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  • Can Republicans hold on to Senate majority in 2016? There’s reason for doubt.

    11/15/2014 11:00:16 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 76 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 9, 2014 | Chris Cillizza,, Aaron Blake and Sean Sullivan
    Congratulations, Republicans! You won the Senate majority! Now, can you hold on to it for more than two years? Looking at the 2016 Senate map, there’s reason for doubt. Republicans will have to defend 24 seats, compared with 10 for Democrats. And the raw numbers don’t even tell the whole story. Seven seats held by Republicans — Florida, Illinois, Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — were carried by President Obama in 2008 and 2012. And there is chatter about potential Republican retirements in Arizona and Iowa. If either John McCain or Chuck Grassley decided to call it a...
  • SENATORS UP FOR REELECTION IN 2016

    11/06/2014 9:37:00 AM PST · by outofsalt · 51 replies
    US Senate Periodical Press Gallery ^ | 11/06/2014 | US Senate
    DEMOCRATS Michael Bennet (Colorado) Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut) Barbara Boxer (California) Patrick Leahy (Vermont) Barbara Mikulski (Maryland) Patty Murray (Washington) Harry Reid (Nevada) Charles Schumer (New York) Ron Wyden (Oregon)
  • Tale of Two Headlines: Dems Want to Switch Focus to 2016, and Politico Complies

    10/31/2014 4:32:30 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Did the editor of Politico's Daily Digest notice that the arrangement of the two top stories this morning played directly into the Dem playbook? We sure did. The first headline is "Democratic donors prepare for disappointment," and the sub-headline reads "The plan is to shift focus to 2016, when Democrats face a much more hospitable Senate map." And sure enough, Politico's very next story obliges Dem desires. The headline: "Why a GOP Senate could be short-lived," and the sub-headline reads "A half-dozen blue-state Republicans could be in trouble during the 2016 elections."
  • [Lindsey] Graham floats 2016 White House bid

    10/03/2014 10:41:34 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/3/2014 (10:29 am) | Ben Kamisar
    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) says he could be a presidential candidate in 2016. The outspoken two-term Senator, known as a foreign policy hawk, told the Weekly Standard that if the hawks aren't well-represented when the 2016 fields begin to solidify, he might throw his hat into the ring. ... When the Weekly Standard's Stephen F. Hayes asked Graham if he'd back a run by Sen. Marco Rubio, he took a shot at the Florida Republican whom he worked with on the Senate immigration bill. "He's a good guy, but after doing immigration with him - we don't need...
  • DML 2016?

    09/16/2014 6:13:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 16, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    The question posed to Dennis Michael Lynch was simple enough: “What will you do to bring back America as a cohesive unit?” Explaining that she does minority outreach for the GOP, the woman who asked the question continued: “My cousin and his crony, the president of the United States, my cousin is Eric Holder.” Before she could finish her thought, the room erupted in laughter and Lynch jokingly interjected, “Are you lying to me?” Despite the lighthearted twist her question had taken, it was a serious one—every issue these days turns into a race issue, and she wanted to know what...
  • An 'LBJ law' for Kentucky?

    09/09/2014 4:55:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    "My policy on cake," the ebullient Tory mayor of London, Boris Johnson, once remarked, "is pro having it and pro eating it." Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator and potential GOP presidential aspirant, has hopes of embracing a similar policy on running for office. Kentuckians, to their credit, aren't buying it. Paul was elected to the US Senate in 2010, and he has said clearly that he intends to run for reelection in 2016. But almost from the moment he took office, he has also shown every sign of wanting to run for president in 2016. And that poses a problem:...
  • Ben Carson Hints at Presidential Bid

    07/29/2014 10:55:26 AM PDT · by dignitasnews · 33 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | July 29, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    During an appearance on Newsmax TV's Steven Malzberg Show, Dr. Ben Carson indicated that he is giving serious consideration to a 2016 Presidential bid, hinting that it is "a step closer." In his interview with Malzberg, he touched on a number of hot button topics including the border crisis, the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians as well as the current political debate in the nation. "I have to consider what's going on, and I have to consider the enormous crowds that I encounter every place I go, and the level of enthusiasm, and what I'm hearing,'' Carson told...
  • Hillary a Shoo-in for POTUS? Not So Fast

    06/24/2014 7:41:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 24, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    I'm probably in some minuscule minority, but I am just not too worried about Hillary Clinton's prospects to become our next president. I sense that people will detect her lack of authenticity and also properly associate her with Obama's failed policies. So far, many have given Hillary a pass on her enabling her husband's serial mistreatment of women in his personal life. She was complicit every step of the way, yet many view her as the victim rather than a co-conspirator. She also seems to have avoided the Obamacare taint, even though her Hillarycare was its bastard forerunner, but it's...
  • I Hope Hillary Fails, McCain Creaks and America Thrives

    04/28/2014 6:37:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 28, 2014 | Katie Kieffer
    Chelsea Clinton is pregnant. Which means the odds of Hillary Clinton running for president have dropped down to 99%. Why bother with baby showers when you can be chilling with a hip grandfather like John McCain? Bill Clinton told ABC News last September that his wife is more interested in being a “grandmother” than President of the United States. Apparently, Slick Willie was wrong. Instead of fretting over colors for the baby’s room, Hillary is flitting around the country to promote her brand and getting chummy with McNasty (McCain’s actual high school nickname). You would think that Hillary would keep...
  • Can Rick Perry Get A Second Chance With GOP Voters In 2016

    03/29/2014 7:51:41 PM PDT · by gooblah · 60 replies
    TheDailyBeast ^ | 03.29.14 | Myra Adams
    After a disastrous presidential campaign in 2012, can Texas Governor Rick Perry mount a credible bid for the White House in 2016? Texas Governor Rick Perry is currently on a media tour touting the theme that America is a great place for second chances, specifically second chances for Texas governors with national ambitions.
  • Ted Cruz vs. Rand Paul: A GOP road to nowhere

    03/18/2014 1:37:04 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | March 17, 2014 | Julian Zelizer
    Editor's note: Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of "Jimmy Carter" and "Governing America." (CNN) -- ...The weaknesses of both men—Cruz in terms of his style and Paul in terms of his rhetoric—point out how desperate the GOP is to find someone who can build a broad coalition, something that is essential for a presidential victory, particularly when Republicans will likely be facing a formidable candidate. The problems of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been a huge blow to the party, and there are not many alternatives at...
  • US senator: US supports Egypt in its war against terrorism (Cairo, Egypt)

    02/21/2014 2:05:05 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Egyptian State Information Service ^ | Friday, 21 February 2014 - 11:49 PM Cairo | None stated
    US Senator Tim Kaine, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee, said he expects the coming presidential elections in Egypt to be impartial. During a meeting with a number of journalists at a Cairo hotel Thursday, Kaine denied that the US let down Egypt in its war against terrorism, highlighting that the relations between the two countries are strong and that Washington will support Egypt in the coming period. Responding to a question on the US stance regarding the candidature of Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi in the presidential polls, Kaine said that there is no problem at all...
  • Expanded map boosts GOP confidence

    01/19/2014 4:16:10 PM PST · by Innovative · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jan 19, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    In order to flip the six seats they need to win back control, Republicans now believe they have widened the map to nearly a dozen competitive contests — a marked jump from earlier this year. But while Republicans are feeling increasingly optimistic, they are stopping short of bold public predictions, remembering the dashed expectations of recent election cycles in which Tea Party candidates torpedoed their chances. ...McConnell faces a challenger backed by the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Madison Project.
  • Cruz and Carson in 2016

    11/04/2013 4:22:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 76 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2013 | Star Parker
    The presidential election of 2016 will be a defining moment for the nation and for the Republican Party. Not so for the Democratic Party. There’s no controversy among Democrats about what America should be and what their party is about. Big government, welfare state socialism, and secular humanism. The only question about who the Democratic presidential candidate will be is which welfare state socialist, secular humanist they will nominate. The picture for Republicans is more complex and this makes Democrats happy. They see Republican Party intraparty dissension as division and weakness which, in their view, can only help Democrats....
  • The Tipping Point We've Dreamed Of?

    11/01/2013 3:45:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 1, 2013 | Mark Davis
    I close my eyes and imagine the coming days. The American public growing skeptical and then outright dismissive of Obamacare. A growing revulsion over the administration's Benghazi deception. A national awakening to the crises we face in spending, especially on entitlements. But then I open my eyes, and I have to look at the real world. Sure, "Saturday Night Live" and late-night comics are poking fun at the disastrous healthcare.gov rollout. But does anyone doubt that these pop-culture jokesters would still vote for Obama by 90 percent margins in the next five elections if they could? Do not fool yourselves....
  • Will Democrats & The GOP Both Agree To Have Presidential Primary Debates On Fox News?

    08/06/2013 3:37:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    8/6/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Should Democrats have at least one presidential primary debate on Fox News? Will Republicans once agin have primary debates on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, with Democrats only debating on CNN and MSNBC, but not Fox News? And why not have both parties have one presidential debate (once each party has their nominee) on: Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and finally Link TV (for a total of 4 presidential debates), where Link TV can rip into both political parties on the NSA program, interventionism, NAFTA, the federal reserve, etc? Surely the Dem-e and GOP-e would love this...
  • Ted Cruz could beat Hillary

    07/21/2013 2:01:38 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 117 replies
    Salon ^ | SATURDAY, JUL 20, 2013 | JONATHAN BERNSTEIN
    He may be a right-wing nut, but the Texas senator can beat a Democrat in a general election. Here's whyThere’s been some more buzz this week about Ted Cruz’s presidential prospects. The demagoguing senator took his first trip to Iowa just six months after being sworn in to office, and he’s pretty clearly reaching for the White House. Early reports are that it’s going well. And Rich Yeselson wrote a high-profile (and fascinating) essay arguing that, basically, Cruz is perfectly positioned for reaching the top of the Republican ticket. The focus of this piece is on Cruz’s general election viability....
  • So Who Exactly is Stronger Than Rick Perry in 2016?

    07/12/2013 1:16:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 106 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 12, 2013 | Mark Davis
    If you’re wondering whether my Governor is going to try to become our President, I have no magic window to that, even though I have known him for nearly twenty tears. But from here in Texas, where all kinds of political plotlines are getting attention, there are some insights I can share as Rick Perry plans a return to private life that may be only momentary. First, let’s get rid of the dumbest analysis of the past week-- the notion that Perry is not seeking re-election because he feared a loss to pro-choice rock starlet Wendy Davis. Senator Davis may...
  • [Rand] Paul says he is considering 2016 presidential bid

    04/17/2013 8:48:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 17, 2013 10:16 AM EDT | Ken Thomas
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, popular with conservatives and libertarians in the GOP, said Wednesday he is considering a presidential campaign in 2016 but will not make a decision before next year. Paul said at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor that he wants to be part of the national debate and said that remaining open to a presidential bid would give him a broad audience on a number of policy issues. …
  • Rick Santorum Tells Newsmax: I May Run for President in 2016

    04/03/2013 11:38:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 107 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 03 Apr 2013 07:27 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    Rick Santorum appears to be eyeing the White House again, with the former Pennsylvania senator telling Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg that he may run for president in 2016. “I’m certainly leaving the door open for that,” Santorum revealed on “The Steve Malzberg Show” Wednesday afternoon. … “The same advisors who botched these last two campaigns are now saying, ‘Well, you know, since we can’t win with moderate Republicans, we have to now try to be liberal Republicans to win instead of standing up for the values that made our country great,’” he said. …
  • GOP rising: The oppo battle is joined

    03/24/2013 12:39:26 PM PDT · by white trash redneck · 23 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 24 March 2013 | Jennifer Rubin
    Last week former Mitt Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades and two young Republican sharpshooters, Tim Miller and Joe Pounder, announced they would set up a new organization, America Rising, devoted to the collection, dissemination and deployment of opposition research against Democrats and a counterpart to the hugely successful American Bridge on the left. [snip]
  • Jeb Bush: Conservatives Should Feel Comfortable with Immigration Reform

    03/10/2013 10:19:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 10 Mar 2013 11:38 AM | Amy Woods
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said his new book, “Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution,” is aimed at conservatives who might have a hard time embracing the increasingly important path-to-citizenship issue. Bush appeared Sunday in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” to talk about what has been described as a flip flop on his previous position of enabling undocumented workers to become U.S. citizens. …
  • The Inside Story of How the White House Let Diplomacy Fail in Afghanistan

    03/03/2013 8:56:53 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 18 replies
    Forign Policy ^ | March 3, 2013 | VALI NASR
    "My time in the Obama administration turned out to be a deeply disillusioning experience." It was close to midnight on Jan. 20, 2009, and I was about to go to sleep when my iPhone beeped. There was a new text message. It was from Richard Holbrooke. It said, "Are you up, can you talk?" When I called, he told me that Barack Obama had asked him to serve as envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He would work out of the State Department, and he wanted me to join his team. "No one knows this yet. Don't tell anyone. Well, maybe...
  • Cuomo Declines Opportunity to Back Hillary Clinton

    12/10/2012 5:07:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 10 Dec 2012 02:58 PM | (Newsmax Wires)
    New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a potential candidate for president in 2016, offered a non-committal response as to whether he backs Hillary Clinton for president. … (Cuomo:) “That’s a long way away. We just elected a president. … There’s no doubt that she’s incredibly popular, she’s got incredible support. … She’s going to have to make her decision.” …
  • Welcome to the Rand Paul evolution [Now Advocates a "Path to Citizenship"]

    11/13/2012 1:46:40 PM PST · by MissesBush · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/13/12 | Manu Raju
    He’ll push to loosen marijuana penalties, legalize undocumented immigrants and pursue a less aggressive American foreign policy. Call it the Rand Paul Evolution. In the wake of Barack Obama’s reelection win and ahead of a possible 2016 White House bid of his own, the Kentucky Republican plans to mix his hard-line tea party conservatism with more moderate policies that could woo younger voters and minorities largely absent from the GOP coalition. It’s the latest tactic of the freshman senator to inject the Libertarian-minded views shared by his retiring father into mainstream Republican thinking as the party grapples with its future....