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  • Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll; Cruz Finishes Third

    02/28/2015 3:18:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | February 28, 2015 | Abby Livingston
    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll Saturday, his third victory in as many years. This year he carried 26 percent of the vote. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz placed third, with 11.5 percent, while former Gov. Rick Perry came in eleventh, with 1.1 percent. Both Paul and Cruz openly campaigned at the event. Cruz volunteers distributed custom-made buttons that said "Cruz Crew." Perry had a smaller get-out-the-vote operation at the conference. The contest comes after three days of speeches from presidential contenders and noteworthy conservative activists. On Thursday, Cruz touted his battles within...
  • Republican Congressman Peter King Slams Self-Righteous Delusional Wing Of His Party

    02/28/2015 2:11:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | February 28, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    Appearing on Luke Russert’s online MSNBC TV program, Shift, New York Congressman Peter King (R) slammed fellow House Republicans for not simply banding together to pass a clean funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security. King made it clear that he was fed up with Tea Party Republicans playing politics with Homeland Security funding. The New York Congressman declared: ”This madness has to end soon…I’ve had it with this self-righteous, delusional wing of the party.” King lamented that may GOP members of Congress come from very conservative districts where they “live in an echo chamber”. He argued that those...
  • Cruz and other GOP candidates scramble for Texas

    02/28/2015 2:13:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    National Monitor ^ | February 28, 2015 | Kerry Sullivan
    The battle for the Republican presidential nomination is beginning to really heat up. The latest log on the fire? Texas has decided to move its 2016 primary to March 1, making it the fifth state to cast votes. Traditionally, small states hold their primaries before the larger ones. This allows candidates to focus on persuading target groups of voters and gain momentum before facing the daunting challenge of wooing the masses. Texas is huge. At 270,000 square miles, a campaign will need a treasure trove of cash to finance television ads across 20 media markets. The presidential candidates are now...
  • David Axelrod predicts Rick Perry, Ted Cruz will have uphill fights for GOP presidential nomination

    02/27/2015 4:34:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trailblazers Blog ^ | February 27, 2015 | Gromer Jeffers Jr.
    The architect of Barack Obama’s successful campaigns for president said this week that Rick Perry and Ted Cruz would have uphill battles for the 2016 GOP nomination for the White House. David Axelrod, one of President Obama’s closest advisers, said Texas’ junior senator did have support with hard-right conservatives. But he questioned whether Cruz could build on it. “Ted Cruz has a base. That base will be there,” Axelrod told The Dallas Morning News before a forum at the World Affairs Council in Dallas. “Whether it’s large enough is another question.” Axelrod was not bullish on the prospects of...
  • CPAC Can’t Quit Palin. Neither Can I.

    02/27/2015 3:48:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 26, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    The Sarah Palin who returned to the GOP stage Thursday had no props, few Palinisms, and just a ghost of her former folksy twang. So what if there were still falsehoods? Palin 2016! Failed reality television star and mistress of liberal America Sarah Palin is strutting out onstage at CPAC, clad in a white blazer and black skirt. She places her water bottle on the floor next to the podium and opens a binder. A typical Palin speech usually involves props: Dr. Seuss books or Big Gulp sodas. This year, she has none. A typical Palin speech is usually an...
  • In Early Polling, Walker Stands Apart

    02/27/2015 3:47:14 PM PST · by entropy12 · 41 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 27, 2015 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN
    After a well-received January appearance before a high-profile gathering of conservatives there, and several recent scraps with reporters, the new Quinnipiac University Poll put Walker, the Wisconsin governor, at 25 percent among likely participants in next year's Iowa Republican caucus. That total was nearly twice as much as the second-place finisher, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul who drew 13 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. and 2008 caucus winner Mike Huckabee (at 11 percent), fiery surgeon Ben Carson (also 11 percent), and former Florida Gov Jeb Bush (10 percent) were the only other candidates who attracted backing from more than five percent of...
  • Where's the Vision? The tone at this year's CPAC is resoundingly negative.

    02/27/2015 2:11:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | February 27, 2015 | Susan Milligan
    Cruz channels his inner televangelist.If the Conservative Political Action Conference meeting is a sort of “American Idol” for would-be GOP presidential candidates, the contenders aren’t learning from the mistakes of previous losers. After the 2012 elections – when Republicans lost the White House to an incumbent under fire for the still-struggling economy – some sensible people in the party (South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is one of them) uttered an important truth: The Republicans, to be successful, can’t just be against things. They have to be for something, have to present a positive and innovative vision for America. We’re not...
  • What Do Conservatives Want For 2016? We Asked

    02/27/2015 1:17:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | February 27, 2015 | Amita Kelly
    Josh DiNatale (left) and Zachary Burns, St. Joseph's University students and members of their College Republicans chapter, get ready to pose for a photo with a cutout of Sen. Rand Paul at CPAC 2015. The Conservative Political Action Conference, held this week in Washington D.C., is prime time for 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls trying — yes, already — to win over a key part of their base. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Gov. Scott Walker and others paraded on and off the main stage, trying to fire up the crowd with their ideas for America's next,...
  • The GOP’s remarkable foreign policy advantage

    02/27/2015 12:10:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 26, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    When Americans are asked what they define to be the nation’s most pressing security challenges, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (and Egypt, and Yemen, and Libya, etc.) is perhaps foremost on their minds. But the threat posed by ISIS is a near-term one. In the longer term, the ascension of regional powers and the threat they pose to their neighbors is of most pressing concern. Through inaction and indifference, President Barack Obama’s failure to safeguard the post-Cold War order and the relative global peace that has accompanied it has made the world a markedly more dangerous place. Americans...
  • Republican sources tell BuzzFeed: Jeb Bush may be “evolving” on gay marriage

    02/26/2015 10:19:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 26, 2015 | Allahpundit
    So clever of BuzzFeed to drop this today, with Bush set to sit down with Sean Hannity onstage at CPAC in 24 hours for Q&A. Think this story might come up? Think it’ll be talked about tonight at the local bars among conservatives already suspicious of Jeb’s ideological leanings? There’s more evidence here than I can fairly excerpt of how strongly Bush’s top advisors feel about this issue, so you’ll have to read the whole thing. Here’s the key bit, though: But inside Bush’s orbit, some believe his personal feelings on the subject may have evolved beyond his on-the-record statements....
  • Walker Thrills a Packed House at CPAC

    02/26/2015 3:41:05 PM PST · by entropy12 · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | February 26, 2015 5:26 PM | The Corner
    Scott Walker hit all the right notes when he took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday to address a standing-room-only crowd — even gamely handling a heckler. Walker was talking up Republicans’ push to pass a right-to-work law in Wisconsin, a measure to weaken labor unions, when a heckler stood up and began shouting in the packed ballroom. What he said wasn’t clear, but Walker handled it like a pro: He quipped, “Apparently the protesters come [here] from Wisconsin as well.”
  • Farage To Get Hero's Welcome From US Group (UK Independence Party [UKIP] Leader)

    02/25/2015 8:51:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Sky News ^ | February 25, 2015 | Dominic Waghorn, US Correspondent
    The UKIP leader will share a stage with high-profile US conservatives including Sarah Palin and NRA gun lobbyists.UKIP leader Nigel Farage is expected to get a celebrity reception in Washington when he addresses America's most high-profile right-wing conference this week. Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Jeb Bush and the National Rifle Association (NRA) gun lobby will be sharing a stage with the British politician after he was invited to address the Conservative Political Action Committee in the US capital. Aides told Sky News his philosophy has much in common with his republican hosts, who also focus on "the battle for smaller...
  • BAYHAM: Looking At The (Possible) 2016 GOP Field, Part I

    02/25/2015 8:08:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | February 25, 2015 | Mike Bayham
    Romney’s out and this weekend marks the pre-presidential election year CPAC straw poll, which is a sort of an unofficial beginning of the “exploratory” phase of the battle for the Republican nomination. As many as two dozen candidates, including governors, senators and media personalities, are hinting, some more sincere than others, at making a run for the White House. Below is a listing of the possible Tier I and Tier II contenders for the GOP nod along with handicapping the probability of making the race and their chances of winning. Rand Paul LIKELY CANDIDATE, TIER ONE CONTENDER The Kentucky US...
  • Pre-CPAC Reader Poll Results

    02/25/2015 6:32:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 25, 2015 | Professor William A.Jacobson
    And the winner is … We had good participation in our Pre-CPAC Reader Poll, in which readers could pick up to 3 candidates. Of course it’s not a “scientific” poll, it’s a snapshot of the Legal Insurrection Readership at a moment in time — more towards the conservative, Tea Party, libertarian …. definitely not “establishment” (however you want to define that, you know it when you see it). There are two clear winners: Ted Cruz who edged out Scott Walker by a narrow margin, after a late surge, with Rand Paul a clear third. No one else was close. There...
  • Activist group targets Cruz on Obama order protecting gays in federal workforce

    02/25/2015 6:05:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News' Texas Politics ^ | February 25, 2015 | Kevin Diaz
    As Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and other Republican lawmakers battle the Obama administration on his executive orders on immigration, a national gay rights group is targeting the potential 2016 presidential candidate over another executive order protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination in the federal workforce. The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, on Wednesday released a comprehensive research report on Cruz that highlights his record on gay rights. Cruz, who is addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington Thursday, is an outspoken opponent of same sex marriage. With...
  • Ben Carson Hires National Finance Director

    02/25/2015 5:15:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    National Review's The Corner ^ | February 24, 2015 | Eliana Johnson
    Neurosurgeon Ben Carson has hired former Newt Gingrich fundraiser Amy Pass to be his national finance director. Pass, according to longtime Carson pal Terry Giles, who is running the show for his friend behind the scenes, helped raise over $52 million for Gingrich’s group American Solutions and went on to serve as the national finance director of his 2012 presidential campaign. “While I believe Dr. Carson will be second to none in grassroots fund raising, we are by no means willing to surrender to anyone regarding traditional approaches,” Giles told National Review Online in an email on Tuesday. He said...
  • Hot Air Primary Survey: February Results

    02/25/2015 1:35:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 25, 2015 | Patrick Ishmael
    Scott Walker has pulled the trifecta again, winning the first choice, second choice and consensus choice survey questions. Walker won the first choice question with 58% of the vote, Ted Cruz came in second with 22%, and Rand Paul came in third with 5%. Top 10:(RESULTS-AT-LINK)
  • Carville’s remarks at Saint Leo are provocative, snappy

    02/25/2015 12:55:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Laker / Lutz News ^ | February 25, 2015 | Kathy Steele
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is almost certain to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016, according to political strategist James Carville. Her chances of winning are “no worse than 50-50,” said Carville who was keynote speaker on the opening day of the sixth annual International Business Conference at Saint Leo University. This year’s conference theme was “Best Practices in Global Organizations.” Before an audience of about 200 people, Carville entertained with funny anecdotes and blunt remarks on the dysfunctions of national politics. The ‘ragin Cajun,” as he is sometimes called, was the Democratic strategist who led Bill...
  • As Some Candidates Try to Duck, HRC Unveils Site Highlighting GOP Candidates’ LGBT Equality Record

    02/25/2015 12:17:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Human Rights Campaign Blog ^ | February 25, 2015 | Staff
    As potential Republican candidates gather this week in Washington, D.C. for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), HRC released a new microsite, 2016: Republican Facts, that will serve as an online resource for documenting the record and rhetoric of potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, and where they stand on key LGBT issues. Some three years after the RNC “autopsy” concluded that candidates need to “demonstrate they care” about LGBT Americans, candidates instead appear to prefer avoiding LGBT issues entirely. The New York Times reported recently that despite a looming Supreme Court Ruling on marriage equality, “notably, from those who are...
  • Ted Cruz 2016 effort adds Texas GOP finance chairman

    02/25/2015 7:00:25 AM PST · by wolfman23601 · 1 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2/24/15 | Todd J Gillman
    The budding Cruz 2016 campaign is adding some fund-raising muscle, with the Texas GOP finance chairman joining the effort. Hal Lambert, a Fort Worth money manager who has served three years as the state party’s top fund-raiser, said Tuesday that he is stepping down to help Sen. Ted Cruz if he runs for president. Lambert supported the 2012 presidential campaign of then-Gov. Rick Perry, who – like Cruz – has been spending lots of time with Republican activists in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, where early contests are critical stops on the way to the White House. “It’s not...
  • Walker leads Bush But It Could Be Short-lived

    02/25/2015 6:17:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    News Talk Florida ^ | February 24, 2015 | James Williams
    Well former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been ahead in most of the early polls of those seeking the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But he has been passed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker who now takes his turn a top the latest polls. But that lead could change as back in Madison, Gov. Walker faces a battle over strong support from the voters and health care groups that he accept Medicaid Expansion money. According to the Congressional newspaper The Hill, Walker has been informed that Wisconsin could save $400 million over two years if state officials agree to expand Medicaid,...
  • Question Ted Cruz should ask: Can a foreign-born American be president?

    02/24/2015 7:07:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 199 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 24, 2015 | Doyle McManus
    Sen. Ted Cruz is getting close to announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. The Texan is spending almost as much time in Iowa and New Hampshire as he does on Fox News; he's hired a staff and collected a long list of fiercely conservative supporters.. There's at least one hitch: Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, in the Canadian province of Alberta. His mother was a U.S. citizen, born in Delaware; his father, a Cuban refugee working in Canada's oil fields. Thanks to his mother, Cruz was a U.S. citizen at birth. But that doesn't clear up a...
  • CPAC: For Conservatives, It’s Burning Man Meets the Super Bowl

    02/24/2015 6:13:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Newsweek ^ | February 24, 2015 | Matthew Cooper
    It’s an industry trade show like Comic-Con, but also a feel-good festival à la Burning Man. It’s got Super Bowlesque hoopla, and for activists on the right, the annual meeting is the get-together in Washington. Thousands of conservatives will gather Wednesday for the weeklong Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and others will try to woo their base in the lead-up to 2016. The event, long held at Washington’s Omni Shoreham Hotel, was moved by organizers to the recently built Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland—a Democratic stronghold,...
  • Why CPAC desperately needs a Sister Souljah moment

    02/24/2015 11:19:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Everything ^ | February 24, 2015 | Ben Adler, Grist.org
    If Republican presidential contenders want to win in 2016, they should take a page from Bill Clinton’s playbook. And the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), beginning Wednesday in Washington, provides them with a perfect opportunity. In 1992, Clinton set himself apart from left-wing identity politics by criticizing radical rapper Sister Souljah at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition. (Souljah had spoken on a panel hosted by the organization and had made provocative anti-white statements.) Today, much like Democrats in 1992, Republicans have an image problem with voters outside their base. Even as they control Congress, just as Democrats did in 1992, they’ve...
  • Ted Cruz 2016 effort adds Texas GOP finance chairman

    02/24/2015 10:29:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Dallas Morning News' Trailblazers Blog ^ | February 24, 2015 | Todd J. Gillman
    The budding Cruz 2016 campaign is adding some fund-raising muscle, with the Texas GOP finance chairman joining the effort. Hal Lambert, a Fort Worth money manager who has served three years as the state party’s top fund-raiser, said Tuesday that he is stepping down to help Sen. Ted Cruz if he runs for president. Lambert supported the 2012 presidential campaign of then-Gov. Rick Perry, who – like Cruz – has been spending lots of time with Republican activists in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, where early contests are critical stops on the way to the White House. “It’s not...
  • Reckless Crackpot Ted Cruz Falsely Compares Barack Obama to Corrupt Richard Nixon

    02/23/2015 7:40:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | February 23, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    In an interview for Newsmax TV, released on Monday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) accused President Obama of turning America into a monarchy. He also condemned Congressional Democrats for being “partisan rubber stamps for a lawless president”. While that style of blustering rhetoric is not unusual for the Republican Senator, he also went a step further by comparing President Obama to corrupt former President Nixon. Trying to draw parallels to Nixon’s lawless abuse of power during the Watergate scandal, Cruz complained: We’ve had presidents in the past who have abused power. But when that has happened: When Richard Nixon abused...
  • Opinion: Women: At the political fringes no longer

    02/23/2015 5:00:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Pocono Record ^ | February 23, 2015 | Martha Burk
    It’s that time of year and Americans are honoring some of our favorite presidents. How about honoring our female presidents this time around? Oh, I forgot. There aren’t any. Frankly, I find America’s two-centuries-and-counting streak of all-male presidents astounding. You’d think it was against the law to elect a woman. (It probably would have been if the founding fathers had even thought it could happen — it’s not like they let them vote or anything.) And it’s not that women haven’t tried. Most people don’t know about the first woman to run for our highest office. Victoria Woodhull gave it...
  • Rand Paul: "Mistake" to Jab at Obama's Love of America as Guiliani Did

    02/23/2015 12:06:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | February 21, 2015 | Brian Doherty, senior editor
    One of the least interesting news manias of the week has been former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani discussing his opinion that President Obama doesn't really love America (or you, or me, or him). Obama has been the very living embodiment of American government power for the past 7 years, and not too reluctant to use it against enemies, and just random citizens, both foreign and domestic—whether it comes to foreign policy, spending, taxing, regulating, and arresting. Thus, I doubt any alleged lack of love for the U.S. of A matters in any way that Giuliani or the people delighted to...
  • Ted Cruz surges ahead of Rick Perry in Texas poll

    02/23/2015 10:58:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 23, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Sen. Ted Cruz leads a crowded field for the Republican presidential nomination in Texas, according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll released on Monday. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker grabbed only 2 percent of the vote in the last such poll in October, but he has surged to a close second. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whom 14 percent of Republican voters would have chosen in October, fell to fifth place in a wide-open field. Twenty percent of those surveyed went for Cruz, with Walker coming in with 19 percent. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and neurosurgeon Ben Carson...
  • Gov. Greg Abbott: Good Odds That GOP Nominee Will Have Texas Connection

    02/22/2015 8:05:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 22, 2015 | Greg Richter
    The Lone Star State has more than a lone contender in the GOP presidential race, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pointed out — but he isn't yet declaring a favorite. Abbott appeared Sunday on "Face the Nation," where host Bob Schieffer noted that Abbott's predecessor in the governor's office, Rick Perry, is expected to make a second bid. Then there are Sen. Ted Cruz and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who was born and raised in Texas. "I would not be surprised if they all run," Abbott said, but added there are a couple of more names Schieffer left out. Former...
  • Scott Walker’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Answer

    02/22/2015 7:28:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | February 21, 2015 | Matt Lewis
    Does it matter if Obama is a Christian or not? No, but it matters how Republicans answer stupid questions like that.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has been surging in recent weeks, and there is a sense he could be the guy to bridge the gap between the Republican establishment and the grassroots conservative base. But campaigns are crucibles, and if the last couple of days are a harbinger of things to come, heÂ’s in trouble. Could it be that the governor who fought so courageously against Wisconsin unions might not be ready for prime time on the national stage? No, IÂ’m...
  • Ted Cruz Comes to Florida to Attack Jeb Bush on Common Core

    02/22/2015 6:48:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | February 22, 2015 | Jeff Henderson
    Ted Cruz came to Jacksonville Friday night and called out Jeb Bush on Common Core. More so than most of the other Republicans testing the waters for 2016, Cruz has taken shots at Bush over Common Core. But this time Cruz fired away at Bush in his own backyard. Cruz said he and Bush had “significant policy disagreements” on Common Core and would not weigh in if the former Florida governor was a conservative, saying that was something voters had to decide for themselves. Of course, Cruz also touched on other topics -- repeal Obamacare, get rid of the IRS...
  • 'No Doubt' President Obama Loves His Country, Says Sen. Lindsey Graham

    02/22/2015 6:11:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 22, 2015 | Laura Wagner via This Week
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Potential Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham has "no doubt" that President Obama loves his country, refuting comments made by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani earlier this week. “Well, I love Rudy, but I don’t want to go there. The nation’s very divided. President Obama has divided us more than he’s brought us together and I don’t want to add to that division,” Graham initially said on ABC's "This Week" today, before adding, “I have no doubt that he loves his country. I have no doubt that he’s a patriot. But his primary job as president of the United...
  • THE REGULARS: Rants gazes into crystal ball ahead of Iowa Caucuses

    02/22/2015 4:18:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Sioux City Journal ^ | February 22, 2015 | Former State Rep. Christopher Rants
    Less than 11 months remain before the first votes are cast in the process of selecting our next president. The Granite Staters like to say Iowa picks corn and New Hampshire picks presidents. The truth is Iowans decide who's left for New Hampshire to pick from. I wrote last month I'd be exploring the GOP field in my coming columns, but this column will be my last for the Journal so I’m compelled to do a Cliff Notes version. Ted Cruz: The Spoiler. The junior senator from Texas has made as many, if not more trips to Iowa than anyone...
  • David Brooks: Giuliani's Comments "Unacceptable," Incumbent Upon Republicans To Police The Party

    02/22/2015 3:40:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | February 21, 2015
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR: At one of the Scott Walker events this week, former New York Mayor, David, Rudy Giuliani made a statement that has gotten a lot of attention. He basically — he talked about President Obama and said, “He wasn’t raised like we were,” talking to the group. He said, “He doesn’t love this country as we do.” It’s gotten a lot of attention. Do we — how big a deal is it? DAVID BROOKS: Well, it’s — you know, it’s unacceptable. You can’t say that. He doesn’t know that. It’s not true. It’s self-destructive. There’s sort...
  • Gov. Scott Walker’s newfound visibility has exaggerated impact

    02/22/2015 11:12:05 AM PST · by entropy12 · 26 replies
    WaPo ^ | Feb 21, 2015 | Dan Balz
    The rapid rise of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as a top-tier contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 is one of the more surprising stories of the opening months of this year. Whether he was prepared for this sudden emergence is an open question.
  • As The "ISIS Crisis" Intensifies,We Never Hear From Any Liberal Leaders.Why Not?

    02/21/2015 8:09:50 PM PST · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 5 replies
    And remember during the Bush years, virtually every time George Bush made a gaff, or was caught in an embarrassing moment, the media would pounce on it? Especially when he made that comment about OBGYN? Or the classic gaff over "Fooling Me Once"?, Well where are the Democrat Leaders now with the unthinkable crisis we are in now?? Between the open borders, and all of the horrific events taking place in the middle east, why haven't we heard from Steny Hoyer, Reid, Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Shelia Jackson as Obama has now put the U.S. in a State Of Panic?...
  • Marco Rubio’s White House prospects look brighter

    02/21/2015 7:25:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Myrtle Beach Sun News ^ | February 20, 2015 | David Lightman
    Marco Rubio is hot again. The junior senator from Florida is in the midst of a comeback, fueled by a self-assured stand against easing relations with Cuba, some savvy campaigning in Iowa and a meeting that impressed well-heeled donors. He still faces a daunting path to the White House. Voters in his own state would rather he seek a second Senate term in 2016. He’s no longer the only bright young Republican star in the field. And he continues to come under fire for a shift on immigration, particularly from the Latino community that Republicans want to woo. Rubio seems...
  • Democrats Call for Focus on Narrative, White Voters After 2014 Losses

    02/21/2015 2:55:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | February 21, 2015 | Zeke J. Miller
    The party chair calls a new report "tough love" The Democratic Party’s autopsy of its devastating defeat in 2014 calls for a renewed focus on the party’s message and winning back white Southern voters. In preliminary findings unveiled Saturday at a meeting of the Democratic National Committee, a task force studied the party’s defeats in 2010 and 2014—despite its victories in the 2008 and 2012 presidential years. It called for the creation of a “National Narrative Project” to help the party develop a message that can survive in midterm election years. It called for the creation of a “National Narrative...
  • SEN. TED CRUZ: THE 'HISPANIC' CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT?

    02/21/2015 2:05:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The American Reporter ^ | February 1, 2015 | Patrick Osio, Jr.
    U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has become the darling of the Tea Party and other extreme right Republicans. He is seen as their potential presidential candidate. Cruz is a superb orator and the big plus: He's Hispanic. One needs to put a pan below the chin of the right-wingers to catch the drool. They now know that in order to win the White House their candidate must take between 35 and 40 percent of the Hispanic vote. So having a candidate that not only thinks like they do and is a great orator with leadership qualities, they feel, is a winning...
  • Pre-CPAC Reader Poll — Favorite Republican Candidates?

    02/20/2015 7:59:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 20, 2015 | Professor William A.Jacobson
    POLL HAS BEEN RESTARTED (NOON EASTERN, 2-20) BECAUSE OF MISTAKES IN THE ORIGINAL. PLEASE VOTE AGAIN IF YOU ALREADY DID SO. In my column yesterday at The Daily Caller, I asked: Will CPAC Thin Or Expand The Republican Presidential Herd? I gave a quick take on those I perceive as real, likely candidates, and how a CPAC appearance could help/hurt them: Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, and Carly Fiorina. Here’s my take on Bobby Jindal: Bobby Jindal needs to show he’s not just a policy wonk, and can excite...
  • The GOP's scramble for the stupid vote

    02/20/2015 4:31:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Week ^ | February 20, 2015 | Damon Linker, Sr. correspondent and consulting editor at the University of Pennsylvania Press
    Dinesh D’Souza is no one’s idea of a thoughtful participant in the nation’s public conversation. Still, his tweet on Wednesday morning may have set a new low for the right-wing rabble-rouser. Commenting on a widely circulated image of President Obama taking a picture of himself with selfie stick, D’Souza tweeted the following message: “YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE GHETTO... Watch this vulgar man show his stuff, while America cowers in embarrassment.” The tweet has created quite a stir, especially among people who think it demonstrates D’Souza’s racism. But I think it reveals something that might actually be...
  • Obama to GOP: Stop copying me on economy

    02/20/2015 4:05:01 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    WMUR-TV ^ | February 20, 2015 | Jim Acosta, CNN
    In his scheduled speech to the Democratic National Committee's 2016 winter meeting on Friday, President Barack Obama is expected to reclaim some ownership over an issue that is suddenly a hot topic among top Republicans -- income inequality. Recent comments from potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders about the growing gap between wealthy and working class Americans in the United States have not gone unnoticed at the White House. "Income inequality has worsened under this administration," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said after the president's State of the Union speech. "We're facing right now a divided America when it comes to the...
  • CPAC lists speakers, wants more candidate engagement with conservative activists

    02/19/2015 8:04:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 19, 2015 | Staff
    A crop of 2016 Republican White House hopefuls and stars of the conservative media firmament are on the list as organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference put the finishing touches on the speakers list for this year’s gathering. The four-day event, considered one of the prime political dates on the calendar for conservative officeholders and activists, kicks off with a daylong activist “boot camp” Wednesday and concludes the evening of Feb. 28 at the Maryland’s National Harbor just outside of Washington. Republican presidential contenders now scheduled to speak include former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Texas...
  • CPAC organizers accused of excluding Log Cabin Republicans

    02/19/2015 5:09:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Metro Weekly - Washington's LGBT Magazine ^ | February 19, 2015 | Justin Snow, political editor and White House correspondent
    For the fourth consecutive year, gay conservatives will have no official presence at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference. On Thursday, Log Cabin Republicans accused the American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, of excluding the group of LGBT Republicans as sponsors of the annual conference. “Make no mistake: LCR is actively being prohibited from sponsoring CPAC,” said Gregory T. Angelo, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, in a statement. According to Angelo, discussions with the ACU and its new leadership began this past July. But the ACU said participation by Log Cabin Republicans would prove difficult due to the group’s...
  • Ron Paul: The government knew where Bin Laden was but wanted a pretext to invade the Middle East

    02/19/2015 5:09:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 18, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Fun stuff via BuzzFeed, portending an exciting “whose close relative is more of a devastating electoral liability?” primary for the GOP if the two men left standing are Jeb Bush and Rand Paul. I don’t understand this even within the parameters of the Ron Paul worldview. I thought hardcore isolationists — sorry, “non-interventionists” — believe that the war machine will always find a new pretext to keep rolling even if the current one goes bust. Obama, for instance, did eventually get Bin Laden, along with many other Al Qaeda capos … and yet at this very moment there’s an AUMF...
  • Early Handicapping

    02/19/2015 12:40:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Townhall ^ | February 19, 2015 | Rich Galen
    By this time next year we will have likely have been through the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primaries. We might have been through the hype of Nevada and headed to the warm welcome of South Carolina. So. Let's take a look at where we are. These are in no particular order, so please don't demand to know why your favorite wasn't mentioned first. On the Republican side, the surprise du jour has been Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's quick start largely as a result of a speech he gave in Iowa a couple of weeks ago. Walker has run...
  • Could Jeb Bush convince conservatives on immigration?

    02/18/2015 4:28:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    The Guam Pacific Daily News | February 18, 2015 | Susan Page
    Link only, due to copyright issues: http://www.guampdn.com/usatoday/article/23617835
  • 19-year-old in special election seeks to be one of youngest female reps in state history (NH)

    02/17/2015 5:21:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Concord Monitor ^ | February 17, 2015 | Nick Reid
    Yvonne Dean-BaileyA 19-year-old freshman at a Massachusetts college is hoping to become one of the youngest female state representatives in New Hampshire’s history as she enters a special election that will be decided this spring. Yvonne Dean-Bailey of Northwood, a Republican who graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy last year, said she is hoping to bring the voice of young, conservative women to the State House. Dean-Bailey is a veteran of two prominent lawmakers’ offices, having worked as an intern doing legislative research for U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and as a field organizer in Cheshire County on Marilinda Garcia’s campaign for...
  • Cruz, Perry in fight for GOP right as 2016 race kicks off

    02/17/2015 3:22:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    WOAI-TV ^ | February 17, 2015
    News 4 San Antonio's Randy Beamer shows you the all-but-official kickoff of the 2016 Presidential Race at the Iowa "Freedom Summit" over the weekend. And he wants to know what you think of the Texans fighting for support of the GOP right. Sen. Ted Cruz and former Rick Perry are in a very crowded field of Republicans. With so many candidates, the race may get heated (and interesting) earlier than ever. So which of the Texans do you think has the better chance? And who would you put money on to get the most money from donors? Go to our...