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  • Tea Party's Singular Focus on Amnesty Troubles GOP

    11/26/2014 9:29:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 26, 2014 | Melissa Clyne
    President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, granting de facto amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, has so outraged the tea party faction of the Republican Party that the ultra conservatives are focusing their attention and resources on this single issue, potentially causing a fissure within the party, according to The New York Times. "What started five years ago as a groundswell of conservatives committed to curtailing the reach of the federal government, cutting the deficit and countering the Wall Street wing of the Republican Party has become a movement largely against immigration overhaul," writes the Times’ Jeremy Peters. "The...
  • Andrew Klavan: How the Media See the Midterms (video)

    11/25/2014 5:17:46 AM PST · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 11-24-2014 | Andrew Klavan
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKLy-IcdH7cTRANSCRIPT: I’m Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth. The political landscape has changed and now that some time has passed, let’s try to get at the deeper meaning of the midterm elections. In the final results, Republicans won eleventy hundred Senate seats out of a possible thirty-three, and approximately a gazillion governorships including four in the seven states that only exist in Barack Obama’s imagination. I know many of you untrained amateur political hobbyists out there may feel this means that voters have repudiated the Obama presidency... and then thrown it to the ground and stomped on it......
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, ’16 Presidential Hopeful, Woos New York Jewish Donors (MUST READ)

    11/24/2014 9:33:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | November 24, 2014 | Ken Kurson
    Jewish life in New York is dominated by ritual. Holidays. A pastrami reuben on a hero at Katz’s. The reading of holy books in cycles that take a year (the Torah) or seven and a half years (the Talmud). And just as reliably, there’s the ritual of presidential candidates sniffing around for dough right after the midterm elections. That last one got going in earnest yesterday and today, with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas making a whirlwind tour of power Jews in New York City. Last night, Mort Klein’s Zionist Organization of America dinner featured Mr. Cruz, known for his...
  • No, the GOP Did Not Win Because of Gerrymandering

    11/24/2014 9:36:19 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/23/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    In his recent Dome Magazine article, Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network writes that Republicans won the state House and Senate because of “the power of the gerrymander”: As old Joe Stalin observed, it’s less important who votes than who counts the votes. Or, in our contemporary situation, how the votes are grouped to be counted. ...Through the magic of drawing advantageous district lines, a pure toss-up state has been turned into a locked-down Red State government. I guess you have to take your hat off to the mechanics in the back room that pulled that off. But...
  • Obama Grubered us Great on Immigration -- UPDATED

    11/24/2014 9:15:47 AM PST · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 24, 2014 | Dan Miller
    FR Note: Since I have already posted the original article here, the text below includes only the significantly updated portions.FURTHER ADDENDUMThe operational portions of the executive actions mentioned above are provided below. The introductory paragraphs, similar in both memorandums, are not provided here with the exception of one, which appears in the memorandum on visas. I have included it because it seems to indicate that Obama contemplates future actions by Federal agencies. Presidential Memorandum -- Modernizing and Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System for the 21st Century, November 21, 2014 Even as we continue to seek meaningful legislative reforms, my Administration has...
  • UKIP Is Better but Is No Solution [Plus my comments on relevance to U.S. politics]

    11/23/2014 10:59:23 AM PST · by DanMiller · 12 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 23, 2014 | Dan Miller
    This article is republished with permission from Enza Ferreri's blog. But first, My introductionPlease consider the similarities and differences among the UK Independence Party (UKIP), the Republican Party and the "Tea Parties," with emphasis on the Republican and Tea Parties. Here are two videos which are well worth watching, comparing and contrasting before reading the article: First, a video by Bill Whittle on principles, speaking and behaving consistently with them. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCyYDI-RKps] Video linkNext, a UKIP video on its recent electoral success: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXIftnEO128] Video linkHere is Enzi Ferreri's article about UKIP. I have used bold face type to indicate what I consider the portions most pertinent to the comparisons I am asking readers to...
  • A Deep 2016 Republican Presidential Field Reflects Party Divisions (They ask Haley Barbour to opine)

    11/22/2014 8:35:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 22, 2014 | Michael Barbaro and Jonathan Martin
    BOCA RATON, Fla. — Republican presidential primaries have for decades been orderly affairs, with any momentary drama mitigated by the expectation that the party would inevitably nominate its tested, often graying front-runner. But as the 2016 White House campaign effectively began in the last week, it became apparent that this race might be different: a fluid contest, verging on chaotic, that will showcase the party’s deep bench of talent but also highlight its ideological and generational divisions. As Democrats signal that they are ready to rally behind Hillary Rodham Clinton before their primary season even begins, allowing them to focus...
  • Republicans want to oppose Obama on immigration, but how?

    11/22/2014 6:15:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/22/2014 | y MICHAEL A. MEMOLI, LISA MASCARO
    Republicans in Congress are unified in their desire to fight President Obama's action to protect more than 4 million immigrants from deportation and ease rules for up to 1 million more. They just can't agree on how to do it. Should they shut down the government? File a lawsuit? Or is there a more measured approach that could showcase Republican leadership, such as passing a legislative alternative? "We're working with our members and looking at the options that are available to us," House Speaker John A. Boehner said Friday. "But I will say to you that the House will, in...
  • Republican Party Cowards

    11/22/2014 12:31:45 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 42 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/22/14 | Jeff Crouere
    Within three months, the dangerous components of the President's immigration plan will become operational. The clock is ticking on a response. Will Republican leaders finally show some courage? As time goes on, President Obama is becoming much more provocative with the GOP. For example, he met with congressional Democrats, but no Republicans, then announced his long awaited plan for executive amnesty, giving 5 million illegal immigrants a pathway to work permits and relief from possible deportation for 3 years. After getting shellacked in the mid-terms, Obama has not compromised with Republicans, he moved further to the political left. It was...
  • Vanity: Need Good Information to Convince the Miseducated

    11/22/2014 4:37:34 AM PST · by CincyRichieRich · 17 replies
    11-22-14 | Self
    I am in need of some information that will help many of us here especially over those tough family interactions during Thanksgiving and Christmas. We know Stinky Reid scuttled many bills on immigration reform...amongst other bills...we also know the ministry of truth (aka MSM) has kept this a secret. The Left and Caesar 0bummer claim they had to do the EO because Republicans gave them nothing to work with...a Joe Wilson screaming lie! Long preamble...stay with me...what I need - and I think many of us here need - is such a list perhaps with thumbnails of the bills /proposed...
  • The cautious road ahead for Republicans: After Obama's power grab, what to do next?

    11/21/2014 7:15:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/21/2014 | Noah Rothman
    The president sought to start a war last night. In Barack Obama’s announcement revealing the details of an executive order on immigration, he tried to frame his as a plan that was specific and tailored. Obama reaffirmed the principles in deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), expanded the age of those DACA-eligible children of illegal immigrants to 33 and above, and reaffirmed his commitment not to deport the parents of those children, who were not going to be deported anyway, so long as they have lived in the United States for five years. That is what Obama said, and...
  • Well, Obama issued executive amnesty: Will Republicans stand for it?

    11/21/2014 6:43:52 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 38 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 11/21/2014 | Jon E Dougherty
    As he has promised to do for months, President Obama launched a broadside against the U.S. Constitution last night, introducing a plan to enact executive amnesty despite having zero legal authority to do so under our founding document’s Article II, Sect. 2 powers governing the Executive Branch. So much for swearing to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”
  • Ted Cruz's Brain Trust: The Advisers Who Want To Make Him President

    11/20/2014 4:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    There's no official Sen. Ted Cruz presidential team — yet. But the Texas Republican is already surrounding himself with key strategists and advisers that could make his transparent White House ambitions a reality. The tea party firebrand relies on a small circle of advisers to inform his views and amplify his ultraconservative message. The inner circle breaks down into two groups: his chief advisers in the Senate office, and the chiefs of his nationally-focused political operation, which he beefed up in the summer of 2014 by hiring a crop of seasoned Republican campaign operatives. These are the key players that...
  • Walter Williams: Obama vs. Us

    11/17/2014 9:40:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 19, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Suppose you saw a person driving his car on the wrong side of a highway, against the traffic. Would you call him a stupid and/or incompetent driver? You say, "Williams, what kind of question is that? Of course he's one or the other!" I'd say, "Hold your horses. What are his intentions?" If the driver's intentions are to cause highway calamity, one can hardly call his actions stupid or incompetent. Given his intentions, he is wisely acting in a manner to achieve his objectives. This observation lies at the heart of my colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell's column last week, in...
  • Is Obama daring Republicans to impeach him?

    11/18/2014 6:43:10 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 39 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 11-18-14 | Morgan Brittany
    Well, the short-lived honeymoon is over. What did it last … all of a week? It seems as though we didn’t even have an election the way Obama and his party are acting. The voice of the American people has fallen on deaf ears evidently, because nothing has changed on the Democratic side in Washington. The massive takeover by the GOP just seems to be a minor annoyance, and Obama is just going to push through his agenda as though the election were a mere speed bump. The move Obama is making in this political chess game just shows his...
  • O.C. is less Republican than it used to be

    11/18/2014 8:33:21 AM PST · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | November 18, 2014 | Martin Wisckol and Keegan Kyle
    Orange County continued its trend toward an electorate that looks more like the rest of the Democratic state when it supported Proposition 47 – which reduces some non-violent felonies to misdemeanors – with 53 percent of the vote. Republicans had a good mid-term election nationwide and in Orange County wrested two state legislative seats from Democrats. But a Register analysis of Prop. 47 found a broader ongoing shift of county voters. The county GOP advantage over Democrats has steadily declined from 22 percentage points in 1990 to 9 points today, with little indication that the slide’s end is in sight....
  • The Simple Truth: President Obama is Too Intelligent for Republicans to Understand (a good snort)

    11/18/2014 7:30:03 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 56 replies
    Forward Progressive.com ^ | 11/17/2014 | Allen Clifton
    A few years back I worked with a guy who was probably a genius. In fact, he often struggled in life interacting with people because his brain simply performed at a higher level than the average person. I remember asking him what his biggest belief was in making life decisions and he always, without fail, told me “think of the bigger picture.” And while I’ve always tried to be a big picture thinker, knowing him when I did helped me understand it a little better. He always told me the biggest issue he faced when dealing with people was that...
  • Why the Republicans Swept the Midterms

    11/17/2014 5:16:41 PM PST · by RetiredArmy · 16 replies
    Rapture Ready web site ^ | November 17, 2014 | Andy Wood
    What the Talking Heads Are Not Telling You In last week's midterm elections, the Republican Party scored historic victories at the national, state, and local levels of American government. Thus, the American political landscape and balance of power is vastly different today than it was before the November 4th election. While a wave election, such as what we saw last week, does not solve all of our national problems, it certainly will go a long way toward slowing down the progress of evil that has dominated our nation over the past six years. However, very few of the pundits and...
  • House, Senate Republicans Prepare to Legalize Bribery (Push to lose Congress in 16 begins)

    11/17/2014 4:04:41 PM PST · by Texas Eagle · 16 replies
    redstate.com ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    Sources in both the House and Senate are expressing grave concern to me that Republicans are about to legalize bribery. If you will recall, several years ago after a host of arrests of members of Congress, indictments, and bridges to nowhere, public outrage caused Congress to ban earmarks. The earmarks were serving as bribery. Politicians would get earmarks sent to state and local public institutions and congressional leaders would grant and withhold earmarks as bribes to get congressmen to vote particular ways. Senate Republicans are dragging their feet and there are, according to Senate sources, strong signals the GOP intends...
  • Delusions of the Democrats

    11/16/2014 10:03:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Times' Sunday Review ^ | November 15, 2014 | Kevin Baker
    DEMOGRAPHICS is not enough. For years now, it’s been an article of faith among Democrats that the future belongs to them, thanks to the country’s changing demographic mix. The rising percentage of voters who are women, Americans of color and especially Latinos were always about to turn the country deep “blue.” I never believed this — largely because I have been hearing it since 1971. That was the year the 26th Amendment passed, lowering the voting age to 18. Democrats had already been the dominant political party since the 1930s, and now with young people getting the vote, a permanent...
  • Oregon immigration vote is a warning for Obama

    11/16/2014 6:38:11 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/16/2014 | JONATHAN J. COOPER and NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Barack Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy. Even as Oregon voters were legalizing recreational marijuana and expanding Democratic majorities in state government, they decided by a margin of 66-34 to cancel a new state law that would have provided driver's licenses to people who are in the United States illegally. Obama is considering acting on his own, as early as this week, to possibly shield from deportation up to 5 million immigrants now living...
  • New rules favor GOP moderates in presidential primary (New Hampshire)

    11/15/2014 10:40:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Newburyport Daily News ^ | November 15, 2014 | David M. Shribman
    LEBANON, N.H. -- Can you discern, deep in the new Republican Party -- amid the conservative warriors and tea-infused crusaders -- a faint moderate heartbeat? Hardly anyone is asking that question this month, in the wake of the Republican tsunami that swept Democrats out of office and swept a Republican majority into the Senate chamber. But two unrelated events this month make the question worth posing, if only to explore the possibility and to understand the political landscape here in the state that only 15 months from now will hold the first presidential primary. The first of those events took...
  • The Loneliest President Since Nixon

    11/15/2014 7:12:06 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/14/2014 | PEGGY NOONAN
    Seven years ago I was talking to a longtime Democratic operative on Capitol Hill about a politician who was in trouble. The pol was likely finished, he said. I was surprised. Can’t he change things and dig himself out? No. “People do what they know how to do.” Politicians don’t have a vast repertoire. When they get in a jam they just do what they’ve always done, even if it’s not working anymore. This came to mind when contemplating President Obama. After a devastating election, he is presenting himself as if he won. The people were not saying no to...
  • Howard Dean: Republicans 'Authoritarian People Who Fundamentally Don't Believe in Democracy'

    11/15/2014 6:46:43 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 71 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Latest dispatch from the "dissent is patriotic" is dead front: Howard Dean has accused people who don't share his political views of being "authoritarian people who fundamentally don't believe in democracy." Poor Howard, who declared the times to be very "frightening and disconcerting," made his astounding accusation on today's Up With Steve Kornacki while attempting to explain the Republican sweep on the statehouse level. View the video here.
  • 'Obama's insurance policy': DC chuckles after GOP congressman rules out impeaching Obama...

    11/14/2014 7:06:16 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 28 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 11/14/2014 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    A Republican congressman known as a pit bull in Washington said Thursday that he doesn't support the idea of impeachment proceedings against President Obama because winning that fight would elevate the vice president to the Oval Office. 'Have you met Joe Biden?' South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy asked during a Fox News Channel interview. Impeachment talk has swirled around Washington since the president announced that an executive order overhauling America's immigration system is imminent. But some in the GOP see Biden as Obama's hedge against removal from office, since much of his public exposure has come in conjunction with a...
  • Catching up with the losers: The '96 campaign and GOP lessons for 2016

    11/14/2014 12:35:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 14, 2014 | Jacqueline Alemany
    Twenty years ago, emboldened by Newt Gingrich's triumphant "Republican revolution" in the midterm elections, a raft of Republicans--some famous, some not so famous--readied their campaigns to take on a Democrat named Clinton in a race that may well echo in 2016, albeit with a different Clinton. The 1994 "Republican Revolution," had just taken hold, and Republican party scrambled for the GOP presidential nomination and the chance to take on President Bill Clinton in 1996. It turned out to be more difficult than some of those candidates anticipated. "My name-face recognition was pretty low," said former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, one...
  • With her epic fail, Wendy Davis painted Texas redder: Abbott captures women, making only Dems blue

    11/14/2014 10:47:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 13, 2014 | The Editors
    The Democratic dream of “turning Texas blue” dissolved on Nov. 4. The left had elevated Wendy Davis, an obscure state senator, to superstar status after she delivered an emotional 11-hour panegyric to abortion. She was expected to ride her celebrity status and the “war on women” into the executive mansion in Austin. She had only to defeat a Republican white man. It didn’t quite work out that way, drawing just 38.9 percent of the vote. From the top of the ballot on down, the wreckage from the Democratic effort was strewn across the state from Texarkana westward to El Paso....
  • The first 2016 Electoral College Map looks bad for Democrats

    11/13/2014 11:00:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Don Surber's Blog ^ | November 12, 2014 | Don Surber
    Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Clinton? Gradually it is sinking in to Official Washington that the 2014 election could very well do to Democrats what the 1930 election did to Republicans: make them irrelevant for at least a generation. In 1930, the first election after the Stock Market Crash saw Republicans go from a 270-164 majority in the House to a minority, albeit by one seat. In the next three elections, Republicans would continue to lose until there were only 88 Republicans in the House after the 1936 election. The Depression wiped out two-thirds of the House...
  • The GOP should threaten publicly to use Obama’s amnesty precedent once they’re back in White House

    11/13/2014 6:19:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 13, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Not a perfect strategy but if you’re grasping for last-minute ways to deter Obama from dropping the A-bomb, this may be your best shot. Impeachment’s not happening. If it did happen, Obama would welcome it as a post-landslide deus ex machina that turns the country against the GOP. Defunding’s probably not happening either, I hate to tell you. McConnell and Boehner will have no choice now but to insert language defunding executive amnesty in the new continuing resolution next month, but Obama will veto that CR. And I just don’t believe B&M have the stomach for a protracted shutdown so...
  • When Will We Learn?

    11/13/2014 6:08:33 PM PST · by Shery · 38 replies
    13 November, 2014 | Vanity
    I don't know about you, but I've been saying since 2012 that we MUST form a viable 3rd party, and NOW! This is ridiculous! There is not a day that passes that another republican doesn't announce the GOP plans to work with Obama on this or that issue. I am sick of this. I cannot vote libertarian, either, so we must come up with a party that resonates with conservative values, with those who want a return to our Constitution, to close our borders to illegals, to reduce the size of our government, and take back our hard-earned money. Every...
  • Mitch McConnell unanimously reelected Senate Republican leader

    11/13/2014 7:52:24 AM PST · by Bettyprob · 118 replies
    HotAir ^ | 11/13/2014 | Adam Beam (AP)
    Sen. Mitch McConnell has been unanimously re-elected as Republican leader, his staff says
  • Nancy Pelosi: Wave? What Wave?

    11/12/2014 8:31:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/12/2014 | John Shinkle
    House Democrats ended Election Day controlling fewer seats than they have in nearly 80 years, but Nancy Pelosi isn’t conceding anything. “I do not believe what happened the other night is a wave,” Pelosi said in her first sit-down interview since Democrats lost a dozen House seats to Republicans on Nov. 4. “There was no wave of approval for the Republicans. I wish them congratulations, they won the election, but there was no wave of approval for anybody. There was an ebbing, an ebb tide, for us.” As for whether she would consider stepping down as minority leader, Pelosi said...
  • Business Leader's plea to GOP: You won, now fix immigration

    11/11/2014 11:49:13 AM PST · by Windy City Conservative · 48 replies
    As one who supported the new majority, I believe Republicans, regardless of what the president does, must not waste their tremendous victory. We must show Latino and Asian voters that the Republican Party stands for all Americans. I urge Republican leaders and the president to get together on as much of this as they can to advance legislation before the president acts through an executive order. I threw my heart and soul (and wallet) into immigration about three years ago because of students from the charter schools that my wife Jeanne and I sponsor. Many of our students are undocumented....
  • Poll: Americans Want Republicans to Set The Agenda, Not Obama

    11/12/2014 3:42:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    As Katie noted last week, President Obama gave little indication that he’s going to alter course regarding his agenda that sunk his party in the 2014 midterms. "To everyone who voted I want you to know I hear you, to the two thirds of Americans chose not to participate, I hear you too,” said Obama in a less than subtle dig at Republicans by telling the they have no mandate. As Dan wrote earlier this week, there was low voter turnout during this cycle–and it’s being used by liberals to diminish the impact of this Republican wave; a wave that led to Democrats...
  • Republicans will now taste their bitter harvest

    11/11/2014 6:53:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 11, 2014 | Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor & publisher, The Nation
    In the early 3rd century B.C., after King Pyrrhus of Epirus again took brutal casualties in defeating the Romans, he told one person who offered congratulations, “If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined.” In his more sober moments, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), about to achieve his lifelong ambition of becoming Senate majority leader, may wonder whether he, too, has achieved a pyrrhic victory. Republicans are still crowing about the sweeping victories in 2014 that give them control of both houses of Congress. They will set the agenda, deciding what gets considered, investigated...
  • When Republicans Win, Politics Are 'Dysfunctional'

    11/11/2014 3:15:32 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | Dennis Prager
    Since the Bolsheviks inaugurated the first edition of their party newspaper Pravda (the Russian word for truth), the left has shaped truth to serve its goals. On an individual level, there are plenty of progressives who are honest and plenty of conservatives who aren't. But truth is just not a left-wing value -- feminism, environmentalism, material equality, and fighting racism, sexism, homophobia and Islamophobia are far more important. The myriad falsehood-based hysterias unleashed by the left in our country -- the alleged heterosexual AIDS epidemic in America, the number of homeless people, the number of deaths from anorexia, the current...
  • Cuomo had a secret re-election ‘pact’ with Republicans

    11/11/2014 11:48:16 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 23 replies
    NEW YORK POST ^ | NOV 10, 2014 | Fredric U. Dicker
    The state’s most powerful Republican secretly worked for months to help Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo win re-election — in exchange for Cuomo’s promise not to aid Senate Democrats in their Long Island races, a top New York GOP leader has charged.
  • Why African-Americans Should Vote Republican

    11/10/2014 10:02:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Mequon Now ^ | November 9, 2014 | Gary Wickert
    On April 10, President Barack Obama and two former Democrat presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the legacy of former President Lyndon B. Johnson at Johnson’s presidential library in Austin. Never one to let facts get in the way or pass up an opportunity to mislead his country, the president cast LBJ and the Democrat Party as champions of civil rights and said that without LBJ’s push to end legal segregation he himself wouldn’t be in the White House. Racism, political correctness, and a civil rights struggle without end are...
  • David Brooks: Its Palin spasm over, GOP is a responsible party again

    11/09/2014 9:42:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    The Fresno Bee ^ | November 9, 2014 | David Brooks, New York Times columnist
    Every party in opposition goes a little crazy. For Republicans in the early Obama era, insanity took the form of the Sarah Palin spasm. Veteran politicos took the former Alaska governor seriously as a national figure. Republican primary voters nominated the likes of Todd Akin, Christine O'Donnell and Sharron Angle. Glenn Beck seemed important enough to hold a big rally at the Lincoln Memorial. Fortunately, serious parties eventually pull back from the fever swamps. That’s what’s happening to the Republican Party. It has re-established itself as the nation’s dominant governing party. Republicans now control 69 of 99 state legislative bodies....
  • Crazy Smart: Why the Tea Party is more savvy, sophisticated, & disciplined than you think

    11/09/2014 9:28:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Slate ^ | November 9, 2014 | Betsy Woodruff
    At first glance, the 2014 midterms look like a catastrophe for the Tea Party. Sarah Palin’s candidates lost in state after state, conservatives like Louisiana’s Rob Maness who proudly embraced the Tea Party label got walloped, and favorites of the so-called RINO surrender caucus—including Thom Tillis and incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander—sailed to wins in their primaries ahead of their victories last Tuesday. But movement conservative and Tea Party Republicans see it differently. They argue that their strategy for this cycle worked out fairly well—at the very least, well enough for them to see no reason to shift strategy. Prominent conservative...
  • Influence of Sens. Cornyn, Cruz soars but in different ways

    11/09/2014 5:19:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 8, 2014 | Todd G. Gillman
    John Cornyn is the even-keeled insider. Ted Cruz is the brash, ambitious bomb-thrower. The GOP takeover of the Senate last week puts the two Texas Republicans in a white-hot spotlight — and potentially a collision course. As deputy majority leader, Cornyn’s main task will be to keep the party unified behind an agenda and strategy set by the incoming majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Cruz, by contrast, wouldn’t even pledge to support McConnell for the leadership post, before or after Tuesday night’s sweeping victory. “Ted’s going to be a leader. He’s not just going to be an agitator,” said...
  • 10 freshmen who could trouble leadership

    11/09/2014 12:26:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House Republicans will have their largest majority since the 1930s next year, but that doesn't mean Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) job will be easy.The House GOP leadership's struggles in keeping members in line over the past four years have been well documented. Some of the incoming freshmen will likely join the ranks of conservatives who frequently oppose leadership initiatives.Among the new freshmen, for instance, is one congressman-elect who has called Hillary Clinton the "anti-Christ," another who has suggested Muslims don't deserve First Amendment rights, and yet another who has declared himself open to the idea of the United States invading...
  • Democrats lost the big-money game in midterm election

    11/09/2014 7:05:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 8, 2014 | By JOSEPH TANFANI
    Facing a tough midterm election, Democrats put aside some of their remaining scruples about the new age of unlimited campaign spending and courted unions and hedge-fund billionaires for big checks to try to salvage a Senate majority. They spent a lot of money. But not enough. This year, in a reversal of 2012, the big-money Democratic donors watched their investments return little on election night Tuesday. Although Republicans outspent them overall, Democrats got beaten even in states like Colorado and North Carolina where they spent the same or even a little more than Republicans. "We just saw a national tsunami,"...
  • Pillars of a Renewed Majority

    11/09/2014 8:24:06 AM PST · by MV=PY · 20 replies
    Speaker of the House site ^ | 11/9/2014 | John A. Boehner
    Over the last four years, the House has served as an outpost in Washington for the people’s priorities. With a renewed majority, we renew that mission, and pledge to focus on good-paying jobs and an economy strong enough to help keep the American Dream alive and well. To do this, we need a plan, and in conversations with people in my district and around the country, I have identified five things we need to do to harness America’s energy boom and reset the foundation of our economy: Fix our tax code so that we can bring jobs home and families...
  • The South: Solid Once Again _ For Republicans

    11/09/2014 6:19:52 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    Drudge - AP ^ | 11-9-2014 | BILL BARROW
    By BILL BARROW Associated Press October 9, 2014 ATLANTA (AP) -- With the walloping Republicans gave Democrats in the midterm elections, the GOP stands one Louisiana Senate runoff away from completely controlling Southern politics from the Carolinas to Texas. Only a handful of Democrats hold statewide office in the rest of the Old Confederacy. The results put Southern Republicans at the forefront in Washington - from Senate Majority Leader-in-waiting Mitch McConnell of Kentucky to a host of new committee chairmen. Those leaders and the rank-and-file behind them will set the Capitol Hill agenda and continue molding the GOP's identity heading...
  • NYT: GOP ESTABLISHMENT GEARS UP FOR CIVIL WAR AGAINST TEA PARTY

    11/08/2014 6:22:18 PM PST · by Viennacon · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/8/2014 | Breitbart News
    WASHINGTON — As most Republicans were taking a victory lap the morning after the elections, a group of conservatives huddled anxiously in a conference room not far from Capitol Hill and agreed that now is the time for confrontation, not compromise and conciliation. Despite Republicans’ ascension to Senate control and an expanded House majority, many conservatives from the party’s activist wing fear that congressional leaders are already being too timid with President Obama. They do not want to hear that government shutdowns are off the table or that repealing the Affordable Care Act is impossible — two things Republican leaders...
  • Tea party favorite to head Dallas think tank (LTC Allen West)

    11/08/2014 6:55:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | November 7, 2014 | Jim Landers
    Tea party favorite Allen B. West was named Friday to be the new CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a Dallas think tank that has focused on market-based solutions for health care and tax and fiscal policy. West, 53, is a former Republican congressman from Florida and a retired Army lieutenant colonel. He is expected to boost donations to the think tank, which sagged after the forced departure of founding CEO John Goodman in June. Since leaving Congress in 2013, West has been a commentator on Fox News, a blogger and a fundraiser for conservative veteran and minority...
  • Obama is playing with matches

    11/08/2014 7:42:59 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/08/14 | Jeff Crouere
    The showdown is coming and Republicans have to prepare their response. An immense battle is brewing that will have major consequences for our country The mid-term election should have been a resounding wake-up call to President Obama to change from his liberal agenda and start working with an emboldened Republican Party. On Tuesday, the GOP took over control of the U.S. Senate, expanded its majority in the House and gained governorships in such blue states as Maryland and Illinois. The voters delivered a clear repudiation of the Obama presidency and his quest to remake America. Amazingly, the tone deaf President...
  • Obama and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

    11/08/2014 11:23:16 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 15 replies
    .bainbridgereview.com ^ | 8 Nov 2014 | WILL DURST
    To call the grotesque drubbing suffered by the Democratic Party in the midterms monumental, is like referring to the surface of the sun as warm. The scene was so grisly, acutely sensitive Democrats (most of them) were forced to avert their eyes or risk anaphylactic shock. If you ever wanted to see numbers bleed, this was your night. Surprised no referee jumped onto the CNN set, rang a bell, and raised the Koch Brothers' hands triumphantly in the air. The big question is how much the FCC will fine the networks for airing the election returns, thereby exposing young viewers...
  • Judge Jeanine Pirro Opening Obama Is Delusional!

    11/09/2014 12:11:59 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 26 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/08/14 | Judge Jeanine Pirro
    Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro opening statement from 11-8-14 says Obama is delusional. She talks about the results of the big win the Republicans had from the mid term elections