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  • GOPe Anti-Trump Super Pac Sends Out Smear Flyers Before New Hampshire Primary

    02/06/2016 10:46:09 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 02/06/15 | Jim Hoft
    GOP establishment hacks from TrumpQuestions.com sent out thousands of Anti-Trump flyers this week attacking the Republican frontrunner in New Hampshire. TrumpQuestions.com is an offshoot of Our Principles PAC.Our Principles PAC is an anti-Donald Trump super PAC founded by Katie Packer, a former aide to Mitt Romney‘s 2012 presidential campaign. The super PAC has sent mailers and aired television ads in Iowa criticizing Trump’s policies. The super PAC operates OurPinciples.com and TrumpQuestions.com.The GOP hacks are trying to smear Trump as anti-gun in their most recent flyers.** Donald Trump is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment. The anti-Trump PAC is hoping...

    02/05/2016 1:17:57 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    The Week ^ | 2/5/16 | Jeva Lange
    Jeb Bush defends himself against Barbara Bush: 'I've gotten better at interrupting, Mom, come on'. Former first lady Barbara Bush made a classic mom move on Friday's CBS: This Morning, scolding her son Jeb Bush for being too much of a pushover in the Republican debates. "He's almost too polite. I don't advise him, but if I gave him advice I would say, 'Why don't you interrupt like other people do?'" Barbara said. "I've gotten better at interrupting, Mom, come on," Jeb replied, sounding not so different from a mortified teenager. -snip- Watch Jeb and Barbara Bush's interview below, starting...
  • 'Please clap': Jeb Bush's most awkward moments in one sad list

    02/05/2016 11:04:50 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Mashable ^ | 2/5/16 | Marcus Gilmer
    For Jeb Bush, the bar for awkward encounters is set pretty high. After all, his father once vomited in the lap of Japan's prime minister and his brother, George W., well, where do we even start? But, Jeb, oh, Jeb. We shouldn't have underestimated you. His campaign has been enigmatic from the get-go. On the one hand, there are times where he seems barely interested and would rather die than have to do another campaign rally. On the other, he showed fire whenever Donald Trump was around and he needed to defend the family honor. As the campaign has dragged...
  • Anti-Trump super-PAC’s secret weapon: John McCain

    02/04/2016 5:29:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 4, 2016 | Jonathon Swan
    The anti-Trump super-PAC that spent more than $2 million slamming the billionaire in Iowa is preparing to launch a new secret weapon in New Hampshire -- John McCain. "Probably the only significant strategy shift is we are going to remind voters in New Hampshire about the disgraceful things that he said about John McCain," said the leader of Our Principles PAC, Katie Packer, who was Mitt Romney's deputy campaign manager in 2012. Trump offended many Republicans when he mocked McCain's Vietnam War service last July, saying "he was a war hero because he was captured. ... I like people who...
  • Marco Rubio 'Super PAC' Taunts Jeb Bush for Poor Showing

    02/04/2016 3:08:26 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/4/16 | NICK CORASANITI
    With negative ads being lobbed at their candidate from all sides, the "super PAC" supporting Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, Conservative Solutions PAC, is broadcasting a spot calling Jeb Bush "Not the Answer." On Screen The famed (or infamous) exclamation point in the "Jeb!" logo switches to a question mark as the narrator asks, "What happened to Jeb Bush?" Stacks of televisions looking like a department store display each broadcast a different image of Mr. Bush. "He spent millions praising himself," the narrator says, "and his campaign tanked." A nail-biting image of Mr. Bush fills the screen. The words "Dishonest"...
  • Jeb Bush Tells All His Haters To 'Take A Chill Pill' (VIDEO)

    02/04/2016 1:35:39 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    TPM ^ | 2/5/16 | SARA JERDE
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Thursday that those who think he should drop out of the Republican presidential race just need to "take a chill pill." During an interview with NBC, Bush was asked what he would say to the people who think he should suspend his bid for the presidency.
  • Jeb Bush Turns to Mother Barbara for a Boost

    02/04/2016 9:06:41 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | 2/14/16 | Kenneth T. Walsh
    Jeb Bush has decided to deploy a not-so-secret weapon as he struggles to create momentum in the Republican presidential race: his mother and former first lady Barbara Bush. After a poor fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses this week, Jeb is hoping for a breakthrough in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday. And he thinks his mom, still popular around the country, can help him. So Bush is scheduled to hold a town-hall meeting with his mother in Derry, New Hampshire, Thursday night.
  • Santorum can't name any of Rubio's Senate accomplishments

    02/04/2016 7:27:01 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 82 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/4/16 | NOLAN D. MCCASKILL
    Rick Santorum had one job to do in his appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday. He failed. The former Pennsylvania senator, who dropped his presidential bid Wednesday, told co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski he is supporting Marco Rubio's presidential campaign because the Florida senator is someone "who can work together with people." But Santorum struggled to name one accomplishment Rubio has had in the Senate. "He's been in the Senate for four years," Scarborough noted. "Can you name his top accomplishment in the Senate - actually working in the Senate doing something that tilted your decision to Marco...
  • Conservative Radio Host Hugh Hewitt Praises Obama for 'Superb' Mosque Address

    02/04/2016 7:00:19 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 64 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2/3/16 | Josh Feldman
    President Obama's address at a U.S. mosque today did not receive that many plaudits on the right, but conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt reacted to it with praise: Hugh Hewitt @hughhewitt POTUS speech at mosque is superb. Yes, you read that right. Superb.
  • PPP Poll Out Tomorrow - Trump lead lowers; Rubio tied for third (VANITY)

    02/03/2016 9:32:40 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 160 replies
    The Cruz/Trump wars are killing both candidates and moving Rubio up to prime Romney position. Here's the poll from PPP to be released tomorrow: Trump 25 Cruz 21 Rubio 21 Carson 11 Jebra 5 Kasich 5 Rand 5 Christie 3 Fiorina 3 Gilmore 1 Santorum 0 Rubio is calling on the party to 'consolidate' (guys behind me drop out and endorse me). The MSM is laughing about the Trump vs. Cruz war and encouraging it -- Karl Rove on Fox tonight telling Trump he was right; Trump did steal Iowa; go sue over it and keep imploding pursuing it. This...
  • Rubio endorsements: Another senator, Pat Toomey, signs on

    02/03/2016 9:03:31 PM PST · by entropy12 · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | FEBRUARY 3, 2016 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Not as important as Tim Scott’s support since Toomey’s not from an early state, but still significant big-picture. This isn’t just a case of Cruz losing out to Rubio on another endorsement among his Senate colleagues, it’s a litmus test of electability — or perceived electability. Why might a Republican from a purple state, whose seat is up this year by the way, prefer Rubio to Cruz or Trump? Hmmm:
  • Jeb on Obama Mosque Speech: ‘Appropriate to Do It’ — ‘Important for the President to Lead

    02/03/2016 7:56:07 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 67 replies
    Wednesday on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) offered his thoughts on President Barack Obama’s speech at the Islamic Society of Baltimore earlier in the day. Bush praised Obama for making speech, despite having not seen it. The former Florida governor called it important and appropriate.
  • MARCO RUBIO: Legalization of Illegal Immigrants Comes First – Then Border Security

    02/03/2016 5:10:27 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 180 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | February 3 | Jim Hoft
    The interview with Univision was in Spanish- Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) told Univision yesterday that legalization of illegal immigrants will come first and then new border security measures. The Examiner reported: In a Spanish-language interview Sunday with the network Univision, Sen. Marco Rubio, the leading Republican on the Gang of Eight comprehensive immigration reform group, made his strongest statement yet that legalization of the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants must happen before any new border security or internal enforcement measures are in place, and will in no way be conditional on any security requirements. "Let's be clear," Rubio said....
  • Pressure mounts on Jeb Bush to do well in New Hampshire primary or drop out

    02/03/2016 3:51:26 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    Fox New Latino ^ | 2/3/16 | Fox News Latino
    Many Republicans and supporters of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are getting nervous as the New Hampshire primary approaches on Feb. 9. It comes down to this, they say, he must do better than Sen. Marco Rubio, his former mentee and fellow Floridian, in the next major presidential contest, or just pack up and drop out of the race, according to The New York Times.
  • Jimmy Carter endorses Donald Trump … over Ted Cruz

    02/03/2016 3:02:28 PM PST · by demshateGod · 112 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution Political Blog ^ | February 3, 2016 | Greg Bluestein
    "Coming soon to a Ted Cruz campaign ad near you? Former President Jimmy Carter, at Britain's House of Lords on Wednesday to deliver a lecture on the campaign to eradicate the Guinea worm disease, was derailed for a few minutes by a BBC reporter who asked about the presidential election. If he had to choose between Cruz and Trump for the Republican nomination, Carter chuckled, "I think I would choose Trump, which may surprise some of you." "The reason is, Trump has proven already he’s completely malleable,” Carter explained. "I don't think he has any fixed (positions) he'd go the...
  • Video Emerges Of Jeb Bush Asking NH Crowd To Clap For His Stump Speech

    02/03/2016 2:32:30 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    TPM ^ | 2/3/16 | ALLEGRA KIRKLAND
    MSNBC captured video of Jeb Bush asking a crowd to applaud him after wrapping up a stump speech at a New Hampshire hotel on Tuesday.
  • Paul Ryan to Tea Party: "You are the problem"

    02/03/2016 10:18:51 AM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 85 replies
    WP ^ | 2/3/2016 | Paul Waldman
    Today, Paul Ryan gave a fascinating speech at Heritage Action, a tea party-allied organization that has fashioned itself as the guardian of conservative purity. The speech called for unity. “To quote William Wallace in Braveheart,” he said, “we have to unite the clans.” But his speech was actually a repudiation of everything the tea party has done. Not only that, Ryan also took shots at the congressional Republican leadership, and even the current GOP presidential candidates. He didn’t call anyone out by name, but if you understand what’s happening now and the conflict that has roiled the Republican Party for...
  • Jeb Bush to unimpressed New Hampshire crowd: 'Please clap'

    02/03/2016 10:08:46 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 2/3/16 | Eric Levenson
    Jeb Bush is going to need more than an exclamation point at the end of his name to generate excitement in New Hampshire. During a speech at the Hanover Inn on Tuesday, Bush's "fiery riff" on protecting the country didn't generate the response he wanted, The New York Times reports: Mr. Bush finished a fiery riff about protecting the country as commander in chief - "I won't be out here blowharding, talking a big game without backing it up," he said - and was met with total silence. "Please clap," he said, sounding defeated. The crowd laughed - and then,...
  • Jeb Bush supporter Pete Sessions's brutal quote about Jeb Bush (TX Amnesty Pimp bailing on Jeb?)

    02/03/2016 9:49:56 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/14/16 | Amber Phillips
    To see just how far the once-odds-on favorite in the Republican presidential race has fallen, let's look back last year, when Rep. Pete Sessions (Tex.), a senior House Republican, endorsed Jeb Bush for president: -snip- "I'm endorsing Jeb Bush. But that was 10 months ago. He has since then not sold himself as well as he had wanted," Sessions told National Journal's Daniel Newhauser and Alex Rogers. "Everybody is weighing and balancing what they know now that they didn't know 10 months ago, and I think that the person who gets closest to me is a [Marco] Rubio."
  • Where Jeb Bush went horribly wrong

    02/03/2016 6:48:04 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/3/16 | Matt Latimer
    The other day Jeb Bush said something about the presidency so fundamentally wrong that it crystallized why his campaign has the vapors, sputtering to just 2.8% in Iowa. During one of many harangues against Donald Trump, Bush told a small gathering in New Hampshire, "We're not electing a personality. We're electing someone who has to sit behind the big desk and make tough decisions." Separately, he proclaimed himself an introvert, one who "would rather read a book than go out and get in a conga line and go dancing." (One wonders who gave him that choice of options.)
  • Jeb Bush, an Also-Ran in Iowa, May Be Pivotal in New Hampshire

    02/03/2016 6:41:00 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2/2/16 | JONATHAN MARTIN and ASHLEY PARKER
    In the crowded New Hampshire primary, no candidate may shape the direction of the Republican presidential campaign more than the man who finished sixth in Iowa: Jeb Bush. With Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Donald J. Trump and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida each finishing more than 20 percentage points higher than Mr. Bush in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, the former Florida governor is facing growing pressure to either demonstrate his appeal to voters or leave the race. Specifically, many Republicans - including some of his supporters and donors - said Tuesday that Mr. Bush must finish ahead of...
  • RUSH LIMBAUGH: Rubio Is Not an Establishment Moderate

    02/02/2016 3:10:43 PM PST · by presidio9 · 282 replies
    rushlimbaugh.com ^ | February 02, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I have to say one thing, one more thing, one more time. I do not like -- and I've got a Reuters story: "Marco Rubio Emerges Champion of Battered Republican Establishment." Another Reuters story, headline: "Republican Cruz Calls Iowa Win a Victory for Conservative Grassroots." I do not like, speaking for myself, I don't like this idea that Marco Rubio is all of a sudden being labeled as an establishment candidate. I know that Rubio's got the baggage of that Gang of Eight bill and I know that in many people's minds he's got the baggage of wanting...
  • Post Iowa Caucus Results – Winners and Losers…

    02/02/2016 8:06:27 AM PST · by Bratch · 19 replies
    The Last Refuge/Conservative Treehouse ^ | February 2, 2016 | sundance
      Post Iowa Caucus Results – Winners and Losers… Posted on February 2, 2016 by sundance There may indeed be a feeling of disappointment amid many political followers who support Donald Trump today. A sense of disappointment because he did not win the Iowa caucuses. However, long-time readers here will probably not hold as much angst at the result; and just about all of us are overly familiar with the sense of futility against it all. These 2016 events are predictable, very predictable.  They are so predictable we outlined exactly how they would take place back in 2013, more than two years ago....
  • Marco Rubio’s Surprise Surge in Iowa

    02/02/2016 5:53:55 AM PST · by Rockitz · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 1 Feb 2016 | Charlie Spiering
    In the hours before the Iowa caucuses opened, supporters of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) began hinting that the Florida senator would perform better than expected — and better than the latest polls were showing. The Des Moines Register Poll released right before the Iowa caucus showed Rubio at 17 percent, and support was fading in the closing days before the caucus. Rubio’s team correctly predicted a third place win for their candidate. Few predicted, however, that he would finish one point behind the frontrunner Donald Trump, who had 31 percent in the latest poll but only 24 percent in the...
  • Rubio Love Fest on Fox

    02/01/2016 7:39:59 PM PST · by Barney Gumble · 178 replies
    self | Me
    Watching Fox News, I see Cruz has 28% and is the winner, but you'd never know it, because it's been "Rubio is the real winner" and now they've been playing the Rubio 3rd place speech for the last 20 minutes.
  • Fix in for Rubio? (Vanity)

    02/01/2016 6:43:53 PM PST · by Fido969 · 59 replies
    Drudge ^ | today | me
    Cruz 29 Trump 25 Rubio 21
  • BREAKING! Bush Loses Iowa!!

    02/01/2016 5:32:37 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 83 replies
    Just wanted to be the first to say it!!
  • Jeb Bush Money Juggernaut Blows an Axle

    02/01/2016 3:05:42 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/1/16 | MIKE FLYNN
    Jeb Bush, the one-time presumptive Republican nominee, is facing a very real money crunch. His campaign raised only $7 million in the last three months of last year. Fundraising for his once mammouth Right to Rise super PAC has also dried up. Without a big surge in New Hampshire next week, Jeb's campaign will come to an end very soon. According to FEC reports, Jeb Bush's campaign raised just $7 million in the 4th Quarter, the period encompassing October-December. This is less than half the amount raised by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) ($14 million), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) ($15 million),...
  • Bush's farewell message to Iowa: Stop Trump

    02/01/2016 2:46:21 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/1/16 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Jeb Bush, trailing badly in polls here and itching to get to New Hampshire, used his farewell Iowa campaign event to ask caucus-goers to do what he couldn't: Stop Donald Trump. "You have a chance to define the next stage of this race," Bush told a ballroom full of supporters in an Embassy Suites hotel on Monday afternoon. "I'm counting on you and I trust you." The former Florida governor has essentially conceded Iowa, where polls show him in the low single digits. Bush will not be holding a caucus night party, instead leaving the state this afternoon for New...
  • Jeb Bush to Iowa: Pick Me, Not 'a Big Blowhard'

    02/01/2016 12:33:13 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/1/16 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    In his last town hall event in Iowa before Monday night's caucuses, Jeb Bush implored a crowd here to not choose "just a big blowhard" as its candidate. In remarks to a packed, sweaty ballroom at an Embassy Suites hotel downtown here, the former Florida governor told a crowd of out-of-state volunteers, foreign press and political junkies that demonstrated competence and experience is a better option than anger and an unspecific uplifting message - shots at front-runners Donald Trump and Marco Rubio. The setting gave Mr. Bush the enthusiasm he has often seemed to lack on the campaign trail. He...
  • Vanity: Right to Rise fundraising collapse in 2nd half of 2015 (Only raised $15.1 Million)

    01/31/2016 4:40:17 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Influence Explorer ^ | 1/31/16 | Influence Explorer
    RIGHT TO RISE USA: DETAILS OF FILING #1046980 COVERS JULY 1, 2015 THROUGH DEC. 31, 2015 TOTAL RECEIPTS: $15,139,189 TOTAL SPENDING: $54,284,643 ENDING CASH: $58,578,054 ORIGINALLY FILED JAN. 31, 2016, 7:19 P.M.
  • Will Jeb Bush win the Republican nomination?

    01/31/2016 2:45:45 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 84 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/31/16 | Aaron Blake
    This look at Jeb Bush's chances and path to win the Republican presidential nomination is part of a series here on The Fix looking at all the top candidates. Where does he stand in the polls? The former Florida governor began the race as the odds-on Republican front-runner, and the early polling backed that up. He led most every national poll conducted in late 2014 and traded leads with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, among others, early in 2015. Then, the race actually began. Bush launched his campaign in mid-June, and by mid-July began a steady decline. While he topped out...
  • The Jeb Bush Hatchet Man Who Might Accidentally Elect Donald Trump (Mike Murphy)

    01/31/2016 7:20:13 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 1/30/16 | McKay Coppins Christopher Massie
    If Donald Trump ends up on stage this July formally accepting the GOP presidential nomination, don't be surprised if everyone from Washington Republicans to Twitter conservatives gathers outside the convention arena in Cleveland to burn Mike Murphy in effigy. -snip- Perhaps unsurprisingly, some disgruntled donors have struggled to keep their displeasure with Murphy to themselves. As one nameless Bush backer grumbled to Politico during the latest round of venting in the media, "You might as well light all this money on fire." -snip- Now, with the spectre of the Trumpocalypse looming over the GOP on the eve of the Iowa...
  • Jeb Bush, in Final Days Before Iowa Caucus, Gives a Hug

    01/30/2016 7:26:37 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 1/30/16 | REID J. EPSTEIN
    There was a time when Jeb Bush was considered the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Now down to 2% in the latest Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll, Mr. Bush spent a Saturday afternoon campaign stop lamenting his inability to convince voters of his political arguments.
  • American Tech Workers Defiant as GOP Lawmakers Push to Expand Foreign Labor Programs

    01/30/2016 6:35:25 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/29/16 | Julia Hahn
    In 2014, the Northeast Utilities Company in Connecticut -- now known as Eversource Energy -- allegedly laid off around 200 of its American tech workers and replaced them with low-wage foreigners admitted on H-1B guest worker visas. Now a photo has emerged depicted the workers' final, silent patriotic protest -- silent because the workers reportedly were forced to sign non-disparagement agreements to shield their employer. The image depicts the display of American flags around cubicles of the company's IT department -- circulated by trade magazine ComputerWorld -- before the Americans were replaced with foreign labor. The powerful image seems to...
  • Jeb Bush hugs an Iowan

    01/30/2016 4:35:12 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 23 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 1/30/16 | Todd J. Gillman
    A Jeb Bush town hall is somewhat more sedate than a Trump or Cruz event. Voters are attentive and respectful. They're not especially angry. They didn't come for insults and bluster. "Governor Bush... you are the most reasonable, responsible, respectful and resilient candidate in either party... I hope common sense will prevail," Harrison Cass Jr., 67, a retired school superintendent from Waterloo, told him during a Q&A. "Are you caucusing for me? Lemme give you a hug." And Bush walked over and hugged him. -snip- He defended his view that the Republican Party needs to be more tactful and welcoming...
  • Grow Up! How can anyone be for this spoiled brat?

    01/30/2016 1:19:04 PM PST · by plewis1250 · 116 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/30/2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Of all the many things said about Donald Trump, what was said by Roger Ailes, head of the Fox News Channel, said it all in just two words: “Grow up!” It is amazing how many people have been oblivious to this middle-aged man’s spoiled brat behavior, his childish boastfulness about things he says he is going to do, and his petulant response to every criticism with ad hominem replies.
  • Paul Ryan huddles with Mitt Romney, Scott Walker at Palm Beach retreat

    01/30/2016 6:25:13 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    politico.com ^ | 1/28/16 | Alex Isenstadt
    Paul Ryan is hosting a fundraising retreat in Palm Beach, Florida this week that is drawing a number of major donors - in addition to the House speaker's 2012 running mate. Mitt Romney was among those who addressed the confab on Thursday, according to two sources present. Also speaking were two former 2016 GOP contenders, Scott Walker and Lindsey Graham. The group gathered at the posh Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa. Unlike his predecessor John Boehner, Ryan is not known for his prodigious fundraising skills. But he is taking steps to expand his network. The new House speaker recently...
  • Has Trump Killed the GOP?

    01/29/2016 1:01:52 PM PST · by 20yearsofinternet · 103 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | 1/29/2016 | Various
    Nothing like Donald Trump has ever hit a major American political party: A blow-dried celebrity gleefully smashing one modern Republican certainty after the other. As he defies his own party on tax orthodoxy, on healthcare and on bending a knee to Roger Ailes, he's exposed the GOP establishment as virtually powerless over its own nominating process. His rise has now created a split so deep that it's not clear how the party is going to recover. Some conservatives are trying to crush his candidacy, others are finally embracing him, and they're all lobbing grenades at each other. So is this...
  • Who Won the Republican Debate? Critics Call Ted Cruz Flat but Jeb Bush Better

    01/29/2016 5:37:57 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 48 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/29/16 | ALAN RAPPEPORT
    With Donald J. Trump absent from the debate stage, critics had a chance to focus on the rest of the Republican field. While the verdicts varied, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was seen as starting strong but fading late, while Senator Marco Rubio of Florida had his moments but grew testy at times when faced with tough questions. Some thought Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, had one of his most energetic performances, while the retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson barely registered.
  • The GOP debate winner was. . . Jeb Bush?

    01/29/2016 5:29:31 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/29/16 | Stephen Stromberg
    The winner of Thursday's Republican debate was. . .Jeb Bush? This is the first time in the GOP presidential race in which the candidate who was the most credible on the issues also won the debate. Maybe Donald Trump's absence gave Bush a confidence boost - or at least permitted him to get a word in edgewise. Perhaps Bush, with little to lose at this point, relaxed. Or maybe he is just more polished after months of campaigning. Whatever the reason, he spoke with more conviction and dominated the stage at several points in the debate. And he used some...
  • KRAUTHAMMER: Jeb Bush had a breakout performance in the Fox News debate

    01/29/2016 5:11:38 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 77 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/28/16 | Pamela Engel
    Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer said after Thursday night's Fox News Republican debate that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) might have come away a big winner. Speaking with Fox moderator Megyn Kelly shortly after the debate ended, Krauthammer said the former Florida governor turned in a strong performance - possibly the best of the night out of all the candidates on stage. "I thought it was, interestingly, the best night that Jeb had in all of the debates," Krauthammer said. "And I might even say I think he might have had the best night of the group in this debate."
  • Donald Trump Is Shocking, Vulgar and Right

    01/28/2016 4:15:16 PM PST · by Amntn · 104 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/28/16 | Tucker Carlson
    About 15 years ago, I said something nasty on CNN about Donald Trump's hair. I can't now remember the context, assuming there was one. In any case, Trump saw it and left a message the next day. "It's true you have better hair than I do," Trump said matter-of-factly. "But I get more pussy than you do." At the time, I'd never met Trump and I remember feeling amused but also surprised he'd say something like that. Now the pattern seems entirely familiar. The message had all the hallmarks of a Trump attack: shocking, vulgar and indisputably true. Not everyone...
  • Trump Campaign Manager Reveals Fox News Debate Chief Has Daughter Working for Rubio

    01/28/2016 6:13:01 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 139 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/28/2016 | Matthew Boyle
    Corey Lewandowski, the campaign manager for 2016 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, exposed a blatant conflict of interest on Wednesday that the Fox News Channel has been hiding for months. Lewandowski showed how Fox News has been hiding the fact that Fox News Channel Vice President Bill Sammon has a daughter working for the campaign of the Washington establishment-backed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Sammon's daughter, Brooke Sammon, is Rubio's national press secretary, and obviously both have a vested interest in the success of the Rubio campaign and the demise of the other campaigns. CNN's Erin Burnett asked Lewandowski about Fox News's...
  • RNC leaders scrap plans to change convention rules after Trump warning(a true leader)

    01/28/2016 5:03:17 AM PST · by Be Careful · 31 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/27/16 | R. Hallow
    Mr. Trump’s warning appears to have worked, at least for now. Several influential leaders on the Republican National Committee withdrew plans to lower the nomination threshold and make it easier for other candidates to challenge Mr. Trump at the convention.
  • Editorial: Jeb Bush is best choice for Republican nomination

    01/28/2016 10:35:53 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 67 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 1/28/16 | Tampa Bay Times
    It's time to stop treating the election of the next president of the United States like a game show without serious consequences. After more than a year of constant fundraising, meaningless opinion polls and reckless rhetoric from so many candidates, voters finally will make their voices heard starting Monday in the Iowa caucuses and eight days later in the New Hampshire primary. For Republicans fighting for both the soul of their party and the White House, the best choice is former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The Florida primary is not until March 15, and voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and...
  • The Anti-Trump Network: Fox News Money Flows into Open Borders Group

    01/27/2016 6:28:52 AM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 129 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 Jan 2016 | Julia Hahn
    The announcement from Donald Trump's campaign that the Republican frontrunner will "definitely not" partake in Thursday night's Fox News debate has sent shock waves throughout the nation’s political scene. At a press event Tuesday evening, Trump seemed to cite disparate treatment from the network as his reasoning for not participating. "What’s wrong over there, something’s wrong," Trump said of the "games" Roger Ailes and the network are "playing." In asking the question of "what’s wrong over there?" Trump has shined a spotlight on one of Washington's best kept secrets: namely, Fox's role via its founder Rupert Murdoch in pushing an...
  • Jeb Bush bets $20 that Trump shows up to the Fox debate

    01/27/2016 3:31:26 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/27/16 | ELI STOKOLS
    Jeb Bush ridiculed Donald Trump for planning to skip Thursday's GOP debate here, although he's betting Trump still winds up on the stage. Literally. "I've got a $20 bet he shows up," Bush said during a town hall with employees of Nationwide insurance at the company's headquarters here Wednesday afternoon. Asked by reporters after the event why he thinks Trump might go back on his promise to skip the seventh Republican debate, Bush said, "Because it's in his interest."
  • Jeb Bush: No, I don't think Trump is Christian

    01/27/2016 5:01:35 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 75 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/27/16 | Nick Gass
    On the same day that Donald Trump earned the endorsement of evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr., Jeb Bush expressed doubt over whether Donald Trump is a Christian, remarking that the Manhattan businessman merely views faith as another political tool. Asked by reporters in Nevada on Tuesday whether he believed Trump to be a Christian, Bush said he does not. "No, I don't know what he is," the former governor of Florida said, according to video posted by ABC News. "I just don't think he has the relationship that he says he has, if you can't explain it in any way...
  • Republicans point fingers: Who let Trump get this far?

    01/27/2016 4:48:37 AM PST · by 20yearsofinternet · 53 replies
    Politico ^ | 01/26/16 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    With time running out until the first primary votes are cast, establishment Republicans have begun a ferocious round of finger-pointing over who is to blame for the party's failure to stop Donald Trump. The chiding, once limited to private conversations, is now erupting in public view — with campaigns, operatives, donors, party officials and conservative intellectuals arguing over why something hasn't been done to stop the man who has been leading nearly every state and national poll since August. Trump, many in the GOP's upper ranks are convinced, would lead the Republican Party to an epic defeat in November, with...