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  • Unhappy With a Moderate Jeb Bush, Conservatives Aim to Unite Behind an Alternative

    03/26/2015 12:54:29 PM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 25, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    Fearing that Republicans will ultimately nominate an establishment presidential candidate like Jeb Bush, leaders of the nation’s Christian right have mounted an ambitious effort to coalesce their support behind a single social-conservative contender months before the first primary votes are cast. In secret straw polls and exclusive meetings from Iowa to California, the leaders are weighing the relative appeal and liabilities of potential standard-bearers like Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Govs. Rick Perry of Texas and Mike Huckabee of Arkansas.
  • Scott Walker Shifts Stance on Immigration at Private Dinner (Back to Pro-Amnesty)

    03/26/2015 12:10:02 PM PDT · by C19fan · 68 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 26, 2015 | Reid J. Epstein
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told a private dinner of New Hampshire Republicans this month that he backed the idea of allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the country and to eventually become eligible for citizenship, a position at odds with his previous public statements on the matter.
  • Lindsey Graham Should Run for President (Thumbs Up from Slate)

    03/25/2015 11:13:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Slate ^ | March 25, 2015 | Eric Holthaus
    With the American electorate shifting solidly in favor of climate action over the last few years, Republican presidential candidates have a tough decision to make: Keep chasing donations from the fossil fuel industry, or follow where the science leads and form an authentically conservative plan for addressing the increasingly pressing problem of global warming. Unfortunately for the planet, it’s not looking pretty. Here’s what the leading 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls have to say about climate change:
  • Jeb Bush Returns to the Washington Fund-Raising Well

    03/25/2015 8:31:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | Eric Lichtblau
    “I’m not an expert on the ways of Washington,” Jeb Bush told conservatives last month when he was asked about a funding dispute in Congress. Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor, has sounded that theme regularly in his fledgling presidential campaign. But even as he positions himself as a Washington outsider, he seems to have mastered a skill that is crucial in this city: tapping into the money-raising clout of the K Street lobbyists, political operatives, superlawyers and business leaders in Washington’s permanent class.
  • 'You can’t govern the country based on being angry’ (McCain Mini-Me 2016)

    03/25/2015 7:17:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | March 25, 2015 | Manu Raju
    Ted Cruz vows to repeal “every word” of Obamacare and Common Core if he becomes president. He would “abolish” the IRS, flatten the Tax Code so Americans can fill out their taxes on a postcard, and “finally, finally, finally” secure the border. To which Lindsey Graham says: not going to happen.
  • Ted Cruz, the presidential candidate who wants to increase the H-1B cap by 500%

    03/24/2015 12:18:36 PM PDT · by C19fan · 202 replies
    Computerworld ^ | March 23, 2015 | Patrick Thibodeau
    It's going to be hard for the Republicans to field a presidential candidate as enthusiastic about the H-1B visa as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Cruz, who announced his presidential bid this morning, once proposed an immediate increase in the base H-1B cap from 65,000 to 325,000. Cruz offered the H-1B increase as an amendment in 2013 to the Senate's comprehensive immigration bill.
  • The Fair and Relevant Question: After 8 Years of Obama, Why Should GOP Nominate a One-Term Senator?

    03/23/2015 7:56:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 108 replies
    Red State ^ | 03/23/2015 | Erick Erickson
    With Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) beginning his run for the Presidency today, I should make public the question I've suggested to reporters in private. Senator Cruz is for certain going to be joined by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who will announce in a few weeks. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who I think is underrated in his bid for the Presidency even though Jeb Bush is intent on locking up Florida, will also most likely declare his candidacy. All three of these men would make excellent Presidents. I know them personally. I backed them when they were at single digits in...
  • How the Clintons’ Haiti development plans succeed — and disappoint

    03/20/2015 11:39:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 20, 2015 | Kevin Sullivan and Rosalind S. Helderman
    Deep in the Haitian countryside, peanut farmer Wismith Moricette epitomizes the success of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton’s charitable work: Through an innovative program backed by the Clintons, the 23-year-old has doubled the yield from his one-acre plot. Along with all those peanuts, Moricette said, have come visions of a brighter future for his wife and young son. Fifty miles away on Haiti’s Caribbean coast, Anelle Germinal exemplifies another reality of the Clintons’ work here: disappointment. The 33-year-old mother of four has been standing in the baking sun every day for months waiting for work in the struggling Caracol Industrial...

    03/20/2015 9:41:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 20, 2015 | Staff
    Democrats in a New Hampshire focus group want a third-party arbiter to examine Hillary Clinton’s private emails and would not mind Jeb Bush as a “consolation prize” because of his moderate views on amnesty and Common Core, which may explain why not one Republican in the focus group said they would vote for Bush in the first-in-the-nation primary if it were held today. According to Bloomberg News, Democrats in the focus group reportedly “contradicted claims by Clinton’s team that voters aren’t worrying about her e-mails,”–they reportedly said how Clinton handled the email scandal “disappointed them and made her more vulnerable...
  • Can Jeb Bush fire up the base like he’s fired up the establishment?

    03/20/2015 9:33:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 20, 2015 | Washington Post
    Jeb Bush’s nascent presidential campaign has already won over many of the big-dollar donors and GOP elites. What he needs to prove now is that he can win over the crowds. Until visits to South Carolina and other early states this month, the former Florida governor hadn’t been on the campaign trail for himself in 13 years. He hadn’t sold himself to the deeply conservative, tea party-inspired crowds that have emerged as a driving Republican force in the Obama era. He’d never snapped so many “selfies” with admirers.
  • Clinton Isn’t Going Anywhere…Yet [Clintonistas may really want to run against is Bush] [ed]

    03/19/2015 12:22:06 PM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Sabato's Crystal Ball ^ | March 19, 2015 | Larry J. Sabato, Kyle Kondik and Geoffrey Skelley
    Hillary Clinton went before cameras and reporters at the United Nations last week to address the ongoing controversy over her use of a private email system during her time as secretary of state. She was terse, combative, and essentially told the American people to “trust her” when she says that she didn’t do anything wrong and isn’t hiding anything. Clinton’s visceral dislike of the media was obvious and can be summed up by three words (“Go to Hell”), which was how Politico’s John Harris put it after Clinton’s presser.
  • Poll: Hillary Clinton still tops in 2016

    03/18/2015 11:14:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | March 18, 2015 | Jennifer Agiesta
    Hillary Clinton continues to be a dominant force heading into the 2016 presidential election, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. The former secretary of state maintains a broad lead over the field of potential Democratic challengers she could face in a nomination contest and sizable advantages over the leading contenders from the Republican side in general election match-ups. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tops the possible field for the Republican Party's nomination race, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former neurosurgeon Ben Carson all in a tight cluste
  • Barbara Bush Starts Fundraising for Jeb: ‘Pushing Him to Run’

    03/18/2015 8:44:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    National Review Online ^ | March 18, 2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Jeb Bush’s campaign addressed the problem of his mother saying the country doesn’t need another Bush presidency head-on, in a fundraising email signed by Barbara Bush herself. “When the idea of Jeb running for President first came up, I was hesitant,” Mrs. Bush writes. “You may have heard about that. When you see the pounding candidates, their spouses, and even their children take, what mother wouldn’t be? But our problems are so profound that America needs a leader who can renew the promise of this great nation.”
  • Brent Budowsky: Why Hillary can win big [Hurl]

    03/18/2015 8:17:25 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 17, 2015 | Brent Budowsky
    The most popular former president since the Second World War is John Kennedy. The most popular living former president is Bill Clinton. The most popular public figure in America is Pope Francis, whose favorable rating was a towering 78 percent in a recent Pew poll. These three data points reveal the qualities most Americans want in their next president. Along with demographic and electoral state advantages Democrats posses in presidential elections, they explain why Hillary Clinton will enter the 2016 campaign in a powerful position — and with the possibility of winning a mandate victory that would dramatically change the...
  • It looks like there's another Democratic presidential candidate

    03/18/2015 7:23:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/18/2015 | KATRINA VANDEN HEUVE via Washington Post
    At a moment when everybody in Washington is talking about e-mails, former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley (D) wants to talk about Wall Street reform. Indeed, while Hillary Clinton's use of a private e-mail address at the State Department has created a media frenzy and overshadowed other issues, the past week brought additional news in the Democratic primary: O'Malley is almost certainly running for president. And he's determined to make his voice heard despite some pundits dismissing his ability to mount a "credible" challenge to Clinton for the party's nomination. The swirl of controversy surrounding Clinton has not only called her...
  • Donald Trump drops 'Apprentice,' will launch presidential exploratory committee

    03/18/2015 6:55:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    NH Union Leader ^ | 03/18/2015 | DAN TUOHY
    Donald Trump will launch a presidential exploratory committee Wednesday, the eve of the business mogul’s return to New Hampshire. A senior adviser tells the New Hampshire Union Leader that Trump will not be renewing his contract with NBC for the reality television “Apprentice” series. Combined with staff hires, Trump’s announcement that he will form an exploratory committee for the first time is a sign the billionaire is seriously considering running for the Republican nomination. Trump’s statement on forming the exploratory committee hints at the razzle-dazzle to come for a turbo-charged personality known for skewering the political establishment. He refers to...
  • Jeb Bush's $100 million problem: Bush advisers are scrambling to drive down lofty [tr]

    03/17/2015 7:40:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | March 16, 2015 | Ben White
    Jeb Bush has a big expectations problem when it comes to fundraising for his Right to Rise super PAC. All across Wall Street and the rest of the nation, donors who attended high-dollar Bush events are whispering that the former Florida governor could raise as much as $100 million in the first quarter of the year — and maybe $500 million by June, if not significantly more. Either feat would smash records and send shock waves through the rest of the GOP presidential field.
  • Bobby Jindal's tax problem

    03/17/2015 7:37:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | March 17, 2015 | Rachel Bade
    Some Louisiana Republicans have a question for Gov. Bobby Jindal: Who runs the state’s tax policy — the governor or Grover Norquist? Jindal, who is exploring a 2016 presidential run, is fighting with his own party over how to fill a $1.6 billion budget hole. But like many GOP-ers, he is eager to preserve his anti-tax bona fides. Story Continued Below Enter Norquist, the activist who specializes in deciding which revenue hikes should count as tax increases, and which might be labeled with such euphemisms as hiking fees, closing loopholes — or in this case, “cutting spending.”

    03/17/2015 6:56:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 16, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made another massive misstep on Monday, hiring Liz Mair of Mair Strategies to handle communications and social media for his campaign-in-waiting. Mair’s support for amnesty for illegal aliens, wide-open-borders immigration policies, and public advocacy for the Senate “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill is sure to dog Walker in Iowa, South Carolina, and other early presidential states. During the Senate Gang of Eight bill fight, Mair very publicly and very aggressively promoted the amnesty bill—pushing it to media and making the case for the need for it over and over again. She claims her advocacy was done...
  • Lindsey Graham: Not a punchline (2016)

    03/16/2015 12:55:33 PM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 16, 2015 | Rebecca Berg
    The night before an agriculture summit in Urbandale, Iowa, Lindsey Graham seemed concerned, above all else, about his attire. The event would mark Graham's introduction to the presidential campaign stage, in front of hundreds of members of Iowa and national press, and hundreds more Iowa farmers. The quality and reception of his remarks would likely bear on the trajectory of his candidacy, should he decide to run for president. But, roughly 12 hours before he was set to speak, Graham was puzzling not over his message, but whether to wear a tie.
  • Al Gore should run for president

    03/16/2015 11:14:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    Vox ^ | March 16, 2015 | Ezra Klein
    Democrats need a debate about where their party goes next. Obamacare's passage marked the rough completion of the social safety net that liberals began constructing during Franklin Delano Roosevelt's presidency. The end of the Iraq War drained Democrats of their foreign policy fervor. The rapid acceptance of gay marriage has robbed them of the next civil rights fight. There is work left to be done in all these arenas, but over time, the party will need to discover new dreams, much as Republicans have found the Ryan budget. The closest thing Democrats have to an organizing concern is income inequality....
  • Lindsey Graham ramps up staffing for possible 2016 bid

    03/16/2015 7:11:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Politico ^ | March 16, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    Lindsey Graham’s prospective presidential operation is ramping up with the hiring of a new communications director and a senior political adviser. Brittany Bramell, a former spokeswoman for House Speaker John Boehner, will spearhead communications for Security Through Strength, the PAC that is laying the groundwork for the South Carolina Republican’s long-shot bid.
  • Bush Says He Has ‘Backbone’ on the Common Core

    03/14/2015 7:25:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 46 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 14, 2015 | Jonathan Martin and Patrick Healy
    Jeb Bush, making his first visit to New Hampshire as a likely presidential candidate, implicitly criticized his Republican rivals for the nomination for changing their positions on difficult issues. Discussing his support for the Common Core education standards, which are viewed unfavorably by many Republicans, Mr. Bush said, “you don’t abandon your core beliefs” just because a position appears unpopular. “The way I’ve sorted it out is: I think you need to be genuine, I think you need to have a backbone. I think you need to able to persuade people this is a national crisis, this is a national...
  • Jeb Bush says his immigration reform plan is 'the grown-up plan'

    03/14/2015 6:17:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 44 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 13, 2015 | Jon Ward
    Jeb Bush said on Friday that his plan for reforming the nation’s immigration system is “the grown-up plan.” Bush kicked off his first pre-2016 trip to New Hampshire with a visit to the Integra Biosciences manufacturing plant in Hudson, where he took questions from local business leaders. The former Florida governor, whose position on immigration reform has come under criticism from members of his party, once again endorsed “earned legal status” for immigrants who entered the country illegally.
  • Jeb Bush Is Not the GOP’s Ideal ‘Change’ Candidate (But Hold Your Noses Again)

    03/13/2015 7:19:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    National Review ^ | March 13, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Let us now make the case for Jeb skepticism. Jeb Bush is a fine man. He’s a conservative. He was a highly effective conservative governor. He would probably make a fine president. And, if he were the Republican nominee, there would be precious few good arguments — from a conservative perspective — for sitting out the election, never mind voting for the Democratic nominee (whoever she may be).
  • If Not Hillary, Who?

    03/13/2015 6:58:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/13/2015 | Michael Barone
    The controversy over Hillary Clinton’s e-mails and her unconvincing press conference at the United Nations have gotten many Democrats and others thinking the unthinkable: Clinton may not be the Democrats’ 2016 nominee for president. And it has many asking the question — scary for Democrats — of who else could be. It’s not a strong field. Vice President Joe Biden is 72 and has low poll ratings. Elizabeth Warren inspires the Democratic left, but says she’s not running — perhaps for fear of exposure of her dubious claim, when seeking prestigious law-school jobs, of Cherokee ancestry. Others are even less...
  • Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, and the Ill-Fated Wars They Supported

    03/12/2015 10:52:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 12, 2015 | Conor Friedersdorf
    When the U.S. helped to oust Libya's dictator from power, supporters of the intervention included Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Nancy Pelosi, Marco Rubio, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Mark Kirk, Charles Krauthammer and Bill Kristol. In advance of Election 2016, when some of these people try to influence public debate and others vie to become president of the United States, let us continue to monitor the outcome of the war that they supported.
  • Taxpayer tab for Clinton Inc.: $16 million

    03/12/2015 10:38:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Politico ^ | March 12, 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    By Election Day 2016, taxpayers will have paid out more than $16 million to fund Bill Clinton’s pension, travel, office expenses and even the salaries and benefits of staff at his family’s foundation, federal records show. Since he left the White House in 2001, Clinton and his office have received more money through the Former Presidents Act than any other ex-president, according to a POLITICO analysis of budget documents.
  • Jeb Bush Set to Tap Policy Director (Member of the Ivy League-Wall Street Clerisy)

    03/12/2015 6:55:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | March 11, 2015 | Eliana Johnson
    Jeb Bush will in the coming days name Justin Muzinich the policy director of his likely 2016 presidential campaign, according to multiple sources. Muzinich, who holds an undergraduate degree and an MBA from Harvard and a law degree from Yale, has spent his career in finance, first at Morgan Stanley, where he worked in mergers and acquisitions, and then at the hedge fund EMS Capital. He currently serves as vice chairman of Muzinich & Co., the New York City investment firm.
  • Insider Buzz Grows for Marco Rubio

    03/12/2015 6:04:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | March 12, 2015 | Eliana Johnson
    Everybody’s talking about Rubio.” So says a top Republican operative who’s been in touch with nearly every potential presidential campaign, as well as with several top donors. Jeb Bush’s announcement in December launched both a fundraising juggernaut and an aggressive hiring spree, and Scott Walker’s speech in Iowa the following month lifted Walker to the top of national polls. But a little more than a month later, says the operative, “The Jeb boom is over and people are having second thoughts about Walker.”
  • Are we ready for 10 more years of wrath from the eternal Woman Scorned?

    03/11/2015 1:00:02 PM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | March 10, 2015 | Charles Hurt
    No, Madam Secretary, we do NOT want to know about your yoga habits! Hillary Clinton’s press performance Tuesday afternoon was, truly, everything Americans could have hoped for from our former First Lady, Modern Joan of Arc, Lady Macbeth, Senate carpetbagger and eternal public Woman Scorned.
  • Is This a Scandal -- Or a 'Scandal'? (Another Clintonista Blast from the Past)

    03/05/2015 1:04:10 PM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | March 5, 2015 | Joe Conason
    To someone who has watched many "scandals" surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton evaporate into the Washington mist -- even when Pulitzer Prize-winning pundits predicted that she would end up in prison! -- the current furor over her emails hardly seems earthshaking. It isn't unreasonable to require public officials to conduct all public business on government email accounts, but there was no such ironclad rule when Clinton became secretary of state. In hindsight, it might have been better for her and the public if she had done so. Yet many prominent people, both in and out of government, have preferred private email,...
  • Jeb Bush to Visit an Iowa Where Fatigue With His Family Has Set In

    03/05/2015 9:54:18 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    NY Times ^ | Mach 5, 2015 | Trip Gabriel
    Sheryl McDonald, a retiree, voted for both Presidents Bush. “But I’m finding out they did some things we got stuck with,” she said. “I do not want to see Jeb Bush run,” she added. “He turns me off.” Scarcely anyone at a meeting of the Green County Republican Party here in central Iowa recently had anything kind to say about Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor. They objected to his moderate stances on immigration and education standards. But they also complained matter-of-factly about fatigue with his family — especially after the presidency of George W. Bush, whom they blamed for...
  • Voters Unlikely to Care Much About the Hillary Clinton Email Furor

    03/04/2015 9:06:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 4, 2015 | Brendan Nyhan
    The report Monday that Hillary Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state raises a number of important questions about government transparency and access to public records. Unsurprisingly, however, the conversation quickly veered from matters of policy into ominous speculation about the political consequences for Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic Party presidential front-runner, including hyperbolic suggestions that the emails could “shake up the 2016 race,” cause irreparable damage to her, cause her to lose the general election, or even help force her out of the race.
  • Media Matters founder wants New York Times 'correction' on Hillary emails report (90s nostalgia)

    03/04/2015 8:58:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 4, 2015 | Eddie Scarry
    David Brock, founder of the liberal Media Matters watchdog and a Hillary Clinton loyalist, said on Wednesday that a New York Times report on Clinton's email practices while secretary of state was "sloppily done" and "based on a false premise." "The piece didn't stand up to scrutiny after it was published," said Brock on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where he called on the Times to issue a correction to the report, which was written by Michael S. Schmidt and published Monday night.
  • Is Scott Walker Ready for Prime Time?

    03/04/2015 6:29:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/04/2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    Prepared or not, the Wisconsin governor is now the 2016 front-runner. Any chef will tell you that you need great ingredients to pull off a great meal. Less discussed but just as true: You need to cook the ingredients in the right order. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has nearly all of the right ingredients to win the GOP nomination. He is popular among both anti-establishment activists and the big donors of the establishment. He has working-class appeal (desperately needed for the GOP), and he’s battle-tested in his home state — a state many believe the Republicans could finally pick off...
  • The Goldman Sachs primary

    03/03/2015 5:50:03 AM PST · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | March 2, 2015 | Ben White
    Forget the Democratic and Republican primaries: The two biggest names in the 2016 presidential race are competing directly against each other in an elite forum, the halls of Goldman Sachs. Jeb Bush will be back in New York raising money next week with his sights set on Goldman, the wealthiest and most successful bank in Wall Street history. He has a pair of events scheduled for next Wednesday with current and former Goldman executives, sources familiar with Bush’s plans said.
  • Jeb Bush 'Will Not Sign Any Pledges' in 2016

    03/01/2015 5:52:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 28, 2015 | Jonathan Karl
    Anti-taxman Grover Norquist recently told ABC News he believes Jeb Bush will likely sign his no-new-taxes pledge if and when he officially becomes a candidate for president. But, as Dana Carvey might say, "Not gonna happen." Norquist may have had good reason to believe Bush would sign the Taxpayers Protection Pledge, where candidates vow to oppose "any and all efforts to increase taxes." After all, the vast majority of Republican candidates for national office and many for local and statewide office have been signing it ever since Norquist started Americans for Tax Reform in 1985.
  • Dozens of CPAC Attendees Walk Out on Jeb Bush

    02/27/2015 12:15:43 PM PST · by C19fan · 112 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 27, 2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    Scores of CPAC attendees began to file out as soon as Jeb Bush started speaking with talk show host Sean Hannity this afternoon,which did eventually garner plenty of applause. After exiting the main auditorium at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the protesting attendees began chanting “USA, USA” and “Stand with Rand.” Despite the sign of defiance, the main ballroom was as packed for Bush’s talk as it had been for any other 2016 contender, including Scott Walker and Rand Paul. Bush’s comments attracted cheers from some parts of the ballroom, which was more packed than it had been at any...
  • Republican power brokers think Scott Walker just isn’t ready. Do they have a point?

    02/27/2015 7:27:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 95 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/27/2015 | Noah Rothman
    The first instinct of many upon reading this headline will be to dismiss it. Presumably, “Republican powerbrokers” can be understood to mean Jeb Bush’s stable of handwringers for whom nothing is more frightening than an outspoken conservative who governs like one. But if we step back and suspend disbelief, it is not hard to see where Walker’s critics have a point. First off, who are Walker’s critics? Well, outside of the political press and the nation’s editorial boards, which have determined that the Wisconsin governor is a “panderer of the first order” because the media is not the target...

    02/27/2015 6:37:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 26, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    In an interview at CPAC with conservative show host Laura Ingraham, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) acknowledged why many governors likely adopted the unproven Common Core standards were dangled before them by the Obama administration: He signed onto them because his state needed the federal funds that would come in exchange for adopting the unpopular education reform. Ingraham asked Christie about his prior support for the nationalized standards, and observed that he did sign his state’s Race to the Top application for the federal funds.
  • Bush Campaign’s Demand for Fidelity Ruffles Some Republican Rivals

    02/27/2015 5:45:17 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 26, 2015 | Michael Barbaro and Maggie Haberman
    The prestigious consulting firm, known for its close ties to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, was orchestrating an extensive effort to remake his image and prepare him for the 2016 presidential campaign. But that was no deterrent for Jeb Bush. His team hired the firm anyway and quickly made it clear that it wanted undivided allegiance. The company, FP1 Strategies, soon severed ties with Mr. Perry, startling his staff.
  • Jeb Bush: 'I'm not backing down' from immigration stance

    02/27/2015 5:36:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | February 26, 2015 | Byron York
    In perhaps his most campaign-style speech so far, not-yet-official GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush vowed Thursday not to alter his views on immigration despite intense opposition among some parts of the Republican base. "If I go beyond the consideration of running, I'm not backing down from something that is a core belief," Bush told a gathering of the conservative Club for Growth in Florida. "Are we supposed to just cower because at the moment people are all upset about something? No way, no how."
  • Jeb Bush’s Sense and Sensibility

    02/26/2015 11:24:19 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Time ^ | February 26,2015 | Joe Klein
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  • Religious Faith to Be Key Piece of Possible Jeb Bush Run

    02/26/2015 5:21:56 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 29, 2015 | Beth Reinhard
    A memo from a top adviser to Jeb Bush gives a clue as to how he could connect with the conservative base of his party if he runs for president: talking about his religious faith. Faith is listed as one of nine “issues you care about” in a memo to Mr. Bush’s supporters from Sally Bradshaw that quotes Mr. Bush on each topic, offering an on-message preview of his potential bid for the Republican nomination. Referring to his conversion to Catholicism, Mr. Bush says, “My faith was strengthened when I converted to my wife’s faith…It gives me a serenity that,...
  • VPOTUS, CJOTUS, Hello? Obama Suggests He's Only Official of All USA

    02/25/2015 6:48:32 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 27 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Wonder if the MSM will notice that, in his overweening ego, during his MSNBC townhall today President Obama seemed to falsely proclaim himself the only official representing the whole of the United States. Vice-President of the United States. Chief Justice of the United States. Hello? Now, to be precise, President Obama did say that his was "the only office in which you are the president of all the people." Well, yeah, the president is the only president. But surely the prez didn't intend that trivial tautology. Presumably he meant to say his is the only constitutional office with responsibility for...
  • Clinton ’16 Would Give Gender More of a Role Than Clinton ’08 Did

    02/25/2015 7:06:38 AM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | February 24, 2015 | Amy Chozick and Jonathan Martin
    The last time Hillary Rodham Clinton ran for president, she seemed torn over whether to emphasize her chance to make history, or to play down her gender and reassure voters that she was tough enough for the job. This time there is no question: Mrs. Clinton’s potential to break what she has called “the highest and hardest glass ceiling” is already central to her fledgling 2016 presidential campaign. But rather than the assertive feminism associated with her years as first lady, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign message will be subtler. It will involve frequent references to being a mother and grandmother and...
  • Fiorina Is Quietly Making an Impression in New Hampshire

    02/25/2015 6:49:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 25, 2015 | Scott Conroy
    In New Hampshire, where tear duct-draining temperatures and a maze of towering snow banks continue to test even the heartiest winter trouper’s mettle, much of the talk these days centers around wistful plans for tropical getaways. But as growing numbers of Republican politicians from more temperate locales defy all climatic logic to travel to the Granite State this winter, talk of 2016 presidential politics has been picking up, too.
  • Walker Has Strong Early Lead In Iowa GOP Caucus [truncated]

    02/25/2015 6:02:43 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Quinnipiac University Poll ^ | Fenruary 25, 2015 | Staff
    An early look at likely Iowa Republican Caucus participants shows a strong conservative tilt as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads the pack with 25 percent, twice as high as his nearest rival, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Voters who identify as "very conservative" make up 45 percent of the caucus participants surveyed by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Tea Party supporters make up 32 percent of likely caucus-goers and Walker gets 33 percent of that Tea Party vote. There is a horse race for second place, with 13 percent for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, 11...
  • Walker breaks out in national GOP race

    02/24/2015 12:30:12 PM PST · by C19fan · 24 replies
    Public Policy Polling ^ | February 24, 2015 | Staff
    PPP's newest national Republican poll finds a clear leader in the race for the first time: Scott Walker is at 25% to 18% for Ben Carson, 17% for Jeb Bush, and 10% for Mike Huckabee. Rounding out the field of contenders are Chris Christie and Ted Cruz at 5%, Rand Paul at 4%, and Rick Perry and Marco Rubio at 3%. Walker has more than doubled his support since his 11% standing on our January national poll, and Carson has moved up 3 points. Bush, Huckabee, Paul, and Perry have largely stayed in place while Cruz has dropped 4 points...