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  • Tea Party Is a Movement Now, Not Just a Mood

    12/19/2014 8:28:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 19, 2014 | Heath Hansen
    Is the tea party a movement or just a mood? That was the question posed by Weekly Standard columnist and Fox News contributor Steven Hayes as he kicked off a panel at the Heritage Foundation celebrating the 5th anniversary of the tea party. Hayes and his co-panelists, Heritage Action for America CEO Michael Needham and University of Virginia professor of politics James Ceaser, all agreed that the tea party is in fact a movement. Moods, as Hayes noted, don’t last for five years. Recent polls regarding national tea party support show the panel’s assessment is correct. An NBC News/Wall Street...
  • (satire) President Obama To Require Government Caseworkers To Cold-Call Citizens To Join SNAP

    12/19/2014 3:54:34 PM PST · by justiceleagues · 37 replies
    Salty Badger ^ | 12/19/14 | Salty Badger
    Due to an increase in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program’s budget, formerly known as food stamps, President Obama is requiring all SNAP agencies to add a sales team. The sales team will be responsible for telemarketing, cold-calling eligible Americans and persuading them to join the entitlement program that already services 50 million citizens and visa-holders.
  • Cruz’s Campaign Guided By Goldwater’s Theory (Hosh Posh and hogwash)

    12/19/2014 9:07:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 19, 2014 | Peter Wehner
    National Review’s Eliana Johnson, in writing about Texas Senator Ted Cruz, begins her article this way: To hell with the independents. That’s not usually the animating principle of a presidential campaign, but for Ted Cruz’s, it just might be. His strategists aren’t planning to make a big play for so-called independent voters in the general election if Cruz wins the Republican nomination. According to several of the senator’s top advisers, Cruz sees a path to victory that relies instead on increasing conservative turnout; attracting votes from groups — including Jews, Hispanics, and Millennials — that have tended to favor Democrats;...
  • The More, the Merrier for the GOP in 2016

    12/18/2014 2:58:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 18, 2014 | Peter Wehner
    In the aftermath of President Obama giving the Castro regime diplomatic recognition, Senator Marco Rubio has been pretty much everywhere, including multiple television appearances and authoring this Wall Street Journal op-ed. According to Senator Rubio, “By conceding to the oppressors in the Castro regime, this president and his administration have let the Cuban people down, further weakened America’s standing in the world and endangered Americans.” Whether or not one agrees with Rubio’s position–and I’m sympathetic to it–he makes his case clearly, intelligently, and with passion. Despite some differences with him now and then–I found his advocacy for the tactics that...
  • Democrats go searching for a message ahead of 2016

    12/18/2014 12:53:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | December 17, 2014 | Jon Ward
    Insiders agree the party has lost focus on ‘bread and butter’ economic issues.Elizabeth Warren may have captured the imagination of the Democratic Party’s base, but many in her party worry that it does not have a message that can reach beyond its most loyal supporters. In recent weeks, Democratic operatives have begun to voice concerns that the 2014 midterms made plain the limits of an approach that failed to reach beyond minority groups or those who are reflexively liberal. And yet what should come next is not yet totally clear. “You have to answer the mail about what people’s concerns...
  • Can Jeb Bush win Iowa? Operatives say he may be more formidable than is assumed

    12/17/2014 5:44:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 16, 2014 | James Hohmann
    The Bush family has had its share of disappointment and elation in Iowa and New Hampshire. George H.W. Bush finished a dismal third in the 1988 Iowa caucuses, before rebounding in New Hampshire. George W. Bush, however, won the 2000 caucuses, only to get thumped by John McCain in New Hampshire. Now, with Jeb Bush’s announcement on Tuesday, a third Bush seems to be preparing to face the demanding voters of the first two states in the presidential selection process, with uncertain expectations. But a chorus of top Republicans in Iowa and New Hampshire said that the former Florida governor...
  • The 2016 Republican primary is the biggest crap-shoot since at least 1988

    12/17/2014 4:44:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | December 17, 2014 | Scott Clement
    Early national presidential primary polls are, at best, rough indicators of who will eventually become the party's standard-bearer. But the Republican primary field is especially scattered heading into the 2016 cycle, which is one reason why Jeb Bush's recent moves toward a candidacy are getting so much attention. In fact, the GOP field is more scattered at this stage in GOP primaries since at least 1987, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The table below looks back at early Post-ABC surveys in the past five open Republican primary contests. A few findings help give a sense of just...
  • Limbaugh: Jeb Bush really running to kill tea party

    12/17/2014 12:40:21 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 16, 2014 | Joe Kovacs
    'It's all about us being the No. 1 enemy of these people' PALM BEACH, Florida – With the announcement Tuesday by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that he plans to “actively explore” a run for president in 2016, radio host Rush Limbaugh says the real reason Jeb is seeking the White House is to choke the influence of tea-party conservatives out of the Republican Party. “You want to know why Jeb Bush is thinking about running?” Limbaugh asked on his top-rated program Tuesday. “He’s … being looked at as savior by the big-money donor class and the consultant class –...
  • Jeb Bush’s Rivals Already Running

    12/17/2014 12:22:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    OpenSecrets.org ^ | December 17, 2014 | Russ Choma
    Former Florida Governor and ex-First Brother Jeb Bush announced his plans to start a fundraising committee next month, and immediately some big names in GOP money — such as Florida developer Mel Sembler — got behind him. Bush has recently proven his ability to raise big bucks, but some of Bush’s likely competitors for the 2016 GOP nomination already have a head start. Three of them — Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) — have the advantage of a national podium in the Senate and plenty of places to start stashing away cash. All three...
  • Third Party Rumblings After GOP Squanders Election Landslide with Budget Deal

    12/16/2014 5:31:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | December 16, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here's Bob in Nashua, New Hampshire, as we head back to the phones. Great to have you with us, sir. Hello. CALLER: Yeah, thanks, Rush. Yeah, this theme of the GOP establishment that the Tea Party and conservatives are the main enemy not the Dems, it's nothing new. It goes back, really, to the 2008 presidential election when the Republican establishment -- or at least many in the establishment -- sabotaged McCain-Palin. Because, to them, Palin was the bigger threat, the bigger enemy than the Democrats winning. You know, the funny thing is now more than six...
  • Ted Cruz’s independence from independents

    12/16/2014 3:02:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 16, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    Eliana Johnson reports that Ted Cruz and his strategists see a path to the presidency that relies on turning out the conservative base and largely ignoring independents: "It’s almost conventional wisdom now that presidential candidates woo the party faithful in primary contests and tack to the middle in the general election to attract more-moderate voters. Not Cruz. As one of his advisers puts it, “winning independents has meant not winning.” The adviser says the moderate fiscal- and social-policy positions that candidates need to adopt to win independent voters have dampened base turnout." As evidence, the adviser points out that George...
  • Ted Cruz Quietly Seeks Peace With GOP's Big Spenders (Donors, not Politicians)

    12/15/2014 6:54:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 15, 2014 | Tim Alberta
    The Texas Republican has traveled to both coasts in the hopes of winning over skeptical donors.There's a downside to digging in. Just ask Ted Cruz. Since being elected to Congress in 2012, the Texas Republican has established himself as a conservative icon. On everything from spending fights to immigration policy and social issues, Cruz has been a powerful and reliable voice of the far right. His push last year to defund Obamacare—which shuttered the government—cemented his image as an uncompromising champion of the tea party. But now, as he prepares a presidential bid, Cruz needs to round out the rough...
  • Which Potential Candidates Speak Spanish—and Will It Matter? (Bush speaks only Spanish at home)

    12/14/2014 5:20:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 14, 2014 | Eleanor Clift
    Jeb Bush does. The Democrats’ Castro brothers do not. Ted Cruz knows ‘Spanglish.’ But fluency and being able to talk to Hispanics are two entirely different matters.The ability to speak Spanish is a prized commodity on the campaign trail, a way to prove your bona fides with Hispanics—the fastest-growing bloc of voters—and to show your inclusiveness in a rapidly changing country. Lots of Anglos are proficient in Spanish. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a potential presidential candidate, speaks nothing but Spanish at home, and has for years. His wife, Columba, is from Mexico. A more recent phenomenon in the political...
  • Columnist: attacks on guns and God, not racism, to blame for the demise of the Southern Democrat

    12/12/2014 7:11:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Charleston City Paper's Haire Of The Dog Blog ^ | December 12, 2014 | Chris Haire
    In Timothy Carney's Dec. 9 article, the Washington Examiner senior political columnist makes the case that the conventional wisdom is wrong when it comes to why white Southerners have fled the Democratic Party. It's not because of the GOP's very successful Southern Strategy, which played up the racial fears and prejudices of white Southerners in response to an increasingly empowered black population. For Carney, the South no longer has a white Democrat in the U.S. Senate for two reasons and two reasons alone: the Democratic Party is hostile to guns and God, two things that every Southerner hold dear. Carney...
  • Down & Out: Dem losses at state-level almost unprecedented, could cripple it for a long time

    12/12/2014 4:32:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | December 11, 2014 | Jamelle Bouie
    The most immediate consequence of the Democrats’ midterm disaster was losing control of the Senate and ceding Congress to the GOP. For the next two years, Democrats will have to deal with conservative legislation, right-wing hijinks, and—in all odds—a vacancy crisis, as Republicans freeze confirmations and refuse to fill spots in the executive branch and on the federal bench. That is bad for the Democratic Party. What’s on the horizon is worse. As Amy Walter notes for the Cook Political Report, Democrats lost big at all levels of government, including the states. “Today,” she writes, “about 55 percent of all...
  • What choice does the right have in 2016? (She's finally lost her mind)

    12/11/2014 7:14:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | December 11, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    The most conservative candidates are, with the exception of 1964, invariably the bridesmaid and never the bride in the GOP presidential primary. (In 1980, there were candidates such as Rep. Phil Crane of Illinois to Ronald Reagan’s right.) Part of the explanation is that the most conservative voters divide their support among candidates, leaving a path for a more moderate figure to coast to victory. And part of the explanation is that they tend to set upon candidates who self-destruct, are not qualified or are simply too extreme — and often all three. In 2016, how can they break this...
  • Early 2016 GOP Coronation Not in the Cards

    12/09/2014 9:26:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | December 9, 2014 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    The Republican Party’s largest donors all seem to have the same idea. They’d like the 2016 presidential nomination race settled early on in the cycle. And, if you believe the reporting of the New York Times (and in this instance, it may be accurate), they’d like it to be one of the following three candidates: Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, or, wait for it, Mitt Romney. The conceit of the article is not crazy. If a critical mass of GOP fat cats gets together on a candidate, the odds will shift in favor of that person. But there’s a big problem...
  • Now they’re trying to steal 2016: GOP schemes to rewire Electoral College & elect a Tea Party prez

    12/08/2014 9:59:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | December 6, 2014 | Paul Rosenberg
    Republicans know they can't win the popular vote. You won't believe sick schemes they've launched to get around it. Republicans have only won the popular vote for president once in the last 25 years, a steep decline in their fortunes from the period from 1972 to 1988, when they won the popular vote every time but one–1976, the aftermath of Watergate. Add to that massive policy failures and demographic trends against them, and the motivations to cheat are overwhelming. Voter suppression seemed promising at first—and it’s helpful in many downticket races—but it’s not going to be enough to secure the...
  • Clinton Will Need to Win Over the Black Voters That Landrieu Couldn't

    12/08/2014 3:29:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    National Journal ^ | December 7, 2014 | Alex Roarty
    The likely Democratic presidential nominee needs to duplicate, or at least come close to duplicating, Obama's performance among African-Americans. It's a tall task. Mary Landrieu lost her runoff race Saturday because President Obama isn't well-liked, national Democrats abandoned her, and, statewide, Louisiana pretty much only elects Republicans. But Democrats and their likely presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, might squirm the most over her defeat for a different reason: The longtime senator couldn't get enough support from African-Americans. Like Landrieu, Clinton (or whoever becomes the party's standard-bearer) will try to win over black voters at the same rate Obama did in both...
  • Michael Tomasky has a meltdown over South’s rejection of Democrats

    12/08/2014 12:41:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 8, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Much has been made of the fact that when losing Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) leaves office in January, Louisiana will not have a Democratic statewide elected official in office for the first time since the 1870s. The Republicans who occupy all of the Pelican State’s high offices are in good company; Republicans now control every U.S. Senate seat, legislative chamber, and governor’s mansion across the Deep South – from Texas to the Carolinas. This condition is giving some Democrats, loyal to the party for whom the term “Solid South” was coined, indigestion. The best example of this phenomenon is an...
  • Ted Cruz Was 25 Years Ahead Of His Time On Fighting Campus Rape

    12/08/2014 10:44:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Yahoo! Finance / Business Insider ^ | December 8, 2014 | Hunter Walker
    For Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the issue of sexual assault on college campuses is personal. During his years at Princeton University, Cruz spearheaded efforts to fight date rape at the school. In an exclusive interview with Business Insider, he said his focus on the issue was in part inspired by a dark chapter in his family history. "When I was in student government in college, protecting student safety was a real priority, and no student should ever have to face the threat of sexual assault," Cruz said in an email to Business Insider. "In my own family, my aunt experienced...
  • Mark Shields: 2016 an Unconventional Year for Presidential Nominees

    12/06/2014 8:19:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Noozhawk ^ | December 6, 2014 | Mark Shields
    Since 1952, nearly every battle for an open Republican presidential nomination when there has been no Republican incumbent running for re-election has followed two dependable storylines. First, a year before the party convention, the GOP voters have settled on a front-runner and then, with the only exception being former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (who, before he self-destructed his campaign in 2008, led in the 2007 polls), 12 months later, nominated that early front-runner. Beginning with Dwight Eisenhower in 1951 — followed by Richard Nixon in 1959 (and again in 1967), Barry Goldwater in 1963, Ronald Reagan in 1979, George...
  • The ‘Why not me?’ race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 (Their list is laughable)

    12/05/2014 9:33:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | December 5, 2014 | Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake
    If there's one think you can say about the 2016 Republican presidential field, it is this: It is going to be HUGE. There are currently 23 names on the long, long list of potential candidates. That's twice (!) as many people as have ever run for the GOP nomination in the past. Now, not all of those "candidates" will actually run -- Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and Rep. Marsha Blackburn don't make much sense as presidential candidates, to name just two -- but that's a huge field of prospective candidates. And while all two dozen names being mentioned won't make...
  • Karl Rove: GOP Standouts Busy Paving Way for Presidential Runs

    12/04/2014 2:43:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 4, 2014 | Elliot Jager
    Though the Republican presidential primaries are some 14 months away, the groundwork now being set will separate those who are likely to be serious contenders from the also-rans, writes veteran GOP strategist Karl Rove in The Wall Street Journal. Rove calls this crucial stage-setting process the "invisible primaries" in which the candidates compete to distill their messages, raise cash, and put together cohesive campaign staffs. He dismisses current polling numbers — showing Mitt Romney way ahead — as reflecting "little more than name recognition." Rove lauds New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and Sen. Marco Rubio,...
  • Ted Cruz is winning at Twitter, tied with Hillary Clinton on Facebook

    12/04/2014 10:25:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 4, 2014 | Kelly Cohen
    Sen. Ted Cruz is winning on social media. Between Sept. 1 to Dec. 1, the Texas Republican garnered the most mentions on Twitter out of 10 potential 2016 candidates, with 4.55 million mentions to his two handles, @SenTedCruz and @TedCruz, according to data provided to Politico. Cruz also had similar success on Facebook, with 1.8 million people talking about him, adding up to a whopping 5.6 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) between Aug. 22 and Nov. 22. The only other candidate with as much clout as Cruz on social media was former Secretary of State and likely 2016 Democratic...
  • Joy Behar Heaps Praise on Anti-Palin 'Conservative' Host of 'The View'

    11/28/2014 8:01:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | November 27, 2014 | Kelli Serio
    While discussing The View on Tuesday's Wendy Williams Show, Joy Behar called Nicolle Wallace “a day at the beach” in comparison to her predecessor Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Hasselbeck, who has since moved on to a cozy job with Fox News Channel, was known for her conservative opinions, which often resulted in heated debates between her and the show’s other hosts. Wallace, who has been labeled a conservative, peculiarly finds herself in the favorable opinion of Behar: "I like that little Republican over there. Nicole [Wallace]," Behar said of The View's newest co-host. "You know, I have dealt with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and...
  • The anxieties of the GOP majority

    11/23/2014 7:28:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Politico ^ | November 23, 2014 | Alex Isenstadt and Kyle Cheney
    Even after a historic midterm win, Republican confusion over how to respond to Obama on immigration is evidence of a changing party.It was a quiet meeting on the eve of a political explosion. At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 30 or so members of the 2012 GOP freshman class of the House of Representatives gathered in a conference room in the Capitol Visitor Center for what’s become a monthly conclave. For the junior representatives, this was a chance to get some face time with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Everyone knew that the next evening, President Barack Obama planned to deliver an...
  • Dr. Carson Movement Gains Momentum Across State

    11/23/2014 5:45:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    WHO-TV ^ | November 22, 2014 | Jodi Whitworth
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)DES MOINES, Iowa – His name is growing in popularity across the country and across the state and on Saturday Dr. Ben Carson was back in Des Moines for the second time since August. He spoke tonight at the “Celebrate the Family” dinner event hosted by The Family Leader. The retired neuro surgeon confirms he’s thinking about running for president in 2016 but didn’t go into detail during his speech. Carson spoke for 45 minutes on several issues; faith and government, health and education. He says, “Really the thing that is going to save America, is going to be the...
  • Americans 'mad at government' melt phones on Capitol Hill

    11/21/2014 6:03:27 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | November 21, 2014 | Garth Kant
    GOP's Sessions: Obama's amnesty 'worse than you think'WASHINGTON – Phone lines are melting on Capitol Hill with outraged citizens calling their elected representatives to complain about the president’s order effectively granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. A number of Capitol Hill offices closed today for the Thanksgiving recess, but aides report hearing from upset voters even at the offices in lawmakers’ home states. The offices of Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, confirmed a flood of complaints, and an aide to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., told WND, “We are getting tons of phone calls to block executive amnesty.” “I...
  • Dear GOP: Do Your Damned Job

    11/20/2014 10:28:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Richard Viguerie's Conservative HQ ^ | November 21, 2014 | Steve Deace
    Dear Republican Party, On November 4th the American people spoke with a resounding voice, and voted “no” to President Obama’s Marxist Progressive agenda/tactics. The numbers show the American people gave you a definitive mandate as well. Democrats are now at their lowest numbers in state legislatures nationwide in 86 years, and Republicans now control more than two-thirds of the state legislative chambers across the country. Republicans have the most seats in the U.S. House of Representatives since before the Great Depression. Republicans posted one of the top five election year swings in the U.S. Senate in the past 70 years....
  • Kobach: Obama's Lawlessness Could Lead To 'Ethnic Cleansing' In America

    11/20/2014 6:11:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Talking Points Memo's Livewire ^ | November 20, 2014 | Ahiza Garcia
    Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) on Sunday warned that President Obama's executive actions and general "lawlessness" on immigration could lead to "ethnic cleansing." Kobach, a vocal advocate of the anti-immigrant movement, claimed during his radio talk show that there was a strategy to replace American voters with Hispanic ones who favored socialism. "The long term strategy of, first of all, replacing American voters with illegal aliens, recently legalized, who then become U.S. citizens," Kobach said. "There is still a decided bias in favor of bigger government not smaller government. So maybe this strategy of replacing American voters with...
  • Big Stone Co. GOP chair: Muslims are terrorists, we should 'frag 'em'

    11/20/2014 1:27:48 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 29 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 11/20/14 | Jennifer Brooks
    A Minnesota Republican Party official issued a “call to arms” against Muslims Thursday, calling them “terrorists” and “parasites” and suggesting that someone should “frag ‘em.” Jack Whitley, chairman of the Big Stone County Republican Party, has no apology for a series of inflammatory posts on his personal Facebook page -- remarks state GOP officials have condemned as "outrageous." “Muslims are terrorists. They don’t belong in this country,” Whitley told the Star Tribune Thursday.
  • Why Hillary 2016 Thinks She Can Expand Obama's Electoral Map

    11/17/2014 1:30:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The top minds in the proto-Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign infrastructure are already gaming out Electoral College scenarios. What they think they have is a candidate who could compete in a handful of traditionally red states, putting Republicans on the defensive and increasing her chances of winning the White House. Mitch Stewart, Obama's 2012 battleground state director who is now an independent consultant advising the grassroots group Ready for Hillary, laid out the electoral math to TPM in a recent interview. Clinton will start with Obama's map, he said, and can build from there. There are two buckets of states potentially...
  • Talking 2016 on the NR Post-Election Cruise...

    11/17/2014 6:32:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The National Review's The Campaign Spot ^ | November 17, 2014 | Jim Geraghty.
    From the first post-cruise edition of the Morning Jolt… What (Some of) You Missed on the National Review Post-Election Cruise Beats a polar vortex, doesn’t it? A bit of 2016 talk from our recently-concluded cruise… Allen West pointed out you don’t often see two presidential candidates from the same state competing against each other for long – their bases of support among donors, activists, and volunteers usually overlap and they can’t sustain two candidates simultaneously. At this very early date, the potential Republican 2016 field includes two candidates from Florida (Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio), two from Texas (Ted Cruz...
  • New rules favor GOP moderates in presidential primary (New Hampshire)

    11/15/2014 10:40:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Newburyport Daily News ^ | November 15, 2014 | David M. Shribman
    LEBANON, N.H. -- Can you discern, deep in the new Republican Party -- amid the conservative warriors and tea-infused crusaders -- a faint moderate heartbeat? Hardly anyone is asking that question this month, in the wake of the Republican tsunami that swept Democrats out of office and swept a Republican majority into the Senate chamber. But two unrelated events this month make the question worth posing, if only to explore the possibility and to understand the political landscape here in the state that only 15 months from now will hold the first presidential primary. The first of those events took...
  • Is Iowa already sick of Hillary Clinton?

    11/15/2014 9:06:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Post ^ | November 15, 2014 | Lee Rood
    DES MOINES, Iowa — If you’re a die-hard Democrat in New York hoping to overcome the disappointment that was Nov. 4, you’re worried. But here in Iowa, where the first-in-the-nation caucuses are a mere 14 months away, some are breaking into a cold sweat. Most party leaders here will assure you all conversations about the 2016 presidential nomination still begin and end with Hillary Clinton. The former first lady and secretary of state is a sentimental favorite. Though she has not formally announced her candidacy, her well-oiled super PAC may be the most deeply rooted ever at this stage in...
  • John Dean: Will a Woman Be Sent to the White House in 2016? Let’s Hope! (Hurl, you will)

    11/14/2014 6:38:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Justia's Verdict Blog ^ | November 14, 2014 | John Dean, former Counsel to the President
    Political prognostications are a risky business. But I have been thinking about what the Republicans might do if Hillary Clinton announces in early 2015 (since she has indicated that is when she will make her decision) that she is running for president. While Republicans dislike this prospect because they know she might win, not to mention take most of the available oxygen out of the race along the way, they understand that they have no woman in their ranks who is qualified to be president, and it is a stretch to say they even have a woman qualified to be...
  • Catching up with the losers: The '96 campaign and GOP lessons for 2016

    11/14/2014 12:35:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 14, 2014 | Jacqueline Alemany
    Twenty years ago, emboldened by Newt Gingrich's triumphant "Republican revolution" in the midterm elections, a raft of Republicans--some famous, some not so famous--readied their campaigns to take on a Democrat named Clinton in a race that may well echo in 2016, albeit with a different Clinton. The 1994 "Republican Revolution," had just taken hold, and Republican party scrambled for the GOP presidential nomination and the chance to take on President Bill Clinton in 1996. It turned out to be more difficult than some of those candidates anticipated. "My name-face recognition was pretty low," said former Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, one...
  • With her epic fail, Wendy Davis painted Texas redder: Abbott captures women, making only Dems blue

    11/14/2014 10:47:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 13, 2014 | The Editors
    The Democratic dream of “turning Texas blue” dissolved on Nov. 4. The left had elevated Wendy Davis, an obscure state senator, to superstar status after she delivered an emotional 11-hour panegyric to abortion. She was expected to ride her celebrity status and the “war on women” into the executive mansion in Austin. She had only to defeat a Republican white man. It didn’t quite work out that way, drawing just 38.9 percent of the vote. From the top of the ballot on down, the wreckage from the Democratic effort was strewn across the state from Texarkana westward to El Paso....
  • The first 2016 Electoral College Map looks bad for Democrats

    11/13/2014 11:00:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Don Surber's Blog ^ | November 12, 2014 | Don Surber
    Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Clinton? Gradually it is sinking in to Official Washington that the 2014 election could very well do to Democrats what the 1930 election did to Republicans: make them irrelevant for at least a generation. In 1930, the first election after the Stock Market Crash saw Republicans go from a 270-164 majority in the House to a minority, albeit by one seat. In the next three elections, Republicans would continue to lose until there were only 88 Republicans in the House after the 1936 election. The Depression wiped out two-thirds of the House...
  • Fox News executive: Huckabee's political activity getting 'serious look' (About to get 86'd?)

    11/12/2014 1:34:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | November 12, 2014 | Brian Stelter
    Fox News and potential presidential candidate Ben Carson went their separate ways last week. Is Fox host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee next? The tension between Huckabee's current job and possible future job has been laid bare in a number of recent news stories. Huckabee, who sought the Republican nomination for president in 2008, is clearly considering a second run -- which would mean he'd have to give up his Saturday night show on Fox News. On Wednesday, Fox News executive vice president of programming Bill Shine indicated that a decision might be made soon. "We are taking a...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Ted Cruz confidantes file super PAC papers, setting the stage for 2016 presidential run

    11/12/2014 11:24:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | November 12, 2014 | David Martosko
    * 'Stand for Principle PAC' isn't officially connected to the Texas senator * But his friends' establishment of a financial juggernaut to help him in 2016 is the biggest sign yet that he's running for president * Georgia business consultant filed papers with the FEC on Friday * Group can raise unlimited amounts of money as long as it doesn't coordinate its activities with any candidates * Former Cruz college roommate, considered his closest friend, chose the group's nameIf Ted Cruz isn't running for president, his closest friends are setting up a super PAC for nothing. The 'Stand for Principle'...
  • The Influence Factor: Romney & Cruz will produce a better ROI than rest of the GOP field

    11/12/2014 11:09:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | November 12, 2014 | Jamie Chandler
    Looking ahead to the 2016 presidential election, how influential were each of the potential GOP candidates during the midterm election? The Appinions study I wrote about on Monday provides great data to answer this question. The midterms continue to be a highly salient topic, despite the fact that it’s been just over a week since voters drew the curtain on the campaign. Indeed, Appinions "Active Attention Index," a metric based on the quantity and quality of reactions on the topic from opinion leaders across multiple media venues, grew 34 percent, from 129,000 the day after the election to 173,000 on...
  • GOP eyes 32 presidential candidates including Cruz, Palin, Ron Paul

    11/10/2014 10:28:27 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | November 10, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)With the Democrats still licking their wounds from last week’s election losses, the Republican National Committee has pivoted to the 2016 presidential election and is offering up a list of 32 potential candidates, including Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ron Paul, his son Sen. Rand Paul and Condoleezza Rice. “In 2016, we will have the opportunity again to elect principled conservative leaders, including one Republican qualified to take on the Democrat running for president,” said an email from the party, in an apparent reference to Hillary Clinton. “Voters proved our country is in need of qualified and strong Republican leaders...
  • Why African-Americans Should Vote Republican

    11/10/2014 10:02:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Mequon Now ^ | November 9, 2014 | Gary Wickert
    On April 10, President Barack Obama and two former Democrat presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the legacy of former President Lyndon B. Johnson at Johnson’s presidential library in Austin. Never one to let facts get in the way or pass up an opportunity to mislead his country, the president cast LBJ and the Democrat Party as champions of civil rights and said that without LBJ’s push to end legal segregation he himself wouldn’t be in the White House. Racism, political correctness, and a civil rights struggle without end are...
  • New Mo. Black Caucus Chair Says Lessons Learned From Ferguson

    11/09/2014 7:28:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Legislative Black Caucus has picked its next leader. The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/10IDWhO ) reports that State Rep. Brandon Ellington will serve as caucus chairman for the 2015 legislative session. The Kansas City Democrat was first elected to the House in 2011 and had served as caucus vice-chair....
  • Garcia concedes in 28th Senate District race (CA state Senate runoff)

    11/07/2014 1:51:28 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 2 replies
    The Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | November 7, 2014 | Jeff Horseman
    Republican Bonnie Garcia on Friday conceded defeat in the 28th Senate District race. In a mass email, Garcia, a former assemblywoman, said she called Republican and Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone “to congratulate him and wish him well.” “I'm proud of the fact that I stayed true to who I am without straying from my core values and sought to serve the entire community, not just those who voted for me,” she said. “My sincere desire is that we continue to move in a positive direction to embrace the changing demographics of our country, rebuild our educational institutions to give...
  • Wendy Davis Campaign Blames Loss on Ebola

    11/07/2014 1:41:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | November 7, 2014 | Kristin Tate
    Texas State Senator Wendy Davis was steamrolled in her bid to become the state's next governor, and it appears that her staff believes Ebola has something to do with the failure of her campaign. Speaking on behalf of Davis' campaign, Communications Director Zac Petkanas told the Wall Street Journal, "The losses that you are seeing in very blue states are simply amplified in states like Texas where there is already a structural advantage for Republicans," he said. The Journal added that, "Another challenge, [Petkanas] said, was that Texas was at the center of two issues — immigration and the Ebola...
  • Charles Pierce Live Blogging: Open All Night (Schadenfreude-alicious)

    11/06/2014 8:16:03 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Esquire Magazine's The Politics Blog ^ | November 4, 2014 | Charles P. Pierce
    1:30AM -- I think it was contemplating the fact that both Sam Brownback and Paul LePage both may have survived as governors that was the last straw for me tonight. Brownback has wrecked his state. Even Kansas Republicans believe that. LePage is a local embarrassment who became a national embarrassment in the final days before the election. Even Maine Republicans believe that. But Brownback will go back to wrecking his state, and LePage will go back to embarrassing his because of an attitude that Republicans, and the conservative movement that has powered the party, have cultivated carefully over the last...
  • Greg Abbott Wins in Texas; Wendy Davis Joins MSNBC

    11/05/2014 5:42:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | November 4, 2014 | Ian Tuttle
    Okay, the second half of that headline is not true — yet. But after being catapulted to national stardom for her pink athletic shoes and abortion extremism, Texas Democrat Wendy Davis has been trounced in her bid for the Lonestar State governor’s mansion by Republican Greg Abbott. Fox News has called the race for Abbott with 43 percent reporting. The victory comes after Davis’s myriad campaign missteps, from declining to answer whether she thought her wheelchair-bound opponent was exploiting his disability for political purposes, to questioning his fidelity to the right to interracial marriage, despite the fact that Abbott himself...