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  • Jeb Bush to Gain Most From Romney’s Exit, Poll Finds

    02/01/2015 5:08:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 30, 2015 | Janey Hook
    A new poll suggests that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush stands to gain the most from Mitt Romney’s decision not to run for president for the third time. A Fox News poll released Thursday before Mr. Romney’s decision was announced found that Mr. Bush was the second choice of many who favored Mr. Romney, and would lead the field in his absence. Although Mr. Romney would have led the field with 21% of Republicans surveyed by Fox, the poll found that in his absence Mr. Bush rose to No. 1 spot with 15%, followed by Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee...
  • Sarah Palin's scorched-earth plan for the GOP: Governor challenges party to move sharply right

    01/31/2015 5:38:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News ^ | January 31, 2015 | Neil Macdonald
    Sarah Palin, who now says she's definitely interested in "serving" as president next year, made a speech last weekend at a gathering of Republican White House aspirants in Iowa. It was somewhat coarser, and certainly more bitter, than her usual bundle of platitudes and jingoism. At one point she shouted "Screw the left in Hollywood!" And she complained about how even some Republicans are buying into "this unhealthy new obsession … about this subjective income gap that we're supposed to be so obsessed about right now." She came close to suggesting conservative Republicans rip up their cards and register as...
  • Scott Walker Takes Lead [15%] In Iowa Poll - [Jeb 6th, at 8%]

    01/31/2015 11:47:50 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 38 replies
    HuffingtonPost.com ^ | January 31, 2015 | Huffington Post
    In the poll, released on Saturday night, [Sott] Walker was the first choice of 15 percent of respondents in the poll, up from 4 percent when the poll was conducted in October. Walker bested Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who was at 14 percent. Mitt Romney was in third at 13 percent; the poll was taken from Monday to Thursday, before he announced his withdrawal from the race. Ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was in fourth with ten percent of voters' support. ...Jeb Bush, who is viewed as the GOP's establishment choice, was only preferred by eight percent of voters. The results...
  • 'Repeal every word': Potential GOP 2016 rivals hammer ObamaCare, IRS at Iowa summit

    01/25/2015 2:40:21 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-25-2015 | Barnini Chakraborty
    “The most important tax reform we can do is abolish the IRS,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told the fired-up audience. The firebrand senator compared the EPA to a locust and got a huge reaction when he demanded to “repeal every word of ObamaCare.” Sarah Palin, too, after telling reporters she’s thinking about a 2016 run, laced her speech with snappy one-liners as she lit into the current president. Of Obama, she said: “America, he’s just not that into you.” The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee also knocked the idea of a Hillary Clinton run. “Hey Iowa, can anyone stop Hillary?...
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal: U.S. Needs a Spiritual Revival

    01/25/2015 9:30:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 12 replies
    ABCNews ^ | January 25, 2015 | LAURA WAGNER
    Gov. Bobby Jindal: U.S. Needs a Spiritual Revival Jan 25, 2015 By LAURA WAGNER Like a lot of Republicans with national name recognition, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is "seriously looking" at a 2016 White House bid, but he says the country needs more that just for the right candidate to win. "We can't just elect a candidate and fix what ails our country," he said at a prayer rally that he attended Saturday instead of the Iowa Freedom Summit. "We can't just pass a law and fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails...
  • Looking back at Michele Bachmann’s career in Congress

    12/31/2014 12:09:28 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 67 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-31-14 | pioneer press
    Rep. Michele Bachmann, founder of the House tea party caucus and a high-profile spokeswoman for conservatives during her eight years in Congress, has no plans to run for another office right now. Instead, she’ll live in Minnesota, give speeches around the country and write a nationally syndicated column. Here's a look back at her political career.
  • Scott Walker Comes To Washington to Bash Washington

    02/01/2015 12:31:21 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    Time ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jeke J. Miller
    "....Walker, who is deep into preparations for an all-but-certain bid for the Oval Office, called for a “transfer of power” from Washington, D.C. to the states. He called the city “68 square miles surrounded by reality,” with six of the 10 richest counties in America, according to the median income. “We need to transfer power, power from our nation’s capital here in Washington back to the cities and states in this country, where the people, where the hardworking people in this country can actually hold their government accountable,” he said...."
  • In Praise of Ted Cruz

    01/30/2015 5:54:34 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 29 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 01.30.2015 - 9:10 AM | Peter Wehner
    In the past I’ve been critical of Texas Senator Ted Cruz, but in his questioning of President Obama’s choice for attorney general, Loretta Lynch–which occurred during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee–was not just skillful but superb.Senator Cruz’s tone was respectful but firm. He stayed away from theatrics and polemics. He didn’t personalize the line of inquiry. In doing so, he kept the focus right where it needed to be.But more than that, Senator Cruz exposed the lawlessness that is at the core of President Obama’s executive amnesty, and he did so in a logical, step-by-step manner. Senator...
  • No, Conservatives Aren't Really Turning on Sarah Palin

    01/31/2015 10:28:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Bloomberg | January 29, 2015 | David Weigel
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-01-29/no-conservatives-aren-t-really-turning-on-sarah-palin
  • Scott Walker and the art of winning

    01/31/2015 10:17:36 PM PST · by entropy12 · 53 replies
    The Week ^ | Jan 30, 2015 | Matt K. Lewis
    What we really crave is a conservative winner who doesn't cave. And Scott Walker is very arguably that guy. He won in 2010. He picked a fight with Big Labor and won. He survived a recall. And he won again in 2014 — by almost the same margin as he did in 2010. That's three wins in four years for a man who governed as a conservative reformer in a state that the Republican presidential nominee hasn't carried since 1984.
  • Joaquin Castro lands funds, rhetorical punches in L.A.

    01/31/2015 10:20:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | January 31, 2015 | Brian Chasnoff
    LOS ANGELES — Backstage on Friday night at CBS Studio Center, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro was about 30 minutes from appearing live on the edgy HBO comedy show “Real Time with Bill Maher.” He was cramming for his spot on the show’s panel, reviewing topics with Scott Carter, the show’s executive producer. Castro should expect to talk about the Koch brothers, Mitt Romney, Saudi Arabia. Carter peppered the congressman with questions. Castro, 40, offered one-sentence answers. “Do not feel like you have to be concise for us,” Carter said. “If anything, be expansive.” Another topic Maher might cover: The Iowa...
  • Time for Scott Walker to get serious about foreign policy

    01/31/2015 7:08:20 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/31/2015 | Philip Klein
    It came as no surprise to me that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dazzled the audience at the recent Iowa Freedom Summit. I have long touted the potential strength of Walker as a presidential candidate. He has an impressive record of actual governing accomplishments and has advanced conservative ideas in the face of fierce opposition from unions and liberal activists nationwide. He’s also demonstrated clear political skill in winning three elections in four years in a blue state. At a time of division among Republicans, it’s hard to think of another candidate who can excite conservatives as much as Walker without...
  • Perry: 'Senators talk' but governors rule ("Rule?" Is this a monarchy or dictatorship?)

    01/31/2015 1:45:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room Blog ^ | January 31, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) says that governors are much better suited for the presidency than senators — a useful argument for him to make as he looks to position himself for a potential 2016 bid against a field likely to include several senators. “Governors have to make choices every day. Governors are judged on the results of what we do,” Perry told The Daily Caller Friday. “Senators talk.” He added, “United States senators, by choosing to go into that line of work, don’t get to do that. They don’t get to learn, or to exhibit their leadership ability...
  • Jeb's big test: Can Bush capitalize on Romney's exit?

    01/31/2015 12:22:28 PM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | January 30, 2015 | Ben White and Anna Palmer
    Mitt Romney’s exit from the 2016 presidential race sets up a critical challenge for Jeb Bush, top Republicans say: If the former Florida governor can scoop up many of Romney’s big donors, he would set himself up as the dominant front-runner in the establishment wing of the party — and make life much more difficult for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. “It sets up the first big test for Jeb on whether he can start closing all these big donors right now and cement his status as the premier candidate in the field and the one who offers the best...
  • 2016: WITHOUT ROMNEY IN FIELD, JEB LEADS SOUTH CAROLINA POLL

    01/31/2015 11:01:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 30, 2015 | Tony Lee
    Now that Mitt Romney has announced he will not make a third White House run, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is the leader in an early South Carolina poll. Romney made his announcement on Friday, and a Gravis poll conducted January 21-22 actually found Romney in the lead in the first-in-the-South primary state with 20%. Bush, who leads without Romney in the field, received 18%. Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was in third at 9% while former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee received 8% along with Sen. Ted Cruz. Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) received 7% each. New...
  • How Jeb Bush's wife could help win him the White House

    01/31/2015 10:50:08 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 28, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Jeb Bush’s secret weapon in his potential White House bid is his wife of 40 years, Columba Bush, supporters of the former Florida governor say. Columba, who would be the nation’s first Hispanic first lady if her husband wins the presidency, largely eschewed the public spotlight in Florida and is known for having a shy public demeanor.
  • Scott Walker Takes Next Step: How Might He Govern as President?

    01/31/2015 10:20:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/31/2015 | Avner Zarmi
    On January 27, Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) announced the formation of a 527 committee called Our American Revival, unveiled a new website, and issued a statement which included the following: To move this country forward we need new, fresh leadership from outside of Washington. We need leaders who are bold. That’s how we build a better future for our children and grandchildren. We’ve done it in Wisconsin and it can be done across this country with the right leadership. Walker’s statement refers to his actions in balancing Wisconsin’s state budget, closing an unconstitutional deficit hole of $3.6B while actually...
  • Hillary Clinton keeps proving she is not qualified to be president

    01/31/2015 9:21:25 AM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 22 replies
    Absolute Rights ^ | 01/31/2015 | Jon E. Dougherty
    Now that Barack Obama is beginning the fourth quarter of his presidency, Democrats are increasingly dropping what they have insisted has been a facade all along – their lockstep devotion to him as the end-all, be-all of their party. As this Politico piece noted yesterday, they don’t really think he’s all that and a bag of cookies, but they have been going along with him all these years not because they belong to a party that has evolved into something resembling Europe’s socialist entities, but because he happened to be the current Democrat in the Executive Branch. Whether that’s true...
  • Huckabee to test Florida waters

    01/30/2015 9:06:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jeremy Wallace
    Mike Huckabee, perhaps better than any other presidential contender, demonstrates the difficulties Florida presents for White House candidates. When the former Arkansas governor returns to Sarasota on Saturday, he will be revisiting the site where his presidential aspirations were dashed in 2008 because of Florida’s complexities. While the candidates spend months in the early, smaller primary states engaging in the retail politics of pancake breakfasts and county fairs, Florida presents distinct problems requiring a vast, developed campaign network and huge sums to advertise on the air. “It’s a state where you just can’t succeed doing that same retail politicking,” said...
  • Gov. Scott Walker: Time for ‘new’ approach to governing

    01/30/2015 5:24:10 PM PST · by T Ruth · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, January 30, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that ordinary Americans are tired of the heavy hand of Washington and are yearning for elected leaders to take a “fresh” bottom-up approach to governance that empowers states and localities. Mr. Walker’s message coincided with the news that Mitt Romney was taking a pass on a third White House bid — setting the stage for a royal rumble over the fundraisers and high-dollar donors who had been waiting to see what the former Massachusetts governor would do. *** “To transform America, we really need to transfer power from our nation’s capital here in Washington...
  • Beck Suspects Romney Bowing Out Was Part of Secret Deal with Jeb Bush

    01/30/2015 3:14:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 30, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    Glenn Beck suspects that Mitt Romney bowing out of the 2016 presidential race might be the result of a secret deal between him and Jeb Bush, to avoid the risk of both of them attacking each other and fighting for the same supporters while someone like Ted Cruz can capitalize on a split vote like that. Remember that secret meeting Romney and Bush had this month? Well, Beck figured that was about both men admitting they would “kill each other” and could both lose to the race to a more conservative candidate. And Beck admitted it bothers him that Bush...
  • The Romney Statement: Not Running. "I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party...."

    01/30/2015 7:56:14 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 281 replies
    hughhewitt.com ^ | 01/30/2015 | Hugh Hewitt
    I’ve been emailed this text of remarks Mitt Romney will be making to his supporters shortly: Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me. There are a large number of people who signed on to be leaders of our 2016 finance effort. In addition, state political leadership from several of the early primary states are on the line. And here in New York City, and on the phone, are people who have been helping me think through how to build a new team, as well as supporters from the past who...
  • Mitt Romney Says No To 2016 Presidential Run

    01/30/2015 8:10:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    Yahoo via ABC ^ | 01/30/2015 | By RICK KLEIN and MICHAEL FALCONE
    For Mitt Romney, it appears that the third time is not the charm. On a conference call with supporters today, Romney is expected to take a pass on another White House bid, according to an advance text of his remarks. “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney plans to say.
  • Mitt Romney Is Running for President

    01/30/2015 7:37:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | January 30, 2015 | Staff
    Mitt Romney will call senior donors at 11 a.m. ET Friday to give them “an update” on his campaign plans. Sources have told The Daily Beast that the former Massachusetts governor will announce his intention to explore a third run for the White House. Romney and his senior aides believe he is the best placed candidate to defeat Hillary Clinton. In a memo sent by Romney to his inner circle Thursday, he highlighted three reasons he should run: He thinks he’s the only qualified Republican in the field, polling is favorable to a win, and he thinks he can do...
  • Former Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA) at the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/25/2015 5:59:17 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | 1/24/2015 | NATHANHURST
    Former Speaker of the House Representative Newt Gingrich (R-GA) delivers remarks at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. He focuses on national security issues and foreign relations.
  • Real Clear Politics: 2016 GOP Field Deeper, More Qualified

    01/29/2015 5:25:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 29, 2015 | Andrea Billups
    The nominating process for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate could be fraught with chaos because of the unusually large number of candidates who will likely run, creating real problems for the GOP, which is likely to end up without what many might consider a powerful, unifying nominee, an analysis by Real Clear Politics suggests. The candidate who does emerge could very likely come from a brokered convention, notes RCP's Sean Trende of possible scenarios. "I see a race that is largely chaotic. It is one where an unusually large number of candidates have perfectly plausible paths, if not to the...
  • Huckabee: I’ll never back down from saying we need a path to citizenship for DREAMers

    01/29/2015 9:42:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/29/2015 | AllahPundit
    “If that bothers you to the point that you’d say, ‘I’d never vote for you,’” he told an audience in Virginia, “then you’re never going to vote for me.” Oh, now. There are plenty of reasons never to vote for Huck without dragging the poor DREAM kids into this.Lefty Greg Sargent says this is a big deal. Is it? I think it’s a “big deal” in the sense that righties who don’t like Huckabee now have another reason not to like him, but realistically, how many candidates in the nascent GOP field will be coming out hard against DREAM...
  • Is Scott Walker a True Contender?

    01/29/2015 9:45:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    NBC News ^ | 01/29/2015 | PERRY BACON JR.
    A Republican governor twice elected in a traditionally Democratic, Midwestern state. A record of achieving conservative goals and battling with his state's liberals. Openly devout and socially conservative enough for the evangelicals in the GOP, but not so religious to make non-churchgoing Republicans uncomfortable. A regular guy persona, in part because he didn't grow up rich like Mitt Romney or one of the Bushes Those are the characteristics that have some Republicans excited about the potential candidacy of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who Tuesday formed a political committee called "Our American Revival" in the latest step towards his likely presidential...
  • In Virginia, Huckabee defends DREAMer benefits

    01/29/2015 6:12:06 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 28, 2015 | Rebecca Berg
    At a stop on his book tour Tuesday, Mike Huckabee again defended his decision as Arkansas governor to grant the children of illegal immigrants in-state tuition at state universities. But he also went a step further, hinting that those children should be put on a path to citizenship — a position more in line with Democrats and DREAMers than some of Huckabee’s more conservative Republican peers who are also weighing bids for the presidency.
  • Divide and Conquer Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s divisive message for winning the White House.

    01/29/2015 2:55:05 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Slate ^ | January 28, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    By the somewhat tamer standards of the Midwest, Scott Walker’s speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit last Saturday was a smorgasbord of red meat. In just 20 minutes, the Wisconsin governor shed the persona that brought him to the stage—the stern but affable accountant—and re-emerged as a conservative warrior who defeated the unions, defunded the abortionists, and beat back the liberals to win three statewide elections for governor. His message, in short, was that he was effective, unwavering, and uncompromising. There was no need for outreach or a “big tent.” With the right conservative message, Republicans could win elections—and win...
  • Quotes of the day

    01/28/2015 10:41:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 28, 2015 | Allahpundit
    She says she’s interested in running for president, but Sarah Palin is not backing that interest up with action… “I see no activity, no hires, no grassroots, and there is no structure to the volunteer organization for Palin that existed four years ago,” said Craig Bergman, a Republican consultant who worked with the Organize4Palin group in Iowa in 2011. Myrna Beeber, who oversaw 11 counties as a regional coordinator for the group in 2011, attended Palin’s speech in Des Moines on Saturday and said she still counts herself among Palin’s supporters. But she hasn’t been in touch with anyone about...
  • 2016 and the Coalition of the Uninspired

    How is it possible that a president can win re-election by a relatively comfortable margin while receiving fewer raw votes than his first election? Enter Mitt Romney. A simple data comparison is very telling. That comparison is the Romney raw vote vs. all votes for congressional Republicans in a given state. Crunching the numbers, Romney significantly underperformed the Republican congressional vote totals in multiple states. In North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin -- all presidential swing states -- Mitt Romney underperformed the total raw votes cast for all Republican congressional candidates by an average of 3 percent. That means that...
  • You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin

    01/28/2015 12:15:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 144 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 01/28/2015 | Matt Lewis
    It’s time to admit that, whatever their motivation was at the time, the Alaska governor’s critics always had a point. Has conservative genuflection at the altar of Sarah Palin finally come to a halt? In case you missed it, her speech in Iowa this week was not well received on the right. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York called it a “long, rambling, and at times barely coherent speech” and National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke said she slipped into self-parody. And there’s more. The Examiner’s Eddie Scarry, for example, contacted several conservative bloggers who were once Palin fans, but have since...
  • Jeb's invisible man strategy

    01/28/2015 10:35:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | January 27, 2015 | Peter Hamby
    In the so-called Invisible Primary of 2016, Jeb Bush is the invisible man — and he prefers it that way. After taking the political world by surprise in early January with the formation of a shiny new political committee, Bush has largely receded from public view, instead putting an acute focus on raising money and building what his growing team of aides describe as a "shock and awe" campaign operation. Aside from some previously-booked paid speeches, a series of banal postings on Instagram and Twitter and a few random run-ins with scrap-hungry reporters, the former Florida governor seems determined to...
  • Jim Geraghty’s Off-Kilter 2016 Rundown: Who Really Counts as a Top-Tier Candidate

    01/28/2015 6:22:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/28/2015 | Jim Geraghty
    The First Tier: Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. Forget everything you’ve heard about him being uncharismatic or a boring speaker — he wowed the crowds in Iowa this weekend. He’s in the sweet spot, serious and accomplished enough for the “Establishment,” and indisputably conservative enough for the grassroots. (Rush Limbaugh just declared, “Scott Walker is the blueprint for the Republican party if they are serious about beating the Left.”) He’s been tested like few others in the field; the Left threw everything it had at this guy and he’s still going strong. Florida senator Marco Rubio. Watch him tear into the...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Steve King Says Scott Walker and Ted Cruz Won the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/27/2015 10:21:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Bloomberg | January 27, 2015 | David Weigel
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-01-27/exclusive-steve-king-says-scott-walker-and-ted-cruz-won-the-iowa-freedom-summit
  • America Deserves the Best – Sarah Palin, Hannity

    01/27/2015 7:56:17 PM PST · by Bratch · 77 replies
    US for Palin ^ | January 27, 2015 | Ron Devito
    America Deserves the Best – Sarah Palin, HannityRon Devito Tuesday, January 27, 2015 22:43 EST • Gov. Sarah Palin Details Conservative Agenda for 2016 • Hannity • 1/27/15 •America Deserves the Best – Sarah Palin America deserves the best, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin tonight told Sean Hannity as she weighed in on the 2016 elections. Gov. Palin said in considering her own future, she is a Christian and would first seek inspiration and guidance from God. Following this would be approval from her family. If Sarah Palin were to take action toward a run, her small team would expand, she...
  • Wisconsin Gov. Walker forms group to boost possible 2016 bid

    01/27/2015 5:03:46 PM PST · by mdittmar · 36 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/27/2015 | SCOTT BAUER and PHILIP ELLIOTTap
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday that he formed a political organization to help boost a potential 2016 presidential run, the first concrete step toward a possible campaign that comes as others are also ramping up efforts to seek the GOP nomination.
  • Scott Walker forms committee in preparation for 2016 presidential bid

    01/27/2015 10:09:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/27/2015 | By Dan Balz
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, whose speech to activists in Iowa last weekend drew strong reviews, has taken the first formal step toward a presidential candidacy in 2016, establishing a committee that will help spread his message and underwrite his activities as he seeks to build his political and fundraising networks in the months ahead. Walker filed papers to set up the committee, called "Our American Revival," and a new Web site for the organization was scheduled to go live later Tuesday. The steps come after a busy weekend of pre-presidential events that included his address at the Iowa Freedom Summit,...
  • As in 2012, Romney Can Do No Right in Murdoch’s Eyes (Hearts Jeb)

    01/27/2015 9:44:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 27, 2015 | Amy Chozick and Michael Barbaro
    The usually grim-faced media mogul practically swooned in his seat. Moments after Jeb Bush delivered what many in the audience described as an unremarkable talk at a conference in Washington, Rupert Murdoch turned to his seatmate, Valerie Jarrett, the White House adviser, to gush over its content and tone. Mr. Murdoch was pleased that Mr. Bush, the former governor of Florida, had listed the economic benefits of overhauling the nation’s immigration system, confiding in Ms. Jarrett that Mr. Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, had said all the right things on the fraught issue, according to three people with firsthand...
  • Limbaugh: Scott Walker ‘The Blueprint’ For GOP If They Are ‘Serious About Beating The Left’ [AUDIO]

    01/27/2015 6:23:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/27/2015
    Two days have passed and the praise for Scott Walker’s Saturday speech in Iowa continue to pour in. On his Monday program, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh continued his praise of the Wisconsin governor, saying Walker is “the blueprint” for the Republican Party if they are “serious about beating the left.” Limbaugh, a longtime admirer of Walker, also lashed out at the media for pushing the narrative that the potential 2016 candidate is “dull” and “colorless,” while adding that the GOP needs to “hoist” Walker on a chair “they used to take Caesar through the crowds with.” “If you have...
  • Clinton looks to tighten inner circle [unwieldy cast of characters with loose lips]

    01/27/2015 4:27:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 27, 2015 | Amie Parnes
    Hillary Clinton faces a stiff challenge in constructing a lean and mean campaign team that avoids the drama and leaks that hurt her 2008 effort. Clinton is working with an enormous Rolodex that includes aides and advisers from her days as senator and secretary of State, as well as from her husband’s time as president. Many of those people want very badly to be a part of another Clinton campaign — and possibly another administration. Democratic strategists and political observers say it will be particularly difficult for Clinton to winnow it down because of the growing network surrounding her and...
  • Scott Walker Wows 'Em in Iowa

    01/26/2015 1:23:10 PM PST · by servo1969 · 11 replies
    Rushlimbaugh.com ^ | 1-26-2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Scott Walker wowed them in Iowa at whatever this thing was, this Republican, slash, conservative, just wowed them. And you know me, folks, if you have spent any time listening to this program in the last two years, you know that I believe Scott Walker is the blueprint for the Republican Party if they are serious about beating the left. Scott Walker has shown how to do it. And apparently he showed up and he made a speech on Saturday that had people telling them it reminded them of the speech I gave at CPAC. Now, if that's true,...
  • Inside Hillary Clinton’s 2016 plan (100% will run)

    01/26/2015 9:48:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | January 26, 2015 | Mike Allen
    Hillary Clinton is in the final stages of planning a presidential campaign that will likely be launched in early April and has made decisions on most top posts, according to numerous Democrats in close contact with the Clintons and their aides. Campaign advisers say the likelihood of a campaign, long at 98 percent (she never really hesitated, according to one person close to her), went to 100 percent right after Christmas, when Clinton approved a preliminary budget and several key hires.
  • Report: Scott Walker to Include Jock Tax in Budget

    01/26/2015 8:07:08 AM PST · by Sideshow Bob · 46 replies
    RightWisconsin.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | RightWisconsin.com
    The Milwaukee Business Journal is reporting that Gov. Scott Walker will include a jock tax in the next budget to help fund a new Milwaukee arena project for the Milwaukee Bucks. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is preparing to propose diverting revenue from taxes on NBA players for public funding of a new arena in downtown Milwaukee, sources close to the situation told the Milwaukee Business Journal. In June 2014 Walker said in an interview with the Milwaukee Business Journal that he was studying the possibility of tapping NBA players' income tax for arena construction funding, a so-called "jock tax." Since...
  • Is Sarah Palin Too Toxic for 2016?

    01/26/2015 7:50:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/26/2015 | Lloyd Marcus
    Sarah Palin saying “Of course” she's interested regarding running for the presidency in 2016 has people buzzing. During that interview, Palin said we need a candidate who is ready for Hillary. I agree. Romney would be Mr. Nice Guy/gentleman unwilling to attack the girl. As for Palin running, a woman wrote: “I have never given up on her (Sarah Palin). I am sooooooo hoping that she will be our spokesperson. My husband says the press and Obama have tainted her so much that it would be impossible for her to run. I say that 'with God, all things are...
  • 2016: It Begins. Clear winners and losers emerged from the first major candidate huddle in Iowa

    01/26/2015 7:27:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/26/2015 | John Fund
    The Iowa Freedom Summit this weekend became a major event, with 1,500 voters and 200 journalists crammed into an old theater near downtown Des Moines. It showcased more than a dozen potential Republican presidential candidates, and even though big names such as Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Senator Rand Paul, and Governor Bobby Jindal didn’t make it, voters and journalists were able to size up most of the GOP field on the same stage for the first time. The field this cycle is the most open and competitive I’ve ever seen. Traditionally, Republicans have picked as their nominee the candidate...
  • Hillary's poll numbers are collapsing

    01/26/2015 7:20:52 AM PST · by libstripper · 27 replies
    Invstors.com ^ | Jan. 26, 2015 | Andrew Malcom
    Well, that didn't take as long as expected. In just the past month, when no one with a real life was thinking about the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton's massive poll lead over every single potential Republican opponent has collapsed. In a hypothetical match-up, her margin over Jeb Bush, the closest GOP president, was cut in half to eight points this month, 45%-37%, according to Zogby. That's down from a whopping 15-point lead in December. Similarly, the former first lady's 15-point margin over Mitt Romney slid to nine points, 46%-37%. Still sizable margins, to be sure. But trending uncomfortably in...
  • Obama Takes on His Own Party

    01/26/2015 4:03:26 AM PST · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 1-26-2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The theme of Obama’s last campaign was “Forward.” Having thoroughly alienated Republicans in Congress, he is boldly moving forward on his final mission of also alienating the Democrats. It’s no secret that Harry Reid, the former Senate majority leader, now loathes Obama. But the conflict between Senate Democrats and Obama is approaching explosive temperatures. Senator Menendez accused Obama of parroting talking points out of Tehran as the Senate approaches a sanctions vote. Obama has threatened to veto bills on Iran and Keystone, along with others, leading to a showdown in which Democrats will have to choose between Obama and electability....
  • Carly Fiorina, Scott Walker stocks rise after Iowa appearance

    01/26/2015 5:13:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-25-15 | Ralph Z. Hallow
    For the last several months, the likes of Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have dominated the media coverage of the still-nascent contest for the White House. But when the 2016 Republican presidential race roared to life this weekend with twin events in Iowa and Louisiana, two lesser-known contestants left indelible impressions on the GOP faithful. Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive and current American Conservative Union Foundation Chairwoman Carly Fiorina and battle-tested Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker left the crowds stirring after a nonstop ten-hour festival in Des Moines that exposed voters to 27 speakers and at least 10...