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  • Don't Sweat the Donald

    06/25/2015 10:21:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | June 25, 2015 | Pete Spiliakos
    Eleven percent of New Hampshire's conservatives favor crony capitalist, eminent domain abuser, supporter of single-payer health care, and all-around-buffoon, Donald Trump for president. But they don't really. A fraction of the Republican electorate is having some weird fun with the conventions and hypocrisies of our politics. Other conservatives and candidates should resist the temptation to look down on people who say they support Trump. And part of not looking down on these Trump supporters (who are not really Trump supporters), requires understanding Trump correctly . While there have been many articles critical of Trump, National Review's Jack Fowler probably got...
  • Supreme Court makes it official: Health care is a right

    06/25/2015 6:52:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 25, 2015 | Joan Vennochi
    Message of King v. Burwell to Republicans: It’s over. With the Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling, Obamacare is forever part of the country’s social and economic fabric. Now it’s time to celebrate what that represents. The principle that health care is a right, not a privilege, as President Obama exulted. And that it might not have happened without a Republican named Mitt Romney. The path to achieving near universal health care coverage came about because Romney, then governor of Massachusetts, worked with Ted Kennedy, a liberal US senator, to make it happen. They worked from two premises: Society has an obligation...
  • Mitt Romney seeks role as Republican kingmaker

    06/25/2015 6:34:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 26, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Mitt Romney is asserting himself as a leader of the Republican Party at a time when the GOP lacks a true standard-bearer. As the huge field of Republican contenders begins the long slog to the party’s 2016 nomination, Romney is working to connect select candidates with his vast political network, urging the party to learn from his past mistakes, attacking Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and taking forceful stances on controversial issues. Last week, the former Massachusetts governor was the first major Republican to call for the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol after...
  • Movement Grows To Make June 27 ‘National Burn The Confederate Flag Day’

    06/21/2015 7:04:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 107 replies
    Reverb Press ^ | June 20, 2015 | Curtis F.
    The battle flag of Robert E. LeeÂ’s Army of Northern Virginia, which is the flag most commonly referred to as the Confederate flag, has long been a symbol that divides the country. While its display has always been contentious, renewed anger arose after Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old male who posed with the flag several times in his manifesto, went into CharlestonÂ’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and murdered nine innocent people over their race. The furor over the flag was more pronounced due to the fact that it still flew high over South CarolinaÂ’s capital, less than a two-hour...
  • Charleston massacre: Republicans at odds over Confederate flag

    06/21/2015 5:35:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | June 21, 2015
    Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush say South Carolina should remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse but Ted Cruz disagrees.Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has called for the immediate removal of the Confederate battle flag from outside the South Carolina Statehouse, forcing the 2016 Republican presidential contenders to declare their positions on the issue. Some still steered clear from the sensitive debate, even after the shooting deaths of nine people in a historic African-American church in Charleston further exposed the raw emotions about the flying the flag of the secessionist, pro-slavery Southern states in the 1861-65 American Civil War. Many...
  • Mitt Romney: Take Down the Confederate Flag, It’s ‘A Symbol of Racial Hatred’

    06/21/2015 5:21:08 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 49 replies
    breitbart ^ | 6/20/15 | a hawkins
    On June 20 former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from their state Capitol grounds in Columbia. His call comes in the wake of the heinous attack on Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. It follows a photo of the suspected gunman, Dylann Roof, in which Roof is seen leaning against his car with a Confederate flag license plate visible on the front of his vehicle being widely circulated. Here were Romney’s exact words: “Take down the Confederate Flag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred....
  • Ann Coulter Thinks Donald Trump Is GOP’s Best Bet, Maher Panel Erupts

    06/20/2015 4:30:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 20, 2015 | Andrew Husband
    From immigration and the “Latino registration machine” to the GOP’s apparent inability to recognize the racial aspects of the Charleston church shooting, Real Time host Bill Maher had a field day with his panelists on Friday night’s show. Yet it’s the “Overtime” segment’s extra nuggets that made for some of the most WTF-worthy viewing, especially for this reaction from MSNBC’s Joy Reid: Of all the possible conversation topics, what could have triggered such a reaction from Reid? Oh nothing, really — just guest Ann Coulter‘s funny-but-serious answer to Maher’s question about “which Republican candidate has the best chance of winning...
  • MITT ROMNEY: TAKE DOWN THE CONFEDERATE FLAG, IT’S ‘A SYMBOL OF RACIAL HATRED’

    06/20/2015 11:20:07 AM PDT · by South40 · 226 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 JUN 2015 | Awr Hawkins
    On June 20 former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from their state Capitol grounds in Columbia. His call comes in the wake of the heinous attack on Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. It follows a photo of the suspected gunman, Dylann Roof, in which Roof is seen leaning against his car with a Confederate flag license plate visible on the front of his vehicle being widely circulated. Here were Romney’s exact words: “Take down the Confederate Flag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred....
  • Ted Cruz: It’s up to South Carolina to decide on Confederate flag

    06/20/2015 11:51:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | June 20, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    JOHNSTON, Iowa – Sen. Ted Cruz says whether or not South Carolina removes the Confederate flag from a state house memorial is an issue for the state to decide and that he sees “both sides” of the debate. In an interview with The Washington Post on Saturday, Cruz (R-Tex.) said that he understands why people equate the flag with both racial oppression and historical traditions. “I understand the passions that this debate evokes on both sides,” the GOP presidential hopeful said. “Both those who see a history of racial oppression and a history of slavery, which is the original sin...
  • Romney Invited Axelrod to GOP Presidential Candidate Gathering, Shunned Cruz and Carson

    06/18/2015 2:53:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 17, 2015 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Mitt Romney invited Obama political strategist David Axelrod to address a political gathering in Utah last week. The event was officially hosted by Romney and Solamere Capital, the investment firm whose executive committee he chairs, and was designed to introduce a host of GOP presidential contenders to wealthy donors. However, some notable names were apparently left off the guest list. They include announced candidates Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Carson, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee. Jeb Bush, who was invited, did not attend because he was in Europe. But three announced candidates—Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Carly Fiorina and Lindsay Graham—and...
  • Romney: Bush has 'lived conservatism'

    06/14/2015 4:40:04 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 63 replies
    thehill.com ^ | june 14, 2015 | mark hensch
    Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) said on Sunday that Republicans should not doubt the conservative credentials of possible GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush. Romney argued that Bush, Florida’s former governor, would proudly represent conservative values should he seek the White House in 2016. “Governor Bush is a man of integrity,” Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “He has very strong record,” he said. “He doesn’t have to speak his way into conservatism, he’s lived conservatism.” Romney’s praise comes as Bush weighs an Oval Office bid next election cycle. He is expected to...
  • Mitt Romney's Advice to the GOP: Focus on Minority Voters

    06/14/2015 11:33:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    NBC News Meet The Press ^ | June 14, 2015 | Ed Demaria
    Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney listed some of his favorite contenders for the party's 2016 nomination Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press," but notably left off a few big names. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and John Kasich were all name-checked by the former Massachusetts governor — but notably Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Chris Christie were not. This past weekend Romney hosted a summit in Utah that attracted some potential Republican nominees. Friday night, Romney said while there are more than a handful in the Republican field, he has his eye on a select few. "I think...
  • Mitt Romney’s right-hand man: I’d still like to see him run in 2016

    06/14/2015 4:48:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 12, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Don’t dump on my dream, okay? I took enough abuse last night for being man enough to admit that a pizza with pigs in a blanket in place of the crust sounds kind of good, come to think of it. You know what else sounds good? A battle-royal primary where Marco Rubio is throwing chairs at Rand Paul and Scott Walker is smashing Ted Cruz’s head into the turnbuckle and suddenly, “Hey wait, that’s Mitt Romney’s music.” I’m tired of being punished for my bravery in uttering difficult truths. Robert Costa ✔ ‎@costareports Mitt donor whisperer Spencer Zwick meets the...
  • Elbows flying, rhetorically, at Romney's 2016 retreat

    06/13/2015 12:54:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | June 12, 2015 | Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz.
    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Govs. Scott Walker and Chris Christie said presidential rivals in the Senate don't do anything. Sen. Marco Rubio denounced "old ways" in an indirect slap at older contenders. Sen. Lindsey Graham said his party may be going down a "death spiral" if it doesn't embrace minority and younger voters. In fighting for attention Friday at a luxury mountainside donor retreat convened by 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, several 2016 contenders let loose some elbows at each other. Most did not name names, but Christie did. "If you want to know how little they know," he...
  • Mitt Romney to Host GOP White House Hopefuls at Utah Conclave (Guess who?)

    06/10/2015 4:36:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 5, 2015 | Heather Haddon
    Former two-time Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is set to host six declared and potential GOP contenders at a Utah retreat next week. Mr. Romney, who considered a third run for president earlier this year but declined to run, will gather big GOP donors and other party bigwigs in Park City, Utah for his annual “E2 Summit.” The private event at a mountain resort kicks off with a dinner June 11 and wraps up with a luncheon on June 13, according to a copy of the invitation. Declared and potential Republican presidential contenders scheduled to speak include Sens. Marco Rubio...
  • Why a 20-candidate field would actually be great for the GOP in 2016

    06/03/2015 2:23:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Week ^ | June 3, 2015 | Edward Morrissey
    In the past week, several more Republicans, with varying degrees of gravitas, have joined an already crowded field of contenders. Lindsey Graham became the fourth sitting senator to enter the race. Former New York Gov. George Pataki is in, too — despite not having been in office in nearly a decade. Rick Santorum recently announced as well, looking to springboard off of a 2012 runner-up finish. Mike Huckabee is going even farther back, hoping to springboard off of his 2008 runner-up status. Ohio Gov. John Kasich has made it clear he intends on entering. His counterpart in Michigan, Rick Snyder,...
  • Mitt Romney called top VP pick in 2016

    06/01/2015 12:33:40 PM PDT · by VinL · 70 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Paul Bedard
    Saying it's "obvious," best-selling author and national talk show host Hugh Hewitt is urging all of the nearly two dozen potential Republican presidential candidates to pick 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney as their vice presidential choice. In his upcoming book The Queen, directed at Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hewitt said that Romney has the influence and status of former Vice President Dick Cheney, making him a formidable campaigner and White House partner. That, he added in the book provided to Secrets, will force Clinton to make an equally top-notch pick, not somebody like Joe Biden, the "lovable dolt" chosen by Barack...
  • Coulter Hates ‘the Browning of America’

    05/26/2015 9:37:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 26, 2015 | Lloyd Grove
    The motormouth claims the U.S. is being ruined by an influx of immigrants from Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Is this performance art or is she for real?When it comes to Ann Coulter—the conservative blonde avenger, the loud-mouthed provocateur, the human hot-button of mass-media notoriety who is forever tossing turds into liberals’ punch bowls—people always want to know: Is she for real? Even the title of her latest book, ˇAdios, America!: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole, is guaranteed to raise many folks’ blood pressure and strain their credulity. Does Coulter actually believe the...
  • Ann Coulter: GOP hopefuls are “bozos” and “morons” (Also, she really loves black comedians!)

    05/26/2015 3:40:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 111 replies
    Salon ^ | May 26, 2015 | Staff
    Here’s how you profile Ann Coulter by the numbers. Job well done, Daily Beast! Lloyd Grove’s new piece has it all — multiple Ted Kennedy cracks, a sexy description of what she’s wearing, provocative but not too serious conversation about immigration, and finally an Adolf Hitler kicker. Here are the highlights! Ann Coulter arrives. The Daily Beast swoons: “She wears tight, seemingly painted-on jeans, a hint of midriff showing beneath her blouse; at 53, she still rocks that “Vixen of the Right” thing that once prompted Playboy to ask her to take it all off. In a rare display of...
  • Gates, Gays, and the Boy Scouts

    05/24/2015 5:34:53 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/24/2015 | Kevin D. Williamson
    The soul of a bureaucrat Robert Gates has long been surrounded by men in uniform, first as secretary of defense, now as president of the Boy Scouts of America. His time at DoD coincided with the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on homosexual soldiers — a repeal effectively imposed by the courts — and as the leader of the Boy Scouts he is calling for a repeal of that organization’s policy banning homosexual adults from serving as troop leaders or in other leadership roles. Gates, whose likeness appears in Webster’s with the entry for “bureaucrat,” says that...
  • Remember when the Boy Scouts said changing their policy wouldn't involve gay scout leaders?

    05/23/2015 1:27:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | May 22, 2015 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    Well that was then. Boy Scouts President Robert Gates Calls for End of Ban on Gay Troop Leaders The new policy is coming quicker than you can say Jack Robinson. In effect gay scout leaders are now permitted since Gates says he will not revoke the charter of troops that allow homosexuals leaders.  Any parents who leave their sons in the Boy Scouts are insane. Homosexuals represent about 3% of the population; they commit about thirty percent of child sex abuse. Not every homosexual is an abuser, but those who are look for opportunities to be around children -- especially...
  • Romney looks strong for 2016

    05/21/2015 2:04:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Hill's Contributors ^ | May 21, 2015 | Brent Budowsky, columnist
    Shortly after 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney withdrew from the presidential campaign of 2016, I suggested that he was probably pursuing a brilliant strategy intended to let the other Republican candidates wear each other down while the media investigated them all, paving the way for Romney to step in as the savior of the party. My Machiavellian theory early this year is starting to look pretty good today! In my column this week about the magic of Bill Clinton, I suggested that because of the great success of the Bill Clinton presidency, the vast experience of Hillary Clinton and huge...
  • Hypothetically, Would You Still Have Voted For the Duck?

    05/20/2015 7:39:07 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-20-2015 | MOTUS
    Has there ever been a hypothetical question asked without malice aforethought? Bradford is overwhelmed with the gravitas of the hypothetical question posed to him.If the question comes from a lawyer or journalist the answer is no. Just ask Michael Dukakis or Mitt Romney if you don’t believe me.So as Big Guy’s foreign affairs strategery continues to implode experience some setbacks, the journo-class has been having a field day asking Republican candidates, and presumed candidates, the hypothetical question of the week:  "Knowing what you know now, would you have authorized the invasion (of Iraq)?" No matter how many times you try...
  • At bout with Holyfield, Romney saved best jabs for Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid and Candy Crowley

    05/16/2015 2:04:05 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 91 replies
    Twitchy ^ | May 16, 2015
    Mitt Romney and Evander Holyfield had a charity boxing match last night:-snip- Holyfield was declared the victor, but perhaps only because Romney saved his best jabs for Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid and Candy Crowley.-snip-Mitt Romney with the joke about wanting his fight against @holyfield to be "as clean as Hillary Clinton's server"-snip-Romney after Holyfield fight: "I'm ready to take on Harry Reid's exercise equipment now.-snip-Romney, with some bite post-fight: "I'm happy to fight anybody so long as Candy Crowley isn't the referee."-snip- Mitt Romney, winner by TKO.
  • “Why Is That Girl In the Senate Opposing My Plans?”

    05/13/2015 8:08:57 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 5 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-13-2015 | MOTUS
    I think it may be a good idea for Big Guy to lay low for awhile. It seems every time he opens his mouth lately somebody sticks his foot in it.Take yesterday for example, when he was whining about people in general and Cherokee Princess Senator Elizabeth Warren in particular for not supporting his Trade Bill:  NOW president: Obama’s Warren critique sexist. National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill on Wednesday called President Obama’s critique of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sexist.O’Neill told The Hill she took issue with Obama calling Warren by her first name during an interview with...
  • Bombshell: Newly Released Emails Reveal Obama Admin’s Reaction to Benghazi

    04/29/2014 9:08:15 PM PDT · by robowombat · 26 replies
    Tea Party Network ^ | April 29, 2014 | Greg Campbell
    BOMBSHELL! Newly Released Emails Reveal Obama Admin’s Reaction to Benghazi April 29, 2014 By Greg Campbell Emails obtained by Judicial Watch have revealed that the top priority after the Benghazi terrorist attack was not national security nor was it ensuring a proper investigation into who orchestrated an attack on our consulate that left four Americans dead. No, the priority of top advisors in the earliest days after the Benghazi attack was ensuring that President Obama “looked good” prior the 2012 election. As part of a Freedom of Information Lawsuit, the Obama Administration released nearly 100 pages of documents to Judicial...
  • GOP Will Lose in 2016 Absent Coherent Plan Favoring Immigration

    05/09/2015 3:32:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | May 9, 2015 | Lawrence Kudlow, Special to the Sun
    If the GOP doesn’t put together a sensible immigration policy it will lose the 2016 presidential election. When President Obama beat Mitt Romney in 2012, with the former Massachusetts governor attracting only 27% of the Hispanic vote with his self-deportation argument, Republicans across the map decided they must develop an immigration-reform policy with an outreach approach to minority groups. According to the Republican National Committee, the days of harsh language and punitive legislation must end. In its place, the GOP must reconstruct the Ronald Reagan/Jack Kemp “big tent” theory of politics, where there is plenty of room for all groups...
  • Hillary Rodham Romney

    05/08/2015 3:46:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 12 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 8, 2015 | Matthew Continetti
    Hillary Clinton is moving so quickly to the left that it’s hard to keep up. Her aides are telling the New York Times she wants to “topple” the One Percent, she’s pledging solidarity with union bosses over lunch meetings at Mario Batali restaurants in Midtown, she supports a constitutional amendment to suppress political speech, she’s down with a right to same-sex marriage, she’s ambivalent over the Keystone Pipeline and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, she’s calling for an end to the “era of mass incarceration,” she wants to go “further” than President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty. It’s called pandering, but the press...
  • Mitt Romney convenes 2016 contenders, donors for Utah retreat

    05/07/2015 7:25:17 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 38 replies
    WaPo ^ | 7 May 2015 | Robert Costa
    Mitt Romney, who earlier this year decided against a third presidential bid after briefly flirting with a run, will jump back into the national political scene next month when he hosts GOP presidential hopefuls and some of the party’s biggest donors in Utah. Romney’s 2015 E2 Summit will take place June 11-13 in Deer Valley, a ski resort east of Salt Lake City, according to an invitation obtained Thursday by The Washington Post. Confirmed speakers from the likely 2016 Republican field include Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and...
  • Mitt Romney to Host 2016 Summit for GOP Candidates and Donors

    05/07/2015 6:12:07 PM PDT · by VinL · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/7/2015 | Dan Riehl
    Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is holding what will amount to his fourth annual political summit, according to a report in The Washington Post. The summer affair is Romney’s fourth annual summit. The events began as a way for him to personally connect with the power brokers and financiers backing his political operation. The theme of this year’s gathering is the “strength and future of American leadership.” It appears Jeb Bush is opting out and, for whatever reason, GOP hopefuls Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 93% and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 96% are not among those on the current attendee...
  • Ted Cruz Claims to Have the Key to Hispanic Vote, And It’s Shockingly Simple

    05/02/2015 8:25:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | May 2, 2015 | Frank Camp
    CNN reports that, while speaking to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Ted Cruz took a swipe at Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” remark. Cruz reframed the conversation, taking the opportunity to connect the remark to the Hispanic vote: “The media repeatedly said the reason Mitt Romney got clobbered in the Hispanic community was because of immigration…the data don’t bear that out…” “What the polling data showed is actually Hispanic voters agree with Mitt Romney on a great many issues. Where he got clobbered was ‘cares about somebody like me.’ Where he got clobbered was the 47 percent–you...
  • 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....
  • Ted Cruz on Mitt Romney: 'Where he got clobbered was 47%'

    04/30/2015 9:30:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | April 30, 2015 | Adam Levy
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Already creating distance from the last nominee of his party, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz took aim at Mitt Romney's infamous "47%" remark that created a firestorm of controversy during the 2012 campaign. Speaking about the Latino vote and the economy to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Texas senator bluntly critiqued on Wednesday Romney's personal assessment that as a candidate he didn't need to worry about that part of the vote because they were government-dependent and would reelect the president in 2012. "Where he got clobbered was 47%," he said. "I think Romney is a good man...
  • Cruz points to support in Iowa (Has people from ALL previous recent GOP campaigns!)

    04/29/2015 11:22:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Quad City Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Ed Tibbetts
    Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who is putting a lot of emphasis on Iowa in his presidential campaign, is continuing to notch endorsements from some well-known activists in the state. Former Secretary of State Matt Schultz told the Quad-City Times on Wednesday he is endorsing Cruz for president. "I’m looking for somebody who’s going to stand up and fight for our country, and he gives me hope we can turn things around," said Schultz, who is now the Madison County Attorney. "He's not going to back down from a fight." In a letter to two dozen members of the Cruz...
  • Ex-Aide: Walker Does 'Olympics-Quality' Backflip on Immigration

    04/22/2015 12:51:10 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 78 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4/21/2015 | Sean Piccoli
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker executed an "Olympics-quality flip-flop" on immigration on Monday in an interview with conservative radio host Glenn Beck, according to a former aide to the 2016 Republican presidential prospect. The ex-staffer, Liz Mair, commented on Twitter: Sad to see the full, Olympics-quality flip-flop by a former boss today. I guess some people think they can do what Romney did in 08 + win. ... Walker has said he previously supports opening a pathway to residency for immigrants who came here illegally - a position that resonates with the country's growing Hispanic electorate but has less support among...
  • Ted Cruz Out-Fundraises Romney Suggesting Big Money Race

    04/17/2015 9:23:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Open Secrets ^ | April 16, 2015 | Russ Choma and Paul Lewis
    Ted Cruz is raising money for his presidential campaign at a significantly faster rate than Mitt Romney did four years ago, eclipsing the early total raised by the former Massachusetts governor who went on to win the Republican nomination in 2012. The conservative Texas senator, who is seeking to unite the Republicans’ tea party wing behind his White House run, raised $4.3 million during the final days of March – his first full week after declaring as a candidate for president. Cruz proved particularly popular with small donors, raising more in his first week from contributors giving $200 or less...
  • The GOP's plan to turn Hillary into Mitt Romney

    04/14/2015 9:09:44 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Politico ^ | April 14, 2015 | Ed Stokols
    Republicans are readying a familiar template: The out-of-touch plutocrat who lives in a world of private planes, chauffeured vehicles and million-dollar homes. Forget about the Arkansas days, the small-bore scandals, her health care plan, and most everything else from the 1990s. A consensus is forming within the Republican Party that the plan of attack against Hillary Clinton should be of a more recent vintage, rooted in her accumulation of wealth and designed to frame her as removed from the concerns of average Americans. With close to 20 announced and prospective GOP 2016 candidates, there’s no singular, unified messaging effort yet....
  • 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...
  • Jeb Bush Camp Hires Former Romney Staffer To Run Hispanic Media Operation

    04/08/2015 7:38:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Buzz Feed ^ | 4/7/15 | Adrian Carrasquillo
    Emily Benavides, who served as national Hispanic press secretary for Mitt Romney’s campaign will lead Hispanic media for the eventual Jeb Bush campaign for president, BuzzFeed News has learned.
  • Mitt Romney Nailed His NCAA Bracket, Remains in the Top 1 Percent

    04/07/2015 4:55:21 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 3 replies
    After all the upsets and buzzer-beaters, Mitt Romney remains in his element as a member of the March Madness 1 percent.
  • Ann Coulter reacts to how GOP primary race is shaping up for 2016

    04/07/2015 2:39:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Fox News' Hannity ^ | April 7, 2015
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) DAVID WEBB, GUEST HOST: It is battle for the White House as anticipation builds and more Republican candidates throw their hat into the ring. Many are wondering how this presidential election will be different from the past years. But no matter which Republicans run, my next guest says liberals -- get that, liberals -- should not be able to moderate any of the primary debates. Come on, Ann Coulter, the author, columnist, and liberals, really, shouldn't be allowed to moderate? Shouldn't we go into the fire? ANN COULTER, AUTHOR AND COLUMNIST: I didn't know that's what we were talking...
  • Who Created This Mess Anyway?

    04/02/2015 7:44:46 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 8 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-2-2015 | MOTUS
    The notable thing about Culture War 4.0 is its consistent rejection of tolerance in favor of government enforced morality. Remember your Muad’Dib: “When I am weaker than you, I ask you for freedom because that is according to your principles; when I am stronger than you, I take away your freedom because that is according to my principles.”  - Ben Domenech, The Federalist  Ed Driscoll succinctly summarizes the emergence of the new liberal fascism in his recent post, and provides an example: REID: I don’t regret that at all. The Koch brothers — no one would help me. They...
  • Pistols At Dawn

    04/02/2015 6:53:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 4-2-15 | Scott McKay
    Have you seen it? The outgoing Senate minority leader Harry Reid, whose pitiful lie about being severely beaten in a vicious attack by an elastic exercise band continues largely unchallenged by our lugubrious mainstream media, said in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash that he had no regrets about another pitiful lie he told back in 2012. Asked whether he felt any regret for defaming then-Republican nominee Mitt Romney in 2012 by accusing him of tax evasion, in no less a venue than the floor of the U.S. Senate where he would be immune from suit, Reid’s answer was haughty...
  • 4 Game-Changers for the 2016 Presidential Campaign

    03/31/2015 9:27:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | April 1, 2015 | David Catanese
    These events from the first quarter could change the entire race.Ascertaining the magnitude of any political development can be a head-spinning task. A candidate surges in a poll? Bah. Horse-race numbers donÂ’t matter this early. A scandal erupts in Washington? Sigh. Real people in Dubuque, Iowa, arenÂ’t paying attention. Or they donÂ’t care. During the first three months of the year, there have been countless events in the preliminary stage of the 2016 race for the White House. Some gobble up a few hours of cable television news and then evaporate; others fester for days or weeks, propelled by unanswered...
  • Harry Reid is proud he lied about Mitt Romney's taxes

    03/31/2015 6:54:55 PM PDT · by george76 · 85 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 31, 2015 | Ashe Schow
    Harry Reid, D-Nev. has no regrets about his 2012 claims that then presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid no taxes for 10 years. The outgoing Senate Minority Leader even bragged to CNN that the comments, which had been described as McCarthyism, helped keep Romney from winning the election. "They can call it whatever they want. Romney didn't win did he?" Reid said ... when Reid directly accused Romney of being a tax dodge, he did so from the safety of the Senate floor. Outside the protection of legislative immunity, Romney was only possibly a tax dodge. Not only does Reid not...
  • Nikki Haley Muffs Jeb Bush Visit …

    03/25/2015 3:31:21 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 27 replies
    We’ll have a post up soon on the real news associated with former Florida governor Jeb Bush‘s visit to early-voting South Carolina this week, but first we had to address the colossal pooch screw committed by S.C. governor Nikki Haley during his trip. (SNIP) Well, despite wielding an embarrassingly anemic veto pen during her first four years in office Haley managed to cut funding in 2012 to twenty-three rape and domestic violence crisis centers across the state. Among them? Yup, Sistercare … (SNIP) And that, frankly, makes it baffling to us that Bush’s campaign – which is supposed to be...
  • RINO “war room” is pathetic, even by GOP establishment standards

    03/25/2015 3:05:39 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    MofoPolitics ^ | Mar. 22, 2015
    Matt Rhoades’ vaunted oppo research team was featured on this week’s on Fox News Sunday… (SNIP) To recap, this is fmr. Romney campaign manager and crony capitalist Matt Rhoades… (SNIP) LMFAO @ “And this is the presidential research team…” Literally watching YouTube all day… I know what you’re thinking: "They don’t even look like they’re trying! Matt Rhoades raises millions of dollars! That office looks like it costs twenty grand, tops! What happened to the rest of the money!?" (SNIP) Matt Rhoades and Karl Rove swindle naive, low-information Republicans out of hundreds of millions of dollars under the guise of...
  • Mitt Romney: 'Hell hath no fury like Obama scorned'

    03/25/2015 11:56:26 AM PDT · by Reno89519 · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 24, 2015 | Neil Cavuto
    Here is a really great interview by Neil Cavuto with Mitt Romney. Definitely worth the listen. Mitt Romney: 'Hell hath no fury like Obama scorned'
  • SCOTT WALKER’S TEAM PICKS UP A TOP ROMNEY STAFFER

    03/25/2015 12:05:49 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/25/2015 | Breitbart. News
    The Republican governor’s political action committee has tapped Matt Hall to serve as director of operations. Hall held a similar position for 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
  • Romney's former campaign manager on leading fight for 2016

    03/22/2015 1:31:33 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 15 replies
    Fox News Sunday - Power Player ^ | March 22, 2015 | Fox News Sunday
    Matt Rhoades has made a name for himself in the Republican ranks, serving as Mitt Romney's campaign manager and the research director for George W. Bush's 2004 campaign before that. As the race for the White House heats up, Chris sits down with Rhoades to discuss his latest venture, heading up the conservative opposition research group "America Rising," as our Power Player of the Week.