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  • Rand Paul spars with Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio over Iran and Cuba in Florida summit

    01/26/2015 11:02:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Sen. Rand Paul prefers exhausting diplomatic efforts in dealing with overseas conflicts, and on Sunday he highlighted the difference between his softer approach to foreign policy and that of two other senators who are likely 2016 presidential candidates -- Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators Cruz of Texas and Rubio of Florida on stage Sunday evening in California for a summit organized by Freedom Partners. That group is the central hub of the powerful network of organizations backed by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch....
  • Rand Paul sets two-day trip to Iowa

    01/26/2015 2:04:44 AM PST · by iowamark · 7 replies
    The Daily Iowan ^ | 1/25/2014
    Although he wasn’t among the two-dozen Republican leaders at Saturday’s Iowa Freedom Summit, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul isn’t brushing off Iowa and its first-in-the-nation caucus status. Paul, 52, who is one of the top visitors to Iowa among the presumptive 2016 presidential pack, will do four events over two days in February. Here is Paul’s schedule, according to his political action committee, RandPAC, and his Iowa-based strategist, Steve Grubbs: Feb. 6 Event details: Liberty Iowa ‘Audit the Fed’ Rally beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Jasper Winery in Des Moines, 2400 George Flagg Parkway. This event is open to the press...
  • Running for Daylight (Obama, Not Brady)

    01/25/2015 12:45:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 24, 2015 | Maureen Dowd
    THE talk up in Boston is all about deflation while the talk down here is all about inflation. Our sleek, techie president, whose battery dies faster than an iPhone’s, was fully charged Tuesday night for the State of the Union. He was so puffed up, with such a bristling sense of self, that it was hard to believe this was the same guy who spent the last year clenched like a fist, beset by ISIS, beheadings and Ebola, shunned by his own party and slammed by the other party in the fall election. The murmur went up from grateful Democrats...
  • A Guide to 2016 Republican Candidates' Positions on Illegal Immigration

    01/25/2015 12:02:31 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/16/2015 | Ben Shapiro
    With Republicans in Congress split over the best approach to Obama's executive amnesty - and with many establishment Republicans splitting form grassroots Republicans on the issue of illegal immigration more generally - it's clear that immigration will be a hot-button primary issue in 2016. ... So where do the potential candidates stand? Here's a rundown: ...
  • Maher: Ted Cruz ‘Scariest Hispanic’ From Texas Since Movie Assassin

    01/24/2015 10:48:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | January 23, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Bill Maher railed against the 2016 GOP field on Friday’s “Real Time,” dubbing Ted Cruz “the scariest Hispanic to come out of [Texas]” since Javier Bardem’s portrayal of assassin Anton Chigurh in “No Country for Old Men.”Maher initially introduced the 2016 field as a group of “corporate @$$lickers” who were trying to “sign up mega-rich donors like Sheldon Adelson before one of the other guys in the pack blows him first.” He then went after each candidate individually, calling Rick Perry an “Evangelical Texas $#*+-kicker with limited intellect” to draw a comparison between him and George W. Bush. Maher was...
  • Three GOP Presidential Hopefuls to Appear on Panel Moderated by ABC’s Jonathan Karl

    01/24/2015 2:18:46 AM PST · by blueplum · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jan 22, 2015 1:29pm | VERONICA STRACQUALURSI
    Three of the most talked about potential GOP presidential candidates will appear together this weekend at a panel sponsored by the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, in this year's first forum of presidential hopefuls. At the group's winter meeting Sunday in Palm Springs, California, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will participate in a panel discussion on domestic economic issues, including health care and energy policy. ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will moderate the discussion. {snip} The panel discussion will take place Sunday at 8:30 p.m. PT, and an ABCNews.com...
  • The Elevator Pitch For 2016 Candidates

    01/23/2015 9:35:00 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Cook Political Report ^ | January 21, 2015 | Amy Walter
    There are enough potential candidates for president (on the GOP side at least) that you need an Excel spreadsheet just to keep them all straight. Instead of a complicated algorithm, I've boiled each candidate down to his/her most basic elements. At the end of the day, these are the things more likely to define a presidential wannabe. It's also important to distinguish between durable traits and those that are more ephemeral. For example, low name ID is something easily overcome. But, being on the "wrong side" of the base on key issues can be a campaign killer. This is by...
  • What Happens When The Senate Majority Leader Supports Rand For President?

    01/22/2015 9:44:38 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | January 21, 2015 | Kate Nocera
    For now, senators say it’s not a problem that one of the most powerful Republicans in D.C. already has a likely presidential candidate. “I work with Sen. McConnell on stuff, I make sure he knows what I’m doing to try and get it across the finish line,” Paul said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made no secret that he’ll support his fellow Kentuckian, Sen. Rand Paul, should Paul run for president in 2016. And Paul has also made no secret that he very, very likely will do just that. But there’s a lot of time between now and the...
  • Bill Straub: Being the ‘most conservative’ in a crowded field could work to Paul’s advantage

    01/22/2015 7:44:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Kentucky Forward ^ | January 22, 2015 | Bill Straub
    One thing you can say about Sen. Rand Paul’s burgeoning presidential campaign – he’s not scaring anybody out of the race. The Republican National Committee reports that the 2016 primary field has mushroomed to about 25 legitimate contenders — the size of a major league baseball roster — and growing, which certainly could make for an interesting party debate where you quite literally won’t be able to tell the players without a scorecard. Despite the RNC’s claims of legitimacy there are a few apples in the barrel who have about as much chance of moving into the Oval Office two...
  • Rand Paul’s Latest Hire: Give Edward Snowden the Nobel Peace Prize

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

    01/20/2015 7:51:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    FITS News ^ | January 20, 2015 | Staff
    IN A WORD, “YES” Let’s face it … we live in a world of labels. And in no arena are labels more impactful than in the world of politics – assuming of course the recipient of the label can show they’ve actually earned it. That’s rare … but occasionally it happens. And when it happens, it has the potential to move the masses (even those increasingly resistant to voting). Amid a sea of self-anointed “Republicans,” “conservatives,” and “Tea Party” candidates, voters are looking far and wide for aspiring leaders whose records actually match the all-too familiar rhetoric emanating from their...
  • What Rand Paul’s Embrace of Judicial Activism Says about Him

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

    01/19/2015 9:46:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 20, 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Four leading Republican presidential prospects are expected to appear this weekend in the California desert before an exclusive gathering of rich conservatives convened by the Koch brothers’ political operation, several sources tell POLITICO. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, received coveted invitations to speak to the vaunted network assembled by the billionaire industrialist mega-donors Charles and David Koch, the sources said. The meeting, set to be held at a Palm Springs hotel, is the annual winter gathering of Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, the nonprofit group...
  • Sen. Rand Paul: Break Down the Wall That Separates Us From the ‘Other America’

    01/19/2015 7:49:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | January 19, 2015 | Senator Rand Paul (R-KY)
    We need to notice and be aware of the injustices embedded in our criminal justice system.In his 1967 address to Stanford University, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of two Americas. He described them as, “two starkly different American experiences that exist side by side.” In one America, people experienced “the opportunity of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in all its dimensions.” In the other America, people experienced a “daily ugliness” that dashes hope and leaves only “the fatigue of despair.”(continued)
  • Santorum: You Know That Cruz And Paul Are Really Just ‘Bomb Throwers,’ Right?

    01/19/2015 1:02:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Townhall ^ | January 19, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    With 2016 rumblings abounding, we forgot about Rick Santorum. The former Pennsylvania Senator threw some early punches last week at his potential rivals, calling Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “bomb throwers,” who had no real accomplishments on their resumes (via NYT): Discussing Mr. Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, Mr. Santorum raised four policy issues that he said would prompt questions about Mr. Huckabee’s fealty to conservative principles. Mr. Santorum was even harsher when discussing Mr. Paul of Kentucky and Mr. Cruz of Texas, both first-term senators, dismissing them as...
  • Donald Clarke: Republican free-for-all is the converse of 1970’s situation

    01/17/2015 12:22:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | January 17, 2015 | Donald Clarke
    Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush have emerged to save the party from its immoderate urges.Rick Perlstein’s The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan was among the most gripping books published last year. Anybody old enough to remember Nixon’s weighty jowls sagging towards delayed resignation will savour Perlstein’s detailed analysis of Watergate and its aftermath. The book reminds us that – though positively merry in comparison to the UK and Ireland – the United States passed through seven layers of dementia during the 1970s. Patty Hearst was kidnapped. New York City went bust. Helicopters lifted the...
  • Rand Paul: “I’m a judicial activist.”

    01/16/2015 9:10:25 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 22 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | January 15, 2015 | Orin Kerr
    In a recent speech, Senator Rand Paul urged an audience of conservatives to embrace judicial activism. According to Paul, judicial activism is a good thing because it advances liberty and furthers conservative goals. Legislatures do “bad things,” Paul argues, and judicial activism is helpful to stop that: Judicial activism can overturn liberal laws such as Obamacare and the employment laws at issue in Lochner v. New York. According to Senator Paul, there is “a role for the Supreme Court to mete out justice.” As a result, he considers himself a judicial activist in debates over Locher, the New Deal in...
  • Conservatives shrug off Bush and Romney, remain confident in base-friendly hopefuls

    01/15/2015 8:26:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    MSN / The Washington Post ^ | January 15, 2015 | Melina Mara
    Conservative leaders this week shrugged off the sudden moves by Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney toward 2016 presidential campaigns, saying the two establishment-friendly candidates are too far out of touch with grass-roots activists to win the Republican nomination. At the same time, potential candidates with close ties to the party’s conservative base have moved to speed up their own efforts in response. Senior advisers to several of the potential conservative candidates said Wednesday that GOP insurgents will have to do more in 2016 than they did in previous cycles to make a serious run for the Republican nomination. Building a...
  • Rand Paul's path to the nomination

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

    01/15/2015 12:34:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 15, 2015 | Kate Scanlon
    A new political startup has studied the potential 2016 presidential field—and those who donate to them. Researchers at Stanford University started Crowdpac, a website that not only analyzes a candidate’s voting record and statements but their history of political donations as well. The founders of Crowdpac say that combining these factors provides a more accurate picture of a candidate’s true political philosophy, especially when some potential candidates (such as Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson) never have held office and thus have no voting record to judge. They utilized an algorithm to examine the money each candidate gave and received. “Our...
  • Why Rand Paul Has No Shot In 2016

    01/15/2015 4:59:05 AM PST · by LeoMcNeil · 58 replies
    Leo McNeil ^ | January 15, 2015 | Leo McNeil
    Rand Paul has a lot going for him. He inspires the conservative and libertarian wings of the Republican Party. In many ways he’s a breath of fresh air because he’s different than the rest of the GOP. He’s trying to work with constituencies that the GOP normally ignores. He’s making policy arguments that are different than other Republicans and different from other conservatives or libertarians. Rand Paul is personable, which goes a long way on the presidential campaign trail. Rand Paul can unite the right in the GOP. He has the brashness of Ted Cruz and the values of a...
  • Rand Paul looks to steal 2016 spotlight

    01/14/2015 5:57:52 PM PST · by entropy12 · 12 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 1/15/2015 | Manu Raju
    Jeb Bush is “a Big Government Republican.” Mitt Romney “had his chance.” And Marco Rubio’s recent jabs on foreign policy are “silly” and “childish.” Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is back in insurgent mode, lobbing bombs at his potential Republican presidential rivals and looking to take back a political spotlight that Bush and Romney have been hogging lately. Paul is also heading to New Hampshire and Nevada this week, hoping to strike a fire with voters who want a new voice to carry the GOP’s message to the White House. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/rand-paul-2016-elections-114243.html#ixzz3OqpqWVHs
  • Quotes of the day (Allahpundit off his meds again)

    01/13/2015 8:15:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 13, 2015 | Allahpundit
    The GOP field is in pygmy warlord phase—loud, fractured, and not terribly impressive. The most credible candidate is Jeb Bush, a far-sighted policy wonk whose greatest asset and liability is his last name. Powerhouse Chris Christie still has Bridgegate clouds hovering over his reputation. Rand Paul promises to bring the libertarian revolution to prime time and could inspire enthusiasm beyond the old base—but there’s still that wild gleam in the eye of the Kentucky ophthalmologist who would have his finger on the bomb. Rick Perry and Ted Cruz are the Jekyll and Hyde of Texas politics. Mike Huckabee and Rick...
  • Rick Santorum: Electing an amateur in 2016 is unthinkable

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

    01/12/2015 1:05:23 PM PST · by GulliverSwift · 32 replies
    Rick Santorum sharply criticized a group of potential rivals for the Republican presidential nomination in an interview that indicated he intends to reclaim conservative primary voters ahead of another White House bid in 2016. Mr. Santorum, the runner-up to the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, in 2012, took direct aim Friday at Mike Huckabee, Senator Rand Paul and Senator Ted Cruz, each of whom could offer the party’s right wing a fresh alternative to Mr. Santorum in conservative states with early primaries or caucuses. Discussing Mr. Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses, Mr. Santorum raised...
  • Ted Cruz Courts Liberty Movement in Iowa (Rand taking his dad's supporters for granted?)

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

    01/10/2015 7:15:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Des Moines Register | January 10, 2015 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2015/01/10/straw-poll-predictions/21576395/
  • Dear Rand Paul: Please Tell Dad to Shut Up

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

    01/09/2015 3:23:52 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/09/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) still has the little issue of the Kentucky state law that prevents him from running for both his Senate seat and for the presidency to overcome ahead of a prospective 2016 bid. Before he tackles that problem, however, Paul contends that his primary focus will be on gauging the level of interest in a prospective White House run. In a radio interview with Sean Hannity on Thursday, Paul stressed that he would not be following in his father’s footsteps – mounting longshot, ill-fated presidential campaigns for the sake of serving as a martyr for the...
  • Is Rand Paul going to run?

    01/09/2015 7:23:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | January 9, 2015 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    In an interview with talk show host Sean Hannity, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) sounded more equivocal about a presidential run than at any time in the last year or so: “If the ideas are resonating — if the ideas look like they have a chance – then it’s much more likely that I’ll make a go of this. If it looks like we’re at 1 percent, we’re not in the top tier, and it’s just going to be a quixotic sort of run, then I think it’s not something I want to do just for educational purposes. I would do...
  • Here's where 16 potential presidential candidates stand on (homosexual) marriage

    01/07/2015 11:16:53 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 28 replies
    Time ^ | 1/7/2015 | Tessa Berenson
    For the most part, the gay marriage debate now falls along partisan lines: Democrats support it, But within the crowded field of likely 2016 presidential contenders, there’s a lot of room for nuance. The would-be candidates have made much different arguments and have varying records on the issue. Meantime, the issue continues to change. On Jan. 6, Florida became the second-largest state to recognize gay marriage, bringing the total to 36. And on Friday, the Supreme Court will meet privately to decide whether to consider cases that could lead to a more definitive ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Here’s...
  • Senator introduces bill to cut aid to Palestinians

    01/07/2015 2:43:56 PM PST · by entropy12 · 16 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | Jan 7, 2015 | DEB RIECHMANN
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul introduced a bill on Wednesday that would immediately halt U.S. aid to the Palestinians until they halt their effort to join the International Criminal Court to pursue war-crimes charges against Israel.
  • Rand Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Trolling Campaign

    01/06/2015 8:13:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 5, 2015 | Olivia Nuzzi
    RandPAC is trolling other potential GOP contenders early and often with the help of Google ads—and Chris Christie and Rick Perry just might be next. When former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced in mid-December that he would “actively explore” running for the Republican presidential nomination, curious parties took to Google to learn more about him. While they were there, many of them were greeted by another politician’s name at the bottom of the page—one they hadn’t searched for. “Join a movement working to shrink government. Not grow it,” read one of the ads, placed by RandPAC, the political action committee...
  • Iowa and New Hampshire Have Already Seen Cash From 2016 Contenders (Hillary, Cruz, Paul & Perry)

    01/06/2015 6:46:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The New York Times' The Upshot ^ | January 6, 2015 | Derek Willis
    The next two years are a good time to be a local candidate or party organization in Iowa and New Hampshire. The political action committees supporting Rand Paul, Rick Perry, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton have already started doling out cash to the campaigns of potential supporters in the states with the earliest presidential contests of 2016. Leadership PACs — like the one Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, will be forming soon — provide a natural vehicle for sending campaign money to state and local candidates and committees in key early presidential states. Several potential presidential candidates, through their...
  • The U.S. presidential race is on: For cash, polls and buzz

    01/06/2015 1:34:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    McClatchy ^ | January 6, 2015 | David Lightman
    The 2015 presidential campaign – yes, 2015 – isn’t a hunt for votes. At least 23 credible political figures are considering running for the two major-party nominations. And they’re all hunting for the magic concoction of money, attention and friends that could vault them into the top tier in the next 12 months, by the time the first voting starts in caucuses and primaries. Here’s a look at what to watch for: MONEY Bulging donor lists intimidate less well-heeled candidates. Those without money or fat cat friends usually drop out or get left behind. In summer 1999, for example, Elizabeth...
  • Hotline's GOP Presidential Power Rankings: Bush and Rubio Have Early Lead

    01/04/2015 7:56:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    National Journal ^ | January 4, 2015 | Tim Alberta, Scott Bland, Shane Goldmacher, Josh Kraushaar, Alex Roarty and Adam Wollner
    From the first day of 2011, Mitt Romney was the favorite to win the 2012 Republican presidential primary campaign. No one else was even close. The 2016 outlook could not be more different. Offered the choice to bet on one single candidate to win the nomination versus the rest of the field, the choice would have to be "the field." For the first time in years, there is no one next in line. And without a former vice president or powerhouse former candidate looking likely to run, Republicans are shaping up to spend the next year and a half fighting...
  • Mike Huckabee and The Dynamics of 2016

    01/04/2015 1:00:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The National Review's Postmodern Conservative Blog ^ | January 4, 2015 | Peter Spiliakos
    There was a time when I thought that Mike Huckabee had a chance to win over enough “somewhat conservative” voters that, when added to his pre-existing base among conservative white evangelicals, would give him a good chance to win the 2016 Republican nomination. I don’t think that chance exists anymore (if it ever did). He hasn’t done any of the maneuvering he would need to do in order to expand his base of support. Thirteen months is not a long time and he has shown no inclination to make the moves he would need to make in order to expand...
  • Degrees of separation from Steve King

    A flock of 2016 presidential hopefuls will be attending a major GOP event in Iowa this month co-sponsored by anti-immigrant gadfly Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has made outreach to minorities part of his appeal, won’t go. His office says there is a scheduling conflict. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush also begged off. What to make of all this? (SNIP) He is no David Duke, but his distasteful and flamboyant attacks on illegal immigrants are well known. (SNIP) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie headlined a fundraiser for King and reportedly announced, “I will be a supporter...
  • Michigan Political Points: Ted Cruz presidential bid pitched by prominent Republican strategist

    01/03/2015 12:12:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Kalamazoo Gazette ^ | January 3, 2015 | Jonathan Oosting
    LANSING, MI - While Michigan Republicans are still debating when to hold their 2016 presidential primary, some of the party’s top political strategists are making the case for potential candidates. Welcome to Michigan Political Points, my weekly roundup of news, views and YouTubes from the state Capitol and beyond. CRUZ NEWS: Former Michigan Republican Party Chairman Saul Anuzis, now working as a political consultant, penned a column this week making the case for a Ted Cruz presidential nomination in 2016. “He’s the candidate many in the mainstream media and Washington chattering class love to hate,” Anuzis wrote. “He is demonized...
  • 5 Presidential Candidates (This guy is all over the place)

    01/02/2015 5:47:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | January 2, 2015 | Bob Burnett
    Happy new year! Welcome to the start of the presidential campaign marathon. For your consideration are five likely candidates, each representing a distinct segment of the U.S. political spectrum. Republicans have three probable candidates. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush would represent the business conservative wing of the GOP -- Pew Research estimates this is 12 percent of likely voters. Bush would be the favorite of the big GOP spenders, the one percent that favors capitalism over democracy. Jeb's strengths are national name recognition, personable manner, Hispanic spouse, and reputation for moderation on social issues. His weaknesses: high unfavorability ratings and...
  • John McCain's Wacko "Ethnic Cleansing" of Tea Party

    01/02/2015 4:07:55 PM PST · by raptor22 · 44 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 2. 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Republicans: Political purges may work in totalitarian states, but in a democracy they can be self-defeating. The senator who called the Tea Party "wacko birds" should realize the GOP's real enemies are called Democrats. It's been said that all politics is local, and normally a state party's internal squabbles would not be national news. But when they involve a former presidential candidate on an issue that will affect the selection of the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee and chances, we sit up and take notice. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who lost the 2008 election to Barack Obama and who is running...
  • Occupy Gets Recycled And So Does Its Anger

    01/02/2015 3:38:53 AM PST · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 1, 2015 | John Sexton
    Occupy may be gone, but it is clearly not forgotten. The people protesting Eric Garner’s death in New York City were marching to a slightly different drum beat in 2011, but they seem to have returned, having learned something from their previous mistakes.
  • Federalist Poll Shows GOP Fracture: “REPUBLICAN” PRIMARY SITUATED ON FAMILIAR FAULT LINE …

    12/31/2014 12:08:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    FITS News ^ | December 31, 2014
    It’s happening again … and there doesn’t appear to be anything anyone can do to stop it. We’re referring, of course, to the quadrennial election of an American president – which has followed an eerily predictable pattern in 2008 and 2012. It’s gone like this: An “electable” status quo candidate with support from the left-leaning media and the “Republican” establishment gets swept to the GOP nomination – via Borg-like assimilation. At that point, the media shifts its narrative on a dime and begins perpetuating marginal distinctions between two eerily similar ideologues – hoping to portray the big government “Republican” nominee...
  • Holiday Bulletin: The Insiders’ friends and family focus group

    12/30/2014 2:01:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan Blog ^ | December 29, 2014 | Ed Rogers, Lobbyist
    I spent Christmas week in Fairhope, Alabama, which is Alabama’s answer to Sausalito, CA. And now I’m reporting from Palm Desert, California, which is an exclusive enclave of bipartisan one-percenters. Palm Desert is California’s answer to Heaven. The streets here aren’t paved with gold, but they might as well be. I consider Fairhope to be prosperous and affluent, but the people in Palm Desert are rich! They’re not getting new trucks and hunting gear for Christmas, they’re getting Bentleys and Gulfstreams. Roll Tide! Anyway, as you can imagine, my friends and family are pretty pro-GOP – even if there is...
  • At last: Ted Cruz wins a 2016 presidential straw poll - Rand Paul in second place

    12/29/2014 6:26:57 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2014 | Jennifer Harper
    A certain Texas Republican still has plenty of fans. Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Federalist Today Presidential Straw Poll with 26 percent of the nearly one thousand votes cast. The field included 16 potential candidates. “Placing a respectable second and third, Senator Rand Paul (22 percent) and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (16 percent) showed that they also have considerable support among the ‘lovers of freedom and anxious for the fray’ Federalist faithful,” report David Corbin and Matt Parks, two analysts for The Federalist - a learned and vibrant online journal. “The political insider would, undoubtedly, not be impressed. Good...
  • 2016 GOP primary goes off-script (In which she attacks Cruz and bolsters the RINOcracy)

    12/29/2014 4:01:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | December 29, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    Early presidential polls are not predictive of much, but they do reflect current sentiment. In that regard, the latest CNN/ORC poll should cause the punditocracy to rethink its take on the Republican race. For starters, at 6 percent and 4 percent respectively, Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) are not front-runners, nor arguably even top-tier contenders. The media infatuation with Paul reflects, one suspects, their enchantment with his systemic criticism of the police and fondness for anti-interventionism. Neither is in keeping with dominant GOP opinion, so it should not be all that surprising that he has sunk in...
  • Robichaud: Republicans will be red hot in the new year

    12/29/2014 4:18:02 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | December 29, 2014 | Holly Robichaud
    Welcome 2015! It’s going to be an important political year with the Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate and the approaching open 2016 presidential election. The GOP’s extensive field includes Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Govs. John Kasich of Ohio, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Mike Pence of Indiana and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal. While Cruz is no favorite of the D.C. 
establishment, his political backbone in working to stop the Obama agenda will be an advantage. Unlike Speaker John Boehner, Cruz embraces November’s message that Americans overwhelmingly reject Obama’s policies, including amnesty. Paul should be...
  • Charles Koch eyes sentencing reform as a 2015 priority [See Rand Paul]

    12/28/2014 12:57:39 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 28, 2014, 02:58 pm | David McCabe
    Conservative mega-donor Charles Koch says reforming the criminal justice system to make it more fair to the "disadvantaged" will be a major one of his priorities in 2015.The businessman said that the criminal justice system needs reforms aimed at “making it fair and making [criminal] sentences more appropriate to the crime that has been committed.” “Over the next year, we are going to be pushing the issues key to this, which need a lot of work in this country,” Koch told The Wichita Eagle in an interview published Saturday night. “And that would be freedom of speech, cronyism and how that relates to opportunities for...
  • The Republican lawmakers and celebrities who would be president

    12/27/2014 10:41:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | December 27, 2014 | John Batchelor
    In my last column I assessed the Republican governors and former governors who may run for president in 2016. Now I turn to the legislators and the rest of the field. Other prospective Republican presidential candidates for 2016 include four young national legislators who will dominate the party in the first quarter of the 21st century. Two of the national legislators, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, have a surprising amount in common: Both have Cuban backgrounds, both arose from the tea party boom of 2009 and ’10, and both represent powerful states in the Electoral...
  • Former Fla. gov. Crist on reopening Cuba ties

    12/24/2014 7:02:04 AM PST · by shove_it · 19 replies
    SeeBSnews ^ | 17 Dec 2014
    Florida has long been the home of a large Cuban-American community. The issue of American-Cuban relations is a major issue in the state. Charlie Crist, Florida's former governor, joined CBSN on Wednesday to discuss how President Obama's move to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba will impact the state. According to Crist, the economic impact will be significant because the easing of restrictions on the island will spur redevelopment. Former Florida gov. Charlie Crist GETTY IMAGES "You talk about housing changes, schooling, infrastructure, the natural launching pad for much of that redevelopment is the state of Florida," Crist said. Cuba is...