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  • In Defense of the GOP Establishment [Understanding the limitations of what they have to work with]

    02/03/2016 8:04:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/03/2016 | James Arlandson
    When you were a rowdy teen, your parents were the Establishment. Now that you're a parent, what are you? The anti-establishment, cool parent? Not likely. Rather, you're a grownup who tries to keep the peace in your discordant household; who tries to negotiate among self-interested, imperfect family members who have competing goods and goals; and who tries to instill a long-range vision for the future in your desire-ridden family who wants instant self-gratification. Welcome to the Establishment. You're a bona fide member now. Here's a defense of the amorphous, notional Establishment, as I see it, if it even exists in...
  • Ryan calls for unity, less anger from his fractious GOP (trouble in RINOland)

    02/03/2016 10:32:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 3, 2016 11:07 AM EST | Alan Fram
    House Speaker Paul Ryan called on Republicans Wednesday to stop fighting angrily among themselves and not to be distracted by guns or other "hot-button" issues that President Barack Obama raises this election year. "We can't fall into the progressives' trap of acting like angry reactionaries," Ryan, R-Wis., said at a Heritage Action for America policy meeting. "The left would love nothing more than for a fragmented conservative movement to stand in a circular firing squad, so the progressives can win by default." ...
  • Obama, GOP leaders Ryan, McConnell to meet Tuesday

    01/29/2016 7:44:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 29, 2016 1:26 PM EST
    President Barack Obama plans to meet next week with the top two Republican leaders of Congress to hash out legislative priorities for this election year. It will be Obama's first formal face-to-face meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan since the Wisconsin Republican was elected to the leadership role late last year. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will join Ryan at Tuesday's White House meeting. ...
  • Levin: Beck 'acting like a clown' [2010]

    01/27/2016 3:03:52 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 6 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/23/2010 | Andy Barr
    Conservative radio host Mark Levin is criticizing Glenn Beck's widely publicized CPAC speech this weekend attacking Republicans. (SNIP) But on his show Monday night, Levin called on Beck to "stop dividing us" and suggested he "stop acting like a clown." "What I see across the horizon today in my 40 years or so of conservative activism is unity like I've never seen before," the popular radio host and author said, which was first flagged by the blog Radio Equalizer. "It's unity not because of hate for [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell or [House Minority Leader John] Boehner or whatever. It's...
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Attorney Heads Pro-Cruz, Anti-Trump Super PAC

    01/26/2016 8:38:15 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 37 replies
    The Concervative Treehouse ^ | January 26, 2016 | Sundance
    This is one of those ah-ha moments when several political variables seem to reconcile simultaneously. For those who doubted the Earlier Tripwire, here's the evidence. There is a Super-PAC called "Stand for Truth" registered out of Lexington Kentucky headed by a guy named Eric Lycan. .. Mr. Eric Lycan was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's lawyer during his re-election campaign against Matt Bevin. Lycan also has deep tentacles within the entire GOPe apparatus, including the Chamber of Commerce. You can confirm identity from the filing paperwork and the reported contact information which is the same as THIS LINK to the...
  • When it comes to contributions, Trump doesn't play in the big leagues [loyal to Boehner & McConnell]

    01/26/2016 12:50:07 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90 replies
    Open Secrets ^ | August 7, 2015 | Viveca Novak
    "....That $100,000 gift from Trump to the Boehner-allied super PAC was twice as big as his next-biggest contributions. [Trump's] given $50,000 .. to Karl Rove's American Crossroads (2010) [and $50,000 to] the pro-Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Kentuckians for Strong Leadership (2013)..."
  • Mitch McConnell Ready To Give President Unlimited War Powers (Cleared for Senate Vote)

    01/25/2016 12:58:48 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 39 replies
    HuffPo ^ | Jan 21 2016 | Michael McAuliff & Jennifer Bendery
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) caught nearly everybody off guard late Wednesday by quietly clearing the path for new legislation to declare war on the self-described Islamic State -- an issue he'd signaled for months he had no interest in touching. McConnell introduced a sweeping authorization for the use of military force, or AUMF, that would give the president new authority to take action against the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL. It wouldn't put any limits on the duration, geography or use of U.S. ground combat troops in the war, or on the means by which...
  • Joe Biden Talks, Mitch McConnell Tees Up Authorization for Military Force Against ISIS…

    01/24/2016 10:05:19 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 34 replies
    Conservative Tree House ^ | January 24 2016 | by Sundance
    There’s no way these media reports are accidental or not directly connected. And none of this looks the least bit good against the larger dynamic of the Syrian crisis and President Stompy Feet’s prior position on ISIS.
  • In 2013 and 2014, Donald Trump Funded John Boehner and Mitch McConnell Against the Tea Party

    01/22/2016 9:09:51 PM PST · by TBP · 179 replies
    The Resurgent ^ | January 22, 2016 | Erick Erickson
    In 2013, the tea party rallied to Matt Bevin against Donald Trump. RedState and tea party groups around the country swung into action in an ultimately unsuccessful bid to get Matt Bevin through the primary against Mitch McConnell. We were completely out-funded by establishment interests and Washington lobbyists. It turns out, one of those establishment interests was Donald J. Trump. In 2013, Donald Trump gave $220,000.00 to organizations, many of them dedicated to stamping out the Tea Party. From Karl Rove’s American Crossroads to Mitch McConnell’s Super PAC, Trump spread out money. Rove got $50,000.00 and McConnell got $60,000.00. Trump...
  • Trump on Cruz’s “rough temperament”: You can’t call your leaders liars on the Senate floor

    01/19/2016 1:34:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 152 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 19, 2016 | Allahpundit
    Golly, I thought populists liked it when Cruz did that. Now it turns out that type of insolence is a liability in a president. Frankly, that attitude sounds ... establishment-y. I guess it's time for the "Donald Trump scolding other people for incivility" act of this circus. Donald Trump bashed Ted Cruz's "temperament" and defended his presidential campaign's ground game during an appearance Tuesday at the John Wayne Birthplace Museum. "Ted has got a rough temperament, you can't call people liars on the Senate floor when they are your leaders. Not a good thing to do if you want to...
  • Trump goes ESTABLISHMENT AGAIN, takes swipe at Ted Cruz for calling McConnell a liar – [VIDEO]

    01/19/2016 11:44:43 AM PST · by Isara · 79 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | Jan 19, 2016 | The Right Scoop
    Donald Trump is increasingly attacking Ted Cruz from an establishment perspective, just like he did in December when he called Cruz a maniac for taking on McConnell and the Republican establishment. Well here he goes again, today saying Ted Cruz has a ‘rough temperament’ for calling McConnell a liar on the Senate floor and suggesting that’s not the right way to ‘curry favor’ to ‘get the positive votes’:Donald Trump on Ted Cruz temperament (Video)If The Donald is so interested in currying favor to get the positive votes, then there’s no telling what he will compromise to make that happen. We’ve...
  • Trump Gave $50k to McConnell to Defeat Tea Partier Bevin

    01/17/2016 11:50:31 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 160 replies
    The Pundit Press ^ | 1/17/2016 | Thomas
    Donald Trump has been trying to burnish his conservative credentials in his recent attacks on other Republican candidates. Despite his normal attacks on Lindsey Graham and Jeb Bush, he has now taken to attacking Ted Cruz, calling him an "ultimate hypocrite" and implying that he is ineligible to run for the Presidency. Now it is revealed that Trump attacked current Kentucky Governor and former Senate candidate Matt Bevin. Before Bevin's victory last November he attempted to unseat Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Senate primary.
  • GOP: Plan to close Guantánamo 'illegal'

    01/15/2016 2:12:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 15, 2016 | Jordain Carney
    Congressional Republicans are sending an early warning to the Defense Department that its plan to close Guantánamo Bay would break the law. "No matter how hard the President wishes it wasn't the case, transferring dozens of dangerous terrorists to any domestic location is illegal," Republican Sens. Cory Gardner (Colo.), Pat Roberts (Kan.) and Tim Scott (S.C.) said Friday. "Moving the detainees to South Carolina, Kansas or Colorado will not lead to even the smallest change in the beliefs or propaganda of radical Islamic terrorists." They added that the President Obama's push to create a "Gitmo North" location within the United...
  • McConnell: No, Senate won’t pass resolution affirming Cruz’s eligibility like it did for McCain

    01/12/2016 11:49:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 97 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/12/2016 | AllahPundit
    A leftover from Sunday that I missed yesterday. If you’re going to stand on the Senate floor and call the majority leader a liar and a crony, I guess you shouldn’t be surprised when he won’t do you a favor.Although … this is sort of a favor to Cruz, isn’t it? Every time he gets to tell his fans that it’s McCain or McConnell who’s behind the attacks on eligibility rather than Trump, it makes it easier for populist voters to dismiss them out of hand. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says the upper chamber won't issue a...
  • McConnell, Bevin say political changes on the horizon for Democrat-led House

    FRANKFORT - Two Kentucky Republicans who won lopsided victories over their Democratic opponents - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Gov. Matt Bevin - predicted Wednesday that the last southern legislative chamber in Democratic hands would soon come under GOP control. McConnell, who met with Bevin privately in the governor's Capitol office, called the political outcome "inevitable", and Bevin said Republicans would triumph in the upcoming election cycle. "It is a matter of time," Bevin said. "It's a function of when the House turns. It will happen in 2016. There's no question about that." ... "In my election where...
  • Rand Paul Goes After Ted Cruz: ‘I’ve Given 13-Hour Speeches Without Calling Anyone Names’

    01/03/2016 12:19:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | January 3, 2016 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn, weekend editor
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's personality could be a hinderance to his campaign, fellow GOP presidential contender Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said on Sunday. During an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press," Paul criticized Cruz's handling of disagreements with leadership -- referencing the time Cruz called Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a liar from the Senate floor. Paul said that unlike Cruz, he is able to keep his arguments with leadership to a professional level. "I've given 10-hour speeches, 13-hour speeches without calling anybody names, but talking about the history of our country, the importance of the Bill of Rights, the importance...
  • Obama goes around Congress, sets record for new rules in 2015

    12/30/2015 6:35:03 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 30, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The administration issued a record amount of heft in the federal rule book in 2015 as President Obama's team, carrying out his orders to work around Congress, pushed his expansive government agenda on environmental, labor and Wall Street policy. With one day to go, the administration added 81,611 pages to the Federal Register, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute's count of the official record-keeping digest of federal agencies' rule-making. It's the highest total on record and the third time Mr. Obama has crossed the 80,000-page level during his presidency, the institute's Clyde Wayne Crews calculated. "This is the pen and...
  • Cruz as President of the Senate?

    12/22/2015 6:17:37 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 92 replies
    What if Trump wins the presidency with Cruz as VP and they make the VP sideline job of President of the Senate a REAL job? For example, what if they make Cruz the real boss of the senate and bump McConnell down a peg or two?
  • Mitch McConnell Warns YOU Not To Vote For Donald Trump – Or Else…

    12/21/2015 9:37:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 100 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | December 20, 2015
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared he would not entertain nominating any non-traditional Mainstream Republican candidates in the 2016 election cycle and cautioned voters they are to follow his example. The message was clear from one of the most powerful Republicans in the nation – the entirety of the GOP Machine is ready and willing to go to war with Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and any other Republican candidate who doesn’t conform to Mr. McConnell’s version of an “acceptable” Republican. “We will not nominate anybody for the United States Senate on the Republican side who’s not appealing to a general-election...
  • Why Donald Trump Or Ted Cruz Would Be Such A Disaster For Mitch McConnell

    12/21/2015 2:13:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Talking Point Memo's DC ^ | December 21, 2015 | Lauren Fox
    In his 2014 re-election, Mitch McConnell wasn't running on his personality, nor was he trying to make the case he was the most homespun Kentucky senator there ever was. On the campaign trail, everything McConnell said and did came down to one essential truth: a vote for Mitch McConnell was a vote for a Republican Senate majority. Now, however a volatile and unpredictable presidential cycle could throw that majority into jeopardy and all of the building blocks McConnell's been laying through his three-decade career could fall apart if a bombastic or unpredictable GOP presidential candidate -- Donald Trump? Ted Cruz?...
  • Cruz super PAC tweaks Rubio in new ad

    12/21/2015 7:28:32 AM PST · by Isara · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/21/15 | Katie Glueck
    A super PAC backing Ted Cruz is going up with a new, six-figure digital ad buy targeting voters in the four early-voting primary states, as well as in Mississippi, Georgia and in Alabama, where Cruz just finished a weekend campaign swing.The minute-long spot, called "Trust," was produced by Keep the Promise I, in collaboration with Keep the Promise PAC, part of a cluster of super PACs supporting the Texas senator's presidential bid. The ad, which features voter testimonials, also takes an oblique swipe at Marco Rubio, a rival Republican presidential candidate with whom Cruz has been increasingly sparring over immigration...
  • Why My Vote is for Ted Cruz

    12/19/2015 11:00:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Red State ^ | December 19, 2015 | TN Gal
    At this point in the campaigns we all pretty much know where our preferred candidates stand on issues that mean the most to us as individuals. You know whether you and your candidate are in sync. I have no problem saying I’m in sync with Ted Cruz on the issues. But for me it’s more than just the issues this time. My vote will be cast for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% because of my absolute and utter loathing for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 47%. A protest vote. A protest against one of my own kind, supposedly. For awhile Rep....
  • McConnell: let’s not nominate a bunch of crazy, Tea Party people, folks

    12/19/2015 7:32:12 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 19, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The long awaited voice of reason for the 2016 election has finally weighed in. Mitch McConnell took time out from his busy schedule of cutting budget deals with the Democrats to caution everyone against going crazy next year and nominating a bunch of wacko birds who can’t possibly win. Let’s tune in to a short segment of the sage advice....
  • Sen. Ted Cruz: The Republicans in Congress Are Surrendering to Obama

    12/18/2015 6:03:36 AM PST · by xzins · 83 replies
    Politico ^ | 17 Dec 15 | Ted Cruz
    Why I won't support the latest last-minute $1.1 trillion spending bill. By SEN. TED CRUZ December 17, 2015 It's Christmastime in Washington, D.C., and that can mean only one thing: Congress is once again playing Santa Claus. The names at the top of its list are the Washington Cartel: The big businesses and lobbyists who get in bed with career politicians to do nothing but grow government. And left off the list: the American taxpayer. Thanks to last year's landslide elections, Republicans now control more seats in Congress, more governorships and more state legislative seats across the country than at...
  • Senate Leaders Block Public Debate On The $1.1 Trillion Budget Plan

    12/18/2015 5:50:07 AM PST · by Tareli · 41 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | December 17, 2015 | Neil Munro
    With a mere 68 seconds of almost incomprehensible Senate legalese, the two top Republican and Democratic leaders together blocked any budget amendments, televised debate and roll-call votes over the myriad unpopular or popular, effective, dysfunctional or counterproductive measures in the $1.1 trillion 2016 omnibus spending plan.
  • CEO That Raised Drug Price 4,000 Percent Arrested

    12/17/2015 7:58:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    Big Health Report ^ | December 17, 2015 | The Hill
    Martin Shkreli, who drew national scorn for hiking the cost of a life-saving drug 4,000 percent overnight, has been arrested, according to multiple reports early Thursday.The 32-year-old founder and CEO of Turing Pharmaceutical made headlines in September for raising the price of Daraprim, often used to treat HIV and AIDS patients, from $13.50 per pill to $750 per pill after buying the rights to the drug.His arrest is reportedly not related to that price increase.Shkreli is accused of illegally taking stock from a biotechnology firm he launched in 2011 called Retrophin Inc., Bloomberg reported, and using it to pay off...
  • Ted Cruz Campaign Head Credits Psychological Operations As Primary Source of Voter Support…

    12/14/2015 4:42:05 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 45 replies
    the conservative treehouse ^ | December 13, 2015 | sundance
    We’re often asked why not just unmask candidate Ted Cruz and lay bare with all of the gathered research on his manipulative intents. The simplest answer can be found in the following analogy some might be familiar with: …”have you ever tried to convince a 17-year-old teenager their boyfriend is wrong for them”?… There are some things you make a decision not to do, choosing instead to watch people awaken on their own, at their own pace. Preferring to support them after the awakening. Ted Cruz, as a known toxic entity, is one of those type of examples. What Campaign...
  • Mitch McConnell foes helping back Ted Cruz behind the scenes

    12/11/2015 12:40:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | December 11, 2015 | Theodore Schleifer
    A pair of leading GOP operatives who have tried to oust Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are quietly helping Ted Cruz's presidential campaign behind the scenes, strengthening Cruz's ties to the most rebellious parts of Washington. Leaders behind the Senate Conservatives Fund and the Madison Project, two of the main rabble-rousing outside groups that have been a thorn in the side of Senate leadership, are also helping organize donors and turn out voters for Cruz, group officials tell CNN. Cruz, who himself has been a McConnell nemesis in the past, has controversially raised money for the two groups, which backs...
  • McConnell crushes hopes for TPP vote before the elections ['..pushback all over the place']

    12/11/2015 5:25:22 AM PST · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/10/15 08:00 PM EST | Vicki Needham
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday crushed any hope that Congress could pass a sweeping Asia-Pacific trade agreement before the 2016 elections. McConnell, who has expressed concerns about the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and has yet to take a stance, said President Obama is risking defeat of his signature trade deal if he tries to push for passage before a lame-duck session next year. "It certainly shouldn't come before the election," McConnell told The Washington Post in an interview. "I think the president would be making a big mistake to try to have that voted on during the...
  • McConnell warns that trade deal can’t pass Congress before 2016 elections (lame duck!)

    12/11/2015 3:31:02 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 1 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 12/10/15 | Paul Kane and David Nakamura
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dealt a significant blow to President Obama’s global trade agenda Thursday, declaring that a sweeping pact with 11 Pacific Rim nations should not be sent to Congress for approval until after the 2016 elections - and maybe not until after Obama leaves office. McConnell, who previously supported efforts to enhance Obama's trade negotiating powers, signaled that he was undecided on how he would vote on the deal, but he was clear that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would be defeated if it were sent to Capitol Hill next spring or summer, as the administration was planning...
  • Harry Reid: 'We Need Republicans to Work With Us' to Fund Democrat Priorities

    12/09/2015 8:33:12 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 9, 2015 | 8:23 AM EST | Susan Jones
    "Unless Republicans go along with Democrats, "the government shuts down at midnight this Friday," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday. "If we fail to meet that deadline, it will be another evidence of a Republican failure in leadership." Reid said if Republicans fail to pass an omnibus appropriations bill by midnight on Dec. 11 -- a date they picked -- it will be because they continue to attach their "ideological agenda" to the must-pass omnibus. "No legislation will pass with these poison pill riders. We passed a bipartisan budget agreement, we did it through good-faith negotiations. It was...
  • TPP Contains The Vehicle For Passage of Global Climate Change Rules…

    12/01/2015 12:12:26 AM PST · by SatinDoll · 29 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Nov. 30, 2015 | Sundance
    The original title too long: The Cold Anger Awakening Continues – TPP Contains The Vehicle For Passage of Global Climate Change Rules… What is discussed in this brief video presentation is exactly what we previously outlined. The Paris Global Climate Change conference and any agreement stemming from within them, find passage into U.S. policy through the TPP deal. Go to: http://www.billstill.com Still Report #464 -- TPP Will Force Climate Change Treaty Any climate change treaty that President Obama might sign up to will have approval not through congress, but through the binding international process contained within the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal....
  • Poll: Mitch McConnell Is The Most Unpopular U.S. Senator

    11/24/2015 4:05:57 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/24/15 | Michelle Fields
    Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell is the most unpopular U.S. Senator, according to a new national survey. The poll released by Morning Consult finds McConnell is the only senator with a disapproval rating higher than 50 percent. McConnell has a 52 percent disapproval rating among Kentucky voters, while only 38 percent approve of his job performance. Sen. Gary Peters and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) have the lowest approval rating among their constituents at 37 percent. The most popular U.S. Senator is presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, with 83 percent of respondents saying they approve of his job...
  • Cruz: Budget deal the 'cartel in all of its glory'

    10/30/2015 1:11:18 PM PDT · by Isara · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 29, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday evening slammed a two-year budget agreement hours before an expected vote, suggesting it was the "cartel in all of its glory." "It is difficult to find a better illustration of the Washington cartel than the charade we are engaged in this evening," he said, speaking from the Senate floor for more than an hour. "This represents the cartel in all of its glory." He added that the two-year budget deal - which also increases the debt ceiling - is both "shockingly bad" on policy but also "a manifestation of the bipartisan corruption that suffuses...
  • Cruz accuses McConnell of working for Dems

    10/29/2015 9:03:43 PM PDT · by VinL · 32 replies
    WashExaminer ^ | 10/29/15 | Susan Ferrichio
    Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican presidential candidate, conducted a 90-minute takedown late Thursday of his own Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, who he characterized by name as a weak leader unwilling to fight for conservative causes. Cruz, a Tea Party conservative, frequently bucks Senate GOP leaders and has on at least one other occasion criticized McConnell in a Senate floor speech. But late Thursday, he took on McConnell with renewed antipathy, using pie charts to demonstrate that the Kentucky Republican has bolstered the Democratic agenda rather than conservative goals during his ten-month tenure. "Why is a Republican majority leader fighting...
  • Cruz rips compromise budget deal

    10/27/2015 2:54:39 PM PDT · by Isara · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/27/15 | Burgess Everett
    Ted Cruz launched a searing critique of Capitol Hill's bipartisan budget deal on Tuesday afternoon, slamming outgoing House Speaker John Boehner for leaving Congress via a "golden parachute" and accusing GOP leaders of capitulating to President Barack Obama."It is complete and utter surrender," Cruz said. "We now have a GOP Congress, but no one watching this budget surrender would know it." Though dozens of Capitol Hill Republicans have knocked the compromise legislation, Cruz's criticisms stood out from the rest of the pack just a day before he will take the GOP debate stage in Colorado. And they continued his running...
  • Ted Cruz Lauches Cruz Missile at Obamas Mitch McConnell; Compares Him to Emperor With No...

    10/27/2015 12:23:49 PM PDT · by Isara · 10 replies
    Politistick ^ | October 27, 2015 | Matthew K. Burke
    Ted Cruz Lauches ‘Cruz Missile’ at Obama’s Mitch McConnell; Compares Him to ‘Emperor With No Clothes’ Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a constitutional conservative, sat down with The Blaze founder Glenn Beck on Monday and talked about Cruz’s historic Senate floor calling out of Obama’s Mitch, Surrender Caucus Leader McConnell, for lying to “every” Republican senator about the reauthorization of the cronyist Export-Import Bank.“Mitch McConnell — the majority leader — had looked me in the eyes — he’d looked every other Republican senator in the eyes and he had promised explicitly that he had not made a deal to reauthorize the...
  • Memoir (The Long Game) by Senate Majority Leader McConnell coming in May (Title anyone??? nyaaaa!!!)

    10/26/2015 3:43:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/26/15 | Hillal Italie - AP
    NEW YORK (AP) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a book deal. The Kentucky Republican's memoir "The Long Game" will be released in May, Sentinel told The Associated Press on Monday. According to the publisher, a conservative imprint of Penguin Random House, McConnell will address "controversial issues" involving himself and both parties, whether tea party Republicans who have accused him of being too willing to compromise or such leading Democrats as President Barack Obama and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.
  • HILARIOUS! Ted Cruz Impersonates Mark Levin as Speaker Hammering Mitch McConnell; Nails It!

    10/25/2015 9:07:46 AM PDT · by Isara · 28 replies
    Politistick ^ | October 25, 2015 | Matthew K. Burke
    Ted Cruz speaking at the Bayliss Park Hall in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Oct. 23, 2015. Image Credit via screenshot, C-SPAN GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz is known for his principled and articulate constitutionalism, like a modern-day founding father who Rush Limbaugh recently declared as clearly the most “anti-liberal” candidate in the race — a huge compliment. Cruz is a constitutional fighter, who turned off the entrenched establishment leeches in both parties, as well as the corrupt Obama sycophants in the mainstream media.But one personality trait Cruz isn’t given nearly enough credit for is his sharp, witty and timely...
  • Sources: McConnell floats entitlement changes in high-stakes fiscal talks

    10/14/2015 8:23:38 AM PDT · by Fhios · 79 replies
    CNN politics ^ | 10/13/2015 | Manu Raju
    (CNN) Mitch McConnell privately wants the White House to pay this price to enact a major budget deal: Significant changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for raising the debt ceiling and funding the government.
  • McConnells Last Stand: He Wants Medicare, Social Security Cuts to Raise Debt Limit

    10/13/2015 1:23:20 PM PDT · by upbeat5 · 49 replies
    The Fiscal Times via Yahoo Mews ^ | October 13, 2015 | Rob Garver
    In case anyone thought things couldnt get more chaotic on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell appears ready to set them straight. McConnell, according to a report first published by CNN, plans to make several major demands of the White House, including changes to Medicare, Social Security, and EPA regulations as his price for raising the nations debt limit. Related Stories The report from CNNs Manu Raju complicates the already fraught debate over whether and how to increase the Treasury Departments ability to borrow the money it needs to pay the nations debts. Failure to allow additional borrowing would, at...
  • An Unlikely Set of Seeming Non Sequiturs, However...

    10/10/2015 7:32:29 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    Vanity | 10/10/2015 | CharlesOconnell
     In the unlikely event that the President were ever impeached, what would Senator Mitch McConnell's position be regarding arbitrary restrictions on the scope of prosecution?  On Sunday, November 24, 1963, my sister and I were watching TV in our pajamas. Our Mom was standing behind us, watching too. We watched Lee Harvey Oswald get shot by Jack Ruby on live TV. We listened to various news stories through the years for explanations of those memorable events. As a teenager I listened to a "Boston Conspiracy Conference" carried live for several days in the 1970s on KPFK, socialist radio in Los Angeles. I...
  • Ted Cruz Is the Bizarro Romney: In the Republican primary, thats a very good thing.

    10/08/2015 6:07:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Slate ^ | October 8, 2015 | Jamelle Bouie
    When Ted Cruz announced his campaign for president, I said he didnt have a chance. The Texas senator isnt just extremean ideological outlier with hard-right positions on virtually everything under the sunbut hes unpopular with other Republican lawmakers. He stepped on the stage as a critic of national GOP leadership and has used his influence with grassroots conservatives to force confrontations like the 2013 government shutdown. Cruz has burned his bridges with powerful party figures like Majority Leader Mitch McConnellon one occasion, Cruz called McConnell a liar on the Senate floorand is toxic to many of his Senate Republican colleagues....
  • McConnell Capitulates To Cruz On Immigration

    10/08/2015 3:22:44 PM PDT · by Isara · 36 replies
    IBD ^ | October 8, 2015 | Thomas McArdle
    How many times have we been told that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, running for the GOP presidential nomination, is an ineffective "wacko bird,"in Arizona Sen. John McCain's insulting words? ...it now looks like he's ended up being very effective in getting the Senate to do something about illegal alien violent criminals. The first piece of legislation the U.S. Senate will take up after its October recess will be a measure that includes Cruz-backed Kate's Law, imposing a mandatory five years in prison for deported aliens who re-enter America illegally. It's named after Kate Steinle, slain on the San Francisco pier...
  • GOP schism not new, still a factor

    10/07/2015 5:54:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | October 6, 2015 | Jack Torry and Jessica Wehrman
    In 1952, the combatants were Dwight Eisenhower and Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio. In 1964, it was Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller. Today, they are outgoing House Speaker John Boehner and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. All have been at the center of an endless struggle that has roiled Republicans for decades as conservatives attempt to yank the party to the political right while more moderate or establishment Republicans try their best to nudge their way toward the center. In the vivid glare of an intense presidential race, party conservatives such as Cruz and Rep. Jim Jordan of Urbana are...
  • Rand Paul Attacks Ted Cruz In Defense Of Mitch McConnell

    10/07/2015 12:04:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    DC Whispers ^ | September 30, 2015
    In a move that will no doubt disappoint many of his political supporters, Senator Rand Paul stated publicly that fellow GOP Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz is “done for” in the Senate. Senator Paul’s words appeared to be part of his defense of current Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, himself the subject of increasing pressure from unhappy conservatives to step down from that position due to McConnell’s ongoing unwillingness to more forcefully fight the Obama agenda. It should be noted that at present, the Paul presidential campaign is floundering at just 1% in most polls while Cruz continues to...
  • Exclusive Nonpartisan Congressional Report: Mitch McConnell Worse than Harry Reid...

    10/05/2015 6:35:56 PM PDT · by VinL · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/5/2015 | Matt Boyle
    A new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) has found that ... Mitch McConnell is the worst Senate Majority Leader in history for the first year of a Congress in terms of shutting down debate using a controversial procedure known as filling the amendment tree. The report ....shows that McConnell has used the procedure more in the first year of a Congress than any other Majority Leader in history. Traditionally, the report shows, use of the tactic becomes more frequent in a second year of a Congressessentially meaning that McConnells extraordinary use of the tactic this year is...
  • Only 22% of GOP Voters Want Mitch McConnell to Stay

    10/04/2015 7:38:21 AM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | October 01, 2015
    It looks like Republican voters are ready to clean house when it comes to the party's top two congressional leaders. Following John Boehners sudden decision to step down as speaker of the House of Representatives, 46% of Likely Republican Voters think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also should resign. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 22% of GOP voters dont think the longtime Kentucky senator should step down as majority leader, but a sizable 32% are undecided.
  • Ted Cruz Versus The Establishment, Again

    10/01/2015 7:23:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 1, 2015 | Emily O'Neill, co-founder Envallo
    This week, Politico released on article suggesting that Ted Cruz has lost the trust of his peers, save for libertarian-leaning Mike Lee, who chimed in to his defense. The comments on the article, mostly from liberals who will never agree with a conservative philosophy anyway, resorted to ad hominin attacks. Criticism from the left is to be expected; however, the concerning part of this story is that conservatives and libertarians are voicing their opposition to Cruz fighting the status quo. The irony? Both camps claim to share the belief that Washington is dysfunctional, and many public opinion polls show that...
  • Ted Cruz Twice Refuses Opportunity To Call For McConnell To Step Down As Republican Leader

    10/01/2015 8:43:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/01/2015 | Jamie Weinstein
    Ted Cruz has called Mitch McConnell a liar and expressed outrage over what he sees as McConnells unprincipled leadership but hes not ready to call for the Senate majority leader to step down. Appearing on Hugh Hewitts radio show Wednesday, guest hosted by yours truly, the Texas senator and 2016 presidential contender twice rejected an opportunity to call for McConnells ousting as Senate majority leader. We just saw John Boehner announce that he will be stepping down as Speaker in October. Do you think its time for Mitch McConnell to leave his role as leader of the Senate Republicans?...