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  • Who could be the next Ted Cruz? Top 10 tea party primaries of 2014

    04/19/2014 5:41:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    In five years, the tea party has launched some of the most charismatic and controversial Republicans in office today, including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky. Who are the movement’s top candidates this cycle, and what are their prospects? Here’s a look: 1. Mississippi: Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran In the early going, tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel was seen as the strongest challenger to a sitting US senator this cycle. He’s a young (early 40s), energetic trial lawyer and former talk radio host, with six years' service in the state legislature – and he...
  • ANN COULTER ENDORSES CANTOR PRIMARY CHALLENGER DAVID BRAT

    04/17/2014 9:21:12 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 61 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 17, 2014 | by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Conservative writer Ann Coulter is enthusiastically endorsing Tea Party-backed candidate David Brat in his primary challenge of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in the upcoming June primary, citing Cantor's support for immigration reform. In her nationally syndicated column, Ms. Coulter wrote that her endorsement was based on Brat's opposition to Cantor's immigration policies. Ms. Coulter labeled Cantor a "Maniacal Amnesty Supporter" in the column, and described him as "amnesty-addled." "Cantor says 'immigration reform could be an economic boon to this country,'" wrote Coulter. "You don't have to be an economics professor [like Dave Brat] to know that bringing in...
  • Beck Warns Americans Against Falling in With ‘Right’s Version of Occupy Wall Street’ (Bundy)

    04/15/2014 7:20:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 200 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 14, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    The controversy over a Nevada rancher’s decades-long use of public land without paying federal grazing fees has quickly become a national issue — one that Glenn Beck on Monday urged Americans to fully understand before taking a side on. “We did some research online with PsyID today, and found that there’s about 10 or 15 percent of the people who are talking about this online that are truly frightening,” Beck said on his television program. “They don’t care what the facts are. They just want a fight.” Beck said there are many “decent, small-government proponents from groups like the Tea...
  • Bundy ranch dispute with federal land agency draws variety of foot soldiers

    04/14/2014 12:27:02 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 102 replies
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | April 13, 2014 | By BEN BOTKIN
    BUNKERVILLE — Cliven Bundy’s fight with the Bureau of Land Management over the federal agency’s roundup of his cattle attracted a diverse group of foot soldiers: fellow ranchers, Las Vegans and militia and patriot groups were among them. Their battle cry is the U.S. Constitution and liberty. They fear the federal government overstepping its bounds at every turn. This concern, in their view, applies to those from all walks of life, be it a rural Southern Nevada rancher or a militia member from northern Montana. Ultimately, the Bundy protest — which was defused Saturday when federal land officials agreed to...
  • Chicago Minutemen reunite for SAVE THE AMERICAN WORKER RALLY"

    04/14/2014 10:41:10 AM PDT · by chicagolady · 12 replies
    self ^ | April 14 2014 | Rosanna Pulido
    For Immediate Release: Contact: Rosanna Pulido April 14, 2014 Rick Biesada tel. 773-771-3927 Chicago, IL – The head of the Illinois Minuteman Project and former Republican candidate for Congress, Rosanna Pulido, announced that her group, along with The Chicago MInutemen Project group and grassroots organizations, is holding a “SAVE THE AMERICAN WORKER RALLY” at 1:00 pm Tuesday, April 22, at the corner of Michigan and Van Buren Streets in downtown Chicago. Pulido said the rally is being held to protest a gathering of well-heeled Republican politicians, lobbyists, and corporate CEOs pushing amnesty for illegal aliens at the nearby Chicago Club...
  • George Will: ‘I’m quite confident that we’re going to rebel against this abusive government’

    04/14/2014 9:14:22 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 65 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Apr. 11, 2014 | Benjamin Weingarten
    In an interview with TheBlaze in connection with the release of his new book, “A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred,” we spoke with columnist and author George Will on all things baseball and his unified theory of beer, and then moved on to the arguably more important topic of the state of the union, touching on everything from the American founding, Will’s affinity for the Tea Party, to 2016, to immigration. Among other explosive comments, Will told us that he is “quite confident that we’re going to rebel against this abusive government…sooner or...
  • Tea Party Groups Plan Protest at Tropical Confab Held by GOP Establishment

    04/10/2014 12:14:58 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 13 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/10/14 | Kerry Pickett
    Tea party groups are organizing this weekend to protest the “betrayal” by GOP House leadership and twenty-five other members at a tropical summit organized by a group working to undermine the Tea Party. “Come to Amelia Island for our rally, and if you have time and resources, stay for a weekend of RINO hunting!” a local Florida tea party announcement touted. The summit, sponsored by a sub group PAC of the Republican Main Street Partnership, is taking place at the Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida. Tea party protesters are expected to begin rallying Thursday evening and throughout the weekend...
  • REPORT: TOP BOEHNER ALLIES DEPARTING CONGRESS

    04/03/2014 12:16:00 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 3, 2014 | by MATTHEW BOYLE
    House Speaker John Boehner’s top allies are racing out the door to retirement, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday. Top Boehner allies that are retiring in 2014 include four committee chairmen: Reps. Mike Rogers (R-MI) of the Intelligence Committee, Buck McKeon (R-CA) of the Armed Services Committee, Doc Hastings (R-WA) of the Natural Resources Committee and Dave Camp (R-MI) of the Ways and Means Committee. One of Boehner closest friends, Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA), is retiring this year, and another—Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)—may lose his seat in a primary in Idaho against conservative Bryan Smith. “In a Capitol where accomplishments are...
  • Conservative Critics of Government Are 'Freaks' Who 'Will Need Kevlar'

    04/01/2014 12:00:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 1, 2014 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Conservative critics of government are “freaks,” are “in for a pretty rough ride,” and “will need their Kevlar,” i.e., bullet-proof vests. These statements didn’t come from the Obama administration or some radical leftwing organization. They are Facebook posts of a Republican elected official in Virginia’s Fauquier County. Fauquier drew national attention in 2012 for charging farmer Martha Boneta with violating the law by having a birthday party for eight little girls without a permit and zoning site plan. The highly charged posts of county supervisor Holder Trumbo came shortly after two recent events, and are emblematic of the civil war...
  • Boehner to attend Ritz Carlton event for anti-tea party group

    03/28/2014 8:22:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 103 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 3/28/14 | Patrick Howley
    Republican House Speaker John Boehner will spend next weekend at a Ritz Carlton event hosted by an anti-tea party group devoted to fighting conservatives within the GOP. Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor will be among 28 House members attending a $5,000-a-head event hosted by The Republican Main Street Partnership’s advocacy group, Red State reported. Donations will reportedly go to the anti-tea party super PAC Defending Main Street, which by February had received most of its funding from labor unions. The event will be hosted at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island in Nassau County, Florida. The Republican Main...
  • Original tea partyers returning to GOP fold

    03/09/2014 9:52:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | March 8, 2014 | Salena Zito
    Fortunately, the actual voters behind the tea party movement of 2009 did some good before the vultures arrived. Since that movement's peak in 2010, the sentiment of those original voters — a pretty even split of Republicans, Democrats and independents — has been hijacked by every political circus-barker able to buy a domain name that includes such key words as “freedom,” “liberty,” “warrior,” “conservative” or “tea party.” These same political operators have no problem making money from frustrated voters by challenging incumbent Republican officeholders with often untested, unsophisticated but deep-pocketed candidates — with mixed results. People fed up with the...
  • Tea Party struggles to regain political traction

    03/06/2014 4:09:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Yahoo! News / Agence France-Presse ^ | March 6, 2014 | Michael Mathes
    National Harbor (United States) (AFP) - How do you win the White House? US conservatives and Tea Party faithful launched their annual convention Thursday seeking to answer that gnawing question after several setbacks in Washington. Born of a grass-roots thirst for small government and greater protections of constitutional liberties, the Tea Party movement celebrated its fifth anniversary last month amid deep divisions within the Republican Party in a mid-term election year. Internal battles have uncomfortably pitted the party's politicians against one another as the far-right seeks to oust establishment Republicans in the Senate and House that the movement deems insufficiently...
  • Mark Levin: Ruling Class 'Should Fear' the Tea Party Movement

    03/04/2014 1:36:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 2, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Conservative talk radio host and scholar Mark Levin appeared on a taping of Breitbart News Sunday and said that the permanent political class should fear the Tea Party movement, which will only gain in strength in the years ahead. Speaking with Breitbart News Executive Chairman and host Stephen K. Bannon after he keynoted an event honoring the five-year anniversary of the movement, Levin said that the Tea Party has already rocked the political system in just five years because those in it want to clear out the crony capitalists on both sides of the aisle. "We're coming for the ruling...
  • Rick Santelli: Tea Party Are Those Who 'Carry the Water'

    02/24/2014 6:33:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | February 23, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Five years after his "rant heard around the world" spawned what is now known as the Tea Party movement, CNBC's Rick Santelli appeared on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 and said the energy from 2009 has created a powerful political movement that has already achieved many tangible results while changing the political landscape. Speaking to host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, Santelli said the Tea Party movement is a big-tent movement that attracts Americans from all walks of life. He said what is appealing about the movement to him is its emphasis on...
  • Tea Party Professor in 'Epic' Fight to Unseat Majority Leader Eric Cantor

    02/24/2014 11:20:35 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 24 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/24/14 | Robert Wilde
    According to Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon, “One of the inspirations of the tea party movement was to actually take individuals who were not career politicians and have them jump in as citizen legislators and join the vocal process.” David Brat, a professor who chaired the Department of Economics and Business at Randolph-Macon College, is “jumping in” in a big way. Although he still retains his full professorship, Brat left his chair position at Randolph-Macon to take on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) for the 7th congressional district of the Commonwealth of Virginia in what Bannon calls...
  • The GOPe RINOS are starting to believe that grassroots tea party conservatives are their enemy

    02/21/2014 10:26:21 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 110 replies
    February 21, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    The GOPe RINOS and their enablers are starting to believe that grassroots tea party conservatives are their enemy. And they might even be right for a change. So how are they going to combat that? Why, by moving even farther to the left, of course. Would never occur to these yahoos to even try to stand on principle and lock-in the grassroots conservative vote. Our representatives are permanently out to lunch. What do you think? Should we moderate our stance or soften our positions on abortion? Homo marriage? Gun control? Amnesty? Border security? National security? Commie health care? Big government?...
  • House Republicans: Ted Cruz killed our amnesty

    02/13/2014 4:51:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 127 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/13/2014 | AllahPundit
    There’s no man or woman in red-state America these days with more power than Cruz to set a new conservative litmus test. But c’mon: How many of you need to be formally warned at this point by your favorite Republican that the House is looking to sell out border hawks on immigration reform? It’s like blaming Rand Paul for turning libertarians against the NSA. He plays a useful role in bringing attention to the issue, but those people turned on their own initiative ages ago. Same here.Cruz won’t mind being blamed for this one, though. House Republicans who supported the...
  • Ted Cruz, Rand Paul top huge Tea Party poll; Chris Christie, Jeb Bush dead last

    02/11/2014 9:25:28 AM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 51 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 11, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Conservative Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul top the biggest Tea Party presidential poll yet, while moderates New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are dumped at the bottom, undermining their hopes of being 2016 crossover candidates. The online poll of 62,000 grassroots activists provided exclusively to Secrets finds that conservatives and Tea Party organizers stand fully behind the heroes of their movement, including outspoken surgeon Ben Carson, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and 2008 vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
  • With Anger Building, Boehner Puts the Brakes on Amnesty

    02/06/2014 10:04:06 AM PST · by servo1969 · 101 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 2-6-2014 | Matthew Boyle & Jonathan Strong
    In an abrupt switch from his months of work to bring immigration reform back from life support, Speaker John Boehner told reporters today that the issue cannot move forward until President Obama proves he can be a trustworthy partner to implement the law as written. “There's widespread doubt about whether this administration can be trusted to enforce our laws. And it's going to be difficult to move any immigration legislation until that changes,” Boehner said. The change in tack comes after rank-and-file members pushed hard against action on the issue this year when immigration “principles” when unveiled at a retreat...
  • First on CNN: Conservative group pushes to topple GOP leaders in Congress

    02/04/2014 7:51:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    CNN's Political Ticker ^ | February 4, 2014 | Paul Steinhauser, CNN Political Editor
    A conservative group is launching a new campaign which calls on "the GOP leadership in both the House and the Senate to step aside." ForAmerica told CNN that it's putting six figures behind its "Dump the Leadership" campaign between now and November's leadership elections. The group says that its digital ads will target House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, as well as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn, and the group adds that the first paid spots are now up online. "Time and again, year after year, the Republican...
  • Elitist Rove Suffers After Tea Party Jihad

    02/04/2014 1:16:05 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 32 replies
    http://www.westernjournalism.com ^ | February 4, 2014 | Dr. Kevin "Coach" Collins
    If you enjoy seeing an enemy’s nose rubbed in the dirt, you’ll love this story. Remember all of Karl “Tokyo” Rove’s attacks and snide remarks about the TEA party movement? Remember how he worked so hard to defeat TEA party-backed candidates, belittling them at every opportunity? Well, all of that vitriol and bile has come back to bite Tokyo in the ass.
  • Put America’s First Principle Back Into Practice

    02/02/2014 10:09:40 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 65 replies
    Conservatives believe, as did our founding generation, a fundamental truth, a maxim that early on differentiated the US from other republics. The first principle of American political society is that government exists to secure our unalienable rights. Our Declaration eloquently expressed it as, “That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, . . . “ That straightforward concept begat the question, “How to best secure those rights?” The answer was to be found in some form of republican government. By that, the founding generation meant the peoples’ representatives consent to all laws. That determination was all well and...
  • TEA PARTY CONVENTION?

    01/24/2014 12:06:11 PM PST · by Hostage · 112 replies
    January 24, 2014 | Hostage
    The Tea Party should hold their own convention one month prior to the GOP. At first glance this seems symbolic only. But upon further reflection, some united statement coming out of a "Tea Party Convention" about who conservatives should vote for could have a chance to affect the eventual nominee. If we could at least get all conservatives voting for he same guy, it might reduce the dilution of votes that always get the establishment and media "their guy". Thanks to Tenacious 1 for the above: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3115298/posts?page=10#10 _____________________________________________________It can be done and I believe more easily than most would at...
  • Special Report: The Status of the Tea Party Movement Part One: The Tea Party in 2013

    01/10/2014 12:55:28 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    During the month of January 2014, IREHR will publish a multi-segment special report on the current status of the Tea Party movement. We will publish a track the membership of the principal organizations in the movement—a task undertaken by no organization or agency other than IREHR. We will look at geographic regions where this membership is concentrated. And we will look at some of the money that keeps this movement in the public eye. In the piece below, we follow the Tea Parties over the course of 2013. It was a year of countervailing winds and storms. A drive against...
  • MARK LEVIN LAYS OUT PLAN FOR CURBING GOVERNMENT EXPANSION: 'THANK GOD FOR THE TEA PARTY'

    01/07/2014 10:08:09 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 6, 2014 | by Jeffrey Poor
    Some conservatives see the ballot box as their only means of recourse against an out-of-control government. But over the last three national elections, including the 2010 midterm elections that propelled the Republicans to take control of the U.S. House of Representatives, things haven’t worked out as planned. Mark Levin, author of The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic, charts a path to reel in the growth of this ever-expanding federal leviathan by harnessing the sentiment that inspired the Tea Party movement. In a three-hour interview he conducted with C-SPAN that aired Sunday night, he praised the Tea Party movement and...
  • 2014: The Resurgence of the Tea Party

    01/05/2014 3:28:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Right Side News ^ | January 5, 2014 | Lloyd Marcus
    It is not looking good for the Tea Party and our efforts to restore America in 2014. The Obama Administration, mainstream media, major liberal advocacy groups and the GOP establishment have launched an extremely well-funded war against us. http://bit.ly/1cVTDpW So, how do we compete? Answer: We do what we did in 2010. The Bible says one will put a thousand to flight, but two will put 10,000 to flight. (Deut. 32:30) In other words, when we are united our power and effectiveness increases exponentially. The 2010 Republican sweep of the elections driven by the Tea Party confirms this truth. Without...
  • Ten Million Man March on DC?

    01/05/2014 11:51:18 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 306 replies
    January 5, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    To hell with a million man march. We need a TEN MILLION man march!! Fill the mall and every street in DC!! Time to raise the pucker factor in DC until no one in congress can even raise up from his chair. When the people fear their government there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, we have Liberty!! Tea Party leaders, right-wing groups, 2nd amendment groups, pro-life religious leaders, Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Levin: Gentlemen start your engines!! It's time to unite and turnout freedom loving Americans of every political stripe to run the statist bums out and restore...
  • Dem Pollster Shocked to Find No Racism in Tea Partiers, So They Invent Some

    12/11/2013 2:35:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 10, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    The Democratic pollster Democracy Corps, commissioning research from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, recently dug into that foreign species commonly referred to as “the conservative voter.” In a dispatch that reads like the curious field notes Charles Darwin scribbled while observing the natural wonders of the Galapagos, the Democratic pollsters have found that the family Republican is made up of a variety of genera, including moderates, tea partiers and socially conservative evangelicals. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pollsters discovered that these factions are distinct and not especially friendly towards one another; but the report is not without surprising findings. The top of that list...
  • Fighting a hostile takeover of freedom’s party (The Tea Party versus the GOP-e)

    11/13/2013 11:46:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 12, 2013 | Matt Kibbe
    "Learn a little bit more about how business has been done in the Congress of the United States.” Those were the words of advice given by senior Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to junior Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) during last May’s debt ceiling debate. It’s a provocative suggestion, considering that traditional congressional business practices have led us into almost $17 trillion in debt, unfunded liabilities several times that amount and a congressional approval rating that hovers around 9 percent. Business as usual in Washington has failed the American people, and it’s time to clean house. In the corporate world, a “takeover”...
  • Sorry, There's No Evidence Big Business Has Abandoned the Tea Party or GOP

    10/30/2013 10:53:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Nation ^ | October 30, 2013 | Lee Fang
    The current conventional wisdom floating around the media, seemingly extrapolated largely from quotes to the press from businessmen and their surrogates, is that "Big Business [is] trying to unseat the Tea Party." However, there's no evidence that this is happening. Remember the first time Tea Party House Republicans held a gun to the U.S. economy, refusing to pay America's debts unless Democrats accepted a wide-ranging set of demands, and as a result, business leaders promised to spend big to defeat hostage-taking radicals? "We'll get rid of you," said Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to the Tea...
  • Does Army consider Christians, Tea Party, a terror threat?

    10/23/2013 4:55:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    fox news ^ | Todd Starnes
    Soldiers attending a pre-deployment briefing at Fort Hood say they were told that evangelical Christians and members of the Tea Party were a threat to the nation and that any soldier donating to those groups would be subjected to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. A soldier who attended the Oct. 17th briefing told me the counter-intelligence agent in charge of the meeting spent nearly a half hour discussing how evangelical Christians and groups like the American Family Association were “tearing the country apart.” Michael Berry, an attorney with the Liberty Institute, is advising the soldier and has...
  • Did tea party suffer fatal blow by mainstream media and RINOs over government shutdown?

    10/20/2013 6:19:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Renew America ^ | October 21, 2013 | Kevin Fobbs
    You Americans are so gullible. No, you won't accept communism outright, but we'll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you'll finally wake up and find you already have communism."~Soviet Premier of Russia Nikita Khrushchev, 1959. The seeds of the war on America's principles and founding values were planted 54 years ago by Russia's leader Nikita Khrushchev, and have found a cherished home in the presidency of Barrack Obama. It was this notion that communism would have a welcome home in the very seat of American power that The Tea Party members across the nation rose in defiance of....
  • Dem Rep. Steve Cohen: Tea Partiers are ‘domestic enemies’ [VIDEO]

    10/19/2013 11:52:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 19, 2013 | Jeff Poor
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Tennessee Democrat Rep. Steve Cohen called tea party congressional Republicans “domestic enemies” against which he must defend the country, describing them as rabid, sophomoric and in ambitious pursuit of their policies. “I obviously do not have an opportunity to go within the conference, the Republican — we call it a caucus, they call it a conference,” Cohen said on Saturday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Up with Steve Kornacki.” “But I know some of the members there — and a lot of those members — they’re rabid, they’re sophomoric, literally, they’re second term in Congress, never worked in politics before, and they...
  • MAYBE THE TEA PARTY WON

    10/18/2013 7:55:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 117 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | October 18, 2013 | Richard Reeves
    Perhaps those tea party guys are smarter than they look. After all, these men and women in Congress came to Washington determined to cripple big government -- or even destroy it. They, 30 or 40 bent Republicans, were mad as hell at where the country is going and how it is governed. Now, with a minimum of sabotage, millions and millions of Americans, Republicans and Democrats alike, share their hatred of Washington. It is discouraging for someone who writes about politics to see and hear the outrage and even hate that is voiced when anyone brings up the subject of...
  • What Explains Ted Cruz? (The Left scratches their collective heads)

    10/16/2013 10:41:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | October 16, 2013 | Abby Rapoport
    Texas, for starters. Between his 21-hour non-filibuster to halt Obamacare, his impassioned, hard-line speech at the right-wing Values Voters Summit, and his meeting with House Republicans at the mediocre Mexican joint, Tortilla Coast, it’s clear Ted Cruz has been conducting the shutdown train, even as the country heads into default and his party heads over a cliff. Just about every write-up of the man portrays a smart and opportunistic political mind, eager to be, as The Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith puts it, “the Tea Party’s one true standard-bearer.” But is his strategy just crazy? Pundits in Washington can’t decide what...
  • The GOP Can't Survive Without the Tea Party

    10/15/2013 5:04:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The New Republic ^ | October 15, 2013 | Nate Cohn
    Apparently, it’s become fashionable to wonder whether fissures in the GOP might eventually grow into a schism, with tea party candidates mounting independent challenges to the GOP in the 2014 elections. Last night, David Frum went a step farther, writing that a tea party exodus might actually help Republicans by freeing them of Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz, allowing the GOP to slide back to the political center. It's a centrist fantasy. If Republicans think they have a pathway to victory without the tea party, they’re sorely mistaken. The tea party is not some small, fringe element of the Republican...
  • To defeat the Tea Party, the left needs bolder leader than Hillary

    10/12/2013 7:05:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    Salon ^ | October 12, 2013 | Sean McElwee
    It’s three years away, but the ongoing government shutdown and debt ceiling debate makes it clear that Democrats need to be thinking now about a candidate able to effectively counter the Tea Party caucus in Congress — which thanks to gerrymandering, isn’t going anywhere until 2020. While the Republican field is already loaded with possible candidates — Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Jeb Bush III and Bobby Jindal – the Democratic field is apparently sealed: Hillary Clinton. RealClearPolitics finds Hillary getting 61 percent of the vote in a Democratic primary against Joe Biden (11), Elizabeth Warren (7),...
  • Tea Party radicalism is misunderstood: Meet the “Newest Right” (You're richer than average, he says)

    10/07/2013 6:24:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Salon ^ | October 6, 2013 | Michael Lind
    Our sense of the force currently paralyzing the government is full of misconceptions -- including what to call it. To judge from the commentary inspired by the shutdown, most progressives and centrists, and even many non-Tea Party conservatives, do not understand the radical force that has captured the Republican Party and paralyzed the federal government. Having grown up in what is rapidly becoming a Tea Party heartland–Texas–I think I do understand it. Allow me to clear away a few misconceptions about what really should be called, not the Tea Party Right, but the Newest Right. The first misconception that is...
  • Where Ted Cruz Is Coming From

    10/04/2013 10:13:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    BuzzFeed Politics ^ | October 4, 2013 | McKay Coppins and Kate Nocera
    The tea party senator and his allies campaigned on the promise to revolutionize Washington — so why is everyone so surprised they’re trying to do it? And on the third day, Ted Cruz looked upon his creation, and he saw that it was good. Yes, Congressional negotiations had devolved into a manic game of finger-pointing that centered on cancer-patient gaffes and pitched battles over war memorials; hundreds of thousands of federal workers had been sent home without paychecks; and Republicans were continuing to cling stubbornly to a list of extraordinary demands that Democrats flatly refuse to entertain. With the country...
  • Why Aren't Those New, Millennial Liberals Protesting the Shutdown?

    10/02/2013 12:09:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 30, 2013 | Prof. Michael Kazin, Georgetown, co-editor of Dissent magazine
    Is a new, young left really on the rise? A few weeks ago, Peter Beinart wrote a long online essay which argued strongly in the affirmative. It drew a lot of attention—20,000 “Likes” and almost 5,000 tweets, at last count. And it made a lot of the progressives who read it feel better about politics than at any time since Mitt Romney learned 47 percent was actually the percentage of his popular vote. Beinart cobbled together an impressive set of poll results to show that Millennials (Americans under 30) swing left on a broad range of issues—from such obvious ones...
  • ‘Serious Racism Here’: Ed Schultz Insists GOP’s Shutdown Showdown Motivated by ‘Hate’

    09/29/2013 10:05:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 27, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    On Friday, MSNBC host Ed Schultz insisted that Republicans threatening to pass a budget which defuneds Obamacare, which could possibly result in a government shutdown, is motivated by the fact that President Barack Obama is “other.” Schultz said that the GOP is moved by “hate” and that an “element of serious racism” was clearly evident. “This is all about one thing: obstructing this president,” Schultz said. “To come to the conclusion and to have a big summary to the American people that this president is not legitimate. He is other. We’re not going to let him succeed.” Schultz said that...
  • Rand Paul: GOP ‘probably can’t defeat’ Obamacare [Reid, McCain concur. Wrong! Read on]

    09/22/2013 11:10:57 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 112 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept 21, 2013 | By Adam Sneed
    Sen. Rand Paul conceded Saturday that congressional Republicans have little chance of stopping Obamacare. “We probably can’t defeat or get rid of Obamacare,” the Kentucky senator told reporters at a gathering of Michigan Republicans, according to the Associated Press. Paul acknowledged that time is running out for Congress to pass a government funding bill, however he said House Republicans’ efforts to defund Obamacare in its government funding bill could lead to a compromise. ~~snip~~ Reid has said any bill defunding Obamacare would be dead on arrival, and Sen. John McCain said Thursday that it was “not rational” to think the...
  • Strategy by Sens. Cruz, Lee to starve ‘Obamacare’ of money infuriates some fellow Republicans [lefti

    09/21/2013 11:44:50 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 94 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Sept 20, 2013 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Ted Cruz and Mike Lee stand as the Senate’s dynamic duo for conservatives, crusading against President Barack Obama’s health care law while infuriating many congressional Republicans with a tactic they consider futile, self-serving and detrimental to the party’s political hopes in 2014. Cruz, the Texan who’s been anything but a wait-your-turn freshman, and Lee, the tea party-backed giant slayer from Utah’s 2010 election, spent months this summer pressuring Republicans to link any stopgap spending bill to keep the government running with permanently starving President Barack Obama’s health overhaul of money. The two former Supreme Court clerks are determined...
  • Sen. Cruz: Vote in House to defund ObamaCare is 'historic' [Must watch video!]

    09/21/2013 8:25:16 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9-20-2013 | Cavuto
    You're watching... Sen. Cruz: Vote in House to defund ObamaCare is 'historic' Health care law fight heating up in Senate
  • Hold the line! Defund ObamaCommieCare!! Hell, defund the entire unconstitutional federal behemoth!!

    09/20/2013 11:16:00 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 69 replies
    Sept 20, 2013 | Jim Robinson
    Great first step today by the House! Now the bill goes to the Senate and there's no doubt they'll change it to fund ObamaCare. And then the House must hold the line! Reject the Senate's changes! Defund/kill ObamaCommieCare before it kills us!! If Obama/Reid follow through with their threats to shutdown the government, then the adults in the House, with the full backing of the people, will have an opportunity to pass appropriation bills to fund the essential departments of government department by department. The first appropriations bill to pass should be social security and medicare. This will set the...
  • The Tea Party Takes The Reins In The House

    09/18/2013 9:03:18 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 30 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | Sept 18, 2013 | By Kate Nocera and John Stanton
    WASHINGTON — If there was any question who’s setting the agenda and direction of the Republican Party in the House it was answered Wednesday when, after forcing Speaker John Boehner to agree to once again attempt to defund Obamacare, Rep. Steve Stockman thanked fellow Tea Partier Rep. Tom Graves — and not the man ostensibly sitting atop the GOP’s top perch. “[Americans] want to defund ObamaCare and keep the government open. Thank you to Tom Graves and others who worked to make this happen,” Stockman said in a press release blasted out to national media. “Republicans should listen to the...
  • How the Tea Party is winning the GOP fight over ObamaCare

    09/18/2013 8:38:30 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 87 replies
    The Week ^ | Sept 18, 2013 | By Jon Terbush
    Congressional Republicans have battled each other of late over which tack to take in handling the next showdown over the budget. The Tea Party wing of the party has refused to support any budget bill unless it kills ObamaCare, while the more moderate leadership, wary of the political fallout from such an all-or-nothing gamble, has resisted the plan. It looks like the Tea Party just won round one. House Republicans will soon stage a vote on a budget bill — known as a continuing resolution (CR) — that both funds the government and defunds the Affordable Care Act, according to...
  • The best shot at defeating ObamaCare

    09/17/2013 4:22:06 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | Sept 17, 2013 | By Jenny Beth Martin, L. Brent Bozell III
    Grassroots conservatives who want to stop ObamaCare are making their voices heard. There is evidence that their elected representatives are starting to listen, and it is good. When Congress left Washington for its August recess, the voices demanding action to prevent American taxpayers from paying for ObamaCare – described by its chief Senate author, Democrat Senator Max Baucus as a ‘train wreck’ – were faint and few. Senator Mike Lee drafted a letter calling on the Senate to fund everything in the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR), except ObamaCare. Every Republican in the Senate is on the record calling for defunding,...
  • A sign of Ted Cruz's wisdom

    09/17/2013 10:08:09 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Sept 17, 2013 | BY DAVID LIMBAUGH
    New York Times columnist David Brooks argued on PBS' "NewsHour" Friday night that "Sen. Ted Cruz and similar legislators" are obstructionists who care more about undermining the Republican establishment than advancing legislation. Note that I didn't use "conservative" to modify "columnist" or "David Brooks," though the Times and other mainstream media outlets routinely bill Brooks as conservative. Featuring a left-leaning moderate and depicting him as a conservative is a clever technique the liberal media employ to discredit conservative ideas. Not to mention any names, but we see this technique in practice daily on NBC's deranged stepchild, MSNBC, where a former...
  • The war on the right… could come from GOP!

    09/17/2013 9:51:09 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 18 replies
    salon.com ^ | Sept 17, 2013 | BY BRIAN BEUTLER
    First things first, let’s stipulate that if there’s a government shutdown at the end of the month — and I continue to doubt there will be — it will happen because House Speaker John Boehner chooses to precipitate one. He can always partner with Democrats to pass a temporary, uncontroversial government spending bill if he wants to, because almost all Democrats will vote for it, and there are still a few dozen Republicans in the House who are both sane and unintimidated by the threat of a primary challenge from the right. Whatever happens is his decision. The latest doomed-to-fail...