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  • Exclusive: GOP Leadership Ignores Immigration Entirely in Town Hall Talking Points

    08/27/2015 7:14:02 PM PDT · by MichelleWSC3 · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Aug 2015 | Julia Hahn
    Republican legislators have gotten their messaging instructions from their top leaders: Tout unpopular free-trade measures during the August recess, ignore popular curbs on the migration that saps Americans’ wages. Breitbart News has exclusively obtained an internal August recess messaging instruction set for Republican legislators produced by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) 52% , who orchestrates the GOP Senators’ PR pitch. This 20-page messaging instruction manual seems to confirm prior reports by Breitbart News that Republican Congressional leadership has no plans to enact popular immigration reforms to curb large-scale migration. Each August, Senators and Congressmen return home to listen to constituents’ concerns...
  • Which Presidential Candidates Are Winning the Money Race

    08/27/2015 5:26:24 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | UPDATED Aug. 1, 2015
    On July 31, “super PACs” supporting presidential candidates filed reports with the Federal Election Commission providing the first complete picture of how the campaigns, super PACs and other groups supporting the candidates are raising and spending money.
  • Letter to a Friend: 'Harsh Immigration' Is Not Why Latinos Hate Republicans

    08/27/2015 4:59:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2015 | Larry Elder,
    Dear Larry: Geez, I cannot fathom the polls that have Donald Trump leading. Either a lot of Republicans are just frustrated or stupid, or both -- and they want a bomb-thrower. Or it is pro-Hillary Clinton Democrats voting in those polls. Trump is ruining the race for the serious Republican candidates and thereby helping Hillary immensely. Democrats must be loving his clown act. It deflects attention from Hillary's emails. Over time, Trump has donated more money to Democratic candidates than Republican candidates. Does he have any positions other than the one on immigration? At least from the news clips I've...
  • Trump Reportedly Rules Out Third-Party Run (UPDATED)

    08/26/2015 6:13:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 08/26/2015 | by Matt Wilstein
    In the first moments of Fox News’ GOP debate earlier this month, Donald Trump was the only candidate on the stage would not vow to support the eventual nominee of the Republican Party, leaving the door open for an third-party campaign should he fail to secure the nomination. Now, The Huffington Post is reporting — in their Entertainment section, of course — that Trump has told “several top Republicans” that he has decided to rule out that possibility and commit himself fully to the GOP. Reporters Sam Stein and Ryan Grim cite “several sources” who were privy to the...
  • “Republican First:” RPV stands up to Trump

    08/25/2015 6:13:33 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    It’s about time I get a chance to write something positive about RPV. According to Politico, RPV Chairman John Whitbeck and State Central have chosen to stand up to the Trumpkins and their Supreme Leader “The Donald.” RPV, along with the GOP in North Carolina, are considering making all presidential candidates sign a loyalty oath. This measure is being looked at to deter a 3rd party candidacy from billionaire populist candidate Donald Trump. Trump famously said in last month’s GOP Presidential Debate that he could not commit to supporting the eventual party nominee. The measure even has the endorsement of...
  • In Iowa Ted Cruz Rallies Religious Right (Crowd of 2,500)

    08/24/2015 4:21:43 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 7 replies
    CNN ^ | August 24, 2015 | Betsy Klein
    At his "Rally for Religious Liberty," Friday night in Iowa, a crowd of over 2,500 men, women and young children turned out for the three-plus hour event. Upon arrival at the venue, guests received Ted Cruz Pocket Constitutions, Cruz stickers, mini-American flags emblazoned with "Courageous Conservatives for Cruz," bracelets reading "Marriage = 1 man + 1 woman," and, for younger attendees, Ted Cruz coloring books. Cards and pens were placed on the seat of every chair to sign up attendees to commit to caucus for Cruz, a vital step in campaign organizing here in Iowa. Cruz spoke about his experience...
  • Why Jeb’s Not Catching Fire — And Probably Never Will

    08/23/2015 6:52:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Center For Individual Freedom ^ | August 20, 2015 | Troy Senik
    The good news for Jeb Bush is that he’s the perfect candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. The bad news is that he’s the perfect candidate in the year 2000. That’s the counterfactual scenario that most Bush-watchers have spun over the years. Had Jeb won the 1994 race in which he first pursued Florida’s governorship, the theory goes, it would have been him rather than his older brother who became the GOP’s standard-bearer in 2000. Instead, Jeb narrowly lost the ’94 race to Democrat Lawton Chiles, George W. won his contest in Texas in the same year and the younger...
  • Cruz Outshines Bush at Americans for Prosperity Summit

    08/22/2015 4:23:57 PM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 22, 2015 | THOMAS BEAUMONT
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was the hands-down favorite of the Americans for Prosperity annual summit in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, if the number and volume of ovations during the speeches of five presidential candidates who addressed the annual convention of tea party activists was the measure. At the other end of the spectrum was former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a newcomer to events financed by conservative industrialists Charles and David Koch. Bush was attending his first national conference of Americans for Prosperity and was greeted with respectful but restrained applause by a group that rose essentially out of Republican dissatisfaction...
  • Clinton Campaign On Alert For Undercover Conservative Sting

    08/21/2015 1:41:59 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 28 replies
    Time.com ^ | 8/21/2015 | Zeke J Miller
    Dirty tricks alleged as the campaign heats up Hillary Clinton’s campaign offices around the country have been put on alert after at least two women approached Iowa staff under the guise of being supporters in an apparent effort to catch the campaign engaging in improper or illegal activity, a Clinton campaign official said. The motivations of the women is not known, but their alleged techniques match those of Project Veritas, the conservative group run by James O’Keefe, which specializes in undercover stings meant to embarrass liberal groups and politicians. The group declined to comment on the Clinton campaign’s allegations. “Project...
  • Trump is the strongman we don't need

    08/20/2015 11:16:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | August 20, 2015 | Alex Castellanos, Republican Strategist
    Help Wanted: Desperate U.S. political party looking for benevolent dictator. Need outsider who can break some China (so to speak.) Dedication to conservative principles or loyalty to party is unimportant. Opposition to unaffordable spending, unsustainable entitlements or expansions of federal muscle are no longer required. We will give you all the power you need to make America great again. Donald Trump does not make mistakes, as he is unafraid to tell you: "Every time they say I make a mistake, my poll numbers go up," he told reporters in Iowa. Trump informs us he does not ask God for forgiveness....
  • Fading in the polls, Scott Walker aims to attract Trump voters

    08/18/2015 8:40:57 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 18 2015 | Jenna Johnson and Sean Sullivan
    Scott Walker has sought to reassure jittery donors and other supporters this week that he can turn around a swift decline in the polls in Iowa and elsewhere by going on the attack and emphasizing his conservatism on key issues. In a conference call, one-on-one conversations and at a Tuesday lunch, the Wisconsin governor and favorite of anti-union conservatives told backers that his campaign is shifting to a more aggressive posture and will seek to tap into the anti-establishment fervor fueling the rise of Donald Trump and other outsider candidates. During a conference call with top fundraisers Monday afternoon, Walker...
  • Explaining Donald Trump's Enemies

    08/19/2015 8:18:43 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 39 replies
    Renew America ^ | August 19, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    You can tell a lot about a man by his enemies, and Donald Trump has those aplenty. I'm not referring to people may merely disagree with him on certain issues, or even those on the far Left – like Democrats – who will hate anybody who is not a progressive loonie toon. Instead, I'm talking about the folks in Trump's own party and on Trump's own side, broadly speaking, of the ideological divide. The Republican establishment, as well as a large subset of the conservative (loosely defined) commentariat, seem to have visceral hatred for the man – and for his...
  • Republicans More Happily Married Than Democrats, Sociologists Find

    08/18/2015 7:40:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/18/2015 | BY NAPP NAZWORTH
    Republicans are more likely to be married, less likely to divorce, and are more likely to be happy in their marriage than Democrats, sociologists W. Bradford Wilcox and Nicholas Wolfinger have discovered. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans are married, compared to 40 percent of Democrats; 41 percent of ever-married Republicans have been divorced, compared to 47 percent of ever-married Democrats; and, 67 percent of married Republicans say they are in "very happy" marriages, compared to 60 percent of married Democrats, they reported for Family Studies, the blog of the Institute for Family Studies. The research looked at 20 to 60 year...
  • New Fox Poll Features Some Big Surprises [For Both Parties]

    08/17/2015 8:20:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 08/16/2015 | Rick Moran
    A new poll released by Fox News holds some surprises for both parties. On the rise in the new survey are Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz. Falling are Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Rand Paul. Businessman Donald Trump still leads the field for the Republican nomination. He gets 25 percent among GOP primary voters. He was at 26 percent before the debate. TrumpÂ’s support among women went from 24 percent two weeks ago to 21 percent now. He mostly held steady among men (28 percent).The real-estate mogul maintains his first-place status despite also being judged in the...
  • The Real Reason Why Donald Trump Will Never Be President

    08/13/2015 4:59:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Vice ^ | August 13, 2015 | Toure
    Watching the 2016 race is like we're watching an outlandishly madcap absurdist film mocking the presidential process, something akin to Bulworth 2: Making America Great Again. It just doesn't seem real. Trump is a candidate more boorish, more buffoonish, more rude, vapid, and self-righteous than any who has ever sat atop the polls. As the Washington Post's Jon Capehart tweeted recently, "The 2012 Republican presidential field was derided as a clown car. The 2016 car is being driven by the clown." But in a political era so concerned with rising inequality, perhaps Trump is what we deserve: a billionaire at...
  • Why Is Rick Perry Broke? His 2012 Donors Prefer Ted Cruz.

    08/13/2015 8:30:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 13, 2015 | Scott Bland, Stephanie Stamm and Andrew McGill
    The donors who gave to Perry's last presidential run have supplied more money to Cruz's campaign this time around.Rick Perry's campaign is in deep financial trouble. And fellow Texan Ted Cruz is part of the reason why. While Perry's near-broke campaign has stopped paying its staff, Cruz has dominated the chase for Texas dollars—even among the donors who fueled Perry's 2012 presidential campaign. According to a National Journal analysis of campaign-finance records, Perry 2012 donors have given over $895,000 to Cruz so far this year but only $376,000 (less than half) to Perry's 2016 campaign. Perry raised just over $1.1...
  • Heidi Cruz: Husband is attracting 'crossover votes'

    08/12/2015 7:26:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Midland Reporter-Telegram ^ | August 12, 2015 | Cassie Burton
    With Donald Trump leading in polls even as he makes controversial remarks about women, does it leave a sour taste when one chooses not to speak out against him? Heidi Cruz said she doesn’t think so. The wife of presidential hopeful and U.S. senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, spoke about her husband’s campaign during and after her speech at the Midland County Republican Women’s luncheon on Wednesday at Midland Country Club. “What Ted is speaking to is letting everyone run their own race and that we should stay on the messages that matter to people,” Cruz said about her husband’s...
  • Franklin Pierce-Herald GOP poll results: Trump lead eroding; Kasich and Fiorina rise

    08/12/2015 2:23:38 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 94 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 8/11/2015 | Joe Battenfeld and Chris Villani
    The latest Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll shows a big jump for Carly Fiorina, who makes to top 5 GOP candidates with 9% of N.H. GOP voters. This poll also shows Donald Trump in the lead at 18%, followed by Jeb Bush 13%, and John Kasich at 12%. ... Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at 10%. ... GOP presidential upstart Donald Trump has lost ground in New Hampshire since his tirade against Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly... Businesswoman Carly Fiorina has jumped to fifth place in New Hampshire with nine percent support. ...
  • CNN poll of Iowa: Trump 22, Carson 14, Walker 9, Cruz 8, Fiorina 7

    08/12/2015 2:31:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 84 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/12/2015 | AllahPundit
    This is, I believe, the first poll of the GOP race since the debate conducted by a major news network using traditional phone calls instead of the Internet, so if you’re looking for reasons to give this one extra credence, there you go.What’s the biggest story here? Trump’s rise? Ben Carson’s surprising surge, given his low-key debate performance? Or the decline of Scott Walker?CNN hasn’t polled Iowa recently so there’s no yardstick to measure if Trump gained or lost points since the debate, but most of the other pollsters who’ve surveyed the state lately had him between 17 and...
  • The Republican presidential race could be about to get a lot smaller

    08/12/2015 7:44:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 11, 2015 | Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times
    Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania gets agitated when political analysts question why he is still in the race for the GOP presidential nomination when he is scoring less than 2 percent in the polls and has barely raised $1 million in campaign funds – a pittance compared with many of his rivals. He notes that when he ran for president last time, he had little money and low single-digit standing in the polls in January 2012 – just before he went on to beat Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses. This time, Santorum is so far behind the large...
  • Why The Democrats Are The Party Of Slavery And Victimization

    08/12/2015 6:38:27 AM PDT · by knarf · 8 replies
    http://conservative50.com/blog ^ | August 12, 2015 | Conservative 50
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  • Just Who’s a RINO? Part I

    08/11/2015 10:51:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 11, 2015 | John P. Warren
    Every time the Republican Party has gone tangential in the last hundred or so years, it has lost more than the election: our nation changed—for the worse. History may be boring for some, but ignoring it damns us all to repeat it. In 1912, Teddy Roosevelt felt his protégé, Bill Taft, had betrayed Republican principles, and when Taft ran for re-election, TR bolted, making a third party run. Woodrow Wilson, a progressive, a foreign policy naiveté, and a racist, took nearly 42% of the vote and won 40 states. Taft came in third with just over 23% and 2 states,...
  • Study: Pro-Life Messaging Moves Women, Hispanics, Millennials to Republican Party

    08/11/2015 7:29:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/11/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    Democratic-leaning women, Hispanics and Millennials were most likely to shift their vote to the Republican Party after listening to anti-abortion ads, according to the results of a study reported in Campaigns & Elections. Democratic-leaning women shifted 10 percentage points away from the Democratic candidate and toward the Republican candidate after listening to the ads. Hispanics shifted 13 points, and young voters, ages 18 to 34, shifted 8 points. The only group to shift in the opposite direction, from being more likely to support the Republican candidate to more likely to support the Democratic candidate, after hearing the anti-abortion ads, were...
  • Establishment Must Quit Obsessing Over Trump

    08/11/2015 1:30:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 11, 2015 | David Limbaugh
    It's time that the sophisticated analysts who pride themselves in their ability to discern nuance realized that Donald Trump's popularity and his defenders are more nuanced than most people imagine. Because Trump is outrageous compared with the usual presidential candidate, Beltway pundits assume his followers and sometime defenders are classless rubes willing to overlook any objectionable remark he makes and his mixed record on conservative causes. These commentators seem more disgusted with Trump defenders than with President Obama's destructive agenda and the threat it represents to America. Their angst, I would argue, is not primarily about Trump. Their real beef...
  • Trump/Cruz Ticket?

    08/11/2015 12:26:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Cowger Nation ^ | August 10, 2015 | Caiden Cowger
    Those of you who listen to my show, and regularly read my columns know that I am one of the biggest Ted Cruz fans that exists. He is an outspoken, proven conservative and a devout Christian. Last month, I watched a Fox and Friends interview with Ted Cruz, and he refused to attack Donald Trump. Not only did he refuse to attack Trump, but he defended him. “I don’t think you should apologize for speaking out against…illegal immigration,” Cruz said. That same month, Cruz and Trump privately met together in New York City, and this caught my attention. Why would...
  • Sununu: "Inappropriate" Trump Not Smart Enough To Be President

    08/10/2015 1:14:20 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 73 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 10, 2015 | Pam Key
    Monday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” former White House chief of staff to President George H. W. Bush and New Hampshire Governor John H. Sununu criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his controversial comments about Megyn Kelly.
  • Obama on nuke deal: I stand by my comparison of Republicans to Iranian hardliners

    08/10/2015 9:16:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/10/2015 | AllahPundit
    As a young Barack Obama once said at the 2004 Democratic convention: There are no “blue states” and “red states,” there are only blue states and states that make “common cause” with anti-American fanatics.The White House should pick a smear and settle on it. Are critics of his terrible nuclear deal warmongering nutcases like the worst elements in Iran or are they treacherous Jews secretly loyal to Israel? “What I said is absolutely true factually. The truth of the matter is, inside of Iran, the people most opposed to the deal are the Revolutionary Guard, the Quds force, hard-liners...
  • GOP aims to win back Ohio

    08/10/2015 8:02:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 10, 2015 | Scott Wong
    Republicans are dead-set on winning back the Buckeye State. Thursday’s raucous GOP debate in Cleveland is the beginning of an aggressive campaign by Republicans to win Ohio’s 18 electoral votes that includes returning to the city’s Quicken Loans Arena for the 2016 Republican National Convention.
  • There’s a New Sheriff in Town

    08/10/2015 7:43:37 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/10/15 | Peggy Ryan
    New Sheriff in town named Donald Trump. He’s taking names and kicking butt, come to clean up the corrupt cesspool of Washington. All you politicians and media gunning for Trump, Better put those guns down when he tells you to, he’s not bluffing Republicans and their Democrat allies (henceforth referred to as Republicrats) have collectively thrown their hands up in the air, how can Donald Trump be the frontrunner? Especially after the GOP establishment (GOPe) has fired every weapon in their arsenal at him. Is he Superman, some comic hero who’s invincible? No, Republicrats, he’s just a guy who’s learned...
  • No, Donald Trump is not a “true conservative”

    08/09/2015 5:09:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 144 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/08/2015 | Taylor Millard
    About 12 hours after the first prime-time GOP debate a message from a group called True Conservatives PAC showed up in my email with the title “you’re a useful idiot.” The beginning of the email is listed below.It’s obvious Trump has struck a chord with people who are apoplectic at the GOP Establishment and for good reason. But people should stop to ask whether Trump is a conservative or if he’s using the crowded GOP field to promote himself. There’s also the entire “Trump is a Democrat plant” theory rolling around, which may or may not be true. But...
  • The Trumpification of the GOP Is About to End

    08/09/2015 10:25:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Commentary Magazine's Contentions ^ | August 7, 2015 | Noah Rothman
    For political pundits, the carnival they watched last night was an enlightening affair. Trump aside, they say, the Republican Party’s presidential aspirants performed admirably. The marginally tuned-in voter who watched the debate last night saw something quite different. This was a raucous event, a reality show with little redeeming value beyond its most entertaining aspects. That’s not necessarily a fair assessment, but it is an honest reflection of what they have come to expect from the Dadaist performance art that is Donald Trump’s campaign of self-promotion masquerading as a presidential bid. The pundits are, however, pundits for a reason; they...
  • 2 under-the-radar Republicans won big at the debate

    08/09/2015 10:20:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/08/2015 | Brett LoGiurato
    Four years ago, at a Republican presidential debate moderated by Fox News host Megyn Kelly, a gay soldier asked GOP candidates a question. "Do you intend to circumvent the progress that's been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military?" the soldier asked. The crowd booed. Fast forward four years to the first Republican presidential primary debate of the 2016 election — moderated, again, by Fox News host Megyn Kelly. "Gov. Kasich, if you had a son or daughter who was gay or lesbian, how would you explain to them your opposition to same-sex marriage?" Kelly asked Ohio Gov....
  • Explaining Donald Trump

    08/09/2015 6:23:52 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/09/15 | Tim Dunkin
    Shaking up the race, Forcing Republicans out of their box, Bringing illegal immigration issue back into awareness, Focal point to articulate and direct the anger of regular Americans against the sclerotic, out of touch politico-media establishment For the last six weeks or so, Donald Trump has been The Phenomenon in the Republican primary battle. He’s been the guy getting all the attention. He’s been the candidate who has sucked away the oxygen from all the rest like a forest fire. He’s built up a pretty sizeable fan base with his bombastic attacks on illegal immigration, the GOP establishment, and the...
  • WAtch Ted Cruz speech now is our time

    08/08/2015 4:20:28 PM PDT · by NoDRodee · 55 replies
    Worth the watch
  • GOP candidates expand on conservative views at RedState Gathering

    08/08/2015 6:28:01 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    WaPo ^ | August 8 at 8:55 PM | David Weigel
    Standing in front of them was a better Republican presidential candidate, refusing to apologize for what he said. Sen. Ted Cruz had accused President Obama of “funding radical Islamic terrorism,” and he would say it again. “Don’t use language like that — that’s what Mitt Romney tweeted,” said Cruz (Tex.). “That’s what [former Florida governor] Jeb Bush has said. No, no, no, no, no — don’t say such things! Let me say something right now. Truth is not rhetoric.” Cheers rumbled through the Buckhead InterContinental Hotel ballroom. Trump’s verbal warfare was the talk of this conservative conference. Trump the candidate...
  • Did the first Republican debate effect who you are supporting?

    08/08/2015 7:47:39 PM PDT · by MNDude · 73 replies
    This last week the 17 Republican candidates debated one another in hopes of getting us to offer our support to them. Has watching the debate has changed any of your positions of who you wish to see get the Republican nomination?
  • Conservatives grapple with surprise Trump snub

    08/08/2015 12:51:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 59 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | August 8, 2015 | David Weigel, journ-o-list member
    ATLANTA — Michael Pemberton, a 65-year-old conservative from Kentucky, started the day in a good mood. He was attending his second RedState Gathering, and ready to hear from 10 of the Republican Party's presidential candidates. He dug into breakfast — coffee and fruit — and sat down with another conference-goer. "One of the chaps across me asked, 'Did you hear the news?'" recalled Pemberton. "I thought he was going to tell me that a sinkhole opened up in Kentucky and I couldn't go again. But no: He said, they disinvited Donald Trump. I lost my appetite." The TV news confirmed...
  • Are voters ready to tune out Donald Trump?

    08/07/2015 11:58:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 7, 2015 | Ben Schreckinger
    He pleased fans with his blustery defiance, but others saw anger and ego.Much like the past two months of the presidential campaign, the first Republican debate on Thursday night featured all the hallmarks of a Donald Trump production. But after two hours of blustery denunciation and defiance from the former “Apprentice” star, voters may be inching closer to changing the channel. From the opening bell, the Fox News moderators and his Republican rivals made Trump the center of attention, hammering him with contentious questions — which he would complain afterward were “not nice” — and frontal attacks. So far, the...
  • ‘Best Presidential Debate I Have Ever Seen’: Beck Breaks Down the GOP Debate Candidate-by-Candidate

    08/07/2015 7:15:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 7, 2015 | Erica Ritz, assistant editor
    Glenn Beck reacted to Thursday’s first Republican presidential debate on his radio program Friday, saying it was the “best presidential debate” he has ever seen. “I expected a complete debacle because there was so many people,” Beck admitted. “But I think not only did I get a feel for every individual, I think some of my opinions were changed or enhanced on some individuals.” Beck’s analysis of the candidates’ performance is below in no specific order. Instead of ranking them numerically, he put them into broader categories like “big winner” and “big loser.”(continued)
  • “There Are More Cats…Than There are Republican Presidential Candidates,” Fed Up With Cat Colony

    08/07/2015 9:48:06 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    KFOR ^ | ADAM SNIDER | AUGUST 6, 2015
    “There are more cats…than there are Republican presidential candidates,” Neighbors fed up with cat colonyOne Norman neighborhood is reportedly the cat’s meow, with resident’s claiming wild felines are running amok. “There’s a lot of cats now,” said Nathan Hobbs. “There are more cats in this neighborhood, than there are Republican presidential candidates.” It’s a problem Nathan says has really heated up this summer. While Santa Claus has Donner, Dancer, and Prancer…Nathan has his own team. “There’s big gray, there’s little gray, there’s TFC,” said Hobbs. “You’ve got ring tail one, ring tail two, ring tail three…couple tabbies, and that giant...
  • Beware the clowns

    08/07/2015 2:14:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | August 6, 2015 | Larry Beinhart, author of "Wag the Dog"
    Those in the reality-based community may laugh, but in Republican presidential politics, extremism is virtue. Is the way to watch the Republican debates tonight to set out a bowl of popcorn in the expectation that this conglomeration of candidates will produce truly memorable Comedy Central moments? As Bill Schneider at Reuters put it, “Is 2016 the year of the Republican clown car?” Dana Milbank of The Washington Post was quick to answer, “Clown car.” Politico’s Roger Simon said the “clown car has become a clown van.” Sen. Ted Cruz is frying bacon on a rifle barrel. Sen. Lindsey Graham put...
  • The 2016 primaries ‘A-hole alert’

    08/06/2015 4:04:06 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/15 | Judi McLeod
    The only difference between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush is that one’s a demon Democrat and he other a RINO, Republican in Name Only, neither needed by Americans after Obama’s massive plunder Donald Trump who excels at turning the tables on the mainstream media should do the same to the name-calling Jeb Bush and by association the haughty GOP masterminds running his wonky campaign. Bush, who never saw a minority to which he could not pander, has called Trump, “a “buffoon”, “a clown” and an a#*hole”. How sporting and gentleman-like NOT! Trump should counter by getting his fans and supporters...
  • Why Donald Trump’s hostile takeover bid for the Republican Party is a loser

    08/06/2015 9:11:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 6, 2015 | Bill Schneider
    There is only one way Donald Trump can win the Republican presidential nomination next year. It’s something he’s familiar with from his big business career. It’s called a hostile takeover. Trump’s supporters will have to beat the Republican Party establishment into submission. Wait a minute. Isn’t Trump the frontrunner for the Republican nomination going into the first debate? Yes. But he’s only got the support of a quarter of rank-and-file Republican voters. Nearly one-third of Republicans say they could not vote for Trump. Trump is winning the Tea Party base of the GOP. They’re activist and they’re influential. But the...
  • Cruz super PAC launches seven-figure, nationwide ad campaign

    08/06/2015 8:34:27 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | August 4, 2015 | Katie Zezima
    A super PAC supporting the presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) launched television ads Tuesday, the start of a seven-figure, nationwide ad blitz for the candidate. One of four super PACs supporting Cruz will spend millions this year on television, digital and radio ads both nationwide and in early primary and caucus states. The super PAC, Keep the Promise I, received $11 million from Robert Mercer, a New York hedge fund magnate. It also received $5,000 from William Lee Hanley Jr. of the Lexington Management Group, which franchises hotels. "Ted Cruz has proven that he won't back down from fighting...
  • Slash and Burn: How Democrats Defend the Indefensible—and Why Republicans are No Match for Them

    08/06/2015 7:13:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/06/15 | Matthew Vadum
    Were Republicans trying to let Obama's Democrats curb-stomp them on the Planned Parenthood vote? The Republican congressional leadership’s embarrassing failure to open fire on the human body-part wholesalers of Planned Parenthood, a group that is at the very center of gravity of the American Left, is symptomatic of a larger, probably deadly pathogen flowing in the veins of the once-proud party of Lincoln. The collapse of the barely-there effort this week to deprive Planned Parenthood of taxpayer support for its ongoing, ever-expanding assembly line of horrors in which the group’s leaders harvest human fetuses before their time in order to...
  • For some Republicans, a Trump victory looks increasingly possible

    08/05/2015 10:37:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Reuters-UK ^ | August 6, 2015 | James Oliphant, Emily Flitter and Steve Holland
    Four years ago, only one Republican candidate was consistently hitting the same kind of polling heights among the presidential field that real estate mogul Donald Trump is reaching now. His name was Mitt Romney. The fact that Romney went on to capture his party’s nomination should be, at the very least, one basic reason why Trump’s recent surge can’t be dismissed as the aberration that so many pundits and party strategists claim it is. That doesn’t mean, of course, that Trump, who will command center stage at the first Republican presidential debate on Thursday, is going to wind up the...
  • What If Trump Wins? Sometimes voters do break the rules.

    08/05/2015 3:51:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Politico Magazine ^ | August 4, 2015 | Jeff Greenfield
    Every political analyst, every political observer, every politician is absolutely sure that Donald Trump is not going to be the Republican nominee for president in 2016. And we’re all absolutely sure that Donald Trump is not going to be sworn in as president on January 20, 2017. Could we all be wrong? So far, every poll seems to only be giving him more strength. Who would have thought even a month ago that as we enter the first GOP debate of the presidential election that Donald Trump, The Donald Trump, would be the leader in every single national poll and...
  • Ted Cruz to campaign with establishment foe McDaniel in Mississippi

    08/05/2015 3:41:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 5, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    Ted Cruz will campaign next week with Chris McDaniel, the insurgent conservative who mounted a high profile but ultimately unsuccessful primary challenge to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran last year. Cruz, the Texas senator and GOP presidential candidate, is planning a weeklong swing through the South. While in Mississippi on Tuesday, he’s set to stop in the northern cities of Tupelo and Olive Branch, and McDaniel is expected to accompany him during the trip and ride on Cruz’s campaign bus, Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier confirmed. McDaniel initially edged Cochran in last summer’s primary election but fell just short of the majority...
  • Republicans at debate to attack Clinton, not each other: chairman

    08/05/2015 2:53:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/5/15 | Susan Heavey
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the Republican Party on Wednesday said its presidential candidates are unlikely to attack each other in the party's first official debate but instead are focused on ousting Democrats from the White House. Seventeen Republicans, led by outspoken billionaire Donald Trump, are seeking the party's presidential nomination. Only 10 will be on stage Thursday night in the first prime-time debate, which could offer a chance to break out of the pack. "Ultimately, the real issue here is Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the fact that the country's really not in a good place right now,"...
  • Obama’s terrible Iran speech: My Republican critics are making “common cause”

    08/05/2015 2:04:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | August 5, 2015 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    The lowest moment from what was probably the lowest speech of his presidency — so far. David Harsanyi, watching this, asks a good question: Imagine what would have happened if Bush had said that Democrats were caucusing with Saddam Hussein?— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) August 5, 2015 The GOP opposes the nuclear deal because they think it’s too favorable to Iran and not favorable enough to America. The hardliners in Iran’s parliament oppose the deal for the opposite reason. Insofar as they both want the deal to fail, I suppose that’s “common cause.” But then, as Harsanyi says, it must also...