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  • FBI Makes It Official: Hillary Rodham Clinton Is Under Investigation

    February 8, 2016FBI Makes It Official: Hillary Rodham Clinton Is Under Investigation by Michael Walsh Just the thing to propel her into the New Hampshire primary tomorrow: In a letter disclosed Monday in a federal court filing, the FBI confirms one of the world's worst-kept secrets: It is looking into Hillary Clintons use of a private email server. Why say this at all, since it was widely known to be true? Because in August in response to a judge's direction, the State Department asked the FBI for information about what it was up to. Sorry, the FBI said at the...
  • Everyone is underestimating Ted Cruz

    02/08/2016 12:23:15 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 145 replies
    Vox ^ | February 8, 2016 | Timothy B. Lee
    Ted Cruz won last week's Iowa caucuses, exceeding expectations and capturing an impressive 27 percent of the vote. Donald Trump took second place, while Marco Rubio took third. What happened next?...
  • Bush campaign manager warns aides to watch for 'dirty tricks' from Rubio camp

    02/08/2016 12:51:02 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/7/2016 | Alex isnstadt
    MANCHESTER, N.H. -- With the hours counting down until the New Hampshire primary, tensions between the Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush campaigns are intensifying. On Sunday afternoon, Bush campaign manager Danny Diaz convened top aides for an afternoon conference call in which he told them to expect "dirty tricks" from the Rubio campaign in the run-up to voting here, according to one source on the call. The source said Diaz, a hard-charging veteran operative, was not more specific. The conference call came as the Huffington Post reported that a pro-Rubio super PAC had sent out a mailer in the state...
  • Marco Rubio malfunctions at Republican debate

    02/07/2016 7:42:00 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 85 replies
    The Star ^ | 02/06/15 | Daniel Dale
    Chris Christie accused Marco Rubio of being an empty suit, a dilettante who repeats the same memorized speech over and over. Rubio's response: the same memorized speech. For a minute or so on Saturday night, the Republican golden boy seemed like a malfunctioning robot. Delivering the same confusing line four separate times -- Barack Obama, he said, "knows exactly what he's doing" -- Rubio proved the precise point Christie was trying to make. "There it is," Christie said, triumphant. "There it is, everybody." The Republican debate was held three days before the New Hampshire primary in which national front-runner Donald...
  • Hillary: Women Cannot be 'Establishment'

    02/07/2016 3:34:18 AM PST · by Libloather · 37 replies
    Lifezette ^ | 2/05/16 | Brendan Kirby
    Hillary Clinton on Thursday said a woman cannot be considered part of the Establishment. Clinton offered the claim during a Democratic presidential debate with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Durham, New Hampshire. Sanders said Clinton "has the entire Establishment or almost the entire Establishment behind her. That's a fact." But Hillary said her sex makes that impossible. "Well, look, I've got to just jump in here because, honestly, Senator Sanders is the only person who I think would characterize me, a woman running to be the first woman president, as exemplifying the Establishment. And I've got to tell you that...
  • Trump Gets Booed For Taking On GOP Donor Class

    02/06/2016 9:06:55 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 144 replies
    Youtube ^ | 02/06/15
    “You know who has the tickets to the television audience?” Trump said. “Donors, special interests, the people that are putting up the money. That's who it is. The RNC told us. We have all donors in the audience. And the reason they're not loving me—the reason they're not—excuse me. The reason they're not loving me is, I don't want their money.” The audience didn’t take kindly to Trump’s dismissal, booing him repeatedly during an exchange with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
  • Rubio ‘Rattled’: Establishment Favorite Crushed by Christie

    02/06/2016 8:21:31 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/06/15 | Tony Lee
    Seven GOP presidential candidates will debate in New Hampshire on Saturday evening in their only debate before the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 97% , looking to sustain his momentum after his Iowa win, will be joined by New Hampshire frontrunner Donald Trump, who will return to the stage after skipping Fox News’s Iowa debate, Dr. Ben Carson.Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 79% , Ohio Governor John Kasich, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Carly Fiorina did not qualify for the debate though she, unlike Christie, actually won some delegates in Iowa....
  • The Conservative Case Against Marco Rubio

    02/06/2016 1:08:14 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02-06-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    Now that Marco Rubio appears to be rising in the polls, more members of the establishment are trying to convince voters that although they are supporting him, he really is profoundly conservative. Looking at Rubio's Liberty Score rating of 79% it's clear that he is indeed more conservative than most other members of the establishment, but that doesn't make him the most principled and electable conservative in the race. Additionally, the very fact alone that the establishment is rallying around Rubio should give conservatives reason to pause. When is the last time you saw the GOP's establishment and their friends...
  • GOP wants end to pro-Bush attacks on Rubio

    02/06/2016 6:53:08 AM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/06/16 | Alexander Bolton
    An all-out assault on Sen. Marco Rubio by groups aligned with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is angering GOP senators, who fear it could hurt the party's chances of capturing the White House. Right to Rise, a pro-Bush super PAC, has spent an estimated $20 million against Rubio. It is expected to launch a new ad this weekend featuring a clip of former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who endorsed Rubio Tuesday, fumbling to name one of his accomplishments.
  • Why the Republican Establishment Lectures, and Why No One Listens

    02/05/2016 3:23:32 AM PST · by M.A.Meddybemps · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 2/4/2016 | Mike Henkins
    The National Review, that once considered go-to publication of all things conservative, seemed to have started a wave of Republican Establishment PIMOs (Professors in Mind Only) grabbing whatever publication, podium, or audience that was nearest and commenced on lecturing those contentious snotty sleeve wiping brats outside the beltway what is obvious to every blue blooded babe still in Gucci nappies inside the golden city are born knowing: We are your betters. We know how Washington D.C. is to be run. We already have decided who will be the nominee. The only reason we suffer you grubby little peasants is to...
  • The Establishment Is Dead

    02/04/2016 9:54:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 4, 2016 | Ben Shapiro
    In Monday's Iowa caucus, Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the man most hated by the Republican establishment, came from behind to nab front-runner Donald Trump. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the supposed establishment favorite, came in just a point behind Trump. According to conventional wisdom, this should set up a battle royal among anti-establishment Cruz, anti-establishment Trump and establishment Rubio. If Rubio emerges victorious, the pundits explain, the establishment will have lived to fight another day, and put those rowdy conservative grass-roots anti-establishment types in their place. This is nonsense. Cruz is the most conservative person in the Republican race. Trump, up...
  • The False Claim that Rubio Can Unite the GOP

    02/03/2016 6:03:18 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 36 replies
    Lifezette ^ | Feb 3, 2016 | Keith Koffler
    You can feel it in the Republican Establishment, the sense that Sen. Marco Rubio’s solid third-place finish in Iowa is the moment the locusts cleared, the boils healed, the frogs jumped away, and the waters parted. Delivered into Sinai, Republicans of finer character got to watch as boorish Trumpites and the Cruzians were swallowed up at last by Nile. But in order to make it to the Promised Land, the Establishment still needs Rubio to win — or at least place a strong second — in New Hampshire. And for that, some spin of Biblical proportions will be necessary. Part...
  • In Defense of the GOP Establishment [Understanding the limitations of what they have to work with]

    02/03/2016 8:04:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/03/2016 | James Arlandson
    When you were a rowdy teen, your parents were the Establishment. Now that you're a parent, what are you? The anti-establishment, cool parent? Not likely. Rather, you're a grownup who tries to keep the peace in your discordant household; who tries to negotiate among self-interested, imperfect family members who have competing goods and goals; and who tries to instill a long-range vision for the future in your desire-ridden family who wants instant self-gratification. Welcome to the Establishment. You're a bona fide member now. Here's a defense of the amorphous, notional Establishment, as I see it, if it even exists in...
  • Vanity: Perspective on the Real Enemy: The ESTABLISHMENT.

    02/02/2016 7:42:58 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 30 replies
    Feb 2, 2016 | JSDude1
    Just wanted to REMIND all that, just like the founder of this website, I believe the real enemy isn't Donald Trump (I am a Cruz supporter), nor should Ted Cruz be the real enemy for any Donald Trump supporter. The REAL ENEMY is THE ESTABLISHMENT AND SELLOUTS as embodied currently in Marco Rubio. Carry On..
  • The Case for a Cruz-Trump Coalition

    02/02/2016 12:20:14 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 117 replies
    Lifezette ^ | Feb 2, 2016 | Laura Ingraham
    If the internecine warfare between the two top populist candidates continues, the conservative majority of the Republican Party could once again be forced to live with a nominee chosen by the Establishment. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump placed first and second in Iowa. But if they don’t now combine forces and put aside their rancor, they may each find themselves losing the nomination to the third-place finisher, Establishment favorite Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Entering New Hampshire, Cruz and Trump have to play it smart. Cruz must recognize that he needs Trump to win in the Granite State. If...
  • Marco Rubio's November Electability Problem

    02/02/2016 11:10:55 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 51 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Feb 2, 2016 | J. Christian Adams
    There hasn’t been this much excitement in the luxury boxes since the 1991 Kentucky Derby when Mane Minister showed at 87-1. Marco Rubio’s expected third-place showing set off a frenzy of spin and sly promotion in the commentary class. The conventional wisdom is that Rubio is the more electable Republican in November as compared to Ted Cruz or Donald Trump. The conventional wisdom is wrong, just as it was in 2012 and 2008. Marco Rubio has two significant problems that render him a problematic November candidate. The first is his record on the most important issue of the year. The...

    01/29/2016 6:23:27 PM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 78 replies
    World New Daily ^ | Published: 1 day ago | PATRICK J. BUCHANAN
    The conservative movement is starting to look a lot like Syria. Baited, taunted, mocked by Fox News, Donald Trump told Roger Ailes what he could do with his Iowa debate, and marched off to host a Thursday night rally for veterans at the same time in Des Moines. Message: I speak for the silent majority, Roger, not you, not Megyn Kelly, not Fox News. Diss me, and I will do fine without Fox. And so the civil-sectarian war on the right widens and deepens.
  • Trump’s Bread and Circuses … For the Elites

    01/27/2016 2:27:33 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 15 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Jan 27, 2016 | T. Elliot Gaiser
    With less than a week to Iowa’s caucus, Donald Trump has convinced enough elected officials, insiders, and lobbyists to prefer him to Sen. Ted Cruz. A field of economics known as “public choice” explains why: Trump threatens their interests less than Cruz. Trump is the candidate of bread and circuses. His rallies feature immense crowds that show up to hear him insult, gloat, boast, growl, bark. Trump is spectacle by design. His campaign operation compares favorably to the French philosophy behind professional wrestling. The wealthy reality TV star rents movie theaters and entertains fans with a combination of ego and...
  • Anti-Establishment Does Not Mean Pro-Conservative

    01/27/2016 1:21:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 84 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2016 | Ben Shapiro
    Donald Trump will change everything. This seems to be the consensus among anti-establishment Republicans. According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, Trump leads among anti-establishment primary voters with an actual majority of 51 percent. And a full 51 percent of Republicans think Trump is "the best choice to bring needed change to Washington, perhaps the single most crucial attribute to leaned Republicans." Trump makes this case, too. He's said that he's the establishment's worst nightmare. He says he's too rich too be bought, too independent to care about what his enemies say, too powerful to be stopped. He'll stand...
  • Cruz-Hating Republicans Need a Reality Check

    01/27/2016 11:03:11 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 66 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 25, 2016 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. This sound aphorism may have a less pithy political corollary: Never attribute to strategy what can be explained by emotion. Only this truth can help us understand why Republican officials have started saying they prefer Donald Trump to Senator Ted Cruz as their presidential nominee. Congressional Republicans would supposedly come out ahead with Trump because he would be a stronger nominee and a more cooperative president. These arguments are so weak that they can be understood only as rationalizations for a passionate hatred of Cruz felt by Republicans...
  • After Years of False Alarms, the 'Conservative Crackup' Has Arrived

    01/27/2016 10:30:42 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 27, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    I've been hearing about the impending "conservative crackup" for nearly 25 years. The term was coined by R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., the founder of the American Spectator. He meant that conservatism had lost its philosophical coherence. But the phrase almost instantly became a catchall for any prediction of the right's imminent demise or dissolution. These dire prophesies always reminded me of those "Free Beer Tomorrow" signs. As Annie sings, tomorrow is "always a day away." Well, thanks to Donald Trump, tomorrow may be here. There's a fierce internecine battle over whether to oppose Trump's run, passively accept his popularity, or...
  • Trump Supporter, 101

    01/27/2016 9:42:25 AM PST · by M.A.Meddybemps · 32 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 1/27/16 | Mike Henkins
    There seems to be much speculation as to what causes a person to support Donald Trump. Almost every Washington D.C. Establishment pundit, consultant, and bathroom attendant has a theory. Some of it pure speculation, some of it derived from Pew research polls, focus groups, and think tanks. All of it has been gleamed over with microscopes, late nights have been logged, and countless gallons of Starbucks has been consumed. The result? No one inside the beltway has a clue so they just label them misguided low information isolationist rubes with racist tendencies throwing a tantrum all the while too moronic...
  • The Week: GOP Establishment Doesn't "Care About The Economic Problems" Of Working Class

    01/25/2016 1:22:01 PM PST · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 25,2016 | Breitbart News
    From The Week: There’s something faintly comical about everyone in the Republican party shouting, “I’m not the establishment. That guy is.” The conservative movement long ago defeated the East Coast establishment of the party. It was a total rout; the last semi-moderate New England Republicans were defeated a decade ago. And yet, conservatives still insist that they are fighting some powerful establishment within the Republican Party.
  • Donald Trump: Fighting the Establishment

    01/25/2016 12:46:59 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 16 replies
    Facebook ^ | 1/25/2016 | Donald Trump
    Donald J. Trump: "I want to win for the people of this great country. The only people I will owe are the voters. The media, special interests, and lobbyists are all trying to stop me. We won't let that happen!"
  • The Iowa Establishment’s Unprincipled Effort to Save its Precious Caucus From Ted Cruz

    01/25/2016 9:21:13 AM PST · by Isara · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | January 25, 2016 | David French
    Every morning the Washington Post sends out an email called the "Daily 202." It's generally excellent, and while I wouldn't turn to its writers for information on the Tea Party or news about the latest trends in conservative thought, they often have their finger on the pulse of the political establishment. This morning's headline got my attention - cementing a trend that I've been writing about for more than a week. The establishment is moving to Trump, and the Iowa GOP establishment is moving even faster. Why? I'll let the headline tell you: "Iowa leaders, worried about the credibility of...
  • The Nominee We Deserve?

    01/24/2016 4:03:56 PM PST · by brothers4thID · 80 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 02-01-2016 | Stephen F. Hayes
    Do Republicans deserve to lose? Consider the state of play as we write this in late January, just days from the first GOP nominating contests. The Republican frontrunner is a longtime liberal whose worldview might best be described as an amalgam of pop-culture progressivism and vulgar nationalism. His campaign rallies are orgies of self-absorption, dominated by juvenile insults of those who criticize him and endless boasting about his poll numbers. He’s a narcissist and a huckster, an opportunist who not only failed to join conserv­atives in the big fights about the size and scope of government over the past several...
  • The Long Game: A Guide to Counting Delegates

    01/24/2016 3:49:17 PM PST · by brothers4thID · 56 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 02-01-2016 | Jay Cost
    The conventional wisdom about Republican presidential nominations goes something like this: Either (1) a single candidate wins Iowa and New Hampshire, then sweeps the rest of the field; or (2) the winner in Iowa fails to take New Hampshire, and we wait a few weeks for South Carolina and Nevada to figure out who the nominee will be. Either way, the whole thing wraps up early, and the later contests do not matter. These scenarios have played out, though, when the top candidates have been generally acceptable to the majority of Republicans. Under those circumstances, letting Iowa, New Hampshire, South...
  • Trump Spokesman Flat out Lies about Trump’s Own Words

    01/23/2016 11:15:46 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 133 replies
    Redstate ^ | Leon H. Wolf
    Life as a Trump spokesperson has got to be a degrading existence. Your job, essentially, is to defend every public utterance of a guy who changes positions every half hour, but refuses to ever admit that he has ever been wrong. As the Right Scoop notes, part of the job description of being a Trump spokesman is literally believing that Donald Trump has never been wrong, even when Donald Trump disagrees with previous things Donald Trump has said. Supporters of other candidates do not have to do this. Rubio's supporters don't have to say that Rubio was never involved in...
  • Trump: When I get to Washington, I’m Going to Become Part of the Establishment...

    01/22/2016 4:21:58 PM PST · by TBBT · 108 replies
    Redstate ^ | 1/22/16 | Leon H. Wolf
    I am not making this up or exaggerating what Donald Trump said. These are his words and you can see the video for yourself. Via the Blaze, Trump literally says that when he gets to Washington he's going to become an establishment politician so that he can get some really great, super huge, classy deals done. Here he is speaking in Las Vegas last night. ***snip*** Trump: And you know what, there's a point at which, let's get to be a little bit establishment, because we gotta get things done, folks, okay? Believe me, don't worry, we're gonna get such...
  • Soros: Trump, Cruz Doing the Work of ISIS

    01/22/2016 9:23:46 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/22/15 | Pam Key
    Thursday in an interview with Bloomberg TV at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, billionaire George Soros attacked Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and said he was "doing the work of ISIS." Soros said, "By fear-mongering, Donald Trump and others, Cruz and so on are doing the work of ISIS." "It must be wrong to do what your enemies wants you to do," he continued. "They want people to turn against Muslims, treat them with suspicion, and convince the Muslims community that there is no alternative except terrorism. So it turns the young Muslim population into a breeding ground...
  • Charles Hurt and Roger Stone Defend Trump from Republican Onslaught

    01/21/2016 9:24:56 PM PST · by Sybeck1 · 21 replies
    Response to NRO attack on the guy who can win it all
  • The GOPe Wants You To Crawl Back Under a Rock

    01/21/2016 11:29:29 AM PST · by Behind the Blue Wall · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 20, 2016 | Breitbart TV
    Without getting into the odious profanity that Rick Wilson spewed the other night that has rightly been excised from the pages of Free Republic, he said something else that I think bears repeating, because it encapsulates the incredible disdain and hatred that the GOP consultant class feels towards the Republican base. "[The people who] think Donald Trump is the greatest thing, oh, it`s something . . . They`re not real and political players. These are not people who matter in the overall course of humanity."
  • Marco Rubio: Why Is The Establishment Is Attacking Me?

    01/21/2016 11:16:36 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/21/15 | Charlie Spiering
    I'm not establishment, he is. That's the argument that presidential candidates are making on the campaign trail as they vow to take on the establishment in Washington D.C. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 79% asserted today that the establishment is actually not on his side, but rather spending money to stop him from becoming president. "Every time I've ever run for office, whether it's to the Senate or now as president, I've had to take on the Republican establishment and we're doing it again now," Rubio said in New Hampshire this morning according to Politico's Eli Stokols. "For example, I've had...
  • Steyn: The World They Made

    01/21/2016 11:09:57 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | January 21, 2016 | Mark Steyn
    ".....................As I said, I wrote that two years ago-March 2014. All the Chumpy McDonorpants had to do was sit on their hands and not give 100 million bucks to another hereditary-class rich-boy stiff with no flair for retail politics who thinks that illegal immigration is "an act of love". But they couldn't help themselves. The Donor Class decided it would take its contempt for the rubes to the next level...and now they're surprised that the rubes have decided to take it to the next level, too.They don't care when the insiders say that Trump isn't a "real Republican".To them,that's not...
  • Cruz: Trump can't wait to cut deals with Dems

    01/21/2016 7:15:58 AM PST · by Isara · 68 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/21/16 | Kelly Cohen
    Ted cruz vs Hannity Full Interview 1/20/2016 (Video)Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday cast front-runner Donald Trump as an establishment candidate who's already positioning himself to cut deals with Democrats. "Donald is publicly bragging about how all the big establishment players are getting behind him, and his criticism of me is he said I went to Washington and actually stood up and fought in Washington and Donald has said, well, the problem he has with me is that I won't go along to get along in Washington," the Texas senator said in an interview Wednesday night with Fox News' Sean Hannity....
  • Bob Dole, Who Opposed Ronald Reagan in 1980, Thinks Donald Trump is Better Than Ted Cruz

    01/21/2016 7:22:31 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 55 replies
    The Resurgent ^ | January 20, 2016, 04:35pm | Erick Erickson
    Full Title: Shortened to fit. Bob Dole, Who Opposed Ronald Reagan in 1980 as Too Fringe, Thinks Donald Trump is Better Than Ted Cruz Former Senator Bob Dole opposed Ronald Reagan in 1980. Dole feared Reagan would cause substantial losses for the GOP. In fact, Dole was so terrified of what Reagan would do to the GOP that in March of 1980, as Reagan was on course to secure the GOP's nomination, Dole publicly and privately urged former President Gerald Ford to get into the race to stop Reagan. This Bob Dole, the Dole who lost the 1996 election to...
  • Just To Be Clear

    01/21/2016 4:43:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2016 | Derek Hunter
    I've never been a fan of the term "establishment." I know what it means only to me, just as you only know what it means only to you. That's not because the word has no meaning - it was quite clear not that long ago. It's because the term has lost all meaning through overuse. Words don't simply lose meaning by themselves; the meaning is stripped from them through abuse. To be called a racist was once a serious charge, as was to claim racism. Unfortunately for real victims of racism, every utterance today is subject to accusations of racism,...
  • Is Trump a McConnell-Rove Establishment Tool?

    01/20/2016 11:32:56 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 102 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 21, 2016 | Daren Jonescu
    On January 19, Donald Trump, the loudest Republican claimant to the anti-establishment label, filled out his recent attacks on Ted Cruz in a very telling way, as revealed on Mark Levin's radio program ... We've been contacted by the establishment types. They all want to know, how do they get involved with the campaign? They're giving up on their candidate...and I mean these are real establishment people, that I've known when I was a member of the establishment -- meaning a giver, a big donor. But they are contacting us -- Corey [Trump's campaign manager], I think we can say...
  • GOP conservatives, populists suddenly in fierce battle

    01/20/2016 11:16:20 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 21, 2016 | David M. Drucker
    Movement conservatives and self-styled Republican populists have long been joined in conflict with the party establishment, but the GOP presidential race has set them on a collision course. Friction between these two GOP factions is being fueled by the increasingly bitter battle between Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and New York celebrity businessman Donald Trump in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Cruz represents ideologically committed conservatives, although he has appealed with some success to populist voters. Trump has given big government populists, who have aligned with the GOP mostly for cultural reasons, a champion, while appealing to some...
  • Bob Dole Warns of 'Cataclysmic' Losses With Ted Cruz, and Says Donald Trump Would Do Better

    01/20/2016 10:30:02 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 20, 2016 | Maggie Haberman
    Bob Dole, the former Kansas senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, has never been fond of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. But in an interview Wednesday, Mr. Dole said that the party would suffer "cataclysmic" and "wholesale losses" if Mr. Cruz were the nominee, and that Donald J. Trump would fare better. "I question his allegiance to the party," Mr. Dole said of Mr. Cruz. "I don't know how often you've heard him say the word 'Republican' - not very often." Instead, Mr. Cruz uses the word "conservative," Mr. Dole said, before offering up a different word for Mr. Cruz:...
  • Bob Dole: Bob Dole Sees "Cataclysmic" Losses This Year If Ted Cruz Beats Donald Trump

    01/20/2016 7:38:59 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 1/20/2016 | Allahpundit
    At some point during the past week I entered a Twilight Zone episode where constitutional conservative Sarah Palin thinks Donald Trump is the future of America and elder statesmen Bob Dole thinks Ted Cruz, more so than the third-party-flirting former Democrat Trump, is the one with the loyalty problem to the GOP. Incidentally, didn’t this guy endorse Jeb Bush? Why is he talking up Trump here? “I question his allegiance to the party,” Mr. Dole said of Mr. Cruz. “I don’t know how often you’ve heard him say the word ‘Republican’ — not very often.” Instead, Mr. Cruz uses the...

    01/20/2016 2:01:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 97 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1.20.16 | Aaron Goldstein
    Former Senate Majority Leader and 1996 GOP standard bearer Bob Dole appears to have endorsed Donald Trump. SNIP Nevertheless, Dole praised Trump stating he could “probably work with Congress, because he’s, you know, he’s got the right personality and he’s kind of a deal-maker.” SNIP
  • The Establishment Prefers Trump To Cruz

    01/20/2016 7:17:07 AM PST · by Isara · 54 replies
    Daily Wire ^ | January 19, 2016 | Ben Shapiro
    Why doesn't the establishment get behind Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) to stop Donald Trump? I've been asking this question for months. As I wrote back in December: The establishment can't stand Cruz because they believe he unfairly rips establishment Republicans for insufficient ideological purity. They think Cruz doesn't understand the necessary deals that must be cut in politics in order to "get things done"-they think he's more interested in posturing than in achieving practical policies to help Americans. They will have to put such concerns aside if they want to defeat Trump. It's clearer now than it was then that...
  • Trump BOASTS that SERIOUS establishment types are contacting to get behind his campaign (Video)

    01/19/2016 1:06:19 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 43 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Jan 19, 2016 | The Right Scoop
    Has Trump forgotten how angry people are with the GOP establishment? Not only is he using establishment arguments to attack Ted Cruz, he’s now boasting that the establishment sees him as a candidate they can get behind and that they are contacting him left and right. Oh Trump. Only he would boast this as a good thing two weeks before the first Republican primary state: This is an ad in the making for Ted Cruz. Video: Donald Trupm on establishment types contacting his campaign
  • The Republican establishment really, really doesn’t like Ted Cruz

    01/19/2016 12:49:55 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 48 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 19, 2016 | Chris Cillizza
    There's an assumption among casual consumers of politics that establishment Republicans loathe Donald Trump. Not really true. Yes, they worry about what Trump might do downballot to the GOP if he is the nominee. But most view him with some mix of puzzlement and fascination. The Republican establishment saves its actual hatred for one man and one man only: Ted Cruz. Witness Terry Branstad, the four-term governor of Iowa and, without question, the face of the Republican establishment in the state. On Tuesday, he told reporters that he wants to see Cruz beaten in the Iowa caucuses in 13 days...
  • Iowa governor wants Ted Cruz defeated

    01/19/2016 12:27:37 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | Tues, Jan 19, 2016 | MJ Lee
    Altoona, Iowa (CNN)—Iowa's Republican Gov. Terry Branstad called for Ted Cruz's defeat Tuesday, in a dramatic and highly public repudiation of the Texas senator just two weeks out from the Iowa caucuses. Speaking to a small group of reporters at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit in Altoona, where several 2016 presidential candidates are slated to speak, Branstad labeled Cruz a "big oil" candidate whose victory would be "very damaging to our state." "It would be a big mistake for Iowa to support him," Branstad said. "And I know he's ahead in the polls but the only poll that counts is...
  • Stupid Iowa Governor tells Iowans not to support Ted Cruz

    01/19/2016 12:00:11 PM PST · by Isara · 53 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Jan 19, 2016 | The Right Scoop
    The idiot governor of Iowa has come out today saying he wants Ted Cruz defeated because he doesn’t support ethanol subsidies: DES MOINES REGISTER – “Ted Cruz is ahead right now. What we're trying to do is educate the people in the state of Iowa. He is the biggest opponent of renewable fuels. He actually introduced a bill in 2013 to immediately eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard. He's heavily financed by Big Oil. So we think once Iowans realize that fact, they might find other things attractive but he could be very damaging to our state,” Branstad said.Branstad added that...
  • Lindsey Graham Goes Off: Ted Cruz Is Worse Than Donald Trump [VIDEO]

    01/19/2016 10:17:42 AM PST · by JSDude1 · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1/19/2016 | Steve Guest
    Sen. Lindsey Graham says that Sen. Ted Cruz is not a more acceptable nominee than Donald Trump. Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Graham said Trump’s “message is not a good message for us. And it will catch up with us in general. So if you really want to make Hillary Clinton president of the United States, vote for Donald Trump. Dishonest beats crazy.” Graham, who has endorsed Jeb Bush, was asked by NBC’s Willie Geist, “If Donald Trump is not acceptable candidate to you, Ted Cruz is close behind him in a lot of the polls. Leading him a little...
  • The coming Cruz attack on Trump: Not only is he a fake conservative, he's establishment all the way

    01/18/2016 3:23:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 18, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    I called it a coming attack in the headline but maybe it’s already here. I noticed Cruz attacking Trump as a fake conservative over the weekend but didn’t notice him drilling down on Trump as a fake populist. Did I miss it? If it hasn’t happened yet, don’t worry. It will soon. What got me thinking about this was Stephanopoulos asking Trump at the start of the clip I posted earlier whether it’s now a two-man race between him and Cruz. Trump’s answer: No, which is surprising given that he had talked about a developing two-man race less than a...

    01/18/2016 11:28:18 AM PST · by gwgn02 · 107 replies
    ConservativeReview ^ | 1/18/16 | Steve Deace
    The truth is you don't have to go way back to find that Trump always has been, and remains to this day, a typical New York City liberal. This explains why Trump so often engages in liberal tactics like victim blaming, blame-shifting, demagoguery, dishonesty, etc. And he does so usually through the exact same liberal media other liberals use. But don't just take my word for it. Here's Trump in his own words: If you think using Trump's 1999 interview where he admits his liberalism is unfair because it's too long ago, how about when Trump joined Bernie Sanders in...