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  • “I’m a libertarian, and I’m supporting Ted Cruz”

    04/12/2015 1:04:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    JoelKurtinitis.com ^ | April 9, 2015 | Joel Kurtinitis
    The other night as my wife Kelsey and I were getting ready for bed, we were talking about the 2016 presidential race and discussing how things would shape up for the first-in-the-nation caucus state – our home state – of Iowa. We had both heard that Ted Cruz was set to announce his candidacy at midnight, and were keeping a finger on the pulse of the reaction within our liberty-heavy political circles. My wife’s phone buzzed, and then I heard her groan. Another of our friends had asked her who we would be supporting for president in the state where...
  • Ted Cruz trumps Rand Paul

    04/10/2015 7:50:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 10, 2015 | David M. Drucker
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Round one in the battle of anti-Establishment Republican presidential candidates goes to Sen. Ted Cruz. In competition for the Tea Party's vote in 2016, the Texas Republican has bested Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky with a campaign rollout that GOP strategists say exceeded expectations and was almost flawlessly executed. Announcing for president two weeks later, Paul accomplished nearly the opposite, forcing a swift recalculation about which candidate is best positioned to win over the party's insurgent wing and vie for the nomination. "Cruz had a superb rollout. He hit all the right notes," Republican guru Ed Rollins told the Washington...
  • UPDATE | Rand Paul struggles to get campaign started smoothly

    04/09/2015 7:27:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul made no mention of the unarmed black man killed by a white police officer during a campaign stop just miles from where the shooting happened. Paul often says that U.S. criminal justice isn't equally applied, a statement he repeated at his rally Thursday. But since launching his White House bid Tuesday, the Kentucky senator has sidestepped questions about the high-profile South Carolina case...
  • MSNBC’s Favorite Republican Can’t Win

    04/08/2015 9:23:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | April 8, 2015 | Jonathan S. Tobin
    Yesterday was Rand Paul’s big day as the Kentucky senator announcement his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. Like any baseball team on opening day, in theory his chances are as good as any other candidate, and given the expected crowded field competing for the nod, that’s still true. But though his Louisville announcement bash went smoothly, what followed hasn’t gone quite as well. Some of that is due to Paul’s personality turning media appearances sour. But just as important is the way the basic contradiction in his campaign strategy is undermining his chances almost from the start. Though Paul...
  • Rand Paul and Ted Cruz: Separated at Birth? Uh, No.

    04/08/2015 7:21:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | April 8, 2015 | J.D. Tuccille, managing editor
    Two very different candidate test themselves with the Republican Party, and maybe the American people.Job one for Sen. Rand Paul in his new role as Republican presidential aspirant is to somehow distinguish himself from ideological doppelganger Sen. Ted Cruz and kneecap his rival for the GOP nod. Or so say some media outlets that may be driven as much by an appreciation for good political bloodsport as by a touch of political insularity. According to Bloomberg's David Knowles, "Both seen as conservatives just outside the mainstream of the party, Paul and Cruz will compete for support from the same voter...
  • Rand Paul: Playing to Everyone, Going Too Far Off on Foreign Policy, Lost the Ron Base?

    04/08/2015 2:03:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | April 8, 2015 | Brian Doherty, senior editor
    In a relentless stream of Rand Paul-talk in the past 48 hours, three bits stood out for width of their perspective or freshness of their data. McKay Coppins at Buzzfeed reads the Paul campaign strategy as trying to be everything to everyone in his Party for maximal potential appeal. Some points from Coppins: On one side, there are those in Rand world who argue his best bet is to unite his core base of libertarian activists with elements of the GOP establishment and traditional donor class. In the other camp are advisers who say conservative evangelicals — many of whom...
  • Rand Paul's Campaign, Haunted by the Ghost of His Living Father

    04/07/2015 2:23:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | April 6, 2015 | Brian Doherty, senior editor
    It is a genuinely interesting topic, if you are at all interested in Rand Paul, since his rise to political prominence was so dependent on his father Ron Paul, and his success since them at becoming a fully normalized and mediagenic hot property has to some degree been dependent on his not being his father. A bevy of sources on the eve of Rand's presidential campaign becoming officially official wonder: how is he going to deal with dear old dad? First, the New York Times, which quotes me explaining why things like dual personal appearances are probably not going to...
  • Rupert Murdoch's Rand Paul infatuation

    04/07/2015 1:46:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    CNN Money ^ | April 7, 2015 | Tom Kludt
    Rand Paul might have trouble courting some Republican voters who are wary of his foreign policy vision and unorthodox views on certain issues. But it doesn't appear that the junior Kentucky senator, who announced his presidential bid on Tuesday, will have to do much to win over Rupert Murdoch, the head of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox. It's become something of a quadrennial tradition for Murdoch, the billionaire mogul whose observations on GOP politics are watched very closely within the party, to weigh in on the race for the White House. Two parts of his vast media empire --...
  • Nets Skip ‘Conservative’ Tag for Rand Paul; Labeled Cruz 13 Times

    04/07/2015 12:21:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 7, 2015 | Jeffrey Meyer
    On Tuesday, April 7 Kentucky Senator Rand Paul became the second Republican to officially enter the 2016 presidential race, following Senator Ted Cruz’s announcement on March 23. However, on the morning of their respective presidential announcements, the “Big Three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks went out of their way to label Cruz a “conservative” 13 times, compared to zero conservative labels for Senator Paul this morning.The discrepancy in the “conservative” ID comes despite the two senators’ having nearly identical ratings from the American Conservative Union. Cruz has a lifetime rating of 100% whereas Paul’s ACU rating is 98.67%. Although the...
  • Rand Paul's First Challenge: Defeat Ted Cruz

    04/07/2015 3:01:03 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | April 7, 2015 | David Knowles
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-04-07/rand-paul-s-first-challenge-defeat-ted-cruz
  • Cruz vs. Rand Paul in Presidential Vids: Do you want "Blessing" or "different kind of Republican?"

    04/06/2015 5:18:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | April 6, 2015 | Nick Gillespie, editor in chief
    Here's "Blessing," Sen. Ted Cruz's first campaign video as an official candidate for the GOP presidential nomination:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)And here's Sen. Rand Paul's first entry into the same category. Paul will announce his run for the White House tomorrow:(VIDEO-AT-LINK)The differences go far beyond the formats imposed by a 30-second TV spot and a longer online video—and they're indicative, I assume, of different emphases by the candidate. Where Cruz, who announced his bid at Liberty University, the world's largest religious college, is clearly driving hard toward evangelicals, Paul is stressing a larger, more-inclusive vision of the GOP. He talks about being "a different...
  • Why Won't Rand Paul and Chris Christie Take a Position on Indiana's "Religious Freedom" Law?

    04/01/2015 10:15:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 1, 2015 | Danny Vinik
    Nearly a week since Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), igniting a nationwide debate about whether the controversial law invites discrimination based on sexual orientation, most potential Republican presidential candidates have taken the opportunity to bolster their conservative credentials. "Governor Pence has done the right thing," said former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on Monday. “I want to commend Governor Mike Pence for his support of religious freedom, especially in the face of fierce opposition,” Texas Senator Ted Cruz said in a written statement. “Governor Pence is holding the line to protect religious liberty in the...
  • New Hampshire Conservatives Plot to Unite Against Jeb Bush (“603 Alliance”)

    04/01/2015 8:03:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 1, 2015 | Sarah Rumpf
    A group of conservatives and libertarians in New Hampshire have come up with a plan they hope will block former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) from becoming the Republican party’s nominee for President. The idea is to hold their own presidential caucus in October and select a candidate behind whom they would all unite. The group is called the “603 Alliance,” named after the only area code in New Hampshire. According to a report by Politico, the plan was instigated by “years of simmering discontent within the state Republican party,” as conservative, libertarian, and Tea Party activists have grown increasingly frustrated...
  • Sam Youngman: A critical look at Rand Paul and 'winnability'

    03/30/2015 6:55:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | March 30, 2015 | Sam Youngman
    Rand Paul likes to say that the Republican Party should follow the advice of painter Robert Henri, who said people should "paint like a man coming over a hill singing." But Paul, one week away from an announcement that he is running for president, often seems like a man running down a hill so fast that his feet can't keep up with his momentum. As he prepares to take a formal step onto the biggest stage in politics, Kentucky's junior U.S. Senator has previewed his campaign message as one of "winnability." "Ted Cruz is a conservative — but it also...
  • Cruzing into the 2016 Elections: What Has the Establishment So Afraid?

    03/28/2015 2:59:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Santa Clarita Gazette ^ | March 26, 2015 | Robert Patrick Lewis
    Just in case you were hidden under a rock yesterday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz officially threw his hat into a run for presidency in the 2016 election. He announced his run initially on Twitter (a nod to the younger generations) and followed it up with a speech at, of course, Liberty University. So, what is it that has the establishments on both sides of the aisle so worked up about Cruz running for President? Firstly, unlike the Jeb Bushes, Chris Christies and Hillary Clintons of the world who are expected to run (and you know how I feel about Hillary),...
  • Supporters deserting Rand Paul for Ted Cruz (Including key people)

    03/27/2015 6:49:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    American Thinker Blog ^ | March 27, 2015 | Newsmachete
    <>Politico writes that Rand Paul is losing support among key followers. One of the most prominent defectors is Drew Ivers, chairman of Ron Paul’s 2012 Iowa campaign, who says he will not endorse Rand Paul for president. On Tuesday, three members of Iowa’s Ron Paul-aligned Liberty movement — state Sen. Jason Shultz and former Iowa Republican Party central committee members Chad Steenhoek and Joel Kurtinitis — announced the same, adding that they will support Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Ivers, who had dinner with Rand Paul in August, said the Kentucky senator has abandoned many of the stances that made Ivers...
  • The difference between Rand Paul and Ted Cruz

    03/27/2015 5:12:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 27, 2015 | Doug Wead, former Ron Paul & Bush advisor
    Exclusive: Doug Wead says 1 candidate represents the past, the other the future. So what’s the difference between Republican presidential candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz? Ted Cruz is running against Barack Obama. Rand Paul is running against Hillary Clinton. One represents the past. The other represents the future. Both men are U.S. senators running for president in 2016. Rand Paul is from Kentucky, Ted Cruz from Texas. (Rand Paul is expected to announce his candidacy April 9.) Both men are conservatives whose careers were launched during rise of the tea party. Both are born-again Christians. And both signed the...
  • Megyn to Rand Paul: Why Weren't You First to Announce a 2016 Run?

    03/25/2015 9:15:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Fox News Insider Blog ^ | March 23, 2015 | As Seen on The Kelly File
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was on “The Kelly File” tonight to react to the news that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) will seek the Republican nominee for president in 2016. Megyn Kelly asked Paul about some of his supporters who were in the audience at Cruz’s announcement, sporting “Stand With Rand” shirts. “We were glad to see them there and organized and excited about the possibility of me running,” he said. Paul said that he didn’t hear much that he disagreed with during Cruz’s speech today. “We kind of come from the same wing of the party,” he said. “If you...
  • Rand Paul on Ted Cruz: We need a conservative nominee with “winnability” (Not satire)

    03/24/2015 1:03:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 24, 2015 | Allahpundit
    I did … not think we’d be seeing Rand, of all people, making electability arguments at the expense of other candidates, but if there’s any guy in the field whom Democrats would demagogue more gleefully than they would him, I suppose it’s Cruz. The money line here comes when he talks about “not just throwing out red meat, but throwing out something intellectually enticing to people who haven’t been listening to our message before.” That’ll be his core attack on Cruz throughout the primaries, partly of necessity since there’s not much that divides them on policy (by Paul’s own admission)....
  • Can Ted Cruz Be The First Conservative President Since Reagan?

    03/23/2015 8:35:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 23, 2015 | W. James Antle III, managing editor
    There’s a reason Ted Cruz kept asking his Liberty University audience to “imagine” a conservative president: no one of normal college age has ever lived under one. If Cruz wins the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, he will only be the third movement conservative to do so, after Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan. (Liberals will count George W. Bush, but he wasn’t a product of the movement in the same sense as Reagan or Goldwater even if you think he was a conservative.) Republican primary voters are starting to imagine a conservative president. In 1999, Dubya led the field by...
  • Cruz Just Announced That He's Running for President: hopes to be the top 2nd choice for libertarians

    03/22/2015 11:09:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | March 23, 2015 | Peter Suderman
    Texas Senator Ted Cruz just made it official: He's running for president. He made the announcement in a tweet, accompanied by a video, shortly after midnight, eastern time. Ted Cruz âś” @tedcruz I'm running for President and I hope to earn your support! (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Cruz believes he has a path to the GOP presidential nomination by winning the Tea Party vote, and doing well enough with both social conservatives and libertarians to knock out potential rivals, according to a Houston Chronicle report published over the weekend: Cruz's senior advisers, however, see a path to victory that all but ignores [the GOP...
  • Cruz Trolls Rand in Campaign Kickoff

    03/22/2015 8:36:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | March 22, 2015 | Tim Mak
    With the formal announcement of his presidential run on Monday, Sen. Ted Cruz officially kicks off his 2016 rivalry with fellow Republican Sen. Rand Paul.Sen. Ted Cruz will not only become the first person to officially enter the 2016 race to the White House on Monday—he will also formally kick off a new rivalry: Cruz v. Paul. When the Texas Republican launches his campaign for president at Liberty University, he will do so ahead of an upcoming electoral confrontation with Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul. Cruz and Paul are vying for the same post—the insurgent Republican frontrunner—who will eventually face...
  • It’s 1979 in America

    03/20/2015 1:01:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Notre Dame & St Mary's Observer ^ | March 20, 2015 | Nicole O'Toole
    This year I took the SMC Republicans to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) where we heard from many conservatives who were all on the 2015 CPAC Straw Poll in which we participated. The top five winners were Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, and Jeb Bush. Paul was a hit with the large number of young people at CPAC. He said, “We do a great job defending the Second Amendment, but we have to defend the whole Bill of Rights … we should have speedy trials.” He went on to talk about Kalief Browder who was accused...
  • Early line: 3-man race for 2016 GOP nomination (GOP-e. I could just faint)

    03/19/2015 5:01:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Bellingham Herald | March 19, 2015 | David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/03/19/4195411/early-line-3-man-race-for-2016.html
  • Can 231,445 People Who Want Tom Cotton Tried for Treason Be Wrong? (Yes)

    03/12/2015 2:32:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Bloomberg | March 12, 2015 | David Weigel
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2015-03-12/can-231-445-people-who-want-tom-cotton-tried-for-treason-be-wrong-yes-
  • Rand Paul: I signed Tom Cotton’s letter to strengthen Obama’s hand against Iran

    03/11/2015 5:40:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 11, 2015 | Allahpundit
    I … guess this makes sense? Paul’s got the same problem here as he has on most issues not related to cutting spending, trying to find a spot on the Venn diagram where libertarians and conservatives overlap. He signed Cotton’s letter, obviously, because he knows he’ll be attacked in the primaries as a squish who can’t be trusted as commander-in-chief and he can’t hand any more ammo to the competition on that point. Now, when Rubio or Ted Cruz or whoever slams him for being dovish, he can point to the Cotton letter as rebuttal. Having pandered to conservatives, though,...
  • Kentucky's odd couple: the symbiotic friendship of Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell

    03/07/2015 2:13:37 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 7, 2015 | Francine Kiefer
    Kentucky is one place in America where a tea-party firebrand and a Republican from the governance wing amicably meet.For two Republican senators from the same state, Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell could not be more mismatched. Senator Paul is a man in a hurry, with presidential stars in his eyes after a mere four years of serving Kentucky in Washington. The loquacious libertarian is a darling of young conservatives – a relaxed jeans-and-boots kind of guy. Senator McConnell, after three patient decades in office, has finally reached his dream job of Senate majority leader. A man of few words, he’s...
  • Q for Ben Carson: Is "Caving to Gays" a Choice, Too? And What About the GOP Field?

    03/06/2015 12:11:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | March 6, 2015 | Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief
    As Matt Welch noted Wednesday, pediatric neurosurgeon and next Republican president of the United States Ben Carson both "lived down to stereotype" and articulated some truths about the GOP field for 2016 when he argued that gay sex among heterosexuals in prisons proves that being gay is a "choice." (Carson's very existence, by the way, proves my general about Republicans' "long love affair" manifestly unqualified candidates.) Here's something else to think about while mulling over whether any of this matters more than a tinker's ding-dong: Ben Carson has apologized for his comments and is already being taken to the woodshed...
  • Rand Paul: "Mistake" to Jab at Obama's Love of America as Guiliani Did

    02/23/2015 12:06:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Reason Magazine's Hit & Run Blog ^ | February 21, 2015 | Brian Doherty, senior editor
    One of the least interesting news manias of the week has been former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani discussing his opinion that President Obama doesn't really love America (or you, or me, or him). Obama has been the very living embodiment of American government power for the past 7 years, and not too reluctant to use it against enemies, and just random citizens, both foreign and domestic—whether it comes to foreign policy, spending, taxing, regulating, and arresting. Thus, I doubt any alleged lack of love for the U.S. of A matters in any way that Giuliani or the people delighted to...
  • The GOP Must Be the Big-Tent Party

    02/19/2015 1:25:10 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 19, 2015 | Peter Harris
    The United States’ political parties have always been amalgams of factions rather than vehicles for any single interest. Partly because of the pressures of the electoral system and partly because of the republic’s vastness, forging either of the two major parties into a political monolith has been impossible; the need to cater to a wide base of Americans tends to keep the parties broad and relatively inclusive. This embedded pluralism of the U.S. party system has diminished somewhat in the current era of polarization but it has not evaporated entirely. The parties are still relatively broad churches. This is clearest...
  • Ron Paul: The government knew where Bin Laden was but wanted a pretext to invade the Middle East

    02/19/2015 5:09:40 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 18, 2015 | Allahpundit
    Fun stuff via BuzzFeed, portending an exciting “whose close relative is more of a devastating electoral liability?” primary for the GOP if the two men left standing are Jeb Bush and Rand Paul. I don’t understand this even within the parameters of the Ron Paul worldview. I thought hardcore isolationists — sorry, “non-interventionists” — believe that the war machine will always find a new pretext to keep rolling even if the current one goes bust. Obama, for instance, did eventually get Bin Laden, along with many other Al Qaeda capos … and yet at this very moment there’s an AUMF...
  • Rand Paul’s big mistake: Why his unofficial presidential campaign is flailing already

    02/17/2015 3:12:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | February 17, 2015 | Elias Isquith
    It's still early, but the future candidate is in serious trouble. Here's why his beloved Tea Party is to blame. Just before sundown on Monday, Politico unveiled a report on how Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s support for auditing the Federal Reserve has been received thus far on Wall Street. “Very poorly” seems to be the answer. According to Politico, in fact, the likely presidential candidate’s attempts to bring “the Fed” into the light may have permanently lowered the stock of “the most interesting man in politics” — at least among the conservative members of the 1 percent. “The Fed is...
  • Rand Paul and his Ron Paul conundrum

    02/16/2015 3:12:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    BBC News' The Echo Chamber ^ | February 16, 2015 | Anthony Zurcher, editor
    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has a Ron Paul problem. Or maybe it's a Ron Paul opportunity. Both sides of that particular coin were on display Friday, when Ron - Rand's father - spoke to the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, DC. It was the elder Paul's kind of audience - young and enthusiastic about the libertarian emphasis on robust individual freedoms and miniscule government. Crowds like this had fervently supported the former congressman's quixotic bids for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008 and 2012, where he proved to be a pesky participant in the debates and a headache...
  • Ted Cruz Is Wrong about Same Sex Marriage (Look at the source)

    02/06/2015 11:30:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 6, 2015 | Presley Sanderson - Campus Contributor
    Ted Cruz claims to be a “constitutionalist,” but expects us to believe that the issue of gay marriage should be left to “debate…in the legislative chambers.” In response to President Barack Obama’s comments about gay marriage in the State of the union, the Texas senator said: I think the proper place to debate those issues is in the legislative chambers. I’m a constitutionalist…From the beginning of this country, marriage has been a question of the states, and we should not have the federal government, or unelected judges, setting aside the policy judgment of the elected legislatures and imposing their own...
  • The American Sniper Was No Hero

    02/02/2015 4:46:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | January 29, 2015 | Sheldon Richman
    Despite what some people think, hero is not a synonym for competent government-hired killer.If Clint Eastwood's record-breaking movie, American Sniper, launches a frank public conversation about war and heroism, the great director will have performed a badly needed service for the country and the world. This is neither a movie review nor a review of the late Chris Kyle's autobiographical book on which the movie is based. My interest is in the popular evaluation of Kyle, America's most prolific sniper, a title he earned through four tours in Iraq. Let's recall some facts, which perhaps Eastwood thought were too obvious...
  • 9 signs the Kochs have created their own national political party

    01/29/2015 4:50:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | January 3, 2015 | Steven Rosenfeld
    If you want to understand America's painful lurch toward plutocracy, look no further than these mega-millionaires. It is time to stop talking about the Koch brothers and instead talk about the Koch Party, the nation’s third largest political network that is a full-blown but private political operation. The Koch Party has come into view in 2014, as some of the country’s best investigative reporters have traced and exposed various elements of their operation. The Koch Party is not as large as the Democrats or the Republicans, but is still unprecedented in size, scope and reach. Like other political parties, it...
  • Rand Paul spars with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio over Iran and Cuba in Florida summit

    01/26/2015 11:02:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul prefers exhausting diplomatic efforts in dealing with overseas conflicts, and on Sunday he highlighted the difference between his softer approach to foreign policy and that of two other senators who are likely 2016 presidential candidates -- Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators Cruz of Texas and Rubio of Florida on stage Sunday evening in California for a summit organized by Freedom Partners. That group is the central hub of the powerful network of organizations backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch....
  • Rand Paul’s Latest Hire: Give Edward Snowden the Nobel Peace Prize

    01/21/2015 1:47:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 20, 2015 | Alana Goodman
    UPDATE 3:11 P.M.: Copenhaver has also opposed the Pledge of Allegiance because it was “developed by Francis Bellamy, a socialist” as a way to “sell more issues of [the] magazine Youth’s Companion.” “The pledge was conceived as a way to promote nationalism in order to sell flags to schools as a premium to solicit subscriptions,” says an image she posted to her Facebook page. “I posted a picture and story explaining this when I first started my page but this sums it up beautifully,” wrote Copenhaver. In another post, she wrote, “The pledge of allegiance and the ‘roman salute’ was...
  • What Rand Paul’s Embrace of Judicial Activism Says about Him

    01/20/2015 11:50:41 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    National Review's The Corner ^ | January 19, 2015 | John Yoo
    Paul’s claims about judicial activism raise fundamental doubts about his positions on social issues. He says he is for judicial activism, but he also asserts he is pro-life. So does that mean he is for or against Roe v. Wade, perhaps the ultimate case of judicial activism in conservative eyes, a case where even liberal heavyweight scholar John Hart Ely said, “It is not constitutional law and gives almost no sense of an obligation to try to be.” Paul claims to be against gay marriage. So does he support the Court’s activism in United States v. Windsor in 2013, which...
  • Rand Paul's path to the nomination

    01/15/2015 12:54:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Week ^ | January 15, 2015 | Marc Ambinder
    Where his Republican rivals draw attention to themselves with a tuba or a trumpet, Rand Paul puffs his Highland bagpipe. This analogy has little to do with his support for medical marijuana: Paul's sound is so different, it's compelling. As his probable presidential campaign moves forward, don't lump him in with the conventionally conservative gadflies — former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Ted Cruz, or former Sen. Rick Santorum. The major activists and donors who chase those candidates are Paul skeptics. But he's not a governor (or former governor) with executive experience and a reputation for governing, like Jeb Bush, Mitt...
  • Rick Santorum: Electing an amateur in 2016 is unthinkable

    01/12/2015 8:16:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 88 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | January 12, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    Rick Santorum may have his faults as a potential presidential contender, but he is dead right about Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.): “Do we really want someone with this little experience? And the only experience they have basically — not [Sen. Marco] Rubio, but Cruz and Paul because I don’t think Rubio is going to go — is bomb throwing? Do we really want somebody who’s a bomb thrower, with no track record of any accomplishments?” Cruz may suffer from a lack of consistency, an erratic foreign policy and a grossly inappropriate temperament, but he does, to...
  • An Open Letter To Mitt Romney

    01/12/2015 7:40:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Ace of Spades HQ ^ | January 12, 2015 | Drew M.
    Dear Mitt, I know we haven't always seen eye to eye. And I've been tough on you in the past but you need to hear this from someone...drop the idea of running again. It must stick in your craw that you lost to an idiot like Barack Obama. But that's the problem, you...lost...to….an…idiot…like...Barack...Obama. Yes, defeating an incumbent President is hard but it's a lot easier in times of economic distress (see Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, granted he invented his own time of distress but "it's the economy stupid" carried the day). Even with crushing levels of unemployment, anemic growth...
  • Ted Cruz Courts Liberty Movement in Iowa (Rand taking his dad's supporters for granted?)

    01/12/2015 2:23:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | January 12, 2015 | Joel Kurtinitis
    Tea Party champion and conservative firebrand Ted Cruz may be ready to embrace his libertarian side – and he may need to, if he hopes to find a path from Iowa to the White House. As it turns out, the death of the Liberty Movement in Iowa may have been greatly exaggerated. While an establishment resurgence in 2014 spearheaded by Governor Terry Branstad succeeded in purging the Ron Paul element from the leadership of the Republican Party of Iowa, members of the state’s robust and often-boisterous Liberty Movement are turning their attention to greater things – namely, the 2016 presidential...
  • Dear Rand Paul: Please Tell Dad to Shut Up

    01/09/2015 9:17:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 9, 2015 | Robert Tracinski
    If Rand Paul wants to have any chance of running for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, not to mention the presidency itself, there is one thing he needs to do immediately. Tell Dad to shut up. In response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris, Ron Paul took a break from his usual blame-America-first rhetoric to blame France first. On an internet television show, Paul the Elder declared, “France has been a target for many, many years, because they’ve been involved in foreign affairs in Libya, and they really prodded us along in—recently in Libya, but they’ve been...
  • Taking Over the Republican Party

    01/09/2015 8:02:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    RightSideNews ^ | January 5, 2015 | Nelson Hultberg
    One of the biggest fallacies in politics today is the claim that we, as conservatives and libertarians, can only be effective if we stay loyal to the Republican Party and work to gain control of it by electing more free-market conservatives every election year. We at AFR believe such thinking to be tragically misguided. To expect the Republican Party to challenge the modern day juggernaut of statism is as foolish as expecting socialist professors to instill Americanism into our youth. It won’t happen anymore than the planets will one day reverse their orbits. This is because the members of the...
  • Is Rand Paul going to run?

    01/09/2015 7:23:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | January 9, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    In an interview with talk show host Sean Hannity, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) sounded more equivocal about a presidential run than at any time in the last year or so: “If the ideas are resonating — if the ideas look like they have a chance – then it’s much more likely that I’ll make a go of this. If it looks like we’re at 1 percent, we’re not in the top tier, and it’s just going to be a quixotic sort of run, then I think it’s not something I want to do just for educational purposes. I would do...
  • Rand Paul's NYPD Shooting Blowback

    12/22/2014 11:23:10 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 22, 2014 | Lloyd Green
    De Blasio? Sharpton? Nope. The biggest blowback will be against the “reforming” Kentucky senator, because Republicans back cops, period.After New York City Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were gunned down in a retaliatory ambush on Saturday afternoon, the collateral damage was immediate. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio relationship with the police went from horrible to horrendous. Rev. Al Sharpton’s campaign to cleanse his race-baiting past grew more difficult, and Sen. Rand Paul—who had gone out of his way to break bread with Sharpton and to criticize police militarization—may now be facing an even more difficult task...
  • McConnell: I’m on Team Rubio in regard to Cuba

    12/20/2014 7:33:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 20, 2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Beginning on Thursday night, a fight erupted on line between Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul over the new diplomatic opening to Cuba. Rubio slammed Paul for his ignorance, while Paul bizarrely accused Rubio of “isolationism” for opposing Barack Obama’s policies. Before that battle began in earnest, I spoke with incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in a wide-ranging interview about his plans for the 114th Session of Congress. We discussed Cuba, and McConnell made it clear that he was relying on Rubio’s leadership on the issue — which might make for an awkward moment or two between McConnell...
  • What on earth is Rand Paul thinking in taking Obama’s side against Rubio on Cuba?

    12/20/2014 2:53:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 19, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Noah already wrote a policy rebuttal to Paul’s position, which Paul elaborated on this afternoon in a new op-ed at Time. (The op-ed, unlike his tweets, doesn’t mention Rubio by name. Although it does approvingly cite … George W. Bush?) Anyone want to make the case that the politics of attacking Rubio on this issue were smart, at least? I can’t figure out why Rand would do it. When I tweeted out my surprise a few hours ago, a dozen people tweeted back, “Maybe Paul’s just saying what he really believes.” No doubt. But the thing that distinguishes Rand from...
  • Rand Paul backs Obama on Cuba

    12/18/2014 3:05:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    WDIV-TV / CNN ^ | December 18, 2014 | Jeremy Diamond, CNN
    Sen. Rand Paul broke with the field of Republicans considering a 2016 presidential run on Thursday, calling President Barack Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba a "good idea" since the American embargo against Cuba "just hasn't worked." Paul, a likely presidential candidate, made the remarks in an interview with News Talk 800 WVHU's Tom Roten, just a day after his potential competitors for the Republican nomination -- former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz -- slammed the decision to normalize relations as a dangerous move. Rubio and Cruz are sons of Cuban immigrants. Paul...