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  • The new Rand Paul vs. the old Rand Paul

    10/25/2014 12:44:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | October 24, 2014 | Doyle McManus
    Rand Paul, the heretofore libertarian senator from Kentucky, gave a foreign policy speech to Republican grandees in New York last week with a clear message: I'm not an isolationist like my dad.. The senator's peppery father, the thoroughly libertarian former Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, hardly ever saw a U.S. military intervention he liked. He said George W. Bush's war in Iraq was nuts, suggested that the United States could live with a nuclear Iran and thought stationing U.S. troops overseas was just an expensive way to invite trouble. On Thursday evening in a Manhattan ballroom, Sen. Paul, a probable...
  • Christie builds Iowa base

    10/25/2014 12:28:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | October 25, 2014 | Jesse Byrnes
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is returning to the early presidential caucus state of Iowa on Saturday where he is slated to speak at two events. The potential 2016 Republican presidential contender is scheduled to speak at a luncheon for Rep. Steve King's (R-Iowa) annual pheasant hunt north of Akron before keynoting a birthday fundraiser for Gov. Terry Branstad (R) in Clive. King's weekend hunt, held at the Hole ‘N the Wall Lodge, has in the past attracted potential Republican contenders such as Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pennsylvania) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Christie, who will...
  • If GOP Takes Senate, Climate Change Deniers Will Control Key Committees (That's a bad thing?)

    10/25/2014 12:07:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Republic Report ^ | October 25, 2014 | Lee Fang
    It wasn’t long ago that coal executives were openly discussing their dream of Republicans seizing the White House and making Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe — who believes climate change is a “hoax” concocted by greedy scientists — the head of the EPA. Now, they have a second chance. As dark money groups and SuperPACs backed by millions of dollars from the fossil fuel industry are propelling Republicans to a Senate majority, climate science-denying politicians are likely to seize control of key committee chairmanships, a coup for companies seeking to pollute the atmosphere with impunity. What’s more, Inhofe is slated to...
  • Steyn: One Person Can Change Everything and ‘I Like Ted Cruz’

    10/24/2014 8:37:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | October 21, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Mark Steyn, author of “The Undocumented Mark Steyn,” argued that culture is more important than elections, and that he liked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as someone who could shift American politics to the right in an appearance on Tuesday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel. Steyn stated “vision’s the important part. What's actually happening is that the kind of model of the social democratic welfare dependency state since the Second World War has run out of gas. It's over, and to persuade people to move off that model actually requires you to have a conversation with the people and change...
  • Democrats Join The Ferguson Lynch Mob Right As The Case Against Officer Wilson Collapses

    10/24/2014 3:44:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 24, 2014 | David Horowitz
    Everyone who hasn’t drunk the progressive Kool-Aid is aware that during elections Democrats resort to the race card to scare African Americans, for whose intelligence they have limitless contempt, into voting for them. If Republicans are elected, their propaganda claims, “black churches will burn” or the racial clock will be turned back to the era of segregation, an era that Democrats happen to have been directly responsible for. This year it’s the mythical threat white policeman allegedly pose to black youth, as Democrats and their media enablers encourage a “lynch mob” mentality — as Howard Kurtz put it recently —...
  • Getting Ready for Hillary Costs About $1,000 Per Hour

    10/24/2014 2:47:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The UK Progressive ^ | October 24, 2014
    And we’re 2 years and 2 weeks out? WTF? The super-PAC is building a list of supporters that is already hovering around 3 million. Hillary Clinton’s friendly super-PAC is spending roughly $23,000 a day – nearly as much as it’s bringing in – as it builds a database of supporters and donors for a possible 2016 Democratic presidential bid. Viewed another way: Getting Ready for Hillary costs her supporters about $2 million per quarter, covering expenses for everything from political consultants to voter databases to Des Moines hotel rooms, according to disclosure reports released October 15. “Rather than building up...
  • Early Voting Turnout for Republicans in Iowa is Unprecedented: “This has never happened before.”

    10/24/2014 2:00:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | October 24, 2014 | Aleister
    Early voting is looking good for Iowa Republican Joni Ernst. In fact, it’s looking better than usual. Kirsten Hunter of the Washington Free Beacon reports that even CNN is acknowledging the trend: CNN: Iowa Early Vote Data Shows Unprecedented Republican Numbers Elated Republicans are celebrating the unprecedented success of U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R) in Iowa’s early voting. Iowa Republicans banked a surge of early voters this week, a practice usually dominated by Democrats in the state. Ernst’s unprecedented success is also the result of her opponent, Rep. Bruce Braley’s, failure to mobilize Iowa Democrats despite receiving support from...
  • Gallup poll shows Tea Party supporters the most motivated to vote

    10/24/2014 1:39:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 24, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    They’re baaaa-aaack, as Carol Anne said in Poltergeist II. No, not the cheesy ghosts from the cemetery under their house, but the ghosts of the previous midterm election, and they’re about to haunt Democrats. Gallup’s survey from the end of last month shows that the most enthusiastic voters in this cycle are Tea Party supporters — and it’s not even close: Although the Tea Party has not been as visible in this year’s midterm elections as it was in 2010, Tea Party Republicans have given more thought to this year’s elections and are much more motivated to vote than are...
  • Who says Obamacare isn't major factor in midterms?

    10/24/2014 1:33:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 24, 2014 | Byron York
    Some Democrats and their advocates in the press believe Obamacare, a year into implementation, is no longer much of a factor in the midterm elections. But no one has told Republican candidates, who are still pounding away at the Affordable Care Act on the stump. And no one has told voters, especially those in states with closely contested Senate races, who regularly place it among the top issues of the campaign. In Arkansas, Republican challenger Tom Cotton is pulling ahead of incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor partly on the strength of a relentless focus on Obamacare. Cotton's newest ad attacks...
  • The truth about the midterms -- hands up, go vote! (Tea Party wave of 2010 never happened)

    10/24/2014 2:09:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | October 20, 2014 | Cornell Belcher
    As the story goes, in 2010 there was a dramatic political course correction. The electorate that just two years earlier had overwhelmingly voted for hope and change, sweeping Democrats into office, up and down the ballot, across the country, had buyers' remorse. America changed its mind after 2008 and broke hard for the tea party, building a wave that would devastate Democrats. At least that's the conventional lazy narrative about the 2010 midterm elections. That narrative draws a picture of a tea party wave that swept Republicans to victory on the back of a set of conservative policies in reaction...
  • Obama: Hey Georgia, do me a solid and elect Michelle Nunn

    10/23/2014 8:09:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 23, 2014 | Guy Benson
    After President Obama compounded his ‘every single one of my policies are on the ballot’ assertion by praising vulnerable Congressional Democrats as staunch water-carriers for his agenda, I joked that the only way he could assist Republican ad makers any further would be to call out each Democrat by name. And that’s precisely what he’s now done in Georgia, where Michelle Nunn has been impersonating Gumby to avoid being linked too closely with the unpopular president. Over to you, champ — via America Rising:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) “If Michelle Nunn wins, that means that Democrats keep control of the Senate, and that means...
  • The real problem with Joni Ernst’s quote about guns and the government

    10/23/2014 7:20:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | October 23, 2014 | Paul Waldman
    Regular readers will know that I’m a critic of the “My opponent said something objectionable and I’m outraged!” school of campaigning, not to mention the “Candidate said something objectionable!” school of campaign coverage. One of the most important rules in assessing “gaffes” or outsized statements is that if the moment was extemporaneous, out of character, instantly regretted, and not repeated, then we should give it a pass, because it probably reveals next to nothing about the person who said it. Having said that, there’s a new statement we learn about today from Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst that deserves some...
  • Ernst snubs Iowa newspaper

    10/23/2014 4:04:20 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct 23, 14 | Ben Kamisar
    Senate candidate Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) has canceled her meeting with the Des Moines Register editorial board Thursday as the paper works to finalize its Senate endorsement. “Recent editorials in the Des Moines Register make their position in this race perfectly clear, and it’s one that many voters across our state seem to disagree with,” Ernst campaign spokeswoman Gretchen Hamel told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier in a emailed statement. “With less than 12 days to go, time is precious and Joni wants to spend every minute talking to undecided voters, hearing their concerns, and demonstrating why we need a change in...
  • Joni Ernst and the Right To Revolutionary Violence

    10/23/2014 3:16:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Washington Monthy's Political Animal Blog ^ | October 23, 2014 | Ed Kilgore
    The picture of IA GOP SEN nominee Joni Ernst that’s emerging from exposure of her pre-2014-general-election utterances is of a standard-brand Constitutional Conservative embracing all the strange and controversial tenets of that creed. There’s Agenda 21 madness. There’s Personhood advocacy. There are attacks on the entire New Deal/Great Society legacy—and perhaps even agricultural programs—as creating “dependency.” And now, inevitably, there’s the crown jewel of Con Con extremism: the belief that the purpose of the Second Amendment is to enable “patriots” to violently overthrow the government if in their opinion it’s overstepped its constitutional boundaries. Sam Levine of HuffPost has that...
  • Black disappointment with Obama threatens Democrats

    10/23/2014 1:53:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    McLatchyDC ^ | October 23, 2014 | David Lightman
    MIAMI — Black voters’ disappointment with President Barack Obama, who they so eagerly embraced for so many years, could be costly on Election Day to Democrats, who badly need a big African-American turnout to win Senate and gubernatorial races in key states. Instead, many African-Americans see an unemployment rate well above the national average, continuing problems with crime in many neighborhoods, and a president more interested in trying to help other voting blocs that didn’t give him such unwavering support. He talks about same-sex marriage in a nod to the gay and lesbian community. He discusses immigration and its benefits,...
  • Debbie Wasserman's "Republicans Have A Terrible Record".But They Are Not In Power !!.

    10/22/2014 7:03:38 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 14 replies
    We have seen her on Fox and Morning Joe. She often has to remind us of "The Terrible Republican Record". And we all react in the same manner. Huh? What?, Why didn't the hosts ask her to give an example of the harm the GOP has done to the nation despite the fact that Harry Reid wont allow any of their bills for a vote in the Senate? Terrible Record? You mean like in Texas, Florida and Wisconsin? Oh yah, what an economic mess Rick Scott, Scott Walker & Rick Perry have done for their states. Apparently according to Debbie...
  • Final Florida governor’s debate

    10/22/2014 9:26:33 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 20 replies
    HERALD/TIMES TALLAHASSEE ^ | STEVE BOUSQUET AND MARY ELLEN KLAS
    JACKSONVILLE In a fast-paced final debate Tuesday, Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist displayed their mutual contempt to a national TV audience in the home stretch of the costliest and meanest campaign in the country. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article3213936.html#storylink=cpy
  • New poll shows Cotton 8 points ahead

    10/22/2014 1:14:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Power Line blog ^ | October 21, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    A new poll, this one by Talk Business and Politics/Hendrix College, puts Tom Cotton’s lead over Mark Pryor at 48-41. The survey included more than 2,000 likely voters and was taken after the last week’s Cotton-Pryor debate (as I understand it, there will be no more debates between the two). The margin of error is plus or minus 2.2 percent. According to Dr. Jay Barth of Hendrix College, the survey shows that both Cotton and Pryor have locked up the support of their respective Party faithful. However, “Cotton has a strong advantage among the state’s voters who term themselves Independents...
  • Obama: Apathy, not Voter ID, keeps minorities from polls

    10/22/2014 12:48:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 21, 2014 | Justin Sink
    Controversial voter identification laws are not the primary reason minority voters are failing to cast their ballots, President Obama said in a radio interview airing Tuesday. "Most of these laws are not preventing the overwhelming majority of folks who don't vote from voting," Obama said during an interview with Rev. Al Sharpton. "Most people do have an ID. Most people do have a driver's license. Most people can get to the polls. It may not be as convenient, it may be a little more difficult." The Justice Department has challenged new voter identification laws in Texas and North Carolina. Those...
  • New Poll Shows McConnell Up by 3 in Kentucky With Overwhelming Tea Party Support

    10/21/2014 10:20:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 21, 2014 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    Western Kentucky University's 2014 Big Red Poll released on Monday shows that incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) leads Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes by 3 points, 45% to 42%, among likely voters in the Kentucky U.S. Senate race. The poll, coming two weeks before election day, indicates the race is still close, despite numerous recent gaffes by Grimes and news that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has stopped funding television advertising in support of her candidacy. 5% of likely voters supported Libertarian David Patterson, and 8% were undecided. The most surprising result of the poll is that, despite a bitter...
  • Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor: Desegregation an ‘Unwilling Invasion’

    10/21/2014 9:23:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 21, 2014 | Alana Goodman
    Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor argued that the federal government’s desegregation of Arkansas’s largest public school in 1957 was an “unwilling invasion” that took “a local problem out of the local authorities’ hands” and led to deep suspicions of democracy in the state, according to a copy of his college thesis obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. Written in 1985, the 30-page paper—which also suggested that the state’s Democratic Party was hindering economic progress, and attributed policies such as welfare and the Equal Rights Amendment to “wild-eyed liberals”—could add to Pryor’s difficulties as he fights to protect his seat from...
  • Obamacare users pitched for voter registration

    10/21/2014 9:12:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 21, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Sharyl Attkisson has dug up another interesting story of government activity which is certainly questionable in nature. It appears that at least some of the people who signed up for Obamacare have been getting some unsolicited e-mail… and it has nothing to do with healthcare. Last spring, John* purchased health insurance through the Washington State healthcare exchange. He was surprised when, last month, he received an email from the exchange at the address he’d provided when he signed up. The email was entitled, “Voter Registration Information.” It read, in part: “ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE? If you would like to...
  • Democratic turnout flyer: ‘If you want to prevent another Ferguson…’

    10/21/2014 6:59:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Political Insider ^ | October 21, 2014 | Jim Galloway and Daniel Malloy
    The Democratic effort to pump up the African-American vote in Georgia just took an interesting turn. A reader has sent us this early-voting turnout mailer sent out by the Georgia Democratic party that focuses on the shooting of Michael Brown and subsequent unrest in Ferguson, Mo. It contains an interesting line that concedes the problem of low interest among black voters: “If we want a better, safer future for our children, it’s up to us to vote for change. The choices may not always be perfect, but the cost of inaction is simply too great.” Here’s a complete look: And...
  • Sheila Jackson Lee: Obama a 'Perfectionist,' Cruz Needs to 'Read a Little More'

    10/20/2014 5:35:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | October 20, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On Monday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Wolf,” host Wolf Blitzer sat down with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) to ask her if she could confirm a Saturday report from The New York Times that claimed President Barack Obama was “seething” at administration officials for their handling of the Ebola response. After replaying a clip of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) calling for greater presidential leadership on the Ebola response, Blitzer asked Jackson Lee if she had been in touch with the White House. “You probably saw that story in The New York Times on Saturday saying the president was, quote, ‘seething’ because...
  • Dems Attack Abbott on Interracial Marriage

    10/20/2014 5:13:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | October 20, 2014 | Sarah Rumpf
    AUSTIN, Texas -- With Wendy Davis trailing in the polls behind her Republican opponent Greg Abbott, her Democratic supporters have resorted to a desperate, eleventh-hour attack. However it is not the heavily-criticized wheelchair ad; this is a brand new attack, launched on Monday, the first day of early voting. This time, the Democrats' messaging brings with it an added element of race-baiting, twisting Abbott's words to insinuate that he is opposed to interracial marriages, ignoring the well-known fact that Abbott's wife Cecelia is Hispanic. The issue originated with a San Antonio Express-News article from Sunday, in which Austin Bureau Chief...
  • Churchgoer taken aback by political flier's lynching imagery (Pro-Hagan flyer)

    10/20/2014 4:50:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Fayetteville Observer ^ | October 20, 2014 | Michael Futch
    Dawn McNair said she was surprised Sunday when her daughter pointed out the background on a political flier urging people to get out and vote. The front of the flier blares: "Kay Hagan doesn't win! Obama's impeachment will begin! Vote in 2014." The words are superimposed over a grainy reproduction of a photograph of what appears to be a lynching. Someone tucked the flier under McNair's windshield wiper while her car was parked at her church, Kingdom Impact Global Ministries on Murchison Road. "My daughter said, 'Mom, look in the background. They're lynching somebody.' It's the lynching of an African-American...
  • Joel Kotkin: Thunder on the Left

    10/20/2014 4:20:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | October 17, 2014 | Joel Kotkin
    Much has been written about the right-ward shift of the Republican Party, but far less about a mounting left-wing movement among Democrats. While the media tends to dismiss the right-wingers of the GOP as “wingnuts,” it typically refrains from categorizing even the extreme left of the Democratic Party in a similar manner. President Barack Obama has accelerated this leftward trend in two ways. First, his administration, particularly in contrast to that of former President Bill Clinton, has laid the rhetorical basis for a move to the left by shifting the party agenda on social, environmental and economic policies. Clinton may...
  • Rand Paul: The Most Interesting Conspiracy Theorist in Washington

    10/20/2014 4:01:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | October 20, 2014 | David Corn
    Bilderbergers, the Iraq invasion, Alex Jones—the GOP senator has routinely flirted with America's paranoid fringe.This past summer, Rand Paul, the libertarian senator from Kentucky and a potential 2016 presidential wannabe, was the GOP's It Girl. The New York Times Magazine splashed his mug on the cover and asked, "Has the 'Libertarian Moment' Finally Arrived?" It noted that Paul possessed a "supple mind" and was a "preternaturally confident speaker." Washington Post political prognosticator Chris Cillizza pronounced Paul the "most interesting voice in the GOP right now," and Politico gave him the No. 1 spot on its list of the 50 "most...
  • Republican Populism—or Republican Destruction

    10/20/2014 5:27:23 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 7 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10-19-2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Nothing much the Republicans have done explains why they are on the verge of taking back the Senate and making gains in the House. (Emphasis mine) Not since the summer of 1974 or October 1980 have we see a presidency in a total meltdown. Abroad, ISIS, Putin, and the bullying Chinese have revealed that the Obama administration is either clueless or has subordinated foreign policy decisions to rank politics — or both. At home we have Ebola. Meanwhile, the list of corrupt, incompetent or politically rogue federal agencies keeps growing — the VA, ICE, the NSA, the IRS, the Secret...
  • Proposal For Purple States.Blue Districts Need To Call In Votes First,Then Red.

    10/20/2014 5:11:46 AM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 20 replies
    This has to be one of the primary reasons Republicans lose in purple swing states by a very narrow margin. Take the latest Virginia Governor's race as an example, all looked well until the end, then a few blue districts reported at the last minute and we lost! Same with November 2012. We were winning in most crucial states right till the end, meanwhile still waiting for a few "Last Minute Deep Blue" districts to call in their votes. Is this going to happen again in those few close senate races in Georgia and North Carolina? It would seem like...
  • Midterm immigration ads may hurt GOP in 2016

    10/20/2014 4:50:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | October 20, 2014 | Noah Bierman
    A still from an ad by Tom Cotton, a Republican challenging Senator Mark Pryor in Arkansas.One ad in the Kansas race for Senate depicts shadowy men climbing a barbed-wire fence as a narrator warns that “illegal immigration is threatening our communities and taking jobs away from Kansans who need them.” Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator running for Senate in New Hampshire, has run three border security ads, and cautioned that a “porous” border poses an Ebola threat. And in Texas, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor produced an ad showing a caravan of Middle Easterners waving flags and brandishing...
  • Obola: Visual Attacks on Obama Pick Up Right Where Kenya/Muslim Slurs Left Off

    10/20/2014 4:01:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Bag News ^ | October 19, 2014
    It’s hard to tell how much the far right, in its enduring hate for Obama, is seeing an opportunity in the Ebola hysteria, or the Ebola anxiety is feeding and re-igniting those racist and religious attacks on Obama from their heyday in ‘07-’10 when he was so unknown. Either way, Twitter and social media is serving as its own source of incubation and a visual breeding ground for rallying the replicants. Since the most effective treatment for noxious political memes is inoculation, it’s instructive to examine a few of these specimens to see what they consist of. This combo features...
  • 2014’s ‘Clinton Democrats’ crashing and burning

    10/19/2014 5:57:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 19, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    For all the analysis which correctly notes that associating with President Barack Obama is no relief for Democrats running in 2014, particularly those in red states, it is those Democratic politicians running as “Clinton Democrats” who are watching their campaigns implode. “Self-proclaimed Clinton Democrats are struggling this election cycle, and not even their powerful namesakes may be enough to save them,” The Hill reported on Sunday. “Both Bill and Hillary Clinton have tried to turn on their charms to help centrist Democrats in Kentucky and Arkansas. But as candidates in both states are slipping, help from the party’s preeminent power...
  • Some in GOP 'Not Comfortable' with Ted Cruz on Campaign Trail

    10/19/2014 4:13:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    NewsMax ^ | October 14, 2014 | Andrea Billups
    While Sen. Ted Cruz may be a star among tea party faithful and other more socially conservative Republicans, he has been less active on the midterm campaign trail as some candidates fear he could polarize voters, The Hill reports. More welcomed in states with tight midterms contests have been Cruz's conservative brothers in the Senate, Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky, who have been counted on to support election bids across the country, the Hill noted. “It’s almost exactly a year ago to the day when [Cruz] led to the government shutdown," Republican strategist Rich Galen told...
  • Bozell: If GOP Blows November Election, Its Anti-Conservative Strategy Will Be To Blame

    10/19/2014 4:00:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | October 19, 2014 | Brent Bozell, Fox News
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)We are watching the wheels come off the most radical and dangerously incompetent administration in history. “I am not on the ballot this fall,” President Obama proclaims, “but make no mistake: these policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.” This statement should be the final nail in the coffin for the Democrats. The GOP should be poised to win a landslide of historic proportions. So why is there so much debate over whether they’ll win -- at all? The answer is crystal clear. The Republican Party needed only to choose any one of a number of national...
  • Democrats who run from Obama take a risk

    10/18/2014 9:38:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | October 15, 2014 | Donna Brazile
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Democratic candidates who run from President Obama in red states where he is unpopular are making a big mistake. Their holding Obama at arm's length deprives voters of a clear choice at the ballot box. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is a great candidate for the U.S. Senate and is running a solid campaign. But she made a mistake when she refused to answer the question from the Louisville Courier-Journal about which presidential candidate she voted for in 2012. Grimes should have said she voted for President Obama and then gone on to explain her policy differences with...
  • Huffington Post Attacks Rand Paul On Ebola, Other Lib Journos Join In, Gets It Horribly Wrong

    10/17/2014 8:19:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 17, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) The Huffington Post ran an Associated Press story attacking Sen. Rand Paul under the headline, “Rand Paul Contradicts Experts, Says Ebola Is ‘Incredibly’ Contagious.” The story starts: U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky told a group of college students Wednesday the deadly virus Ebola can spread from a person who has the disease to someone standing three feet away and said the White House should be honest about that. His comments directly conflict with statements from world health authorities who have dealt with Ebola outbreaks since 1976. (Emphasis added.) This, unfortunately for HuffPo and the AP, is not true....
  • As Democrats sweat Iowa, Sen. Tom Harkin sits on millions

    10/17/2014 6:56:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 16, 2014 | John Bresnahan and Manu Raju
    Senate Democrats are pleading with donors to give to Rep. Bruce Braley’s campaign as they struggle to pull off a victory in Iowa and save their endangered majority. But there’s one key player holding onto his campaign cash: Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin. Despite direct appeals from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and other top Democrats, Harkin has refused to transfer money from his $2.4 million campaign account to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to sources and campaign finance records....
  • Come 2016 ABC Debate.Will Donna Brazile Trash & Smear Every Impressive GOP Candidate Again?

    10/17/2014 6:46:31 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 19 replies
    So Mitt Romney Was The Weakest Link According To Donna Brazile in the 2016 ABC Debate? Even George Stephanopoulos was shocked! Now can you imagine six or seven of our prestige candidates on the next ABC Debate, and all of them put on a superb & impeccable performance, and afterwards the host asks Donna Brazile for her "Intelligent Assessment" of the candidates? Will she first start off by stating that Ted Cruz and Mike Pence were the "Weakest Links"? Will Donna say that Scott Walker and Alan West appeared to be "Rather Sophomoric & Naive"? The next time Donna Brazile...
  • Senate Candidate Joni Ernst Endorses Federal Personhood Bill For Fetuses

    10/16/2014 6:15:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | October 16, 2014 | Laura Bassett
    Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst said she would support a federal bill that gives legal personhood rights to fetuses from the moment of fertilization, effectively wiping out legal abortion in the United States. Ernst voted for a fetal personhood amendment in the Iowa State legislature in 2013, and she told the Sioux City Journal editorial board on Wednesday that she also would support a federal personhood measure if she were elected to the U.S. Senate. "I will continue to stand by that. I am a pro-life candidate, and this has been shaped by my religious beliefs through the years,"...
  • Michael Moore Ties Ebola to Republicans, Wall Street, and the NRA

    10/16/2014 11:38:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | October 16, 2014 | Andrew Desiderio
    Filmmaker Michael Moore took to Twitter early Thursday morning to slam conservatives for what he believes is their role in exacerbating the Ebola outbreak. In a series of tweets, Moore took to blaming everyone from the NRA to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, congressional Republicans, to Wall Street bankers. Many have used Ebola to advance their respective political agendas, and Democrats have latched onto a claim by the head of the National Institute of Health that budget cuts to medical research have prevented the NIH from developing a vaccine for the deadly virus. On the other side, several have suggested the...
  • Congressional Democrats Fight The Idea Of An Ebola Travel Ban

    10/15/2014 9:46:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 15, 2014 | Derek Hunter
    Congressional Democrats are siding with the Obama administration — and against a growing number of Americans — when it comes to a government mandated travel ban from Ebola hotspots in Africa. While 67 percent of Americans support the idea of a travel ban, many elected Democrats are decidedly against the idea. The Hill reports, “House Democrats are pushing back hard against proposals to institute a travel ban in the fight against the Ebola virus.” Texas Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee told The Hill, “I don’t think we gain anything by spending our time talking about quarantines [of entire countries]. We...
  • Black Voters in Ferguson Considering Voting... GOP?! Don't Tell MSNBC!

    10/15/2014 6:21:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 15, 2014 | Ken Shepherd
    Below the fold on the front page of the October 15 edition of the Washington Post was a rather fascinating story out of Ferguson, Missouri, about how young black voters in the St. Louis suburb are considering casting at least one vote on the ballot this November for a Republican. Post staff writer Sandhya Somashekhar delivered the scoop you are very unlikely to find noted on race-obsessed MSNBC. Here's a relevant excerpt (emphasis mine): FERGUSON, Mo. — Darren Seals experienced waves of disbelief and anger after Michael Brown’s death, but two months later, he has found a way to channel...
  • Twenty Days Till Midterms.What Extreme "GOP Warnings" Will We Hear From Desperate Democrats?

    10/15/2014 4:09:12 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 19 replies
    And remember when Joe Biden was warning us that if the GOP was in charge, women would get raped and there will be no firemen there for us if our homes caught fire? And what's the latest warnings? Republicans are the primary cause of Ebola? If the GOP takes the Senate, it will be the end of Welfare, Social Security and access to health-care? As Harry Reid and Senate Democrats see themselves packing in a few months, what "Joe Biden Warnings" can we anticipate? Maybe if the GOP takes the Senate, "There Will Be Long Lines For Toilet Paper"? and...
  • Ted Cruz advocates military transport for Ebola aid, calls for travel ban

    10/15/2014 2:17:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 15, 2014 | Kellan Howell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday that it is possible to write a ban on travel from Ebola-stricken West African countries while still letting medical personnel and aid get through. Despite intense pressure from members of Congress to impose a ban to stop the disease from entering the U.S., Obama administration health officials have said a travel ban would actually hurt because it would hinder efforts to stop Ebola in West Africa. But Mr. Cruz said it’s easy to carve out exceptions. “Health care personnel can be brought in on military C-130 flights,” the Texas Republican told The Dallas Morning News....
  • Inside the GOP's secret school

    10/15/2014 7:52:32 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct. 15, 2014 | Peter Hamby
    Washington (CNN) -- Night after night, Republicans are going back to school in an effort to build a new army of communications operatives for the Twitter age. The courses at "Comms College" -- the GOP's secret training ground for social media-savvy communications staffers -- are taught in a sterile conference room on Capitol Hill. Students are instructed that the modern news cycle, fueled by the disruptive power of the web and constantly-filing reporters, has no patience for old political playbooks. That's an especially important lesson for Republicans heading into the next presidential election. President Barack Obama's press operation, digitally-fluent and...
  • Ed Show Guest: Joni Ernst Is A 'Trained Circus Monkey' Of The Kochs

    10/15/2014 4:44:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | October 14, 2014 | Caleb Howe
    Word salad of left wing buzz words will leave you laughing. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)MSNBC's Ed Schultz has been increasingly, visibly, sweatily desperate as the day count down to the election, and his choices in topics and guests reflect that. On Tuesday's show, Ed's guest, radio host Mike Papantonio delivered just what the doctor ordered for the poor, overwrought Ed: a blazingly useless word salad of left-wing buzz words and scare phrases all wrapped up in a neat Koch bow. Harry Reid would be proud (if he were capable of positive emotions). “"The Joni Ernst candidate is the perfect mental and moral blank...
  • Why Republicans Must Win the Senate in 2014

    10/15/2014 4:31:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Roll Call's Rothenblog ^ | October 14, 2014 | Stuart Rothenberg
    If next month produces a big Republican year, with the GOP gaining control of the Senate and expanding its majority in the House, it will say little or nothing about 2016, when a presidential electorate and a very different Senate class combine to create the makings of a substantially good Democratic year. But if the GOP fails to capture the Senate this year, 2016 could turn into an unmitigated disaster for the party. And for that reason, Republicans are under extremely heavy pressure to take back the Senate in November. Four years ago, a Republican wave swept across much of...
  • Senate Democrats surrender fight against McConnell

    10/14/2014 8:51:47 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | Oct 14, 2014 | Alex Bolton
    Senate Democrats announced Tuesday they won’t spend any more money on television in Kentucky, throwing in the towel on their fight to oust Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell. Most polls have shown the race slipping away from nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) for weeks in a contest long considered a top pickup opportunity for Democrats. But with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s (DSCC) decision, the party is shifting almost solely to defense in hopes of protecting its fragile six-seat majority.
  • Awful news: Iowa Senate candidate killed in plane crash (Libertarian)

    10/14/2014 8:37:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 14, 2014 | Staff
    Joni Ernst âś” @joniernst Deeply saddened by tragic news of Dr. Doug Butzier. Gail&I will keep DougÂ’s family in our thoughts&prayers as they mourn their untimely loss 12:09 PM - 14 Oct 2014 32 Retweets 16 favorites Doug Butzier, Libertarian Party candidate running against Bruce Braley and Joni Ernst for U.S. Senate, lost his life yesterday in a plane crash. The wife of Doug Butzier confirmed Tuesday morning to KCRG-TV that it was Butzier who was killed in a plane crash Monday. Â… Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the Piper PA-46 crashed around 11 p.m. Monday on approach...