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  • Maybe Hillary Clinton Should Retire Her White House Dreams

    03/03/2015 4:27:08 PM PST · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 3, 2015 | Ron Fournier
    Maybe she should stay at the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, where the former secretary of State could continue her life's work of building stronger economies, health care systems, and families. Give paid speeches. Write best-selling books. Spend time with Charlotte, her beloved granddaughter.
  • Chris Christie's Delusions of Presidential Grandeur

    03/03/2015 1:25:36 PM PST · by Chris in VA · 16 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | 3/3/15 | David Webb
    Politico reported that Chris Christie felt he exceeded expectations at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) convention. The only problem is that Christie is trending in the wrong direction with the GOP’s conservative base. Christie finished in 4th place with 8% in 2014, according to The Washington Times, which plummeted to a dismal 10th place finish with only 2.8%.
  • Latest Scott Walker Scandal: His Spokeswomen Are WAY TOO HOT

    03/03/2015 12:42:29 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 76 replies
    DC - The Daily Caller ^ | March 3, 2015 | Eric Owens
    The crusade to find some scandal — any scandal — to sink 2016 Republican presidential frontrunner Scott Walker officially jumped the shark on Monday when a deeply concerned American suggested that the Wisconsin governor’s spokeswomen are problematically attractive. Isthmus, an alternative weekly newspaper out of Madison, raised the allegation in Tell All, a regular advice column. “Dear Tell All,” troubled reader Kate Mallet wrote, “I can’t help noticing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker picks beautiful young women to be the spokespeople for his administration and his campaigns.”
  • Poll: Walker Closing in on Hillary

    03/03/2015 11:08:19 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    NRO - The Corner ^ | March 3, 2015 | Andrew Johnson
    He’s emerged as one of the leading contenders in recent weeks, and now a new Rasmussen poll shows that Scott Walker has the best chance of any of the potential Republican candidates against Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head match-up. After a strong few weeks, including finishing second in the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll over the weekend, the Wisconsin governor is within striking distance of Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee. The survey found that 46 percent of likely voters supported Clinton, while 41 percent backed Walker. Supporters of neither candidate received 8 percent, with the remaining 6 percent undecided....
  • Stop Caving on Immigration, 2016 GOP Contenders

    03/03/2015 7:48:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/03/2015 | The Editors
    The Republican presidential field is united in its opposition to President Obama’s executive amnesty, and also united in a lazy consensus on immigration policy. The range of opinion among prospective GOP candidates is astonishingly narrow, and the proposed measures unsatisfactory. Jeb Bush has been loudly criticized for encouraging legal status, and in some cases even citizenship, for illegal immigrants. But Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal have endorsed the same view, while Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have embraced offering legal status, if not citizenship. Scott Walker has made Bush-like statements as recently as 2013. Additionally, Republican candidates are basically unanimous...
  • Scott Walker signals support for eliminating 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases

    03/03/2015 7:27:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | March 3, 2015 | Matthew DeFour
    Gov. Scott Walker is offering support for a bill that would eliminate Wisconsin’s 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases, saying he wants the state “to be a leader” on the issue. “We’ve gone big and bold with a lot of issues. That’s one of those where with new technology, we want to make sure the bad guys don’t get firearms, and the good guys do,” Walker told the National Rifle Association’s news network during an interview Friday at a conservative political conference outside Washington, D.C. Walker said in the interview “we’ve been the leader when it comes to freedom over...
  • The Goldman Sachs primary

    03/03/2015 5:50:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | March 2, 2015 | Ben White
    Forget the Democratic and Republican primaries: The two biggest names in the 2016 presidential race are competing directly against each other in an elite forum, the halls of Goldman Sachs. Jeb Bush will be back in New York raising money next week with his sights set on Goldman, the wealthiest and most successful bank in Wall Street history. He has a pair of events scheduled for next Wednesday with current and former Goldman executives, sources familiar with Bush’s plans said.
  • 5 Signs Scott Walker Is Using GOP’s Racist ‘Southern Strategy’ to Win in 2016

    03/03/2015 2:30:58 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    Global News ^ | March 3, 2015 | must have been a group effort
    Walker demonizes unions, the poor and voters of color in order to appeal to whites. Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s drive for an anti-labor “right to work” law covering private-sector workers is deeply rooted in the racism of the Deep South’s former slaveholding states. They are yet more evidence that he is following a template known as the Republican Party’s “Southern strategy,” which plays to white voters’ racial resentment, even though his budding presidential campaign is based in snow-encrusted Wisconsin. This emerging strategy is reminiscent of Richard Nixon’s original “Southern strategy” of 1968 and Ronald Reagan’s 1980 campaign kickoff event....
  • A US Navy satellite used to provide real-time weather reports has exploded in space.

    03/02/2015 7:56:18 PM PST · by CMB_polarization · 106 replies
    Sky News ^ | 2 march 2015 | sky news
    The US Air Force confirmed that the 20-year-old Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 13 (DMSP-F13) suffered a "catastrophic event". It shattered into 43 pieces following a sudden temperature spike which triggered the loss of its altitude control. The event happened on 3 February but the incident has only just came to light following questions from website Space News.
  • Scott Walker is headed for trouble with the GOP establishment

    03/02/2015 1:37:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 2, 2015 | Byron York
    PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Scott Walker likes to tell a story about shopping at Kohl's. Under instructions from his wife Tonette, Walker has learned how to pile on the discounts and coupons whenever he goes to the popular Wisconsin-based department store. If he sees a shirt on the rack with a tag that reads, "Was $29.99, Now $19.99," Walker explains, he goes to the cash register with a flyer from the newspaper and gets another ten or 15 percent off. Then he pulls out his Kohl's credit card and there's another ten percent. And another newspaper flyer that might be...
  • Can Rush Limbaugh Make This Man President?

    03/02/2015 1:02:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    DC - The Daily Caller ^ | March 2, 2015 | W. James Antle III
    You may have noticed that the media likes to run critical stories about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — sometimes without doing much checking first. As the Walker for president talk gains steam, you can expect to see more media attempts to break him in. That’s to be expected. But for now, that might be less important than the media he does have in his corner. Consider how rapid Walker’s rise has been. As late as November, he usually polled in the single digits. Public Policy Polling had Walker at 5 percent last March, compared to 25 percent in its latest...
  • U.S. Union Busting: Who’s Scarier, Scott Walker or ‘Jihadi John’?

    03/02/2015 12:15:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    NSNBC ^ | March 2, 2015 | Shamus Cooke
    When Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker compared labor unions to ISIS his audience cheered. At the end of the speech he got a standing ovation, reported FOX News in an article entitled “Walker draws standing ovation in CPAC address”. His wealthy audience hated labor unions that much. In fact, the 1% despises unions much more than they hate ISIS. Islamic extremists in the Syrian desert pose no threat to anyone in the U.S., while labor unions pose a direct threat to the profits of the super rich. Conversely, the average U.S. worker has much more to fear from Scott Walker than...
  • Warren dings Walker over comments on unions and ISIS

    03/01/2015 7:27:45 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/28/2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Warren, who is closely aligned with progressive union groups, ripped Walker in a tweet Saturday for what some saw as a comparison between union members and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: "If Scott Walker sees 100,000 teachers & firefighters as his enemies, maybe it's time we take a closer look at his friends.” In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Walker said, “If I can take on 100,000 protestors, I can do the same across the world.” Walker, a possible 2016 presidential candidate for the GOP, tried to walk back his comments after his...
  • Either Pro-Gay Jeb Is Toast in 2016 or the GOP Is

    03/01/2015 7:02:53 PM PST · by lasereye · 96 replies
    American Family Association ^ | February 27, 2015 | Bryan Fischer
    McKay Coppins of BuzzFeed has written a devastating exposé of the brain trust Jeb Bush has gathered around himself in his campaign for the GOP nomination. In a word, if personnel is policy, Jeb is telling the pro-family community to drop dead. Coppins points out that virtually every key slot on Bush’s campaign team - campaign manager, chief strategist, communications director, adviser - has been filled by an ardent proponent of sodomy-based marriage and special rights based entirely on aberrant sexual behavior. When Bush officially launches his presidential bid later this year, he will likely do so with a campaign...
  • Hillary Clinton Seen Launching Presidential Bid in April

    03/01/2015 5:58:36 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 1, 2016 | Peter Nicholas and Carol E. Lee
    Hillary Clinton and her close advisers are telling Democratic donors that she will enter the presidential race sooner than expected, likely in April, a move that would allay uncertainties within her party and allow her to rev up fundraising.
  • Wallace Presses Walker on Flip-Flop on Immigration [Obama, terrorism, abortion, budget, God]

    03/01/2015 1:18:01 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 1, 2015 | Chris Wallace interview with Scott Walker
    Potential 2016 presidential candidate Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) spoke with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" about his growing popularity, his record as governor and some of the controversies he's faced. Wallace noted that Walker has taken some heat recently for refusing to say whether or not President Obama loves this country and whether or not he's a Christian. "I am not going to take a manufactured media crisis and take and follow that path instead of going to the path that I think Americans want, which is leaders who will stand up and tell them where they stand on...
  • Jeb Bush 'Will Not Sign Any Pledges' in 2016

    03/01/2015 5:52:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 28, 2015 | Jonathan Karl
    Anti-taxman Grover Norquist recently told ABC News he believes Jeb Bush will likely sign his no-new-taxes pledge if and when he officially becomes a candidate for president. But, as Dana Carvey might say, "Not gonna happen." Norquist may have had good reason to believe Bush would sign the Taxpayers Protection Pledge, where candidates vow to oppose "any and all efforts to increase taxes." After all, the vast majority of Republican candidates for national office and many for local and statewide office have been signing it ever since Norquist started Americans for Tax Reform in 1985.
  • Scott Walker Stands By Claim Reagan's Union-Busting Was 'Most Significant' Foreign Policy Decision

    02/28/2015 11:37:42 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | February 28, 2015 | Ashley Alman
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is doubling down on claims that the strongest foreign policy move in his lifetime was former President Ronald Reagan's decision to fire 11,000 air traffic controllers. In 1981, almost 13,000 air traffic control employees walked off the job when contract negotiations between the federal government and the controllers union stalled. Reagan claimed the strike was illegal and demanded the air traffic controllers return to work; when some 11,000 did not, he fired them. Walker, who has long idolized Reagan and previously lauded the former president's standoff with air traffic control, on Saturday called it "the...
  • Daily Beast retracts story on Scott Walker

    02/28/2015 1:39:14 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    politico.com ^ | 2/28/15 | Nick Gass
    Another major media outlet has apologized after getting a story about Scott Walker wrong. Last week, it was the New York Times; now, it’s The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast has retracted an article from one of its college columnists that claimed that the Wisconsin governor’s budget would cut sexual assault reporting from the state’s universities. The post, published Friday, cited a report from Jezebel that wrongly interpreted a section of the state budget to mean that all assault reporting requirements were to get cut altogether. In fact, the University of Wisconsin system requested the deletion of the requirements to...
  • In Edinburg, Carville, Rove say Obama squabble with Israel will dominate foreign policy talk

    02/28/2015 6:12:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Monitor ^ | February 27, 2015 | Carlos Sanchez, editor
    EDINBURG — The political squabble between President Barack Obama and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over whether to negotiate with Iran will dominate the foreign policy conversation this year, agreed former presidential advisers Karl Rove and James Carville, who spoke Friday morning in Edinburg. The duo — one Republican and the other Democrat — had an hour-long conversation in front of a gathering of more than 100 Rio Grande Valley residents at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. Moderated by Evan Smith, editor of The Texas Tribune, the event was hosted by the Rio Grande Valley Partnership and IBC Bank....
  • How Conservatives Are Readying Their ‘Grassroots Army’ For 2016

    02/28/2015 2:55:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    KPBS-TV ^ | February 28, 2015 | Emily Martinez, NPR
    This week's Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, brought all the expected on and off the main stage in Washington D.C. — speeches by presidential hopefuls, debates and the annual straw poll. But there was one big addition: hundreds attended the conference's first-ever Activism Boot Camp, which trained attendees in the best practices of do-it-yourself campaigning. The boot camp, powered by American Majority, a nonprofit conservative organizing group, was split into two tracks: the "Candidate, Campaign Manager & Campaign Operative" track and the "Activist" track. It featured lessons on social media, fundraising, organizing and data and technology. Ned Ryun, American Majority...
  • Why I already have Hillary fatigue

    02/28/2015 5:53:27 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 40 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | February 28, 2015 | Margaret Wente
    Hillary Clinton is inevitable. Everybody says so. She has the name, the recognition, the mighty war chest and the huge Democratic machine behind her. She hasn’t even said she’s running for president, and she already has her party’s nomination locked up. No serious Democrat would be foolish enough to challenge her. But Ms. Clinton’s inevitability should make serious Democrats want to stick hot pokers in their eyes. She is a purely manufactured candidate, as artificial as plastic flowers in a cheap restaurant. She has no gift for inspiring or moving people, and if she has any ideas beyond the utterly...
  • Shattuck: Walker walks the walk at CPAC

    02/28/2015 7:02:45 AM PST · by calvincaspian · 14 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | 02/28/15 | Tom Shattuck
    Big Government Sucks.” That’s the slogan of the hordes of young people at the Conservative Political Action Conference. The lesson from this year’s CPAC was that if you wanted to win over this energetic crowd it behooved you to be succinct and rebellious — like that three-word slogan — when taking the stage. Chris Christie used tough talk. Scott Walker used down-home exuberance. Ted Cruz called out every party save for the Tea Party for talking the talk but not walking the walk. And they received tepid passing grades from CPAC’s most energetic demographic. Jeb Bush, however, missed the mark,...
  • Can Paul's straw poll streak be stopped? CPAC

    02/28/2015 4:41:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 28, 2015 | Cameron Joseph with Jonathan Easley
    Rand Paul’s likely White House foes are looking to end his Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll hot streak. The Kentucky senator is still the frontrunner to win the annual measure of grassroots support after claiming victory for the past two years. But how deep other potential rivals — most notably Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — cut into his support will show who is on the rise in the 2016 GOP field. “Every year serious candidates come to CPAC and organize and get people to come here for the specific purpose of voting...
  • Cruz and other GOP candidates scramble for Texas

    02/28/2015 2:13:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    National Monitor ^ | February 28, 2015 | Kerry Sullivan
    The battle for the Republican presidential nomination is beginning to really heat up. The latest log on the fire? Texas has decided to move its 2016 primary to March 1, making it the fifth state to cast votes. Traditionally, small states hold their primaries before the larger ones. This allows candidates to focus on persuading target groups of voters and gain momentum before facing the daunting challenge of wooing the masses. Texas is huge. At 270,000 square miles, a campaign will need a treasure trove of cash to finance television ads across 20 media markets. The presidential candidates are now...
  • Ted Cruz says motivating conservatives is key to winning White House

    02/27/2015 11:52:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | February 27, 2015 | Philip Rucker
    PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Ted Cruz may not be running for anything yet, but the senator from Texas nevertheless presented his theory here Friday night for why a presidential candidate like him would be best positioned to win back the White House for Republicans. The conventional wisdom in political circles has been that to win a presidential election again, Republicans must broaden their appeal to more moderate swing voters, especially women, minorities and young people. It's a message former Florida governor Jeb Bush, a favorite of the party establishment, has repeatedly delivered as he prepares for an all-but-certain presidential run....
  • Mike Pence delivered the keynote address at CPAC annual Ronald Reagan Dinner. (HE GETS IT!!!)

    02/27/2015 8:15:31 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 12 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | February 27, 2015 | Mike Pence
    CPAC Reagan Dinner Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) delivered the keynote address at the Conservative Political Action Conference’s (CPAC) annual Ronald Reagan Dinner. http://www.c-span.org/video/?324558-20/indiana-governor-mike-pence-r-cpac-reagan-dinner-remarks
  • Sen. Cruz is no ‘graybeard’

    02/27/2015 4:46:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | February 27, 2015 | Lisa Mascaro, Tribune News Service
    On a gray wintry day outside the Capitol, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) stood on the grassy East Lawn and denounced President Barack Obama’s plan to temporarily defer deportation for millions of immigrants in the country illegally. Gathered to hear the senator was a band of enthusiastic supporters, including a few like-minded lawmakers and a handful of self-described patriots. “King Obama!” shouted one person in the crowd, which included a man in a tri-cornered hat and others waving the yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” flags of the Tea Party. Inside the Capitol dome, fiery events like this are met with a...
  • David Axelrod predicts Rick Perry, Ted Cruz will have uphill fights for GOP presidential nomination

    02/27/2015 4:34:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trailblazers Blog ^ | February 27, 2015 | Gromer Jeffers Jr.
    The architect of Barack Obama’s successful campaigns for president said this week that Rick Perry and Ted Cruz would have uphill battles for the 2016 GOP nomination for the White House. David Axelrod, one of President Obama’s closest advisers, said Texas’ junior senator did have support with hard-right conservatives. But he questioned whether Cruz could build on it. “Ted Cruz has a base. That base will be there,” Axelrod told The Dallas Morning News before a forum at the World Affairs Council in Dallas. “Whether it’s large enough is another question.” Axelrod was not bullish on the prospects of...
  • Cruz, Walker fire up conservatives at CPAC, lay foundations for 2016 bids

    02/27/2015 2:26:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin and David Sherfinski -
    Sen. Ted Cruz fanned the flames of right-wing rebellion Thursday, telling thousands of activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference that they are being betrayed by Republican leaders in Congress over immigration. The Texas Republican, who is running in the middle of presidential polls, also sent a clear message to the rest of the field that he is still a favorite of the grass-roots activists who populate the country’s largest annual conservative gathering, and signaled that he would fight to claim the conservative mantle in the presidential nomination race. A trio of governors pondering White House bids also addressed CPAC....
  • Where's the Vision? The tone at this year's CPAC is resoundingly negative.

    02/27/2015 2:11:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | February 27, 2015 | Susan Milligan
    Cruz channels his inner televangelist.If the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting is a sort of “American Idol” for would-be GOP presidential candidates, the contenders aren’t learning from the mistakes of previous losers. After the 2012 elections – when Republicans lost the White House to an incumbent under fire for the still-struggling economy – some sensible people in the party (South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of them) uttered an important truth: The Republicans, to be successful, can’t just be against things. They have to be for something, have to present a positive and innovative vision for America. We’re not...
  • Dozens of CPAC Attendees Walk Out on Jeb Bush

    02/27/2015 12:15:43 PM PST · by C19fan · 112 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 27, 2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    Scores of CPAC attendees began to file out as soon as Jeb Bush started speaking with talk show host Sean Hannity this afternoon,which did eventually garner plenty of applause. After exiting the main auditorium at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the protesting attendees began chanting “USA, USA” and “Stand with Rand.” Despite the sign of defiance, the main ballroom was as packed for Bush’s talk as it had been for any other 2016 contender, including Scott Walker and Rand Paul. Bush’s comments attracted cheers from some parts of the ballroom, which was more packed than it had been at any...
  • Scott Walker, God's Gift to the Democratic Party

    02/27/2015 12:08:09 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 133 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | February 27, 2015 | Matt Taibbi
    "....Scott Walker as a political performer is pretty uninspiring. He doesn't have George Bush's pretzel-mouthed Texas charm or Sarah Palin's hockey Mom magnetism. He can't fall back on an ethnic American dream parable like the one Marco Rubio can run on. He's just a doughy, finger-pointing white guy of the type the Republican Party has been churning out to fill state assembly seats or run in back-bench congressional districts seemingly since the beginning of time. He's exactly the kind of politician the modern Democratic Party is set up to beat...."
  • Scott Walker's Foreign-Policy Gaffes Don't Matter

    02/27/2015 11:46:10 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | February 27, 2015 | David A. Graham
    Does the political class overrate the necessity of diplomacy experience in presidential candidates? n a strange convergence, there's agreement among the diehard right-wingers gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside of Washington this week and left-wing pundits: Scott Walker is on top of the world. Well, maybe not the world—we'll get to that—but the Republican presidential sweepstakes. Although Jeb Bush boasts impressive momentum—nearly insurmountable momentum, in the judgment of D.C. tastemaker Mike Allen—CPAC is a good illustration of Bush's weaknesses. Bush was due to speak later Friday, but just the mention of his name drew boos earlier in the...
  • First Look: Scott Walker Leads in Nevada Poll; Jeb Performs Worst Against Hillary

    02/27/2015 10:17:36 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | February 27, 2015 | Tony Lee
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker leads former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in an early Nevada 2016 poll. In the Gravis Marketing poll that Breitbart News obtained, Walker leads with 27% support among Republicans while Bush is in second with 19%. Sixteen percent of Nevada Republicans answered “unsure.” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie received 8%, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) received 6%, tied with former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry received 5% while Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who spent part of his childhood in the state and recently visited Nevada on his book tour, received 4%, along with former...
  • Scott Walker woos CPAC by boasting about crusade against Wisconsin unions

    02/27/2015 6:51:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Guardian ^ | The Guardian | Steven Greenhouse
    Seeking to wow a crowd of conservative activists on Thursday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker decided to trumpet what first made him a Republican hero: his crusade against organized labor.In what many saw as a boast that he could handle Islamic State, Walker talked of besting labor and said: “If I can take on 100,000 protestors, I can do the same across the world.”With that red meat line at a gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference(CPAC), Walker won raucous applause about the episode that thrust him on to the national stage–his success in pushing through legislation in 2011 to curb...
  • CHRIS CHRISTIE ADMITS ‘REGRETS’ ADOPTING COMMON CORE, SAYS NJ NEEDED THE MONEY

    02/27/2015 6:37:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 26, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    In an interview at CPAC with conservative show host Laura Ingraham, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) acknowledged why many governors likely adopted the unproven Common Core standards were dangled before them by the Obama administration: He signed onto them because his state needed the federal funds that would come in exchange for adopting the unpopular education reform. Ingraham asked Christie about his prior support for the nationalized standards, and observed that he did sign his state’s Race to the Top application for the federal funds.
  • Ingraham uses CPAC speech to bash Bush

    02/27/2015 6:33:43 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2015 | David McCabe
    Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham used her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to slam moderate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R). The influential talker suggested that Bush, who is quickly becoming a favorite of the Republican establishment, could even run on the same ticket as likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton because of their policy similarities. "Why don't we just call it quits, and Jeb and Hillary can run on the same ticket," she said to applause. Ingraham's criticism reflects the way that conservative base is skeptical of Bush, who has locked down the support of many establishment...
  • Bush Campaign’s Demand for Fidelity Ruffles Some Republican Rivals

    02/27/2015 5:45:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Michael Barbaro and Maggie Haberman
    The prestigious consulting firm, known for its close ties to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, was orchestrating an extensive effort to remake his image and prepare him for the 2016 presidential campaign. But that was no deterrent for Jeb Bush. His team hired the firm anyway and quickly made it clear that it wanted undivided allegiance. The company, FP1 Strategies, soon severed ties with Mr. Perry, startling his staff.
  • Jeb Bush: 'I'm not backing down' from immigration stance

    02/27/2015 5:36:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 26, 2015 | Byron York
    In perhaps his most campaign-style speech so far, not-yet-official GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush vowed Thursday not to alter his views on immigration despite intense opposition among some parts of the Republican base. "If I go beyond the consideration of running, I'm not backing down from something that is a core belief," Bush told a gathering of the conservative Club for Growth in Florida. "Are we supposed to just cower because at the moment people are all upset about something? No way, no how."
  • Bush in the conservative hot seat

    02/27/2015 5:08:00 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 27, 2015 | Jonathan Easley 216 84
    Jeb Bush’s likely presidential candidacy will face its first major test on Friday when he addresses a rowdy group of activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It’s a critical moment for the former Florida governor as he looks to convince conservatives that he appeals to more than just the GOP establishment. Jeb Bush’s likely presidential candidacy will face its first major test on Friday when he addresses a rowdy group of activists at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). It’s a critical moment for the former Florida governor as he looks to convince conservatives that he appeals to...
  • Scott Walker 'wants to make America great again' [link to all CPAC talks]

    02/27/2015 12:07:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 67 replies
    WND ^ | February 26, 2015 | Jerome R. Corsi
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.–Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker electrified the CPAC conservative audience on Thursday afternoon by asserting the victories he has achieved in his home state can be achieved on a national level. ...“Today in Washington, we have a president who thinks we grow the economy by growing Washington,...We believe in an America that is growing the economy in cities and towns all across America.”...“..true freedom and prosperity does not come from the mighty hand of the government,..It comes from empowering people to live their own lives and to determine their own destinies..."...“there is a reason we celebrate the Fourth of...
  • Republican sources tell BuzzFeed: Jeb Bush may be “evolving” on gay marriage

    02/26/2015 10:19:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 26, 2015 | Allahpundit
    So clever of BuzzFeed to drop this today, with Bush set to sit down with Sean Hannity onstage at CPAC in 24 hours for Q&A. Think this story might come up? Think it’ll be talked about tonight at the local bars among conservatives already suspicious of Jeb’s ideological leanings? There’s more evidence here than I can fairly excerpt of how strongly Bush’s top advisors feel about this issue, so you’ll have to read the whole thing. Here’s the key bit, though: But inside Bush’s orbit, some believe his personal feelings on the subject may have evolved beyond his on-the-record statements....
  • Scott Walker Suggests Protesters Have Prepared Him for Terrorists

    02/26/2015 8:39:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Maggie Haberman
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Best Applause Line: “We need a leader who will stand with Israel,” said the governor of Wisconsin. Crickets: Describing, early in his remarks, his longstanding interest in the founding fathers. Red Meat: Mr. Walker spoke at length about his record as governor and made broad references to foreign policy touchstones like Israel, Iran and the fight against Islamic terrorism. Toughest Question: From a heckler, who shouted about workers’ rights. But Mr. Walker turned it to his advantage, joking that protesters had followed him from Wisconsin. Entrance Song: “Coming Home,” by Avenged Sevenfold, a heavy metal band out of Southern California....
  • CPAC attendees plan to walk out on Jeb Bush

    02/26/2015 11:55:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is not scheduled to appear here at CPAC until Friday, but there is already a movement underway to stage an informal protest when he hits the stage..... ....“We are going to get up in mass, and we are going to walk out on him,” the 64-year-old said. “We are not going to interrupt anyone’s speech, but we are all going to exercise our right to the bathroom at the same time.”...
  • Jeb Bush’s Sense and Sensibility

    02/26/2015 11:24:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Time ^ | February 26,2015 | Joe Klein
    The candidate’s grown-up tone is a breath of fresh air amid so many strident conservative voices RECOMMENDED FOR YOU This Video of the Sun Is the Trippiest Thing You'll See Today This Video of the Sun Is the Trippiest Thing You'll See Today Watch Banksy's Two-Minute Gaza Video Watch Banksy's Two-Minute Gaza Video Watch Justin Bieber Get Egged Watch Justin Bieber Get Egged Obamacare: See this incredibly detailed map of where Americans oppose Obamacare. Promoted Obamacare: See this incredibly detailed map of where Americans… iSideWith Sponsored Links by In a week during which Rudolph Giuliani went crusader-ballistic questioning President Obama’s...
  • [Scott] Walker v. Congress (on Act 10 Reforms)

    02/26/2015 7:49:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 26, 2015 | Arthur Schaper |
    In the last two months, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has gone from marginal to mainstream, failed to fascinating in the eyes of prospective voters, and inconsequential to intriguing to the ears and mouths of talking heads looking for another Republican Presidential contender to dissect then disintegrate. Critics are faulting him for his non-answers to dubious questions from reporters. They also quibble about his lack of foreign policy experience and long-term immigration strategy. Liberal and conservative partisans still hanker for some right-wing version of President Obama, full of hope and change, charisma in place of principle. Before judging Walker's skills as...
  • Religious Faith to Be Key Piece of Possible Jeb Bush Run

    02/26/2015 5:21:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 29, 2015 | Beth Reinhard
    A memo from a top adviser to Jeb Bush gives a clue as to how he could connect with the conservative base of his party if he runs for president: talking about his religious faith. Faith is listed as one of nine “issues you care about” in a memo to Mr. Bush’s supporters from Sally Bradshaw that quotes Mr. Bush on each topic, offering an on-message preview of his potential bid for the Republican nomination. Referring to his conversion to Catholicism, Mr. Bush says, “My faith was strengthened when I converted to my wife’s faith…It gives me a serenity that,...
  • My Scott Walker Column (And A Response To Ed Morrissey)

    02/26/2015 1:16:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    DC - Daily Caller ^ | February 24, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis, Senior Contributor
    ".......More to the point, I take issue with his suggestion that I think “Republicans had better work with the media.” It is true that I don’t believe the media are inherently evil or “out to get you.” But I also think — and this is important for candidates to know — that the press are not your friends. Ed’s framing, I think, implies I support what might be thought of as collaboration or appeasement. But what Walker did was (inadvertently) work with the media — in the sense that he played right into their hands. He made this an irresistible...
  • Christie and Walker take different paths on union issues

    02/25/2015 11:59:41 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    The State, South Carolina ^ | February 26, 2015 | Jill Covin and Scott Bauer in Madison,Steve Peoples in Washington, Michael Catalini in Trenton
    "You fight the good fight against Walker and he beats you," said Seth Markgraf, a 34-year-old construction worker from Arlington, Wisconsin. "They beat us in the recall and they beat us in another general election. It's just apathy. How do we beat Scott Walker?" TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey's Chris Christie and Wisconsin's Scott Walker are getting ready to run for president, but they've still got day jobs as governors — and face another round in the ring with organized labor. For Christie, that means trying to reach a deal to fix New Jersey's underfunded pension system by working with...