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  • The 2016 Republican primary is the biggest crap-shoot since at least 1988

    12/17/2014 4:44:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | December 17, 2014 | Scott Clement
    Early national presidential primary polls are, at best, rough indicators of who will eventually become the party's standard-bearer. But the Republican primary field is especially scattered heading into the 2016 cycle, which is one reason why Jeb Bush's recent moves toward a candidacy are getting so much attention. In fact, the GOP field is more scattered at this stage in GOP primaries since at least 1987, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The table below looks back at early Post-ABC surveys in the past five open Republican primary contests. A few findings help give a sense of just...
  • "US Voters Are Stupid", That's How Obamacare Was Passed

    12/17/2014 4:26:34 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 12 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 17 December 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Jonathan Gruber is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) health economist who was one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare) in America, modelled on the UK's NHS. Not once, but twice he has been caught on tape saying that the "stupidity of the American voter" made a certain amount of duplicity necessary to the passage of Obamacare. The first time was during the panel sessions at the 2013 Annual Health Economics Conference, the video of which you can see by clicking on the "Enza Ferreri Blog" link above. (The relevant remarks are at 20:25.)...
  • McSally win gives GOP historic majority in House

    12/17/2014 1:18:39 PM PST · by PROCON · 49 replies
    WAPO ^ | Dec. 17, 2014 | Sean Sullivan
    Republicans clinched their 247th U.S. House seat on Wednesday when GOP challenger Martha McSally officially unseated Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), bringing to an end the final unresolved congressional election of the midterms and handing the GOP its largest majority in the chamber since the Great Depression. McSally's narrow win, which came after a recount, means that House Republicans will begin the 114th Congress with a 247-188 advantage over Democrats. It is the largest GOP majority since Republicans claimed 270 seats in the 1928 election.
  • GOP majority can jump-start economy with tech agenda

    12/17/2014 8:35:08 AM PST · by Mellonkronos · 8 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | December 15, 2014 | DEREK KHANN
    The Obamas open up about raising their daughters, the impact of stereotypes, and what's on the POTUS dance party playlist. Subscribe now for instant access to the exclusive PEOPLE interview! -snip- "I think people forget that we've lived in the White House for six years," the first lady told PEOPLE, laughing wryly, along with her husband, at the assumption that the first family has been largely insulated from coming face-to-face with racism. "Before that, Barack Obama was a black man that lived on the South Side of Chicago, who had his share of troubles catching cabs," Mrs. Obama said in...
  • Ted Cruz’s ’16 blues: Why his strategy to win the White House is badly flawed

    12/16/2014 7:50:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Salon ^ | December 16, 2014 | Simon Maloy
    Texan wants to win the presidency by rallying conservatives -- and hoping people forget why they dislike him. Ted Cruz shut down the government; now he wants to preside over it. The junior senator from Texas is apparently moving closer to announcing his presidential candidacy, and National Review’s Eliana Johnson spoke to the people involved in Cruz 2016 who think they’ve figured out a way to propel their boy to the Oval Office: rally the conservative base, ignore independents, and eat into some of the traditionally Democratic constituencies. It’s a strategy that’s very similar to the one embraced by Michele...
  • Ted Cruz: An isolated figure in a minority of the minority

    12/16/2014 11:02:24 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn Blog ^ | December 16, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin, Queen of the NeoCons
    The National Review reports: To hell with the independents. That’s not usually the animating principle of a presidential campaign, but for Ted Cruz’s, it just might be. His strategists aren’t planning to make a big play for so-called independent voters in the general election if Cruz wins the Republican nomination. Several of the senator’s top advisers said that Cruz sees a path to victory that relies instead on increasing conservative turnout, trying to attract votes from groups that have tended to favor Democrats (Jews, Hispanics and millennials), and, in the words of one Cruz strategist, “not getting killed with independents.”...
  • BREAKING: Jeb Bush is formally exploring 2016 White House bid

    12/16/2014 7:55:08 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 168 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2014 | Seth McLaughlin
    Jeb Bush is exploring a 2016 presidential bid. The former Florida governor said in a post on Facebook Tuesday that over the Thanksgiving holiday there was a lot of discussion about the future of the nation. “As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the possibility of running for President of the United States,” Mr. Bush said. Mr. Bush said he plans to establish a Leader PAC next month to “help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical...
  • It’s Okay To Hate Republicans: In our era of polarization, one party is guiltier than the other

    12/15/2014 9:31:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    In These Times ^ | December 15, 2014 | Professor Susan J. Douglas, University of Michigan
    I hate Republicans. I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal “personhood.” This loathing is a relatively recent phenomenon. Back
 in the 1970s, I worked for a Republican, Fred Lippitt, the senate minority leader in Rhode Island, and I loved him. He was a brand of Republican now extinct—a “moderate” who was fiscally conservative but progressive about women’s rights, racial justice and environmental preservation. Had he been closer to...
  • Republicans squander mandate won in November elections

    12/15/2014 8:57:58 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 38 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 15, 2014 | By Joseph Curl
    “Think of how stupid the average person is — and realize half of them are stupider than that.” — George Carlin Congress has gone full stupid. Late Tuesday night, lawmakers released a 1,603-page bill that would dole out more than $1 trillion in taxpayer money (the federal government, by the way, has collected a record amount in taxes this year, but still can’t stop overspending). Rollcall.com calculated that the massive omnibus bill came in at 289,861 words. Then the reporter dove into the math: “If members averaged 200 words per minute to read the dense legislative text, they would need...
  • Ted Cruz Strikes Back: ‘Too Many Republicans Willing to Be Complicit’

    12/15/2014 8:07:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 15, 2014 | Rob Bluey, editor-in-chief
    In the midst of the debate over a mammoth government spending bill, Republicans and Democrats found something to agree on: their dislike for Sen. Ted Cruz, who forced a rare weekend session for the Senate. But rather than back down, Cruz opted to call out Washington politicians during on Sean Hannity’s radio show Monday. “Enough is enough,” he told Hannity. The outspoken Texas Republican joined with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to force the Senate to take a vote related to President Obama’s recent immigration actions. The measure was defeated, 22-74, after Cruz said Republican leaders urged senators to vote against...
  • Mark Levin to the GOP: I AM ONE INCH AWAY FROM LEAVING YOU!

    12/15/2014 3:47:57 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 118 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 12/15/2014 | the Right Scoop
    Mark Levin ripped Republicans a new one tonight as he opened his show tonight, saying that he is one inch away from leaving the Republican Party. He starts in hard, asking Republicans if they think this is a joke, if they think they can just lie to Republicans and conservatives with impunity about defunding Obamacare and fighting Obama’s illegal amnesty. He points out that Republicans go on and on about an imperial president and his illegal amnesty and they can’t even vote on a point of order challenging Obama. Levin says the Constitution is in tatters and that the Republican...
  • Shutdown Fairy Tales

    12/15/2014 3:43:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 15, 2014 | J. Christian Adams
    With the passage of a $1.1 trillion spending bill that fails to defund President Obama’s immigration amnesty plan (as promised), it seems many Republicans still believe in Beltway fairy tales. If President Obama had shut down the government by vetoing an appropriations bill that didn’t fund the president’s amnesty plan, so the fairy tale goes, Republicans would be blamed and damaged politically. There’s just one problem with this fairy tale: the 2014 election results. Nobody blamed Republicans for a shutdown in 2013, and nobody cared. The Washington establishment fears big bad shutdowns because they illustrate to the rest of the...
  • Senate Republicans need to decide who their real leader is

    12/15/2014 9:46:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    For all of their foresight on other matters, America's founders were somewhat taken aback by the natural development of political parties. It happened anyway, even during George Washington's presidency. And although party ideology has fallen along different lines at various points in American history, it has long governed the allegiance of a majority of American voters in elections. In legislative matters, party ideology takes the form of the modern party caucus system. In order to achieve their goals, partisan lawmakers collaborate, choose leaders, and agree on strategies in advance. On Saturday, lawmakers demonstrated why this system evolved and is necessary....
  • Five GOP immigration myths

    12/15/2014 6:38:05 AM PST · by EveningStar · 14 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | December 15, 2014 | Laila Hlass
    On Nov. 20, President Obama announced an executive action on immigration to provide temporary protection (“deferred action”) from deportation and permission to work for some parents of United States citizens and legal permanent residents. The order also expands the existing “DACA” program benefiting the so-called DREAMers — high achieving young people brought to the United States as children. These two programs could affect up to 5 million unauthorized immigrants living in the United States. The outcry from Republicans over Obama’s plans has been deafening. Congressional Republicans responded by holding a hearing to rail against the program. They’ve threatened a range...
  • Ted Cruz forces Senate into Saturday session, threatening shutdown

    12/13/2014 11:29:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 13, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
    Defying his party's leadership, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz upended plans for smooth passage of a $1.1-trillion spending bill, forcing a rare Saturday session as Congress braces to prevent a new threatened government shutdown.. Cruz launched the Senate into turmoil as he tried to use the government shutdown as leverage to stop President Obama's immigration plans. Now, Congress faces a midnight Saturday deadline to keep federal operations running. Senators were streaming into the Capitol on a sunny winter Saturday for a series of procedural votes, with many not happy about the situation. "I remind everyone, 12 o'clock midnight, 12 a.m., the...
  • GOP's Tim Scott: Committed to returning government to the people

    12/13/2014 8:13:16 AM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    investors.com ^ | Dec. 13, 2014 | Andrew Malcolm
    Sen. Tim Scott gives the Republican Party's Weekly Remarks Hi, I’m Senator Tim Scott from the great state of South Carolina. I’m deeply honored to have been elected by the hardworking people of South Carolina to represent them in the United States Senate. The mid-term elections put the President’s policies on the ballot, and the American people overwhelmingly rejected them by electing Republicans into office all around the country. (Scroll down for video of these remarks.) The new Republican majority in the Senate, alongside the House of Representatives, will present solutions that work for American families, and I truly hope...
  • Savage: The new spending bill represents a Republican betrayal of the highest magnitude

    12/12/2014 2:52:10 PM PST · by TBP · 34 replies
    email | Michael Savage
    Dr. Savage poured over the new $1.2 trillion spending bill, noting the colossal waste and bipartisan "pork barrel" provisions it contains. "Who is going to pay for this?" he asks. "We've just experienced a Republican betrayal of the highest magnitude," Savage announced. In the latest $1.2 trillion dollar spending bill, Obamacare is fully funded. So is amnesty. Boehner is out there, pretending he's concerned. Meanwhile, they gave a billion dollars for the amnesty bill to help illegal aliens. The budget is packed with what we used to call "pork barrel" spending. Now they're called "riders," but it's the same thing:...
  • Health groups fear bill could lead to return of pizza, fries in schools

    12/12/2014 12:47:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 12, 2014 | Lydia Wheeler
    Health advocates are blasting provisions in federal funding legislation that are seen as dialing back school nutrition standards, even as the White House seeks to downplay the riders as “minor adjustments” to the first lady’s signature policy. The bill known as “cromnibus,” contains language that would allow states to exempt struggling districts from having to offer all whole grain products and eases requirements for schools to reduce sodium levels. Critics who lobbied against more restrictive nutrition rules hailed the language as a win. The American Heart Association, meanwhile, worries the changes will open the door for more legislation that will...
  • Is Graham a RINO, or a reasonable conservative? (Incredible) [Poll to FReep]

    12/12/2014 5:01:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Post and Courier ^ | December 12, 2014 | Brian Hicks
    So Lindsey Graham is on the warpath ... again. In the past month, South Carolina's senior senator has been busy - which stands in stark contrast to most members of Congress this time of year. Or any time, for that matter. Not only has the hawkish Graham renewed his call to send troops into Syria, he also criticized the release of a report that detailed the CIA's rather torturous methods of extracting information from suspected terrorists. Graham didn't exactly endorse waterboarding, mind you, but he made it clear that enemy detainees really don't want to be locked in a dark...
  • Down & Out: Dem losses at state-level almost unprecedented, could cripple it for a long time

    12/12/2014 4:32:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | December 11, 2014 | Jamelle Bouie
    The most immediate consequence of the Democrats’ midterm disaster was losing control of the Senate and ceding Congress to the GOP. For the next two years, Democrats will have to deal with conservative legislation, right-wing hijinks, and—in all odds—a vacancy crisis, as Republicans freeze confirmations and refuse to fill spots in the executive branch and on the federal bench. That is bad for the Democratic Party. What’s on the horizon is worse. As Amy Walter notes for the Cook Political Report, Democrats lost big at all levels of government, including the states. “Today,” she writes, “about 55 percent of all...
  • Sen. Harry Reid Eviscerates GOP Leaders In New York Times Exit Interview

    12/10/2014 6:27:10 PM PST · by Steelfish · 36 replies
    YahooNews ^ | December 10, 2013 | Dylan Stableford
    Sen. Harry Reid Eviscerates GOP Leaders In New York Times Exit Interview Asked whether any of his Republican counterparts could become president, outgoing Senate majority leader replies, 'Of what?' By Dylan Stableford Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blasted Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, his soon-to-be successor, and other Republicans, vowing Democrats will wage "a new battle" with the GOP when the Senate reconvenes on Jan. 6. “Is there enough they can do to help Wall Street? I don’t think so. Big banks? I don’t think so,” Reid told the New York Times in an exit interview published Wednesday. “That’s where...
  • Seriously, Democrats: You’re Done in Dixie

    12/10/2014 11:08:09 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | December 10, 2014 | Michael Tomasky
    Think it’s elitist or wrongheaded to admit that Democrats can’t win down south? Then let’s go through the numbers, shall we?All right. Now that I’ve gotten your attention about the South, let’s stay at it, shall we? I’ll keep the rhetorical flourishes to a minimum this time and make no references to specific religious figures, but I will instead use hard numbers to drive home what was the clear substantive point of my Monday column: That from the level of Congress on down, with a small number of exceptions, the Democratic Party is largely wasting its time (and indeed worse—diluting...
  • Whatever Happened to California Republicans? The Golden State has become almost completely blue.

    12/10/2014 8:21:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/10/2014
    From 1965 through 1990, Republican presidential nominees carried California six times in a row, the GOP’s best winning streak ever in the Golden State. California not only was the greatest source of Republican votes in the nation (roughly 10% of GOP votes nationally were delivered here in the 1980s), but its Republican Party produced two presidents within 20 years (Richard Nixon in 1968 and 1972, and Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984). California’s “populist conservatives” also passed initiatives such as the property tax-cutting Proposition 13 in 1978 that helped spark the national “Tax Revolt.”During the 1980s, California’s population grew...
  • The 2016 Republican Field: They Don’t All Suck

    12/10/2014 7:39:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/10/2014 | Eric Erickson
    On January 27, 2007, I wrote what remains one of the most read posts in RedState history. The title summed it up. “They All Suck”. In it, I noted that the field of Republican candidates then taking shape headed into the 2008 election were just terrible. Giuliani, McCain, Romney, Tom Tancredo, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) Heritage ActionScorecard Rep. Duncan HunterHouse Republican Average See Full Scorecard 68%, and Sam Brownback were a lightweight crew of candidates. as I noted: They all suck. Let’s just admit it. Every one of the thus far announced Republican candidates for President sucks. From the lecherous...
  • Surrender:Why does anyone ever vote for Republican Party…at least one run by Boehner & McConnell?

    12/09/2014 11:20:50 AM PST · by Starman417 · 127 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-09-14 | Vince
    Do you ever wonder sometimes why Americans vote? How many times have you heard people say “I don’t vote because my vote doesn’t really matter, those politicians are going to do what they want regardless of how I vote.” In some cases that’s true. Obamacare was a perfect example. In January 2010 Scott Brown won his campaign for the Senate in deep blue Massachusetts by promising to be the 41st vote against Obamacare. The Democrats didn’t care, and despite the fact that 60% of the American people were opposed to Obamacare, they sidestepped Brown and used “reconciliation” to shove the...
  • Now they’re trying to steal 2016: GOP schemes to rewire Electoral College & elect a Tea Party prez

    12/08/2014 9:59:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Salon ^ | December 6, 2014 | Paul Rosenberg
    Republicans know they can't win the popular vote. You won't believe sick schemes they've launched to get around it. Republicans have only won the popular vote for president once in the last 25 years, a steep decline in their fortunes from the period from 1972 to 1988, when they won the popular vote every time but one–1976, the aftermath of Watergate. Add to that massive policy failures and demographic trends against them, and the motivations to cheat are overwhelming. Voter suppression seemed promising at first—and it’s helpful in many downticket races—but it’s not going to be enough to secure the...
  • Republicans Suggest Obama Should Be Stripped Of Right To Use Air Force One (Vomit Alert)

    12/08/2014 3:55:42 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 25 replies
    Addicting Info ^ | 12/3/2014 | JAMESON PARKER
    Republicans hate Obama. They hate him so much that they’ve lost all perspective. In the red mist that falls over their eyes when thinking about the President of the United States, they are now advocating the near-total destruction of the executive branch if it means Barack Obama may be inconvenienced for the next two years – and hinder the government’s functionality for the rest of time. They think that’s a fair trade. In the screeching hissy fit the GOP is throwing over Obama’s actions on immigration – just the latest in a long line of perceived slights that conservatives have...
  • Vanity Post- I want to sue Michael Tomasky

    12/08/2014 2:03:21 PM PST · by MissEdie · 27 replies
    December 8, 2014 | MissEdie
    I am a Southerner who is deeply offended by Michael Tomasky's slander, libel, and defamation of my character. I want to sue him for it. I need some advice on who to contact to represent me. It may be the only way to shut his mouth. Can any Freeper help me with legal advice? No I am not joking, I am serious. I have had enough.
  • Have Black Voters Left the Building?

    12/08/2014 8:35:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 12-8-14 | M. Joseph Sheppard
    In July, New York Times political writer Nate Cohn wrote a long piece, "Demographic Shift Black Southern Voters, Poised to Play a Historic Role," in which he surveyed the collapse of white support for the Democratic Party (in the November election, Senator Landrieu in Louisiana received only 18 percent of the white vote) and the vital, as he saw it, new role of Southern black voters. Using Georgia as an example, Cohn found that "demographics" might win the Senate for the Dems: Today, 57 percent of black Americans live in the South; more than one million black Southerners today were...
  • Whose Civil War Is Worse? Both Dems & Repubs have their arguments, but GOP's sure look more intense

    12/06/2014 4:43:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The American Prospect ^ | December 5, 2014 | Paul Waldman, daily blogger & senior writer
    For some reason that I should probably determine one day, I've always found internal disputes with the conservative movement/Republican party somewhat more interesting than internal disputes within the liberal movement/Democratic party. Perhaps it's because, as a liberal, I get a little Nelson Muntzian charge out of watching the folks on the other side tear themselves apart. Or perhaps it's because, immersed as I am in the liberal world, the disputes on the left make more sense to me and therefore plumbing their mysteries isn't so compelling. Regardless, it has often been the case that one side is unified as the...
  • On a Roll: Suddenly, things look up for the GOP.

    12/05/2014 3:51:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | The December 15, 2014 Issue | Fred Barnes, executive editor
    Republicans have lost the last two presidential elections, but not much else over the past six years. They’ve captured the House and Senate. They now hold 31 governorships and 69 of the 99 state legislative chambers. What this means is pretty simple: There’s an emerging Republican majority. The GOP still has significant emerging to do before reaching majority status. It may never get there. The rise this year may be Republicans’ peak for now. They may have achieved nothing more than what University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato calls “the emerging outline of possible GOP victory in 2016.” At the...
  • No, the Message of the Last Election Was Not to “Get Stuff Done”

    12/05/2014 11:33:59 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | December 4, 2014 | Keith Koffler
    In the days since Election Day, and during the coming weeks and months, the message from the White House has been and will be put forth endlessly as accepted wisdom, the lie repeated often enough until it becomes truth: that Americans voted for Congress and the White House to “work together.” That what they want is government action to solve their problems. This assertion, which is not just wrong but disprovable, serves the White House purpose of quieting conservatives who are willing to muck up business as usual in order to scuttle or at least make a vigorous point about...
  • Early Rumblings of 2016 Presidential Campaign ("Two most serious contenders" Ted and Hillary)

    12/05/2014 9:06:20 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    Voice of America ^ | December 5, 2014 | Jim Malone
    WASHINGTON—In terms of Washington politics, we have entered what a lot of people like to call the “silly season.” In the months to come there will be endless speculation as to who will make a run for president in 2016. There will be plenty of interest in both major parties since President Barack Obama is barred by law from seeking a third term. This is the time for trial balloons, fits of fancy and the rather far-fetched notion that anyone of about two dozen potential White House contenders could become the next President of the United States on January 20,...
  • Scarborough: On Trayvon, Ferguson and Eric Garner

    12/04/2014 10:40:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Politico ^ | December 3, 2014 | Former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL)
    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradicts every thing you said today.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson And so I will. Not so long ago, right-wing bloggers blasted me for being a liberal sellout for my fierce defense of Trayvon Martin. During George Zimmerman’s trial, my email inbox...
  • Open Letter to Republicans in Washington

    12/03/2014 5:09:49 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 12-3-2014 | Daniel Horowitz
    Dear Republicans in Washington, Houston, we’ve got a problem. We have a president who has made it clear he will unilaterally change laws in a way that will harm America’s economy for years to come – whether they pertain to labor, energy, health care, and of course, immigration. He openly brags about his newfound ability to “change the law,” and he is only emboldened to continue building on the lawlessness for the next two years. Yet, at the same time that Obama has assumed the powers Alexander Hamilton referred to as the prerogative of perpetual and hereditary prince, you have...
  • Republican Gov.-elect Hogan promises hope and bipartisan change in Maryland

    12/02/2014 9:11:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan reassured an auditorium packed with political leaders Monday that his Republican administration will “put aside partisanship” to steer the state in a better direction. But seasoned political hands are raising doubts that the Democrat-dominated General Assembly will meet him halfway. “I stand before you today full of hope, hope for Anne Arundel County, hope for our state and hope for our future,” Mr. Hogan said in a speech at the inauguration of Anne Arundel County Executive Steven R. Schuh, a fellow Republican who took charge of the county that is home to Mr. Hogan...
  • Still Debunking the Benghazi Debunkers

    12/02/2014 9:03:57 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/02/14 | Roger Aronoff
    Reliable sources: None of the Republicans on the committee agreed with these findings, or were even given adequate time to review them The Washington Post, like The New York Times, is intent on declaring the Benghazi scandal dead and buried, as suggested in this recent cartoon, and in this more recent editorial. The latest item these papers are hoping will provide the final stamp on the story is a recent report issued by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In December of last year, David Kirkpatrick of The New York Times fallaciously cast doubt on the idea that al...
  • Ted Cruz could struggle to raise funds for presidential run (Psychological warfare commences)

    12/01/2014 9:44:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | December 1, 2014 | Todd J. Gillman
    Sen. Ted Cruz’s ambitions are clear. He’s a frequent visitor to Iowa and New Hampshire. He’s building a campaign staff. But to make a serious White House bid takes serious money — at least $20 million by the time the first ballots are cast in early 2016. And that could be a challenge. Although the Texas Republican is popular at conservative gatherings, Cruz has shown only modest success as a fundraiser. Like Ron Paul and Sarah Palin, he can probably count on showers of cash from enthusiastic legions of small-dollar donors, and that’s an important start. But many major GOP...
  • Republicans dismiss impeachment, say it would ‘martyr’ Obama

    11/30/2014 8:23:23 PM PST · by PROCON · 122 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | Nov. 30, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    Unsuccessful attempt could undermine GOP efforts to reverse amnesty orderCapitol Hill Republicans have furiously denounced President Obama’s executive action on immigration as illegal, unconstitutional and an abuse of the power of his office — but they get skittish when the talk turns to impeachment. Even Rep. Steve King, one of the most fiery opponents of the president’s “executive amnesty” for illegal immigrants, backed away from his previous calls for impeachment.“I don’t want to do the ‘I’ word. Nobody wants to throw the nation into that kind of turmoil,” the Iowa Republican told CNN immediately following Mr. Obama’s executive action.
  • STEYN: OBAMA INCENTIVIZES THE LAWLESS AND PENALIZES THE LAWFUL

    11/30/2014 10:03:59 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/29/2014 | Jeff Poor
    In filling in for Rush Limbaugh on his Friday show, conservative commentator Mark Steyn scoffed at the notion Republicans would handle impeachment well enough to even attempt. The author of “The Undocumented Mark Steyn” responded a caller’s question about impeachment and acknowledge that Obama penalizes the lawful, while incentivizing the lawless, but was skeptical congressional Republicans would do anything about it. As it pertained to impeachment, he pointed to the impeachment proceedings against former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s and explained that based upon the Republican Senate leadership’s handling of impeachment at the time, there is no reason to...
  • CNN author: You’re all racists now, whether you’re a racist or not

    11/29/2014 4:26:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 90 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 29, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Yet another side effect of the Ferguson unrest was the inevitable calls for how we really need to have a national conversation on race. (You can read some of my previous thoughts on the value of what the media considers a national conversation here.) As I watch the attempts at such debates taking place not only on the small screen, but on blogs and comment sections around the web, I detect a growing sense of frustration on both sides. There are sizable groups of progressives who seem sincerely interested in convincing everyone that pretty much all of these problems –...
  • Tea Party's Singular Focus on Amnesty Troubles GOP

    11/26/2014 9:29:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 26, 2014 | Melissa Clyne
    President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, granting de facto amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, has so outraged the tea party faction of the Republican Party that the ultra conservatives are focusing their attention and resources on this single issue, potentially causing a fissure within the party, according to The New York Times. "What started five years ago as a groundswell of conservatives committed to curtailing the reach of the federal government, cutting the deficit and countering the Wall Street wing of the Republican Party has become a movement largely against immigration overhaul," writes the Times’ Jeremy Peters. "The...
  • Andrew Klavan: How the Media See the Midterms (video)

    11/25/2014 5:17:46 AM PST · by servo1969 · 4 replies
    TruthRevolt.org ^ | 11-24-2014 | Andrew Klavan
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKLy-IcdH7cTRANSCRIPT: I’m Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth. The political landscape has changed and now that some time has passed, let’s try to get at the deeper meaning of the midterm elections. In the final results, Republicans won eleventy hundred Senate seats out of a possible thirty-three, and approximately a gazillion governorships including four in the seven states that only exist in Barack Obama’s imagination. I know many of you untrained amateur political hobbyists out there may feel this means that voters have repudiated the Obama presidency... and then thrown it to the ground and stomped on it......
  • Sen. Ted Cruz, ’16 Presidential Hopeful, Woos New York Jewish Donors (MUST READ)

    11/24/2014 9:33:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | November 24, 2014 | Ken Kurson
    Jewish life in New York is dominated by ritual. Holidays. A pastrami reuben on a hero at Katz’s. The reading of holy books in cycles that take a year (the Torah) or seven and a half years (the Talmud). And just as reliably, there’s the ritual of presidential candidates sniffing around for dough right after the midterm elections. That last one got going in earnest yesterday and today, with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas making a whirlwind tour of power Jews in New York City. Last night, Mort Klein’s Zionist Organization of America dinner featured Mr. Cruz, known for his...
  • No, the GOP Did Not Win Because of Gerrymandering

    11/24/2014 9:36:19 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 12 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/23/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    In his recent Dome Magazine article, Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network writes that Republicans won the state House and Senate because of “the power of the gerrymander”: As old Joe Stalin observed, it’s less important who votes than who counts the votes. Or, in our contemporary situation, how the votes are grouped to be counted. ...Through the magic of drawing advantageous district lines, a pure toss-up state has been turned into a locked-down Red State government. I guess you have to take your hat off to the mechanics in the back room that pulled that off. But...
  • Obama Grubered us Great on Immigration -- UPDATED

    11/24/2014 9:15:47 AM PST · by DanMiller · 1 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 24, 2014 | Dan Miller
    FR Note: Since I have already posted the original article here, the text below includes only the significantly updated portions.FURTHER ADDENDUMThe operational portions of the executive actions mentioned above are provided below. The introductory paragraphs, similar in both memorandums, are not provided here with the exception of one, which appears in the memorandum on visas. I have included it because it seems to indicate that Obama contemplates future actions by Federal agencies. Presidential Memorandum -- Modernizing and Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System for the 21st Century, November 21, 2014 Even as we continue to seek meaningful legislative reforms, my Administration has...
  • UKIP Is Better but Is No Solution [Plus my comments on relevance to U.S. politics]

    11/23/2014 10:59:23 AM PST · by DanMiller · 12 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | November 23, 2014 | Dan Miller
    This article is republished with permission from Enza Ferreri's blog. But first, My introductionPlease consider the similarities and differences among the UK Independence Party (UKIP), the Republican Party and the "Tea Parties," with emphasis on the Republican and Tea Parties. Here are two videos which are well worth watching, comparing and contrasting before reading the article: First, a video by Bill Whittle on principles, speaking and behaving consistently with them. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCyYDI-RKps] Video linkNext, a UKIP video on its recent electoral success: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXIftnEO128] Video linkHere is Enzi Ferreri's article about UKIP. I have used bold face type to indicate what I consider the portions most pertinent to the comparisons I am asking readers to...
  • A Deep 2016 Republican Presidential Field Reflects Party Divisions (They ask Haley Barbour to opine)

    11/22/2014 8:35:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 22, 2014 | Michael Barbaro and Jonathan Martin
    BOCA RATON, Fla. — Republican presidential primaries have for decades been orderly affairs, with any momentary drama mitigated by the expectation that the party would inevitably nominate its tested, often graying front-runner. But as the 2016 White House campaign effectively began in the last week, it became apparent that this race might be different: a fluid contest, verging on chaotic, that will showcase the party’s deep bench of talent but also highlight its ideological and generational divisions. As Democrats signal that they are ready to rally behind Hillary Rodham Clinton before their primary season even begins, allowing them to focus...
  • Republicans want to oppose Obama on immigration, but how?

    11/22/2014 6:15:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/22/2014 | y MICHAEL A. MEMOLI, LISA MASCARO
    Republicans in Congress are unified in their desire to fight President Obama's action to protect more than 4 million immigrants from deportation and ease rules for up to 1 million more. They just can't agree on how to do it. Should they shut down the government? File a lawsuit? Or is there a more measured approach that could showcase Republican leadership, such as passing a legislative alternative? "We're working with our members and looking at the options that are available to us," House Speaker John A. Boehner said Friday. "But I will say to you that the House will, in...
  • Republican Party Cowards

    11/22/2014 12:31:45 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 42 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/22/14 | Jeff Crouere
    Within three months, the dangerous components of the President's immigration plan will become operational. The clock is ticking on a response. Will Republican leaders finally show some courage? As time goes on, President Obama is becoming much more provocative with the GOP. For example, he met with congressional Democrats, but no Republicans, then announced his long awaited plan for executive amnesty, giving 5 million illegal immigrants a pathway to work permits and relief from possible deportation for 3 years. After getting shellacked in the mid-terms, Obama has not compromised with Republicans, he moved further to the political left. It was...