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  • Cornyn: Obama needs ‘remedial civics’ lesson

    11/20/2014 1:50:08 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/14 | Ramsey Cox
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) blasted President Obama’s executive order on immigration, saying the president needs a “remedial civics 101” course to refresh his understanding of the Constitution's separations of power. “There is an appropriate way to address this, and it’s not amnesty,” Cornyn said on the Senate floor Thursday. “This is really a terrible precedent.”
  • Mitch McConnell promises forceful immigration response

    11/20/2014 8:58:20 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 91 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/20/14 | BURGESS EVERETT
    Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised on Thursday morning that Congress will respond forcefully in 2015 to President Barack Obama’s imminent executive action that will defer deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. In a blistering speech that quoted Obama’s past statements about his limited unilateral powers on the subject of immigration, the GOP leader did not specify what action that his Republican Senate will take next year
  • Appropriations panel: Defunding immigration order 'impossible' (GOP surrenders to Obama)

    11/20/2014 8:14:01 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 86 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/20/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    It would be “impossible to defund President Obama’s executive order through a government spending bill, House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing said Thursday. Congress doesn’t provide funding to U.S. Citizenship and Immgiration Services (CIS), the agency responsible for issuing work permits and green cards. Instead, the agency is funded through fees. “We cannot, literally cannot, defund that agency in an appropriations bill because we don’t appropriate that agency. That agency is entirely-fee funded,” Hing told reporters.
  • Mitch McConnell Says, No Government Shutdown Even If Obama Acts On Immigration

    11/13/2014 2:55:39 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 121 replies
    IBT ^ | 11/13/14 | Ginger Gibson
    Sen. Mitch McConnell made a clear statement Thursday: There will be no government shutdown. The Kentucky Republican, who will take over as majority leader in January, renewed his vow not to shut down the federal government as conservatives in his party called for fighting the president’s immigration proposals through spending legislation. Some Republicans in Congress are arguing that if President Barack Obama moves forward with his promise to sign executive orders addressing immigration, the GOP should attach language to spending bills that would undo the actions. Congress must pass a spending bill by Dec. 11 to prevent another government shutdown....
  • Cornyn stresses prospects for cooperation with Democrats

    11/13/2014 2:49:55 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 41 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 11/12/14 | Todd J. Gillman
    Texas Sen. John Cornyn, deputy leader of the Senate’s newly empowered Republicans, laid out a vision Wednesday for an era of cooperation — a chance “to restore faith in our democratic institutions” after years of partisan strife. He promised Democrats a fair shot at putting their ideas to a vote — a departure from the heavy-handed approach their own leaders took toward Republicans in recent years. He also warned that the new majority won’t tolerate unilateral action by the White House on immigration.
  • Karl Rove to GOP: No ‘Score -Settling’ With Obama After Midterm Wins

    10/10/2014 8:57:31 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 96 replies
    mediaite.com ^ | 10/9/14 | Eddie Scarry
    In a new op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Republican strategist Karl Rove warns the GOP that should they make big gains in the November midterm elections, they should focus on passing legislation rather than “score-settling” with President Barack Obama. Rove writes that he anticipates Obama to reject bills sent to him from a Republican Congress but that Obama ” deserves the chance to show he’s matured as a leader and has the energy to govern.” From the op-ed: Mr. Obama is not the only person who must decide how to proceed. Whatever path the president chooses, Republicans must settle...
  • Karl Rove is Ruining the GOP

    10/08/2014 2:41:59 AM PDT · by goodn'mad · 53 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | October 7, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Karl Rove recently tried to advise Republicans on how the party can more effectively take back the Senate in November. He made two main suggestions. One was that Republican candidates must “make the case for electing someone new who will be a check and balance in the Senate on Mr. Obama and his agenda, rather than returning a Democratic loyalist who toes his line.” Rove’s second suggestion was that the party should “offer a positive, optimistic conservative agenda to make independents who disapprove of Mr. Obama comfortable voting Republican.” Rove is right on both counts, especially about offering a positive...
  • God Save Us from the Loud ‘I’m Staying Home This Year’ Conservatives

    10/01/2014 3:18:37 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 777 replies
    National Review-Campaign Spot ^ | 9-30-2014 | Jim Geraghty
    NATIONAL REVIEW SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 12:34 PM God Save Us from the Loud 'I'm Staying Home This Year' Conservatives By Jim Geraghty A few thoughts from the middle of the day . . . God save us from self-professed "conservatives" who will announce they'll stay home on Election Day as a demonstration of their power. Because as we all know, you become more influential in politics and government and public life by staying home and doing less. .... Does the "I'm staying home" crowd apply this to everything in life? "I don't like the way the company is run, so...
  • What should the tea party do now? (Rove's RINOs already spinning expected Texas runoff results)

    05/27/2014 8:42:36 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/27/14 | Jennifer Rubin
    Yesterday I noted that the tea party in big states and national elections faces a challenge both in money and support when facing competent, mainstream Republicans. To put it bluntly, there aren’t enough Republicans who think that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is a sellout or that the shutdown was a good idea to sustain the tea party in its current form. I’ve suggested that it, in essence, disappears as a distinct subset of the right and, like most insurgent movements, will be soaked up by the larger political entity, in this case the GOP. But are there other things the...
  • GOP Wants More Control Over Picking 2016 Nominee

    05/07/2014 10:55:47 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 71 replies
    AP ^ | 5/7/2014 | Phillip Elliot
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican National Committee wants to take more control over how the party picks a White House nominee. The RNC was to meet Wednesday in Memphis, Tennessee, to choose members who will effectively set the calendar for 2016's long list of potential presidential contenders. If the party's chairman, Reince Priebus gets his way, the GOP will pick its nominee more quickly than during past contests and have fewer debates in which candidates could criticize each other. The RNC also was expected to put penalties in place for candidates who don't follow the committee's plans. RNC officials described...
  • Tillis shifts strategy to right, attacking Brannon and hitting social conservative issues (NC)

    04/28/2014 10:25:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 5 replies
    charoltteobserver.com ^ | 4/27/14 | John Frank
    SANFORD For months, Republican Thom Tillis’ Senate campaign touted his accomplishments and focused his attacks on Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan, acting like a frontrunner with his eye on November. Now, in the final days before the May 6 primary, Tillis is changing his strategy. Last week, he mailed a flier to voters that attacked his top GOP rival for not paying his property taxes on time. He also debuted a TV ad that trumpets his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage. Tillis hit the social conservative issues Saturday in his speech at the 2nd Congressional District GOP convention in Sanford....
  • Video Shows Boehner Mocking Colleagues on Immigration

    04/27/2014 7:36:24 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4/24/13 | Steven Dennis
    A video clip has been posted of Speaker John A. Boehner mocking his colleagues’ reluctance to take on an immigration overhaul today while campaigning for re-election in Ohio:
  • Haley Barbour: Jeb Bush stance like Reagan’s

    04/09/2014 8:04:40 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/8/14 | UCY MCCALMONT
    Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour defended Jeb Bush’s recent comments that some illegal immigration is an “act of love,” saying it’s very similar to what former President Ronald Reagan thought. “What people want you to do: Tell the truth,” Barbour said Tuesday at the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit. “And if Jeb feels that way about it — it sort of reminds me of my boss, Ronald Reagan.” Barbour, who was an aide in Reagan’s administration described what the president used to call the “gates test” during a panel Tuesday with Democratic San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. “Ronald Reagan...
  • Karl Rove: Jeb Bush 'Act Of Love' Remarks 'Inartful'

    04/08/2014 2:35:20 PM PDT · by kingattax · 31 replies
    VIDEO AT LINK On Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom" on Tuesday, former adviser to President George W. Bush Karl Rove reacted to remarks from former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) that called certain types of illegal immigration an "act of love"...
  • Rep. McCarthy pulls Breitbart column (like anybody cares!)

    04/08/2014 12:04:06 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    politico.com ^ | 4/8/14 | Hadas Gold
    House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy has pulled his column from Breitbart News after the site launched a California version with a lewd photoshop image of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. A McCarthy spokesperson told ABC News the images were "inappropriate," while another told the Los Angeles Times that the office "didn't condone them." “We thought it was the right thing to do to ask for the column to be removed," said Spokesperson Matt Sparks, according to the Los Angeles Times. The brash right-wing conservative news outlet launched its California coverage Monday with an ad campaign featuring a series of image...
  • The Rule-or-Ruin Faction of the GOP: Republicans take aim, not at Democrats, but at each other

    03/18/2014 6:54:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/18/2014 | Thomas Sowell
    At a time when polls show public opinion turning against the Democrats, some Republicans seem to be turning against each other. Even with the prospect of being able to win control of the Senate in this fall’s elections, some Republicans are busy manufacturing ammunition for their own circular firing squad. A Republican faction’s demonization of their own Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, is a classic example. If you listen to some of those who consider themselves the only true conservatives, you would never guess that Senator McConnell received a lifetime 90 percent ranking by the American Conservative Union — and...
  • Jeb Bush’s Bush Problem Clouds 2016 (6% support in polls is worse than Romney...)

    03/07/2014 11:22:51 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/6/14 | Rick Klein
    If 2016 brings another Bush-Clinton matchup, not all famous last names are equal at the start. The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll makes clear why it’s better to be associated with the 42nd president than the 43rd and 41st, at least for now. The poll has plenty of good news for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Two-thirds of Americans say they’d consider voting for Clinton in 2016, and a full 25 percent say they will definitely support her. Again, among all Americans – not just Democrats, or Democrats and independents – one in four say they are fully on board for Hillary...
  • Sen. Roger Wicker says GOP colleague John Cornyn of Texas will win his primary (on MSNBC)

    02/18/2014 6:05:13 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/18/14 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn’s bid for re-election got a boost this week from a GOP colleague and one of the top newspapers in his state. Mr. Cornyn, Texas Republican, will try to defend his seat against seven opponents in the party primary on March 4. He is taking heat from conservatives for supporting a procedural motion last week that cleared the way for an up-down vote to extend the nation’s borrowing authority, even though he voted against the actual measure. But Sen. Roger Wicker, Mississippi Republican, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that voters will still come out in droves for...
  • Republicans warn against 2016 strategy that goes overboard on attacking Clintons' political past

    02/16/2014 12:31:34 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 77 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/16/14 | Fox News
    Former Bush administration adviser Karl Rove on Sunday cautioned Republicans against a 2016 presidential election strategy that focuses too much on the political history of potential Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. Rove told “Fox News Sunday” he was uncertain whether revisiting Clinton and husband Bill Clinton’s years in the White House would help Republicans win the presidency. “It may,” said Rove, now a “Fox News” contributor. “But the trouble for Republicans is it’s easier to say what you’re against than what you are for.” Republicans have tried to knock down a Clinton candidacy essentially since she resigned from her post in...
  • Cornyn for the GOP nomination (LSM Endorsement)

    02/10/2014 6:50:21 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 2/7/14 | EXPRESS-NEWS EDITORIAL BOARD
    We recommend incumbent John Cornyn for the GOP's U.S. Senate nomination, based on unmatched experience and decades of service to Texas. The theme among a bevy of challengers seems to be that Cornyn is a CINO, a conservative in name only. This is not just counter-intuitive but counter-factual. Various ratings — liberal and conservative — have agreed on one thing, Cornyn's conservative credentials are genuine. Not conservative? Cornyn is No. 2 in Senate leadership and diverged only slightly from the conservative playbook in a year in which he offered a measure that would further beef up security at the border...
  • Rand Paul to GOP: Change your tune, or Texas goes Democratic

    02/09/2014 3:42:18 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 94 replies
    CBS News ^ | 2/9/14 | JAKE MILLER
    Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., delivered a stark demographic warning to his party on Saturday, predicting that Texas – a sizable electoral prize that Republicans cannot afford to lose in national elections – may tilt Democratic within 10 years if the GOP doesn’t broaden its appeal. “What I do believe is Texas is going to be a Democrat state within 10 years if we don’t change,” Paul told the Harris County Republican Party on Saturday, according to Politico. “That means we evolve, it doesn’t mean we give up on what we believe in, but it means we have to be a...
  • Ayotte to Boehner: Get over 'trust deficit'

    02/09/2014 3:35:17 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 57 replies
    The HIll ^ | 2/9/14 | Megan R. Wilson
    GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) on Sunday urged House Republicans to take up immigration reform, despite a “trust deficit” with President Obama. “Here’s the deal: The status quo is totally unacceptable,” she said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer. “I think we should solve this. I think [Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)] can find a way forward. Certainly, the bill that came out of the Senate was not perfect, but it was a good solution to a hard problem,” Ayotte continued. “I think it’s an important issue to solve – not only for the country, but for the Republican...
  • George P. Bush Says G.O.P. Needs ‘Honest Solution’ on Immigration (Flashback)

    02/07/2014 9:26:21 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/10/12 | JEFF ZELENY
    George P. Bush said on Tuesday that “it’s never too late” for Mitt Romney to take a leadership role in the immigration debate, but he acknowledged Republicans were outflanked by President Obama’s election-year decision to allow hundreds of illegal immigrants to remain in the country without fear of deportation. “Governor Romney had an opportunity to get in front of the president on the issue,” said Mr. Bush, 36, the son of former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida. “But the president clearly has taken the initiative on it.” Mr. Bush, who is urging younger voters to increase their participation in the...
  • George P. Bush ‘concerned’ about GOP immigration stance (Flashback)

    02/07/2014 9:04:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/10/12 | CNN Political Unit
    George P. Bush, nephew of George W. Bush and grandson of George H. W. Bush, said he has “reservations” and “concerns” about the Republican Party’s rhetoric on immigration. In a sit-down with CNN reporters and producers Tuesday, Bush said that he and other Republicans wish the party would “return to George W. Bush on this issue,” referring to the former president’s bipartisan push to reform the nation’s immigration policy. But with Election Day fast approaching, Bush said it’s probably too late for Republicans to pivot away from the party’s conservative base and seize the political high ground on the immigration...
  • Madison Project knocks House GOP for pushing ‘amnesty first approach’ to immigration

    02/04/2014 9:20:24 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/4/14 | Seth McLaughlin
    The leaders of a grassroots conservative group that is targeting GOP incumbents in 2014 congressional races say that House Republicans leaders are heading in the wrong direction with their “amnesty first approach” to immigration. Drew Ryun and Daniel Horowitz of the Madison Project said in a USA Today opinion piece that the House GOP are insisting that “we must grant amnesty before we implement enforcement.” “Washington already tried this approach in 1986, and it failed,” Mr. Ryun and Mr. Horowitz wrote, alluding to the immigration reforms passed under President Reagan. “If the politicians want to earn our trust on the...
  • Obama pressured to stop deportations

    02/04/2014 9:09:01 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/4/14 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    An immigrant-rights group on Tuesday escalated pressure on President Barack Obama to use his executive power to halt deportations — just days after he seemed to crack the door open on that option. The National Day Laborer Organizing Network filed a 41-page petition on Tuesday arguing that the administration has “extremely broad and virtually unreviewable discretion” on how to proceed with deportations. It urges Obama to shield undocumented immigrants who would “likely benefit from near-term congressional action on immigration” from deportation and grant them the ability to work in the United States. “Suspending the deportation of these individuals promotes the...
  • With an immigration deal possible, advocates mount new push to end deportations

    02/04/2014 8:59:37 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 2/3/14 | David Nakamura
    New momentum in Congress for a broad overhaul of border-control laws has prompted White House allies to demand that President Obama halt deportations of millions of illegal immigrants, many of whom would be allowed to remain in the country under a legislative deal. The advocates, including the AFL-CIO and pro-immigration groups, argue that Obama should use his executive authority to expand a 2012 decision that halted deportations of young people brought to the United States illegally by their parents. The administration’s aggressive approach to enforcement — which has resulted in nearly 2 million deportations during Obama’s tenure — makes little...
  • Chuck Schumer, Paul Ryan talking on immigration

    02/04/2014 5:48:29 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/3/14 | JAKE SHERMAN, SEUNG MIN KIM and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has held private talks on immigration with Republican Reps. Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy. President Barack Obama’s emissaries have spoken with House GOP leadership about an overhaul. Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi have also chatted on the House floor about immigration. It sometimes seems like House Republicans are in their own universe when it comes to rewriting the nation’s immigration laws. But since late last year, key House Republicans have been meeting with House and Senate Democrats as they try to reach a deal. The talks haven’t led to any agreement on hugely...
  • Rudy Giuliani among few Republicans supporting Christie during Bridgegate scandal

    01/10/2014 7:50:55 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/10/14 | LESLIE LARSON
    Christie, 51, leads the Republican Governors Association and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was one of the few members to stand in support with Christie, expressing her support after his press conference. Rudy Giuliani came out to support Christie on Friday and RNC Chair Reince Priebus praised Christie for his transparency.
  • Gov. Chris Christie’s load of bull: Fired aide Bridget Kelly merely a patsy

    01/10/2014 4:44:32 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 73 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/10/14 | NY Daily News Editorial Board
    Gov. Chris Christie’s load of bull: Fired aide Bridget Kelly merely a patsy in attempt to shelter Port Authority cronies, himself What did the governor know about the George Washington Bridge lane closures, and when did he know it? Ex-Port Authority executive David Wildstein pleaded the Fifth Wednesday, so we wait until an independent investigation can reveal the whole story. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s one-hour-and-forty-seven-minute self-serving, self-pitying display of contrition on Thursday was a climactic act in a brazen cover-up that threatens to further unravel his political career. Ever so thoroughly the governor scoured the thesaurus for words of...
  • Christie’s Waterloo

    01/08/2014 5:54:15 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 140 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/8/13 | NY Daily News Editorial Board
    In the best possible light, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie built a top staff of lying thugs who threatened lives and safety to serve his political ends. If not, Christie is a lying thug himself. Emails and text messages among his close aides made public Wednesday documented that in September they gleefully engineered George Washington Bridge lane closures to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for failing to endorse their boss’ reelection. Local officials say the gridlock they caused delayed ambulances in responding to four calls, including one involving an unconscious 91-year-old woman who later died.
  • BREAKING: Moderate GOP PAC Bankrolled by Labor Unions

    12/30/2013 6:13:39 PM PST · by Mortrey · 30 replies
    LibertyNEWS.com ^ | December 30, 2013 | Eric Odom
    BREAKING: Moderate GOP PAC That Promised to Beat Back Tea Party Challengers Bankrolled by Labor Unions liberal Republicans can’t beat conservatives without labor union support?
  • How Karl Rove went from GOP mastermind to the right's political punching bag

    12/25/2013 5:54:41 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 63 replies
    The Week ^ | 12/24/13 | Jon Terbush
    A decade ago, Karl Rove was President George W. Bush's right-hand man and one of the most powerful political figures in America. And even after his fortunes briefly dipped at the end of the Bush era, Rove roared to life again, tapping into and fueling the Tea Party movement through his massive super PAC, American Crossroads. But today, with a GOP civil war raging between establishment types and upstart conservatives in the mold of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), Rove's once-strong influence has begun to wane. An embodiment of the Bush-era Republicans who have fallen out of favor of late,...
  • Senate poised to pass budget

    12/13/2013 11:52:27 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | December 13, 2013 | MANU RAJU and BURGESS EVERETT
    Senate Democrats are on the cusp of securing enough GOP votes to break a filibuster next week on the bipartisan budget, temporarily ending the fiscal crises that have dominated Washington for the past several years. With 53 Democrats and two independents expected to back the measure, four Republicans — John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Richard Burr of North Carolina — said that they would vote to cut off debate on the budget, putting proponents just one vote shy of advancing the measure to final passage. Several additional GOP senators signaled Friday that...
  • A big win for Ryan, the GOP and the country

    12/13/2013 9:30:47 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 12/13/13 | Jennifer Rubin
    The margin was simply stunning — 332 to 94 — for House passage of a two-year budget that restores some monies for defense, includes minor pension reform, eschews tax increases and maintains the basic structure of the sequester. The far-right groups (Heritage Action, Club for Growth) and their minions squawked, but they were ignored and even insulted by the speaker, who questioned how the folks that brought us the shutdown could question a bipartisan budget deal that takes away the threat of tax hikes and a shutdown for the remainder of the Obama presidency. The era of bullying by the...
  • Senator Suggests Heritage Foundation Has Grown Too Extreme (More on Orrin Hatch's MSNBC meltdown)

    10/18/2013 5:19:05 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 46 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/18/13 | ERIC LIPTON
    -snip- “Heritage used to be the conservative organization helping Republicans,” Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, himself a longtime conservative leader in Washington, said Thursday in an interview on MSNBC. “There’s a real question on the minds of many Republicans now — and I’m not just thinking for myself, for a lot of people — is Heritage going to go so political that it really doesn’t amount to anything anymore? I hope not.” -snip- Dan Holler, a spokesman for Heritage Action, said Thursday that Mr. Hatch’s criticism is unfounded and in fact, he answered his own question about the...
  • GOP senator criticizes Heritage (Orrin Hatch goes on MSNBC to trash Jim DeMint)

    10/18/2013 4:39:04 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/17/13 | Jessica Taylor
    After last evening's vote to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, groups on the right were already criticizing Republicans who voted for the bipartisan compromise as traitors and threatening to work against their re-election. But longtime GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch said on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown" Thursday that those groups -- particularly a surging and newly controversial Heritage Action -- were risking their credibility by attacking Republicans and fueling primary challengers. -snip- Hatch, who himself survived a primary challenge from the right in 2012, had both empathy and praise for Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in leading the deal, possibly...
  • RINO Watch: Nicolle Wallace Not Sure She Opposes Obamacare

    10/15/2013 5:08:12 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Nicolle Wallace is the perfect MSNBC kind of Republican: the kind who isn't sure if she opposes Obamacare. On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough was seeking to make the point that while Republicans are divided over tactics, they are ideologically united in opposition to Obamacare. To demonstrate his thesis, Scarborough asked Wallace whether she supports Obamacare, taking it for granted that she would express her opposition. Amazingly, Wallace hesitated, said she "wasn't sure anymore," then quoted her husband who had asked "what do we hate about it?" She eventually did admit to not supporting Obamacare, on the grounds that the...
  • Senate GOP concludes meeting with Obama (Mitch McConnell's Surrender Summit...)

    10/11/2013 10:49:03 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    The HIll ^ | 10/11/13 | Justin Sink
    Senate Republicans met with President Obama for more than 90 minutes on Friday, as lawmakers search for a breakthrough agreement that could end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. Like House Republicans the night before, the GOP senators departed the White House without speaking to reporters. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) tweeted shortly after the meeting that it was a "very good discussion." "Nothing obvious decided, but hope," he tweeted. "I'm surprised there may be progress."
  • GOP sends fiscal proposal to President Obama (Boehner/Ryan surrender on Sequester, too...)

    10/11/2013 10:32:07 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/11/13 | BURGESS EVERETT, JAKE SHERMAN and JOHN BRESNAHAN
    House Republicans were awaiting a response Friday from the Obama administration to a proposal to lift the debt ceiling, end the government shutdown and set up six weeks of budget talks. -snip- Republicans are also aiming to replace steep sequester spending cuts with savings in other areas.
  • House GOP Sends Informal Proposal to Obama on Shutdown, Debt Limit (Boehner needs RAT votes to pass)

    10/11/2013 10:19:51 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 10/11/13 | Matt Fuller
    House Republican leaders are waiting to hear back from the White House after GOP staff sent over an informal proposal Thursday night that would raise the debt ceiling and create a process for reopening the government. Aides say President Barack Obama and Republicans are haggling over a deal that would lead to an end to the two-week-old government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling in exchange for a clear path to serious negotiations about spending and other fiscal issues. -snip- many Republicans are expected to still vote against such a deal. GOP leaders will likely need some Democratic votes to...
  • What to expect Friday in the shutdown showdown (Mitch McConnell to lead surrender talks at WH today)

    10/11/2013 6:30:41 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 10/10/13 | Paul Kane,
    -snip- ● 11:15 a.m., Senate Republicans head to the White House. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has jumped into bipartisan talks on the Senate side, leads the 46-senator GOP caucus to a meeting with Obama. McConnell has become the congressional “closer,” having helped seal three critical fiscal compromises in the past three years. Senate Republicans are pushing for a different deal from the one the House GOP initially offered. McConnell wants to cinch a deal that would both reopen the government and provide for a debt-ceiling increase, allowing then for a broader set of negotiations over tax and entitlement...
  • Susan Collins floating fiscal deal (Send in the clowns...)

    10/09/2013 3:37:19 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/9/13 | BURGESS EVERETT
    A proposal from Sen. Susan Collins is emerging as one potential way to dig lawmakers out of a government shutdown and possibly also avoid a potentially catastrophic debt default. The moderate Maine Republican, whose vote will be essential to any fiscal deal, is circulating a rough plan to reopen the government, repeal the medical device tax and provide agencies with greater flexibility in implementing the sequester. The initial reception has been positive and may be the beginnings of a bipartisan solution to end the intractable impasse between House Republicans and Senate Democrats. Collins said Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Lisa...
  • McCain: In Order to Survive, Republicans Must Become Civilized, Endeavor to Persevere (Democrat!)

    09/26/2013 7:06:54 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 64 replies
    Ace of Spades ^ | 9-25-2013 | Ace
    He's a Democrat. I don't mind that he's a Democrat, but he's going around the country claiming to be part of the opposition party. This is, essentially, the Democratic response: ObamaCare was duly passed, it was an issue in a presidential campaign that the GOP lost, end of story — whether or not there are 51 or even 60 votes in the Senate to defund this thing. He actually used the phrase “elections have consequences,” which must be the first time a member of the *minority* party has ever tossed that into a debate. Like Ramesh Ponnuru says, weren’t Ted...
  • Coburn: Defunding Obamacare strategy 'not intellectually honest'

    09/26/2013 7:02:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/26/13 | Rebecca Shabad
    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Thursday the expectation Republicans in Congress have raised about defunding Obamacare is “not intellectually honest.” -snip- Coburn actualy gave Obama credit for reducing some government waste. “I’ve got to give the president credit. His budget this year at least addressed a few of those issues that [the Governmental Accountability Office] has raised. Congress hasn’t addressed any of them,” he said.
  • Peter King: ‘Vile’ phone calls by Ted Cruz allies

    09/26/2013 6:45:46 AM PDT · by the_boy_who_got_lost · 88 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/26/13 9:26 AM EDT | TAL KOPAN
    Rep. Peter King, who has pulled no punches in criticizing Ted Cruz, said Thursday that supporters of the Texas senator have been bombarding his office with “vile” phone calls. ..... “I’m not saying Ted Cruz is responsible for all his supporters, but he has tapped into a dark strain here in the American political psyche here, and again, the most obscene, profane stuff you can imagine all from people who say they support the Constitution,” King said. “I think what we have to do is reach out to his people and let them know that they’re following a false leader...
  • Sen. Coburn: Cruz’s ploy was dishonest (RINO CDS continues)

    09/26/2013 6:10:33 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 69 replies
    PMSNBC ^ | 9/26/13 | Jane C. Timm
    Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn criticized Texas’ Sen. Ted Cruz for misleading the American people over Obamacare. “To create the impression that we can actually defund Obamacare, when the only thing we control, and barely, is the House of Representatives, is not intellectually honest,” Coburn said on Thursday’s Morning Joe.
  • Tom Coburn to MSNBC: ‘I’m No Longer a Conservative’ According to Ted Cruz

    09/26/2013 6:25:33 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 91 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9/26/13 | Evan McMurry
    On Morning Joe Thursday morning, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) tepidly praised Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for his symbolic filibuster, before severely criticizing his “intellectually dishonest” tactics to defund ObamaCare that Coburn said were misleading Republican voters. “I’m finishing up nine years in the Senate,” Coburn said. “Nobody has a higher conservative rating than I do. I’m now no longer a conservative according to the standards that have been set by the expectation of this process.” “I’m getting all sorts of e-mails from people that supported me, because they have been misled about what’s possible.” Coburn said. “Do people not think...
  • Rep. Peter King: Sen. Ted Cruz tapped into ‘dark strain in the American political psyche’

    09/26/2013 6:42:26 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 47 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/26/13 | By Seth McLaughlin
    Rep. Peter T. King said Thursday that Sen. Ted Cruz is a “false leader” who is peddling a “false bill of goods” in the debate over defunding Obamacare and said Mr. Cruz, Texas Republican, has tapped into a “dark strain in the American political psyche.” -snip- “I don’t think it is possible to heal tensions with Ted Cruz,” Mr. King said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
  • McCain: Republicans Need To Debate The Direction Of The Party

    08/28/2013 8:09:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 85 replies
    TPM ^ | August 28, 2013
    McCain has condemned threats by the likes of Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Rand Paul (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) to block any continuing resolution that funds Obamacare and risk a government shutdown. The senior Arizona senator said that many of the Republicans and conservatives who back the defunding effort weren't in Washington in the early 1990s when the GOP suffered a political backlash for a government shutdown. "It is a battle that's going to go on in the Republican Party and we're going to have to have a struggle and a conversation and an open and honest debate about the...