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  • Luis Viera: Democrats, please don’t concede the South to the Republican Party

    12/20/2014 7:37:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | December 20, 2014 | Luis E. Viera
    With the recent defeat of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu — which leaves three Democratic Southern U.S. Senators — the common wisdom is that Democrats should bid farewell to the South. Even with favorable changing national demographics that benefit Democrats, an abandonment of the South and, on a larger scale, a viable moderate wing would be a mistake. Recently, writer Michael Tomasky argued that the South, a “reactionary, prejudice-infested” region, should be left to Republicans to create a “free market Jesus paradise.” Few sentiments better show what is wrong with Democrats today and why ironic Republican arguments that it is the...
  • 2014 is the Year of the Liberal Lie

    12/15/2014 9:16:56 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 3 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 12/14/14 | Kyle Smith
    2014 is the Year of the Liberal Lie By Kyle Smith Bowe Bergdahl. The IRS’s missing e-mails. Lena Dunham. “Hands up, don’t shoot.” Jonathan Gruber. GM and that faulty ignition switch. Andrew Cuomo and that anti-corruption commission. The Secret Service and that White House intruder. Rachel Noerdlinger and her “disabled” son. Rolling Stone and gang rape. 2014 was the year when truth was optional. 2014 was the year when convenient fabrication was the weapon of choice for celebrities, activists, big business and politicians. 2014 was the Year of the Lie. In each case, the liars used their powerful positions to...
  • Greg Abbott Wins in Texas; Wendy Davis Joins MSNBC

    11/05/2014 5:42:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | November 4, 2014 | Ian Tuttle
    Okay, the second half of that headline is not true — yet. But after being catapulted to national stardom for her pink athletic shoes and abortion extremism, Texas Democrat Wendy Davis has been trounced in her bid for the Lonestar State governor’s mansion by Republican Greg Abbott. Fox News has called the race for Abbott with 43 percent reporting. The victory comes after Davis’s myriad campaign missteps, from declining to answer whether she thought her wheelchair-bound opponent was exploiting his disability for political purposes, to questioning his fidelity to the right to interracial marriage, despite the fact that Abbott himself...
  • New York Lawmakers Outraged at Trayvon Martin Verdict

    07/13/2013 9:04:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 39 replies
    politicker.com ^ | July 13, 2013 | Jill Colvin
    Officials and various candidates for office joined in the flood of outrage tonight following the not guilty verdict in the racially-charged trial of George Zimmerman for the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Former Comptroller Bill Thompson, the mayoral race’s only black candidate, released and tweeted a terse, one-line statement slamming the decision, which was read tonight just before 10 p.m. “Trayvon Martin was killed because he was black,” declared Mr. Thompson. “There was no justice done today in Florida.” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn further slammed the acquittal as “a shocking insult to his family and everyone seeking justice...
  • GOP official goes off on NAACP for ignoring Mia Love and Tim Scott

    11/06/2014 6:07:30 PM PST · by PROCON · 34 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Nov. 6, 2014 | T. Becket Adams
    The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People on Thursday addressed the Nov. 4 midterm elections in a statement that failed to make any mention of the historic wins of Congresswoman-elect Mia Love, R-Utah, and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. Love is not only the first Haitian-American elected to Congress, but she is also the first African-American woman running as a Republican to be elected to Congress. Meanwhile, Sen. Scott’s victory on Tuesday makes him the first African-American senator to win an election in the South since the Reconstruction. Shortly after the NAACP released its Nov. 4 statement, which was...
  • La. State Sen. Guillory: 'Black People Are Being Used By Limousine Liberals'

    10/31/2014 8:18:28 PM PDT · by TBP · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 29, 2014 | Fox News
    Republican Louisiana state Sen. Elbert Guillory was on “The Kelly File” tonight to discuss his controversial new ad, in which he calls on black voters to “send Kay Hagan home.” In the ad, he says, "You see, black people are just being used by limousine liberals who have become our new overseers. We've only traded one plantation for another. You are not Kay Hagan's cause and you're certainly not her charity. You are just a vote. She has stepped off your backs to fame and fortune and left you behind on food stamps, deprived of the American dream." Tonight, he...
  • Bob Beckel: Get ready for an October surprise, Republicans

    09/21/2014 4:37:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 63 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | posted at 11:21 am on September 19, 2014 by Allahpundit
    Via NRO, nothing says “slow news Friday” like a lazy post devoted to half-assed speculation. On the one hand, he’s an old Democrat with friends in the Democratic establishment. He might conceivably have heard something from a friend who’s heard something from someone who’s in a position to know. On the other hand, I haven’t seen a single other liberal in media anywhere say anything about an October surprise. What’s most likely? That Bob Beckel, Fox News liberal, is somehow more tapped in to the White House than MSNBC? That lots of other lefties in media know what he’s talking...
  • Pelosi will buy the election without you

    08/27/2014 4:36:40 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    NRCC | Karl Rove
    Friend, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama have announced how they plan to win back 25 conservative House seats in this year’s Midterm Elections. What’s their strategy? Use a massive cash advantage to roll over our candidates. They're already $27 MILLION ahead of us and continue using Obama’s money machine to rake in millions from liberal mega-donors nationwide. The year's biggest fundraising deadline is only 7 days away on August 31st. It’s now or never if we are to catch up with them so we can win key races around the country. (SNIP) Friend, I’ve reviewed the data and am confident...
  • MSNBC Contributor Michelle Bernard Sees 'War on Black Boys' in America, Fears 'Genocide'

    08/18/2014 8:37:27 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 64 replies
    Move over, War on Women, there's a new war in town. On the August 18 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, contributor Michelle Bernard warned there is a "war on black men" in the United States, as evidence both by the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and persistent criticism of President Barack Obama from Republicans. What's more, Bernard insisted, there would be a "genocide" of young black men unless the problem were seriously addressed to her satisfaction.
  • Immigrants Flock to Workshops After Obama Reprieve

    12/12/2014 4:04:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 12, 2014 | By AMY TAXIN
    In small-town community centers, schools, churches and a vast city convention center, immigrant advocates are spreading the word about President Barack Obama's plan to give millions of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally a temporary reprieve. In Los Angeles, advocates are hosting an information session for as many as 10,000 people at the city's convention center Sunday. "After this big forum, we're going to have daily orientations. That is what we have to do in order to deal with the demand," said Angelica Salas.
  • Liberals: Obama abandoned us

    12/11/2014 3:38:10 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | December 11, 2014 | By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE and BURGESS EVERETT
    As Democrats took sharp aim at the White House over a year-end spending bill, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden scrambled to stave off a revolt from congressional liberals over a deal that no one in the West Wing or the Democratic Party really wants. Obama’s base says he’s sold them out—and didn’t even wait to do it until Republicans officially expand their majority in the House and takeover the Senate come January. Some on the left are worried the wide range of policy riders in a spending bill is a worrisome sign as Republicans take over the...
  • Obama and Boehner scramble to prevent shutdown as deal falters

    12/11/2014 3:20:39 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    MSNBC ^ | December 11, 2014 | By Suzy Khimm and Benjy Sarlin
    In a rare alliance, President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner scrambled Thursday to salvage a a $1.1 trillion must-pass spending bill amid a Republican revolt over immigration and a Democratic revolt over provisions that would deregulate Wall Street and increase the amount that individual donors can contribute to national political party committees. With its fate in doubt, President Obama took to the phones to personally lobby Democratic members on Thursday to vote for the legislation, a development White House spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed to MSNBC’s Alex Wagner. Republican leaders scrambled to convince enough conservative dissenters to change their votes...
  • Obama administration mobilizes to save faltering spending bill

    12/11/2014 3:15:47 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 11, 2014 | BY DAVID LAWDER AND RICHARD COWAN
    The Obama administration made a last-ditch attempt on Thursday to drum up Democratic support to salvage a faltering $1.1 trillion spending bill, just hours ahead of a midnight U.S. government shutdown deadline. Administration officials from President Barack Obama down to staff at the Department of Education were phoning Democrats in the House of Representatives to ask them to set aside objections to a financial provision and pass the measure to fund most of the government through September.
  • Senate GOP Elects Pro-Life Mitch McConnell Leader, Promises 5-Month Abortion Ban

    11/13/2014 10:17:38 AM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    life news ^ | 11/13/14 | Steven Ertelt
    Fresh from their overwhelming victory on Election Day, handing them control of the Senate over pro-abortion Democrats led by Harry Reid, Senate Republicans have unanimously elected pro-life Senator Mitch McConnell as their leader. McConnell, hailing from Kentucky, has promised the Senate will vote on a House-passed bill that bans abortions after 5 months because scientific research shows unborn children can feel pain at that point in pregnancy. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy and would save at least 18,000 lives a year. McConnell previously pledged that if his party won the...
  • Larry Hogan vows fight against Martin O’Malley anti-farm regulations

    12/09/2014 6:28:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    After weeks of promising bipartisanship and refusing to make policy announcements that might rile Democratic lawmakers, Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan has picked his first political fight, coming out swinging against environmentalists and their powerful allies in the General Assembly. Mr. Hogan vowed Monday to roll back proposed new regulations that would limit phosphorus runoff from farms, siding with Eastern Shore farmers who rely on phosphorus-rich chicken manure for fertilizer and against environmentalists who blame it for choking the life out of the Chesapeake Bay. The regulation, known as the “phosphorus management tool,” or PMT, has been hotly debated in the...
  • Lawmakers Agree on $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

    12/09/2014 3:36:28 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 75 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 9, 2014 | By DAVID ESPO and ANDREW TAYLOR
    ime running short, Republicans and Democrats agreed Tuesday on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown and delay a politically-charged struggle over President Barack Obama's new immigration policy until the new year. The compromise will permit virtually the entire government to operate normally through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year, with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security. Funds for that one agency will run out again in late winter. That will give Republicans an opportunity to try to use the expiration as leverage to force Obama to roll back a decision that will...
  • 2014 elections: Lessons, new landscape, new challenges (Commies have a problem...)

    12/07/2014 12:40:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    CPUSA ^ | 11/21/14 | John Bachtell
    There's no sugarcoating it. The November 2014 election results marked a serious setback for Democrats, the anti-ultra right alliance and the broad people's coalition led by labor. The fight for jobs at living wages, workers and immigrant rights, racial and gender equality, for climate justice and peace proceeds under more unfavorable conditions. The election resulted in a wave of victories for the Republicans and ultra right that may have surpassed 2010. However, while the GOP claims otherwise, it was not a mandate for right-wing policies. Grassroots efforts by labor and its allies mobilized millions of voters. Tens of thousands of...
  • Obama meets with newly elected governors

    12/05/2014 4:21:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2014 6:32 PM EST
    President Barack Obama met Friday with a handful of newly elected governors from across the country, including the Texas Republican who has led efforts to sue the president over his immigration executive orders. Texas Gov.-elect Greg Abbott said the lawsuit did not come up in his conversations with the president. […] Obama said much of the agenda for Friday’s meeting focused on the economy and ways states and the federal government can work together to promote growth. “The good news about governors is they usually don’t have time to be ideological because people expect them to deliver,” Obama said. …
  • Can the GOP Find Unity and Purpose?

    12/04/2014 4:07:34 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 4, 2014 | By PEGGY NOONAN
    The Democrats are divided. The Republicans need to resist Obama’s provocations. Take no bait. Act independently and in accord with national priorities. Cause no pointless trouble. If there’s trouble, it should have a clear, understandable, defendable purpose. That is general advice for the new Republican congressional majority. They will be proving every day they’re a serious governing alternative to the Democratic-dominated establishment that has run Washington for six years. The Republicans are being told they are a deeply divided party. True enough. But another way to look at it may prove more pertinent: “My father’s house has many mansions.” The...
  • Hardliners Push Opposing Obama Immigration Actions

    12/03/2014 4:45:41 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 3, 2014 | By ERICA WERNER
    In a defiant challenge to GOP leaders, immigration hardliners in Congress announced Wednesday they will oppose upcoming legislation to keep the government open. They demanded specific provisions to stop President Barack Obama's executive actions that granted a reprieve from deportation for millions. "We aren't with our vote going to give him one dime to execute his illegal action, and we believe the American people are going to stand with us," said Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., at a press conference outside the Capitol where she was joined by other House conservatives and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Cruz warned against "having a...
  • NYT: Working-Class Disgust with Democrats Hitting 'Dangerous Levels'

    12/03/2014 12:00:42 PM PST · by PROCON · 34 replies
    breitbart ^ | Dec. 3, 2014 | Wynton Hall
    Progressive New York Times columnist Thomas B. Edsall wrote on Tuesday that Democrats' embrace of Obamacare's redistribution scheme has angered and alienated working-class and middle-class Americans. "Even though midterm elections favor Republicans, the 2014 results show middle and working-class dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party rising to dangerous levels, which threatens the party's growing demographic advantages," wrote Edsall. As Breitbart News reported last Wednesday, the latest Gallup poll finds that President Barack Obama's approval rating with working-class white voters has hit an all-time low 27%. Moreover, the Gallup poll's findings were taken from opinion data collected prior to racially-charged riots in...
  • Obama encouraged by Republicans who oppose government shutdown

    12/03/2014 11:42:50 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 3, 2014 | By Steve Holland
    U.S. President Barack Obama voiced optimism on Wednesday that a government shutdown can be avoided in coming weeks, pointing to comments from Republican leaders of Congress who oppose a budget showdown. Obama said there are enormous potential areas for compromise with the Republican Congress, mentioning tax reform, trade and paying for infrastructure projects that would create jobs.
  • What Top Republicans Plan to Do With Their New Majority In Congress

    12/02/2014 4:45:56 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 2, 2014 | By NOAH WEILAND
    The top brass of the Republican Party spent the last 48 hours plotting ways to twist President Obama’s arm while outlining the new majority agenda they intend to concentrate on come January, when the 114th Congress takes its place. A two-day, invitation-only conference hosted by the Wall Street Journal featured a pairing of top executives and political leaders. Here are three ways Republicans plan to use their new majority in Congress: 1) Get President Obama to Listen. 2) Show the country that the GOP can govern. 3) Think broad and specific when proposing an agenda.
  • G.O.P. Gains by Tapping Democrats’ Base for State Candidates

    11/30/2014 1:36:25 PM PST · by SMGFan · 28 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 29, 2014
    WASHINGTON — As Republicans took control of an unprecedented 69 of 99 statehouse chambers in the midterm elections, they did not rely solely on a bench of older white men. Key races hinged on the strategic recruitment of women and minorities, many of them first-time candidates who are now learning the ropes and joining the pool of prospects for higher office.
  • The Vanishing White Democrat

    11/19/2014 8:59:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 11/19/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    It wasn’t all that long ago that the Democrats were predicting the end of the Republican Party. With the rise of Obama, James Carville began peddling a new book “40 More Years” promising that the Dems would rule for generations. Just this year Carville predicted that the Republican Party would become extinct if it lost to Hillary Clinton. But it was the Democratic Party that was going extinct in Carville’s own backyard. Republicans began winning Senate seats in Louisiana for the first time in a century in just the last ten years. If Landrieu loses, then both of the Louisiana’s...
  • Mary Landrieu is the clear choice for Senate: Editorial

    11/26/2014 3:38:19 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 100 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | November 26, 2014 | By The Editorial Board
    Mary Landrieu is dedicated to the well being of Louisiana residents. Even her vote for the Affordable Care Act, which is being used to attack her, reflects concern for the hundreds of thousands of her constituents who lack health insurance. Seniority matters in the Senate. Although Democrats lost control of the chamber in the midterm elections, Sen. Landrieu would be one of the highest-ranking members of the minority party in the next Congress. Her track record demonstrates her ability to work successfully with Republicans on a variety of matters. Louisiana needs Sen. Landrieu's knowledge, energy and influence in Washington as...
  • President Pinocchios' Nose Is Growing Longer and Longer

    04/16/2014 7:41:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - President Obama and the Democrats have been peddling some whoppers lately about women in the workforce and Obamacare that are patently untrue, or based on questionable, exaggerated data. Obama and his party are betting they can get away with such falsehoods because the news media swallows them whole, regurgitating their charges as facts. Washington's ultra-liberal press corps rarely digs into the veracity of his claims. The first is the White House's election year claims that average working women are paid a great deal less than men, often for the same amount of work. Here's what Obama said...
  • President Pinocchio

    01/22/2014 11:05:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 22, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - President Obama's bogus promises, predictions and claims are legendary, but perhaps you've forgotten his "sky is falling" forecast about the $85 billion budget sequester. Last February, as Congress's automatic budget cuts began chipping away at the government's out-of-control spending levels, Obama went hyperbolic. The spending cuts would deal a "huge blow... to our economy as a whole" and "all our economic progress could be at risk." In a string of speeches, the president played his fear card again. Air traffic control operations were being put at risk. Cancer research projects would be halted. Your food safety was in...
  • 2014 and Republican Morale

    11/25/2014 6:32:14 AM PST · by CPT Clay · 3 replies
    Red State ^ | November 24th, 2014 at 05:00 PM | Dan McLaughlin
    ERICK ERICKSON FRONT PAGE WRITERS FEATURES E-LETTERS COFFEE & MARKETS GATHERING FRIENDS RedState Gathering Set For Atlanta in 2015! Click here for more information. « BACK | PRINT RS FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR 2014 and Republican Morale By: Dan McLaughlin (Diary) | November 24th, 2014 at 05:00 PM | 15 RESIZE: AAA Share on Facebook 12 57 SHARES Sexy Karl Rove 622 There’s been a lot written about the impact of the 2014 elections, but let’s not overlook one of the really crucial points: its effect on Republican morale. Republicans didn’t just need a win: we needed a win that met...
  • Obama thanks New England for its support with a finger in its eye

    11/19/2014 9:02:06 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/19/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    New England is beyond a doubt the most socialist section of the country. For all their talk about “Boston Strong” and “Hearty New Englanders,” they are the most committed supporters of Democrat liberals. Last Wednesday their loyalty to Barack Obama was rewarded with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) crushing blow to New England’s cod fishing industry. Obama’s henchmen at NOAA placed a, “six-month ban on most cod fishing off New England this week and are threatening to cut next year’s catch by up to 75 percent.” Given the extent of the damage this ban will do, observers have...
  • Mark Begich concedes to Dan Sullivan in Alaska Senate race

    11/17/2014 4:34:16 PM PST · by CatOwner · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/17/2014 | Rebecca Berg
    Finally. An additional 7,286 votes were added to the Alaska Senate totals today so far. And while Begich received almost 58% of those votes, Sullivan still leads by 6,211 votes. It is believed there will no more than 3,000 additional ballots to count by this Wednesday (Nov 19).
  • Obama To Voters – My Voice is The Only One That Counts

    11/16/2014 6:14:16 AM PST · by massmike · 11 replies
    grasstopsusa.com ^ | 11/16/2014 | Don Feder
    The day after the 2014 election, the president made one of his Olympian pronouncements: "To everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you," he declared. But, "to the two-thirds of Americans who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you too." But what are non-voters saying, that they love the president so much that they couldn't bear to take part in an election where he'd be crushed? It's more likely non-voting is due to laziness, apathy or cynicism about a political process that offers Barack Obama and Mitt Romney as alternatives. In 2014,...
  • Oregon Immigration Vote Is a Warning for Obama

    11/16/2014 7:01:09 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 16, 2014 | By JONATHAN J. COOPER and NICHOLAS RICCARDI
    The fate of a little-noticed ballot measure in strongly Democratic Oregon serves as a warning to President Barack Obama and his party about the political perils of immigration policy. Even as Oregon voters were legalizing recreational marijuana and expanding Democratic majorities in state government, they decided by a margin of 66-34 to cancel a new state law that would have provided driver's licenses to people who are in the United States illegally. "The Oregon measure tells you these measures are not easy or simple," said Muzaffar Chishti of the Migration Policy Institute. "The political cost may be significant, even in...
  • Once More, President Obama Is Doing The Republicans’ Jobs For Them

    11/15/2014 12:05:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 15, 2014 | Rmuse
    There is an idiom that parents and employers likely put in practice when an important task has to be completed correctly; “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself.” President Obama certainly understands that sentiment with a slight variation; if the nation wants anything done at all, the President has to do it himself due to Republicans who have done nothing since January 2009. Sometime next week, after waiting patiently for Ted Cruz to order House Republicans to take up, and pass, the Senate’s bipartisan immigration reform, the President will take action on immigration reform. The...
  • POLL: Only 20% of Tuesday's voters supported an Obama executive amnesty

    11/15/2014 7:11:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Numbers USA ^ | November 6, 2014 | by Roy Beck
    A scientific national poll of those who voted in Tuesday's congressional elections found that only 20% support "President Obama changing immigration policy on his own." THE POLL QUESTION: President Obama recently said that he plans to go around Congress and take executive action on immigration policy. Which do you support more: (ROTATED) President Obama changing immigration policy on his own, or President Obama working with Congress to change immigration policy? 74% PRESIDENT OBAMA WORKING WITH CONGRESS TO CHANGE IMMIGRATION POLICY 20% PRESIDENT OBAMA CHANGING IMMIGRATION POLICY ON HIS OWN 5% DO NOT KNOW/CANNOT JUDGE (VOL.) 1% REFUSED (VOL.) Majorities of...
  • Behind the G.O.P.’s Misleading Shutdown Statements

    11/14/2014 4:06:46 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 14, 2014 | By DAVID FIRESTONE
    Senator Mitch McConnell said yesterday that he would not shut down the government, over immigration or anything else, after he takes over as Majority Leader in January. On the same day, Speaker John Boehner refused to rule out a shutdown. Both were being deceptive, but Mr. McConnell, as usual, was a little more clever about it. The House produced last year’s government shutdown when it insisted on attaching the repeal of various parts of the Affordable Care Act to spending bills necessary to keep the government open. That was a huge embarrassment for Mr. Boehner, making his caucus appear feral...
  • Cantor slayer will back Boehner

    11/14/2014 3:37:07 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 14, 2014 | By Cristina Marcos
    Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), who shockingly toppled former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in a primary this summer, says he'll support John Boehner (R-Ohio) for Speaker. Brat told The Hill he plans to vote for Boehner on the floor in January when the Speaker is elected by the full House for the new Congress. "As of right now, yeah," Brat said. "I'm optimistic our leadership's going to move forward on the principles I ran on."
  • Wisconsin chief accused of harassing tea party activist leaves job

    11/14/2014 3:22:56 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press ^ | November 14, 2014
    The police chief of a small town near La Crosse accused of harassing a local tea party activist is leaving his job. The Town of Campbell and Tim Kelemen have reached an agreement which pays the chief for about 330 hours. Kelemen admitted to using the activist's personal e-mail address to sign him up for online dating services, and even pornographic websites. Kelemen's lawyer says the chief will apply for disability benefits for a mental health condition he says stems from harassment by the local tea party activists.
  • Landrieu Faces Lopsided Air War in Louisiana

    11/14/2014 1:04:10 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    ABC News ^ | November 14, 2014 | By MELINDA DESLATTE
    Republican Senate contender Bill Cassidy and his conservative allies have outspent endangered Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu by roughly a 180-to-1 margin on television since their campaign went into overtime. It was a reverse from earlier in the campaign, when Landrieu blanketed the airwaves and conservatives held onto their cash. No outside groups so far have come to Landrieu's aid, while GOP groups have ramped up their support of Cassidy.
  • Democrats' Loss is Not a Win For Hillary Clinton

    11/12/2014 6:19:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 12, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    In the old Soviet Union, Kremlinologists would read the state party newspaper Pravda not so much for the news it contained, but to glean what the commissars wanted readers to believe the commissars were thinking. The closest we have to that in America is the New York Times. Obviously, it's not a state organ and there are many fine journalists there, but it does play a similar role for the Democratic Party, often reporting less on what Democrats actually think and more on what Democrats want readers to believe is the current state of Democratic thinking. Two days after the...
  • Time for Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to go

    11/11/2014 5:00:11 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | November 12, 2014 | By Scot Lehigh
    IN POLITICS, there’s nothing harder than realizing that it’s time to go. For Democrats Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, that moment has arrived. With the Democrats’ midterm losses, the two 74-year-olds should announce that when this session of Congress ends, they will relinquish their roles as leaders of their respective Democratic caucuses. And if Reid and Pelosi don’t soon come to the conclusion on their own that it’s time to bow out? Well, then, their fellow Democrats, recognizing that you can’t begin a new era with old leaders, should let both know that the time has come to go.
  • Two Hidden Factors in the 2014 Campaign

    11/11/2014 9:15:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Looking back on the 2014 election cycle, I see two largely unnoticed turning points that worked against Democrats and in Republicans' favor. The first came in response to the October 2013 government shutdown. This was blamed, as shutdowns usually are, on Republicans, partly because of their skepticism about big government, and partly because media professionals tend to fault the GOP in any partisan fight. The shutdown occurred because about 40 Republican House members refused to support a continuing resolution funding the government without a proviso defunding Obamacare. Texas freshman Sen. Ted Cruz had been barnstorming the country arguing that this...
  • Harry Reid's dilemma: Side with Republicans or Obama?

    11/11/2014 6:30:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | November 10, 2014 | By BURGESS EVERETT
    Senate Democrats are split over whether to ram through the White House's stalled nominees. Reid’s approach would keep the holiday season from ending in a series of bitter midnight sessions and could avoid antagonizing Republicans. But other Democrats argue Republicans may have little interest in approving the bulk of the president’s nominees regardless of what happens in the next few weeks, so it’s now or never to act on a slate of new judges, ambassadors and perhaps even the confirmation of attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch. “Let’s clear the decks, unless we can get some agreement with Republicans,” said Sen....
  • Alaska to begin counting nearly 50,000 ballots Tuesday

    11/10/2014 3:52:42 PM PST · by george76 · 28 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | November 10, 2014
    Alaska will begin counting nearly 50,000 absentee and questioned ballots on Tuesday in an effort to resolve the state's unsettled contests for the Senate and for governor. Democratic Sen. Mark Begich trails Republican challenger Dan Sullivan by about 8,100 votes. ... The Alaska governor's race is also too close to call. Independent candidate Bill Walker leads incumbent Republican Gov. Sean Parnell by about 3,000 votes.
  • Two Midterm Elections Have Hollowed Out The Democratic Party

    11/09/2014 8:38:25 PM PST · by goldstategop · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/08/2014 | Dan Balz
    The more serious problem for Democrats is the drubbing they’ve taken in the states, the breeding ground for future national talent and for policy experimentation. Republicans have unified control — the governorship and the legislature — in 23 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Democrats control just seven. Democrats hold 18 governorships, but only a handful are in the most populous states. In California, Gov. Jerry Brown won again at age 76, his fourth, non-consecutive term in the governor’s office. His victory means that younger Democrats will have to wait until 2018 to compete for one of...
  • 10 freshmen who could trouble leadership

    11/09/2014 12:26:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House Republicans will have their largest majority since the 1930s next year, but that doesn't mean Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) job will be easy.The House GOP leadership's struggles in keeping members in line over the past four years have been well documented. Some of the incoming freshmen will likely join the ranks of conservatives who frequently oppose leadership initiatives.Among the new freshmen, for instance, is one congressman-elect who has called Hillary Clinton the "anti-Christ," another who has suggested Muslims don't deserve First Amendment rights, and yet another who has declared himself open to the idea of the United States invading...
  • The Death of the Southern White Democrat Hurts African-Americans the Most

    11/09/2014 7:43:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 33 replies
    The New Republic ^ | November 8, 2014 | By Jason Zengerle
    Not long after the polls closed on Tuesday night, Georgia Congressman John Barrow earned his place in history when he lost his reelection campaign to Republican Rick Allen by almost 10 points—a peculiar place he undoubtedly didn’t want. Barrow, a five-term Democratic incumbent with a conservative voting record that earned him endorsements from both the National Rifle Association and the Chamber of Commerce, was the last white Democrat in Congress from the Deep South. Much as this is a problem for white southern Democrats, it's a crisis for black ones. That’s because blacks in the South—who, notwithstanding the very compelling...
  • Democrats lost the big-money game in midterm election

    11/09/2014 7:05:40 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 24 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 8, 2014 | By JOSEPH TANFANI
    Facing a tough midterm election, Democrats put aside some of their remaining scruples about the new age of unlimited campaign spending and courted unions and hedge-fund billionaires for big checks to try to salvage a Senate majority. They spent a lot of money. But not enough. This year, in a reversal of 2012, the big-money Democratic donors watched their investments return little on election night Tuesday. Although Republicans outspent them overall, Democrats got beaten even in states like Colorado and North Carolina where they spent the same or even a little more than Republicans. "We just saw a national tsunami,"...
  • Obama unlikely to alter Supreme Court ideology with Republican Senate

    11/09/2014 5:23:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 8, 2014 | By DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMOTHY M. PHELPS
    The window for President Obama to add another liberal justice to the Supreme Court probably closed last week when Republicans took control of the Senate. Over the last 10 years, the Senate's vote on high court nominees has increasingly followed party lines. Republican senators lined up against Obama's first two nominees — Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — but lacked the votes to block them. Now, they will have the majority to stop any nominee, particularly one with a liberal record.
  • NY Times: Hillary has the Republicans right where she wants them!

    11/08/2014 10:25:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | Noah Rothman
    The 2016 cycle began before the 2014 cycle ended, and the prospective presidential candidates long ago mobilized to hit the ground running as soon as the polls across America closed on Tuesday night. The results of the midterm elections have, however, lit a special fire under the inevitable Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. A report in The New York Times on Friday morning revealed that the Clinton Machine is revving into high gear, but it also suggested that Hillary will burst out of the 2016 presidential gate with a whimper. The former secretary of state will cease to deliver paid...