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  • CALIFORNIA GOP CONVENTION: A DIVIDED PARTY FIGHTS FOR ITS SURVIVAL

    09/21/2014 11:23:58 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 21, 2014 | by JOEL B. POLLAK
    Despite a rousing speech by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who indicated that he would soon open an office in the state in pursuit of his presidential ambitions, California's Republican Party convention in Los Angeles, "Reclaim California," sounded a note of division, with three prominent Republicans declining to support the party's candidate for governor, amidst growing concern about the party's future as a statewide political institution. Assemblyman Tim Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), who lost to former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari in the primary election after being outspent in the closing weeks, declined to endorse Kashkari when asked by the Sacramento Bee,...
  • Coptic churches burn in Egypt

    08/14/2013 2:23:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | August 14, 2013
    Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood attend a protest in support of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, 12 August 2013. EPA/KHALED ELFIQIChurches burned across Egypt following the security crackdown on pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators. Online reports suggest up to 17 churches were burned across Egypt, along with other Christian-owned businesses and schools.† † Coptic witnesses and religious leaders said the attacks were carried out by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in areas without police protection. In some areas, the attacks reportedly came amid ongoing fighting between security forces and supporters of the Muslim...
  • Russia: ĎFree Syrian Army No Longer Existsí; Rebels Are Coordinating With Terrorists

    09/17/2014 2:45:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 62 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Patrick Goodenough
    Russia on Tuesday accused the West of ignoring its warnings about the growing terrorist threat in Syria, and claimed that the moderate rebel front Ė the one the Obama administration wants to arm as part of its anti-ISIS strategy Ė ďno longer exists.ĒThe remarks by Russiaís ambassador in Geneva Alexey Borodavkin came during a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which was discussing the most recent report by a U.N.-mandated independent commission of inquiry into the conflict.The report, released late last month and roughly covering the first half of this year, recorded atrocities by the Assad regime and by...
  • The 12 Republicans That Voted Against Arming Syrian Rebels

    09/19/2014 8:15:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 56 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/19/2014 | Charlie Spiering
    The Senate approved a continuing resolution for the budget which included a provision authorizing President Obama to arm and train Syrian rebels for the purpose of combating Islamic State terrorists. The legislation passed 78-22. Of the 22 Senators that voted no, here are the 12 Republicans that voted against the provision: John Barrasso (WY) Tom Coburn (OK) Michael Crapo (ID) Ted Cruz (TX) Mike Enzi (WY) Dean Heller (NV) Mike Lee (UT) Jim Moran (KS) Rand Paul (KY) James Risch (ID) Pat Roberts (KS) Jeff Sessions (AL)
  • Rand Paul Pandering on Voter ID Laws Counterproductive

    09/19/2014 6:55:38 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 9 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | September 19, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    Throughout his career, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) has built upon his reputation as an independent maverick who is willing to buck party leadership or dogma to advance his goals for America. For conservatives dubious of the feckless GOP beltway bunch, this has been a refreshing change and helped the Kentucky Senator establish himself as a true contender for the 2016 Presidential nomination. While this trait is without doubt a positive one, Rand Paul's criticism of Republican's efforts to establish voter ID laws in various states is the wrong issue to tackle and counterproductive to the overall goals of increasing genuine...
  • Cowardly Congress Authorizes Obama to Pay Others to Fight

    09/19/2014 5:24:10 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 33 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 9/19/14 | Steve Berman
    Yesterday, the Senate approved a bill †to arm and train Syrian rebels, who fight against Bashar Assad, so they can eliminate ISIS, which possesses hundreds of millions of dollars, and no shortage of fighters willing to die for them.† I fail to see the wisdom in this action, or what good can come of this. †It appears cowardly, and even immoral to pay others to fight for you. The New York Times†penned almost 1,800 words describing and analyzing this vote, and even got the tally wrong in the original version. Correction: September 18, 2014 An earlier version of this article...
  • Rubio: We Need Romneyís Foreign Policy

    09/18/2014 5:03:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 17, 2014 | Josh Rogin
    The Florida senator is warning about the threat of big powers like Russia and the need for a bigger U.S. military. If that sounds a lot like Romney to you, you're paying attention. Senator Marco Rubio has a foreign policy vision that looks a lot like what Mitt Romney put forward in his 2012 presidential campaign. It wasnít so long ago that Obama was ridiculing Romney for calling Russian Americaís number one geopolitical foe and complaining that the Navy had fewer ships any time since World War I. ďWell, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature...
  • Sen. Rand Paul argues against U.S. arming Syrian rebels on Senate Floor (prepared remarks)

    09/18/2014 2:08:18 PM PDT · by Plummz · 28 replies
    Office of Senator Rand Paul ^ | Sept. 18, 2014 | Sen. Rand Paul
    Sen. Rand Paul today took to the Senate floor to offer a unanimous consent request to separate the Syria rebel funding language from the Continuing Resolution. Senate Democrats objected to this request. Sen. Paul then delivered a foreign policy address outlining his opposition to arming the Syrian rebels. A video and copy of Sen. Paul's remarks as prepared for delivery can be found below. SEN. PAUL DELIVERS FOREIGN POLICY ADDRESS REMARKS: If there is one theme that connects the dots in the Middle East, it is that chaos breeds terrorism. What much of the foreign policy elite fails to grasp...
  • ISIS Strategy splits Rubio, Paul, Cruz

    09/16/2014 1:28:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 26 replies
    TheHill ^ | 9/16/2014 | Alexander Bolton
    The threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has created an opportunity for three White House hopefuls in the Senate to grab the spotlight from Republican governors. ... Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence panels has used the debate to distinguish himself as the inheritor of the muscular foreign policy worldview held by former President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) While he says it would be good for president Obama to seek congressional support for military action against ISIS, he argues the president doesn't need it. Rubio supports arming...
  • McCain Gaffes Going After Rand Paul: ĎHas He Met With ISIS?í

    09/16/2014 11:24:04 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/15/14 | Jamie Weinstein
    John McCainís slip of the tongue wonít help him quell Internet accusations that he once met and took pictures with members of the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
  • Huck: Iím Better than the Others

    09/15/2014 11:00:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 15, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Former governor Mike Huckabee (R., Ark.) implicitly made the case against Senators Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Rand Paul (R., Ky.), or Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) serving as president during a meeting with reporters about the prospect of his own candidacy. In a roundtable meeting this morning with journalists in Washington, D.C., Huckabee said that he would decide next year whether or not he will run for president, but he already knows heís unlikely to support any of those freshman senators. ďIf not me, I would be supportive of someone who has had executive experience and who has been a governor...
  • Where Does Rand Stand?

    09/14/2014 1:25:50 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 1:40 PM, Sep 13, 2014 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    On the war against ISIS and droning American citizens, he's not entirely sure anymore. Manchester, N.H.Rand Paul's views on war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria continue to evolve. Speaking to reporters on the campaign trail Friday afternoon, the Kentucky senator didn't rule out supporting the deployment of U.S. combat troops on the ground in Iraq."Senator Rubio this week said that combat troops on the ground--American combat troops--could be a possibility if the current strategy doesn't work," one reporter said after a campaign event featuring Paul and New Hampshire senatorial candidate Scott Brown. "Senator Paul, would you support...
  • Rand Paul Vows to Repeal Every Prior Executive Order if Elected President

    09/12/2014 4:38:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 11, 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) MANCHESTER, New Hampshire ó In front of a boisterous pub crowd of young voters here, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) ripped into President Obama over executive overreach and even vowed to repeal ďall previous executive ordersĒ in one of his first acts as president, should he run. Paulís comments came to the New Hampshire chapter of Generation Opportunity, a national grassroots conservative group with a libertarian appeal with thousands of young liberty-minded activists nationwide engaged through it. Paul focused much of his remarks on executive overreach by President Barack Obama, saving some of his most interesting points for a question-and-answer...
  • Rand Paul to Ďcivilized Islamí: Step up

    09/11/2014 10:04:19 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | 09/10/2014 | By LUCY MCCALMONT
    Sen. Rand Paul said President Barack Obama made ďone important point Ē in his remarks on Wednesday saying that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was neither Islamic nor a state, but questioned the constitutionality of the presidentís strategy. ďUltimately, civilized Islam will have to step up. We need to do everything we can to protect ourselves, Iím all in for saying we have to combat ISIS,Ē Paul said Wednesday on ďHannity.Ē ďSo I think it is important not only for the American public but for the world and for the Islamic world to point out that this...
  • Congress may still vote on military force against ISIS

    09/11/2014 7:18:04 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/10/2014 | Greg Sargent
    Is Congress really going to allow the president to escalate military action against ISIS without voting on it? There almost certainly won't be any vote before the midterm elections. But there is still another way: members of Congress could try to force a vote on authorization of force after the elections - during the lame duck session. ...
  • Upholding America's Honor in a Dangerous World

    09/10/2014 10:30:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    "I should have anticipated the optics," President Obama said by way of acknowledging that golfing right after making a statement about the beheading of James Foley looked bad. "Part of this job is also the theater of it," he said. "It's not something that always comes naturally to me. But it matters." For those who remember that this is the same guy with the Greek pillars, the campaign stop in Berlin, the newly minted "seal" of the president-elect, it was an odd confession. Obama likes theater just fine; he just doesn't like having to read from a script not of...
  • An 'LBJ law' for Kentucky?

    09/09/2014 4:55:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | Jeff Jacoby
    "My policy on cake," the ebullient Tory mayor of London, Boris Johnson, once remarked, "is pro having it and pro eating it." Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator and potential GOP presidential aspirant, has hopes of embracing a similar policy on running for office. Kentuckians, to their credit, aren't buying it. Paul was elected to the US Senate in 2010, and he has said clearly that he intends to run for reelection in 2016. But almost from the moment he took office, he has also shown every sign of wanting to run for president in 2016. And that poses a problem:...
  • Is Rand Paul Becoming Just Another Republican? (ACLU & Grover Norquist now advisors)

    09/08/2014 8:26:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | September 4, 2014 | Lincoln Mitchell
    For several years Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky and the son of presidential candidate Ron Paul, has been one of the most interesting politicians in his party and in congress as a whole. At a time when new ideas have become increasingly scarce, and the policy bandwidth increasingly narrow in Washington, Mr. Paul, whether speaking about US intervention and foreign policy or more recently about militarization and the police, has been one of the few politicians with views outside of his partyís mainstream. With the 2016 presidential election approaching, this has made Mr. Paul one of the most...
  • Rand Paul abandons Ron Paul on war and peace

    09/07/2014 7:25:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 6, 2014 | Brent Budowsky
    Months ago, the isolationism of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was so extreme that I said he might as well be President Bashar Assad's man in Washington, referring to the Syrian dictator and murderer at a time when Rand Paul was following the policy of Ron Paul of extreme non-intervention. Times have changed, or shall I say Rand Paul's calculations have changed, so his positions have changed. Now Sen. Paul mocks President Obama over the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and vows to be a super-hawk going after ISIS. I guess when it's time to raise campaign money for...
  • Rand Paul's New Foreign Policy Realpolitik

    09/06/2014 5:00:29 PM PDT · by Noremac · 10 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | September 6, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    WASHINGTON, September 6, 2014 ó Rand Paulís opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal sums up his analysis of how the menace of the Islamic State developed, and clearly declares that it must be dealt with: "The Islamic State represents a threat that should be taken seriously. But we should also recall how recent foreign-policy decisions have helped these extremists so that we donít make the same mistake of potentially aiding our enemies again". The Christian Science Monitor wonders, ďHas Rand Paul become a Hawk?Ē and outlines his pre-existing image: His relatively dovish foreign-policy views have long been seen as...
  • Rand Paul stands alone against Senate's 'preemptive war' resolution for Iran

    09/06/2014 10:46:01 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 17 replies
    RT.Com ^ | September 22, 2012 19:52
    s a de-facto declaration of war. The measure, which was introduced several months ago by Senators Lindsey Graham, Bob Casey and Joe Lieberman, supports continuing to pressure Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment program. The resolution advocates using methods other than containment to stop Iran, including exerting economic and diplomatic pressure. Senate Joint Resolution 41 ďrejects any United States policy that would rely on efforts to contain a nuclear weapons-capable Iran.Ē Senators expressed their fears regarding Iranís nuclear capabilities. ďWe know that Iran would create access for terrorists Ė access for them Ė to these nuclear weapons, making the Middle...
  • America Shouldn't Choose Sides in Iraq's Civil War

    09/06/2014 10:32:19 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 42 replies
    Online WSJ ^ | June 19, 2014 7:12 p.m. ET | Rand Paul
    Obama has made mistakes but so did Bush by invading. There's no good case for U.S. military intervention now. Though many claim the mantle of Ronald Reagan on foreign policy, too few look at how he really conducted it. The Iraq war is one of the best examples of where we went wrong because we ignored that.In 1984, Reagan's Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger developed the following criteria for war, primarily to avoid another Vietnam. His speech, "The Uses of Military Power," boils down to this: The United States should not commit forces to combat unless the vital national interests...
  • Will the Real Rand Paul Please Stand Up?

    09/06/2014 10:24:11 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | September 05, 2014 | RICK SANTORUM
    The Kentucky senator is trying to tell us he¬ís not an isolationist. That dog won¬ít hunt.Rand Paul insists he‚Äôs not an ‚Äúisolationist.‚ÄĚ Writing this week in TIME, he says, ‚ÄúI look at the world, and consider war, realistically and constitutionally.‚ÄĚBut in reality, the Kentucky senator has advanced a brand of neo-isolationism and appeasement that is as short-sighted as it mistaken. Despite his recent, and frantic efforts to recast himself as not completely ridiculous on national security issues, the truth is his record often puts him in league with Barack Obama‚ÄĒor even to the president‚Äôs left. Anyone who truly cares about...
  • Wanted: A Top-Tier GOP Frontrunner for 2016

    09/05/2014 5:12:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | September 5, 2014 | Eric Pianin, Washington Editor and D.C. Bureau Chief
    Jeb Bush, Floridaís former governor, is still deciding whether to jump into the 2016 race. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continues to endure an investigation into whether his administration abused its power by intentionally creating traffic jams. And Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is struggling to convince conservatives that he is not a foreign policy isolationist while Islamic terrorists run rampant through Iraq and Syria and execute Americans journalists. A dozen or more prominent Republicans have been testing the national political waters for more than a year trying to decide whether to make a bid for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination....
  • Globalist War Hawks See Opportunity in the Islamic State

    09/04/2014 4:12:55 PM PDT · by Noremac · 18 replies
    Blasted Fools ^ | September 4, 2014 | Richard Cameron
    >Hawks...or Vultures?I just read a piece posted on Drudge, from the Washington Post, in which the writers, Sebastian Payne and Robert Costa, take note of what they observe as a shift in the GOP, away from the trend of non-interventionism, back towards 'hawkism', i.e, the NeoCon perspective and focus. I don't doubt the numbers, I only question the perhaps over broad application of the context of this shift. The writers make particular note of Rand Paul, Libertarian leaning Senator from Kentucky and potential contestant in the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination race: ¬ďEven Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a leader of the...
  • Has Rand Paul changed his position on Islamic terror? He Presents a Startingly Hawkish View on ISIS

    09/04/2014 7:21:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/04/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Over the weekend, Rand Paul said something entirely out of character for him, and as Aaron Blake of the Washington Post commented, ‚Äúalmost nobody noticed.‚ÄĚ "If I were president, I would call a joint session of Congress," Paul told the AP. "I would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily." The quote didn't really make the rounds and was buried deep in¬†the AP story, but it's a pretty telling little nugget. Why? Because, to date, it's one of the most hawkish things that any potential...
  • Obama Administration retreats on ďChoke PointĒ

    09/03/2014 10:34:12 PM PDT · by Plummz · 15 replies
    Gun Owners of America ^ | Tuesday, 05 August 2014 18:28 | Gun Owners
    Pat yourselves on the back! As you will recall, GOA rallied gun owners several times over the past couple of months in opposition to Operation Choke Point. Well, faced with a devastating barrage from the Second Amendment community, the Obama administration has staged a hasty retreat on its plan to shut off credit for gun stores through ďOperation Choke Point.Ē According to an article in The Washington Times, ď[g]un retailers are no longer on a hit list deemed Ďhigh riskí by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. after the banking regulator formally withdrew [this list]Ē last week. The FDIC said its...
  • Rand Paul continues attacks against Hillary Clinton

    09/03/2014 10:25:10 PM PDT · by Plummz · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/29/14 6:57 PM EDT | KENNETH P. VOGEL
    He mocked President Barack Obama over the controversies that have plagued his second term. ďItís sorta like the Old MacDonaldís farm of scandals. Here a scandal, there a scandal, everywhere a scandal,Ē Paul jabbed, adding of Obamaís ISIS strategy ďIf the president has no strategy, maybe itís time for a new president.Ē But Paul saved special scorn for Clinton, the prospective frontrunner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, specifically highlighting her role in the events surrounding the deadly 2012 attacks on American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. ďIf she wants to be commander in chief and she cannot protect our embassies,...
  • Libertarianism Is Incoherent Foreign Policy, 'Bush Doctrine" Little Better

    09/03/2014 6:02:22 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3 Sep 2014, 2:36 PM PDT | Mike Flynn
    On Wednesday, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul seemed to reverse course on the crisis in the Middle East, calling now for the military destruction of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization. In recent weeks, Paul has vacillated between downplaying the threat of ISIS to ruminating that previous US action was somehow†responsible for the group's rise. Christian Whiton rightly takes Paul to task for this, but, in his critique, suggests that more robust intervention by the US in the Syrian civil war would have blocked ISIS. The two arguments are flip sides of the same flawed coin.† Both Paul and Whiton overstate...
  • Why Calling Rand Paul An Isolationist Is And Was Stupid

    09/03/2014 12:40:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 09/03/2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    Various folks expressed surprise when the Associated Press wrote ‚ÄúTexas Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky pounced Friday on President Barack Obama‚Äôs ‚Äėwe don‚Äôt have a strategy yet‚Äô comments.‚ÄĚ Rick Perry, sure, but Rand Paul? Isn‚Äôt he supposed to be an ‚Äúisolationist‚ÄĚ as the AP claims in a later paragraph? The broader debate pits those who favor the GOP's traditional muscular foreign policy ¬ó a group that includes Perry and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio ¬ó and those, like Paul and Cruz, who prefer a smaller international footprint. The so-called isolationist approach plays well with grassroots activists...
  • Will the 2012 bribery scandal torpedo Rand Paulís 2016 hopes?

    09/03/2014 5:09:43 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 3, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    The bribery scandal surrounding former Rep. Ron Paulís (R-Texas) 2012 presidential bid is threatening to damage his sonís 2016 White House prospects. The saga took down Sen. Rand Paulís (R-Ky.) likely campaign manager, Jesse Benton, who was running Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellís (R-Ky.) reelection bid. And the implications of wrongdoing two years ago could still further trickle down and hobble the younger Paulís developing presidential campaign apparatus. Benton, a longtime aide to both Pauls, resigned Friday from the GOP Senate leaderís campaign amid controversy sparked by former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorensonís admission in court that he accepted tens...
  • Who is Rand Paul?

    09/02/2014 8:29:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2, 2014 | Ralph Benko
    For starters, Rand is short for Randal, not an allusion to Ayn Rand, after whom Sen. Paul was not named by his libertarian (not Objectivist) father Ron Paul. Reportedly, growing up he was called Randy … until his wife shortened the diminutive to Rand.Washington, ordinarily, is committed to maintaining the status quo or making, at best, incremental changes. As we struggle with the political consequences of the end of an era of all-out war the old political status quo is ripe for transformation.Paul shows signs of being the key transformational figure. If he himself understands the depth of this proposition he...
  • Rand Paul: Letís smash ISIS [What will Libertarians say now?]

    09/02/2014 3:12:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/02/2014 | AllahPundit
    A few days old but more timely than ever. Speaking to a ballroom later, some of the loudest applause for Paul came when he quipped: ‚ÄúIf the president has no strategy, maybe it‚Äôs time for a new president.‚ÄĚIn an emailed comment, however, Paul elaborated by saying: ‚ÄúIf I were President, I would call a joint session of Congress. I would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily.‚ÄĚ John McCormack reminds us that Paul‚Äôs previous comment on ISIS was a lot more equivocal than that....
  • Ky. voters oppose dual Paul campaigns

    09/02/2014 7:40:19 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 02, 2014, 08:54 am | Mario Trujillo
    Sixty-six percent of Kentucky voters oppose changing a state law to allow Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to run for president and reelection to the Senate at the same time, according to a new poll.†The Survey USA poll released Monday night found only 27 percent of voters believe the law should be changed to give Paul the opportunity to run for both offices simultaneously.†Majorities of each party are opposed to the change, including 54 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of independents and 78 percent of Democrats.†The current law, which says a candidateís name cannot appear on the ballot more than once,...
  • The elusive 'It factor' in presidential politics

    09/01/2014 10:21:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Week ^ | September 1, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    Like it or not, this truism is very true: Being president in the modern era requires a certain "It Factor." You don't need star power to make it to the U.S. Senate, or to rise in its leadership. (Looking at you, Senators Reid and McConnell.) You don't need an almost celebrity-like sexiness to succeed in the House. (Who among us would describe Steny Hoyer or Steve Scalise in such terms?) But when we're talking about the presidency, it's not enough these days to be a highly intelligent lawmaker with a history of policy expertise and success. You've got to have...
  • Grover Norquist ó yes, that Grover Norquist ó makes Ďnew friendsí at Burning Man

    08/30/2014 7:21:01 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 32 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | August 30, 2014 | Twitchy Staff
    The GOP just keeps getting weirder.
  • McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton resigns amid federal probe

    08/30/2014 4:02:46 AM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/29/2104 | Matea Gold
    Jesse Benton, the GOP political strategist spearheading Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellís reelection campaign, resigned from his post Friday amid new details about an ongoing federal investigation into an endorsement-pay-scheme involving a 2012 presidential campaign he oversaw. In a statement issued Friday evening, Benton cited ďinaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors about me and my role in past campaigns that are politically motivated, unfair and, most importantly, untrue.Ē ďThe press accounts and rumors are particularly hurtful because they are false,Ē Benton wrote. ďHowever, what is most troubling to me is that they risk unfairly undermining and becoming a distraction...
  • Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigns after Iowa bribery scandal deepens

    08/29/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | August 29, 2014 | Sam Youngman
    Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, will resign his post as a bribery scandal from the 2012 presidential campaign threatens to envelop Benton and become a major distraction for McConnell's campaign. Benton told the Herald-Leader that he met with McConnell Friday afternoon and offered his resignation, which McConnell "reluctantly accepted." Benton said he offered his resignation, effective Saturday, with a "heavy heart." He maintained his innocence, faulting "inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors." "This decision breaks my heart, but I know it is the right thing for Mitch, for Kentucky and for the...
  • Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, resigns

    08/29/2014 4:39:31 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/29/14 | ELIZABETH TITUS
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellís campaign manager, Jesse Benton, announced his resignation late Friday, citing potential distractions over renewed attention to a controversy from the Iowa 2012 caucuses. Benton, a longtime associate of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and his father, former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, was tapped to run the McConnell campaign early in the election cycle. But heís been dogged by a scandal involving the elder Paulís 2012 Iowa campaign. A former Iowa GOP state lawmaker pleaded guilty in recent days to charges of accepting money to change his endorsement in 2012 from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul. Benton...
  • Iowa pol admits taking secret payments to switch '12 support from Bachmann to Paul

    08/29/2014 4:52:20 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/29/14 | Fox News
    A former Iowa state senator who was a key official in Rep. Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign pleaded guilty Wednesday to illicitly concealing payments he received to switch his support from Bachmann to then-Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Former GOP state Sen. Kent Sorenson received thousands of dollars in "under the table payments," according to the Justice Department, to ditch Bachmannís campaign, where he had served as Iowa chairman. He endorsed Paul instead.
  • Rand Paul: Hillary's 'war hawk' policies led to Benghazi attack, rise of ISIS

    08/28/2014 7:53:52 PM PDT · by Plummz · 50 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 27 Aug 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Paul expanded on his remarks and offered a detailed rendering of his views on foreign policy that, regardless of their merits, are undoubtedly innovative for a man likely to seek the GOP's presidential nomination in 2016. Ö : I would say the objective evidence shows that Libya is a less safe place and less secure place, a more chaotic place with more jihadist groupsóand really, weíve had two really bad things happen because of Hillaryís push for this war. One is that our ambassador was killed as a consequence of not having adequate security and really as a consequence of...
  • The Obama-Lite Side of Rand Paul - Remaking the GOP as a left-leaning party?

    08/28/2014 3:25:36 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 28, 2014 | Jeffrey Lord
    The target was Hillary Clinton. Calling the famously liberal former Secretary of State ďa war hawk,Ē Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) added in a recent Meet the Press appearance: ďYou know what? We are tired of war.Ö Weíre worried that Hillary Clinton will get us involved in another Middle Eastern war, because sheís so gung-ho.Ē ADVERTISEMENT One has to wonder. Was Rand Paulís real target Hillary Clinton? Whom he correctly blames for the Benghazi fiasco? Or was it, as it strikesÖ Ronald Reagan? Not to mention conservatism and the timeless idea of what Reagan termed ďpeace through strength.Ē Reaganís formulation long...
  • Rand Paul's Obscene Pandering on Ferguson Should Sink his Chances for 2016

    08/26/2014 12:06:41 PM PDT · by Stepan12 · 38 replies
    Grasstops USA ^ | August 25, 2014 | Don Feder
    Just as Hillary's "What difference at this point does it make" remark about Benghazi during a Congressional hearing will come back to haunt her, Rand Paul's politically correct spasm over Ferguson (his August 14 essay in Time Magazine) should preclude the possibility of Son of Ron getting anywhere near the GOP nomination in 2016. When the left starts swooning over a Republican, it's a dead-giveaway. A posting on the Washington Post's politics blog gushes, "Rand Paul's (Time) op-ed on Ferguson shows why he is the most interesting voice in the GOP right now." In this context, translate "interesting voice" as...
  • Why Rand Paul Should Not be Given GOP Nomination

    08/25/2014 4:12:21 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 54 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | August 25, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is an intriguing figure on many counts. As Americans and as conservatives we owe the Senator heartfelt thanks and applause for bringing vital issues of privacy and governmental overreach to forefront of the national debate. He, better than most Republicans, has been able to reach out beyond the tradition party base, specifically among black, libertarian and younger voters. However, his continued insistence of playing the role of "dove" on foreign policy renders him unqualified to be our Commander-in-Chief and therefore Rand Paul should not be given the 2016 GOP Presidential nomination. In comments made...
  • Time for Libertarians to Put on Their Big Boy Pants

    08/25/2014 9:21:23 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 52 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 8-24-14 | Roger L. Simon
    I have always had a certain sympathy for libertarianism and it has only grown during the Obama administration. Who could believe in big government living under the fiasco of this manís presidency? And I am certainly not alone. Libertarianism, if we are to believe none other than The New York Times, has become quite chic. But paradoxically, during this same time frame, it has become perhaps even more evident that one of the apparent tenets of libertarianism ó a kind of neo-isolationism ó is, well, to put it bluntly, insane. In the era of the Islamic State (not to mention...
  • Exclusive: Rand Paul Slams Obama on Immigration While Meeting with Guatemalan President

    08/24/2014 11:14:40 PM PDT · by Plummz · 5 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 21 Aug 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    Here performing eye surgeries on blind Guatemalans for several days in the rural town of Salama, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) strongly criticized President Obama's immigration policy in a closed-door Wednesday meeting with Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina. ďI told him, frankly, that I didnít think the problem was in Guatemala City but that the problem was in the White House in our country, and that the mess weíve got at the border is frankly because of the White Houseís policies,Ē Paul said in an interview. The meeting, he explained, was primarily about the humanitarian mission for which Paulóan ophthalmologist before...
  • Sen. Rand Paul calls Hillary Clinton a Ďwar hawkí (rly?)

    08/24/2014 11:03:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2014 12:34 PM EDT
    Calling Hillary Rodham Clinton ďa war hawk,Ē Sen. Rand Paul says that if the former secretary of state seeks the presidency, some voters will worry that she will get the U.S. involved in another Mideast war. Paul is a leading anti-interventionist in the GOP and is considering running for president. Last year he opposed President Barack Obamaís call for military action in Syria. [Ö] ďI think thatís what scares the Democrats the most, is that in a general election, were I to run, thereís gonna be a lot of independents and even some Democrats who say, ĎYou know what? We...
  • Missouri Dem: ĎRand Paul was rightí

    08/22/2014 3:08:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    thehill.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    FERGUSON, Mo. ó Two African-American lawmakers from Missouri met with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday afternoon at the Pentagon to urge him to curtail the transfer of military hardware to local police forces. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D), one of the two lawmakers, said the scene in Ferguson over the past two weeks reminded him of combat footage from Iraq. ďIt looked like Fallujah. It looked like the Iraqi war,Ē he said in an interview. ďRand Paul was right. He talked about how we cannot militarize our cities. That what it looked like. ďIíve never seen anything like it, and...
  • Must Conservatives Be Cop Lovers? Rand Paul Challenges Fellow Republicans to Rethink

    08/20/2014 10:21:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/20/2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Running for the U.S. Senate in 2010, Rand Paul became known as that crazy right-winger who expressed reservations about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But in the past two years, the Kentucky Republican has emerged as his party's most passionate voice on criminal justice reform, explicitly decrying the system's disproportionate impact on African Americans. You might assume that Paul, widely seen as a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is trying to redeem himself with black voters who were alienated by his criticism of the Civil Rights Act. Yet both positions spring from the same wariness of state...
  • The GOP Needs to Return to a "Feared By Our Enemies" Foreign Policy

    08/18/2014 3:21:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    The GOP is in the midst of a public foreign policy debate. Debate is fine, but as Republican we must agree on some basic premises. The most important premise is that instead of laughing at us, our enemies should be terrified of us. Yes, terrified. The world isnít some sort of fantasy milieu of earnest, huggy people who want to work together to forge a brighter tomorrow for all the worldís citizens. Itís full of bad people, many of whom want us enslaved if not dead. They arenít bad because weíre rich, or insufficiently carbon neutral, or any of that...