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  • Kasich to Newsmax: Bush Shows 'Desperation' By Denying My Conservative Record

    02/07/2016 10:28:15 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Sunday, 07 Feb 2016 11:56 AM | Greg Richter
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich told Newsmax TV in an interview recorded Sunday morning that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is getting desperate trying to say he isn't conservative. [...] Bush has said he is the only governor running for the GOP presidential nomination who has a conservative record. Asked by "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth if that was a fair criticism, Kasich laughed. "We balanced more budgets than anybody around, cut more taxes than anybody in America," Kasich said, referring to his time in the U.S. House of Representatives where he served alongside Hayworth, who represented Arizona. "We're for school...
  • Jeb Bush: Media 'Coronated' Marco Rubio After Iowa

    02/07/2016 9:32:47 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 2/7/16 | Newsmax
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, appearing weary of spending his interview time discussing rival Marco Rubio, told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace he isn't privy to the meetings of the press that have declared the Florida senator a big winner in the GOP presidential race. "Chris, there is some secret squirrel meeting that you guys get to where you decide who wins and who loses," Bush said on the program Sunday morning, a day after the latest GOP debate. "Marco Rubio came in third place in Iowa, and he was coronated. I can't control that. I'm just going to...
  • Jeb says people uncomfortable with another Bush 'need to get therapy'

    02/06/2016 3:40:16 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 71 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/6/16 | PHILIP KLEIN
    Jeb Bush said on Saturday that people who have a problem voting for him because of his last name "need to get therapy." The former Florida governor has struggled to gain traction in the Republican presidential race in part because many voters are leery of electing three presidents from the same family. "The Bush thing, people are just going to have to get over it, alright?" a defiant Bush said at a townhall gathering at the McKelvie Intermediate School gym here ahead of tonight's GOP debate. -snip- "I got no problems with this, and people that do, they either need...
  • Conservative Radio Host Hugh Hewitt Praises Obama for 'Superb' Mosque Address

    02/04/2016 7:00:19 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 64 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 2/3/16 | Josh Feldman
    President Obama's address at a U.S. mosque today did not receive that many plaudits on the right, but conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt reacted to it with praise: Hugh Hewitt @hughhewitt POTUS speech at mosque is superb. Yes, you read that right. Superb.
  • In Defense of the GOP Establishment [Understanding the limitations of what they have to work with]

    02/03/2016 8:04:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/03/2016 | James Arlandson
    When you were a rowdy teen, your parents were the Establishment. Now that you're a parent, what are you? The anti-establishment, cool parent? Not likely. Rather, you're a grownup who tries to keep the peace in your discordant household; who tries to negotiate among self-interested, imperfect family members who have competing goods and goals; and who tries to instill a long-range vision for the future in your desire-ridden family who wants instant self-gratification. Welcome to the Establishment. You're a bona fide member now. Here's a defense of the amorphous, notional Establishment, as I see it, if it even exists in...
  • Ryan calls for unity, less anger from his fractious GOP (trouble in RINOland)

    02/03/2016 10:32:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 3, 2016 11:07 AM EST | Alan Fram
    House Speaker Paul Ryan called on Republicans Wednesday to stop fighting angrily among themselves and not to be distracted by guns or other "hot-button" issues that President Barack Obama raises this election year. "We can't fall into the progressives' trap of acting like angry reactionaries," Ryan, R-Wis., said at a Heritage Action for America policy meeting. "The left would love nothing more than for a fragmented conservative movement to stand in a circular firing squad, so the progressives can win by default." ...
  • THOUSANDS of Democrats, Independents have CHANGED PARTY to Vote in GOP Caucus (VIDEO)

    02/01/2016 7:51:00 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 108 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | February 1,2016 | Jim Hoft
    Jeff Kaufmann: When I talk about intensity, Im talking about, were now getting about 100 phone calls and hour into RPI (Republican Party of Iowa)… To put that into perspective, we get usually 5 or 6 an hour normally. This is beyond the pale… A lot of Democrats and Independents are asking about changing their vote to Republican. The Secretary of State’s report last week indicated over 3,000 people have done that already. I think we’re going to see a little bit of a surge that way. Kuafmann credited the Trump and Rand Paul campaigns for this surge in new...
  • First-Timers Put Trump Ahead In Iowa GOP Caucus, ...Sanders Needs First-Timers [trunc]

    02/01/2016 5:31:33 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 76 replies
    Quinnipiac ^ | 2/1/16 | Quinnipiac
    Fueled by a big lead among first-time Iowa likely Republican Caucus participants, Donald Trump jumps to a 31 - 24 percent lead over Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has 17 percent, with Dr. Ben Carson at 8 percent and no other candidate above 4 percent.
  • Minnesota GOP Rules Change after Ron Paul Delegates Win May Give Donald Trump the Win

    01/31/2016 10:55:54 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 13 replies
    Ron Paul Institute ^ | January 31, 2016 | Adam Dick
    The Republican National Committee (RNC) was not happy that Ron Paul, who had won second place in Minnesota's February of 2012 caucuses, ended up with over three-quarters of the state's delegates to the Republican National Convention. The RNC was not happy with Paul's delegates' large wins in other states either. The rules had allowed an outsider to win. Therefore, the insiders decided the rules needed to be changed. Well, what do you know! Because of the new rules for allotting delegates to the winner on caucus night, the insiders are now fretting that the winning of the state's delegates...
  • Cash flow could be issue for 4 GOP contenders seeking boost

    01/30/2016 12:35:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 30, 2016 1:47 PM EST | Julie Bykowicz
    Money may be growing tight for four Republican presidential hopefuls clustered under Donald Trump and Ted Cruz - just when they're about to need it the most. Financial reports coming out Sunday will show who began the year with enough cash to put their long-range campaign plans into motion. For Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and John Kasich, the aim is a strong showing in New Hampshire on Feb. 9 that power-boosts them deep into primary season. Marco Rubio's imperative is to do well enough in the first four states to vote that he can make a sustained climb in the...
  • Indiana Senate poised to take up LGBT rights bills

    01/27/2016 6:09:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2016 7:03 AM EST | Brian Slodysko
    The split over LGBT rights between social conservatives and the business wing of the Republican Party will likely be on full display Wednesday, when a GOP-controlled committee in the Indiana Senate takes up measures that could establish statewide protections based on sexual orientation and possibly gender identity. The measures come in response to the bitter debate last March over a religious objections law that drew swift and largely negative attention to the state after critics contended that it would sanction discrimination against gay people on religious grounds. GOP lawmakers and Republican Gov. Mike Pence, who supported the law, hastily made...
  • As Donald Trump and Ted Cruz Soar, G.O.P. Leaders Exasperation Grows

    01/26/2016 8:24:28 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/26/16 | JONATHAN MARTIN and ALEXANDER BURNS
    Republican leaders are growing alarmed by the ferocious ways the party's mainstream candidates for president are attacking one another, and they fear that time is running out for any of them to emerge as a credible alternative to Donald J. Trump or Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Leaders of the Republican establishment, made up of elected officials, lobbyists and donors, are also sending a message to the mainstream candidates, such as former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, that they should withdraw from the race if they do not show strength soon. The members of the party establishment are growing impatient...
  • Sarah Palin, Rage Whisperer

    01/26/2016 7:34:35 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/25/16 | NICOLLE WALLACE
    DONALD J. TRUMP has made a shrewd bet. For the first time since he descended an escalator in Trump Tower last June to announce that this time, he really was running for president, he ceded control of his campaign message. He handed the Trump-bedecked podium over to Sarah Palin. Mr. Trump’s bet: When the politician most fluent in American rage roars, the movement she gave voice to in the fall of 2008 will roar back today.
  • Will America survive?

    01/25/2016 8:22:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    INN ^ | Monday, January 25, 2016 10:29 PM | Joe David
    For nearly eight years, the Obama Administration shamelessly exploited popular issues, turning them into major news stories whenever they suited a political purpose. It didn't really matter what the issue was (race, religion, or border), or where it occurred (Benghazi, Libya, or Ferguson, Missouri). The intention was always the same: to weaken America by damaging its image and resolve. [...] ... During a private conversation with former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Obama carelessly exposed his administration's intent by making a historic blunder on tape before his second election. Simply put, he said, "I'll have more flexibility after election." What exactly...
  • Trump: Establishment rallying behind me to stop 'nasty' Cruz

    01/25/2016 12:38:39 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 84 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 25. 2016 | Jonathan Easley
    GOP front-runner Donald Trump says establishment Republicans are warming up to his presidential bid because they're terrified of Ted Cruz being the party's nominee...
  • Bush gets endorsement of former Minnesota Sen. Coleman

    01/25/2016 10:58:16 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/25/16 | NOLAN D. MCCASKILL
    Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman on Monday threw his support behind Jeb Bush, contrasting the former Florida governor with Republican poll leader Donald Trump. "If you're just being angry - if you want someone to mirror your anger, then, you know, Donald Trump may be your guy," Coleman said on Fox News' "Happening Now." "But if you want someone to fix the problem that is making you angry, then Jeb Bush is your guy." Coleman asserted that Bush has been the only Republican willing to take on Trump directly before blasting the Manhattan mogul himself. "He is the one guy...
  • Shutdown: House Will Hold No Votes This Week Because of Storm That Has Passed

    01/24/2016 8:28:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2016 | 5:31 PM EST | (Staff)
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has announced that the U.S. House of Representatives is postponing votes it had expected to hold on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and will not hold votes until Monday, Feb. 1--as a result of the heavy snowstorm that hit Washington, D.C. on Friday and Saturday. ...
  • Bush slams RNC decision to disinvite National Review from debate

    01/22/2016 8:24:14 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/22/16 | ELIZA COLLINS
    Jeb Bush called the Republican National Committee's decision late Thursday to split with National Review for the Feb. 25 debate "the wrong thing to do," after the party disinvited the conservative publication after it unveiled an edition committed to taking down Donald Trump late Thursday. "The National Review is a cherished conservative mouthpiece," Bush said, pointing out in a Friday morning interview with Fox News' "America's Newsroom" that the publication has been "consistently conservative."
  • Alleged Tea Party Senators Betray on Radical Judge Vote

    01/20/2016 2:57:04 PM PST · by Bratch · 28 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | January 20 2016 | Steve Flesher
    Just one more moment of disappointment from those we work hard so had to elect (h/t Michelle Malkin on Twitter, Tuesday). This is the Senate roll call vote on the radical judge Wright nomination. Note the bend-over Rs who voted yes. @CR pic.twitter.com/e2EpkK41Sm   — Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 20, 2016 First to note: Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio didn’t show up to vote (they’re too busy asking Americans for a promotion). Second to note: Even though Senator Rand Paul is also running for president, he made time to show up and vote on the right side. (Nay) Lastly...
  • Senate Confirms Obama Court Nominee Who Called Reagan a Bigot

    01/20/2016 11:45:22 AM PST · by PROCON · 50 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | Jan. 19, 2016 | Philip Wegmann
    Minnesota jurist Wilhelmina Marie Wright's written accusation that President Reagan tolerated racism did not hinder her ascent to the federal bench. The Senate voted 58-36 on Tuesday evening to confirm President Barack Obama's nominee to U.S. District Court in Minnesota. While a student at Harvard Law School in 1989, Wright wrote an article published in the prestigious UCLA Law Review that accused Reagan and his administration of "bigotry" and implied that property rights undergird American racism.Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in July, Wright, an associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court, renounced the style but not the substance of...
  • Rauner, GOP leaders want state takeover of Chicago schools

    01/20/2016 10:36:48 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 20, 2016 12:59 PM EST | Sara Burnett and Sophia Tareen
    Backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, top Illinois Republicans called Wednesday for a state takeover of the financially troubled Chicago Public Schools, which faces a nearly $1 billion budget deficit that could lead to thousands of teacher layoffs and a possible strike in a matter of months. Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno called the plan a "lifeline" for CPS, though Democrats quickly shot down the idea. Radogno and House Republican Leader Jim Durkin said the legislation would give the Illinois State Board of Education control over the nation's third-largest school district. They also noted that GOP lawmakers may reveal a bankruptcy...
  • Rubio Blew It, Would Let Illegal Immigrants That Don’t Commit Major Crimes Stay

    01/17/2016 11:51:51 AM PST · by TBBT · 34 replies
    Redstate ^ | 1/17/16 | Dan Spencer
    Sen. Marco Rubio blew it. During his appearance on this morning's edition of NBC's Meet the Press Sen. Marco Rubio made a huge mistake when he said that illegal immigrants that haven't committed major crimes could be allowed to stay. According to NBC's Sally Bronston, when asked if he is still in favor of finding a way for millions of illegals to stay in the United States legally, Rubio replied: If you're a criminal alien, no, you can't stay. If you're someone that hasn't been here for a very long time, you can't stay, I don't think you're gonna round...
  • Bush on a brink of a big endorsement? (John McCain)

    01/17/2016 12:02:26 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/17/16 | John King
    -snip- One "Amigo" is in the Bush camp -- and another is being courted. Sen. Lindsey Graham endorsed Jeb Bush this past week, calling him best-prepared among the Republican candidates to be commander in chief. Graham's own presidential campaign didn't get very far, but Bush is hoping his endorsement helps in the senator's home state of South Carolina. And now, the former Florida governor is trying to enlist Graham's help in winning another high profile endorsement: that of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain. McCain, of course, was the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, and traveled often with Graham and then-Sen. Joseph...
  • Here's Why the Ted Cruz Birther Story Isn't Going Away

    01/16/2016 2:29:17 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 64 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 1/15/2016 | AJ Vicens
    A lawsuit was just filed questioning his eligibility to serve as president. And that's not all. It's unclear what will come of this complaint, but this isn't the only birther action that Cruz is contending with. Also on Thursday, the Arizona Republic reported that Rep. Kelly Townsend, a Republican state legislator from the Phoenix suburb of Mesa, is "circulating a measure at the Arizona legislature that would call a U.S. constitutional convention to outline what it means to be a natural-born citizen." The paper notes that Townsend hopes to get her Legislature on board before reaching out to other states,...
  • Lindsey Graham endorses Jeb Bush for president

    01/15/2016 7:35:46 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 48 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/15/16 | ALEX ISENSTADT
    Sen. Lindsey Graham on Friday endorsed Jeb Bush for president, a major get for the former Florida governor who has struggled to gain traction in the contest. "Honored to have @GrahamBlog on our team. A proven leader with a clear understanding of the national security threats we face," Bush tweeted on Friday morning.
  • Top GOP female says judge Gov. Haley on ability, not looks

    01/14/2016 1:35:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 14, 2016 3:18 PM EST | Erica Werner
    The House's highest-ranking Republican woman said Thursday South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley should be judged on her abilities, not her looks, dismissing a remark by fellow Republican Rep. Steve King. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who is fourth in leadership as the chair of the Republican Conference, was asked about King's comment to The Associated Press that Haley wasn't a "principled conservative" in the GOP, but "I think she's beautiful so I'd be happy if she's the face of the party." [...] "Nikki Haley is a proven leader. And that is what she should be judged on," the Washington state Republican...
  • Bush takes another dig at Rubio: 'I don't have a height issue'

    01/13/2016 7:47:37 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 46 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/13/16 | NICK GASS
    Jeb Bush dug a bit deeper into Marco Rubio on Wednesday, taking a veiled shot at his Republican opponent's record and another dig at his height, a day after a super PAC supporting him released an ad alleging that the Florida senator has flip-flopped while alluding to the high-heeled boots he wore in New Hampshire earlier this month. -snip- "Yeah, but Jeb, do you own any platform boots that make you taller?" co-host Joe Scarborough asked, to which Bush responded, "I got my cowboy boots on, big Joe." (Bush is 6'3'' to Rubio's 5'10"). "Do they make you three inches...
  • White House Praises Nikki Haley After She Targeted Donald Trump

    01/13/2016 7:35:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 50 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/13/16 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    The Obama administration appears pleased by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's response to the president's State of the Union address - especially after she urged her party to avoid the harsh tone of presidential candidate Donald Trump. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough praised Haley during a breakfast meeting with reporters in response to a question about a line in her speech that was directed at Donald Trump and his political supporters. "I have a lot of admiration for the governor,"McDonough said, praising the South Carolina governor for her "remarkable" leadership of her state. McDonough made his remarks during...
  • Who said it: Nikki Haley or Barack Obama

    01/13/2016 7:31:17 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/13/16 | Rebekah Metzler
    Both President Barack Obama and Republican South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley -- who delivered the GOP rebuttal to the State of the Union -- seemed to speak directly to Donald Trump at times on Tuesday night. In fact, they had strikingly similar messages of tolerance and bipartisanship. While they wouldn't agree on much policy, at many moments their speeches sounded very similar. Can you tell the difference? 1) We need to be honest with each other, and with ourselves: While Democrats in Washington bear much responsibility for the problems facing America today, they do not bear it alone. There is...
  • In GOP Response to Obama, SC Governor Defends Immigrants

    01/12/2016 8:21:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    ABC News ^ | January 12, 2016 | Alan Fram, The Associated Press
    Americans should resist "the siren call of the angriest voices" in how the nation treats immigrants, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday as the GOP used its response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address to try softening the tough stance embraced by some of its leading presidential candidates. The U.S.-born daughter of Indian immigrants, Haley said the country is facing its most dangerous security threat since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. That was a reference to the Islamic State group, which has taken credit for attacks in Paris and elsewhere and may have inspired...
  • Nikki Haley bucks Donald Trump in State of the Union response

    01/12/2016 9:53:03 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 76 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 12 2016 | Gregory Krieg
    The Republican Party tapped South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to deliver its response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night, but her most memorable jabs landed squarely on the GOP's own Donald Trump. Haley took clear aim at the GOP front-runner, discussing her family's immigrant experience while warning against rhetoric that would threaten "the dream that is America." "During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices," Haley said from the governor's residence in Columbia. "We must resist that temptation. No one who is willing to work hard, abide...
  • Nikki Haley Just PROVED Beyond Any Doubt That UniParty DC Republicans (tr)

    01/12/2016 9:29:06 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 63 replies
    Forget the nonsense from President Obama’s State of The Union diatribe of same/same left-wing nonsense cloaked in claims of incivility from his opposition. Forget that nonsense, it was predictable. Most of the electorate were more interested in whether the DC Republicans had received the message within a six-month-leading Donald Trump candidacy. And…. the answer is a resounding NO !
  • House GOP in election-year probe of presidential 'overreach'

    01/12/2016 9:26:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 12, 2016 4:53 PM EST | Alan Fram
    House Republicans said Tuesday that they will launch an election-year study of what they say has been executive overreach by President Barack Obama and other recent presidents. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said that his panel would vote in coming weeks on creating a task force to conduct the investigation. Goodlatte said the probe would be led by Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, a conservative and frequent Obama critic. Goodlatte announced the examination at a time when Republicans have repeatedly accused Obama of exceeding his constitutional powers. ...
  • Stop The RINO Plague

    01/12/2016 8:42:13 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/12/16 | Michael D. Shaw
    There have been plenty of articles on this site and elsewhere, explaining why Donald Trump—as the non-politician, not beholden to special interests—has taken such a commanding lead in the polls. Likewise, many Republicans, who are either flat-out liberal, or simply give lip service to conservative values, are being called out as “Republicans In Name Only…RINOs.” At the same time, much less dissension is visible on the Democratic side. Let’s explore this situation, bearing in mind that any elucidation of the RINO phenomenon must acknowledge the “No True Scotsman” fallacy. As such, we must take care to define our terms carefully....
  • New Bush Super PAC Ad Released, Attacks Rubio Over 'Amnesty'

    01/12/2016 6:43:21 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 1/12/16 | Loren Gutentag
    The super PAC supporting Jeb Bush released a new TV ad entitled "Vane" on Monday - a 30-second spot that attacks Sen. Marco Rubio for changing his position on immigration reform and supporting "amnesty." Politico reports that the ad was first reported by the Washington Examiner on Monday and noted that the spot opened with an animation of Rubio shown as weathervane atop a barn who shifts with the "political winds." "Marco Rubio: He ran for Senate saying he opposed amnesty," the ad says. "Then he flipped and worked with liberal Chuck Schumer to co-author the path to citizenship. He...
  • Charles Koch bemoans lack of influence over 2016 race

    01/08/2016 11:01:22 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | January 8, 2016 | Eliza Collins
    Charles Koch is “disappointed” with the line-up of Republican candidates in the 2016 cycle, and is surprised by the lack of influence he and his brother have wielded so far. In an interview with the Financial Times, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist, said he’ll eventually support a candidate who he agrees with on some things with, but that it’s hard to get excited. He said a list presented to all the candidates about the Kochs' political arm's priorities “doesn’t seem to faze them much. You’d think we could have more influence.”
  • Rove predicts multi-ballot convention for GOP

    01/07/2016 11:06:39 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/7/16 | Nick Gass
    For the first time in 68 years, the Republican Party will need more than one ballot to pick its nominee this summer in Cleveland, Karl Rove predicted in his annual list of prognostications. "Delegates will be fractured-with many legally bound, for at least one ballot, to support the winner of their state or district-and at least two ballots will be required," he wrote in The Wall Street Journal. -snip- Should Donald Trump, the current leader in most statewide and national polling, become the party's pick, Rove predicted that the Democrats would maintain control of the White House for another four...
  • Republicans Say They're Taking 'Our Best Shot' at Repealing Obamacare (after funding it)

    01/05/2016 5:08:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 4, 2016 | 9:51 AM EST | Susan Jones
    A few weeks after Congress passed critical spending legislation that fully funded Planned Parenthood and the Affordable Care Act, Republicans this week will take a symbolic stand by once again trying -- and failing -- to repeal the law. "We owe it to the American people to take our best shot at repealing Obamacare, and that's what we'll do next week," Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) said Saturday in the Republican radio address. ...
  • Populist Parties Are Rising because Mainstream Conservatives Have Failed

    12/31/2015 7:41:46 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 58 replies
    National Review ^ | 12.31.15 | by JOHN O’SULLIVAN
    In short, mainstream conservative parties were tailoring their policies to please a small national constituency while seeming oblivious to the fact that they were alienating or even dissing the moral traditionalists, the patriots, the national-defense conservatives, and the "social fabric" conservatives who together make up the great bulk of their national constituency. Moreover, the longer this continued, the more these constituencies became outraged not only at particular policies but also at the general failure of the center-right parties they usually supported to respond to their concerns.As for Donald Trump, he has realized that there is a great opportunity for a...
  • Jeb the Destroyer

    12/30/2015 3:12:44 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Slate ^ | 12/30/15 | Jim Newell
    Bush's campaign strategy is a perfect capstone to the ineptitude of the Republican establishment. One would be hard-pressed to find a better year-end encapsulation of how the Republican establishment has screwed up the presidential contest than news of a certain ad-buy Tuesday. Jeb Bush's super PAC, Right to Rise-after burning through $40 million already-has made a $1.4 million buy in ... Iowa? To go after Sen. Marco Rubio? Yes, the same Rubio who currently polls at a distant third in the first caucus state, one that no one (including Rubio) expects him to win. The ad itself goes after Rubio's...
  • Why Jeb Bush and John Kasich attacking each other is pointless (for now)

    12/30/2015 11:27:23 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/30/15 | Philip Bump
    John Kasich released an ad on Tuesday that attacks Jeb Bush for being a candidate of the "good ole days" - days defined by the "Macarena," Betamax tapes and the AMC Pacer. In other words, a span of some 30 years, apparently. Allies of Bush, meanwhile, started targeting Marco Rubio (again) for having missed votes in the Senate. As The Post reported on Wednesday, it's all part of a new focus among the mid-tier establishment candidates to take one another out, with the idea that being the last man standing will pay benefits as voters look for alternatives to Donald...
  • In new ad, John Kasich compares Jeb Bush to the 'Macarena'

    12/30/2015 6:36:43 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    The Week ^ | 12/29/15 | Catherine Garcia
    Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) wants people to equate fellow presidential candidate "Jeb Bush" with "super old and obsolete," which is why his latest ad is all about Bush enjoying things no one has thought about in years. "He hasn't been [governor] for almost a decade," the video's YouTube description reads, "but Jeb Bush still loves the good ole days." Some of his "faves" include the Sony Betamax (a video recording system introduced in 1975); the AMC Pacer (a two-door car from the '70s);
  • Jeb Bush can't win Iowa. But he wants to make sure Marco Rubio doesn't come close.

    12/29/2015 10:27:45 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    Vox ^ | 12/29/15 | Andrew Prokop
    Jeb Bush has virtually no chance of winning the Iowa caucuses - but his team wants to make sure Marco Rubio doesn't do too well there either. On Tuesday, the Bush-allied Super PAC Right to Rise USA released a new negative ad attacking Rubio - and, according to the Des Moines Register's Jennifer Jacobs, the ad will air on Iowa television. The ad itself is a pretty misleading attack on Rubio for missing a Senate briefing on terrorism to fundraise (Rubio actually attended a similar briefing days earlier, one that included classified information). What is interesting about the ad, though,...
  • IRS can now revoke tax offenders’ passports

    12/28/2015 12:51:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 75 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, December 22, 2015 | Kellan Howell
    Under a new enforcement provision passed into law earlier this month, the Internal Revenue Service can revoke passports of serious tax offenders who owe more than $50,000 to the government. And Uncle Sam can take away your passport at any time, even when the offender is traveling outside the country. [...] The new passport-revoking provision allows the Department of the Treasury and the IRS to authorize the State Department to take away U.S. passports from individuals with seriously delinquent debts, which the government defines as greater than $50,000, the Arizona Republic reported. ...
  • Republican heavy hitters join Jeb Bush campaign in Virginia

    12/27/2015 6:34:21 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/9/15 | Jenna Portnoy
    Several pillars of the Virginia Republican establishment have signed on with the flailing presidential campaign of Jeb Bush. Thomas F. Farrell II, CEO of utility giant Dominion Resources, and Richard Cullen, chairman of the influential law firm McGuire Woods, have endorsed the former Florida governor, the campaign will announce Wednesday. -snip- Former House majority leader Eric Cantor joined the campaign as a co-chair in August, but new to the list are his longtime chief of staff Kristi Way and his right hand within the state party, Linwood Cobb.
  • Republicans split on attacking climate science (Hoax deniers walk amongst us?)

    12/27/2015 5:18:38 PM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/27/15 | Timothy Cama
    The Republican Party is divided over whether to attack the science of climate change when opposing liberal policies. Many of the most vocal Republicans say they have significant problems with the scientific consensus that the Earth is warming and that greenhouse gas emissions from human activity is the main cause. The skeptics include presidential hopefuls Ben Carson and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Capitol Hill chairmen Sen. Jim Inhofe (Okla.) and Rep. Lamar Smith (Texas). But others in the GOP aren't interested in litigating the science. They say it's more important - and far easier - to show that Democratic...
  • CNN’s Navarro: If Trump Is Nominee, Doubtful Many 'Mainstream' GOPers Will Go to Convention

    12/27/2015 8:22:54 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 92 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12/27/15 | Josh Feldman |
    CNN's Ana Navarro predicted this morning that if Donald Trump actually becomes the Republican nominee, there will be plenty of GOP candidates who won't dare come anywhere near the 2016 convention. On State of the Union, Jake Tapper brought up the issue of the conventions and what might happen if Trump actually wins the primaries. Navarro, a Jeb Bush supporter, said there will be "a bunch of unusual suspects at the convention if it ends up being Donald Trump." "A Donald Trump nomination would be very bad for some of the senators," Navarro said, "folks running statewide in some of...
  • Gowdy to endorse Rubio: report

    12/26/2015 1:04:12 PM PST · by VinL · 93 replies
    TheHill ^ | 12/26/15 | Bradford Richardson
    Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is expected to endorse Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) for president when he campaigns with him in Iowa next week, Townhall.com reported Saturday. The influential South Carolina lawmaker will attend town hall rallies on Tuesday and Wednesday during Rubio’s three-day tour through the important caucus state, the Rubio campaign said in a press release Saturday. "Marco is a rock solid conservative and a strong leader we can trust,” Gowdy said in an accompanying statement. “I look forward to campaigning in Iowa with him, and introducing my good friend to voters across the state." A Rubio campaign aide...
  • Bill Kristol: Donald Trump Mystique Would Disappear With Iowa Loss

    12/26/2015 11:16:37 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 97 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/26/15 | BEN BELL
    This week we asked ABC News contributor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol five questions about Donald Trump, the GOP's current frontrunner for the nomination for president, and the broader 2016 race for the White House. Kristol will appear on the "This Week" roundtable Sunday. 1] You sent a tweet suggesting a new party would have to be started if Donald Trump wins the GOP nomination. Were you serious? Would you leave the Republican party if he does win the nomination? KRISTOL: I was semi-serious. I don't think Trump will be the nominee, so I don't expect it to be...
  • Smoking Gun: The GOP Establishment Cannot Beat Hillary Clinton. Period.

    12/26/2015 7:15:47 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 76 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | John Nolte
    An early Christmas present arrived Christmas Eve in the form of what, at first glance, looked like the usual-usual CNN filler on the slow news day. What it really was, though, is final confirmation that the Republican Establishment does not have the killer instinct necessary to defeat Hillary Clinton. They have no chance of winning...*snip* Below is a transcript of a segment with CNN anchor Kate Bolduan and Ana Navarro, a confidante of Jeb Bush, and someone who is very much a part of the GOP Establishment. The context of the segment surrounds the War on Women attacks Clinton is...