being surprised every time this happens. After all, this political driving force isn't really about The Donald or his billions; and it is as old as politics itself. It's about the way things happen -- and often...
  • Friday Talking Points -- Following the Trump Whirlwind

    07/24/2015 6:22:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Huffington Post's Entertainment The Blog ^ | July 24, 2015 | Chris Weigant, Political writer and blogger
    Welcome back, everyone. This column went on hiatus last week, so we could attend Netroots Nation. So we've got two whole weeks to cover today, just to warn everyone in advance. Two weeks ago, we kind of went out on a limb (the polling evidence was not all that clear when we wrote it) and subtitled our previous column: "Donald Trump, Frontrunner." Since that time, such a statement has gone from being a wild prediction to becoming an equally-wild reality. The first Republican presidential debate is happening in less than two weeks, and Donald Trump is not only guaranteed one...
  • Trump pads lead in latest poll, scoring 28%, has higher numbers among veterans than McCain!

    07/24/2015 6:02:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 24, 2015 | Staff
    Real estate billionaire Donald Trump's recent showing in national polls looks less like a fluke with each passing day, and numbers from Friday's YouGov.Economist poll has him leading the pack with support from 28 per cent of Republican primary voters. The survey, which is based on Internet interviews, ranked Trump twice at high as second-place finisher Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor who leads in the fundraising sweepstakes but will fall far short of competing with Trump's $10 billion personal wealth. Bush is the first choice of 14 per cent of Republicans in the poll; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is...
  • Disenfranchised voters gravitate to Trump, experts say

    07/23/2015 8:39:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune ^ | July 23, 2015 | Salena Zito
    Brad Lena sees Donald Trump through the prism of Star Wars: “a disturbance in The Force.” The billionaire businessman and reality TV star arrived Thursday at the U.S.-Mexico border to emphasize his hardline stance against immigration, in a week of attention-getting moments that thrust Trump into the lead among 16 GOP hopefuls for the White House. It's his disruption of the political class “that continues unimpeded their malevolent contributions to the rule of law, freedom of conscience, representative governance, competitive capitalism, freedom of speech, fiduciary stewardship and so on,” Lena, 62, of Bell Acres, a small borough northwest of Pittsburgh,...
  • More Republicans Like Trump Than McCain, New Poll Finds (Rasmussen Reports)

    07/23/2015 8:11:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Phoenix New Times ^ | July 23, 2015 | Miriam Wasser
    A recent poll found that more Republican voters have a favorable view of presidential candidate Donald Trump than they do of Arizona's long-time U.S. Senator, John McCain. The telephone survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports polled 1,000 people on July 20 and 21 and revealed that at least 52 percent of likely Republican voters reported having at least a somewhat favorable view of Trump, while 51 percent feel that way about McCain. The margin of error for the study, +/- 3 percent, is greater than the difference in results, but when asked if they have a very favorable view of the...
  • Why Donald Trump Doesn’t Have The Guts To Really Run For President

    07/23/2015 6:52:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Good Men Project - The Conversation No One Else Is Having ^ | July 23, 2015 | Matt Rozsa is a Ph.D. student in history, Lehigh University & political columnist
    Matthew Rozsa explains why Donald Trump isn’t really going to run for president. You’ve probably already seen the title of this article, but in case you didn’t read it carefully, allow me to reiterate: Donald Trump isn’t going to run for president. He doesn’t have the guts to do it. I’d like to say that I was ahead of the curve in realizing this, but for the past few months I’ve been swept up in the same “Trump is running for president (totally for reals, you guys)” narrative that has consumed the rest of the media. Instead it was my...
  • Donald Trump and the Politics of Never Backing Down

    07/22/2015 5:19:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Grand Rapids Community College Collegiate ^ | July 22, 2015 | Chris Powers, Web Editor
    Ever since Donald Trump announced he was seeking the White House, his foot has rarely left his mouth. Yet voters are still enamored by him. Why? He couldn’t make it through his announcement speech without calling Mexican immigrants rapists and vowing to build a wall that he would make Mexico pay for to keep them out. This, of course, led to business partners including NBC and Macy’s to sever ties with Trump, but that didn’t stop him. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) While most candidates would realize their mistake and back down, Trump did exactly the opposite. In a way only he could, Trump...
  • GOP Leader Donald Trump: I Will Not Run Third Party, I Will Only Run as a Republican (VIDEO)

    07/22/2015 11:23:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 21, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Dana Loesch spoke with 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump today on her Blaze television program. Dana asked Mr. Trump about sharing Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number with the public, the Planned Parenthood controversy, same sex marriage, and what he would do to fix the Veterans Administration. ** You can watch the entire interview here.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Donald Trump told Dana he will not run third party and will only run as a Republican. Trump is currently leading the polls in Iowa. ** Much more here.
  • The silver lining of Donald Trump

    07/22/2015 10:51:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Vox ^ | July 22, 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    If there's a small silver lining for the Republican Party in the bonanza of insanity that is Donald Trump's candidacy, it's this: He's single-handedly managed to make the rest of the GOP field look downright reasonable by comparison. There's less talk of a "clown car" primary when the main attraction is the ringmaster of his own circus. Each day, Trump seems to reach new heights of absurdity, offensiveness, and popularity among Republican poll respondents. On Tuesday, he called fellow candidate Lindsey Graham an "idiot" and handed out the South Carolina senator's cellphone number — a response to Graham referring to...
  • Poll: Donald Trump Still on the Rise, No Hit from John McCain Attack

    07/22/2015 1:48:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 21, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    In a poll conducted from July 17th to July 20th, support for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump hasn’t taken a hit despite Trump’s comments about Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Saturday, July 18th, while attending the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa. A recent Morning Consult poll reveals Trump leads all of the GOP contenders, with 22 percent of the vote. This places Trump seven percentage points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who held 15 percent of the vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in third place with 12 percent of the vote. According to the poll, Dr. Ben...
  • One word explains Donald Trump’s rise

    07/21/2015 9:46:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Post's Wonkblog ^ | July 21, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    Donald Trump is now the 2016 GOP frontrunner. That sentence would have sounded ridiculous a month ago, but here we are. The billionaire real estate mogul and reality star has tough-talked his way to the top of the ticket for 24 percent of Republican voters, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. As The Upshot's Nate Cohn explains, Trump's post-announcement poll bump is of a completely different magnitude than what we're seeing elsewhere in the crowded GOP field. All of which has observers scratching their heads and asking: what do people see in the guy? A lot, as it...
  • The Daily 202: Trump vs. Kasich split screen

    07/21/2015 2:56:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's Power Post's The Daily 202 ^ | July 21, 2015 | James Hohmann and Elise Viebeck
    THE BIG IDEA: CHARLESTON, S.C.—Donald Trump’s South Carolina kickoff, postponed because of the church shooting here last month, and John Kasich’s presidential campaign announcement at The Ohio State University both start at 11 a.m. this morning. Cable news will undoubtedly cover the New York businessman, under fire for his comment that John McCain is not a war hero, more than the sitting governor of Ohio, who could much more conceivably be the next president (or vice president). The split-screen contrast will show both sides of the now 16 candidate GOP field and reflect the extent to which Trump, who has...
  • For now, the GOP race is all about Donald Trump. What happens after that?

    07/21/2015 12:59:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Opinion Blog ^ | July 21, 2015 | Mike Hashimoto
    The Donald Trump bubble, clearly not ready to pop, reminds me that I still haven’t seen how his rise to the top of the polls reveals the trite and biennial “fight for the soul of the Republican Party.” Surely the GOP isn’t the only party with a soul, but in conventional wisdom, it seems to be the only party that always fights over it. (And apologies if I’ve missed this cycle’s fight-for-the-soul navel gazer; I can’t get to everything.) Factually speaking, Trump is indeed the new and undisputed GOP front-runner. If he can hold on for a year, give or...
  • Welcome to the GOP kids’ table: Why the second-tier debates aren’t a death knell (Salon=experts)

    07/21/2015 12:10:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Salon ^ | July 21, 2015 | Jim Newell
    Six candidates will miss out on the first primetime debate. Is that really such a terrible thing? We’re about two weeks out from the first GOP presidential debates and oh god this is so exciting. We here at Salon Dot Com consider it our first priority to inform the American consumer, and right now we’d urge you to stock up on popcorn *today* before the nation’s entire stock dries up. There will be two debates on August 6 in Cleveland: a grown-ups’ table and a kids’ table. The top ten candidates in an average of the five most recent national...
  • Behind in presidential polls, Ted Cruz surges in fundraising

    07/21/2015 11:32:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Market Watch's Capitol Report ^ | July 15, 2015 | Robert Schroeder, Fiscal Policy Reporter
    Ted Cruz is way behind in polls about the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But he’s killing it when it comes to fundraising. The Texas senator is in eighth place among the GOP White House hopefuls, according to the latest average of polls from RealClearPolitics. But Cruz places third in the money race, when counting his own campaign and affiliated super PACs, behind fellow Republican Jeb Bush and Democrat Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday, the public got a look at how the campaigns are raising and spending money through the end of the second quarter. As The Wall Street Journal points out,...
  • Weekend Iowa poll: No Trump slump yet for McCain remarks

    07/20/2015 10:51:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 20, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer and Jennifer Agiesta
    Donald Trump ignited a political furor with his weekend comments about Sen. John McCain's war record, but the first polling released since then shows no change in his standing. A Monmouth University poll of Iowans released Monday and conducted over the weekend showed Scott Walker continues to maintain a solid lead in the Iowa Republican caucus, though Trump has gained an edge over the rest of the field and now stands alone in second place. Of likely caucus attendees, 22% told pollsters that they'd support the Wisconsin governor in next winter's matchup, but 13% said they would back Trump, who...
  • The beginning of the end of Trump (From the man who brought us the Trayvon trial fiasco)

    07/20/2015 9:13:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | July 20, 2015 | Jonathan Capehart
    Donald Trump finally said something that shook the Republican establishment out of its self-induced stupor over his presidential candidacy. “He’s a war hero because he was captured,” the loudmouth from New York said about Sen. John McCain, Vietnam War veteran and prisoner of war, at a GOP cattle call in Iowa on Saturday. “I like people that weren’t captured.” That’s rich coming from a billionaire who received five deferments from military service during the Vietnam War. Meanwhile, McCain, who refused early release, was held captive and tortured in a North Vietnam prison for five-and-a-half years. Anyone who aspires to be...
  • ANALYSIS: Why Ted Cruz Won’t Attack Donald Trump

    07/20/2015 7:55:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 20, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz is the only major Republican in the field who isn’t jumping all over Donald Trump for his series of provocative comments regarding immigration and John McCain’s war service. In fact, Cruz even recently went to bat for Trump. Cruz and Trump had a private meeting together last week at Trump’s New York City office, the Daily Mail reports, so it’s clear that the two are already talking strategy. Trump has stolen some of Cruz’s thunder, and probably some of his vote share, early in this campaign. The latest Suffolk University poll puts Trump at...
  • What If The Base Is Wrong?

    07/19/2015 11:11:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 17, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis, senior contributor
    One of the explanations for Donald Trump’s surging poll numbers goes like this: The base doesn’t trust Republican leaders on immigration. The manifestation of this has been support for a man who tells it like it is.The problem with this is that the immigration schism on the right is largely about rhetoric. Almost everybody agrees we must secure the border, and even the most hawkish anti-immigration reform advocates won’t admit they want to deport the 11 million, or so, illegals. There are differences of opinion on whether to allow for a pathway to citizenship or to legalize them, but almost...
  • Opinion: So, Donald Trump is number one?

    07/19/2015 9:42:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Lawrence Journal-World ^ | July 19, 2015 | Leonard Pitts Jr., The Miami Herald
    He’s number one?! Yes, it’s an early poll and, as such, pretty near useless. Yes, Herman Cain was once number one, too, and we know what happened with that. Yes, the fact that he is number one probably reflects name recognition as much as anything else. And no, he will never be his party’s nominee, much less this country’s president. It won’t happen even if GOP Chairman Reince Priebus has to personally shoot him with tranquilizer darts on the way to the podium to stop it. All that said, don’t let anyone tell you it means nothing that Donald Trump...
  • The mystery of the Trump coalition: Pollsters can’t get a read on his supporters.

    07/19/2015 9:10:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 17, 2015 | Ben Schreckinger and Cate Martel
    Last weekend, Donald Trump added to his long list of bold claims by declaring himself the champion of a new “silent majority” of Americans. While 17 percent of Republican voters isn’t a majority, and the 4,000 raucous supporters cheering him in Arizona were anything but silent, Trump has hurtled to the top of several recent GOP primary polls. Apparently, he speaks for some Americans. So who are they and where did they come from? As it turns out, the Trump coalition looks a lot like the rest of the Republican Party. Other than a spike in support in the Northeast,...
  • Dear Republican Candidates: Please Stop Attacking The Donald

    07/17/2015 12:55:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | July 17, 2015 | Michael van der Galien, Editor-in-Chief of Dutch news and opinion website De Dagelijkse Standaard
    Rick Perry made a tragic mistake by coming out swinging at the billionaire businessman.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)One of the moderators in one of my favorite conservative communities on Google+ (yes, it still exists) recently published a post in which she praised Rick Perry’s response to Donald Trump’s statements on immigration and border security, while criticizing Ted Cruz for his. She’s not the only one who believes that Republicans have to distance themselves from the successful businessman, fearing they’ll alienate Hispanic voters if they don’t. Moderator Leslie P. quotes from this article by Jon Gabriel: Perry is setting himself up as the grown-up in...
  • Donald Trump illuminates the GOP’s dark soul (You're a racist xenophobe bigot)

    07/17/2015 11:14:57 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | July 16, 2015 | Richard Cohen
    You might think that the recent poll showing Donald Trump spiking among Republicans is about Donald Trump. It is not. It is about the Republican Party and its very dark soul when it comes to immigration. The rank and file didn’t much care for Trump as recently as May. It swooned this month when it discovered he’s a bigot. In May, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, 65 percent of Republicans saw Trump unfavorably. In their relative and blissful ignorance, these Republicans had it about right. But then Trump declared his candidacy in a frothing statement about Mexican rapists,...
  • MacPherson: If Trump has no chance, why all the attention?

    07/16/2015 11:57:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Saskatoon Star Phoenix ^ | July 16, 2015 | Les MacPherson
    With the cartoonish Rob Ford recovering from cancer and off the political stage for now, we can watch the cartoonish Donald Trump running for president of the U.S. Of course, we can't take seriously either one of them. These blowhards never win, except for Ford getting elected as mayor of Toronto, so we can watch their performances for entertainment purposes only. Trump is the most entertaining presidential candidate, maybe ever. Until he got into it, this season of pre-primary posturing was as boring as unsalted soda crackers. The Democrats were getting ready to nominate Hillary Clinton. On the political scene...
  • Trump crowds out GOP's second tier

    07/16/2015 9:07:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 16, 2015 | Niall Stanage
    Donald Trump’s rise in the polls has caused heartburn for many people in the Republican Party, but it is the second-tier candidates in the presidential field who have been hurt most of all. Candidates who have years of political accomplishment to their names are being starved of oxygen by the business tycoon. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, three-term Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are among the figures being sidelined by Trump — and their annoyance is bubbling to the surface. Earlier this week, Graham complained about the rules for the first major televised debate, which...
  • Free Republic STRAW POLL (July 2015 Edition)

    07/16/2015 9:41:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    FreeRepublic | July 16, 2015 | 2ndDivisionVet
    If you had to vote in your state primary/caucus today, knowing what you know now about the various declared and probable candidates, who would you vote for? Why? Who would you like to see as the running mate for your preferred candidate? If you could help staff your candidates cabinet and other top appointments, who would you choose? If you could recommend different congressional leaders than we have now, who would they be? And who would you like to see on the Supreme Court and why? And finally, feel free to donate to Free Republic.
  • Keller @ Large: Don’t Take Trump’s Poll Numbers Seriously

    07/15/2015 9:03:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    WBZ-TV News ^ | July 15, 2015 | Jon Keller, political analyst & radio talk show host
    I have tried to do the right thing, the responsible thing, and ignore most of the circus surrounding Donald Trump, or as Spy Magazine liked to call him, short-fingered vulgarian Donald Trump. But now the respected Suffolk Poll has conducted a national survey of Republicans and independents who intend to vote in the GOP primaries and they found the short-fingered vulgarian essentially tied with Jeb Bush atop the field. Is this a sign of the apocalypse? Is it time to start checking the real estate listings in Toronto? Has America lost its marbles? I say no, on all counts. This...
  • Ted Cruz and Donald Trump to Meet in NYC

    07/14/2015 9:24:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    NewsMax ^ | July 14, 2015 | Todd Beamon
    Republican presidential contenders Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and billionaire developer Donald Trump will meet Wednesday at Trump Tower in New York City. The meeting was confirmed by Republican Party members familiar with each campaign, The Washington Post reports. Aides to both candidates declined to comment on the matter. This will not be the pair's first meeting, however. Cruz traveled to Trump Tower in November 2013 to seek the businessman's support as he weighed his White House bid. The first-term senator announced that he was running in March. Trump has come under fire for remarks about illegal immigration made during his...
  • Trump Leads GOP Presidential Field in New National Poll: He's followed by Bush, Walker, and Cruz.

    07/14/2015 1:10:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 165 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 14, 2015 | Emily Schultheis
    Donald Trump is taking hits from Democrats and top Republicans officials for his comments—but the controversy hasn't knocked him from the top of national field among Republican primary voters, according to a poll released Tuesday. Trump comes in as the first choice of 17 percent of likely GOP primary voters in the latest national poll, conducted by USA Today and Suffolk University. His closest competitor is Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 14 percent. After Bush, it's Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (8 percent), Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas (6 percent), Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida (5 percent), neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Sen....
  • Bush edges Trump in new poll (Ted Cruz in solid third place!)

    07/13/2015 1:47:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | July 13, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Jeb Bush holds a small lead over Donald Trump nationally in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a new poll released Monday by Monmouth University. The survey found Bush at the top of the pack, with 15 percent support, followed by Trump at 13 percent. That’s a 6-point jump for Bush compared to the same poll in June. The former Florida governor has hit his stride since launching his bid for the White House last month, steadily rising in the polls to open up a 6-point lead over the next-closest contender nationally, according to the RealClearPolitics average....
  • Howard Dean: Trump's talent is 'collecting anger'

    07/12/2015 12:51:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | July 12, 2015 | Mike Lillis
    The former head of the Democratic Party says Donald Trump's early success on the presidential campaign trail is rooted in the discontent of conservative voters. Howard Dean, the former Vermont senator who previously headed the Democratic National Committee, said that Republican frustration has fueled Trump's rapid rise, but also predicted it doesn't have the sustaining force to propel the business mogul into the White House. "He's really a candidate who's collecting anger, and the problem with that is at the end of the day people are not interested in electing somebody out of anger, and they almost never do as...
  • GOP must destroy Donald Trump before he destroys them. It may already be too late (Concerned)

    07/12/2015 11:50:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Salon ^ | July 12, 2015 | Randall J. Stephens
    Trump is the latest Joseph McCarthy or George Wallace. The GOP must excise the poison. History says they won't.Slightly hunched over and surrounded by a forest of “Jeb!” signs and shouting supporters, Jeb Bush was pressed by a reporter about the bigoted, race-baiting comments made by leading GOP candidate, hotel mogul and kitsch peddler Donald Trump. Jeb, seeming like he did not particularly relish the chance to answer this question, remarked, “I don’t assume that he thinks that every Mexican crossing the border is a rapist.” Bush was holding back and making excuses. Surely the Trump stunt, Bush figured, was...
  • Reuters: Trump, Bush Locked in Dead Heat; Rubio Sinks to Tenth Place

    07/11/2015 8:46:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 11, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Real estate magnate and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has skyrocketed to Republican frontrunner status, as a new poll from Reuters/Ipsos has Trump tied for first place with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The rest of the pack is far behind them. Trump pulled in 15.8 percent, compared to Bush’s 16.1 percent in the poll of 404 self-identified Republicans taken from July 6 to July 10. Since the poll’s credibility interval is 5.7 percent, that puts both Bush and Trump in a league of their own atop the field as the next best candidate, New...
  • Ted Cruz is “proud to stand with Donald Trump”

    07/11/2015 12:15:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Reuters Tales from the Trail ^ | July 10, 2015 | Alana Wise, Reuters intern
    Two of the Republican Party’s most controversial figures have struck up an unlikely alliance as they both vie for the 2016 Republican Party nomination. Despite faring fairly well in the polls, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are still considered long shots for the GOP vote. Both candidates have made enemies within their own party. In Cruz’s case, he angered many of his Senate colleagues when he pushed a fight over Obamcare that led to a 16-day shutdown of the federal government. Republicans such as 2016 White House rival Jeb Bush have distanced themselves from Trump, who described illegal immigrants from...
  • Hillary’s Strategy Is Actually Brilliant

    07/10/2015 7:10:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 10, 2015 | Nick Gillespie
    Why, from a strategic standpoint, Clinton is right to stay as low profile as possible. Has any future president been more misunderstood than Hillary Clinton? As someone who cannot imagine any possible scenario in which I would cast a ballot for the former Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, First Lady, and Goldwater Girl, I note this with a heavy heart. But Clinton’s deafening and widely criticized silence since announcing her candidacy isn’t a weakness or a failing on her part. It underscores exactly the professionalism, strategizing, and discipline that explain why she is atop the polls. She has nothing to...
  • Explaining the Trump poll numbers

    07/10/2015 4:01:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 10, 2015 | Bruce McQuain
    Peggy Noonan spends some ink today (subscription) trying to understand why Donald Trump is suddenly so popular, at least in the polls. She points out that Trump is anything but an ideal presidential candidate, and frankly, barely a Republican. She thinks he “has a low ceiling and short staying power.” In that regard, I agree. He’ll be gone well before anything serious happens. However, there’s a reason he’s currently popular (just as there’s a similar reason Bernie Sanders is popular on the left). And Noonan gets to most of it as she offers this anecdotal evidence (two working class independents...
  • If this poll is right, then anti-gay marriage Donald Trump could become President

    07/10/2015 11:27:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Pink News ^ | July 10, 2015 | Joe Williams
    A new poll shows the businessman and ex Apprentice star’s popularity has surged in recent weeks, however experts say his chances of success are still slim. The Economist and YouGov poll, released yesterday, shows Trump – who has previously spoken out against same-sex marriage – emerging as a frontrunner for the US Presidential candidacy for 2016 – although experts say he will never reach the White House. “Trump supporters may be making more of a statement than voting for someone they consider a contender,” Kathy Frankovic wrote on YouGov in wake of the results. “Just one in five of Trump’s...
  • Perry's Trump Conundrum: Ex-governor gets moment in the sun, courtesy of the Donald

    07/10/2015 11:09:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Austin Chronicle ^ | July 10, 2015 | Richard Whittaker
    Former governor and repeat presidential hopeful Rick Perry could have taken one of two paths when Donald Trump called Mexican immigrants in the U.S. "killers" and "rapists." Either debunk his kookery, or pander to the same racist base. Miraculously, he did both. Erstwhile celebrity "reality" TV comedian and Trump had actually taken direct shots at Perry's record on border security. After all, in the Trump-o-verse, if there are ravening hordes coming across the border, someone has to be blamed for it. This being primary season, it's not the federal government (which has actual jurisdiction in these matters), but his primary...