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  • 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...
  • Send In Bill Clinton to Save the Democratic Midterm Campaign

    04/14/2014 7:03:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 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...
  • 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...
  • The Last Chance for the GOP Establishment, Get Bush or Christie the Nomination

    04/10/2014 8:02:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 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...
  • 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...
  • Ted Kennedy Jr. makes run official

    04/08/2014 9:14:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Connecticut Post ^ | April 8, 2014 | Neil Vigdor
    BRANFORD -- There's a new keeper of the Kennedy flame. Ted Kennedy Jr. -- cloaking himself in the legacy of his father and uncles, from their familiar cadence to their crusade for social justice to their wavy hair -- finally acquiesced Tuesday to the overtures of Democrats who have long tried to lure the advocate for the disabled into running for office. The 52-year-old lawyer from Branford launched his candidacy for state Senate during a rally in his hometown, where retiring incumbent Edward Meyer introduced Kennedy as his heir apparent in what could become the most-watched race ever for the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Four Faces of the Republican Party

    03/10/2014 12:20:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 25, 2014 | Henry Olsen
    THE COMMON wisdom holds that the GOP 2016 presidential race will boil down to a joust between the “establishment” and the “insurgents.” The former will allegedly be more moderate and the latter more conservative. Since most polls for two decades have shown that around two-thirds to 70 percent of self-described Republicans call themselves conservative, this elite narrative will focus on just how much the establishment candidate will need to be pulled to the right in order to fend off his insurgent challenger. And since the Tea Party has clearly become a vocal and powerful insurgent element in the GOP, the...
  • WaPo: Every Romney donor we’ve spoken to recently wants Jeb Bush for 2016

    02/28/2014 9:51:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 91 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 28, 2014 | Allahpundit
    There’s no way around it. America’s political establishment wants Bush vs. Clinton II. Is resistance futile? Every single Romney donor we spoke with this week listed the former Florida governor as their top choice… Also, with solid name recognition and the Bush political machine behind him, Romney donors believe Jeb is the most electable of the potential Republican candidates. For Romney donors, electability is the single most important trait. “If Jeb Bush is in the race, he clears the field,” said one major Romney donor. “You would have someone who has the talent that is equal to Mitt. The natural...
  • Jim Messina Making $7k A Month From Campaign That Ended Over a Year Ago

    02/24/2014 4:00:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 24, 2014 | Staff
    Jim Messina, President Barack Obama’s former campaign manager, is still making $7,000 per month from Obama’s 2012 campaign, Politico reports. While the campaign ended nearly a year-and-a-half ago, Messina has not entirely finished “winding it down.” The lengthy Politico article reports on how Messina is attempting to become a Karl Rove-like figure for the Democratic Party. Messina—like Rove before him—has gravitated away from the party and campaign system in which he cut his teeth toward the unlimited-money outside infrastructure that reshaped politics after the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. FEC decision. It’s a notable shift, given that Democrats up...
  • Local County Republican Party Annual Fundraiser Problem

    02/18/2014 6:07:52 PM PST · by goodtomato · 34 replies
    2/18/14 | Good Tomato
    Every year my local County Republican Committee does a "Lincoln Day Dinner" as a fundraiser to replenish our coffers. Monies used to maintain our headquarters, (which is rent free)maintain a web site, phone, printed material, etc... The problem we are experiencing is with the "Republican" base anger. In our county, republicans hold every elected office except the Sheriff. Romney won our county. We are delivering the vote, but people are so angry at the national party and I am understanding with their dissatisfaction, which I agree with. I believe we need to grow our elected officials', take them for a...
  • Michelle Malkin girds for 2014 GOP civil war

    02/08/2014 5:08:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 8, 2014 | Mackenzie Weinger
    Michelle Malkin doesn’t run away from fights, she runs toward them. And she’s running faster than ever headlong into the 2014 Republican primary battles on behalf of upstart conservative candidates who are mounting insurgent challenges to the GOP old guard. Twitter is Malkin’s weapon of choice. Battles with her almost always devolve into wars, and those who follow the conservative social media scene know she has a proven formula online: Taunting quips from foes bring out the full force of her Twitter arsenal, with snappy replies, catchy hashtags and the mobilization of a legion of energized followers. Malkin, 43, says...
  • David Axelrod wants Democratic donors to stop donating to Hillary Clinton's team

    02/07/2014 12:17:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 6, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    David Axelrod, President Obama's top strategist when he defeated Hillary Clinton in 2008, wants Democratic donors to focus on the 2014 elections, rather than Clinton's likely campaign. "With the Senate seriously at risk, and the Koch Brothers spending prodigiously, shouldn't Dem funders be focused on '14 and not '16 races?" Axelrod tweeted Thursday afternoon, in what appears to be a very thinly veiled allusion to the Clinton machine that is already coming together. The tweet comes just days after a Wall Street Journal report on Democratic concerns that the early support for Clinton could hurt the Democratic Party's midterm efforts....
  • Palin, McCain, and the Difference between Support and Agreement

    01/28/2014 6:33:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    A Time For Choosing ^ | January 28, 2014 | Whitney Pitcher
    Yesterday Governor Palin penned a post on her Facebook page expressing her support of Senator McCain in the face of censure by his own party in Arizona. In many ways, it echoed the op-ed she wrote for the Arizona Central when she endorsed Senator McCain’s re-election nearly four years ago. Governor Palin’s support of Senator McCain shows far more of her character than of his merit. As Governor Palin wrote last night: We live in a time of diminishing virtues because of societal influence towards total self-centeredness. This is unfortunate and makes raising families, conducting business, and governing that much...
  • Arizona GOP censures McCain for 'liberal' record

    01/26/2014 2:28:26 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 23 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | January 26, 2013 | Terry Tang
    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain on Saturday, citing a voting record they say is insufficiently conservative. The resolution to censure McCain was approved by a voice-vote during a meeting of state committee members in Tempe, state party spokesman Tim Sifert said. It needed signatures from at least 20 percent of state committee members to reach the floor for debate. Sifert said no further action was expected. McCain spokesman Brian Rogers declined to comment on the censure. But former three-term Sen. Jon Kyl told The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/1mIyKyy ) that the move was "wacky."
  • The RNC Presidential Straw Poll Is Here

    01/25/2014 11:24:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    FITS News ^ | January 25, 2014
    PICK YOUR POISONS … For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, the “Republican” Party is coming apart at the seams as factions of increasingly divergent political ideologies battle for a shrinking pool of the electorate. And the camps are getting increasingly belligerent … In one corner we have big government “neoconservatives” – fiscal liberals who are wholly owned subsidiaries of America’s military industrial complex. These “Republicans” want no changes to the status quo in Washington, D.C. – with the exception of perpetual funding increases for the bloated U.S. military. In another corner we have big government Bible Thumpers...
  • Ready for Hillary Makes Millions With Cool Parties, Cheap Tickets

    01/23/2014 2:41:05 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Gnomes National News Service ^ | January 22, 2014 | Staff
    It’s the biggest gay nightclub in one of D.C.’s coolest hoods. Town, on U Street, held a Saturday night-sized crowd, but it was Wednesday and barely after 8 p.m. “I’m ready,” shouted a partygoer, as others simply woo-ed. Then the music turned off and a political advertisement played on the televisions above the bar. Lots of screams and applause proved that this group was, in fact, Ready for Hillary. In the 2008 cycle, it was Barack Obama who cornered the market on cool. He was the new guy, the basketball player, Oprah’s BFF. He was the candidate who wanted you...
  • Sarah Palin to speak at Baldwin County Republican Party annual dinner (Alabama)

    01/21/2014 1:39:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Mobile Press-Register ^ | January 21, 2014 | Staff
    The Baldwin County Republican Party announces that former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin will be the featured speaker at their annual dinner. The dinner will be held April 25 at the Orange Beach Event Center at The Wharf in Orange Beach. “We are excited to bring Governor Palin to Baldwin County. We have had an amazing response with ticket sales so far, including selling out of our Gold Sponsorships,” said Matt Simpson, chairman of the BCRP. “The dinner will be a little more than one month before the June 2014 primary so we are expecting a large turnout from throughout the...
  • MI The Key To 2016; Mid-Terms To Provide Dramatic Proof Gov. Palin Was Prophetically Right in 2008?

    01/20/2014 5:07:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Palin4President2016 ^ | January 16, 2014 | M. Joseph Sheppard
    Abandoning Michigan in the heat of the election was seen by major observers as presidential candidate John McCain effectively throwing in the towel.It also marked a very severe break with the strategists of McCain team ("McCain's tactically understandable but strategically stupid decision to visibly abandon Michigan was made without Palin.") by his running mate Governor Sarah Palin who, very publicly, decried the move. "Sarah Palin questioned Republican presidential candidate John McCain's decision to abandon efforts to win Michigan, a campaign move she said she learned about Friday morning when she read it in the newspapers. In an interview with Fox...
  • Tom Hoefling, Tom Shaw offer up revolutionary 2014 GOP Unity Platform to caucus-goers

    01/09/2014 8:37:00 AM PST · by EternalVigilance · 15 replies
    Tom Hoefling for Iowa ^ | January 9, 2014 | Tom Hoefling and Rep. Tom Shaw
    For Immediate Release Contact: tomhoefling@gmail.com January 9, 2014 As part of a campaign to get the Republican Party back to basics, candidate for Iowa Governor Tom Hoefling and District 10 State Representative Tom Shaw today released the text of their “2014 GOP Unity Platform” in advance of the January 21st Iowa Caucus. “Ronald Reagan said that political parties cannot be all things to all people. He was right. They can’t be, and they shouldn’t try to be. That’s why this platform contains the key principles and clear purposes that represent the core of true American republicanism. However, with this document,...
  • Colorado Dems blamed for $80M punch to gut with Magpul pulling up stakes

    01/05/2014 6:45:09 PM PST · by gooblah · 20 replies
    Bizpacreview ^ | January 5, 2014
    Thanks to the gun control blitzkrieg led by Democratic lawmakers last year, Colorado is about to take a hit in the wallet in the midst of an already anemic economy, and lose hundreds of private-sector jobs at a time when they can least afford it.
  • 2014: The Resurgence of the Tea Party

    01/05/2014 3:28:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Right Side News ^ | January 5, 2014 | Lloyd Marcus
    It is not looking good for the Tea Party and our efforts to restore America in 2014. The Obama Administration, mainstream media, major liberal advocacy groups and the GOP establishment have launched an extremely well-funded war against us. http://bit.ly/1cVTDpW So, how do we compete? Answer: We do what we did in 2010. The Bible says one will put a thousand to flight, but two will put 10,000 to flight. (Deut. 32:30) In other words, when we are united our power and effectiveness increases exponentially. The 2010 Republican sweep of the elections driven by the Tea Party confirms this truth. Without...
  • Guess Who's Funding the Republican Civil War? Labor unions-doing it through a pro-business PAC

    12/30/2013 7:06:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 9, 2013 | Scott Bland
    The Republican Main Street Partnership has emerged as an outspoken, deep-pocketed player in pro-business GOP plans to beat back tea-party challengers next year. But the group's new super PAC has an unexpected source for its seed money: labor unions. The super PAC, called Defending Main Street, has not yet submitted a major donor disclosure to the Federal Election Commission. But documents filed by other groups show that two labor organizations, the International Union of Operating Engineers and the Laborers' International Union of North America, directed a combined $400,000 to the Republican group in September and October. Main Street says it...
  • Republicans Are Overwhelmed By A Sea of Democratic Cash

    12/29/2013 9:22:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 29, 2013 | John Hinderaker
    The Minneapolis Star Tribune investigates independent political spending over the last few election cycles. The results are stark, but won’t surprise anyone who has been paying attention: A Star Tribune analysis of ­campaign finance records found that just three dozen individuals or entities have contributed more than $27 million to political action and independent expenditure committees over the past three election cycles. The analysis shows those donations heavily favored Democrats. Unless that trend is reversed, Republicans could find themselves at a disadvantage heading into the 2014 elections…. No kidding. One union — the powerful ­Education Minnesota teachers union — poured...
  • Is the Tea Party just a pressure release valve?

    12/15/2013 4:06:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Nolan Chart ^ | December 15, 2013 | Mark Vogl
    "Who’s on first?" "I don't know!" "Third base." It was a great Abbot and Costello skit, maybe their signature moment that younger generations may never have heard of. It was a skit about the players on a baseball team, and their unusual names. It was really funny. (America needs an Abbot and Costello now, a duo who can bring some humor from day to day life to a nation filled with disappointment.) Well I ran into the same kind of skit when I tried to find out if there was a Tea Party organization in my local area. When I...
  • Sarah Palin 5 Reasons She Should Do Another TV Show

    12/11/2013 2:08:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Las Vegas Guardian Express ^ | December 10, 2013 | Earnestine Jones
    Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential candidate has had one prior TV show. Now it has been announced that Palin will be hosting a Sportsman Channel original series in 2014. There are many who do not think that this is a good idea, but here are 5 reasons that Sarah Palin should do another TV show. 1. Working on a television show would keep Palin busy and away from politics. This may sound good for those who believe that Palin should not be involved in politics in any manner what so ever. While a vice presidential candidate, Palin received a...
  • Rothman: The Left and the Press Encouraging the Creation of a Liberal Tea Party

    12/06/2013 2:31:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Mediaite ^ | December 6, 2013 | Noah Rothman
    Democrats have justifiably rejoiced in the divisions within the Republican Party which hamper its ability to speak with one voice and act with unity of purpose. The tea party faction within the GOP, once an unalloyed good that propelled the party to electoral victory in 2010, has been more of a headache than a boon ever since. The conservative faction of the Grand Old Party is often credited with robbing the party of electoral victories, torpedoing bipartisan legislative deals, and elevating gaffe-prone voices that force the GOP’s moderates to adopt a perpetual defensive crouch. The temptation for Democrats to partake...
  • Obama approval cliff dives among poor Hispanics and Non-Whites

    12/06/2013 12:23:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | December 5, 2013 | Professor William A. Jacobson
    Yesterday we noted the precipitous drop in support for Obama among one of his stool legs, Harvard Survey: Obama and Obamacare push Millennials support off cliff It gets worse. There is a certain poetic justice in the latest Gallup poll of presidential support. Obama’s support has dropped the most among poor Hispanics and Non-Whites versus one year ago. President Barack Obama’s job approval rating averaged 41% in November, down 12 percentage points from 53% last December, his high-water mark since his first year in office. Hispanics’ approval has dropped 23 points over the last 12 months, the most among major...
  • All 10 Republicans visiting Iowa 'are players' for 2016

    11/22/2013 2:35:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Des Moines Register | November 22, 2013 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20131122/NEWS09/311220100/?odyssey=nav%7Chead
  • 2014: And the Future of the Republican Party

    11/22/2013 1:22:54 PM PST · by VRW Conspirator · 6 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | November 22, 2013 | Various
    Editor’s note: Below is the video and transcript of the panel discussion “2014: And the Future of the Republican Party,” which took place at the Freedom Center’s 2013 Restoration Weekend. The event was held November 14th-17th at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Florida. 2014: And the Future of the Republican Party from DHFC on Vimeo. Ralph Reed: Thanks so much. When I was elected state party chairman in Georgia in 2002, we had not elected a Republican governor in my state in 134 years. And in fact, if you go back to the time since the first Europeans landed...
  • Tea Party needs to go on offensive...

    11/14/2013 4:12:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Nolan Chart Blog ^ | November 13, 2013 | Mark Vogl
    Don't let the RINO's and Globalists control the discussion, let's start talking about a Palin Presidency!America, we don't need to talk about the non-starter governor from New Jersey! The ruling elite have selected him. He fits their plans. Should Hillary get the nomination she would wipe the floor with him. Her experience, both in Washington and in world affairs would literally dwarf the overweight Republican liberal from another mob state, this time New Jersey! The media would turn on him instantly. No, this is when Americans need to start talking about a Palin Presidency! Sarah won my heart when she...
  • When moderates fight back: GOP civil war could be brutal in 2014 elections

    11/07/2013 5:08:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | November 7, 2013 | Leigh Ann Caldwell
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)There's a fight brewing and it could get ugly. In one corner is the Republican Party. And in the other ... the Republican Party. The stakes could not be higher. The GOP has failed to get a majority of Americans to vote for its presidential candidates in five of the last six elections. And Tuesday night's gubernatorial races -- a win in New Jersey and loss in Virginia -- sent confusing signals, at best, about where the party is headed. The fight spilled out into the open in a race for Alabama's 1st Congressional District, with two Republicans the face...
  • After Tuesday, it's time for the tea party to leave (Don't they wish?!)

    11/07/2013 1:38:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Star Ledger ^ | November 7, 2013 | Paul Mulshine
    A lot of people are pronouncing the tea party movement dead after Tuesday’s election results. Goodbye and good riddance. The tea party movement was fun for a while. But before long it was taken over by know-it-alls and knuckleheads. If you doubt that, consider all of those partiers who like to say that the "tea" in "tea party" stands for "Taxed Enough Already." This is what is known as a "backronym." A backronym is formed when someone takes a perfectly good English word and tries to treat it as if it were an acronym. Every time I mention the slang...
  • With big win, Christie set to wield power on national stage (New chairman Nat'l GOP governors)

    11/06/2013 2:36:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    The Cranford Chronicle ^ | November 6, 2013 | Jenna Portnoy
    A big win in a big blue state — there are few things that make sweeter music for the fractured Republican Party these days. But many political observers say there is even more to what happened tonight than that. Last year, Chris Christie was elected chairman of the Republican Governors Association and he officially takes over that post in Arizona in 15 days. It’s a position with a high national profile, money to spread around and a bully pulpit. So, in way, Christie’s power just doubled. Friends of Christie and people who have watched him in action the past year...
  • Waterloo for the Republicans: Will the Cruz, Paul, Palin, Lee, Bachmann wing win out?

    11/05/2013 3:18:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 5, 2013 | Peter H. Fenn, Democratic political strategist & consultant
    In the coming two to four years, the Republicans seem ready to engage in a battle royal for the soul of their party. And it sure will be ugly. It looks like a war between the Backward Caucus and the usual Conservative Caucus. Forget the moderate Republicans; most of them were put out to pasture long ago. Parties have seen battles between factions since the founding of the republic: the Whigs, the Bull Moose Party, conservative Democrats, liberal Republicans — plenty of splinter groups to go around. Conservatives took over the Republican Party in the 1970s and northern liberal Republicans...
  • Head of centrist GOP PAC: Let’s go beat the snot out of tea partiers in the primaries next year

    10/26/2013 5:45:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 24, 2013 | Allahpundit
    Dude, they’re feeling it. The RINOs are ready to charge. Assuming they’re successful and a bunch of tea-party incumbents get bounced from the House, it’s pretty much third-party time for grassroots conservatives, right? From Alabama to Alaska, the center-right, business-oriented wing of the Republican Party is gearing up for a series of skirmishes that it hopes can prevent the 2014 midterm election from turning into another missed opportunity. This will not be a coordinated operation. It will be messy, ugly, and prone to backfiring. And if the comeback succeeds, it will be in fits and starts, most likely culminating in...
  • Is The Establishment GOP Preparing For War With The Tea Party?

    10/23/2013 8:12:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Noodle Pundit ^ | October 23, 2013 | Matt Vespa
    Hot Air’s Allahpundit and Erika Johnsen have both documented a growing movement to boot Tea Party members of Congress over the next two election cycles. It seems that the business community is behind this conspiracy; horrified over the fact that a rather significant proportion of Republicans in Washington were willing to roll the dice on default. In the aftermath of the government shutdown, which was highly enjoyable, the Republican establishment is striking back – and one of their targets in the Senate is Mike Lee. [In Utah,] prominent Republicans and local business executives are openly discussing the possibility of mounting...
  • Lindsey to Hold Ice Cream Social (More Free stuff)

    10/22/2013 11:12:14 AM PDT · by John 3_19-21 · 15 replies
    Lindsey Graham (facebook) ^ | 10/21/13 | Lindsey Graham
    Please join Senator Lindsey Graham for an ice cream social TOMORROW at 3 p.m. (Tuesday, October 22) at Besto (1606 N. Main Street) in Anderson! All ages are welcome, so please stop by after school with the whole family to visit with Senator Graham. Free ice cream will be served until 3:45 p.m. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to tyson@lindseygraham.com or call 803-748-0300. Senator Graham hopes you can stop by for fellowship and a cone of your favorite ice cream!
  • What impact will the election results have on Tea Party and GOP?

    10/19/2013 10:34:05 PM PDT · by granada · 12 replies
    If a Democrat wins in Virginia, Chris Christie wins in New Jersey........ The polls indicate so called "moderate democrat" will get redstate Virginia, and so called "moderate republican" will survive in a bluestate.
  • The Republican Party's Dead: Racist rhetoric since Obama took office & everyone's taking notice

    10/19/2013 10:05:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 103 replies
    Black Entertainment Television ^ | October 18, 2013 | Zerlina Maxwell, Democratic Strategist
    The Republican Party as we knew it is dead. No longer are they going to compete in any serious way in national elections. And while they might be able to win state races and gerrymandered congressional seats, they will no longer be able to play on the big stage because of how they’ve behaved for the past five years under President Obama. It didn’t have to be this way. They could’ve learned from the shutdowns of 1995 and 1996, and taken a more moderate approach to the Obama years. They could have condemned the racist birthers or those in their...
  • Republican party's 'humiliating' defeat raises prospects of lasting party split

    10/18/2013 3:39:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 16, 2013 | Dan Roberts and Paul Lewis in Washington
    The Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, has a curious habit of pulling despairing faces when marching his divided troops into battle. As he marched them back again on Wednesday, exhausted and bedraggled by their failed attempt to hold President Obama to ransom over his healthcare reforms, there is much of the same eye-rolling that characterised the start of their reluctant campaign. “We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win,” he told a radio interviewer. But not all Republicans think they can shrug off the past two weeks just as easily. Moderate senators Lindsey Graham and...
  • [Mushy moderate & liberal] Donors' frustration with GOP mounts

    10/18/2013 2:49:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 18, 2013 | Maggie Haberman and Anna Palmer
    Republican donors were horrified in November after pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into campaigns for president and Congress with nothing to show for it. A year later they’re appalled by how little has changed, angered by the behavior of Republican lawmakers during a string of legislative battles this year capped by the shutdown, and searching for answers. In conversation after conversation, donors express growing frustration with the party and the constellation of outside groups they’ve been bankrolling. After getting squeezed last year by an array of campaign committees, party committees and disparate super PACs, many of them are still...
  • Could Obamacare add more Democrats to the voter rolls? Yup. (Just as planned)

    09/30/2013 8:49:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 26, 2013 | Juliet Eilperin and Scott Clement
    Republicans have plenty of reasons to dislike Obamacare already, but they haven’t focused on one that could affect them in 2014 and beyond: anyone signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act will also have a chance to register to vote. Before folks start accusing Democrats of engaging in a vast left-wing conspiracy, it’s worth noting this quirk stems from the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (better known as the “Motor Voter” law, because it allowed all Americans to register to vote while renewing their driver’s license). According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services spokesman Brian Cook,...
  • Flagler Democrats Will Demonstrate For Obamacare in Front of Health Department Tuesday

    09/30/2013 8:35:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    FlaglerLive ^ | September 30, 2013
    The other voices. Members of the Flagler County Democratic Club will gather at noon Tuesday in front of the Flagler County Health Department on Dr. Carter Boulevard in Bunnell to celebrate the first day of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act—and to protest Florida’s many obstructions against the health law known as Obamacare. The health department at 301 Dr. Carter Boulevard is not a visible place: it’s at the end of a little-trafficked side street, and the noon demonstration is scheduled for only an hour. But Democrats chose the health department because state Department of Health ordered all...
  • Do as I say, not as I do: Hillary tells Huma to dump Anthony Weiner

    09/24/2013 1:58:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 23, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Huma Abedin, a top staffer for Hillary Clinton and the wife of beleaguered and scandalized Anthony Weiner, was told to give her husband the boot — or leave the Clinton camp. “Huma has a choice to make,” an unnamed source said, to New York magazine. “Does she go with Anthony or does she go with Hillary?” This is the “biggest question among Hillary’s circle,” the magazine said, as the former first lady takes the stage as the Democratic Party’s most likely White House candidate for 2016. Ms. Abedin has been a close aide for years — but her husband’s sexting...
  • A Third Tea Party: Possible, Realistic, and Easier Than You Think

    09/15/2013 4:50:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Tea Party Nation ^ | September 15, 2013 | Daniel R. Quintiliani
    During the pre-Palin days of the Tea Party Movement, the idea of a conservative third party was often discussed. Since the Tampa Purge of 2012, many have revisited this idea, most recently Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation. A third party dedicated only to freedom and limited government has been attempted several times, and we do have the Libertarian Party and the Constitution Party, though like the Green Party, they have been restricted to local politics, and often lack ballot access. This period of American history is marked by a large, oppressive, and violent federal government. We have many factions...
  • Video: Rachel Maddow on "wave of fear" caused by gun-control politicos' recall loss

    09/12/2013 3:08:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Denver Westword ^ | September 12, 2013 | Michael Roberts
    If you see the Independence Institute's Jon Caldara smiling today, here's one likely reason: He provided the de facto name for the lead segment on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show last night. Sitting to the side of a continental-U.S. map plastered with the Caldara-uttered phrase "Wave of Fear," Maddow explored the recall election defeats of John Morse and Angela Giron over their support of gun-control legislation. Along the way, she featured a clip of Caldara at the lectern and politically incorrect graphics courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. See it all below. Following an introduction noting that her program is...
  • Steven J. Anderson: What's Really Going On In Topeka

    09/12/2013 6:57:20 AM PDT · by jonefab
    Wichita Pachyderm Club ^ | 9/8/13 | Steven J. Anderson
    Steven J. Anderson, former budget director for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, talks about budget, taxes, spending and what not being reported by Kansas' media during a luncheon speech at the Wichita Pachyderm Club Sept. 6, 2013. This video is of the full speech. A 13 minute highlights video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8sfew...