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  • Is There a Dime’s Worth of Difference between the Two Major Parties?

    05/02/2015 8:09:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    At last count there were about three dozen potential candidates for president on the Republican side. Although Hillary Clinton is the expected Democratic nominee, should she falter, there are probably about a half dozen people ready to take her place. Without knowing who the candidates will be and without knowing who will win the election, can we say today with some confidence what difference a Republican or a Democratic victory would mean in 2016? Paul Krugman asked this question the other day in The New York Times. His answer: parties matter a lot more than candidates, and if a Democrat...
  • GOP Chairman: Campaign Prep Just as Important as Nominee

    05/01/2015 7:59:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | May 1, 2015 | Bill Barrow
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus cautioned GOP faithful on Friday that they won't recapture the White House if the party gets too obsessed with choosing its nominee while Democrats continue to outpace Republicans on campaign tactics. "We have become a candidate-crazy party to the detriment of all the mechanics," Priebus told hundreds of GOP donors and activists at a South Carolina party dinner. Describing the 2012 nomination fight as a "total disaster" and a "traveling circus," Priebus said the Republican National Committee has learned its lesson....
  • Levin Destroys Republicans Opposing... Iran Amendments: ‘Lying,... Preposterous & Pathetic!’

    05/01/2015 6:01:04 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 30 2015 | Michael van der Galien
    On his radio show yesterday, Mark “The Great One” Levin did something he usually doesn’t — or at least not to this degree. He truly blasted, if not utterly destroyed, Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate for opposing amendments to the now notorious Iran bill, which grants President Obama the power to do whatever he wants to do in order to get a deal with Iran. Snip It’s shocking to the extreme, which is why Levin went off on an epic rant. He called out every single one of the eight Republican senators voting against it: “We have eight Republicans...
  • Levin Destroys Republicans: ‘Lying, No Good for Nothing, Preposterous and Pathetic!’

    04/30/2015 7:14:43 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 59 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-30-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Mark truly blasted, if not utterly destroyed, Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate for opposing amendments to the now notorious Iran bill. The first amendment literally says this: "To require a certification that Iran has not directly supported or carried out an act of terrorism against the United States or a United States person anywhere in the world." You’d think that’s a rather low threshold to hold a country to, but for Republican leaders it's “a bridge too far.” “We have eight Republicans who voted ‘no’ on this amendment. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. Just got reelected. Had gone back to...
  • Man shot himself in the foot to see what it felt like

    04/29/2015 11:07:43 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 87 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 29 Apr 2015 | Matt Payton
    There is a concrete reason why ‘shooting yourself in the foot’ is an idiom as this man found out.Police have not revealed the 35-year-old’s name who was admitted to hospital last weekend in the Spanish town of Elda near Alicante.However, it currently appears that he shot himself in the foot with a handgun to find out what it would feel like.MORE: Police smell cannabis through letter box, then find this in the looAuthorities have not yet found the firearm which they believe he threw out of his car window on the way to hospital, according to i100.Investigators have not ruled out sending...
  • Reuters poll: 56% of Republicans would attend a loved one’s gay wedding

    04/29/2015 8:24:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 128 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/29/2015 | AllahPundit
    Finally, an answer to the most important question of the 2016 election.Kidding aside, though, this is a bit surprising. The question of whether or not a candidate would attend the gay wedding of a loved one has become an increasingly common litmus test for candidates on the issue…The poll showed 56 percent of Republicans would attend the gay wedding of a loved one if invited. That compares with 80 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of independents, who said they would go.Overall, 68 percent of Americans would attend, the poll showed, while 19 percent would not and 13 percent...
  • Civil Rights Racism: The History The Timeline of Democrat Racism (shortened)

    04/28/2015 10:20:23 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 7 replies
    After writing about an MSNBC talking head’s comment about the “niggerization of politics” yesterday, and watching the latest threat by the New Black Panther Party against the Republican National Convention, I thought it time to update my posts on racism and the timeline of action and inaction. In a discussion of Civil Rights in America, how often do you hear the name of Republican Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL)? Not often. How often do you hear the name of Democrat Senator Robert Byrd in connection to civil rights? Not often but for very different reasons. Dirksen was a champion for civil...
  • It’s us versus those who would destroy the Constitution and government “by, of and for the people”

    04/28/2015 8:48:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/28/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The Civil War was the first major test of whether the Constitution and Lincoln’s vision of a government, “of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” were true, noble and worthy aspirations of man in a new relationship with government or merely words that politicians said but really didn’t mean. The chasm between those who would continue and advance slavery and those who held dear the idea that all men are created equal became so great that the only possible resolution to the crisis was an armed conflict with blood running on our...
  • Republican Congressman: We Welcome Bruce Jenner to the GOP

    04/26/2015 9:59:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    TMZ ^ | 04/26/2015
    Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz is happy Bruce Jenner will continue to embrace the GOP, telling us his party needs all the Cali support it can get. Chaffetz -- an ultra conservative from Utah who has become extremely influential in DC -- told our TMZ photog it's not his job to judge Jenner's choices. It's interesting ... Chaffetz has become a powerful voice promoting the right of privacy. Although it seems Chaffetz is saying live and let live, he clearly has limits because he has opposed both gay marriage and medical marijuana use in the past. Jenner told Sawyer he's a...
  • Are Republicans Trying to Make Sure Hillary Wins?

    04/25/2015 5:28:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/24/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Voting to confirm an attorney general who won’t uphold the Constitution isn’t a way to inspire confidence among conservatives. Hillary Clinton didn’t have such a bad week after all. Sure, she’s reeling from the latest unseemly revelations about the Clinton Foundation family piggy bank. But they’re only marginally worse than earlier unseemly revelations about the Clinton Foundation. They are roughly on par with the revelations about how Mrs. Clinton obstructed Congress’s Benghazi investigations by purging her unlawful private e-mail system, which was worse than her obstruction of the State Department’s Benghazi investigation. Yet it may not have been as bad...
  • Bristol Palin Backs Stephen A. Smith: ‘Every Black Person Should Vote Republican’

    04/24/2015 10:25:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | April 24, 2015 | Steph Bazzle
    Bristol Palin says that Stephen A. Smith has it right when he declares that for one election cycle, every black person should vote Republican. She says that when you listen to his logic, it “just makes sense.” Tricks to get large groups to swap parties, without a solid political reason, aren’t exactly uncommon, but the logic Smith and Palin are employing here is mind-boggling. Here’s Stephen A.’s idea, initially published by Breitbart. Currently, the majority of black voters vote for Democrats. He believes this demonstrates that the average black person would never vote Republican, leaving both parties’ candidates thinking they...
  • Republican leaders ignore Conservatives again

    04/24/2015 6:13:38 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/24/15 | Jeff Crouere
    Republican leaders refuse to take the gloves off, and are doing nothing to promote conservatism, so their true agenda must be to facilitate the continuation of liberalism. It happened again yesterday, a painful reminder that the GOP leadership in Congress is pathetic. The President’s radical nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, was confirmed with ten Republican votes. Without Republican votes, Lynch could not have become U.S. Attorney General. Lynch will now replace Eric Holder, the most controversial and racially divisive Attorney General in American history. In her testimony to Congress, Lynch made it clear that she would continue the policies...
  • The 2014 Midterms Prove We Can’t Trust 2016 Republicans

    04/24/2015 8:00:06 AM PDT · by impetrio1 · 18 replies
    Black & Right ^ | 4/24/15 | Bob Parks
    During the ramp-up to the 2014 midterm election, we were given many promises of what would be done if we would support Republican candidates and put them in the majority. We held our nose after primary shenanigans that favored some incumbents, poured donations into so-called Tea Party groups that blew off the candidates they supported. Some of us even believed the new-found conservatism some incumbents suddenly embraced in the weeks prior to November 4th. And it didn’t take long after the midterm election for the Republicans to look at us all like chumps as they excused themselves from the promises...
  • Rep. Mo Brooks rips Rubio on open borders

    04/21/2015 10:37:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 21, 2015 | Tim Constantine
    A Republican congressman ripped congressional leadership for their inaction on President Obama’s executive amnesty plan for illegals and pointed a finger at Sen. Marco Rubio for U.S. problems with open borders. Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks was a guest on Tim Constantine’s “Capitol Hill Show” on Tuesday and the conversation was dominated by the topic of illegal immigration and the effort by the Obama administration to circumvent existing law and grant amnesty to millions. “What I am very disappointed in is the House and Senate leadership,” Mr. Brooks explained....
  • Huckabee Is Ted Cruz’s Nightmare: How the former governor’s populism could upend the GOP field.

    04/21/2015 12:20:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 21, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    The Upshot’’s Nate Cohn is making the contrarian case for Mike Huckabee. I give him credit for seeing things that others might not, but—despite the optimistic headline: “Mike Huckabee Would Be a More Important Candidate Than You Might Think,” he actually underestimates Huck’s potential as a disruptive factor in this campaign. It’s unclear what’s in the water in Hope, Arkansas, but that Bill Clinton and Huck are both from the same hamlet is nothing short of miraculous. Put aside the snake oil salesman stuff, and the numerous ridiculous things Huckabee has said to get attention, and you’re left with a...
  • The GOP front-runner? It's not Jeb Bush: At this stage in the primary fight, no one has the edge.

    04/21/2015 10:56:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/21/2015 | By ELI STOKOLS
    With one well-received January speech in Iowa, Scott Walker shot to the top of the polls. After a successful campaign launch, Marco Rubio is slowly gaining ground with donors and with conservatives who see a candidate with an inspiring biography and exceptional skills as a communicator. Yet it’s Jeb Bush who’s frequently described as the front-runner in a crowded field of more than a dozen Republican candidates. The reality is that he’s not — at this stage in the nominating contest, no one is. “The Republican nomination is wide open,” said Ana Navarro, a Miami-based strategist who is close to...
  • New Hampshire Summit: How the 2016 GOP Hopefuls Fared at First-in-the-Nation Auditions

    04/21/2015 9:16:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/21/2015 | Bridget Johnson
    The Republican presidential hopefuls — declared and undeclared — descended on New Hampshire this past weekend for the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit.But what issue was first on the agendas of those eyeing a shot at the Oval Office?Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tried to varnish the family name for a new campaign. “We’re not always like our brother or sister or mom and dad. We all have our own unique DNA and our own life experiences,” he said, telling a bit of his life story including the love-at-first-sight meeting with his wife at age 17 in...
  • Has Marco Rubio’s Breakout Moment Arrived?

    04/21/2015 7:12:33 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-21-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    Senator Marco Rubio has been criticized by many Tea Party activists for his stance on illegal immigration, but that doesn’t seem to hold him back in the polls. Look at these results from CNN’s latest poll among Republican voters: "Overall, 17% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents back Bush for the GOP nomination, while 12% support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Paul and Rubio stand at 11% each, with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 9% and Cruz at 7%…" Remarkable: Bush and Rubio both poll at 18% when respondents are asked which candidate best represents the future of the Republican Party....
  • Moderate Republicans Give Democrats De-facto Control Over Montana Legislature

    04/21/2015 6:45:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    mediatrackers.org ^ | 4/20/15 | Phil Rolen
    Parliamentary maneuvering and a strategic partnership between moderate Republicans and Democrats in the Montana State legislature have provided Democrats with de-facto control over the House of Representatives on two key issues this session. In a move reminiscent of the underhanded wrangling by national Democrats used to pass Obamacare in 2010, a handful “moderate” Republican legislators joined with Montana Democrats to bypass opposition by changing chamber rules to pass a state Medicaid expansion plan (SB 405) and the controversial CSKT Water Compact (SB 262). SB 405 passed the House earlier this month on a 54-42 vote. SB 262 passed 2nd reading...
  • How Rand Paul is turning off Republicans by stretching the truth

    04/20/2015 5:27:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Vox ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jonathan Allen
    Rand Paul has cast himself as a Diogenes for the modern era, a truth-seeker who can't seem to find an honest man — or woman — no matter where he shines his lamp in Washington. That's why his willingness to say almost anything about himself and other Republicans, regardless of whether it's true, poses an existential threat to his brand. It's only a matter of time before the offended start punching back publicly, and that will surely start with fellow Republicans. Many of them had a right to be aggrieved after Paul's speech this weekend at the First in the...
  • Ted Cruz brings the energy in New Hampshire

    04/19/2015 1:09:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    SaintPetersBlog ^ | April 19, 2015 | Mitch Perry
    Ted Cruz headlined the daytime portion of the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., Saturday, where 20 presidential candidates or those seriously thinking about it came to speak. “What a testament to the desire for Americans: We want something new, we want new leadership to change the page, and to turnaround,” the 44-year-old U.S. senator from Texas said as he began his remarks. “You know the Democratic version of this I’m pretty sure is Hillary Clinton having a conversation with a Chipotle clerk,” he said. It was one of countless times Republicans jabbed Clinton for her clandestine appearance at the...
  • Cruz wins straw polls in Greenville, Spartanburg

    04/18/2015 6:48:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Greenville Online | April 18, 2015 | Rudolph Bell
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/politics/2015/04/18/ted-cruz-scott-walker-jeb-bush/25987009/
  • Obamacare repeal falls off Republicans' to-do list as law takes hold

    04/18/2015 6:08:12 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    LA Times ^ | 4/18/15 | Noam N. Levey
    fter five years and more than 50 votes in Congress, the Republican campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act is essentially over. GOP congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President Obama remains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are focused on other issues, including trade and tax reform. Less noted, senior Republican lawmakers have quietly incorporated many of the law's key protections into their own proposals, including guaranteeing coverage and providing government assistance to help consumers purchase insurance. And although the law remains very unpopular with GOP voters, more than...
  • GOP Has More Than a Hillary Problem; It's an America Problem

    04/17/2015 5:20:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Mark Davis
    All in all, a pretty fun week for conservatives. Marco Rubio made a classy and inspiring entrance into a Republican field that is already impressive and energizing, and sure to become even more so. Meanwhile, the most powerful woman in American history dropped in with a campaign debut that ranged from underwhelming to comically inept. Or so it appears to those of us who have no intention of voting for her. Make no mistake, I have enjoyed the absurdity of the incognito Chipotle moment, the inexplicable road trip in the stupidly labeled “Scooby” van, the easy-to-mock fawning of the reporters...
  • GOP contenders gather in NH: 5 things to watch for

    04/17/2015 2:08:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Telegram - Worchester ^ | April 17, 2015 | AP - Steve Peoples 
    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - Nearly 20 Republican White House prospects will court presidential primary voters in New Hampshire this weekend at a state GOP meeting in Nashua. It's the first gathering of its kind in the first-in-the-nation primary state this year and offers no shortage of intriguing storylines as Republican contenders across the political spectrum deliver speeches, answer questions and work to stand out in the crowd. Five things we'll be watching for: [SNIP] Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, will be in New Hampshire as well to make sure Republicans don't get a free pass. [SNIP]
  • Conservative group to audition Republican candidates for 2016

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

    04/14/2015 2:49:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Nooga ^ | April 14, 2015 | David Allen Martin
    No matter how much their adversaries have tried to pin them as the "party of no," the GOP is far and away the most dynamic of the two major American political parties today. As evidence of this, just look at how the 2016 primary campaigns are shaping up on either side of the ideological divide. Conservative voters will get to choose from the youngest and most philosophically diverse group of GOP candidates I’ve seen in my lifetime, while the left will get to choose—wait, there is no choice. Yes, that’s right: Unless something drastically changes, the very same liberals who...
  • Man arrested after stabbing at child's birthday party in Hancock County

    04/13/2015 1:27:21 PM PDT · by BBell · 22 replies
    http://www.sunherald.com/ ^ | 4/12/15 | JUSTIN MITCHELL
    HANCOCK COUNTY -- A family gathering to celebrate a child's birthday turned deadly Sunday when a fight between two brothers-in-law led to a fatal stabbing, officials said. Hancock County Sheriff's Investigator Glenn Grannan said that at 12:30 a.m., deputies found Kenneth Fanning, 29, suffering from multiple stab wounds in the front yard of a rental home on the 5000 block of U.S. 90. The suspect, Clinten Michael Dryer Sr., 32, injured his knee during the fight, Grannan said. He was treated at Memorial Hospital at Gulfport and was charged shortly before 8:30 p.m. Sunday with murder.
  • [VIDEO] Ted Cruz at the NRA: Can a Positive Campaign Produce a Winner?

    04/12/2015 6:30:06 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 12 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-12-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    At the NRA’s annual convention yesterday, Senator Ted Cruz once again presented his vision for America… and for his presidential campaign. The biggest take-away isn’t that he’s pro-Second Amendment (we already knew that), but that he’s determined to run a positive campaign. Just watch the video: ... Of course Cruz criticized President Obama and other Democrats for implementing horrendous policies that do tremendous damage to America and the rest of the world, but his message was — overall — very positive. He emphasized time and again that he’s inspired and motivated to fight “for your constitutional rights” and that he...
  • Levin: We Are Witnessing 'Complete Evisceration of American Citizenship' (Audio)

    04/10/2015 11:48:36 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4-9-2015 | IAN HANCHETT
    Talk radio host and author of “The Liberty Amendments,” Mark Levin declared that “the complete evisceration of American citizenship” is underway on Thursday. “There’s something else that’s going on that I want to bring to your attention…and that is the complete evisceration of American citizenship, more than illegal immigration. It’s the complete evisceration of American citizenship to destroy the identity of America” Levin stated. Levin continued, “it’s being done by left-wing states, it’s being done by left-wing municipalities, it’s being done by this left-wing federal government. And this is a war on you, the American citizen.”
  • The G.O.P. Presidential Field Looks Chaotic. It’s Not.

    04/10/2015 9:39:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | 04/10/2015 | Nate Cohn
    The Republican primary battle has been called a wide-open contest — the “deepest” and “strongest” field in many cycles. It is full of the party’s rising stars and hopefuls, like Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal, alongside the most formidable name in Republican politics: Bush. But the campaign is not nearly as open as it looks. Many of the candidates who have received the most news media attention have little or no chance of winning the nomination. Instead, two figures — Jeb Bush and Mr. Walker — have quickly moved to...
  • Rand Paul, Media Darling

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

    04/10/2015 7:58:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 | 04/10/2015 | By Alexander Kent, Thomas C. Frohlich and Mark Lieberman
    Since, the site does not allow posting on FR, the curious among you might want to see which country in your state is most Republican by Clicking this link: The Most Republican County in Each State
  • Ted Cruz gains steam and donor support

    04/09/2015 10:21:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | April 9, 2015 | Kevin Diaz, Washington Bureau
    <p>WASHINGTON — Riding a wave of conservative fervor over gay marriage and “traditional” social values, Texas Republican Ted Cruz has rocketed upwards in national presidential polls and major donor support.</p>
  • Cruz control: post announcement edition

    04/09/2015 11:31:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 9, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Yesterday Ed shared the news that the community of political experts was rather gobsmacked to find out that PACs associated with Texas Senator Ted Cruz had brought in a “record haul” in no time flat following his campaign announcement. While it would be lovely to pretend that money in politics doesn’t mean all that much and what really counts is grassroots support and a solid message, that’s simply not true. Does anyone really think Mitt Romney would have survived the 2012 fight without the mountains of cash behind him, both internally and through associated PACs? That’s a doubtful proposition at...
  • Cruz SuperPACs Surprise Friends, Enemies with Record Haul

    04/08/2015 9:00:43 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 21 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-08-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    When Ted Cruz announced he’d run for president, there were some self-declared experts who said he’d have a hard time competing because he wouldn’t be able to raise enough money. Well, think again: "Ted Cruz’s presidential effort is getting into the shock-and-awe fundraising business. "An associate of the Texas senator, a recently announced presidential candidate, tells Bloomberg that a cluster of affiliated super-political action committees was formed only this week, and among them they are expected to have $31 million in the bank by Friday." That’s $31 million in less than a week. We already know that the eventual Republican...
  • Ted Cruz Was Way More Welcoming to Rand Paul's Entry into 2016 Than Paul Was to His

    04/07/2015 1:00:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 7, 2015 | Rebecca Nelson
    The Texas senator said he was "glad to welcome" Paul into the race.Ted Cruz warmly welcomed Rand Paul into the 2016 race Tuesday morning, calling him a "good friend"—even after his rival wrote him off. "I am glad to welcome my friend Rand Paul into the 2016 GOP primary," the Texas senator and presidential contender said in a statement on his website Tuesday morning. "Rand is a good friend, and we have worked side by side on many issues." It was a decidedly different tone from the one Paul used when Cruz launched his White House bid last month. Appearing...
  • White House: Republicans trying to 'undermine' Obama

    04/06/2015 3:43:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Examiner ^ | 4/6/15 | Brian Hughes
    The White House accused Republicans Monday of trying to undermine President Obama with their call for an up-or-down vote on any nuclear deal finalized with Iran. "It's Republicans who have been most forceful in denouncing this agreement and those are the people I'm referring to when I say they're trying to use this vote as cover to just try to undermine the agreement," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. Last week, Obama hailed an "understanding" with Iran that would lift sanctions on Tehran in exchange for the Middle Eastern nation curbing its nuclear capabilities. However, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.,...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu, Republicans take aim at Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran

    04/05/2015 7:43:13 PM PDT · by PROCON · 11 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | April 5, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    Fallout from the Obama administration’s preliminary nuclear deal with Iran stretched from Capitol Hill to Jerusalem on Easter Sunday, with lawmakers vowing to push ahead with legislation that would give them, not the president, the final say on whether the agreement crosses the finish line. At the same time, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stepped up his all-out assault on the deal, saying the U.S.-led effort to lighten economic sanctions on Iran will allow Tehran to bolster its “terror machine” and wreak even more havoc across an already-unstable region. White House officials, including Mr. Obama himself, have worked relentlessly over...
  • Southern states seek to leverage 2016 clout: Hope to guarantee GOP tilts to right

    04/04/2015 10:29:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 5, 2015 | Matt Viser
    MANCHESTER, Ga. — Though presidential politicians have long ignored Georgia, the towns and villages in this primarily rural state celebrate their historic connection with Washington power. White House Parkway cuts through this area. The sign in front of the police station in Warm Springs, population 413, touts a century-old tie to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and locals quickly point out that former President Jimmy Carter lives within an hour’s drive. And yet it’s been decades since this place was relevant in any presidential contest: Aside from Carter, the last candidate anyone remembers campaigning here was John F. Kennedy. It’s the Manchester...
  • Jeb Bush as Inevitable Choice? Republicans Say Not So Fast

    04/04/2015 7:02:11 PM PDT · by PROCON · 21 replies
    nytimes ^ | April 4, 2015 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Three months into what allies once confidently described as a “shock and awe” drive to overcome his rivals and dominate the Republican presidential field, Jeb Bush’s early campaigning looks like the juggernaut that wasn’t. He is grappling with the Republican Party’s prickly and demanding ideological blocs, particularly evangelical leaders and pro-Israel hawks. He is struggling to win over grass-roots activists in Iowa and New Hampshire, states he has visited only a handful of times. And Mr. Bush’s undisputed advantage — the millions of dollars streaming rapidly into his political organization — may not be enough to knock out other contenders....
  • Quotes of the day (Ted Cruz surge edition)

    04/02/2015 8:35:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 2, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush continues to lead the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls, but one candidate is making moves. Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the only GOP hopeful to formally announced his candidacy thus far, has shot up in the rankings in a new CBS News poll. Thirty-seven percent of those surveyed said that they would consider voting for Cruz in March, up 14 points from when the same question was asked a month ago. By comparison, 51 percent said they would vote for Bush, just two percent higher than did in February. *** Sen. Ted Cruz has raised $4...
  • George Will: Ted Cruz is aiming at the wrong Republicans

    04/02/2015 6:16:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/02/2015 | George Will
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was born in 1970, six years after events refuted a theory on which he is wagering his candidacy. The 1964 theory was that many millions of conservatives abstained from voting because the GOP did not nominate sufficiently deep-dyed conservatives. So if in 1964 the party would choose someone like Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, hitherto dormant conservatives would join the electorate in numbers sufficient for victory. This theory was slain by a fact — actually, 15,951,378 facts. That was the difference between the 43,129,566 votes President Lyndon Johnson received and the 27,178,188 that Goldwater got on the...
  • Let’s Face It, Republicans Are Cowards On Religious Liberty (But Voters Aren’t)

    04/02/2015 12:22:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 04/02/2015 | David Harsanyi
    The GOP’s capitulation on religious liberty was as swift as it was predictable. Republicans have talent for courting just enough controversy to generate prodigious amounts of negative press but at the same time not doing enough to accomplish anything meaningful. And few things in this world rattle your run-of-the-mill Republican more than some ginned-up outrage over “discrimination” or “bigotry.” The media’s deliberate distortion of the intention, reach, and history of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act—not to mention pressure from corporations like Apple and Walmart—was more than enough to do the trick. What excuse does Mike Pence have for flubbing a...
  • How did Ted Cruz / The Weekly Standard get my email address? (Vanity)

    04/01/2015 12:08:28 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    Me | 4-1-2015
    I like most of the policies Cruz is pursuing, but I feel uncomfortable receiving a signed email from him to an email address I only share with family asking for money. What's up with that?
  • Has the fight over Indiana’s RFRA set the GOP up for failure? [It's a trap!]

    04/01/2015 7:08:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/01/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Over the course of this and last week, Indiana’s Religious Freedom and Restoration Act has set the nation’s hair ablaze as commentators and pundits on the left compete with one another in order to adopt the most disingenuously indignant posture over this relatively commonplace law. I’ve written about why Indiana’s version of this law is not particularly different from the 19 other state-level RFRAs or the federal version. I have also remarked on the fact that a number of individuals, primarily religious minorities, have RFRAs to thank for the safeguarding of their religious sensibilities. I’ve written that these laws...
  • Cruz'n for a bruisin' The GOP religious right vs. the GOP establishment. (Cruz v. Bush he says)

    03/31/2015 12:33:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 31, 2015 | Roger Simon, chief political columnist
    The blood is in the water. The game is afoot. And the Republicans are brawling. While Democrats are usually viewed as the undisciplined, fractious party, it is Republicans who sharpen their knives and slice each other up when the White House is at stake. The struggle is between two groups within the GOP. The establishment finally recognizes that the party must broaden its base. If the party appeals to only white, Christian conservatives, it will wind up as a regional party, capable of winning Senate and House seats but incapable of winning a national election. We must nominate a presidential...
  • GOP succeeding at down-ballot level

    03/30/2015 11:29:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | March 28, 2015 | Salena Zito
    Martina White made history Tuesday night by winning a special election for a Pennsylvania House seat — the first time a Republican won an open General Assembly seat in Philadelphia in 25 years. White, 26, became the 120th Republican in the House, part of the largest GOP majority in the state since 1958 and including a state Senate that increased its majority in historic numbers in 2014. Down-ballot races matter. These elected officials are the most attuned politicians with whom average people ever interact; they focus on voters' core values, and are far removed from the harsher rhetoric of national...
  • Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin: Reuters

    03/30/2015 10:08:37 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3/20/15
    - A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A Reuters/Ipsos online poll this month asked 2,809 Americans to rate how much of a threat a list of countries, organizations and individuals posed to the United States on a scale of 1 to 5, with one being no threat and 5 being an imminent threat. The poll showed 34 percent of Republicans ranked Obama as an imminent threat, ahead of Putin (25 percent), who has been accused of aggression in...
  • Republicans are quietly strategizing to delete gay marriage from the party's 2016 platform.

    03/30/2015 7:21:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    National Journal ^ | 03/29/2015 | Alex Roarty
    Late last summer, with midterms consuming the attention of the political class, a group of GOP activists spent two days in Des Moines trying to convince their fellow Republicans that change was coming to their party. With eyes on 2016, they attended the Iowa State Fair, talked with newspaper editorial boards, and even ventured onto conservative talk radio. To cap it off, on the last evening, supporters gathered at 801 Chophouse, the upscale watering hole of the city's political elite, as if to announce their movement had gone mainstream. That it couldn't be dismissed as fringe any longer. Their issue,...