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  • The GOP’s Long Love Affair With Schmucks

    01/29/2015 3:50:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 29, 2015 | Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief, Reason
    Why Republicans fall in love with inexperienced, no-hope candidates every four years.Conservative Republicans have finally called it quits with short-term former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (she lasted just two-and-a-half years in that position before quitting). The final straw, it seems, is the 2008 vice-presidential candidate’s recent speech at the “Iowa Freedom Summit” that has charitably been called “an interminable ramble,” “an extended stream-of-consciousness complaint,” and simply “bizarro.” So America’s most-famous snowbilly is out of the running for the 2016 Republican nomination. But what about all the other manifestly unqualified novices, jackasses, and publicity hounds that surface every four years when...
  • After Sarah: The Next Palin Is in Your Pigsty

    01/29/2015 3:26:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 29, 2015 | James Poulos
    The Embarracuda is finished. Where will her peeps go? To one obvious successor. She may not field dress a moose, but she castrates pigs.Before the 2016 campaign for president could even begin in earnest, the greatest political romance of our times has already died. And it could make all the difference next November. In a turn that was perhaps inevitable but nonetheless remarkable, Sarah Palin delivered a hyped-up speech (at Iowa's high-profile Freedom Summit) that drew disappointing reviews from within her own base of support. To the surprise of no one, Palin's critics blew a gasket straining to capture the...
  • Ted Cruz 2016: 7 Highlights From Pre-Politics Life of GOP Presidential Hopeful

    01/27/2015 4:06:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 27, 2015 | Lisa Cunningham
    Ted Cruz, an outspoken attorney whose first elected role was as a U.S. senator from Texas, is seen as a strong contender for a run for president in 2016. Although he’s only been a senator since 2012, Cruz has already ingratiated himself with the Tea Party. Here are seven highlights from his pre-politics life: 1. His father was a political prisoner of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista during Fidel Castro's revolution and nearly lost his life. "Being the son of an immigrant who came here fleeing oppression and seeking freedom, I think, is an incredible gift," Cruz has said. "It makes...
  • A Giant Can of Bat [expletive] Crazy-The 2016 Republican Presidential Circus

    01/26/2015 8:08:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The UK Progressive ^ | January 26, 2015 | Denis G. Campbell, publisher and editor
    They’re baaa-aack… Those who follow this magazine know I wrote five e-books profiling the GOP circus in the 2012 Presidential campaign. This past weekend saw me put the above title to bed, the first of 2016 and two full months before I thought it would ever be necessary. It’s your official handbook to the crazy as everyone rushes to get in the race before the dark money is all sewn up by establishment candidates. I’ve profiled everyone considering a run, their record, stand on the issues and to which of the five key rabid core constituencies in the Republican Party...
  • Rand Paul Challenges Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz on Iran

    01/26/2015 4:56:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The New York Times Taking Note Blog ^ | January 26, 2015 | Carol Giacomo
    Politicians who oppose President Obama can bluster all they want, grab headlines and curry favor with donors yet don’t have to be responsible for their (too often) irresponsible critiques and prescriptions on foreign policy. So it was refreshing to hear Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky split with some of his fellow Republicans on Iran during a presidential forum on Saturday organized by Freedom Partners. As far as Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida are concerned, negotiations involving the United States and five other major powers on Iran’s nuclear program are endangering America and the world. “They’ve...
  • Rand Paul spars with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio over Iran and Cuba in Florida summit

    01/26/2015 11:02:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul prefers exhausting diplomatic efforts in dealing with overseas conflicts, and on Sunday he highlighted the difference between his softer approach to foreign policy and that of two other senators who are likely 2016 presidential candidates -- Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators Cruz of Texas and Rubio of Florida on stage Sunday evening in California for a summit organized by Freedom Partners. That group is the central hub of the powerful network of organizations backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch....
  • Ted Cruz Gets Praised by Sen. Chuck Grassley

    01/25/2015 9:01:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 25, 2015 | Javier Manjarres
    U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) once supported President Reagan’s amnesty for illegal aliens back in the 1980’s, but has since stated that he and others made a mistake in doing so. He now supports a piece-meal approach to immigration reform as opposed to a comprehensive approach to fixing the existing immigration problem. During a brief Q & A with the veteran Senator at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Grassley laid out what he feels first needs to be done in any immigration reform bill and then talks about what he feels his colleague Senator Ted Cruz is doing...
  • Ted Cruz takes aim at IRS and ISIS: ‘Time to face reality’ of Obama failures

    01/25/2015 7:27:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | January 25, 2015 | Carmine Sabia
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz used his appearance at this weekend’s Iowa Freedom Summit to excoriate Obamacare, Islamic State militants and that other evil scourge: the Internal Revenue Service. “The most important tax reform we can do is abolish the IRS,” Cruz said to the delight of attendees at the conservative event. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Turning his aim on Obamacare, the senator said it’s time to “repeal every word” of President Obama’s signature health care legislation. But Cruz saved his harshest critique for Obama’s handling of Islamic State, the terrorist group some refer to by the acronym, ISIS. “What’s happening in Iraq is...
  • Bill Maher confesses that he is terrified of Ted Cruz

    01/25/2015 5:20:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | January 25, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas has earned a singular honor once reserved for movie villains, according to a Friday story on Breitbart TV. Bill Maher laid into the possible Republican presidential candidates on his HBO political rant show. He had little good to say about any of them, but he reserved a special sort of ire, on the level of what he has used for Sarah Palin, for Cruz. Putting it simply, the bad boy of pay for view cable is deathly afraid of the junior senator from Texas. Maher minced no words about how terrified he is about Cruz. “Maher...
  • In Iowa, Cruz imagines ‘reigniting the miracle of America’

    01/24/2015 3:38:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's Texas Politics ^ | January 24, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Ted Cruz unveiled a possible new theme for a 2016 presidential campaign — “reigniting the miracle of America” — as he wooed the Iowa conservative activists critical to a victory in the Republican caucuses next year. “It is the most important cause that unifies us together, and Iowa believes in the miracle of America,” he said Saturday. Appearing at the Iowa Freedom Summit, the unofficial kickoff of the race to win the Iowa caucuses, Texas’ junior senator appealed to the evangelical voters who could cast about half of the votes in February. Cruz spoke thoroughly about both Mayor Annise Parker’s...
  • The Elevator Pitch For 2016 Candidates

    01/23/2015 9:35:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Cook Political Report ^ | January 21, 2015 | Amy Walter
    There are enough potential candidates for president (on the GOP side at least) that you need an Excel spreadsheet just to keep them all straight. Instead of a complicated algorithm, I've boiled each candidate down to his/her most basic elements. At the end of the day, these are the things more likely to define a presidential wannabe. It's also important to distinguish between durable traits and those that are more ephemeral. For example, low name ID is something easily overcome. But, being on the "wrong side" of the base on key issues can be a campaign killer. This is by...
  • What Happens When The Senate Majority Leader Supports Rand For President?

    01/22/2015 9:44:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 21, 2015 | Kate Nocera
    For now, senators say it’s not a problem that one of the most powerful Republicans in D.C. already has a likely presidential candidate. “I work with Sen. McConnell on stuff, I make sure he knows what I’m doing to try and get it across the finish line,” Paul said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made no secret that he’ll support his fellow Kentuckian, Sen. Rand Paul, should Paul run for president in 2016. And Paul has also made no secret that he very, very likely will do just that. But there’s a lot of time between now and the...
  • Science Shows That Some Senators Aren’t Qualified

    01/22/2015 9:17:50 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    A new Congress means change—change in the way that votes swing, legislature is pushed past, and committees are formed. With the 2014 midterm elections, the Republican Party took control of Congress, and subsequently, new senators were named to positions in congressional committees. Recently, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R.) was named chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space, while Fla Sen. Marco Rubio (R.) was named chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard. Interestingly enough, neither seem to have the education or beliefs necessary to head such influential positions. Cruz is infamous for his...
  • Republicans outfox Democrats on climate votes

    01/22/2015 7:15:14 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 21, 2015 | Elana Schor and Darren Goode
    The GOP accepts the notion of climate change - but not the way Democrats wanted them to.Senate Republicans head-faked Democrats on climate change Wednesday, agreeing in a floor vote that the planet’s climate was changing, but blocking language that would have blamed human activity. In a complicated maneuver that was the first politically perilous test for Senate Republicans, the new majority party split up the votes that Democrats had hoped would force the GOP into an awkward roll call on whether they believed in the science behind climate change — just hours after President Barack Obama slammed Republicans in his...
  • Joan Walsh - State of the GOP is broken: I thought Joni Ernst was bad. Then I watched Ted Cruz

    01/21/2015 4:55:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | January 21, 2015 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    Watching Sen. Joni Ernst Tuesday night, I found myself thinking: If there’s a GOP establishment, it must consist of secret Democrats, because they so reliably sabotage their rising stars by assigning them the reply to President Obama’s annual State of the Union address, way before they’re ready. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Sen. Marco Rubio moved from 2016 contenders to punch lines in moments. Ernst seemed headed the same way, with her robotic sing-song delivery and her head-scratching anecdotes about bread bags on her shoes and working the biscuit lines at Hardees. She was clearly working to show voters that she’s...
  • SOTU open thread: Semi-retired troll ready to bring his troll A-game

    01/20/2015 7:09:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 20, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Prepare yourself at 9 p.m. ET for the magic that only a seventh-year State of the Union speech can create. Every SOTU is a political Groundhog Day but tonight’s looks to be more repetitive than usual — tax hikes on the rich, some whining about the Citizens United decision, a few studiously vague sentences on “progress” made in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, etc. Seventh verse, same as the first. What’s novel is the new reality in Congress and Obama’s reaction to it. Having just seen Democrats obliterated in an election which he himself sold as a referendum on his...
  • Cruz compares Obama to Christopher Walken’s ‘more cowbell’ character

    01/20/2015 5:36:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | January 20, 2015 | Staff
    When President Barack Obama speaks tonight during his State of the Union address, all Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will be hearing is actor Christopher Walken’s iconic voice. Asked by a reporter Tuesday whether he found anything to like in Obama’s proposal to impose new fees on big banks, Politico reported that Cruz compared the president’s ideas to Walken’s most famous “Saturday Night Live” sketch where the actor plays a music producer. “To every problem his solution was, ‘more cowbell, more cowbell.’ This president, to every problem his solution is ‘more taxes, more government,'” Cruz said. “He’s not listening to the...
  • What Rand Paul’s Embrace of Judicial Activism Says about Him

    01/20/2015 11:50:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    National Review's The Corner ^ | January 19, 2015 | John Yoo
    Paul’s claims about judicial activism raise fundamental doubts about his positions on social issues. He says he is for judicial activism, but he also asserts he is pro-life. So does that mean he is for or against Roe v. Wade, perhaps the ultimate case of judicial activism in conservative eyes, a case where even liberal heavyweight scholar John Hart Ely said, “It is not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be.” Paul claims to be against gay marriage. So does he support the Court’s activism in United States v. Windsor in 2013, which...
  • Here We Go: Ted Cruz Revs 2016 Engine

    01/20/2015 11:29:25 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 20, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Much of the 2016 political oxygen on the Republican side of the aisle has been sucked up by establishment-leaning figures so far -- Jeb Bush forming his exploratory committee, Mitt Romney heavily weighing launching version 3.0, Chris Christie making telltale moves, etc. On the more conservative end of the spectrum, we have Bobby Jindal almost assuredly running (do read his hard-hitting speech on radical Islamism delivered in London yesterday), Scott Walker staffing up and sounding like a presidential candidate, and Marco Rubio reportedly inching closer to taking the plunge. And then there's Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson,...
  • 4 GOP hopefuls expected to attend Koch event (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and Rand Paul)

    01/19/2015 9:46:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 20, 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Four leading Republican presidential prospects are expected to appear this weekend in the California desert before an exclusive gathering of rich conservatives convened by the Koch brothers’ political operation, several sources tell POLITICO. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, received coveted invitations to speak to the vaunted network assembled by the billionaire industrialist mega-donors Charles and David Koch, the sources said. The meeting, set to be held at a Palm Springs hotel, is the annual winter gathering of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the nonprofit group...
  • Sen. Rand Paul: Break Down the Wall That Separates Us From the ‘Other America’

    01/19/2015 7:49:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | January 19, 2015 | Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
    We need to notice and be aware of the injustices embedded in our criminal justice system.In his 1967 address to Stanford University, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of two Americas. He described them as, “two starkly different American experiences that exist side by side.” In one America, people experienced “the opportunity of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in all its dimensions.” In the other America, people experienced a “daily ugliness” that dashes hope and leaves only “the fatigue of despair.”(continued)
  • Santorum: You Know That Cruz And Paul Are Really Just ‘Bomb Throwers,’ Right?

    01/19/2015 1:02:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 19, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    With 2016 rumblings abounding, we forgot about Rick Santorum. The former Pennsylvania Senator threw some early punches last week at his potential rivals, calling Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “bomb throwers,” who had no real accomplishments on their resumes (via NYT): Discussing Mr. Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, Mr. Santorum raised four policy issues that he said would prompt questions about Mr. Huckabee’s fealty to conservative principles. Mr. Santorum was even harsher when discussing Mr. Paul of Kentucky and Mr. Cruz of Texas, both first-term senators, dismissing them as...
  • From Law School to Congress: These campuses excel at producing lawmakers.

    01/18/2015 4:48:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The National Law Journal ^ | January 19, 2015 | Karen Sloan
    There is no shortage of lawyers on Capitol Hill — they comprise 45 percent of the 114th Congress. But unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, whose nine justices hail from just three elite law schools, a state school law degree won't hamper and may even smooth the way to the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate. The sitting crop of lawyer-­lawmakers passed through 105 law campuses on their way to Washington. The 20 law schools that sent the most alumni to Congress include some of the country's most prominent — Harvard Law School tops the list with 18, followed by...
  • Rand Paul's path to the nomination

    01/15/2015 12:54:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | January 15, 2015 | Marc Ambinder
    Where his Republican rivals draw attention to themselves with a tuba or a trumpet, Rand Paul puffs his Highland bagpipe. This analogy has little to do with his support for medical marijuana: Paul's sound is so different, it's compelling. As his probable presidential campaign moves forward, don't lump him in with the conventionally conservative gadflies — former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz, or former Sen. Rick Santorum. The major activists and donors who chase those candidates are Paul skeptics. But he's not a governor (or former governor) with executive experience and a reputation for governing, like Jeb Bush, Mitt...
  • Documents reveal Ted Cruz was ticketed with alcohol possession as a minor

    01/14/2015 10:11:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 280 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2015 | John-Henry Perera
    Will the latest news about Ted Cruz hurt his chances for the 2016 GOP nomination? Click to learn the betting odds for the junior Texas senator and other contenders for the Oval Office.When Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, was a teenager, he was caught doing teenage things, as revealed in documents obtained by BuzzFeed. In his application to become Texas solicitor general, Cruz was required to list any prior convictions. That included one "guilty plea for minor in possession of alcohol." Apparently when Cruz was a high school senior in 1987, authorities found an unopened case of beer in his vehicle....
  • McCain wants his 'illegitimate son' Lindsey Graham to run for president

    01/13/2015 5:23:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | January 13, 2015 | Athena Jones
    Republicans on Capitol Hill weighed in on news that Mitt Romney might be exploring a possible third bid for the White House, but it was Arizona Sen. John McCain who might have drawn the most laughs of the day in talking about the potential presidential aspirations of his best friend Sen. Lindsey Graham. McCain said Romney was dedicated to serving the country and was a fine and decent American with a reservoir of support and called himself "a great admirer of Mitt Romney's", but he said he was pushing Graham to run. "My illegitimate son Lindsey Graham is exploring that...
  • Ted Cruz Accuses Bill de Blasio of Throwing ‘Young African-Americans’ Out of School

    01/13/2015 2:17:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | January 13, 2015 | Ross Barkan
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz has more than the White House on his mind–he’s also taking a shot at Gracie Mansion. The conservative Republican, a probable presidential contender in 2016, blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, for his educational views in a speech he gave yesterday at the Heritage Action Conservative Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. Mr. Cruz, a supporter of charter schools, said Mr. de Blasio’s opposition to Eva Moskowitz’s charter network amounted to throwing “young African-American kids” out of school. “In my view school choice is the civil rights issue of the 21st century. And I gotta say...
  • Rick Santorum: Electing an amateur in 2016 is unthinkable

    01/12/2015 8:16:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | January 12, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    Rick Santorum may have his faults as a potential presidential contender, but he is dead right about Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.): “Do we really want someone with this little experience? And the only experience they have basically — not [Sen. Marco] Rubio, but Cruz and Paul because I don’t think Rubio is going to go — is bomb throwing? Do we really want somebody who’s a bomb thrower, with no track record of any accomplishments?” Cruz may suffer from a lack of consistency, an erratic foreign policy and a grossly inappropriate temperament, but he does, to...
  • Cruz avoids painting Obama as the enemy but…

    01/12/2015 6:53:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Dallas Morning News TrailBlazers Blog ^ | January 12, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    Like a good driver, a good politician knows when to avoid a pothole. And Sen. Ted Cruz swerved clear of a deep one this afternoon. At a speech to conservative activists at the Heritage Foundation, a member of the audience asked Cruz whether the Obama administration – by “releasing U.S. enemies from Gitmo and trying to put Gen. Petraeus in jail” – has justified the question “which side we’re on.” David Petraeus, the former CIA director, is under investigation for leaking classified information to a mistress. Cruz thought for a split second. “This administration has a very difficult time differentiating...
  • Ted Cruz, Longtime Foe Of NASA And Science, Will Oversee NASA And Science In New Congress (Hahaha!)

    01/12/2015 9:11:21 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | January 12, 2015 | Ashley Alman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Following the ratification of Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) as chair of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committtee last week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was named chair of the Subcommittee on Space, Science and Competitiveness, where he will oversee NASA and science programs. Appointed Jan. 8, Cruz is expected to be confirmed to the new role by the end of the month as one of many changes to the new Republican-controlled Congress. But the Republican senator's words and actions during his time in office have painted him to be a far cry from an advocate for the sciences, leaving many...
  • Quinn: It's time for a Tech Senator (California, Boxer is retiring)

    01/11/2015 5:54:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | January 11, 2015 | Michelle Quinn
    The California technology industry has a rare opportunity: An open U.S. Senate seat from the Golden State. Could Silicon Valley put up one of its own? It's a potentially powerful idea. A tech-savvy leader replacing Sen. Barbara Boxer, who announced this week she would not seek re-election in 2016, could use the Senate as a bully pulpit to promote how Silicon Valley innovation can improve people's lives. And with a "Tech Senator," Silicon Valley, which has struggled to gain a footing in national politics, could finally achieve the influence it sees itself deserving. The Senate seat "presents an opportunity to...
  • John Boehner’s reelection proves we live in an oligarchy, not a republic.

    Dr. Savage says that "this means the election was for naught." John Boehner is still speaker of the House. This confirms what we have known forever: That this country is no longer a republic. It is an oligarchy: A government of the powerful, by the powerful, for the powerful. John Boehner is a tool of the establishment. This means he and Obama are one and the same. The government is immune to the people. The people be damned. Where does that leave us? We are back where we started before the American Revolution. We might as well have a British...
  • U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz appears for jury service, citing its importance to justice system

    01/10/2015 6:05:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Cypress Creek Mirror ^ | January 10, 2015
    HOUSTON – Like other visitors to the Harris County Jury Plaza, the prospective juror with neatly combed black hair emptied his pockets as he approached the metal detector, took off his belt, removed his boots and proceeded through in his white socks. But he wasn’t your average citizen come to perform his civic duty – it was Sen. Ted Cruz. “It is both a privilege and responsibility to serve on a jury. One of the best aspects of being an American is our right to trial by jury,” Sen. Cruz said. “When I received my jury summons, I was proud...
  • Dear Rand Paul: Please Tell Dad to Shut Up

    01/09/2015 9:17:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 9, 2015 | Robert Tracinski
    If Rand Paul wants to have any chance of running for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, not to mention the presidency itself, there is one thing he needs to do immediately. Tell Dad to shut up. In response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, Ron Paul took a break from his usual blame-America-first rhetoric to blame France first. On an internet television show, Paul the Elder declared, “France has been a target for many, many years, because they’ve been involved in foreign affairs in Libya, and they really prodded us along in—recently in Libya, but they’ve been...
  • Taking Over the Republican Party

    01/09/2015 8:02:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    RightSideNews ^ | January 5, 2015 | Nelson Hultberg
    One of the biggest fallacies in politics today is the claim that we, as conservatives and libertarians, can only be effective if we stay loyal to the Republican Party and work to gain control of it by electing more free-market conservatives every election year. We at AFR believe such thinking to be tragically misguided. To expect the Republican Party to challenge the modern day juggernaut of statism is as foolish as expecting socialist professors to instill Americanism into our youth. It won’t happen anymore than the planets will one day reverse their orbits. This is because the members of the...
  • Is Rand Paul going to run?

    01/09/2015 7:23:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | January 9, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    In an interview with talk show host Sean Hannity, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) sounded more equivocal about a presidential run than at any time in the last year or so: “If the ideas are resonating — if the ideas look like they have a chance – then it’s much more likely that I’ll make a go of this. If it looks like we’re at 1 percent, we’re not in the top tier, and it’s just going to be a quixotic sort of run, then I think it’s not something I want to do just for educational purposes. I would do...
  • With Eye on 2016, Ted Cruz Aims to Pull Senate to the Right

    01/08/2015 4:55:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 8, 2015 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    Mitch McConnell has pledged that "regular order" will be restored to the Senate under his leadership, but his biggest obstacle to achieving that goal may not be Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, but fellow Republicans, particularly Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. With a potential run for the Republican nomination in 2016 in mind, Cruz has "a vested interest in pulling his colleagues to the right in a highly public manner, one that probably won’t be consistent with making deals with the White House," reports The Wall Street Journal. Despite receiving criticism for his filibuster of a vote on Obamacare, which many...
  • Cruz, McConnell vie for influence

    01/08/2015 10:23:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 8, 2015 | Alexander Bolton
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) are competing for influence among the Senate’s 12 Republican freshmen, with the outcome potentially shaping the agenda for 2015 and beyond. Cruz has reached out to freshman Republicans, whom he helped in last year’s elections, in hopes they will join his effort to pressure Republican leaders to pursue what he calls a “bold agenda.” “We should follow through on our commitment to provide big, bold positive ideas responding to the very real economic hardship that so many millions of Americans are feeling,” he said. Cruz said he has targeted...
  • Senator introduces bill to cut aid to Palestinians

    01/07/2015 2:43:56 PM PST · by entropy12 · 16 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | Jan 7, 2015 | DEB RIECHMANN
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul introduced a bill on Wednesday that would immediately halt U.S. aid to the Palestinians until they halt their effort to join the International Criminal Court to pursue war-crimes charges against Israel.
  • Marco Rubio: 'We're going to abide' by gay marriage rulings

    01/07/2015 1:24:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    CNN ^ | January 7, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said in an interview with CNN Wednesday that if the Supreme Court eventually rules that same-sex marriage is constitutional, Americans would have to abide by that ruling. "I wouldn't agree with their ruling, but that would be the law of the land that we would have to follow until it's somehow reversed — either by a future Supreme Court, or a U.S. constitutional amendment, which I don't think is realistic or foreseeable," he said. He said he expects the question "is ultimately going to find its way to the U.S. Supreme court," noting that many federal...
  • The cranks reveal themselves (Surprise! Jen attacks anti-Boehners and Ted)

    01/07/2015 11:38:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | January 7, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    In the wake of the vote reelecting John Boehner as House speaker, it is worth noting a statement put out by rock-rib conservative Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.): Some people wrote me encouraging me to vote for Louie Gohmert. I like Louie, but let’s be clear: Louie Gohmert was – is – never ever going to be Speaker of the House. I respect his passion, but he isn’t a credible candidate. That was proved today by the fact that he got three votes, despite all the national media attention he managed to grab. My colleague who got the most anti-Boehner votes...
  • Rubio understands Americans' frustration with immigrants

    01/06/2015 9:04:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    KSAZ-TV / The Associated Press ^ | January 6, 2015 | Michael J. Mishak and Philip Elliott
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Looking to connect with the conservative base of his Republican Party, Sen. Marco Rubio says he is sympathetic to Americans who "feel as if we are being taken advantage of" by immigrants in the United States illegally. The rhetoric, which is in Rubio's new book, comes as the Florida lawmaker lays the groundwork for a potential presidential campaign in 2016. Rubio, a first-term lawmaker whose parents came to the United States from Cuba, previously wrote and championed a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration system that passed the Senate...
  • Rand Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Trolling Campaign

    01/06/2015 8:13:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 5, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    RandPAC is trolling other potential GOP contenders early and often with the help of Google ads—and Chris Christie and Rick Perry just might be next. When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced in mid-December that he would “actively explore” running for the Republican presidential nomination, curious parties took to Google to learn more about him. While they were there, many of them were greeted by another politician’s name at the bottom of the page—one they hadn’t searched for. “Join a movement working to shrink government. Not grow it,” read one of the ads, placed by RandPAC, the political action committee...
  • When Mia Love is Asked If She’d Stick By Ted Cruz on Obamacare She Doesn’t Pull Any Punches

    01/05/2015 7:08:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | January 5, 2015 | Nick Morpus
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Newly elected Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) has recently reaffirmed her support for repealing Obamacare on ABC’s This Week with host Martha Raddatz. When asked by Raddatz if she would stand by senators like Ted Cruz in their fight to do whatever possible to defund and dismantle Obamacare, Love responded: “Look, I was elected by my district to make sure we get the decision-making back in their hands and I’ve said I was going to do everything I can to repeal and replace it with broad health-care reforms, free-market health-care reforms. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do.”Though it may...
  • New Senate majority leader’s main goal for GOP: Don’t be scary

    01/05/2015 1:17:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 4, 2015 | Paul Kane
    Mitch McConnell has an unusual admonition for the new Republican majority as it takes over the Senate this week: Don’t be “scary.” The incoming Senate majority leader has set a political goal for the next two years of overseeing a functioning, reasonable majority on Capitol Hill that scores some measured conservative wins, particularly against environmental regulations, but probably not big victories such as a full repeal of the health-care law. McConnell’s priority is to set the stage for a potential GOP presidential victory in 2016. “I don’t want the American people to think that if they add a Republican president...
  • Cruz’s dilemma

    01/04/2015 9:34:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | January 4, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    The Hill reports: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will headline the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention this month, joining a pair of other potential presidential candidate[s] also weighing bids to enter the 2016 field. . . . The roster of speakers also includes former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who ran for president in 2012, and Ben Carson, the Tea Party favorite and former neurosurgeon who’s debating entering the fray. It’s not uncommon for Cruz to play to this sort of crowd. He is a favorite among the most conservative members of the GOP, where he doles out one-liners (Abolish the...
  • John McCain Purging Arizona GOP Of Tea Party

    12/31/2014 11:11:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Business2Community ^ | December 31, 2014 | Gene Giannotta
    Sen. John McCain is no fan of the tea party – and he’s now doing his best to purge the Arizona Republican Party of its influence. According to Politico, McCain is preparing for his 2016 reelection bid by dismantling Arizona’s tea party apparatus. That includes a massive effort to remove or undermine the many local officials who have influence across state politics and could cause trouble for McCain in a primary. Prior to Aug. 26, when the races for the party offices were held, the vast majority of the 3,925 precinct slots were filled by people McCain’s team considered opponents....
  • 2016 GOP primary goes off-script (In which she attacks Cruz and bolsters the RINOcracy)

    12/29/2014 4:01:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | December 29, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    Early presidential polls are not predictive of much, but they do reflect current sentiment. In that regard, the latest CNN/ORC poll should cause the punditocracy to rethink its take on the Republican race. For starters, at 6 percent and 4 percent respectively, Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) are not front-runners, nor arguably even top-tier contenders. The media infatuation with Paul reflects, one suspects, their enchantment with his systemic criticism of the police and fondness for anti-interventionism. Neither is in keeping with dominant GOP opinion, so it should not be all that surprising that he has sunk in...
  • A 2015 New Year’s Presidential Resolution: Hang together-or be hung out to dry, once again, in 2016

    12/29/2014 3:53:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 29, 2014 | David Corbin and Matt Parks
    Congratulations to Texas Senator Ted Cruz for winning the Federalist Today Presidential Straw Poll with 26% of the nearly one thousand votes cast. Placing a respectable second and third, Senator Rand Paul (22%) and Governor Scott Walker (16%) showed that they also have considerable support among the “lovers of freedom and anxious for the fray” Federalist faithful. The political insider would, undoubtedly, not be impressed. Good luck getting Senators Cruz or Paul elected President of the United States. Any such insurgent’s campaign will be undone by a press that favors Democrats, a bare-knuckles Republican establishment that favors milque-toast candidates, and...
  • Robichaud: Republicans will be red hot in the new year

    12/29/2014 4:18:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | December 29, 2014 | Holly Robichaud
    Welcome 2015! It’s going to be an important political year with the Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate and the approaching open 2016 presidential election. The GOP’s extensive field includes Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Govs. John Kasich of Ohio, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Mike Pence of Indiana and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal. While Cruz is no favorite of the D.C. 
establishment, his political backbone in working to stop the Obama agenda will be an advantage. Unlike Speaker John Boehner, Cruz embraces November’s message that Americans overwhelmingly reject Obama’s policies, including amnesty. Paul should be...