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  • Ted Cruz: Trump won’t be the nominee and I’ll pick up most of his voters [Truce over?]

    10/09/2015 8:28:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/09/2015 | AllahPundit
    Via Politico, skip to 12:00 of the clip below for the key bit. Oh, it’s on. Or is it? Normally, a candidate for president claiming that he’s going to peel away his opponents’ supporters and win the nomination would be so banal that it wouldn’t qualify as news. It’s the ultimate “dog bites man” story. Of course Cruz believes this. If he didn’t, why would he be running? But these aren’t normal circumstances. Cruz is the only Republican in the field who has yet to utter a critical or discouraging syllable about Trump, part of his talk-radio-ish strategy not...
  • Scott Walker's presidential race exit might propel conservative agenda

    10/03/2015 3:09:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 10-2-15 | Jason Stein
    Madison— The collapse of Gov. Scott Walker's presidential campaign could actually propel conservative legislation in Wisconsin over the next several months. From ending all public money to Planned Parenthood to allowing state retailers to sell goods at cost or at a loss, lawmakers are considering proposals that conservatives have sought to pass in Wisconsin for years. Bills before the Legislature this fall could put new limits on biomedical research and remake the state's ethics and elections agency. The controversial bills could match scientists against activists opposed to abortion and big Wisconsin retailers like Kwik Trip of La Crosse against far...
  • Carly Fiorina Is Basically A Transgendered Version of Jeb

    10/02/2015 11:08:43 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 17 replies
    News Machete ^ | 10/02/2015 | News Machete
    When Carly Fiorina rips into Hillary Clinton, the tendons in her neck snap taut like clotheslines, her eyes turn into human blinking machines, her voice roars like a buzzsaw, and low information Republican primary voters clap like trained seals. The reality is, however, that Carly Fiorina is a moderate Republican. The good people at have compiled a rather disturbing dossier of her political views. Immigration: Carly supports keeping birthright citizenships and allowing anchor babies, calling attempts to change the law a mere "distraction". She supports amnesty for so-called "Dreamers", and supported Marco Rubio's gang of 8 amnesty bill. (By...
  • The Dogs That Aren't Barking in the 2016 Campaign

    10/02/2015 11:03:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | October 2, 2015 | Michael Barone
    Sherlock Holmes famously solved the mystery of the Silver Blaze by noting the dog that didn't bark in the night. It strikes me that in this wild and woolly campaign cycle there have been numerous dogs not barking in the night, or in the daytime either. Start with the race for the Democratic nomination, which has not unrolled as predicted. Every observer knows Hillary Clinton's numbers have been falling and Bernie Sanders' numbers have been rising, leading her in Iowa and New Hampshire. Every observer is waiting to see if Joe Biden will run, perhaps in time for the Democrats'...
  • Billionaire Lifts Marco Rubio, Politically and Personally

    09/30/2015 9:47:35 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies ^ | May 9, 2015 | MICHAEL BARBARO and STEVE EDER
    MIAMI — One day in the State Capitol in Tallahassee, Marco Rubio, the young speaker of the House, strayed from the legislative proceedings to single out a lanky, silver-haired man seated in the balcony: a billionaire auto dealer named Norman Braman. This man, Mr. Rubio said in effusive remarks in 2008, was no ordinary billionaire, hoarding his cash or using it to pursue selfish passions. “He’s used it,” Mr. Rubio said, “to enrich the lives of so many people whose names you will never know.” As it turned out, one of the people enriched was Mr. Rubio himself. As Mr....
  • Jeb Bush Calls In Dad, Brother To Help Struggling Campaign

    09/29/2015 11:29:42 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/29/15 | Mike Flynn
    On the campaign trail, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush frequently tries to allay concerns about the dynastic aspects of his candidacy. “I’m my own man,” Jeb said during a speech earlier this year, “and my views are shaped by my own thinking and experiences.” As a fundraising quarter ends, however, Jeb is relying heavily on his father and brother to boost contributions to his struggling campaign. Former President George W. Bush hosted two fundraisers for Jeb last week. He is scheduled to host three more over the next few weeks. In October, George W. and former President George H. W....
  • I Didn't Jump Off the Liberal Crazy Train for This

    09/27/2015 4:58:35 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 36 replies
    Bill O'Reilly ^ | 9/42/15 | Bernie Goldberg
    I grew up in a blue-collar family in a working class neighborhood (the South Bronx) where just about everybody (if not literally everybody) voted Democratic. In college, I was a liberal – and proud of it. The big issue was civil rights and liberals were on the right side of that one while conservatives – yes, mostly Democrats from the South – were on both the wrong side of history and the wrong side of decency. When the issue of women’s rights came along, I was on board with that too. I didn’t think much about taxes, mainly because I...
  • Ted Cruz is the Best Candidate for Millennials

    09/24/2015 9:58:53 AM PDT · by Isara · 34 replies ^ | September 24, 2015 | Gabriella Hoffman
    If you’re looking for a candidate who will stand for principles against the establishment in our party and against our opponents on the Left, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the man to support for president on the Republican side. I can confidently say and promise that my vote in Virginia’s primary contest on Super Tuesday-March 1, 2016-will be cast for Senator Cruz as long as he remains in the race. (Luckily, there’s no indication of his campaign suffering or him exiting any time soon.) In fact, Wall Street Journal wrote in August 2015 that Cruz is among five plausible...
  • Fox’s Roger Ailes to Sit Down with Donald Trump to Discuss Coverage

    09/24/2015 11:03:59 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 383 replies
    Mediaite ^ | September 24th, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    Only a day after Donald Trump announced that he was boycotting Fox News— and after Fox News announced they had cancelled him first– the network has announced that they will enter talks with Trump to discuss his concerns. Below is the full statement, provided to Mediaite by a Fox News spokesperson: Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes and Donald Trump spoke this morning and plan to have a meeting next week to discuss their differences of opinion regarding Fox’s coverage of Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign. Ailes will be joined by senior Fox editorial executives. Mr. Trump believes he has...
  • Who is Marco Rubio?

    09/24/2015 8:39:33 AM PDT · by ManHunter · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 23, 2015 | Fox News
    Sen. Marco Rubio calls for a 'new American century' Presidential hopeful goes on 'Special Report' to discuss the Pope's views, GOP opponents and his record Last night, Marco Rubio was interviewed on the Special Report with Bret Baier. Some of his comments were on the money, some leave me wondering, "Just who is this guy?" See the entire (short) interview at:
  • Virginia Senate Republican Caucus footing $1,000 bill for Java with Jeb

    09/23/2015 9:21:14 AM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    WJHL-TV ^ | September 23, 2015 | Virginia Senate Republican Caucus footing $1,000 bill for Java with Jeb
    The Virginia Senate Republican Caucus is footing the bill for republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s visit to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol Thursday. The fundraising event, called Java with Jeb, only lasts an hour long, but we found out it’s costing the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus $1,000 to rent the museum, according to public records. Birthplace of Country Music Executive Director Leah Ross says $1,000 is the standard rental cost. Java with Jeb starts at 11:45 tomorrow. The letter of agreement estimates 50 people will attend.
  • The Beginning of the End for Trump: His Sarah Palin Moment

    09/22/2015 10:39:11 AM PDT · by upchuck · 124 replies
    Heff Po ^ | 9/22/15 | Arianna Huffington
    ... moment in the political life of every big-personality, more-sizzle-than-steak candidate when they step across the line of legitimacy, or illegitimacy (depending on your perspective), even for media addicted to the high ratings these candidate-entertainers provide. That moment for Sarah Palin was her Katie Couric interview in 2008 -- the hockey-mom-has-no-clothes revealing from which she, and the McCain campaign, never recovered. In Donald Trump's candidacy -- which The Huffington Post is appropriately covering in our Entertainment section -- the equivalent moment might have just happened. It was not the moment in the second Republican debate when Carly Fiorina carved him...
  • The emergency meeting that led Walker to quit

    09/22/2015 12:42:09 PM PDT · by detective · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/22/15, | Shane Goldmacher and Alex Isenstadt
    It’s almost always bad news when a candidate’s spouse calls an emergency meeting. But that’s what happened late last week when Scott Walker’s wife, Tonette, and his campaign chairman, Mike Grebe, reached out to a small number of longtime Walker aides and summoned them to the governor’s mansion on Monday morning. Read more:
  • The Fall of Scott Walker

    09/21/2015 5:06:00 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 55 replies
    am thinker ^ | 9/21/15 | e straker
    The new CNN poll has Scott Walker polling at less than one half of one percent, or effectively zero. Statistically speaking, no one supports Scott Walker, not his campaign staff, not his family, not even himself. He is the epitome of zero, zilch, nada. It is expected that he will soon discover a burning need to spend more time on governing Wisconsin, or to be with his family, or perhaps spend quality time with his motorcycle. But before he goes, what are some lessons from his fall? 1) Busting public unions is good, but it doesn't make you into a...
  • Can Romney Save Us From Trump?

    09/15/2015 5:02:57 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 111 replies ^ | 9/15/15 | Matt Latimer
    In a tastefully furnished conference room somewhere in the nation’s capital, leaders of the GOP establishment are popping antacids and shaking their heads. Donald Trump is the face of their party now — and there’s no stopping him. In the latest CNN poll, his lead has grown, due to increased support among two groups they assumed would grow to hate him: Republican women and college graduates. Every candidate challenging The Donald has seen his numbers drop. Ben Carson may be next over his rather dubious decision to attack Trump on illegal immigration — the issue that propelled Trump to first...
  • The travesty of Rick Perry's failed campaign

    09/14/2015 9:08:15 AM PDT · by italyconservative · 57 replies
    The Week ^ | Sept. 14th, 2015 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Rick Perry dropping out of the 2016 presidential race is a damn shame. It's an indictment of Republican voters, who express a preference for entertainers and oddities, of the Republican Party apparatus that allowed Perry to languish at a "kid's table" debate, and the media institutions that spent more time talking about Donald Trump's hat than the success of governors.
  • Mika Harangues Morning Joe: Be Honest, Admit Trump 'Likely' GOP Nominee

    09/14/2015 6:24:22 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mika Brzezinski: fired up and ready to go . . . for Donald Trump? Not exactly. It isn't that Mika's jumping on the Make America Great Again express. It's just that she wants "intellectual honesty" from her peers when it comes to admitting that Trump has gone from amusing sideshow who's sure to eventually crash to true frontrunner who is now likely to be the Republican nominee. You might not think of Brzezinski as being particularly data-driven, but on today's Morning Joe she repeatedly argued that there is no data supporting a Trump meltdown scenario. Going around the table with...
  • Donald Trump isn’t playing by a different set of rules. He’s not playing by any rules.

    09/10/2015 1:30:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | September 10, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    Imagine you are playing basketball and abiding by the generally accepted rules of the game: traveling, out of bounds, fouls, etc. Now imagine that the team you are playing against doesn't follow any of those rules. Also, there are no referees. Or think of it like "Calvinball" — the "game" from the "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strip. That should give you some sense of what it's like for the 16 Republican presidential candidates not named Donald Trump to run against the reality star/real-estate mogul. You can't win a fight with someone who isn't playing by the rules or doesn't, really,...
  • My Advice to Trump: Back to the Issues

    09/10/2015 1:52:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 166 replies
    Rush ^ | September 10, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Now the news today. And it's... Well, it's what it is. The big news today is Trump. Trump seems to be the big news every day. Trump went out and did an interview with Rolling Stone. I don't know why. I don't know what the purpose was. I don't know what anybody thought was the upside there, but it's not for me to question. There was a time on this program maybe a month ago where some similar things were going on. And I very graciously, and with just overwhelming humility, came to the Golden EIB Microphone with just...
  • Rush Limbaugh Recognizes The GOPe Splitter Strategy…

    09/01/2015 6:31:32 PM PDT · by Amntn · 133 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 9/1/15 | Sundance
    The GOPe road map to nominate Jeb Bush is becoming more transparent each day. Since we initially outlined the construct of the establishment republican scheme we have been subjected to consistent criticism by those with a vested interest in either ignoring, or protecting, the fraud. However, today radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh joined us, and thus begins to awaken an even larger audience. We can expect the inbound fire to increase exponentially:
  • Yes, Trump does mean the end of the GOP

    08/27/2015 9:25:05 AM PDT · by Mariner · 133 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 27th, 2015 | By Tom Toles
    Lindsay Graham, as part of the taunt-war he’s having with Donald Trump, says that if Trump wins the GOP nomination, it will mean the end of the Republican Party. He’s right, but Trump means the end of the Republican Party even if he doesn’t get the nomination. I wrote a few weeks ago that Trump represents the Jump the Shark moment of the party. The GOP has been a rickety, unsustainable contraption of policy prescriptions that don’t add up, don’t really represent the coalition’s actual members, and is based on a backward-looking set of views appealing to an ever-shrinking demographic....
  • In Jorge Ramos, Donald Trump may have picked the wrong media star to tussle with (LA Times)

    08/26/2015 12:40:10 PM PDT · by Hostage · 58 replies
    LA Slimes ^ | August 26, 2015 | CHRISTINE MAI-DUC
    In his latest showdown, Donald Trump ordered Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a news conference Tuesday, telling him to “go back to Univision.” Ramos, who like Trump is known for his confrontational style, didn’t back down until he was escorted out of the room by security. Eventually, Ramos was invited back, where he sparred with Trump over the Republican candidate’s immigration proposals. Trump has had some high-profile tiffs with media figures recently, battling publicly with Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly, and on Tuesday with the network’s chairman, Roger Ailes. But prodding Ramos, who has been called the Spanish-language...
  • Trump leaving rivals in the dust

    08/25/2015 12:39:04 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 25, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Donald Trump’s lead over the Republican primary field is growing, with new polls putting him well ahead of his rivals in two early primary states. The real estate magnate has opened up a 24-point lead in New Hampshire, according to a poll released Tuesday by the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, with 35 percent of likely GOP primary voters supporting him.
  • Murdoch begins ‘draft Bloomberg’ movement as market uncertainty rises

    08/24/2015 1:16:49 PM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 74 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 8/24/2015 | Pras Subramanian
    The rumblings are beginning. Just as the Democratic party considers drafting a 2016 challenger into take on a floundering Hillary Clinton, GOP voices are speaking up about shaking up their primary race as well. Conservative stalwarts Bill Kristol is leaving the door open for an “October surprise,” even suggesting the possibility that a business person, such as a “saner and sounder” version of Donald Trump, could emerge. Now enter a man who knows a thing or two of drumming up attention (and selling papers) - Rupert Murdoch. Just as massive stock drop has many investors eyeing the financial headlines, the...
  • Why Ben Carson Is Unexpectedly Surging Ahead

    08/19/2015 12:38:47 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies (Houston, TX) ^ | 08/19/2015 | RYAN STRUYK
    Second place in Iowa. Top three nationally. No, it's not Jeb Bush or Scott Walker -- it's Ben Carson. The neurosurgeon, who has never held elected office, is emerging from the middle tier as a top contender after the first Republican debate. Carson, the only black candidate in the 2016 presidential field, is polling at 12 percent in a national Fox News poll out Sunday and 14 percent in a CNN Iowa poll out last week -- good enough for second place in the GOP field behind only Donald Trump. Carson is in third place in a national CNN poll...
  • Donald Trump: Simply unstoppable

    08/19/2015 12:54:05 PM PDT · by detective · 55 replies
    WND ^ | 8/18/2015 | Barry Farber
    Admit it. Donald Trump is a volcano in a forest of Ronson lighters. You’re not going to stop him. He may carry all 50 states. The awareness of Trump’s invincibility is dawning slowly for several reasons. Nobody wants to be revealed as a fool if Trump flames out. Also, such a breathtaking prediction hates to be borne all alone. “Out on a limb” is a lonely place for a pundit to be. Then, too, a lot of heretofore wise observers are obeying the instinct to adopt a “business as usual” stance. We put subconscious pressure on ourselves so that yesterday’s...
  • Ted Cruz and Donald Trump might campaign together

    08/19/2015 2:07:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trail Blazers Blog ^ | August 19, 2015 | Sylvan Lane
    WASHINGTON–Sen. Ted Cruz caused a stir when he met in July with Donald Trump. But the two could be making a joint campaign appearance soon, according to The Daily Beast. The two Republican presidential candidates’ campaigns discussed holding an event together in Washington, D.C., and Trump invited Cruz on his trip to the border, a Trump insider told the website. While other candidates have denounced Trump’s controversial comments on immigration and Sen. John McCain--including former Gov. Rick Perry–Cruz defended the real estate mogul. “One of the reasons you’re seeing so many 2016 candidates go out of their way to smack...

    08/19/2015 2:44:46 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 117 replies
    TheRightScoop ^ | 8/19/2015 | RightScoop
    Charlie Gasparino reports on Fox News that GOP donors have told him that both Rubio and Walker are planning an ad assault on Donald Trump after labor day in order to ‘reset the primary’. This is sooner than they would have planned to do this, Gasparino says, but it’s becoming critical for them: Gasparino says they aren’t coordinating, but I suspect their donors who leaked this to him are certainly coordinating. After all their money is on the line.
  • Cruz, Trump in Secret Talks

    08/19/2015 2:51:01 PM PDT · by onyx · 154 replies
    THE DAILY BEAST ^ | 08.19.15 -- 1:15 AM ET | Tim Mak
    ‘Playing the Long Game’ It’s a bromance with a payoff—the senator has been developing the billionaire’s support and their aides are even discussing joint events, but if Trump drops out, Cruz aims to clean up.Donald Trump and Ted Cruz’s mutual admiration is turning into a conservative bromance—one that could have a huge strategic payoff for the Texas senator’s presidential campaign.Behind the scenes, Cruz has been methodologically developing Trump’s support. The two candidates have met in person at least five times and talk by phone occasionally. And in the future, they may even hold events together.The two campaigns privately discussed...
  • Trump Town Hall in New Hampshire [Live Thread]

    08/19/2015 4:08:28 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 235 replies
    August 19, 2015 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    Trump will be holding a Town Hall in New Hampshire. Among issues anticipated to be asked of Trump will be immigration, social security, ISIS, etc.
  • 2016 is Upon Us

    08/19/2015 5:00:59 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 19, 2015 | Dennis Lund
    The president being the first poses an interesting scenario. It is hard to envision an incumbent president better placed to determine his successor. That may be by design, or it may be a perfect storm of circumstances coming together in recent months. Barely a month or so ago it was a forgone conclusion that Hillary would be the nominee. Today, her campaign is in shambles and the DNC is pushing panic buttons.
  • Donald Trump sinks GOP’s 2016 dream team

    08/18/2015 8:55:14 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    Fox 8 ^ | 8/28/25 | CNN Wire
    They were supposed to be the dream team. When the 2016 White House race ignited, the glut of talented, experienced, charismatic, young-but-seasoned and authentically conservative candidates delighted grassroots Republican activists. It was the GOP’s deepest White House field in a generation. But Donald Trump’s summer surge has stolen the spotlight from these challengers for the conservative crown and left candidates such as Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul struggling for traction. -snip- Kevin Madden, a Republican strategist who worked for 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney, said Trump’s opponents should be prepared to engage as a way of courting the...
  • A review of the inconsistencies of the major GOP candidates

    08/15/2015 8:57:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 15, 2015 | Newsmachete
    On Mark Levin's show on Friday he asked the question, "What is the process of the Republican primary process?" My answer is to vet the candidates. That's why for the past six months I've been writing whatever I can get my hands on regarding what the candidates have said or done. Not gossip, not rumors, but their own actual words, their own actual votes. Some readers haven't been happy with that, but I see my mission as to get the information out there and let you decide. Some voters may not care that Carly Fiorina effusively praised Islam right after...

    08/12/2015 10:42:50 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies ^ | 8-12-2015 | DANIEL J. SCHULTZ
    Did you know that the Republican Party is only at half strength? “Half strength.” What does that mean? It means that in your voting precinct, where you live, the Republican Party only has, probably, one-half of the local, precinct-level, voting member slots of the Party filled with a warm body. These slots are called “precinct committeeman” in most states. And the reason conservatives have been pretty much impotent when it comes to having a voice “inside” the BEST political tool for defeating the Democrats – the Republican Party – is because not enough conservatives are “in” the Republican Party where...
  • Amid Trump Mess, GOP Candidates Shine At RedState

    08/11/2015 5:49:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | August 11, 2015 | Byron York
    ATLANTA -- It's likely the Donald Trump melodrama is the only news you've heard from the RedState Gathering of conservatives in Atlanta. But something unusual happened here, and it had nothing to do with Trump. A parade of Republican presidential candidates marched through -- Chris Christie, Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker -- and not one of them bombed. Not one underwhelmed, disappointed, or mailed it in. Instead, the GOP hopefuls were sharp, fired-up, and focused, even as the embarrassments of the latest Trump controversy threatened to overshadow it all....
  • GOP Gov.: "Time To Move On" From Same-Sex Marriage

    08/09/2015 10:24:03 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 51 replies
    CBSNews ^ | June 28, 2015
    GOP Gov.: "Time To Move On" From Same-Sex Marriage Possible Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich believes it's "time to move on" from the same-sex marriage issue in the wake of the Supreme Court's landmark ruling. "I do believe in traditional marriage and the court has ruled and it's time to move on," Kasich said on CBS' "Face the Nation" Sunday, adding that there's "so many other things now that we have to focus on." Same-sex marriage opponent: conservative beliefs need to be respected Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention told CBS' "Face the Nation" that people...
  • RedState convention: 5 takeaways

    08/09/2015 11:09:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 9, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    Nine presidential candidates appeared this weekend at the annual gathering of conservatives. But Donald Trump, who got himself disinvited, was the one driving the conversation.ATLANTA — It was the Donald Trump show that wasn’t. The RedState Gathering, a high-profile annual convention of conservatives held here in Atlanta this weekend, drew nine presidential candidates. But the one driving the conversation was the one who wasn’t there. Trump, who had been slated to speak at the event on Saturday evening, was uninvited by RedState head Erick Erickson on Friday evening, following crude comments Trump made about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly after...
  • Conservative Review: Rating the GOP Presidential Candidates

    08/06/2015 9:54:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Conservative Talk show host Mark Levin highly recommends this site and their ratings. Click on the above link to see how the 2016 GOP Presidential candidates are rated according to: Budget, Spending & Debt Civil Liberties Education Energy and Development Foreign Policy and Defense Free Markets Healthcare and Entitlements Immigration Moral Issues Second Amendment Taxes, economy and Trade
  • Cash-strapped Rick Santorum campaign reshuffles staff

    08/04/2015 4:26:06 PM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/4/15 | Katie Glueck
    Several top staffers have left Rick Santorum’s campaign to create a new super PAC, a move spurred by the cash-strapped candidate’s anemic fundraising. Campaign manager Terry Allen, Iowa state coordinator Jon Jones and digital strategist Steve Hilliard — Allen’s son-in-law — departed several weeks ago, leaving the winner of the 2012 Iowa caucuses without a campaign manager and raising questions about whether Santorum can last until Iowa votes on Feb. 1 next year... The former Pennsylvania senator had among the worst fundraising hauls of the entire presidential field, raising only about $600,000 and spending about 60 percent of that in...
  • Rand Paul is basically doomed: How the man who was supposed to “reinvent” GOP fell flat on his face

    08/04/2015 8:00:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | August 3, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    It wasn't too long ago that Rand Paul was viewed as a serious threat to the GOP nomination. Not any longer.One of the big mysteries of the Koch brothers’ lavish gala this past weekend is the fact that Rand Paul was not in attendance. You’d think that the Kochs would at least insist that Paul come to the fete to do a dramatic reading of John Galt’s “Atlas Shrugged” speech for the billionaires in attendance, but he didn’t show. Some reports suggest that he was invited, but declined. Perhaps his feelings are hurt that they also invited Scott Walker, Ted...
  • Fox News host compares Donald Trump to a 'pit bull,' Jeb Bush to a 'metrosexual purse dog'

    08/04/2015 11:01:31 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 114 replies
    Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes finally answered the question that political pollsters have been struggling to answer: Why is Donald Trump so popular across so many demographic groups? His theory is that while "everybody is trying to be the kinder, gentler, you know, the compassionate conservative," that's not what the "average American" actually wants. He broke it down further, using a dog analogy. "The average American," Starnes explained, "they don't want one of those metrosexual purse dogs, they want a pit bull in the White House." Donald Trump, presumably, is the pit bull. A candidate such as Jeb Bush,...
  • They Hate Your Guts

    08/03/2015 6:50:07 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 12 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 10 Aug 2015 | P J O'Rourke
    Democrats and their votersI would like to address myself to the poor, the huddled masses, the wretched refugees teeming to America’s shore, the homeless, the economically, socially, and mentally tempest-tossed. Also, I’d like to address the young, the hip, the progressive, the compassionate, and the caring. I’d like a word with everyone who votes for Democrats. Democrats hate your guts. Democrats need your vote and they’ll do anything—no matter how low and degrading—to get it. They hate you the way a whore hates a john. All politicians hate people. Politics is a way to gain power over people without justification...
  • The GOP civil war has quietly exploded back into the open — and it could get nastier than ever

    08/02/2015 7:33:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/02/2015 | Brett LoGiurato
    For a 56th birthday present to himself, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-North Carolina) took perhaps the most aggressive step yet against the Republican Party's establishment. It marked perhaps the most bombastic challenge to House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) leadership, and another point at which long-simmering tensions within the Republican caucus have exploded out into the open. Meadows introduced a resolution on Tuesday that aims to force Boehner from his post. The resolution will now be referred to a powerful House committee full of members loyal to Boehner, and has no chance of succeeding. But the message he had attempted to send...
  • Ranking the 10 men most likely to win the 2016 Republican nomination (ˇJeb!)

    08/02/2015 7:59:06 PM PDT · by PROCON · 34 replies
    WAPO ^ | Aug. 2, 2015 | Chris Cillizza
    The obvious problem when trying to rank the 10 people most likely to wind up as the Republican presidential nominee next year can be summed up in two words: Donald Trump. On one hand, Trump is ahead in most national polls on the nominating contest — an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll out Sunday puts him at 19 percent, four points clear of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — and he even leads (or comes close to leading) in surveys conducted in early-voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire.On the other hand, he is Donald Trump. I put the question of...
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich Announces He's Running for President (Undocumented path to Citizenship)

    08/01/2015 10:36:02 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 11 replies
    nbc ^ | July 21, 2015 | Carrie Dann
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich officially announced his presidential run Tuesday, telling a crowd at Ohio State University that "the sun is rising" in America again. "I am here to ask you for your prayers, for your support, for your efforts because I have decided to run for president of the United States," he said. In a speech that described the woes of Americans worried about lost jobs, health care costs and crushing student debt — and that made a point to reference the specific worries of minorities — Kasich also tried to strike an optimistic note. ''' The former congressman...
  • Bush, other GOP hopefuls address Koch brothers gathering

    08/02/2015 4:03:44 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies ^ | 08/02/2015 | Associated Press
    DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) -- Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and four other GOP presidential candidates are at a luxury Southern California resort speaking to the billionaire Koch brothers and other conservative donors. Industrialists Charles and David Koch have convened about 450 like-minded business leaders this weekend to listen to Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former technology executive Carly Fiorina.On Saturday, Charles Koch welcomed the donors and encouraged them to stop "crony capitalism" -- even if those policies hurt their bottom lines.
  • Video:"Morning Joe panel SHOCKED at new poll...Trump defeating JEB and Rubio in their HOME STATE"

    07/30/2015 8:21:57 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 18 replies
    Youtube ^ | July 30, 2015 | Morning Joe
    'The entire MSNBC panel was shocked that Trump is soundly defeating both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in their home state of Florida in a new poll.' Bloomberg Mark Halperin making excuses, but says Trump has Florida ties and he's a great fit for Florida. Scarborough: Donald Trump is just pounding the Republican field and other makes salient remarks. See the video at the link.
  • How Cruz, Fiorina, and Even Trump Are Saving the GOP Brand

    07/30/2015 8:59:32 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 10 replies ^ | 7/30/2015 | Carl Jackson
    Donald Trump won't be getting my vote in the GOP presidential primary. However, contrary to popular belief, I'm grateful he's put the GOP on life support, and he isn't alone. Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson and Marco Rubio are doing what's been unseen since Ronald Reagan--speaking above the political and media elite and connecting directly to the people. I suspect Trump will fade. And when he does, those who can effectively communicate a vision for America with passion and optimism along with a plan to restore her to prominence will be poised to siphon off his supporters. So how...
  • Carly Fiorina Shows Us How It's Done

    07/24/2015 12:59:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Rush ^ | July 24, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Carly Fiorina was on CNN on Tuesday night The Lead with Jake Tapper. Setting this up, I want to go back and repeat, air something I said on April 7th of this year. Think of it as advice for the Republican presidential candidates. RUSH ARCHIVE: The ultimate reality is that every Republican in the primary has a common enemy, and it's Hillary Clinton. All 14, 15, or 16 of them simply make it an objective to begin the campaign against Hillary Clinton during the Republican primary and not wait until after the primary. I think the sooner these candidates...
  • How the GOP Presidential Candidates Rate in 7 Skill Sets

    07/24/2015 9:55:09 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | July 24th, 2015 | Steve Deace
    There are two things we're looking for in the ideal Republican Party nominee for president in 2016. The first is integrity. I define integrity as a consistency in two areas: Right belief and right behavior. Now, notice I didn't say perfection. No one is perfect, which is why we need a Savior. However, consistency is attainable for those who seek to live a life of integrity.  Candidates also need to possess the necessary skill set to confront the spirit of the age. And that means when you broadly look at the long view of a candidate's career you see far...