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  • Americans 'mad at government' melt phones on Capitol Hill

    11/21/2014 6:03:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 21, 2014 | Garth Kant
    GOP's Sessions: Obama's amnesty 'worse than you think'WASHINGTON – Phone lines are melting on Capitol Hill with outraged citizens calling their elected representatives to complain about the president’s order effectively granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. A number of Capitol Hill offices closed today for the Thanksgiving recess, but aides report hearing from upset voters even at the offices in lawmakers’ home states. The offices of Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, confirmed a flood of complaints, and an aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., told WND, “We are getting tons of phone calls to block executive amnesty.” “I...
  • Should Republicans Embrace the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine?

    11/21/2014 11:57:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    PowerLine ^ | November 21, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    The Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine holds that a president is not required to implement or enforce laws passed by Congress with which he disagrees. Obama’s use of the doctrine sets an interesting precedent for the next chief executive, who likely will be a Republican. For example, a Republican could adopt the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine with regard to corporate income taxes by directing the IRS to cease all efforts to enforce those portions of the Internal Revenue Code relating to income taxes payable by corporations. This would be great public policy. My law school tax professor once remarked that there is no...
  • TV ad: Obama finally builds Reagan's 'shining city on a hill'

    11/21/2014 11:06:32 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)President Obama’s controversial move to open the nation’s door to millions of illegal immigrants is a fulfillment of former President Reagan’s dream of building a “shining city on a hill,” according to a progressive group’s TV ad. The video from Americans United for Change shows Reagan talking about his move to relax immigration rules. In it the Gipper references his “shining city” that has doors open “to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.” It immediately flips to Obama who adds, “that’s the legacy we must leave for those who are yet to come.” The ad, previewed...
  • Dear GOP: Do Your Damned Job

    11/20/2014 10:28:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ ^ | November 21, 2014 | Steve Deace
    Dear Republican Party, On November 4th the American people spoke with a resounding voice, and voted “no” to President Obama’s Marxist Progressive agenda/tactics. The numbers show the American people gave you a definitive mandate as well. Democrats are now at their lowest numbers in state legislatures nationwide in 86 years, and Republicans now control more than two-thirds of the state legislative chambers across the country. Republicans have the most seats in the U.S. House of Representatives since before the Great Depression. Republicans posted one of the top five election year swings in the U.S. Senate in the past 70 years....
  • Some Republicans Fear That Their Hard-Liners Will Alienate Hispanics

    11/20/2014 8:27:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 20, 2014 | Jackie Calmes
    All but drowned out by Republicans’ clamorous opposition to President Obama’s executive action on immigration are some leaders who worry that their party could alienate the fastest-growing group of voters, for 2016 and beyond, if its hottest heads become its face. They cite the Republican Party’s official analysis of what went wrong in 2012, the presidential-election year in which nominee Mitt Romney urged Latinos here illegally to “self-deport.” “If Hispanics think that we do not want them here,” the report said, “they will close their ears to our policies.” “Both the president and the Republican Party confront risks here,” said...
  • 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...
  • The rise of liberal tea party caucus?

    11/19/2014 9:09:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 19, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Democrats have long lamented that they do not enjoy the kind of enthusiasm which Republicans benefited from with the rise of the tea party. The left has gone to great lengths to manufacture this sort of energy, including touting the volatile Occupy Wall Street movement as a rough tea party equivalent. Though some have fretted that tea party’s downsides – the targeting and ousting of electable Republican candidates – would necessarily follow the ascension of a liberal version of this grassroots movement to prominence. Democrats got lucky, in a fashion, when it became clear that the Occupy movement had no...
  • Elizabeth Warren Polishes Her Class Warfare Rhetoric

    11/19/2014 7:51:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | November 19, 2014 | Stephen Kruiser
    Okayyyyyyy… Elizabeth Warren, in her first major public speech since being elevated to the Democratic leadership in the Senate, slammed Republicans on education, job creation and other economic policies, warning Wednesday that “the American Dream is slipping out of reach.” “We must fight back with everything we have,” Warren told a gathering hosted by the Center for American Progress in Washington. “The game is rigged but we know how to fix it. We know what to do. We tested the Republican ideas and they failed. They failed spectacularly there’s no denying that fact.” As a science fiction fan, I have...
  • Obama to dine with top lawmakers tonight (Only Democrats, not one Republican)

    11/19/2014 7:37:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics Blog ^ | November 19, 2014 | Ed O'Keefe
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) President Obama has invited senior lawmakers to the White House for dinner Wednesday night so that he can explain his plans to use executive authority to change the nation’s immigration laws, according to several congressional aides. Obama has invited Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the leaders of the congressional Asian, Black and Hispanic caucuses....
  • How Republicans Are Learning to Love the Shutdown

    11/19/2014 7:25:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | November 19, 2014 | Paul Waldman
    Watch for a shift in their perspective, which is already underway.Conventional wisdom is malleable, and it appears that conventional wisdom on the wisdom of shutting down the government is shifting, at least within the Republican party. While the old CW was that it was a terrible idea that Republicans suffered for, and it would be foolish to do it again, the new CW seems to be, "Hey, didn't we shut down the government and win the next election?" The other day, influential conservative journalist Byron York began pushing this line, writing that the 2013 shutdown "so deeply damaged GOP prospects...
  • Texas Republican Says Ted Cruz Not Speaking for State on Immigration

    11/19/2014 6:13:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Slate ^ | November 19, 2014 | Betsy Woodruff
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s piece in Politico Magazine on Wednesday has drawn a lot of attention, not all of it kind. In the piece, the Texas Senator charges that President Obama’s impending executive action on immigration “is lawless” and that if he makes the move, “he will be acting as a monarch.” Since his election in 2012, Cruz has vocally opposed comprehensive immigration reform. A fellow Republican in the Texas congressional delegation said that Cruz’s energetic opposition to comprehensive immigration reform doesn’t adequately represent his constituents. “I don’t think it’s reflective of Texas as a whole,” said Rep. Gene Green, chuckling....
  • What will you ask US Senator John McCain?

    11/19/2014 5:47:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    EuroNews ^ | November 19, 2014
    Vietnam veteran John McCain began his career in the US army and survived five brutal years as a prisoner of war, years after his release he moved into the world of politics. Currently serving as senior United States Senator from Arizona, McCain is known for his maverick style and straight-talking attitude. In 2008 he was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate alongside his contentious running mate Sarah Palin, losing out to President Barack Obama. Today McCain is reputed for his long-standing criticism of the Obama administration, in particular his foreign affairs and defence policies. McCain has lashed out at Obama...
  • Ted Cruz Goes There By Accusing Obama of Being An Angry and Defiant Black Man (No he didn't)

    11/19/2014 3:46:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 19, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    In an attempt to game the ref prior to President Obama’s expected immigration reform announcement Thursday (tomorrow), Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) accused, “It is lawless. It is unconstitutional. He is defiant and angry at the American people.” The Republican shutdown king from Texas, dubbed a “wacko bird” by Republican Senator John McCain, took to the pages of Politico Magazine on Wednesday in an effort to demonize President Obama’s actions on immigration reform before he even announced them. While Cruz is highly educated, he runs a good game playing obtuse. And thus we get passages like: "To be clear, the dispute...
  • Ted Cruz: Amnesty a Dispute between President Obama and the American People

    11/19/2014 3:13:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ ^ | November 19, 2014 | Staff
    In an op-ed entitled "Obama is Not a Monarch" posted on November 19 in Politico, Senator Ted Cruz made the essential constitutional argument that all too few other Republicans have been willng to make: the Constitution was drawn to stop exactly the kind of arbitrary unilateral executive action President Obama has time and again imposed upon the American people. As Senator Cruz wrote in Politico: The Constitution designs a system of checks and balances for our nation, and executive amnesty unilaterally decreed from the White House would seriously undermine the rule of law. Our founders repeatedly warned about the dangers...
  • Luke Russert: Ted Cruz's Supporters In The House Will "Follow Him To The Gates Of Hell"

    11/19/2014 3:02:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | November 19, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) ALEX WAGNER, MSNBC: Is the sense that Republicans in Congress will try to unwind this [Obama administration executive action on immigration] in the budget process? LUKE RUSSERT, NBC NEWS: That is certainly an option, Alex, and it is something that they will address while they are in the lame duck to some capacity. I basically heard three things are a possibility. That they would actually try to strip the funds available to the president to carry out this executive action within the actual budget bill, of course it is due by December 11th, then that would be sent over...
  • Bennett: McConnell Has 'Isolated' Cruz and the Tea Party

    11/18/2014 12:55:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Utah Policy ^ | November 17, 2014 | Bryan Schott
    Former Sen. Bob Bennett says even though Republicans are set to take over Congress come January, don't expect Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee to set the agenda. Bennett, speaking at a conference in Washington, says Sen. Mitch McConnell, who will be majority leader in the next Congress, has done a masterful job of "isolating" Ted Cruz. "There is no cannier politician in Washington than Mitch McConnell," said Bennett. "Yes, Ted Cruz is an unsettling factor within the Republican conference. My sense of things is Mitch has very carefully, very methodically, very much under the radar isolated Ted Cruz. He's...
  • Lefty Bill Maher says he’d support Rand Paul 2016

    11/18/2014 8:21:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | November 17, 2014 | Sam Rolley
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) continued his efforts to expand the GOP’s reach ahead of 2016 on Friday, appearing for an interview on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”Maher, an outspoken anti-theist and liberal, said that he admires Paul for being “the one Republican who is willing to go to places Republicans don’t usually speak.” Throughout the interview, Paul and Maher were largely in agreement on issues such as the War on Drugs, reinstating voting rights for nonviolent felons, how the U.S. should go about defeating the Islamic State and even, to some extent, climate change. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)“I am available to the...
  • Here’s The Spot Landrieu And The Louisiana Democrat Party Are Running On Black Radio…

    11/17/2014 3:34:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | November 17, 2014 | MacAoidh
    …courtesy of our friend Rick Shaftan, who is cataloguing the demagoguery on the airwaves this cycle. (AUDIO/VIDEO-AT-LINK)The ad says the stock market was at an “all-time low” before Barack Obama took over as president, among other things. It’s worth commenting that this ad isn’t running in a broader market, where the ridiculous claims and hyperbolic tone would engender a more negative reaction. Landrieu’s campaign doesn’t want that kind of scrutiny. We can expect a good deal more of this, as it’s the calling card of Landrieu’s campaign boss Ryan Berni. Berni had this to say to Gannett after Sarah Palin...
  • I'm a Liberal Democrat. I'm Voting for Rand Paul in 2016. Here Is Why.

    11/17/2014 5:58:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 17, 2014 | H.A. Goodman
    The editor of Breitbart Unmasked, a site that I enjoy immensely and find informative, recently told me that supporting Rand Paul disqualifies a person from being labeled a progressive. My rebuttal was that he might be right. However, I also mentioned that Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia agreed with my latest Congress Blog piece. In the article, I explain why Rand Paul is correct in questioning the legality of President Obama's troop deployments. Sadly, people at UC Berkeley are more interested in protesting Bill Maher than condemning a conflict George McGovern stated weakens our country in the same manner...
  • 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...
  • Red State Governors Need To Administer&Enforce Current Voting Laws Soon In Case Of Amnesty.

    11/16/2014 6:50:22 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 6 replies
    Being the real "Democrat Intent" of Amnesty is to enroll a few million more votes to the base, Red State Governors need to fight back, establish & legislate laws requiring who is allowed to vote. In other words, the Dem's can try to pull this stunt against the will of the people, but Governors in Red/Purple States can still fight back by enforcing their own laws whereas all residents have to be "Legal Americans" to vote. What's Obama's plan? send the new illegals to Ohio, Florida and Wisconsin to insure victory in 2016?
  • Positive Conversation About Sen. Ted Cruz Drops Sharply on Facebook After Net Neutrality Comments

    11/16/2014 5:18:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 16, 2014 | Benjamin Bell
    The percentage of conversation about Sen. Ted Cruz that was positive on Facebook fell after the Texas Republican criticized net neutrality, calling it “Obamacare for the Internet.” Positive interactions related to Cruz on Facebook dropped from 52 percent over the period of Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 to 34 percent from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11, following the firebrand Texas senator’s reaction to Obama’s embrace of net neutrality, according to data supplied by Facebook. The percentage of negative interactions for the first week examined was 44 percent, with 4 percent of the interactions being neutral. For the later time period,...
  • On NPR, David Brooks Warns Obama Against 'Ted Cruz Maneuver' With Amnesty Executive Order

    11/16/2014 8:24:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 16, 2014 | Tim Graham
    Pseudo-conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks -- appointed by both NPR and PBS to agree with liberals from the "Republican" side of the political divide on Friday-night "week in review" panels -- is back to bashing Ted Cruz, even though after the election, he admitted Republicans weren't too extreme to win all over the place. On Friday's "All Things Considered," Brooks was bashing Obama with the worst cudgel he could imagine: Mr. President, don't pull a "total Ted Cruz maneuver" and force amnesty by executive order. Oh, he agrees with Obama, but forcing it is just bad manners: DAVID...
  • Bill Clinton Says He's Surprised by Midterm Loses

    11/15/2014 8:40:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | November 15, 2014 | Ken Thomas
    Former President Bill Clinton said Saturday that Democrats lacked a "national advertising campaign" in the recent midterm elections and that he's surprised many Senate races were not closer. Clinton said in an interview with Politico that Republicans were helped by a larger bloc of voters who felt more strongly about the elections than members of his party. Democrats could have benefited from a national message that reinforced the party's positions on refinancing student loans and promoting equal pay for women, he said. "The people who were against us felt more strongly than the people who were for us. The people...
  • Once More, President Obama Is Doing The Republicans’ Jobs For Them

    11/15/2014 12:05:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 15, 2014 | Rmuse
    There is an idiom that parents and employers likely put in practice when an important task has to be completed correctly; “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” President Obama certainly understands that sentiment with a slight variation; if the nation wants anything done at all, the President has to do it himself due to Republicans who have done nothing since January 2009. Sometime next week, after waiting patiently for Ted Cruz to order House Republicans to take up, and pass, the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform, the President will take action on immigration reform. The...
  • Allan Katz and Danae Columbus: Team Landrieu revving up the base for runoff election (Mary's Army)

    11/15/2014 11:55:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Uptown Messenger ^ | November 15, 2014 | Allan Katz and Danae Columbus
    Like other remaining Democratic candidates around the country, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu knows she must increase her support among black and white females to emerge victorious on Dec. 6. That’s why Norma Jane Sabiston, Kristin Palmer, Angele Wilson and others are again reaching out to 5,000 key women supporters statewide to build Mary’s Army, highly committed grassroots warriors who will knock doors and work phones non-stop for the next three weeks. Armed with pink t-shirts and lists of likely voters, these women clearly understand the campaign’s success rests largely on their ability to persuade voters one person at a time....
  • Why Democrats Can’t Win Over White Working-Class Voters

    11/15/2014 8:28:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Slate ^ | November 14, 2014 | Jamelle Bouie
    The party’s economic populism doesn’t reach that far.The Democratic Party styles itself a fighter for the working class. But a substantial part of that class—the white part—wants nothing to do with it. If we count the white working class as whites without college degrees, then congressional Democrats lost them by 30 points in last week’s elections, contributing to losses in states as diverse as Iowa, Maine, Colorado, North Carolina, and Florida. But then none of this is new. Democrats lost working class whites by a similar margin in 2010, with almost identical results: A wipeout of Senate seats, House districts,...
  • Ted Cruz’s nutty Senate takeover: Why GOP’s “amnesty” freakout is a horrifying omen (Smell the fear)

    11/14/2014 11:19:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | November 14, 2014 | Elias Isquith
    At certain moments during the past year’s long and often tedious march to November, the political class, already bored with discussing a GOP Senate takeover most considered nearly certain, started debating a few post-election hypotheticals. With Republicans in control in both the House and the Senate, would the president try again to strike the elusive grand bargain?(No.) Would Senate Republicans retaliate against Democrats for choosing the so-called nuclear option? (Maybe.) Would Democrats filibuster relentlessly, like Republicans did when they were the minority party in the Senate? (Probably not.) Of all the questions about a Republican Senate that hovered over the...
  • 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...
  • Are Democrats Losing the Jews?

    11/13/2014 12:24:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | November 13, 2014 | Emma Green
    In this year's midterms, Jews voted for Republican candidates more than they have in any election in the last decade. First, some raw facts. In the 2006 midterm elections, 87 percent of Jews voted for Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives. Last week, in the 2014 midterm elections, 66 percent cast ballots for Democrats. That's a 21-point drop in eight years—and, it might seem, a major cause for celebration among the likes of the Republican Jewish Coalition and philo-Semitic political strategists everywhere. But while Jewish support for Democrats has definitely declined over the last decade, the context is important....
  • Why President Rand Paul Will Keep America Safer Than Bush, Obama, and Hillary Clinton

    11/13/2014 8:25:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | November 13, 2014 | H.A. Goodman
    President Rand Paul will keep you safer than the president who brought America into Iraq and Afghanistan, the same man who in 2000 argued against nation building and foreign military entanglements. He'll keep you safer than the president who just doubled America's military presence in Iraq, yet in 2011 promised, "The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year." Rand Paul will also keep you safer than Hillary Clinton, a centrist with a neoconservative advisor named Robert Kagan who is quoted in The New York Times as saying, "I feel comfortable with her...
  • McCain says he's likely to run in 2016 despite Tea Party 'target' on his back

    11/13/2014 1:03:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Hill's Campaign Blog ^ | November 12, 2014 | Jonathan Easley
    Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) said Wednesday he’s planning on running for reelection in 2016. “We’ve already talked with finance people in the state, we’ve already talked to different groups and organizations ranging from the Arizona Chamber to the Southern Arizona Defense Alliance to build the coalitions we need to build,” McCain told MSNBC News. The 78-year-old, five-term Republican senator, who has at times clashed with Tea Party conservatives, said he fully expects a challenge from the right. “You have to hope for the best and prepare for the worst,” he said to MSNBC. “I definitely think that I would have...
  • Harry Reid wants Warren in Senate leadership

    11/12/2014 7:02:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | November 12, 2014 | Manu Raju and John Bresnahan
    Senate Democrats want to enlist a progressive firebrand as a member of their leadership: Elizabeth Warren. The incoming Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, is engaged in private talks with the Massachusetts freshman to create a special leadership post for the former Harvard professor, according to several people familiar with the matter. It’s unclear exactly what the new job would entail — but luring the populist liberal into leadership could inject fresh blood into a team reeling from significant midterm election losses. Adding Warren, Democrats say, would bring in a nationally known name who could help sharpen the Democratic message as...
  • Sarah Palin to campaign for Bill Cassidy

    11/12/2014 6:24:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | November 12, 2014 | Burgess Everett
    Sarah Palin did not support Rep. Bill Cassidy during Louisiana’s Senate jungle primary last week. But now that it’s between Cassidy and Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, the former Alaska governor is changing her tune. The 2008 vice-presidential nominee plans to appear alongside Cassidy, “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson and defeated conservative Senate candidate Rob Maness at a GOP unity rally on Saturday afternoon in Monroe, according to a source familiar with the event. The Palin visit follows a Monday event with Maness, Cassidy and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in Baton Rouge. Palin supported Maness in the primary and predicted that...
  • Pelosi on Midterms: Crises Like ISIS, Ebola Distracted Voters from Our Message

    11/12/2014 12:39:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Mediaite ^ | November 12, 2014 | Josh Feldman
    Nancy Pelosi does not believe the midterm results were a Republican wave; she says they were more of a Democratic ebb. And in a new interview, the House Minority Leader says that it didn’t help that voters were distracted during the final leg of the campaign by various international crises. In an interview with Politico out today, Pelosi continued to insist there was “no wave of approval for the Republicans” and even admitted that Democrats need to do a better job mobilizing voter turnout on their side the next time around. But when pressed on whether the Democrats lost because...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Ted Cruz confidantes file super PAC papers, setting the stage for 2016 presidential run

    11/12/2014 11:24:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 12, 2014 | David Martosko
    * 'Stand for Principle PAC' isn't officially connected to the Texas senator * But his friends' establishment of a financial juggernaut to help him in 2016 is the biggest sign yet that he's running for president * Georgia business consultant filed papers with the FEC on Friday * Group can raise unlimited amounts of money as long as it doesn't coordinate its activities with any candidates * Former Cruz college roommate, considered his closest friend, chose the group's nameIf Ted Cruz isn't running for president, his closest friends are setting up a super PAC for nothing. The 'Stand for Principle'...
  • Alameel to wary Texas Democrats: ‘This is just the beginning’ (Run against Cruz in '18?)

    11/11/2014 8:06:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's Texas on the Potomac blog ^ | November 11, 2014 | Kevin Diaz
    Texas U.S. Senate hopeful David Alameel, who lost to incumbent Republican John Cornyn by a 27-point margin on Nov. 4, is giving no indication of fading away. In an email Tuesday providing excerpts of his Election Night speech, Alameel trashed the Texas Democratic Party and vowed to carry on in 2018 – presumably when GOP Sen. Ted Cruz is up for reelection. “This is just the beginning for David Alameel for US Senate,” Alameel said. “We knew going in that it’s going to be an uphill battle. But we also knew that we’re in this for the long haul… Our...
  • NY Times Agrees with Senators Cruz and Lee: Lynch Must Answer About Executive Amnesty

    11/11/2014 7:20:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | November 11, 2014 | Bob Price
    HOUSTON, Texas – An article by the New York Times Editorial Board appears to agree with Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) that Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch must answer about whether she approves of President Obama’s threatened executive amnesty. Cruz and Lee came out quickly after the announcement of Lynch’s nomination demanding that Lynch provide her analysis of the president’s legal authority to issue amnesty for illegal immigrants through an executive order. “Several Republicans, including Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, have said Ms. Lynch must disclose her position on, among other things, the president’s announced plan...
  • John McCain attacks Ted Cruz in… Salon?

    11/11/2014 1:44:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 11, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Just days after Salon.com published a tasteless screed in which a relatively unknown author attacked the military and insisted that his freedoms were more threatened than protected by the armed forces (a piece delightfully eviscerated by our own Jazz Shaw), this online magazine has the strange honor of publishing an exclusive interview with incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Beyond McCain’s odd decision to give the race and sex-obsessed Salon an exclusive interview, the senator made the even more perplexing decision to obliquely attack a fellow Republican in that interview. McCain spoke with Salon’s...
  • The Ben Carson Factor.We Need A Black American On The 2016 Ticket. All Agreed?

    11/10/2014 6:08:45 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 177 replies
    It sure looks like Ben Carson is running. And if we want to win in 2016, we need to take a good chunk of the black vote. Ben Carson can "Woo Black Voters" into the Republican Party. All he has to do is tell them the truth regarding how Dem's actually feel about them. More like using them as pawns. Adding Ted Cruz to the ticket would be our best bet. Now we have a "Black/Latino Ticket". The Carson/Cruz or Cruz/Carson ticket is considered a Dream Ticket for many conservatives. That's the ticket that will bring in lots of minority...
  • 5 Signs the Cruz-pocolypse is Upon Us (Smell their fear)

    11/10/2014 10:48:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Houston Press' Houston News Blog ^ | November 10, 2014 | Dianna Wray
    It's finally happening. The time of the Cruz-pocolypse is nigh. We tried to pretend it wasn't going to happen. After all, the Republicans gained control of both the House and the Senate and there was talk that Congress might actually do things going forward, instead of just constantly fighting. That would mean that everyone, even Sen. Ted Cruz, would have to stop yammering, sit down and actually do some legislating. But then we read some tea leaves and examined the astrological signs and all the other harbingers and forced ourselves to face the inevitable: Cruz isn't going to slide back...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Vision for America a Sharp Contrast to Tea Party Congress (Nauseating!)

    11/09/2014 6:02:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Georgetown Dish ^ | November 9, 2014 | Peter Rosenstein
    As recriminations continue over whose fault it is that Democrats lost the Senate one potential positive is Hillary Rodham Clinton will be able to run full-out against the ultra-conservative Congress. When as many believe she will announce her candidacy for President in the beginning of 2015 she will be helped by the likes of senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), the current incarnation of the late Senator Joseph McCarthy (D-WI), who was quoted in the Washington Post saying “The first order of business should be a series of hearings on President Obama, looking at the abuse of power, the executive abuse, the...
  • 'Inside Politics' forecast: New GOP ground troops in Louisiana (Watch out, McConnell: Cruz's plans)

    11/09/2014 5:38:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    CNN's America's Choice 2014 ^ | November 9, 2014 | John King
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)One last Campaign 2014 maneuver and several intriguing post-election shifts and calculations made for a fun trip around the table. 1. New ground troops -- in Louisiana There is one more round in the 2014 election, and Republicans are heavily favored: the Louisiana runoff for the U.S. Senate between Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu and GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy. So put this one in the "taking nothing for granted" file: A GOP source tells CNN the Republican National Committee is sending in 350 field workers to help with the December 6 get-out-the-vote effort. Democrats, too, say they will bolster their staff...
  • Willie Brown: Hillary Clinton 'Is Going to Lose'

    11/09/2014 5:32:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Breitbart California ^ | November 9, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    Veteran California politician Willie Brown has warned this weekend that presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton "is going to lose" in 2016 "[u]nless there are some serious readjustments to the Democratic operation." Brown made his remarks in his regular column in the San Francisco Chronicle, as he attempted to draw lessons from his party's stunning nationwide losses in the midterm elections. "Everybody keeps asking me, “Why did this happen?’" Brown wrote. "Beats me. When it came to the elections, I was a dreamer who thought the Democrats were going to retain the Senate. Instead, we got walloped." Brown suggested...
  • After midterms, no reprieve: 2016 presidential race is on

    11/09/2014 9:12:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Olean Times Herald ^ | November 3, 2014 | Markos Kounalakis
    Ballot propositions and congressional races are sucking up all the political oxygen in the run-up to Tuesday’s elections. They should. Informing ourselves and getting out the vote is critical for the healthy functioning of our democracy. But for an electorate hoping for post-midterm relief from campaign ads and candidate messaging, that reprieve will be short-lived. Soon after the November ballots are tallied, the 2016 presidential campaign will kick in. Hold on for the ride. This early presidential cycle will contrast potential candidates’ differences on government’s role, health care and taxes, but nothing will say “I’m running” more than a foray...
  • How Does Ted Cruz Fit Into Tuesday's Big GOP Win? (Where do you think they're going with this?)

    11/08/2014 5:03:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    National Journal ^ | November 5, 2014 | Rebecca Nelson
    Compared to his 2016 peers, he's on rocky footing going into primary season.Tuesday's GOP victory doesn't guarantee the party's success in 2016. But the race, which began as soon as AP called the midterms for the party, has steeled a few Republicans angling for presidential bids. One likely contender, however, already appears to be behind: Ted Cruz. The Texas senator certainly had a good election night. His party won a majority in the Senate, and he appeared on CNN and Fox News soon after the victory became clear to talk about the GOP's legislative plans with its newfound power. But...
  • Pierce: If Elizabeth Warren Won’t Run For President, an Al Franken Bid Would Be the Next Best Thing

    11/08/2014 4:27:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 8, 2014 | Tom Johnson
    Three lefty bloggers speculated Friday about one or the other of two potential 2016 presidential candidates, one from each major party. The White House prospects of the Republican have been much-discussed for a few years; those of the Democrat, not so much. Esquire’s Charles Pierce lauded Al Franken’s recent “populist campaign for re-election” to the Senate and wondered, given Elizabeth Warren’s reluctance to run for president, why Franken shouldn’t give it a go instead, since he’s “showed…how you embrace the themes on which Warren has based her career in the context of a political campaign.” (Also, it would “cause Bill...
  • GOP presidential hopefuls jockey for position in a crowded 2016 field

    11/08/2014 3:55:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 8, 2014 | Philip Rucker
    More than a dozen Republican governors and senators are rushing to line up supporters, pore over policies and map out strategies for the 2016 presidential campaign, concluding that last week’s midterm rout of Democrats shows that the GOP has a strong chance of taking back the White House. Whereas Democrats are rapidly coalescing around Hillary Rodham Clinton as their standard-bearer, there is no heir apparent on the Republican side. The field is as splintered as the Grand Old Party itself, with stark differences along the lines of ideology, style and background. “Tuesday night certainly gives the Republicans a sense of...
  • Ted Cruz: 'Under no circumstances' will I run for majority leader

    11/08/2014 1:29:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 5, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday night ruled out running for majority leader after Republicans captured the upper chamber. Asked on CBS if he would consider challenging GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Cruz replied, "under no circumstances." The Texas senator and Tea Party favorite, though has declined to say whether he would vote for McConnell for majority leader. Asked if there would be a challenger to McConnell, Cruz said, "I don’t think anyone has declared their intention to run, and that will be a decision for the conference next week, and we’ll see." "My practice has been not to...
  • Starting Over: The old campaign is dead; here comes the new one

    11/08/2014 11:25:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Barron's ^ | November 8, 2014 | Thomas G. Donlan
    It’s rarely worth much time crying or rejoicing over spilt political milk -- but it can be fun. Be they ever so virtuous, be they ever so malicious, the politicians who wore out their welcomes last week will be replaced. And the geniuses who devised the U.S. Constitution and the rules of the House and Senate arranged for new members of Congress to undergo ordeals of process that cool the passions of recent arrivals before they attain much power. Like it or not, it took Republicans four election cycles to retake the Senate majority after losing it in 2006. Once...