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  • Operatives for Jeb Bush ‘Super PAC’ Are Caught in the Act Twice (Digging dirt on Rubio, Kasich)

    10/02/2015 11:08:06 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10/2/15 | Matt Flegenheimer
    As its favored candidate strains to improve languishing poll numbers, the “super PAC” supporting Jeb Bush is keeping busy. The group appears to be targeting two of Mr. Bush’s rivals who have gained a measure of traction with establishment Republicans: Gov. John R. Kasich of Ohio and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. The super PAC, Right to Rise, dispatched representatives to Ohio to scour documents related to Mr. Kasich at a public library in Westerville. “Jeb’s oppo team’s in OH now rifling thru my archives,” Mr. Kasich posted on Twitter on Thursday night. -snip- And in Iowa on Thursday, the...
  • Carly Fiorina: It’s time for the U.S. to impose a no-fly zone around American-backed rebels in Syria

    10/01/2015 7:35:02 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/1/15 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Via Breitbart, I realize that every GOP candidate is under pressure right now to contrast themselves with Obama by showing how they’d stand up to Putin. I also realize that Fiorina, fairly or not (i.e. not), bears a special burden in proving how tough she’d be as president to voters who are leery of making a woman commander-in-chief. Politically, this is a fine answer for a Republican primary. We’re going to use the world’s greatest air force to protect our people on the ground over there, and if Putin tries to cross the line, he’ll see what he gets. And...
  • Jeb Bush didn't always question Marco Rubio's experience

    10/01/2015 9:09:03 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 10/1/15 | Alex Leary
    Jeb Bush on Morning Joe continue his light criticism of Marco Rubio, likening to him an untested leader ala Barack Obama. -snip- In 2012, Bush didn’t seem to have reservations as he pushed Rubio for VP. Here is an exchange with Charlie Rose from 2012: Marco has enough preparation to be one heartbeat away from the presidency? "I believe so. Look, he has more experience than Barack Obama had when he ran, more practical experience. And certainly got the intellectual acumen and the fortitude to be a good president. And I have a special place in my heart for him,...
  • Fiorina's ties to Clinton Foundation closer than disclosed

    09/30/2015 6:18:56 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 6 replies
    WND ^ | 9/30/15 | AARON KLEIN
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has repeatedly criticized the Clinton Foundation for accepting foreign donations, yet she has a larger relationship with its offshoot, the Clinton Global Initiative, than previously reported. The former Hewlett Packard CEO has addressed reports she spoke at Clinton Global Initiative, or CGI, events on two occasions. However, WND has found that Fiorina currently serves on the boards of two nonprofits that have partnered with CGI. One of the nonprofit organizations, the National Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, was launched at a CGI event June 14, 2013, and that same year also pledged a two-year, $3.7...
  • Why Jeb Bush Sees Himself as the John McCain of 2016

    09/30/2015 1:11:36 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 42 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9/30/15 | CANDACE SMITH
    As polls show Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush slipping, and though his donors may be worried, he’s certainly not, at least visibly. Speaking to ABC News today, Bush offered an anecdote about a previous GOP candidate whose chances seemed slim. “This time, eight years ago, John McCain was traveling through the Atlanta airport. I saw him and he had no aide, no person, [he was] by himself because his campaign was supposed to be ended," Bush said of the Arizona senator. “He won the Republican primary that year. This is how the process works; you have to go earn it.”...
  • Romney ticks off viable GOP candidates; excludes Trump, doesn’t mention Carson

    09/30/2015 11:06:08 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 71 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/30/15 | Stephen Dinan
    Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney listed a half-dozen Republican candidates he said could qualify as mainstream conservatives his party could live with in a general election — and said he didn’t think Donald J. Trump was one of those. Mr. Romney, a two-time candidate who was the party’s standard-bearer in 2012, ticked off New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and businesswoman Carly Fiorina as viable options. -snip- Mr. Romney did not mention retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who along with Mr....
  • Carly Fiorina’s ‘Super PAC’ Aids Her Campaign, in Plain Sight (Illegal coordination?)

    09/30/2015 8:43:12 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/30/15 | NICK CORASANITIS
    The table festooned with red “Carly for America” placards arrived hours before the candidate. Political operatives took up positions outside the front door to catch supporters of Carly Fiorina, the corporate executive-turned-Republican contender, and gather their contact information before steering them inside to the room where she would speak. But the table, the placards and the workers didn’t belong to Mrs. Fiorina’s campaign. They were there thanks to the “super PAC” supporting her run for president. The Federal Election Commission forbids direct coordination between campaigns and super PACs, lest candidates effectively rely almost entirely on the huge, unlimited donations of...
  • Inside Carly Fiorina's California campaign meltdown

    09/30/2015 6:51:26 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/30/15 | Maeve Reston
    Carly Fiorina is surprising many Republicans with her meteoric rise to the top tier of the 2016 GOP race. But here in California, her sparkling performances on the campaign trail look more like a case of déjà vu. Before plummeting to a 10-percentage-point loss during a wave year for Republicans in 2010, the former chief executive mounted a fierce challenge to U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer with all of the same assets she is displaying now. She dazzled voters, particularly women, with her secretary-to-CEO life narrative. She impressed them with her toughness -- from her well-placed jabs at Boxer to her...
  • Kevin McCarthy: I’ll ‘fight to win’

    09/30/2015 4:07:11 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 63 replies ^ | September 29, 2015 | CNN, via
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is pitching himself for the role of the next speaker of the House and says he’s the leader who will know how to pick his battles — and bring everyone to the table. McCarthy laid out his vision for the speakership Tuesday in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead,” saying he wouldn’t shy away from a fight, but he wouldn’t enter one that was futile. “I’m willing to fight but I want to fight to win,” McCarthy said when asked about the call by some Republicans to force a government shutdown fight...
  • Chris Christie is still gridlocked by Bridgegate scandal two years later (Odd how media missed this)

    It’s been exactly two years since the closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey caused a traffic apocalypse – and Governor Chris Christie still seems stuck in the jam it created. After costing the jobs of multiple state functionaries, the ever-expanding scandal – inevitably nicknamed Bridgegate – claimed its biggest scalp so far on Tuesday, with the resignation of the CEO of United Airlines. The United executive, Jeff Smisek, had nothing to do with the lane closures. Instead he was caught up in a federal investigation the scandal kicked off into the dealings of the...
  • Bush donors not panicked

    09/29/2015 6:31:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/29/15 | Ben White
    BUSH DONORS PANICKED? — Not according to several M.M. talked to this week. Would they like poll numbers higher? Sure. But there are still several months to go before any votes are cast. Said one: “Team Bush is not panicked. Trump tried to channel Jeb today on taxes, but he can't get into the weeds. Rubio is expanding the map but has no staff. Cruz is … .well, still Mr. Congealiality. Bottom line, Jeb is the only grownup with money, a message and organization. Time is, as the Stones say, on his side. … Jeb's fundraising prowess is such a...
  • Carly Fiorina softens attacks on Clinton

    09/29/2015 6:22:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    CNN KCCI ^ | 9/29/15 | Theodore Schleifer
    Carly Fiorina entered the Republican presidential race with a singular purpose: Attack Hillary Clinton. At the high-profile Conservative Political Action Conference in February, Fiorina ripped into Clinton, challenging her to "name one accomplishment" and charging that she "doesn't know what leadership means." She trolled Clinton with a news conference just outside a Clinton event in Columbia. And she launched an entire website,, that funneled visitors to a donation page -- once they watched a 54-second anti-Clinton screed. But that was before her strong debate performances and rapid rise to the top-tier of Republican primary candidates. Now, Fiorina is now...
  • Top donors are warning Jeb Bush: Shape up or we'll ship out as deposed front-runner continues to

    09/29/2015 6:08:17 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/29/15 | J. TAYLOR RUSHING
    Top donors are warning Jeb Bush: Shape up or we'll ship out as deposed front-runner continues to slide in presidential polls. Replaced as the Republican presidential front-runner this summer and now steadily sliding in the polls, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is being lectured by his top donors that he must reverse his ebbing momentum or they will desert his bid for the presidency. The warnings from Bush's top supporters come in the midst of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's exit from the race and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's rise in the polls. Ironically, it also comes just as Bush and...
  • Bush camp moves to ease donor angst

    09/29/2015 5:58:44 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/29/15 | ELI STOKOLS
    Assessing the state of anxiety on a scale of one to 10, one donor puts the panic level at a 'six or seven.' For the past week, Jeb Bush's campaign advisers have been using a new data point to convince nervous donors that he's still the candidate to beat — Bush's lead in the political prediction markets. Just one problem: Beginning Sunday night, PredictIt, the biggest of the online sites and the one referenced last week by top Bush advisers and confidants, placed Marco Rubio ahead of Bush at the head of the GOP pack. The sudden evaporation of yet...
  • Jeb’s Gaffe-Ridden Campaign

    09/29/2015 5:55:07 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/29/15 | Scott Greer
    Republican presidential candidates are obviously tired of being overshadowed by one Donald J. Trump. The other dozen or so White House hopefuls struggle to get anywhere near the coverage the billionaire businessman receives on a daily basis. This arrangement has probably irked no one more than former GOP frontrunner Jeb Bush. Prior to the entry of The Donald, Bush was the talk of the media and was leading the Republican pack by a comfortable margin. Fast forward a few months, and now Jeb is down in the polls and has a high unfavorable rating among GOP voters. To put in...
  • Where Did Jeb Bush Lose Support? Everywhere – WSJ/NBC Poll

    09/28/2015 5:50:40 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/28/15 | EMMA COURT
    Once hailed as the likely Republican nominee, Jeb Bush’s support has been sliced in half from July to September and now stands at 7% as a variety of potential voters turned to other candidates, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Mr. Bush is in fifth place among likely GOP voters after real estate developer Donald Trump, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Sen. Marco Rubio (R.,Fla.) and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Mr. Bush lost support across the board: among men and women, voters under and over 50 years of age, talk-radio listeners, and values and tea-party voters...

    09/28/2015 5:05:08 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 9/28/15 | Emily Zanotti
    According to the Washington Post, Jeb Bush has until Halloween to clean up his act, or his donors will be bailing for greener, less moderate, possibly less entitled pastures. Jeb Bush has been something of a non-entity through the first leg of the 2016 campaign. He came in assuming that the waters of the GOP pool would simply part to allow him to walk easily into the nomination, as though he were some sort of second coming of Mitt Romney, and not the third coming of the Bush dynasty. He's run up against Donald Trump, no doubt, which makes it...
  • Team Bush: Don't worry, it's still early, and we've got lots of money

    09/28/2015 4:59:14 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/28/15 | Byron York
    Thursday is October 1. Republican caucus and primary voters begin voting the first of February. Jeb Bush has suffered a big decline in the polls, losing, by the count of Wall Street Journal pollsters, 2/3 of his support nationally since June. (He was at 22 percent in that month's Journal poll and seven percent in a new survey released Sunday.) Other polls show significant decline. -snip- So what is Team Bush's response? To project a sense of calm and imperturbability in the face of bad news. "The race is completely fluid -- look at all the moving parts to date,"...
  • Jeb Bush nabs former Mitt Romney, Rick Perry adviser Austin Barbour

    09/28/2015 4:34:47 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/28/15 | Ed O'Keefe
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has snagged a top GOP operative with ties to the presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Until recently, Austin Barbour was running a super PAC backing Perry's presidential campaign. But the former Texas governor bowed out this month, and Barbour joined Team Bush officially Monday as a senior adviser focused on finance and political operations. Barbour and campaign officials confirmed the hire, which was first reported by Politico. During the 2012 race, Barbour was a deputy to top Romney adviser Stuart Stevens and helped with fundraising and get-out-the-vote efforts in early states. More...
  • The Revolution Has Begun

    09/28/2015 2:17:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 65 replies
    PJ Media ^ | September 28, 2015 | J. Christian Adams
    Democrats shouldn't take glee in Boehner's ousting: the revolution is done messing around, and they are next. “You can almost see the circuits blowing.” – Neil Peart, in Far Cry It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it started, but with Speaker John Boehner’s resignation announcement, there’s no doubt the revolution has begun. Perhaps it was the first time you bookmarked the Drudge Report. Or maybe, when at the Drudge Report, you said: “Who is this Breitbart?” Eric Cantor’s primary loss to Dave Brat was certainly a moment when the revolution was stirring and produced tangible results rather than just internet...
  • Carly Fiorina is the one Jeb fears most (Team Jeb sending oppo research on FioRINO to reporters)

    09/28/2015 12:05:59 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/28/15 | RYAN LOVELACE
    Jeb Bush's presidential campaign has publicly attacked Donald Trump, but it has privately targeted Carly Fiorina. April Ponnuru, a top policy adviser to Florida's former governor, sent an email received by the Washington Examiner that highlights Fiorina's past support for healthcare mandates akin to Obamacare's controversial individual mandate. "As recently as 2013, Carly Fiorina supported Obamacare's most hated feature: the individual mandate," Ponnuru wrote. "She spoke out for making Americans buy insurance policies that meet the specifications of Washington, D.C., or pay a fine to the federal government." Her email included a hyperlink to a video of Fiorina and she...
  • Jeb Bush's lackluster campaign sparks GOP grumblings: 'If you want to lose the general election,

    09/28/2015 10:05:45 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 28 replies
    The Week ^ | 9/28/15 | Jeva Lange
    Jeb Bush's lackluster campaign sparks GOP grumblings: 'If you want to lose the general election, nominate Jeb'. Jeb Bush could be the letdown of the Republican primary if he doesn't resuscitate his campaign posthaste. Sunday saw the former Florida governor slide to fifth place in the race behind Trump, Carson, Rubio, and Fiorina, with only 7 percent in a national NBC/Wall Street Journal poll. His numbers are similarly unexciting in Iowa and New Hampshire, both of which have early February contests. "What I hear everywhere when you say Jeb's name is, 'If you want to lose the general election, nominate...
  • Carly Fiorina again tackles her legacy at Hewlett-Packard

    09/28/2015 9:36:26 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 11 replies
    When Carly Fiorina ran for U.S. Senate, opponents depicted the former corporate executive as a cold-hearted job killer, using her past statements like a noose around her neck. Americans have no God-given right to a job, said the former Hewlett-Packard chief. When you’re talking about massive layoffs, sometimes they’re warranted. Off-shoring — shipping American jobs overseas — was “right-shoring.” Now, though, running for president, Fiorina has softened her tone, acknowledging the human toll of lost jobs and explaining at greater length and depth the actions she took as a powerful Silicon Valley executive, including overseeing tens of thousands of layoffs....
  • It’s make or break time for Jeb Bush

    09/28/2015 3:03:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 28, 2015 | Ed O'Keefe,Matea Gold
    Jeb Bush is entering a critical phase of his Republican presidential campaign, with top donors warning that the former Florida governor needs to demonstrate growth in the polls over the next month or face serious defections among supporters.
  • Speaking of winning and losing: Hit the road, Jack. [Boehner]

    09/27/2015 4:40:58 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 28 replies
    Re: Your statement about "We Lose because... conservative grassroots... yada yada." Wrong. We win, you lose.. You lost because of your boneheaded, slavish devotion to big government. You lost because you declared war against the conservative base of your party. You lost because you danced to the tune of the big GOPe donors. You lost because you failed your constituency. You lost because you lied to the voters. You lost because you're a sniveling coward. You lost because you failed to fight for the constitution. You lost because you are an incompetent nincompoop. And your partner in crime and equally...
  • Carly Fiorina Getting Attention in Iowa’s Romney Counties (Designated Loser Alert)

    09/27/2015 11:24:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/27/15 | DANTE CHINNI
    Carly Fiorina’s support in the polls has climbed since the latest GOP debate. Another measure—Google search traffic data— puts a finer point on her gains. It shows that Mrs. Fiorina is seeing a spike in attention from a particularly important group of places: Iowa counties that voted for Mitt Romney in the 2012 GOP Caucus. Iowa’s conservatives, among them tea party supporters and evangelical Christians, are spread across Iowa. By contrast, the party’s establishment bloc is mostly concentrated in counties based around large population centers. Win them and you likely will do well in the state. In 2012, Mr. Romney...
  • Jeb Bush Opposes Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood Funding; Carly Fiorina Doesn’t

    09/27/2015 11:17:49 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 49 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/27/15 | Michael Barbaro
    Jeb Bush said he was opposed to a shutdown of the federal government proposed by some congressional Republicans in their fight to defund Planned Parenthood – a tactic that Carly Fiorina, one of his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination, suggested she could endorse. Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor, called such a move wrongheaded and futile. “I am against the government shutdown. That’s not how democracy works,” he said during an interview on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace. He said such a tactic would not succeed in stripping Planned Parenthood of federal funds under President Obama. Mrs. Fiorina,...
  • Boehner unloads on the ‘false prophets’ in his party that have made his job a nightmare

    09/27/2015 10:51:25 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 77 replies
    Buisness Insider ^ | September 27, 2015 | Maxwell Tani
    ouse Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) did not attempt to disguise his displeasure with the hardliners in his own caucus that claimed credit for his stunning resignation. "Face The Nation" host John Dickerson on Sunday asked Boehner about the conservative House coalition with which Boehner was constantly feuding, and whether they had unrealistic expectations. "Absolutely they're unrealistic!" Boehner blurted. "But the Bible says beware of false prophets. And there are people out there spreading noise about how much can get done."
  • Fiorina says she was 'offered many jobs' after HP firing

    09/27/2015 9:27:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/27/15 | KYLE CHENEY
    Carly Fiorina said on Sunday she had plenty of job offers after being fired as the CEO of Hewlett Packard, including posts in the George W. Bush administration, but she decided against them. "I didn’t want to go back to work as a CEO," the Republican presidential contender said on NBC's "Meet the Press," rejecting suggestions her lack of private-sector employment after leaving HP is an indictment of her leadership. "Yes, I was offered many jobs – as a CEO, in the Bush administration. I wanted a break, and then I wanted to give back."
  • Jeb: We’re ‘going to miss’ Boehner

    09/27/2015 8:21:05 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/27/15 | Bradford Richardson
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) says Americans will miss outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “I admire John Boehner greatly, he’s a great public servant,” the GOP presidential candidate said on “Fox News Sunday.” “He left at the apex of his time in service to the country with the pope speaking in Congress. I think people are going to miss him in the long run because he’s a person that is focused on solving problems.”
  • Fiorina: Rush Limbaugh's comments about student "insulting," "incendiary" (2012 Fluke)

    09/27/2015 6:28:11 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    CBS News ^ | 3/2/12 | LUCY MADISON
    California Republican Carly Fiorina said Friday it is "insulting" for radio host Rush Limbaugh to call a student activist a "slut" and "prostitute" because she is pushing for employers to pay for contraception. "That language is insulting in my opinion," said Fiorina, who launched an unsuccessful Senate bid against longtime California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer in 2010, on "CBS This Morning." "It's incendiary and most of all, it's a distraction. It's a distraction from what are very real and important issues," the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard said. At least one advertiser, The Sleep Train, has pulled its advertising from...
  • In Iowa, lines blurred between Fiorina campaign and super PAC (Illegal coordination?)

    09/26/2015 7:34:45 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/25/15 | Betsy Klein and Athena Jones
    An enthusiastic crowd of 625 arrived in Davenport, Iowa, Friday morning to see Carly Fiorina. But her campaign has no record of them. Instead, volunteers and staff with the super PAC Carly for America handed out stickers and signed up the attendees to receive more information. This is how Fiorina, who has rocketed to the top tier in national polls since last week's CNN debate, is organizing in Iowa. "I would say most of the organizing work is done on Carly for America," campaign state director Christopher Rants told CNN on Wednesday. On the campaign side, he said, "Our focus...
  • Carly Fiorina Really Was That Bad

    09/26/2015 1:58:06 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 37 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/25/15 | Steven Rattner
    HER silver tongue honed by decades in corporate marketing, Carly Fiorina has used two debates, and a steely determination on the campaign trail, to climb near the top of the polls for the Republican nomination. But Americans should pause on her biggest professional credential for our highest office: a short, disastrous stint atop one of America’s iconic technology companies, Hewlett-Packard. The clearest measure of her performance — and the report card preferred by Wall Street — is H.P.’s stock price, which dropped by 52 percent during her tenure of almost six years. Yes, Mrs. Fiorina served during the worst fall...
  • The ads that tore Fiorina down in 2010 — and might do it again

    09/26/2015 2:17:01 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9/26/15 | Jane C. Timm
    In late 2010, polls showed Carly Fiorina within a point or two of beating California’s Democratic incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer. The Republican candidate was impressing on the trail and gaining traction with voters, much like she is now as a Republican presidential contender. And then the attack ads began. “Thirty thousand Californians lost their jobs,” the narrator of an ad released in mid-September said of Fiorina’s legacy as CEO of the Silicon Valley tech giant Hewlett Packard. “Fiorina tripled her salary, bought a million dollar yacht, and five corporate jets.” Her poll numbers dipped — and they never quite recovered....
  • Major Tripwire Alert – North Carolina GOPe Change Primary – Join FL, OH, IL March 15th…

    09/26/2015 6:37:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 42 replies ^ | 9/25/15 | Sundance
    While everyone is busy chasing “shiny things”, and Karl Rove keeps feeding the media for “Operation Hummingbird” the GOPe apparatus is working behind the scenes to usurp the conservative electorate and assist, now modify, their GOPe road map to nominate Jeb Bush. Forget Rubio and Fiorina, they are the Hummingbirds. They are only in place to remove the threat that is Trump. Once Trump is dispatched, Rubio and Fiorina go back to loyal team members of Jeb Bush. This is Karl Rove at work. The RNC/GOPe have one goal. The RNC/GOPe have only one goal. Their goal is to deliver...
  • Bush: 'I’m going to win South Carolina, take it to the bank'

    09/25/2015 8:29:52 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 81 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/25/15 | Mark Hensch
    Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R) pledged in South Carolina Thursday evening that he will earn victory in the South’s first presidential primary next year. “I’m going to win South Carolina, take it to the bank,” Bush told reporters, according to The Charleston Post and Courier. His boast came before a speech addressing the East Cooper Republican Women’s group in Mount Pleasant. Bush is making the Palmetto State a key focus of his 2016 Oval Office bid as he struggles for traction in the first voting states. He ranks sixth out of 15 candidates in Iowa with 5.3 percent and fifth...
  • Jeb Bush Black 'Free Stuff' Comment Invokes Anger From African-Americans, Others

    09/25/2015 8:05:26 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    Designated Loser ^ | 9/25/15 | Abigail Abrams
    Some people were not happy after presidential candidate Jeb Bush told a group in South Carolina Thursday night that Republicans can win more African-American voters with a message of positivity than with one that promises “free stuff.” The remarks, reported first by the Washington Post, echoed those by Mitt Romney in 2012 that sparked criticism at the time. Bush’s campaign event Thursday drew a largely white audience, according to the New York Times, and his comments came in response to a question about how he would appeal to African-American voters. The phrase “free stuff” was trending on Twitter Friday morning...
  • Why Jeb Bush’s ‘free stuff’ argument about black voters is so off-the-mark

    09/25/2015 8:01:17 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/25/15 | Philip Bump
    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush made a weird comment during a town hall meeting in South Carolina on Thursday night. Responding to a question about how the Republican Party could win black votes, Bush said that "[o]ur messages is one of hope and aspiration. It isn't one of division and get in line and we'll take care of you with free stuff." The comment was odd in part because it echoed remarks made by Mitt Romney in 2012 that prompted a strong backlash from voters. It's similar to Romney's famous "47 percent" remarks, but also, as our Sean Sullivan notes,...
  • Band (of consultants) paid on: Explaining Scott Walker

    09/25/2015 5:57:06 AM PDT · by Amntn · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/23/15 | Ed Martin
    First, the requisite compliment: Gov. Scott Walker is a wonderful guy and a true leader. What he has done in standing up to the unions is remarkable and will be remembered in history. I had high hopes he could marry his fearless leadership with conservative positions that I assumed he held - on marriage, on life, on spending - but … well, his campaign for president became something else entirely. Mr. Walker failed because in every Republican cycle, the establishment needs some guys to run and to fail. The Establishment needs the money and employment, and they need candidates to...
  • How Carly Fiorina Screwed Her Campaign Staff—and Paid Herself First

    09/25/2015 4:44:45 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 9/25/15 | Patricia Murphy
    When Fiorina lost her Senate bid in 2010, she had lots of bills left to pay. So she did what any multimillionaire who loaned her campaign cash would do: She paid herself first. After Carly Fiorina’s unsuccessful 2010 run for Senate in California, it took her more than four years to fully pay staff and vendors for their work on her campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. But a review of Federal Election Commission records by The Daily Beast shows that Fiorina first paid herself back for more than $1.25 million in personal loans she made to the campaign,...
  • Carly Fiorina’s bogus ‘secretary to CEO’ career trajectory (Fact Checker biography)

    09/25/2015 4:40:01 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/25/15 | Michelle Ye Hee Lee
    Editor’s Note: Every candidate running for president likes to highlight certain aspects of his or her biography. This is an occasional series taking a deeper look at 2016 candidates’ claims about their personal, professional or political record. We welcome suggestions for future fact checks, which we ultimately will compile as a collection. See our complete Scott Walker biography collection here. *** “I started as a secretary, typing and filing for a nine-person real estate firm. It’s only in this country that you can go from being a secretary to chief executive of the largest tech company in the world, and...
  • Naysayers Beware – Jeb Bush Just Hired The Offset For Losing Texas Splitter Rick Perry

    09/24/2015 7:23:39 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 31 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Sep 24, 2015 | Sundance
    As if there was any remaining doubt about the RNC/GOPe road map. Well here ya go. Jeb Bush just hired Ray Sullivan who was previously working with Austin and Henry Barbour on Rick Perry’s campaign efforts. The Barbours’ were the bag-men for Mitch McConnell and the NRSC hit team along with Brad Dayspring when they went after Chris McDaniel in Mississippi primary ’14 (racist attack ads, and paying Dems to vote in primary). In essence Jeb is aligning/confirming his scorched earth election intents....
  • Fiorina-Backed Website Touted Planned Parenthood

    09/24/2015 6:55:04 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/14/15 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Carly Fiorina has taken a hard line against Planned Parenthood as a Republican presidential candidate, but in 2005 she invested in a health care website similar to WebMD that touted abortion benefits and directed users to Planned Parenthood. The Revolution Health Group website assured users abortion is safe and directed them to pro-choice groups including Planned Parenthood for more information, but did not link to any pro-life groups or offer a pro-choice perspective. Fiorina joined RHG as an investor and board member when it was founded in 2005. Her campaign did not respond to requests for comment regarding her knowledge...
  • Charity That Carly Fiorina Is Chairman Of Provided $18,000 In Goods To Abortion Group

    09/24/2015 5:57:53 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 9/24/15 | Christopher Massie, Andrew Kaczynski
    Good360, which provides charities with goods from businesses, donated $18,022 in goods to an affiliate of the National Network of Abortion Funds, which calls abortion “a fundamental human right.” In 2013, a charity whose board is chaired by Carly Fiorina donated $18,022 of goods to an organization that provides financial assistance to women seeking abortions. Fiorina, the Republican presidential candidate, has served as the chair of Good360 since 2012. The organization facilitates donations from companies to nonprofits by allowing the companies to donate products, and the nonprofits to select the products they need on an online marketplace. Good360 then delivers...
  • Fiorina wrestles with the Hewlett-Packard ghosts

    09/24/2015 5:40:35 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/24/15 | ELI STOKOLS
    Fiorina, pictured in 1999, says on the campaign trail that she had to burn down Hewlett Packard in order to save it. Carly Fiorina’s business background is an essential part of the story she tells on the campaign trail, offering an “only in America” biographical tale of her journey from secretary to CEO. Yet the crowning achievement of her corporate career -- her tenure as a Fortune 500 CEO at Hewlett-Packard -- isn't central to her stump speech. Repeating the same lines from stop to stop, Fiorina rails against an "inept, corrupt bureaucracy." She offers herself up as a leader...
  • Carly Fiorina downplays her insider credentials on the trail

    09/24/2015 4:29:11 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/24/15 | Theodore Schleifer
    In Carly Fiorina's telling, the only times she's been in Washington have been when she's fighting it. Standing in a jam-packed open-air smoke shed here outside Columbia on Wednesday, the surging Republican presidential candidate once again blasted the "professional political class" and the lawyers, lobbyists and special interests that cater to it. Her stump speech highlights her private sector career -- starting as a secretary and ending up as the chief executive of Hewlett-Packard -- that voters here rave makes her an appealing candidate in this season of outsiders. But what Fiorina rarely mentions are her ties to that same...
  • Fiorina opposition research report

    09/24/2015 4:06:23 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/1/10 | Gragert Jones
    Here is the 218-page opposition research report on Carly Fiorina compiled by political research firm Gragert Jones for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in April 2010.
  • Fiorina's long-held support for mandatory health insurance

    09/24/2015 11:40:59 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/24/15 | Chris Moody
    Carly Fiorina, who has joined other leading Republican presidential candidates in denouncing Obamacare, once backed an individual mandate to buy health insurance that could put her at odds with others in the GOP. During a panel discussion on CNN's "Crossfire" in 2013 about the law with former CNN host Stephanie Cutter, Fiorina said she supports keeping the requirement that every American purchase health insurance.
  • The Jeb Bush Super PAC? Not Really. (Right To Rise and Mike Murphy to bail on Jeb?)

    09/24/2015 9:57:11 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 9/23/15 | James V. Lacy
    The news that Jeb Bush’s official presidential campaign account is running out of money may have been taken as bad news by some in the Republican Party. -snip- Thus, “Right to Rise” really isn’t Jeb Bush’s Super PAC. It is rather an independent expenditure committee of operatives and donors that Trump sarcastically refers to as the “puppeteers” who favor Bush right now. And since it is indeed legally independent of Jeb Bush, it is not legally committed to support him. An amount like $103 million is not a sum to be invested unwisely. The “Right to Rise” PAC could decide...
  • Fiorina: Hillary was victim of sexism (2008)

    09/24/2015 8:03:17 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/2/2008 | Jonathan Martin
    In an interview with Matt Cooper, former Hewlett Packard CEO/RNC Victory Chair/top McCain economic surrogate Carly Fiorina offers some straight talk about Hillary: When I ask her what she thinks of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign—and whether the Democratic New York senator faced sexism on the campaign trail—her response is clear. "Yes. I think women in positions of power are treated differently, and the treatment of her demonstrates that," she replies.