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  • JOAN WALSH: America’s next top bigot: Why GOP’s upcoming primary is an anti-gay freak show

    03/31/2015 2:17:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Salon ^ | March 31, 2015 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    When it comes to LGBT rights, the 2016 GOP roster may be more ridiculous than the clown car of 2012. Thanks to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, we’re getting an early look at a field of GOP presidential hopefuls that is supposed to include some moderates who plan on expanding the party’s appeal beyond its right-wing base. And it’s pathetic. Before Pence’s odd press conference, where he promised to “fix” the bill but insisted there was nothing wrong with it, the top GOP contenders hustled to outdo one another in backing Pence and his divisive legislation. Let’s remember that in...
  • OPINION — White: Republicans should nominate Cruz for president

    03/31/2015 1:58:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    Ted Cruz, a Republican junior senator from Texas, announced last week he would be running for the presidency of the U.S. before even forming an exploratory committee, which is a common first step in a campaign. Cruz has drawn the ire of several Republicans and Democrats alike on Capitol Hill due to his strident style, brash confidence and uncompromising political views — despite the fact he is still in his first term. With his announcement, Cruz has immediately differentiated himself from any other Republican candidate in a very deep field. Other major candidates such as Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rick...
  • Cruz'n for a bruisin' The GOP religious right vs. the GOP establishment. (Cruz v. Bush he says)

    03/31/2015 12:33:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 31, 2015 | Roger Simon, chief political columnist
    The blood is in the water. The game is afoot. And the Republicans are brawling. While Democrats are usually viewed as the undisciplined, fractious party, it is Republicans who sharpen their knives and slice each other up when the White House is at stake. The struggle is between two groups within the GOP. The establishment finally recognizes that the party must broaden its base. If the party appeals to only white, Christian conservatives, it will wind up as a regional party, capable of winning Senate and House seats but incapable of winning a national election. We must nominate a presidential...
  • JEB: I’M ‘NERVOUS’ ABOUT NSA CRITICISM, OBAMA SHOULD DEFEND NSA

    03/31/2015 7:59:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 30, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush stated that he is “nervous” about criticism of the NSA and that he wished the president would do a better job defending government surveillance systems on Monday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.” Bush said that lone wolf terrorism “is a serious threat in a world where we’re so connected with the rest of the world. We have people moving in and people moving out. People get their information now, not everybody gets to listen to your show to get all their information. People get their information in different ways. They get disaffected, disillusioned, preyed upon, and so...
  • Here Are the Real Republican Primaries Hint: They ain’t happening in Iowa or New Hampshire.

    03/30/2015 5:40:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | March 30, 2015 | Matt Latimer, former Bush speechwriter
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz has become the first Republican to eschew the phony “exploratory” phase and announce an actual presidential campaign. Rand Paul is apparently next. But as every political pooh-bah knows, the 2016 presidential contest has been underway for months, maybe even years. As this is written, in fact, several hotly contested GOP primaries already have commenced—primaries that will go a long way toward determining the Republican nominee, despite the painfully quaint notion that the voters of Iowa and New Hampshire will get the “first” say. Here, then, in no particular order, is a voter’s guide to some of...
  • Jeb Bush’s Ties to Big-Money Immigration ‘Reform’ Backers

    03/30/2015 5:17:57 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | March 30, 2015 | by IAN TUTTLE
    Jeb Bush was associated for years with the tip of the spear of the Republican establishment’s campaign for a permissive immigration policy. For five years the American Action Network (AAN) and the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), well-heeled outside spending groups, have been go-to sources of support for the Republican establishment’s immigration “reform” efforts. For most of that time, Bush sat on the board of the think tank with which both are affiliated, the American Action Forum (AAF) — from shortly after its founding in February 2010 by former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former Minnesota senator Norm Coleman, and...
  • Ted Cruz doesn't have to win to 'win'

    03/29/2015 3:15:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal ^ | March 29, 2015 | Gil Smart
    The left lost its collective grip last Monday, when Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced he was running for president. Really, it was the mirror image of the visceral way Republicans react to Hillary Clinton. It’s no overstatement to say that Cruz is absolutely hated by the left, loathed as the embodiment of right-wing insanity. Which, of course, makes conservatives love him even more. Following Cruz’s announcement, lefties comforted themselves by reassuring everyone within earshot that Cruz has no chance of winning. “It will never happen,” was the title of a post on the Talking Points Memo blog by...
  • Poll: Bush Still Tops List of GOP Candidates, But Cruz Rising Fast

    03/29/2015 11:18:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    NewsMax / Bloomberg News | March 29, 2015
    Link only: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/jeb-bush-ted-cruz-poll/2015/03/29/id/635137/#ixzz3VncIuLew
  • Opinion: What if candidate Cruz catches on?

    03/28/2015 5:12:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Pocono Record ^ | March 28, 2015 | Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift
    The voters are just getting to know the candidates running for president on the Republican side, and the months ahead will allow plenty of time to weigh their credentials and assess how they perform under pressure on the campaign trail. It will be a grueling experience for those who accept the challenge, and whoever emerges in the spring of 2016 joins the battle again in the fall against the Democratic standard-bearer. As the first official entry into what promises to be a crowded field, Texas Senator Ted Cruz got quite a ride from the media for his announcement this week....
  • Is There a Realistic Ted Cruz Scenario?

    03/27/2015 8:35:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 23, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    A broad cross-section of Republican officeholders, major donors and conservative pundits are agreed on one thing: Ted Cruz has no chance to be elected president. The junior senator from Texas marked the fifth anniversary of the signing of ObamaCare by announcing his candidacy for the presidency today at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and no one in the chattering classes thinks he has a prayer of being sworn into office as commander-in-chief in January 2017. Just about everyone thinks his positions on the issues are too extreme and that his advocacy of the 2013 government shutdown and the complete antipathy...
  • God and Jeb: Inside his spiritual journey and his stealth campaign to woo Christian conservatives.

    03/27/2015 8:10:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 27, 2015 | Tim Alberta and Tiffany Stanley
    On a sunny Saturday morning in early March, Bob Vander Plaats walked into the West Des Moines Marriott with a chip on his shoulder. Iowa's evangelical shot-caller had come to meet with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was in town for the Iowa Ag Summit, a cattle call that drew the majority of Republican presidential hopefuls. Over the course of the weekend, Vander Plaats had sit-downs scheduled with just about all of them. But not Jeb Bush. A twice-failed gubernatorial candidate who helped boost Mike Huckabee to victory in the 2008 caucuses, Vander Plaats has grown accustomed to presidential aspirants...
  • Ted Cruz: The Bush Years-What his time at the FTC suggests about how he’d run the White House

    03/27/2015 5:32:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The National Review ^ | March 27, 2015 | Jim Geraghty
    Long before Ted Cruz was a big-name senator and conservative rock star, wowing the crowd at Liberty University in the early days of his presidential bid, he was just another lawyer toiling away in virtual anonymity under George W. Bush. While Cruz’s time in the Senate is best known for fiery speeches and high-profile gestures like his 21-hour filibuster, in his earlier time in Washington he demonstrated a wonkish eye for detail and an eagerness to take on powerful industry groups that he saw as stifling competition. Though his efforts ultimately succeeded on a much smaller scale than he’d initially...
  • (Family Research Council's) Tony Perkins pushes back against reports: ‘I am not against Jeb’

    03/26/2015 5:34:51 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/26/2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Family Research Council president Tony Perkins is pushing back against a Thursday New York Times story that seemed to indicate he and his influential group of social conservatives and evangelicals were gearing up to oppose a potential Jeb Bush presidential candidacy.  “It shouldn't surprise anyone — including the media — that conservative leaders are talking to each other about the 2016 presidential cycle and what it'll take to win,” Perkins said in an email to supporters, first obtained by The Hill.   “These ongoing conversations among conservatives were the subject of a front-page New York Times article today, which...
  • Humiliating Home State Poll Numbers For Jeb Bush As He Trails Hillary Clinton in Florida

    03/25/2015 2:51:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | March 25, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    A Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released on March 24, 2015, shows Hillary Clinton leading all Republican 2016 presidential contenders in the state of Florida. Her lead ranges from 2 percentage points over Florida Senator Marcio Rubio (48-46), to an 8 point margin over both Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (49/41) and Texas Governor Rick Perry (50/42). Notably, neither Marco Rubio, nor former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, have a lead over Hillary Clinton in their home state. Clinton holds a 47-44 lead over Jeb Bush in the Sunshine State. Florida is the most populous competitive state in presidential elections. George W....
  • Liberal Media Pitches Fit Over Cruz Candidacy

    03/25/2015 12:14:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | March 25, 2015 | Aleister
    Dirty…slimy…dangerous…As you can probably imagine, Ted Cruz’s announcement about his plans to run for president in 2016 brought out a whole new level of crazy from liberals in media and most of it was very ugly. The fine folks at Newsbusters have done a tremendous job chronicling the MSM reaction in words and video. Here are a few choice examples. From Jeffrey Meyer: Donny Deutsch Attacks ‘Scary…Dangerous…Slimy’ Ted Cruz Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Monday, Donny Deutsch viciously attacked Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) following his announcement that he will be running for president, calling the Tea Party favorite “scary”...
  • Jennifer Rubin: Let Rand Paul and Ted Cruz duke it out

    03/25/2015 9:55:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | March 25, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin
    Somewhere former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are having a good laugh. “The onetime friendship between Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul has grown frosty as they both vie to become the leading conservative in the 2016 GOP presidential primary,” the Hill reports. “The Kentucky senator stepped on his Texas colleague’s campaign rollout this week by questioning his electability, a move that Cruz’s allies saw as a deliberate attempt to distract from his message.” Well, duh. This is a contest after all. Did Cruz expect his opponents to lay off? Paul says Cruz has no appeal...
  • Is Ted Cruz too conservative for Republican primary voters?

    03/25/2015 9:30:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog ^ | March 25, 2015 | Robert Lupton and Christopher Hare
    On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) became the first major contender to announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Dan Balz has written that Cruz’s candidacy “tests the limits of conservatism,” and based on his congressional roll call voting record, Cruz is the fourth-most-conservative member of the Senate. But how does his ideological position compare to those of Republican primary voters, especially in early states such as Iowa and New Hampshire? Very favorably, as we will see. We use data from the 2014 Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES). The 2014 CCES asked respondents to place themselves and several...
  • Jeb Bush Returns to the Washington Fund-Raising Well

    03/25/2015 8:31:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | Eric Lichtblau
    “I’m not an expert on the ways of Washington,” Jeb Bush told conservatives last month when he was asked about a funding dispute in Congress. Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor, has sounded that theme regularly in his fledgling presidential campaign. But even as he positions himself as a Washington outsider, he seems to have mastered a skill that is crucial in this city: tapping into the money-raising clout of the K Street lobbyists, political operatives, superlawyers and business leaders in Washington’s permanent class.
  • What did Jeb Bush do to fight Obamacare?

    03/24/2015 11:39:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 23, 2015 | Byron York
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)For many conservatives, the fight against Obamacare has been the defining battle of President Obama's years in the White House. For them, and probably a majority of the Republican base, fighting first against the passage of the Affordable Care Act and later pressing to repeal it have been so important because: A) they strongly oppose the substance of the law, and B) they see opposition to Obamacare as the best way to resist the president's overall expansion of government. That the struggle has so far been a losing one has not changed the fact that conservatives require their presidential candidates...
  • Ted Cruz teaches Republicans a lesson

    03/24/2015 8:22:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | Judson Phillips
    On Monday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz taught the Republican Party a lesson it desperately needs to learn. Mr. Cruz taught the GOP something about winning. The Republican Party, at least at the national level, is pretty pathetic. The Republicans have lost four of the last six presidential elections. Republicans have actually lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. Even the two races that George W. Bush won were close. The 2000 election was not decided until weeks after Election Day and even in 2004, Democrat John Kerry kept it close enough that he did not...
  • Conservative columnist handicaps 2016 presidential race

    03/24/2015 7:15:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Palm Beach Daily News ^ | March 24, 2015 | William Kelly
    Peggy Noonan says Clinton is Democrats presumed nominee, while Bush, Cruz, Walker and Paul will battle for GOP nod.Peggy Noonan is an author of several books on politics, religion and culture, and a conservative-leaning weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal. She is perhaps best known as the primary speech writer for President Ronald Reagan, for whom she had kind words while addressing a full house Tuesday at The Society of the Four Arts’ 700-seat Gubelmann Auditorium. “Mr. Reagan was the last great gentleman of American politics, in terms of personal grace and a lovely public dignity and warmth,” Noonan...
  • Cruz's big-money crisis: Months behind his competitors in recruiting mega-donors & bundlers

    03/24/2015 3:01:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 24, 2015 | Anna Palmer and Alex Isenstadt
    After the theatrical launch of his presidential campaign Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz now faces a massive hurdle: raising the tens of millions of dollars it will take to mount a year-and-a-half long campaign. The Texas Republican and tea party darling is months behind his competitors in recruiting the megadonors and bundlers essential to a credible GOP primary bid. He’s not well-liked among cash-flush lobbyists. And his uncompromising policy positions and role in forcing the government shutdown in 2013 didn’t exactly excite the financiers and business executives who make up the elite donor class. Those considerations, along with the need to...
  • Rush Limbaugh: As Predicted, Conservatives Attack Cruz

    03/24/2015 2:25:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | March 24, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, yesterday Ted Cruz makes his speech at Liberty University, and I shared with you the fact that I had spoken with Mr. Cruz on Friday. And I shared with you additionally that I had told him one thing after he asked. It's important for you to know that he asked. I did not sit there and tell him how to do his business. I warned him, I told him that something I have noticed in the last probably three or four presidential primaries, certainly the last two or three, what happens is that conservatives...
  • Glenn Beck Asks Ted Cruz To Go Easy On Rand Paul And Scott Walker

    03/24/2015 12:38:07 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/24/2015 | Betsy Rothstein
    <p>I use the word “interview” loosely because it was light on journalistic questions and more like a crazy personal plea from Beck for Cruz to not fuck things up for the other Republican candidates (read: more viable candidates) that Beck would really like to see advance in the race.</p>
  • #FindKatrinaGirl Is Air Force Vet's Attempt to Reconnect With Girl Rescued in Hurricane Katrina

    03/24/2015 10:26:25 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 11 replies
    ABC GMA via Yahoo News ^ | 3/24/15 | AVIANNE TAN
    An Air Force veteran is asking the Internet's help to reconnect him with a girl he rescued 10 years ago during Hurricane Katrina. The hashtag #FindKatrinaGirl has now taken off on social media. A 2005 photograph of the two shows the girl in pigtails and a pink shirt squeezing Michael Maroney, now a master sergeant at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The iconic New Orleans image has served as a symbol of hope after the devastation. "When she wrapped me up with that hug, I just melted, and the weight of the world was lifted off my...
  • (Jeb)Bush 'Disagrees' With 'Sentiments' Expressed by Adviser at Anti-Israel Conference

    03/24/2015 10:04:43 AM PDT · by don-o · 10 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | March 24, 2015 | MICHAEL WARREN
    A spokeswoman for former Florida governor Jeb Bush says the possible Republican presidential candidate "disagrees" with one of his foreign policy advisers who spoke at a left-wing anti-Israel group this week. James Baker, the former secretary of state and GOP foreign policy veteran, addressed the annual conference for J Street this week. An unpaid adviser to Bush, Baker criticized Benjamin Netanyahu for the Israeli prime minister's "diplomatic missteps and political gamesmanship" and expressed his support for a nuclear deal with Iran. As Politico reported, he also said he disagreed that President Barack Obama has hurt the United States's relationship with...
  • Jeb Bush Adviser Slams Netanyahu, Israel at Left-Wing J Street Gala

    03/24/2015 8:13:41 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 45 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 24 March 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, a foreign policy adviser to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday evening at the Washington gala dinner for J Street, a Soros-funded left-wing group that is devoted to disrupting the close U.S.-Israel alliance. Baker said that Netanyahu had been too forceful in his opposition to a nuclear deal with Iran, and that he had shown insufficient commitment to peace with the Palestinians. “If the only agreement is one under which Iran agrees to cease all enrichment, then there will likely be no agreement,” Baker said....
  • JEB BUSH ADVISER SLAMS NETANYAHU, ISRAEL AT LEFT-WING J STREET GALA

    03/24/2015 9:12:17 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 24, 2015 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, a foreign policy adviser to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday evening at the Washington gala dinner for J Street, a Soros-funded left-wing group that is devoted to disrupting the close U.S.-Israel alliance. Baker said that Netanyahu had been too forceful in his opposition to a nuclear deal with Iran, and that he had shown insufficient commitment to peace with the Palestinians....
  • Can Ted Cruz Be The First Conservative President Since Reagan?

    03/23/2015 8:35:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 23, 2015 | W. James Antle III, managing editor
    There’s a reason Ted Cruz kept asking his Liberty University audience to “imagine” a conservative president: no one of normal college age has ever lived under one. If Cruz wins the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, he will only be the third movement conservative to do so, after Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. (Liberals will count George W. Bush, but he wasn’t a product of the movement in the same sense as Reagan or Goldwater even if you think he was a conservative.) Republican primary voters are starting to imagine a conservative president. In 1999, Dubya led the field by...
  • Jeb Bush's Matt Drudge problem and why he ticks off so many conservatives

    03/23/2015 7:25:03 AM PDT · by libstripper · 40 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Mar. 20, 2015 | Adam C. Smith
    Jeb Bush has a serious Matt Drudge problem, and that points to a more fundamental electoral problem. Among the most prominent DrudgeReport.com headlines Thursday evening: POLL: 54% WANT FRESH FACES IN '16....NH voters pan Bush...Jeb Still Refuses to Rule Out Tax Hikes... The prior Friday, during his New Hampshire debut as a likely 2016 presidential candidate, much of the mainstream media was gushing over Bush's substance, his accessibility and his refusal to pander to the right on issues like immigration reform. But Drudge offered these headlines: RUBIO ON RISE...JEB STRUGGLES FROM WITHIN...Says his view on immigration is 'grown-up plan'...WALKER: 'WE...
  • Jeb's Talk Radio Problem

    03/23/2015 5:35:14 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 32 replies
    Politico ^ | March 23, 2015 | Michael Kruse
    “He’s not a conservative.” That’s Rush Limbaugh talking about Jeb Bush. “The ideal, the perfect ticket, for the 2016 election: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush. Now, they can figure out who’s on top of the ticket on their own, but when you compare their positions, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, on the key, important issues, they are two peas in the same pod.” That, too.
  • Sean Penn ‘thanks’ George Bush, Dick Cheney for ‘inventing’ Islamic State

    03/22/2015 7:31:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jessica Chasmar
    Sean Penn sarcastically thanked former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney Wednesday night for “inventing” the Islamic State terror group that is wreaking havoc across the Middle East. “You mentioned Dick Cheney, this kind of, you know, embittered bacteria of humanity,” the actor told TBS talk show host Conan O'Brien. “It’s always a surprise to me to remember that, through bionic technology and so on, this guy’s still here.” “These are the guys — he and President Bush and some others — who invented Daesh, or ISIS,” Mr. Penn said, using the Arabic name and the...
  • Why Jeb Bush Might Lose (Actually Downplays Ted Cruz)

    03/21/2015 6:47:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 21, 2015 | Ross Douthat
    IF you’re keeping score during the endless 2016 preseason, this was a pretty good week for Jeb Bush. First, he watched Scott Walker, currently his main competitor for the Republican front-runner slot, stumble through another not-ready-for-prime-time moment, first hiring a well-liked young consultant named Liz Mair and then sacking her one day later because it turned out that she had tweeted intemperately about the sacred state of Iowa. Second, he survived Andrew Ferguson. Ferguson is a brilliant essayist and reporter for the Weekly Standard, and lately he has been an angel of death for Republican presidential hopefuls. During the last...
  • Ted Cruz for President? Rumors Swirl About Monday’s Big Speech

    03/21/2015 1:16:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | March 21, 2015 | Michael Walsh
    The country needs fresh faces, not exhausted familial dynasties like the Clintons and the Bushes. Unlike the Democrats, the GOP really does have a strong bench this electoral season, especially once you get past a hopeless Rinosaur like Jeb Bush, fringe candidates like Rand Paul and no-hoper retreads like Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum, Wisconsin’s Scott Walker has already made an impressive splash; now Texas conservative firebrand Ted Cruz may be ready to throw his hat into the ring: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is set to deliver a speech on Monday at Liberty University that is stirring speculation about a...
  • Rubio Doesn't Scare Or Annoy Liberals, So Of Course He's Low In The Polls

    03/21/2015 10:06:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Crooks and Liars ^ | March 21, 2015 | Steve M.
    Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report is somewhat baffled. A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll gave Republican voters a list of potential presidential candidates and asked whether the voters could support each candidate in the primaries. On that measure, Marco Rubio finished first. And yet when pollsters have asked GOP voters to name a top pick, Rubio inevitably finishes far from the top. Why is that? And why is Scott Walker doing better? Walter writes: Yet, if Rubio’s got such obvious advantages, why is he stuck in the low single digits while Walker has become a “co-frontrunner” with Bush?...
  • Walker v. Bush on Immigration

    03/20/2015 5:49:11 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | Mar 20, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    Illegal immigration awakens gut reactions, and voters should despise any pandering to illegal aliens out of fear of losing elections or appearing racist or uncaring. With all of the talk about the DREAMers and Deferred Actions, when will our leaders care about Americans born and naturalized, and the American Dreams that they pursue and want to see come true? Surely the needs of 310 million legal residents outstrip the 11 million in the shadows. In 2008, I supported outlier candidate Congressman Tom Tancredo for President, even though he had a gringo’s chance in Guadalajara of winning the GOP nomination. (SNIP)...
  • NH (D) FOCUS GROUP: WOULDN’T MIND JEB AS ‘CONSOLATION PRIZE’ BECAUSE ‘HE’S MODERATE’ ON AMNESTY [ed]

    03/20/2015 9:41:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 20, 2015 | Staff
    Democrats in a New Hampshire focus group want a third-party arbiter to examine Hillary Clinton’s private emails and would not mind Jeb Bush as a “consolation prize” because of his moderate views on amnesty and Common Core, which may explain why not one Republican in the focus group said they would vote for Bush in the first-in-the-nation primary if it were held today. According to Bloomberg News, Democrats in the focus group reportedly “contradicted claims by Clinton’s team that voters aren’t worrying about her e-mails,”–they reportedly said how Clinton handled the email scandal “disappointed them and made her more vulnerable...
  • Can Jeb Bush fire up the base like he’s fired up the establishment?

    03/20/2015 9:33:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 20, 2015 | Washington Post
    Jeb Bush’s nascent presidential campaign has already won over many of the big-dollar donors and GOP elites. What he needs to prove now is that he can win over the crowds. Until visits to South Carolina and other early states this month, the former Florida governor hadn’t been on the campaign trail for himself in 13 years. He hadn’t sold himself to the deeply conservative, tea party-inspired crowds that have emerged as a driving Republican force in the Obama era. He’d never snapped so many “selfies” with admirers.
  • Who Is to Blame for the Rise of ISIS — Bush or Obama?

    03/20/2015 7:24:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/20/2015 | Samuel Smith
    President Barack Obama indirectly blamed the foreign policy of his predecessor, President George W. Bush, for the rise of the barbaric and brutal Islamic State terrorist organization in Iraq. In an interview with Vice News founder Shane Smith released on Tuesday, Obama was asked how the ISIS terrorist group, also known as ISIL or the Islamic State, which has seized large chunks of Syria and Iraq, was able to become "so popular so fast." Obama responded saying that the group's rise was aided by the U.S. invasion of Iraq that began in 2003 during Bush's presidency. "Two things," Obama said....
  • It’s 1979 in America

    03/20/2015 1:01:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Notre Dame & St Mary's Observer ^ | March 20, 2015 | Nicole O'Toole
    This year I took the SMC Republicans to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) where we heard from many conservatives who were all on the 2015 CPAC Straw Poll in which we participated. The top five winners were Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, and Jeb Bush. Paul was a hit with the large number of young people at CPAC. He said, “We do a great job defending the Second Amendment, but we have to defend the whole Bill of Rights … we should have speedy trials.” He went on to talk about Kalief Browder who was accused...
  • Jeb Bush Still Refuses to Rule Out Tax Hikes

    03/19/2015 6:51:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | March 19, 2015 | Posted by John Kartch
    Jeb Bush has enthusiastically endorsed a "grand bargain" tax increase with Democrats, says his father's 1990 "Read My Lips" tax increase "created the spending restraint of the 90's," (false -- see details below) and refuses to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people. And today, as reported in a piece by The Daily Beast's Tim Mak, the Jeb Bush camp refuses to even answer the question of whether Jeb will make any general statement promising not to raise taxes: Pressed regarding Jeb Bush’s positions on taxes, his aides did not directly respond to a question about whether Jeb...
  • James Baker Advising Jeb Bush, Keynoting J Street Conference

    03/19/2015 6:42:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/19/15 | Joel B. PollACK
    Former Secretary of State James A. Baker III is to deliver the keynote at this weekend’s J Street conference, a gathering of left-wing activists opposed to the Israeli government and to recently re-elected Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Baker, who served under President George H.W. Bush, is also advising Gov. Jeb Bush on foreign policy in his presidential effort–at Bush’s invitation. Baker is considered hostile to Israel and is controversial among Jewish voters. As the Algemeiner notes: Baker is of course infamous for reportedly saying in private conversation, while George HW Bush’s secretary of state, “F**k the Jews, they didn’t vote...
  • Early line: 3-man race for 2016 GOP nomination (GOP-e. I could just faint)

    03/19/2015 5:01:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Bellingham Herald | March 19, 2015 | David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/03/19/4195411/early-line-3-man-race-for-2016.html
  • Clinton Isn’t Going Anywhere…Yet [Clintonistas may really want to run against is Bush] [ed]

    03/19/2015 12:22:06 PM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Sabato's Crystal Ball ^ | March 19, 2015 | Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley
    Hillary Clinton went before cameras and reporters at the United Nations last week to address the ongoing controversy over her use of a private email system during her time as secretary of state. She was terse, combative, and essentially told the American people to “trust her” when she says that she didn’t do anything wrong and isn’t hiding anything. Clinton’s visceral dislike of the media was obvious and can be summed up by three words (“Go to Hell”), which was how Politico’s John Harris put it after Clinton’s presser.
  • Bush believes his disagreements with conservatives can be overcome

    03/19/2015 9:50:41 AM PDT · by PROCON · 84 replies
    AP ^ | March 19, 2015
    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (March 19, 2015) — Jeb Bush is betting his political future these days on the hope that pragmatism will trump conservative hostility in 2016. Fresh off his first public tours of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the Republican White House prospect has settled on an early approach for dealing with skeptics on the right, casting himself as a practical but "principled conservative," particularly when explaining his immigration and education positions that put him at odds with the GOP's most conservative factions. Bush often wraps his philosophy in scathing criticism of President Barack Obama. But the former...
  • Obama Regrets Not ‘More Aggressively Explaining’ How Badly Bush Failed

    03/18/2015 4:13:20 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 79 replies
    Breibart TV ^ | 3-18-2015 | Pam Key
    Wednesday at town hall event held at the City Club of Cleveland, when asked what he would have done differently, President Barack Obama said he regretted he did not “more aggressively” warn the American public how long it was going to take for them to recover from President George W. Bush’s failures. Obama said, “I would have told myself to anticipate because the recession was so bad and so tough for so many people, that I was going to have to be more aggressive in explaining to the public how long it was going to take for the recovery to...
  • Top 10 signs ISIS was created by Democrat policies

    03/18/2015 3:36:40 PM PDT · by aquapub · 13 replies
    Conservative Examiner ^ | 3/18/15 | Robert Moon
    The left's outrageously dishonest attempt to blame others for the Democrat policy disaster known as "ISIS" is such a brazen, in-your-face attack on the facts that it simply cannot go unanswered. Here are the top ten signs that this lunatic cult of Islamic savages currently raping, torturing, and mass-murdering its way across Syria and Iraq was created directly by Democrat policies...
  • There Is No Difference Between Bush And Walker On Immigration

    03/18/2015 9:40:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 188 replies
    Townhall ^ | March 18, 2015 | Conn Carroll
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has run into a little bit of trouble on immigration again, this time forcing a communications aide off his staff after Democrats pushed out old tweets from the aide disparaging Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a well-known opponent of amnesty. "In other news, I see Iowa is once again embarrassing itself, and the GOP, this morning. Thanks, guys," the aide, Liz Mair tweeted, referring to King's January 24th Iowa Freedom Summit where Walker, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Carly Fiorina, and other possible Republican presidential candidates spoke. Walker's troubles with immigration began in January when opponents began circulating...
  • Barbara Bush Starts Fundraising for Jeb: ‘Pushing Him to Run’

    03/18/2015 8:44:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 18, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Jeb Bush’s campaign addressed the problem of his mother saying the country doesn’t need another Bush presidency head-on, in a fundraising email signed by Barbara Bush herself. “When the idea of Jeb running for President first came up, I was hesitant,” Mrs. Bush writes. “You may have heard about that. When you see the pounding candidates, their spouses, and even their children take, what mother wouldn’t be? But our problems are so profound that America needs a leader who can renew the promise of this great nation.”
  • The Fearsome Foursome: Bush, Paul, Walker, Rubio

    03/17/2015 9:21:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Roll Call's Rothenblog ^ | March 17, 2015 | Stuart Rothenberg
    A veritable bevy of Republican presidential hopefuls have already hired staff, wooed deep-pocketed contributors and made speeches in Iowa and New Hampshire, proving what we already know: The 2016 nomination preseason is well underway. Fundraising, organization, the size of the field and the calendar all will play a significant role in affecting how the race unfolds. The outcome is uncertain. The current conventional wisdom is, in spite of changes intended to shorten the nominating process, the race for the GOP nomination could be more of a marathon than a sprint. The last two Republican presidential nominating fights — with John...