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  • LETTERS: Ted Cruz, Cruising to Victory or Unguided Cruz Missile?

    03/29/2015 8:54:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | March 30, 2015 | Various
    Regarding your editorial “The Cruz Candidacy” (March 24): Shades of 1964! For those of us old-timers who worked in the Barry Goldwater camp during that campaign, we see an ominous parallel shaping up because all of the ingredients are there. As ardent conservatives we admired the charismatic retired Air Force general who projected all of our conservative values. Sadly, as history reminds us, he attracted far too few votes from centrist and liberal Republicans, from the independent sector and from middle America in general during the 1964 campaign. This led to one of the worst electoral debacles in our country’s...
  • Perry tells tea party group he was right to back Dewhurst over Cruz in 2012 primary

    03/29/2015 7:36:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 29, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Says loyalty bound him to his lieutenant governor, says more of this quality is needed in US politics.Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a tea party group Sunday that he supported his lieutenant governor against Ted Cruz in the 2012 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate out of loyalty — a characteristic, he said, that is sorely missing in American politics. During a conference call hosted by Tea Party Patriots, Mr. Perry said he endorsed then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst because of the strong relationship they had developed over the years. “If nothing else, I am a principled, disciplined and loyal...
  • Ted Cruz wants to bring his aversion to compromise to the 2016 fight

    03/29/2015 1:24:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    The Washington Post's The Post's View ^ | March 23, 2015 | The Editorial Board
    LET’S SEE, why does this sound familiar? A charismatic constitutional scholar, with an inspiring life story, still in his first Senate term, promising a dramatic change of direction . . . . But wait: it’s 2015, and the candidate, officially as of Monday, is Sen. Ted Cruz. Here’s one way to tell Mr. Cruz (R-Tex.) from the winning constitutional scholar of 2008: Sen. Barack Obama promised to unite the country. Mr. Cruz — not so much. In fact, the most notable characteristic of Mr. Cruz’s brief time in elected politics has been his aversion to values that are essential to democracy’s functioning: practicality, modesty...
  • Poll: Bush Still Tops List of GOP Candidates, But Cruz Rising Fast

    03/29/2015 11:18:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    NewsMax / Bloomberg News | March 29, 2015
    Link only: http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/jeb-bush-ted-cruz-poll/2015/03/29/id/635137/#ixzz3VncIuLew
  • "Cruz"ing the Green Papers-The Challenge Ahead

    03/29/2015 7:11:30 AM PDT · by parksstp · 1 replies
    Green Papers ^ | 03-29-2015 | parksstp
    Can Ted Cruz mathematically win the Republican Nomination? In order to answer this question, it’s important to look at the current rules that are being set in place in each state and territory for the Republican nominating contest. With help from the information presented on the Green Papers, it appears the magic number to win the GOP nomination in 2016 is 1,235 delegates. As we all know, many states have their own rules in how they award delegates, whether they are bound/unbound, whether there is a binding primary or caucus, and whether the Party leader “super-delegates” in each state/territory are...
  • Anatomy of a Budget: The Plans that Drew GOP Defections and No Dem Crossovers

    03/29/2015 6:59:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/28/2015 | Bill Straub
    WASHINGTON – Unless you consider words like “repugnant” and “dangerous” to somehow be complimentary, it’s obvious congressional Democrats are less than enamored with Republican plans for the federal budget.In the House on Wednesday, no Democrats voted for the bill and 17 Republicans crossed the aisle on the 228-199 vote. Usually it’s the fiscally conservative Dems who cross over to vote with the GOP.After a marathon session of amendments and a 3:30 a.m. vote, the Senate passed the budget 52-46, with Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) casting “no” votes (Cruz said it didn’t include “meaningful entitlement reform”)...
  • Cruz is no Barry Goldwater, McCain and Flake say

    03/28/2015 10:16:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Arizona Republic | March 28, 2015 | Dan Nowicki
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.azcentral.com/story/azdc/2015/03/29/ted-cruz-no-barry-goldwater-john-mccain-jeff-flake-say/70579530/
  • Emerging details of possible Iranian nuclear deal draw bipartisan ire

    03/28/2015 5:56:09 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/28/2015
    Emerging details of a possible nuclear deal with Iran have drawn sharp criticism from congressional lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, who say the U.S. and its international partners may be ceding too much as a key deadline nears. If reports are true, "then we are not inching closer to Iran’s negotiating position, but leaping toward it with both feet,” charged Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a vocal critic of the direction of the talks. “My fear is that we are no longer guided by the principle that ‘no deal is...
  • Aiken Republican Club to host Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (South Carolina)

    03/28/2015 11:28:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Aiken Standard / The Associated Press ^ | March 28, 2015 | Amy Banton, Digital News Editor
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who recently announced that he’s running for president in 2016, will be in Aiken in April. Cruz will speak at the next Aiken Republican Club meeting April 4....
  • Ted Cruz doesn’t have a prayer: Why the Texas senator will never sniff the White House

    03/28/2015 11:18:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 130 replies
    Salon ^ | March 28, 2015 | Matthew Rozsa, Ph.D. candidate, Lehigh University
    Despite what he wants you to think, Ted Cruz is not the great anti-politician of our time. In fact, he may be our most potent symbol of everything that is wrong with modern politics. This would be hard to believe if you’ve been listening to him, of course. He desperately wants to be thought of as the one principled man in Washington—at least if your values hew closely to those of the Tea Party—but that posturing has alienated much of the party establishment. Ted Cruz attributes that development to them being “squishes,” while the rest of the world suspects it’s...
  • He's Done It Before: How Ted Cruz can repeat history — and win the GOP nomination

    03/27/2015 8:57:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Fusion ^ | March 23, 2015 | Brett LoGiurato
    It’s early 2011, and an unheard-of candidate for Senate is deciding to enter a race 22 months down the line to replace one of Texas’ most revered senators. He has no money, no prospective sources of donors. He has no establishment credibility. He has chosen to battle perhaps the most establishment of the establishment — the state’s lieutenant governor. Now, it’s early 2015, and a still relatively unheard-of candidate for president is deciding to enter a race 20 months down the line. He faces questions about whether he can raise a consistent amount of money. He has no establishment credibility....
  • Is There a Realistic Ted Cruz Scenario?

    03/27/2015 8:35:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | March 23, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    A broad cross-section of Republican officeholders, major donors and conservative pundits are agreed on one thing: Ted Cruz has no chance to be elected president. The junior senator from Texas marked the fifth anniversary of the signing of ObamaCare by announcing his candidacy for the presidency today at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia and no one in the chattering classes thinks he has a prayer of being sworn into office as commander-in-chief in January 2017. Just about everyone thinks his positions on the issues are too extreme and that his advocacy of the 2013 government shutdown and the complete antipathy...
  • A Ted Cruz loss would help GOP recover

    03/27/2015 7:38:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 28, 2015 | Michael A. Cohen
    I have a confession to make: I’m a Democrat and a progressive, and I’m rooting for Ted Cruz to be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016. It’s not because I think he will win or because I agree with anything he stands for. It’s because Cruz represents the best hope of returning sanity to American politics. Cruz is perhaps the quintessential example of Republican politics, circa 2015. He’s uncompromising, ideologically inflexible, and doesn’t appear to be very interested in appealing to non-conservatives. His views are perhaps the most radical and extreme in a political party increasingly defined by rising levels...
  • Cruz the bruiser: The junior senator from Texas is dangerous

    03/27/2015 6:15:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Economist ^ | March 28, 2015 | The Editors
    WITH 596 days to go before America’s next presidential election, the first serious candidate has announced that he will run (see article). Ted Cruz is an intelligent man with an inspiring life story. His father fled from Cuba with a few dollars sewn into his underwear and settled in the United States. The young Ted made a name for himself in Texas while still a teenager, giving lectures to Rotary clubs about the constitution. By his early 30s he was arguing cases before the Supreme Court—and winning. At 41, he was elected to the Senate, overcoming long odds in a...
  • Purge: California GOP Kicks out Conservative Policy Staff

    03/27/2015 1:17:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 30 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/27/2015 | Assemblyman Tim Donnelly
    In a little-noticed move this week, California State Assembly Minority Leader Kristin Olsen, completed a purge of “conservative” policy staffers.  The dramatic reversal—in both function and ideology of the Assembly Republican Caucus—mirrors the California GOP’s leftward shift, which has eschewed social conservatives as a “fringe” element. By softening the party’s stances on issues like illegal immigration, traditional marriage, Common Core, and ObamaCare, the GOP establishment both nationally and here in California believes the party will attract more voters from the center than the party loses from the right.
  • NH GOP chair: Scott Walker told us he supported a path to legalization for illegals, not citizenship

    03/27/2015 10:14:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2015 | AllahPundit
    So, to recap: The Wall Street Journal claimed yesterday that Walker told an audience of New Hampshire Republicans that he supported a path to citizenship, which was — supposedly — a flip-flop from what Walker’s been telling reporters lately about opposing “amnesty.” Except that it’s not a flip-flop, as I tried to explain. Walker’s supported a path to citizenship for nearly 15 years. As recently as this month, when asked by Chris Wallace if he can imagine a path to citizenship if illegals paid a penalty first, he replied, “I believe there’s a way you can do that.” No...
  • A Texas take on Ted Cruz's presidential bid

    03/27/2015 9:49:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 27, 2015 | Mark P. Jones
    When Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) launched his U.S. Senate bid, he was the preferred choice of a mere 3 percent of Texas Republican primary voters in a field of a half-dozen credible candidates. Chief among his rivals was a powerful three-term lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst, who possessed a net worth of $200 million, enjoyed the near-unanimous support of the Texas GOP establishment and began the 2012 election cycle with a commanding lead in the polls. A year-and-a-half later, Cruz soundly defeated Dewhurst in a primary runoff with 57 percent of the vote and was on his way to the U.S....
  • GOV. WALKER SPEAKS TO PHOENIX CHAMBER, NO CAMERAS ALLOWED

    03/27/2015 8:44:52 AM PDT · by gwgn02 · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/27/2015 | Rich Tucker
    Politicians frequently claim they’ve been misquoted or misunderstood by reporters. See Scott Walker’s spokeswoman’s response to a Wall Street Journal report about his position on amnesty. But there’s a sure way to avoid that: Keep reporters out of the room. The Phoenix Business Journal reports that’s what Gov. Walker did when he spoke this week to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce. It was part of a series featuring presidential contenders. “I’d love to tell you what he had to say that was important enough for him to travel thousands of miles from home, but I can’t,” Travis Arbon writes. “The...
  • Handicapping the 2016 Field: For the Top Tier to the Hopeless, Krauthhammer looks at the GOP

    03/27/2015 6:49:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/27/2015 | Charles Krauthhammer
    With Ted Cruz announcing and Rand Paul and Marco Rubio soon to follow, it’s time to start handicapping the horses and making enemies. No point in wasting time on the Democratic field. There is none. The only thing that can stop Hillary Clinton is an act of God, and he seems otherwise occupied. As does Elizabeth Warren, the only Democrat who could conceivably defeat her. On to the GOP. First Tier: 1. Marco Rubio. Trails badly in current polls, ranking seventh at 5 percent, but high upside potential. Assets: Foreign policy looms uncharacteristically large in the current cycle, and Rubio...
  • Let’s Be Serious About Ted Cruz From The Start: He’s Too Extreme And Too Disliked To Win

    03/26/2015 10:49:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | March 23, 2015 | Harry Enten
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s newly minted presidential campaign is the media equivalent of a juicy rib-eye that robbers use to distract a guard dog during a heist. He’ll get a ton of media attention, and he’ll get to spread his message — which may be all that Cruz is after — but Cruz almost certainly has no shot of winning the nomination, according to every indicator that predicts success in presidential primaries. First, Cruz doesn’t have enough support from party bigwigs. To win the Republican or Democratic nomination, you need the backing of at least some of the party apparatus....
  • Palin Facebook Statement - Bergdahl

    03/26/2015 8:12:14 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 25 replies
    Facebook ^ | 3/26/15 | Sarah Palin
    When President Obama traded one deserter for five evil terrorists hell-bent on destroying America, rational people did not believe the Obama administration’s claims about this traitor’s “health crisis,” or claims that he served “with honor and distinction,” and certainly not President Obama’s claim that this was a good deal for America. After putting the country in danger, President Obama celebrated Bergdahl in our Rose Garden, arm in arm with his smiling father greeting Americans in Arabic and Pashtu, as our loyal troops cringed. In fact, in the days that followed, the Obama administration actually smeared the vets who came forward...
  • Beck Beginning to Unravel Norquist/Rove/Muslim Brotherhood Connections

    03/26/2015 6:28:38 AM PDT · by St_Thomas_Aquinas · 13 replies
    Glenn Beck Show ^ | 3/26/15 | Glenn Beck
    I'm listening right now 9 AM/3/26. Norquist backed out of Beck's Show. Beck had offered to let Norquist answer Beck's allegations regarding Norquist's ties to Muslim Brotherhood. Beck said that in his research, he's uncovered donations to Norquist's foundation from Rove. Beck said that this investigation reminds him of the early days of his Van Jones investigation.
  • Can Ted Cruz persuade GOP to nominate him? Your Say

    03/25/2015 5:42:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    USA Today | March 25, 2015 | Various
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/03/25/ted-cruz-gop-presidential-hopeful-your-say/70461558/
  • Conservative Actor Robert Duvall Has a Message for the Republican Party About Religion and Politics

    03/25/2015 11:56:39 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 38 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 3/25/15 | MIKE MILLER
    Robert Duvall sat down with The Daily Beast at the recent South-by-Southwest (SXSW) festival to talk about his new movie, “Wild Horses.” But the enigmatic actor also offered up some strong advice to the Republican Party, which we’ll get to in a bit. According to the publication, Duvall has been a longtime supporter of the GOP: He was personally invited to George W. Bush’s presidential inauguration in 2001, worked the floor—and narrated the videos—for the 2008 Republican National Convention, and publicly endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012. But last year, Duvall told The Daily Beast that he’s leaning independent because the...
  • Ted Cruz Vs The Liberal Elitists

    03/25/2015 10:51:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | March 25, 2015 | Kevin Boyd
    Scott McCay had a short, but good post about the sneering from the anti-Cuban bigots liberal elitists at the New Yorker calling Ted Cruz “uppity.” It’s just the latest in a series of attacks on Cruz by his “betters” in the liberal elite and the RINO establishment (okay, I’m being redundant). The elitists are also attacking Ted Cruz’s music choices. He said that he became a country music fan after 9/11 because he didn’t like how rock musicians responded to it and he feels more emotionally connected to it. Instead of just leaving those remarks for what they are, his...
  • Is Ted Cruz too conservative for Republican primary voters?

    03/25/2015 9:30:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog ^ | March 25, 2015 | Robert Lupton and Christopher Hare
    On Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) became the first major contender to announce his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Dan Balz has written that Cruz’s candidacy “tests the limits of conservatism,” and based on his congressional roll call voting record, Cruz is the fourth-most-conservative member of the Senate. But how does his ideological position compare to those of Republican primary voters, especially in early states such as Iowa and New Hampshire? Very favorably, as we will see. We use data from the 2014 Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES). The 2014 CCES asked respondents to place themselves and several...
  • Ted Cruz Wants to Lead an Evangelical Ghost Army in 2016

    03/24/2015 10:41:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | March 24, 2015 | Grace Wyler, politics editor
    Someone had to be the first to jump into the 2016 presidential race, and it seems only fitting that that someone was US Senator Ted Cruz, leapfrogging over his likely opponents to launch his campaign early with a Jesus-soaked speech at the world's largest fundamentalist college. Cruz is a long shot for the GOP nomination, partly because he lacks experience, and mostly because no one likes him. But tucked into his speech Monday, in between stories about sin and redemption and abolishing the IRS, Cruz offered one reason he actually thinks he can win. "Today, roughly half of born again...
  • Conservative Cruz Stands In Stark Contrast To Washington Establishment

    03/24/2015 10:29:28 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 29 replies
    2016: That sound you hear from Washington is the gnashing of teeth after Sen. Ted Cruz announced that he'll run for president. The irrepressible Texan's principled conservatism makes many nervous — and that's good. As those of us who've interviewed Cruz know, he's hardly the brittle, conservative killjoy that the mainstream media try to portray him. On the contrary, he is charming, funny, scarily smart, a brilliant debater and more than well qualified to lead this nation. He also knows the issues extraordinarily well and has staked out clearly identifiable positions on all of them. Which is why the media,...
  • Ted Cruz teaches Republicans a lesson

    03/24/2015 8:22:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | Judson Phillips
    On Monday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz taught the Republican Party a lesson it desperately needs to learn. Mr. Cruz taught the GOP something about winning. The Republican Party, at least at the national level, is pretty pathetic. The Republicans have lost four of the last six presidential elections. Republicans have actually lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. Even the two races that George W. Bush won were close. The 2000 election was not decided until weeks after Election Day and even in 2004, Democrat John Kerry kept it close enough that he did not...
  • With Cruz in the 2016 race, the battle for conservative voters heats up

    03/24/2015 8:18:14 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 24, 2015 | Philip Rucker,Robert Costa
    Ted Cruz’s splashy entry into the 2016 race Monday intensifies the early battle to consolidate conservative voters who are intent on denying the Republican Party establishment yet another presidential nomination.
  • Rand Paul: Cruz's Audience Was Required To Attend; I'm Not Interested In Just Throwing Out Red Meat

    03/24/2015 6:32:21 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 27 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 03/23/2015 | Ian Schwartz
    MEGYN KELLY, KELLY FILE: Senator, good to see you tonight. A lot of Rand Paul supporters showed up today at the Ted Cruz announcement. Was that orchestrated? SEN. RAND PAUL: Somebody did. I'm not sure know who did orchestrate it. I kind of remember those days because I went to Baylor University and we were all required to go to convocation. So all these kids are required and some of those who are required wanted to make sure that just by having to be there they weren't expressing their support. But we were glad to see them there and organized...
  • John Feehery: Can Ted Cruz win?

    03/24/2015 3:59:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    MSN / The Hill ^ | March 23, 2015 | John Feehery, GOPe functionary/spokesweasel
    I was listening to Rush Limbaugh when I heard the advertisement. The voice blaring over the radio belonged to the junior senator from Texas, and he was calling for the Congress to defund ObamaCare. He was also urging listeners to donate to the Senate Conservatives Fund, an organization that’s spent millions of dollars attacking fellow Republicans for being what it deems insufficiently conservative. Ted Cruz, having burned his bridges in the Senate, now thinks his destiny lies in a race for the White House. Perhaps it does, but his assault on almost every one of his fellow Republicans during his...
  • Cruz: Calling all conservatives (Ass. Press already imagining problems he'll have as president)

    03/24/2015 12:55:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    LYNCHBURG, Va. - Launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas asked Christian conservative voters to imagine a United States without the IRS, Obamacare or abortion rights - and to imagine they can make that happen by supporting him. His aspirational appeal on Monday, aimed at America's most conservative voters, could quickly run into challenges in winning over moderate voters - and eventually deep difficulties in governing should Cruz win the White House. But it's a message that Cruz, the first major 2016 contender to declare himself a candidate, is expected to forcefully emphasize in...
  • Ted Cruz Made Me Cry (Lloyd all but endorses Ted Cruz)

    03/24/2015 12:46:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 24, 2015 | Lloyd Marcus
    At Liberty University Sen Ted Cruz officially threw his hat into the ring as a contender for president in 2016. Cruz's speech brought tears to my eyes; inspiring, boldly Christian, and unapologetic conservative – vowing to stand for liberty. Cruz touting the greatness of our legacy as Americans gave me the same goosebumps I felt as a young voter hearing the same pride, optimism, and high expectations from Ronald Reagan. But folks, we have heard it all before; promised to repeal Obamacare, stop Obama's illegal amnesty for illegals, and all of Obama's other assaults on our freedoms and trashing of...
  • The Fair and Relevant Question: After 8 Years of Obama, Why Should GOP Nominate a One-Term Senator?

    03/23/2015 7:56:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    Red State ^ | 03/23/2015 | Erick Erickson
    With Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) beginning his run for the Presidency today, I should make public the question I've suggested to reporters in private. Senator Cruz is for certain going to be joined by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who will announce in a few weeks. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who I think is underrated in his bid for the Presidency even though Jeb Bush is intent on locking up Florida, will also most likely declare his candidacy. All three of these men would make excellent Presidents. I know them personally. I backed them when they were at single digits in...
  • What Ted Cruz represents

    03/23/2015 6:47:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | March 23, 2015 | Professor Scott LeMieux, College of Saint Rose
    Ted Cruz, the Republican Texas senator and unofficial leader of the tea party faction, surprised exactly no one when he announced Monday that he would seek his party's 2016 presidential nomination. He may be a first-term lawmaker and he may have been born in the Canadian city of Calgary — an unusual birthplace for a wannabe American president, even if his eligibility is not seriously in question — but his ambitions have long been clear.. Normally, campaigns for presidential nominations follow a familiar ritual. Candidates say that they're forming an exploratory committee and then delay an official announcement as long...
  • Ted Cruz Beat the GOP Establishment Once. Can He Do It Again?

    03/23/2015 12:31:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Journal ^ | 03/23/2015 | SHANE GOLDMACHER
    The senator from Texas prepares to reprise his tea party insurgent strategy as he launches a White House bid. As the firebrand freshman senator from Texas launches his presidential campaign Monday, he will draw heavily upon his experience in 2012, when he shocked the GOP establishment and toppled a better known and better-funded opponent in a tea-party fueled primary win. Then, as now, Cruz began as a blip in the polls. Then, as now, he planned to run as an unbending conservative champion. Then, as now, the establishment was against him. Then, as now, he knew he would be outspent....
  • How to Save the Constitution with One Word

    03/23/2015 11:33:59 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | 03/23/2013 | Mark Fitzgibbons
    There is a fierce and sometimes bitter debate among conservatives over an Article V convention of the states to amend the Constitution. Both sides have worthy arguments. Opponents of a convention say that the Constitution need not be amended, but simply enforced. They fear that a convention will produce amendments that detract from the Constitution, leaving our constitutional protections of liberty worse than they are now. The fear is justified. Proponents of such a convention accurately note that the Constitution has been effectively amended by the legislative, executive and judicial branches, but not through the amendment process set forth in...
  • Why Ted Cruz Is Such a Long Shot

    03/23/2015 10:06:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The New York Times' The Upshot ^ | March 23, 2015 | Nate Cohn
    In nearly every presidential primary, a few candidates attract a lot of news media attention even though they have almost no chance to win the nomination. Sometimes they even lead national polls or win states, but invariably their appeal is too narrow to allow them to build the broad coalition necessary to unite a diverse party. Ted Cruz, the Texas senator and Tea Party favorite, who on Monday became the first major candidate to formally enter the race, has seemingly been on track for this role since he first ran for the Senate in 2012. He is the darling of...
  • Cruz faces off against Rand Paul supporters at Liberty University

    03/23/2015 8:13:46 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 38 replies
    Houston Republican Liberty Caucus ^ | 03/23/2015 | Brimstone
     Today Ted Cruz announced his campaign for President at Liberty University to a crowd of Rand Paul Supporters.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz announces presidential bid with Twitter post, video

    03/23/2015 7:58:39 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03/23/2015 | Foxnews.com
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz announced that he will run for president in 2016 via a Twitter post early Monday, becoming the first major candidate to officially declare. "I'm ready to stand with you to lead the fight," Cruz says as the video concludes. Shortly after midnight Monday, the campaign had launched its website.  Cruz had been expected to make the official announcement later Monday during a speech at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. He is expected to start his campaign immediately rather than launch an exploratory committee, which many do as a precursor to a campaign. 
  • Ted Cruz: "Courageous Conservatives" Can "Reignite The Promise Of America"

    03/23/2015 7:02:14 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 23, 2015 | Breitbart News
    On Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is expected to be the first candidate to formally enter the 2016 campaign on Monday at Liberty University, called on “courageous conservatives” to help take back the country from elites who place their faith in government instead of the American people.
  • There Is No Republican Middle

    03/23/2015 6:44:43 AM PDT · by Kaled · 29 replies
    Esquire ^ | 03-19-2015 | Charles Pierce
    Already, we have the greatest video of the 2016 presidential election cycle. Rick Santorum -- And have I mentioned recently what a colossal dick Rick Santorum is? -- was down in the home office of American Sedition for one of those mock "summits" designed to lift the wallets of terrified caucasian separatists. A lady got up in the audience, opened her mouth to speak, and huge bats flew out. Why is the Congress rolling over and letting this Communist dictator destroy my country? Y'all know what he is and I know what he is. I want him out of the...
  • Ted Cruz's Planning to Take the White House—and He’s About to Leapfrog the Competition

    03/22/2015 6:22:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 22, 2015 | Zach Noble
    He’s going to skip the exploratory committee and go straight for the jugular. Ted Cruz plans to run for president. The Houston Chronicle broke the news just before midnight Saturday evening, citing senior advisers speaking on the condition of anonymity who said that Cruz, the Texas Tea Party Republican elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, would pursue the presidency. The announcement would make Cruz the first Republican to officially declare his candidacy. Cruz will announced his candidacy at a convocation ceremony at Liberty University in Virginia, the Chronicle reported. The senior advisers cited by the Chronicle said Cruz aims...
  • “You want to rumble Rove?” Glenn pens open letter to Karl Rove

    03/22/2015 11:00:54 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 79 replies
    Glenn Beck ^ | Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 10:06 AM EDT | Glenn Beck
    You want to rumble Rove? Come on to my show and let’s have it out. Bring it on. I would love to take you on WITH YOUR RECORD AND THE RECORD OF THE GOP. I could do it with my eyes closed and in a coma. You hung yourself on O’Reilly. By using my words to mock me, the audience heard my words. I would bet a good portion agreed with me. I was right at CPAC in 2011 and never invited back. What a shock!!! If you don’t think that the Republicans are progressive light then you don’t know...
  • GUEST COLUMNIST: White privilege ensures inherent inequality

    03/21/2015 11:56:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Tuscaloosa News ^ | March 21, 2015 | Oscar Tucker, Special to The Tuscaloosa News
    Fanatics believe their opinions are unbiased and unassailable. Conservatives, who contemptuously ridicule everything Barack Obama, believe their opinions sacred and his ideas sacrilegious. They have not come to terms with the fact that a black person occupies the White House as president, and not as a cook. Many conservatives grudgingly admit that his Bloody Sunday speech in Selma was a great speech, but could not resist belittling it. He has been accused of fomenting strife, opening old wounds and politicizing the event. Bloody Sunday was politicized when the Congressional GOP leadership announced they would not attend. They were pandering to...
  • Congress Seeks to Cut Off Taxpayer Funding For Iran Deal

    03/21/2015 6:50:20 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 9 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | March 20, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Move to eliminate all U.S. funding for diplomacy with Iran Congressional leaders have begun pressuring their colleagues to cut off all U.S. funding for the ongoing talks with Iran over its contested nuclear program as the Obama administration rushes to hash out the details of a deal in the coming months, according to multiple sources and a letter that will be sent next week to appropriators in the House of Representatives. With the deadline approaching, congressional Republicans have been exasperated by the Obama administration’s efforts to prevent them from having any oversight over the deal.
  • TERRI SCHIAVO PLUS TEN

    03/21/2015 4:52:13 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 8 replies
    3/21/2015 | Self
    It was in the early morning hours of Monday March 21st, 2005 that a Republican controlled Congress wrapped up a weekend series of sessions to pass legislation related to Terri Schiavo's case to allow federal courts to consider her right of due process. Final Senate passage of House Bill 203 came at 12:41 am and shortly thereafter President George W. Bush stepped out of his bedroom at the White House to sign the bill in a hallway. There was hope and fear surrounding the legislation. Hope from lawyers trying to save Terri's life and fear from Michael Schiavo. An emotional...
  • SCOTT WALKER TO HEADLINE ARIZONA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LEADERSHIP EVENT

    03/20/2015 7:05:18 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/20/2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Republican 2016 hopeful Gov. Scott Walker (WI) is headlining a Leadership Series event for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry on March 25 at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. The event will be hosted by radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt and will feature welcoming remarks by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R). According to the Chamber’s press release, the event is the first of the Leadership Series luncheons that feature “prominent political leaders from around the country who are considering a run for the White House.” Regarding Walker, the Chamber says, “Job growth has marked Walker’s tenure, with Wisconsin adding...
  • Republicans’ private terror: Why they despise the modern American state — and embrace fanaticism

    03/19/2015 8:26:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Salon ^ | March 19, 2015 | Kim Messick
    As I write this, more than a week has passed since 47 Republican senators decided the leaders of Iran needed an American civics class. Their March 9 letter moved from the relatively arcane– how to distinguish treaties from “executive-congressional agreements” and both from “mere executive agreements”– to the comparatively straightforward: presidents come and go, the Republicans observed, but senators can last forever. (Or at least for “decades.”) Their lessons imparted, the 47 (can it be long before a movie tells their story in the fashion of “300”?) wished “clarity” upon the mullahs and signed off, doubtless to prepare their next...