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  • Scott Walker Wants To Drug-Test Welfare Recipients (And the Left howls!)

    01/31/2015 2:18:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Crooks and Liars ^ | January 31, 2015 | karoli
    Scott Walker has had a good week. The press is googly-eyed over him, waxing on about how he could just win this thing, and he's still rolling on his high from last weekend's Freedom Summit. Of course, that's not really something to write home about when you're besting the likes of Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee. He's got that populist message down pat just like his other friends on the campaign trail. Income inequality! Deteriorating middle class! And he's so concerned about those things he's going to govern on that basis, right? Walker has a real problem on...
  • Perry: 'Senators talk' but governors rule ("Rule?" Is this a monarchy or dictatorship?)

    01/31/2015 1:45:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Hill's Briefing Room Blog ^ | January 31, 2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) says that governors are much better suited for the presidency than senators — a useful argument for him to make as he looks to position himself for a potential 2016 bid against a field likely to include several senators. “Governors have to make choices every day. Governors are judged on the results of what we do,” Perry told The Daily Caller Friday. “Senators talk.” He added, “United States senators, by choosing to go into that line of work, don’t get to do that. They don’t get to learn, or to exhibit their leadership ability...
  • David Gregory Elected Treasurer of Tesson Ferry Township Republican Club

    01/31/2015 8:08:24 AM PST · by newstlnewss · 7 replies
    January 31, 2015 | Newstlnewss
    St. Louis, Missouri -- David Gregory, an attorney and lifelong resident of south St. Louis County, has been elected Treasurer of the Tesson Ferry Township Republican Club in South St. Louis County. As Treasurer and member of the Executive Board, Gregory will help establish club policies and guide official business as well as help plan club activities, recommendations, positions, and responses to political action requests. In addition, Gregory will help establish an annual club operating budget and formulate annual goals and objectives. Gregory is an attorney who specializes in civil and criminal litigation. He earned a degree in accounting, a...
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal to rename PAC, ramp up cash quest

    01/31/2015 12:55:16 AM PST · by entropy12 · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/30/15 | Katie Glueck
    The Louisiana Republican governor will change the name of his federal political action committee, currently called Stand Up to Washington, to match that of a super PAC that’s already in place to back his potential 2016 run. Both entities will soon be called Believe Again, according to an adviser. Former Rep. Bob Livingston chairs the super PAC.
  • Huckabee to test Florida waters

    01/30/2015 9:06:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Sarasota Herald-Tribune ^ | January 30, 2015 | Jeremy Wallace
    Mike Huckabee, perhaps better than any other presidential contender, demonstrates the difficulties Florida presents for White House candidates. When the former Arkansas governor returns to Sarasota on Saturday, he will be revisiting the site where his presidential aspirations were dashed in 2008 because of Florida’s complexities. While the candidates spend months in the early, smaller primary states engaging in the retail politics of pancake breakfasts and county fairs, Florida presents distinct problems requiring a vast, developed campaign network and huge sums to advertise on the air. “It’s a state where you just can’t succeed doing that same retail politicking,” said...
  • The Romney-Christie axis unites against Jeb Bush

    01/30/2015 7:02:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 30, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    In the race for the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination, there can be only one… establishment candidate. When the news broke late Thursday night that David Kochel, a once loyal Mitt Romney aide who managed the former Massachusetts governor’s Iowa campaigns in 2008 and 2012, had jumped ship and joined former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s camp, it went off like a bomb. The hire signaled to many that Romney’s campaign-in-waiting was floundering and that it was acceptable for donors and former staffers alike to abandon the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. What’s more, by hiring the architect of Romney’s virtual tie...
  • Exclusive — Rand Paul At 38,000 Feet: GOP Needs Conservative, Not A Moderate As 2016 Nominee

    01/30/2015 5:40:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 30, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    38,000 FEET ABOVE AMERICA — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate, tells Breitbart News he’s “gauging support” for a potential White House bid. In an exclusive interview aboard an American Airlines flight from Washington, D.C., to Dallas, Texas, he also said he thinks Republicans need to select a conservative — such as himself — as the 2016 GOP nominee for president, rather than a moderate such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. “I think one of the biggest debates we will see is: Do we want the leader of our...
  • Give Sarah Palin A Break: The strongest blows Sarah Palin faces should not come from her own party

    01/30/2015 4:23:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 30, 2015 | Christian Toto
    We know how the mainstream media piles on Sarah Palin. It’s the industry’s obsession when it’s not covering missing planes, New Jersey bridge closings, and binders full of women. Now, we’re seeing a new attack on the former Alaska governor, and it’s coming from an unexpected source: conservative media. Palin had it coming, to a degree. She made a speech in Iowa last week, and she fantastically flubbed a metaphor after an alleged teleprompter hiccup. It’s ugly on the ears: “The man can only ride you when your back is bent … so strengthen it! Then the man can’t ride...
  • Beck Suspects Romney Bowing Out Was Part of Secret Deal with Jeb Bush

    01/30/2015 3:14:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Mediaite ^ | January 30, 2015 | Josh Feldman
    Glenn Beck suspects that Mitt Romney bowing out of the 2016 presidential race might be the result of a secret deal between him and Jeb Bush, to avoid the risk of both of them attacking each other and fighting for the same supporters while someone like Ted Cruz can capitalize on a split vote like that. Remember that secret meeting Romney and Bush had this month? Well, Beck figured that was about both men admitting they would “kill each other” and could both lose to the race to a more conservative candidate. And Beck admitted it bothers him that Bush...
  • Fivethirtyeight Has Some Interesting Statistics on the GOP Field

    01/30/2015 7:09:38 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 15 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 1/30/15 | Steve Berman
    “Exposing the obvious using statistics” may be the new slogan over at fivethirtyeight.com.  Harry Enten has written two pieces based on his analysis of Republican presidential hopefuls name recognition vs their favorability.  His conclusion?  That Chris Christie and Sarah Palin likely have no chance at the nomination.  Duh.  But their data is much more interesting—and useful—than that. Based on polls taken at this point in the race in presidential elections since 1980, the Manhattan cheeze-wizzes have plotted the candidates name recognition on the X axis and their net favorability rating on the Y axis. The trend line is telling.  I have to quote Motor Trend to really...
  • It begins: Top Romney advisor jumps ship to Jeb Bush, will serve as national campaign manager

    01/29/2015 11:07:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 29, 2015 | Allahpundit
    A little nudge from Team Jeb to remind the new and improved Romney that this race will be new in lots of ways, many of which he won’t like. Interesting timing. David Kochel, a Republican strategist based in Iowa who worked on both of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns, is joining Jeb Bush’s political action committee as a senior strategist and is in line to serve as Mr. Bush’s national campaign manager… “I really believe Governor Bush is the right person for the right time,” he said. “He has a successful conservative record in Florida, and I’d put that record up...
  • Missouri GOP lawmakers seek to expand abortion notifications

    01/29/2015 8:17:23 PM PST · by Morgana
    columbianmissourian.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | BY MARIE FRENCH, The Associated Press
    JEFFERSON CITY — Some Missouri Republican lawmakers outlined proposals Tuesday to strengthen parental notification requirements for minors seeking abortions, as they sought to expand upon a new law tripling the state's abortion waiting period. Supporters of abortion rights said the bills heard by a House committee could make it more difficult for minors to get abortions and potentially put them at risk of harm from parents who disagree with their decision. Last year, Missouri lawmakers overrode Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a mandatory 72-hour waiting period before abortions. Tuesday's hearings were the first on the topic this year, as...
  • GOP lawmakers look to tighten abortion rules as Democrats protest

    01/29/2015 7:47:33 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    wral.com ^ | 1.29.2015 | Matthew Burns and Laura Leslie
    Raleigh, N.C. — Republican legislative leaders say they plan to file further legislation to regulate abortion this year, even as abortion-rights groups called on them to keep their hands off rules proposed by state regulators for North Carolina abortion clinics. "I'm sure there will be a pro-life bill this year," said House Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam, R-Wake. The state Department of Health and Human Services last month released rules for clinics drafted under a 2013 law that proposed major changes to the state's abortion laws. Several Democratic lawmakers said Thursday that they fear social conservatives dissatisfied with the result...
  • Real Clear Politics: 2016 GOP Field Deeper, More Qualified

    01/29/2015 5:25:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 29, 2015 | Andrea Billups
    The nominating process for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate could be fraught with chaos because of the unusually large number of candidates who will likely run, creating real problems for the GOP, which is likely to end up without what many might consider a powerful, unifying nominee, an analysis by Real Clear Politics suggests. The candidate who does emerge could very likely come from a brokered convention, notes RCP's Sean Trende of possible scenarios. "I see a race that is largely chaotic. It is one where an unusually large number of candidates have perfectly plausible paths, if not to the...
  • 9 signs the Kochs have created their own national political party

    01/29/2015 4:50:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | January 3, 2015 | Steven Rosenfeld
    If you want to understand America's painful lurch toward plutocracy, look no further than these mega-millionaires. It is time to stop talking about the Koch brothers and instead talk about the Koch Party, the nation’s third largest political network that is a full-blown but private political operation. The Koch Party has come into view in 2014, as some of the country’s best investigative reporters have traced and exposed various elements of their operation. The Koch Party is not as large as the Democrats or the Republicans, but is still unprecedented in size, scope and reach. Like other political parties, it...
  • The GOP’s Long Love Affair With Schmucks

    01/29/2015 3:50:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 29, 2015 | Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief, Reason
    Why Republicans fall in love with inexperienced, no-hope candidates every four years.Conservative Republicans have finally called it quits with short-term former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (she lasted just two-and-a-half years in that position before quitting). The final straw, it seems, is the 2008 vice-presidential candidate’s recent speech at the “Iowa Freedom Summit” that has charitably been called “an interminable ramble,” “an extended stream-of-consciousness complaint,” and simply “bizarro.” So America’s most-famous snowbilly is out of the running for the 2016 Republican nomination. But what about all the other manifestly unqualified novices, jackasses, and publicity hounds that surface every four years when...
  • After Sarah: The Next Palin Is in Your Pigsty

    01/29/2015 3:26:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 29, 2015 | James Poulos
    The Embarracuda is finished. Where will her peeps go? To one obvious successor. She may not field dress a moose, but she castrates pigs.Before the 2016 campaign for president could even begin in earnest, the greatest political romance of our times has already died. And it could make all the difference next November. In a turn that was perhaps inevitable but nonetheless remarkable, Sarah Palin delivered a hyped-up speech (at Iowa's high-profile Freedom Summit) that drew disappointing reviews from within her own base of support. To the surprise of no one, Palin's critics blew a gasket straining to capture the...
  • Joan Walsh: The 2016 race is on: Scott Walker and Ted Cruz win the Steve King primary

    01/28/2015 4:57:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Salon ^ | January 28, 2015 | Joan Walsh, editor-at-large
    The far-right immigrant-basher boasts of his new influence in his party, and sadly for moderates, he’s right. Self-promoting wingnut immigrant-basher Rep. Steve King invited most of the 2016 GOP hopefuls to his “Iowa Freedom Summit” last weekend, and now the results are in: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Steve King primary, according to Steve King. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’s endorsing either of them right now, it’s just his humble view of how they did at his all-important conservative confab. “I think Ted Cruz had the highest bar to reach, and I think...
  • Looks Like We Have A "GOP TagTeam Battle".Romney&Bush VS Walker&Cruz.

    01/28/2015 4:01:45 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 26 replies
    Let's just add this match-up to the next WWE Wrestlemania. Could this be the first time we have ever seen candidates already teaming up in pairs? Possibly making agreements where as if one wins, the other gets the VP Spot? This was brought up with Cruz and Paul last year. We pretty much assumed that was their agreement. But this week the Dark Horse has been making headlines. Most Conservatives approve and love Scott Walker, and most conservatives are also leaning towards Ted Cruz. So here we are one year before the Iowa Caucus and looks like we might already...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Steve King Says Scott Walker and Ted Cruz Won the Iowa Freedom Summit

    01/27/2015 10:21:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Bloomberg | January 27, 2015 | David Weigel
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-01-27/exclusive-steve-king-says-scott-walker-and-ted-cruz-won-the-iowa-freedom-summit
  • Ted Cruz 2016: 7 Highlights From Pre-Politics Life of GOP Presidential Hopeful

    01/27/2015 4:06:53 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 27, 2015 | Lisa Cunningham
    Ted Cruz, an outspoken attorney whose first elected role was as a U.S. senator from Texas, is seen as a strong contender for a run for president in 2016. Although he’s only been a senator since 2012, Cruz has already ingratiated himself with the Tea Party. Here are seven highlights from his pre-politics life: 1. His father was a political prisoner of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista during Fidel Castro's revolution and nearly lost his life. "Being the son of an immigrant who came here fleeing oppression and seeking freedom, I think, is an incredible gift," Cruz has said. "It makes...
  • Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Clown Cars (About what you'd expect from this kind of guy)

    01/27/2015 2:16:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Open Salon ^ | January 27, 2015 | Tom Degan
    As the blizzard of 2015 descends upon us here in the Northeast, the lack of mobility for the next couple of days gives one time to do a lot of thinking. It is now 4:00 AM here in Goshen, New York. As of this moment it's not much of a storm. That's bound to change at any moment. Outside my window there is a light powder covering my jeep, This is strange considering the fact that the nice lady on my television screen is informing me that everywhere is being hammered - particularly in New England. We shall see. The...
  • Alabama's first openly gay lawmaker threatens to 'out' officials having extramarital affairs

    01/27/2015 5:36:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | January 26, 2015 | Kent Faulk
    Alabama's first openly gay state legislator fired back on Facebook over the weekend, including a threat to expose the affairs of state officials, to comments made by Republican Party officials in the wake of a federal judge declaring the state ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. State Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, said she was elated and in "shock" when the judge issued the order overturning Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. But after seeing comments by Republican officials, particularly from Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, and seeing Attorney General Luther Strange's efforts to get a stay of the judge's orders, Todd...
  • A Giant Can of Bat [expletive] Crazy-The 2016 Republican Presidential Circus

    01/26/2015 8:08:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The UK Progressive ^ | January 26, 2015 | Denis G. Campbell, publisher and editor
    They’re baaa-aack… Those who follow this magazine know I wrote five e-books profiling the GOP circus in the 2012 Presidential campaign. This past weekend saw me put the above title to bed, the first of 2016 and two full months before I thought it would ever be necessary. It’s your official handbook to the crazy as everyone rushes to get in the race before the dark money is all sewn up by establishment candidates. I’ve profiled everyone considering a run, their record, stand on the issues and to which of the five key rabid core constituencies in the Republican Party...
  • Crowd erupts as DREAMers get deported from 2015 Freedom Summit

    01/26/2015 7:32:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | January 26, 2015 | Nicole Haas
    Emboldened by the media attention given to their public protests, the illegal immigrant activists known as DREAMers showed up at the 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit demanding to know where the mostly conservative crowd stands on immigration. They found out when they were getting kicked out.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)DREAMers played a large role in Obama’s unilateral executive action on immigration last year. Hillary Clinton gave her support for what is widely known as “Obama’s amnesty” via a Twitter post, though that might not be enough to quell the anxiety growing among the young illegals, buzzfeed.com reported. “What else will she do?” said activist Cesar...
  • Cillizza Praises Walker, Fiorina, Cruz, Christie Only ‘So-So’

    01/26/2015 6:26:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | January 26, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Chris Cillizza, Editor of the Washington Post‘s The Fix praised Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz’s speeches in Iowa, while saying that Chris Christie was only “so-so” on Monday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on MSNBC....
  • Rand Paul Challenges Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz on Iran

    01/26/2015 4:56:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The New York Times Taking Note Blog ^ | January 26, 2015 | Carol Giacomo
    Politicians who oppose President Obama can bluster all they want, grab headlines and curry favor with donors yet don’t have to be responsible for their (too often) irresponsible critiques and prescriptions on foreign policy. So it was refreshing to hear Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky split with some of his fellow Republicans on Iran during a presidential forum on Saturday organized by Freedom Partners. As far as Senators Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida are concerned, negotiations involving the United States and five other major powers on Iran’s nuclear program are endangering America and the world. “They’ve...
  • Rand Paul spars with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio over Iran and Cuba in Florida summit

    01/26/2015 11:02:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul prefers exhausting diplomatic efforts in dealing with overseas conflicts, and on Sunday he highlighted the difference between his softer approach to foreign policy and that of two other senators who are likely 2016 presidential candidates -- Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators Cruz of Texas and Rubio of Florida on stage Sunday evening in California for a summit organized by Freedom Partners. That group is the central hub of the powerful network of organizations backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch....
  • Biden, Rubio and Palin's 2016 plans

    01/26/2015 10:52:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | January 25, 2015 | John King, Chief National Correspondent
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The 2016 calculations of three potential candidates -- two Republicans and a very senior Democrat -- plus big tests for President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filled our Sunday trip around the "Inside Politics" table. 1. Rubio's not in Iowa, but still thinking 2016 Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida skipped the big weekend GOP gathering in Iowa, and some believe Jeb Bush's presumed candidacy makes it hard for Rubio to find his 2016 footing. But Jonathan Martin of The New York Times shared reporting on how Rubio is still very interested in running, and hopeful that perhaps...
  • Here’s The “Willie Horton” Ad Romney Almost Ran Against Mike Huckabee

    01/25/2015 9:44:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 22, 2015 | McKay Coppins
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) In the fall of 2007, as Mike Huckabee was surging in the Iowa polls, Mitt Romney’s foundering presidential campaign dispatched a camera crew to Arkansas with the charge to produce one of the most brutal ads of the election cycle. The final product — a withering spot that tied Huckabee to a 2003 murder committed by a serial rapist who was paroled while he was governor of Arkansas — never saw the light of day. But the unaired ad, obtained this week by BuzzFeed News, highlights a potentially potent line of attack on Huckabee as he considers a 2016...
  • Ted Cruz Gets Praised by Sen. Chuck Grassley

    01/25/2015 9:01:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 25, 2015 | Javier Manjarres
    U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) once supported President Reagan’s amnesty for illegal aliens back in the 1980’s, but has since stated that he and others made a mistake in doing so. He now supports a piece-meal approach to immigration reform as opposed to a comprehensive approach to fixing the existing immigration problem. During a brief Q & A with the veteran Senator at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Grassley laid out what he feels first needs to be done in any immigration reform bill and then talks about what he feels his colleague Senator Ted Cruz is doing...
  • Ted Cruz takes aim at IRS and ISIS: ‘Time to face reality’ of Obama failures

    01/25/2015 7:27:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | January 25, 2015 | Carmine Sabia
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz used his appearance at this weekend’s Iowa Freedom Summit to excoriate Obamacare, Islamic State militants and that other evil scourge: the Internal Revenue Service. “The most important tax reform we can do is abolish the IRS,” Cruz said to the delight of attendees at the conservative event. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Turning his aim on Obamacare, the senator said it’s time to “repeal every word” of President Obama’s signature health care legislation. But Cruz saved his harshest critique for Obama’s handling of Islamic State, the terrorist group some refer to by the acronym, ISIS. “What’s happening in Iraq is...
  • Why it matters that Donald Trump is attacking Mitt Romney (+video)

    01/25/2015 5:29:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor's DC Decoder ^ | January 25, 2015 | Mark Sappenfield
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)With all due respect, the Republican Party could probably do with a lot less of what was heard at the Iowa Freedom Summit Saturday. On one hand, that might seem strange, considering that the Iowa Freedom Summit was all about getting America back to its "core principles of pro-growth economics, social conservatism, and a strong national defense," according to the event website. What could be more Republican than that? Combine that with the fact that a number of potential Republican presidential candidates appeared to see the event as the unofficial kickoff for the 2016 campaign, and it seemed a snapshot...
  • Bill Maher confesses that he is terrified of Ted Cruz

    01/25/2015 5:20:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Houston Examiner ^ | January 25, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas has earned a singular honor once reserved for movie villains, according to a Friday story on Breitbart TV. Bill Maher laid into the possible Republican presidential candidates on his HBO political rant show. He had little good to say about any of them, but he reserved a special sort of ire, on the level of what he has used for Sarah Palin, for Cruz. Putting it simply, the bad boy of pay for view cable is deathly afraid of the junior senator from Texas. Maher minced no words about how terrified he is about Cruz. “Maher...
  • As 2016 race begins, GOP faces its Palin problem

    01/25/2015 4:55:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 118 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Beltway Confidential ^ | January 25, 2015 | Byron York
    DES MOINES — As a chance to evaluate possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, the Freedom Summit here in Des Moines was a solid success. Several potential candidates — Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and a few others — left the 10-hour political marathon with their prospects undeniably enhanced. All that was good news for Republicans. But at the same time, more than a few GOP loyalists came away shaking their heads at the performance of a party star, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, whose long, rambling, and at times barely coherent speech left some wondering what role she...
  • Jeb Bush speaks up for immigrants as Republicans flock to conservative confab in Iowa

    01/24/2015 10:14:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | January 24, 2015 | Jon Ward
    Bush was one of several likely Republican presidential candidates to avoid an event Saturday hosted by immigration hardliner and Iowa congressman Steve King.When Jeb Bush said that to win the presidential election a Republican candidate might have to lose the primary, he probably had a weekend like this one in mind. In Iowa, a host of second-tier possible presidential candidates — and a few big names — flocked to the first major event of the Republicans’ 2016 cycle: a cattle call of party speakers hosted by western Iowa congressman Steve King. King, whose often personal and derogatory criticism of undocumented...
  • Republican Fiorina Takes Aim at Clinton in Iowa

    01/24/2015 8:56:51 PM PST · by entropy12 · 26 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 24, 2015 | ABC News
    Businesswoman Carly Fiorina is introducing herself to Iowa's Republican voters by drawing contrast with the top prospective candidate on the Democratic side. Fiorina went hard at Hillary Rodham Clinton in a speech Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit. Fiorina cast the former secretary of state as a disappointment on the world stage who failed to defuse serious foreign policy threats.
  • In Iowa, Cruz imagines ‘reigniting the miracle of America’

    01/24/2015 3:38:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Houston Chronicle's Texas Politics ^ | January 24, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    Ted Cruz unveiled a possible new theme for a 2016 presidential campaign — “reigniting the miracle of America” — as he wooed the Iowa conservative activists critical to a victory in the Republican caucuses next year. “It is the most important cause that unifies us together, and Iowa believes in the miracle of America,” he said Saturday. Appearing at the Iowa Freedom Summit, the unofficial kickoff of the race to win the Iowa caucuses, Texas’ junior senator appealed to the evangelical voters who could cast about half of the votes in February. Cruz spoke thoroughly about both Mayor Annise Parker’s...
  • In Iowa, Santorum previews ‘blue collar’ pitch for 2016

    01/24/2015 11:46:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 24, 2015 | Robert Costa
    DES MOINES -- Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum began the 2012 presidential race here trailing badly in both the polls and the money chase, and ended it with a narrow win in the Republican caucuses. Now he's gearing up for another shot at victory in Iowa with a message that's once again geared at courting social conservatives, positioning himself as an alternative to the GOP establishment -- and appealing to disaffected working class voters. Santorum, wearing a navy Air Force One jacket from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, worked the lobby at the Marriott hotel here Friday night, passing out...
  • Does Iowa Still Heart Huckabee? Former governor is hinting at another run. But 2016 is not 2008.

    01/24/2015 11:10:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | January 24, 2015 | Dave Price
    efore Mike Huckabee ran in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, Lori Jungling, a mother of four in Altoona, about 15 minutes outside Des Moines, had never been involved in a presidential campaign. Actually, Jungling had never even bothered to vote. But in 2007, the message from the Baptist minister-turned-Republican Arkansas governor made its way to Jungling’s personal faith-first foundation, and soon enough she was volunteering—a lot. Calls, emails, tweets, events. She even served as state director for Huck PAC, Huckabee’s 2008 grassroots political action committee. She didn’t take one dime. “He believes what I believe,” she told me. That’s the kind...
  • Maher: Ted Cruz ‘Scariest Hispanic’ From Texas Since Movie Assassin

    01/24/2015 10:48:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | January 23, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Bill Maher railed against the 2016 GOP field on Friday’s “Real Time,” dubbing Ted Cruz “the scariest Hispanic to come out of [Texas]” since Javier Bardem’s portrayal of assassin Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men.”Maher initially introduced the 2016 field as a group of “corporate @$$lickers” who were trying to “sign up mega-rich donors like Sheldon Adelson before one of the other guys in the pack blows him first.” He then went after each candidate individually, calling Rick Perry an “Evangelical Texas $#*+-kicker with limited intellect” to draw a comparison between him and George W. Bush. Maher was...
  • The Elevator Pitch For 2016 Candidates

    01/23/2015 9:35:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Cook Political Report ^ | January 21, 2015 | Amy Walter
    There are enough potential candidates for president (on the GOP side at least) that you need an Excel spreadsheet just to keep them all straight. Instead of a complicated algorithm, I've boiled each candidate down to his/her most basic elements. At the end of the day, these are the things more likely to define a presidential wannabe. It's also important to distinguish between durable traits and those that are more ephemeral. For example, low name ID is something easily overcome. But, being on the "wrong side" of the base on key issues can be a campaign killer. This is by...
  • Sarah Palin talks 2016 bid while serving wild boar chili. Mitt who? (+video)

    01/23/2015 8:45:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor's DC Decoder ^ | January 23, 2015 | Peter Grier, Staff writer
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sarah Palin, 2016 – is there any possibility? The former VP candidate and ex-Alaska governor hinted on Thursday that she might, just maybe, give electoral politics another try. ABC’s Neal Karlinksy caught up with Ms. Palin while she was serving wild boar chili to the homeless in Las Vegas (we’re not making that up). Mr. Karlinsky asked her if she ever mulled over a White House bid. “Yeah, I mean, of course, when you have a servant’s heart, when you know that there is opportunity to do all you can to put yourself forward in the name of offering service,...
  • Why Liberals Should Embrace Romney the Progressive Champion: Cheering the latest Mittamorphosis

    01/23/2015 8:05:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | January 23, 2015 | David Corn
    It is time for liberals to cheer Mitt Romney. Not because his possible entry into the 2016 Republican presidential contest could cause chaos for the GOP. But because Romney, apparently seeing the error of his "severely conservative" ways, has become a progressive crusader. Initial news reports noted that Romney was telling Republicans privately that should he mount a third presidential bid he would run to the right of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, an all-but-announced contender. Yet in public remarks, Romney has been sounding like a born-again lefty. At an investment management conference in Utah this week, Romney told the...
  • Can Christie get right with the right? Iowa summit offers a test

    01/23/2015 7:45:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 23, 2015 | Thomas Fitzgerald
    DES MOINES, Iowa - For months, the 2016 Republican presidential race has been dominated by the "invisible primary" scramble for the backing of the party's donor class. On Saturday, it goes grassroots. At least eight likely candidates will give their pitches to 1,500 conservative activists at the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines, trying to seduce the people who pack a punch in the GOP caucuses, where the first votes of the party's nominating process are scheduled to be cast in a little over a year. "This is the kickoff to the caucus season," said Cody Hoefert, the Rock City...
  • GOP’s Abortion Barbie causes a meltdown - of more than just the GOP

    01/23/2015 5:03:22 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Jan 23, 2015 | Jill Stanek
    I was leaving the One Voice worship service at the Renaissance Hotel in D.C. Wednesday night, on my way to meet fellow pro-lifers at the Dubliner Pub (dichotomous activities, I know, at least for a Protestant :), when Casey Mattox of Alliance Defending Freedom stopped me in the hall. “They’re pulling the 20-week ban,” said Casey, “and substituting ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion‘.” Casey started walking again, on a mission to tell others, but I remained frozen, with my mouth hanging open, watching Casey until he disappeared around a corner. (Correction: Casey has told me he was actually on a...
  • Rubio surges to second, just 3 points behind Romney

    01/23/2015 1:52:48 PM PST · by entropy12 · 42 replies
    Examiner ^ | January 23, 2015 | Paul Bedard
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s apparent decision to speed up his entry into the growing field of 2016 Republican presidential primary challengers is coming at the perfect time, as a new poll out Friday shows him moving into second place behind repeat candidate Mitt Romney.
  • Hot Air Primary Survey Results: January 2015

    01/23/2015 1:43:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 23, 2015 | Patrick Ishmael
    With 2735 votes counted, Scott Walker came out on top in this survey in more ways than one: he swept the first choice, second choice, and consensus pick votes. Ted Cruz is a close second, and Mitt Romney came in with a strong third place showing. Other than Ben Carson, no other candidate broke 5%. Rick Perry emerged as a strong second choice behind Walker and Cruz. The consensus choice top 5 belonged to Walker, Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Perry and Carson.Some notable issue votes are below. Over sixty percent of primary voters are at least somewhat satisfied with the field,...
  • Sarah Palin rips GOP leadership for ‘deflated balls’

    01/23/2015 1:08:22 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | anuary 23, 2015 | Leslie Larson
    Sarah Palin has called out Beltway Republicans for “deflated balls.” Pointing to the New England Patriots as a cautionary tale, the conservative starlet warned her party to stand up to President Obama’s agenda. “That GOP leadership, that establishment, they’ve got to get their stuff together. I love what they believe in, I believe in it too. But they’ve got to get tough, man. You know what? It’s not just the New England Patriots who are dealing with deflated balls right now,” the former Alaska Governor told The Blaze on Thursday. Palin was referring to the controversy over whether the NFL...
  • Tea Party spawns GOP nightmare: How it’s already ruining the party’s ’16 strategy

    01/23/2015 12:49:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | January 23, 2015 | Elias Isquith
    GOP elites want Americans to think the party's boring and safe again. Maybe someone should notify the Tea Party. If you’re understandably perplexed by the Republican Party’s apparent decision to enter the post-Obama era by nominating either another member of the Bush dynasty, or another version of Mitt Romney, there’s at least one way to think about it that might help explain the seemingly inexplicable. Put simply, the leaders of the GOP, the people who tend to be referred to as “the establishment,” fervently believe that in order to win in 2016, Republicans will have to convince voters that the...