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  • Ted Cruz and Rand Paul: Opposite directions

    04/20/2014 3:29:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Washington Post's Right Turn ^ | April 20, 2014 | Jennifer Rubin
    In 2013, freshmen senators Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) seemed like two peas in a pod. Both railed at the NSA, backed the government shutdown, opposed intervention in Syria and championed the tea party faithful. But 2014 has been a different story. Cruz has become a serious, vocal proponent of a tough foreign policy and harsh critic of President Obama’s approach to Iran and Russia. He gave serious speeches on the importance of standing up to Vladimir Putin and on the folly of expecting Iran to give away its nuclear weapons program without stringent sanctions and/or the threat...
  • Poll says Ted Cruz is the most popular Texas politician

    04/18/2014 11:12:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    KXAN-TV ^ | April 18, 2014 | Monica Ayala-Talavera
    Ted Cruz is the most popular politician in Texas, according to a Public Policy Polling Texas poll. Cruz has a 47 percent approval rating – better than both Rick Perry and John Cornyn, with only 35 percent who disapprove of him. He also continues to lead the Republican primary field for presidential candidates in Texas with 25 percent willing to support his campaign compared to Jeb Bush at 14 percent and Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul and Rick Perry each at 10 percent. Chris Christie and Paul Ryan received support for a potential presidential campaign from 5 percent of Texans polled,...
  • Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee face off at New Hampshire Freedom Summit

    04/13/2014 7:36:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    MSNBC ^ | April 12, 2014 | Benjy Sarlin
    MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Republican presidential primary is up and running in New Hampshire, where conservative prospects lined up in Manchester Saturday for the first cattle call of the 2016 cycle. Speakers at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, which was sponsored by Citizens United and Koch-backed Americans For Prosperity, included Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, all of whom would be top tier presidential contenders should they run. Donald Trump also spoke. Huckabee seemed especially determined to show he could compete for conservative votes against politicians like Paul and Cruz, who have each...
  • Ted Cruz Attempting to Be Republican Messiah

    04/03/2014 9:04:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Las Vegas Guardian Liberty Voice ^ | April 3, 2014 | Lydia Webb
    The Republican party has a problem in the upcoming midterm election and that problem is general un-likability. Most conservative political pundits are willing to concede that point, but one Texas senator has apparently found a new way to boost the Republican party and his own popularity. By combining some religious rhetoric with a little bit of “Reaganite” posturing, Ted Cruz is attempting to be the Republican messiah by playing up religious persecution. In a recent speech to the late Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, Cruz gave a call to action to the student body that was couched in surprisingly religious terms....
  • Harry Reid: Fort Hood Shooting Should Revive Gun Control Push

    04/03/2014 7:19:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 3, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    Speaking to reporters on April 3rd, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said the shooting at Fort Hood should revive the gun control push. According to The Washington Post, Reid said, "As I was told today, [Army Spc. Ivan Lopez] bought his gun a day or two before he killed these people. Couldn't we at least have background checks so that people who are ill mentally, or who are felons, shouldn't be able to buy guns?" This is somewhat misleading because "law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the pistol used by Lopez... was purchased legally last month......
  • Cantor rival Mike Dickinson compares Tea Party to al Qaeda, Palin to bin Laden

    04/02/2014 4:53:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 2, 2014 | Joe Newby
    On Tuesday, Mike Dickinson, the Virginia Democrat seeking the House seat currently held by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., compared the Tea Party to the terror group al-Qaeda on Twitter and claimed that Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are the U.S. equivalent of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks. Ultimately, Dickinson called the Tea Party and Sarah Palin "pure unamerican (sic) trash." "The tea party is Americas version of Al-Qaeda. Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin/Rand Paul all on same level as Bin laden (sic)," he claimed. "Tea party and Al-Qaeda: both resort to...
  • Braley Camp: He knew he was being recorded when he disparaged Iowa Farmers and Grassley.

    04/02/2014 7:43:33 AM PDT · by campg · 7 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/1/2014 | Guy Benson
    Braley camp: He knew he was being recorded when he disparaged Iowa farmers and Grassley POSTED AT 9:21 AM ON APRIL 1, 2014 BY GUY BENSON Many of us assumed this recording was made surreptitiously. It must have been. There’s no way a statewide office-seeker from Iowa would knowingly demean farmers and a beloved state political figure on tape, right? Wrong, says the Braley campaign, via the Des Moines Register: Braley’s campaign strategists say the candidate knew he was being videotaped at the private fundraiser when he made the remark that has the political world buzzing, describing Chuck Grassley as...
  • Ambitious Texas Republicans Had Better Get Organized for Expensive Federal Races

    03/21/2014 2:51:49 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 6 replies
    Roll Call Politics ^ | March 12, 2014 | Abby Livingston
    On the surface, the recent Texas Republican primaries were a race to the right on nearly every issue. But the underlying strength of every successful federal Republican campaign on March 4 was the ability to run an organized campaign. Texas is so big, so complex, so expensive that for any ambitious Republican, conservatism is important but organization is paramount. “The Republican political electorate is clearly looking for strong conservatives up and down the ballot, but money does matter at the statewide level because it takes so much time and resources to get your message out to the voters,” Texas-based GOP...
  • Ted Cruz vs. Rand Paul: A GOP road to nowhere

    03/18/2014 1:37:04 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 74 replies
    CNN ^ | March 17, 2014 | Julian Zelizer
    Editor's note: Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of "Jimmy Carter" and "Governing America." (CNN) -- ...The weaknesses of both men—Cruz in terms of his style and Paul in terms of his rhetoric—point out how desperate the GOP is to find someone who can build a broad coalition, something that is essential for a presidential victory, particularly when Republicans will likely be facing a formidable candidate. The problems of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have been a huge blow to the party, and there are not many alternatives at...
  • Dems running into more Texas trouble

    03/11/2014 5:34:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 11, 2014 | Rosslyn Smith
    There is another roadblock on the Democrats' plan to turn Texas blue. On Monday Michael Barone belatedly noted the unexpected showing of Ray Madrigal indicates possible dissatisfaction by Hispanics with the pro-abortion feminists beloved by Democratic Party leadership. What hasn't earned more than a couple of brief mentions, however, is the unexpected development in the US Senate race in Texas. The Democrat plan was to have an attractive, well financed candidate ready for after the Republicans pulled themselves apart in a battle between the establishment and the Tea Party. The reality is the Republican primary was tame but there is...
  • Cruz-Palin 2016: Seeking a Tea Party ticket (Article from 2013)

    03/07/2014 12:40:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Examiner ^ | October 16, 2013 | Dustin Koellhoffer
    There are so many good conservatives in and running for office that could take America back from liberal socialists and moderate spend thrifts that it’s hard to know them all without excessive effort. Sens. Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Reps. Paul Ryan, and candidate Elizabeth Cheney are all known names, but somebody has something bad to say about everybody. Romney was equally conservative but allowed his name to be smeared by moderates led by Boehner in Congress who cost him the election by attacking conservatives. Tea Party members need to stop being churlish when it comes to some of...
  • Ted Cruz’s partisanship will benefit GOP in 2014, 2016 elections

    03/06/2014 11:54:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Inside Tucson Business ^ | March 6, 2014 | Mark B. Evans
    Few on the center-right grasp the politics of polarization. The idea is to always have someone more extreme than you making your position closer to the relative center and moving the ball further in your direction. The Democrats and the left have known this for years. Look at all the real crazies they have accumulated over time and molded into an almost groupthink legion. Then note that barely a word of chastisement comes from them when they say wild and crazy stuff or do wild and crazy things. Try the counterpart to the Tea Party - the Occupy Movement. Both...
  • Texans vote in primaries shaken by Tea Party influence

    03/04/2014 5:22:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | March 4, 2014 | Jon Herskovitz
    AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Texans went to the polls on Tuesday in primary elections where the top candidates for governor were expected to post easy wins and favorites of the conservative Tea Party movement are trying to topple established Republicans in several races. U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, will win his race easily, opinion polls show. Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading Republican candidate for governor, and state Senator Wendy Davis, the top Democratic Party candidate, were also expected to win by wide margins. Voting closes at 7 p.m. U.S. Central Time. Run-off elections will be held on May...
  • A super-early look at the 2016 N.H. GOP presidential primary

    02/27/2014 3:12:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Concord Monitor ^ | February 26, 2014
    Who’s likely to do well in New Hampshire’s 2016 first-in-the-nation presidential primary? It’s a preposterous question, here in 2014, but what the heck? We asked six experts to weigh in on some of the biggest political players. Our analysts are Wayne Lesperance, political science professor at New England College; Phil Boynton, president of the University of New Hampshire College Republicans; Peter Burling, Democratic national committeeman; Dante Scala, professor of political science at UNH; Jess Steever, vice president of the Plymouth State University Democrats; and Brandon Lemay, public relations officer for the PSU Democrats. Today, our panelists consider the Republicans. Tomorrow,...
  • Cruz Aims at His Own Side — Again: He may be doing more damage to the GOP than are the Democrats

    02/21/2014 1:15:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 21, 2014 | Mona Charen
    Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas) may be the brightest light to adorn the Republican party in many years. He knows how to make the case for conservative ideas, pointing, for example, to the contrasting fates of Detroit and Houston to illustrate the superiority of conservative policies. So it’s particularly galling to see that rather than train his fire at Obama and the liberal machine that cocoons him, Cruz has become a one-man wrecking ball against Republicans. His most recent foray into sabotaging his colleagues concerned the debt-limit increase. Because Speaker Boehner sent over a “clean” debt-limit bill, Republican senators had...
  • Candidate for GOP Co. Chair arrested for fight outside Early Voting Site (TX)

    02/20/2014 10:43:05 AM PST · by Din Maker · 10 replies
    Radio Station KOGT, Orange, TX ^ | February 20, 2014 | Din Maker
    A candidate for Orange County Republican County chair was arrested for beating up a man outside an early voting site Tuesday afternoon. 70-year-old Jerry Wilson was arrested for Class A misdemeanor assault and taken to the Orange County, TX jail. Vidor, TX Police Chief Dave Shows said the victim in the attack was bleeding. He had a bloody nose, and injuries around the eyes and head. Chief Shows said the disturbance started at the early voting poll at the Vidor community center off Interstate 10. The victim was working for another candidate. The argument apparently started with a confrontation about...
  • Who I am Voting For (Texas)

    02/19/2014 12:59:13 PM PST · by MeanWestTexan · 120 replies
    Vanity | 2.19.2014 | Meanwesttexan
    After due research, this is my voting list. I came back special to Midland for this vote, so want to make sure I am correct: Would appreciate comments and concerns: 1. Senate --- Stovall (close second, Stockman) The Great Cornholio is a disgrace with what he said and has done to Cruz. He's got to go. 2. Governor --- Greg Abbot 3. Lt. Governor -- Dan Patrick (Do worst has to go) 4. Attorney General ---- Gen Paxton 5. Comptroller --- Harvey Hildebran, hands down (Met Glenn Hegar -- VERY unimpressed.) 6. Commisioner GLO --- David Watts. George P Bush...
  • Ted Nugent, pre-campaign trail: Obama’s a ‘subhuman mongrel’

    02/19/2014 7:38:44 AM PST · by yldstrk · 54 replies
    Chuck Chumley ^ | February 19, 2014 | Chuck Chumley
    Rocker-turned-Second Amendment activist Ted Nugent, who’s just taken to the campaign trail for Texas governor hopeful Greg Abbott, has already irked Democrats with his recent slamming of President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel.” Mr. Nugent called Mr. Obama the term during an interview last month with Guns.com. His full statement: “I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States...
  • Titanic Republican shift in key Senate race (Cornyn now at 43%, can't avoid a runoff election)

    02/18/2014 8:58:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | February 18, 2014 | Garth Kant
    'Cruz missile' strategy propels Stockman toward runoff vs. Cornyn. It is a monumental shift in major race that could be sending shock waves through the GOP establishment. Underfunded and targeted by GOP strategist Karl Rove, Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, has defied the odds in his long-shot bid to topple the second-most powerful Republican in the U.S. Senate, and he’s on the verge of forcing a crucial runoff with incumbent Sen. Jon Cornyn, R-Texas, in the Texas GOP primary. According to the results of a stunning new poll, Cornyn has fallen from 50 percent to 43 percent. That means Cornyn would...
  • Jon Karl: Ted Cruz ‘so hated’ among GOP senators ‘he’s going to need a food taster’ [VIDEO]

    02/16/2014 10:17:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 16, 2014 | Jamie Weinstein, senior editor
    ABC chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl says many of Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s fellow Republican senators despise him — like, really, totally hate him. “The Republicans in the Senate had this all set. This was going to be able to pass with only Democratic votes. He stands up, says ‘I’m going to filibuster’, suddenly they need 60 votes,” Karl explained on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, speaking of last week’s vote to increase the debt ceiling. “I’ll tell you, Ted Cruz is so hated among his Republicans now — more so than even during the shutdown — that at...
  • Wendy Davis: 'Texas is not really a red state'

    02/15/2014 9:29:46 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | February 14, 2014 | Ashe Schow
    Wendy Davis told the Austin American-Statesman newspaper on Wednesday that “Texas is not really a red state, it's just a non-voting state.” Sure Wendy, sure. Well, she is right about Texas being a non-voting state. Texas is one of the worst performers when it comes to voter turnout. In 2010, just 36.4 percent of registered voters actually voted, making it the worst state for turnout. In 2012, Texas ranked 48th in voter turnout, according to a report from the University of Texas at Austin. In fact, Texas has had lower voter turnout rates than the national average since 1972. But...
  • TexasGOPVote Blogger Endorsements: Dwayne Stovall for Senator (Cornyn opponent)

    02/11/2014 6:33:51 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    October 23, 2013 Freedom Works via Texas GOP Vote ^ | October 23, 2013 2/10/14 | By Joshua Withrow Shirley Freedom Works copied by Spellerberg
    It's time to term limit Senator Cornyn. There is no need to pass a term limit amendment to the Constitution If mandatory term limits were in place, then John Cornyn would be out of a job this election. It is up to the voters to effect term limits on long-term incumbents. This is especially true when the incumbent has too often followed the establishment party line of increasing the federal debt, even before Obama was elected. According to Freedom Works here are the ten worst votes cast by Senator Cornyn: 1. Cornyn Voted to Let Harry Reid Fund ObamaCare (2013,...
  • Texas senator wins unofficial straw poll for president at Penobscot County caucus

    02/09/2014 2:22:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | February 9, 2014 | Judy Harrison
    BANGOR, Maine – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Saturday won an unofficial straw poll to be the 2016 GOP presidential nominee at the Penobscot County Republican caucus at Husson University. Administered by the Maine Republican Liberty Caucus, caucus attendees paid $1 for a ballot that listed 20 potential GOP presidential candidates’ names plus room for write-ins, according to Maine RLC State Chair Vic Berardelli. Balloters were asked to mark their first, second and third choice. Points were weighted at five points for a first place vote, three points for second and one point for a third place vote....
  • Chris Christie and Rick Perry: 'They just don't like each other'

    02/07/2014 12:09:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | February 7, 2014 | Peter Hamby, National Political Reporter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Dallas, Texas (CNN) -- In the afterglow of Chris Christie's smashing re-election win last November, a chorus of big-name Republicans heralded the charismatic New Jersey governor as the party's savior in 2016. Not everyone was so enamored. Just days after the election, Texas Gov. Rick Perry appeared on national television and poured cold water on Christie's impressive victory. "He was a successful governor in New Jersey," Perry said on ABC's "This Week." "Now does that transcend to the country? We'll see in later years and months to come. We're all different states. Is a conservative in New Jersey a conservative...
  • Greg Abbott Raised More Than Three Times as Much Money as Wendy Davis in January

    02/05/2014 4:50:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 5, 2014 | Frances Martel
    Despite Wendy Davis's national name recognition, it appears the weeks of bad publicity are finally catching up to her campaign. Likely Republican opponent and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott raised three times the amount of money as Davis did in the past cycle, a sign that Texans are quickly choosing sides in the election. According to the Austin American-Stateman, Abbott raised $3.1 million in January, compared to Davis's $913,000. This raises Abbott's total to $29.4 million to Davis's $10.2 million war chest. Austinist suggests that among the most significant factors leading to such an advantage for the Republican candidate is...
  • Wendy Davis gains nothing from engaging Bristol Palin on the subject of responsible motherhood

    01/30/2014 6:47:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | January 30, 2014 | Tod Robberson, Editorial Writer
    Wendy Davis needs to remember one important thing: She is running for governor of Texas, and for now, her focus needs to be on the Democratic primary. Period. Which means she doesn’t have to answer to Rush Limbaugh or any other GOP commentator on the national stage. She is not vying for Rush’s vote, nor is she going to win over the kinds of Texas voters who listen regularly to Rush Limbaugh. So who cares what he thinks? Doubly so for Bristol Palin. The daughter of embarrassingly disastrous GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has zero political insights that are...
  • Wendy Davis hits back at Bristol Palin

    01/28/2014 1:22:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 28, 2014 | Tal Kopan
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Texas gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis brushed off criticism about her life story from Bristol Palin, saying that nothing Palin accused her of was true. Davis was responding to a blog post from the daughter of former Gov. Sarah Palin, who wrote last week amid questions about the timeline of Davis’s personal biography, slamming her for allegedly leaving her kids behind with her ex-husband after finishing law school. “Gosh, children are sooo inconvenient, huh? I’m glad my mother didn’t put motherhood on the shelf when she was elected to City Council, then became our mayor, then governor,” Palin wrote, addressing her...
  • The Next George Bush: Can the heir to America's oldest political dynasty save the GOP?

    01/27/2014 10:05:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | January 26, 2014 | Christopher Hooks
    It’s an unseasonably warm midwinter day when a giant blue campaign bus arrives at a downscale strip mall in Pasadena, Texas, announcing the imminent return of a Republican dynasty. George Prescott Bush, the scion of arguably the most successful political family in American history, is launching a statewide bus tour that will introduce him to public prominence as he runs for commissioner of the Texas General Land Office, an important but generally obscure statewide position. Bush is a lock: He faces no serious challengers, a fact attributable largely to the overwhelming advantages that accompany his name. Come November, the handsome,...
  • Politico Scandal Coverage: 50+ Todd Akin Stories; 4 Wendy Davis Stories

    01/24/2014 4:24:58 PM PST · by gooblah
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Jan 2014 | John Nolte
    Using Google's advanced search and the key words "Todd, Akin, Rape," I stopped counting after finding 50 separate Politico stories covering or touching on Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin's stupid comments about rape, between the day the story broke, August 19, 2012, and August 26, 2012
  • Barbara Bush reveals close friendship: ‘I love Bill Clinton’

    01/20/2014 2:39:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | January 20, 2014 | Tom Tillison
    Sarah Palin is known to say that America is governed by a “permanent political class,” and recent comments by former first lady Barbara Bush about how she views former President Bill Clinton lends credence to that point of view. Before Bush’s recent health issues, she sat down for an interview with C-SPAN, part of a series of profiles on America’s first ladies, Investor’s Business Daily reported. In a candid conversation, Mrs. Bush reveals the bond of friendship that has formed between former President George H.W. Bush, herself and Clinton, whom she said visits “every summer.” While noting that they do...
  • The media consigns Ted Cruz to the ash heap of history (Not what it sounds like)

    01/19/2014 12:28:03 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Examiner ^ | January 18, 2014 | Mark Whittington
    A conservative politician knows when he or she has arrived when someone in the mainstream media has consigned him or her prematurely to the dustbin of history. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has joined those dubious ranks, thanks to some media reports, including a January 17, 2014 article in Salon. Ronald Reagan was thought to have had his last hurrah in 1976 when he failed to take away the Republican nomination from then President Gerald Ford. His administration was considered a failure by many in the media in the wake of the Iran-Contra scandal. Of course Reagan was elected twice to...
  • Barbara Bush: Oval Office not limited to political dynasties

    01/16/2014 4:55:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 16, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Former first lady Barbara Bush reiterates in a new interview that presidents don’t have to be members of political dynasties. "If we can't find more than two or three families to run for office, that's silly, because there are great governors and great eligible people to run," Bush says in an interview that will air Monday on C-SPAN. "And I think that the Kennedys, Clintons, Bushes — there are just more families than that. And I'm not arrogant enough to think that we alone are raising" presidential candidates. Her son Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, is considered a potential...
  • Sheila Jackson Lee proposes new term for 'welfare' (a "transitional living fund")

    01/11/2014 3:28:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 9, 2014 | Carol Christian
    U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who has decried the failure of Congress to extend unemployment benefits before its December recess, is talking about changing the vocabulary of assistance. In a speech Jan. 8 on the House of Representatives floor, Jackson Lee suggested renaming government welfare. "Maybe the word 'welfare' should be changed to something of, 'a transitional living fund,'" Jackson Lee said, according to a post on The Minority Report blog. "For that is what it is - for people to be able to live," she said....
  • Peter King Says He May Run for President to Save the GOP from Cruz and Paul

    12/31/2013 2:57:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | December 24, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    Former Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said he’s still pondering a run for the White House because he doesn’t want Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) define the GOP. King, who’s made five trips up to early primary state New Hampshire and admitted in July that he’s toying with the idea of a presidential campaign, told MSNBC he hasn’t made up his mind yet and his decision should come “sometime next year, either next year or the beginning of 2015.” “Again, I’ve been up there five times. I am looking at it. People are talking...
  • Christie’s tea-party problem (Mind-numbingly wrong)

    12/15/2013 2:50:41 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 11, 2013 | Richard Cohen
    The day after Chris Christie, the cuddly moderate conservative, won a landslide reelection as the Republican governor of Democratic New Jersey, I took the Internet Express out to Iowa, surveying its various newspapers, blogs and such to see how he might do in the GOP caucuses, won last time by Rick Santorum, neither cuddly nor moderate. Superstorm Sandy put Christie on the map. The winter snows of Iowa could bury him. From a Web site called the Iowa Republican, I learned that part of the problem with John McCain and Mitt Romney, seriatim losers to Barack Obama, “is they were...
  • How ‘Liberal’ Is Sen. Cornyn?

    12/14/2013 11:59:29 AM PST · by Innovative · 57 replies
    Factcheck.org ^ | Dec 11, 2013 | Brooks Jackson
    Cornyn was rated the second most conservative of all incumbent U.S. senators by the nonpartisan National Journal, based on his voting record in the last Congress, which sat during 2011 and 2012. He scored 93.8 percent on the Journal’s “composite” conservative scale, which melds ratings on economic, social and foreign policy votes. Similarly, the anti-tax group Club for Growth has consistently rated Cornyn among the most conservative GOP senators over the years. The anti-abortion National Right to Life Committee gave Cornyn a rating of 100 percent in the last Congress, and also 100 percent in the current Congress to date....
  • Incumbent in tight HCC race will seek a recount (White candidate allegedly "pretended" to be black)

    11/18/2013 9:44:48 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The African-American ^ | November 11, 2013 | Renee C. Lee
    Longtime Houston Community College Board Trustee Bruce Austin said he will request a recount after narrowly losing his District 2 seat to his challenger in Tuesday’s election. Small business owner Dave Wilson was ahead of Austin by 26 votes, based on complete, but unofficial results. A candidate needs to garner a majority of the vote to win. Wilson had 50.1 percent, while Austin got 49.9 percent. HCC officials must canvass the votes and declare them official before Austin can request a recount. The canvassing process usually takes up to four to five days. Black district: Four other seats were up...
  • Cruz: Clinton made healthcare comment to protect wife

    11/13/2013 12:47:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 13, 2013 | Justin Sink
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday said that former President Clinton's comments about ObamaCare were an effort to distance his wife from the program ahead of a possible 2016 run. “That was certainly revealing, and it suggests perhaps that Hillary Clinton is looking to run away from President Obama and run away from ObamaCare," Cruz, who's seen as a potential 2016 candidate, told "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday morning. "And that ought to be a signal to Democrats, this thing isn’t working." Clinton said President Obama should change the law to allow people to keep their existing plans under ObamaCare....
  • Honest: Would You Rather Win with Chris Christie or Lose with Ted Cruz?

    11/12/2013 5:18:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 147 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | November 12, 2013 | Bernard Goldberg
    Those sophisticates at Time magazine made a funny. They put Chris Christie on their cover with the headline, "The Elephant in the Room." Get it? Elephant. Christie. Time magazine did a junior high fat joke right there on its cover. Time's executive editor Michael Duffy explained the cheap shot this way: "Well, he's obviously a big guy. He's obviously a big Republican. But he's also done a really huge thing here this week." The "huge thing" wasn't only winning re-election as New Jersey's governor, but doing it by appealing to a broad range of voters in a very blue state...
  • Rick Perry Ask the Right Question About Christie’s Appeal to Conservatives

    11/10/2013 6:28:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | November 10, 2013 | Rick Moran
    Governor Rick Perry was in Iowa this weekend and during an interview on ABC’s This Week, he raised the $64,000 question about a potential Chris Christie presidential candidacy: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas credited Chris Christie for his re-election in New Jersey, but he pointedly questioned whether the 22-point victory by Christie held any greater meaning for the Republican Party. “Is a conservative in New Jersey a conservative in the rest of the country?” Perry said in an interview with “This Week.” “We’ll have that discussion at the appropriate time.” As he made his first visit back to Iowa since...
  • Chris Christie, my favorite Republican. . . for now (Should one write if they can't spell?)

    11/09/2013 5:52:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Examiner ^ | November 9, 2013 | Russell Allyn, LA Progressive Examiner
    It is no wonder that with Christie’s 22.5 point reelection victory in the New Jersey governor’s race on Tuesday the national press has christened him a star. Other than Christie, there is not one political adult being mentioned as a serious candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential primaries. Rand Paul values property rights over civil rights, which should be reversed. Ted Cruz wants to close the federal government and seal the boarder from immigrants, which is odd for a Canadian. And Rick Santorum. Enough said. Truth be told, the GOP has not fielded many attractive candidates of late. ---snip--- Here...
  • A Christie victory could transform national Republican Party (RINOs and CINOs unite!)

    11/05/2013 2:41:13 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 4, 2013 | Seth McLaughlin
    Move to the right or try to pull the GOP away from the tea party and toward the center? That is the question Gov. Chris Christie will face if he trounces his way to victory Tuesday in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race and turns his attention to the prospect of a 2016 presidential bid. Some Republicans watching the final stages of the governor’s race say a decisive Christie win will send a message to the national party that the GOP can triumph without catering to the far right. Polls show Mr. Christie, who opposed the partial federal government shutdown last month,...
  • Ted Cruz: If true believers be for us, who can be against us?

    10/31/2013 6:21:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 31, 2013 | Wayne Slater
    In 2007, journalist Michael Kelly wrote a devastating profile of Ted Kennedy. By then, Kennedy was a political lion in winter, but the article in GQ reinforced the worst instincts of some Americans about Kennedy – the drinker, the carouser, a fraud. Kelly wrote: “Up close, the face is a shock. The skin has gone from red roses to gin blossoms. The tracery of burst capillaries shines faintly through the scaly scarlet patches that cover the bloated, mottled cheeks … The Chiclet teeth are the color of old piano keys. The eyes have yellowed too, and they are so bloodshot,...
  • Ted Cruz will be president if Democrats listen to Elizabeth Warren, warns Republican

    10/25/2013 10:09:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Salon ^ | October 25, 2013 | Alex Pareene
    What’s that, Daily Beast? “How Ted Cruz Can Win in 2016″? Oh, you are still around, and still doing this sort of thing? That’s great. Let’s take the bait, I guess. Our dutiful “hot take” artist today is David Frum, the famous apostate Republican who has dedicated the last few years to building a new Republican Party that is more moderate, more rational and less dedicated to taking dead-ender stands on cultural issues. He is not, in other words, the sort of Republican Ted Cruz appeals to. Frum has devoted more words to Cruz’s savvy than to his worldview, but...
  • Why Is The Tea Party Celebrating Post Government Shutdown?

    10/23/2013 3:15:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 23, 2013 | Carrie Sheffield, Contributor
    In a truly misguided display of chutzpah, some members of the Tea Party are congratulating themselves over a supposed “historic victory” in the government shutdown debacle. Yet the shutdown gang led by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas extracted no concessions and instead hurt the GOP’s nationwide reputation and shaved GDP growth. Over at The American Spectator blog, Mark Meckler, a co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, trumpets the “glorious battle” fought by “committed warrior[s]” that put Republicans “poised for massive gains in 2014.” This contradicts pretty much all evidence to the contrary, including poll after poll showing Americans were unhappy with...
  • Dick Cheney: Tea party ‘positive’ for GOP

    10/21/2013 2:29:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 21, 2013 | Tal Kopan
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that the tea party is a positive influence on the Republican Party. “I think they raised issues that an awful lot of Americans care about,” Cheney said on NBC’s “Today” show. “It’s an uprising, in part, and the good thing is it’s taken place within the Republican Party. I don’t see it as a negative. I think it’s much better to have that kind of turmoil and change in the Republican Party than it would be to have it outside.” Cheney, who has a new book coming out about struggles with his heart...
  • Ted Cruz receives standing ovation at Texas return

    10/20/2013 9:02:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 20, 2013 | Patrick Howley
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz received an eight-minute standing ovation upon his return to Texas this past weekend, despite an extended, hostile campaign from Democrats and the mainstream media to portray him as a dangerous extremist. “After two months in Washington, it’s great to be back in America,” Cruz said Saturday to approximately 750 people at an appearance in a San Antonio hotel ballroom, enjoying an eight-minute standing ovation for his dogged efforts to defund or delay Obamacare in the recent continuing-resolution budget fight. Cruz also criticized members of his own Senate caucus for ”failing to stand with House Republicans against...
  • Ted Cruz gets hero's welcome from Texas GOP women

    10/19/2013 10:22:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | October 19, 2013 | John W. Gonzalez and Peggy Fikac
    SAN ANTONIO — With roars of approval from hundreds of GOP women gathered in San Antonio, Sen. Ted Cruz defended his political tactics in Congress on Saturday and vowed to continue the uphill fight against the new federal health care law despite backlash even from fellow Republicans. Dashing from city to Texas city to meet with constituents now that the federal budget crisis he's blamed for has subsided, Cruz drew a hero's welcome from the Texas Federation of Republican Women meeting at the Grand Hyatt. Acknowledging he's “reviled” by some in Washington, Cruz said it's a relief to be back...
  • The Republican civil war is just getting started

    10/18/2013 9:03:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Week ^ | October 18, 2013 | Jon Terbush
    The future of the GOP? With the government shutdown and debt ceiling fight in the rearview mirror, Republicans can move on to more important matters — like determining which of the party's warring factions will control the GOP going forward. The recent fiscal fist-fighting ostensibly pit Republicans against Democrats, but the real power struggle was between Tea Partiers and the GOP establishment. The conflict, bubbling beneath the surface for some time, finally boiled over into a messy public spat that, even as the shutdown came to a close, showed no signs of stopping. The fissure has been growing since 2010,...
  • Republican party's 'humiliating' defeat raises prospects of lasting party split

    10/18/2013 3:39:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 16, 2013 | Dan Roberts and Paul Lewis in Washington
    The Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, has a curious habit of pulling despairing faces when marching his divided troops into battle. As he marched them back again on Wednesday, exhausted and bedraggled by their failed attempt to hold President Obama to ransom over his healthcare reforms, there is much of the same eye-rolling that characterised the start of their reluctant campaign. “We fought the good fight. We just didn’t win,” he told a radio interviewer. But not all Republicans think they can shrug off the past two weeks just as easily. Moderate senators Lindsey Graham and...