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  • Friend, We’re Here for You...[NSRC]

    07/29/2014 6:01:48 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 11 replies
    My Email | July 28, 2014 | NRSC
    You gotta be kiddin' me!!!! ********************************************************* Friend, We’d never doubt you. Throughout the year, you’ve heard from Republican figures – elected officials and other organization heads – asking you to contribute to various campaigns and causes. It’s easy to get frustrated. Your past support is beyond question; through thick and thin, even when Washington has failed you, you’ve stayed true to the cause of building a better future for our country. This is a historic election and we’ll all participate as we can. For some that will mean making phone calls every weekend or walking neighborhoods with friends – for...
  • The “Ted Cruz is smart” trap: Why this garbage is false — and dangerous (Preemptive Palin on him?)

    07/28/2014 10:40:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | July 28, 2014 | Nathan Robinson
    The Texas senator convinces all of his enemies to praise his intellect. Here's why they're wrong -- and should stop. Even Ted Cruz’s critics seem to concur on one point: whatever else you might say about him, the man is very smart. Mother Jones magazine has called him the “thinking man’s tea partier.” Josh Marshall, in a mostly withering assessment, made the same obligatory concession to his being an “incredibly bright guy.” Jeffrey Toobin’s recent, ostensibly critical New Yorker profile of Cruz is full of quotes about his being “the smartest guy in the room,” his “sophisticated” constitutional views, and...
  • Why Many People In The Middle Now Identify With The Left

    07/26/2014 9:00:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    While the country has become more liberal in some ways, the Republican Party has moved to the extreme right, and the Democratic Party has filled in the vacuum in the middle by also moving to the right on many issues. As a consequence, many people who previously considered themselves in the middle are finding that the current views of the left are closer to their views. Thomas Ricks, who wrote Fiasco, and excellent look at the Iraq War, described why he moved to the left at Politico: Disappointment in the American government over the last 10 years. Our wars in...
  • The Manicured Hands of D.C. and the Calloused Hands of the Forgotten Man

    07/26/2014 12:34:50 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    A Time For Choosing and various tweets ^ | July 26, 2014 | Whitney Pitcher
    Last weekend, Governor Palin gave a measured and thoughtful speech at the Western Conservative Summit, speaking primarily in the tone of the “forgotten man”–”the hard working middle class man who can’t catch a break”. She also used a masterful analogy of the “calloused hand that built America”. What a stark contrast between an open hand calloused from hard work and the clenched fist of socialism. What a stark contrast, too, between Governor Palin’s speech that hit a tone that resonates with middle class America and the tonedeafness and lack of self-awareness of Washington. Take, for example, the Left’s newest pivot...
  • Entitled to What? Hillary Clinton’s long march through the institutions

    07/25/2014 8:32:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The August 4, 2014 Issue | Noemie Emery, contributing editor
    Contrary no doubt to what she expected, Hillary Clinton has hit some serious snags in the rollout of her unannounced campaign for president. She has made Romneyesque comments about the size of her fortune, such as that she was “dead broke” when she bought her two mansions. When queried about events on her watch as secretary of state that proved embarrassing, she took responsibility without being accountable, projecting the impression that anyone who pressed further was crude. Most damning of all, what has emerged in plain sight from the first month of the publicity tour for her memoir Hard Choices...
  • Gang of Eight Republicans Promise: We're Not Trying to Sneak Our Bill Through

    07/24/2014 5:35:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 24, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate “Gang of Eight” Republicans are vowing not to try anything sneaky, as Congress considers legislation to address the border crisis. In a statement that underscores the remarkable distance the immigration debate has traveled since their bill passed the Senate with 68 votes last year, the four Republican authors say they do not support bringing up such a bill this year. “Last year, we helped lead the effort to pass immigration reform legislation that received 68 votes in the United States Senate,” Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said in a joint...
  • How White House Reporters Can Reclaim Their Beat

    07/24/2014 12:26:29 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    The National Journal ^ | 7/24/2014 | Ron Fournier
    Paul Farhi of The Washington Post writes today about a trend at the White House—and throughout journalism—that threatens the quality and credibility of news-gathering: Public-relations "minders" are injecting themselves into our interviews with politicians, CEOs, and other policymakers. Minder madness joins the surge of "background briefings" and the decline of access to decision-makers as evidence that the White House—and other big instititutions—are manipulating the press. It's that, but it's also something worse: It's evidence that journalists are ceding control when they should be seizing it, accepting canned news rather than breaking it. Farhi writes, "Almost every officially sanctioned exchange between...
  • The weird obsession that's ruining the GOP: Benghazi? ObamaCare? Hillary? No — it's inflation.

    07/24/2014 4:59:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Week ^ | July 23, 2014 | James Pethokoukis
    Call it doomsday prepper economics. For more than five years, many Republicans and conservatives have warned that catastrophe is nigh. Washington's deficit spending and the Federal Reserve's excessive money printing will lead to a financial crisis worse than the Great Recession, they prophesied. Inflation will skyrocket, the dollar will collapse, and the Chinese will dump treasuries, they swore. As Ron Paul, the libertarian former GOP congressman and presidential candidate, said back in 2009: "More inflation is absolutely the wrong way to go. We're taking a recession and trying to turn it into a depression. We're going to see a real...
  • David Perdue wins Republican Senate nomination

    07/22/2014 10:27:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | July 22, 2014 | Daniel Malloy
    Businessman David Perdue stunned Georgia’s Republican political establishment Tuesday by capturing the party’s U.S. Senate nomination in his first run for office. The former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General toppled 11-term Rep. Jack Kingston by a narrow margin, setting up a battle of political newcomers with famous kin in the fall. Perdue’s cousin, Sonny, was a two-term governor and Nunn’s father, Sam, was a four-term U.S. Senator....
  • Sen. Cruz: Halbig a 'repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that comes with it'

    07/22/2014 8:15:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Senator Ted Cruz's Office ^ | July 22, 2014 | Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    Statement regarding Halbig v. Burwell.July 22, 2014 | (202) 228-7561WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding the Halbig v. Burwell decision: "The D.C. Circuit's decision today in Halbig v. Burwell is a repudiation of Obamacare and all the lawlessness that has come with it," said Sen. Cruz. "The Obama Administration, through the Internal Revenue Service, has attempted to dispense revenues to the states without proper congressional authorization, robbing Congress of its constitutionally-provided power of the purse. This decision restores power to Congress and to the people and if properly enforced, should shield citizens...
  • Obama Dismisses 'Haters'

    07/22/2014 12:38:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 21, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)During a town hall with young people, President Obama explained how he deals with people who criticize him. “I just don’t watch TV,” Obama joked, after he was asked about his critics during a town hall promoting the White House "My Brother's Keeper" initiative. Obama advised young people to listen to critics who actually had their interests at heart. “Who gives you constructive criticism because they’re invested in the same things you are but maybe can see the things you can’t, versus folks who are just -- what’d someone say -- hatin’? Somebody just hatin’, just haters?” Obama said. Obama...
  • GOP’s ’16 consolation vanishes: Suddenly, Democrats have the deep bench!

    07/21/2014 11:23:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Salon ^ | July 21, 2014 | Joan Walsh, editor at large
    In the wake of President Obama’s reelection in 2012, reporters found one source of solace for the GOP. “One race the Republicans appear to be winning is the one for the deepest bench of rising stars,” wrote the Washington Post, and plenty of folks followed up. Democrats, meanwhile, had nobody on the bench but Hillary Clinton – a formidable candidate if she were to run, but that wasn’t even certain. Beyond Clinton, there seemed to be a wasteland populated by ambitious governors no one had ever heard of (Martin O’Malley), and some who were well known but not widely liked...
  • McDaniel Can Beat Cochran .. At The Polls .. In November. Here’s How!! (Longshot, at best)

    07/21/2014 7:13:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Iizthatiiz Blog I Iz Blogging ^ | July 21, 2014 | iizthatiiz
    On July 7th, the Mississippi GOP Executive Committee certified the results of the June 24th primary run-off, declaring Thad Cochran the winner. Senator McDaniel has not accepted this result, and has refused to concede the election. McDaniel volunteers have been scouring ballot boxes and poll books across Mississippi’s 82 counties .. when they have been allowed access. Approximately two dozen county clerks still refuse to allow the McDaniel camp to examine the records. McDaniel representatives are expressing confidence that they have a case to make, believing they can cast overwhelming doubt on the 7,600 vote margin of victory that the...
  • Sarah Palin to GOP: Fight for the 'Forgotten Man' to 'Win Big in 2016'

    07/20/2014 4:45:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 20, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Ronald Reagan won two presidential elections by fighting for the "Forgotten Man," and Sarah Palin said Republicans will only win presidential elections in the future if the party sticks up for the "little guy" and the "Forgotten Man" of all races and backgrounds. Building upon the themes she has always fought for and distilled in a landmark speech in Indianola, Iowa in 2011 in which she denounced the bipartisan permanent political class and their brand of crony capitalism that extracts wealth from American workers, Palin told attendees at the Western Conservative Summit in Colorado on Saturday to think about what...
  • What Liberals Really Want: 5 Goals for End of Obama’s Presidency (Voting, guns, student loans)

    07/18/2014 3:54:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Caleb Jackson and Noah Weiland
    From reducing student loan debt to expanding voter rights to dealing with the scourge of violent crime, liberals have laid out an ambitious agenda for the waning years of the Obama presidency. At a day-long summit Wednesday organized by Generation Progress, the youth division of the influential Washington-based think tank Center for American Progress, speakers such as Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi articulated their goals to a Washington audience of more than 1,000. Here are five issues that came up again and again at the Make Progress National Summit, and the...
  • Morning Plum: On immigration, the GOP is Ted Cruz’s party

    07/17/2014 11:57:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | July 17, 2014 | Greg Sargent
    As I’ve noted here before, the current crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the border has had one upside. It has forced the actual GOP stance on immigration out into the open, increasingly boxing Republicans into a position where their main solution to the broader immigration crisis is effectively advocating for maximum deportations from the interior, including of the DREAMers. Now, as the battle over the crisis continues to roil the political landscape, the point is being underscored by none other than Ted Cruz: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz plans to take a hard-line stand that could rile up conservatives just as...
  • Is Sen. Elizabeth Warren a Mere Hack or an Out-and-Out Sociopath?

    07/17/2014 3:23:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | July 16, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren now says that last year’s government shutdown was about birth control. Warren did not make the remark in an off-the-cuff setting. She made it in a prepared speech. Warren said it on the floor of the Senate while supporting a bill that she knows has absolutely zero chance of becoming law. “Remember last year’s government shutdown that nearly tanked our economy?” Warren asked. “That fight started with a GOP effort to hold the whole operation of the federal government hostage in order to try to force Democrats and the president to let employers deny workers access to...
  • Press Conference: We Found A Lot! This Is Much Bigger Than MS

    07/16/2014 11:14:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | July 16, 2014 | Isabel Matos
    One of the things I admire most about Senator Chris McDaniel is that he is keeping the fire burning. His updates not only help us keep our spirits high they restore confidence in our elected officials. He is still a state senator and he could have chosen the path of less resistance but he is fighting for the integrity of the process. ItÂ’s not as easy as he has made it look. There has been a lot of pressure for him to not pursue this but he remains focused but he is staying close to supporters who are following this...
  • Extremism in the defense of liberty is still no vice

    07/16/2014 5:25:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 16, 2014 | Rick Manning
    "Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue." —Barry Goldwater The 50th anniversary of Barry Goldwater's clarion call for liberty acceptance speech for the Republican nomination passed this week. In a modern world where politicians talk, but their words are hollow, listening to Goldwater's message a half a century later is like a drink of fresh water. But the words were no less scary to politicians less than a year from President Kennedy's assassination. The establishment Republicans, then known as Rockefeller Republicans, played...
  • The Looming Political Game Changers

    07/16/2014 5:06:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 16, 2014 | Eleanor Clift
    Iran! Oil prices! Rick Perry! Even if you think you know who’ll control Congress next year, the road to the November midterms will be full of big surprises.From a deal with Iran to an uptick in the employment rolls, a lot can happen to shift the political conversation between now and November. Immigration reform, for example, was supposed to help Democrats in the midterm elections. Clashes on the border between angry Texans and buses carrying immigrant children fleeing gang violence and sex trafficking highlighted the GOP’s opposition, and Democrats thought maybe this was the game changer they needed. But the...
  • Giorgio: Impeachment, Immigrants and Sarah Palin (Hurl-licious)

    07/16/2014 4:39:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    GoLocalWorcester ^ | July 16, 2014 | Paul Giorgio, GoLocalWorcester MINDSETTER™
    We have an immigration problem along our southern border, mostly with the Texas portion. The border is leaking like a sieve, with hundreds of children fleeing Central America and the drug induced bloodshed that has moved recently from Mexico down to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. A child has a higher chance of being killed in Central America than they do in Chicago’s South Side. Who are buying the drugs that are causing all the violence in Central America? Americans are. So if we want to stop the influx of children from Central America we need to do something about...
  • What Dems always forget about Hillary: Clinton has perfect résumé, but she's a terrible politician

    07/14/2014 9:10:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Week ^ | July 14, 2014 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Hillary Clinton already wears the mantle of presumptive nominee for president. She's an accomplished lawyer, a member of Walmart's board of directors, a close adviser to her husband when he was president, a two-term senator from New York, and secretary of state. And yet, she is a horrible politician. So far, she has been able to sew up lots of Democratic money and support, and build an organization without actually beginning her campaign. She hasn't even decided on running, but maintains the repose of someone awaiting her party's coronation. That is a wise strategy. Consider that Clinton has run in...
  • The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce Is Saving the GOP Establishment at Ballot Box

    07/14/2014 7:52:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 14, 2014 | Alex Altman
    Business group has been major force in 2014 races.On the day after New Jersey and Virginia’s gubernatorial elections last fall, Mitch McConnell showed up at a board meeting of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with another race on his mind. He announced that the day’s most consequential contest had been neither Chris Christie’s victory nor Ken Cuccinelli’s defeat. Instead, the Senate minority leader explained, it had been a GOP primary in South Alabama. The Chamber had shelled out about $200,000 in the sleepy district on the Mississippi border to rescue a mainstream candidate who was struggling to fend off a...
  • Scarborough Outright Dismisses Rand Paul 2016: He’s ‘His Father’s Son’

    07/14/2014 7:09:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 14, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    On Monday, Morning Joe played a game of “Fact or Fiction” and Joe Scarborough had a lot to say when they arrived at this prediction: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will win the 2016 GOP nomination. “Fiction, fiction, fiction,” Scarborough declared. Scarborough admitted that if Paul runs he will probably do well in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, but beyond that, “he will be his father’s son.” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell said he “would have agreed” with Scarborough assessment, but does not know who on the Republican side has what it takes to beat Paul. “I have to continue to look...
  • Think the Economy Can Save Democrats? It Won't

    07/14/2014 6:17:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    National Journal ^ | July 13, 2014 | Alex Roarty
    The economy might play a role in presidential politics, but its impact is near nil in the midterms. This month's surprisingly strong jobs report elicited fresh optimism that at long last, the economy was poised to recover its full strength. And in Washington, naturally, the question quickly became: Would Democratic candidates receive an unexpected boost from a late-in-the-election-cycle economic surge? The short answer? Don't count on it. Even if job gains do spike—and there's plenty of reluctance to predict an accelerating recovery after years of stop-and-start growth—it's unlikely voters will feel demonstrably better about the economy in time for November....
  • The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One

    07/14/2014 2:21:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 13, 2014 | Jack Schwartz
    Obama is the Antichrist, Republicans are heretics, and compromise is unholy. Politics can’t explain how the right acts.America has long been the incubator of many spiritual creeds going back to the Great Awakening and even earlier. Only one of them, Mormonism, has taken root and flourished as a true religion sprung from our own native ground. Today, however, we have a new faith growing from this nation’s soil: the Tea Party. Despite its secular trappings and “taxed enough already” motto, it is a religious movement, one grounded in the traditions of American spiritual revival. This religiosity explains the Tea Party’s...
  • GOP's Ernst of Iowa to Give Party's Radio Address

    07/11/2014 9:04:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | July 11, 2014 | Thomas Beaumont
    Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst will take a break from campaigning for two weeks to take part in active-duty training for the Iowa National Guard. But before lacing up her boots, Ernst was to record the Republicans' national radio address, the Republican National Committee said Friday. Ernst, a lieutenant colonel and state senator from southwest Iowa, recorded the speech Thursday evening just hours before she was scheduled to report for duty at 6 a.m. From central Iowa Ernst was leading a convoy to Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, where for the next two weeks she will drill with her transportation battalion....
  • Sarah Palin vs. President Obama: Are Republicans the losers? (C'mon, you knew they'd go there)

    07/11/2014 4:28:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Los Angeles Times' Politics Now ^ | July 11, 2014 | Cathleen Decker
    For a few political cycles now, Republican leaders have strained to distance themselves from some in their midst and focus on the basics to secure and extend their power in Washington: The less-than-sweeping economic recovery and President Obama’s foundering, as they see it, at home and abroad. And those in their midst have continued to define the party in ways that drew an injurious response from key voter groups. There was the dust-up in 2012 when Todd Akin, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri, defended his opposition to abortion by positing that women’s bodies blocked conception resulting from rape....
  • Tea party could spoil GOP chances

    07/10/2014 9:36:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    A few recent developments have revealed the tea party temperament in its most distilled, potent form. Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin called for the impeachment of President Obama on the theory that his border policies are "the last straw that makes the battered wife say, 'no mas.' " Excavating the layers of mixed metaphor - the straw that broke the camel's back is somehow causing an abused woman to surrender in Spanish - Palin demands the ousting of an American president on the constitutional theory that "enough is enough." Republicans who disapprove of this plan, according to Palin,...
  • Barack Obama on impeachment: 'Really?'(“I don’t have to run anymore, so I can just let it rip”)

    07/10/2014 7:10:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 10, 2014 | Edward-Isaac Dovere, senior White House reporter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Go ahead, President Barack Obama told House Republicans Thursday. Impeach him. “You hear some of them: ‘Sue him! Impeach him!’” Obama said in a relaxed, sniping campaign-style speech in Austin, Texas, recounting the resistance he’s run into for signing executive actions. “Really? For what, doing my job?” So punchy that he was leaning arms hanging off the front of his podium, telling a few hecklers to “sit down,” and instructing the Secret Service not to bother removing them, Obama said he was feeling liberated. “I don’t have to run for office anymore, so I can just let it rip,” he...
  • Obama Wants 3.7 Bill.Well,Then Congress Should Make A List Of Their Demands.Let's Make A Deal!

    07/09/2014 4:02:37 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 27 replies
    So Barry wants 3.7 Billion for the upkeep of the refugee crisis.Fine!,now here is an opportunity for Boehner and Congress to come back at the President and say,Hey,OK,you want 3.7 Billion dollars,Fine,then you give us Keystone,pass our tax-reform bill(lowering all taxes for individuals and businesses)lets say lower the Capital Gains to 15%.They should also demand that Obama-Care become optional/no mandates.Fire Harry Reid,and Barry has to pay for the rest of his vacations/golf outings/fundraisers,etc.Yah,lets just see if he agrees to all of those mandatory agreements if he wants his money!
  • Missouri GOP head defends Tea Party candidate in divisive Mississippi senate race

    07/09/2014 2:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | July 9, 2014 | Kevin McDermott
    In an unusual move that is getting some national political buzz, the chairman of the Missouri Republican Party is asking the national GOP to investigate campaign ads and robocalls that attacked Mississippi Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel in his failed attempt to unseat U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. Missouri Republican Party Chairman Ed Martin has requested that Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appoint a task to investigate the “racially divisive” ads and robocalls that alleged McDaniel had racist ties. The request has turned some heads because, as the leader of a state Republican Party, someone in Martin's position would...
  • A party that won’t be saved: GOP dead-enders and “reform conservatives” duke it out

    07/09/2014 10:04:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Salon ^ | July 9, 2014 | Simon Maloy
    Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin teamed up to show "Reformicons" just how tough reforming the GOP will be. The last couple of weeks have been a coming out party of sorts for the “Reformicons,” the group of conservative intellectuals who have taken it upon themselves to reform the Republican Party into something less dogmatic and more electable. They were the subject of a New York Times Magazine profile and countless thinkpieces. They were the topic of a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution. Pundits were commenting on the resurgence of conservative intellectualism and wondering whether a gaggle of economics-obsessed conservatives...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz tweets Obama directions from fundraisers to border towns (OUCH!)

    07/09/2014 9:41:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 9, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted Google Map directions to border towns from President Obama’s planned fundraiser stops in Austin and Dallas. “If President Obama wants to have a real border meeting with @GovernorPerry, here are a couple suggested detours,” the Republican tweeted Tuesday to his 327,000 followers. Mr. Cruz has joined Gov. Rick Perry in criticizing the president for refusing to visit the troubled southern border while he fundraises in Texas, a Houston CBSaffiliate reported. One map shows the driving route from Austin to the border town of Laredo, and another shows the route from Dallas to border town McAllen....
  • Chris Matthews Proclaims Marco Rubio Is ‘The Republicans' John Edwards’

    07/09/2014 9:25:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 8, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    Hardball host Chris Matthews made some bizarre comments about the potential Republican candidates for president in 2016 on Tuesday night. Speaking to Jeanne Cummings of Bloomberg News and Republican strategist John Feehery, Matthews took a swipe at Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and suggested “he's the Republicans' John Edwards.” [See video below.](VIDEO-AT-LINK)The Hardball host never explained why in the world he would compare a man who cheated on his wife while pursuing the presidency to Senator Marco Rubio, but nevertheless the snide remark took his panelists by surprise. While Republican John Feehery didn’t directly condemn Matthews’ unusual comparison of Edwards and...
  • Mitch McConnell: It’s Clear Thad Cochran Won Mississippi Runoff

    07/09/2014 1:19:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Roll Call's At The Races blog ^ | July 8, 2014 | Humberto Sanchez
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky dismissed allegations from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, of impropriety in the Mississippi Republican primary — but noted it’s an issue for state officials to decide. “I assume the people in Mississippi will look at what ever complaints are filed,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday when asked to comment on Cruz’s call for an investigation in to voter fraud. “That is what typically happens in a post election situation if there are complaints filed they are dealt with at the state level.” “I think it’s pretty clear who won. Sen. [Thad Cochran, R-Miss.,] ran a...
  • Harry Reid Apparently Thinks Clarence Thomas Is White

    07/08/2014 10:43:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is so angry over the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in the Hobby Lobby contraception case last week that he apparently forgot Justice Clarence Thomas is black. The Nevada Democrat lamented the court’s ruling which allows Hobby Lobby and other for-profit companies with religious objections to certain forms of contraception to avoid providing them to employees in health insurance plans mandated under Obamacare. Hobby Lobby approves of 16 out of 20 forms of contraception that have been approved by the FDA. “People are going to have to walk down here and vote, and if they vote...
  • Republicans’ impeachment-mania: How it achieves a subtler, dangerous end (Cue spooky music)

    07/08/2014 10:17:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | July 8, 2014 | Emmett Rensin
    Despite Sarah Palin's calls, the president won't be impeached. But here's how her demand normalizes other lunacy. “By the Grace of God,” the English used to say, when asked by what authority their monarch ruled. “Divine right” was the answer, and that was that – you didn’t have to like the queen, but God did, and that’s why she was in charge. Simpler times, those were. Today, former GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced her belief that President Obama should be impeached. Last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced his intention to launch the first congressional lawsuit against...
  • Thad Cochran gets lost in Senate building, winds up at Democratic event

    07/08/2014 4:28:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | July 8, 2014 | T. Becket Adams
    Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., got lost on his way to a Senate Republican luncheon on Tuesday and ended up at the Democrats' gathering instead, the Hill reported. The Mississippi senator, who recently won an intensely ugly primary election against Tea Party-backed candidate Chris McDaniel, apparently forgot where he was going while navigating the halls of Congress. “After exiting a Senate elevator on the wrong floor” Cochran re-boarded, the report notes. “He then found the right floor but turned away from the Senate GOP luncheon, a few yards from the elevator, to stroll the opposite direction, arriving at the Democrats' weekly...
  • Video: McDaniel Campaign Announces Challenge to MS Election, Predicts Victory

    07/08/2014 3:23:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | July 8, 2014 | Gary P. Jackson
    In a press conference on Monday, Mitch Tyner, lead counsel for the McDaniel campaign, announced their intentions to challenge the outcome of the June 24 run-off election against 6 term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran, who McDaniel defeated on June 3, but did not meet the required 50% +1 thresh-hold, setting the stage for the run-off, and all of the race baiting, illegal vote buying, and more by the Cochran campaign.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) Video courtesy iizthatiiz Tyner is confident they will find enough votes to surpass the amount Cochran won the election by. We’re hearing they have already identified over 5000, with more...
  • Breaking: More Evidence of Illegal ‘Cash for Vote’ Operation by Cochran Campaign Piles Up

    07/08/2014 3:01:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Intrepid journalist Charles C Johnson has uncovered even more evidence of voter fraud and vote buying by the Cochran campaign: [emphasis mine] Cochran campaign staffer Amanda Shook was illegally reimbursed for over $40,000 cash in walking around money during the Republican primary, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings. The payments are described as “Reimbursed Expenses – Campaign Walkers.” Regulation 11 CFR 116.5 expressly defines funds advanced by campaign staff for any reason other than travel or subsistence as a loan. It is illegal under FEC rules to loan money to a campaign in excess of the contribution limit of...
  • Sarah Palin just joined the ‘impeach Obama’ crowd. That’s bad news for the GOP.

    07/08/2014 1:36:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | July 8, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    Sarah Palin on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of Republicans calling for the impeachment of President Obama, writing in a Breitbart op-ed that the influx of young illegal immigrants over the southern border "is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, 'no mas.' " Mixed/careless metaphors aside, this is nothing but bad news for Republicans — especially four months until the 2014 election. Palin is hardly the first GOP politician to raise the issue of impeachment over the past couple years. Others include Sens. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Reps. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.),...
  • Sarah Palin: Impeach Obama; ‘If He’s Not Impeachable, Then No One Is’

    07/08/2014 1:26:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Sarah Palin now thinks President Obama should be impeached. The former Governor of Alaska made her case in an op-ed for Breitbart. Starting with illegal immigration, Palin referred to America as the “battered wife” that needs to say “no mas.” Obama “deliberately” wants to let illegal immigrants in, Palin wrote, to compete “against Americans for our jobs and limited public services” by allowing them to “kick off their shoes and come on in.” Palin used quotation marks when referring to Obama as the country’s “leader,” and said that “we average Americans know” about the “unsafe conditions” of the country. The...
  • TED CRUZ: We Need An Investigation Into The 'Appalling' Mississippi Runoff

    07/08/2014 6:46:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 8, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called for a thorough investigation into allegations of voter fraud in the heated Republican Senate primary runoff election between U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and his intraparty challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. In an interview with conservative radio host Mark Levin, Cruz criticized the Cochran campaign and his allies for their "conduct" in last month's runoff election, which he called "appalling." "What happened in Mississippi was appalling," said Cruz, the vice chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. "Primaries are always rough and tumble. But the conduct of the Washington, D.C., machine in the Mississippi runoff was...
  • The Republican who has followed Ted Kennedy's path (I'll give you three guesses)

    07/07/2014 9:34:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | July 3, 2014 | David M. Drucker
    It's a story that's been told before. After a failed bid for the White House, the long-serving senator returned to Capitol Hill. As the years wore on, he sparred with the president, used his name recognition to push his pet causes and became a power broker able to step in when party leadership failed. In many ways, Sen. John McCain has followed the path laid out by Sen. Ted Kennedy after his unsuccessful attempt to wrest the Democratic nomination from Jimmy Carter in 1980. But there are differences between the Arizona Republican and the Massachusetts Democrat, and not just those...
  • Cruz Calls for Investigation in Mississippi Runoff

    07/07/2014 8:37:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | July 7, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued that the allegations of voter fraud in the Mississippi Senate runoff between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel in an interview on Monday’s “Mark Levin Show.”“What the D.C. machine did was not try to grow the party, instead, the ads that they ran were racially charged, false attacks and they were explicit promises to continue and expand the welfare state, and nobody has suggested that the Democrats who voted in the primary will actually vote Republican in the general election,” Cruz said. “Instead, they were just recruited to decide who the Republican nominee was, and that’s...
  • MS GOP primary repeat could be headed for THREE-PEAT

    07/07/2014 8:19:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 7, 2014 | David Martosko, U.S. Political Editor
    •Tea party Republican Chris McDaniel's campaign lawyer said Monday that he expects to find enough voter fraud to force a third Senate primary contest with aging centrist Thad Cochran •Cochran won a runoff by about 6,700 votes, but McDaniel's attorney says campaign lawyers will almost certainly show at least that many 'ineligible voters' cast ballots •Mississippi law would require a new election – after a primary fight and a runoff – between the two Republicans •McDaniel's campaign is examining absentee ballot applications in every county to identify Democrats who illegally 'crossed over' to participate in the GOP primary after voting...
  • Cruz Could Turn Texas Blue: GOP is following in Cruz's footsteps, that could give Dems an advantage

    07/07/2014 5:59:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | July 7, 2014 | Lauren Fox
    Some of Texas' moderate Republicans say the state's far-right turn since Sen. Ted Cruz's political ascendancy could have unintended consequences.At a breakfast in Washington’s St. Regis Hotel in June, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, took a moment to gather his thoughts before he was ready to answer a question about how junior Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had changed his home state. “Texas is pretty big and pretty diverse,” Perry said peering intently through his black horn-rimmed glasses. “I’m not sure one person has the ability to change all of that.” A few seconds later, he clarified exactly where he think...
  • McDaniel Soldiers On (Confident would turn up enough fraudulent ballots to swing the results)

    07/07/2014 2:57:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | July 7, 2014 | Eliana Johnson
    Down in Mississippi, Chris McDaniel is still fighting his race against Senator Thad Cochran. His lawyer, Mitchell Tyner, said Monday he was confident the campaign would turn up enough fraudulent ballots to swing the results of the election. Cochran won that race by approximately 6,700 votes and Tyner told reporters he “would be surprised if we don’t find 6,700″ bad ballots. Volunteers on Monday began reviewing all of the ballots cast in Mississippi’s runoff election in an effort, weeks after the the conclusion of the contentious race, to show that McDaniel is the legal victor. McDaniel has yet to concede...
  • Cochran Campaign Puts Whistle-blowing Reverend Fielder’s Life in Danger by Publishing Home Address

    07/06/2014 8:04:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Charles C. Johnson @ChuckCJohnson Decision by Cochran campaign to publish Rev Fielder's home address is disgusting. #mssen 3:11 AM - 2 Jul 2014 58 Retweets 18 favorites I can’t print what I want to here. Our rules against excessive profanity prohibit it. Cochran’s people have been attacking Reverend Fielder every since the story broke that alleges Cochran’s staff paid the Reverend to pay blacks to vote for Cochran. Cochran’s people have attacked Reverend Fielder, calling him untrustworthy and dishonest, yet the admit they hired him to “get out the vote“! By publishing the home address of Reverend Fielder, Thad...