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  • Ted Cruz's big show

    04/23/2014 8:21:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Hill's Congress Blog ^ | April 23, 2014 | Michael Ledeen
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz hasn't even completed two years in the United States Senate, which makes his accomplishments of the past few days all the more remarkable. The best way to gauge his stature is by the harsh treatment he routinely receives from the establishment media. A profile in the Wall Street Journal began and ended with accounts of Cruz getting snubbed by his Senate colleagues, the first time on the Capitol subway, the second on an elevator in his office building. According to the Journal's account, on the short rides none of his colleagues even acknowledged his presence....
  • LaTourette says GOP at crossroads, must shift from right to have shot at White House, Senate

    04/22/2014 7:52:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Akron Beacon Journal | April 22, 2013 | Stephanie Warsmith
    Link only: http://www.ohio.com/news/latourette-says-gop-at-crossroads-must-shift-from-right-to-have-shot-at-white-house-senate-1.482707
  • Greg Abbott slams BLM’s potential seizure of private lands

    04/22/2014 1:48:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 22, 2013 | Michael Bastasch
    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott slammed the federal Bureau of Land Management’s claims that private property within the state now belongs to the federal government. The BLM says the federal government owns a 90,000 acre piece of land along Texas’s Red River, despite it being maintained and cultivated by private landowners for generations and no law has been passed by Congress giving BLM ownership of the land. In the wake of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with federal agents over desert tortoise habitat in Nevada, Abbott — who is currently running for governor — argues that BLM’s plans to seize...
  • Here We Go… Republican Jeff Flake Agrees with Jeb Bush: Illegal Immigration Is an “Act of Love”

    04/21/2014 10:23:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | April 21, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    What a disgrace. Republican Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said he agreed with former Governor Jeb Bush that illegal immigration can be considered an “act of love”. Flake posted the comments on Facebook Monday. The Huffington Post reported: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Monday agreed with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that illegal immigration can be considered an “act of love.” Flake, in a Facebook post, praised Bush for speaking “so humanely and unapologetically about the motivations” of undocumented immigrants in a Fox News appearance that aired earlier this month. “Truth is, I agree with Jeb, and I applaud him for...
  • Ted Cruz and Rand Paul: Opposite directions

    04/20/2014 3:29:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | April 20, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    In 2013, freshmen senators Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) seemed like two peas in a pod. Both railed at the NSA, backed the government shutdown, opposed intervention in Syria and championed the tea party faithful. But 2014 has been a different story. Cruz has become a serious, vocal proponent of a tough foreign policy and harsh critic of President Obama’s approach to Iran and Russia. He gave serious speeches on the importance of standing up to Vladimir Putin and on the folly of expecting Iran to give away its nuclear weapons program without stringent sanctions and/or the threat...
  • Ann Coulter takes up ‘Mitt Romney for President’ chant again

    04/18/2014 3:49:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 18, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Conservative columnist Ann Coulter — who used her talk show platform in the last presidential election cycle to campaign hard for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — has taken up the mantra once again, calling on Republicans to give the failed White House bidder another shot in 2016. She made the suggestion during a discussion on Sean Hannity’s radio show while speaking of her new book, “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican.”Ms. Coulter also addressed the question of Mr. Romney’s shortcomings by saying that his 2012 loss wasn’t entirely his fault. “I think too much blame, not only...
  • Christie to GOP: Reform Drug Sentencing and Be ‘Pro-Life After They Get Out of the Womb’

    04/17/2014 8:37:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Mediaite ^ | April 17, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered a message to his fellow members of the Republican Party on Thursday: being pro-life means reforming America’s drug laws and criminal sentencing procedures. Christie has long advocated for drug treatment programs as a means of reforming the country’s prison system, but Christie took a new tactic on Thursday when he framed that advocacy as a pro-life argument. “I’m pro-life, and I believe strongly in the sanctity of life,” Christie told an audience in Jersey City on Thursday. Addressing his fellow Republican governors, Christie said that “it’s great to be pro-life, but you need to...
  • Study: GOP Will Grow with More White Conservatives, Not Less

    04/15/2014 10:33:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 15, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A new study suggests that politically unaffiliated white Americans who are experiencing a shift to minority status will feel threatened by that shift and subsequently embrace more conservative policies. They will align themselves, therefore, with the Republican Party, providing that party with a more stable base in the midst of racial divisiveness. The revealing study, conducted by Maureen Craig and Jennifer Richeson at Northwestern University, was published by the professional journal Psychological Science and noted by Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner. The research challenges the notion that the Republican Party will diminish as its aging white members die and...
  • Six ways conservatives on both sides of the pond can learn from each other (Barf, guv'ner!)

    04/15/2014 6:35:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Conservative Home ^ | April 15, 2014 | Ted Yarbrough
    America and Great Britain share a special relationship. We speak the same language, have a similar system of laws, have similar (quasi-)capitalist economic system and even often share a system of weights and measurements. As America is a former colony of the United Kingdom, we owe much to Great Britain. Nevertheless, some things we don’t get about each other. Generally, Americans don’t understand Britons’ reverence for monarchy, and Britons don’t understand Americans’ fascination with guns. Politically, our countries do some things right, and some wrong. I follow both countries’ politics closely and I thought I would offer some constructive criticism...
  • 9 Candidates Get Sarah Palin’s Seal of Approval

    04/15/2014 5:45:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 15, 2014 | Alina Kleineidam
    The 2014 midterm elections are right around the corner, and after endorsing 64 candidates in 2010, and contributing about $300,000 to candidates in 2012, Sarah Palin is once again trying to wield influence over another election cycle. Just like in previous years, Palin’s picks get free publicity on her social media accounts, through appearances in their television ads and financial support from SarahPAC. Formed in 2009, SarahPAC is Palin’s political action committee, which is “dedicated to building America’s future by supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation.” Here are 9 candidates Palin has chosen...
  • Hillary Clinton, Youth Candidate

    04/15/2014 5:15:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | April 15, 2014 | Paul Waldman
    Republicans will nominate someone younger than her, and it won't make a difference to young people.Our old colleague Patrick Caldwell has an interesting article up at Mother Jones about the way the Hillary Clinton campaign—or whatever we can call it at this point, since it isn't actually a campaign but it isn't exactly just a bunch of independent people doing their own thing either—is going after college students. I had forgotten how idiotically hostile the Hillary '08 campaign was toward college students in Iowa, but that's just one of innumerable mistakes that one presumes she'll attempt to correct this time...
  • Send In Bill Clinton to Save the Democratic Midterm Campaign

    04/14/2014 7:03:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 14, 2014 | Bob Shrum
    Months away from Election Day, the Democrats are already cutting and running away from Obamacare. Clinton is the man to help them embrace it, attack obsessed Republicans—and win.Let Bill do it. With Democrats facing a daunting midterm season, it’s time to bring in the Big Dawg, not just as a campaigner but as a strategic driving force with the resources to deploy and dominate the message wars from coast to coast. Put him in charge of one of the existing super PACs—which would instantly multiply its fundraising—or form a new one that can operate on a genuinely super scale, with...
  • Cynical Race-Baiting Will Fail to Save the Democrats

    04/14/2014 6:04:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 14, 2014 | Ron Christie
    Sadly, it has come down to this. When they assumed power in 2009, Democrats promised that a trillion-dollar stimulus package would invigorate the economy and create millions of jobs. It did not happen—all while trillions of dollars were added to the national debt which will become due when these current lawmakers are safely in retirement. The president of the United States and congressional Democrats promised that if they passed Obamacare, you could keep your doctor and your health plan while your premiums would decrease by an average of $2,500 a year. All of these claims were assessed and identified by...
  • Comedian Lewis Black Wants Cruz-Palin Ticket

    04/14/2014 3:59:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Talk Radio News Service ^ | April 14, 2014 | Ed Zuckerman
    Lewis Black injected a bit of his signature brand of humor into the current political discourse on Monday, calling socialism “enforced Christianity” and telling anyone that calls Obama a socialist that “you’ve got to be out of your goddamn mind.” The comedian, playwright and Daily Show fixture, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington DC, went on to lampoon Republican attacks on the federal government and the role they ascribe to “entrepreneurs” in the American economy. “To say it’s all going to come from the private sector is truly psychotic,” Black said. Asked about his preferred candidates for the...
  • Can Obama scare supporters to the polls?

    04/14/2014 11:19:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 14, 2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    MSNBC host Al Sharpton is back at the White House today, this time for a Holy Week prayer breakfast with President Obama and dozens of faith leaders. Sharpton’s arrival comes just two days after Obama embraced the controversial activist and former FBI informant at a New York event hosted by the liberal broadcaster. Obama used the Sharpton event to accuse Republicans of trying to reverse the 1965 Voting Rights Act and intentionally suppress black voters with state laws requiring voters to show identification. “The real voter fraud is those that try to deny our rights by making arguments about voter...
  • Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee face off at New Hampshire Freedom Summit

    04/13/2014 7:36:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 12, 2014 | Benjy Sarlin
    MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Republican presidential primary is up and running in New Hampshire, where conservative prospects lined up in Manchester Saturday for the first cattle call of the 2016 cycle. Speakers at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, which was sponsored by Citizens United and Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity, included Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, all of whom would be top tier presidential contenders should they run. Donald Trump also spoke. Huckabee seemed especially determined to show he could compete for conservative votes against politicians like Paul and Cruz, who have each...
  • Paul defends Bush on immgration but says US 'can't invite the whole world'

    04/13/2014 7:11:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul says potential White House rival Jeb Bush was inarticulate when he described immigrants who come to the United States illegally as committing an "act of love." In an interview that aired Sunday, Paul said that those immigrants "are not bad people" but added the United States "can't invite the whole world" inside its borders....
  • Huntsman a 2016 wild card vs. Hillary?

    04/13/2014 6:55:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    All Voices ^ | April 7, 2014 | Bob Brennan, Anchor/Reporter
    The 2,500-seat Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts sold out March 31 for an appearance by Jon Huntsman as part of the Philadelphia Speaker Series. Two days later, Huntsman filled Boston Symphony Hall. Another Huntsman appearance at UCLA later this month is sold out. Without the benefit of incessant media attention some early 2016 prospects have been receiving, Huntsman’s visions and his authentic, inspiring way of conveying them has been attracting, and resonating with, capacity audiences. At the Kimmel Center, Huntsman drew laughs in lowering his hand slowly to the floor, a metaphor for the impact on his 2012 primary...
  • The Last Chance for the GOP Establishment, Get Bush or Christie the Nomination

    04/10/2014 8:02:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Against Crony Capitalism ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    The horses are lining up in the gates. Rand Paul, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee (seriously he’s going to run again I think) Rick Santorum (this guy has nothing else to do), Jeb Bush, Rick Perry may make another run, and who knows who else, are all chomping at the bit. The 2016 nomination isn’t that far away. They can all taste it. Within this battle for the GOP nomination is a battle for the Republican Party of course. Will the hostile takeover of the party continue or will the GOP revert to another establishment retread at the helm. Will the...
  • Bill Clinton Points Out Gloomy State of Economy Under Obama

    04/10/2014 3:16:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 10, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    During his speech at the Civil Rights Summit held at the LBJ Presidential Library, former President Bill Clinton sounded a gloomy note about the current state of the economy under President Obama. Clinton, whom Obama frequently described as the “Secretary of Explaining Stuff,” pointed out that the current state of the economy made it more difficult to unite Americans politically. “It is all the more difficult today because of the economic conditions that we find ourselves, where medium family income today after inflation is still lower than it was the day I left office,” he said, adding, “where all over...
  • BATT: Nebraska voters shouldn’t cozy up to Tea Party

    04/10/2014 2:44:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Daily Nebraskan ^ | April 10, 2014 | Mark Batt, junior political science major
    The Republican Party and the Tea Party hold different views regarding the future of U.S. conservatism. A distinct way to understand this split is by looking at the leaders of each party. For example, Sen. John McCain has been a notable establishment Republican for years. Contrarily, the Tea Party looks up to people such as Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, and former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Palin leads this political movement along with Cruz – who had a hand in shutting down the government last fall. There are two very different styles of leadership...
  • Curt Clawson Backers Urge Sarah Palin to Reconsider Support for Lizbeth Benacquisto

    04/09/2014 1:35:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | April 3, 2014 | Kevin Derby
    Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska will be in Southwest Florida on Thursday for a fundraising event with Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, who is running in the Republican primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress. “Excited to announce that Sarah Palin is coming to Southwest Florida this week to join me on the campaign trail,” Benacquisto announced on Monday. But tea party leaders in the district backing Curt Clawson in the primary are urging Palin to reconsider her endorsement. Jack Tymann of the Naples Tea Party, Kathy Jones of the Lee County...
  • Brutal: Democratic poll finds Obama’s base is ready to stay home in November

    04/09/2014 12:49:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | April 8, 2014 | Allahpundit
    The poll was conducted between March 19 and 23, a week before the White House declared “mission accomplished” on ObamaCare, so maybe it’s simply missing a recent surge in enthusiasm among lefties. The first rule of ACA polling, though, is that the numbers rarely move much no matter what’s going on with the law. They dipped after the Healthcare.gov Chernobyl in October, they bounced back a bit as sign-ups improved, but overall they’ve been steady at around -10 or -12 for years now. Hard to believe that an enrollment milestone will shift that trend markedly and durably, especially with premiums...
  • Top conservative: 2016 not Ted Cruz's turn, favors Mike Pence-Rand Paul ticket (Guess who?)

    04/08/2014 12:59:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    A founding father of the conservative movement who is now a star among Tea Party activists is urging the GOP to choose a governor to duel Washington “insider” Hillary Clinton for the White House, saying that 2016 isn't the best time for Sen. Ted Cruz to run. Often called the “funding father” of conservatism for pioneering direct mail fundraising, Richard A. Viguerie believes that the Texas senator is a “game changer” for the movement but that the best way to beat Clinton is with a candidate from outside the beltway. “I don't think it would be best for the conservative...
  • 2009 Rand Paul Speech: Cheney Manipulated US Into Iraq War for Profit

    04/08/2014 9:46:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    NewsMax ^ | April 7, 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Sen. Rand Paul claimed in 2009 that former Vice President Dick Cheney exploited the 9/11 attacks in order to lead the United States into war in Iraq to benefit military contractor Halliburton, where Cheney had been CEO before heading to Washington, a video unveiled by blog Mother Jones' writer David Corn shows. In the video unearthed of a speech given at Western Kentucky University, Paul argues that Cheney opposed the first Bush administration's plans but changed his mind over Halliburton, Corn reports. "He's being interviewed (in 1995), I think, by the American Enterprise Institute, and he says it would be...
  • Jeb Bush – 2016's Obligatory Sane Republican?

    04/07/2014 1:04:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | April 7, 2014 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    The 2014 midterms are looming large, and behind them, the specter of 2016. In the past year, Chris Christie has gone from being the Republican Wunderkind to elephant in the room, and Hilary Clinton is, well, Hilary Clinton. What is the modern-day Republican Party – a Völkisch (ethnic nationalist) political party become religion – to do? Clearly, it’s time for the Republican establishment to start asking themselves, “Where are we going to find a sane candidate?” (or at least sane-seeming, as 2012′s misadventure with Mitt Romney demonstrates). The answer is already in the history books, not that Republicans like to...
  • Senator Leland Yee, al Qaeda, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

    04/07/2014 8:47:44 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 5 replies
    New York Young Republican Club ^ | April 6, 2014 | NYYRC
    Considering the Obama administration’s implicit and explicit support in ousting Egyptian Hosni Mubarak, Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi (both whom were subsequently replaced by Muslim Brotherhood governments), and the administration’s ongoing attempts to force Bashar Assad to cede control of Syria to al Qaeda rebels, the transgressions of Senator Yee highlight yet again a disturbing trend in the American government to provide aid and comfort to al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. (And, lest we forget Fast & Furious, Mexican drug cartels, including the infamous Sinaloa cartel.) If Senator Yee is found guilty of his crimes, he should be charged with...
  • Not who’s ahead, but who’s going to to run?

    04/03/2014 9:36:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | April 3, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    It’s a mystery how the chattering class arrives at any conclusion as to the “front-runner” in an election two years away with no declared candidates. First the “front-runner” was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; then, according to others, it was Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), despite his obvious unacceptability to a significant segment of Republicans). The polls, if anything, reflect name identification, and in that department former governors Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee generally lead — in a race neither may enter. That is what being a “front-runner” means on talking-head cable TV shows. More relevant at this stage is figuring...
  • Ted Cruz Attempting to Be Republican Messiah

    04/03/2014 9:04:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Las Vegas Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | April 3, 2014 | Lydia Webb
    The Republican party has a problem in the upcoming midterm election and that problem is general un-likability. Most conservative political pundits are willing to concede that point, but one Texas senator has apparently found a new way to boost the Republican party and his own popularity. By combining some religious rhetoric with a little bit of “Reaganite” posturing, Ted Cruz is attempting to be the Republican messiah by playing up religious persecution. In a recent speech to the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, Cruz gave a call to action to the student body that was couched in surprisingly religious terms....
  • Harry Reid: Fort Hood Shooting Should Revive Gun Control Push

    04/03/2014 7:19:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 3, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Speaking to reporters on April 3rd, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said the shooting at Fort Hood should revive the gun control push. According to The Washington Post, Reid said, "As I was told today, [Army Spc. Ivan Lopez] bought his gun a day or two before he killed these people. Couldn't we at least have background checks so that people who are ill mentally, or who are felons, shouldn't be able to buy guns?" This is somewhat misleading because "law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the pistol used by Lopez... was purchased legally last month......
  • Why the GOP Should Say No to Jeb

    04/01/2014 1:50:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | April 1, 2014 | Myra Adams
    With Chris Christie in deep trouble, Republican poobahs are reportedly looking to Jeb Bush to save their party in 2016. The former two-term governor of Florida speaks fluent Spanish, is a convert to Catholicism, and has high name recognition. Jeb could raise millions of dollars over night by just saying “yes” to running. Despite all this, there are strong reasons Republicans should say no to him. 1. His last name is poison. Let’s face it, if Jeb Bush had the last name of Something Else he would have already run for president in 2008 or 2012. According to a recent...
  • Hawkish GOP donors to Time mag: We’ll stop Rand Paul in the primaries

    03/31/2014 2:14:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 31, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Nothing surprising here but the quotes are oh so tasty. Including one that comes, secondhand, from Paul himself. Is that what the last month of Russia-bashing and Tomahawk-praising was all about? Is Rand … “evolving” on foreign policy? The [Republican Jewish Coalition] conference brings together some of the biggest names — and wallets — in Republican politics, most notably billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. At a private dinner for VIP donors in an Adelson-owned aircraft hangar holding one of his pair of Boeing 747s, Bush was asked about the growing isolationist wing of the Republican Party and replied there was...
  • Smokin’ Joe Biden Pierces Republican Hearts Saying Fair Wages Are Good for Business

    03/29/2014 11:59:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | March 29, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    Vice President Joe Biden said Congress should raise the minimum wage because it’s good for people, business, women, and the economy. He thinks you ought to call your do-nothing representative and ask why they’re not passing a raise for the people. Smokin’ Joe also burned a certain Speaker by saying that Congress ought to do it because it’s what the people want. But I’m sure Joe knows that Speaker Boehner (R-OH) can’t be bothered with what the people want. After all, he’s got an itty bitty circus tent full of extremists’ egos to stroke in an election year, since they’re...
  • Sarah Palin and Joni Ernst: Making them squeal

    03/28/2014 8:33:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Hill's Pundit Blog ^ | March 28, 2014 | Bernie Quigley
    In the beginning, over there where you can see Russia, there was former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska). And now there is Joni Ernst (R-Iowa). What I saw in the now-famous campaign clip for her Senate run in Iowa — in which she promised to "make them squeal" in Washington and said her Washington skills would include castrating pigs — was confidence and fearlessness. It was a clever ad, and amusing. But with the kind of heartland self-assurance and righteous country confidence that you find in a mountain preacher like Billy Graham or in Johnny Cash and June and Mother Carter:...
  • McCain: I want to name America’s new immigration reform law after Ted Kennedy

    03/28/2014 12:49:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 28, 2014 | Allahpundit
    A bon mot from his speech last night to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, preserved for posterity on Twitter by Benny Johnson of BuzzFeed. ItÂ’s a testament to MaverickÂ’s eagerness to pander to his audience that heÂ’d say something like this, knowing that House Republicans are already nervous about how amnesty will be received by conservative voters. In fact, a right-wing friend mine of who works in politics saw JohnsonÂ’s tweet and assumed McCain must have been joking. Surely, with immigration reform already imperiled by righty opposition, a GOPer already loathed by tea partiers wouldnÂ’t offer up the effort as...
  • This Is How The Tea Party Ends

    03/28/2014 12:43:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    Somewhat Reasonable blog ^ | March 28, 2014 | Benjamin Domenech
    How do political movements end? And how do we assess the impact they had on the political sphere? In the case of the Tea Party, it seems to me that some smart analysts are focusing too much on horserace politics, and less on the bigger picture of how public policy is made. More than one smart journalist is writing this spring that the less aggressive approach of grassroots groups in this year’s Senate and House primaries means that the Tea Party movement is essentially coming to an end. In a piece at National Journal titled “The Tea Party’s Over”, Josh...
  • Palin Endorses Three "True Conservative" Women

    03/27/2014 6:46:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 27, 2014 | Jose R. Gonzalez
    Sarah Palin, who announced a number of midterm endorsements recently, signaled a spring awakening for fellow mamma grizzlies this week, throwing her support behind three female House and Senate candidates on Thursday after backing Iowa’s Joni Ernst the day before. The latest Republican recipients of the Tea Party star’s coveted imprimatur are Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, who’s running in her state’s 19th Congressional District; and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and Minnesota state Sen. Julianne Ortman, both of whom are U.S. Senate candidates. All three endorsements were announced on the former Alaska governor’s Facebook page, and...
  • Cohen: Kind words for Hillary Clinton show Sarah Palin’s smarts

    03/25/2014 10:09:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | March 26, 2014 | Adriana Cohen
    Hillary Clinton is probably the last person Sarah Palin wants to see in the Oval Office. Which makes Palin’s near-endorsement of Clinton a bit of a head-scratcher. But Palin, despite the smears back in 2008, is a lot smarter than the left-leaning press has ever been willing to admit. “I would like to see women run for the higher office. I think America certainly is ready for more female candidates at that upper echelon,” Palin told Mario Lopez on “Extra” when he asked about a Clinton run. And the stunned speculation about why Palin would say anything nice about Clinton...
  • John Bolton Steps Up Super PAC Game With Eye On 2016

    03/25/2014 9:35:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | March 24, 2014 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    With an eye on 2016, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton is stepping up his Super PAC game. The former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations raised over $800,000 in 2013 and is looking to make a big splash in the second quarter of this year when he'll announce endorsements. “We had a very, very good March,” Bolton said in an exclusive interview Monday, referring to fundraising numbers that still aren't public. “We've got criteria and we're evaluating candidates to support,” he added. The hawkish Bolton isn't exactly coy about where this is headed. “I don't rule...
  • Harry Reid: GOP 'May Have Helped' Russia Annex Crimea

    03/25/2014 6:03:18 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 26 replies
    Breibart - Big Government ^ | 3-24-2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Republican senators may have helped "Russia annex Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula" by blocking legislation containing new sanctions against Russia prior to a March 14th Senate break. In an AP report, GOP Senate aides noted that the House and Senate versions of sanctions differed so much that no bill could have passed before March 14th without "taking up the House legislation" – but Reid refused to allow House legislation to be taken up. Moreover, Reid also didn't mention that the Senate bill includes "reforms of the International Monetary Fund" (IMF) which the administration has been...
  • Thad Cochran: I Still Have No Idea What the Tea Party Is

    03/20/2014 11:19:29 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 24 replies
    Breibart - Big Government ^ | 3-20-2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) confirmed on Wednesday evening that he is still unaware of the five-year-old Tea Party movement that has rocked U.S. politics, including the U.S. Senate in which he has served for 36 years. “I said I didn’t know much about the Tea Party, and I didn’t,” Cochran said on WXXV television in Mississippi on Wednesday evening. “I heard...I read newspaper articles about them, and that’s about all I knew. It’s kind of like Will Rogers, you know. He said he knew what was in the papers.” (snip) Cochran’s unawareness of the Tea Party movement comes as he...
  • 2015 Political Speculation.GOP Takes Senate."Majority Leader Rand Paul/Ted Cruz"?

    03/16/2014 7:00:40 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 23 replies
    With very high prospects of the GOP taking the Senate come November,in the meantime we will be debating who will be the Senate Majority Leader.With Cruz and Paul as the clear leaders for 2016,would we want either candidate to head the senate in the meantime?,This would give Paul or Cruz a head start to taking the Presidency in 2016.Can you just imagine all of the media press,the day it's announced:Our Top Story This Evening on Fox News,Ted Cruz has been elected the New Leader Of The Senate.Now how would CNN/MSNBC cover the story,or, "Will They Even Cover The Big Story"?
  • DNC Chair: Florida Defeat Wasn’t About ObamaCare, The Loss Supported Our Party's Platform

    03/14/2014 8:28:14 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 27 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 3-13-2014 | Breitbart TV
    On MSNBC's "The Ed Show" on Wednesday, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) said Rep-Elect David Jolly (R-FL) defeat of Democrat Alex Sink in Tuesday's special election for the House seat In Florida's 13th District was not a referendum against ObamaCare.
  • Hypothetical Scenario:If Harry Reid Or Pelosi Were Asked About Flight 370,How Would They Respond?

    03/12/2014 3:37:56 PM PDT · by Cruz_West_Paul2016 · 16 replies
    Considering the lies,arrogance and hidden anger of Harry Reid we have been seeing lately,can you just imagine if a reporter were to ask him what his theory/explanation/opinion is of flight 370?,It would be beyond obvious what he would likely say.Just like when Liberals were blaming the GOP and Sarah Palin for all of the mass shootings since 2009.Rush made a comical comment that the Kock Brothers hijacked the plane.Although it is a little odd that the far left hasn't said anything yet regarding the tragedy being they are always the first ones to blame all tragic events on the GOP&Conservatives.
  • Christie, Cruz and Paul — CPAC’s distinct trio

    03/12/2014 2:21:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 12, 2014 | Steve Deace
    Though Karl Rove, Ronald Reagan, and Barry Goldwater weren’t in attendance at the 2014 edition of the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, the contrasting visions each had for the Republican Party were well represented. Championing Rove’s cynical realpolitik wing that believes in winning simply for winning’s sake was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who essentially told the CPAC audience the GOP should keep doing what lost the last two presidential elections — but do it even worse. Showing he’s either out-of-touch with reality or really just a liberal, Christie even said Republicans have lost because they’ve been nominating candidates...
  • Are blacks ready to vote Republican?

    03/11/2014 7:47:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    QCity Metro ^ | March 11, 2014 | D. Barbara McWhite
    African American voters are ready to vote Republican. So says Oklahoma state representative and senate hopeful T.W. Shannon. Shannon, a black Republican, believes that African Americans in increasing numbers are ready to vote Republican and believes he can “move the needle” in swaying significantly more blacks to join. Shannon says that “blacks are ready to hear the conservative message that the onslaught of government dependency robs you of your dignity. The message is that conservative principles are what actually lead to prosperity, and we people that can articulate how that's been done, how they've seen it in their own lives,...
  • Mother Russia, Alaska, and the Ron Paul Revolution

    03/11/2014 7:19:32 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 17 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | March 11, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    In a Breitbart column insisting that Ronald Reagan was not as assertive as commonly believed on military and foreign policy issues, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) mentions, in passing, “I met Ronald Reagan as a teenager when my father was a Reagan delegate in 1976.” . But his father, Ron Paul, is hardly a Reaganite today. Indeed, he is now claiming that Crimea has a right to leave Ukraine and join Russia, and that U.S. sanctions against the Russian regime are “criminal.” “That’s just people looking to start a war,” Paul said. “This is criminal, it’s stealing and will just aggravate...
  • Pelosi: GOP friend-of-mine told me his party is “indifferent” to “really hungry children,” you know

    03/11/2014 7:00:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 11, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    What does that even mean? That some shall-remain-unnamed Republican colleague literally told her, presumably when asked why he supported the one percent budget cut to the federal food stamp program recently passed in the farm bill or why he did not support extending unemployment benefits or something, that his entire party’s policy platform is based off of its collective and utter indifference to the plight of families in poverty? …Why do I feel skeptical? Via RCP:(VIDEO-AT-LINK) "I asked a Republican friend why his party remains so opposed to extending the vital lifelines for struggling families and really hungry children. This...
  • Why Rand Paul will win the 2016 primaries, and the presidency

    03/10/2014 9:10:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 10, 2014 | Brent Hatley, radio personality
    You have probably seen all of the ridiculous speculating about the GOP nomination in 2016. This is still speculating, but my sincere hope is you don’t think it’s ridiculous too. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is laying the foundation for his presidential bid in concrete and steel. First, forget about Jeb Bush unless you want to hand Hillary eight years in the White House. The latest Rasmussen poll shows her leading Jeb in a general election 47 percent to 33. His name is Bush and to the general public the specifics of how smart he is doesn’t matter one iota. Then...
  • It's About Time to Start Giving CPAC the Media Coverage It Deserves

    03/10/2014 3:20:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | March 10, 2014 | Kevin Drum
    CPAC, that great annual gathering of conservative red meat and can-you-top-this condemnation of President Obama, came to an end Saturday (with a petulant, syntax-challenged stemwinder from Sarah Palin, natch). In passing, Lexington mentions something that's long puzzled me: "It is traditional for journalists to be a bit sniffy about CPAC straw polls, and with reason…CPAC attracts a very specific slice of the conservative movement, and its straw polls have a woeful record of predicting actual presidential nominees. Half the voters in this year’s effort were aged between 18 and 25, and two-thirds were male. Many seemed keen on Mr Paul’s...