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  • Fox News Poll: Christie, Bush and Paul Are Top GOP Picks -- Today -- for 2016

    04/17/2014 9:53:09 AM PDT · by lbryce · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 16, 2014 | Dana Blanton
    Yes, it’s a bit early to talk about the 2016 election. It’s just too much fun not to do it. You’re welcome. With about 20 months to go before the Iowa precinct caucuses, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul lead the pack for the Republican presidential nomination. Meanwhile, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton continues to hold a huge lead among Democrats, according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.
  • Why Conservatives Win Elections and Lose the War

    04/16/2014 7:24:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 16, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On April 1, 2014, President Barack Obama triumphantly announced that 7.1 million Americans had selected a health insurance plan through Obamacare. In doing so, he nastily labeled his political opposition uncaring and unfeeling. "Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance?" Obama asked. "Why are they so mad about the idea of people having health insurance?" That night, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert sat behind his desk at "The Colbert Report," playing his version of a conservative: vicious, mean and cruel. "I wish I could come to you with some good news, but the worst...
  • Study: GOP Will Grow with More White Conservatives, Not Less

    04/15/2014 10:33:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 15, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A new study suggests that politically unaffiliated white Americans who are experiencing a shift to minority status will feel threatened by that shift and subsequently embrace more conservative policies. They will align themselves, therefore, with the Republican Party, providing that party with a more stable base in the midst of racial divisiveness. The revealing study, conducted by Maureen Craig and Jennifer Richeson at Northwestern University, was published by the professional journal Psychological Science and noted by Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner. The research challenges the notion that the Republican Party will diminish as its aging white members die and...
  • Hank Aaron Says GOP Are Like the KKK but with ‘Neckties and Starched Shirts’ Instead of Hoods

    04/15/2014 1:32:13 PM PDT · by lbryce · 41 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | April 9, 2014 | Staff
    Original Title:Hank Aaron Says Republicans are Like the KKK but with ‘Neckties and Starched Shirts’ Instead of Hoods Hank Aaron is a baseball icon. Forty years ago he broke Babe Ruth's all-time homerun record of 714. He ended his career with a total of 755. Barry Bonds surpassed Aaron's record with a total of 762. Since there are claims that Bonds was "juiced," the record is viewed as suspect. When Aaron was getting close to Ruth's record, the racists came out similar to the way they did when Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color barrier in 1945. They wrote nasty...
  • The Conservatives’ Big Tent

    04/15/2014 7:08:57 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 14, 2014 | Spencer Irvine
    Mallory Factor recently presented parts of his newest book, Big Tent: The Story of the Conservative Revolution – As Told by the Thinkers and Doers Who Made It Happen, to an audience at the Heritage Foundation. Factor is the John C. West Professor of International Politics and American Government at The Citadel, a military academy in South Carolina. He is also a Fox News contributor and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He brought the constitutional challenge, Free Enterprise Fund vs. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, to the Sarbanes-Oxley legislation on business accounting before the Supreme Court. In...
  • Kansas City JCC tragedies: Murder and Steve Israel’s blood libel

    04/14/2014 11:31:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | April 14, 2014 | Eric Golub
    On the day before Jews prepared to begin their sacred holiday of Passover, a pair of horrible events cast a pall over the Jewish community. The Kansas Jewish Community Center became a tragic scene when a gunman opened fire. The gunman’s rampage also took him to the nearby retirement community of Village Shalom. The word “shalom” in Hebrew has three meanings. It translates to “hello,” “goodbye,” and “peace.” Now three innocent Americans were forced to say goodbye to the world. For their families, there will be no more peace. Hours before the shooting took place, another hateful individual was engaging...
  • (Chicago) Mayor's Friend Could Benefit from Hotel Built With Taxpayers' Money

    04/11/2014 10:00:10 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 4 replies
    The Chicago Reader ^ | April 8, 2014 | Ben Jorvarsky and David Sirota
    On March 5 the City Council approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to spend $55 million in property taxes on a new Marriott hotel—part of his ambitious development plan that also features a basketball arena for DePaul University. The vote followed a decision by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority to award Marriott the coveted contract to run the new hotel. Following the vote, the mayor and his aides crowned themselves wizards of economic development. "The hotel will generate new taxes and jobs while supporting the area's planned revitalization," said the city's planning commissioner. [W]hat the mayor and his aides didn't...
  • Karl Rove Pushes Establishment Republicans in California

    04/09/2014 7:20:20 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 4 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    Karl Rove was in Sacramento recently and was speaking to the community's business leaders. The event was a $1000 a plate "Leadership Trust" dinner held by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. Rove talked about the upcoming governor's race in California and gave his two cents on the Republican candidates. As to be expected, he suggested that Republican put their support behind the establishment candidate and not the Tea Party favorite. Rove said, "that if the Republicans have to pick someone to lose to Jerry Brown, they'd be stupid to not to pick" Neel Kashkari, who is the establishment choice...
  • Curt Clawson Backers Urge Sarah Palin to Reconsider Support for Lizbeth Benacquisto

    04/09/2014 1:35:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | April 3, 2014 | Kevin Derby
    Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska will be in Southwest Florida on Thursday for a fundraising event with Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, who is running in the Republican primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress. “Excited to announce that Sarah Palin is coming to Southwest Florida this week to join me on the campaign trail,” Benacquisto announced on Monday. But tea party leaders in the district backing Curt Clawson in the primary are urging Palin to reconsider her endorsement. Jack Tymann of the Naples Tea Party, Kathy Jones of the Lee County...
  • What Principles Rule the GOP? : It's Rhetoric vs Practice

    04/09/2014 11:26:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/09/2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    For years, Republicans benefited from economic growth. So did pretty much everyone else, of course. But I have something specific in mind. Politically, when the economy is booming -- or merely improving at a satisfactory clip -- the distinction between being pro-business and pro-market is blurry. The distinction is also fuzzy when the economy is shrinking or imploding. But when the economy is simply limping along -- not good, not disastrous -- like it is now, the line is easier to see. And GOP politicians typically don't want to admit they see it. Just to clarify, the difference between being...
  • Reed: NY residents should comply with SAFE Act (GOP Congressman)

    04/08/2014 7:09:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Steuben Courier Advocate ^ | April 7, 2014 | James Post
    Though he still has constitutional objections to the NY SAFE Act, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, said Monday that residents should comply with the law’s provisions, including a requirement that guns categorized as assault weapons be registered with authorities. “Fundamentally it is the law, and I would encourage people to respect that law,” Reed said. But Reed wasn’t unequivocal. “At the same time, I understand that this is an infringement upon our constitutional freedoms, and I would encourage people to make that determination (themselves),” he said. The deadline for owners of weapons the law considers assault weapons, including the popular...
  • New Battleground poll tells Republicans who want to win elections: turn right and don’t look back

    04/07/2014 10:31:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 20 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/7/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The March Battleground Poll says the same things about the ratio of conservative Americans to liberals that previous surveys have said: there are nearly 3 self-described conservatives for every 2 self- avowed liberals. Any politician claiming to be conservative would/should dance with glee upon being told that he would start an election campaign with a 3 to 2 edge. Nevertheless, the Republican establishment (GOPe) doesn’t seem interested in the promise these numbers hold. They want to continue to lust after the acceptance that acting and talking like a liberal will get them from their enemies in the media. Average Americans...
  • Republican Senator: 'GOP First Must End Cronyism in Our Own Ranks'

    04/07/2014 9:27:31 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4/7/2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    Republican senator Mike Lee has an op-ed decrying cronyism. But first, he says, the Republicans must purge the unseemly activity from within its "own ranks." "[T]o fix what’s broken in Washington and our economy," Lee writes in National Review Online, "a still-distrusted GOP first must end cronyism in our own ranks. The GOP has to close its branch of the Beltway Favor Bank and truly embrace a free-enterprise economy of, by, and for the people." Lee continues: Impossible? That’s what they said about earmarks. Too radical a change? These are principles we already espouse. Imagine a reformed Republican party seizing...
  • Karl Rove to GOP Candidates: Define Yourselves Before Harry Reid Does

    04/03/2014 2:40:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 04/03/2014 | Elliot Jagger
    Republican U.S. Senate candidates need to define themselves quickly against their better known opponents, or else Democratic PACs will sully them, GOP strategist Karl Rove wrote in a commentary in The Wall Street Journal. In West Virginia, South Dakota, and Montana — red states where incumbent Democrats retired — Republican candidates have solid leads. By mid-April, Democratic donors may decide to back off rather than squander additional resources. This means West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito, South Dakota's Mike Rounds, and Montana's Steve Daines "are positioned to win if they keep the pressure on," Rove wrote. Incumbent Democratic senators in four...
  • Why the GOP needs Rand Paul: Don't freeze him out because of unconventional foreign policy views

    04/03/2014 9:09:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    New York daily News ^ | 04/03/2014 | S.E. Cupp
    After a horde of Republican Presidential contenders from Gov. Chris Christie to Sen. Ted Cruz descended on Las Vegas to speak in front of the Republican Jewish Coalition — and kiss the ring of PAC billionaire benefactor Sheldon Adelson — one contender’s absence was noted. Sen. Rand Paul was nowhere to be found. His positions on Israel, foreign aid, drone warfare and intervention make him unpalatable to this particular crowd. GOP donors there were vocal in their opposition to Paul’s candidacy. According to Time magazine’s Zeke Miller, “Five donors huddled with a reporter pledged to reach into their deep pockets...
  • The GOP Battle: Paul vs. Cruz

    04/02/2014 6:50:30 PM PDT · by PingPongChampion · 90 replies
    Poletical ^ | April 1st, 2014 | T. Carter
    There is a fierce battle brewing between three sects of a divided Republican Party. The Rand Paul libertarians and the Ted Cruz social conservatives are drumming up support for what could be a bloody competition to rule the roost of 2016. In the safe middle is the establishmentarian moderates and the elites of the Republican Party, like Chris Christie and Marco Rubio. The most watched and most important battle, however, will be the battle between the GOP's two rights – the battle between Paul and Cruz. In an interview with Vocativ, Rand Paul spoke of a Republican Party that requires...
  • Republicans Fear Obama Will Let Russia Seize Internet Power

    04/02/2014 5:41:17 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 2,2014 | Brendan Sasso
    An Obama administration plan to give up oversight of certain technical Internet functions could open the door to a takeover by authoritarian regimes, Republican lawmakers claimed Wednesday. If Russia or China gain new influence over the management of the Internet, they could begin censoring content or blocking websites, the Republicans warned.
  • Is Education A Social Issue?

    04/02/2014 12:35:21 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 3 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | April 2, 2014 | Christopher Manion
    FRONT ROYAL, VA — Dr. Richard Bishirjian serves as president of Yorktown University, an outstanding online graduate school. An advocate of innovative education for years, he recently shed light on a long-standing mystery: why don’t “conservatives” in Congress have more success in fighting the government education monolith? Bishirjian tells the Rubble that, “in 2006 and later in 2009, when we faced regulatory issues that only Congress could resolve, we found that most members of the Education committees of Congress were left of center on issues most important to us.” Bishirjian credits Yorktown University trustee and former Congressman Bob Schaffer for...
  • How badly must Republicans lose for immigration reform to win?

    04/01/2014 7:33:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Week ^ | 04/01/2014 | By Simon Maloy
    Immigration reform looks to be dead. Again. With the 2014 midterms bearing down and House Republicans standing pat, activists who pushed hard to get a bill passed in this session of Congress are making valedictory speeches about their efforts and looking to the future.MSNBC's Benjy Sarlin spoke to several pro-reform advocates who now expect President Obama to do what he can through executive orders. The strategy extends beyond November to the next presidential contest. "Immigration advocates hope to repeat the cycle by forcing the White House to take unilateral action," Sarlin wrote, "which would set the stage for Latino voters...
  • Politics Are Biggest Factor in Views of Obamacare. Party ID most influential predictor of support

    04/01/2014 3:06:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Gallup ^ | 04/01/2014 | Andrew Dugan and Frank Newport
    With Monday's deadline for enrolling in an insurance plan past, no other factor -- including race, income, personal ideology, gender, or education -- is as relevant to Americans' opinions on the Affordable Care Act as their party affiliation. This remains the foremost predictor of whether an individual will disapprove of the ACA. These results stem from an aggregated set of surveys in which Gallup measured approval of the ACA. The data span August 2013 to March 2014 and include interviews with 13,797 U.S. adults. Overall support for the ACA remained low throughout this period, even as the various components of...
  • Obama Mocks Republicans: ‘There Are Still No Death Panels. Armageddon Has Not Arrived’

    04/01/2014 2:38:20 PM PDT · by Nachum · 61 replies
    Pat Dollard ^ | 4/1/14 | Fox
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  • Conservative Critics of Government Are 'Freaks' Who 'Will Need Kevlar'

    04/01/2014 12:00:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 1, 2014 | Mark J. Fitzgibbons
    Conservative critics of government are “freaks,” are “in for a pretty rough ride,” and “will need their Kevlar,” i.e., bullet-proof vests. These statements didn’t come from the Obama administration or some radical leftwing organization. They are Facebook posts of a Republican elected official in Virginia’s Fauquier County. Fauquier drew national attention in 2012 for charging farmer Martha Boneta with violating the law by having a birthday party for eight little girls without a permit and zoning site plan. The highly charged posts of county supervisor Holder Trumbo came shortly after two recent events, and are emblematic of the civil war...
  • Poll: Sarah Palin tops list of women Americans want to run for president

    03/28/2014 8:56:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 27, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the darling of the Tea Party movement, tops a new list of women other than Hillary Clinton who Americans want to run for president. A series of Economist/YouGov polls, wrapped up in an article released this week, found overwhelming support for women candidates and a woman president, and has Palin on top of eight women most often mentioned by voters as their top choice to run. Because Clinton is the runaway favorite potential woman candidate in a number of polls, the Economist/YouGov poll asked this question: “Other than Hillary Clinton, is their any other woman...
  • Rand Paul builds 50-state network, courts mainstream support for presidential bid

    03/27/2014 4:45:06 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 27, 2014 | Robert Costa
    Sen. Rand Paul has become the first Republican to assemble a network in all 50 states as a precursor to a 2016 presidential run, the latest sign that he is looking to build a more mainstream coalition than the largely ad hoc one that backed his father’s unsuccessful campaigns. Paul’s move, which comes nearly two years before the primaries, also signals an effort to win the confidence of skeptical members of the Republican establishment, many of whom doubt that his appeal will translate beyond the libertarian base that was attracted to Ron Paul, a former Texas congressman.
  • What the GOP Does with a Supermajority: North Carolina tells us what to expect

    03/26/2014 7:13:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/26/2014 | Marguerite Creel
    The ultimate party litmus test: given a veto-proof legislature, will Republicans finally start to reduce the scope and size of government?  It looks like the answer is no.In 2013, North Carolina was just one of 25 states where Republican governors were given historic opportunity to govern alongside Republican-controlled legislatures.  Despite conservative voters’ best hopes, any sensible mandate to restore individual and economic freedom flew out the window when the FY 2013-14 budget was approved, reauthorizing the formerly Democratic state’s blueprint budget with a tragic 2.0-percent increase in general fund appropriations. North Carolina’s state spending is increasing at a record pace,...
  • Fellow Students – Stand Up To Outrageous Bias and Left-Wing Hat

    03/25/2014 7:21:23 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    The College Fix ^ | March 12, 2014 | Kyle Brooks
    Two weeks ago, a video that I filmed of a radical guest lecture in a required sociology course at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater went viral. In it, intolerant SEIU member Eyon Biddle claimed that “politics is fueled by white rage” and that Republican success in 2010 was helped by racism. Appalled by what I was hearing, I took out my phone and began to record. Based off of how quickly the video spread, becoming national news in less than three days, as well as from the reaction I have gotten from people nationwide, it is clear to me that people...
  • U.S. Whites More Solidly Republican in Recent Years [ Yet another war Obama has un won ]

    03/24/2014 2:00:27 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 25 replies
    gallup.com ^ | 3-24-14 | gallup.com
    Party preferences more polarized by race and ethnicity under Obama. PRINCETON, NJ -- Whites and nonwhites have long shown differing political party preferences, with nonwhites widely favoring the Democratic Party and whites typically favoring the Republican Party by at least a small margin. In recent years, however, the margins in favor of the Republican Party among whites have been some of the largest.
  • Sowell: Republicans and Blacks

    03/24/2014 1:17:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 25, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Recently former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice added her voice to those who have long been urging the Republican Party to reach out to black voters. Not only is that long overdue, what is also long overdue is putting some time — and, above all, some serious thought — into how to go about doing it. Too many Republicans seem to think that the way to "reach out" is to offer blacks and other minorities what the Democrats are offering them. Some have even suggested that the channels to use are organizations like the NAACP and black "leaders" like Jesse...
  • .gop Helps Republicans up Their “Game”

    03/23/2014 11:54:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Matt Walter
    Since Howard Dean’s 2004 primary campaign first showed us the potential of online organizing, the political world has been taken over by technology designed to spread messages and organize supporters. This transformation has caused technology to go from a side-show within normal campaign operations to a mainstay of any operation worth its salt. The Obama reelection campaign, the gold standard of technology in politics, raised an astonishing $504 million through digitally generated donations. It also showed Republicans that our data and digital “game” needed improvement. In 2011, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) saw a unique opportunity to secure a...
  • GOP Field Hasn’t Been This Split in 40 Years

    03/21/2014 2:15:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Five Thirty Eight ^ | 03/21/2014 | HARRY ENTEN
    The George Washington Bridge scandal has subtly reshaped the contest for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, hurting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s chances and leaving the field without a clear front-runner. The pack is now huddled in the low teens, according to polls of GOP voters.How rare is such an evenly divided field? I checked polling since 1976, the first year in which both the Republican and Democratic nominations were decided completely by voters and not by party leaders.It’s rare.In surveys conducted from January through March of the preceding midterm election year (so for the 2012 election, we’re looking...
  • 2016 Republican Presidential Update: A New, Familiar Name at the Top: Jeb Bush Leads the Pack.

    03/20/2014 7:22:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Sabato's Crystal Ball: U.Va. Center for Politics ^ | 03/20/2013 | Larry Sabato and Kyle Kondik,
    In our first ranking of the very large and very unsettled 2016 Republican presidential field back in April of last year, we decided to not even include the name of one of the brightest stars in the GOP universe: Jeb Bush. We just didnÂ’t think, at the time, that the former Florida governor and brother and son of presidents was all that interested in running.But during 2013 and into this new year, weÂ’ve gotten the sense, like many others, that things might be changing. So much so that we now consider Bush the leader of the field if he decides...
  • Callaway, a Georgian Visionary

    03/20/2014 4:40:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Georgia may appear at first glance to be a red state, solidly Republican, but its history is more complex. Those unfamiliar with its political history might be surprised to learn that, for 90 years, the Democratic Party so dominated Georgia that no Republican would run for the governor's office. In the 1960s, there were only a handful of Republicans in the state. Rodney Cook, Sr., who died last year, was one of them, and Howard H. "Bo" Callaway, Sr., who died this week at age 86, was another. Others who rose to prominence include Mack Mattingly, who served as a...
  • Federal Judge Hands Republicans In Kansas, Arizona A Big Win In Voting Rights Fight

    03/19/2014 5:45:48 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    TPM ^ | 3/18/14 | Eric Lach
    A federal judge in Kansas on Wednesday ruled that the federal agency which oversees the federal voter registration form must include the state-specific proof-of-citizenship requirements requested by both Kansas and Arizona. The ruling was hailed by Republican officials in both states. And it also does away with the need for the "two-tier" voting systems that were proposed while the case was pending. “This is a huge victory for the states of Kansas and Arizona," Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) said in a statement. "They have successfully protected our sovereign right to set and enforce the qualifications for registering...
  • Don't Republicans Abuse Executive Power?

    03/19/2014 5:00:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Last week the House of Representatives passed yet another bill with an awkward, acronym-enabling title: the Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law Act. The ENFORCE the Law Act (get it?) would allow either chamber of Congress to authorize litigation aimed at correcting the president's "failure to faithfully execute the laws." While the bill's name is ridiculous and its mechanism is dubious, the basic premise of its supporters, almost all of whom are Republicans, is correct: As the House Judiciary Committee's report on the bill puts it, Obama has engaged in a "pattern of overstepping...
  • Rand Paul's Vision for a More Inclusive Republican Party

    03/19/2014 8:55:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/19/2014 | Michael Brown
    In an effort to expand his party’s base of support, Senator Rand Paul is urging fellow-Republicans “to find a place for young people and others who don’t want to be festooned by” issues like “traditional marriage.” Is he serious? Does he actually think this is a winning strategy? And can he truly believe that this is a way for Republicans to advance their cause? I’m afraid so. As reported on March 14th, Paul stated that, “I think that the Republican Party, in order to get bigger, will have to agree to disagree on social issues.” What a self-defeating, misguided...
  • Why taking over the Senate may not do Republicans much good

    03/18/2014 12:41:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/18/2014 | Paul Waldman
    There’s an old story about a freshman member of the House who is getting shown around by a senior member on his first day, and the freshman asks about the other party. “I want to meet the enemy,” he says. “No, son,” says the old bull, “they’re the opposition. The Senate is the enemy.” I thought about that today as the prospect of a Republican takeover of the Senate becomes more of a possibility. If the GOP controlled both houses, would Republicans be able to present a united front against President Obama, one that might actually accomplish any practical goals?...
  • The Rule-or-Ruin Faction of the GOP: Republicans take aim, not at Democrats, but at each other

    03/18/2014 6:54:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/18/2014 | Thomas Sowell
    At a time when polls show public opinion turning against the Democrats, some Republicans seem to be turning against each other. Even with the prospect of being able to win control of the Senate in this fall’s elections, some Republicans are busy manufacturing ammunition for their own circular firing squad. A Republican faction’s demonization of their own Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, is a classic example. If you listen to some of those who consider themselves the only true conservatives, you would never guess that Senator McConnell received a lifetime 90 percent ranking by the American Conservative Union — and...
  • Republican candidates for governor highlight divisions within California GOP

    03/17/2014 2:33:49 AM PDT · by blueplum · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | March 16, 2014 9:42pm | David Siders
    BURLINGAME -- Booze-fueled parties Neel Kashkari and Tim Donnelly hosted at the California Republican Party’s biannual convention stretched into the early morning hours Sunday, their supporters dancing in ballrooms within steps of each other at the conference hotel. Yet the gulf between the two candidates for governor could hardly be wider, and a weekend of campaigning laid bare not only the differences between them, but persistent fissures within the GOP. A vocal, conservative base rallied for Donnelly, the tea party favorite, while Kashkari lobbied a more moderate segment of the electorate, including young Republicans, minorities and the party’s donor and...
  • Rand Paul: Republicans must agree to disagree on social issues in order to grow the party

    03/14/2014 1:15:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/14/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via WaPo, compare and contrast. Here’s Mitch Daniels four years ago: Beyond the debt and the deficit, in Daniels’s telling, all other issues fade to comparative insignificance. He’s an agnostic on the science of global warming but says his views don’t matter. “I don’t know if the CO2 zealots are right,” he said. “But I don’t care, because we can’t afford to do what they want to do. Unless you want to go broke, in which case the world isn’t going to be any greener. Poor nations are never green.”And then, he says, the next president, whoever he is, “would...
  • The GOP Establishment Wants to Run on Fixing -- Not Repealing -- Obamacare (Rush Limbaugh)

    03/14/2014 12:37:04 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 38 replies
    The Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | March 14, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I've got so much stuff here today, folks, and I'm trying to figure out which I want to do first. Here's Obama with deportations, and here's Obama with determining who gets overtime, all of this is a distraction. It's all a distraction from what's happening with the economy and with Obamacare. I guess this is the big deal to me. We have this massive electoral victory on Tuesday in Florida, Florida 13. And I'll be damned if the Republican establishment is not doing its best in high gear to tell everybody, "Hey, don't think that Obamacare was...
  • Climate change: Conditions worse for Dems than in 2010

    03/12/2014 3:28:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 12, 2014 | Chris Stirewalt
    The latest WSJ/NBC poll tells us that the overall electoral environment for Democrats is worse than it was in 2010 when Republicans had their best midterm performance since Harry Truman was president: -- The president hit a new low for job approval in the poll of 41 percent, 7 points below where it was at this point in 2010. Respondents’ esteem for President Obama’s handling of the economy and of foreign policy are both markedly worse than four years ago. -- Among registered voters, Republicans held a 1 point advantage on the generic congressional ballot, 4 points better than at...
  • It’s come to this: Obama threatens to veto Republican bills that … require him to follow the law

    03/12/2014 1:18:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/12/2014 | AllahPundit
    If he had a sense of humor, he’d sign the bills and then ignore them. Just like he did with ObamaCare.Forcing him to threaten a veto was, of course, the whole point of these bills in the first place. STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICYH.R. 4138 – Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law (ENFORCE the Law) Act of 2014 (Rep. Gowdy, R-South Carolina, and 11 cosponsors) The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 4138 because it violates the separation of powers by purporting to permit the Congress to challenge in court the exercise by the President of one...
  • Republicans Assembling List of Voters Who Lost Insurance due to ObamaCare

    03/11/2014 8:19:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/11/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    For the first time millions of formerly apathetic voters have an undeniable grievance and a motivation to pay back the people who wrecked their budgets and health insurance coverage. With Obama’s approval ratings deep underwater and sinking, the RNC is thinking about going in for the kill. (via Doug Ross) Republican National Committee data operatives will build a list of the millions of Americans who have lost insurance policies due to Obamacare in order to help their candidates win over these voters at the ballot box in 2014 and 2016.“Getting that information [on plan cancellations] and having good data as...
  • Rick Santorum at CPAC: Republicans Need to Be More Like Pope Francis

    03/10/2014 8:41:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/09/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    Republicans should learn from Pope Francis how to better communicate their message, Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, argued Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Republicans focus too much of their message on attracting business owners rather than workers, attacking President Barack Obama and explaining what they are against rather than what they are for, Santorum claimed. Instead, Santorum urged Republicans to reach out to those who are hurting and to talk about how their policies will help them. And to do that, learn from Pope Francis. "I think we need to take a lesson...
  • The Four Faces of the Republican Party

    03/10/2014 12:20:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The National Interest ^ | February 25, 2014 | Henry Olsen
    THE COMMON wisdom holds that the GOP 2016 presidential race will boil down to a joust between the “establishment” and the “insurgents.” The former will allegedly be more moderate and the latter more conservative. Since most polls for two decades have shown that around two-thirds to 70 percent of self-described Republicans call themselves conservative, this elite narrative will focus on just how much the establishment candidate will need to be pulled to the right in order to fend off his insurgent challenger. And since the Tea Party has clearly become a vocal and powerful insurgent element in the GOP, the...
  • Original tea partyers returning to GOP fold

    03/09/2014 9:52:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | March 8, 2014 | Salena Zito
    Fortunately, the actual voters behind the tea party movement of 2009 did some good before the vultures arrived. Since that movement's peak in 2010, the sentiment of those original voters — a pretty even split of Republicans, Democrats and independents — has been hijacked by every political circus-barker able to buy a domain name that includes such key words as “freedom,” “liberty,” “warrior,” “conservative” or “tea party.” These same political operators have no problem making money from frustrated voters by challenging incumbent Republican officeholders with often untested, unsophisticated but deep-pocketed candidates — with mixed results. People fed up with the...
  • The GOP doesn't just have a woman problem, it doesn't understand women

    03/09/2014 7:44:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 9, 2014 | Ana Marie Cox
    Carly Fiorina, former California GOP senate challenger to Barbara Boxer, emerged at the Conservative Political Action Conference here as the speaker most willing to engage the Republicans' persistent problems with appealing to women. Well, after she spent the first half of her speech denying climate change. Priorities! Fiorina didn't offer a solution, but she did offer some great slogans: "I am a proud pro-life woman. ... I believe science is proving us right everyday!" (Hey, don't knock junk science until you've tried it, right?) She also echoed a feminist line when she said, "All issues are women's issues." I like...
  • Four Factions, No Favorite

    03/09/2014 1:31:54 PM PDT · by x · 6 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MARCH 8, 2014 | Ross Douthat
    ... We’re accustomed to a narrative of Republican politics that pits the Tea Party against the establishment, the right against the center right. But that has always been an oversimplification, and in a wide-open presidential campaign, it’s likely to fit political reality more poorly than usual. A better framework is suggested by Henry Olsen, writing in The National Interest, who argues that Republican presidential campaigns are usually defined by four factions rather than two. One faction is centrist (think John McCain’s 2000 supporters, or Jon Huntsman’s rather smaller 2012 support), one is moderately conservative (think the typical Mitt Romney or...
  • Vanity: CPAC pumping money into Prince George's Co., Maryland...

    03/09/2014 11:58:44 AM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 42 replies
    SELF | SELF
    Personal Observation: For the second consecutive year, CPAC has held its annual conference at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, about 5-7 miles away from the U.S. Capitol. Oxon Hill is in Prince George's County, Maryland -- which is heavily Democrat and majority black in residents. CPAC attendees, legislators, staff, radio & TV personalities & their staff have been at National Harbor spending their money there for the past few days at restaurants, bars, pharmacies, gift shops, etc. Is the mainstream media going to report on how "mean, racist, bigot & homophobe Republicans and conservatives" are spending money in...
  • Sarah Palin On a 2016 Run: "I'll Never Say Never"

    03/08/2014 2:33:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 8, 2014
    GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: Do you have a favorite candidate for 2016? SARAH PALIN: No, not yet. VAN SUSTEREN: Nothing? Who is sort of your -- who is at the top of your list? Are you considering running? PALIN: Who is at the top of my list. VAN SUSTEREN: Let me back up to my other question. PALIN: No, question at a time. I appreciate those who have fought for America, like Ted Cruz, like Rand Paul. You know though, it doesn't have to be someone who has a title today, someone in office today. In fact, some would say we...