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  • Sen. Ted Cruz, ’16 Presidential Hopeful, Woos New York Jewish Donors – UPDATED

    11/26/2014 12:32:51 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    New York Observer ^ | November 25, 2014 | Ken Kurson
    UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect the correct location of the meeting between Mr. Cruz and Mr. Adelson, as well as a different characterization of the results of that meeting. Jewish life in New York is dominated by ritual. Holidays. A pastrami reuben on a hero at Katz’s. The reading of holy books in cycles that take a year (the Torah) or seven and a half years (the Talmud). And just as reliably, there’s the ritual of presidential candidates sniffing around for dough right after the midterm elections. That last one got going in earnest yesterday and today,...
  • McCain encouraging Graham to run for President

    11/25/2014 9:14:43 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | November 24, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Washington (CNN) -- South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is getting encouragement from a close colleague and friend, Sen. John McCain, to run for President. "I think he is looking at it, and I am strongly encouraging him to take a look at it," McCain, an Arizona Republican, told ABC News in a story published Monday. "I know of no one who is better versed and more important on national security policy and defense than Lindsey Graham, and I don't think these challenges to our security are going away." Graham floated the possibility of a run in an interview with the...
  • Chuck Schumer: ‘Democrats must embrace big government’ to win in 2016

    11/25/2014 1:37:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/25/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had some good news for Republicans on Tuesday. Speaking at the National Press Club, the Empire State senator issued a veiled criticism of Hillary Clinton when he insisted that Democrats can only win the White House again in 2016 if they make a convincing case for big government. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO... “That same underlying expectation that government should help make life easier for the middle class is as strong as it’s ever been, setting the stage for a Democratic victory in 2016 if, and only if, we can convince people that government...
  • Ted Cruz Says He’s Not ‘All That Conservative’ and He Has a Point (The Dems have moved Left)

    11/25/2014 11:55:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | November 25, 2014 | Stephen Kruiser
    The New York Observer excerpted some choice lines from Ted Cruz’s meetings with various prominent Jewish leaders in New York City this week. He’s definitely doing prep work for 2016 and, thanks to gross mischaracterizations of him by both Republicans and Democrats, he is probably quite underestimated all around. He is also smart enough to turn this to his advantage in these early stages of the election cycle. Responding to a question inspired by one of the more popular narratives — he can’t win — that Democrats and moderate Republicans are eerily in sync on, Senator Cruz had this to...
  • Odds on U.S Republican Nominee -- for the punter's.

    11/25/2014 6:40:18 AM PST · by Usagi_yo · 25 replies
    Easy Odds ^ | 2014 | Easy Odds
    Odds on U.S GOP 2016 nominee. Date: Uncertain Highlights ======= Jeb Bush 3-1 Rand Paul 5-1 Scott Walker 10-1 Ted Cruz 16-1 Mike Huckabee 28-1 Sarah Palin 33-1
  • Al Sharpton: Rand Paul’s outreach to blacks could hurt Democrats in 2016

    11/25/2014 6:32:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | November 24, 2014 | Katie Glueck
    The Rev. Al Sharpton says Rand Paul’s efforts to engage black voters could present a strategic challenge for Democrats: If the Republican senator runs for president, fewer African Americans may be motivated to show up and vote against him. The civil rights activist and TV host had breakfast with the Kentucky senator last week, and the pair discussed the need for criminal justice reform before disagreeing over how to deal with the immigration system.
  • New Car Smell? The Democratic Field Looks Like 'Cash for Clunkers'

    11/25/2014 5:47:32 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 40 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 11/24/2014 | John Merline
    "You know, I think — I think the American people, you know, they're gonna want — you know, that new car smell. You know, their own — they — they wanna drive somethin' off the lot that — that doesn't have as — as much mileage as me." — President Obama on ABC News' This Week. Not exactly a great moment in political oratory. But it's also hard to fathom who Obama could have had in mind when he uttered those words, since the Democratic contenders all are showing plenty of wear and tear.
  • John McCain 'Strongly Encouraging' Lindsey Graham To Consider 2016 Run

    11/24/2014 9:58:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 24, 2014 | Arlette Saenz and Jeff Zeleny
    Sen. John McCain is prodding one of his closest allies in the Senate to consider a run for the White House – Sen. Lindsey Graham. “I think he is looking at it, and I am strongly encouraging him to take a look at it,” McCain, R-Ariz., told ABC News. “I know of no one who is better versed and more important on national security policy and defense than Lindsey Graham, and I don’t think these challenges to our security are going away.” “He is eminently qualified,” McCain added. In an interview with The Weekly Standard last month, Graham, R-S.C., said...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, ’16 Presidential Hopeful, Woos New York Jewish Donors (MUST READ)

    11/24/2014 9:33:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | November 24, 2014 | Ken Kurson
    Jewish life in New York is dominated by ritual. Holidays. A pastrami reuben on a hero at Katz’s. The reading of holy books in cycles that take a year (the Torah) or seven and a half years (the Talmud). And just as reliably, there’s the ritual of presidential candidates sniffing around for dough right after the midterm elections. That last one got going in earnest yesterday and today, with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas making a whirlwind tour of power Jews in New York City. Last night, Mort Klein’s Zionist Organization of America dinner featured Mr. Cruz, known for his...
  • Rubin: Ted Cruz learned nothing from the shutdown

    11/24/2014 11:51:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | November 24, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin (Queen of the Neo-Cons)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) needs to stop defending the disastrous 2013 shutdown. The stunt he inspired was, for all but the Kool-Aid drinkers, a low point in recent Republican history. It plunged the party into a slump and allowed the president to divert attention from the looming Obamacare debacle. It was only after the shutdown ended by complete surrender that Republicans and the media could focus on the horrible Obamacare rollout. The shutdown was so harmful that virtually no conservative — not even Cruz — recommends a repeat over the president’s executive order on immigration. So why is Cruz still...
  • Putin Is Circumspect on Re-Election but Says ‘Nyet’ to Presidency for Life

    11/24/2014 6:48:53 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 23, 2014 | Alexander Kolyandr
    Putin Is Circumspect on Re-Election but Says ‘Nyet’ to Presidency for Life By Alexander Kolyandr Nov. 23, 2014 MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin said he doesn’t aim to hold his post for life but doesn’t rule out seeking another term in 2018, a move that could make him the country’s longest-serving leader since Joseph Stalin. In an interview with state-controlled TASS news agency, the 62-year-old Mr. Putin said that for him to remain “in the president’s chair forever” is “not good, and (is) detrimental for the country, and I do not need it as well.” But when asked whether he would...
  • Cosby's Last Act

    11/24/2014 6:24:56 AM PST · by servo1969 · 27 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11-24-2014 | Bill Kassel
    While certainly no Tea Party icon, Bill Cosby has been a highly vocal, highly visible exponent of parental responsibility, youthful rectitude, and all-around self control. What we’re hearing about him lately rather weakens his message, to say the least. And that’s very much to the point. Eliminating Bill Cosby as a dissident voice in the lefty atmosphere of Hollywood -- where it’s an article of Received Truth that the solutions to all social problems, and especially to the woes of black people, lie in government -- no doubt brings satisfaction to those who consider Cosby a right-wing pawn. But let’s...
  • Dr. Carson Movement Gains Momentum Across State

    11/23/2014 5:45:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | November 22, 2014 | Jodi Whitworth
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)DES MOINES, Iowa – His name is growing in popularity across the country and across the state and on Saturday Dr. Ben Carson was back in Des Moines for the second time since August. He spoke tonight at the “Celebrate the Family” dinner event hosted by The Family Leader. The retired neuro surgeon confirms he’s thinking about running for president in 2016 but didn’t go into detail during his speech. Carson spoke for 45 minutes on several issues; faith and government, health and education. He says, “Really the thing that is going to save America, is going to be the...
  • (October 29, 2014) What did Sarah Palin mean by hinting at running for office?

    11/23/2014 12:19:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 77 replies
    Houston, TX The Examiner ^ | October 29, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sarah Palin recently raised eyebrows by hinting on the Fox Business Network on Tuesday that she might be open to running for public office sometime in the future. Hitherto she has been content to be a gray eminence, using her considerable influence as the most powerful female politician on the planet to support other candidates. So why would she all of the sudden publicly flirt with the idea of getting into the arena in her own right? Hot Air concludes, quite correctly that she will not likely run for president in 2016. Ted Cruz, Palin’s ideological soul mate, is almost...
  • E.J. Dionne: Bush offers best hope for Republicans

    11/22/2014 10:19:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Daytona Beach News-Journal ^ | November 23, 2014 | E.J. Dionne
    President Obama will no doubt clash regularly with his newly empowered partisan adversaries in Congress. But the most important struggle in U.S. politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party. And the person who can play a decisive role in that battle is Jeb Bush. Yes, Democrats have their own divides, usually described as differences between their populist and Wall Street camps. Still, there is broad agreement inside the party, even among most of its Wall Streeters, that wage stagnation and economic inequality are major problems for the country and that Democrats need to make dealing...
  • A Deep 2016 Republican Presidential Field Reflects Party Divisions (They ask Haley Barbour to opine)

    11/22/2014 8:35:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 22, 2014 | Michael Barbaro and Jonathan Martin
    BOCA RATON, Fla. — Republican presidential primaries have for decades been orderly affairs, with any momentary drama mitigated by the expectation that the party would inevitably nominate its tested, often graying front-runner. But as the 2016 White House campaign effectively began in the last week, it became apparent that this race might be different: a fluid contest, verging on chaotic, that will showcase the party’s deep bench of talent but also highlight its ideological and generational divisions. As Democrats signal that they are ready to rally behind Hillary Rodham Clinton before their primary season even begins, allowing them to focus...
  • Rise of the Rust Belt Republicans

    11/22/2014 6:57:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/22/14 | JAMES HOHMANN and JAKE SHERMAN
    Are these governors the GOP’s antidote to the party of the 1 percent? Gov. Scott Walker, a rabid Wisconsin Badgers fan, likes to razz Gov. John Kasich about his Ohio State Buckeyes. “We’re hoping to be against each other in the Big 10 championship in a couple weeks,” he said during a panel discussion at the Republican Governors Association meeting here this week.
  • Ben Carson tries to get right on gun rights

    11/21/2014 4:28:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 21, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    If we had any doubts that Ben Carson was running for president, I’m pretty sure they can be laid to rest now. A person who planned on either continuing their work as a neurosurgeon, going into the ministry or just retiring wouldn’t be hosting a conference call ahead of a trip to Iowa to assure everyone that he’s on board with Second Amendment rights. The confusion and accusations arose from a 2013 interview that Carson did with Glenn Beck where he was asked about who should be able to own a semi-automatic rifle. “It depends on where you live,” Carson...
  • The GOP Governors' 2016 Derby

    11/21/2014 1:42:36 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 1 replies
    Commentary ^ | 11/21/2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Chris Christie took a well-deserved victory lap this week at the annual meeting of the Republican Governor’s Association, basking in the glow of a midterm victory that capped off a highly successful year for him as chairman of the group. The New Jersey governor’s formidable fundraising skills played a significant role in the GOP’s victories around the country, including in blue states such as Maryland and Massachusetts. But, as Politico notes, Christie wasn’t getting much love, in terms of his 2016 prospects, from the candidates he helped. That’s not terribly surprising given the plethora of potential candidates, including a bevy...
  • Top Republican Contenders For 2016 Presidential Election

    11/20/2014 10:22:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    My9NJ ^ | November 20, 2014 | Bill Spadea
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Three names are being thrown around as the top contenders in the Republican Party: Governor Chris Christie, Senator Rand Paul and Senator Ted Cruz. With the 2016 presidential election in mind, many feel like the gloves have officially come off and the battle is ensuing to see who will represent the Republican Party in the race to lead our country. Senator Cruz discussed how he feels the complete opposite regarding Christie's recent comments about how he said his goal is to win elections, not arguments. “A big part of the reason why Republicans have been losing elections is because we...
  • Ted Cruz's Brain Trust: The Advisers Who Want To Make Him President

    11/20/2014 4:16:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    There's no official Sen. Ted Cruz presidential team — yet. But the Texas Republican is already surrounding himself with key strategists and advisers that could make his transparent White House ambitions a reality. The tea party firebrand relies on a small circle of advisers to inform his views and amplify his ultraconservative message. The inner circle breaks down into two groups: his chief advisers in the Senate office, and the chiefs of his nationally-focused political operation, which he beefed up in the summer of 2014 by hiring a crop of seasoned Republican campaign operatives. These are the key players that...
  • Jeb Bush digs heels in on Common Core because civil rights and stuff (Boy, is he ludicrous!)

    11/20/2014 9:26:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Twitchy ^ | November 20, 2104 | Staff
    Bored 3L @anythingbutdem Follow Jeb doubling down on #CommonCore? Seems there's another Bush needing a lesson on #federalism... 9:32 AM - 20 Nov 2014 Sigh. So, Jeb Bush continues to dig his heels in on Common Core. This happened on Thursday morning: Troy Kinsey @TroyKinsey Follow In his education summit keynote today, @JebBush will take on critics: "the debate over the Common Core State Standards has been troubling."
  • It’s Happening: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio doesn’t think Hillary is progressive enough

    11/20/2014 7:43:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 20, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Appearing at a Politico breakfast this week, progressive icon and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio effusively praised his fellow liberal, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), but his plaudits for likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was far more reserved. In May, Clinton delivered a fiery,“populist” speech, according to press accounts, denouncing the scourge of income inequality. “Economists have documented how the share of income and wealth going to those at the very top — not just the top 1 percent but the top 0.1 percent, the 0.01 percent of the population — has risen sharply over the last generation,”...
  • Al Sharpton has breakfast with Rand Paul;

    11/20/2014 7:24:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Twitchy ^ | November 20, 2014 | Staff
    Reverend Al Sharpton âś” @TheRevAl I am in Senate Dining Room having breakfast meeting with Sen. Rand Paul. We don't agree on much but he is an interesting guy.
  • Elizabeth Warren Polishes Her Class Warfare Rhetoric

    11/19/2014 7:51:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | November 19, 2014 | Stephen Kruiser
    Okayyyyyyy… Elizabeth Warren, in her first major public speech since being elevated to the Democratic leadership in the Senate, slammed Republicans on education, job creation and other economic policies, warning Wednesday that “the American Dream is slipping out of reach.” “We must fight back with everything we have,” Warren told a gathering hosted by the Center for American Progress in Washington. “The game is rigged but we know how to fix it. We know what to do. We tested the Republican ideas and they failed. They failed spectacularly there’s no denying that fact.” As a science fiction fan, I have...
  • John Kasich finds himself the center of attention at forum with potential White House rivals

    11/19/2014 7:31:01 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 13 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 11/19/2014 | Henry J. Gomez
    Kasich shared the stage for an afternoon panel discussion with Govs. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Mike Pence of Indiana, Rick Perry of Texas and Scott Walker of Wisconsin. It probably wasn't supposed to sound and look like a primary debate, even with NBC's Chuck Todd moderating, but it did. And Kasich was in the center of the scrum. Or was it the left? On three policy issues important to the party's conservative base Kasich tracked more moderate than his potential rivals for the GOP nomination. And while many were happy to bash President Barack Obama, particularly as he plans an...
  • A Walker '16 Boom: He looks great-on paper

    11/19/2014 6:44:27 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 62 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/19/2014 | John Podhoretz
    He has kept a relatively low national profile, appearing infrequently on TV. And for those who have heard him speak, the experience is not exactly transporting: He’s colorless and unexciting to watch. In fact, though the cruisers all thought the world of Walker, almost none of them had ever actually seen him in action. But he is riveting if you’re watching the box scores, which is what political junkies do in the runup to major elections.
  • Jeb Bush meets with major Wall Street donors to prepare for potential 2016 presidential run

    11/19/2014 6:35:27 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 36 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 11/19/2014 | BY BRIAN NIEMIETZ , DAN FRIEDMAN
    The former Florida governor quietly met with Wall Street executives on Monday in a Manhattan bank to lay down the necessary ground work for a run by lining up donors. It was his fifth visit to the city since June.
  • Trolling the GOP - [Obama's] plan to mess with Boehner’s leadership strategy?

    11/19/2014 12:53:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | November 18, 2014 | Bill Scher
    <p>When the Obama administration last week began the process of preparing the media and the public about the president’s plan to unilaterally suspend deportation for as many as 6 million illegal immigrants, it did not go to a Latino outlet like Univision. It did not communicate to the liberal base via the Huffington Post or even old standbys like the New York Times and the Washington Post. The “exclusive” went to Fox News.</p>
  • King, CU to host potential 2016 candidates: Iowa Freedom Summit to take place in January 2015

    11/18/2014 1:05:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    KCRG-TV ^ | November 18, 2014 | James Q. Lynch, The Gazette
    CEDAR RAPIDS — Western Iowa U.S. Rep. Steve King is planning a caucus 2016 kickoff featuring at least three potential Republican presidential candidates in January. King, who earlier this month was re-elected to a seventh term, will team up with Citizens United to host the inaugural “Iowa Freedom Summit” in Des Moines Jan. 24. Among the confirmed speakers are Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Also in the lineup are Utah Sen. Mike Lee; Tennessee U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn; former Ambassador John Bolton and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Additional speakers...
  • Rand Paul hires Ted Cruz's digital guru

    11/18/2014 12:15:57 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | November 18, 2014 | Ashley Killough
    (CNN) -- Vincent Harris, Ted Cruz's top digital operative, is leaving the Texas senator's team to work for Sen. Rand Paul's political operation, as the jostling for staff ramps up ahead of the 2016 GOP presidential primary contest. Harris will join Rand Paul's political action committee and his 2016 team as a chief digital strategist, according to Doug Stafford, executive director of RAND PAC. Stafford said Harris will sit at the "top of the leadership team," as Paul and his inner circle carry out what's expected to be a dizzying political schedule. Paul will likely announce his Senate re-election bid...
  • Team Hillary thinks she can win 386 electoral votes in 2016

    11/17/2014 7:56:35 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/17/2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Somehow, the message Hillary ClintonÂ’s nascent presidential campaign took from 2014 is that the former secretary of state is a rising star and Democrats are winning the future. That is the inevitable takeaway from an interview Talking Points MemoÂ’s Dylan Scott conducted with President Barack ObamaÂ’s former battleground states director for his 2012 campaign, Mitch Stewart. According to this seasoned Democrat, Clinton can reasonably expect to expand on Barack ObamaÂ’s 2008 successes with minorities and do him one better as a result of ClintonÂ’s appeal to working class white voters. In fact, Stewart says, Clinton can expect to flip...
  • Walker: I could run in 20 years and be Clinton's age

    11/17/2014 5:24:57 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/17/2014 | Peter Sullivan
    "Whether it’s two years, six years, 20 years from now, because at 47, I mean I think about Hillary Clinton, I could run 20 years from now for president and still be about the same age as the former secretary of State is right now," Walker said in an interview with the local Fox affiliate published Sunday night.
  • Cruz fires back at Franken on net neutrality

    11/17/2014 5:14:11 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 64 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/17/2014 | Ashley Killough and Sara Fischer
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, hit back at Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, Monday for his comments that Cruz doesn't know what he is talking about when it comes to net neutrality. Cruz used a video that he uploaded to YouTube and social media that shows the senator explaining what net neutrality is and how it works.
  • Why Hillary 2016 Thinks She Can Expand Obama's Electoral Map

    11/17/2014 1:30:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The top minds in the proto-Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign infrastructure are already gaming out Electoral College scenarios. What they think they have is a candidate who could compete in a handful of traditionally red states, putting Republicans on the defensive and increasing her chances of winning the White House. Mitch Stewart, Obama's 2012 battleground state director who is now an independent consultant advising the grassroots group Ready for Hillary, laid out the electoral math to TPM in a recent interview. Clinton will start with Obama's map, he said, and can build from there. There are two buckets of states potentially...
  • Christie calls on House GOP to compromise

    11/17/2014 1:17:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    WREX-TV / The Associated Press ^ | November 17, 2014 | Steve Peoples
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Making a rare Capitol Hill appearance, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday encouraged the GOP's newest members of Congress to embrace compromise and common ground as they shift to a governing role following their party's midterm rout. The Republican governor, who is contemplating a 2016 presidential bid, addressed newly elected House Republicans and their spouses during a closed-door orientation luncheon inside the Capitol. The often-outspoken Christie declined to answer questions from reporters afterward, but attendees said offered a distinctly bipartisan tone. "He did talk about compromise and finding common ground," said incoming Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J....
  • 2016: Don't underestimate Al Gore

    11/17/2014 7:46:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/17/2014 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    As we speculate about the next election, a fun thing for us Cowboys fans to do on a "bye weekend" is to speculate that 2016 could be the perfect campaign to revive former VP Al Gore. Let's start by saying that Mr. Gore is the perfect alternative to Hillary Clinton. He is liked by the left and can claim to have "won" an election. Furthermore, I think that a lot of the left knows that Senator Warren is charming but unelectable. There is also a real vacuum in the Democrats' bench. Who else is out there? Gov. Brown of California?...
  • Talking 2016 on the NR Post-Election Cruise...

    11/17/2014 6:32:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review's The Campaign Spot ^ | November 17, 2014 | Jim Geraghty.
    From the first post-cruise edition of the Morning Jolt… What (Some of) You Missed on the National Review Post-Election Cruise Beats a polar vortex, doesn’t it? A bit of 2016 talk from our recently-concluded cruise… Allen West pointed out you don’t often see two presidential candidates from the same state competing against each other for long – their bases of support among donors, activists, and volunteers usually overlap and they can’t sustain two candidates simultaneously. At this very early date, the potential Republican 2016 field includes two candidates from Florida (Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio), two from Texas (Ted Cruz...
  • The 2016 countdown for Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio: Who's in?

    11/16/2014 5:44:31 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 33 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 11/16/14 | Alex Leary
    We concede: You're exhausted from the election, the hurricane of attack ads and door knockers. Sick of Rick Scott and Charlie Crist. But brush it off, the 2016 presidential campaign is upon us, and Florida is in the spotlight like never before. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush are seriously considering entering the race and either would stake a formidable claim to the Republican nomination. They will announce their intentions by early next year. For Rubio, it's a decision of whether to give up an almost sure shot of re-election. (By Florida law, he can't go for both.)...
  • New rules favor GOP moderates in presidential primary (New Hampshire)

    11/15/2014 10:40:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Newburyport Daily News ^ | November 15, 2014 | David M. Shribman
    LEBANON, N.H. -- Can you discern, deep in the new Republican Party -- amid the conservative warriors and tea-infused crusaders -- a faint moderate heartbeat? Hardly anyone is asking that question this month, in the wake of the Republican tsunami that swept Democrats out of office and swept a Republican majority into the Senate chamber. But two unrelated events this month make the question worth posing, if only to explore the possibility and to understand the political landscape here in the state that only 15 months from now will hold the first presidential primary. The first of those events took...
  • Is Iowa already sick of Hillary Clinton?

    11/15/2014 9:06:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Post ^ | November 15, 2014 | Lee Rood
    DES MOINES, Iowa — If you’re a die-hard Democrat in New York hoping to overcome the disappointment that was Nov. 4, you’re worried. But here in Iowa, where the first-in-the-nation caucuses are a mere 14 months away, some are breaking into a cold sweat. Most party leaders here will assure you all conversations about the 2016 presidential nomination still begin and end with Hillary Clinton. The former first lady and secretary of state is a sentimental favorite. Though she has not formally announced her candidacy, her well-oiled super PAC may be the most deeply rooted ever at this stage in...
  • CONSERVATIVES AND GOP ESTABLISHMENT; A GETTYSBURG MOMENT (HOSTAGE)

    11/15/2014 3:20:41 PM PST · by Hostage · 47 replies
    Commentary and Opinion ^ | November 16, 2014 | Hostage
    TODAY'S CHALLENGE In the second week following the tsunami of mid-term elections in favor of Republicans, the possibility of the GOP Establishment setting the agenda of the next Congress against a backdrop of catfights between republican moderates and the Conservative base ... has obsured the source of this very significant victory which stems from the hard, bitter and agonizing choices taken by Conservatives in years past. The awful Hobbesian choices (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobson's_choice) presented to Conservatives in the past 8 years have been painful and demoralizing to them but theyhave risen to the occasion to choose wisely and they were right. GOP...
  • John Dean: Will a Woman Be Sent to the White House in 2016? Let’s Hope! (Hurl, you will)

    11/14/2014 6:38:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Justia's Verdict Blog ^ | November 14, 2014 | John Dean, former Counsel to the President
    Political prognostications are a risky business. But I have been thinking about what the Republicans might do if Hillary Clinton announces in early 2015 (since she has indicated that is when she will make her decision) that she is running for president. While Republicans dislike this prospect because they know she might win, not to mention take most of the available oxygen out of the race along the way, they understand that they have no woman in their ranks who is qualified to be president, and it is a stretch to say they even have a woman qualified to be...
  • Terry McAuliffe: 60 Days Until Hillary Decision

    11/14/2014 1:59:54 PM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | November 14, 2014 | David Catanese
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says Hillary Clinton will know whether she's running for president in 2016 within the next 60 days. That's the timeline the Clinton confidante outlined to U.S. News' Nikki Schwab Thursday night during a conversation at the Knock Out Abuse gala, an anti-domestic violence charity event held at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington.
  • Will Mike Huckabee Win Presidency in 2016?

    11/14/2014 12:48:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Wall Street Daily ^ | November 14, 2014 | Floyd Brown, Chief Political Analyst
    The Republican sweep of November 2014 is now fully in the rearview mirror. And the focus in D.C. is squarely on the 2016 presidential election. Who will win the biggest prize of all and finally replace Barack Obama? With Hillary Clinton perched high atop the Democratic Party polls, it appears as though she’ll sail to her party’s nomination almost unimpeded. On the Republican side, the race is as divided and contentious as ever… Of the prospects, though, one particular man stands out from the crowd. And for this reason, I followed him all the way to Poland so I could...
  • Scott Walker’s 2016 Challenge

    11/14/2014 11:32:21 AM PST · by SMCC1 · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 11/13/2014 | KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL
    What still gives a lot of Republican leaders pause about Scott Walker is, well, Scott Walker. The Wisconsin dynamo is good, but the knock on him is that he knows it. He has a reputation as a one-man band, serving these past four years as his own chief speechwriter, chief policy aide, chief fundraiser, and chief political analyst. He is known to listen to a few trusted Wisconsin gurus—like consultant R.J. Johnson—but for the most part is anti-team effort.
  • Rand Paul gathering leaves little doubt on ‘16

    11/14/2014 10:30:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | November 14, 2014 | Mike Allen
    Over steak and ravioli at The Liaison hotel on Capitol Hill on Wednesday night, about 50 aides, advisers and supporters of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) got pumped up for a presidential campaign they now believe is a 95 percent certainty. The senator introduced his wife, Kelley, and we’re told a final check-in with his family is his last hoop before settling on a presidential campaign. Paul is still saying he’ll decide this spring, with April the target for a fly-around announcement in the early states.
  • The first 2016 Electoral College Map looks bad for Democrats

    11/13/2014 11:00:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Don Surber's Blog ^ | November 12, 2014 | Don Surber
    Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Clinton? Gradually it is sinking in to Official Washington that the 2014 election could very well do to Democrats what the 1930 election did to Republicans: make them irrelevant for at least a generation. In 1930, the first election after the Stock Market Crash saw Republicans go from a 270-164 majority in the House to a minority, albeit by one seat. In the next three elections, Republicans would continue to lose until there were only 88 Republicans in the House after the 1936 election. The Depression wiped out two-thirds of the House...
  • HUCKABEE GEARING UP FOR 2016?

    11/13/2014 6:08:27 AM PST · by kingattax · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Nov 2014 | WILLIAM BIGELOW
    It is looking increasingly likely that former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, 59, will make a presidential run in 2016, according to The Washington Post. Though he is presently a Fox News host, Huckabee is hiring staff for his new advocacy group, holding meetings with prospective donors, and conducting trips with religious leaders as well as scheduling strategy sessions for a possible candidacy. With actions speaking louder than words, America Takes Action, Huckabee’s advocacy group, recently hired staff familiar with political campaigns. Huckabee will leave this week for a 10-day overseas trip with more than 100 pastors and GOP colleagues. The...
  • Democratic Road Back To The Majority Is Uncertain

    11/13/2014 3:44:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    As Democrats continue to lick their wounds from the beating they took on Nov. 4, many liberals are shocked, appalled, and depressed. Yet, they are hopeful that 2016 will present opportunities to retake the majority, but a lot of uncertainty remains. For starters, we have two years until the next election; that’s an eternity in politics. But, for now, the field doesn’t look terribly bad for Republicans. At the same time, we could see Kay Hagan and Mary Landrieu, who appears to be heading for defeat in the Louisiana runoff, return to Washington (via Politico): The GOP has a bigger cushion...