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  • The elusive 'It factor' in presidential politics

    09/01/2014 10:21:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 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 — yes, that Grover Norquist — makes ‘new friends’ 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 McConnell’s 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 “inaccurate press accounts and unsubstantiated media rumors about me and my role in past campaigns that are politically motivated, unfair and, most importantly, untrue.” “The press accounts and rumors are particularly hurtful because they are false,” Benton wrote. “However, 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 McConnell’s 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 he’s been dogged by a scandal involving the elder Paul’s 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 Bachmann’s 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. … : 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 groups—and really, we’ve had two really bad things happen because of Hillary’s 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 “a war hawk,” Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) added in a recent Meet the Press appearance: “You know what? We are tired of war.… We’re worried that Hillary Clinton will get us involved in another Middle Eastern war, because she’s so gung-ho.” ADVERTISEMENT One has to wonder. Was Rand Paul’s real target Hillary Clinton? Whom he correctly blames for the Benghazi fiasco? Or was it, as it strikes… Ronald Reagan? Not to mention conservatism and the timeless idea of what Reagan termed “peace through strength.” Reagan’s 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 man’s 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 — a kind of neo-isolationism — 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. “I told him, frankly, that I didn’t think the problem was in Guatemala City but that the problem was in the White House in our country, and that the mess we’ve got at the border is frankly because of the White House’s policies,” Paul said in an interview. The meeting, he explained, was primarily about the humanitarian mission for which Paul—an ophthalmologist before...
  • Sen. Rand Paul calls Hillary Clinton a ‘war hawk’ (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 “a war hawk,” 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 Obama’s call for military action in Syria. […] “I think that’s what scares the Democrats the most, is that in a general election, were I to run, there’s gonna be a lot of independents and even some Democrats who say, ‘You know what? We...
  • Missouri Dem: ‘Rand Paul was right’

    08/22/2014 3:08:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    thehill.com ^ | August 21, 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    FERGUSON, Mo. — 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. “It looked like Fallujah. It looked like the Iraqi war,” he said in an interview. “Rand Paul was right. He talked about how we cannot militarize our cities. That what it looked like. “I’ve 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 isn’t some sort of fantasy milieu of earnest, huggy people who want to work together to forge a brighter tomorrow for all the world’s citizens. It’s full of bad people, many of whom want us enslaved if not dead. They aren’t bad because we’re rich, or insufficiently carbon neutral, or any of that...
  • MISSOURI GOP EXEC DIRECTOR: RAND PAUL'S COMMENTS ON DEMILITARIZATION, RACE 'UNHELPFUL'

    08/17/2014 4:47:47 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 17, 2014 | By Tony Lee
    The executive director of the Missouri Republican Party said Sen. Rand Paul was "unhelpful" when he said that black Americans have every right to feel that they are being specifically targeted by their government and police. Matt Wills told The Hill that he feels for the community, but Paul's comments were closer to those made by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), who also called for the police to be demilitarized. Willis said he lives "about 4.5-miles outside of Ferguson" and the "political response from Paul and McCaskill to what happened is a little premature" and "unhelpful." "This is a tragedy for...
  • Where is the GOP heir apparent? It’s an odd election cycle when the Dems have one & Repubs don’t

    08/17/2014 2:33:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | August 17, 2014 | David M. Shribman
    The party of the next guy has no next guy. For more than two generations, the Republican presidential nominating process has had an immutable internal logic to it: The next guy in line gets the nomination. That’s how every Republican president of the post-Eisenhower era has won his party’s nomination and how just about every GOP presidential nominee since Thomas E. Dewey (1944 and 1948) got to the top of the ticket. It’s certainly how Barack Obama’s two opponents, Sen. John McCain and former Gov. Mitt Romney, were nominated. But just as the Republican Party is going through one of...
  • Ferguson response shows libertarian divide between Paul and Cruz

    08/17/2014 1:55:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Hill's Ballot Box ^ | August 17, 2014 | Kevin Cirilli
    Rand Paul and Ted Cruz’s differing tone in response to the Ferguson riots could provide clues for the divergent trails they're forging to woo libertarian voters in 2016. Both the Kentucky and Texas Senate Republicans urged that civil liberties be protected in statements following unrest in Ferguson, Mo.. After an officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an 18 year old African American teen, last weekend, riots have erupted and police have been criticized for using overly-aggressive force against protesters and reporters calling for answers. Strategists say Paul struck a more provocative tone against in his TIME op-ed, calling for the...
  • FORMER GEORGE W. BUSH SPEECHWRITER: RAND PAUL GAVE 'AID & COMFORT' TO RIOTERS

    08/16/2014 3:43:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 64 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 16, 2014 | By Tony Lee
    Robert Patterson, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, said Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) gave "aid and comfort to the rioters and the protestors" with his op-ed in Time against the militarization of local police forces. Appearing on Breitbart News Saturday, Patterson said that Paul was "outdoing" President Barack Obama's "attempt to show moral equivalence between the rioters and the police" with a Time op-ed that even Al Sharpton praised. Patterson said that it is "another illustration of out-of-touch Republicans who are looking for love in all the wrong places" by "pandering to liberal and corporate elites instead of...
  • Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei Weighs in on the Michael Brown Shooting

    08/16/2014 7:45:40 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | August 15, 2014 | Greg Pollowitz
    Today the world is a world of tyranny and lies. The flag of #HumanRights is borne by enemies of human rights w/US leading them! #Ferguson 11:37 AM - 15 Aug 2014
  • Al Sharpton: 'Rand Paul Is Right'

    08/15/2014 10:09:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 14, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)"Rand Paul is right," Rev. Al Sharpton said on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Friday after the Kentucky Senator empathized with African-Americans who believe their rights were threatened by police officers. Paul published a TIME op-ed on Thursday discussing the issue of the "militarization" of the police force and what it meant in the showdown between police officers and protestors in Ferguson, Missouri reacting to the shooting death of Michael Brown. "Given the racial disparities in our criminal justice system, it is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them," Paul wrote, after criticizing the racial...
  • Rand Paul: Police Militarization Makes Americans, Esp. Blacks, Feel 'Gov't Is Targeting Them'

    08/15/2014 12:21:32 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 26 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/14/14 | t lee
    After another night of violent confrontations between police and demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) argued Thursday that big government has gone too far in militarizing local police forces. Ahead of a potential 2016 presidential run, it was another chance for Paul's liberty-centered philosophy to appeal to libertarians and black voters. After police shot and killed an unarmed black teenager over the weekend, Ferguson residents rioted, looted, and protested this week. The police response has escalated each day, with police on Wednesday firing pepper spray and tear gas and arresting two D.C. journalists. "Americans must never sacrifice their...
  • Sharpton Uses Rand Paul To Take Civil Rights Shot at Hillary

    08/15/2014 5:41:31 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The look on Al Sharpton's face was that of a mischievous cat who had just swallowed the canary. It came right after the Right Reverend concluded his remarks about Rand Paul and Hillary on today's Morning Joe. Sharpton's gist was that, by speaking out on race [in a Time op-ed] in ways unaccustomed for Republicans, Paul presented a challenge to Hillary to clarify her own civil rights record. Sharpton suggested that "many of us in the civil rights community" question the Clintons on race, citing triangulation, the Sistah Souljah moment, and Hillary's position on the Omnibus Crime Bill. View the...
  • With Ferguson essay, Rand Paul proves a very different Republican

    08/14/2014 9:04:26 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 31 replies
    Wn or lose—and there’s no question he’s running—Rand Paul has firmly established himself as the most intriguing Republican eyeing the White House in 2016. Thursday brought fresh evidence as the Kentucky senator leaped headlong into the racial cauldron that is Ferguson, Mo., with a bluntly stated Time magazine essay on the police shooting of Michael Brown. Weighing in was hardly a surprise; there are flies circling honey pots with more restraint than a politician given a chance to hold forth on the issue of the day.
  • The Rand Paul Ferguson Time Article And The Senator’s 2010 Speech That Contradicts It [VIDEO]

    08/14/2014 9:56:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    International Business Times ^ | August 14, 2014 | Anthony B. Smith
    Rand Paul may be gaining measurable traction among young, liberal voters for his clear admonition of the “militarization of local police precincts” in Ferguson, Missouri, and around the nation, but International Business Times has surfaced a video of him at a 2010 rally that tells a different story: one that tempers his scathing criticism of growing, public armies with his fervent support of private ones. “There’s a fellow in the White House who says you’re clinging to your religion and your guns,” began the Kentucky junior senator to a gathered crowd at an Open Carry rally in Frankfort, Ohio, on...
  • Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police

    08/14/2014 8:32:25 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 59 replies
    Time ^ | August 14, 2014 | Sen. Rand Paul
    Anyone who thinks race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention, Sen. Rand Paul writes for TIME, amid violence in Ferguson, Mo. over the police shooting death of Michael Brown The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is an awful tragedy that continues to send shockwaves through the community of Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation. If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be...
  • Rand Paul’s op-ed on Ferguson shows why he is the most interesting voice in the GOP right now

    08/14/2014 8:16:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | August 14, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    Even as criticism of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and other prominent politicians began to mount for their lack of comment on the ongoing crisis in Ferguson, Mo., Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul penned a thought-provoking op-ed on the situation in Time magazine. "If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off," Paul writes. "But, I wouldn't have expected to be shot." He goes on to make the case for a demilitarization of the police in America within the framework of a broader criticism...
  • Rand Paul: If you don't realize race skews the justice system, you're not paying attention

    08/14/2014 7:11:06 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 70 replies
    UPI ^ | Aug. 14, 2014 at 3:37 PM | Matt Bradwell
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14 (UPI) -- In an op-ed for Time magazine, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul spoke to concerns about the role big government is playing in over-policing protestors in Ferguson, Mo., in the aftermath of Michael Brown's death at the hands of local police.Paul, who has recently emerged as a vocal critic of the role race plays in the criminal justice system, continued to speak to his concerns about "big government" through the lens of police, writing, "There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and...
  • Rand Paul, Ted Cruz weigh in on Ferguson

    08/14/2014 4:22:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 14, 2014 | Burgess Everett, congressional reporter
    Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are weighing in on the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, staking out ground on a racially charged issue ahead of their possible 2016 presidential bids. In a highly personal Time op-ed, Paul (R-Ky.) bluntly connected race to the treatment of African-Americans who have gathered in Ferguson since police killed teenager Michael Brown. Paul said that when he was young, he might have “smarted off” but he “wouldn’t have expected to be shot.” “Given the racial disparities in our criminal justice system, it is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting...
  • Rand Paul Skips Iowa Confab, Hits Hamptons Fundraiser

    08/13/2014 4:13:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 13, 2014 | Scott Conroy
    To paraphrase a memorable advertisement starring a young Andre Agassi: In Iowa, image is everything. It's a lesson that Rand Paul appears to be learning the hard way. Citing a "family commitment," the likely 2016 White House hopeful passed on attending Saturday’s Family Leadership Summit -- evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats’ annual gathering of social-conservative activists in Ames, Iowa. Few in the nation’s first voting state would have considered the Kentucky senator’s absence a big deal, especially since Paul has been extremely active building relationships in Iowa and has visited there frequently over the past year, including a three-day trip...
  • Our Rights Are Gradually Eroding

    08/12/2014 2:33:15 PM PDT · by PapaNew · 73 replies
    The Tea Party Express ^ | Aug 12, 2014 | Rand Paul
    OUR RIGHTS ARE GRADUALLY ERODING. I THINK THEY ARE GRADUALLY SLIPPING AWAY FROM US. I THINK THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONSTITUTION AS A DOCUMENT THAT RESTRAINS YOUR GOVERNMENT, THAT RESTRAINTS YOUR SIZE AND SCOPE OF YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN LOST ON A LOT OF PEOPLE, AND I THINK IT'S SOMETHING WE SHOULDN'T GIVE UP ON.
  • Rand Paul: Traditional marriage has been ‘the foundation for civilization for thousands of years’

    08/12/2014 6:47:43 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 40 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/11/14 | Ben Johnson
    Speaking at a breakfast in Iowa, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said last week he supports marriage as the union of a man and a woman. “I am in favor of traditional marriage, and I think that’s been the foundation for civilization for thousands of years,” he said in response to a question about whether he would support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution protecting marriage. But while he said he favored the “concept,” he added he would oppose a federal amendment, because he does not believe the federal government should have a role in defining marriage. “I’d rather see it...
  • Ted Cruz’s positioning in Iowa

    08/11/2014 10:30:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | August 11, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    With each trip to an early primary state, potential 2016 Republican candidates are defining the issues and their own experience in ways that will bolster their presidential prospects. Pundits call this sort of activity “creating a narrative,” but whatever you call it, it can provide insight into the candidates’ self-image and what they think the primary electorate will want in a nominee. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), in an Iowa visit, sought to define five conservative victories: “Stopping the gun legislation that followed the Newtown shooting;” “stopping a bill reforming the International Monetary Fund that would have put more taxpayer money...
  • Rand Paul Can Run, But He Can’t Hide From Latino Voters in 2016

    08/09/2014 11:27:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | August 8, 2014 | Cesar Vargas and Erika Andiola
    Last Sunday in Iowa, the two of us had the opportunity to meet Rep. Steve King of Iowa and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. After we identified ourselves as “DREAMers”— undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children — what we intended to be a civil, serious discussion turned into a tense confrontation with King. That tense confrontation became a viral Internet sensation when Paul fled the scene in the middle of eating a hamburger. Here’s the whole story. Originally, we had travelled to Iowa to meet other DREAMers and Iowans from King’s district. King is one of the...
  • Scarborough: Don't Blame Obama For Foreign Policy Disasters

    07/18/2014 8:28:33 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 46 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    It was strange. Joe Scarborough had just completed a comprehensive indictment of failed American foreign policy around the globe. But at the very moment when he should have laid those disasters at the feet of the sitting President of the United States, Scarborough came down with a bad case of . . . cold feet. Scarborough laid out to David Gregory a tour d'horizon of failed American foreign policy from the Middle East, to Iran, to Russia/Ukraine, describing it as "one disaster after another." But perhaps fearful of where the ineluctable logic of his comments was taking him, Scarborough suddenly...
  • The Man Who Wouldn’t Be King: Rand Paul becomes an object of liberal curiosity

    08/08/2014 12:15:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The National Review ^ | August 8, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Robert Draper’s New York Times magazine piece, “Has the ‘Libertarian Moment’ Finally Arrived?” dutifully if rotely runs through the greatest hits: Kennedy was on MTV, Nick Gillespie wears black and quotes Jack Kerouac, people bring guns to PorcFest, David Koch exists, libertarians disagree about abortion, and Rand Paul is not the ideologue his father is. There are some notable false notes, too: Draper describes Glenn Beck as a “partisan gunslinger” when he is if anything the opposite, a man who believes that “the Republicans have betrayed their own values” and who pronounces himself “done with them.” Glenn Beck no longer...
  • Rand Paul Says GOP Can't 'Completely Flip' On Same-Sex Marriage

    08/07/2014 2:14:58 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 24 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 08/07/2014 | Igor Bobic
    "The party can’t become the opposite of what it is," the libertarian-leaning senator said. "If you tell people from Alabama, Mississippi or Georgia, 'You know what, guys, we’ve been wrong, and we’re gonna be the pro-gay-marriage party,' they’re either gonna stay home or -- I mean, many of these people joined the Republican Party because of these social issues." "So I don’t think we can completely flip. But can we become, to use the overused term, a bigger tent?" he added. "I think we can and can agree to disagree on a lot of these issues. I think the party...
  • Ophthalmologists unite as Rand Paul bolsters Miller-Meeks' Campaign

    08/07/2014 12:33:39 PM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    The Iowa Republican ^ | August 6 2014 | Kevin Hall
    IOWA CITY – Rand Paul’s swing through Iowa this week serves a dual purpose. On their face, all of his visits seem designed to help Iowa Republicans win this November. Behind the thin veil, the true intention is to provide an early boost to the Kentucky senator’s presidential aspirations in our first-in-the-nation caucus state.Rand Paul is reaching out to candidates and voters that his famous father never would have. Ron Paul lent his backing to a very select few Iowa candidates. Rand Paul is not nearly as fastidious.His father never endorsed conservative stalwart Steve King. Although they agree on most...
  • 'Daily Beast' Puts Rand Paul In Big Red Bullseye

    08/07/2014 6:37:14 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 3 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Remember when in 2011 voices on the left from Keith Olbermann to Paul Krugman to the Huffington Post among many others suggested that Sarah Palin was at least partially to blame for the shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords because Palin had put out a map of House seats with bullseyes depicting districts, including Giffords', that Republicans were targeting? Krugman for example wrung his hands over the "climate of hate" that Palin and others on the right were supposedly fomenting, and predicted growing political violence in the years ahead. So will those same leftists condemn the Daily Beast, which today featured...
  • Ethanol issue: Explosive for Ted Cruz, Rand Paul

    08/06/2014 3:33:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/06/2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.) are trying to avoid an ethanol landmine in Iowa. Both Republican senators have criticized federal subsidies for ethanol, which are popular in Iowa, the state hosting the first Republican contest in the 2016 race for the White House. Iowa kingmakers in the party such as Sen. Chuck Grassley want the Republican presidential nominee in 2016 to champion ethanol. That’s a problem for Cruz and to a lesser extent for Paul, who are both crisscrossing the state this week in advance of possible campaigns for the presidency. Cruz has introduced legislation that would...
  • Support GOP Free Speech – They Will Talk Themselves Out of Office if We Let Them

    08/06/2014 8:31:31 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | August 6, 2014 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    It is highly amusing, after six years of racist attacks on our first black president, to listen to Rep. Mo “war on whites” Brooks (R-AL), as Jason Easley wrote here yesterday, blame “Democrats for Republican racism by claiming that Democrats are using racism to divide the country and drive up minority voting turnout.” The “logic” here being that if we support the rights of minorities to be treated like people, we are anti-white, which differs not at all from the idea that if we support the equal rights of other religions we are anti-Christian. While all minorities are being attacked...
  • RAND PAUL: RICK PERRY'S EMBRACE OF TX DREAM ACT LURED ILLEGALS LIKE OBAMA'S AMNESTY

    08/06/2014 6:01:48 AM PDT · by South40 · 105 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/5/2014 | TONY LEE
    On Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Texas Gov. Rick Perry's enthusiastic embrace of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants is a magnet that lures more illegal immigrants to America – just like President Barack Obama's temporary amnesty program for DREAMers. “President Obama won’t send them home, and Gov. Perry has done the same thing by giving them in-state tuition," Paul told the Wall Street Journal during a significant Iowa trip. "That’s a beacon without any kind of border security."
  • DREAMer confronts Steve King: Here, tear up my DACA card if you don’t want me here

    08/05/2014 2:41:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 5, 2014 | Allahpundit
    As many others have noted, the high point here is Rand Paul bailing out mid-bite as soon as he hears the word “DREAM.” He’ll get in your face on foreign policy and he’ll push bold, controversial ideas like restoring voting rights to felons, but put him on camera in the middle of a squabble between Steve “Cantaloupe Calves” King and a pair of illegals when he’s gearing up for 2016 and all that’s left is one of those little dust clouds like in a Roadrunner cartoon. If not for that, my favorite moment would be Erika Andiola reassuring King that...
  • Chris McDaniel: I Beat Thad Cochran by 25,000 Votes

    08/04/2014 2:41:52 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 87 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/4/14 | Matthew Boyle
    Six weeks after the primary runoff election, Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel is launching his formal legal challenge of the election results, saying the evidence is so conclusive that he will be calling for courts to recognize him as the true victor of the race rather than calling for a new election. “Chris McDaniel clearly, clearly won the Republican vote in the runoff,” McDaniel attorney Mitch Tyner said at a Monday press conference. “I say that very assuredly because that’s what the mathematics show. It’s not what I’m arguing. After the election, we did some post-election polling. We determined that...
  • 7/17: New Hampshire 2016 Could Be Swing State

    08/03/2014 3:30:16 PM PDT · by Plummz · 161 replies
    Marist College ^ | 7/17/14 | Marist Poll
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in a close contest against potential GOP rival, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul in a 2016 general election matchup in New Hampshire. Clinton has single-digit leads against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio. She has a wider lead over Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Texas Senator Ted Cruz. But, only against Cruz is Clinton supported by more than 50% of New Hampshire voters. Clinton does better than each of her potential opponents among independent voters. The gender gap in all of these matchups is wide....
  • Rand Paul's Theft Protection Plan

    07/30/2014 9:03:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    In 2003, a Nebraska state trooper stopped Emiliano Gonzolez for speeding on Interstate 80 and found $124,700 inside a cooler on the back seat of the rented Ford Taurus he was driving. Gonzolez said the money was intended to buy a refrigerated truck for a produce business, but the cops figured all that cash must have something to do with illegal drugs. Although there was not much evidence to support that theory, under federal forfeiture law the government managed to keep Gonzolez's money based on little more than a hunch. A bill introduced last week by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.,...
  • Rand Paul To Travel Across Iowa In Presidential Campaign-Style Swing

    07/28/2014 6:46:47 PM PDT · by iowamark · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/28/2014 | Alex Pappas
    In a campaign swing resembling that of a presidential candidate, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul plans to make a three-day trip across Iowa next week, another indication that the libertarian-leaning Republican is gearing up for a 2016 presidential run. Paul will be in Iowa from Aug. 4-6. He will make appearances at Iowa GOP offices in Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Des Moines, according to a spokesman for his organization, RandPAC. He will also attend fundraisers for congressional candidates Steve King and Mariannette Miller-Meeks and the Cerro Gordo GOP. The senator will visit the Von Maur Corporate Headquarters...
  • CNN poll: Hillary doing better with white voters than any Democrat since Jimmy Carter

    07/28/2014 3:53:07 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 52 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7/28/2014 (6:01 PM) | ALLAHPUNDIT
    ...One of the mysteries of Election 2016 is whether the Democratic nominee can keep the "Obama coalition" of liberals, young adults, and minorities together. After all, its a fact of political life that the Republican nominee will crush the Democrat among white voters. Or is it? ...
  • U.S. Sen. Rand Paul tells N. Ky chamber U.S. will have to wait on repatriation tax breaks

    07/26/2014 12:10:04 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 2 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 7/25/2014 | Don Weber
    COVINGTON – U.S. Senator Rand Paul told members of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce on Friday that he is hopeful that legislation which would lower the tax on foreign corporate profits for U. S. corporations might have chance of passing, just not right now. The bill would allow companies like Apple to bring profits back to the United States at reduced tax rate. A similar tax holiday was enacted in 2004. Paul, who was speaking at the chamber’s government forum, said that the legislation probably would not come up for a vote this summer, but could see action at...