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  • 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 · 47 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...
  • Tea Party Smarts (They truly fear Ted, Sarah and us!) [Ultra barf alert]

    07/04/2014 2:13:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Real News ^ | July 4, 2014 | Andrew Levine
    Last year, Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker’s legal affairs writer, famously called Edward Snowden “a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison.” This is far from the only reason not to take Toobin seriously. Sometimes, though, he does have a point: for instance, when he argues, as he did in The New Yorker’s June 30 edition, that Texas Senator Ted Cruz should not be underestimated. Ted Cruz? Really? Even John McCain called him a “wacko bird.” This from the man who offered the Vice Presidential nomination to Sarah Palin! If McCain knows anything, it’s his wacko birds. Paradoxically, Toobin’s...
  • McDaniel to Challenge Election Results in Court

    07/04/2014 1:04:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Republican who lost a primary runoff election to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran says he plans to challenge the results in court "any day now." Chris McDaniel says he believes there were thousands of irregularities. In an interview with CNN Friday, McDaniel said what matters is that fraud be uncovered where it exists and many Mississippi residents are "very angry" because they think their votes in the June 24 primary were nullified by fraud....
  • What Chris McDaniel doesn’t understand about the tea party (HUGE Hurl Warning)

    07/04/2014 1:38:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | July 3, 2014 | Paul Waldman
    Chris McDaniel, who lost a runoff election to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), is not giving up. Not only has he been raising money to mount a legal challenge to Cochran’s victory, the state senator and radio host is now offering $1,000 to anyone who comes forward with evidence of electoral shenanigans in last week’s vote. It seems that McDaniel doesn’t understand how this whole thing is supposed to work. I wouldn’t be surprised if even some of the people who supported him in his campaign to unseat Cochran start distancing themselves from him before long. This has nothing to...
  • Racists and Conspiracy Nuts Turn Cochran Call Into The Biggest Campaign [expletive]show of 2014

    07/03/2014 9:36:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 2, 2014 | Ben Jacobs
    A week after defeating Chris McDaniel, the Republican campaign opened a line to reporters. Then all hell broke loose.The Senate race in Mississippi is so strange that they can’t even get through a conference call without weirdness breaking out. After winning last week’s Republican runoff, the campaign of six-term incumbent Senator Thad Cochran held a conference call for national media on Wednesday to respond to allegations from defeated Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel that the election was somehow stolen. The call lasted about ten minutes before descending into absolute anarchy after a pro-McDaniel blogger obtained the dial-in information and posted...
  • Thad Cochran Conference Call Descends Into Chaos

    07/03/2014 9:12:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Roll Call's At The Races blog ^ | July 2, 2014 | Alexis Levinson and Colin Diersing
    A conference call held by Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign quickly devolved into chaos and ended Wednesday after one of the participants repeatedly asked racially charged questions. The call was held to address a lawsuit challenging the runoff results for the Republican nomination. Cochran defeated his primary challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, by 6,700 votes last week, but McDaniel has refused to concede and his supporters allege Cochran won with the help of illegal votes. The call was held for the national media who could not be at a news conference in Jackson. But 5 minutes after it started, there were...
  • Is Obama’s go it alone strategy telling Democrats to stay home in November?

    07/03/2014 8:42:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 3, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Democrats have an enthusiasm problem, and they know it. A June poll from the Democratic firm Democracy Corps revealed that, among those voters who make up the Obama coalition — young people, Latinos, African-Americans, and single women – only 68 percent describe themselves as “likely” to vote in 2014. 85 percent of other voters who are expected to favor Republican candidates say they are “likely” to cast a ballot in November. The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake observed that this is not the only troubling sign for Democrats ahead of the midterms. “An April AP-GfK poll showed, among those who are...
  • Sen. Cruz Names Nick Muzin As Senior Adviser, Dep. Chief of Staff

    07/02/2014 11:16:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Jewish Political News and Updates ^ | July 2, 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday named Nick Muzin as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff for strategy, effective Monday, July 14. “Nick’s broad range of experience and networks make him the ideal person to help us craft a positive, forward-looking vision for America and take that message to every corner of the country,” Sen. Cruz said in a statement. “I am delighted to have him on our team, and look forward to working together.” Muzin, 38, an Orthodox Jew, is a physician and attorney, and is currently the director of coalitions for the House Republican Conference,...
  • Thad Cochran’s victory in Mississippi proves black voters’ leverage

    07/01/2014 11:33:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    MSNBC's The Grio ^ | July 1, 2014 | Michael Steele
    “There’s something strange about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.” – State Sen. Chris McDaniel. There was something strange about that primary election between six-term incumbent Republican Senator Thad Cochran and state Senator Chris McDaniel, period! From reports of a McDaniel supporter sneaking into the bedroom and taking a photo of Mrs. Cochran at the nursing home where she resides to the discovery of more McDaniel supporters locked inside a courthouse where ballots had been counted on primary election night, to some folks actually believing a Democrat (former Rep. Travis Childers) could win the Senate seat this Fall,...
  • Outrage Continues: Cochran Camp Denies Fraud and Threatens Lawsuit Against Journalist Who Exposes It

    07/01/2014 9:12:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The GOPe has never stooped lower. Not only have they denied that any fraud has taken place (Reince Priebus has kept so silent you can hear a pin drop). Not only did Cochran’s camp lie to black voters about McDaniel taking away their food stamps and make racist allegations about him that scared them. Not only did the camp STIFF the pastor of money they had agreed on and then DENY he did all the work requested in the first place, they are NOW going after investigative journalist Charles Johnson of http://gotnews.com/. Johnson was ready for it. He had let...
  • BREAKING: New Allegations Point to Cochran Campaign in Mississippi Senate Vote Buying Scandal

    07/01/2014 7:44:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Red State ^ | June 30, 2014 | Aaron Gardner
    An audio interview has surfaced in which the interviewee claims that he was to be paid by the Cochran camp to grease voters in the Mississippi GOP Senate runoff election. The audio interview, which coincides with a separate audio recording and batch of evidence produced by the newly launched GotNews.com, a project by Charles C. Johnson, alleges that the Cochran campaign conspired with a Mississippi Reverend to buy the votes of African American voters, who happen to be democrats. Before I get into the weeds of what is in the audio interview and transcript, which are both below, let me...
  • Hillary Clinton: Mississippi runoff 'of major historical importance' (Cankles covers for Cochran)

    07/01/2014 12:53:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | June 30, 2014 | Dana Davidsen
    Hillary Clinton applauded efforts in a Republican Senate runoff election in Mississippi to reach out to voters outside its usual voting bloc. Clinton said Monday the contest between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel "was of historical importance because the Republican Party of Mississippi expanded its base." Forced into a runoff election after a GOP primary was too close to call, Cochran's campaign utilized anti-McDaniel sentiment in a traditionally Democratic voting group to sway the tight contest in his favor. Clinton, a likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, suggested politicians from all ideological backgrounds could learn from...
  • [Kent] Bush: The tea party is GOP’s own worst enemy

    06/30/2014 7:46:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Pekin Daily Times ^ | June 30, 2014 | Kent Bush
    Do you know why everyone loves the holidays? It’s because we all have that one wacky uncle that does enough stupid stuff during each family get together to give the rest of us funny inside jokes that last all year. If you don’t know who that is in your family, it’s probably you. In the GOP, it is the tea party. This fringe group has always clung to the edges of the Grand Old Party. Thanks to Barack Obama — ostensibly because of his policies and not his pigmentation — the group was able to cohere into a politically relevant...
  • Horowitz: Which Party's Base Did Cochran 'Broaden'?

    06/30/2014 6:16:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 30, 2014 | Daniel Horowitz
    Last Tuesday’s GOP primary runoff in Mississippi is turning out to be the most revealing incident in the protracted fight between the conservative grassroots and the GOP establishment. The GOP party leadership has been exposed for their true motives in front of all the party faithful. Over the past few years, we have been told by some of the inside-the-beltway “conservatives” that the GOP schism is overblown, that it is merely a disagreement over strategy. We have also been told that the grassroots have been too purist in their expectations of how Republicans can govern when they only control the...
  • An Angry Tea Party and Vocal Ted Cruz Prove America Is Becoming More Liberal

    06/30/2014 8:03:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | June 26, 2014 | H. A. Goodman
    Christopher Hitchens got a chance to analyze the Tea Party in 2011, the same year cancer took his life. In a Vanity Fair article titled "Tea'd Off," the great polemicist explains that populist movements like the Tea Party are a reaction to social and political change. Hitchens writes that before the Revolutionary War costumes, America had seen a somewhat similar phenomenon with the John Birch Society: The John Birch Society possessed such a mainstream message--the existence of a Communist world system with tentacles in the United States--that it had a potent influence over whole sections of the Republican Party. It...
  • Ted Cruz, House Republicans, and their many secret meetings

    06/29/2014 10:36:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show ^ | June 27, 2014 | Steve Benen
    It’s not too uncommon for Republican leaders from the House and Senate to occasionally meet, trade notes, and work out bicameral strategies, but as a rule, rank-and-file members tend to stick with colleagues from the same chamber. When they have ideas or grand plans, GOP lawmakers usually turn to their chamber’s leadership or committee chairs. Which is why it’s odd to see House Republicans huddle so frequently with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Last September, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) presented a plan to avoid a government shutdown. Cruz met directly with House Republicans, urged them to ignore their own leader’s...
  • Remember Mississippi

    06/29/2014 8:18:49 PM PDT · by Amish · 11 replies
    So Cochran loses the Republican vote substantially, but wins with a Democrat turn-out effort. He won't be punished as Childers will lose to him in November. He will resign in mid-office and a younger "party man" like Reeves or Pickering will be selected to take his place. The Barbour clan (except for Jeppie) have permanent stain on their names, but plenty of cash, so who cares? The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) needs to hear from the voter base and see the results in their fund raising. Next time you get a fund raising letter from them, Mark your return...
  • Thad Cochran’s victory shows voting rights well protected (Yes, he went there)

    06/29/2014 7:17:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 29, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    Tea Party insurgent Chris McDaniel came tantalizingly close to knocking off Senator Thad Cochran in Mississippi’s Republican primary runoff last week, but a surge in black voter turnout saved the six-term incumbent’s bacon. Cochran’s election to a seventh term in November now seems a foregone conclusion, and boy, are a lot of conservatives mad. “There is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats,” McDaniel fumed on election night, slamming Cochran and the GOP establishment for “once again reaching across the aisle [and] abandoning the conservative movement.” But whatever else the election outcome meant, Cochran’s...
  • McCain, Graham Open To Emergency Refugee Program For Immigrant Children

    06/29/2014 1:00:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Daily Caller / Reuters ^ | June 28, 2014 | Chuck Ross
    Some Congressional leaders are coming out in support of creating an emergency refugee program that they believe would help deal with a massive surge of child immigrants coming to the U.S. from Central America. Arizona U.S. Sen. John McCain said that establishing refugee application programs in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador is “key” to help stem the tide, according to Reuters. Since October, 52,000 Unaccompanied Children, or UACs, have been apprehended at the U.S. border. That is up from 6,000 in 2011. Another 39,000 parents with children have been apprehended as well. The surge has strained resources at the border...
  • Froma Harrop: Tea party fueled its own defeat in Mississippi

    06/28/2014 6:20:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | June 28, 2014 | Froma Harrop
    The tea partyers made a serious blunder in Mississippi, costing them a runoff win: They carelessly slipped their magic passion potion to the opposition. The hard rightÂ’s strength comes from the nearly religious fervor that propels its small numbers to the polls at times when the larger numbers are snoozing. In Mississippi, the right woke up the larger numbers. Hold that thought, will you? What had been a race between an old Southern pork-master Republican and an insurgent small-government firebrand was turned into something bigger, much bigger. One sensed Chris McDaniel might be in trouble when Sen. Thad Cochran asked...
  • CNN's Jeffrey Toobin: Ted Cruz’s Goal Is a Right-Wing ‘Purification Ritual’

    06/28/2014 3:51:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 28, 2014 | Tom Johnson
    Last fall, not long after the federal government’s partial shutdown ended, The New Yorker’s David Denby alleged that shutdown point man Ted Cruz seemed to be pursuing the presidency “by sowing as much confusion and disorder as possible—playing the joker in a seemingly nihilistic charade whose actual intent is a rational grab for power.” There’s nothing as pointed or nasty as that in “The Absolutist,” Jeffrey Toobin’s 8,400-word New Yorker profile of Cruz, but Toobin does paint Cruz as an extremist – more of a Goldwater figure than a Reagan figure – as well as a hypocrite regarding judicial activism....
  • The Real 2016 Battle is Between Dick and Rand

    06/28/2014 3:19:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Moderate Voice ^ | June 25, 2014 | Dick Polman
    It’s not exactly the Ali-Frazier “Thrilla in Manilla,” but the ongoing Rand Paul-Dick Cheney pugilism certainly packs a punch. The libertarian ophthalmologist and the warlord emeritus have been pounding each other for months, and while it’s tempting to just kick back with popcorn and behold the entertainment, we do need to acknowledge the bout’s deeper meaning. Because this is really about something quite serious. Republicans are profoundly split these days over foreign policy: between the non-interventionists who are increasingly wary of American military involvement abroad; and the neoconservative hawks who blundered us into Iraq and want us to keep flexing...
  • Rand Paul Teams Up with Lamar Alexander for Healthcare Roundtable

    06/27/2014 5:27:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 27, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has yet to endorse a candidate in the Tennessee primary, but incumbent Sen. Lamar Alexander has already recruited him for an event in his state. The two senators will host a healthcare roundtable discussion in Nashville on June 30 with Tennessee healthcare executives and professionals to discuss the effects of Obamacare. Although the discussion is closed to the press, the two senators will hold media availability after the event. As he faces primary challenger Joe Carr in the fall, Alexander has touted his work with Sen. Paul in campaign ads – particularly on the Freedom to...
  • “Several” Republican senators reportedly uneasy with GOP’s tactics in Mississippi runoff

    06/27/2014 5:11:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 27, 2014 | Allahpundit
    I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that it’s not the tactics themselves that bother them as much as the attention those tactics are receiving from conservative voters. Says Red State’s Leon Wolf, “If any of these bastards want to avoid the fallout they should go on the record.” According to these conversations [with two Republican Senate staffers], some $800,000 was raised for Cochran by his Senate colleagues after the McDaniel victory in the primary’s first round, largely under the rubric of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. This wasn’t seen as a particularly controversial matter at the...
  • Mike Huckabee Stars in New Ad Endorsing Lamar Alexander

    06/27/2014 2:19:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 27, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has just unleashed his latest endorsement for re-election. It comes from former Gov. Mike Huckabee. Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and 2008 presidential candidate, has a strong following of social conservatives and activists drawn to his populist political message. "He's been your governor, university president, America's secretary of education. He brought the automobile industry to Tennessee," Huckabee explains in the ad. "Lamar Alexander is now a remarkable senator that Tennessee needs to return to office." (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Alexander has released a series of endorsements in recent days, including that of country music star Kix Brooks and former...
  • Was Thad Cochran’s Victory The GOP Establishment’s Most Pyrrhic Yet? (John Feehery mentioned again)

    06/27/2014 2:09:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 27, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    The Republican Party continues to enjoy a vibrant battle between its establishment stronghold and small-government insurgents sometimes described as the Tea Party. Republican establishment political strategist Karl Rove responded to older-than-Methuselah, longtime-incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran’s runoff victory in Mississippi this week with a Wall Street Journal column about how Tea Party groups had “taken a beating” this primary season. The column explained that entrenched incumbents with huge war chests and the backing of the party establishment have won more often than challengers, which is undoubtedly true. It is worth noting that Rove did not mention the tremendous victory local and...
  • Susan J. Demas: Open primaries are good for democracy, bad for party bosses and Tea Party

    06/27/2014 11:13:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Kalamazoo Gazette ^ | June 27, 2014 | Susan J. Demas
    Sarah Palin and right-wing Republicans are calling "shenanigans" over the Mississippi U.S. Senate race this week. (Full disclosure: Whenever someone uses that hokey phrase, I chuckle and think of the "South Park" episode when third-graders denounced ripoffs at a local carnival). Anyway, here's what happened in the Magnolia State, which isn't quite as funny. Establishment GOP U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran bucked the odds and history after a narrow primary loss to Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel. On Tuesday, the six-term incumbent edged McDaniel in a runoff, buoyed by heavy turnout from African-Americans. The Cochran campaign openly courted these traditionally Democratic...