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  • Bill Clinton outlines 100-day agenda for next president

    09/23/2014 5:15:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | September 22, 2014 | Maeve Reston
    Hillary Rodham Clinton seems more eager to talk about her soon-to-arrive grandchild than her plans for a potential presidential run, but her husband seemed more than happy to allude to both prospects Monday.. Bloomberg’s Charlie Rose interviewed the former president during the 10th Clinton Global Initiative in New York on Monday, the international gathering sponsored by his family's foundation. Rose danced around the specific question of whether Hillary Clinton will run in 2016, presumably because Bill Clinton has repeatedly insisted that he does not know. But he pressed Clinton for clues about what another Clinton presidency might look like, while...
  • GOP’s looming ’16 civil war: How Jeb Bush’s new moves will divide the party

    09/23/2014 4:34:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Salon ^ | September 23, 2014 | Luke Brinker, deputy politics editor
    Former Florida governor's likely candidacy reveals how desperate GOP establishment has become to avoid Rand Paul. A dozen years after he ran his last political campaign, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is gearing up for a 2016 presidential bid – a campaign that would open up a new front in the Republican Party’s ongoing civil war. Mike Allen reports in today’s Politico Playbook that according to Bush’s friends, he’s “leaning more yes than no” on launching a run. He’s campaigning for Republican candidates in Senate battlegrounds like North Carolina and Kansas, and Allen reports, “has headlined several fundraisers where the...
  • Nicolle Wallace Endorses Chris Christie: ‘His Politics Are…Progressive’

    09/23/2014 3:33:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 23, 2014 | Jeffrey Meyer
    On Tuesday morning, The View’s “conservative” co-host Nicolle Wallace gave a ringing endorsement for Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) should he decide to run for president in 2016. Unfortunately for the New Jersey governor, her reasons for supporting him probably won’t help him win over many Republican primary voters. During a discussion about Chris Christie’s 2016 prospects, Wallace eagerly threw her hat in for the New Jersey Republican and proclaimed that “his politics are an interesting and progressive and modern swath of the country and I’d like to see him in.” (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The segment began with a discussion of Governor Christie’s weight...
  • Ben Carson: “Likelihood is strong” that I’ll run for President in 2016

    09/23/2014 12:48:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/23/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    “Unless,” the neurosurgeon and conservative activist adds in a caveat during his interview with Hugh Hewitt, “the American people indicate in November that they like big government intervention in every part of their lives.” What are the odds of that happening? Bernie Sanders isn’t running for re-election to the Senate, and neither is Harry Reid, who looks more likely than not to become the Minority Leader in January. So yeah, Ben Carson is running for President, QED: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Is this to be taken seriously? This interview was significant enough for Politico to pick it...
  • Do Biden's gaffes matter anymore? (LAUGH ALERT)

    09/21/2014 9:15:27 AM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 27 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | September 20, 2014 | Clarence the Crosseyed Page cpage@tribune.com
    Our famously gaffe-prone vice president, Joe Biden, has outdone himself. He stumbled through not one, not two, but three gaffes in less than 24 hours. For him, that's a personal best or, more accurately, a personal worst.. Yet if it is better to be criticized than ignored in politics, he can take little comfort from the way that hardly anyone outside of the Republican National Committee, whose website called it "Gaffetastic," seemed to care.
  • Ouch! NYT TV Critic Says CBS's Version of Secretary of State Hillary Is 'Hillary With a Human Face'

    09/20/2014 7:00:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 20, 2014 | Tim Graham
    CBS is putting its Hillary-inspired drama "Madam Secretary" on Sunday nights next to "The Good Wife." In Friday's New York Times, TV critic Alessandra Stanley discussed the two shows and slammed Hillary. "Hillary Rodham Clinton is the obvious inspiration, but this is Hillary with a human face," she wrote. During the Cold War, reporters would suggest a kinder, gentler Marxist regime was "communism with a human face." Stanley continued: "Téa Leoni, who has a husky voice and a loose, engaging manner, is an unusually likable beauty. As Elizabeth McCord, she has all the brains and determination of the original and...
  • Chris Christie is poised to reclaim frontrunner status

    09/19/2014 9:59:15 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 73 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | September 19 at 1:41 PM | Robert Costa
    Influential Republicans in early presidential primary states believe New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is poised to once again become a frontrunner for the party’s 2016 nomination, following a news report that federal scrutiny of a bridge-closing scandal has not implicated him. “If he had been found in the wrong, he would have been irreparably damaged,” said Matt Moore, chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party. “This is hugely helpful.”
  • Does Hillary Clinton Have Anything to Say? (Lefties Revolt?)

    09/19/2014 11:28:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | September 19, 2014 | Molly Ball
    Everywhere Hillary Clinton goes, a thousand cameras follow. Then she opens her mouth, and nothing happens. Clinton made a much-ballyhooed appearance in Iowa over the weekend, giving a speech widely noted for its substancelessness. She “had no explicit message of her own,” Politico noted, while The Economist pronounced it “underwhelming.” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough was so frustrated by Clinton’s lack of verve that he went on an extended rant about it, proclaiming, “I know her and like her, but she puts on that political hat and she’s a robot!” The coverage of Clinton’s speech seemed to contain more meditation about how...
  • John McCain Touts Jeb Bush’s 2016 Potential

    09/18/2014 1:01:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | September 18, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) touted former governor Jeb Bush (R., Fla.) as a potential contender in the 2016 presidential elections while discussing the merits of nominating a governor as opposed to a senator. “I think that governors who are successful obviously have a cachet that is probably helpful to them, particularly, since the Congress is held in low esteem,” McCain tells National Review Online. “I think there will be some who are very competitive, including Jeb Bush if he decides to run.” McCain says he hadn’t decided to back Bush. “I keep hearing that he may be considering a...
  • Hispanic Heritage Month: Why history needs a Latino president

    09/17/2014 10:45:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Voxxi ^ | September 17, 2014 | Tony Castro
    What would Hispanic Heritage Month be like if there were a Latino in the White House? Would the president don a white guayabera and ride in an open limousine at the head of a parade celebrating Latino heritage? Would one of his first accomplishment have been to use his presidential authority of executive action for sweeping immigration reform? Or to expect that from the nation’s first Latino president belittle the significance of what would be his — or her — place in history? So often, too, the symbolism of presidential politics overshadows the reality of the post. If John F....
  • The dream of a Jon Huntsman independent run in 2016 is alive and well, my friends

    09/17/2014 6:40:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 17, 2014 | Allahpundit
    After trolling my own readers yesterday with rumors of Huckabee and Romney running again, I’d be remiss if I didn’t troll them with a rumor about a guy they dislike more than either of them. No half-measures when trolling. That’s my motto. Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has engaged in discussions with supporters in recent months about pursuing another White House bid — this time as an independent, according to three sources close to Huntsman… Other friends and former aides, however, suggested that the 2016 conversations were primarily a function of Huntsman’s willingness to hear out his supporters — not...
  • Point: Ted Cruz, The Queen of Summertime (The knives are coming out)

    09/17/2014 11:43:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Pocket Full of Liberty ^ | September 17, 2014 | Neal Dewing, senior editor
    Recently the FX Network hosted an event, “Every Simpsons Ever,” during which they – surprise – broadcast every episode of ‘The Simpsons,’ ever. It was a glorious idea, not least because it brought back memories of when the show was so much sharper. Some of those older Simpsons episodes have been lingering in the old brainpan for the last 20 years or so. A line from one episode in particular always stuck with me. It’s the one where Lisa gets a pool during a heat wave, and becomes popular (There’s also a spoof of Rear Window, but that’s not important...
  • Jon Huntsman, Independent For President?

    09/17/2014 6:45:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 09/17/2014 | Ruby Cramer, McKay Coppins
    Former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has engaged in discussions with supporters in recent months about pursuing another White House bid — this time as an independent, according to three sources close to Huntsman. The former Utah governor declined to comment for the record. His daughter, MSNBC co-host Abby Huntsman Livingston, who was a surrogate for Huntsman’s campaign in 2012, said in an email that her father is “primarily focused on family and private-sector endeavors.” She added: “He has no plans to run, but in politics never say never. I know there is a lot of pull out there for him...
  • Romney will run, top Wall Street backer predicts: ‘I think he’s going to do it’

    09/17/2014 5:25:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 16, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    One of Mitt Romney’s biggest Wall Street backers predicted Monday that the former presidential candidate would run again in 2016 under certain conditions. SkyBridge Capital’s Anthony Scaramucci said the former Massachusetts governor would run in 2016 if GOP favorites such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush decline to run.
  • Another small sign the 2016 GOP race is insanely wide open

    09/17/2014 3:44:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | September 16, 2014 | Byron York
    Everybody knows there is no real leader in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But ask voters an open-ended question — Whom do you want to be the nominee? — and the range of answers can be breathtaking. That's what I did in an unplanned and totally unscientific way on my Twitter feed Tuesday afternoon. On Monday evening I posted a piece about Mike Huckabee's preparations for another run for the nomination in 2016. Twitter reaction to Huckabee was almost entirely negative: Nobody, or at least nobody reading my tweets on a Tuesday afternoon, seemed to like the...
  • Mike Huckabee: Ted Cruz’s Worst Nightmare

    09/16/2014 1:40:13 PM PDT · by C19fan · 136 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 16, 2014 | Henry Olson
    Mike Huckabee dropped his biggest hint to date yesterday that he might run for president in 2016. Should he run, his national name ID and his strong 2008 run probably doom any chance Rick Santorum has (Santorum’s 2012 vote largely overlapped with Huckabee’s 2008 backers). But it also throws a huge monkey wrench into any hopes Senator Ted Cruz has of winning the nomination.
  • Jindal’s Gamble: Can a wonk win the 2016 presidential nomination?

    09/16/2014 7:35:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/16/2014 | Eliana Johnson
    Bobby Jindal is making a bet, according to someone familiar with is thinking: “Ideas and smarts are going to be crucial in winning the presidential nomination.” Jindal’s nascent 2016 campaign will be an exploration of the validity of this belief. When the Louisiana governor unveils his energy plan at the Heritage Foundation today, he will do so under the auspices of his ambitious attempt to “articulate and sell a national policy agenda to the country.” Consider it also a part of another ambitious plan, the second plank of a 2016 presidential platform and an attempt to persuade Republican primary voters...
  • Mike Huckabee gears up for 2016 run

    09/16/2014 6:33:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 15, 2014 | Byron York
    Mike Huckabee is leading the Republican presidential race in Iowa. And not by just a point or two: in a new CNN survey, the former Arkansas governor, winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, is at 21 percent, with his closest GOP pursuer, Rep. Paul Ryan, nine points behind. Rand Paul is 14 points back, Chris Christie and Jeb Bush 15 behind. Few frontrunners choose not to run. And when Huckabee, not yet a candidate and officially undecided, invited a group of reporters to meet with him at a hotel outside Washington Monday, he certainly looked like a man preparing to...
  • A long-shot bid in 2016 may suit Martin O’Malley

    09/16/2014 6:17:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 15, 2014 | John Wagner
    Martin O’Malley’s pollster had sobering news. Despite extensive time in the public eye and strong statements on controversial issues, the would-be candidate barely registered in a new survey. The year was 1999, and O’Malley (D), a brash white city councilman in majority-black Baltimore, was contemplating a long-shot bid for mayor. “To a lot of friends, even my closest friends, it seemed like a pretty outlandish idea initially,” he said. He won that election, and the next, and two terms as Maryland governor after that. Now he is contemplating an odyssey with even steeper odds. By late January, when his time...
  • Huck: I’m Better than the Others

    09/15/2014 11:00:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 15, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Former governor Mike Huckabee (R., Ark.) implicitly made the case against Senators Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Rand Paul (R., Ky.), or Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) serving as president during a meeting with reporters about the prospect of his own candidacy. In a roundtable meeting this morning with journalists in Washington, D.C., Huckabee said that he would decide next year whether or not he will run for president, but he already knows he’s unlikely to support any of those freshman senators. “If not me, I would be supportive of someone who has had executive experience and who has been a governor...
  • Resurgence of GOP hawkishness is boosting Romney 2016 prospects

    09/15/2014 8:09:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 14, 2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    Suddenly NBC's "Meet The Press" matters again, and when new host Chuck Todd joined me on Friday's radio show (see transcript) two of many reasons why became obvious. First, Todd had booked James Baker (former secretary of state and treasury, White House chief-of-staff, and W's Florida strategist during 2000's epic recount) to talk about whether or not an international coalition could be assembled by President Obama to battle the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The Baker booking was shrewd, and more will be forthcoming. Also shrewd was Todd's analysis of the Romney 3.0 boomlet which had been the subject...
  • It’s Happening: NBC News reveals Hillary too far right for some Iowa Democrats

    09/15/2014 3:34:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 15, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    After coming in third in the Iowa caucuses in 2008, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton does not have much love for Hawkeye State Democrats. The feeling, it seems, is mutual. Over the weekend, Clinton traveled to Iowa to attend retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) “steak fry,” an event which has become an institution in the pivotal Midwestern electoral battleground. NBC News sent Andrea Mitchell along with her where the reporter spent some time speaking to prospective Democratic caucus-goers. Mitchell found what so many know in their hearts to be true: Clinton’s support among Democrats is a mile wide and...
  • Ross Shouldn’t Do That (Ref: Ross Douthat’s New York Times hit piece on Ted Cruz)

    09/14/2014 12:32:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | September 13, 2014 | David P. Goldman
    I had to read the penultimate paragraph of Ross Douthat’s New York Times piece on “friendless Middle East Christians” before the enormity of it sunk in. Douthat wrote: If Cruz felt that he couldn’t address an audience of persecuted Arab Christians without including a florid, “no greater ally” preamble about Israel, he could have withdrawn from the event. The fact that he preferred to do it this way says a lot–none of it good–about his priorities and instincts. In so many words: Jew-hatred among Middle Eastern Christians is so rampant that it should be ignored in the interests of saving...
  • WJR Radio, Alan Mulally is considering a run for POTUS

    09/12/2014 2:15:28 PM PDT · by taildragger · 37 replies
    WJR | 9/12/2016 | WJR
    WJR Radio at the top of the Hr noted Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally is considering or looking into a run for POTUS
  • Third Time’s the Charm: Mitt Romney should run in 2016. He could win.

    09/12/2014 10:09:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 128 replies
    Politico ^ | September 11, 2014 | Robert C. O'Brien and Hugh Hewitt
    In early June 1964, a group of Republican governors sought to wrestle control of their party from Barry Goldwater, the Arizona conservative who was about to lead the GOP to one of the most crushing defeats in its history. The governors saw a disaster in the making, and sought a moderate candidate who could capture the imaginations of grassroots Republicans—but also beat President Lyndon Johnson in the general election. Led by Ohio’s James Rhodes—the Republican Governors Association was meeting in Cleveland, and Rhodes was a legendary vote counter—the group included Pennsylvania’s William Scranton and later New York’s Nelson Rockefeller. ...........................................................
  • Sarah Palin finally gets real

    09/09/2014 11:20:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 9, 2014 | Andrew Romano
    I watched all 77 videos on her new online TV channel and lived to tell the tale. In fact, I was actually kind of … moved.Sarah Palin still exists. I know. I was beginning to have my doubts, too. Once upon a time, Palin was everywhere. On Fox News. On reality TV. On the cover of Time. And Newsweek. And Time. And Newsweek. And Time, and Newsweek, and Newsweek again. Now Palin is none of those places. For most of us, she is but a receding image in the rearview mirror of human history — a bit of trivia to...
  • Is Rand Paul Becoming Just Another Republican? (ACLU & Grover Norquist now advisors)

    09/08/2014 8:26:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | September 4, 2014 | Lincoln Mitchell
    For several years Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky and the son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, has been one of the most interesting politicians in his party and in congress as a whole. At a time when new ideas have become increasingly scarce, and the policy bandwidth increasingly narrow in Washington, Mr. Paul, whether speaking about US intervention and foreign policy or more recently about militarization and the police, has been one of the few politicians with views outside of his party’s mainstream. With the 2016 presidential election approaching, this has made Mr. Paul one of the most...
  • As 2016 nears, Rubio and Cruz show interest in running for president

    09/08/2014 6:57:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | September 7, 2014 | Mary Grace Lucas
    A fresh round of clues arrived this week from two Republican lawmakers who are regularly asked about their desire to pursue their party's nomination in 2016. While each cited different reasons, both Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas say they're now more interested in running. Rubio says the current Senate gridlock is limiting his ability to advocate for the kind of policies he sees as critical for moving America forward and that the White House might be a better place for that. "I'll have to make a decision in 2016 either way, because I'm up...
  • Pat Buchanan: Romney Is Going To Run In 2016 ("Only cure for presidential fever is embalming fluid")

    09/07/2014 2:50:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    RealClearPolitics Video ^ | September 6, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Pat Buchanan predicted Mitt Romney will run for president on this weekend's broadcast of The McLaughlin Group. "There is no doubt Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and Mitt Romney are in the establishment category or bracket that are headed for the finals," Buchanan said. "I think Mitt would come out first but I really don't see Bush as really having the drive or inner drive. And I think, then you get Mitt Romney against someone like a Cruz, or someone like that, and I think that would be the finals. And I think that Mitt has got it in his heart...
  • Sure sounds like Jeb Bush is getting closer to running for president

    09/06/2014 7:59:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 5, 2014 | Allahpundit
    The smart take on social media last night was that Romney’s new op-ed on national defense is a signal that he’s quietly thinking of running too. So maybe we’ll finally get that Mitt versus Jeb match-up that conservatives have been dreaming about lo these many years. In fact, I tend to think the only rational explanation for the Jeb buzz is that it’s some sort of sly “Romney 2016″ psy op. There’s just no way, no way, that the Republican Party’s going to take another bite at the Bush apple. The donor class may despise the base and would doubtless...
  • Another problem for Hillary [A Benghazi-like incident in Nigeria...Boko Haram]

    09/06/2014 6:27:43 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    World Magazine ^ | September 5, 2014 | J.C. DERRICK
    Who is Vernice Guthrie, and where was she at 11 a.m. West Africa Time on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011? On that day, terrorist group Boko Haram carried out a suicide bombing at the main UN building in Abuja, Nigeria, killing 24 persons and injuring more than 100. Since then Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and other lawmakers have three times during hearings asked State Department officials whether Americans were in that building. Three times those officials have hedged. Now, Boko Haram’s rise has led to the deaths of thousands of Nigerians, the destruction of hundreds of churches, and the kidnapping this...
  • Hillary Clinton Calls Henry Kissinger a Friend, Praises His Commitment to Democracy

    09/06/2014 6:26:56 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    slate ^ | 9/5/14 | Ben Mathis-Lilley
    [Hillary Rodham Clinton said]: "Kissinger is a friend, and I relied on his counsel when I served as secretary of state. He checked in with me regularly, sharing astute observations about foreign leaders and sending me written reports on his travels."
  • Round two: Team Clinton book ratchets up attack on Obama's 'feckless' policies

    09/06/2014 5:28:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/5/14 | Paul Bedard
    Less than a month after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton distanced herself from President Obama by ridiculing his foreign policy, a key member of the Clinton kitchen cabinet is out with a new book that slams U.S. policy as “muddled, irresolute, and even feckless.” Doug Schoen’s double-barreled blast at Obama in the new book, The Russia-China Axis: The New Cold War and America’s Crisis of Leadership, is the latest sign that Clinton’s team will throw Obama under the bus if that’s what it takes to get her into the White House.
  • The Conservative Moment: GOP leaders squelched the opportunity offered by the Tea Party, but..

    09/04/2014 3:03:55 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | September 4, 2014 | Neal B. Freeman
    [SNIP] "......Imagine if you would a prayer breakfast in Washington attended by the leadership of the GOP — Messrs. Boehner, McConnell, Priebus, and their associates. They drop to their knees, bow their heads, and invoke divine intercession in the country’s troubled affairs, and in the party’s parlous condition. Would it be too much to ask Him to deliver unto them a mass political movement, self-financed and benignly led, God-fearing and well-mannered, almost all of whose members believed in the literal version of the Republican platform and almost none of whose members wanted anything from the federal government but constitutional restraint?...
  • Column: Republicans insane to think Romney should run again

    09/03/2014 1:53:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 134 replies
    The Salem News ^ | September 2, 2014 | Jeff Crouere
    Definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. — Albert Einstein Unbelievably, the drumbeat has begun for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to run for president a third time. The man who lost twice for president is now being encouraged by many party leaders to give it another try. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, recently told MSNBC, “I think he’s proven right on a lot of stuff. I happen to be in the camp that thinks he’s actually going to run, and I think he will be the next president of the United States.”...
  • Will the 2012 bribery scandal torpedo Rand Paul’s 2016 hopes?

    09/03/2014 5:09:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 3, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    The bribery scandal surrounding former Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-Texas) 2012 presidential bid is threatening to damage his son’s 2016 White House prospects. The saga took down Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) likely campaign manager, Jesse Benton, who was running Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) reelection bid. And the implications of wrongdoing two years ago could still further trickle down and hobble the younger Paul’s developing presidential campaign apparatus. Benton, a longtime aide to both Pauls, resigned Friday from the GOP Senate leader’s campaign amid controversy sparked by former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson’s admission in court that he accepted tens...
  • Beck: Hillary 'Will Be the Next President of the United States'('Nobody Remembers Reagan')

    09/02/2014 5:36:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 142 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | September 2, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) On his Monday show, commentator Glenn Beck made the extraordinary prediction that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would be elected president in the 2016 election. According to Beck, that prediction is based upon a conversation a “friend” of his had with so-called “Hillary people” about the strategy she will employ in the 2016 campaign. “They said, ‘The right is so stupid. They just don’t get it. You guys are going to all be fighting on Benghazi and everything else, and here’s what Hillary is going to do: ‘Do you remember when America was good? Do you remember when...
  • The elusive 'It factor' in presidential politics

    09/01/2014 10:21:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Week ^ | September 1, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Like it or not, this truism is very true: Being president in the modern era requires a certain "It Factor." You don't need star power to make it to the U.S. Senate, or to rise in its leadership. (Looking at you, Senators Reid and McConnell.) You don't need an almost celebrity-like sexiness to succeed in the House. (Who among us would describe Steny Hoyer or Steve Scalise in such terms?) But when we're talking about the presidency, it's not enough these days to be a highly intelligent lawmaker with a history of policy expertise and success. You've got to have...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Gay Rights Evolution

    08/31/2014 7:31:08 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    NY times ^ | 8/29/14 | AMY CHOZICK
    The crowd of supporters stretched around Main Street on a busy Saturday in August, hundreds of Hamptonites curving past the Ralph Lauren and Tiffany & Co. stores, waiting patiently to greet Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mrs. Clinton had taken a break from her beach vacation to sign copies of her latest memoir, “Hard Choices.” Her presence transformed BookHampton, the bookseller the Clintons frequent on their working summer vacations, into a sort of pre-campaign event with Secret Service agents, and well-wishers including Martha Stewart and Howard Dean. The shores of Long Island are not exactly a proxy for the enthusiasm Mrs. Clinton...
  • Don Surber: Ferguson shows Democrats’ problem

    08/30/2014 2:08:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Charleston Daily Mail ^ | August 27, 2014 | Don Surber
    For years, liberals have pointed to demographic projections with glee.White people seem headed to becoming less than a majority in America. Liberals say this poses a problem for the Republican Party as most white people now vote Republican, providing the party’s base. But the scenes of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, pose a similar problem for the Democratic Party.In recent years, Republicans have diversified without becoming Democratic Lite. Democrats haven’t. Republicans have three Hispanic senators (Democrats have one) a black senator (Democrats have one), two Hispanic governors (Democrats have none) and two governors whose parents were born in India (Democrats have...
  • Jim DeMint Blesses Ted Cruz Over Rick Perry

    08/30/2014 1:01:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 29, 2014 | Jonathan Strong
    In Dallas at an Americans For Prosperity event, Heritage Foundation president and former-Sen. Jim DeMint put his thumb firmly on the scale for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) over fellow Texan Gov. Rick Perry for the coming 2016 presidential contest. “I think Cruz even more than Perry right now,” DeMint told the Associated Press. “Ted has become really the national conservative leader.”(continued)
  • Chelsea Clinton Leaving Her Unbelievably Cushy Fake Job at NBC

    08/29/2014 8:51:46 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 55 replies
    NYMAG.com ^ | 8/29/14 | Joe Coscarelli
    Kicking off the annual Labor Day Friday News Dump, Chelsea Clinton has announced, via People, that she will no longer pretend to be a reporter. The once (and future?) First Daughter has been a “special correspondent” for NBC News since 2011, when she was dubbed, following her debut, “one of the most boring people of her era.” For the occasional feel-good segment or interview with the CGI Geico gecko, Clinton earned a reported annual salary of $600,000, or approximately $26,724 for every minute she was on-air.
  • Texas abuzz about possible Perry-Cruz 2016 battle

    08/29/2014 4:38:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 52 replies
    http://www.myFOXaustin.com/ ^ | August 29, 2014 | Will Weissert
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Two Texans, one White House. Is the 2016 Republican campaign trail big enough? After plummeting from prime contender to political punchline three years ago, Gov. Rick Perry is gearing up for a second run for president. And he's turned his recent indictment on felony abuse-of-power charges into a campaign rallying cry.
  • Portman urged to move step closer to presidential run

    08/28/2014 6:29:33 PM PDT · by xzins · 64 replies
    WHIO ^ | 28 Aug 14 | Jessica Wehrman and Jack Torry
    Ohio Sen. Rob Portman is being urged to form a presidential exploratory committee as the first step in running for the White House in 2016, but the Ohio Republican will not make any decisions until after the November elections. An exploratory committee would allow Portman to raise money to pay for travel and other expenses to states such as New Hampshire and Iowa which will be holding the first presidential contests of 2016. Although Portman and his aides say he is currently focused on running for re-election in 2016, the first-term senator has long had ambitions for national office. Portman...
  • Mitt Romney: I Won't Run

    08/27/2014 4:30:53 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 99 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 8-26-2014 | Jeff Dunetz
    In his Tuesday evening interview on the Hugh Hewitt show, Mitt Romney said it over and over again: "I will not run in 2016." Though a determined Hewitt kept finding different ways to ask the same question, in the end the 2012 candidate stood by his claim, saying, "I had the chance of running. I didn’t win. Someone else has a better chance than I do." After Hewitt's relentless questioning, Romney did offer the host his "one in a million" chance of running: if all the other candidates got together and said, "Hey, we’ve decided we can’t do it, you...
  • Romney on 2016 Run: ‘Circumstances Can Change’ [Don't ZOT the messenger!]

    08/26/2014 5:31:39 PM PDT · by tinyowl · 101 replies
    Mediaite ^ | August 26, 2014 6:50pm | Eddy Scarry (Really!)
    Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has denied he’s not going to make a third bid for the White House but on Tuesday he left open a very small window. “I know you’re going to press, but you know, this is something we gave a lot of thought to when early on I decided we’re not going to be running this time,” Romney said in an interview with Hugh Hewitt. “And again, we said look, I had the chance of running. I didn’t win. Someone else has a better chance than I do. And that’s what we believe, and that’s...
  • Ryan says he'd love to see Romney run for president again

    08/22/2014 3:58:28 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 8-22-2014 | FoxNews.com
    U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said Thursday he would love to see Mitt Romney run again for president and teased the GOP's former nominee at one point that the "third time's the charm." Appearing with Ryan at a public event for the first time since their ticket lost two years ago, Romney offered his own good-humored praise by saying that Ryan "wouldn't be a bad president" himself.
  • Elizabeth Warren on Hillary Clinton’s qualifications for 2016: No comment [Watch Video]

    08/20/2014 3:17:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/20/2014 | Noah Rothman
    We are regularly told by our prognosticating betters that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton might as well already be the Democratic PartyÂ’s 2016 nominee. She is inevitable; more inevitable, in fact, than the last time she was inevitable. But there has been grumbling on the progressive left about Clinton for months. She is seen by many in the Democratic PartyÂ’s left-wing as too close to Wall Street, too hawkish on foreign affairs, and behind the eight ball on social issues like supporting same-sex marriage rights. Will they settle for Hillary? Sure. Are they enthusiastic about a second Clinton...
  • Grand jurors deny politics played role in Perry indictment

    08/20/2014 10:24:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 20, 2014 | Brian M. Rosenthal, Patrick Svitek
    AUSTIN – Several members of the grand jury that indicted Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that his claim the indictment was based more on politics than substance is unfair and disrespectful to the months of work they put in. The jury, which met weekly for four months, "really tried to keep an open mind and come to a fair decision given all the testimony that we heard," said Janna Bessin, one of the 12 Travis County residents appointed to serve on the grand jury. "It's too bad," Bessin said, calling the criticism unfair. "But I guess that his side's job...
  • Mike Brown Autopsy – How The Scheme Team Used Their NY Times Cohort Frances Robles To Sell The Lie

    08/19/2014 7:11:16 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 38 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Aug 19, 2014 | Sundance
    You’ve seen the story of the Mike Brown family autopsy, and the grand press conference they produced to deliver it to the public. But a closer look points out why the Scheme Team actually used New York Times Frances Robles to deliver the ruse: Frances worked with the Scheme Team in 2012 (2012 bio below) while she was at the Miami Herald and was part of their inner circle of media types willing to sell the Trayvon Story. The actual truth appears to be – a rather controversial person Shawn Parcells, who is NOT a forensic pathologist, was used by...