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  • Christie to GOP: Reform Drug Sentencing and Be ‘Pro-Life After They Get Out of the Womb’

    04/17/2014 8:37:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 17, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered a message to his fellow members of the Republican Party on Thursday: being pro-life means reforming America’s drug laws and criminal sentencing procedures. Christie has long advocated for drug treatment programs as a means of reforming the country’s prison system, but Christie took a new tactic on Thursday when he framed that advocacy as a pro-life argument. “I’m pro-life, and I believe strongly in the sanctity of life,” Christie told an audience in Jersey City on Thursday. Addressing his fellow Republican governors, Christie said that “it’s great to be pro-life, but you need to...
  • PALIN VISIT: Conservative Women Rallying Around Ernst

    04/17/2014 3:42:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | April 16, 2014 | Sam Hoyle
    Sarah Palin already announced her support for US Senate candidate Joni Ernst. Now Palin is joining her on the campaign trail. The former vice presidential candidate will stump for Ernst at a rally in West Des Moines as part of a ShePAC event that aims to support, honor and elect conservative women. The “Heels On, Gloves Off” event is set for April 27th. Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska and former Nebraska Governor Kay Orr will also attend the event.
  • U.S. Sen. Rand Paul visits Edmonton (Wouldn't answer publicly why he supports McConnell)

    04/17/2014 1:39:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Glasgow Daily Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Gina Kinslow
    EDMONTON — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul made a visit to Edmonton on Wednesday afternoon for a community forum during which he spoke mostly about health care and the economy and how he proposes to fix problems with each. The stop was one of several he made across the state during the week. After addressing about 30 people who turned out to hear him, the senator opened the floor for questions. One constituent asked him why he came out in support of Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville. Paul declined to answer the question publicly, saying he would speak with her in private...
  • Study: GOP Will Grow with More White Conservatives, Not Less

    04/15/2014 10:33:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 15, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A new study suggests that politically unaffiliated white Americans who are experiencing a shift to minority status will feel threatened by that shift and subsequently embrace more conservative policies. They will align themselves, therefore, with the Republican Party, providing that party with a more stable base in the midst of racial divisiveness. The revealing study, conducted by Maureen Craig and Jennifer Richeson at Northwestern University, was published by the professional journal Psychological Science and noted by Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner. The research challenges the notion that the Republican Party will diminish as its aging white members die and...
  • Six ways conservatives on both sides of the pond can learn from each other (Barf, guv'ner!)

    04/15/2014 6:35:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Conservative Home ^ | April 15, 2014 | Ted Yarbrough
    America and Great Britain share a special relationship. We speak the same language, have a similar system of laws, have similar (quasi-)capitalist economic system and even often share a system of weights and measurements. As America is a former colony of the United Kingdom, we owe much to Great Britain. Nevertheless, some things we don’t get about each other. Generally, Americans don’t understand Britons’ reverence for monarchy, and Britons don’t understand Americans’ fascination with guns. Politically, our countries do some things right, and some wrong. I follow both countries’ politics closely and I thought I would offer some constructive criticism...
  • 9 Candidates Get Sarah Palin’s Seal of Approval

    04/15/2014 5:45:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 15, 2014 | Alina Kleineidam
    The 2014 midterm elections are right around the corner, and after endorsing 64 candidates in 2010, and contributing about $300,000 to candidates in 2012, Sarah Palin is once again trying to wield influence over another election cycle. Just like in previous years, Palin’s picks get free publicity on her social media accounts, through appearances in their television ads and financial support from SarahPAC. Formed in 2009, SarahPAC is Palin’s political action committee, which is “dedicated to building America’s future by supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation.” Here are 9 candidates Palin has chosen...
  • Hillary Clinton, Youth Candidate

    04/15/2014 5:15:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | April 15, 2014 | Paul Waldman
    Republicans will nominate someone younger than her, and it won't make a difference to young people.Our old colleague Patrick Caldwell has an interesting article up at Mother Jones about the way the Hillary Clinton campaign—or whatever we can call it at this point, since it isn't actually a campaign but it isn't exactly just a bunch of independent people doing their own thing either—is going after college students. I had forgotten how idiotically hostile the Hillary '08 campaign was toward college students in Iowa, but that's just one of innumerable mistakes that one presumes she'll attempt to correct this time...
  • In SW Florida congressional race, who matters more: Palin or Paul?

    04/15/2014 12:14:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times' The Buzz ^ | April 15, 2014 | Alex Leary, Washington Bureau Chief
    Endorsments can be overrated but in a conservative primary with a lot of noise and mud, could a high-profile name give a candidate the edge? Congressional District 19 candidate Lizbeth Benacquisto recently got the backing of Sarah Palin, who held a fundraiser and sang the candidate's praises on Fox News. Yesterday, Curt Clawson scored the endorsement of Sen. Rand Paul, among the first tea party backed candidates to make it big. "Washington is desperate for outside leadership," Paul said. "Curt Clawson is an outsider who will bring refreshing ideas to the halls of Congress. Today, I proudly stand with Curt...
  • Send In Bill Clinton to Save the Democratic Midterm Campaign

    04/14/2014 7:03:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 14, 2014 | Bob Shrum
    Months away from Election Day, the Democrats are already cutting and running away from Obamacare. Clinton is the man to help them embrace it, attack obsessed Republicans—and win.Let Bill do it. With Democrats facing a daunting midterm season, it’s time to bring in the Big Dawg, not just as a campaigner but as a strategic driving force with the resources to deploy and dominate the message wars from coast to coast. Put him in charge of one of the existing super PACs—which would instantly multiply its fundraising—or form a new one that can operate on a genuinely super scale, with...
  • Cynical Race-Baiting Will Fail to Save the Democrats

    04/14/2014 6:04:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 14, 2014 | Ron Christie
    Sadly, it has come down to this. When they assumed power in 2009, Democrats promised that a trillion-dollar stimulus package would invigorate the economy and create millions of jobs. It did not happen—all while trillions of dollars were added to the national debt which will become due when these current lawmakers are safely in retirement. The president of the United States and congressional Democrats promised that if they passed Obamacare, you could keep your doctor and your health plan while your premiums would decrease by an average of $2,500 a year. All of these claims were assessed and identified by...
  • Comedian Lewis Black Wants Cruz-Palin Ticket

    04/14/2014 3:59:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Talk Radio News Service ^ | April 14, 2014 | Ed Zuckerman
    Lewis Black injected a bit of his signature brand of humor into the current political discourse on Monday, calling socialism “enforced Christianity” and telling anyone that calls Obama a socialist that “you’ve got to be out of your goddamn mind.” The comedian, playwright and Daily Show fixture, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington DC, went on to lampoon Republican attacks on the federal government and the role they ascribe to “entrepreneurs” in the American economy. “To say it’s all going to come from the private sector is truly psychotic,” Black said. Asked about his preferred candidates for the...
  • Scandal in Florida Race Exposed. Some Keeping Quiet About It. Wonder Why?

    04/14/2014 2:14:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | April 11, 2014 | Isabel Matos
    Curt Clawson has hired a record 25 consultants for his campaign. It’s a lie that he’s an outsider. He’s not a principled Conservative either, something those supporting him claim he is. Just recently Breitbart News contributor Javier Manjarres of Shark Tank wrote a hit piece on Sarah, criticizing her for choosing the wrong Conservative in the race: Sarah Palin Jumps the Gun May Not Have Fully Vetted Recent Endorsee. That is ironic coming from a RINO-infested tank who shilled for Marco Rubio when he was lying about being against amnesty early on. Where was his research and vetting then? Shark...
  • Can Obama scare supporters to the polls?

    04/14/2014 11:19:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 14, 2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    MSNBC host Al Sharpton is back at the White House today, this time for a Holy Week prayer breakfast with President Obama and dozens of faith leaders. Sharpton’s arrival comes just two days after Obama embraced the controversial activist and former FBI informant at a New York event hosted by the liberal broadcaster. Obama used the Sharpton event to accuse Republicans of trying to reverse the 1965 Voting Rights Act and intentionally suppress black voters with state laws requiring voters to show identification. “The real voter fraud is those that try to deny our rights by making arguments about voter...
  • Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee face off at New Hampshire Freedom Summit

    04/13/2014 7:36:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 12, 2014 | Benjy Sarlin
    MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Republican presidential primary is up and running in New Hampshire, where conservative prospects lined up in Manchester Saturday for the first cattle call of the 2016 cycle. Speakers at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, which was sponsored by Citizens United and Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity, included Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, all of whom would be top tier presidential contenders should they run. Donald Trump also spoke. Huckabee seemed especially determined to show he could compete for conservative votes against politicians like Paul and Cruz, who have each...
  • Paul defends Bush on immgration but says US 'can't invite the whole world'

    04/13/2014 7:11:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love." In an interview that aired Sunday, Paul said that those immigrants "are not bad people" but added the United States "can't invite the whole world" inside its borders....
  • Huntsman a 2016 wild card vs. Hillary?

    04/13/2014 6:55:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    All Voices ^ | April 7, 2014 | Bob Brennan, Anchor/Reporter
    The 2,500-seat Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts sold out March 31 for an appearance by Jon Huntsman as part of the Philadelphia Speaker Series. Two days later, Huntsman filled Boston Symphony Hall. Another Huntsman appearance at UCLA later this month is sold out. Without the benefit of incessant media attention some early 2016 prospects have been receiving, Huntsman’s visions and his authentic, inspiring way of conveying them has been attracting, and resonating with, capacity audiences. At the Kimmel Center, Huntsman drew laughs in lowering his hand slowly to the floor, a metaphor for the impact on his 2012 primary...
  • First Karen Handel TV Ad Features Sarah Palin

    04/13/2014 3:17:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Roll Call's At The Races ^ | April 11, 2014 | Emily Cahn
    Former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, one of about a half-dozen Republicans running in the Peach State’s open Senate contest, will hit the airwaves Monday with a new ad that prominently features former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The 30-second ad, which is narrated with audio from the April event where Palin endorsed Handel, will air statewide on cable and broadcast, according to Handel’s campaign. “You know her background, you know her record, the conservative who has walked the walk cutting budgets,” Palin says of Handel in the ad. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Among the other top Republicans in the crowded field are three...
  • How Low Can You Go? (Virginia Democrat candidate Mike Dickinson)

    04/10/2014 11:31:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Red Knuckle Politics ^ | April 1, 2014 | Tim O'Donnell
    Virginia Congressional Candidate has a disgraceful past (and present) Some of you may know of Mike Dickinson from his god awful twitter rants. Same may recognize the man who dailykos.com calls “the next Alan Grayson. Still others may recognize him from his appearance on Fox News’ Hannity, where he was eviscerated by the host. Just speaking to him and giving him facts will normally just earn you a block from his account @VoteMike2014. Others aren’t so lucky. Mike Dickinson recently agreed to an interview with this website as we profiled the Virginia congressional candidates in the 7th district. Mr. Dickinson...
  • The Last Chance for the GOP Establishment, Get Bush or Christie the Nomination

    04/10/2014 8:02:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Against Crony Capitalism ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    The horses are lining up in the gates. Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee (seriously he’s going to run again I think) Rick Santorum (this guy has nothing else to do), Jeb Bush, Rick Perry may make another run, and who knows who else, are all chomping at the bit. The 2016 nomination isn’t that far away. They can all taste it. Within this battle for the GOP nomination is a battle for the Republican Party of course. Will the hostile takeover of the party continue or will the GOP revert to another establishment retread at the helm. Will the...
  • Bill Clinton Points Out Gloomy State of Economy Under Obama

    04/10/2014 3:16:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 10, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    During his speech at the Civil Rights Summit held at the LBJ Presidential Library, former President Bill Clinton sounded a gloomy note about the current state of the economy under President Obama. Clinton, whom Obama frequently described as the “Secretary of Explaining Stuff,” pointed out that the current state of the economy made it more difficult to unite Americans politically. “It is all the more difficult today because of the economic conditions that we find ourselves, where medium family income today after inflation is still lower than it was the day I left office,” he said, adding, “where all over...
  • Poll Shows Ernst Claiming Lead in U.S. Senate Primary (The Sarah Palin factor!)

    04/10/2014 1:25:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | April 10, 2014 | Kevin Hall
    Joni Ernst has captured the momentum in Iowa’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, according to a Suffolk University poll released Wednesday. The poll shows Ernst edging Mark Jacobs 25-23 among primary voters. This is the first poll Suffolk University has conducted on the race so it is difficult to determine if their survey is an outlier or an actual sign of movement in the crowded GOP field. Either way, the Ernst campaign was quick to trumpet the good news, as did Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor endorsed Ernst two weeks ago. “A new poll out today shows momentum for my...
  • BATT: Nebraska voters shouldn’t cozy up to Tea Party

    04/10/2014 2:44:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Nebraskan ^ | April 10, 2014 | Mark Batt, junior political science major
    The Republican Party and the Tea Party hold different views regarding the future of U.S. conservatism. A distinct way to understand this split is by looking at the leaders of each party. For example, Sen. John McCain has been a notable establishment Republican for years. Contrarily, the Tea Party looks up to people such as Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, and former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Palin leads this political movement along with Cruz – who had a hand in shutting down the government last fall. There are two very different styles of leadership...
  • Curt Clawson Backers Urge Sarah Palin to Reconsider Support for Lizbeth Benacquisto

    04/09/2014 1:35:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | April 3, 2014 | Kevin Derby
    Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska will be in Southwest Florida on Thursday for a fundraising event with Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, who is running in the Republican primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress. “Excited to announce that Sarah Palin is coming to Southwest Florida this week to join me on the campaign trail,” Benacquisto announced on Monday. But tea party leaders in the district backing Curt Clawson in the primary are urging Palin to reconsider her endorsement. Jack Tymann of the Naples Tea Party, Kathy Jones of the Lee County...
  • Michigan Miscellany (Rand Paul Polling First In Michigan)

    04/09/2014 1:17:09 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 30 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | 04-09-2014 | Tom Jensen
    It looks like Michigan will remain solidly in the blue column if Hillary Clinton runs for President in 2016. She leads her potential Republican opponents in the state by anywhere from 9 to 12 points: it's 46/37 over Chris Christie, 48/39 over Rand Paul, 49/38 over Jeb Bush, and 50/38 over Mike Huckabee. Republicans are split a lot of different ways when it comes to who they'd like as their nominee in 2016. 16% want Rand Paul, 15% each support Chris Christie and Mike Huckabee, 11% are for Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush is at 9%, Paul Ryan and Scott Walker...
  • Iowa Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Strong and GOP Field Scattered in Advance of Caucuses

    04/09/2014 12:45:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Suffolk University News ^ | April 9, 1994 | Greg Gatlin and Mariellen Norris
    With the January 2016 Iowa presidential caucuses on the horizon, Hillary Clinton is the far-and-away favorite among self-described Democratic caucus-goers, according to a Suffolk University statewide Iowa poll. And while some Republicans have begun visiting the Hawkeye State, the survey shows no favorites among prospective GOP presidential candidates. Meanwhile, the Suffolk University poll of likely general-election Iowa voters shows Republican Gov. Terry Branstad with a strong advantage heading into the June 3 Republican gubernatorial primary, and he leads the sole Democrat in the race, State Sen. Jack Hatch, by 10 points in a general-election match-up. Branstad, the longest serving governor...
  • Brutal: Democratic poll finds Obama’s base is ready to stay home in November

    04/09/2014 12:49:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 8, 2014 | Allahpundit
    The poll was conducted between March 19 and 23, a week before the White House declared “mission accomplished” on ObamaCare, so maybe it’s simply missing a recent surge in enthusiasm among lefties. The first rule of ACA polling, though, is that the numbers rarely move much no matter what’s going on with the law. They dipped after the Healthcare.gov Chernobyl in October, they bounced back a bit as sign-ups improved, but overall they’ve been steady at around -10 or -12 for years now. Hard to believe that an enrollment milestone will shift that trend markedly and durably, especially with premiums...
  • Ted Kennedy Jr. makes run official

    04/08/2014 9:14:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Connecticut Post ^ | April 8, 2014 | Neil Vigdor
    BRANFORD -- There's a new keeper of the Kennedy flame. Ted Kennedy Jr. -- cloaking himself in the legacy of his father and uncles, from their familiar cadence to their crusade for social justice to their wavy hair -- finally acquiesced Tuesday to the overtures of Democrats who have long tried to lure the advocate for the disabled into running for office. The 52-year-old lawyer from Branford launched his candidacy for state Senate during a rally in his hometown, where retiring incumbent Edward Meyer introduced Kennedy as his heir apparent in what could become the most-watched race ever for the...
  • Top conservative: 2016 not Ted Cruz's turn, favors Mike Pence-Rand Paul ticket (Guess who?)

    04/08/2014 12:59:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    A founding father of the conservative movement who is now a star among Tea Party activists is urging the GOP to choose a governor to duel Washington “insider” Hillary Clinton for the White House, saying that 2016 isn't the best time for Sen. Ted Cruz to run. Often called the “funding father” of conservatism for pioneering direct mail fundraising, Richard A. Viguerie believes that the Texas senator is a “game changer” for the movement but that the best way to beat Clinton is with a candidate from outside the beltway. “I don't think it would be best for the conservative...
  • 2009 Rand Paul Speech: Cheney Manipulated US Into Iraq War for Profit

    04/08/2014 9:46:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 7, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Sen. Rand Paul claimed in 2009 that former Vice President Dick Cheney exploited the 9/11 attacks in order to lead the United States into war in Iraq to benefit military contractor Halliburton, where Cheney had been CEO before heading to Washington, a video unveiled by blog Mother Jones' writer David Corn shows. In the video unearthed of a speech given at Western Kentucky University, Paul argues that Cheney opposed the first Bush administration's plans but changed his mind over Halliburton, Corn reports. "He's being interviewed (in 1995), I think, by the American Enterprise Institute, and he says it would be...
  • Jeb Bush – 2016's Obligatory Sane Republican?

    04/07/2014 1:04:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | April 7, 2014 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    The 2014 midterms are looming large, and behind them, the specter of 2016. In the past year, Chris Christie has gone from being the Republican Wunderkind to elephant in the room, and Hilary Clinton is, well, Hilary Clinton. What is the modern-day Republican Party – a Völkisch (ethnic nationalist) political party become religion – to do? Clearly, it’s time for the Republican establishment to start asking themselves, “Where are we going to find a sane candidate?” (or at least sane-seeming, as 2012′s misadventure with Mitt Romney demonstrates). The answer is already in the history books, not that Republicans like to...
  • Senator Leland Yee, al Qaeda, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

    04/07/2014 8:47:44 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 5 replies
    New York Young Republican Club ^ | April 6, 2014 | NYYRC
    Considering the Obama administration’s implicit and explicit support in ousting Egyptian Hosni Mubarak, Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi (both whom were subsequently replaced by Muslim Brotherhood governments), and the administration’s ongoing attempts to force Bashar Assad to cede control of Syria to al Qaeda rebels, the transgressions of Senator Yee highlight yet again a disturbing trend in the American government to provide aid and comfort to al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. (And, lest we forget Fast & Furious, Mexican drug cartels, including the infamous Sinaloa cartel.) If Senator Yee is found guilty of his crimes, he should be charged with...
  • Senator doesn't realize he's at wrong hearing

    04/04/2014 2:11:09 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 25 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 04/03/2014 | Chad Merda
    Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) may want to pay more attention next time. On Wednesday, he showed up at the wrong hearing, then asked the wrong witness a fairly long question that had nothing to do with the hearing he was in. It took a note from a staffer to inform him he was in the wrong place, The Washington Post reports. "I just got a note saying I’m at the wrong hearing,” Coats said. He was supposed to be at a hearing held by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, but instead showed up at an...
  • Not who’s ahead, but who’s going to to run?

    04/03/2014 9:36:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | April 3, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    It’s a mystery how the chattering class arrives at any conclusion as to the “front-runner” in an election two years away with no declared candidates. First the “front-runner” was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; then, according to others, it was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), despite his obvious unacceptability to a significant segment of Republicans). The polls, if anything, reflect name identification, and in that department former governors Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee generally lead — in a race neither may enter. That is what being a “front-runner” means on talking-head cable TV shows. More relevant at this stage is figuring...
  • Ted Cruz Attempting to Be Republican Messiah

    04/03/2014 9:04:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Las Vegas Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | April 3, 2014 | Lydia Webb
    The Republican party has a problem in the upcoming midterm election and that problem is general un-likability. Most conservative political pundits are willing to concede that point, but one Texas senator has apparently found a new way to boost the Republican party and his own popularity. By combining some religious rhetoric with a little bit of “Reaganite” posturing, Ted Cruz is attempting to be the Republican messiah by playing up religious persecution. In a recent speech to the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, Cruz gave a call to action to the student body that was couched in surprisingly religious terms....
  • Harry Reid: Fort Hood Shooting Should Revive Gun Control Push

    04/03/2014 7:19:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 3, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Speaking to reporters on April 3rd, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said the shooting at Fort Hood should revive the gun control push. According to The Washington Post, Reid said, "As I was told today, [Army Spc. Ivan Lopez] bought his gun a day or two before he killed these people. Couldn't we at least have background checks so that people who are ill mentally, or who are felons, shouldn't be able to buy guns?" This is somewhat misleading because "law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the pistol used by Lopez... was purchased legally last month......
  • State Sen. Glenn Grothman plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (Wisconsin)

    04/03/2014 1:30:59 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal ^ | April 3, 2014 | Don Walker
    Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) announced Thursday he will challenge longtime Republican congressman Tom Petri in the 6th Congressional District. Grothman made the announcement on Charlie Sykes' morning talk-show on WTMJ-AM (620). Asked if he was running, Grothman replied, "Absolutely." Grothman conceded he did not currently live within district boundaries, but said he planned to move to Campbellsport in Fond du Lac County. "I don't think it's going to be an issue," he said. He also said he expected the state's Republican congressional delegation to back Petri. "There is apparently a deal between Wisconsin Republican congressmen that they come to...
  • Palin Campaigns for Handel in Ga. Senate Race (Perdue knocks Handel's lack of college degree)

    04/03/2014 11:48:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    ABC News / The Associated Press ^ | April 3, 2014 | Christina A. Cassidy
    Sarah Palin forcefully defended the only woman fighting for the Republican nomination for Georgia's open Senate seat and hit back Thursday against a rival's apparent dismissal of Karen Handel's high school education. David Perdue, the former Dollar General CEO, said that "there's a high school graduate in this race, OK? I'm sorry but these issues are so much broader, so complex" as he talked about the economy and the federal deficit during a January meeting captured on video....
  • Cantor rival Mike Dickinson compares Tea Party to al Qaeda, Palin to bin Laden

    04/02/2014 4:53:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 2, 2014 | Joe Newby
    On Tuesday, Mike Dickinson, the Virginia Democrat seeking the House seat currently held by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., compared the Tea Party to the terror group al-Qaeda on Twitter and claimed that Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are the U.S. equivalent of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks. Ultimately, Dickinson called the Tea Party and Sarah Palin "pure unamerican (sic) trash." "The tea party is Americas version of Al-Qaeda. Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin/Rand Paul all on same level as Bin laden (sic)," he claimed. "Tea party and Al-Qaeda: both resort to...
  • Braley Camp: He knew he was being recorded when he disparaged Iowa Farmers and Grassley.

    04/02/2014 7:43:33 AM PDT · by campg · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/1/2014 | Guy Benson
    Braley camp: He knew he was being recorded when he disparaged Iowa farmers and Grassley POSTED AT 9:21 AM ON APRIL 1, 2014 BY GUY BENSON Many of us assumed this recording was made surreptitiously. It must have been. There’s no way a statewide office-seeker from Iowa would knowingly demean farmers and a beloved state political figure on tape, right? Wrong, says the Braley campaign, via the Des Moines Register: Braley’s campaign strategists say the candidate knew he was being videotaped at the private fundraiser when he made the remark that has the political world buzzing, describing Chuck Grassley as...
  • A Gaffe Can Matter When It Motivates the Base (Iowa Democrat Bruce Braley)

    04/01/2014 2:08:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    FiveThirtyEightPolitics ^ | April 1, 2014 | Nate Silver
    We recently published a forecast that described the GOP as more likely than not to win the U.S. Senate in November. But our analysis was less bullish on Republicans’ prospects of flipping the seat in Iowa currently held by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, who is retiring. There, Democrats appeared to have a strong candidate in Rep. Bruce Braley, who has cleared his primary field. Republicans, meanwhile, face a contentious primary with a number of candidates who have never won races for statewide or federal office. After we published our forecast, the Republican PAC America Rising released a video of Braley,...
  • Why the GOP Should Say No to Jeb

    04/01/2014 1:50:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | April 1, 2014 | Myra Adams
    With Chris Christie in deep trouble, Republican poobahs are reportedly looking to Jeb Bush to save their party in 2016. The former two-term governor of Florida speaks fluent Spanish, is a convert to Catholicism, and has high name recognition. Jeb could raise millions of dollars over night by just saying “yes” to running. Despite all this, there are strong reasons Republicans should say no to him. 1. His last name is poison. Let’s face it, if Jeb Bush had the last name of Something Else he would have already run for president in 2008 or 2012. According to a recent...
  • Hawkish GOP donors to Time mag: We’ll stop Rand Paul in the primaries

    03/31/2014 2:14:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 31, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Nothing surprising here but the quotes are oh so tasty. Including one that comes, secondhand, from Paul himself. Is that what the last month of Russia-bashing and Tomahawk-praising was all about? Is Rand … “evolving” on foreign policy? The [Republican Jewish Coalition] conference brings together some of the biggest names — and wallets — in Republican politics, most notably billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. At a private dinner for VIP donors in an Adelson-owned aircraft hangar holding one of his pair of Boeing 747s, Bush was asked about the growing isolationist wing of the Republican Party and replied there was...
  • Palin, Virginia, & the Road to the White House

    03/31/2014 8:01:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Sarah Palin: Ex-veep nominee backs three Dixie Senate hopefuls. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R), whose support often helps propel underdog conservatives into the winner’s circle, has now endorsed three Republican US candidates who are challenging establishment-backed contenders. The latest is in Mississippi, where Palin has given her imprimatur to state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) in his challenge to six-term US Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS). Before that, Palin endorsed Oklahoma House Speaker T. W. Shannon (R) over US Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), and Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) in a multi-candidate field to succeed US Sen. Johnny Isakson...
  • An earnest e-mail from Joe Biden

    03/30/2014 9:47:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Our beloved vice president | March 30, 2014 | Joe Biden
    Joe Biden To Me Today at 10:45 AM Xxxx, I've been in this business a long time, and I've seen a lot of deadlines come and go. But let me tell you why the deadline tomorrow is among the most important: If we wake up on Tuesday and find out we came up short, we're in bad shape for November -- that is not hyperbole. That's why we're asking 33 Democrats like you from Des Moines to chip in to keep your region's support strong Losing will mean more senators like Ted Cruz, and more Tea Party Republicans in the...
  • Smokin’ Joe Biden Pierces Republican Hearts Saying Fair Wages Are Good for Business

    03/29/2014 11:59:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | March 29, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    Vice President Joe Biden said Congress should raise the minimum wage because it’s good for people, business, women, and the economy. He thinks you ought to call your do-nothing representative and ask why they’re not passing a raise for the people. Smokin’ Joe also burned a certain Speaker by saying that Congress ought to do it because it’s what the people want. But I’m sure Joe knows that Speaker Boehner (R-OH) can’t be bothered with what the people want. After all, he’s got an itty bitty circus tent full of extremists’ egos to stroke in an election year, since they’re...
  • Assemblywoman primaries against third-most-liberal Republican (upstate NY)

    03/29/2014 10:32:47 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 26, 2014
    New York state Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney announced a primary challenge to Republican Rep. Richard Hanna Wednesday morning, hitting her opponent from the right. Tenney, a second-term conservative Republican and “lifelong resident of New Hartford,” launched the challenge to the two-term congressman at 9 a.m.
  • Sarah Palin and Joni Ernst: Making them squeal

    03/28/2014 8:33:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Hill's Pundit Blog ^ | March 28, 2014 | Bernie Quigley
    In the beginning, over there where you can see Russia, there was former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska). And now there is Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). What I saw in the now-famous campaign clip for her Senate run in Iowa — in which she promised to "make them squeal" in Washington and said her Washington skills would include castrating pigs — was confidence and fearlessness. It was a clever ad, and amusing. But with the kind of heartland self-assurance and righteous country confidence that you find in a mountain preacher like Billy Graham or in Johnny Cash and June and Mother Carter:...
  • McCain: I want to name America’s new immigration reform law after Ted Kennedy

    03/28/2014 12:49:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 28, 2014 | Allahpundit
    A bon mot from his speech last night to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, preserved for posterity on Twitter by Benny Johnson of BuzzFeed. ItÂ’s a testament to MaverickÂ’s eagerness to pander to his audience that heÂ’d say something like this, knowing that House Republicans are already nervous about how amnesty will be received by conservative voters. In fact, a right-wing friend mine of who works in politics saw JohnsonÂ’s tweet and assumed McCain must have been joking. Surely, with immigration reform already imperiled by righty opposition, a GOPer already loathed by tea partiers wouldnÂ’t offer up the effort as...
  • This Is How The Tea Party Ends

    03/28/2014 12:43:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Somewhat Reasonable blog ^ | March 28, 2014 | Benjamin Domenech
    How do political movements end? And how do we assess the impact they had on the political sphere? In the case of the Tea Party, it seems to me that some smart analysts are focusing too much on horserace politics, and less on the bigger picture of how public policy is made. More than one smart journalist is writing this spring that the less aggressive approach of grassroots groups in this year’s Senate and House primaries means that the Tea Party movement is essentially coming to an end. In a piece at National Journal titled “The Tea Party’s Over”, Josh...
  • Palin Endorses Three "True Conservative" Women

    03/27/2014 6:46:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 27, 2014 | Jose R. Gonzalez
    Sarah Palin, who announced a number of midterm endorsements recently, signaled a spring awakening for fellow mamma grizzlies this week, throwing her support behind three female House and Senate candidates on Thursday after backing Iowa’s Joni Ernst the day before. The latest Republican recipients of the Tea Party star’s coveted imprimatur are Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, who’s running in her state’s 19th Congressional District; and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and Minnesota state Sen. Julianne Ortman, both of whom are U.S. Senate candidates. All three endorsements were announced on the former Alaska governor’s Facebook page, and...