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  • McConnell says Trump has earned GOP nomination

    05/31/2016 11:14:19 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 32 replies
    YahooNews ^ | May 31, 2016 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that while presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is “a phenomenon” and political outsider, he has earned the right to the GOP nomination and the party’s support. “I think Donald Trump is a phenomenon. I don’t believe Donald Trump is going to change the Republican Party in a fundamental way. He appeals to a lot of voters, he’ll be the nominee. I don’t have any problem supporting him,” McConnell said. McConnell said Trump is helping the party reach out to voters who “have not lately voted for Republicans.” That will...
  • WSJ’s Stephens: Trump Must Be ‘Decisively Rebuked’ So Republican Voters ‘Learn Their Lesson’

    05/30/2016 11:40:43 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 177 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/29/16 | Jeff Poor
    Sunday on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” The Wall Street Journal’s deputy editorial page editor Bret Stephens argued against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s candidacy and said he must be “decisively rebuked” to the point that it will teach Republican voters a “lesson.” “I most certainly will not vote for Donald Trump,” Stephens said. “I will vote for the least left-wing opponent to Donald Trump and I want to make a vote to make sure that he has — that he is the biggest loser in presidential history since, I don’t know, Alf Landon or
  • Meet the Republican Traitors Who Sacrificed Women’s Privacy by Supporting Obama’s Transgender Edicts

    05/27/2016 6:09:43 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 45 replies
    National Review ^ | May 27, 2016 | Maggie Gallagher
    Will these social-conservative turncoats face real political consequences? I was up in the wee hours after midnight Thursday when Daniel Horowitz’s tweet crossed my radar: The GOP-controlled House had just voted in the dead of night to write into law Obama’s executive order banning federal contractors who “discriminate” against transgendered individuals. We all know now what that means: If you refuse to let anatomical males into your women’s dressing rooms, locker rooms, or bathrooms, you are just a bigoted hater, end of story. Just ask Representative Zoe Lofgren (D., Calif.), who descended, Trumplike, to insults when challenged by a witness....
  • (Look at Republican) Support (for) Obama’s War on Suburbs

    05/27/2016 7:37:48 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 26 replies
    CR Conservative Review ^ | 5/19/2016 | CR Staff
    Vote Description This vote was a procedural vote to kill an amendment offered by Senator Lee that would have defunded implementation of a Department of Housing and Urban Development rule that basically federalizes zoning laws and encourages the forced economic diversification of neighborhoods. Rhetorically speaking this rule is a war on the suburbs as it uses the power of federal government to centrally plan out neighborhoods. The rule is a massive power grab by progressive bureaucrats to allow them to conduct large scale social experiments with real neighborhoods by forcing the collection of data that will be used to evaluate...
  • Trump hasn't closed the deal—WE still decide who the nominee will be

    05/26/2016 1:09:38 PM PDT · by Innovative · 118 replies
    CNBC ^ | May 26, 2016 | Curly Haugland and Sean Parnell
    Delegates to the Republican National Convention will gather in less than two months and are expected by most to nominate businessman Donald Trump for president. But it's not quite so simple or certain – Trump will still have one last sales job ahead of him, persuading the delegates to choose him at the convention before he can claim the nomination. This is because each and every delegate has complete freedom to vote their conscience at the convention, including who the party's nominee should be. This may come as a surprise to many, particularly those who are reading about Trump's recent...
  • RNC official: We won't go full Trump on party platform

    05/26/2016 10:29:31 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/25/2016 | Jonathan Swan
    A top Republican National Committee (RNC) official sought to soothe business leaders worried about Donald Trump's influence on the party, saying at a private meeting on Tuesday that its presumptive presidential nominee would not dictate the party's platform. Ben Key, the RNC platform committee"s executive director, offered the assurance during a meeting at the organization's headquarters on Capitol Hill, according to two sources in the room.... The source said several of those attending the meeting offered knowing smiles in response to the comment. "And then he added... that the platform would not include some of the more controversial positions that...
  • Video: Trump Exposes Globalist Coup Inside America – Elite in Full Panic Mode!

    05/26/2016 10:33:22 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 18 replies
    Tea Party ^ | 5/26/2016 | Staff
    (Watch video at link)
  • Reeling From 2016 Chaos, G.O.P. Mulls Overhaul of Primaries

    05/24/2016 7:39:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 42 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 24 May 2016 | Jeremy W. Peters
    Leaders of the Republican Party have begun internal deliberations over what would be fundamental changes to the way its presidential nominees are chosen, a recognition that the chaotic process that played out this year is seriously flawed and helped exacerbate tensions within the party. In a significant shift, Republican officials said it now seemed unlikely that the four states to vote first would all retain their cherished place on the electoral calendar, with Nevada as the most probable casualty. Party leaders are even going so far as to consider diluting the traditional status of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina...
  • Top Republicans Rethinking #NeverTrump

    05/22/2016 5:56:45 PM PDT · by Innovative · 25 replies
    Time Mag. ^ | May 20, 2016 | Zeke J Miller
    If you read one thing: Top Republican leaders, operatives, and donors are thinking twice about their #NeverTrump stances after a series of polls showing Republican voters trust Trump over Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Outright opposition to Trump is fading fast, as most Republican insiders prepare to reluctantly get on board the “Trump Train” to avoid being locked out of the party if he wins, and being blamed for his defeat should he fall.
  • Key G.O.P. Donors Still Deeply Resist Donald Trump’s Candidacy

    05/22/2016 6:31:21 AM PDT · by Dana1960 · 29 replies
    NYT ^ | 5/21/16 | Jonathan Martin/Alexander Burns
    A powerful array of the Republican Party’s largest financial backers remains deeply resistant to Donald J. Trump’s presidential candidacy, forming a wall of opposition that could make it exceedingly difficult for him to meet his goal of raising $1 billion before the November election. Interviews and emails with more than 50 of the Republican Party’s largest donors, or their representatives, revealed a measure of contempt and distrust toward their own party’s nominee that is unheard of in modern presidential politics. More than a dozen of the party’s most reliable individual contributors and wealthy families indicated that they would not give...
  • GOP elite line up behind Donald Trump

    05/22/2016 2:10:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/20/16 | Alex Isenstadt
    The Never Trump moment is over. While a small group of Republicans has wrung its hands raw over the choice between the GOP’s nominee and Hillary Clinton, the party’s firmament – social and intellectual conservatives, the lobbyist and donor class, powerful operatives and outside groups – is increasingly getting in line behind Donald Trump. Never mind that many of them complain about his bombastic and unpredictable political style. The thawing has slowly but surely begun - and it’s visible everywhere -- from mega-donors like Foster Friess rallying Republican governors to Trump, to Mitt Romney’s allies agreeing to raise money for...
  • The GOP Establishment Has Learned Nothing From Its Failure

    05/19/2016 10:38:21 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 5/19/2016 | Kurt Schlichter
    You would think that after the complete repudiation of the mainstream GOP establishment by its own voters that it might do some soul-searching. You would think that it might ask itself what it did wrong to facilitate the rise of Donald Trump. And you might also believe in unicorns. No, instead of learning the lessons from 2016 that might help it avoid pain in the future, the establishment has chosen to learn different lessons, lessons that – shockingly – reinforce the same pre-existing notions that got us into this mess in the first place. Who in the Republican establishment has...
  • Mitt Romney ends recruiting efforts for an independent candidate

    05/18/2016 12:51:18 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 125 replies
    cnn.com ^ | Updated 3:01 PM ET, Wed May 18, 2016 | Eric Bradner and Jim Acosta, CNN
    Mitt Romney ends recruiting efforts for an independent candidate By Eric Bradner and Jim Acosta, CNN Updated 3:01 PM ET, Wed May 18, 2016 Washington (CNN)Mitt Romney won't launch a third-party presidential campaign of his own and has stopped trying to recruit somebody else to do it. The 2012 Republican nominee had attempted to recruit a challenger to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. But prospects like Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said no, and Romney is now dropping his efforts, a source familiar with Romney's thinking told CNN. The news was first reported by Yahoo News.
  • John Kasich: 'Running third party doesn't feel right'

    05/16/2016 2:15:16 PM PDT · by Innovative · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | May 16, 2016 | Theodore Schleifer
    Watch the full exclusive interview with Ohio Gov. John Kasich on "Anderson Cooper 360" at 8 p.m. ET on CNN. John Kasich said Monday that he would not mount a third party bid for the White House, putting an end to budding hopes that the former Republican presidential candidate would reenter the race. "I'm not gonna do that," the Ohio governor told CNN's Anderson Cooper in an exclusive interview, his first since leaving the race. "I gave it my best where I am. I just think running third party doesn't feel right. I think it's not constructive." Kasich acknowledged that...
  • Shut up and eat your dog food!

    05/16/2016 7:54:40 AM PDT · by areukiddingme1 · 34 replies
    Vanity | 16 May 2016 | areukiddingme1
    As the GOPe (elite/establishment) threatens to/prepares to "Wage War" on the Republican nominee for President we need to be reminded just what the "their (GOPe) best ideas" have given us in the last 24 years: 1992 -- Bush 41 / Quayle -- Thanks to a third party run Perot / Stockdale and their "reform party" we were introduced to Bill Clinton and his "moral-less" behavior in office. The damage of his time in office is still felt today. 1996 -- Dole / Kemp -- Fail! Didn't fight, didn't challenge and basically threw punches like a six year old girl. 2008...
  • Boehner's scenario: Clinton may drop out, clear way for Biden

    05/16/2016 6:07:04 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 57 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 5/15/2016 | John T. Bennett
    Boehner's scenario: Clinton may drop out, clear way for Biden The Daily Briefing By John T. Bennett CQ-Roll Call • Sunday May 15, 2016 8:53 PM Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner share a moment as they take the stage for the University of Notre Dame commencement ceremony. Both were on hand Sunday to receive the Laetare Medal. Out with Hillary Clinton. In with Vice President Joe Biden. At least that’s what former House Speaker John A. Boehner thinks could happen should federal prosecutors opt to slap criminal charges on the former secretary of state over...
  • Report: Anti-Trump Republicans contacted Mark Cuban about third-party bid

    05/15/2016 9:40:05 PM PDT · by Company Man · 54 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 15, 2016 | Fox News Staff
    A group of anti-Donald Trump Republicans is trying to lure Dallas Mavericks owner and billionaire businessman Mark Cuban into the presidential race as a third-party candidate, according to a published report.
  • Feldman: Never Say Never and Obama’s Waterloo

    05/15/2016 11:23:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 15, 2016 | Clarice Feldman
    Hillary Clinton (pending the conclusion of the criminal investigations about her emails and the Clinton Foundation which linger on) may well be the Democratic nominee. As it is perfectly clear that Trump will win the Republican nomination the #NeverTrump bleats are beginning to fade. Many have realized that their arguments are ridiculous, and are more related to the diminution of their power to affect opinion than they are to substance. This week, as well, the administration gets its failures in foreign and domestic policy off the front pages as the loony press attempts to justify his public school unisex bathroom...
  • Hillary Pledges Open Borders, Levin Responds with Attack on Trump’s Tariffs

    05/14/2016 6:07:44 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 132 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 14 May 2016 | Julia Hahn
    Last week, Donald Trump met with the family members of Sarah Root, a beautiful, beaming 21-year-old girl slaughtered by an illegal alien in Nebraska the day after graduating from college with 4.0 GPA. Later that day, Trump warned, “Crooked Hillary Clinton wants completely open borders.” Indeed, a review of Clinton’s campaign website reveals that her immigration plan is even more radical than that of Barack Obama, who completely suspended enforcement of America’s immigration law and printed hundreds of thousands of work permits for illegal aliens. However, a much more pressing topic seems to have triggered the passions of radio host...
  • Inside the GOP effort to draft an independent candidate to derail Trump

    05/14/2016 7:23:46 PM PDT · by rktman · 39 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 5/14/2016 | Philip Rucker and Robert Costa
    A band of exasperated Republicans — including 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a handful of veteran consultants and members of the conservative intelligentsia — is actively plotting to draft an independent presidential candidate who could keep Donald Trump from the White House. These GOP figures are commissioning private polling, lining up major funding sources­ and courting potential contenders, according to interviews with more than a dozen Republicans involved in the discussions. The effort has been sporadic all spring but has intensified significantly in the 10 days since Trump effectively locked up the Republican nomination. Those involved concede that an independent...
  • Nebraska Republicans pass resolution against third party candidate support

    05/14/2016 5:22:52 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 11 replies
    KMTV ^ | May 14, 2016 | Shannon Wilson
    OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) -- Delegates approved a resolution aimed at stopping what Senator Ben Sasse wants: a third option for President. On Saturday-- Sasse's own Republican Party in Nebraska took formal steps to stop his movement. Voting to adopt a resolution opposing any elected Republican official's effort to draft a third party candidate- like Sasse has done... Resolution 8 reads, “The party will oppose any effort by an elected official to support a third party presidential candidate.” Ultimately, saying it helps Hillary Clinton... Trump overwhelming won the Nebraska primary-- which was the first after other candidates dropped out.
  • Nude-bombing GOP convention: 100 naked women sought

    05/13/2016 7:53:03 PM PDT · by Innovative · 73 replies
    My News LA ^ | May 13, 2016 | Ken Stone
    New York photographer Spencer Tunick is calling for 100 women to stand naked with mirrors outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Donald Trump might appreciate it. Photo from Spencer Tunick's Instagram account. Photo from Spencer Tunick’s Instagram account. As the Daily Kos noted Friday: “Tunick is known worldwide for his unique art installations where gets hundreds or even thousands of volunteers to strip totally nude and pose in thoughtfully placed positions.”
  • G.O.P. Is Coming Around in Its Embrace of Donald Trump

    05/13/2016 1:01:52 PM PDT · by Innovative · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 13, 2016 | ALAN RAPPEPORT
    They called him a madman, a con man, a cancer and worse during an ugly nominating fight, but in the week since Donald J. Trump became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, many of his former rivals and members of the party’s establishment are already softening on him. Hard feelings are often short-lived in presidential politics, but the personal nature of this year’s race raised fears that unity would be hard to achieve. While a battered former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and a bruised Senator Ted Cruz of Texas are still keeping their distance from Mr. Trump, the recent outreach...
  • First Senate Appropriations Bill Passed Spends More Than Obama Requested

    05/12/2016 3:54:32 PM PDT · by milton23 · 23 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/12/16 | Philip Wegmann
    The U.S. Senate’s first spending bill of 2016 spends more than President Barack Obama requested and lacks significant conservative amendments, but it still sailed to passage in the Republican-led Senate Thursday. An overwhelming number of U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle approved the energy and water development appropriations bill by a vote of 90-8. Conservatives had objected to the higher spending levels and lack of policy riders in the weeks leading up to the vote.
  • Ted Cruz poised to challenge Trump in Texas

    05/12/2016 9:29:04 PM PDT · by Innovative · 108 replies
    Politico ^ | Kyle Cheney
    Ted Cruz isn’t giving up. While Donald Trump dispatches three advisers to Texas’s convention in Dallas this week and makes a pitch for party unity, his team will be running up against a Cruz operation that is still maneuvering to stuff the state’s delegation with allies the senator could call on to snub the presumptive nominee. “We have a busy weekend planned,” said a source familiar with the Cruz campaign’s plans. Cruz is scheduled to deliver an address at the Texas convention after a week of hinting he could jump back into the presidential contest and urging activists to thwart...
  • Cruz: Those who bolstered Trump 'will bear that responsibility going forward'

    05/12/2016 6:51:04 PM PDT · by M. Thatcher · 374 replies
    The Hill ^ | ay 12, 2016, 09:45 pm | By Jesse Byrnes
    Ted Cruz said Thursday that those who contributed to the rise of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will have to "bear that responsibility going forward." Cruz appeared Thursday evening on the Houston-based "Michael Berry Show" and was asked whether he thought he was treated fairly in the GOP primary, with the host mentioning Fox News. "Well listen, there's time for recriminations and you know, everyone who was responsible for the rise of Donald Trump, they will bear that responsibility going forward," Cruz responded. "But there were more than a few players that played a disproportionate role in that rise,"...
  • Trump, Ryan tout unity in wake of meeting

    05/12/2016 2:24:25 PM PDT · by Innovative · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | May 12, 2016 | Manu Raju and Jeremy Diamond,
    Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan concluded their highly anticipated meeting Thursday amid signals that the Republican Party will work to piece itself together after a fractious primary. "While we were honest about our few differences, we recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground," Trump and Ryan said in a joint statement. "We will be having additional discussions, but remain confident there's a great opportunity to unify our party and win this fall, and we are totally committed to working together to achieve that goal."
  • Paul Ryan Gushes Over Trump: He’s a “Very Warm and Genuine Person” (VIDEO)

    05/12/2016 11:51:35 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 75 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 12, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    Speaker Paul Ryan spoke with reporters after his first meeting with Donald Trump on Thursday morning... Speaker Paul Ryan gushes over Trump: His personality, I thought he had a very good personality. He’s a very warm and genuine person. I met him like 30 seconds in 2012. So we really don’t know each other. And we started to get to know each other. So, I actually had a very pleasant exchange with him...
  • ‘Free Republic’ Now A Safe Space for Donald Trump Supporters [Jim's response at post 25]

    05/12/2016 12:03:49 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 601 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/12/2016 | Robert Tracinski
    On the right, we’ve grown to pride ourselves on our greater openness to debate and ideas, on having no need to toe a Politically Correct line or crawl into a “safe space” like pampered college kids who just can’t handle hearing from anyone who disagrees with them. For myself, I am so personally dedicated to this ideal that I even perform the great personal sacrifice of reading the comments field beneath my articles. Yet somehow I wasn’t surprised to see Donald Trump supporters, those swaggering tough guys, turn one of their favorite Internet forums into a safe space where they...
  • Dr. Seuss rips Bill Kristol on Twitter

    05/12/2016 7:52:27 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 15 replies
    dfu via twitter ^ | 4-12-16 | DFU
  • Trump and Paul Ryan meeting today.

    05/12/2016 6:00:52 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 214 replies
    FOX News ^ | 5/12/2016
    Trump will meet with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan at 9am this morning. All the networks will be covering live remarks made by both men following the meeting. The URL above links to the various video postings on this meeting thus far, (amazing how much coverage all ready), so Freepers will need to find their own source, (FOX, NBC, ABC, CNN, etc). Please post a good live thread when it surfaces here, and also commentary. As always, it will be interesting how our take here on Free Republic will be.
  • Trump Derangement Syndrome

    05/12/2016 1:10:49 AM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 May 2016 | David Horowitz
    I don’t think I speak for myself alone when I confess utter bewilderment at the number of conservatives – among whom I count long-term friends – who seem to have lost their marbles when assessing the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. The Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens, to take one example that can stand for many, is an astute analyst – in my view one of the best political commentators writing today. Yet he is the author of this opening paragraph in the Wall Street Journal, which leaves me scratching my head, and embarrassed for my friend: The best hope...
  • Donald Trump will try to work his magic on wary Republican lawmakers

    05/11/2016 7:35:42 PM PDT · by Innovative · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 11, 2016 | Lisa Mascaro
    Donald Trump arrives Thursday on Capitol Hill for a Republican congressional confab that's looking more like a showdown than a kumbaya moment for the party’s presumed presidential nominee.
  • The Daily 202: West Virginia results show disaffection, not ideology, fuels Sanders and Trump

    05/11/2016 11:38:47 AM PDT · by Innovative · 28 replies
    Washungton Post ^ | May 11, 2016 | James Hohmann
    Americans, collectively, are not as angry as watching cable TV would lead you to believe. But many poorer, less-educated folks who have been left behind in the 21st century—the ones who have seen their wages stagnate, their opportunities for upward mobility disappear and their life expectancies shorten—are looking to disrupt a status quo that has not worked for them. That’s what Sanders and Trump are both promising to do. And that’s the main reason why Bernie beat Hillary Clinton in yesterday’s West Virginia Democratic primary by 15.4 points. He carried every single county in the Mountaineer State, which by every...
  • House GOP Warns Ryan To Back Trump

    05/11/2016 10:49:30 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 106 replies
    CNN ^ | May 11, 2016
    Rank-and-file House Republicans are urging Speaker Paul Ryan to get behind presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, warning his resistance could lead to the party fracturing rather than uniting if he withholds his endorsement. "It makes it harder to unite," said Rep. Raul Labrador, an Idaho Republican and leader within the conservative House Freedom Caucus. House Republicans met with Ryan Wednesday morning for the first time since the speaker told CNN's Jake Tapper he was not yet ready to endorse the presumptive nominee.
  • Trump and GOP leaders might never be on the same page

    05/11/2016 11:01:49 AM PDT · by Innovative · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 11, 2016 | Dan Balz
    Donald Trump will come to Washington on Thursday for a series of meetings with Republican congressional leaders. The goal, all involved say, is to hasten the process of unifying a fractured party. The reality is that, nice words to the contrary, Trump and those party leaders are likely never to fully achieve that result.
  • President Trump’s orchard is loaded with low hanging fruit

    05/11/2016 9:39:12 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 25 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 5/11/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The silly notion that resistance by a Republican controlled House and Senate could somehow stop a President Donald Trump from making beneficial changes to public policies needs to be kicked to the curb. It’s a lie created by the quislings at National Review Online (NRO) and the GOPe. When Trump takes office, this feckless bunch which could not/would not stop Barack Obama would have no public support or actual courage to start suing its own president. Using executive orders, Trump could immediately start picking “low hanging political fruit.” Doing so would bring results by next summer. By Executive Order Trump...
  • Mary Matalin: ‘I’m Not Going To Vote Just To Stop Hillary’

    05/10/2016 5:47:05 PM PDT · by C19fan · 118 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 10, 2016 | Pam Key
    Monday on Newsmax TV’s”The Steve Malzberg Show,” Republican political consultant Mary Matalin said she needs some conservative reassurances from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump before she commits to voting for him, arguing she wasn’t just going to vote for Trump to stop Hillary.
  • Republicans warm to Donald Trump as Ben Sasse’s third-party pitch falls flat

    05/10/2016 5:50:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2016 | S.A. Miller & Valerie Richardson
    Far from irreparably fracturing the GOP, Donald Trump is quickly winning the backing of many of the party’s top elected officials, with senators returning to Washington this week pledging their support for him as their nominee. Outside of Washington, Republican voters are likewise warming to Mr. Trump, and are decidedly cool to calls to recruit a third-party alternative to Mr. Trump and likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, saying there’s too much at stake to give Democrats another four years’ control of the White House. “I think it’s a great idea, but not for this particular election,” said Gregg Mattox, standing...
  • Trump vs Ryan/McConnell's legislative agenda?

    05/10/2016 2:28:38 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 37 replies
    Heard a talking head on Fox talking about Trump and Ryan trying to come to terms over the Ryan/McConnell legislative agenda. Does anyone have a list of the legislative goals of the Ryan/McConnell legislative agenda?
  • Cruz opens door to kick-starting suspended campaign

    05/10/2016 12:36:24 PM PDT · by Innovative · 131 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 10, 2016 | Fox News
    Donald Trump may have thought he delivered the knock-out punch to Ted Cruz -- but the Texas senator apparently doesn't see himself down and counted out of the 2016 Republican presidential race. Not yet, anyway. Cruz, in an interview Tuesday with radio host and supporter Glenn Beck, opened the door just a crack to kick-starting his now-suspended campaign if he somehow starts winning primary contests again. Asked what he’d do if, for instance, Nebraska voters back him in Tuesday’s primary, Cruz said he assumes that won’t happen but added: “Let’s be very clear, if there is a path to victory...
  • The Republican Party Died Long Before Trump

    05/10/2016 9:30:10 AM PDT · by quesney · 93 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Brian C. Joondeph
    hink of other chronic medical diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or cancer. The mind or body slowly fail, not typically in a linear fashion, but always in a long term unrelenting downward trajectory. There are improvements along the way, providing hope to those afflicted and their loved ones, but the hope is short lived, and the disease, despite a short pause, picks up where it left off. The first sign of illness post Reagan was George HW Bush, in his acceptance speech at the RNC convention, calling for “a kinder and gentler nation.” Kinder and gentler than what? Obviously a...
  • Gov. Nikki Haley undecided on whether she’ll attend GOP Convention in July

    05/10/2016 8:17:22 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 53 replies
    COLUMBIA — Gov. Nikki Haley, one of the most popular figures in the Republican Party, hasn’t decided if she will attend the Republican National Convention in July. Haley said Monday she’s waiting until South Carolina’s 2016 legislative session ends four weeks from now before she decides whether she’ll take part July 18 to 21 in Cleveland. “We’ve got time,” Haley said. “That’s not until July.” If she skips the convention, Haley would be joining a growing list of Republican leaders who are opting out of attending — accentuating the deepening divide within the GOP as New York billionaire Donald Trump...
  • As Predicted – Billionaire Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush Backers Now Financing Hillary Clinton…

    05/10/2016 8:02:06 AM PDT · by Bratch · 27 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | May 9, 2016 | sundance
    When contemplating the “inevitability threshold” we anticipated last year the Wall Street power brokers would switch to supporting Hillary Clinton if Donald Trump became inevitable.  […]  The Tripwire we identified back in July 2015 remains today.  If Wall Street (writ large) views Donald Trump as inevitable, they will re-evaluate –QUICKLY– the opposite side of their controllable coin.  Meaning they will evaluate Hillary Clinton. Wall Street (The U.S. CoC, Tom Donohue, and all varied interests, DNC/RNC et al) set this up as a win/win. A Clinton/Bush strategy.  If Trump is believed to be inevitable in victory over Bush, they need to re-evaluate the Clinton...
  • Ted Cruz Backers Seek to Control Convention Platform

    05/09/2016 1:05:13 PM PDT · by Innovative · 180 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 9, 2016 | Jonathan Martin
    Senator Ted Cruz’s supporters are mounting an effort to seize control of the Republican platform and the rules governing the party’s July convention, the first indication that Mr. Cruz will not simply hand his delegates over to Donald J. Trump. In an email sent Sunday to pro-Cruz convention delegates, a top aide to the Texas senator wrote that it was “still possible to advance a conservative agenda at the convention.” “To do that, it is imperative that we fill the Rules and Platform Committees with strong conservative voices like yours,” wrote Ken Cuccinelli, who was the campaign’s former delegate wrangler...
  • Shaken Trump Foes Face Diminished Options at GOP Convention

    05/09/2016 11:42:28 AM PDT · by Innovative · 71 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 9, 2016 | Alan Fram, AP
    Still shaken by Donald Trump's triumph, Republican and conservative foes of the billionaire can still cause headaches for the party's presumptive presidential nominee at this summer's GOP convention. But their options are shrinking by the day. With Trump's last two rivals — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich — abandoning their campaigns, there's no remaining talk of snatching the nomination away from him with a contested, multi-ballot battle when Republican delegates gather in Cleveland. Instead, anti-Trump forces are trying to figure out how to use the GOP meetings in July to keep him from reshaping the party...
  • Donald Trump and Paul Ryan Strike Conciliatory Notes Before Crucial Meeting

    05/09/2016 11:04:28 AM PDT · by Innovative · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 9, 2016 | Maggie Haberman and Jennifer Steinhauer
    Facing a steep challenge as he prepares to meet with Republican leaders about uniting their splintering party, Donald J. Trump on Monday struck a more conciliatory tone about House Speaker Paul D. Ryan. And Mr. Ryan appeared to reciprocate, saying he would step down from his position as chairman of the Republican National Convention in July if that is what the party’s presumptive nominee requests.
  • Bill Kristol meets with Romney, tries to convince him to make a third-party run

    05/09/2016 9:41:19 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 78 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/09/16 | Robert Laurie
    …Unless, of course, you're trying to put Hillary in the oval office Donald Trump is a boorish, horrible, human being who fails to live up to even the dismal behavioral standards of Bill Clinton. He’s also not a “true conservative” - whatever that is. This is the message being offered by the #NeverTrumpers who are hell-bent on handing the election to Hillary finding a “real dyed-in-the-wool conservative” who will run as a 2016 third party candidate. Because Trump is so odious, someone with honest-to-God “right-wing credentials” simply must be dragged into the race. To that end, “real conservative” and Weekly...
  • Death Comes for the Party

    05/09/2016 6:48:47 AM PDT · by null and void · 38 replies
    The Bull Elephant ^ | May 5, 2016 | Michael Giere
    “What the hell is “conservative” about uncontrolled immigration and corporate trade pacts?” Donald Trump’s electoral rampage through the Northeastern states and then his stunning Indiana victory – taking all but five counties statewide and walking away with 57 delegates – did a lot more than drive Ted Cruz and John Kasich out of the race. It has driven a stake in the heart of the post-1988 Republican Party. It’s dead. The “professional” party has been in death throes for years, for a variety of reasons, but none as lethal as the absence of a defining and unifying rationale for its...
  • Fault lines: GOP civil war deepens

    05/09/2016 8:32:57 AM PDT · by Innovative · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | May 9, 2016 | Steven Sloan and Rachel Smolkin,
    Will they unite behind their party's standard-bearer? Will they sit out the 2016 campaign? Or will they fight on, in a quixotic quest to undermine Trump? Trump's opponents are still sorting through the wreckage of the GOP primary season for a path forward. But it has become painfully clear over the past five days that party unification will be tough to come by, if it happens at all.