Republicans in Name Only
Republicans drift to the center, the Party tolerates it,
and this leaves no representation for true conservatives.

Introduction:

Liberals and leftists in the United States are generally comfortable with the platform of the Democratic Party.  If that ideology is not far enough to the left, there's always the Green Party, or the CPUSA.  These are the political parties that see government intervention as the solution to every problem.  They believe that the government has a practically infinite supply of money that can pay for everything — assuring everyone a job, a place to live, and help with grocery money.  This would result in a system where nobody actually works.  (We're halfway there already.)  And then, when the government runs out of money and leaves everybody in poverty ... well, at least it's "fair" to everyone.

The voters who are in favor of the always-increasing size of the federal government, high taxes, abortion on demand for any reason (at any stage of pregnancy and even slightly beyond), the multi-billion dollar welfare state, and an endless supply of unionized government jobs, can count on the Democrats to do their best to bring all this to pass.

The Republican Party serves as a counterbalance, encouraging citizens to rely on themselves, take care of their families, acknowledge God, pay attention in school, and defend the lives of unborn children.  The Republicans expect the government to provide for national defense (including border security), deliver the mail, and stay out of almost everything else, leaving all other activities to the states, or to private enterprises, or to individual people, just as the Constitution prescribes.  This approach, if it were kept in place, would result in a prosperous and almost tax-free life for hard working Americans, and a rather dismal existence for panhandlers and freeloaders.

Unfortunately, instead of the two major parties competing with each other in the marketplace of ideas, in debates over liberty versus dependency and freedom versus tyranny, the lines have been blurred and the two political parties often appear to masquerade as each other.  Democrats sound like conservatives when they're campaigning for office, and Republicans act like big-government liberals once they're elected.  This annoys a lot of people and leads to disillusioned and apathetic voters who see very little difference between the two parties.

Democrats who are just too conservative to be called Democrats are called centrists or Blue Dogs, but Republicans who play on both sides of the fence are derisively called RINOs — Republicans in Name Only.  I do not understand why left-leaning RINOs are allowed to call themselves Republicans and use the party's resources to get elected.  The RINOs want the Republicans to boast about their "Big Tent", which can include numerous divergent viewpoints.  I take the opposite view:  The lefists and centrists should get with the conservative program or get out.  If you support same-sex marriage, same-sex adoption, abortion, high taxes, and a multi-billion dollar welfare state, you'll be (or you should be) much more comfortable in the Democrat party.

A Republican politician is a RINO if there is a greater-than-zero chance he or she might switch to another party after being elected.  A Republican politician is a RINO if he or she is afraid to speak out against the national debt, or the expanding welfare state, or any of several other things (such as the elimination of capital punishment, driver's licenses for illegal immigrants, tax increases, surveillance cameras on every street corner, No Child Left Behind, Common Core, pork barrel spending, affirmative action, zero tolerance nonsense in schools, electric cars, spending money to fight natural changes in the climate, giving money to people who are too lazy to work, giving "foreign aid" to unfriendly countries that don't even need it, anything that benefits the United Nations, women in combat, anything that promotes voter fraud, anything that drives up the price of electricity or gasoline, farm subsidies, ethanol subsidies, food stamps, same-sex marriage, same-sex adoptions, homosexuals in the Boy Scouts, drones, gun control, wide open borders, federal control of local schools, statehood for Puerto Rico or the District of Columbia, green-collar jobs, the use of windmills and solar panels instead of coal and petroleum, etc.)

Republicans who have voted for indefinite detention of American citizens without trial, or for the Patriot Act, the START Treaty, Planned Parenthood, Common Core, any kind of gun control, cap and trade, raising the debt ceiling, 1.6-gallon toilets, fluorescent light bulbs, solar panels, windmills, restrictions on oil and gas drilling, or any other impediment to free enterprise and individual liberty, are those who deserve the title of RINO.

On another couple of pages [1] [2] I have my complaints about President George W. Bush, and his tendency to do everything his opponents would have done if either the 2000 or 2004 election had gone the other way.  For example, it wasn't President Gore that outlawed incandescent light bulbs — it was George W. Bush.  What was he thinking?  Who was he trying to please?  What did he hope to gain by doing that?  It makes no sense.

It will be a cold day in Duncanville if I'm ever elected President, but if I am, I'm going to tell all the federal workers in Washington to clean out their desks and cubicles.  Especially the people who work for the Departments of Education, Labor, Energy, HHS, HUD, and Interior, as well as about half of the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, and Homeland Security.  Somehow the Republican Party can't find a way to trim, let alone eliminate, any of these bureaucracies.




Overviews and definitions

The Republican Party is a Political Insane Asylum.  [Scroll down]  This controlling faction is opposed to a true conservative ever getting the nomination of the party.  The party establishment has successfully destroyed every conservative candidate for the nomination since Ronald Reagan.  The result is that the Republican Party has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections.  The RINOS have given us Gerald Ford, Bush Sr. and Jr. Bob Dole, John McCain and, most recently, Mitt Romney.

Hunting RINOs.  The Country Party is one of a handful of new state political parties and interest groups that have a like-minded goal:  hunting RINOs.  RINO — or Republican in Name Only — is a term that some conservatives use to describe fellow party members who they believe are too moderate.

RINOs: GOP Members Behaving Like Socialists Or Progressives.  Not all Republicans are good and it took their support for the socialist democrats to take control of America.  A bunch are crooks and people who aren't following the Constitution.  They gotta go.  Here's our current list of GOP members to watch out for and to vote out of office.

Meet the RINOs.  Much as the communists infiltrated deeply into the highest levels of American government a few decades ago, RINOs now infiltrate deeply into the Republican party.  No doubt some of the plants were orchestrated decades ago.  Stealthily.  More than one political family has placed a member in the opposite party.  How else to know which precincts to block walk — right after the opponent has finished there?

Republican in name only.  RINOs are often Republican only to the extent it serves their own interests, and will abandon conservative principles as soon as it is in their own interests to do so.  RINOs often provide support for raising taxes, abortion as a right, gay rights and gun control.  Some RINOs have connections with Planned Parenthood or corporations that support goals of population control; other RINOs pay lip service to pro-life values while in practice not advancing those values.

Top 10 RINOs:  Ranked by the editors of Human Events.

A Living Document? Well, that Depends.  Our glorious President, and his almost equally glorious Attorney-General, miscellaneous members of his exalted cabinet as well as numerous members of the amazing Democrat politicians in the House and Senate are constantly reminding us that the Constitution of the United States is a "living document."  To be fair, there are a number of RINOs that try to help with their agenda as well.



Mitt Romney

The Editor says...
I'm sure Mitt Romney is a really nice guy, but he is not conservative enough for my taste, and apparently not conservative enough to motivate Republicans and Tea Party people to vote for him.  If there's not a clear and distinct difference between the two candidates, why vote?  If we're going to the polls to choose between BAD and WORSE, why bother?  (Bob Dole versus Bill Clinton?  That was a choice?)  You may recall that the Republican establishment discouraged the Tea Party people from nominating, writing in, or somehow voting for Ron Paul, because that would draw votes away from Romney, and Obama would win.  Guess what.  Obama won anyway!  We might as well have gone down swinging (in two directions) than to let Obama walk away with it, with the help of ACORN and the news media.  Better luck next time — if there is another election.

Memo to Trump:  Don't appoint Romney.  Mitt Romney did not want Trump as the nominee.  He could have shown some class and loyalty to the Republican Party by keeping his opinion to himself.  Instead, he went public with repeated savage attacks not only on Trump's policies but mostly on Trump's character.  This was completely uncalled for.  Trump won the primaries; he was the nominee.  Trump had endorsed and supported Romney in 2012.  Romney should have either endorsed and supported Trump or stayed quiet and not attacked Trump.  I could understand Romney criticizing Trump's policies during the primaries and Romney endorsing another candidate during the primaries.  But he did not do that.  He attacked Trump after Trump won the nomination.  This helped Hillary, not Trump.  It was disloyal and stupid.

[The] Republican Establishment [is] the Next Whig Party.  Getting campaign advice from Romney is like getting directions from Wrong Way Corrigan.  He started the 2012 campaign by saying Barack Obama was a "nice guy but in over his head."  A man who despises America and is doing his best to undermine our security — who reviles the middle class as Bible-banging bigots fixated on guns — is not a nice guy.  Later, he told a group of wealthy donors that "47% of the American people will vote for the president no matter what," because they're welfare addicts.  Like Democrats, RINOs are economic determinists who believe voters are motivated solely by their wallets.  In 2102, Romney's mantra was "jobs, jobs, jobs" — forget open borders, moral decline, terrorism or judicial tyranny (throwaway lines at best).  In consequence, he lost, lost, lost.

The service 'loser' Romney did his party and country.  It is nearly unprecedented for someone in Romney's position, a former nominee retired from politics, to denounce a Republican candidate in a presidential election, without endorsing another.  Many pundits found fault with this, saying he offered no alternative to Trump.  But if he had done so, his would simply have been an endorsement speech.  Instead, it was a principled and disinterested warning in good faith.

On the other hand...
Romney's Sour Grapes.  Whether Republicans support Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, or Senator Marco Rubio, they should be aghast at what Mitt Romney did last Wednesday [3/2/2016].  He fed right into the Democrats' hands as he denounced Trump, calling him a "phony" and exhorting fellow Republicans to shun him for the good of the country and party.  This is coming from the person that lost horribly in the 2012 Presidential campaign.  Who appointed him the leader of the Republican Party?

Romney is too much a coward to say what's really on his mind.  Mitt Romney's attack on Donald Trump was concise and well-written and, by calling the front-runner a "phony" and a "fraud," hit all the erogenous zones of the anti-Trumpsters.  But in the end, the speech flopped because, like so much else of Romney's career, the message was muddled.  Why was the last GOP nominee shredding his most likely successor? [...] Romney wants back in, but doesn't have the nerve to come out and say it.  So typical, and another example of what so many Republicans like about Trump.

Romney Decries Rise of Conservative Media, End of Liberal Media Dominance.  Why isn't Mitt Romney president?  Because he thinks like this.

Mitt Romney Praises Obamacare, Admits He Helped Pave the Way.  Former Massachusetts Governor and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney admits that Romneycare, passed while he was governor, was the precursor to Obamacare.

Romney says Romneycare led to Obamacare.  Mitt Romney says in a new interview that his health reform plan in Massachusetts was a necessary step toward ObamaCare and that the federal health law has given health insurance to "a lot" of people.

Mitt Romney Finally Takes Credit For Obamacare.  It's a good thing for him that Mitt Romney isn't running for president again.  The 2012 GOP presidential nominee — who has still been bandied about as a potential candidate — just embraced everything that made many conservatives skeptical of him.  He admitted that the health care plan he instituted as governor of Massachusetts was the precursor to Obamacare.

Romney Bows Out, MSNBC Hardest Hit.  In his second presidential debate in 2012, Republican Mitt Romney awkwardly referred to his "binders full of women" and left-wing media decided it had a game-changing meme on their hands.  Had this been a Democrat, this innocuous phrase would have been quickly forgotten.  For examples, see almost everything said by Joe Biden for the past six years.

Romney Says Climate Change Presents A Big Challenge To Us.  Mitt Romney says one of the biggest challenges facing the country is climate change and that global solutions are needed to combat it.

The Editor says...
Exactly the opposite is true.  Climate change has been going on gradually for thousands of years, and not only is it not the country's most urgent threat, it is not a threat at all.  With this statement alone, Mr. Romney demonstrates that he is not on our side, and should not be given another moment's consideration as a candidate.  If this guy gets the Republican party nomination, the Republican party is finished.

Republican activists widely say Romney should sit out White House run.  Mitt Romney's declaration that he is considering a third shot at the White House after being a two-time Republican presidential loser was widely greeted with disdain at a national gathering of Republican activists on Thursday [1/15/2015].

Why Romney's Not the Right Candidate to Challenge Bush From the Right.  It's not terribly surprising that Mr. Romney would try to position himself as the mainstream conservative alternative to Mr. Bush.  It's somewhat different than his positioning in 2012, when he was attacked as a relative moderate but nonetheless won the nomination.  It's exactly what Mr. Romney tried to do in 2008, when he sought to be the conservative alternative to Rudy Giuliani and John McCain.  Of course, Mr. Romney didn't pull it off in 2008. For many of the same reasons he failed to win the nomination in 2008, it will be tough for Mr. Romney in 2016.

Mitt Romney Thinks Ted Cruz Will Destroy Jeb Bush's Candidacy.  A tidbit buried at the end of a Romney adviser's longish rationalization of why Mitt Romney may yet again run for the GOP's nomination suggests Romney does not think Jeb Bush has what it takes to win the GOP nomination.

How Romney's Ego Trip Will Help Insurgent Candidates.  Romney has evidently forgotten that he already tried this approach in 2008, and he succeeded mainly in getting all of the other candidates to hate him.  Back then, Romney was a famously recent convert to almost every conservative position he then professed to hold, but went out of his way to attack the records of other candidates for their real or imagined deviations from whatever the movement conservative line at the time happened to be.  The absurdity of Romney of all people lecturing other candidates on their insufficient conservatism reflected the extent of his phoniness and showed everyone his desperate desire to be accepted by conservative voters.  In this cycle, the desperation and phoniness will be even more obvious.

Mitt Romney tells donors he is considering 2016 presidential bid.  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney told donors Friday he is considering another run for the White House — a move that could further unsettle the emerging GOP presidential field and create a glut of competitors vying for the backing of establishment Republicans.  Mr. Romney ran in 2008 and 2012, winning the nomination that second time, only to lose to President Obama in the general election.  The subject of intense speculation, he had previously tamped down expectations, but Friday he met with about 30 donors in Manhattan and said he's giving it serious thought, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Longtime Romney friend: He's standing by to rescue the party from nominating Ted Cruz.  When you think about it, this is good news for you guys, not bad.  Bush is already in the race and Chris Christie, who's cramming on foreign policy and traveling the country to pile up favors before jumping in, will almost certainly follow soon.  If only one of them were running, there's a chance that that man would underperform early against conservative challengers, sparking the type of RINO panic that might draw Romney in as a savior.

2016 — Mitt Romney: I'm the Establishment GOP Leader, Not Jeb.  Former Massachusetts Governor and failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney is not yet ready to relinquish his title as the head of the pale-pastels establishment wing of the Republican Party to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.  "A senior Republican who has met with Mitt Romney" tells Politico that Romney is telling donors on Wall Street "not to commit to a candidate that is not their first choice and that they aren't excited about.  He does not think much of the current field and does not think it is jelling.  He still views himself as the leader of the establishment wing of the Republican Party."

The Editor says...
I find it amusing that the centrists are fighting over who is best qualified to defend the status quo.

Please, Not Romney Again.  First of all, Romney ran a terrible campaign in 2012.  Barack Obama's litany of failures in his first four years was clearly evident to the American people well before the election.  Yet Romney was unable to capitalize on them.  It is almost beyond imagination that Romney was unable to articulate clearly why Fast & Furious, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and the Benghazi outrage were colossal failures that endangered the nation.  Moreover, his equal inability to describe clearly and simply what he would do differently, what philosophy motivated him, and how his policies would benefit the country was also a glaring failure.

Top Ten Reasons for Mitt to Run...AWAY!  Run, Mitt, run.  Yes, run far, far away from the Republican primary season that starts in 2015.  You may be a fine man, but you are not going to be president, and you are not the answer for the Republicans in 2016.  You could have/should have been both perhaps, but you blew it.  Now, I hate to even think about the 2016 election with the 2014 mid terms still weeks away, but this nightmarish Groundhog Day idea of Romney 2016 just will not go away.

Journalists Love Mitt Romney 2016.  Politicos are abuzz with talk of a third Mitt Romney presidential run.  The former Massachusetts governor is the second-most-written-about would-be candidate in the GOP, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday [10/14/2014].  Pew surveyed 15 top newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Denver Post and The Tampa Bay Times, for stories focusing on specific candidates' possible 2016 bids.  The analysis found that so far in 2014, 74 newspaper articles have explored a Romney run.

Romney leads among likely 2016 Iowa Republican caucusgoers in new poll.  Iowa Republicans are hoping Mitt Romney will change his mind about running for president in 2016.  Despite the 2012 Republican nominee's continued assertions that he will not run for president again, Romney is still the top pick for likely Iowa Republican 2016 caucusgoers, according to a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa poll released Tuesday [10/14/2014].  Romney was the top vote-getter in the poll with 17 percent and Dr. Ben Carson, a conservative neurosurgeon who has never held public office, came in second with 11 percent.

Mitt - Please don't run.  Granted, you had a Media Industrial Complex working 24/7 against you, and a White House that was peddling lies upon lies, in order to shield the American people from their vast shortcomings, but herein lies the problem — these were all known(s) going into the campaign.  You, and your handlers misunderstood your opponent.  Whenever I heard you tout "Barack Obama is a good man, it's just that his policies are misguided", I wanted to reach through my tv screen and shake you by the ears.

Mitt Romney on 2016: 'I Am Not Running, I Am Not Planning on Running'.  While Mitt Romney has repeatedly said that he won't run in 2016, everyone else around him seems to think he should:  Paul Ryan, all of the media, everyone in this poll, his own wife, and even Mitt Romney himself.

Mitt Romney didn't declare a party on his Utah voter registration form.  Mitt Romney just made a savvy next step in his quiet, camouflaged 2016 campaign.  Like a growing number of Americans, Romney refused to declare a political party when he filled out a new voter registration reform in Utah.  It's the sort of party-rejecting step that could position a reinvented Romney to become America's first non-Democrat or Republican president since the 1800s.  The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the new Utah registration form completed and signed by Romney last August deliberately leaves out any party identification.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Mitt Romney?  [Mitt Romney] was right on Iraq and Benghazi, right on healthcare, immigration, and Russia.  But he was so mendaciously smeared that voters possessed the ludicrous mindset that Mitt didn't "care about someone like me."  Feckless Republican operatives allowed data-mining splashed with voter fraud to seal the defeat.  Twenty months later, numerous polls indicate significant voter remorse.  This genuine sentiment has naturally provoked calls of "Run, Mitt, Run!"

Republican Party Insanity.  Unbelievably, the drumbeat is beginning for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to run for President a third time.  The man who lost twice for President is now being encouraged by many party leaders to give it another try.  Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) recently told MSNBC, "I think he's proven right on a lot of stuff.  I happen to be in the camp that thinks he's actually going to run and I think he will be the next President of the United States."

Why Mitt Romney should not be the 2016 GOP Nominee.  Lately there has been a lot of buzz about having Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee in 2016.  And there can be little doubt that many things Mitt talked about from 2007 to 2012 have come true (crumbling of Iraq, Putin being our number one geo-political foe, Obamacare not being workable).  And while there was no bigger supporter of Mitt Romney than I was (for the record I was a member of a group called Evangelical Christians for Mitt Romney and I also managed several precincts in Shenandoah County Virginia for the Romney campaign during the 2012 primary) the fact is that Mitt should not be the GOP nominee in 2016.

Joe Scarborough: Draft Mitt Romney In 2016!  Joe Scarborough, the MSNBC host who has transformed into one of his generation's most preeminent Rockefeller Republicans, believes Mitt Romney should run for president again in 2016.  Speaking to about 300 guests at "a luxury resort in the Rocky Mountains" with other potential GOP presidential hopefuls like Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Scarborough reportedly urged the establishment donors and insiders to being a "Draft Romney" movement.

Mitt Romney says he's not running but criticizes Clinton like a candidate.  The former Massachusetts governor's three-day summit was intended in part to introduce five potential GOP 2016 candidates to his elite donors as they decide which contender deserves their largesse in 2016.  U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul all mingled with Romney's past donors in between panels and over cocktails.  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will address the gathering on Saturday [6/14/2014].

Mitt Romney for president in 2016?  Far from being excommunicated by Republicans after his loss to President Obama, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is enjoying a brand resurgence of late, drawing several potential 2016 candidates to his "ideas summit" this weekend in Utah and even earning some 2016 speculation himself.  Meanwhile, some other potential candidates are in Iowa for the state Republican Party's convention there Saturday.  And not to be left out, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., was in California Friday to raise money for the Republican gubernatorial candidate there and participate in a Facebook chat.  It all adds up to a busy weekend for the early 2016 Republican presidential sweepstakes.

Mitt Romney: Not Healthy Congress Hasn't Passed Amnesty.  On Friday [5/30/2014], failed 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said it wasn't healthy that Congress has not passed amnesty legislation that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers.  "I do believe it's important for us, before the presidential contest in 2016, to finally have immigration reform in place," Romney said, according to The Des Moines Register's Jennifer Jacobs.  "I just don't think it's healthy for the country to continue to have this issue open and unresolved, particularly with so many families that are waiting for the answers."  Romney said he was not for a "special" pathway to citizenship and reportedly added "time is running out for" Congress to pass amnesty legislation this year.

RINO Alert: Mitt Romney Endorses Minimum Wage Hike.  In typical RINO fashion, Mitt Romney has made a new statement that basically defies everything he stood for as the Republican presidential candidate in 2012.  In an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning [5/9/2014], Mitt Romney said that Republicans should drop their opposition to a minimum wage hike.  "I think we oughta raise it," Romney said.  "Because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay and I think communicating that is important to us."

Romney urges GOP to back minimum wage hike.  Mitt Romney on Friday inserted himself back into a vigorous debate over the direction of the party he led in 2012, urging Republicans to drop their opposition to raising the minimum wage, a topic expected to be a major focus of this November's midterm elections.  While Romney may not have immediately changed minds within his party, his remarks quickly went viral among Democrats and Republicans, indicating they could help ignite a discussion within the GOP about how far Republicans need to go to win over working-class voters.

Romney calls for minimum-wage increase in split with business groups.  Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Friday [5/9/2014] called for an increase in the federal minimum wage, splitting with party leaders and some top business groups on what's expected to a major issue in this year's midterm elections.  "I ... part company with many of the conservatives of my party on the issue of the minimum wage," he said in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

More about the minimum wage.

Here's yer problem, Mr. Romney.  You can't be elected president with hired help like this:
Top Romney Strategist Stuart Stevens says media 'not in the tank' for President Obama.  Ever since then-Senator Barack Obama first took a lead in the 2008 Democratic primary, the political news media has faced the accusation that they are "in the tank" for the now-second term President Obama.  On Sunday morning's [2/24/2013] Reliable Sources, the press got a qualified defense from a surprising source:  Mitt Romney chief strategist Stuart Stevens.

There Is No 'Good Regulation'.  For an unapologetic capitalist, it's particularly frustrating when an allegedly pro-capitalist politician lacks the intellectual ammunition to adequately defend the free market.  Concessions to statist opponents provide the illusion that statists have the moral upper hand. [...] Mitt Romney was just such a politician in the last election.

A Tea Party Declaration of Independence.  The Tea Party will not be perceived as, nor in reality become, a thoroughly authentic movement until it declares its independence from the Republican Party.  And then demonstrates it.  Three-four million Republicans didn't visit their assigned polling place November.  And, as the autopsy of the Romney campaign winds down, all explanations for Romney's defeat must face this fact:  Millions of Republican voters didn't deem his candidacy worthy of their vote.

Adams 2016.  I really don't know what Mitt Romney was thinking when he said "There are some parts of Obamacare I like."  I guess he forgot he was no longer running for office in Massachusetts.  He was supposed to be pretending to be a conservative running for national office.  Please be assured that you'll never hear such nonsense coming out of my mouth.

America is far from lost, but what about the GOP?  The GOP held on to the U.S. House of Representatives.  But the Democrats held on to their majority in the U.S. Senate.  They did so thanks, in no small part, to the politically murderous treachery of the GOP wing of the elitist faction, orchestrated by Karl Rove and quietly approved by GOP nominee Mitt Romney.  Though Romney is without doubt a faux conservative, I'm sure the elitist faction media claque will try to pretend that his defeat was somehow a repudiation of the conservative views he steadfastly refused to represent during both his government career and his campaign.

Prepare for the worst.  [Scroll down]  Then there's the RINO factor.  Despite the fact that most conservatives were willing to get behind Mitt Romney because they knew the danger Obama represented, many were not.  Additionally, the national Republican leadership has not yet learned that if unaffiliated voters don't see a discernible difference between the candidates, they will go with the devil by whom they feel less threatened, particularly if that devil is an incumbent.  Republicans win with conservative candidates (or at least with those who sell themselves as such); they do not win with moderates.  Whatever his record, Romney had no credentials as a conservative.

Romney Proposes National ID Card.  On stage in Sioux City, Romney laid out for Republicans his plan for a national identification card system to distinguish between those here without permission and those legally permitted to live and work in the United States.  As an additional protection against encouraging further illegal entrance, Romney proposed an expansion of the E-Verify program, which requires employers to investigate the immigration status of potential workers.

Yes, Romney was the Problem.  The GOP establishment and some conservative pundits, such as Ann Coulter, are in full defense mode, claiming that Romney is not responsible for losing to an incumbent responsible for perhaps the most damaging fiscal crises in our nation's history.  Don't believe it.  Romney IS responsible for wasting a billion dollars [to] carry out an issue-free campaign full of simple-minded platitudes.

The Bipartisan War on Liberty:  Mitt Romney considers it a problem that many foreign nationals enter America without a government permission slip.  His solution:  Force every U.S. resident to carry a biometric ID card.

Did Civil War Just Become Inevitable?  For years, conservatives have been driving home the point that when the Republican Party wants to win, it should advance conservative candidates, which Romney was most assuredly not.  They have also rightly pointed out that Romney did not run on any of the party base's core principles, thus failing to provide a distinction between him and Obama.

Three key questions on the Benghazi scandal.  Mitt Romney chose not to shine the light of truth on this sordid, tragic mess.  That might have cost him the election.

Son says Romney was reluctant to run for president again: report.  Republican Mitt Romney's family had to convince him to make a second bid for the presidency because he was reluctant to run again after failing to secure his party's nomination in 2008, Romney's son told the Boston Globe on Sunday.

The Editor says...
It's no wonder Romney lost the election.  Apparently, he didn't even want the job!



Senator John McCain

The Editor says...
Senator McCain might have won the 2008 election if he had run as a Democrat.  He is a much-too-permanent fixture in Washington and intends to stay there indefinitely, which requires his constant opposition to those who would rock the boat.  For indeed, the boat is quite comfortable.  In 2008, Senator McCain (in my opinion) failed to demonstrate that he wanted the job of President.  If he had aggressively sought that position, he would have pointed out some of Barack H. Obama's many obvious flaws.  But he was reluctant to do so because he had spent the previous several years "reaching across the aisle" and making deals with his friends in the other (half of the same) party.  If you're not going to point out your opponent's known flaws — birth certificate, Jeremiah Wright, missing college transcripts, noncommittal voting record, pro-communist upbringing, Muslim roots, inexperience — then step aside and let somebody else do it.

Where were McCain's concerns when Obama was president?
McCain: Trump scandals have reached 'Watergate size and scale'.  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Tuesday evening said allegations against President Trump's administration have reached a "Watergate size and scale."  McCain, who has not been an ardent supporter of Trump, made the comment at an International Republican Institute panel in Washington, D.C., according to reporters who attended.

John McCain Is Losing Touch With Voters And Reality.  Another day, another bizarre and unfounded accusation against a republican regarding their non-existent ties to Russia.  Even after an exhausting volley of Russia-induced hysteria swept through the democratic party in the wake of the 2016 election, some politicians just can't seem to get enough of slinging completely fabricated and accusatory conspiracy theories around.  The latest to do just that is John McCain, an avid anti-Trump Republican and overall thorn in the side of governmental progress.  The latest victim of his increasingly senile tirades is none other than Rand Paul, and McCain's theory is that Paul is Vladimir Putin's puppet.

Where was McCain when Obama attacked the free press?  [Scroll down] But more to the point, it was McCain up to his old tricks:  Ingratiating himself to the anti-Trump press by playing its champion, in a bid to be the media's darling.  What stands out here is the hypocrisy of his claims.  He's suddenly concerned about press freedoms and dictators?  Where was McCain when President Obama was systematically violating press freedoms every which way to Tuesday?  Seven examples of Obama's attacks on a free press spring to mind and not one of them drew any significant criticism from McCain.

The McCain-Trump feud.  John McCain and Donald Trump have never been close, and they don't share agreement now on a variety of foreign policy and defense questions.  They have engaged in several testy exchanges in the past, but their mutual antipathy now goes beyond testiness.  Mr. McCain, a senior senator and former presidential nominee of the Republican Party — and with the eminence that those credentials accord — traveled across the Atlantic the other day to deliver what one analyst calls "a calculated, planned attack on Trump's entire system of beliefs."  This is without modern precedent, and it was out of bounds.

John McCain Should Retire and Come Out as a Democrat.  McCain said that in order to "preserve democracy" you must have a free press.  He says that without it he's "afraid we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time."  "That's how dictators get started," McCain added in a clip of the interview released on Saturday [2/18/2017].  "They get started by suppressing free press," the Senator responded asked if he was referring to Trump's tweet.

Where was McCain when Obama Attacked the Free Press?  Senator John McCain poured it on for the press at a Munich defense conference Saturday, warning in a veiled attack on President Trump that attacks on the press are a leading danger for democracy.  "That's how dictators are made!" he shrieked.  It was rich stuff, given that most of his European listeners do not have the same wide press freedoms found in the states.  But more to the point, it was McCain up to his old tricks:  Ingratiating himself to the anti-Trump press by playing its champion, in a bid to be the media's darling.  What stands out here is the hypocrisy of his claims.  He's suddenly concerned about press freedoms and dictators?  Where was McCain when President Obama was systematically violating press freedoms every which way to Tuesday?  Seven examples of Obama's attacks on a free press spring to mind and not one of them drew any significant criticism from McCain.

Paul rips McCain:  Take his press comments 'with a grain of salt'.  Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Sunday warned against taking seriously comments his Senate colleague John McCain of Arizona made on Saturday, in which the Arizona lawmaker compared President Trump's actions toward the press to "how dictators get started."  "The thing is, I don't agree with his analysis and applying that to the president," Paul told Jon Karl, guest host of ABC's "This Week."  "Everything that [McCain] says about the president is colored by his own personal dispute he's got running with President Trump and it should be taken with a grain of salt, because John McCain's the guy that's advocated for war everywhere.  He would bankrupt the nation."

Rand Paul:  US is 'lucky John McCain's not in charge'.  John McCain isn't the only senator who can toss barbs at a fellow Republican.  After McCain on Sunday criticized President Trump's attitude toward the press, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul castigated the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, saying, "we're very lucky John McCain's not in charge."  "Everything that he says about the president is colored by his own personal dispute he's got running with President Trump, and it should be taken with a grain of salt, because John McCain's the guy who's advocated for war everywhere," Paul said on "This Week."  Paul added that if McCain were "in charge" the country would "be in perpetual war."

John McCain stands up for the press.  Arizona Sen. John McCain said President Trump is wrong to tweet the press is an "enemy of the American people" — a label a "dictator" might use.  "If you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and at many times adversarial press," McCain told Meet The Press's Chuck Todd in an interview airing Sunday.  NBC released excerpts Saturday [2/18/2017].  "Without it I'm afraid we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time.  That's how dictators get started."

Trump's team in disarray, U.S. Senator McCain tells Europe.  Republican Senator John McCain broke with the reassuring message that U.S. officials visiting Germany have sought to convey on their debut trip to Europe, saying on Friday that the administration of President Donald Trump was in "disarray".  McCain, a known Trump critic, told the Munich Security Conference that the resignation of the new president's security adviser Michael Flynn over his contacts with Russia reflected deep problems in Washington.

McCain Criticizes Trump's Administration While Abroad.  Anti-Trump Republican Senator John McCain publicly painted the Trump administration as chaotic in a speech to the Munich Security Conference.  "I think that the Flynn issue obviously is something that shows that in many respects this administration is in disarray and they've got a lot of work to do," said McCain.  "The president, I think, makes statements (and) on other occasions contradicts himself.  So we've learned to watch what the president does as opposed to what he says," he said.  McCain is supporting a narrative pushed by Breitbart and echoed by several media outlets that Trump's administration is a mess.

McCain defends the media in NBC interview.  In an interview on NBC airing on Sunday [2/19/2017], Senator John McCain defended the media, saying "we need a free press, we must have it."  In an interview with NBC News' Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" the Republican senator was asked to respond to President Trump's tweet on Friday where he called many media outlets "the enemy of the American people."  McCain said that in order to "preserve democracy" you must have a free press.

The Editor says...
Freedom of the press is not the issue.  The news media are not the nation's enemy because they are free.  They're the enemy because they're dishonest.

Swamp Guardian McCain Announces Opposition to Mulvaney as OMB Director.  Having confronted these Decepticons within the GOPe wing of the UniParty for a decade, ultimately their actions become predictable.  It is the same cloistered crew, in the same Corinthian Chairs, around the same table of deceit, behind the same mahogany doors that holds the key to the coin, every time.

McCain regains his maverick reputation by bucking Trump.  Sen. John McCain once again is basking in the media spotlight as the go-to Republican on Capitol Hill for voicing opposition to the Republican in the White House.  This time, he's bucking President Trump and doing it with newfound vim.  In Mr. Trump's first two weeks in office, 'Mr. McCain broke with him over the decision to scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, said his proposed import tax on U.S. businesses relocated to Mexico was "insane" and took the lead in raising alarm about the reorganization of the National Security Council.

John McCain, Meddling Busybody.  Arizona's gift to the rest of the United States — a man who apparently never met a comrade he didn't want to double-cross — keeps on giving.

John McCain says President Trump's travel ban will "give ISIS some more propaganda".  Sen. John McCain on Sunday [1/29/2017] criticized President Donald Trump's ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying it has been a "confused process" that will only give the terror group ISIS "more propaganda."  "The good news is that it's only got to do with a pause," he told CBS' "Face the Nation.  "The bad news is that obviously this process and these conclusions were not vetted."

It was me:  Sworn Trump enemy John McCain admits HE handed smear dossier to FBI.  Sworn Donald Trump enemy John McCain admitted Wednesday that he passed the dossier of claims of a Russian blackmail plot against the president-elect — calling it 'what any citizen should do'.  McCain — a longstanding anti-Trump Republican who had disassociated himself from the candidate's campaign weeks before the election — cast himself as an innocent and concerned member of the public as he justified his move.  He claimed he had no idea whether it was accurate or not — but that he believed the FBI should have it because it was 'sensitive'.

7 top RINO moments of the week.  GOP leaders negotiated a conference report for the final version of the FY 2017 defense bill (NDAA).  The transgender lobby pushed hard to remove a provision protecting defense contractors from Obama's mandate forcing them to comply with his transgender policies and views on gay marriage or risk losing contracts.  John McCain, as the lead Republican negotiator, agreed to take out this provision (the Russell Amendment). [...] Remember, this is an authorization bill — not an appropriations bill — and can wait until February.  Then again, the sexual identity movement tells Republicans to jump and they ask, "How high?"  Unfortunately, with leadership presenting members with a false choice of passing a defense bill with bad provisions instead of waiting, conservatives felt compelled to vote for it and so as not to appear they oppose the military.  This is what leadership does to conservatives on a daily basis.

John McCain vs.  Ann Kirkpatrick:  Here is the state of the Senate race.  McCain, R-Ariz., made it through his Tuesday [8/30/2016] primary relatively unscathed, though only about 51 percent of Republican voters backed his nomination for a sixth Senate term.

McCain now promising to be 'a check' on Clinton, as Republicans run scared.  Senate Republicans have privately polled for months to figure out the best way to survive if Donald Trump continued to be a drag on their down-ballot candidates.  They've closely studied the lessons of 1996, when the GOP gained Senate seats even as Bob Dole lost the presidency.  They've weighed the risks of turning off portions of their base against the rewards of winning over voters who are repulsed by their nominee.

John McCain is in the fight of his political life in the age of Donald Trump.  After 30 years in the Senate, during which he transformed himself from war hero into political icon, John McCain now finds himself in more jeopardy than at any time during his political career.  And for much of that, he can blame Donald Trump.  This reelection campaign, his fifth, is forcing the Arizona Republican to do battle on multiple fronts, testing his political dexterity in ways unlike any of his previous races, including two unsuccessful bids for the presidency.

John McCain, nobody's hero.  Has anyone in our public life cultivated an image of personal heroism more meticulously than Arizona Sen. John McCain? [...] Again and again, McCain has placed his ravenous personal ambition ahead of the good of the country.  In the process, he's done as much as anyone in his party, and far more than most, to advance the cause of the venomous populism that's now taken hold of the GOP.

Kasich: Give McCain a lifetime Senate appointment.  Donald Trump might be unwilling to support Arizona Sen. John McCain's re-election bid, but Ohio Gov. John Kasich thinks McCain deserves a lifetime appointment to the Senate.  "Honestly, I don't even think they ought to have an election.  They ought to tell McCain, as long as you want to be in the Senate, you can have it," Kasich told WGN radio.  "He's just the greatest guy."

The Audacity of Dopes.  John McCain labeled the president "directly responsible" for the massacre in Florida because he did not sufficiently intervene in the civil war in Syria.  But three years ago, McCain, and Obama more softly, sought to intervene — on the side of ISIS.  Back then Arizona's senior senator euphemistically labeled Bashar al-Assad's opponents as "rebels."  His 2008 presidential election opponent at least conceded that "some of Assad's opponents are extremists."  The Orlando killer's stated motivation of "vengeance" for "bombing the Islamic State" makes McCain's issuance of culpability for a lack of military action especially peculiar.

Challenger Kelli Ward:  John McCain Is Directly Responsible for the Rise of ISIS.  Primary challenger Dr. Kelli Ward called out incumbent Republican Sen. John McCain following his fumbled criticism of President Barack Obama's role in the rise of Islamic terror group ISIS.  It is McCain's foreign policy that is "directly responsible," Ward said, for facilitating the rise of "ruthless" Islamic terrorism.

Kelli Ward to Second Amendment Supporters:  Retire McCain.  Dr. Kelli Ward is a former Arizona state senator who is running in the primary against John McCain.  She is a strong Second Amendment supporter, and a political outsider to Washington, D.C.  Her campaign is focusing on a number of issues, among them that it is time for John McCain to leave office, and her contrast with the Senator on the Second Amendment.  John McCain has been a reliable "I support the Second Amendment, but" Senator.  He has supported bans on "assault weapons".  He supported severe restrictions on gun shows, which would have effectively destroyed the popular gun culture political and networking tool.  He supported "universal background checks" (UBC), designed as a step to universal gun registration.  He has recently backed off of the UBC issue, as the primary is getting closer.  It is a common tactic for politicians to move toward their base for the primary, then away from it for the general election.

Chris McDaniel Endorses Kelli Ward In Arizona Race Against John McCain.  Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel has endorsed Kelli Ward, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona who is running against five-term incumbent Sen. John McCain, The Daily Caller has learned.  "Kelli will be a 'Bold, Fresh, Fearless' conservative champion in the U.S. Senate," McDaniel, a 2014 U.S. Senate candidate, said in a statement.  "She will stand with Cruz, Lee, and Paul for the right to life, for the 10th Amendment, for killing Common Core, replacing Obamacare with free-market medicine, keeping our promises to our veterans, and finally securing our borders and stopping illegal immigration once and for all."

Arizona Poll — John McCain Has Serious Primary Fight.  A new PPP poll from Arizona shows Senator John McCain is in a serious battle for the GOP primary.  Challenger Kelli Ward is currently tied with McCain at 41% and the majority of republican electorate have a negative view of McCain.

McCain Faces Unexpectedly Tough Reelection Fight in Arizona.  [John McCain] is seeking reelection to his sixth term in the Senate and by rights he shouldn't be worried:  Since he first won the seat with a 21-point victory in 1986, no primary or general-election opponent has come even that close to knocking him off.  He has all the advantages of incumbency — the deep political network, the massive war chest, the sky-high name ID — in a state that has gone Republican in every presidential election since 2000.  And yet he finds himself facing perhaps the strongest challenger of his career in a year when Donald Trump has complicated the task facing down-ballot Republican candidates everywhere.

John McCain Slips in Provision to Draft Women in Defense Bill.  Pregnant, female, Navy SEALs was something many of us used to joke about as a way of exaggerating the absurd social engineering in the military.  Yet, placing women in special operations and direct combat units has now become a reality under the Obama-led Pentagon.  Sadly, not only have Republicans like John McCain refused to use their perches on the Armed Services Committees in the House and Senate to block this social engineering, they are now codifying it with a provision that could lead to a mandatory draft of all women.

This Is For Those Who Wonder What Side John McCain is On.  It appears that John McCain, who knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that Hillary was a Benghazi-disaster, invited her to his desert retreat for a highfaluting conversation about leadership values.  How timely for the Democratic presidential hopeful to be applauded on leadership by a so-called Republican.  He likes to call his fellow Republicans 'wacko birds' and 'clowns'.  Hillary, who destroyed Libya, will appear on stage Saturday with McCain at the Sedona Forum, an annual festival hosted by the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University.  She will appear with national and international leaders of renown from all walks of life and talk about ideas.  In a statement released Thursday [4/28/2016], McCain called Clinton "my friend" and praised her public service career.

On the ropes:
McCain to skip GOP convention.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who is facing perhaps the toughest reelection race of his career, will skip the Republican presidential nominating convention in Cleveland in July.  McCain says he will be focusing instead on his own race against Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick.  He also has to worry about a late primary, which is scheduled for Aug. 30.

McCain challenger criticizes non-profit donation from Saudi embassy.  The Democrat challenging Sen. John McCain is hitting the Arizona Republican with a new ad that raises questions about a $1 million donation from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia to the McCain Institue for International Leadership.  "Thirty-three years in Washington have changed John McCain," Kirkpatrick's Instagram ad says.  "After blasting foreign money as a likely source of political scandals, he now refuses to answer questions about the McCain Institute's $1 million donation from Saudi Arabia.  Arizonans deserve answers."

Huma Abedin: Call Your Girlfriend.  Everyone knows that Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin are joined at the hip.  The presidential candidate and a daughter of the Muslim Brotherhood are together all the time.  One notes with chagrin that when Republicans suggested that Abedin had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood — which she most assuredly does — Sen. John McCain rose up to defend her.  No wonder people are fed up with the Republican establishment.

Did someone mention Huma Abedin?

McCain faces toughest reelection of his career.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is facing what may be the toughest reelection of his Senate career in an unpredictable presidential year, when many voters are angry with Washington.  Early polls show McCain tied with his Democratic challenger, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), at around 40 percent despite having nearly 100-percent name recognition in the state he has represented in either the Senate or House since 1983.

Why We Lose: John McCain Blasts Trump For 'Destruction of the Press'.  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the man who in 2008 put losing like a gentleman above doing what was necessary to keep then-Senator [Obama] out of the White House, appeared on CNN Wednesday [1/27/2016] with a fistful of red herrings designed to seek favor with his friends in the media by "othering" Donald Trump as a threat to all that [is] holy and virtuous in America.  Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, McCain once again proved that he had what it took to defeat Barack Obama but that he'd prefer to save his blistering rhetoric for his fellow Republicans.  McCain also proved that he knows absolutely nothing about the American Constitution.  In his establishment-addled mind, only the DC Media has rights.  The rest of us are required to dance to their tune.

Retire John McCain.  There are few Republicans who have betrayed our conservative principles more than John McCain.  He wrote the McCain-Kennedy and "Gang of Eight" immigration bills that offered amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.  He voted for the Wall Street bailout, to fund the implementation of Obamacare, for the $600 billion "fiscal cliff" tax hike, and to raise the debt limit 14 different times!  John McCain lost his way a long time ago and it's time to replace him with a strong conservative leader who will support and defend the Constitution.

Cruz: McCain Questions Citizenship Because He Secretly Backs Rubio.  Ted Cruz responded to John McCain questioning his eligibility for the presidency, saying the Arizona senator is secretly trying to boost Marco Rubio's chances at the Republican nomination.  "I think it is no surprise to anybody that John McCain is going to be supporting Marco Rubio in this election," Cruz told Mark Halperin of Bloomberg's "With All Due Respect."  "It's no surprise at all that he's trying to do what he can to help the candidate that he's favoring who he thinks shares policy positions with him."  The Texas senator's rebuttal comes hours after McCain said during a Phoenix radio interview that Cruz's birth abroad and his eligibility to become president is "worth looking into." "I think there is a question," McCain said.

The Editor says...
By bringing up a specious argument about Senator Cruz's citizenship, Senator McCain rather conclusively proves that Senator Rubio is the Republican Establishment's pre-ordained candidate for this election cycle.  Where was Senator McCain's concern about genuine citizenship when he was running against the Indonesian Barry Soetoro, a/k/a Barack H. Obama?

John McCain: "I Don't Know" If Cruz Is Eligible For Presidency With Canadian Birth.  Arizona Sen. John McCain said he doesn't know if the Canadian-born Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is eligible to be president, saying the Supreme Court might have to decide if Cruz is eligible to be president.  "I don't know the answer to that," said McCain on the Chris Merrill Show on KFYI550 on Wednesday [1/6/2016] of Cruz's eligibility.  "I know it came up in my race because I was born in Panama, but I was born in the Canal Zone, which is a territory.  Barry Goldwater was born in Arizona when it was a territory when he ran in 1964."  Cruz was a U.S. citizen at birth; his mother was a U.S. citizen living in Canada at the time.

McCain on Planned Parenthood funding: No way am I voting for a shutdown.  The House passed a bill today that would freeze funding for PP, but that's really just a consolation prize.  Democrats will filibuster that if McConnell brings it to the floor in the Senate and then they'll filibuster the spending bill if McConnell attaches an amendment defunding PP to that.

The Media Love Affair with McCain.  [S]ince when did the media get concerned about the noble cause of fighting communism in Vietnam?  Our media, led by CBS Evening News anchorman Walter Cronkite, who was then an influential media figure, protested the Vietnam War and prompted the U.S. withdrawal and communist takeover.  His FBI file demonstrated Cronkite's contacts with Soviet officials and how he was used as a dupe by the communists.  More than 58,000 Americans sacrificed and died to save that country from communism.  The liberal media never supported the war against communism in Vietnam.  Yet they are now browbeating Trump over avoiding the war through deferments.  Our media are full of hypocrites.  They don't admire McCain for fighting in Vietnam.  They admire him because he is a "maverick" who frequently takes the liberal line, such as on "comprehensive immigration reform."

McCain doles out favors, makes play for freshmen on his panel.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is doling out favors to freshmen on the Senate Armed Services Committee and casting himself as a mentor to a new crop of senators.  GOP aides say McCain's push reflects his desire to get as much done as he can over the next two years — in case Democrats take back the Senate majority in 2016.  McCain needs a united Republican side, the aides say.

John McCain: wartime hero, peacetime coward.  Donald Trump made a stupid comment about John McCain, blah blah blah.  That doesn't interest me.  What does interest me is that every time we want to say something critical of John McCain, we always have to preface it with "John McCain, who was a war hero" (which he was).  But that's only half his record.  In peacetime he has done such incredible economic, social, and national security damage to this country that I think he should be addressed as "John McCain, wartime hero and peacetime coward."

McCain Started All Of This Mess.  Senator McCain started all of this mess when he called Donald Trump's supporters a bunch of "crazies."  I don't seem to recall the Republican National Committee telling Senator McCain to apologize.  What about the time McCain called Senator Ted Cruz a "whacko bird." Or the time he called Tea Party members "hobbits."  Anybody remember when Senator McCain called Evangelical Christians "agents of intolerance"?

Sen. John McCain sacrificed and served — while Donald Trump hid behind draft deferments.  While Donald Trump was safely home, armed with a series of draft deferments, John McCain was flying combat missions over Vietnam — until his plane was shot down.  The U.S. Navy pilot, after breaking both arms and a leg in the 1967 crash, spent the next 5½ years as a prisoner of war.  He was beaten, tortured and held in solitary confinement after his refusal to cooperate with his captors.  McCain rejected offers of an early release by the North Vietnamese, knowing his freedom would aid the enemy's propaganda effort.

The Editor says...
If being a fighter pilot in Vietnam was the only worthwhile thing John McCain ever did, I think his life would have been well spent.  I don't want to take away from his status as a military hero.  My problem with Mr. McCain is all the stuff he has done in the last 20 years, pretending to be a conservative Republican.

John McCain was a War Hero, but he's also a Loser and an attacker of fellow Republicans.  John McCain listened to GOP consultants and refused to make Barack Obama's personal history part of his 2008 presidential campaign.  A wealth of information was there for the taking, Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Obama's upbringing, his drug usage and other factors that pointed to Obama's radical nature were left on the table by John McCain.  He predictably went on to lose the election with plenty of bullets left in his gun.  [But] McCain never seems to have a problem going after fellow Republicans or more specifically conservatives.

White House mum on working with McCain to close Gitmo.  The White House on Monday declined to say if it's working with Sens. John McCain and Joe Manchin to permanently close the terrorist detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, just days after it released another six detainees.  McCain, R-Ariz., said last week that the administration — specifically Lisa Monaco, the White House's counter-terrorism adviser, and Pentagon officials — have told him they are working on a plan to send to Congress to close the facility.

AZ Poll: Sen. McCain Under 50 Percent, Extraordinarily Vulnerable.  Newly released data from liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling shows half of Arizona's Republican primary voters disapprove of McCain's job performance, and more than half would prefer a more conservative Senate candidate in 2016.  After more than three decades in Washington, McCain earns merely 41 percent approval from Arizona Republicans and 36 percent from general Arizona voters, PPP finds.  Just 37 percent reported a willingness to support the Senator in his 2016 re-election bid.

State Sen. Kelli Ward Announcement: Exploring Challenging McCain for US Senate.  Much-anticipated challenger to U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), state Senator Kelli Ward (R-Lake Havasu City) announced early Thursday [4/9/2015] that she is officially exploring a 2016 run for the U.S. Senate.  Ward supporters have been strongly encouraging state Senator and military wife Ward to run.  In a message to supporters, Ward relayed, "I am receiving huge support from the grassroots."

Sen. John McCain announces he's running for 6th term.  The Arizona Republican made the announcement to run for a sixth term on Monday [4/6/2015] in an interview with NBC News.

Paper: Mccain's Political 'Machine' May Be 'Broken Down', Door Open For Kelli Ward.  Republican critics of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) may get their wish of ousting the five-term incumbent in 2016. Reports indicate that his popularity has waned and potential challengers such as State Senator Kelli Ward (R-Lake Havasu City) have attracted many supporters. [...] Described as having a potentially "fresh approach" to representation in D.C., Senator Ward currently sits as a top contender to primary McCain.

McCain Comes Out Against Loretta Lynch As Primary Challengers Loom.  As two hefty primary challengers loom back home in Arizona ahead of his expected run for re-election to the U.S. Senate, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has come out publicly against the nomination of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to be Attorney General because of her support for President Barack Obama's executive amnesty.

Barack Hussein Obama.  What's in a Name?  During the 2008 campaign, Democrats were indignant when a talk show host referred to the Senator from Illinois by his full name.  In the parlance of the left, this was "demagoging" their candidate.  We should celebrate diversity, but not too much.  John McCain promptly requested supporters not to mention his opponent's middle name.

The Editor says...
When I heard Senator McCain refused to mention Obama's middle name, I knew he had lost the election.  In my opinion, John McCain is a wishy-washy centrist who didn't really want to win the election.  If he had any desire to be the president — or at least keep the lying left-wing baby-killing Muslim with a forged birth certificate out of the White House — he would have blurted out Obama's full name whenever he spotted a microphone.

Arizona state senator might take on McCain.  A conservative state senator from western Arizona might take on Republican Sen. John McCain in next year's GOP primary for the U.S. Senate.  State Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City, a physician entering her second term in the Legislature, confirmed late Sunday [2/8/2015] she is considering a run against McCain.  Ward would bring with her a fervent "tea party" base that has rebelled against McCain, pushing through a censure of the senator last year by the Arizona Republican Party. McCain allies recently failed in their attempt to install a new chairman of the Maricopa County Republican Party, the source of much of the senator's political heartburn.

Recall Senators McCain and Flake.  Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are liberals representing a conservative state.  By their statements and actions, they have proven that they are no longer worthy to be the U.S. Senators from Arizona.  Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who once described the mainstream media as his political base, has declared war on conservatives and the people of Arizona; reportedly leading a purge of the state's GOP apparatus to pave the way for an easier reelection bid should he decide to run again in 2016.

McCain greeted by boos at GOP meeting.  U.S. Sen. John McCain on Saturday [1/24/2015] delivered a fiery speech on foreign policy in the face of many of his conservative critics at the Arizona Republican Party's state meeting, earning a noisy mix of boos and cheers at the same annual gathering where in 2014 he was censured in absentia for being too liberal on issues such as immigration reform.

John McCain Leading Purge of AZ Conservatives.  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his allies are reportedly leading a purge of conservatives in Arizona to pave the way for an easier reelection bid should McCain decide to run for reelection in 2016.  McCain's political team is reportedly "engaging in an aggressive and systematic campaign to reshape the state GOP apparatus by ridding it of conservative firebrands and replacing them with steadfast allies."

John McCain Worries He's Tea Party's 'Number One Target' in 2016.  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) implied that he would run for another Senate term in 2016 and is worried that he is the top target of conservatives and Tea partiers who have never trusted him.

Three Reasons why the GOP Establishment is as Dangerous as the Democrats.  John McCain came out last week during an interview with the left-wing web magazine Salon and promised that the incoming GOP senators wouldn't be "Ted Cruz types." [...] Yet, this is so typically, typically John McCain.  Clueless.  Tone deaf.  Out of touch.  Living in a self-reinforcing bubble of media and lobbyist-fed backpatting that insulates him from the real world.  This is pretty much the only way to explain his comment.  The voters went to the polls because they were tired of business as usual, because they were tired of the antics of the permanent Washington class that continues to ignore the will of the people.

McCain Assures Incoming GOP Senators Won't Be More Ted Cruz Types.  Senators John McCain and Ted Cruz don't exactly have the best relationship.  Cruz has said Republicans like McCain are why their party doesn't do better, and McCain has not been shy about publicly dumping on Cruz, especially during last year's government shutdown.  And in a new interview with Salon today [11/11/2014], McCain wanted to make it clear that the incoming crop of Republicans that will give their party control of the Senate will not be Cruzes.  McCain even claimed that a lot of the GOP Senate candidates who won are in the same mold as himself and Lindsey Graham.

For Reasons Unknown To Sane People, McCain Is In Demand On GOP Campaign Trail.  Nothing says, "We've learned our lessons!" like trotting out the fossil who is loathed more by the conservative Republican base than he is by Democrats these days.

8 Insane Things Put in Place by John McCain's $100 Million Pro-Invasion Spending Bill.  So just when you thought McCain couldn't get any dumber or more malicious, we get word of his $100,000,000 bill that promote illegal immigration.  Consider the eight key facets of this epic treason:
[#1] Spends $100,000,000.
[#2] Asserts acts that are already illegal are now illegal.
[#3] Makes it a federal crime to tell someone where a DHS, HHS or Border Patrol bus carrying illegal aliens is spotted, coming from or headed.
[#4] Makes it a federal crime to prohibit a DHS, HHS or Border Patrol bus from moving from point A to point B. [...]

John McCain: It'll Take An Open Borders GOP to Defeat Hillary.  Calling Hillary Clinton the "odds-on favorite right now" to win the White House in 2016, McCain added, "I expect it to be very competitive, except if we don't enact some kind of comprehensive immigration reform, I do not see a way for us to really win a general election."

The Editor says...
Senator McCain sounds like he's auditioning for the role of Hillary's running mate.

Obama AWOL as border crisis worsens.  John McCain, an immigration hawk.  Who knew?  Mr. McCain, the highest-profile Republican of the U.S. Senate's "Gang of Eight" that came up with amnesty as the solution to the immigration crisis — and it truly is a crisis — is finally taking a hard line against President Obama for his encouraging the tidal wave of illegal aliens swamping the southwestern border.  "There has to be a halt to this," Mr. McCain thundered Sunday on CNN.  "That's what we want, and the best way to do that is for planeloads of these young people to be returning to their country of origin and their families."  Of more than 57,000 children who have arrived at the border since October, only 1,254 had been sent home, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

This is what's known as "talking out of both sides of one's mouth."
Hillary Clinton: John McCain's favorite Democrat?  Sen. John McCain would be "proud" to work with a President Hillary Clinton, the Arizona Republican said Sunday [7/6/2014] on "Face the Nation" — that is, he added, if she "regrettably" makes it into the White House.

John McCain: Cochran's Tactics Against Tea Party In MS Worth Emulating.  One week after traveling to Mississippi to do his utmost to help Senator Thad Cochran (R) beat Tea Party rival Chris McDaniel, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) talked about the strengths he saw in Cochran's approach to campaigning.

John McCain: Not Granting Amnesty 'A Stain on America's Honor'.  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who co-wrote the Senate's amnesty legislation and has been trying for more than a decade to pass comprehensive immigration reform, believes not granting amnesty to all of the country's illegal immigrants is a "stain on America's honor."  Speaking at Harvard University's Institute of Politics on Wednesday [4/23/2014], McCain said the country currently has "de facto amnesty" because there are "not enough buses" to deport all of the country's illegal immigrants.

McCain says illegal immigrants are 'not going home'.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Wednesday [4/23/2014] that immigrants living in the United States illegally are not going home, and that the U.S. has no practical way of forcing them to leave.  "They're not going home.  And so why don't we give them a path to citizenship," McCain asked at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy Jr. forum.  "There are not enough buses to deport them," he added.  "It's de facto amnesty."

Poll: 64 Percent Of GOP Arizona Voters Want McCain Gone In 2016.  A new Citizens United Political Victory Fund poll shows that Republican Arizona voters have had it with Sen. John McCain, even though the senator has signaled his intentions to run for a sixth term in 2016.  According to the poll, 64.2 percent of likely GOP primary voters said that they are ready for someone new to take the job and only 29.3 percent signaled a willingness to re-elect McCain.  The poll also shows that McCain loses to other potential Arizona Repubican candidates in a primary.

Twice Censured McCain Denounces Low Job Approval Poll as 'Bogus'.  Arizona Senator John McCain was recently censured not once, but twice in recent months.  In January, TPNN reported McCain's first formal censure came from the Maricopa County GOP, the largest Republican group in the state.  The group formally censured Senator John McCain for "long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats."

New Poll Finds John McCain is the Least Popular U.S. Senator.  According to a new poll out of Arizona, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is the least popular incumbent in the United States.  Put simply, PPP surveyed incumbent senators in various states, and as they put it, "McCain [had the] worst poll numbers in the country."

Arizona GOP group censures McCain over 'liberal' voting record.  The Arizona Republican Party formally censured Sen. John McCain on Saturday, citing a voting record they say is insufficiently conservative.

Hasn't McCain Worn Out His Welcome?  There was a time when I liked and admired John McCain.  True, I still had hair on my head, and the calendar year began with a "1" rather than a "2." [...] There's a reason he's the media's favorite Republican to put on the Sunday talk shows:  he can be relied upon to go rogue.

McCain praises Biden for support of foreign aid.  Some high-profile bipartisanship in Washington on Thursday night, as former Republican presidential candidate John McCain praised Democratic Vice President Biden for his long-time support of foreign aid.  McCain, a senator from Arizona, said Biden — a former Senate colleague from Delaware — "deserves our gratitude and respect for his many years of effective leadership in ensuring that all the resources America has to influence the course of world events are funded adequately and used effectively."

He sounds like a man who is about to leave the Republican party.
John McCain says he would 'think about' registering as an independent if a young man.  If John McCain was young and registering to vote for the first time, he would "think about" registering as an independent instead of as a Republican.  At least, that's what the Arizona senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee told the New York Times Magazine's Mark Leibovich during an extensive profile.

McCain: People are begging me to run for president again.  It's sad that Maverick's taking this idea just seriously enough that he'd think to mention it to another human being.  He's 77 years old, ran a famously chaotic campaign in 2008 before getting crushed on election day, and would face a much stronger, younger field in the primaries than he did last time.

Obama, McCain to huddle on immigration.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will meet with President Obama at the White House Thursday afternoon [11/7/2013] to plot strategy for passing comprehensive immigration reform.  McCain said Obama requested the meeting, which comes at a time political momentum for immigration reform is flagging.  "I'm going over to the White House this afternoon to meet with him [on] immigration reform and others," he said.  "I actually have a respectful and cordial relationship with him."

McCain: We'll Try to Pass Immigration Changes After GOP Primaries.  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) gave the clearest indication that proponents of comprehensive immigration reform may make their final — and strongest — push to get legislation passed next year after House Republicans make it through their primaries.

McCain leaning yes on ENDA.  Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed cautious support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) currently nearing passage in the Senate. [...] McCain said he was leaning towards a vote in favor of ENDA, which would ban workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The law has the backing of every Senate Democrat but Republicans are much more wary.  McCain himself emphasized that he still has outstanding concerns regarding the law's possible effect on religious organizations.  He likened ENDA to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and its sometimes-controversial after-effects.

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The comparison to the 1964 civil rights act is an obvious canard:  People do not choose to be born black; but people choose to become homosexuals, and some choose to leave homosexuality behind and return to normal life.  If discrimination results when you elect to become a homosexual, then you have brought your troubles upon yourself.  The same is true if you sense rejection or aversion after you put an earring in you lip, or your tongue, or any of several other places where earrings don't belong.  You will be looked upon with disdain if you choose to display agressively bad taste.  This has been the case for thousands of years, and yet some of our elected representatives will ignore centuries of traditional values in order to retain their power.

Meghan McCain: Dad 'Frustrated,' 'Depressed' by Tea Party.  In sad news from the land of McCain, "Raising McCain" host and McCain family scion Meghan McCain said in an interview with ABC and Yahoo News that her father, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), was "frustrated" and "depressed" by the Tea Party.  Meghan termed the Tea Party the "hyper-conservative wing."

Thank these Republicans for Obamacare.  [Scroll down]  Then in 2008, Republicans had the bright idea to run crazy-eyed crypt-keeper John McCain for president.  McCain supported:  amnesty (until he needed our votes), retroactive Social Security benefits for illegal aliens, free speech-crushing campaign-finance laws, crackpot global warming legislation, criminal trials for terrorists and stem-cell research on human embryos.  He opposed:  the Bush tax cuts, a marriage amendment to the Constitution, waterboarding terrorists and drilling in Alaska.  Oh, also, he called the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth "dishonest and dishonorable."

McCain: Cruz 'Not Representing Us'.  On Friday, after blaming conservatives like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for the Obama administration's mishandling of military death benefits, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Cruz simply did not represent the GOP.

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Unfortunately Senator Cruz does not represent the GOP.  The GOP is represented by RINOs.  The Democrats resemble the GOP more than the Tea Party does.

McCain: The people behind the "defund ObamaCare" strategy must be held "accountable".  I'm not sure a guy who's positioned himself as the lead Republican opponent of the "wacko birds" should be ruminating on holding people accountable, but if he's leaning towards not running again in 2016, he's got nothing to lose.  No doubt he's enjoying sticking it to tea partiers immensely.

Enemies of the Constitution.  Apparently quite a few GOP Senators railed against Mike Lee and Ted Cruz the other day behind closed doors in what Mike Lee calls an 'all out attack' on the two of them.  And nobody came to their aid among their colleagues.  Now Lee won't name names but you can just imagine who likely took part in attacking them, [...]

Syria expert admits she lied about her qualifications.  A expert on Syria whose work was quoted by senior politicians as they debated military action has finally admitted she that she lied over her degree and said sorry.  A week after she was sacked from her job as an analyst with the Institute of War, Elizabeth O'Bagy has said that not only did she not earn a doctorate from Georgetown University, but she never even attended the PhD program there.

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Wow, that woman's career is toast!  After she admitted that her credentials were fraudulent, where could she possibly find a job as a consultant?  Oh, wait... Here's the answer:

McCain Hires Scandal-Plagued Syria Analyst, Former Rebel Lobbyist.  Senator John McCain has hired Elizabeth O'Bagy, a former analyst at the Institute for the Study of War who's been accused of fabricating qualifications and being in the employ of Syrian rebel advocates, as a legislative assistant, Foreign Policy reports.

McCain hires Syria rebel advocate Elizabeth O'Bagy.  Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain hired the Syria analyst in favor of U.S. intervention who was fired for fabricating her Ph.D., Foreign Policy reported.  Elizabeth O'Bagy, formerly of the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), will start Monday [9/30/2013] as a legislative assistant in Sen. McCain's office.  McCain told Foreign Policy that "Elizabeth is a talented researcher, and I have been very impressed by her knowledge and analysis in multiple briefings over the last year."  The senator's office said they would not make any further comment on O'Bagy's employment.

Official Arizona GOP Body Passes Formal Rebuke of John McCain.  The Legislative District 26 Republican Party in Arizona has passed a formal rebuke of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for abdicating GOP principles in helping Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) secure votes to approve several of President Barack Obama's controversial nominees.

McCain hints at retirement in 2016.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) hinted that he might be serving his last term in office, admitting that he does not want to become "one of these old guys that should've shoved off."  McCain, a 27-year veteran of the Senate and former presidential candidate, made the admission while speaking about his relationship with President Obama.

McCain's ADD is rampant.  As America debates the legality and morality of intervention in the Syrian civil war, one of our "greatest" (yeah Right!) war heroes is dedicating his full attention and gravitas to our possible military action.  He plays video-poker on an iPhone while testimony is given in Congress.  This was witnessed and recorded by a Washington Post photographer and published in their on-line edition.

John McCain: 'Maybe we should legalize' pot.  Drug war hawk John McCain is turning pot dove.  McCain appears open to making a dramatic shift on marijuana policy, saying during a town-hall meeting in Arizona that he's open to potentially legalizing weed.

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It sounds like John McCain is about to switch parties any minute now.

Rep. Amash Slams McCain for 'Allahu Akbar' Comments.  On Friday, Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) ripped Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for his argument that when jihadists scream "Allahu Akbar" it is no different than Christians saying "Thank God."  "Senator McCain's response was completely ignorant and offensive.  Good people, whether they're Muslims, Christians, or Jews — don't scream 'Thank God' when they kill people," Amash said on Laura Ingraham's radio program on Tuesday [9/3/2013].  "It's completely outrageous that he would say such a thing."

McCain equates Muslims with Christians on Fox News.  Sen. John McCain appeared on Fox News this morning [9/3/2013], and apparently decided it was a good idea to compare Syrian rebels crying out "Allahu Akbar" after hitting a Syrian jet with an anti-aircraft missile to Christians calling out "Thank God" after doing the same.

McCain again faces skeptical constituents at Syria-focused town hall.  Sen. John McCain, one of the leading GOP proponents of military strikes in Syria, faced skepticism and some anger from constituents for a second consecutive day on Friday during a town hall focused on intervention in the war-torn country.

Critics of Syria intervention blast McCain during Phoenix town hall.  Sen. John McCain felt the heat of opposition to U.S. military intervention in Syria on Thursday [9/5/2013] during a town-hall meeting in Phoenix that exposed the emotions and ethic and religious tensions connected to crisis in the Middle East. [...] The crowd waved signs with messages such as "Don't Bomb Syria!!!" and "Shame on McCain!"

'Catastrophic' John McCain: GOP's Worst Nightmare.  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Monday, according to Bloomberg News, that "the U.S. must follow up with more assistance to Assad's opponents to shift the balance of power in the conflict ... dismissing concerns that some rebels have militant ties.  'Those who say we don't know who the opposition are, they are either not telling the truth and they know the truth or they are badly mistaken.'"  This is rich coming from a man who posed with known jihad kidnappers in Syria. [...] This is what happens when clueless politicians inject themselves into situations in which they clearly do not belong.  What was McCain thinking, sneaking into Syria to meet with jihadists?

Meet the Syrian Islamist Organization Controlling Senator McCain's Agenda.  A few days ago, the Wall Street Journal ran a high profile article from one Elizabeth O'Bagy arguing that the majority of the Syrian rebels were actually moderates.  Senator McCain mentioned Elizabeth O'Bagy's op-ed during the Senate hearings, when he wasn't playing poker, and tweeted it.  That should come as no surprise, considering that O'Bagy is credited with arranging McCain's infamous photo op with the Syrian rebel leadership.

Gold Star Mom To Poker Player Mccain: 'I'm Sorry The Lives Of Our Brave Warriors Bore You'.  Responding to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) playing online poker on his iPhone during yesterday's Senate hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry over war with Syria, Gold Star mother Debbie Lee fired back in an exclusive comment to Breitbart News.  "It infuriates me," she said.  "We are facing the possibility of sending our sons and daughters to a war, conflict, military action or whatever politically correct term you use — an action that could change the world as we know it — and McCain couldn't care less."

John McCain and 'Allahu Akbar'.  Tuesday morning, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) got a bit hot under the collar when Brian Kilmeade of Fox News noted that the Syrian rebels whom Barack Obama and McCain want to aid militarily were shouting "Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar!" as rockets hit Syrian government offices.  McCain's response to Kilmeade demonstrated not only his ignorance of Islam, but his abysmal misjudgment of what is happening in Syria.  And on the basis of that ignorance, he is aiding Obama's rush to yet another war.

Educating John McCain on the Meaning of 'Allahu-Akbar'.  The willful intellectual and moral blindness of U.S. political and military leaders to the doctrine of jihad — epitomized by John McCain — continues to engender self-destructive "solutions" to global jihad depredations, in Syria, and across the globe.

No John, "Allah Akbar" Does Not Mean "Thank God" and It Matters.  Allah Akbar is a proclamation of Islamic superiority in line with its Koranic mission of making Islam superior over all religions. [...] It's not merely a praise of their deity, Allah.  It's a mission statement. [...] Allahu Akbar has clear hostile religious overtones.  It's used to denote the religious supremacism that is the fundamental mission of Islam.

In the Democrat-held Senate McCain is the "model prisoner".  It is not just that McCain is a snitch, running to the press or the Senate floor, whenever a rebellious conservative disturbs the good order and discipline of upper chamber.  The son and grandson of Navy admirals now meets in secret with the warden, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.), to cook up new ways to undermine and thwart conservatives.

John McCain: Hillary's a 'rock star,' Fox is 'schizophrenic'.  Arizona Sen. John McCain was the Republican Party's 2008 presidential nominee and he still wants the keys to the Oval Office.  But he is beginning to sound more like a fan of likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.  "She's a rock star," he said in a newly released interview.  "She has, maybe not glamour, but certainly the aura of someone widely regarded throughout the world," he added in a reference to her work as secretary of State.

John McCain, Undecided 2016 Voter.  It has been difficult to follow politics over the past several months without sensing the presence of a new John McCain.  (Again.)  He was a crucial player in the passage of immigration reform through the Senate, he has helped Democrats carve out a deal allowing several of President Obama's appointments to win confirmation, and he has even teamed up with Elizabeth Warren on a bill to regulate the banking industry.  The politician who could once barely hide his disdain for the president has suddenly become one of his most valuable partners in Congress.

McCain strolls into Dem caucus meeting.  There was confusion Wednesday after the Arizona Republican mistakenly strolled into President Obama's meeting with Senate Democrats at the Capitol.  The room full of Democrats — who happened to be meeting in the same room where the Senate GOP usually holds their weekly policy luncheons — erupted in applause and laughter as the former Republican presidential candidate made his entrance.

Obama and McCain: Washington's newest odd couple.  There was no conciliatory phone call, no heart-to-heart talk to soothe the tensions.  No one knows exactly when President Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain went from bitter rivals in the 2008 presidential campaign and foes over health care and national security to bipartisan partners.

McCain joins Obama in calling for review of 'Stand Your Ground' laws.  A top Republican joined President Barack Obama's call to review so-called "Stand Your Ground" laws in the aftermath of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting of black teen Trayvon Martin.  Sen. John McCain, Ariz., a prominent Republican who's been known to break ranks with fellow members of the GOP at times, urged state legislatures to review Stand Your Ground laws in the wake of the Zimmerman trial, which became a national flashpoint for race relations in America.

McCain Orchestrates Another GOP Surrender.  Sen. John McCain spent the weekend negotiating with Majority Leader Harry Reid on a deal to avert Reid's threatened use of the "nuclear option" to change Senate rules to eliminate filibusters on Presidential nominations.  Through his efforts, McCain was able to secure a complete GOP capitulation on 7 pending nominations.  Reid secured all the benefits of exercising the "nuclear option" without the political cost of actually using it.

Getting To Maybe.  Six years ago, when John McCain, the Arizona senator, last worked on an immigration bill, his partner was Ted Kennedy, of Massachusetts.  Kennedy, especially in his final decade in the Senate, was known for working closely with ideological opponents to pass major pieces of legislation.  On a recent morning, McCain sat in his dimly lit office, across the street from the Senate, and said how much he missed Kennedy.

Trust Your Government, Lose Your Liberties.  In fact, many prominent Republicans defend the NSA's collection of your phone records and emails.  "We passed specific provisions of the [Patriot] act that allowed for this program to take place, to be enacted in operation," Arizona Sen. John McCain told CNN, "Now, if members of Congress did not know what they were voting on, then I think that that's their responsibility a lot more than it is the governments."  In other words, lazy, uninformed members of Congress provided big government a license to trample on your unalienable rights, according to President Obama's 2008 Republican challenger John McCain.  McCain likes to wax eloquent on his ability to "reach across the aisle" to members of the opposition party.

McCain Finds Paul's Defense of Apple 'Offensive'.  On Tuesday, KY Sen. Rand Paul launched a spirited defense of Apple, whose tax strategies were subject to a hearing of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.  "I frankly think the committee should apologize to Apple," Paul said.  Paul went on to accuse the committee of "bullying" one of America's greatest companies, prompting Sen. John McCain to quickly defend the inquiry and say that Paul's remarks were "frankly, offensive."

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In an argument between Rand Paul and John McCain, I'll take Rand Paul's side every time.  On the other hand...

Rand Paul: GOP Must Get the 'Door Ajar' for Minorities, Not be 'Party of Deportation'.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said the future of the Republican Party depends on what the Republicans do to expand its appeal among Hispanic voters and show them that the GOP is not "just the party of deportation."  "I've been saying over and over that the Republican Party cannot win until it's more diverse, until it looks like the rest of America," he said.

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I'm not opposed to legal and orderly immigration by people who have marketable skills and who are coming to America to find a job and pay taxes.  What I do oppose is the invasion of the U.S. by those who intend to ride the Big Government gravy train and live in subsidized housing, pay for their groceries with food stamps, and send their ill-behaved kids to public schools mainly for the free meals.

President Obama's newest ally: John McCain.  Last month, McCain was one of just four Republicans to vote for the failed bill to expand gun background checks, a centerpiece of Obama's agenda.  McCain is a chief architect of the Senate immigration bill supported strongly by the White House.  He's expressed deep reservations about GOP threats to filibuster Obama's Cabinet-level nominees.  He's slammed his fellow Republican senators for blocking Senate Democratic efforts to begin bicameral budget negotiations with the House.  And he's even suggested new tax revenues could be part of a grand bargain.

No guts, no glory.
McCain Defends Obama Against Impeachment For Benghazi, Will 'Give President Benefit Of The Doubt'.  Senator John McCain, who famously defended his then presidential opponent Barack Obama against an islamaphobic supporter during a 2008 campaign rally, defended President Obama once again on ABC's This Week Sunday, cautioning his Republicans colleagues to cool it with talk of impeaching the President over the Benghazi attacks and its aftermath.

Obama the sore loser; McCain the traitor.  President Barack Obama says "the gun lobby and its allies" used lies and distortion to thwart legislation in the US Senate that would have expanded background checks for firearms purchases.  Senators voted 54-46, with 60 needed to adopt the measure, as a handful of Democrats joined most Republicans in opposition. [...] Five Democrats voted against the background-check measure; four Republicans supported it, including Senator John McCain.

Clueless McCain doesn't understand filibustering gun control.  "I don't understand it," McCain said.  "The purpose of the United States Senate is to debate and to vote and to let the people know where we stand."  With all due respect to Sen. McCain, that is almost completely backward. [...] The Senate's first, and only, task is to uphold the Constitution.

Rick Perry Slams McCain, Romney At CPAC, Says They Aren't Conservative.  "The popular media narrative is that this country has shifted away from conservative ideals, as evidenced by the last two presidential elections.  That's what they think.  That's what say.  That might be true if Republicans had actually nominated conservative candidates in 2008 and 2012," Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) said in his address at CPAC this afternoon [3/14/2013].

Gingrich: 'I'm Really Disappointed in John McCain'.  Newt Gingrich had stern words for John McCain about the senator's criticism of Rand Paul's filibuster over drone policy this week.  "I'm really disappointed in John McCain, and I'm very saddened by it," the former House speaker told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Friday [3/8/2013].  Gingrich found it surprising that McCain, who has taken on the GOP in the past, "was now lecturing the next generation because they have the guts to stand up" to the party.

John McCain, American 'Hero'.  John S. McCain III, the disastrous Republican 2008 candidate who suspended his presidential campaign and refused to take the fight to Barack Obama when he had the chance to actually do something for his country, has beclowned himself yet again.

Republican "Old Bulls" chastize Rand Paul, unconvincingly.  John McCain and Lindsey Graham have blasted Rand Paul over his filibuster of the Brennan nomination.  Quoting a Wall Street Journal editorial, McCain said:  "If Mr. Paul wants to be taken seriously, he needs to do more than pull political stunts that fire up impressionable libertarian kids in college dorms."  Graham wondered why Republican Senators had not been riled up over President Bush's use of drones.  He also said that Paul's filibuster caused him to change from a "no" to a "yes" on confirming Brennan.

Why Did McCain Rescue Hagel?  Why on earth did John McCain just rescue Chuck Hagel's nomination?  Why did he go on Meet the Press this morning [2/17/2013] to say that Chuck Hagel was going to get confirmed as Secretary of Defense?  McCain argued that Hagel had the votes to be confirmed and that he didn't want the process to be delayed further.

Apparently, John McCain Doesn't Think He's Done Enough Yet to Destroy the GOP.  During Saturday's [1/26/2013] panel on immigration at the National Review Summit, Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies made the point that a Republican-backed "comprehensiive" bill would not only fail to win Hispanic support for the GOP, but would actually hurt the party.  If any such bill becomes law, Obama and the Democrats would take credit for its passage, while the people who oppose amnesty — especially blue-collar white voters — would blame Republicans.



Senator Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham named one of America's most unpopular senators in new poll.  It could always be worse for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.  He could be as unpopular as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, or as disliked as U.S. Sen. John McCain.  Instead, Graham has only the third-worst approval ranking in the U.S. Senate, according to poll results out Tuesday from Morning Consult.  Among voters in the Palmetto State, the poll found Graham had a 40 percent disapproval rate and a 46 percent approval rate.  Fourteen percent of the state's residents voiced no opinion.

Lindsey Graham:  The crazy man of the Senate.  Every time Senator Lindsey Graham opens his mouth, crazy things fly out.  Is there something wrong with this guy?  It's not for nothing that a MorningConsult poll released Tuesday [4/11/2017] pegged him at the third most unpopular senator, trailed by only John McCain and Mitch McConnell.  But there are methods to the madness of McCain and McConnell.  In Graham's case, the loathing is justified, given his out-of-control statements, signaling an unserious mind, unmoored from reality.  His latest was a call for 5,000 to 6,000 U.S. ground troops in Syria, backseat-driving the Trump administration, which seems to already have a handle on the situation.

Lindsey Graham questions Gorsuch about impeaching Trump.  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday [3/21/2017] questioned Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch about what it would take to impeach President Trump.  The Republican senator used a portion of his time for questions at the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing to probe Gorsuch about the impeachment process.  "In case President Trump is watching, which he may very well be, one you did a good job picking Judge Gorsuch," Graham said to laughs, "and number two — here's the bad part — if you start waterboarding people, you may get impeached.  Is that a fair summary?"

Lindsey Graham: 'I Don't Know What America First Means'.  Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation," while discussing President Donald Trump's inaugural address calling for his policy to be informed by putting "America first," Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC) said, "I don't know what America first means."

Senators move to protect 'Dreamers'.  A bipartisan pair of senators is filing legislation that would extend legal status for undocumented immigrants brought into the country as children.  Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) rolled out legislation on Friday [11/9/2016] to try to provide an assurance to such people in case President-elect Donald Trump nixes the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  They're calling it the Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow Our Economy Act, or BRIDGE Act.

7 top RINO moments of the week.  Lindsey Graham has long peddled the open borders electoral myth:  Republicans cannot win elections without embracing amnesty.  This election completely repudiated that premise and proved conclusively that just the opposite is true.  So what is Graham's first priority for 2017?  He plans to introduce another Dream Act amnesty designed to preserve Obama's executive amnesty!  At a time when more and more young, illegal immigrants are flooding our southern border, induced precisely by these very promises of amnesty, Lindsey wants to pour gasoline on the fire.  Meanwhile, there are new reports that illegal immigrants are more successful than ever at evading apprehension at the border and that unaccompanied minors are draining our federal health care funds.  Thanks Lindsey!  You are just what the doctor ordered.

Graham Reaching Out To Gang Of Eight Members For Bill To Block Deportations For Youths.  South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham confirmed Thursday [112/1/2016] he is in the process of reaching out to former "Gang of Eight" members to help him craft legislation that would protect immigrants who illegally entered the country as children from deportation.

Obama ally Lindsey Graham vows to fight Trump on illegal amnesty repeal.  The South Carolina Republican, a stalwart proponent of the Gang of Eight amnesty bill, told reporters Tuesday [11/15/2016] that Trump ought to tread lightly around a full repeal of President Obama's illegal executive order on amnesty, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  "Here is a problem that we have:  You've got about a million DREAM Act kids who came here as small children, lived here all their lives.  Now they have legal status by executive order," Graham told reporters, according to The Hill.  Obama's DACA order provides illegal residents who came to this country as minors temporary protection from deportation and work authorization, should they meet certain criteria.  President-elect Trump has called DACA an "illegal and unconstitutional" executive order and pledged to "cancel every unconstitutional, executive action, memorandum, and order issued by President Obama" within the first 100 days of his presidency.  Sen. Graham voiced his objection to any Trump plan that would deport non-violent illegal aliens.

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Senator Graham not only wants illegal aliens to stay here and feel welcome, he is legitimizing Barack H. Obama's blanket amnesty which was imposed by imperial fiat.

RINO Lindsey Graham Eats Crow, Releases Statement After Trump's Victory.  Groveling won't help, Lindsey.

Sen. Lindsey Graham has 'hold' on bipartisan bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia.  The White House is pushing back against a bill that would allow individuals victimized by the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia.  So is U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.  A day after President Barack Obama suggested he would veto the legislation in the lead-up to his high-profile visit to the Saudi capital of Riyadh, the South Carolina Republican confirmed he is using parliamentary maneuvers to block the bill's expedient passage.  While Obama said he was concerned the bill would open the floodgates to lawsuits across international governments, Graham told reporters he's stalling because he fears new revisions could create adverse repercussions for the United States.

Sen. Lindsey Graham Declares Better for GOP to Lose Election Than 'Heart & Soul' With Trump.  The Republican establishment is doubling down on its anti-Trump rhetoric with longtime senator Lindsey Graham declaring Sunday [3/20/2016] that it would be better for the GOP to lose the general election that lose its "heart and soul" by siding with Trump. [...] No, Sen. Graham, Trump would not destroy conservatism as we know it because society, on the whole, has already accomplished that feat.  Trump isn't the problem, he is a symptom of our changing world, and yes, Party.  While there are a handful of true-blue conservative lawmakers out there in Washington, they rarely make headway because they must lead an uphill battle against entrenched establishment members, like Graham, whose only concern is holding their own power and standing.

Traitor Lindsey Graham says it's better to make Hillary president over Trump.  The GOP establishment is losing their cool pondering a Donald Trump presidency.  In an interview [3/20/2016] on CBS' "Face the Nation," establishment-type Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., admitted that he would prefer to lose the election to Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton than to have Trump as president.

Graham: I will vote for 'qualified' Clinton Supreme Court nominee.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday [3/10/2016] said he would vote for a qualified Supreme Court nominee sent for confirmation to the Senate by Hillary Clinton.  "Let's just assume she is president," Graham said at a Judiciary Committee meeting.  "I've been telling everybody on my side, she's going to pick somebody probably more liberal than President Obama's going to send over in a few days and I'm going to vote for that person if I think they're qualified."

Why Sen. Lindsey Graham Should Resign.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) should walk into the Senate chamber today and resign his seat.  He would be doing America a great favor.  According to CNN, Sen. Graham said at the Washington Press Club Foundation dinner last night [2/25/2016], "If you kill Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial is at the Senate, no one will convict you."  Graham's joke crossed the line.  Joking about the murder of a presidential candidate is reckless and wrong.

Lindsey "Goober" Graham slams 'ideologue' Senate colleague Cruz.  Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is warning that his Senate colleague Ted Cruz of Texas would be an ineffectual leader because he is just as ideologically driven as President Obama.  Graham told the Washington Examiner after Saturday's [2/6/2016] GOP debate that Cruz has not come to the Senate to solve problems, but to create them and that he does "dumb things."

Mark Levin: No Distance Between Hillary Clinton, Lindsey Graham And Marco Rubio On Foreign Policy.  Lindsey Graham votes for every nominee this radical president puts forward.  Lindsey Graham — whether it's Obamacare, whether it's the outrageous immigration situation, whether it's same-sex marriage, which is a decision the states should be making — Lindsey Graham keeps telling us to move on and to move along.  When it comes to the massive national debt, Lindsey Graham supports it.  When it comes to taking the United States military and sending ground troops in every hellhole all over the Earth, Lindsey Graham supports it.

The Disqualification List For President.  If you vote for, support, donate to or otherwise have anything to do with these candidates you are a traitor to this nation and deserve to be stripped of your citizenship and deported to North Korea.  The list now includes:
  •   Senator Lindsey Graham
  •   Senator Rubio, who did not show up to vote.
Why?  Not just because they voted for or didn't show up on the Omnibus spending bill, which for all intents and purposes gives Democrats everything they wanted.  No, it's because the bill included CISA, a broad-reaching internet "security" bill that not only provides for warrantless interception of anything it also provides for blanket and permanent immunity for companies that provide said interception.

Graham Slams GOPs 'Irrational' Obama Dislike: 40% Still Think He's 'a Kenyan-Born Muslim'.  Sen. Lindsey Graham Friday [12/11/2015] knocked the GOP's "visceral" "dislike of President [Barack] Obama" during an interview on Boston Herald Radio.  "Well there's about 40 percent of the Republican primary voter who believes that Obama was born in Kenya and is a Muslim," Graham said, adding "there's just a dislike for President Obama that is visceral.  It's almost irrational."

The Editor says...
Senator Graham might be more at home in the other party.  If he's going to stay in the Republican Party, perhaps he should refrain from carrying Barack H. Obama's baggage.  If a substantial percentage of the Republicans believe that Mr. Obama is a Muslim, it's probably because there is a mountain of evidence to support exactly that conclusion.  If some number of Americans believe Mr. Obama was born in Kenya, it might be because there is evidence to support that conclusion, too.  Can you blame the American people for wanting to know the truth, instead of blindly accepting the dubious claims of the Obama-controlled press?  If Mr. Obama is a Muslim, or if he was born in Kenya, it's not something to chuckle about.

Marco Rubio Skips Critical Vote to Fund Government, Avoids Voting to Fund Planned Parenthood.  GOP primary contenders Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) skipped a critical cloture vote that allowed Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)'s plan to fund the government, including Planned Parenthood, to move forward without risking a shutdown.  That means Rubio and Graham, for whatever reason, skipped a key vote that would have shown where their allegiances lie regarding funding for the highly controversial abortion provider, which, based on recent undercover video investigations, is in the business of selling aborted baby body parts to the highest bidder.

Hillary Clinton emails: Lindsey Graham 'always talks how much he likes you'.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) apparently likes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — he just thinks she'd do a terrible job as commander in chief.  In one of the some-3,000 Clinton emails released by the State Department on Tuesday [6/30/2015], business executive Terrence Duffy wrote to Clinton congratulating her on her daughter's engagement and then relayed well wishes from Graham.

Graham: GOP Should Take Gay Marriage Constitutional Amendment Out of Platform.  In 2012, the Republican platform read, "We reaffirm our support for a Constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman."  Echoing former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, [Senator Lindsey] Graham argued that Republicans should abandon that official 2012 position.

Lindsey Graham: Socialist Ratcheteer.  [Scroll down]  Lindsey Graham is not alone out there as an example of just what's wrong with the GOP.  The Graham mindset in fact dominates not only the Republican House and Senate leadership of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell but in fact is the animating force behind several would-be GOP presidents and the consultant class advising these candidates.

Presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham wants former Olympian's vote.  Presidential hopeful Senator Lindsey Graham has said he would welcome Caitlyn Jenner into the Republican party with open arms.  Graham was asked about Jenner — who came out as a Republican in April — during an interview on CNN on Sunday [6/7/2015].

Graham to Chuck Todd: GOP Should Stop 'Arguing with the Science' on Climate Change.  While Lindsey Graham may be with a large portion of the GOP when it comes to foreign policy hawkishness, but on the environment he is not in lockstep with much of the Republican Party.  Graham has stated rather definitively in the past that he believes climate change is real, and said just a few months ago that the GOP has no environmental platform that he knows of.  Graham repeated some of these points in an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd tonight [6/2/2015].

The Editor says...
Lindsey Graham should run for president as a centrist Democrat.

Graham Is Serious About 2016, But Does He Have a Prayer?  In more than two decades in Washington as a five-term U.S. House member and third-term South Carolina senator, Graham has won all of his races by double-digit margins, while developing a reputation as a conservative who is at times willing to work with Democrats to get things done.  He is an Air Force veteran with an appealing blue-collar background and a knack for debating that would allow him to stand toe to toe on stage with any of the other potential Republican 2016 contenders.

Senator Lindsay Graham reveals he's never sent an email.  A U.S. senator has revealed he has never sent an email despite completing 12 years in office.  South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham insisted that he would happily let anyone look at his emails because he had never needed to send one.  The comments were made on Meet the Press during a discussion about the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's use of a private server and personal email account to conduct foreign policy.

Sen. Lindsey Graham Is The White House's Favorite Republican For Funding Amnesty.  White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest twice cited Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-SC) support for funding President Obama's executive amnesty program during Monday's [2/23/2015] White House press briefing.  "I am willing and ready to pass a DHS funding bill and let this play out in court," Graham told ABC News Sunday [2/22/2015], referring to U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen's decision last week to issue an injunction blocking Obama's Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program.

Lindsey Graham: 'No doubt' Obama loves America.  [Scroll down]  "I don't want to go there.  The nation's very divided.  President Obama has divided us more than he's brought us together, and I don't want to add to that division," Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and a potential presidential candidate, said on ABC's "This Week" program.  "I have no doubt that he loves his country.  I have no doubt that he's a patriot.  But his primary job as president of the United States is to defend this country, and he's failing miserably."

On the contrary, Obama hates America.

Lindsey Graham: Advocating Partial-Birth Abortion Doesn't Disqualify Lynch as AG.  Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch at a confirmation hearing today [1/28/2015] that the fact that, in support of Planned Parenthood, she had advocated for partial-birth abortion did not "disqualify" her from serving as attorney general of the United States.  "In 2006, you signed an amicus brief supporting Planned Parenthood's opposition to partial-birth abortion ban; is that correct?" said Graham at Lynch's confirmation hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.  "Yes," said Lynch, "I was one of a number of former Department of Justice officials [who signed it]."

Americans don't want mere change.  They want improvement.
Lindsey Graham On Potential 2016 Run: 'I'm Doing It To Change The Country'.  During a Wednesday [1/14/2015] interview with conservative host Hugh Hewitt, Sen. Lindsey Graham responded to Sen. John McCain's statement that he wanted Graham, who he calls his "illegitimate son," to run for the presidency in 2016.  Graham told Hewitt that if he runs, he's "doing it to make a statement" and to "change the country."

SC GOP Senator Thinking About Presidential Run.  Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a conservative with a maverick streak and a folksy manner, said Tuesday that he is thinking about seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

'Shame on us' for not passing immigration reform Graham says.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday said Republicans are partially responsible for not passing comprehensive immigration reform.  "Shame on us as Republicans for having a body that cannot generate a solution to an issue that's national security, that's cultural, that's economic," Graham said [11/23/2014] on CNN's "State of the Union."  The Senate has passed an immigration bill three times, Graham said, adding that he "loves" his GOP colleagues in the House.

Lindsey Graham, you are the weakest link.  If his track record is any guide, he is one of the Republicans most likely to break ranks with Republicans and vote to confirm left-wing nominees.  For example, Graham voted to confirm both Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

Here we go again: AG nominee Loretta Lynch wants to free blacks from the 'Prison of Racism'.  If confirmed, it looks as if Barack Obama's nominee for Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, will be carrying out Eric Holder's politics of racial vengeance.  Based on her family history, social justice statements and close ties to black activists, Lynch will deploy law enforcement resources based on race and political ideology, not on the rule of law. [...] Senator Lindsey Graham has already stated Lynch is a "solid choice" by the President.

Bloomberg donated to Graham PAC, source says.  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave $250,000 to the super PAC supporting Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.) in the primary battle he won by a wide margin last month, a source familiar with the donation told POLITICO.  The donation is set to be revealed in financial filings made public Tuesday [7/15/2014] by the West Main Street Values PAC, the source said.

GOP Establisment: Congress Should Give Obama 'Blank Check' To Address Border Crisis.  While liberal activists keep pushing Democrats to make more concessions regarding the flood of illegal immigrant children across the border, GOP consultants in D.C. are suggesting that Republicans roll over and approve President Barack Obama's request for $3.7 billion without any concessions. [...] Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Republicans should just roll over and not ask for concessions because doing so would make them "get blamed for perpetuating the problem."

Sheila Jackson Lee Says Border's 'Under Control.'  Her Website Disagrees.  A prominent Democrat on the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security seems to have two different interpretations of the situation at the southern U.S. border where tens of thousands of illegal immigrants from Central America have been apprehended.  "I disagree it is in devastating condition," Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said of what some are calling a "border crisis" in an interview Thursday [7/10/2014] with MSNBC.  "I think with now 21,000 border patrol agents is under control."  But her statement seems to contradict the one currently on Jackson Lee's congressional website.  "She believes that our country currently has deficient border security, which is the result of a history of congressional under-funding," the site reads.

Giving Graham Grief.  It's been a lousy couple years for the Establishment.  A subtle (but seismic) shift has taken place.  Many Republicans in leadership are now scrambling for grassroots credibility.  Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, and others who have become desperate are shadowing their libertarian junior colleagues.  Then there's Lindsey Graham.  Of all the incumbents up for reelection this cycle, only he remains untroubled, unrepentant, and seemingly unassailable.  Just to review the record:  The senior senator from South Carolina has declared that, "We need to raise taxes to get our nation out of debt."

Charleston County GOP straw poll for US Senate favors Bright, Graham places third.  Charleston County Republicans met for a barbecue stump and straw poll where incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham was a popular target of those trying to oust him.  "We have six weeks to defeat Lindsey Graham or we are going to have six more years of Lindsey Graham," said Upstate businessman Richard Cash, one of six Republicans challenging him in the June 10 GOP primary.

How Lindsey Graham outmaneuvered the tea party.  After the tea party wave in the 2010 election, right-wing groups were itching to get one of South Carolina's newly elected conservative congressmen to challenge Graham, the blunt-spoken, deal-making congressional veteran of two decades.  Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a favorite of the grass roots, was high on their list.  So when Graham got wind in 2012 that Mulvaney wanted a seat on the House Financial Services Committee, he quietly lobbied his longtime friend, Speaker John Boehner, to make it happen.

Are reports of the death of a viable challenge to Lindsey Graham grossly exaggerated?  I long ago ceased trying to predict South Carolina politics.  But it seems to me that the world could change quickly if Graham gets into a runoff.

Four Tea Party Challengers to Lindsey Graham Vie for One-on-One in Runoff Election.  In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, Joe Dugan, the executive producer of next month's South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention, said that the gathering of more than 600 Tea Party activists will play a critical role in efforts to defeat incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in June's Republican primary.

Sen. Lindsey Graham gets fourth primary challenger in S.C..  Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, is getting a fourth primary challenger in the race for his U.S. Senate seat next year.  Bill Connor, a lawyer and U.S. Army veteran who lost a 2010 Republican runoff for lieutenant governor, has filed to run against Mr. Graham in next June's GOP primary, The State newspaper reported.  State Sen. Lee Bright, businessman Richard Cash and Nancy Mace, the first female graduate of The Citadel, also are running against the incumbent Mr. Graham.

Graham: Those Who Cause Government Shutdown Will Be Enemies for Life.  Sen. Lindsey Graham may face a tea party challenge back home, but he's not shying away from blasting the strategy of fellow GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah — and he had some choice words for any Republican or Democrat who causes a government shutdown.  "If the government shuts down, it's not what you think it would be.  I have actually experienced that," Graham said.  "If anybody creates a process where our military doesn't get paid, and their families, they're going to make an enemy ... of me for life."  He added that he was prepared to do what he could to keep the shutdown from taking place.

The Editor says...
In other words, Senator Graham is pulling in the same big-government direction as Barack H. Obama.

Clemson poll shows SC GOP with mixed feelings on Sen. Lindsey Graham.  A new Clemson University poll shows U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is having trouble with his Republican base here at home.  Graham's popularity was not as strong as South Carolina's two other high-profile Republicans up for re-election next year:  U.S. Tim Scott and Gov. Nikki Haley.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, 'Leader of the Surrender Caucus'.  [Pat] Caddell's "surrender" remark referred to the senator's unwillingness to challenge President Obama on his appointments.  Why didn't Graham put the brakes on a "corrupt and radical" nominee for Labor secretary or protest liberal National Labor Relations Board picks?  How did Susan Rice and Samantha Power get a pass after their culpability in Benghazi, an obsession of Graham's?

Lindsey Graham Polling Under 50 Percent in Primary, Could Face Runoff.  Ten months out from his primary election against three different Tea Party candidates, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has dropped to below 50 percent in the polls, meaning he is particularly vulnerable to a runoff strategy conservatives have employed against him.

Intelligence Insider Speaks on the Record About False Flags and Government Lies.  This source talks explicitly about the incident at the Dyess Air Force Base involving the reported unauthorized shipment of nuclear warheads from that base.  The incident at Dyess was broken exclusively by Anthony Gucciardi and Alex Jones of Infowars last Tuesday, on the same day that war hawk Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made a speech citing the need for the U.S. to attack Syria.  During that speech, Graham made the extraordinary and almost surreal statement that failure by the U.S. to intervene could result in nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists, and that "could result in a [nuclear] bomb coming to Charleston Harbor."  Coincidence?

South Carolina Tea Partiers Draft Resolution to Replace Lindsey Graham.  South Carolina Tea Party groups have drafted a resolution containing a 29-point case to replace Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) with a Senator who is more conservative, Breitbart News has learned.  [... The document] argues that Graham's activities in the U.S. Senate are a violation of the principles of the South Carolina Republican Party platform.

Conservatives ready another try to unseat Lindsey Graham.  "He just doesn't represent South Carolina very well," said challenger Richard Cash, a businessman who nearly won a House seat in 2010.  "He voted for Justice Sotomayor ... and then he did the same thing with Justice Kagan.  We don't like his leadership on immigration — we believe it's another Grahamnesty.  He's not just on the wrong side of the issue, he's a leader on the wrong side."

Sen. Graham: Obama makes 'Carter look better by the day'.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) offered a scathing criticism of President Obama on Syria, saying he makes "Jimmy Carter look better by the day."  Graham cast Obama's strategy on Syria as "unintelligible" and said he had made a huge mistake by withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq and sending a U.S. ambassador back to Syria.

The Editor says...
Senator Graham is correct in his assessment of Mr. Obama's incompetence, but a true conservative would make the complimentary comparison to Reagan or Bush, not Jimmy Carter.

Anti-Lindsay Graham conservatives air their ire.  The only thing missing from the anti-Lindsey Graham rally was the senator himself.  But there was a Graham cardboard cutout for people to get their picture taken with — and to direct their political anger.

Group sets town hall meeting Tuesday in North Charleston about Sen. Graham.  There's a Lindsey Graham town hall meeting Tuesday night [8/27/2013] in North Charleston, but the senior senator from South Carolina won't be there.  It's being held by FreedomWorks to ask:  "Does Lindsey Graham care about your opinion?"

Challengers to South Carolina Senator Are Lining Up on the Right.  A small group called Carolina Conservatives United, one of dozens organized loosely under the flag of limited government, low taxes and strict adherence to the Constitution, sent out images last week of a milk carton bearing Mr. Graham's face and asked Gov. Nikki R. Haley to issue the state's version of an Amber Alert to find its missing senator.  "Lindsey Graham has not been seen in the state of South Carolina for most of the last two years," said Bruce Carroll, the chairman of the group.

The Editor says...
There is plenty of room to the right of Senator Graham, and it is much to late for him to feint to the right.

Lindsey Graham's primary challenge.  Is Lindsey Graham vulnerable?  Three Republican candidates already have announced they are gunning for South Carolina's senior senator when he seeks re-election next year.

State Sen. Bright opens US Senate campaign website, to challenge Lindsey Graham.  State Sen. Lee Bright has brought his campaign website online as he considers a Republican primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham next year. [...] Two other candidates are already in the race.  Anderson businessman Richard Cash and Charleston businesswoman Nancy Mace agree with Bright that Graham is not conservative enough for South Carolina.

Lindsey Graham: Embassy closures show Obama learned from Benghazi.  Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday [8/4/2013] endorsed President Obama's move to close nearly two dozen U.S. embassies and consulates in the Middle East and Africa for the day, calling the terrorism threat behind the decision "scary."  Graham, R-S.C., said the administration's awareness of the threats prove that the controversial surveillance by the National Security Agency is needed.

Lindsey Graham Taking Heat From Another Primary Challenge on the Right.  Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is getting another challenge from the right.  Nancy Mace, the first woman to graduate from the military college The Citadel, will announce her candidacy Saturday in her hometown of Goose Creek, S.C.  Mace, 35, said she would not do interviews until after the event, but confirmed to ABC News today that she intends to enter the race.

Lindsey Graham's Tea Party Opponents Are Emerging.  Watch out, Lindsey Graham: the Tea Party says that you are next.  According to sources in South Carolina and within the Tea Party, at least two serious challenges to Graham are expected to emerge in the next few weeks.  Dustin Stockton, a leading conservative activist and head of Western PAC, told The Daily Beast that he is headed to South Carolina next month to help build a ground game for the 2014 primary.

For Whom Does Lindsey Graham Think He Works?  As many of you know, I seriously considered and eventually declined to run in 2014 against Lindsey Graham.  That doesn't stop me from continuing to encourage someone else to run and scream at the top of my lungs about how terrible Graham is as an elected senator from the state in which I live.  In fact, a day doesn't go by lately where I don't scream obscenities at the computer or the television because of the latest mind-boggling thing that Lindsey Graham has said or done.

Graham, Cornyn trade public blows over Gang of 8 border amendment cost.  [South Carolina Sen. Lindsey] Graham, a Republican member of the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" that authored the comprehensive immigration reform bill, told reporters that Cornyn's amendment, which would increase the threshold for border security, "as constructed, it's gonna add 20 plus billion dollars" to the cost of reform.  "It's kind of odd:  we think sequestration's a good thing, but we're gonna throw money at the border.  That's a little schizophrenic," Graham said.

The Editor says...
It's a matter of priorities, Senator, not schizophrenia.  There is plenty of money for the border fence, but that money is currently being given to the illegal immigrants in the form of food stamps and last-minute obstetrics.

Lindsey Graham Says He Would Suggest Censoring The Mail, If He 'Thought It Necessary'.  Yahoo's Chris Moody reports that outspoken security hawk Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) would propose censoring American postal mail if he thought it a "necessary" method to protecting the United States from future terror attacks.  The senator compared the hypothetical situation to World War II, in which all Americans had a "mentality" that their way of life was "at risk," and thus surveillance was necessary.

The Editor says...
Brilliant idea, Senator.  The Postal Service can barely deliver the mail, with machines reading the zip codes to sort it all out.  Senator Graham's idea would bring mail delivery to a standstill — with the exception of unsolicited junk mail.

Lindsey Graham Isn't Sure If Bloggers Deserve 'First Amendment Protection'.  The verbal slipup aside (of course bloggers are covered under the Bill of Rights!), Graham's riffing on constitutional law exposes one of the age-old tensions between journalism as a product and journalism as an activity.  What Graham really meant to ask was whether bloggers deserve the specific protections of the First Amendment that are granted to the press.

Lindsey Graham Asks: Does the First Amendment Apply to Bloggers?  Last week over at Hot Air, Ed Morrissey wrote about Democrat Dick Durbin asking the question, "Does the First Amendment apply to bloggers?"  Now, Republican Lindsey Graham is asking the same exact question.

GOP Sen. Graham says he's 'glad' NSA is collecting phone records.  Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that he is "glad" that the National Security Agency is collecting millions of telephone records — including his own — from one of the nation's largest telecommunications companies in an attempt to combat terrorism.  Mr. Graham said that he is a Verizon customer and has no problem with the company turning over records to the government if it helps it do its job.  The South Carolina Republican said that people who have done nothing wrong have nothing to worry about because the NSA is mining the phone records for people with suspected ties to terrorism.

Sen. Graham gets a primary challenger.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has his first official primary challenger:  Attorney Richard Cash (R) has announced he'll run against the senator.  Cash, a social conservative activist who narrowly lost a House primary runoff election to now-Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) in 2010, said Graham has lost touch with South Carolina values.

Sen. Graham Backs Radical Obama Judicial Appointment.  The presidential judicial appointments — by custom — should be taken under consideration by the Senate, but not this one.  For starters, Halligan is a pro-abortion, anti-gun zealot, who just received the support of Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Lindsey Graham Boasts About Dinner with Obama.  U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) released a statement Thursday [3/7/2013] boasting about his dinner with Barack Obama. [...] There is no dishonor in holding steadfast to conservative principles, win or lose.  There is only dishonor in betraying the trust of the conservative voters who elected you.

Lindsey Graham: Congratulations to Obama, he won and I'll vote for his tax increases.  This is exactly why I don't like Lindsey Graham.  It's like having a minute left at the end of a football game where his team is a touchdown behind with the season on the line and he's on the sidelines congratulating the other coach for playing a great game.

Lindsey Graham's collaboration with Democrats points to tea-party primary challenge in '14.  South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham's opposition to political ads targeting several Democratic senate incumbents could create a significant re-election issue for him in 2014.  When Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul launched an ad campaign against Democrats who opposed his proposal to end foreign aid to Libya, Egypt and Pakistan, Graham took the unusual step of defending the Democrats from a fellow Republican.

Sen. Lindsey Graham working with Sen. John Kerry on climate bill.  Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina publicly announced his support for climate legislation on Sunday in an op-ed column with Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.

Sen. Lindsey Graham working with Sen. John Kerry on climate bill.  Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina publicly announced his support for climate legislation on Sunday [10/11/2009] in an op-ed column with Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.

Lindsay Graham is the Senate's densest Republican.  And the winner of this week's (Ig) Nobel Award for Densest Senate Republican is ... Lindsay Graham.  He thinks he's brokering a bipartisan deal on cap-and-trade.  What he's really doing is pulling the Democrats' fat out of the fire on global warming.

The Seduction Of Lindsey Graham.  According to most conservatives in South Carolina, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has officially gone over to the dark side.  Under the guise of 'bipartisanship,' Graham has signed on to one of the left's most ambitious plans to impose a socialist agenda in America — government control of the formerly free market through implementation of cap-and trade, the 1,400 plus page Waxman-Markey bill approved earlier this year by the House.

Lindsey Graham's costly collegiality.  Democrats and their liberal buddies in the mainstream media need only whisper the magic word "bipartisanship" and soon enough along comes a gullible GOPer to take the bait.

Lindsey Graham Climate Dance with the Democrats.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has turned his back on the latest science, economics, the Republican Party, and American national security, by announcing his new partnership with Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) to find "the winning formula" to pass global warming cap-and-trade legislation.  Graham is now touting his view that man-made global warming fears are real and can be "solved" by passing Congressional cap-and-trade legislation.

Sen. Lindsey Graham's Me-Too Kyotoism:  Last weekend, Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) co-authored an op-ed in the New York Times titled, "Yes We Can (Pass Climate Change Legislation)."  Kerry and Graham want to pass a Senate companion bill to H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), also known as Waxman-Markey.

Lindsey Graham warns GOP against going too far right.  The morning after Republicans lost an upstate New York House seat, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned that conservative activists will bring destruction to the Republican Party if they drive out moderate candidates across the country.

US Sen. Lindsey Graham censured by SC county GOP.  Republican leaders in a South Carolina county have censured their own U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham for working with Democrats on a climate bill and other legislation.



McCain AND Graham

McCain and Graham Seek to Undermine Trump's Immigration Order.  President Donald Trump signed an executive order last Friday entitled "Executive Order Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States." In the few short days since, it would seem the action was tantamount to stirring up a hornet's nest.  Perhaps not so surprisingly, a few of the hornets are from Trump's own ranks:  Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

The Use of Borders.  Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham raised forceful objections to president Donald Trump's 120 day moratorium of refugee admissions to the US. [...] McCain and others see counterterrorism as coalition warfare in partnership with "good guy" Muslims.  To make it work America must stay in the good graces of its Islamic allies.  This stands in contrast to the view which regards Islam itself as the triumphalist ideology:  a threat to be contained, if not combated; to be accomodated very cautiously, warily and after much checking.

John McCain: 'I might write in Lindsey Graham'.  Sen. John McCain provided some insight Monday [10/10/2016] into whom he might vote for president on Nov. 8, now that he isn't supporting Donald Trump anymore.  During a debate Monday evening in Phoenix, Ariz., in which the Republican incumbent faced off against Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, McCain revealed he just might write in a friend of his in the Senate.

The Graham/McCain/Rubio Foreign Policy Exposed.  Is it "hawkish" to empower the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the Middle East?  What about arming Al Qaeda affiliates and creating chaos for Jihad to thrive?  Thanks to Tuesday night's [12/15/2015] debate, the American people finally observed a substantive debate that highlights the false choice and phantom labeling of "isolationist" vs. hawk.  There legitimately are some isolationists who believe the Islamists are not a problem so long as we don't "bother" them.  But that is not the position of most conservatives.  In fact, most conservatives fully understand the threat of Islamic supremacism.  It is those who subscribe to the Graham/McCain/Rubio foreign policy that fail to understand the root cause of terrorism.

John McCain to campaign for Lindsey Graham in NH.  U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will campaign alongside Republican presidential hopeful Lindsey Graham on Sept. 11, and through the weekend.  McCain, a two-time New Hampshire primary winner, will first accompany his fellow senator and friend at a news conference at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College on Friday.

Obama's 'Open Hostility' to Israel Sees Democrats Losing Trust in him.  President Obama's hostility towards Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is creating a backlash in congress among Democrats, Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) told The Washington Post in an interview published on Friday [3/20/2015].  This backlash is beginning to damage the President's agenda with respect to Iran and Israel, according to Graham.  The deteriorating relationship also elicited a strong response this morning from Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a close Graham ally.

'Telegraphing' of plan to retake Mosul not unprecedented, may be strategic.  Within hours of the announcement by an unnamed U.S. military official that plans were underway to retake the key Iraqi city of Mosul from ISIS, the criticism began.  "That is pretty amazing that that information's out there," retired Gen. Jack Keane, former Army vice chief of staff and a Fox News military analyst, said Friday [2/27/2015].  Top Republican senators also demanded answers, saying the disclosure has put the mission at risk.  "Never in our memory can we recall an instance in which our military has knowingly briefed our own war plans to our enemies," Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a letter to President Obama.

McCain wants his 'illegitimate son' Lindsey Graham to run for president.  Republicans on Capitol Hill weighed in on news that Mitt Romney might be exploring a possible third bid for the White House, but it was Arizona Sen. John McCain who might have drawn the most laughs of the day in talking about the potential presidential aspirations of his best friend Sen. Lindsey Graham.

John McCain Encouraging Lindsey Graham To Run for President.  "I think he is looking at it, and I am strongly encouraging him to take a look at it," said Arizona Senator and former GOP presidential nominee John McCain, of a possible presidential bid by his colleague and friend Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, (R).  "I know of no one who is better versed and more important on national security policy and defense than Lindsey Graham, and I don't think these challenges to our security are going away," added McCain.

Lindsey Graham Censured.  Last weekend, Maricopa County GOP formally censured Senator John McCain "long and terrible record of drafting, co-sponsoring and voting for legislation best associated with liberal Democrats."  Last night [1/16/2014], the Pickens County GOP in South Carolina took similar action against Senator Lindsay Graham.

McCain and Graham Visit Karzai to Smooth Path for Security Agreement Obama Wants Signed.  Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) went to Afghanistan this week to sit down for a "long lunch" with President Hamid Karzai and discuss the bilateral security agreement he has refused to sign to the disappointment of the Obama administration.

What We Just Saw.  After his disgraceful attacks on Cruz, including his reach-across-the-aisle, dog-in-the-manger response today, this should be the end of Senator John McCain as a voice of influence in the Republican party.  Ditto his mini-me, Senator Lindsey Graham.  Indeed, the entire Old Guard of business-as-usual "comity" fans passeth.  When you care more about what the other side thinks, it's probably time either to switch teams or step down.

The Elites Stumble on Syria.  [Scroll down]  I suppose you have to have lived in Washington a long time for this fairy tale to make sense.  And frankly, some elected officials have lived in Washington for far too long.  We must remember that in addition to Senator Graham, John McCain — who like Graham was elected to be the loyal opposition — rushed to the Oval Office weeks ago in support of Obama's Syria policy.  In fact, after meeting with President Obama, McCain and Graham emerged confident — even cocky — that they had the entire Syria scenario figured out.

The president thinks you're stupid.  [Scroll down]  Across the aisle, establishment Republicans took a break from trying to ram amnesty for illegal immigrants down America's throat to start an effort to ram a new war down Americans' throats.  Sen. John "Maverick" McCain said the U.S. needed to do waaaay more than lob a few bombs into Syria, but, later, vowed to seek impeachment of the president if a single U.S. boot touched ground.  Sen. Lindsey "What He Said" Graham, always level-headed, warned his South Carolina constituents that if America doesn't attack Syria, nukes will fall in Charleston Harbor.

Community Organizer Goes to War.  Why is Congress even having a vote?  This is nothing but a fig leaf to cover Obama's own idiotic "red line" ultimatum to President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on chemical weapons.  The Nobel Peace Prize winner needs to get Congress on the record so that whatever happens, the media can blame Republicans.  No Republican who thinks seriously about America's national security interests — by which I mean to exclude John McCain and Lindsey Graham — can support Obama's "plan" to shoot blindly into this hornet's nest.

Allen West slams 'useful tools' McCain and Graham for pushing Obama's same old inept foreign policy.  ["]The Obama administration has a confused Middle East policy and has shown ineptness in understanding the second and third order effects.["]

Egypt championing Coptic Christians while Obama plays Nero.  Yesterday [8/16/2013] top U.S. Senate Republicans McCain and Graham were siding against El Sisi and throwing in with the Muslim Brotherhood by issuing a joint statement "to suspend U.S. assistance to Egypt and make clear to the current leadership of the country what steps we believe are necessary to halt Egypt's descent into civil conflict and ultimately to restore our assistance relationship, which has historically served U.S. national security interests."

It's Obama, McCain, Graham who made 'huge mistake' in Egypt.  On their current trip to Cairo, Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), two of President Barack Obama's most persistent critics on everything in foreign policy from Syria to Benghazi, have found common cause with him at last.  All three fear that the anti-American (and generally anti-human) Muslim Brotherhood (MB), whom they mistakenly see as "moderate," will disappear from the halls of power in Egypt, our most important Arab ally.

RINO Clowns: McCain and Graham a Disaster in Egypt.  According to reports from Cairo, not only was the trip paid to Egypt by Senators John McCain (RINO-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (RINO-SC) worthless but the word 'counter-productive' can be added to the list.  These two clowns were like walking cans of gasoline and every time they opened their mouths, they spit up on another fire.

McCain, Graham urge Egyptian government to release Islamist prisoners during Cairo visit.  Two Republican senators said Tuesday that they've personally urged the Egyptian government to release Muslim Brotherhood prisoners, after hosting meetings with top officials in Cairo as part of an Obama administration-sanctioned visit.

McCain and Graham, Irrelevant or Dangerous.  Senator Paul simply wanted an opinion from Attorney-General Eric Holder as to whether the President of the United States has the constitutional authority to use weaponized drones to kill American citizens, without due process, on American soil.  For this perceived outrage, the cantankerous McCain, who long ago chose to transform himself from an American hero into a political clown for the amusement of Washington media elites, granted an interview to the loony-left Huffington Post website to vent his displeasure.  Therein, he referred to Senator Paul, Senator Cruz and Rep. Amash as "wacko birds."

Dinner for twelve at the fancy hotel is nothing compared to the real cost.
Obama, Graham, McCain Dinner Leads to $600B Tax Hike Idea.  The price of Senators McCain and Graham attending an 'outreach dinner' with the president may wind up costing taxpayers $600 billion more in taxes.  And you thought the only price paid would be to their image.  While Rand Paul was working the Senate chamber in a 13 hour-long filibuster to ensure the American homeland would not be treated like a permanent battlefield, the two GOP Senators were noshing on some mega-caloric meal with President Obama.

One more reason for term limits:
The Real Reason McCain-Graham Attacked Ted Cruz.  Anything involving junior Texas Senator Ted Cruz is likely to invoke some level of toxic response from Senator John McCain of Arizona and his secondary outlet of public communication, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.  That Senator McCain harbors a grudge against "the Bushies" for the South Carolina primary defeat that ended his presidential run in 2000 is the worst kept secret in Washington.  Having "his" candidate lose in his home state was also a blow to Graham.  Known for his long memory, some Senate staffers joke the "R" behind McCain's name is for "revenge."

McCain, Graham call Paul's questions on drones 'ridiculous, offensive'.  Two senior GOP Senate defense hawks say Sen. Rand Paul "cheapened" the debate over drone policy by making "ridiculous" arguments in a talking filibuster.  Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) sternly criticized the statements that Paul made on Wednesday in his attention-grabbing filibuster of CIA nominee John Brennan, which lasted for more than 12 hours.  McCain said Paul's argument that the administration might use a drone to kill an outspoken opponent — someone like Jane Fonda during the Vietnam War — was "ridiculous."

Senator Graham steps out of Senator McCain's shadow right into his shoes.  Sen. Lindsey Graham, a longtime friend and ally of Sen. John McCain, is now going a step further, Democrats say, and actually becoming the new McCain.



Kelly Ayotte

Clean out your desk, and good luck with your lobbying career.
Ayotte concedes to Democrat Maggie Hassan.  Republican Kelly Ayotte has conceded the race for her US Senate seat in New Hampshire to Democratic challenger Maggie Hassan, according to a statement from Ayotte's campaign, giving Democrats their second pick-up in the chamber this election cycle.  "I just spoke with Governor Hassan to congratulate her on her election to serve in the U.S. Senate," Ayotte said in the statement.  "I wish Governor Hassan, her husband Tom, and their children Ben and Meg the very best."

GOP Senator Kelly Ayotte Gives Away Free Condoms at Campaign Rally.  Republican New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte gave away branded condoms at one of her re-election campaign rallies Monday [10/3/2016].

Moderate Republican offers compromise on gun control.  Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), a prominent Senate Republican moderate who has helped put together major bipartisan deals in the past, has proposed compromise legislation to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.  She is working with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), one of the chamber's most endangered Senate GOP incumbents, as well as Sens.  Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

RINOs, one and all:
Addicted to Losing: GOP Senators Say They Will Meet with Obama SCOTUS Pick.  A small group of U.S. senators say they will meet with President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland.  Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) all have agreed to have a meeting with Garland, reports Politico.

Sen. Ayotte to meet with Supreme Court nominee.  Sen. Kelly Ayotte will meet with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland next week.  The New Hampshire Republican plans to meet with Garland on April 13, according to her office, even though she thinks the Supreme Court seat should remain vacant until next year.  "I will meet with the president's nominee out of courtesy and respect, and I also plan to explain my view that the people should have a voice in this important nomination through their votes in November," Ayotte said in a statement.

Vulnerable GOP senator backs Obama's climate rule.  A Republican senator facing a tough reelection fight is supporting President Obama's signature climate change rule.  Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) came out in support late Sunday [10/2/2015] of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulation that seeks a 32 percent cut in the power sector's carbon dioxide emissions.  Ayotte, who faces a tough reelection bid in a state that voted for President Obama in the last two presidential cycles, is the first congressional Republican to openly endorse the rule, dubbed the Clean Power Plan.

Kelly Ayotte: RINO.  This Senator voted YES on S.990 to extend the Sunset clause of the Patriot Act which is widely desputed by Americans from both parties because [it] infringes upon our right to privacy.

Cruz Blasts "Fraternal Order" GOP on Lynch.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz issued a statement Thursday [4/23/2015] blasting "fraternal order" Republicans in the Senate who are set to confirm the Obama nomination of Loretta Lynch to be attorney general.  Cruz spoke shortly before Lynch was confirmed — with the aid of ten Republican Senate votes.  Those ten GOP senators were:  Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R- UT), Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Sen Thad Cochran (R-MS), Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Kelly Ayotte: We Can't Trust Obama, But Let's Do Amnesty Anyway.  Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) says she agrees that Republicans can't trust President Obama to enforce the law, but they should immediately move forward on comprehensive immigration reform, anyway. [...] Ayotte, who rode the Tea Party wave in 2010 to her election to the Senate but has emerged as one of the upper chamber's more liberal Republicans, conceded there is a "trust deficit" with Obama.



Senator Marco Rubio

Sen. Bob Corker:  Sen. Marco Rubio the Only GOP Senator Wavering on Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.  The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told Breitbart News Thursday Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.) is the only Republican member of his committee he suspects could vote against the confirmation of former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state.

Top Ten Most Under Reported Stories of 2016.  [#6] The collapse of Little Marco's professional career:  Senator Marco Rubio humiliated himself publicly, embarrassingly and unbelievably.  How anyone could ever envision Rubio attempting to gain higher office on his own merits is beyond my ability to understand.  There's a reason he's been essentially invisible on the national stage; however, as soon as he might think about poking his head up again — there's reams of footage of him playing the fool and showcasing a painful lack of maturity.  Sure he's apologized, but he'll likely never recover from the embarrassment of his own behavior.

Rubio Voted to Expedite Legalizing Illegal Aliens In 1999.  Marco Rubio requested and voted for a West Miami city resolution in 1999 that urged the U.S. government to speed up processing of applications by Nicaraguan, Cuban, and Haitian illegal immigrants for permanent resident status, documents obtained by The Daily Caller reveal.

Marco Rubio Has a Second Amendment Problem.  When Marco Rubio was a local commissioner in Florida in 1999, he voted to ban guns from local parks.  Now, politicians make mistakes.  And honest politicians "fess up" and move on.  Rubio's problem is that, when Senator Ted Cruz called attention to Rubio's anti-gun vote, Marco's response was to call Cruz a "liar."  This was part of a larger narrative in which Donald Trump and Rubio were hurling "pants on fire" insults at Cruz.  But when Rubio disavowed his 1999 anti-gun vote — falsely accusing Ted Cruz of Rubio's own sins — he made a serious mistake.

Marco Rubio is the biggest loser of 2016.  We can debate many things about the outcome of Super Tuesday, but one thing should be indisputable:  Marco Rubio is hands down the biggest loser of 2016.  Don't let the "he's no longer winless!" line convince you otherwise.  After 17 contests, the one-time pundit-appointed frontrunner has eked out just one win, in Minnesota.  That might be one more than John Kasich and Ben Carson.  But you can't be a loser if no one ever seriously considered you a possible winner.

Rubio's Lies on Immigration.  At the February 25 debate in Houston, Marco Rubio revisited an issue that had first come up at the previous debate.  On February 13, Ted Cruz said that Marco Rubio told Spanish television he would not rescind President Obama's illegal executive amnesty on his first day in office, and Rubio responded that Cruz was lying.  The transcript is unambiguous:  Cruz had spoken accurately. [...] Rubio had not only said that he would not rescind DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) immediately, he also said he would not do so until it had been replaced by legislation — which means only after a long time, if ever.

LGBT supporting hedgie to join Rubio's team.  Hedge fund billionaire and Republican megadonor Paul Singer looks set to be named national finance chairman of Marco Rubio's presidential campaign.  The move is sure to spark controversy among Christian conservatives in the party, because super-PAC donor Singer is a gay-marriage advocate and a supporter of LGBT causes.  New York-based Singer announced he was throwing his support to Rubio last October and has since emerged as one of the Florida senator's top financial backers.

Victims of illegal immigrant violence tell GOP to reject Marco Rubio.  Victims of illegal immigrant violence released a letter Monday [2/29/2016] demanding Republican voters reject Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential campaign, saying he made himself unacceptable by pushing for "amnesty" in 2013.  "The inconvenient truth is that we have been betrayed by politicians," the letter, from the Remembrance Project said.  More than three dozen people whose relatives were killed by illegal immigrants signed onto the letter.

Marco Rubio: Our issue is not with Islam.  This is one very excellent reason (among many) why Marco Rubio (aka Jeb 2.0) should not be our nominee.  The fact is that the Islamic doctrine of jihad (holy war) is very much the problem.

Rubio Lies Four More Times About Breitbart News, ICE Officer on FOX News.  Rubio implicitly demeaned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council President Chris Crane by declaring that Crane's desired changes to the Gang of Eight bill pertained to "labor union stuff" rather than the substantive concerns Crane had about how the bill would negatively impact the safety of the American people.  Crane is an ICE officer of 13 years.  He is a former U.S. Marine, a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and of the American Legion.  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has described Crane as "an American hero" for blowing the whistle on immigration corruption.  In 2012, after President Obama enacted his first executive amnesty, Crane and several of his fellow officers took action and filed a lawsuit against the President for his lawless amnesty.

Chris Matthews: Rubio Had Plants "Squealing" At Debate; "Unnatural," "Phony," "Choreographed".  MSNBC's Chris Matthews accuses the Marco Rubio campaign of putting plants in the CNN Republican debate audience to "squeal" and clap enthusiastically "every single time" Rubio said anything.  Matthews called it the "most unnatural, phony thing in the world."  "I hope people when they watch this know this was all choreographed.  It was all part of a P.R. operation," Matthews said Thursday night [2/25/2016].

Marco Rubio: It Is 'Wrong' And 'Immoral' To Ban Muslim-Americans From Gun Ranges.  Senator Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) condemned a recreational gun range that banned Muslims from their facility, during a presidential forum with Fox News host Megyn Kelly.  One member of the audience asked Rubio about the incident, where a Muslim-American army reservist was denied access to the facility in Oklahoma, and asked for his reaction to the incident.  "The story you just told me is wrong.  It's immoral.  We should not be doing that to people," Rubio said.  "The bottom line is there are millions of patriotic Muslim Americans."

The Editor says...
There are dozens of families in places like San Bernardino, Chattanooga, or Paris, who don't think it would be "'wrong' (or) 'immoral' to ban Muslim-Americans from gun ranges."  And another thing:  Are there really "millions of patriotic Muslim Americans?"  There are 1.8 million adult Muslims in America, and almost two-thirds of them are immigrants.  Most of the Muslim immigrants have refused to assimilate and adapt to traditional American life, apparently preferring to make us conform to them.  Therefore Senator Rubio's claim is specious at best.

Rep. Hardy Becomes Latest Rubio Backer Who Can't Name A Single Legislative Accomplishment.  In an interview with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts on Wednesday morning [2/24/2016], freshman Nevada congressman Crescent Hardy dodges a question about Marco Rubio's legislative accomplishments as a senator.  This calls to mind the last time a Rubio supporter was sent to promote the candidate on television completely unprepared, when MSNBC host Joe Scarborough stumped former senator Rick Santorum with the same question.

Laura Ingraham: Rubio "Absolutely Going To Push Amnesty If He's President".  Conservative commentator Laura Ingraham says Marco Rubio's recent rhetoric on immigration doesn't differ from Jeb Bush's position on and only confirms suspicions that he is pro-amnesty.  "I don't buy what he's selling, he is absolutely going to push amnesty if he's president of the United States," Ingraham said on the Tuesday broadcast of her radio program.  "I have no doubt about it.  No doubt.  I've been around a long time.  Those wiggle-words he uses are so revealing about what the ultimate product of his work in the Oval Office would mean for the American people."

The Conservative Case Against Marco Rubio.  Marco Rubio may not be a squish on most issues, but it doesn't change the fact that his Gang-of-8 Amnesty Bill is unforgivable.  Nobody would be campaigning harder against Marco Rubio today than Marco Rubio back in 2010 when he desperately needed to convince Tea Partiers he was tough on immigration to get elected. [...] Rubio's sell-out on immigration was the biggest betrayal of conservatives since George Bush's dad said, "Read my lips, no new taxes" and then raised taxes.  How do you trust Rubio on any issue after he so blatantly lied on immigration?

Marco Rubio Plans to Skip CPAC, Pre-Eminent Conservative Gathering, in 2016.  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) plans to snub the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this year, and won't show up at all, Breitbart News has learned exclusively.  CPAC is hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU) in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. In 2016, the conference will be held right after Super Tuesday from March 2 until March 5.

Rubio Needs To Move Aside For Cruz, Not Vice Versa.  Following the Donald Trump blowout in South Carolina, pundits are calling for Ted Cruz to get out of the GOP presidential race to make room for Marco Rubio, even though Cruz won Iowa, came in third in New Hampshire, and essentially tied with Rubio in South Carolina.  The reasoning is sound if you don't want a Trump nomination.  As long as Rubio and Cruz are in the race, they'll split the votes, and Trump will likely continue to dominate.  One of the Cubans must go if you don't want Trump to be the GOP nominee.

Establishment turns to Rubio to stop Trump.  GOP lawmakers and party leaders are rushing to endorse Marco Rubio as the panicked Republican establishment flocks to the man it hopes can stop Donald Trump's "Terminator"-like march to the presidential nomination.  A crush of lawmakers and party leaders announced on Monday [2/22/2016] they'd support Rubio for president less than two days after Jeb Bush exited the race.

The GOP Duping of America.  Marco Rubio's campaign outspent the Cruz campaign in South Carolina by almost 2 to 1.  Given the obvious anti-Cruz media bias and GOP establishment endorsements, to include Governor Nikki Haley-S.C., Rep. Trey Gowdy-S.C., and Sen. Tim Scott-S.C., and with Rubio's nearly double campaign spending, Rubio achieved merely 1,000 votes more than Ted Cruz.  Let this reality sink in.  What would be the equivalent cash value of all the negative, anti-Cruz "reporting" that Fox News, MSNBC and CNN "contributed" to the Rubio campaign?  Ted Cruz has won the youth vote (17-29) among all the Republican candidates in 100% of the first three races — Iowa, N.H., and S.C.  This fact has rarely, if ever, reported by our "friends" in the media.

A Vote for Rubio is a Vote for Trump, Period.  There are only two candidates who can emerge from the "SEC Primaries" with a substantial number of delegates.  Marco Rubio is not one of them.  He can play the spoiler against Ted Cruz by garnering as much of the anti-Trump vote as possible, but this will not be enough to usurp Trump.  On the other hand, if the Republican Establishment were to wake up and focus their energies on revealing what a disaster a Trump nomination would be, there's a chance that Cruz can emerge from the March 1 primaries with a substantial lead and a pathway to the nomination.

Rubio Tears Into 'Conspiracy' Site Breitbart on Fox: 'Not a Credible Source'.  Marco Rubio went on quite a tear against Breitbart during a Fox News appearance this morning [2/20/2016], calling them not credible and a pusher of conspiracy theories.  Neil Cavuto asked Rubio about a Breitbart piece from last night titled "Exclusive: On Eve of South Carolina Vote, Nation's ICE Officers Detail How Marco Rubio Betrayed Them."  As Rubio points out, the piece does not feature interviews with ICE officers, but with Chris Crane, president of the union that represents ICE employees.  He did trash Rubio over and over about how after he met wit [sic] the senator, Rubio never introduced any of his proposed changes into immigration reform.  He said, "All of his strong statements during our meeting about making the changes we suggested were apparently all just a dodge to get rid of me."

Nation's Immigration Officers: Rubio Betrayed Us, and America.  ICE Council President, Crane represents the nation's approximately 5,800 frontline ICE officers, agents and personnel who are responsible for enforcing America's immigration laws in all 50 states and U.S. territories.  For the first time ever, Crane details his behind-the-scenes interactions with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as Crane sought to protect the nation's ICE officers and national security.  Crane was integral to stopping Sen. Rubio's amnesty plan from passing the House — which, as Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) recently explained, "was a near-run thing."  In his responses, Crane addresses an incident — first detailed by Breitbart News — in which Marco Rubio stood idly by as Crane was ejected from a Gang of Eight press conference for trying to ask a question on behalf of law enforcement.

Nation's ICE Officers Detail Rubio's Betrayal.  In an exclusive Q&A with Breitbart News, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council President Chris Crane provides never-before-heard details about the 2013 Gang of Eight immigration fight that are likely to shake up an already tumultuous presidential race.  ICE Council President, Crane represents the nation's approximately 5,800 frontline ICE officers, agents and personnel who are responsible for enforcing America's immigration laws in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

Rubio: Romney 2.0.  At every campaign stop, Marco Rubio calls it "the biggest lie in American politics" — the notion that Republicans are the party of the super wealthy, and hopelessly out of touch with the working class and minorities.  The party, in other words, that Democrats eviscerated with Mitt Romney at the helm in 2012.  But strip away Rubio's rags-to-presidential contender biography, and his candidacy has more than a little in common with Romney's — from policy platforms that are largely in sync to a brain trust that boasts a number of the same key figures.  When it comes to the substance of what he'd try to do in the job, at least, Rubio is not promising a sharp break from the last establishment favorite the party put forward.

Ted Cruz Shows Marco Rubio Speaking Obama's Language.  First he mocked the similarities in their biographies, calling Senator Marco Rubio "the Republican Obama."  Now, in an ad called "Sales Pitch," Senator Ted Cruz is hammering Mr. Rubio for serving up the same talking points as President Obama's.  After calling Mr. Rubio "the Republican Obama" at the end of an ad in Iowa, Mr. Cruz has spliced together clips of Mr. Obama and Mr. Rubio to make them sound like a skipping CD, repeating each other's lines, during the legislative battle over a comprehensive immigration overhaul in 2013.

Marco Rubio: I 'Absolutely' Support Tuition Breaks For Illegal Aliens.  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is doubling down on his support for in-state tuition for illegal aliens.  On ABC, George Stephanopoulos asked Rubio about his work in the Florida statehouse in which he "co-sponsored legislation to provide in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants."  Stephanopolous asked Rubio directly:  "Do you stand behind that position now?"  Rubio said that he "absolutely" stands behind that legislation: [...]

About that "Rubio said something different on Univision" charge.  One of the more volatile moments from Saturday night's WWE cage match, er... Republican debate which didn't directly involve Donald Trump, was when Ted Cruz accused Marco Rubio of telling the mainstream media one thing on immigration while whispering something else to Hispanic voters en Espanol on Univision. [...] But what of the original charge?  Is it true that Rubio has been literally saying one thing in Spanish and another in American?  (I've lately come to prefer saying American rather than "English" since the languages have diverged so much.)  Because if that's true, it seems like a significantly bigger story than whether or not any of the candidates are bilingual.

Marco Rubio's immigration fog: His stance on his own reform legislation is impossible to discern.  It's pretty much impossible at this point to figure out what Marco Rubio thinks about his one real achievement as a United States senator:  the 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill.  Rubio played a leading role in crafting and passing the legislation as part of the Senate's bipartisan Gang of Eight, but he abandoned the legislation not long after it passed when it became clear just how dangerous the bill was to his political ambitions.  In the two-plus years since he washed his hands of his own accomplishment, Rubio has been struggling with how to frame his deviation from conservative orthodoxy so that it doesn't hurt him with Republican primary voters.

Exclusive: Rubio Supported Amnesty As Far Back As 1998.  While serving as a city commissioner in West Miami, Marco Rubio voted in favor of a city resolution urging the federal government to give Honduran illegal immigrants permanent resident status and free them from risk of deportation, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller.  The 1998 city resolution, #98-16, is titled "Resolution of the City of West Miami urging the federal government and Immigration and Naturalization Service to accord same status to Hondurans as has been afforded to Nicaraguans."

If Rubio is Telling the Truth, These People Are Lying.  Regarding his record on immigration/amnesty, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is asserting some things that simply aren't reconcilable with numerous other eye witness accounts of what went down during the infamous "Gang of Eight" battle in 2013 and its (ongoing) aftermath.  This is far bigger than simply a disagreement between Rubio and his presidential rival, Ted Cruz, in the heat of a competitive race. [...] By crafting an alternative reality on his own record, Rubio has run afoul of much more than a competitor.  Rubio is literally calling some of the most respected names in conservativism liars.  Here's a sample of the people who must be lying for Rubio to be telling the truth. [...]

Rubio's 'Morning Again in America' ad is actually Canada.  As several discerning Canucks have pointed out, the opening shot of Rubio's American morning is not American at all.  It's Canadian.  The first few seconds of the ad feature a tugboat moving across a serene harbor at dusk.  The skyline in the background, however, is not one that can be found on this side of the border.  It belongs instead to Vancouver, Canada.

Rubio Promised Hispanics en Español He'd Keep Executive Amnesty.  In what could arguably be seen as another debate debacle for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), the Florida Senator seemed to confirm Phyllis Schlafly's assertion that he is "back to his old ways" of deceiving conservatives on immigration.  In response to attacks leveled against him by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rubio made a demonstrably and provably false declaration about his position on President Obama's executive amnesty.  Rubio even accused Cruz of "telling lies" about his position on executive amnesty — even though nationally-televised video footage of Marco Rubio confirms Cruz's allegation, and reveals that Rubio lied in front of a nation-wide viewing audience during tonight's debate.

Marco Rubio: Gang Of Eight 'Was the Best We Could Do' In Senate at That Time.  Speaking to voters in South Carolina, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) defended his participation in the Senate Gang Of Eight immigration reform bill, arguing that the bill that passed in the Senate as written wasn't the final draft of the law that would be signed by President Obama.

The Unmaking Of Marco Rubio.  [Scroll down]  Rubio, like Barack Obama before him, has been running for president since the day he joined the Senate.  The guy has a lot going for him, but he disastrously misread the mood of the country with the bipartisan reform bill on immigration.

Yes, Rubio's Amnesty bill provided legal status, work permits for criminals.  S. 744 provided legalization for aliens convicted of multiple misdemeanors — so long as the alien was convicted of them on the same day.  A single act resulting in three misdemeanors wouldn't count as three separate misdemeanors under S. 744.  In one instance, you could commit 10 misdemeanors, serve 10 years in jail, and yet not be a "criminal" as long as you were convicted at the same time for all of them.  Domestic violence and assault and battery are considered only class 1 misdemeanors in some states.  A single conviction in these cases wouldn't render the alien ineligible for the amnesty in Rubio's bill.

Why Did Rubio Push Gang Of Eight If He Was Aware of Security Risks?  If Rubio sat on the Intel Committee during his Senate tenure and was privy to information on the national security threats we face, how could he have simultaneously pushed the Gang of Eight immigration bill?

Rubio On Univision: I Will Keep Obama's Executive Amnesty In Place Until We Pass Amnesty.  In a little-noticed interview late last year with Univision's Jorge Ramos, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) declared that, as President, he would keep Barack Obama's executive amnesty for DREAMers in place until it was permanently codified through legislation.

Cruz: Marco Rubio Is the Media's 'Chosen One'.  Ted Cruz's case against the fast-rising Marco Rubio is that he is "the chosen one," anointed by the media as the GOP's establishment candidate.  Both during remarks to voters at a sports bar here and while responding to reporters outside, Mr. Cruz delivered unprompted shots at his Florida rival, tethering him to past nominees who have lost general elections.  "I understand that in the media newsrooms and in the Washington establishment circles, Marco is the chosen one," Mr. Cruz said outside a sports bar here.  He went on to dismiss Mr. Rubio's third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, which Mr. Cruz won.  "In the media's telling, bronze is the new gold."

The Real Marco Rubio in a Single Tweet: "Legalization Comes First — It Is Not Conditional".  Marco Rubio has spent his entire Senate career fighting tooth and nail for Amnesty.  In advancing his "Gang of Eight" immigration scheme, he collaborated with the loathsome Chuck Schumer, along with Dick Durbin, Michael Bennet, Bob Menendez, Jeff Flake, and the same-sex senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham.  Most importantly, however, Rubio told a Spanish language television audience his real plan for legalizing the 20 million or more illegal aliens in the U.S.: [...] It turns out that, aside from the Amnesty issue, Rubio seems to be a sitting duck in the general election due to a whole series of alleged scandals that lie lurking stage left.

Marco's "Gang of Eight" Amnesty Bill Really Didn't Secure the Border First.  In a remarkable interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer following Thursday night's presidential debate, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)'s campaign spokesman, Alex Conant, admitted that the 2013 Gang of Eight bill, which Rubio co-authored and ushered through the Senate, did not secure the border first.

Marco Rubio says that mass deportations will not fix immigration issue.  Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday [1/29/2016] that if he is elected president, he will not look to deport 12 million people in the U.S. illegally, and will instead propose solutions to accommodate those who have no criminal record.

Rubio urges against mass deportation as fix to immigration.  Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio said Friday that if he is elected president, he will not look to deport 12 million people in the U.S. illegally, and will instead propose solutions to accommodate those who have no criminal record.

Here's Why I Am So Absolutely Opposed to Marco Rubio.  The Establishment has a gameplan.  The gameplan is to manage their voters and leave them with little choice but to accept the agenda they've set for us.  Here is what they are hoping:  "Sure, the base will squawk and make big noises and rant on the internet, and sure, Rush Limbaugh will hit us, but if we just remain absolutely implacable, unwilling to budge an inch, eventually they will get over their temper tantrum and accept that We Always Win So There's No Use Resisting."  Now, obviously, amnesty is a major part of the Establishment's platform.  In their 2012 post-mortem, the consultants, who are super-smart and know everything, made amnesty a central plank to winning in 2016.

Marco Rubio Now Openly Campaigning in Favor of Obama-Schumer Amnesty Bill.  "I continue to support and have supported and sponsored the largest border surge in American history," Rubio told ABC's George Stephanopoulos — referring to the security provisions crafted by him, Chuck Schumer, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) in the Gang of Eight bill.  Rubio repeated the Gang of Eight's talking points, declaring that his 2013 proposal would provide "20,000 new border agents, 700 miles of fencing and walls, a mandatory e-verify system, entry-exit tracking system to prevent visa overstays."  What Rubio failed to mention about the Obama-backed proposal is that it provided an instantaneous amnesty for illegal immigrants, a fact he himself admitted at the time during a Spanish-language interview with Univision.

Gang Of Eight Defines Marco Rubio's Conservativism.  Marco Rubio, the young junior senator from Florida, is now the establishment candidate of choice for 2016.  As it should be expected with his new-found establishment status, Rubio's conservative bona fides are coming into question from talk radio and other sources of right-wing discontent.  Of particular concern is the senator's signature legislative action — the now-infamous Gang of Eight attempt at "comprehensive immigration reform."  On cue, National Review's Jim Geraghty rode out against the currents of conservative skepticism over Rubio last week to deliver a message:  the White House hopeful is "plenty conservative."

The Disqualification List For President.  If you vote for, support, donate to or otherwise have anything to do with these candidates you are a traitor to this nation and deserve to be stripped of your citizenship and deported to North Korea.  The list now includes:
  •   Senator Lindsey Graham
  •   Senator Rubio, who did not show up to vote.
Why?  Not just because they voted for or didn't show up on the Omnibus spending bill, which for all intents and purposes gives Democrats everything they wanted.  No, it's because the bill included CISA, a broad-reaching internet "security" bill that not only provides for warrantless interception of anything it also provides for blanket and permanent immunity for companies that provide said interception.

Open-Borders Money Backs Marco Rubio.  Political analysis of the Las Vegas debate immigration dust-up between Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio is missing a key ingredient:  the money factor.  You can read the lips of the candidates till the cows come home.  But you'll get to the truth much faster when you learn where pro-amnesty power brokers have placed their bets and hitched their wagons.  Rubio's brazenly fraudulent campaign to paint Cruz as soft on illegal immigration is a flabbergasting attempt to distract from the Florida junior senator's faithful allegiance to the open-borders donor class.

The Rubio Campaign's Unseemly Alinsky Tactics Against Cruz.  I was among the first national radio hosts to support Marco Rubio in his uphill Republican primary campaign for the Senate against the unprincipled Florida Governor Charlie Crist.  Back then, he ran as an unabashed Tea Party conservative.  I also supported Mike Lee and Ted Cruz, among others, in their campaigns against the entrenched GOP establishment.  But soon after arriving in Washington, Rubio decided to throw in with these politicians — including John McCain and Lindsey Graham and take an active leadership role in the Gang of Eight fiasco.  As he runs for the Republican presidential nomination, Rubio has attempted to redefine his position on immigration yet again, resulting in his utter incoherence on the subject.

Rubio Bill Expanded Visa Program Used by San Bernardino Terrorists.  When I was fighting the Gang of Eight bill in 2013, one of my observations was that this legislation provided much more than amnesty for illegal aliens already here.  It created a permanent open border policy across the spectrum of legal and illegal immigration.  One such provision was Section 2310 (page 426), which would have massively expanded the K-1 fiancé visa program, the very visa that San Bernardino terrorist Tafsheen Malik used to gain permanent residence in our country.  While the underlying premise of this program makes sense, it has been rife with fraud and 99.7% of requests for K-1 visas have been approved in 2014.  According to CIS, "[C]lose to half of the aliens initially slated for K-1 visas (and marriages) did not get married in the United States as planned."

Iowa Pastors Grill Marco Rubio over Gay Marriage Duplicity.  Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is dealing with skepticism from Iowa religious voters regarding his position on gay marriage. [...] Many ministers are reortedly skeptical of Rubio because they're unsure whether Rubio's views are in line with the teachings of the Bible when it comes to the issue of gay marriage.  Some Iowa pastors say they want "to know Rubio's authentic feelings about gay rights."

Rubio Weak on the Constitution?  Senator Marco Rubio is backing an extension of the provisions of the Patriot Act that were set to expire this week, while labeling his fellow Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul weak on national security.  In reaction to the ISIS slaughter in Paris, Senator Marco Rubio's policy on foreign threats to the United States includes backing a push to end the National Security Agency reforms that were put in place upon passage of the USA Freedom Act.  The first-term Senator is claiming that the USA Freedom Act reforms would leave our intelligence agencies "fewer tools to defend the American people."

Marco Rubio: Another charming young man.  [Senator Marco Rubio's] only job throughout 44 years of life has been in the public sector, as a State Representative and House Speaker in Florida, and one term as United States Senator.  He has no business experience nor did he serve in the military.  We cannot afford to elect another life-long politician who has demonstrated no particular accomplishments and only one major legislation win in the Senate:  Comprehensive Immigration Reform, that was thankfully terminated in the House of Representatives.  Senator Rubio's highlight of his entire life is having been the architect and leader of the infamous "Gang of Eight" legislation that would had given amnesty to millions of illegal aliens without border protection first.  After seeing his poll numbers drop drastically, Senator Rubio claimed to have changed his mind, understanding finally that border security must occur first.

Rubio's Bill Would Have Opened Floodgates to Islamic Refugees.  Here's a question an incisive debate moderator ought to ask Marco Rubio:  are you happy Senators Sessions and Cruz helped defeat your Gang of 8 immigration bill?  One of the more obscure yet destructive provisions of the Gang of 8 bill I wrote about in 2013 was section 3405 (page 693), which created an entire new pipeline for refugees.  This bill would have concocted an unconditional right to immediate legal permanent resident status for any person in the world who declares himself "stateless."  Had the bill passed in 2013, it would have given the Obama administration power to define who is considered stateless.  Most of those likely to be designated as stateless are from Islamic hell holes and would include the Syrians, Somalis, Palestinians, and the Muslim Rohingya in Burma.

Rand Paul: Rubio Blocked Amendment That Would Have Protected U.S. From Jihadists.  Asked about the Paris attacks, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul singled out opponent Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Saturday for blocking an amendment he offered to the 2013 Senate immigration bill that would have made it harder for foreigners from countries with a large jihadist presence to come to the United States.

Cruz Opposes Amnesty, Rubio Supported It, and Rubio Fails to See the Difference.  To be a good legislator and to move public opinion on important issues, a senator sometimes must make proposals that, taken out of context, can distort the senator's overarching position, creating the illusion that he favors what he clearly opposes, and vice versa.  No one should know this better than Senator Marco Rubio.  Yet Rubio, a major culprit when it comes to foolish immigration policy, is now straining to defend his walk on the wild side by misrepresenting the record of his rival, Senator Ted Cruz.

Rubio Gets New Billionaire Backer: Paul Singer a Major Supporter of Open Borders and Amnesty.  Hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer's decision to throw his financial weight behind the donor-class 2016 favorite, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), has sparked fresh questions about Rubio's coziness with the financial interests funding his career.  Singer was a major financial force behind the Rubio-Obama amnesty and immigration expansion push in 2013.

As President, Marco Rubio Says He Intends to Preserve Lawless Obama Executive Amnesty.  Not only did [Senator Marco] Rubio reiterate that he would not reverse Obama's executive amnesty on day one — as candidates ranging from Christie to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) have promised — but he said his "ideal way" of transitioning out of the Obama's amnesty would be for it to be "replaced by a reform system that creates an alternative."  This is Rubio's most explicit suggestion yet, following Paul Singer's endorsement, that enacting a legislative amnesty would be one of his first priorities in office.

Chuck Schumer: Rubio 'Totally Committed' To Obama's Immigration Agenda.  The La Raza-backed Rubio-Schumer immigration bill would have granted amnesty to the illegal alien population and would have expanded immigration levels beyond all known historical precedent — issuing 33 million new immigrants on green cards in the span of a single decade, permanently transforming the U.S. electorate and economy.  Every immigrant with a green card could in turn bring relatives to the United States, collect welfare, and eventually vote and thus cancel out conservative ballots.

Schumer: Rubio 'molded' pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio can run away from immigration legislation as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination, but Sen. Chuck Schumer says he can't hide from it.  As he has risen in the polls, Rubio has methodically sought to distance himself from the comprehensive immigration bill he coauthored more than two years ago.  But Schumer, the veteran New York Democrat, is dragging him back into the fray, shining a spotlight on one of the 44-year-old's biggest vulnerabilities with the right as top Democrats seek to undermine the GOP senator's surging candidacy.

Marco Rubio's New Billionaire Backer Top Funder for Open Borders.  Hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer's decision to throw his financial weight behind the donor-class 2016 favorite, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), has sparked fresh questions about Rubio's coziness with the financial interests funding his career.  Singer was a major financial force behind the Rubio-Obama amnesty and immigration expansion push in 2013.

A vote for Marco Rubio is a vote for Obama's third term.
Marco Rubio To Jorge Ramos: I Will Keep Obama's First Executive Amnesty In Place Until Legislative Amnesty Is Enacted.  In a little-noticed interview earlier this year with Univision's Jorge Ramos, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) declared that, as President, he would keep Barack Obama's executive amnesty for DREAMers in place until it was permanently codified through legislation.

Marco Rubio's New Billionaire Backer Top Funder for Open Borders.  Hedge-fund billionaire Paul Singer's decision to throw his financial weight behind the donor-class 2016 favorite, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), has sparked fresh questions about Rubio's coziness with the financial interests funding his career.  Singer was a major financial force behind the Rubio-Obama amnesty and immigration expansion push in 2013.

Marco Rubio should resign, not rip us off.  After five years in the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio does not like his job.  A long-time friend told The Washington Post "he hates it."  Rubio says hate might be too strong a word, but he sure acts like he hates his job.  Rubio has missed more votes than any other senator this year.  His seat is regularly empty for floor votes, committee meetings and intelligence briefings.  He says he's MIA from his J-O-B because he finds it frustrating and wants to be president, instead.

Florida newspaper: Marco Rubio should show up or resign.  Marco Rubio should resign from the U.S. Senate and stop "ripping off" the people of Florida, according to the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel newspaper editorial board.  "By choosing to stay in the Senate and get the publicity, perks and pay that go with the position — without doing the work — you are taking advantage of us," the paper wrote in an editorial published Tuesday [10/27/2015].  "Your job is to represent Floridians in the Senate.  Either do your job, Sen. Rubio, or resign it."

Marco Rubio Praises Obamatrade.  "Rubio voted in favor of fast-track and has struck a favorable tone toward the overall deal," writes The Hill.  Obamatrade collectively refers to Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which is the controversial fast-track mechanism for ramming trade treaties through Congress with minimum scrutiny, and the three major trade deals that would be guaranteed these "fast-track" protections before a page of them had been made public:  the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).

Marco Rubio Skips Critical Vote to Fund Government, Avoids Voting to Fund Planned Parenthood.  GOP primary contenders Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) skipped a critical cloture vote that allowed Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)'s plan to fund the government, including Planned Parenthood, to move forward without risking a shutdown.  That means Rubio and Graham, for whatever reason, skipped a key vote that would have shown where their allegiances lie regarding funding for the highly controversial abortion provider, which, based on recent undercover video investigations, is in the business of selling aborted baby body parts to the highest bidder.

Pope Francis and Marco Rubio Urge Erasing U.S. Borders.  Pope Francis is urging America to throw open her borders to thousands of impoverished migrants, in part to atone for the "sins" of the colonial era.

Marco Rubio: The Newest Member of Black Lives Matter.  Rubio curiously ignored the facts that Cuban and Asian — and even African — immigrants — put the lie to that story of racial hopelessness every day with every success they enjoy.  Including low crime rates.  And high graduation rates.  If Rubio feels he needs black friends to validate his opinions, perhaps he should "interact" with the work of Thomas Sowell and Jesse Lee Peterson and Taleeb Starkes and Kevin Jackson who say this entire story of black victimization is a lie.

Why We Lose: Top GOP Consultant Rick Wilson Trashes Republican Base.  The first thing Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) did after the Tea Party elected him in 2010 was to join the Senate's Gang of Eight and roll over for Chuck Schumer on amnesty.  After winning huge majorities in both Houses in 2014 on a message based primarily on President Obama grabbing too much executive power, one of the first things Republicans did was to give Obama more executive power (and a major political victory) by passing a trade deal Democrats wanted no part of.  Republicans couldn't even leverage something like passage of the Keystone Pipeline in return.

Marco Rubio makes a wrong turn on climate change.  Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), whom many presume to be a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said two things Sunday [5/11/2014] about climate change.  Only one could fit into a presidential campaign worth taking seriously.

Rubio: If we don't pass immigration reform, Obama might legalize illegals by executive order.  Amnesty shills on the left have warned, with increasing volume lately, that King Barack might decide to grant de facto amnesty to illegals via executive order for the remainder of his term if nothing passes Congress.  That's their way — and now Marco Rubio's way — of trying to scare House Republicans into action.

Keyword:  enabler
Rubio begs conservatives to give Obama more power.  Frustrated by his failure to convince House Republicans to vote for his amnesty legislation, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., threatened conservatives that President Obama would unilaterally give all illegal immigrants amnesty if the House does not vote on his bill.

The Editor says...
If I had any misgivings about calling Senator Rubio a RINO, they have now dissipated after reading the headline on the article immediately above.  A true conservative Senator would spend every day preparing to impeach Barry Soetoro and send him to prison.

Rubio the Appeaser.  This morning [8/13/2013] Senator Rubio again made the argument that I mentioned the other day, that Congress needs to pass an amnesty to prevent President Obama from just amnestying all the illegals administratively without giving any enforcement in return.

The Sudden Decline of Marco Rubio.  Rubio's immigration reform bill is so full of pork, favoritism, and outrageous provisions that it has probably ruined his chances at becoming president.

Tantaros to Rubio: Do You Realize that You're Destroying Your Political Future by Supporting the Immigration Bill?  Talk show host Andrea Tantaros had a very pointed and uncomfortable question for Sen. Marco Rubio today.  She interviewed the Florida Republican about his support for the Gang of Eight's "comprehensive" immigration reform bill, which puts legalization for millions of illegal aliens ahead of the border security that a majority of American voters want.

How to lose 2016 in one easy amnesty bill.  To say that there is disgust growing in the ranks is an understatement.  If adults who broke the law to come here illegally get citizenship, it will be a spit in the face of millions of legal immigrants who followed the rules, and many millions more who wait patiently on the other side of the oceans and borders.  It will send a message of lawlessness which will encourage more lawlessness.  Marco Rubio and others are imploding the party to achieve Chuck Schumer's dream.

Poll: Conservative Support for Marco Rubio Plummets.  The latest Public Policy Polling data bears sobering news for Senator Marco Rubio, showing his support among conservatives has substantially decreased since last month.  When asked for their preferred GOP candidate, only 17% of "very conservative" respondents favored Rubio, while only 18% of "somewhat conservative" respondents favored Rubio.

McCain-Rubio Amnesty Bill Ends Conservatism in America.  For all practical purposes, what the Gang of 8 amnesty bill does is permanently ensconce 11 million plus illegal immigrants in our country in return for mostly waivable promises of border security that will never be fulfilled and a permanent liberal majority.  This is a phenomenal deal for Democrats and people who came to this country illegally; so it's easy to understand why they'd back the deal.  Why there are so many conservatives in Congress who are willing to put conservatism's neck in a noose and jump off a stool is harder to say.

Rubio's Amnesty Pitch: From the Predictable to the Ridiculous.  There wasn't any ambivalence in his performance; it seems certain he's going to stick with the amnesty bill expected out this week under almost any circumstances.  He was not only aggressively making his case but, in addition to familiar talking points, he made a couple of new ones that were so obviously ridiculous that I can't see how he could possibly believe them.  Unless he's an idiot, which I do not think to be the case, he's trying to fool voters, not persuade them.

90% Bull.  Fig leaves wilting!  It looks like the requirement that the Border Patrol catch 90% of illegal crossers — reported by the WSJ and touted by both Marco Rubio's chief of staff and my colleague Matt Lewis as an example of the "tough border enforcement measures" in the Gang of 8 immigration amnesty bill — has turned out to be evanescent, like so many of the other promises amnesty boosters have pitched to conservatives.



New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Chris Christie May Face Impeachment Over 'Bridgegate' Scandal.  Gov. Chris Christie, who chairs Donald Trump's White House transition team, could face impeachment hearings in New Jersey over his involvement in the 2013 Bridgegate scandal.  Key Democratic members of the state assembly said court testimony in the George Washington Bridge trial suggested the Republican governor had knowledge of the lane closures in Fort Lee while they were occurring, NBC 4 New York reported Friday.  An unnamed committee chairman said an obstruction of justice charge would be an "obvious" pursuit.  The lawmaker pegged the likelihood of the assembly moving forward with an impeachment process at about 50-50.

Chris Christie's Bizarre Love Affair With Radical Islam.  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's nomination of Sohail Mohammed to be a state judge shows the governor's tin ear for radical Islam.  Not only did he appoint a longtime mouthpiece for radical Islamists to be a judge, but Christie has also turned a blind eye to the activities of one of Mohammed's clients — radical imam Mohammed Qatanani, head of one of New Jersey's largest mosques.  Qatanani has a history of Hamas support and was related by marriage to a leading Hamas operative in the West Bank.  This fall, Qatanani will return to a New Jersey immigration court, where the Department of Homeland Security is fighting to have him deported.  In his initial application for a green card filed in 1999, government lawyers say Qatanani failed to disclose a conviction in an Israeli military court for being a Hamas member and providing support to the terrorist group.

Lawyers in GWB scandal case argue creating a traffic jam is not a crime.  Lawyers for two former associates of Gov. Christie accused of engineering massive traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge to exact political revenge have hit back at government prosecutors, insisting that their clients violated no laws.

Step down, Gov. Christie.  What an embarrassment.  What an utter disgrace.  We're fed up with Gov. Chris Christie's arrogance.  We're fed up with his opportunism.  We're fed up with his hypocrisy.  We're fed up with his sarcasm.  We're fed up with his long neglect of the state to pursue his own selfish agenda.  We're disgusted with his endorsement of Donald Trump after he spent months on the campaign trail trashing him, calling him unqualified by temperament and experience to be president.  And we're fed up with his continuing travel out of state on New Jersey's dime, stumping for Trump, after finally abandoning his own presidential campaign.  For the good of the state, it's time for Christie to do his long-neglected constituents a favor and resign as governor.  If he refuses, citizens should initiate a recall effort.

Political Prediction Market: Marco Rubio's odds drop 10% after Christie endorsement.  Despite a well-received debate performance on Thursday night [2/25/2016] and a Friday spent battling it out with Donald Trump, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's odds at the Republican nomination have decreased after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's unexpected endorsement of Trump.  According to the CNN Political Prediction Market, Rubio's odds of winning the republican nomination were at 31% the morning after the debate, but have since dropped almost 10% to 21%.

Christie Sells Out. Sad!  [Chris] Christie spent a year telling the world that the entitlement crisis is the gravest threat to the future of the country (for instance, in the January 14 debate:  "The reason why no one wants to answer entitlements up here is because it's hard").  But the day after Trump insisted that we don't need to touch entitlements and that we can balance the budget by finding "waste, fraud and abuse" and eliminating Common Core, Christie comes out and celebrates Trump as the guy the country needs.  Christie boasted constantly about the need to tell the American people hard truths and he endorsed the guy who tells little more than easy lies.  What a profile in courage.

Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump for President.  Former presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorsed Donald Trump for president today [2/26/2016].  "I'm proud to be here to endorse Donald Trump," Christie said at a campaign rally in Fort Worth, Texas, adding later, "I'm happy to be on the Trump team."

Christie endorses Trump for president.  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday [2/26/2016] endorsed Donald Trump for president, saying he was the only candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton.  "I can guarantee you that the one person that Bill and Hillary don't want to see on that stage in November is Donald Trump," Christie said in an appearance with Trump in Texas.  "The best person to beat Hillary Clinton in November is undoubtedly Donald Trump."

Christie parrots leftwing talking points to attack Ted Cruz.  This is not to say Ted Cruz is above criticism.  But if the best Chris Christie can do is regurgitate DailyKos talking points he needs to reconsider his qualifications to be president.

Chris Christie has accomplished little as governor, most N.J. residents say in poll.  Three-quarters of New Jersey residents believe Gov. Chris Christie has made minor or no real accomplishments to the state since first taking office, according to a new poll.  A majority of residents rate Christie average when stacked about against his predecessors and 75 percent indicated his accomplishments for the state have been minor or minimal, according to the Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind Poll released today [1/15/2015].  It found only about one-in-five residents, just 19 percent, said the Christie years have been good for the average Garden State citizen.

Christie Administration Proposes More Gun Control For New Jersey.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's (R) administration is proposing more gun control in the form of "security requirements" for firearm retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers — and employees of the same — in the state.

N.J Gov. Chris Christie's EPA praises Obama's coal emission crackdown.  Washington Republicans are decrying President Obama's plan to cut carbon emissions from energy plants 30 percent as a job and economy killer, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's EPA welcomed the move as the right thing to do — setting up a potential 2016 GOP presidential fight over green energy initatives [sic].  New Jersey is among the hardest hit states in the Obama plan, with a demand for 43 percent reduction in emissions from fossil-fueled power plants by 2030.  But state officials said less than 3 percent of the state's electricity comes from coal plants.

Christie still won't say whether he'd sign gun bill to reduce size of ammunition magazines.  Gov. Chris Christie has been mum for months on whether he'd sign a controversial gun-control bill that would reduce the size of ammunition magazines.  That didn't change Tuesday [5/13/2014].  A day after the state Senate passed the measure — which would cut the permitted capacity of magazines from 15 to 10 rounds — Christie said he still hasn't decided what he'd do should it also pass the state Assembly.

How to tell if a presidential candidate is an establishment Republican.  [Scroll down]  Chris Christie is also a supporter of Common Core.  His own website touts his support and he his quoted as saying, "The Common Core State Standards are a building block in our state's education system meant to ensure that teachers and districts can innovate within a framework of high expectations and accountability.  They are based on the fundamental belief that every child in every classroom deserves an education that will properly equip them with the skills they need for college and a career.  Our aggressive implementation of these standards in partnership with districts will ensure that our children have an education that will serve them well in the next stages of their lives."

Christie Touts Free Dinner Program For Camden Kids.  Gov. Chris Christie is praising a new pilot program that is offering free hot dinners to students in a half-dozen Camden schools.

Christie Proposes Education Changes.  New Jersey spends over $7 billion on education each year and is among the 36 states that actually outperformed the international education average, so are these changes necessary?

We Told You So: McDonnell, Christie Dumped Tea Party Long Ago.  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell were the first victors in the Tea Party wave, riding fresh conservative enthusiasm — and outrage over Obamacare — to victory in November 2009.  The left, predictably, is trying to link Christie's bullying scandal and McDonnell's corruption indictment to that Tea Party support.  The truth, however, is that they dumped their Tea Party principles and supporters long ago.

Christie 'punishes' head of abusive state agency with judgeship.  Given all the questions surrounding Gov. Chris Christie's political maneuvers these days, it's probably not the best time for him to pluck a figurehead from the notorious Delaware River Port Authority and knight him a Superior Court judge.  Yet that's exactly what the governor did this month.  He nominated John Matheussen for a seat on the bench, with a six-figure salary and the prospect of lifetime tenure.  His only qualification for this prestigious position appears to be his decade-long reign as head of an abusive state authority now under federal investigation.

Conversion Therapy Law Threatens Christians.  When Chris Christie signed a law against conversion therapy directed at counseling teens experiencing homoerotic feelings, he probably didn't think he had just put New Jersey on a path similar to countries like Saudi Arabia, which forbids conversion from the prevailing Muslim faith.  But forbidding efforts to convert is essentially what the governor did.

Christie to sign ban on gay conversion therapy.  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight.

Chris Christie Attacks "This Strain of Libertarianism That's Going Through Both Parties Right Now.".  Yesterday [7/24/2013] the House voted on Justin Amash and John Conyers' amendment to defund the NSA's mass collection of American phone records.  The measure failed, but it failed by a surprisingly narrow vote, and that margin is making some Republicans nervous.  One of the nervous Republicans, to judge from Aaron Blake's report this evening in the Washington Post, is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie passes on conservative event to speak at Clinton forum.  [New Jersey Gov. Chris] Christie was invited to speak at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's two-day "Road To Majority" conference in Washington, Republicans with knowledge of the invitation said.  Christie's team declined, citing a scheduling conflict.  Instead of visiting the conservative confab, the New Jersey governor, who is up for re-election this year, will be heading to Chicago to attend a symposium sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, the foundation helmed by former President Bill Clinton.

Major Democratic donors flock to Christie.  The checks are flying into the Republican governor's war chest from all sorts of unlikely places — the hedge fund run by liberal billionaire George Soros, for example, and the politically progressive halls of the University of California, Berkeley.

Governor Christie Wants More Gun Control.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced his intention to expand his state's gun control laws. [...] Christie believes the government has the right to "demand more" from law-abiding citizens, but acknowledges it can't do the same to criminals.  This is standard gun control fare.  One of the main features of gun control is making it harder for the law-abiding to defend themselves, while making it easier for violent predators to succeed.

Excommunicating Christie.  With unemployment stuck around 8 percent, economic growth basically nonexistent and the nation suffocating from record debt, the White House should have been the GOP's for the taking in 2012.  The elephants need a new dynamic leader.  It's vital they don't pick a RINO.  The biggest bull in the herd is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee:

RI Gov. Chafee poised to join Democrats.  On Thursday, [Lincoln] Chafee cast his lot with the Democrats, long the state's dominant political party.

Sources: Lincoln Chafee to switch parties.  Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee will formally switch his party registration Thursday [5/30/2013], abandoning his status as an independent and joining the Democratic Party, the governor's office told Politico.



New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Bloomberg set to address Democratic National Convention, endorse Clinton.  Ex-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is set to give a prime-time speech and endorse the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee at this week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia — just a week after former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani addressed the Republican convention in a fiery speech to lend his support to GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Michael Bloomberg: 'I Have Earned My Place in Heaven'.  Former New York City mayor is pledging to spend $50 million this year to push gun control, the New York Times reports.  For this and other deeds (such as taking on obesity and smoking), Bloomberg believes he's going to heaven.  "I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I'm not stopping to be interviewed.  I am heading straight in.  I have earned my place in heaven.  It's not even close," Bloomberg told the Times.

The Editor says...
Mr. Bloomberg is in for a deep disappointment, because he obviously does not understand God or the Scriptures.  He will someday discover that all his wealth and his good works amount to exactly nothing [Isaiah 64:6], and instead he will find himself without any justification to enter Heaven.  This will be made abundantly clear to him, and it's not going to be pleasant.  But really, why would he waste his breath boasting about his guaranteed place in Heaven if he isn't even convinced that there is a God?  Mr. Bloomberg (or you, or I, or anyone else) has only one hope of eternal salvation, and that is to accept by faith the payment for sin that has already been made by Jesus Christ [Romans 10:9-10].

Michael Bloomberg: I've 'earned my place in heaven' for anti-gun crusade.  Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, said it's his work for more gun control — along with his anti- smoking and healthy eating campaigns — that have won him God's favor and a sure spot behind the Pearly Gates.  His exact words, made in context of discussing his smoking cessation and anti-obesity pushes, as well as his concerted crackdowns on private gun ownership, to the New York Times were:  "I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I'm not stopping to be interviewed.  I am heading straight in.  I have earned my place in heaven.  It's not even close."

Bloomberg's Last Crusade: Banning Styrofoam Cups.  With the sun finally setting on the Bloomberg empire, New York City's fastidious mayor attempts to seal his legacy by tackling the most dangerous threat facing America's largest city:  styrofoam cups?

Mayor Bloomberg wants to ban Styrofoam.  At the request of the mayor, the City Council's Sanitation Committee is holding a hearing Monday [11/25/2013] on a bill to prohibit the use and sale of plastic foam cups and plates that have long been ubiquitous in delis, bodegas and even school cafeterias.  Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway will testify on behalf of the administration, which first proposed the ban in the summer and is now rushing to get it enacted into law.

NYC Mayor Bloomberg Pushes Mandatory Composting.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg — the man who brought about the failed supersize soda ban and restrictions on trans fats in city restaurants — is pushing for a law forcing New York City residents to compost their food refuse.  Bloomberg's proposal would encourage voluntary composting initially, and then make food composting mandatory by 2015-2016.  Opponents decried yet another expansion of the nanny state and also worried about food composting expanding the city's rat population.

NYC Bill Would Ban Styrofoam Containers.  The New York City Council is considering a bill to ban the sale of food served in polystyrene foam containers.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg and at least 11 Council members publicly support the proposed ban, but consumers and small business owners are rallying against it.  The Bloomberg administration claims the many years it takes polystyrene to break down in local landfills justifies the product ban.  According to the American Chemistry Council, however, polystyrene foam containers comprise less than 1 percent of landfill waste.

Mike Bloomberg's gun accident.  His Honor just doesn't like guns.  Guns, like a 16-ounce bottle of soda pop, frighten him.  That's why he has a police detail to shadow him everywhere he goes, lest a wild Slurpee lunge at him from the shadows.  Doesn't everyone?

Bloomberg Uses Commencement Speech to Push Gun Control, Rail Against 'Extremist' NRA.  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg used a commencement speech to push his gun-control agenda, telling graduates of Kenyon College in Ohio that gun control is "something you really should think about."  Bloomberg, who co-chairs Mayors Against Illegal Guns, spent at least $14 million in support of legislation that would have required universal background checks for all gun-buyers.  Although the bill died in the Senate on April 17, Bloomberg said the battle isn't over.

Mayor Bloomberg's Personal Reading Of Constitution.  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that in light of the Boston Marathon bombing, our interpretation of the Constitution will "have to change."  Americans should be appalled at such a statement.

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It is a mystery to me how somebody like Mayor Bloomberg is allowed to call himself a Republican.  Evidently the Republican Party has very low standards as well as a very big tent.

Bloomberg Admits Terminal Snooping.  Reporters at Bloomberg News were trained to use a function on the company's financial data terminals that allowed them to view subscribers' contact information and, in some cases, monitor login activity in order to advance news coverage, more than half a dozen former employees said.

Bloomberg Terminal Scandal Makes Bunga Bunga Parties Seem Quaint.  When a billionaire mayor's news company uses his financial company's products to spy on the nation's top bankers and officials, no line is left uncrossed.

Michael Bloomberg's creepy authoritarianism.  So, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes that the public's interpretation of the Constitution must evolve in the face of terror attacks such as the one in Boston.  "You're going to have to have a level of security greater than you did back in the olden days," the man explained, "and our laws and our interpretation of the Constitution, I think, have to change."  Of course he thinks they do.  That's why we have constitutions — so they can be changed in tumultuous times.

Mayor Bloomberg Is Trying to Create Prohibition Lite.  Bloomberg and his confederates have effectively nudged thousands of smokers and shopkeepers into criminal behavior.

The mayor who would be despot.  [Even if Mayor] Bloomberg is no Rudy Giuliani, at least he has done OK up until now.  Now his daydreams are taking on the air of delusion.  He apparently longs for the perfect gesture with which to festoon his legacy.  Health for all!  An end to guns for everyone, except the cops!  No more violence!  Maybe he even plans a campaign against spitting in public.

The Media's Favorite Fake Republicans.  Exhibit A:  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  The Jan. 14 Washington Post insisted on the front page:  "Bloomberg wants change in the GOP."  Post reporter Jason Horowitz noted, "America's most prominent and deep pocketed advocate for gun control would rather rehabilitate Republicans than oust them."  What?  Republicans are criminals in need of rehabilitation?  The analogies get worse.

Bloomberg: Obama Should 'Go Around Congress' to Appoint ATF Director.  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday [1/14/2013] urged President Barack Obama to make a recess appointment for the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as one of several steps that Obama can take to on gun control "without congressional approval at any time he chooses with just the stroke of a pen."


Former Speaker of the House, John Boehner:

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Mr. Boehner has announced his resignation from the US Congress, effective at the end of October, 2015.  During the month of October he will most likely be a loose cannon.  After that, Mr. Boehner will still have the freedom to associate with whomever he pleases, which means that instead of returning to Ohio, the state he allegedly represented in the Congress, he will most likely enjoy a lucrative career as a lobbyist and power broker in Washington for as long as he is able to navigate among the office buildings in Washington.

Related topic:  Speaker Boehner's lawsuit in lieu of impeachment.

No longer speaker, but two Boehner aides being paid over $10,000 a month.  Two aides to former House Speaker John Boehner are earning over $10,000 a month in his taxpayer-funded "Office of the Former Speaker," according to congressional records.  Both longtime aides, Amy Lozupone received $26,414 for work done in November and December as Boehner's administrative assistant, and Michael Sommers was paid $22,185 during the same period.

GOP Establishment: Let's Prop Up Rubio!  [Scroll down]  The last thing Speaker Boehner did was pass a long enough "continuing resolution" to take the spending process all the way through March of 2017.  Yes, that is correct, all the way to the next President's statutorily required (constitutionally required) budget proposal.  In order to extend the spending [...] it had to be constructed without a debt ceiling limit on how much they could spend.  So Boehner removed the ceiling and the House passed the entire scheme.  Continuing resolution, unlimited spending, no ceiling on debt — Got it?

Boehner's Budget Betrayal Will Haunt Republicans.  In one of his final acts before leaving Congress, now-former House Speaker John Boehner teamed up with President Obama for one last embrace.  This unholy union concocted a scheme to bust the spending caps, while virtually eliminating the debt ceiling for the final 15 months of Obama's term in office.  While Boehner and Obama pushing progressive legislation is not uncommon for this dastardly duo, this budget deal flies in the face of conservative principles because it wipes away the one real victory House Republicans managed to score since taking back control of the lower chamber in January 2011.  This budget is an utter disgrace and a complete betrayal of the grass-roots conservative activists who worked so hard to defeat Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats during the 2010 elections.

Good Riddance To Johnny Lawnchair: The Fastest Fold On The Potomac.  There are few political hacks in Washington more deserving of everlasting ignominy than retiring speaker John Boehner.  So here's a vehement good riddance to the man who has single-handedly destroyed whatever pathetic semblance of fiscal responsibility that remained in Washington.  The so-called bipartisan budget deal he confected as a parting gesture doesn't even deserve to be called a farce.  It's actually just an extension of Washington's pathological lying to the American public about the monumental fiscal calamity now brewing.

Boehner's Backroom Budget.  Putting aside for a moment the details of the deal, the process — secretive back-room negotiating with approximately zero input from nearly 300 other Republican members of the House and Senate — seems to be everything Ryan railed against when courting House conservatives' support for his speakership.

Boehner, McConnell and Obama package another two-year budget blowout and debt limit increase.  John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Barack Obama have crafted yet another out-of-order budget deal in secret.  Par for the course with this egregious crew, members of Congress and the American public were not consulted.  Their "deal" would increase the debt limit for another two years, adding another trillion dollars to our kids' bill, increase spending by $80 billion, and yields the hilarious promise of "entitlement reform" at some point in the future.

Sens. Lee, Sessions Blast Boehner-Obama Budget Deal For Being 'Drafted in Secret'.  Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the current and former chairs of the committee, respectively, sent a letter to their Senate colleagues today [10/28/2015] asking them to vote against the deal and oppose the "nontransparent process used to produce it."  In their letter, the Steering Committee leaders criticized their Republican congressional leaders for crafting the deal behind closed doors, leaving no room for input from Republicans.

'Cleaning the barn,' John Boehner dumps on GOP renegades.  John Boehner's final act before he leaves Congress is to flip a middle finger at the renegade conservatives who have made his life miserable since he became speaker of the House of Representatives.  Saying he needs to "clean up the barn" before he turns the gavel over to Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), Boehner has made a budget deal with President Obama that will forestall any threat of a government shutdown or debt default until after a new president takes office in 2017.

Massive Debt, Budget Deal Introduced In Dead of Night, Vote Violates Another Boehner Pledge.  The giant debt ceiling increase rolled together with a budget deal was introduced at 11:36 p.m. Monday [10/26/2015], in the dead of night, several congressional sources confirm to Breitbart News.  The text is 144 pages long and increases the debt ceiling beyond when President Barack Obama leaves office, all the way until March 2017.  It also, according to Politico, increases spending by $50 billion this year and $30 billion more the following year.

This Budget Is No Deal, It's A Spending Spree.  Federal spending in 2016 was already expected to climb by more than $250 billion — or close to $1 billion extra spending each day.  This was to be a 6% rise in outlays in a year when inflation is running at slightly less than 2%.  But the budget deal adds to the orgy of spending.  The plan raises spending by at least $100 billion over two years and busts through the spending caps for two years.  And it raises the debt ceiling by about $1 trillion for the next year and a half so that Washington doesn't have to deal with it anymore.

Boehner Agrees to Suspend Debt Limit for the Rest of Obama's Term.  The new spending deal that resigning House Speaker John Boehner has made with the Democratic congressional leadership and President Barack Obama will suspend the legal limit on the federal government's debt until after Obama leaves office.  "Subsection 901(a) provides for the temporary suspension of the limit on public debt through March 15, 2017," says the official summary of the bill.

On Benghazi Intelligence Briefing — Speaker John Boehner: "I don't recall".  "I don't recall" — In a world where journalists were in-tune with events and stories, and in a world where journalists were driven to tell the truth behind events, those three words from Speaker of the House John Boehner would have caused every DC reporter to grab their steno pads and head immediately to his offices.  Alas, few people beyond the inhabitants of the "new media world" (internet) have an understanding of how consequential those three intentionally obtuse words actually are.

Mo Brooks: John Boehner Will Likely Remain House Speaker Until 2017.  Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) acknowledged on Breitbart News Sunday that since no candidate has a clear pathway to becoming the next Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) could remain Speaker through January 2017.

Boehner making waves on his way to the exit.  John Boehner's speakership is not ending quietly.  With less than four weeks left in his decades-long congressional career, Boehner is maneuvering to shape the House Republican Conference on his way out.

Cruz Slams Boehner for Not Leaving Immediately.  Sen. Ted Cruz blasted outgoing Speaker John A. Boehner Monday [9/28/2015] for sticking around for a month after the Ohio Republican announced his intent to resign.  The Republican presidential candidate from Texas was rebuffed by his colleagues from even getting the show of 11 hands needed for a sufficient second of a motion for a roll call vote on a process that would set up an amendment to the "clean" continuing resolution on defunding Planned Parenthood and the international nuclear agreement with Iran.

Lame duck:
Boehner open to raising debt limit.  Outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday [9/29/2015] wouldn't rule out a vote to raise the nation's borrowing limit before he quits Congress at the end of October.

Loose cannon:
Boehner Indicates He'll Rely on Democrats to Pass CR That Funds Planned Parenthood.  House Speaker John Boehner said on CBS's "Face the Nation" this morning that there will be no government shutdown — thus signaling that the House of Representatives he will lead until the end of next month will not send the Senate a continuing resolution that Democrats there would filibuster because it prohibits funding of Planned Parenthood or that President Barack Obama would veto for the same reason.

John Boehner: Then and Now.  In 2010, I interviewed Boehner when he was minority leader and I asked him to cite the most important lesson he learned when Republicans lost their hard-won House majority in 2006.  He replied, "Our team failed to live up to our own principles."  Failing to live up to GOP principles, indeed, failing to articulate what those principles are, was largely the reason for the increase in conservative members who then demanded either action or the speaker's head.  They got his head.

John Boehner: Bad Speaker or Worst Speaker?  All you need to know about the failed speakership of John Boehner was exposed to the entire world by Boehner himself as he announced his resignation from Congress.  The what, the how, and the why of his failures were succinctly explained when he said, "The first job of any Speaker is to protect this institution that we all love."  Do what?  Well, no wonder he was a disaster as speaker.  He had no clue what the job description was.  In just 15 words, everything about his disastrous reign was brought into laser-sharp focus.  Never has someone so orange said so much with so few words and so many tears.  When you're this out of touch and have abused this much power and wasted this many opportunities that have caused a nation great pain, there is no limit to the scorn you deserve.

John Boehner Quit Because He Was Going To Be Fired.  Under Boehner's leadership, the institutional standing of the Republican Congress has crumbled to record lows.  He departs as the least popular Speaker in three decades.  The idea that this approach was one designed to appeal to some higher purpose is simply laughable.  One does not fall on a sword when your head is already in the guillotine.

Boehner: 'False Prophets' Like [Ted] Cruz 'Whip People Into Frenzy' Over Plans That Won't Work.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) appeared on one Sunday show — CBS' "Face the Nation" — after his Friday surprise announcement that he'd be resigning from Congress in about a month.  And Boehner used the opportunity to make another firm announcement:  There will be no government shutdown this week, despite the efforts of some conservatives to block Planned Parenthood funding.

Time to say really goodbye, Mr. Speaker.  I guess Boehner was out of the loop when the national Republican Party political organs spent millions of dollars promising to end ObamaCare if elected.  Those speeches and commercials condemning President Obama's executive amnesty must have been sanctioned elsewhere, over Boehner's objections.  And the constant Republican refrain about the dangers of the ever-expanding national debt must be news to him.

Judicial Watch Statement on Boehner Resignation.  John Boehner's willingness to fund rather than oppose Barack Obama's lawlessness is a chief reason for his forced resignation from his position as speaker of the House.  It is no small issue that, during Boehner's tenure, Judicial Watch is widely acknowledged to have been performing the oversight that is the job of Congress.  We've heard from many members of the House who are embarrassed that its committees and oversight have become a joke under Speaker Boehner.  Judicial Watch has had more success investigating the IRS, Benghazi, and Clinton email scandals than any House committee under Boehner's direction.  And the House simply could not stand for John Boehner to allow the funding of the very things he told the American people that House leadership opposed.  Corruption in government grew under Speaker Boehner's watch.

Boehner Betrayed His Party.  "We want to give Boehner a governable majority so the crazies you hate will be irrelevant."  This is how the Washington Republican Establishment talks to its K Street allies.  It's a quote from last October when a Republican campaign operative told the business community why it was important for Republicans to capture 245 House seats.  The establishment isn't focused on marginalizing liberal lawmakers trying to grow the size and scope of government.  They want to marginalize conservative lawmakers fighting to keep the reasonable promises they have made to their constituents.

Disgraced Speaker Worked Deal to Fund Planned Parenthood With Pelosi.  In all seriousness, Ted Cruz just unleashed several quotes of the year as the bumbling, incoherent, chain smoking loser known as John Boehner has decided to collect his long-anticipated 8-figure retirement bonus by transferring to a lobbying role on K Street.

John Boehner just sacrificed his career for the good of the Republican party.  Almost since the day he became speaker — following the tea party-led takeover of Congress in the 2010 midterm elections — Boehner had been caught betwixt and between.  His roots were firmly in the establishment end of the party, having spent decades in Congress and moving up the leadership chain not once but twice.

Divine Comity.  The age of Boehner in the United States Congress is at an end.  He announced his resignation effective the end of October 2015.  The first flurry of commentary will likely center on the motives, or proximate causes, of the startling move.  Some say he dreamed his entire career of bringing the Pope to Congress, and having achieved that end, his mission is completed.  Others say he could not marshal two hundred and eighteen Republican votes to save his speakership against an expected vote of no confidence.

Boehner: Shutdown will hurt anti-abortion rights movement.  Speaker John Boehner warned his Republican colleagues Wednesday morning that shutting down the government over Planned Parenthood could damage the cause of lawmakers who oppose abortion, according to multiple sources in the closed party gathering.  The private House Republican Conference meeting Wednesday morning was mostly focused on the pending Iran vote, but Boehner (R-Ohio) began what will be a weeks-long quest to quell a growing uproar over the government funding of Planned Parenthood, after several videos released over the summer have allegedly depicted agents of the group discussing fetal tissue sales.

Republicans Thwart Boehner Plan To Move Forward On Obama's Nuclear Arms Deal With Iran.  A full-scale revolt against House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) — including a looming resolution that could come up for a vote at any time that would remove him from the speakership — has thrown into disarray the House GOP leadership's previously carefully laid plans to push President Obama's nuclear arms deal with Iran through Congress without a fight.

Mark Meadows: Constituents Pressuring GOP Reps to Oust Boehner for Failed Promises.  On Breitbart News Sunday [9/6/2015] [...], Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who is leading the effort to oust House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) from his leadership post, said the effort to remove Boehner is getting momentum because GOP constituents are sick and tired of a GOP establishment leadership that does not fulfill campaign promises.  Meadows told guest-host Matt Boyle, [...] that Boehner will need the votes of Democrats to remain Speaker if a vote is held today.  Regarding his motion to vacate the chair, Meadows noted that 25 Republicans did not vote for Boehner for Speaker in January and he said, based on private conversations, that there are at least a dozen more Republicans who are now willing to vote against Boehner.

Even Boehner allies see his speakership nearing an end.  The long and troubled reign of Rep. John Boehner as leader of Republicans in the House may be coming to an end.  A floor vote will be scheduled later in September to vacate the speaker's chair and even his closest allies believe he may not survive.  In the vote for speaker in January, 17 Republicans voted against him.  With just 28 no votes needed to oust him, and several contentious issues coming up in the next 3 months.  Republicans may feel they can do better with someone else at the helm.

Leaked Instructions — GOPe Leaders Give Senators Talking Points For August Recess.  The Mitch McConnell legislative agenda was written for him prior to taking his position as Senate Majority Leader.  The author of the agenda was a group of Wall Street financiers who organize under the construct of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue as CoC President.  Donohue then spends millions through K-Street lobbyists to insure his legislative priorities are maintained.  In the run-up to the 2014 mid-terms Donohue was very specific on what his demands were of the GOPe team, Boehner and McConnell: [...]

John Boehner's 10 Worst Moments as Speaker.  It's clear that the last six months have done nothing to make Boehner see the error of his ways.

Report: John Boehner Calls Ted Cruz A 'Jackass' At Fundraiser.  Given Speaker Boehner's abysmal approval ratings, the question isn't if his comment hurts Senator Cruz, but if it will possibly help him.  Cruz has clashed with party leadership since taking office in January of 2013.

John Boehner Calls Ted Cruz A 'Jackass' At Fundraiser.  At a Steamboat Springs event for GOP Rep. Scott Tipton, the Ohio Republican quipped that he likes how Cruz's presidential campaign keeps "that jackass" out of Washington, and from telling Boehner how to do his job.  That remark rubbed some attendees the wrong way.

The D.C. Idiocracy: Remember The Really Dumb Kids In School? They're Now In Charge Of Your Life.  Keep in mind that Mitch McConnell's favorite negotiating tactic is to declare that Republicans won't shut down the government right before he starts telling Obama what he wants.  Even Obama, who's about as sharp as a bowl of spaghetti, knows all he has to do is wait until he gets close to the deadline for a shutdown to get everything he wants.  McConnell's counterpart in the House, John Boehner, is just as habitually incompetent.  His idea to stop Obama's illegal immigration policy was to refuse to fund the Department of Homeland Security until Obama gave in.  Then, when Obama refused to give in, Boehner immediately caved because the Department of Homeland Security is important and he couldn't risk defunding it.

New Poll: Boehner Under Water With GOP Voters.  Rank-and-file GOP House members are now confronted with an important question:  do they want to head into a presidential election with a leader who is unpopular with their own voters and hated by Independents?  Gallup released a poll today [8/12/2015] showing that just 23% of Americans view Speaker John Boehner favorably.  A clear majority have an unfavorable view of him.

Boehner Laments Conservative Radio Hosts Going 'Further Right'; Limbaugh Fires Back.  John Boehner appeared on The Golf Channel with David Feherty last night and lamented how things are so partisan these days, he can't even play a game of golf with President Obama without people getting so worked up.  "20 years ago, when we won the first Republican majority in 40 years, there was one radio talk show host nobody had ever heard of," he said.  "There was one cable news channel that just did news.  And you look at today, you've got hundreds of radio talk show hosts all trying to outdo themselves by going further right and further right."  That one unnamed talk show host he mentioned is, of course, Rush Limbaugh, and Limbaugh responded on his radio show today [8/4/2015].

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First of all, Speaker Boehner can't play golf with Barack H. Obama without alarming a lot of Republicans simply because a lot of Republicans do not trust Mr. Boehner any more than they trust Mr. Obama.  Second, there are more and more right-wing radio talk shows for at least three reasons:  [#1] Talk radio is the only remaining thing AM radio is good for, [#2] Right-wing radio talk shows are the only talk shows that attract enough listeners to make them commercially feasible; and [#3]  as the government grows larger, more intrusive, more expensive, more at odds with common sense, and more inclined toward ruthless authoritarianism, the American public is moving toward a point of view that abhors bloated government, thousand-page pork-laden laws that are rushed through Congress without being read, and the restoration of liberty — otherwise known as right-wing ideology.  Speaker Boehner laments this trend.  What does that tell you?

John Boehner Embarrassed: His Whip Team Couldn't Find Votes to Reelect Him Speaker Last Week.  House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) had been planning to call up on the House floor last week a measure from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) that would have removed him as Speaker of the House if it succeeded — intending to embarrass Meadows — but abandoned the plan after his entire leadership structure learned that they did not have the votes to re-elect him as Speaker before the August recess.

John Boehner says Republican Congressmen won't let him play golf with Obama because they are worried about what they discuss on the course.  The bitter rivalry between the Democrats and Republicans causes a constant lack of agreement in Congress.  Their inability to come to a settlement has stalled legislation for months and even caused the shutdown of the federal government.  And, according to House Speaker John Boehner, the feud extends beyond Capitol Hill onto the golf course.  He says fellow GOP Congressmen won't let him hit the course with President Obama, because they are worried about what the pair might to discuss.

Boehner, McConnell 'Destroying Party From the Top'.  Congressional Republicans are headed toward summer recess in turmoil, and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says it's because Republican leaders are acting like big-spending liberals and conservatives have had enough of it.  The House of Representatives is the scene of the latest unrest, as Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., filed a motion to remove House Speaker John Boehner from his leadership position.  Boehner said he will not allow a vote before recess.  Things are just as intense in the Senate.

The very real consequences of the effort to remove John Boehner.  North Carolina Republican Representative Mark Meadows has filed a motion to remove John Boehner as speaker of the House.  Technically it's called a motion to "vacate the chair," though it feels as though the chair has been vacant for some time already, given the absence of any meaningful opposition to Obama's agenda.  Meadows is unhappy with Boehner's unwillingness to fight for Republican or conservative values (which used to be the same thing).  Of course, his motion has no chance of passing, and publicly Boehner and his cronies will probably smirk and laugh at Meadows as it is voted down, the very same way Mitch McConnell and his Chamber of Commerce mafiosi smirked at Ted Cruz when Cruz confronted McConnell about his lies concerning the Export-Import Bank.

Punished conservative moves to oust Boehner.  Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., was temporarily removed from his post chairing a House Oversight subcommittee after voting against a procedural measure to advance a critical trade bill earlier this summer.  He was later restored to his post thanks to protests from his rank-and-file conservative allies, but Meadows apparently wasn't satisfied.  Meadows Tuesday [7/28/2015] introduced a resolution "Declaring the office of Speaker of the House of Representatives vacant."

Levin: McConnell and Boehner 'Are a Disgrace;' They're 'Endangering This Country'.  On his show Monday, nationally syndicated radio show host Mark Levin lamented the direction that Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are leading this nation.  They "are a disgrace," and they are "endangering this country" by delivering the trade deal to Obama, said Levin.  "These men are a disgrace.  They're endangering this country," Levin said on his July 27 broadcast.  "It's not Obama alone.  It's the Republican phony leaders in the House and the Senate, too."  [Audio clip.]

John Boehner coup: Rep. Mark Meadows files motion to oust House Speaker.  Tea party champion Rep. Mark Meadows filed a motion Tuesday [7/28/2015] to oust House Speaker John A. Boehner from his leadership post, escalating the feud between a faction of conservative lawmakers and the Republican leadership.  Mr. Meadows, North Carolina Republican, filed a motion to "vacate the chair," which could force a no-confidence vote by the full chamber and result in the removal of Mr. Boehner as speaker.

It's On: Rep. Mark Meadows Makes Move to Unseat John Boehner as Speaker Immediately.  Yet another rebellion against Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is brewing among Republicans in the House of Representatives, and has now burst into public view.  Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) has filed a motion aimed at unseating Boehner immediately as Speaker of the House.

House conservative seeks John Boehner's ouster.  Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has filed a motion to try to force Speaker John Boehner from his leadership post.  The action, called a motion to vacate the chair, represents a new level of opposition to the Ohio Republican's speakership from the conservative wing.  However the motion, which was filed late Tuesday afternoon [7/28/2015], can be easily disregarded by supporters of Boehner in its current form.

Levin: It's Time for Boehner and McConnell to Resign.  As usual, Levin is spot on.  The Republican Congress was elected in large part to fight against Obama and his far left policies.  And yet, they have caved on every issue.  They fund Obamacare, they fund Obama's unconstitutional executive amnesty, and they made themselves irrelevant in the Iran deal by passing Sen. Bob Corker's bill that turned the treaty provision of the Constitution on its head.  Where have Boehner and McConnell been on the issue of sanctuary cities and Kate Steinle's murder?  Where is the forceful action and leadership on the defunding of Planned Parenthood after these horrific videos of them admitting to illegally selling the body parts of aborted babies?

GOP working hard on phony bill to defund sanctuary cities.  House Speaker John Boehner has just come out of the closet.  He's a thespian.  He can't be anything else, because he strives to be one of the greatest actors of all time.  He currently is starring in a play on the House floor where he is appearing to pass a bill that would cut off funding for sanctuary cities.  The only problem with that is that the House is now powerless to do so.  The House can certainly pass such a bill, but the Senate can ignore it, and even if the Senate passed it as well, Obama could veto it without consequence.

7 Questions for J.D. Winteregg, the Man Running Against John Boehner.  Republican J.D. Winteregg has launched a 2016 primary challenge.  And it's not just any challenge.  It marks his second attempt at taking on one of the most powerful men in the country.

John Boehner's Reality Distortion Field.  This is Speaker Boehner's reality; as a leader in DC, he's a perpetual loser.  Ever since his he was poised to take over as Speaker, Boehner has immersed himself in a world where his rhetoric doesn't match his reality.  He promised that "not a dime" would go to funding Obamacare, and after the theater of 50+ votes to repeal it (to provide cover for those who wanted to be re-elected), he voted to fund it.  After the IRS unfairly targeted conservative and tea party groups, Speaker Boehner boldly stated that someone needed to go to jail over the matter — no one has.  Speaker Boehner has caved on raising the debt ceiling with no strings attached, he has attacked good conservative Republicans who don't want to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, and he has stated that he absolutely trusts the president.  His trust for the President was further demonstrated when he pushed for — and voted — to give the President the ultimate authority to negotiate three secretive economic deals.  We've all seen how well the President negotiates — 5 terrorists for a traitor, and now a signing bonus to Iran that will enable them to develop a nuclear bomb.  Despite this reality, Speaker Boehner continues to claim that he is one of the most conservative people in Congress.

Boehner Attacks Conservatives Opposing His Chummy Relationship With Obama.  The GOP leadership has found a hill to die on... Obama's legacy enhancing trade authority.  Yes, free trade is generally a Republican and conservative policy goal but it's never a big winner with voters.  But this time with Obama, Boehner and McConnell leading the charge Republicans are far more skeptical of big deals with unforeseeable consequences than usual.  Usually conservatives are told they can't have their priorities because they don't poll well.  It seems that's not an issue when the GOP leadership class really, really wants something.  In fact, Boehner is now retaliating against conservatives who opposed him on the Trade Promotion Authority rule.

Boehner Returns Meadows to Chairmanship After Buck Keeps Post.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) jointly announced Thursday [6/25/2015] that Meadows would get his subcommittee chairmanship back after being punished for voting against House leadership on the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation that gave President Obama fast track authority to finalize his trade negotiations without amendments from Congress.

House Rebels Warn of Blowback for Boehner.  The House Freedom Caucus has a secret it wants to share with Democrats.  "If the Democrats were to file a motion to vacate the chair and were to vote for that motion unanimously, there probably are 218 votes for it to succeed," one member of the House Freedom Caucus told CQ Roll Call Tuesday night [6/23/2015], as he exited an meeting in the basement of Tortilla Coast.  If that's true, Democrats could certainly use a vote to remove Speaker John A. Boehner as leverage in any number of upcoming battles:  the Export-Import Bank, a highway bill, all sorts of spending measures.

GOP Leadership Threatens Other Conservative Subcommittee Chairman as Punishment for Trade Vote.  Last week, 34 Republicans broke from their party in voting against a routine procedural rule that would have advanced Trade Promotion Authority.  Since then, GOP leadership has come down hard on those members, removing some from the leadership team and threatening others with losing subcommittee chairmanships.  This show of force from leadership has angered conservative lawmakers and members of the House Freedom Caucus, who are speaking out against the "culture of punishment and fear" that's emerged during John Boehner's tenure as speaker.

Boehner warns conservatives: Stray and be punished.  Conservatives who voted against advancing a "Fast Track" trade deal got a lecture from House Speaker John Boehner, who warned them that he endorses the punishment that has been handed down to some of them.  In a closed-door weekly Republican conference meeting Wednesday [6/24/2015], the Ohio Republican told rank-and-file members that he supports a move to strip Rep. Mark Meadows of his Oversight subcommittee chairmanship.  Meadows, R-N.C., was among those conservatives who voted against the "rule" on a trade package that is a top priority for the GOP leadership.

Boehner Targets Another Courageous Conservative For Retaliation Over Obamatrade Vote.  Freshman Congressman Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) refused to support Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation last week, so now House leadership is rumored to be planning his removal as President of the Freshman Class of the House of Representatives.

'Fed up' conservatives plot revenge against Boehner.  Dozens of members of the House GOP's most conservative faction plan to meet Tuesday [6/23/2015] to discuss ways to counteract the decision of House Speaker John Boehner and other leaders to seek retribution against members who vote against must-pass measures.  The House Freedom Caucus, a GOP group made up of about 40 of the most conservative members, plans to hold the discussion some time after Tuesday's evening votes, according to lawmakers familiar with the initiative.

Boehner Allies Retaliate Against Members Who Oppose Obama's Agenda.  Speaker John Boehner has just stripped Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), one of the most honorable conservatives in the House, of a subcommittee chairmanship for voting against Obamatrade.  By the end of the week, we will know whether the conservative movement inside and outside of Congress has learned its lesson in this one-sided war.  As John Boehner works to rubber stamp Obama's agenda and ignore every single dangerous act of this president, House conservatives stand at the precipice of a time for choosing.  The House has hit rock bottom.  Now is the moment for all those self-described conservatives in the House to choose between their constituents or the pagan altar of the D.C. oligarchy.

Levin: Boehner's Retaliation Against Conservatives Means Open Warfare.  Levin's comments come after Boehner's retaliation against conservatives hit a new low this weekend, with a report from Politico about how House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) — playing along with Boehner's scheme to attack Republicans for voting their conscience — removed Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) as the chairman of a subcommittee on his full committee.  Levin even compared Boehner to 20th century Communist Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and how he cleansed his government of all dissent.  "Speaker Boehner's and Congressman Chaffetz's removal of Meadows is the latest in a series of ideologically-driven attacks on conservatives.  Boehner seems to think he's Stalin cleaning out all opposition in the Kremlin," Levin said.  "No Republican Speaker in recent times has behaved with less integrity in his wielding of power."

Boehner: We're Seeing 'Positive Momentum' Toward Passing ObamaTrade.  House Republican leadership is conveying confidence about the prospects of passing a top trade priority for President Obama. [...] House Leadership has posted the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) language, which would provide President Obama "fast track" authority to negotiate trade bills — notably the Trans-Pacific Partnership — which would allow for a vote before the end of the week.

The Obama-Boehner-McConnell 'Fast Track' to a Poorer America.  President Barack Obama is negotiating a multilateral trade agreement with the governments of 11 nations.  These include Malaysia and Vietnam — as well as Japan, Brunei, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru.  This so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership would govern most of the commercial relations between the nations that sign it.

Boehner boots rebels.  Three months after they voted against John Boehner's third term as speaker, two Republicans have been removed from a key committee in retaliation for their dissent.  The House Rules Committee announced on Tuesday that they have filled two positions temporarily vacated by Reps. Richard Nugent and Daniel Webster, who were taken off the panel after they joined 24 conservative Republicans in voting against Boehner in January.

The Medicare Doc Fiction.  When will John Boehner learn that a bill is bad news if Nancy Pelosi supports it, President Obama wants to sign it, and the press sings its praises?  That's precisely what he had on his hands with H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, a.k.a. the "Doc Fix."  Yet today we find him basking in the approbation of the Beltway establishment for getting this bill passed.  This "fix" will add billions to the federal deficit, replace an unworkable price control system with a worse scheme that will dictate how doctors practice medicine and place financial burdens on seniors.

Conservatives seethe after attacks from allies of Boehner.  Conservatives are seething after an outside group aligned with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) spent hundreds of thousands of dollars targeting a trio of Republican lawmakers over threats to shut down the Department of Homeland Security.  Tea Party Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) equated the attack ads to GOP "cannibalism," while his conservative colleague Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) called them a "stupid" tactic that would backfire.

Dems want to empower Boehner.  Democrats are outnumbered by more than 50 members — and have almost no power to bring bills to the floor.  But they see Boehner as a willing compromiser on must-pass legislation like funding the government and raising the debt ceiling — once the Speaker can convince his troops that the partisan route endorsed by his conservative wing has been denied.

The Hastert Rule is dead; Nancy Pelosi runs the House.  This is an unfortunate but foreseeable situation that was bound to happen as the House GOP caucus became progressively more conservative than the GOP leadership and as Boehner has shown he has less and less stomach for fighting.  The fact that the Speaker went to the Democrats first to get votes on this spending deal shows the extent to which Boehner has been mortally injured as a leader.  It also tells us that the House may very well have become less conservative than the Senate.

John Boehner, The Dishonorable Gentleman From Ohio.  [Speaker of the House John Boehner] spent much of last year traveling the country on behalf of Republican candidates.  His pitch was invariably something along the lines of, we need more Republicans to change the direction of the country has been going under Obama. [...] Hundreds of billions of dollars in deficit spending?  I don't recall that being part of Boehner's pitch last fall.  Working with Nancy Pelosi to provide the votes for this spending?  Again, I don't remember that being a big GOP selling point prior to last November.  Reauthorizing SCHIP at inflated Obama levels as a "sweetener" to get Democrat votes?  That's the bold change in direction we heard so much about?

Boehner Trades $200B in New Spending Now for Nothing Later.  [Scroll down]  The secondary problem is that Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is one of the worst negotiators in recent history.  Strike that — Boehner is pretty decent getting Democrats on his side by giving them what he wants.  He's not so great at maintaining cohesion on his side and actually getting something in return.  Thus, Boehner is negotiating a deal — again, with Democrats, which will essentially give away the house for free in exchange for  promised future entitlement reforms.  Stop me if this sounds familiar.

Speaker Boehner: Democrat Dissenter.  On March 3, after repeatedly huffing and puffing in support [of] the Republican position on one of the major issues of the 2014 election, John Boehner predictably went back on his word, betraying conservatives on a signature campaign promise: to rein in President Obama's unconstitutional and lawless actions in support of lawlessness.  This was Boehner's final surrender, ceding the last vestige of the immense power of the purse that a majority of voters sent Republicans to Washington to exercise.  In ratifying law-breaking by both the president and millions of aliens, he removed any lingering doubt that he is the Democrat-preferred Obama-Pelosi House Speaker.

It's Time to Vacate the Speaker's Chair.  This year began with an election on whether Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) should continue as the Speaker of the House of Representatives.  A number of brave House conservatives, led by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Tom Massie, and Rep. Steve King (R-IA), waged a historic effort to deny Boehner the Speakership.  What resulted was an earth-shattering groundswell of grassroots opposition to Boehner that shocked every Republican congressman.  It was unsuccessful only because a handful of otherwise reliable House conservatives chose to support Boehner and give him another chance.  And look at what their vote for Boehner has wrought in just two short months.  It resulted in a historic cave from a personal and iron-clad commitment to fight "tooth and nail" to block the President's executive amnesty on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill.

Even in the minority, Democrats seize control of Congress from feckless, cowardly boobs McConnell and Boehner.  Are the Democrats in charge of Congress?  On its face, this question certainly seems ridiculous since Republicans regained control of the Senate and increased their majority in the House of Representatives last November.  But as we have witnessed over the last several weeks, just because Republicans have the most seats in the Senate and the House doesn't mean they are actually in control.  Just consider the Department of Homeland Security funding debate.

House Republicans weigh coup against Boehner after series of political defeats.  Rank-and-file Republicans are openly contemplating a coup against House Speaker John A. Boehner and his top lieutenants after a series of self-inflicted legislative fumbles and political defeats in the first weeks of the congressional session.  This week's retreat from the standoff over Homeland Security Department funding and President Obama's deportation amnesty was only the latest embarrassment for Republican leaders, who also have had to yank bills on abortion, border security and education after rebellions within their own party.

Boehner Has No Plans To Leave Republican Party Despite Newfound Democratic Party Support.  Despite the fact that Democrats are rushing to protect him from a potential brewing Republican coup attempt, House Speaker John Boehner — currently a Republican — has no intention of leaving the Republican Party to join his new friends in the Democratic Party, his spokesman Michael Steel tells Breitbart News.  "Speaker Boehner is a proud, conservative Republican, and enjoys the strong support of an overwhelming majority of the House Republican Conference," Steel said in an email on Friday morning when asked by Breitbart News if the Speaker plans to switch party affiliations, given that several Democrats now say they'll protect him from a Republican coup.

Boehner-Aligned Group Expands Anti-Republican Pro Obama Executive Amnesty Ad Campaign With Renee Ellmers At Center.  A group close to House Speaker John Boehner that's been running anti-Conservative advertisements in support of President Barack Obama's executive amnesty is now airing positive ads thanking liberal Republicans who supported funding executive amnesty earlier this week.  The Republican member at the center of this new leg of the pro-executive amnesty ad buy is Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Politico reports, with others including Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN), Todd Young (R-IN), and Dan Benishek (R-MI) benefiting from the ads as well.

Dems vow to protect Boehner from conservative coup.  A number of right-wing Republicans, long wary of Boehner's commitment to GOP efforts attacking President Obama's policy priorities, have openly considered a coup in an attempt to transfer the gavel into more conservative hands.  But Democrats from across an ideological spectrum say they'd rather see Boehner remain atop the House than replace him with a more conservative Speaker who would almost certainly be less willing to reach across the aisle in search of compromise.

How John Boehner might rethink his speakership.  On paper, the GOP currently has 245 members, but when 50 feel they can walk away from their leadership on any given day, it's really a plurality, not a majority.  The House, then, is not controlled by one party but is better understood as a playing field for at least three:  the party on the right; the dominant Republican core in the center; and the left, represented by the Democrats.

Has Boehner taken left turn?  A beleaguered House Speaker John Boehner is suddenly relying on Democrats rather than his fellow Republicans.  For the second day in a row, Wednesday, his House leadership team turned to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's Democrats to help pass major legislation and overcome determined opposition from dozens of GOP conservatives.  It's a far cry from January, when Republicans took control of both chambers of Congress, and Boehner, R-Ohio, returned to Capitol Hill buoyed by expectations of a fruitful relationship with the new Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell.

Cave.  DHS is funded through the end of the week, so Boehner didn't have to make his move today.  But with most of the media focused on Bibi Netanyahu's speech, he probably decided to use the distraction to try to bury the news of his capitulation.  That's appropriate.  A fiasco this total should end with an air of shame around it.

Boehner Surrender On DHS Marks Beginning Of The End Of His Speakership.  As largely expected, House Speaker John Boehner has surrendered on trying to defund President Obama's executive amnesty through DHS.  The Hill reports that Speaker Boehner is planning a vote today to pass a "clean" DHS bill that keeps President Obama's executive amnesty intact. [...] Now rumors are starting to fly that conservatives may try to launch a coup against Speaker Boehner in response to this vote.  After all, when Boehner was pushing passage of the "CRominbus" bill at the end of the year, he promised conservatives that he would fight against Obama's executive amnesty with the new Congress.  Now, we saw the results of that fight and conservatives are moving to the point where they have had enough of Speaker Boehner.

Replace John Boehner as House Speaker.  ([A]lleged) Republican Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) just pushed through a "clean" bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security and funded Barack Obama's plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegals.  Boehner has once again flipped the bird to the conservative base and shown his cowardice in the face of the Democrat meanies who threaten to throw a fit about a shutdown.  John Boehner must go.  He must be replaced as House Speaker.  He does not represent the interests of the majority of Americans who voted for a Republican House of Representatives and Senate and whose clear message was "oppose Barack Obama".

Boehner looks for a life line — from the Democrats.  I hope to heaven that no one in Boehner's office thinks he can avoid blame for this or that anyone believes anything hits the House floor without his acquiescence.  Because that would mean that they are stupider than they think we are.  Rarely in the history of representative government has a majority party been so effortlessly emasculated by a minority party.

Boehner Declares War on Conservative Congressmen.  This is how desperate Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is to keep his position and fund amnesty.  He will use an outside group to attack congressmen who defied their campaign promises and wound up voting for him for Speaker.  And he will do it because he is desperate to get the President's amnesty agenda funded.

Boehner stands firm on looming shutdown: Dems using 'blackmail' to protect Obama amnesty.  House Speaker John A. Boehner refused to back down Thursday [2/26/2015] from the shutdown showdown and accused Senate Democrats of using Homeland Security funding as "blackmail" to protect President Obama's deportation amnesty.  When questioned at his weekly press conference about how he would handle the "clean" funding bill coming from Senate, Mr. Boehner puckered his lips and made kissing sounds.

Speaker Boehner and the Frustrated Conservatives.  America is now lorded over by an oligarchic Ruling Class.  Republicans are indistinguishable from Democrats.  For voting majorities, who resoundingly rejected Obama Care in 2010 and all Obama policies in 2014, there is currently no place to go.  Due largely to Boehner, firmly and clearly stated campaign promises on the most important issues have been repeatedly and defiantly broken.

23 Conservative Leaders Warn Boehner Not to Punish GOP Dissenters.  A coalition of 23 leaders in the conservative movement today urged Speaker John Boehner not to punish Republicans who voted against him for the House's top job.  Boehner, who removed two of those dissenters from the powerful Rules Committee after the speaker vote, is now rethinking the decision, according to Politico.  A total of 25 Republicans did not vote for Boehner.

How not to oust a speaker.  A group of House conservatives spent almost a year dreaming big about toppling Speaker John Boehner, but less than a day before the vote, they still hadn't found someone to replace him.  One promising candidate finally jumped in — but only at the last minute, not even telling his closest friend in Congress he was running.  The result was a vote Tuesday that ultimately yielded an ugly, controversial win for Boehner, with the most defections from his own party than any speaker has seen in decades.

Proof The 'Dump Boehner' Movement Wasn't About Ideology.  Yesterday's failed coup in the House was a perfect illustration of this point.  The candidate who emerged as Boehner's rival was a Florida representative named Daniel Webster.  He was brave! — he was daring! — he was an insurgent!  What he wasn't was terribly conservative.  In fact, it turns out that Webster has earned just a 56 percent rating on Heritage Action's scorecard.  Was supporting this failed effort worth "burning up the phone lines" over?

Flood of anti-Boehner calls rattles leadership.  It wasn't the Republican votes against House Speaker John Boehner that truly rattled the GOP leadership, it was the phone calls.  There were hundreds of them, jamming the phone lines of the district and Capitol offices of dozens of House GOP lawmakers.  The callers were not angry about legislation.  Nor were they asking for help with a local matter.  They were demanding their representative vote against Boehner Tuesday in his bid to win election to a third term as speaker.

The 25 who stood against the Obama-Boehner Chess game should form their own party.  For anyone who got past the media spin in yesterday's wholesale sell-out of America, truth is you now know without any doubt who in public office truly cares about their own country; who lived up to the many false promises made out on last November's campaign trail:  25  That's 25 Republicans who put their future careers on the line by casting votes against Boehner, a sissy in every way when it comes to standing up to the Democrats, but a bully out for revenge against those in his own party who dare stand against him.  Hopefully the toss of ice water in the face of the voter woke a majority of them up to the harsh reality of today.

Boehner says Republicans are having 'family conversation' after move to unseat him.  Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that House Republicans are in the midst of a "family conversation" in the wake of Tuesday's move by rogue conservatives to dislodge him from the top job, and he would not rule out further retribution against unruly members.  Addressing reporters after a meeting with rank-and-file Republicans in the Capitol basement, Boehner acknowledged stripping Florida Republican Reps. Daniel Webster and Rich Nugent of their membership on the House Rules Committee.  Webster ran against Boehner for speaker, and Nugent voted for him.

Gohmert to Hannity: We 'Had Enough Votes' to Unseat Speaker Boehner.  Earlier today, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) fell far short of his goal to become the next Speaker of the House, garnering just three votes (including one from himself), compared to 216 for John Boehner.  This afternoon [1/6/2015], Gohmert joined his biggest media supporter, Sean Hannity, by phone on the radio to breakdown what went wrong.  "Close but not close enough," Hannity said during his introduction of Gohmert, overstating the situation a bit.

Boehner defends retribution.  A day after winning his third term as Speaker, John Boehner (R-Ohio) said his conference had begun a "family conversation" about how to respond to the 25 conservatives who revolted and voted against him on the floor.  Boehner confirmed that the Rules Committee agreed hours after the Tuesday vote to boot two of the defectors off the committee:  Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), who challenged Boehner for Speaker, and Rep. Richard Nugent (R-Fla.), who voted for his fellow Florida Republican.

The Six Freshmen Republicans Who Lied About Voting Against Boehner as Speaker.  Courtesy of RedState, we now have a list of The Dirty Half-Dozen, the six freshmen Republicans who campaigned on explicit promises to vote against John Boehner as Speaker of the House.  And then, moments after being sworn in, they promptly violated their promises and essentially spit on their constituents.  These people need to be exposed as the frauds they are.

Could these Boehner challengers keep their House Rules Committee seats?  Members streaming out of a closed-door, House Republican conference meeting on Wednesday said it's possible two unseated far-right members could be allowed to serve on the House Rules Committee after all.  Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent, both of Florida, were cut from the Rules panel roster on Tuesday [1/6/2015], hours after they joined 22 other GOP lawmakers in voting against Boehner for a third term as House speaker.  The move to punish Webster and Nugent inflamed conservatives, who said it would spark a fight, or even a "mutiny," among the far-right faction.

GOP Dissent Over Boehner: A Sign of Trouble Ahead?  When two dozen House Republicans chose Tuesday not to support the re-election of their leader, key questions arose:  Did the small but outspoken opposition to John Boehner signal a lack of party unity in support of the Republican agenda?  And could that impede a conference that now holds its biggest majority in the lower chamber since the Great Depression, not to mention Republican control of the Senate for the first time in a decade?  Probably not, said one of those who voted against the Ohio congressman.

Boehner takes revenge.  John Boehner is getting revenge.  After he secured his third term as speaker Tuesday afternoon, losing 25 votes on the House floor to some relatively unknown members of the Republican Conference, Boehner moved swiftly to boot two of the insurgents from the influential Rules Committee.  That could be just the start of payback for the speaker's betrayers, who might see subcommittee chairmanships and other perks fall away in the coming months.

La Cosa Boehner — Leave The Gun, Take The Kleenex.  [Scroll down]  "We don't need these fringe guys as much as we did anymore," said a GOP leadership aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity.  "We can let them walk on certain bills, and it just won't matter.  That gives us breathing room."  If any of you had any doubt that the Quisling Despots in the GOP hate conservatives and will do whatever they can to neutralize and isolate us, that statement should be your wake-up call.

Weber, Backing Gohmert Over Boehner, Says 'Retaliation' Has Begun.  The 114th Congress is barely underway, but Randy Weber, R-Texas, says he's already paying a price for making known his intentions to vote against another term in leadership for Speaker John A. Boehner.  Weber, who backed the long-shot speakership bid of fellow Texan Rep. Louie Gohmert over Boehner, has been removed as the lead sponsor of a nuclear energy bill expected to brought to the floor in the 114th.  During a small meeting Tuesday of about 10 members of the Texas delegation to discuss the speaker's race, Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, told Weber the speaker's office had called and said Weber could not be the sponsor of that legislation, Weber told CQ Roll Call before the speaker vote this afternoon [1/6/2015].

Boehner retribution roils the Right.  Republican leaders on Tuesday infuriated conservatives by meting out punishment to a group of far-right GOP lawmakers who tried to oust House Speaker John Boehner.  Hours after 24 Republicans voted against Boehner, GOP leaders removed two members from a key committee.  By late Tuesday, Reps. Daniel Webster and Richard Nugent, both of Florida, were stripped from the powerful House Rules Committee, which governs the legislative process, including amendments and changes to bills before they reach the House floor for debate.

Gohmert: People Backed Out of Vote Against Boehner At Last Minute.  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said that "people that were right there ready to go ended up deciding not to vote with us" in his campaign to unseat John Boehner (R-OH) as House Speaker on Tuesday's "Sean Hannity Show."  "We had enough votes but people that were right there ready to go ended up deciding not to vote with us," he stated.

Conservative Republicans lose committee assignments in retaliation for voting against Speaker John Boehner.  Iron-fisted U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is moving quickly to punish conservative Republicans who tried to oust him Tuesday during the biennial leadership election.  Hours after the contentious vote, Florida Rep. Daniel Webster — who actively campaigned against Boehner and persuaded 12 GOP members to support him — found himself left off the membership list of the powerful House Rules Committee, where he served for the last two years.  Rep. Rich Nugent, a fellow Floridian who voted for him, suffered the same fate.

Gohmert: 'Pretty Nasty' 'Fight' if Boehner Punishes Dissenters.  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) vowed that there would be a "pretty nasty" "fight" against House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) if he retaliates against members who did not support his Speakership on Tuesday's "Hannity" on the Fox News Channel.  "If [Florida Republican Congressmen] Webster and Nugent are being punished, then we're going to have another fight real quick and it's going to be pretty nasty.  We can't let that stand if they're going to be punished" he declared.

Here's how to thank the Congressmen that stood on principle against Boehner.  Join us in thanking the congressmen that stood on principle and listened to the grassroots call for new leadership!

Here are the Republicans who voted against John Boehner for speaker.  In the biggest defection from an incumbent speaker in at least 100 years, 25 House Republicans voted for someone other than John Boehner to serve as speaker in the 114th Congress.

Boehner re-elected to third term as House speaker.  Republicans formally took control of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday [1/6/2015] with party leaders pledging to make Washington work better even as battle lines were already being drawn by both parties for the two years ahead.  Ongoing internal Republican divisions between party leaders and a small but influential conservative flank spilled on to the House floor as 25 GOP lawmakers did not support Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, for his third term as House speaker.

Here's why House Republicans should replace Speaker Boehner.  Boehner has had plenty of time to show that he's capable of leading the House and pursue the limited government ideals on which Republicans ran.  Instead, he's proven himself to be a shaky leader with little credibility among fiscal conservatives.  Boehner has failed to lead, and he's sold out taxpayers time and time again.

Boehner's Ten Worst Moments as Speaker.  Here are the top ten cases where Boehner failed to stand up to the establishment.  [#1] The CRomnibus:  Boehner supported the more than $1 trillion spending bill crafted in secret behind closed doors.  [#2] 2014 Omnibus:  Boehner voted for an omnibus appropriations bill that exceeded spending caps by $45 billion.  [#3] Raising the Debt Limit in 2014:  Boehner supported suspending the debt limit until March of 2015, with non accompanying spending reforms.  [#4] The Farm Bill:  Boehner voted for nearly a trillion dollars in corporate welfare and food stamps in the Farm Bill.

Republicans with a Backbone against Boehner For Speaker.  A common complaint that we hear among liberty-minded grassroots activists is that Republicans have no backbone.  When Republicans are right, they often lack the courage to fight for what they believe in and instead succumb to the Democrats.  We've seen this kind of cowardly behavior time and time again from John Boehner who has been speaker for the last four years.  There's good reason why an EMC Research survey found that only 25 percent of GOP voters want Boehner to be reelected as speaker, while 60 percent said they want someone new.

Why It's a Good Thing Boehner Didn't Lose His Job Today.  Like many conservatives, I'm not a huge fan of John Boehner.  Over the years, he has not been consistent in cobbling together an effective legislative agenda and does not do so well when he has to confront President Obama.  His willingess [sic] to blink on immigration is a strong indication of his hesitancy to confront Obama.  This is particularly egregious given Obama's usurpation of Congressional jurisdiction.

Speaker Keeps Gavel: Boehner Gets By with a Little Help from Missing Dems.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) kept his gavel in the 114th Congress as the opposition bloc in the GOP failed to gather enough votes to oust him on the first ballot.  The number of members voting was 408.  Boehner received 216 votes, 164 went to Pelosi, and 26 went to other names, with one lawmaker voting present.  By comparison, Boehner won with 220 votes in 2013.

The Republican Party Deserves a New Speaker; Contact Your Representative Now!.  "Even the most politically inept individual could see that all Republicans had to do to run the board was pass a short term continuing resolution funding government at the exact same levels until Republicans took control of the Senate in the new year. That Speaker Boehner chose to pass a spending bill for the entire year instead of waiting to control both chambers is illustrative of either a) complete alignment with the Democrats and President Obama or b) incompetence of an almost unimaginable magnitude," [Matt] Nye said.  "Neither of those are qualities you want in an individual who holds the third most powerful position in the United States government."

Six Times John Boehner Proved His Incompetence.  [#1] The 2011 Budget Control Act.  In 2011, Boehner signed off on the BCA, which also came to be known as "sequestration."  The sequestration deal was designed to cut $1.2 trillion from 2013 to 2021; a gang of legislators was supposed to cut a deal to avoid half of those cuts coming from the military budget.  Oops.  That deal never happened, so the military took the brunt of the cuts.  Boehner rationalized the BCA by stating that he intended to attain cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling.  Eventually, the debt ceiling was raised by $2.1 trillion.  Boehner then undermined those overall cuts in the 2013 Ryan-Murray budget deal.

More Republicans Say They Won't Support Boehner For Speaker.  While ousting John Boehner from the speaker's office still remains a long shot, a growing number of conservative lawmakers in the House are saying they plan to support someone other than the Ohio Republican during this week's vote.  The latest Republicans to announce plans to oppose Boehner are Indiana Rep. Martin Stutzman, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar, Iowa Rep. Steve King and Virginia Rep. Dave Brat.  That makes at least ten House Republicans who have publicly come out against Boehner's re-election, with more expected Monday.

Who Else Has the Courage to Vote Against John Boehner?  Objectively speaking, John Boehner is more morally culpable for America's slide into socialism than Obama is.  Barack Obama is a communist and he does what communists do.  Boehner pretends to be a conservative, but he does what communists do.

Conservative call for Boehner coup grows louder.  Conservative momentum to oust John Boehner from House leadership during Tuesday's election for speaker continued to build through the weekend, with two alternatives emerging and a national conservative group joining the effort.  On Monday, Virginia Rep.-elect Dave Brat became the latest to confirm his intention to vote against Boehner for speaker.  On Sunday night, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar and Iowa Rep. Steve King also came out opposed to Boehner.

Gohmert Names Boehner's Broken Promises.  In an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) shared more details about his decision to challenge Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for the Speakership, citing a long list of broken promises and his worries about a third party splitting the conservative vote as inspiring his determination to oust Boehner.  As Breitbart Texas reported earlier, Gohmert announced on Fox & Friends early Sunday morning that he would be challenging Boehner for Speaker, in a vote that will take place this Tuesday, January 6th.

Conservative Activists Fuel Anti-Boehner Rebellion.  Members of the newly elected House of Representatives will meet in Washington on Tuesday to select a new Speaker of the House.  "In the four years Boehner has been Speaker," the letter reads, "he has been nothing short of a disaster."  The signatories have little good to say about Boehner.  "He has insulted conservatives; he's a poor strategist; his word means nothing; he's reluctant to fight and he has lost the trust of Republicans across America," the letter says.  "As bad as things have been over the last four years," they write, "in the last month they became even worse."

South Carolina Tea Party Leader Presses State's Delegation: Vote Against Boehner.  South Carolina Tea Party convention leader Joe Dugan, the head of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party, is putting his state's GOP House members on notice: he wants them to vote against John Boehner for Speaker on Tuesday. [...] Dugan said South Carolinians, some of the most conservative voters in America, will be let down should any member of the state delegation vote for Boehner.  "We will be more than disappointed, should they vote to keep John Boehner on as Speaker, guaranteeing us more of the same creeping socialism," Dugan said.

Texas Republican announces challenge to Boehner for Speaker in new Congress.  Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) said Sunday [1/4/2015] that he will challenge John Boehner (R-Ohio) as Speaker in the new Congress.  "I'm putting my name out there today to be another candidate for Speaker," Gohmert said on "Fox and Friends."  Gohmert said that after "years of broken promises, it's time for a change."  Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) on Saturday announced that he would not support Boehner for Speaker.

Does the Right Have a Shot at Ousting Boehner?  Two Republican lawmakers have stepped forward to challenge House Speaker John Boehner's campaign for a third term as top dog in the lower chamber, raising the specter of an extended selection procedure that could muddy the selection process.  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), a Tea Party Republican who has been a consistent pain in Boehner's side, announced Sunday that he will challenge Boehner, declaring that the election "is not about a particular candidate — it is about whether we keep the status quo or make the change the country demands."

Republicans Must Investigate Where the Media Fear to Tread.  The failure of the House to investigate the Muslim Brotherhood lies at the feet of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), who denounced his fellow Republicans when they sought a probe of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin's controversial foreign Muslim connections.  Boehner was also slow to embrace a special committee to investigate Benghazi.  Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy notes that the Muslim Brotherhood's influence is so pervasive within the U.S. government and civil institutions "that a serious, sustained and rigorous investigation of the phenomenon" is in order.

I Will Not Vote for Boehner as Speaker.  At each crisis point of conflict between President Obama and Congress, we have been admonished by our Speaker to take the high road, to pick our battles, to wait for a better time to fight on better ground.  As a product of hook, crook, and legislative shenanigan, ObamaCare was passed.  The American voters elected 87 Freshmen Republicans to the House of Representatives, every one pledged to repeal ObamaCare.  Then, our soon to be Speaker told us we would not and could not use the Constitutional "power of the purse" to block implementation of ObamaCare.

Minimutiny mounting against John Boehner.  Rep. Jim Bridenstine did not mince words in his press release Friday [1/2/2015], titled "I Will Not Vote for John Boehner."  In the brief statement, the Oklahoma Republican complained that Mr. Boehner joined forces with President Obama on the $1.1 trillion budget bill known as the CR/Omnibus, which he said "blocked our newest elected Republicans from advancing conservative policy and delivering on campaign promises."  "With this vote, Republicans gave away the best tool available to rein in our liberal activist President:  the power of the purse.  The power of the purse is Congress' Constitutional strength," Mr. Bridenstine wrote.

Former House Minority Whip Candidate Stutzman Joins Rebellion Against Boehner.  Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) will officially join the rebellion against John Boehner's re-election as Speaker of the House on Monday morning [1/5/2015], Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) announced in a statement late Sunday evening.  Stutzman, Bridenstine said, will issue a statement early Monday announcing his public opposition to Boehner's re-election.

Ted Yoho on Challenging Speaker Boehner: "I Fear No Man".  Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), who is challenging House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for the Speakership, said he fears no man and does not expect retribution for trying to oust Boehner.  On Breitbart News Sunday [1/4/2015], Yoho said voters in his district, including a seasoned farmer in his seventies this weekend, have urged him to vote against Boehner because he is a "weak leader" and not a good voice for the GOP.  "My base wants me to vote this way," Yoho said.

Conservative Activists Fuel Anti-Boehner Rebellion With Letter Calling For His Removal As Speaker.  Two dozen conservative activists, including prominent new media personalities Michelle Malkin and Dana Loesch, joined Judson Phillips of Tea Party Nation and John Hawkins and Tiffany Ruegner of Right Wing News, in signing a letter calling on "Republicans in the House of Representatives to elect someone other than John Boehner as Speaker of the House of Representatives."

South Carolina Tea Party Leader Presses State's Delegation: Vote Against Boehner.  South Carolina Tea Party convention leader Joe Dugan, the head of the Myrtle Beach Tea Party, is putting his state's GOP House members on notice:  he wants them to vote against John Boehner for Speaker on Tuesday [1/6/2015].  "I am confident that the astute, South Carolina Congressional delegation is keenly aware of the voter mandate they received in November," Dugan said in an email to Breitbart News.

Replacing Speaker Boehner: Here's How It's Done.  December's disgraceful CRomnibus debacle fresh in mind, House conservatives may finally be ready to hand the most powerful gavel in the House from John Boehner to a more principled leader when they vote for Speaker of the House on January 6th.  Replacing Boehner is both possible and necessary for a multitude of reasons, but it's important to understand how the vote works in order to counter the misinformation that has already started coming from those with a vested interest in keeping the status quo.

Why I Will Not Vote for John Boehner to Be House Speaker.  The day after Republicans won the largest majority in the House of Representatives in almost 100 years and won a significant majority in the Senate, our liberal activist president claimed to hear the voices of all the people who didn't vote. It was another example of stunning obstinacy from this president.  It seemed Democrats were melting down, Republicans were unified, and all we had to do was buy enough time to get our Republican reinforcements to Washington in January.  Like President Obama, Speaker John Boehner must have heard voices that didn't vote.

Should John Boehner be the Speaker of the House?  As Speaker of the House and leader of the House Republicans, John Boehner promised he would fight Obama's Executive Order on immigration "tooth and nail."  Yet, soon thereafter, he strong-armed Republicans to push Cromnibus through the House of Representatives to fund Obamacare and Obama's amnesty.

The Last Resort: Replace John Boehner.  It could take years replace or seize control of the Republican Party, by which time everything this country has stood for could be destroyed.  However, there is a clearly viable short term strategy.  Oust Boehner from the speakership — now! If the 2014 and 2010 elections are to have any meaning at all, if all the work and promises made to elect Republican majorities in both houses of Congress are not to be completely nullified, replacing Boehner must be considered the top priority.

Poll: Republican Voters Overwhelmingly Want Members to Remove Boehner as Speaker.  Republican voters nationwide overwhelmingly want their House representative to elect somebody other than Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House, a new poll from Pat Caddell's organization Caddell Associates shows.  A whopping 60 percent of voters who voted for Republicans in the last election either definitely or probably want their member of Congress to elect someone other than Boehner on Jan. 6, when Congress convenes, according to the poll.  The voters were asked: "As you may know the new Congress will select its leaders in January.  If it were up to you, would you elect John Boehner to continue as Speaker of the House or would you elect someone new?"

Budget Battle Looms, Boehner Approval Dwindling.  The establishment believes the liberal left narrative that the GOP dominated the last election because the voters were sending a message that they just want the Republicans to get along.  In reality, the election was a resounding rejection of Democrat Party policies, and the Obama presidency, and it was the voters' message to the Republicans to shut the liberal-left train of destruction down, and soon.  The federal budget will be where a lot of the war will be fought between President Obama and the new Republican Congress in 2015.  The limited government platform of the Republican Party, and the voice of the voters, demands that the GOP reduce the size of government, beginning with a massive reduction in unconstitutional, and unnecessary, federal spending.

Conservative Rep: "I will Not Vote for John Boehner".  Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) says he will not vote for House Speaker John Boehner's reelection as speaker.  "I Will Not Vote for John Boehner," reads the subject line of a news release the congressman's office posted Friday [1/2/2015].  In a lengthy statement, the Oklahoma lawmaker laid out some of his issues with Boehner's current tenure.  He specifically cites the "Cromnibus," the government-funding measure that passed before lawmakers ended the 113th Congress in December.

Nancy Boehner Surrenders All Leverage Over a Rogue Administration Through 2015.  In effect Speaker Boehner essentially surrendered the majority which the American people gave the House GOP and with it, the greatest leverage — the power of the purse.  Some 1,800 pages, no doubt including pork, has passed which most did not read.

'Nancy Boehner' Ushers in Era of Unaccountable Oligarchy.  In 2009, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rammed through a half-trillion dollar omnibus bill without affording members the requisite time to read through it.  At the time, John Boehner led the chorus of complaints against her lack of transparency. [...] Now we have come full circle.  Despite making the same earlier calls for transparency and insisting legislation be available for at least 72 hours before a vote, as Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) closes out his first four years sitting in Pelosi's chair he has now completely co-opted her tactics.

A Conservative Waterloo: John Boehner Must Go.  It is time to stop thinking of John Boehner and the rest of the Republican congressional leadership as being cowardly and recognize them for what they are:  part of The Ruling Class that believes it has the right to tell the rest of us how to live.  Since conservative voters handed a majority in the House of Representatives to the Republican Party in 2010, there have been countless missteps and opportunities to stop Democrats. [...] Four years later, after seemingly countless battles where Boehner and company caved to Democrat demands, the conventional wisdom has been that Boehner and the like are cowards who are unwilling to take on an African-American president out of fear that they will be called racists.

Cromnibus Winners And Losers.  If you want to know how your tax dollars will get spent next year, the answers are in Cromnibus — the 1,695-page bill that Congress hurriedly passed last weekend to fund the federal government through September 2015. [...] Cromnibus is a monster to read.  Almost no one did.  They had no time.  House Speaker John Boehner broke his promise to give members at least a 72-hour notice before voting, instead of "ramming it down their throats," as he criticized former Speaker Nancy Pelosi for doing.  Taxpayers lost out in the rush.

House Conservatives Have the Power and Should Depose Speaker John Boehner.  House conservatives must summon the courage to oppose Boehner's nomination on the floor in January.  It is a moral imperative. You cannot consistently complain about Leadership's many failures — and the treachery involved with a Speaker fresh off a successful wave election conspiring with President Obama to fund amnesty and enjoy a celebratory phone call in the aftermath — and then vote for him to continue in this role. [...] House conservatives need to understand that they are not conspiring against a family member or team member.  They are conspiring against an adversary intent on thwarting the change they came to Washington to bring.  It is that simple.

Boehner and Obama Join to Pass Bill Funding Obamacare and Amnesty.  House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama joined forces today [12/11/2014] to push their respective party members to provide 219 votes — one more than was needed — to ensure passage of an omnibus government funding bill that permits the administration to spend money implementing Obamacare and Obama's planned unilateral actions that will effectively amnesty as many as five million illegal aliens.  The bill, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will allow the administration to spend $1,188,927,000,000 on discretionary government programs.  It provides funding for amost all of the government through the end of this fiscal year — which occurs on Sept. 30, 2015 — and for the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 27, 2015.

Hannity: Did Boehner Cut Backroom Spending Deal?  The House of Representatives has passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to avoid a government shutdown.  Sean Hannity explained tonight that the spending bill funds executive amnesty and ObamaCare.  Michele Bachmann and Steve King were on "Hannity" tonight, where they slammed the bill.  Bachmann charged that the political establishment wants "full-on amnesty," and that this vote would have never happened a week before the election, calling it disrespectful to voters.

Forget ObamaCare, Boehner Wants Congressional Hearings on Garner.  No reason to waste time on crazy stuff like defunding ObamaCare.  Let's pander to the left and the rioters instead.

Boehner Broke Pledge to Give Americans 'At Least 72 Hours' to Read Every Bill.  House Speaker John Boehner has broken his pledge to give Americans "at least 72 hours" to read every bill taken up by the House before it is brought to a vote on the floor.  In his speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference held in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 18, 2010, Boehner vowed that if he became speaker members of Congress and the American people would be given "at least 72 hours" to read all bills before they were brought to a vote.

Boehner Doing Exactly What He Accused Nancy Pelosi Of In 2009.  If lawmakers in the House vote this week on a "CR-omnibus" spending package, House Speaker John Boehner will be doing exactly what he accused former Speaker Nancy Pelosi of doing on a similar bill in 2009:  Ramming it down Americans' and lawmakers' throats without anyone having time to read the bill.

No guts.
Boehner Nixes Idea to Not Invite Obama for SOU Speech.  Earlier this week Rep. Paul C. Broun (R-Ga.) suggested the proper payback to President Barack Obama's unilateral move on immigration reform might be to not allow him to deliver his State of the Union address in the House chamber in January.  (Protocol demands that a sitting president be invited by the House to address a joint session of Congress[.])  But House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) nixed the idea to deny Obama his annual bully pulpit, saying he doesn't want to stop the president from talking about his ideas.

Boehner Won't Commit to Defunding Executive Amnesty Next Year.  John Boehner said he would not commit to bringing up a bill to strip critical funding from the Department of Homeland Security in the next Congress.  Instead, the speaker of the House says there are "lots of options" for blocking President Obama's executive order on immigration.  At a Thursday [12/4/2014] press conference in the Capitol, Boehner did not guarantee the House would vote to block or cut off funding from DHS once Republicans had control of both houses of Congress in 2015.

Boehner Poised to Deal With the Devil to Avoid Shut Down?  With House conservatives wanting to keep the pressure on Barack Obama given his end run of the political process when it comes to illegal immigration, reports indicate Republican House Speaker John Boehner may be considering doing the un-thinkable — abandoning House conservatives to do a deal with Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi to keep the government open long-term.

John Boehner and Harry Reid Agree to Bipartisan Funding of Obama's Amnesty Plan.  News reports indicate that the House GOP plans to surrender to the President and avoid taking a stand against his unconstitutional executive amnesty.  Even leftwing media outlets agree that the plan is a unilateral surrender.  According to Politico, they will vote on a "symbolic" bill opposing the President's executive action that the "Senate will likely ignore", then pass a massive omnibus spending bill that stays silent on amnesty.

Boehner's Two-Step Plan to Do Nothing About Amnesty.  House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)N/A has no problem letting Obama have everything he wants, as long as the government doesn't shut down.  His "two step plan" is to first erect a billboard at the border on Obama's road to amnesty.  It will say "Stop.  You can't do this."  All the while the Obama convoy of undocumented aliens will continue to flow, knowing that their permiso will allow them to stay, work, and possibly vote.

Boehner Negotiates Terms of Surrender to King Barack's Executive Amnesty.  Republicans in Washington, under the tutelage of House Speaker John Boehner, are planning a full-scale cave to President Barack Obama's executive amnesty, by aiming to fund Obama's immigration action in full this week.  Boehner on Tuesday [12/2/2014] pitched colleagues on a plan that utilizes bills from the reliably conservative Reps. Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Tom Price (R-GA), but ultimately fully funds Obama's executive amnesty until at least March — and then will likely do so at that point in time as well.

Jarrett: Boehner Asked Obama For Help Avoiding Conservatives' Ire.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) requested that President Barack Obama avoid making a "very public push" on immigration during the midterm primaries, according to White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett.  Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times' Washington Bureau Chief, Lynn Sweet, Jarrett claimed that the Speaker asked Obama to wait until after the primaries to publicly move with the immigration issue.

The Editor says...
Why is Mr. Boehner offering helpful advice to a left-wing tyrant?  If Obama had pulled his blanket amnesty-by-executive-order stunt a few weeks before the election, it would have resulted in a massive political landslide.  Thanks a lot, Mr. Boehner.

Obama and Boehner
States and Localities Should Nullify Obama's Unconstitutional and Unlawful Executive Action.  Thursday night [11/20/2014] marked a truly historic event related to the federal system of Constitutional checks and balances.  A man named Barack Obama, commanding the entirety of the Executive Branch of the Republic, announced that he would create his own federal statutes from whole cloth, thereby usurping the responsibilities of the Legislative Branch.  Congress, now controlled by a pair of corporatists, promptly issued a variety of sternly worded memos and then departed for the airport to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Boehner Is Under Obama's Thin Skin, Let's Hope He Stays There.  As a long-time Boehner detractor, it's been a relief to write a couple of things praising him.  It would be nice to see the Republicans take the victory handed to them by the American people and be as forceful as legally possible to slow down a president who is likely to become more unhinged as his celebrity in-chief days wind down.

Dem Panic According to the New York Times.  If the president simply ignores Congress and governs by fiat — having taken care to pack the courts and civil service with apparatchiks sympathetic to his statist ambitions — then there is not much the Congress can do unless it is willing to confront the president directly and call him to account.  The spineless John Boehner has shown just how likely that contingency is.  Barack Obama flagrantly disobeys the law.  John Boehner threatens to sue the president.  Ha ha ha.  With what Justice Department were you planning to do that, Mr. Speaker?

Boehner: I Haven't Spoken to Ted Cruz 'Since He's Been Elected'.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) talks to a lot of people in the course of doing his job, but for some reason, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) isn't one of them, how very curious.  "I've not talked to him since he's been elected," Boehner revealed in an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, and left it at that.

Boehner rakes in cash for openly gay Republican candidate.  Speaker John Boehner vowed last year that he'd back gay GOP candidates.  Now, he's making good on his word.  The Ohio Republican is heading to California this week, where he'll raise cash for openly gay Republican candidate Carl DeMaio in defiance of several conservative groups.

Boehner and Pelosi Unite to Pass Bill Funding Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, Syrian Revolutionaries.  House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) joined forces early Wednesday evening as the House passed a continuing resolution that will fund the government after the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, and that will permit funding for Planned Parenthood (the nation's largest abortion provider), the entirety of Obamacare, and an amendment requested by President Barack Obama "to train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the Syrian opposition."  The bill passed 319 to 108 with four members not voting.  But there were not enough Republican members to pass the bill without significant support from Democrats.  While Pelosi sided with the Republican leadership and voted for the bill, 53 Republicans joined with 55 Democrats in voting against it.

Ten Things You Need to Know About Boehner Suing Obama.  [#1]  Can you sue the president?  Yes.  Presidents enjoy immunity from lawsuits for civil damages resulting from their official acts, but they are not immune from all lawsuits.  For example, the Supreme Court allowed Paula Jones' suit for sexual harassment against President Clinton to proceed while he was in office.  Further, members of Congress have filed dozens of lawsuits against presidents over the years.

Changing Border Bill and Re-Voting Before Saturday Would Violate Boehner's Own Rule.  If the House makes any changes whatsoever to the immigration bill that blew up and died before Speaker John Boehner tried to bring it back to life — and then votes on those changes on Thursday evening [7/31/2014] or on Friday — it would be a violation of Boehner's own 72-hour rule.  "I proposed a 72-hour minimum time for members to read bills," Boehner said as House minority leader on May 14, 2009.  "I think it's important that members do have a chance."  "Americans not only expect lawmakers to know what they're voting on, they deserve to know what's in these bills as well," Boehner added on Sept. 22, 2009.

The Conservative Case Against Boehner's Border Bill.  Capitol Hill conservatives are not happy with Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) $659 million response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis at the Texas-Mexico border.  They are circulating a series of memos, including the one [shown in this article], detailing why the Boehner bill will fail to solve the problem.

Count Down to Impeachment.  Speaker Boehner's ineffectiveness and timidity have sewn considerable doubt as have the shenanigans of the RNC in their cynical race-baiting tactics to gin up democrat support for their RINO-man Thad Cochran, who went on to defeat the Tea Party Candidate by the narrowest of margins in Mississippi.  The complicity in supporting amnesty for illegal aliens shown by many Republicans also has conservative voters rightly miffed.  In spite, the few Tea Party victories — including the stunning victory over Eric Cantor — have given many freedom-lovers hope that the pendulum is swinging in favour of Liberty and populist politics.

Jeff Sessions: John Boehner 'Surrenders to a Lawless President'.  At issue is the House GOP bill to address the border issue, which does not include language sought by [Sen. Jeff] Sessions and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to attempt to stop Obama from expanding his "deferred" deportation of certain illegal aliens to as many as six million people. [...] Sessions said the omission of language addressing Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is infuriating.

Key GOP Rep: the Fix Is in, Boehner Quiet on Obama Amnesty Threat for Campaign Ca$h.  With President Obama vowing to ignore Congress and move on his own on immigration, potentially providing unilateral amnesty to as many as six million illegal aliens, criticism is mounting from the right over Speaker John Boehner's failure to engage more directly on Obama's threat.  Now Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), an ardent anti-amnesty voice in the House of Representatives, is accusing the speaker of his own party of throwing the game in exchange for campaign funds from the pro-amnesty business lobby.

Jeff Sessions: Boehner Group's Border Plan an 'Institutional Surrender' to Obama's 'Planned Illegality'.  Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), an immigration hawk, shredded House Speaker John Boehner's working group border crisis recommendations in a Wednesday afternoon [7/23/2014] statement, calling Boehner's plan an "institutional surrender to the planned illegality" of President Barack Obama.  "The border crisis is the direct and predictable result of the President's sustained policies undermining America's immigration laws," Sessions said in his statement on the Boehner working group proposal.

Boehner says no to impeachment.  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday [7/9/2014] said he doesn't support calls from members of his party to impeach President Obama.  Asked about former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's comments that Obama should be impeached over the influx of child migrants illegally crossing the border, Boehner said, "I disagree."  Then asked about members of the House GOP who have also urged for impeachment, Boehner repeated, "I disagree."

The Editor says...
There are plenty of reasons to impeach the President, unrelated to his aggravation of an already serious illegal immigration problem.  The president may be trying to bankrupt this country through the use of the Cloward-Piven strategy, but that would be much more difficult to prove than his culpability in, for example, the many unilateral changes to the Obamacare law.

Report: Boehner Promised Latino Group Amnesty Legislation Last Year.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reportedly promised a prominent Latino group last summer that Republicans would try to pass an amnesty bill last fall, just months after the Senate passed its comprehensive immigration bill that would give a pathway to citizenship to all of the country's illegal immigrants.  According to a report in Politico, Boehner last summer "privately told the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference that if" pro-amnesty advocates "won the August recess, then Republicans would move a bill in the fall."

John Boehner's friends plot tea party crackdown.  They've given John Boehner constant headaches during his three years as speaker.  Now, Boehner's friends are trying to make sure that a small pocket of tea-party-aligned Republicans won't have a chance to derail his speakership next year.  And if they try, they could be punished.  A group of his closest allies — including fellow Ohio Republicans like Pat Tiberi — are discussing tactics such as trying to change GOP Conference rules to punish members who do not support the party's nominee during a floor vote.  A lawmaker who bucks the Republicans' choice for speaker could lose committee assignments — or worse.  Boehner's allies have already stripped some Republicans of their committee assignments for straying too far from the team.

Boehner and Company Circle the Wagons.  Since the beginning of his speakership, John Boehner has been trying to find a middle ground between his conservative flank in the form of the Tea Party and the GOP's more moderate faction.  Boehner has become known for an unusual style of leadership, described as hands-off and willing to let the groups fight.  A new story from Politico, however, indicates that his method might be changing.  Back in 2012, Boehner faced a very rowdy and heated caucus when it came to his re-election as speaker of the House.  Nine Republicans voted for someone else while Congressman Steve Stockman voted present.  Both Congressman Mick Mulvaney and Congressman Raul Labrador refused to vote.

Boehner Camp's Threats Could Spark Battle.  Speaker John Boehner's friends are trying to design new, more effective punishments for the conservative members that might vote against him on the House floor come January, but the message from the right is, "don't even try it."  "Look, intimidation tactics and threats do not take the place of leadership," Rep. Jeff Dunacn (R-SC) told Breitbart News.  "I feel like the embers are gathered on the fire pit, and there just needs to be a spark for the flames to go up," a senior GOP aide said, predicting the move could backfire.  Boehner's allies, as first reported by Politico, have been quietly plotting how to prevent a small group of conservatives from denying Boehner a victory in the speakership election next January, something that members on the right have been actively discussing.

Boehner stands by Shinseki.  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is quickly becoming one of the only lawmakers on Capitol Hill who isn't demanding Eric Shinseki's resignation.  The Speaker on Thursday again declined to call for Shinseki to step down as secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, despite a growing chorus from both Republicans and Democrats following the release of a damaging report for the agency's inspector general.

Conservatives float alternative to Boehner.  Some conservatives unhappy with House Speaker John Boehner's leadership are looking for a replacement, and recent moves by Texas Republican Jeb Hensarling are fueling speculation he wants Boehner's job in the next Congress.  Hensarling, who was part of Boehner's leadership team two years ago but left to chair the House Financial Services Committee, gave an expansive speech last week hosted by Heritage Action for America, a group that frequently and publicly clashes with Boehner.

Boehner: 'Hard Time' Distinguishing Establishment GOP From Tea Party.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) has been frustrated by the Tea Party movement that gave him his Speakership after the historic 2010 midterm elections, but he said on Thursday that there was not much of a difference between establishment Republicans and those in the Tea Party.  "I'm not going to get into this distinction between the Tea Party and Republicans," Boehner said, according to Talking Points Memo.  "It's a distinction you're going to have a hard time finding."

Valerie Jarrett: 'We Have a Commitment' From Boehner on Amnesty This Year.  After hailing the Senate's amnesty bill that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers, Valerie Jarrett, Obama's senior advisor, told attendees at the yearly invitation-only SkyBridge Alternatives Conference that Boehner would help the White House make a push get immigration reform enacted in the next three months.

Poll: Pelosi Highest Negative Rating of Congressional Leaders — 49% 'Unfavorable'.  Although all four top leaders in the House and the Senate are viewed more negatively than positively by Americans, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was viewed the worst with a 49% "unfavorable" rating, according to a new Gallup survey.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) came in second with a 45% "unfavorable" rank.

Boehner Won't Issue an Arrest Warrant for Lerner If Holder Fails to Prosecute Her.  House Speaker John Boehner indicated on Sunday [5/11/2014] that if Attorney General Eric Holder doesn't proceed with the contempt charge against former IRS official Lois Lerner, that will be the end of it.  "The contempt charge has gone to the attorney general.  And it's up to the attorney general, Eric Holder, to prosecute this.  And to assign someone to prosecute the case.  Now will they do it?  We don't know.  But the ball is in his court," Boehner told Fox News's Maria Bartiromo.

The Editor says...
Speaker Boehner gives up too easily.  Discarding your weapons in the middle of a battle is not a winning tactic.

Arresting Lois Lerner.  Use it or lose it.  That's the message for House Speaker John Boehner.  If he thinks Congress has the power to arrest Lois Lerner for contempt, now is the time.  If he shrinks from sending the sergeant at arms to bring Lerner to the Capitol jail after the full House held her in contempt, he's weakening his own institution.  And if this case is not worth a fight, what is?

Torches and pitchforks?
Operation American Spring to hit D.C. to oust Obama, Biden, Boehner, Holder.  A group of self-described revolutionary-style patriots with a million mobilized militia members are heading to downtown Washington, D.C., this week to bring a simple message to political leadership, from President Obama to House Speaker John Boehner:  Get out.

John Boehner's mocking speech increases tension with House conservative faction.  House Speaker John Boehner, recorded last week mocking conservative GOP lawmakers over their opposition to immigration reform, tried to smooth things over in a private meeting with Republicans on Tuesday [4/29/2014].  But some Republicans left unconvinced, saying Boehner's actions could threaten his speakership and make it even harder to pass an immigration reform bill this year.

Boehner: No 'secret conspiracy' to jam through immigration overhaul.  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday [4/29/2014] told a private Republican Party meeting that there is no "secret conspiracy" to jam through an immigration overhaul, according to one member in the room.  Boehner used the meeting to walk back his comments last week, which were seen as mocking his own members for lacking the courage to tackle immigration reform that he has advocated but that many conservative in the House Republican conference continue to resist.

John Boehner: Just 'Teasing' Fellow Republicans on Immigration.  Speaker John Boehner dismissed comments he made last week when he made fun of fellow Republicans for moaning about taking votes on immigration reform.  "It wasn't mocking, listen, you all know me," Boehner told reporters this morning.  "You tease the ones you love.

John Boehner's Tea Party Whopper.  Politicians may be known for stretching the truth, but Speaker John Boehner's claim he's attended "hundreds of Tea Party events" over the past four years apparently pulled it well past the point of breaking.  In reviewing press reports, Breitbart News was only able to identify three Tea Party events Boehner has attended, all of which occurred before he became speaker.

Boehner Must Be Stepping Down as Speaker.  For the past two years, while I've sometimes criticized Speaker John Boehner, I may have been, of all unabashedly conservative pundits, the one who has defended him the most often, by repeatedly recognizing just what a difficult political position faces a Speaker of the right in today's divided government.  But yesterday's adolescent lament from him making fun of colleagues who won't take up immigration reform was beyond the pale.  He gives absolutely no credit to any legitimate motives his colleagues might have — such as, for instance, that they really disagree philosophically and strategically with his whole approach.  Meanwhile, his determination to keep pressing forward on the issue, despite the obvious political drawbacks of doing so, shows such a political tin ear as to be astonishing.

Boehner mocks GOP colleagues on immigration reform.  House Speaker John Boehner theatrically mocked his fellow Republican Congressmen for being afraid to reform immigration policy when he spoke Thursday [4/24/2014] before the Middletown Rotary Club in his home district. [...] Boehner said he's been working for 16 or 17 months trying to push Congress to deal with immigration reform.

Let's build a fence around John Boehner.  The headline in the Cincinnati Enquirer said it all:  "Boehner mocks GOP colleagues on immigration reform."  Say what?  Why would the titular leader of the Republican Party in Washington, D.C., make fun of his own party and his own caucus on an issue of huge importance to the future of the country?  Could it be that he has no moral compass?  That he, in fact, has no deep understanding of the damage that illegal immigration has done and is doing to this country?  That like Jeb Bush, another ersatz Republican, he thinks illegally crossing the border is "not a felony" but "an act of love"?  Or that like Vice President Biden he thinks illegal immigrants are "already American citizens."  Well, yeah, it might very well be true that Speaker Boehner is just a political hack, but why exactly do principled Republicans put up with him?

John Boehner's double-speak rattles House immigration foes.  Boehner has assured members who oppose comprehensive immigration reform that nothing will be done on the issue until the Obama administration "can be trusted to enforce our laws."  Given the average GOP Congressman's view of Barack Obama, that means "never."  That's certainly how many members interpreted the speaker's words.  But last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Boehner, while speaking to donors in Las Vegas recently, said he is "hellbent" on passing immigration reform "this year."

But Seriously, Just How Slow-Witted is John Boehner?  As he moves from lobbyists to the golf course, from press conferences to the tanning bed, he remains oblivious to all that is around him.  He has power, incredible power, and yet to this day he has no understanding of the election that made it so.  Moreover, all around him are astonishing opportunities for him to be an historic figure — one who could and should be the man who did more than any other single person in turning back the red tide of Obama.  It's all there for Speaker of the House, and yet John Boehner manages to miss it all — as he guarantees his spot as the most spectacular failure in the history of Speakers of the House.

Report: Boehner 'Hellbent' on Passing Amnesty This Year.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is "hellbent" on passing amnesty legislation, and other GOP leaders are signaling to donors and lobbyists that they also want to pass legislation this Congress, even though attempting to do so would depress the GOP base and create divisions within the party ahead of 2014's midterm elections that could give Republicans control of Congress.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Boehner told donors at a Las Vegas fundraiser in March that he was "hellbent on getting this done this year."

Boehner 'Confident' House GOP Will Re-Elect Him as Speaker.  House Speaker John Boehner addressed the behind-the-scenes maneuvering by House conservatives mobilizing against his reelection as Speaker on Monday, telling Fox News host Megyn Kelly that he's "confident" he'll win reelection next year.

Obama Secretly Rewrote FOIA to Exclude His And All WH Docs.  On April 15, 2009, a mere four months after he was sworn into office, the president decided to secretly rewrite the Freedom Of Information Act, which is designed to inform the public and provide oversight of various government activities and behavior to keep any of what it called "White House equities" from being released without a White House review. [...] An actual Speaker of the House who had respect for congress and cared about the Constitution would make a major public stink, bring charges in the House and submit them to the senate for trial to force the Democrats to vote against such an outright violation of law — if they dared.  Unfortunately, John Boehner isn't that kind of Speaker.

2014 Midterms Heat Up Speculation on GOP Race for House Speaker.  Top Republicans are hoping for a happy beginning to the next, 114th Congress, with the GOP taking control of the Senate and forcing President Obama on his heels for the last two years of his term.  But in the House, the clouds are already gathering over the first day of the next session, when the chamber votes to elect a Speaker.  "My sense at the present time is that the Speaker doesn't have the support of the conference," says South Carolina Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan about John Boehner.

Obama Trusts Boehner to Be His Amnesty Poodle.  Leave it to Speaker Boehner to rescue the President from the worst political fiasco in a century (Obamacare) by working to hand him the biggest win for the Democrats since the 1986 amnesty that flooded America with millions of Third Worlders who prefer big government.

John Boehner on Amnesty: 'I Want to Get It Done'.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that he wants to get amnesty legislation done this year even as he insisted that the immigration reform he and President Barack Obama discussed in their White House meeting was not "amnesty."

Boehner Wants to Wear Us Down on Amnesty.  Tony Lee at Breitbart's Big Government reported a few days ago that John Boehner still craves immigration reform this year.  Boehner also wants to be speaker again in 2015, goes a Washington Times report.  No, he doesn't.  The speaker's immigration drum-banging has him acting more like a man who's already signed his own political death warrant.  Boehner's insistence on pushing immigration reform this year only harms his party's candidates — up and down the ballot — this November.

Rep. Huelskamp: Time to Retire Boehner's Excuses.  Speaking at an event marking the five-year anniversary of the Tea Party movement in Washington, D.C. that helped elect him, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) said it was time to retire House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) excuses. [...] He said that conservatives are not only "fighting against Obama and his progressive allies but the Republican elites and their consultants who have never wanted the Tea Party in the first place and have lost two straight elections."

House Speaker John Boehner is not retiring, he insists.  House Speaker John Boehner already has the right tan for Florida's beaches, but he insists he's not headed south to retire any time soon. [...] Speculation in Washington has run rampant since news broke a week ago that Boehner and his wife had purchased an $835,000 luxury condominium in the posh Florida community of Marco Island.

Retirement Watch: Boehner Buys FL Condo.  The new purchase is likely to prompt a new round of speculation about whether Boehner will retire at the end of this Congress, although he has been adamant — both publicly and privately — that he intends on staying on for another term.  Boehner shared the happy news he had just closed on a place to colleagues at the National Republican Congressional Committee's recent winter meeting in Sarasota, prompting gossip among GOP lawmakers about what it might mean for his future.

The Editor says...
If Mr. Boehner buys real estate in Florida, this gives a pretty clear indication of what he thinks of Ohio, the state that he claims to represent.

GOP Reps Grill Boehner On Amnesty.  Other than the basic fact that he dearly wants a bill, Speaker John Boehner's specific plans on immigration have remained shrouded in mystery since the 2012 elections.  Now two key immigration hawks are pressing him for answers in a letter you might mistake as coming from Darrell Issa to Kathleen Sebelius.

Conservatives rally against debt ceiling 'surrender,' call for Boehner's head.  The House voted Tuesday [2/11/2014] to raise the debt ceiling with no conditions attached, and conservative groups are calling for Speaker John Boehner's head.  The vote was 221-201, with just 28 Republicans joining 193 Democrats to vote for it.  Speaker Boehner cast a rare vote in favor of the bill.  But the attacks began before the vote even took place, as soon as it was known that Boehner would bring a no-strings-attached debt ceiling hike to the floor.

Boehner's Office on Obama 'Rewriting' ACA: 'We Are Examining All of Our Options'.  House Speaker John Boehner's office said today that he is examining options on how to respond to what the speaker yesterday characterized as President Barack Obama's "rewriting" of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act "on a whim."  "We are examining all of our options," Boehner's spokesman Michael Steel told CNSNews.com on Tuesday [2/11/2014].

The Editor says...
A rabbit running for his life from a coyote is examining all of his options.  Mr. Boehner isn't about to take any meaningful action.  This drivel about examining his options is just a throwaway line to keep the reporters busy while he looks for the nearest exit.

Conservative group calls for Boehner's head.  The Senate Conservatives Fund says that it is time for House Speaker John Boehner to go and they will keep track of the GOP lawmakers that support their effort to oust him from his leadership post.  The group, which is targeting several incumbent Republicans in primary races this year, said Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, has sold out small government principles on too many occasions and the last straw came this week when House GOP leaders signaled they were going to support a bill to increase the nation's borrowing limit without attaching any strings to reduce spending.

No Replacement, No Vote.  Last week, U.S. House speaker John Boehner backed down on immigration surrender.  It took a firestorm of grassroots opposition to make the speaker drop Paul Ryan's cave-in to big business interests (led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) and the left, arrayed throughout the Democratic Party, the mainstream media, show biz, academia, and whatever other crags and holes they inhabit. [...] The speaker isn't to be trusted — on immigration reform and other vital issues.

With Anger Building, Boehner Puts the Brakes on Amnesty.  In an abrupt switch from his months of work to bring immigration reform back from life support, Speaker John Boehner told reporters today [2/6/2014] that the issue cannot move forward until President Obama proves he can be a trustworthy partner to implement the law as written.

Dem Support of Amnesty 'Principles' May Hurt Boehner's Credibility with House GOP.  The openness of top Democrats to the House GOP's immigration "principles" could undercut Speaker John Boehner's credibility on the right as he seeks to sell his conference on moving forward.  Obama had previously said he would not sign an immigration reform bill that does not provide a pathway to citizenship.

Boehner: 'No Sense Picking a Fight We Can't Win' on Debt Limit.  Once considered a leverage point to extract massive concessions from President Barack Obama, the debt ceiling has all but been scratched from House Republicans' negotiating playbook this year.  Put simply, the GOP has lost its willingness to fight on the issue, [...]

What is Boehner's secret immigration plan?  What did House Speaker John Boehner really mean on Thursday [1/30/2014] when he announced that the GOP will back a multi-stage amnesty for 12 million illegals, and increase the flow of foreign workers into the country?  The various GOP legislators and advocates can't tell if Boehner is faking solidarity with the GOP's immigration-boosting business donors, or is moving slowly to muffle voters' worries about competition for jobs and wages.

Boehner Courts a GOP Civil War.  There aren't pejoratives adequate enough to describe and deride Boehner's resolve to tackle immigration surrender this election year.  Either the speaker has one of the greatest tin ears in the history of American politics or he's got his sights set on a cushy post-speakership job and a corner office somewhere in DC.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will gladly provide references for the speaker.  Those big business interests have got Johnny's back, all right.  Perhaps the speaker is pimping immigration reform from spite, having disparaged his party's grassroots for calling him out, often and loudly, on his jellyfishness.

Boehner: I Agree With Tea Party '90% of the Time'.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) says he has "no problem" with the Tea Party and that he agrees with them "90 percent of the time."  Boehner appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night and told the host, "I don't have any problem with the Tea Party.  Those people have brought great energy to the political process, most of them have never been involved before."  "When you agree with someone 90 percent of the time they're not your enemy," Boehner continued.

1.1 Trillion Reasons to Dump Boehner and McConnell.  Late Thursday afternoon, the Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending measure that's best described as a fix — fix, as in an act of Republican perfidy and chicanery.  The process was rigged by Speaker Boehner and Senate Minority Leader McConnell (doubtless with a wink and a nod from Harry Reid) to push through the gargantuan spending measure while giving House and Senate Republicans cover on ObamaCare funding.  The bill was an incomprehensible 1,582 pages.

Judicial Watch to Boehner: Create Select Committee to Investigate Benghazi.  There is little doubt that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) is dodging a thorough, top-to-bottom, no-holds-barred investigation of the Benghazi terrorist attack.  The only question is, "Why?"  As the only non-governmental organization in the country litigating in federal court to uncover the full story about what happened before, during, and following the Benghazi massacre, Judicial Watch knows first-hand that the full story has not been told and that a massive cover-up is underway.

Fed up tea party and conservative critics attack John Boehner over 'ideologically bankrupt' GOP.  There's a public petition against the Ohio Republican, an advertising buy, a new website — all coordinated by a group that claims to be the nation's largest political action committee for the grassroots movement.  "John Boehner has declared war on conservatives demanding lower taxes and limited government," says talk radio host Rusty Humphries, spokesman for new campaign.  "Today we declare war on him.  We intend to send a message to his fellow 'Republicans In Name Only' that such ideologically bankrupt leadership must come to an end."

Tea Party Leadership Fund to Recruit Boehner Primary Challenger.  The Tea Party Leadership Fund will announce on Friday [1/10/2014] an effort it plans to undertake to search for a candidate to primary House Speaker John Boehner, Breitbart News has learned exclusively.  The group is funding a $25,000 ad campaign against Boehner and a petition drive at PrimaryBoehner.com with a goal of collecting 1 million signatures by Jan. 31.  Radio's Rusty Humphries, a spokesman for the Tea Party Leadership Fund, is leading the group's effort to find a candidate.

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2013.  [At the top of the list,] Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH):  House Speaker John Boehner has apparently become a master at what Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer calls the "Tollbooth Strategy."  As Schweizer explains in his new book, [...] "You pay money at a tollbooth in order to use a road or bridge.  The methodology in Washington is similar:  if someone wants a bill passed, charge them money to allow the bill to move down the legislative highway."  According to Schweizer, Boehner apparently used the Tollbooth Strategy to collect more than $200,000 in political donations from executives just days before holding votes on bills critically important to their industries.

Will 2014 Be the Year of Amnesty?  House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) seems determined to undo the political advantage the GOP has gained from the disastrous implementation of ObamaCare.  According to the New York Times, Boehner "has signaled he may embrace a series of limited changes to the nation's immigration laws in the coming months," bringing up a series of bills to advance that agenda.

Boehner's Christmas Wish: To Roll the Tea Party.  Boehner certainly wants to overhaul immigration laws and realizes he'll need to marginalize the right wing groups to have any chance.  But that's a much riskier proposition than press coverage has implied, and the budget deal is only a tentative first step.  To pull it off, Boehner would basically have to carry out the same strategy as hardline conservatives, but pushing in the opposite direction.

The Air Boehner Tax.  He is the new tax collector for the welfare state.  And House Speaker John Boehner's latest gift to the American people — a 124% tax increase on air travel — can aptly be called The Air Boehner Tax.

Business lobbyists cheer Boehner smackdown of conservative groups.  What corporations large and small seek more than anything else is stability.  If that means going along with Democrats on a bad budget deal, so be it.  If it means amnesty for some illegals, so be it.  If it means raising the debt ceiling without a lot of fuss, so be it.

Boehner's Ineptitude Has Created a Leadership Vacuum in GOP.  John Boehner is the visible leader of the Republican Party.  As Speaker of the House, the only Republican-led institution in Washington DC right now, it is his duty to press a Republican agenda.  His office should be, at all times, rallying the base of the party in order to create a groundswell of support for future electoral gains.  Instead, he is personally, actively working to diminish, purge, and destroy those who do not fall in lock-step behind him.

Boehner: Amnesty After GOP Primary Filing Deadlines.  A new report from the Texas-based Quorum Report, published by longtime Texas journalist Harvey Kronberg, says that House Speaker John Boehner plans to push amnesty legislation through the House, after the primary filing deadline for candidates.  The move would prevent Tea Party from challenging GOP lawmakers who support amnesty in 2014.

Speaker Boehner Collected 'Tollbooth Fee' Before Key Votes.  An explosive new book alleges Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) collected over $200,000 in donations from executives and companies just days before holding votes on three bills of critical importance to their industries.

Nobody but us.  [Peter] Schweizer describes "John Boehner's 'Tollbooth', by which the Speaker of the House extracts money by soliciting political donations before he holds crucial votes on the House floor.  He details the Obama "Protection Money" racket, where the Administration targets industries for criminal investigation but passes over the lintels of those who are key political donors.

Poll: Most want John Boehner ousted.  As anger toward the Republican Party grows, a majority of Americans say a GOP-controlled House is bad for the country and want Speaker John Boehner replaced, according to a new poll out Monday [10/21/2013].

US debt ceiling crisis: John Boehner's leadership has been a failure.  After days and days of shutdown, after banging on the debt ceiling, after 800,000 people were sent home without pay, after war memorials were barred and parks closed — what have the Republicans achieved?  Some negligible tweaks to Obamacare.  Oh, and now only about four people are prepared to admit to pollsters that they are Republican.  The Grand Ole Party leveraged its reputation when it tried to use the shutdown to injure Obamacare.  And it got almost nothing in return.

The Tiny Mind of John Boehner: A Jail With No Bars.  It's the big house for little minds — drones held captive by the absurd assumption that the entire nation thinks the way the Beltway population does. [...] Moreover, this mindset is combined with a childish and insecure need to be loved, a yearning so strong that jettisoning everything one stands for is a price well worth paying at any time, including in what could well be a seminal moment in history.

Obama and Boehner agree on one thing: Giving the shaft to Americans.  Over the weekend, the House held a vote and agreed — without a single exception — that when this government shutdown is all over, all these "nonessential" government bureaucrats who have been loafing around at home all this time will be given back pay for work they did not perform.  So instead of getting a little taste of the furloughs, layoffs and firings actual American workers have been suffering for years in this nasty economy, these federal bureaucrats would be granted extended paid vacations.

A Figurehead Speaker.  Speaker John Boehner's goose is cooked.  House conservatives' rebellion against Boehner's lame leadership has begun in earnest.  How do we know this?  Two names:  "Cruz and Lee."  Remarkably, Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are leading from the House side of Congress.  That's right, House conservatives, in a gutsy move, are consulting with both senators, seeking their leadership while spurning Boehner's.

Boehner again proves Cowardly and Worthless.  Do you remember how tough Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) talked when he was in the minority?  Well, ever since kicking off his tenure as majority leader after the 2010 elections with a series of good cries, he has caved on every single issue brought before him.

Boehner's Syria Surrender.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated yesterday he trusts President Obama to carry out military strikes against Syrian government targets as punishment for that government's alleged use of poison gas against its own citizens. [...] Boehner's action amounts to siding with the same administration that lied its way into war in Libya, tried to cover up the deadly fiasco in Benghazi, Libya, and that even now sides with the Islamofascist terrorists of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

Is Speaker Boehner Deliberately Throwing the House to Pelosi in 2014?  The GOP is operating on fumes, and the leadership within the party appears intent upon destroying the one segment within all of the elected Federal government that has the moral courage to stand against the tyrant occupying our White House.  Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy must realize that their actions are extinguishing what little trust exists for those within the GOP, leading to the possibility, even probability, of more conservatives not voting in 2014.

Boehner says he 'absolutely' trusts Obama.  House Speaker John Boehner says he "absolutely" trusts President Barack Obama — not that they don't have their differences.

Boehner: House Will Fund Obamacare in CR.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he would not include language to defund Obamacare in the continuing resolution bill when it returns to the House, stating, "our goal" is "not to shut down the government."  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) offered an amendment to the Senate version of the CR that would have defunded Obamacare.  However, the Senate is controlled by Democrats and, on Wednesday [3/13/2013], Cruz's amendment failed.

Let There Be Amnesty!  There's still a real chance that the Captain Schettinos of the House Republican brain trust will rescue Obama's presidency by passing an amnesty.  But some in the open-borders crowd are getting nervous about John Boehner's ability to achieve Obama's objectives.

Boehner Not Only 'Made a Deal w/Obama' — but Fears Being Implicated in Benghazigate Himself.  Appearing on Fox, Pat Caddell said Monday that John Boehner quietly went-along the harebrained Libya-Syria gun running scheme that blew up in the Obama regime's face last year — without proper congressional approval — and now fears the consequences of his own grave errors.

Caddell: "Boehner... Suppressing Anything on Benghazi".  Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has turned down a select committee to investigate Benghazi, even though more than 160 of his colleagues in the House, 1,000 Special Operations veterans and many other Americans have called for one.  Could statements made on Fox News' Political Insiders be a reason why?

House of Representatives no longer observes monthly moment of silence for troops.  Frustrated that the traditional practice no longer exists, a Republican congressman has introduced legislation that would require Speaker of the House John Boehner to personally lead a moment of silence for the country's fallen troops on the House floor every month.  In a Tuesday interview with The Daily Caller, North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones said it "really quite frustrates me" that such an observance hasn't happened on the House floor since February.

The Editor says...
In my opinion, the Speaker of the House is responsible for this.

Boehner Defends Decision Denying Select Committee on Benghazi.  House Speaker John Boehner Monday defended the way he has handled the investigation into last year's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, insisting a select committee is not needed to probe the incident.  The Ohio Republican told the media that he has resisted lawmakers' calls for a select committee because he doesn't think one is necessary.

No More - Mr. Nice Guy.  Much of the focus has been on the Senate.  But if anyone thinks that the House — and specifically Speaker John Boehner — is our fail-safe to killing gun control in the Congress, they had better think again.  Speaking on Meet the Press on March 10, Speaker Boehner said that he has "made clear if the Senate acts on gun control legislation, the House will consider it."  Quite simply, that means that House Speaker John Boehner will allow the House to consider votes on gun control legislation.

Boehner Says He 'Absolutely' Trusts Obama — We Are in Trouble Now.  Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner (R-OH), on March 17, 2013, on ABC's This Week, said that he "absolutely" trusts Obama.  Boehner also said that he and Obama have a good relationship, and that they are "open with each other ... honest with each other." [...] Where to start?  Well, how about these specific examples of Dear Leader Barack Hussein Obama not being "absolutely" trustful?

Boehner-Obama Deals Produce $2.5T New Debt in 2 Years; $21,817 Per Household.  The federal debt has increased $2.5 trillion over the past two years, during a time when federal spending has been governed by a series of deals cut between Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic President Barack Obama.

Boehner Plans to Permit and Fund Obama's Attack on Religious Freedom.  When the Obama administration finalized its regulation requiring health care plans to provide cost-free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, House Speaker John Boehner — as this column noted last year — was one of those who correctly argued that the regulation was an attack on religious freedom and that Congress must not let it stand.  On Wednesday [3/6/2013], in craven contradiction to that position, Boehner plans to [...]

Boehner Tepid in Response to White House Gun Control Push.  After Obama finished announcing 23 executive orders aimed at guns on Jan. 16, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rep. Tim HuelsKamp (R-Kas.), and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus lined up to criticize what they saw as a straightforward assault on liberty. [...] While these and other GOPers were quick to voice their disgust with Obama's overreach, notably missing was any strong opposition from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

At least 24 Congressmen agree with me:
Boehner Coup Attempt Larger Than First Thought.  A concerted effort to unseat Speaker John A. Boehner was under way the day of his re-election to the position, but participants called it off 30 minutes before the House floor vote, CQ Roll Call has learned.  A group of disaffected conservatives had agreed to vote against the Ohio lawmaker if they could get at least 25 members to join the effort.  But one member, whose identity could not be verified, rescinded his or her participation the morning of the vote, leaving the group one person short of its self-imposed 25-member threshold.

Boehner reelected as Speaker; nine Republicans defect in vote.  Boehner was reelected just days after facing one his toughest tests as Speaker of the House — the negotiations over the fiscal cliff.  The final will add $4 trillion to the debt, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and it won the support of a minority of Boehner's conference who criticized the measure for a lack of spending cuts.

House Speaker Boehner Votes for Obama's Marxism.  Mostly with Democratic votes, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday [1/1/2013] voted for what the Obama Administration said was "the most progressive income tax code in decades."  It was Karl Marx who called for a "heavy progressive or graduated income tax" system in order to redistribute the wealth and establish a socialist state.  The bill was brought to the floor by Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who voted for it, without a spending cut amendment.  He says he will seek "entitlement reform and pro-growth tax reform" sometime later this year.

Trouble for Boehner's Speakership?  John Boehner's speakership is suddenly "on the ropes," says at least one outside conservative group after Thursday night's head-spinning developments that saw the Republican leader scrap a vote on his own plan to avert the year-end "fiscal cliff" because not enough members of his party would support it.

Boehner's House Has Increased Debt $18,944 Per Household.  Under the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner (R.-Ohio), the 112th House of Representatives has thus far approved legislation that has increased the debt of the federal government by $2,176,949,774,695.46 — or approximately $18,944 for per American household.  The 112th House of Representatives has achieved this in a little more than 20 months time — and it may not be done yet enacting laws to approve new federal borrowing and spending.

Boehner Can't Give Away the House Fast Enough.  What is worse than striking out?  Grounding into a double play.  Not only is Boehner prepared to raise taxes — both through capping deductions and increasing marginal rates — he is now prepared to preemptively surrender our last point of leverage in one fell swoop.  The media is now reporting that Boehner offered Obama a clean 1-year debt ceiling extension as part of the deal to raise taxes in return for fake spending cuts.

Boehner Plays Santa With Major Concessions To Dems.  In this season of giving, no one's been more generous than John Boehner.  Three times in fiscal cliff talks, he has offered Democrats more — only to get nothing in return.

Replacing Speaker Boehner.  John Boehner is a good man in a hard place.  He has served in public office as a lifelong conservative, not a RINO. [...] But face it.  Boehner is no match for Obama on the national stage.  He cannot press the economic arguments articulately.  He does not have a compelling personality.  Obama is running circles around Boehner with outrageous falsehoods, and Boehner cannot raise a peep to challenge him.

Boehner's Boners.  What's up with John Boehner?  Has he lost his mind or something?  There are a lot of conservatives who think he's gone around the bend.  He's done precious little to convince anyone otherwise.  He sounds more like a Democrat than a Republican these days, and he's giving credence to those who believe, "There's not a dime's worth of difference between the Republicans and Democrats."

Bring in the genuine conservatives!
Group to Endorse Conservatives to Replace Boehner, Cantor, McCarthy.  Conservative group American Majority Action (AMA) will endorse three conservative Republicans to replace current House GOP leadership later on Monday, Breitbart News has learned.  The group will endorse Republican Reps. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, Jim Jordan of Ohio and Tom Price of Georgia to replace House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Whip Kevin McCarthy.

Report: House leadership concerned Price will challenge Boehner for Speaker.  Concerns are growing that Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) could mount a conservative challenge to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), according to a new report in the National Review.  The story cites one leadership aide expressing concern that the Georgia lawmaker, who recently lost his bid to become conference chairman, could mount an outside bid for the Speaker's gavel.

Boehner faces ouster threats within GOP.  House Speaker John A. Boehner is facing increasing pressure as several rebellious Republicans hinted that they won't vote to re-elect him to run the chamber, and a conservative interest group announced a bid to recruit someone else to run against him for the speakership.

Only 16 Members Can Unseat Boehner, Group Says.  The president and CEO of conservative group American Majority Action (AMA) is demanding Republicans band together to fire House Speaker John Boehner.  "Speaker Boehner has been an abysmal failure as speaker, and his latest purge is the nail in the coffin for conservatives," AMA's Ned Ryun said in a statement.

Boehner Has To Go.  By his actions, Boehner has made himself the tanned poster child of everything that is wrong with Washington.

Palin: Boehner's Sellout Won't Be Forgotten in 2014.  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Tuesday [12/4/2012] that she thinks House Speaker John Boehner's purge of conservatives from powerful committees is a sign the GOP establishment is out of touch with America.

Purged conservative reps: Boehner planning to 'run over' conservatives, vote for tax hike.  Conservative Republican Reps. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas and Justin Amash of Michigan hit back at Republican leadership on Tuesday [12/4/2012], following their Monday removal from prominent committees, calling the move "petty" and "vindictive," and accusing Speaker of the House John Boehner and his deputies of silencing independent conservative voices in preparation to steamroll a tax hike through Congress.

Conservative groups rebel against John Boehner.  Heritage Action, long a thorn in the side of the House Republican leadership, told its members in an email that Boehner was asking his "members to go back on their promise not to raise taxes on the American people" by putting $800 billion in new revenue into the mix of the negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff.

No, Mr. Boehner, the Constitution is the Law of the Land.  Yesterday, Diane Sawyer asked John Boehner in an interview if he planned to push for repeal of Obamacare.  He responded that "the election changes that" and "Obamacare is the law of the land."  No, Mr. Boehner, the Constitution is the law of the Republic. [...] They were sure we'd win the election.  Ironically, by running away from the Obamacare issue, they ensured that we would not win the election.  Now that they lost, they say tough luck on Obamacare.



General Colin Powell

Colin Powell says he's voting for Hillary Clinton.  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell plans to vote for Hillary Clinton, his staff confirmed on Tuesday [10/25/2016].  Powell's announcement, which came at a Long Island Association luncheon, is the latest example of Republicans who are ditching their own party's nominee.  But his move isn't a complete surprise:  Powell, a retired four-star general who served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush, endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Fake Republican Colin Powell Gives an Outrageous Performance on Meet the Press.  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has been dragged out for a repeat of his previous interview performances aimed at bringing down Republicans.  It's just in time to distract from Hillary Clinton's disastrous campaign and Obama's failed policies.  It's geared for the low-information voters.  Powell claimed he is still a Republican during an interview with Meet the Press Sunday [9/6/2015] and then proceeded to dismiss the entire party because, according to him, it is moving into radical right territory and has a serious, "dark", racist bent.  Powell doesn't, however, mind the violent, dangerous, racist hate group #BlackLivesMatter (BLM).  That group is funded by Socialist George Soros whose goal is to destroy American Capitalism and replace it with his Open Society.

Colin Powell Still Sees 'Dark Vein' of Intolerance in GOP.  Speaking on the day following the 50-year anniversary of "Bloody Sunday" in Selma, Alabama, the first African-American Secretary of State Colin Powell said he still sees a "dark vein" of intolerance in the Republican Party, echoing comments that he made in 2013.  "I still see it.  I still see it in the Republican Party and I still see it in other parts of our country.  You don't have to be a Republican to be touched by this dark vein," Powell told ABC's George Stephanopoulos Sunday [3/8/2015] on "This Week."

Colin Powell, Once GOP Dream President, Is Socialist.  Colin Powell, George W. Bush's secretary of state, has confirmed the suspicion that derailed his plan to run for president:  He's not just a liberal, but a socialist.

Colin Powell: America Needs Socialized Medicine.  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell believes the United States should have a socialized, single-payer healthcare system similar to those in Canada and Europe.  "I think universal health care is one of the things we should really be focused on, and I hope that will happen," Powell reportedly said last week.  "Whether it's Obamacare, or son of Obamacare, I don't care.  As long as we get it done."

Colin Powell slams NC's new voting law in speech.  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell took aim at North Carolina's new voting law Thursday [8/22/2013], saying it hurts the Republican Party, punishes minority voters and makes it more difficult for everyone to vote.

'Republican' Colin Powell thinks Obama doing 'Reasonably Well'.  IRS scandal, Benghazi cover-up, James Rosen/Fox News scandal.  Those are the main scandals in the news these days.  There are also other scandals such as the HHS demanding private corporations fund ObamaCARE, the CIA giving bags of money to Hamid Karzai, and the EPA scandal with Lisa Jackson and her Richard Windsor e-mails.  Colin Powell, who still claims that he is a Republican is doing a reasonably well in his second term.  Did you know the economy was booming?  Colin Powell thinks it is.

Laura Bush, Dick Cheney and Colin Powell in $1 million pro-gay-marriage campaign.  The pro-gay Respect for Marriage Coalition has launched a $1 million media campaign, complete with full-page newspaper ads and a television bit with President Obama, to rally for legislative reform.

Colin Powell: Latent Democrat?  Recently the former secretary of state — rumored to be a Republican — has been quite vocal in criticizing his own political party.  In no way am I saying Republicans are above criticism and do everything right.  But there's something about Colin Powell's recent attacks that sound so, so, well, so Democratic National Committee-ish.

Is Colin Powell a Republican?  Why did Colin Powell recently trash the Tea Party?  Isn't he a Republican who wants to see his party do well in the upcoming election?  Or is he someone else?  His comments about compromise regarding the selection of the Republican nominee are revealing about his own identity as a Republican.



Eric Cantor

Eric Cantor Strongly Defends Democratic-Republican Party.  Eric Cantor, who was sent on to the politician's afterlife (the private sector) by the voters of his district, penned an article strongly defending his former boss, John Boehner.  His views are important to read, as they fully expain the Democratic Party/Republican Party collusion that has taken place over the past six years.

Cantor Campaign Spent More at One Steakhouse than Brat on Entire Campaign.  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) campaign spent more money at one posh steakhouse before his shocking Tuesday primary defeat than his opponent Dave Brat spent on his whole campaign.  Cantor's campaign spent $124,177 at Bobby Van'S Grill and Steakhouse and $44,460 at Blt Steak for a total of $168,637.

Limbaugh: House Could Still Push Amnesty, Cantor Has 'Nothing to Lose'.  Conventional wisdom today [6/11/2014] dictates Eric Cantor's devastating primary loss means immigration reform is dead, but Rush Limbaugh isn't so sure. [...] Limbaugh charged that Cantor was serving his donors and President Obama more than his constituents, because he's part of that brand of Republican that won't dare "be confrontational" with Obama.  But Limbaugh predicted that Cantor is likely so angry, he could very well push for the very thing that got him pushed out of office.

Why We Fired Eric Cantor.  For almost as long as I've lived here, which is coming up on 20 years now, the purpose of the seventh district has been to re-elect Eric Cantor every two years.  It's a strongly Republican district that spans across a very conservative stretch of rural Central Virginia, from the Richmond suburbs to Culpeper.  So what were we going to do, vote for a Democrat?  No, we were going to vote for Cantor.  And Cantor knew it.  Because he didn't have to worry too much about getting re-elected every two years, his political ambition was channeled into rising through the hierarchy of the House leadership.

Dave Brat Wins One for Federalist 44.  Virginia has been an epicenter of the establishment GOP's war on the Tea Party, and vice versa I might add, with political shenanigans and bullying known as "slating" designed to keep conservatives out of political party positions.  Eric Cantor and his team were in it up to their necks.  The best explanation of Brat's win, however, may have been given on January 25, 1788.

The Top 8 Consequences of Cantor's Defeat.  On Tuesday night [6/10/2014], one of the most stunning upsets in Congressional primary history took place, with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) losing his primary to economics professor Dave Brat.  Brat campaigned on the platform that Cantor was a backer of amnesty legislation; heavy conservative media coverage of the thousands of illegal immigrant youths pouring across our inundated southern border contributed to a sense of urgency.  So Cantor is out.

After Eric Cantor 'earthquake,' stunned House GOP seeks direction.  Many Republicans believe Cantor tried to play both sides of the street on the [immigration] issue, on one side working on measures to ease the way for more young illegal immigrants to move into mainstream American society, and on the other assuring fellow Republicans that serious immigration reform would not happen this year.

Looking Back at the Tea Leaves on Cantor.  Eric Cantor's loss is historic.  No sitting House majority leader has lost an election since the office was created in 1899.  While Cantor's loss was a stunning surprise, the warning signals were around for a while.

Cantor out in Tea Party shocker.  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the Speaker-in-waiting, was defeated Tuesday in a primary election by a little-known conservative economics professor, David Brat, in one of the most stunning upsets in modern political history.

The GOP and Syria: Feckless, and Fecklesser.  Speaker John Boehner and his boy, Sherman (aka, Eric Cantor), came out yesterday in support of President Obama's efforts to embroil the U.S. in the Syrian civil war (or proxy war, to some).  Clearly, Boehner and Cantor aren't bucking for Red Badges of Courage, unless, once again, thumbing their noses at grassroots conservatives (and a majority of Americans) counts as courage.  Let's chalk up Boehner's and Cantor's support for Mr. Obama to the same timidity and left-footedness that has marked too much of Boehner's tenure.

Cantor's 'Pledge' At Center Of Secretive Immigration Push, Chairman Says.  House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) said that a promise Majority Leader Eric Cantor made last year is a major force behind the push to grant amnesty to illegal alien DREAMers who enlist in the military.  Cantor "made a pledge that he would help" Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA) enact the proposal, McKeon said at a roundtable on Thursday morning [4/10/2014] in Washington, D.C.  As reported last week by Breitbart News, House Republicans had been quietly working working to insert the text of the proposal into an related Defense authorization bill, but after the issue became public McKeon announced he would not include it bill as introduced.  Denham, a sophomore Republican who represents California's central valley, has been leading the push for the provision, which he has introduced as a stand-alone bill called the "ENLIST Act."

Cantor sabotages conservatives in quest for speakership.  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is intentionally sidelining one of his own Republican committee chairmen — and the chairman's attempts to pass conservative reforms — in order to better secure his own path to the speakership.  Informed sources in the House, Senate and outside groups tell The Daily Caller that a shift in leadership is going to come sooner than expected, and Cantor is fighting hard for the new spot.

Eric Cantor falls hard from good graces of conservatives.  Conservatives are increasingly targeting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, arguing that he has abandoned conservative principles and protesting his planned meeting with moderate and liberal Republicans.  Mr. Cantor, who just a few years ago was seen as a champion for conservatives in the House and a possible candidate to replace House Speaker John A. Boehner, now is viewed with suspicion, said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican.

Exclusive: Cantor Challenger Calls for Investigation of New Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia.  David Brat, the long-shot challenger to Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA) in Virginia's 7th Congressional District, is demanding an investigation into the new executive director of the Virginia Republican party, Shaun Kenney, after it was revealed Kenney's consulting firm is now on Cantor's payroll.  "If Eric Cantor's campaign or any of his affiliates has hired Shaun Kenney's consulting firm, any pretense of fairness in the upcoming Seventh District Congressional Race is diminished," Brat wrote in a letter to Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPVA).

Palace Intrigue: Right Searches For Cantor Alternative.  Eric Cantor has never been closer to wielding the speaker's gavel, but he may want to keep an eye over his right shoulder.  As speculation heats up about whether Speaker John Boehner will return in 2015, Cantor is in the midst of a kind of shadow job interview with House conservatives, and it isn't going all that well.  Cantor recently enraged many Republicans by sneaking a Medicare bill through the House by voice vote.

Child Alien Crisis Obama's Fault, But GOP Won't Pounce.  What is at the top of the Republican wish list?  A vibrant economy?  An America strong and respected in the world?  Capturing the Senate?  A Republican elected to the White House in 2016?  Nah.  The GOP wants amnesty for illegal aliens.  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., made that abundantly clear in an interview with a local Virginia TV station WTVR last Friday [6/6/2014].

Sen. Sessions Comes Out Swinging Against Secretive House Immigration Push.  Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and arguably the leading intellectual force against amnesty in Congress, is coming out hard against a proposal backed by Majority Leader Eric Cantor to grant amnesty to illegal alien DREAMers who enlist in the military.

Banana Republicans: New Head Of Virginia GOP on Eric Cantor's Payroll.  [Majority Leader Eric] Cantor is now campaigning to retain his seat in Virginia's 7th Congressional District.  Cantor's challenger for the GOP primary on June 10 — Dave Brat — is politically on Cantor's right, and is thus receiving national interest from conservative/Tea Party groups that are disappointed with Cantor's record as majority leader.  The magnitude of the revelation can not be overstated:  GOP voters in Virginia's 7th District have just learned that the person appointed to manage the primary election season for the party is being paid by one of the candidates.

The Biggest Crony: Cantor Campaign Leader Paid $12.3M by Virginia GOP.  At issue is the appearance of a "fixed" primary environment for Eric Cantor's opponent, Dave Brat.  Yet further examination of the RPV's finances reveals that the situation with Eric Cantor's long-time campaign chief is much more lucrative than previously reported, and began far earlier than 2013.  Dave Brat is not the first Cantor challenger to face a party and an incumbent with the appearance of alignment against his campaign's fortunes.  Every Cantor opponent has faced that situation.

Cantor's Camouflage Conservative Cant.  [W]here the now defunct "Sequester" once supposedly limited the rate of growth of our national insolvency, the Republican leadership has caved once again, abdicating even the appearance of frugality and giving the green light to virtually unimpeded federal spending far into the future. [...] Instead of combating the corrupt efforts of the Justice Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the White House unilaterally to "enact" amnesty for illegal aliens by executive fiat, senior Republicans have agreed to join the Democrats' push for an endless supply of cheap foreign labor — legal or illegal — to please their corporate masters.



Karl Rove

The Editor says...
Mr. Rove appears to be a master strategist, but some of his positions are out of sync with the political right.

The GOPe Just Doesn't Get It.  The establishment Republicans could make me into a Trump supporter.  Establishment leader Karl Rove — the Architect — proved once again that there is a good reason why they've disenfranchised the base.  Mr. Rove was on the O'Reilly Factor Wednesday evening [3/2/2016] and was asked by Bill O'Reilly why he doesn't like Donald Trump.  Rove said it was a matter of policy and character.  One of his complaints is that we shouldn't be funding Planned Parenthood as he suggested Trump would do.  First of all, Trump said he would defund them as long as they are providing abortions and secondly, it was Rove's RINOs in Congress who funded Planned Parenthood and the entire Obama agenda with the recent omnibus.

Understanding Karl Rove's "Operation Hummingbird".  "Operation Hummingbird" an identifier given (by me) to describe a very strategic approach of Karl Rove in getting Jeb Bush the republican nomination.  "Hummingbird" describes a very a specific strategy to overcome a hurdle currently blocking Rove's path, Donald Trump.  Often it is easier to use a descriptive term, rather than spend 300 words having to re-explain a strategy as it expands and becomes increasingly visible over time.

Something Sketchy In The GOPe Works — Emperor Karl Rove Campaigning for RNC.  Political campaigns don't normally sell you the $1-$3 trinkets or gimmicks until the last month of a fiscal reporting calendar (March, June, Sept, Dec.).  So when a trinket email hits in August, that usually means a big infusion of cash is coming from somewhere (usually Wall Street) and they need to dilute the visibility of it with lots of smaller donations.

Karl Rove vs. the 2nd Amendment.  Guns don't kill people, the Constitution kills people, at least according to Karl Rove, Republican strategist and architect of George W. Bush's election and reelection as president.  Rove, speaking on Fox News Sunday, and in the wake of the South Carolina church massacre, embraced the liberal mantra that there are too many guns on the street and went a step further and a step too far, saying the way to avoid more such tragedies is to repeal the Second Amendment and its guarantee of our right to keep and bear arms.

Karl Rove: Only Way To Stop The Violence Is To Repeal Second Amendment.  Republican strategist Karl Rove said on "Fox News Sunday" the only way to stop gun-related violence, like the Wednesday [6/17/2015] massacre at Emmanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston S.C., was to repeal American citizens' Second Amendment rights.

Glenn Beck Unloads on Karl Rove.  Last night [3/20/2015], we reported Karl Rove's comments dismissing Glenn Beck's departure from the GOP, calling it "old news."  Well, Beck picked up on it and went on quite a lengthy Facebook tirade hours after Rove made those remarks.  And by the looks of it, Rove's comments only confirmed for Beck every single problem he has with the Republican Party.

Karl Rove's Strategic Concealment Initiative.  Karl Rove has come under fire for masterminding the Bush Administration policy of hiding the discovery of stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  Rove, along with Bush, had a policy befitting a schoolyard bully victim, and he no doubt believed the argument was lost and didn't want to reopen old wounds.  Apparently soldiers in Iraq were under strict orders not to talk about the many canisters of mustard gas and nerve gas found hidden by Saddam Hussein's regime.  The principle argument in defense of this practice is that it was intended to keep these weapons out of the hands of the insurgents; the Administration didn't want the terrorists to know about them, to allow them to use them against U.S. forces.  This argument seems weak.

Karl Rove: Weapon of Mass Delusion.  So Karl Rove was involved in a cover-up. Well, leave it to Karl — the "boy genius" and the "architect" — to orchestrate a cover-up that actually hides information exculpatory to his President and his party. He did just that on the issue of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) in Iraq.  This is not an outlier either — this is just Rove being Rove.  And 'Rove being Rove' has sown the seeds of destruction that gave us Barack Obama in 2008, and again in 2012, and has scattered political germs that still haunt Republicans to this day.  This goes back to late 2000 in fact.

Karl Rove Is Ruining the GOP.  Rove has never cared about conservatism and has spent his entire career opposing any Republican who might be successful in promoting or implementing a conservative agenda.  Rove belongs to the same tradition of moderates who fought Barry Goldwater in 1964, who pushed back against Ronald Reagan in 1976 and did everything they could to stop Reagan again in 1980.  They said Reagan would be a disaster for the party and even the country.  Today, Reagan is one of the most well-remembered American presidents and remains the standard-bearer for what it means to be a conservative Republican, popularizing a small government message that GOP moderates said was too extreme to resonate with voters.  As with Rove's predictions about Mitt Romney's chances in 2012, GOP moderates couldn't have been more wrong about Reagan.

Karl Rove Leaves Illegal Immigration Out Of GOP Senate Victory Plan.  GOP establishment strategist and talking head Karl Rove conspicuously omitted illegal immigration in his advice to GOP Senate candidates on how to close the sale to voters in this year's midterm elections.  In a column in the Wall Street Journal, Rove urges Senate candidates to talk about "pro-growth policies like tax reform and regulatory relief, spending restraint to reduce the debt, health-care reforms to replace ObamaCare and energy policies like the Keystone XL pipeline" in addition to national defense.

Does Karl Rove Want The GOP To Capture The Senate Or Help a Bush Restoration?  Doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results was Albert Einstein's all-too-familiar definition of insanity.  Yet that's exactly what Karl Rove recommended in the Wall Street Journal last week to help Senate Republicans "close the sale" in the midterm elections.  We all should be wondering why.  Rove warns candidates and incumbents "not to be cautious, timid, or unclear" but pushes a playbook largely followed by Republicans with little success since the 1990s.

Why Does Anyone Listen To Karl Rove's Empty Advice?  Why does anyone listen to Karl Rove anymore?  After his epic meltdown on Election Night 2012, when he insisted in the face of the counting of real votes that his little white board projections still gave Mitt Romney "a path to victory" and after the expenditure of something like $325 million found Rove winning only 9 of the 31 races his American Crossroads Super-PAC played in during the 2012 election cycle.

Karl Rove, who declared war on the Tea Party, now whining that donations to establishment GOP candidates are down.  GOP establishment lover Karl Rove claims that the GOP may not take back the Senate because Republican donors are not supporting his moderate candidates.  This despite the fact the Tea Party, contrary to his war on it, fielded several candidates in the last midterm elections of 2010 who won.  It appears that to the contrary, Rove is becoming toxic for Republican Party candidates.

Rove and the Establishment GOP Nitwits May Have Committed Electoral Suicide.  The geriatric and senile Republican establishment could very well have destroyed their ability to take the Senate this year, a year that should have been ripe for a GOP landslide.  From Mitch McConnell's vow to "crush the Tea Party" all the way to rampant vote fraud in Mississippi, the Reince Priebus- and Karl Rove-led band of numbskulls have wagered that corrupting the primary process, demonizing the conservative activist base, and using borderline criminal tactics would unify the party.

Karl Rove Frets GOP Establishment Candidates Not Getting Enough Donations.  After declaring war on the Tea Party and often showing nothing but contempt for grassroots conservatives that powered Republicans to record gains in the 2010 midterm elections, Karl Rove whined that the GOP may not take back the Senate this year because of the lack of enthusiasm for his establishment-approved candidates.

Karl Rove's PAC Trying to Win Arkansas, North Carolina by Running Left of Pryor, Hagan.  Karl Rove and his Crossroads GPS PAC are about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the senate — by campaigning to the left of incumbents Mark Pryor and Kay Hagan on behalf of Republican challengers Tom Cotton and Thom Tills.  So blatant is this attempt in the latest round of TV ads that the Washington Post teased Rove with a headline that taunted him as a "bleeding heart liberal."

Why Karl Rove and the GOP Establishment Will Lose Again.  Karl Rove is at it once again.  The so-called "strategist" is again confusing strategy with tactics, and is about to blow easy Senate pickups in Arkansas and North Carolina.  This is not merely snatching defeat from the jaws of victory — this is snatching defeat from the bowels of victory — in astonishing tone-deaf fashion.  There is absolutely no excuse for not winning these two races.  So how is the one-time "boy genius" doing this?  By running ads attacking Senators Mark Pryor and Kay Hagan from the left.  Yes, you heard that right.  Rove's Crossroads GPS PAC is insisting in their latest ads in both states that Republican candidates Tom Cotton and Thom Tillis are better liberals than Pryor and Hagan, at least on Social Security.  The ads attack Hagan and Pryor for wanting to raise the eligibility age for the defunct program.

Karl Rove to GOP: Work with Obama.  Unlike many of his Republican colleagues, Karl Rove advocated Thursday for bipartisan compromise on immigration.  "Republicans have to look at this as an opportunity that they have to work," the Republican strategist said on the Fox News program "Happening Now."  "It's an opportunity to get some things done to help secure the border."

Donations to Karl Rove's Groups Drop 98% after Targeting Tea Party.  After wasting nearly $325 million during the 2012 election cycle with nothing to show for it and then declaring war on the Tea Party, donations to Karl Rove's three Crossroads groups decreased by 98% last year.

Karl Rove and the GOP Socialists.  Welcome to the 2014 election.  An election which, by all accounts, both historically and in terms of the specifics of President Obama's sinking ratings, should be a winner — a big winner — for the GOP.  Unless.  Unless there is a deliberate, willful attempt to sabotage the GOP from within.  Using the GOP Establishment as a launching pad to ensure that Reagan-style conservatives — the base of the Republican Party — are defeated by Establishment, statist Republicans. Republicans who will in turn so anger the GOP base that the base simply refuses to turn out in November.

Karl Rove's Crossroads Reloading Against Tea Party.  Even though Karl Rove's American Crossroads brand has been damaged after the group declared war against conservative candidates, the group will reportedly try to influence the 2014 midterm elections by bullying campaigns and creating groups that, on the surface, do not seem to be affiliated with them.

How Karl Rove went from GOP mastermind to the right's political punching bag.  A decade ago, Karl Rove was President George W. Bush's right-hand man and one of the most powerful political figures in America. [...] But today, with a GOP civil war raging between establishment types and upstart conservatives in the mold of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), Rove's once-strong influence has begun to wane.

If Humpty Wore Glasses, Karl Rove He Would Be.  The more I'm forced to watch this rotund little man scribble on his whiteboard like a toddler with crayons, the more he reminds me of the Humpty Dumpty character in Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass.  Look closely at Karl and what do you see?  If Humpty wore glasses, Karl Rove he would be.  Mr. Rove's scorn toward the Tea Party and the conservative base of the Republican Party is indicative of the fear he and other RINOS have of their destructive lurch to the left coming to an end.

The Rogue Helping Obama Steal America.  The deadly, almost under-cover assassin of conservatism in America is not the Fundamental Transformation of America-pushing Barack Obama and the Democrats but Karl Rove and his big-money financiers.  Conservatism is the dead man walking in the politics of America today, and there's no way to revive the corpse as long as Karl Rove is still at the GOP helm.

Karl Rove's War.  Arguably no Republican had a deeper post-election hole to climb out of than Rove.  His personal brand was badly damaged by his triumphal forecasts last cycle, including an embarrassing election night that found him on Fox News disputing the network's decision to call the race for President Obama.  More materially, American Crossroads and its sister organization, Crossroads GPS, failed to deliver.

Karl Rove: The biggest loser.  Rove and the professional "consultant class" think that only Washington D.C. insiders like them — not the American people — should get to decide who runs for public office.  That's why he is launching the "Conservative Victory Project" — a Super PAC whose mandate is to wrestle local decision-making power away from the American people, so that only Washington DC insiders can hand-pick our candidates — against our will — again.

Trump and Levin are Right About Rove.  If you're a donor or potential donor to Karl Rove's group American Crossroads, I recommend you listen to Mark Levin's recent interview with Donald Trump, because they disclosed some long overdue truths that needed to be said.  Trump and Levin made several points that donors, the media, and the political class can no longer ignore and frankly should have picked up on long ago.

The Civil War Has Begun.  America is in trouble.  Supporting candidates who are willing to come to Washington to increase our national debt will only hasten our decline.  Conservative donors must think twice about giving Rove money in support of this road to nowhere.  Of course, those in the establishment will say that Rove was the "architect" of President George W. Bush's electoral wins.  But you only have to look at Bush's second term when Rove was the Deputy Chief of Staff and see he was an architect of disaster.

Karl Rove Is Not a Conservative.  In 2000, George W. Bush ran for president not as a conservative, but as a "compassionate conservative."  This was presumably because unadulterated conservatives are not compassionate.  But to take the term "compassionate conservative" seriously, one must assume that a person in political office deserves credit for showing compassion when he employs the coercive power of the state to take money from one person and give it to another.

'We're Being Stabbed In The Back'.  Conservative radio host Mark Levin went after former George W. Bush advisor, Karl Rove, during his radio show on Monday [2/4/2013] after Rove announced the formation of a new PAC that would aid moderate Republican politicians against tea party challengers in primary races.  Levin called Rove's effort 'diabolical' and listed the many GOP officeholders who would not be in power but for the tea party insurgency.

GOP control freak Rove launches new effort to snuff out Tea Party.  This is war.  But of course, for Beltway establishment strategist and GOP control freak Karl Rove, it has been war on grass-roots conservatives for years now.  The New York Times reported this weekend that Rove and the deep-pocketed donors whose coffers he drained futilely this past year are doubling down on stupid.  Rove, Inc. will re-commit to a new group that will "protect Senate incumbents from challenges by far-right conservatives and Tea Party enthusiasts who Republican leaders worry could complicate the party's effort to win control of the Senate."

The Editor says...
In other words, Mr. Rove considers winning to be more important than conservative principles.  This kind of thinking has turned the Republican Party into Democrat Lite.  Unless there is a clear difference between the two parties, why vote?

The Snakes in the GOP Grass.  Over the weekend, the New York Times reported that the power players at American Crossroads are financing a new group to help fund candidates in the primaries who oppose conservatives. [...] In an Orwellian attempt to obfuscate their agenda, they will be naming their PAC "the Conservative Victory Project."  They will never tell you how they plan to achieve conservative victory without running conservative candidates.

On the other hand...
In Defense of Rove.  It is difficult to deny the disasters that cost conservatives precious political power in the last two elections — disasters that could have been easily prevented if there had been a system set up for the careful scrutiny of candidates.  Surely, the conservative movement would better be served by a more effective filtering out of unelectable candidates through a project like Rove has designed.

Tea Party Groups Attack Rove Machine.  With Karl Rove under heavy fire after his group, the Conservative Victory Project, took to the pages of the New York Times to attack the Tea Party, donors are beginning to turn on the Project.  Politico reports Friday morning that the Project will "essentially preform [sic] oppo research and grade potential candidates on a variety of factors that might affect their ability to win a general election contest."

Karl Rove and the definition of insanity.  While he may call his latest super PAC the "Conservative Victory Project," Rove most decidedly does not wish for conservative victory.  The aim of his group is to push moderate candidates while posturing as the savior of the embattled Republican Party.  This is what disgraced Republicans do all the time — turn away from the base in an effort to win praise from the liberal mainstream media.

Rove Declares War On Tea Party.  The battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party has begun.  On one side is the Tea Party.  On the other side stand Karl Rove and his establishment team, posing as tacticians while quietly undermining conservatism.

Establishment Forms Anti-Conservative Super PAC.  [Pollster Scott] Rasmussen said, "The Republican establishment has two choices.  They can act as mature party leaders of a national political party, or they can protect their own self-interest.  Mature party leaders would spend a lot more time listening to Republican voters rather than further insulating themselves from those voters."

Rove founds new PAC to protect establishment from conservatives.  This is the kind of news that makes me believe more than ever that it's time to seriously consider a new, conservative political party to offer something different from the status quo being foisted on this country by the Remocrats and Depublicans.  Hilariously, this new organization designed to protect establishment Republicans from being challenged by actual conservatives has the audacity to call their entity the Conservative Victory Project when in reality it should be called "RinoPAC".

Karl Rove leading effort to stop the Tea Party and conservative grass roots.  Rove's back and looking for a fight.  Has he realized that the GOP lost because 3 Million Republicans stayed home?  Does he understand that they largely did so because they viewed the candidate as too wishy-washy and not conservative enough?  Is he suggesting that the party mend fences with its own base in order to choose better candidates and move their cause forward?  Nope.  He's decided that he needs to wipe out the Tea Party.

The End Of The Karl Rove Death Grip Signals A Reagan Renaissance.  Many of the same Mandarins that delivered a stagnant economy to President(s) Bush had a hand, directly or indirectly, in misguiding McCain, and then Romney, to resounding defeat.

Republican 'leaders' have it all figured out.  In other words, it seems the Republican establishment hasn't figured out that it is the problem with the Republican Party.  It's hard to point the finger at oneself.  Instead, it has learned all the wrong lessons from 2012.  There are several people who have to go if the Republican Party is to reinvent itself in a way that will allow it to be more competitive in future elections:  [Mitch] McConnell is one.  John Boehner is another.  And Karl Rove is the third member of the arrogant, self-interested triumvirate.



George W. Bush

I spent eight years quietly grumbling about George W. Bush, because he was doing everything Al Gore would have done as President.  Who outlawed incandescent light bulbs?  Who proposed a trillion-dollar mission to Mars?  Who said Islam was a "religion of peace" right after they proved otherwise?  In spite of all his efforts to be a "centrist" and "reach across the aisle" and "build up political capital" (which he never spent), the Left and the news media and the war protesters still hated him.  This pretty well proves that there's nothing to be gained by taking it easy on the Leftists.

Time Of Death: Oct. 3, 2008.  Republicans had branded themselves as the Party of low taxes, responsible spending and limited government.  Virtually everything President Bush has done since his tax cuts in 2001 has been the exact opposite.
 •  Prescription coverage for Medicare and Medicaid, the largest expansion of entitlements since LBJ.
 •  No Child Left Behind, sponsored by Ted Kennedy and leading to even more Federal intrusion into education and doubling federal spending on education.
 •  Increased steel and lumber tariffs.
 •  Ending the Freedom to Farm effort and expanded ethanol subsidies.
 •  Increases in the minimum wage, the first in 10 years.
 •  Increasing spending from about 18.4% of GDP to 20% and more, and turning surpluses into deficits.
 •  Campaign Finance Reform.
 •  And almost forgot, our President had the Justice Dept. file an amicus brief to weaken the 2nd Amendment in the Heller case.

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Senator Jeff Flake

Gang of Eight Senator Jeff Flake:  Voting for Evan McMullin Over Trump 'A Possibility'.  Arizona Senator Jeff Flake says it's "a possibility" that he will vote for #NeverTrump candidate Evan McMullin over his own party's presidential nominee.  "That's a possibility," Flake told ABC, which noted that Arizona voters can write his name in on their ballot.  Flake bemoaned the fact that as a result of his efforts to undermine Donald Trump, his own "popularity has dropped at home because of it, and that he's relieved he's not up for re-election until 2018," ABC reports.

GOP Senator:  It's Time To Confirm Obama's SCOTUS Nominee.  Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake told reporters that Senate Republicans should take up the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Though Flake consistently supports putting Garland's nomination up for a vote, Thursday [10/20/2016] he implied Republican nominee Donald Trump was likely to lose the November election.  Therefore, the Senate should confirm Garland before Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has the opportunity to nominate a younger, more liberal nominee.

Jeff Flake urges Congress to move on Merrick Garland Supreme Court nomination in lame-duck session.  Sen. Jeff Flake said it is time for Congress to move forward as if Hillary Clinton is president-elect and plan to take up President Obama's nomination of Judge Merrick B. Garland to the Supreme Court during the lame-duck session of Congress.  "I said if we were in a position like we were in in '96 and we pretty much knew the outcome, that we ought to move forward.  But I think we passed that awhile ago," Mr. Flake, a Republican, told Politico this week.  "If Hillary Clinton is president-elect then we should move forward with hearings in the lame duck.  That's what I'm encouraging my colleagues to do."

GOP senator: 'Nobody really believes' next president should fill Supreme Court vacancy.  Sen. Jeff Flake is knocking his party's Supreme Court strategy, arguing the opposition to taking up President Obama's nominee boils down to politics.  The Arizona Republican, who is a member of the Judiciary Committee, told The Daily Beast that "nobody really believes" a Supreme Court seat should remain vacant until the next president is sworn in.  "Our position shouldn't be that the next president ought to decide.  Nobody really believes that, because if this were the last year of a Republican presidency nobody would say that," Flake said.

Republican Jeff Flake Agrees with Jeb Bush: Illegal Immigration Is an "Act of Love".  Republican Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said he agreed with former Governor Jeb Bush that illegal immigration can be considered an "act of love".  Flake posted the comments on Facebook Monday [4/21/2014].

'Gang of 8 Members Jeff Flake & John McCain Face Recall Petitions.  A new website is asking Arizona residents for their signatures to recall Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain for supporting the immigration-amnesty bill.

Senator Flake is Failing Arizona!  Senator Jeff Flake is not representing Arizona voters, conservatives, or American citizens, even though he is our employee and ran under the Republican ticket. [...] Jeff is showing us his true colors — he is as blue as they come, a RINO, a Liberal Democrat in everything but official party designation.

Recall Senators McCain and Flake.  Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are liberals representing a conservative state.  By their statements and actions, they have proven that they are no longer worthy to be the U.S. Senators from Arizona.  Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who once described the mainstream media as his political base, has declared war on conservatives and the people of Arizona; reportedly leading a purge of the state's GOP apparatus to pave the way for an easier reelection bid should he decide to run again in 2016.



Senator Mitch McConnell

After Nine Consecutive Years Without a Budget Mitch McConnell Now Worried About "Trump Deficit".  The last federal budget was signed into law in September 2007 for fiscal year '08 by George W Bush.  Since then, congress has facilitated nine consecutive years of continuing resolutions, debt ceiling increases and Omnibus spending bills. [...] President Obama never spent a single day in office with a budget.  Not one day.

It's time for the GOP to demand a "McCexit".  According to Gallup polls, McConnell is far more unpopular than even President Obama.  President Obama has a national favorability rating just under 50 percent.  McConnell's favorability rating, however, is only 11 percent nationally.  There also appears to be a strong correlation between the Republican Party's general popularity and McConnell taking over the Senate.  In May, Pew Research showed that the Republican Party was more unpopular than it had been in the past two decades.  Why does this matter?  There is a tremendous amount at stake if Republicans lose the Senate. [...] McConnell has clearly become a burden on the party.  A true statesman that cared for his constituency and country would step aside and allow new leadership to step in.

Mitch McConnell:  Hillary 'Intelligent and Capable,' Trump 'Clearly Needs to Change'.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was busy praising presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Wednesday, criticizing his own party's presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.  McConnell lauded Clinton as "intelligent and capable" while casting Trump as not yet credible.  He told Time Warner Cable (TWC) News that Trump is "getting closer," but that he "clearly needs to change."

Mitch McConnell Says He May Be 'Open' to Post-Orlando Gun Control.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says he be may be "open" to placing new gun controls on law-abiding citizens following the terror attack on Pulse Orlando.  According to CBS News's Steven Portnoy, McConnell has a meeting with FBI director James Comey and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday.  Portnoy Tweeted that McConnell has signaled he may be willing to consider new gun controls after that meeting.

Mitch McConnell Complains About 'Unreasonable' Conservatives, Points Blame at Talk Radio.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell takes pride in his reputation as a great compromiser.  But the Republican leader won't concede on one point:  He refuses to let conservatives fight the White House for lower spending levels.  McConnell, R-Ky., outlined his political roadmap for government spending on Tuesday, sketching out the routes he sees available:  an omnibus package, individual appropriations bills, or a government shutdown.

The Editor says...
I say, go ahead and shut down the federal government.  Leave everything shut down except the Defense Department.  If anybody actually misses a federal agency, like the FAA for example, privatize it.  Let the 50 states run themselves.  Imagine the possibilities.

Mitch McConnell:  It's 'Disrespectful' to the Voters for Republicans to Refuse to Back Trump.  Mitch McConnell has gone from making it clear he's not a fan of Donald Trump to getting in line behind the Republican nominee, using the will of the voters as his excuse.  He said on CBS This Morning today [5/30/2016] that Trump won fair and square, and so "it's disrespectful of the Republican electorate to say 'I'm smarter than you are and I'm not gonna support your choice.'"

The Editor says...
Apparently party unity is more important than the election of a competent conservative candidate.  The Republican Party doesn't really care who wins, or what the winner believes, as long as the winner is a Republican.

McConnell: 'I Suppose' Women Should Be Required to Register With Selective Service.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he does't anticipate "going back to the draft," but nevertheless, he thinks "it would be appropriate" for young women to register with the Selective Service.  A reporter asked McConnell on Tuesday if he anticipates a separate Senate vote on an amendment requiring women to register for the draft.  The amendment is attached to the Senate's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

Why do I not believe him?
McConnell: No vote on Scalia replacement under Obama.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Saturday [2/13/2016] signaled there would be no vote on any appointment picked by President Obama to replace deceased Justice Antonin Scalia — setting the stage for a dramatic political showdown in Washington that will likely result in gridlock for the remainder of the year.  McConnell said a new appointment should wait until a new president takes office.

Mitch McConnell: Why no, the Senate won't pass a resolution affirming Cruz's eligibility like it did for McCain.  If you're going to stand on the Senate floor and call the majority leader a liar and a crony, I guess you shouldn't be surprised when he won't do you a favor.  Although ... this is sort of a favor to Cruz, isn't it?  Every time he gets to tell his fans that it's McCain or McConnell who's behind the attacks on eligibility rather than Trump, it makes it easier for populist voters to dismiss them out of hand.

Sen. Ted Cruz Goes After Sen. McConnell For Being Democrats' Puppet.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) went after House Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Monday [12/21/2015], arguing that he works for Democrats — including Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — to help get their liberal policies passed in Congress.  "I have said that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the most effective Democratic leader in modern times" wrote Cruz in Politico.

Congress Rushes Vote for Trillion Dollar Bill.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is setting up the Senate to wrap up its work for the year on Friday [12/18/2015] as lawmakers race to leave Washington for their holiday recess.  The Republican leader said senators have reached a deal to speed up votes on the year-end omnibus spending bill, as well as a separate tax package.

McConnell's Reelection Emergency.  We live in a time of great peril, in the final year of an imperial presidency.  There are about a dozen items Republicans could prioritize in the upcoming omnibus budget bill, most prominently, defunding refugees from predominantly Muslim countries, executive amnesty, and funding for Planned Parenthood.  Yet, instead of using the budget process to thwart Obama's fundamental transformation of this country during his most lawless year in office, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced his intention to attach a rider... blocking Obama's restrictions on party funding of campaigns!  There's a reason why McConnell's approval rating is lower among Republicans than Democrats.  This is why the establishment candidates are getting crushed in the presidential election.

Ted Cruz Goes Nuclear on GOPe:  Mitch McConnell "Has Proven to be a Very Effective Democratic Leader".  In a speech Thursday [10/29/2015] on the Senate floor, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, sharply criticized the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, a budget deal between former House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama.  Cruz said the deal is yet another example of the failure of the "so-called Republican majority" to deliver on their promises to the American people.

The Senate GOP Plan to Surrender Debt Control to Obama.  Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), are reportedly planning legislation allowing President Barack Obama to lift the nation's debt ceiling on his authority, according to sources on Capitol Hill.  Under the potential Senate Republican plan, Congress would merely retain the right to "disapprove" of the President's action to lift the nation's debt limit.  But disapproving the action would require a hard-to-reach two-thirds vote of both chambers of Congress.

Another EPA Scourge Presents Chance for GOP to Stand for Something.  With the release of another regulation targeting ground level ozone, President Obama and his cohorts at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are once again poking a stick in the eyes of Americans.  The new ozone regulation and EPA's recent release of its Clean Power Plan rule show Obama's zealous commitment to his radical agenda at the expense of the welfare of Americans.  An even bigger tragedy than the predicable slew of left-wing environmental dictates is the unwillingness of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to block them.

The Establishment Republican Party Takes Aim To Destroy Conservative Ranks and The Tea Party.  The uncivil war within the GOP will immediately stop if Mitch McConnell can be defeated in the Kentucky primary race.  Between now and that moment the uncivil war will continue in exponentially increasing intensity as piles and piles of cash are demanded by the Decepticon Establishment class.  If McConnell wins his primary challenge — Then King George will advance his financial army to defend his other interests.  Everything today, tomorrow and in the future is contingent upon Mitch McConnell and Kentucky.

Mitch McConnell Calls for the Destruction of the Republican Party.  In the wake of establishment Republican John Boehner's forced resignation as Speaker of the House many conservatives have called for establishment Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to step down as well.  The Conservative indictment of the "leadership" of Boehner and McConnell has been that they have regularly failed to stand for conservative policy and have all too readily caved-in to Obama on matters such as funding Planned Parenthood, Obama's illegal executive amnesty, spending, the deficit and raising the national debt ceiling.  So what is Mitch McConnell's response to conservative calls for his resignation?  He called for another deal with Obama, this time on a two year spending plan.

McConnell Only Wants to Shutdown Ted Cruz.  In lieu of a government shutdown to defund Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, or the disastrous Iran deal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is opting to shutdown Ted Cruz.  Case in point, the latest Politico article in which the Leader takes credit for muscling his entire operation — enlisting scores of aides and fellow senators — to "quietly and methodically... quarantine" the senator from Texas.  McConnell's cheerleaders will tell you it's good politics.  Well, how is that working out for them?

McConnell pushed to resign as Senate Majority Leader.  With John Boehner now departing as House speaker, an influential Republican Party official is now seeking the ouster of another GOP leader who has frustrated conservatives:  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  "McConnell needs to resign!!" Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere wrote in a Facebook posting.  Mr. Villere isn't just any Republican.  He's the longest-serving state GOP chairman in the nation, with 12 years on the job, and is the vice chairman of the Republican National Committee, the GOP's national governing body.

Show Mitch McConnell the Door.  Last week, House Speaker John Boehner decided to retire rather than chance being ousted by his own colleagues.  Despite this lucky break, the congressional GOP has little chance of winning back disenchanted Republican voters unless it also shows Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell the door.  Continued Republican control of the Senate is on the line.

Why can't Mitch McConnell be removed just like Boehner?  As with Boehner, here's what McConnell has given Obama:
  1) 100% of his budget requests
  2) Fully funding Obamacare without any restraints
  3) Fully funding Obama's illegal amnesty without any restraints
  4) Raised the debt ceilings repeatedly without any restraints
  5) Effectively given away the Senate's treaty deciding powers
  6) Refused to set up select committees to investigate the abuse of powers of this administration

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Mitch McConnell Doesn't Even Project LeadershipThe Art of War by Sun Tzu is a fascinating book.  It's filled with quotable material and people use it all the time.  I am thinking of sending a copy to Mitch McConnell because it is clear he doesn't have a clue what it means to be a leader.  His attitude and comments in the face of the organ harvesting by Planned Parenthood reveal a weakness of character that I have not seen in a political leader in some time.

Mark Levin to McConnell: You will have blood on your hands for the rest of your life.  Mark Levin eviscerated Mitch McConnell tonight, telling him that he'll have blood on his hands for the rest of his life over this Iran Deal, and so would the Republican Party because of his unconstitutional leadership.  Levin said McConnell is worse than Obama because at least we know who Obama is, as McConnell pretends to be someone he clearly is not.

McConnell: Planned Parenthood funding protest 'exercise in futility'.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview Friday he will back a plan to fund the government into December with no conditions, rejecting in his strongest terms yet calls from within his party to defund Planned Parenthood as part of a larger budget bill.  "It's an exercise in futility," the Kentucky Republican said of a strategy that would likely provoke a government shutdown.  "I'm anxious to defund Planned Parenthood" but "the honest answer of that is that's not going to happen until you have a president who has a similar view."

McConnell rejects Iran delay.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is dismissing a House Republican Hail-Mary attempt to kill the Iran nuclear deal by postponing a vote on a disapproval resolution.  House conservatives want to delay the vote and argue that the 60-day congressional review period has not yet elapsed because the administration has yet to submit paperwork detailing "side deals" between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

If John Boehner can face a no-confidence vote, why can't Mitch McConnell?  It's looking bad for John Boehner, who may be forced out of the speakership due to his cooperation with the Obama agenda.  But what about Mitch McConnell?  He has been at least as complicit as Boehner.  McConnell has given Obama:  1) 100% of his budget requests.  2) Fully funding Obamacare without any restraints.  3) Fully funding Obama's illegal amnesty without any restraints.  4) Raised the debt ceilings repeatedly without any restraints.  5) Effectively given away the Senate's treaty deciding powers.  6) Refused to set up select committees to investigate the abuse of powers of this administration

McConnell: Defunding Planned Parenthood is 'Another Issue' That Will Have To Wait.  Congress got pro-lifers' hopes up when it announced that defunding Planned Parenthood would be a priority upon their return from recess next week.  That is, until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave them a dose of reality.

Mitch McConnell Announces Plans To "Work With" Obama On Budget.  [Scroll down]  Remind us why we needed to give you a majority in both the House and Senate again?  Yeah, thought so.  Waiting for Jeb are ya?  Yeah, and things will be all better then right?

Mitch McConnell: sorry, we only have a majority, we can't defund Planned Parenthood.  The media has managed to ignore the videos by Center for Medical Progress but they will not be able to ignore them if the government is shut down because of funding Planned Parenthood.  The biggest reason for this fiasco is Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). McConnell has hundreds of tools he can use to bring the Obama administration to its knees but he refuses to do so because he is a loser and he likes to lose.  He's willing to toss away about a million babies each year, children ripped from the womb, torn apart and sold for lab specimens.  But when it comes to real stuff, like funding the Ex-Im Bank, he's there on the front lines:  manipulating, lying to colleagues, and wallowing in crony cash.

McConnell: Defunding Planned Parenthood must wait for new president.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says that defunding Planned Parenthood will have to wait for a new commander in chief in 2017.  "The president's made it very clear he's not going to sign any bill that includes defunding of Planned Parenthood, so that's another issue that awaits a new president, hopefully with a different point of view about Planned Parenthood," McConnell said Monday [8/31/2015] on the Kentucky station WYMT's "Issues and Answers."

Mitch McConnell is Professor Chaos.  I've long contended that if RedState had an archvillain nemesis, it would be Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).  He is the absolute antithesis of just about everything RedState stands for, and more than once he has actively tried to squash any conservative uprising that RedState has backed.  However, I am starting to feel that I was perhaps too generous in likening him to Lex Luthor or The Joker.

The D.C. Idiocracy: Remember The Really Dumb Kids In School? They're Now In Charge Of Your Life.  Keep in mind that Mitch McConnell's favorite negotiating tactic is to declare that Republicans won't shut down the government right before he starts telling Obama what he wants.  Even Obama, who's about as sharp as a bowl of spaghetti, knows all he has to do is wait until he gets close to the deadline for a shutdown to get everything he wants.  McConnell's counterpart in the House, John Boehner, is just as habitually incompetent.  His idea to stop Obama's illegal immigration policy was to refuse to fund the Department of Homeland Security until Obama gave in.  Then, when Obama refused to give in, Boehner immediately caved because the Department of Homeland Security is important and he couldn't risk defunding it.

Mitch McConnell: Planned Parenthood Should Be Funded.  Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) moved swiftly Thursday [8/6/2015] to shut down any possible conservative attempt to block funding for Planned Parenthood, the federally-funded abortion provider weathering a political scandal.  "There's no education in the second kick of the mule," McConnell said, referring to an attempt by conservatives to block government funding for ObamaCare.  "We've been down this path before," McConnell added.

McConnell: No Planned Parenthood defunding in fall spending fight.  The Senate Republican leadership gave its strongest signal yet that they will not attach a provision to defund Planned Parenthood to critical government spending legislation in September.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters Thursday [8/6/2015] that he has learned a lesson from past attempts by the GOP to try to use spending legislation as leverage to win concessions on other issues, and it has backfired politically.

McConnell: No Government Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood Because It Would Distract from Scandal.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declared today that there will not be a government shutdown because it would distract from the effort to defund Planned Parenthood.  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has said he's open to whatever motions are necessary to achieve this, including potentially shutting down the government by blocking the spending bill to fund government operations at the end of September.  "We're not doing government shutdowns and we're not threatening to default on the national debt," McConnell said at a press conference.

Which is worse, Obama's plan to shut down coal plants, or McConnell's 'plan' to fight it?  President Obama is about to release a plan to fight imaginary global warming by shutting down many coal fired power plants.  Coal fired power plants produce a lot of carbon dioxide, which is a key element in the imaginary theory that CO2 causes global warming.  I say imaginary because (1) there hasn't been any global warming in 18 years, (2) man-made CO2 accounts for only about 3% of global CO2, which is mostly natural, and (3) CO2 is a tiny percentage of the upper atmosphere, and is not present in enough volume to be substantially trapping heat.  But Obama's plan to shut power plants is very real.

Boehner, McConnell 'Destroying Party From the Top'.  Congressional Republicans are headed toward summer recess in turmoil, and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says it's because Republican leaders are acting like big-spending liberals and conservatives have had enough of it.  The House of Representatives is the scene of the latest unrest, as Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., filed a motion to remove House Speaker John Boehner from his leadership position.  Boehner said he will not allow a vote before recess.  Things are just as intense in the Senate.

Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn Push Through Voice Vote to Fund Planned Parenthood, Protect Obama's Iran Deal.  On the floor of the U.S. Senate on Sunday evening, something remarkable — a little bit insider-y in Washington, but remarkable nonetheless — happened:  The Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), his entire leadership team, and most of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate voice voted through measures to fund Planned Parenthood in its entirety and to help protect President Barack Obama's nuclear arms deal with Iran.  The reason the voice vote is significant is because McConnell, especially, and his Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), purposefully launched what appears to be an unprecedented effort to duck accountability for their votes — and the votes of every other GOP member who joined with them in supporting Obama's Iran deal and funding for Planned Parenthood.

More about Planned Parenthood.

The establishment Republicans live very comfortably and don't want to rock the boat.
Sean Hannity: Three Senators Confirm that Mitch McConnell Lied to Ted Cruz.  Sean Hannity says that three senators confirmed Ted Cruz's account of a conversation he had with Senate Majority Liar Leader Mitch McConnell about a possible deal with Democrats about the Export-Import Bank.  You may recall that Cruz blasted McConnell on the Senate floor for saying there was no deal, while there clearly was one.  Although other Republicans have attacked Cruz for telling the truth — without denying his account of the conversation, by the way — a few have come out in support of him.  Senator Mike Lee has been willing to go on record to confirm Cruz's account.  Sadly, he's the only one.  Hannity says that two others confirmed the story, but they wish to remain anonymous.

Levin: McConnell and Boehner 'Are a Disgrace;' They're 'Endangering This Country'.  On his show Monday, nationally syndicated radio show host Mark Levin lamented the direction that Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are leading this nation.  They "are a disgrace," and they are "endangering this country" by delivering the trade deal to Obama, said Levin.  "These men are a disgrace.  They're endangering this country," Levin said on his July 27 broadcast.  "It's not Obama alone.  It's the Republican phony leaders in the House and the Senate, too."  [Audio clip.]

Mitch McConnell is actually worse than Reid.  On the floor of the U.S. Senate on Sunday evening, something remarkable — a little bit insider-y in Washington, but remarkable nonetheless — happened: The Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), his entire leadership team, and most of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate voice voted through measures to fund Planned Parenthood in its entirety and to help protect President Barack Obama's nuclear arms deal with Iran.  The reason the voice vote is significant is because McConnell, especially, and his Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), purposefully launched what appears to be an unprecedented effort to duck accountability for their votes — and the votes of every other GOP member who joined with them in supporting Obama's Iran deal and funding for Planned Parenthood.

Lindsey Graham Confirms that McConnell Lied.  [Scroll down]  Roll Call proudly published an article disseminating Hatch's narrative by showing how the revered KKK Kleagle, Robert Byrd, once complained about a senator calling Clinton a liar and ruining the decorum of the chamber.  Fox News's Brit Hume is frothing at the mouth with disdain for Cruz.  But somehow none of these ruling class individuals were the least upset about the underlying issue — that Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the GOP party leader, had indeed told a bald-faced lie both privately and publicly, as confirmed by every major news outlet on May 21 and... Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)!

Levin: It's Time for Boehner and McConnell to Resign.  As usual, Levin is spot on.  The Republican Congress was elected in large part to fight against Obama and his far left policies.  And yet, they have caved on every issue.  They fund Obamacare, they fund Obama's unconstitutional executive amnesty, and they made themselves irrelevant in the Iran deal by passing Sen. Bob Corker's bill that turned the treaty provision of the Constitution on its head.  Where have Boehner and McConnell been on the issue of sanctuary cities and Kate Steinle's murder?  Where is the forceful action and leadership on the defunding of Planned Parenthood after these horrific videos of them admitting to illegally selling the body parts of aborted babies?

Cruz accuses McConnell of 'flat-out' lying.  In a stunning floor speech Friday morning [7/24/2015], Republican presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz accused Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of lying to Senate Republicans about whether there was a secret agreement to allow a vote on an amendment to extend the Export-Import Bank, which conservatives staunchly oppose.  Cruz unleashed his anger at McConnell moments after the Senate voted to move ahead on a highway funding bill that will include amendments to extend the Ex-Im Bank and to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Ted Cruz Exposes the Lies, Dissembling and Deceit of Mitch Mcconnell: Now This is Speaking Truth to Power.  Failure Theater is the process by which the Establishment deliberately fails to do achieve anything, but wants credit from the Dumb Conservatives they're playing to for allegedly "trying."  Each of Boehner's and McConnell's "defeats" are in fact planned in advance.  They are not trying to advance the conservative agenda; they are attempting to con conservatives into believing they have attempted to implement conservative policy, when in fact they were delivering their political deliverables to their Donor Class paymasters all along.

The exceptional campaign timing of Ted Cruz's ferocious floor speech.  During a speech from the Senate floor on Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) blasted Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in direct terms on an arcane topic.  "What we just saw today was an absolute demonstration that not only what [McConnell] told every Republican senator, but what he told the press over and over and over again was a simple lie," Cruz said.  "We know now that when the majority leader looks us in the eyes and makes an explicit commitment, that he is willing to say things that he knows are false."

Ted Cruz on the Senate floor: Mitch McConnell's a liar and our new majority is a cronyist fraud.  I'm not going to excerpt it for you, despite the length.  You need to watch it all; if you can't spare 20 minutes, at least watch the middle third where he gets into corporate cooptation of the one-party state.  This is one of the most brutal attacks — not incorrect, mind you, just brutal — you'll ever see by a senator on his colleagues, starting with his own majority leader.  Sample quote:  "[This majority] does get things done, but it listens to one and only one voice:  That is, the voice of the Washington cartel, of the lobbyists on K Street, of the big money and big corporations."  This guy is talking about his own caucus.

Senator Ted Cruz Accuses Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Deceit and Lying During Senate Speech.  Multiple layers of deceit, deception and manipulation lay within this story.  In addition, the fundamental principles of the Decepticons in the Senate surface with increased clarity.

Rand Paul Pushes Ahead to Defund Planned Parenthood, Circumvent Mitch McConnell Blocking Of Amendments.  [Senator Rand] Paul tried to get the floor to stand up and offer an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood and another one to arm servicemen and women on military bases.  He intended to offer these measures as amendments to the highway bill that is currently on the Senate floor.  Whoever was presiding over the floor refused to recognize Paul to offer his amendments.

Conservatives Blame GOP Leaders For Not Stopping 'Fundamental Transformation of America'.  Republicans are not keeping the campaign promise they made to voters in 2014 to halt President Obama's "fundamental transformation of America," conservative and Tea Party leaders charged in an open letter to Congress on Monday [5/18/2015].  On April 28, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) cited fast-track trade legislation and a bill requiring congressional review of the administration's nuclear deal with Iran as the major accomplishments of the GOP-led 114th Congress so far.

Fast Tracking an International EPA.  American businesses are subject to many levels of regulation.  But federal, state, and local levels of environmental regulation are not enough for President Obama.  He is currently negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) which will add the equivalent of an international Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  Obama's enthusiasm for international regulation is no surprise.  More surprising is that Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is helping Obama.

Washington's Got a New 'Odd Couple'.  President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have found an area of common ground in the wake of Democratic infighting over recent legislation, going as far as to send each other "handwritten notes."  On Sunday [5/10/2015], McConnell gave a speech at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston, where he admitted to receiving a personal thank you for getting newly-minted Attorney General Loretta Lynch confirmed.

McConnell introduces bill to extend NSA surveillance.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill Tuesday night [4/21/2015] to extend through 2020 a controversial surveillance authority under the Patriot Act.  The move comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers in both chambers is preparing legislation to scale back the government's spying powers under Section 215 of the Patriot Act.

Pathetic Mitch McConnell finally plays "hardball".  I guess it's nice to see McConnell trying to run the Senate but where was this on DHS/amnesty funding?  Human trafficking is an abominable thing and the people who engage in it should rot in jail and then hell but... it's already illegal.  People do rot in jail for this under current law.  It's not as if without this bill it will suddenly be open season on the young and vulnerable.  But this is where Mitch elects to play this card?

Mitch McConnell says he will fight really, really hard this time.  In other words, we are looking at more Failure Theater.

Mitch McConnell Pre-Surrendering on Debt Ceiling Just in Case.  [Scroll down]  This may, of course, be McConnell and Boehner's way of "paying back" conservatives in the House and Senate for throwing a wrench into the DHS deal, as well.  Boehner has used some old school legislative tactics on bills like DHS, threatening extreme measures in order to get a more acceptable compromise, not realizing that legislative compromise isn't always in the best interests of, say, potential 2016 Presidential candidates.  When those tactics are soundly rejected, he seems to take it personally, thus birthing this new and exciting "tactic:"  compromising from the start.

A Dumb Playbook Written by Out-of-Touch Dinosaurs.  In case you were wondering where Republicans in Congress would do for an encore after having completely dispirited and depressed their voting base in less than 60 days by flubbing a slam dunk abortion bill and passing a clean DHS funding bill without anything more than a token fight over Obama's executive amnesty, well, you're going to want to sit down [...]

Why we are sinking into tyranny.  What, you thought that with Republicans taking that chamber in January following the historic November election that Mr. McConnell is Majority Leader?  No, that would be Harry Reid, the once and former Democratic Majority Leader, who obviously still calls the shots in the World's Greatest Deliberative Body.  There's no other way to explain the Republican-dominated Senate's 68-31 vote on Friday [2/27/2015] on a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security through September without addressing President Obama's illegal granting of amnesty to more than four million illegal aliens.

Clueless:
McConnell on Debt Limit: 'We Will Figure Some Way to Handle That'.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says the Republican-led Congress "will figure some way to handle" the debt ceiling, which reaches its limit a week from today.  "Are Republicans going to vote to lift the debt ceiling?" Bob Schieffer asked McConnell [3/8/2015] on CBS's "Face the Nation."  "Well, the debt ceiling will be handled over a period of months," McConnell responded.  "I made it very clear after the November election that we're certainly not going to shut down the government or default on the national debt.  We will figure some way to handle that.  And, hopefully, it might carry some other important legislation that we can agree on in connection with it."

McConnell vows to raise debt limit without threatening shutdown or default.  Republicans will raise the government's borrowing limit without threatening a default, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell guaranteed Sunday [3/8/2015], placating the markets but potentially surrendering the party's leverage as Congress gears up for another debt showdown.  The current debt-ceiling holiday, to which Congress agreed a year ago, expires Sunday, starting the clock on debate and sending the Treasury Department scrambling to tap into its "extraordinary measures" to keep from breaching the limit.

Dear Mitch.  Dear Senator McConnell,  I mean this with all due respect — you're worthless.  Actually, you're worse than worthless; you're the problem.  You were better as minority leader.  Your steering the Senate is worth [sic] than Harry Reid's corruption.  It's almost enough to make me wish you could switch back places.  What happened to all the tough talk when you were running for re-election last year about standing up for conservative principles?

McConnell strikes a moderate tone for new Congress.  Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is "not opposed" to negotiating with President Obama, he said in an interview with CNN that aired Sunday, and expressed eagerness to work with the president to find a middle ground in the coming year.  "Now he needs to talk to us," McConnell said.  "And that's good, because when the American people elect a divided government, they're not saying they don't want anything done.  What they are saying is, they want things done in the political center, things that both sides can agree on.  We talk about the things where there may be some agreement."

More commentary on the 2014 mid-term election.  [Scroll down]  Just five days before the election, Mitch McConnell was campaigning on a promise to repeal ObamaCare.  Just one day after the American people handed the Republican Party a historic victory in the House and Senate Mitch McConnell has betrayed us saying he's not interested in a full repeal of Obamacare.

Republican Majority, Day One: McConnell Surrenders.  While President Obama was defiant and borderline delusional, claiming that the American people had not repudiated him and boldly proclaiming that he still had a mandate, and openly declaring that he would veto everything the Republicans sent his way and act on his own, Mitch McConnell was ruling out the use of the most potent weapons in his arsenal.

Moderate Mitch McConnell says he won't shut down the government or abolish all of Obamacare.  Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is poised to take over control of the upper house of Congress in January, but his mild-mannered governing style won't include a push to repeal the Obamacare health insurance overhaul law completely.

Mitch McConnell's Vision for a GOP Senate Doesn't Focus on Obama Probes.  Sen. Mitch McConnell told ABC News today [11/3/2014] that Republicans would not make investigating the Obama administration a priority if the GOP wins control of the Senate.

The poster boy for term limits:
Levin: McConnell Completely Contradicts Himself on Repealing Obamacare.  Senator Mitch McConnell, having promised to repeal Obamacare back in 2012, recently walked back that statement, suggesting that he will leave the daunting and suffocating health care overhaul (the Affordable Care Act) intact, and Mark Levin is having none of it.

Mitch McConnell Campaigns on Clout Despite Anti-Insider Mood.  Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the U.S. Senate, is building his re-election campaign around a concept that hasn't been heard much recently: Vote for me — I'm powerful.

A Big Fight Over Small Differences.  The National Republican Senatorial Committee is mad as hell, and it's not going to take it anymore.  This is the third election cycle in a row where incumbent Republicans and the NRSC's hand-picked candidates have faced stiff primary challenges funded by Tea Party groups.  No less than Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is being primaried, and he's made it clear what he plans to do to groups going after the national GOP.  "I think we are going to crush them everywhere," McConnell told the New York Times on March 8.  "I don't think they are going to have a single nominee anywhere in the country."

"Drunks," "Bullies," "Traitors": What Mitch McConnell Calls Us.  Mitch McConnell is doing his best to walk back his comments about conservatives.  He told the New York Times he intended to "crush them everywhere."  Now he says he was only talking about the Jim DeMint founded Senate Conservatives Fund and its candidates — candidates like Ben Sasse supported by Paul Ryan, Mike Lee, Club for Growth, RedState, National Review, and others.

Conservative PAC Launches New Anti-McConnell Ad.  The Madison Project launched a new ad Monday that bashes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, for failing to stop the health care law during budget negotiations.  "After allowing his conference to sabotage the House Republican fight against Obamacare, McConnell unilaterally agreed to surrender every aspect of this unworkable law.  He has also made it clear that he will preemptively surrender any future leverage against Obamacare as long as a Democrat is in the White House," Project president Drew Ryun wrote in a press release.

Madison Project Releases Blistering New Ad Exposing Mitch McConnell's Failure to Lead.  The Madison Project PAC today released a new web ad highlighting Senator Mitch McConnell's failure to take a stand on critical issues, despite his status as GOP Senate Leader.

Gunning for McConnell.  A group that played a crucial role in Ted Cruz's primary win is taking on a new challenge this cycle:  The Madison Project has made it a top priority to take down the current Republican leadership, and one front in that war is Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin's primary race against Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.

Republicans declare war on the Senate Conservatives Fund.  The National Republican Senatorial Committee is punishing a Republican advertising firm for its work with the Senate Conservatives Fund, a conservative group that has fostered controversy within the Republican Party by challenging some GOP incumbents. [...] The SCF has devoted hundreds of thousands of dollars so far this year to targeting McConnell in favor of another Republican candidate, businessman Matt Bevin — but its broader national strategy is to turn the Senate more conservative by engaging in open races for safely Republican seats.

The Bluegrass Backstabbing!  The GOP's 'supposed' leader within the Senate crushed the valiant efforts of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, and freedom-loving patriots absorbed another salvo designed to destroy our constitutional republic.  Apparently, we know the price for zipper-lip McConnell's treason.  Two billion dollars is the price for the latest Judas-like abandonment in the 'ObamaCare-OBoehnerCare-O'ConnellCare' saga.

A Kentucky kick-back?  Mitch McConnell is taking criticism for a provision in the Senate compromise bill that allocates [actually raises the cap for what can be allocated later] almost $3 billion for a project the Minority Leader previously has backed for a dam and lock project on the Ohio River.  The dam project reportedly would benefit Kentucky as well as Tennessee and Illinois.  As Eliana Johnson reports, this provision has been characterized as the "Kentucky kickback."

Olmsted Dam Supporters Defend $3 Billion for Kentucky Project in McConnell-Reid Deal.  Pushing back against criticisms that's it's a "kickback" for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, business leaders in Western Kentucky are defending efforts to pay for the Olmsted Dam and Lock in the bill ending the government shutdown.  The language in the McConnell-Reid deal increased the funding cap on the project from $775 million to $2.9 billion, which conservative critics blasted as a so-called "Kentucky Kickback" earmark.

Tea Party Nation Withdraws Its Endorsement Of Mitch McConnell.  Mitch McConnell has been a disaster as the GOP's "leader" in the Senate and he's extremely unpopular in Kentucky.  In a sane world, some of the heavy hitters in the Republican Party would pull him aside and tell him that he needs to retire instead of risking a crucial seat in deep red Kentucky, but sadly we're not that lucky.

McConnell, Cornyn Whipping Votes Against Ted Cruz.  A source in Congress tells Breitbart News that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn are using their leadership positions to pressure other Republicans to oppose Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in his campaign to defund Obamacare. [...] Instead of helping Cruz with their power as Senate GOP leaders, McConnell and Cornyn are working against him, this senior staffer said.



Jeb Bush

Introduction by The Editor:
First of all, the surest way for the Republican Party to lose the 2016 election is to nominate someone named Bush.  Jeb Bush may be a nice guy and an adequate governor, which is far more than we have in the White House at the moment, but the American voters are sick of the Bush family, even if the Republican establishment is not.  The press seems to be trying to pre-ordain Jeb Bush as the 2016 Republican nominee, for exactly this reason:  He would be easily defeated by the Democrat, no matter who he or she is.  Second, anyone who looks upon Common Core standards with anything other than revulsion is not a conservative, and the only way for the Republican Party to win a national election is to move to the right and offer the voters a distinct choice between left and right.  Voters stay home if they are given the choice between bad and worse, especially when both parties' nominees are permanent fixtures in Washington.

Jeb Bush is in the news every day, which is somewhat suspicious, since he hasn't even declared his candidacy.

Top Ten Most Under Reported Stories of 2016.  [#10] Jeb's failure to launch:  When you think about the years of strategic planning that went into a Jeb Bush presidential campaign, well, the scope Jeb's failure to launch just exemplifies how disconnected the professional republican apparatus was from the average voter.  The party apparatchik genuinely believed Jeb Bush had a chance at winning the nomination.  Hundreds of millions of corporate and individual dollars, from major GOP donors, contributed to a campaign that was intensely futile, but the people supporting Jeb seemed oblivious to the reality.  Almost every incumbent republican politician aligned with his campaign.  Their collective disconnect from the feeling of the average American voter was definitely under reported.

Trump Destroys Elites' Assumptions:  Autopsy of the 2012 'GOP Autopsy'.  We learned last night that the punditry's "GOP autopsy" after the 2012 Mitt Romney loss was dead wrong.  Also called the "Growth and Opportunity Project," the autopsy scolded the party, insisting that new immigration policies and racial pandering were necessary to win future elections.  Naturally, such policies would have been a growth and opportunity project for the consultants who would be paid to create them.  Had Jeb Bush been on the ballot yesterday, and had he followed the autopsy recommendations, Hillary Clinton would be president.  Any candidate following the autopsy's recommendations of pandering to racial identity politics would have lost precisely in the states that gave Trump his win:  Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Jeb's Graceless Decline.  Writing with uncharacteristic acidity in Friday's Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan offered up an explanation as to why Jeb Bush has thus far failed to deliver on his promise.  "Reporters," Noonan proposed, have tended to assume without cynicism that Bush must be a "national candidate" because he is part of a "national family."  The last few weeks have served to disabuse us of that notion.  We have learned, Noonan records, that Jeb is "only a governor" — no more guaranteed success or assured of greatness than any aspirant with a less recognizable surname.  Certainly, his pedigree has ensured that the supply side of his campaign would be taken care of:  For almost half a century now, America has been furnished with an ample supply of ambitious, well-funded Bushes.  On the demand side, however, things have been far less rosy.  If, as I consider likely, Bush eventually recognizes that his overtures have been met with jaded indifference, he will have struck an inadvertent blow for meritocracy and demonstrated an age-old truth, to boot:  However much polish and gold the masters of the universe can dispense, there is no easy way to sell a superfluous product.

Jeb Bush says it would make a 'powerful statement' if everybody didn't vote.  Jeb Bush is denying a report that claimed he's voting for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.  Bush says he hasn't made a decision and suggested he may not cast a ballot at all.  'If everybody didn't vote, that would be a pretty powerful political statement, wouldn't it?' he said, according to CNN, after he was asked what would happen if other voters followed his lead.

Priebus: RNC could block Kasich, Bush from running again.  Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could be barred from seeking the Republican Party's presidential nomination in the future if they refuse to get on board with Donald Trump, party chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday [9/18/2016].

Bush's three delegates cost $50 million each.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's three delegates at the Republican National Convention cost him and his campaign about $50 million each.  Bush, who ended his presidential campaign in February after a poor showing in the South Carolina primary, had only three delegates vote for him at the Republicans' nominating convention Tuesday [7/19/2016].

Gary Johnson hints at possible Jeb Bush endorsement.  Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson hinted Wednesday [7/20/2016] that former Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush might be considering an endorsement.  "I can't say that we haven't had conversations," Johnson said in a Wednesday afternoon conversation on CNN from Cleveland.  "But no push on the conversations."  Johnson said he has also had conversations with 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

The Republican Party is already dead — they just don't know it yet.  [Scroll down]  What went wrong?  Jeb Bush was the presumptive nominee. [...] Jeb! was, "Willing to lose the primary to win the general."  He didn't need the annoying conservative base, the pesky Tea Party, those against illegal immigration, Common Core, reckless tax and spend policies, and a politically correct war on terror.  But someone else wanted those voters, spoke to those issues, and threw an insurmountable roadblock in Jeb's path to the nomination. [...] Why didn't they go after Trump earlier?  Why did other candidates only go into attack mode at the most recent debate?  In their arrogance, they expected Trump to implode, from the time of his announced candidacy last June.  His rude comments, his gaffes, his political incorrectness all should have ended his campaign.  But he kept growing stronger.  In the face of reality, the establishment convinced themselves that Jeb! was the anointed one.

How Jeb Bush Spent $130 Million Running for President With Nothing to Show for It.  When Jeb Bush formally entered the presidential campaign in June, there was already more money behind him than every other Republican candidate combined.  When he suspended his campaign on Saturday night [2/20/2016] in South Carolina, Mr. Bush had burned through the vast majority of that cash without winning a single state.  It may go down as one of the least successful campaign spending binges in history.

US election 2016: Jeb Bush drops out of Republican race.  Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has dropped out of the Republican race for US president after failing to rank high in the first three state contests.  He came a distant fourth in Saturday's [2/20/2016] South Carolina vote, which was won by billionaire estate mogul Donald Trump.  "Today I am suspending my campaign," an emotional Mr Bush told his supporters.

Jeb Bush Suspends 2016 Presidential Campaign.  Jeb Bush announced that he is suspending his presidential campaign following a disappointing finish in the South Carolina primary.  "The people of Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken, and I really respect their decision," Bush said in South Carolina tonight [2/20/2016].  "So I am suspending my campaign."  And with those few words, an entire era of American political history was over.

The Editor says...
The Bush era isn't over.  George P. Bush is still on the way up.

Governor Jeb Bush Has A Much More Serious "Eminent Domain" Problem Than Donald Trump.  Former Governor Jeb Bush has a much more serious eminent domain problem to reconcile than current media reports are discussing.  During his tenure as Florida Governor Bush initiated the largest eminent domain private property confiscation in the history of the Sunshine State.  Bush's action is now costing the State of Florida hundreds of millions in lawsuits and legal fees.

Bush: 'I will not blame Barack Obama for a single thing'.  Jeb Bush vowed Monday [2/8/2016] that he will not scapegoat President Obama for any challenges he faces should he be elected president.  "My pledge to you:  When I'm president I will not blame Barack Obama for a single thing," he told listeners at the Nashua Country Club in Nashua, N.H.  "The day that I'm sworn into office, I'm on watch — whatever it is."  "I am really tired of politicians that blame their predecessors," the Republican White House hopeful added.  "I have a personal kind of feeling about it having watched it for a while.

The Editor says...
This, in my opinion, is an instant disqualification.  This is the reason centrist Republican uni-party candidates lose elections:  They are afraid to criticize Barack H. Obama, primarily because he's black.

Jeb Spends $2,884 Per Iowa Vote.  Florida governor Jeb Bush received 5,165 votes in Iowa.  His vote total constitutes 2.8 percent of the Republican turnout, placing him in sixth place in the Iowa caucus.  Yet no candidate in either party spent more in the race than Bush.  According to MSNBC, Bush spent $14.9 million in Iowa, all coming from Bush's super PAC.

Time to Uproot the Bushes for Good?  [I]sn't it time we got rid of the Bush family in politics for good?  Look, George H.W. Bush is a very decent man, but his political malpractice in the White House — squandering the Reagan legacy on purpose — opened the door for Bill Clinton.  George W. Bush is another decent man, with much to recommend him, but he left the Republican Party even more demoralized than his dad, and for similar reasons.  Now Jeb may be responsible for killing off the most electable conservative candidate in the field and leaving us with Trump.

The problem with Jeb Bush is Jeb.  Since his term ended in 2006, the once very successful Florida governor has committed malpractice many times over, not only alienating conservative voters on disputes over issues but showing contempt for them, viewing them less as constituents to be persuaded than as obstacles to be overcome.  Overcome, as it happened, with money — tons of it, raised from people who had given to his family since before1980, now giving to their third persons and fifth runs for president — meant to run over the children of pastors and immigrants, just the right thing to appeal to a country suspicious of privilege that did not want a Bush-Clinton duel again.

America's Toxic Brew: "Diversity".  A perfect example of the arrogance that pervades the elitists' thinking is Jeb Bush's recent row with [Donald] Trump on the immigration issue.  Poll after poll reveals that Americans want the flood of illegals coming into our country stopped.  So how did good 'ol Jebbie respond to Trump's plain speaking?  He attacked Trump by claiming that he is "not a conservative" — in Spanish!  Jeb Bush claiming someone else is not a conservative?  Forget the fact that Jeb makes Mitt Romney seem like Ronald Reagan by comparison; Jeb trying to claim the mantle of conservatism by speaking in Spanish is not simply tone-deaf — it demonstrates an alarming (even if amusing) case of obtuseness.

Donors Abandon Ship: ¡Jeb! campaign running on fumes.  Apparently they were watching a different debate.  Immediately following the recent Fox Business debate, vintage media positioned Jeb Bush's performance as having breathed new life into the carcass of his dying campaign. [...] You and I saw an unhappy candidate; someone who is obviously uncomfortable at the dais, less than eloquent, and unsuccessfully marketing unpopular positions on virtually every issue imaginable.

Jeb Bush Wants You To Leave the Republican Party.  Mark Levin isn't talking about it.  Sean Hannity isn't talking about it.  Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham are not talking about it, yet it remains one of the biggest structural benefits to Team Jeb Bush in the 2016 primary presidential race:  Independent political registration is the fastest growing base of electoral voters, and that plays nicely into the hands of the GOPe who are working diligently to avoid accountability for their progressive agenda.

It's Time to Remove the (!) from Jeb!  His self-serving attack on protégé Marco Rubio in the last debate might well be the straw that breaks the back — if not the bank — of the Bush candidacy.  Naturally, the Bush camp is denying all pessimistic prognosticating.  And there are plenty of talking heads who still stick to the scenario that Bush could win the GOP nomination.  Their reluctance to write Jeb off is based to some extent on the assumption that it is still too "early" in the primary season to determine winners or losers.  A second premise is that the massive war chest of the Bush campaign, while dwindling, is still impressive enough to keep him in the race[.]  Keep him in the race?  Well, sure.  Elevate him to the status of front-runner?  No way.

Why Jeb Bush Should Not Be The Republican Nominee in 20 Quotes.  Although Jeb Bush was a conservative governor of Florida, he has "evolved" to become more liberal since then.  He also acts as if he's entitled to be the Republican Party's nominee because of his last name and all the money his daddy's friends are giving him.  As a practical matter, Bush is a moderate Republican with no charisma, a last name that's a huge liability in a general election and the only thing he seems to have a talent for is sticking his foot in his mouth as you're about to see as you read these quotes [...]

What Size Cement Shoes Does Jeb Bush Wear?  Jeb is a big government progressive.  He, like his brother, undoubtedly agrees that the federal government cannot do without a single dime, or even one less employee — that the federal budget can never be cut. [...] Jeb and Hillary are like two peas in a pod.  Both candidates are bought and paid for.  It's been said of Hillary thousands of times — big money donors, domestically and internationally, are literally purchasing the White House in the form of the election of Clinton.  The same can be said of Jeb.  These Superpac mega-donors don't give hundreds of millions of dollars because they like Jeb's campaign promises.  They, like the Clinton donors, are buying access and influence.

In full meltdown mode, ¡Jeb! goes running back to Nana and Papa for help with donors.  [Scroll down]  Speaking of which, is there a better endorsement for Ted Cruz than George W. Bush's disparaging remarks regarding the brilliant Senator from Texas? Here's a guy who won't utter a peep regarding Barack Obama's ongoing scandals, his "pen and a phone" Constitutional Convention, his arson in the Middle East, and a simultaneous economic obliteration of the Middle Class — but a guy who stands up and fights?  Now, that can't be tolerated.

Young woman who aggressively questioned Trump yesterday was a Bush plant.  The television networks gleefully featured footage from yesterday's "No Labels" meeting in New Hampshire of a young woman aggressively challenging Donald Trump on abortion and equal pay for women (video below).  But thanks to work by Subdance of Conservative Treehouse, we know that she was a plant, a paid staffer of Senator Kelly Ayotte, and a Bush campaign volunteer.

Political Hit Job: Bush Staffer Planted in Audience to Ambush Trump.  Yesterday [10/12/2015] at the "No Labels" event put on by Jon Huntsman, Trump spoke to a semi-hostile crowd.  I don't even know why Trump bothered going there.  This is a group of 'moderate' Republicans.  Let me translate — they are liberals pretending to be Republicans.  They are progressives on the right.  This is right in line with what I would expect them to pull.  A female in the audience started grilling Trump on his political stances.  That woman was Lauren Batchelder, who is a paid operative of the GOP and a staff member of Jeb Bush's campaign.

Video: Bush 'plant' at Trump event?  If this question from a townhall in New Hampshire last night came as part of an aggressive strategy from Team Jeb! to attack Donald Trump's weakness with women, it might create a little backfire.  Lauren Batchelder challenged Trump on his treatment of women without revealing that she volunteers for the Bush campaign.

Busted! CNN Uses Jeb Bush Staffer Planted In Audience To Frame Donald Trump Narrative/Hit Job.  During an appearance at a Jon Huntsman "No Labels" event, a female audience member named Lauren Batchelder played the role of a female antagonist toward candidate Donald Trump.  However, Ms. Batchelder is not just an average audience member.  She's a paid political operative of the GOP and a paid staff member of Team Jeb Bush.

Trump Accuses Tough Questioner Of Being A Bush Plant.  After a member of the audience defiantly challenged Donald Trump at an event in New Hampshire Monday evening [10/12/2015], Trump said the young woman was a plant by the Jeb Bush campaign.  Trump tweeted quoting a conservative website that said the woman was an intern for Bush.

Wanted: A President of Good Character.  Today the establishment wants Jeb Bush. After all, he has "government experience," and is now scoring 4% in the polls.  I'd be happy to have a beer with Jeb, but I would never, ever vote for him at a time of national crisis.  He's been groveling to the Leftist mafia in the most nauseating way.

Jeb Bush calls for a return to 'civility' as he reminds [Trump] that President Obama is 'Christian' and 'an American'.  Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush reacted on Friday to the latest controversy roiling the GOP race by identifying President Barack Obama as 'an American' and 'Christian', and calling for a return to civility in national politics.  Bush was alluding to an episode on Thursday [9/17/2015] in which rival Donald Trump declined to correct a questioner who called Obama 'Muslim' and 'not even an American'.  'Barack Obama is a talented man — and by the way he's an American, he's a Christian — his problem isn't the fact that he was born here or what his faith is,' Bush said in a speech.  'His problem is that he's a progressive liberal who tears down anybody that disagrees with him,' Bush said.

The Editor says...
There is abundant evidence available to all those who look for it, to show that Barack H. Obama is not a Christian, and a separate pool of evidence to show that he is a Muslim.  The two are mutually exclusive:  One cannot be both Muslim and Christian, regardless of what Jeremiah Wright says.

The Obnoxious and Important Questions I Would Ask At The GOP Debate.  Jeb! Bush:  You support amnesty and Common Core, you won't undo the Iran sellout of Israel on your first day in office and — as we always expected — you've come out in support of more gun control.  Since you have adopted Hillary's platform, why are you running as a Republican?  Why are you so [very] special that despite there being 320 million other Americans, we can't do any better than a third Bush?

Jeb: The 10th Amendment Can Trump The 2nd Amendment.  Presidential candidate Jeb Bush told Stephen Colbert Tuesday [9/8/2015] that gun control — including but not limited to ramped up mental health background checks — should be left up to the individual states.

Jeb Bush Says Obama Isn't a Bad Guy, Impersonates Trump on Colbert's Late Show Debut.  Bush kicked things off with a rehearsed answer about why he wants to be president, but Colbert pushed him to explain how he'd get past the partisanship in Washington.  "So I'm going to say something that's heretic, I guess:  I don't think Barack Obama has bad motives.  I just think he's wrong on a lot of issues."

The Editor says...
Jeb Bush needs to open his eyes and visit akdart.com if he doesn't "think Barack Obama has bad motives."  I could help with his continuing education.  [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

La Raza Backs Jeb, Slams Trump for English Language Patriotism.  In a Spanish-language address, Bush declared, "El hombre no es conservador," which — in English — translates to, "The man [i.e. Trump] is not conservative."  Trump replied by asserting that if Bush wants to be a leader, "he should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States."  Technically, becoming a U.S. citizen requires one to achieve English language proficiency.  As such, when Bush delivers his attack message in Spanish, he is undermining one of the core tenets of American citizenship — albeit one that is already in tatters as one in five U.S. residents now speaks a language other than English while at home, according to a 2014 report.

Donald Trump Fires Back at Jeb Bush: He Should Lead by 'Speaking English' While in the United States'.  2016 Republican frontrunner Donald Trump told Breitbart News that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush should be speaking English — not the Spanish he spoke to attack Trump in Miami this week — on the campaign trail.

Brilliant: Failed Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to Join the Dying Campaign of... Jeb Bush.  [Eric] Cantor was rejected by his Virginia constituents in 2014 for backing a plan developed by Democrats, Republicans, and business leaders that would triple the nation's huge inflow of migrants.  Bush is promoting a similar migration-boosting policy in his 2016 campaign.  Bush has picked Cantor — who is now working as an investment banker in New York — because of his ability to raise huge funds from business investors, Politico said.

Slipping in polls, Jeb Bush pushes to rack up establishment endorsements.  Sinking in the polls amid the rise of renegade party outsiders, Jeb Bush is turning to something not in style this summer:  establishment support.  The Republican presidential candidate has accumulated pledges from a steady trickle of mayors, state legislators, former governors and about two dozen members of Congress in recent weeks, including former House majority leader Eric Cantor on Thursday [8/27/2015].  The tally puts Bush ahead of other 2016 contenders in racking up endorsements but far behind previous GOP candidates at this point in a presidential campaign cycle.  The size of the Republican field, plus the sustained dominance of flamboyant businessman Donald Trump, is causing many to refrain from picking sides.

Blast off: Shaky Jeb Bush campaign ready to soar thanks to coveted Eric Cantor endorsement.  Right now, if you're Jeb, there's nothing you can do about Trump except hope that Republicans are having a summer fling and that old-fashioned establishmentarianism will reassert itself this fall.  In the meantime, you focus on sidelining Walker and Rubio by winning the donor primary.

New survey shows depth of Jeb's Bush dynasty problem.  The national survey shows Bush running well behind Donald Trump and Ben Carson, tied for third place in the GOP race with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.  But that is not the most serious problem for Bush in the poll.  Quinnipiac pollsters asked respondents a simple, open-ended question:  "What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Jeb Bush?"

Jeb: Hey let's do "free tuition" and pay back students who don't graduate in four years.  Jeb Bush has a fantastically awful idea when it comes to college education.  He thinks community college students should get "free" tuition for two years.  If that's sounds familiar, it's because it's the exact same thing President Barack Obama proposed in January.  Which shows how completely hypocritical Bush is because he came out against Obama's plan in January.

Jeb Bush Fights for Air.  Amid the constant "What is Trump up to today?" coverage — and the corresponding reactions from every politician and media representative to Trump's latest remarks — Jeb Bush seems to be fighting for air time by reaching out to the conservative base.  In the past, however, Bush has explained his reasoning for intentionally ticking off the conservative base, misread its influence and concerns, and has spent most of his time up until now marginalizing conservative voters.

Why Jeb's Not Catching Fire — And Probably Never Will.  The good news for Jeb Bush is that he's the perfect candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.  The bad news is that he's the perfect candidate in the year 2000.  That's the counterfactual scenario that most Bush-watchers have spun over the years.  Had Jeb won the 1994 race in which he first pursued Florida's governorship, the theory goes, it would have been him rather than his older brother who became the GOP's standard-bearer in 2000.  Instead, Jeb narrowly lost the '94 race to Democrat Lawton Chiles, George W. won his contest in Texas in the same year and the younger sibling looked on six years later as his brother ascended to the White House.  That historical twist may have permanently thwarted Jeb's White House aspirations.  It's not just that the American people are inherently resistant to the dynastic impulse that would see three consecutive members of the Bush family serve as Republican presidents.  It's also that the legacy of Jeb's family has ineluctably changed the dynamics within the GOP.

Jeb Bush Got $1.3M Job At Lehman After Florida Shifted Pension Cash To Bank.  For Florida taxpayers, the move by the administration of then-Gov. Jeb Bush to forge a relationship with Lehman Brothers would ultimately prove disastrous.  Transactions in 2005 and 2006 put the Wall Street investment bank in charge of some $250 million worth of pension funds for Florida cops, teachers and firefighters.  Lehman would capture more than $5 million in fees on these deals, while gaining additional contracts to manage another $1.2 billion of Florida's money.  Then, in the fall of 2008, Lehman collapsed into bankruptcy, leaving Florida facing up to $1 billion in losses.  But for Jeb Bush personally, his enduring relationship with Lehman would prove lucrative.  In 2007, just as he left office, Bush secured a job as a Lehman consultant for $1.3 million a year, Bloomberg reported.

Jeb Bush Would Expand NSA Spy Powers at Expense of Civil Liberties.  Speaking at an Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security forum at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, on August 18, former Florida Governor and GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush was critical of the very modest restrictions on the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records that were enacted into law in June.  He advocated reversing those restrictions to increase the NSA's snooping powers.  "There's a place to find common ground between personal civil liberties and NSA doing its job," Bush asserted.  "I think the balance has actually gone the wrong way."

Jeb Bush: NSA needs broader powers to combat 'evildoers'.  Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush said Tuesday [8/18/2015] that the government should have broad surveillance powers of Americans and private technology firms should cooperate better with intelligence agencies to help combat "evildoers."

The Editor asks...
How many of you want MORE warrantless wholesale domestic surveillance in this country?

Jeb Bush: Birthright citizenship is "a constitutional right".  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday [8/18/2015] that birthright citizenship is a "constitutional right," casting doubt on fellow 2016 candidate Donald Trump's plan to do away with it.  "That's a constitutional right," Bush said.  "Mr. Trump can say he's for this because people are frustrated that it's abused.  We ought to fix the problem rather than take away rights that are constitutionally endowed."

The Editor asks...
How many of you want MORE anchor babies in this country?

Hillary Clinton Is Rooting for Jeb Bush.  There is an obvious subtext to the panicked effort to purge the GOP of Donald Trump:  to allow the party's true hero to emerge to vanquish Hillary Clinton and restore peace and justice throughout the land.  To most GOP elites, of course, the savior is Jeb Bush, complete with the Clark Kent glasses and aw-shucks good guy demeanor.  The Chamber of Commerce crowd is so convinced that Jeb is the man that it (so far) has placed a bet of more than $100 million on that proposition.  There's just one problem — the Clintons want Jeb Bush to be the GOP nominee, too.

The Futility of a Third Bush.  If Republicans nominate a third Bush to face a second Clinton, they will suffer their third consecutive loss in the battle for the White House.  Each of those losses will have been rooted in one undeniable fact:  a milquetoast, Washington establishment-backed nominee is unelectable.  Grassroots conservatives, rank-and-file Republicans and Tea Party supporters have figured this out.  Since the Washington establishment blessed Jeb Bush with the title of front-runner last December, he has steadily lost support.  I know this base.  I have worked with them for over three decades.  I have raised tens of millions of dollars for Republican candidates only to see one after another betray the very constituents who put him (or her) in office.

Bush's Common Core Obfuscation.  Given Bush's past support for Common Core, Marco Rubio wasn't buying Bush's disavowal of support for federal standards.  He responded:  ["]Here's the problem with Common Core:  the Department of Education, like every federal agency, will never be satisfied.  They will not stop with it being a suggestion, they will turn it into a mandate...  They will use Common Core or any other requirements that exist nationally to force it down the throats of our people and our states.["]  Bush countered:  "If states want to opt out of Common Core, fine; just make sure your standards are high."

Jeb's Illegal Immigration Problem.  Jeb Bush and other Establishment Republicans have a huge problem with illegal immigration.  They are on the wrong side of the issue — opposed by a majority of Americans. [...] The Constitution makes the President, Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces.  Ultimately he (or she) is responsible for the nation's security.  Including border security and controlling illegal immigration.  Congress has legislated illegal immigration in the past.  In 1986 it passed, and the president signed, a law to "grant legal status to illegal immigrants, crack down on employers who hired illegal workers and secure the border once and for all."  So if our border has been "secure" since 1986, how are millions of illegals crossing it?

Jaw Dropping Nonsense — Erick Erickson: "Jeb Bush is The Most Conservative Republican Governor".  Erick Erickson became the center of the GOP discussion this week with his disinvite of Donald Trump from the Red State gathering of political candidates.  In addition, Erickson did not invite Dr. Ben Carson saying:  "he'd seen him appear at charity benefits and talk about himself".  So Erickson takes to the stage to introduce his friend:  "I love this guy", "the most conservative governor", Jeb Bush.  #vc

Third Party Trump is better than RINO Jeb Bush.  The Republican establishment is terrified of Trump, who can finance a third party campaign and is independent of special interests.  They will continue to mercilessly attack him, hence Trump is smart to maintain "leverage" and keep open the third party alternative.  It may also provide a needed choice for the American people.  If the presidential nominees are Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Jeb Bush, or another RINO, Trump should enter the race to give voters a real alternative.  The last thing the country needs is another Bush or Clinton in the White House.

Hillary Clinton's Mega-Donors Are Also Funding Jeb Bush.  For some wealthy donors, it doesn't matter who takes the White House in 2016 — as long as the president's name is Clinton or Bush.  More than 60 ultra-rich Americans have contributed to both Jeb Bush's and Hillary Clinton's federal campaigns, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission data by Vocativ and The Daily Beast.  Seventeen of those contributors have gone one step further and opened their wallets to fund both Bush's and Clinton's 2016 ambitions.

Bush believes in man-made global warming and wants plenty more of it.  Jeb Bush said today [7/31/2015] that he believes that people cause global warming, saying, "The climate is changing; I don't think anybody can argue it's not."  Of course the climate is changing!  It's called weather.  And Jeb is supposed to be the smart Bush?

The Editor says...
Any politician who still touts global warming is a politician who belongs in some other party.  Any well-informed voter knows global warming stopped, all by itself, almost 20 years ago.  Global warming is a phony crisis that is being used to expand and strengthen an already-overgrown government.

Jeb Bush supported Planned Parenthood before he opposed it.  In the world of politics, flip-flopping is an art.  Unfortunately for Jeb Bush, he's clearly not much of an artist.

Jeb Bush Sat On Board Of Philanthropy That Gave Millions To Planned Parenthood.  Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush was one of the directors of a charity that gave tens of millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood, LifeSiteNews first reported.  Named a founding director to the tax-exempt Bloomberg Family Foundation in 2010, Bush sat on the board until the end of 2014 when he began to prepare for his presidential run.  Bloomberg Philanthropies announced in March of 2014, while Bush was still on the board, it was giving $50 million to strengthen "reproductive health rights in Burkina Faso, Nicaragua, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda."

Here we have proof that Jeb Bush is unfit for office, for indeed Obama doesn't speak the truth about anything.
Jeb: Obama [is] 'Speaking the Truth' on Racial Injustice.  Friday [7/31/2015] in Fort Lauderdale, FL at the National Urban League Conference, Republican presidential candidate former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said President Barack Obama is "speaking the truth" on racial injustice.

Jeb Bush: Obama [is] 'Speaking the Truth' on Racial Injustice.  A Republican presidential candidate saying something positive about President Barack Obama is so rare that it counts as news.  And though it was followed by some caveats, Jeb Bush did give the president credit for "speaking the truth" on racial injustice during a speech to the National Urban League on Friday [7/31/2015]. [...] "When President Obama says that 'for too long we've been blind to the way past injustices continue to shape the present,' he is speaking the truth," Bush said to applause from the audience in attendance.  "But we should be just as candid about our failures in addressing injustices of the more recent origin," he added in an attempt to move the focus from past to present.

False Flag 101: Democrat Fundraisers Said to Back Jeb Bush.  How dim do you have to be to believe that Jeb! can win a general election against any Democrat?  How's that Bush brand name doing?  Is Common Core suddenly popular?  How about illegal immigration in the wake of Kate Steinle's senseless murder?  Friends, this is a course called False Flag 101, and Jeb Bush is the subject.  As well as the antithesis of an electable candidate for the GOP.

Jeb Bush Insists on 'Path to Citizenship,' Says Deportation is Not an 'American Value'.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told a Hispanic audience on Monday [7/27/2015] that illegal aliens must be given U.S. citizenship, and encouraging them to "self-deport" is not an American value.  Bush made his remarks at church in Orlando, where he discussed his Christian faith and support for amnesty for illegal aliens, the same day a CNN poll showed that 64 percent of Republican voter[s] support deporting illegals.

Jeb Bush's waffling on transvestite soldiers and Iran tells us about his character.  Jeb Bush talks frequently about a big tent.  But it wasn't until yesterday [7/17/2015] that I realized that his reference to a "big tent" was actually about a man wearing a dress. [...] This is Bush's way of passing the buck, of approving of a far-left policy without appearing to endorse it directly.  This is a policy that was a joke on a TV show called M*A*S*H thirty years ago, wasn't even on any one's radar two years ago, and now all of a sudden is a "civil rights imperative."

Jeb Bush Supports Transgender People Serving in U.S. Military.  Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told Yahoo News that he supports the Obama administration's move to allow transgender individuals to openly serve in the U.S. military.  Bush reportedly said he was "fine" with transgender persons openly wearing the uniform as long as the Pentagon determines that doing so would not undermine U.S. troop morale.

Jeb's haul: $114 million.  Jeb Bush has officially become the $100 million man.  The Republican front-runner's Right to Rise super PAC, which will take on an unprecedented role in tandem with his presidential campaign, announced on Thursday [7/9/2015] that it has banked $103 million in the past six months, exceeding its own ambitious goal of $100 million.

Jeb Bush's Wealth Soared When He Left Governor's Office, Tax Returns Show.  After he left office as governor of Florida, Jeb Bush's net worth grew to at least $19 million from $1.3 million, a significant leap in wealth that reflects the power of his connections and the breadth of his entrepreneurial pursuits.  Mr. Bush and his wife, Columba, reported $28.5 million in adjusted gross income from 2007, the year he left office, through 2013, according to tax returns he released on Tuesday [6/30/2015].  Nearly $10 million came from his speaking engagements.

Jeb Bush dogged by decades of questions about business deals.  In early 1989, seven weeks after his father moved into the White House, Jeb Bush took a trip to Nigeria.  Nearly 100,000 Nigerians turned out to see him over four days as he accompanied the executives of a Florida company called Moving Water Industries, which had just retained Bush to market the firm's pumps.  Escorted by the U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, Bush met with the nation's political and religious leaders as part of an MWI effort to land a deal that would be worth $80 million.

Jeb Bush Campaign Says It's 'Encouraged' By Support From Corporate Lobbyists.  Responding to a report detailing Jeb Bush's extensive ties to corporate lobbyists who had business before his administration, the former Florida governor's presidential campaign issued a statement Wednesday [6/24/2015] saying it welcomes support from lobbyists.  The statement comes about a week after Bush announced his Republican presidential campaign with a speech railing on lobbyists and asserting that he fought the influence-peddling culture in Tallahassee.

Bush and Clinton: Death by Dynasty.  [Scroll down]  Now, I'm not alone in noting that neither of these mediocre people really seem to want the job.  Both of them seem to labor under the burden of unmet expectations.  Neither one seems genuine, neither one seems to have anything new to say, and as I said, neither one seems to be having very much fun at all.  You know, they have something else in common, these two, and that's the scathing contempt for the common person.  This is another reason to avoid dynasties like the plague.  Both Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton use expressions like, "my lifelong love of service", as if this was, in fact, actual service and not a continuation of the privileged and pampered lifestyles that they've both enjoyed for virtually their entire lives.  You know, they've been using language like this to mask their love for power for so long, I bet they actually believe it.

Jeb, though 'next in line,' is not the GOP favorite.  By the rules of royal succession — and the voting habits of the Republican electorate — Jeb Bush should be the 2016 Republican nominee.  For five decades, you could make good money simply betting in the GOP presidential primary on the establishment candidate whose "turn" it was.  But that rule no longer seems to apply.  Jeb, despite the history, is hardly inevitable.  He's not even the frontrunner.

Jeb Bush argues persuasively why he shouldn't be nominated.  [Scroll down]  In his speech Bush [...] touts Florida as a great state that "looks like America."  That may be true, but it doesn't look like America should be.  There are large parts of Miami where English isn't spoken, huge populations of (dare I say it) Hispanic immigrants and/or illegal aliens who haven't bothered to learn English.  This is not a model for America, and Bush, by telling people it is, is essentially telling voters who want foreigners to assimilate not to vote for him.  Bush repeatedly talked about the need to hasten economic expansion, calling for 4% economic growth.  But such a growth rate is impossible when a country imports tens of millions of people with no skills, many of whom are illiterate in their own language, and many of whom end up on welfare.

The Most Dangerous Candidate: Jeb Bush.  I don't think enough people understand that Bush must be defeated at all costs.  In less than a year, we will have a nominee, and if it is Jeb, this nation will sink further.  It is the Bush legacy that caused the progressiveness of this current Republican Party, and the grip they have on the party must be broken, smashed, crippled, if we are ever to restore this republic.  Fox News is already backing Jeb, he has the party loyalists even though they are acting like they just don't know who to back right now, they will back Jeb.  Your local Republican Party will back Jeb without officially saying so.  Your Republican lawmaker will be in the tank for Jeb, this is how the Republican Party has become a bunch of lock-step fascists, and why so many conservatives have left the party.

The Mobilization Error.  Every serious presidential candidate has to answer a fundamental strategic question:  Do I think I can win by expanding my party's reach, or do I think I can win by mobilizing my party's base?  Two of the leading Republicans have staked out opposing sides on this issue.  Scott Walker is trying to mobilize existing conservative voters.  Jeb Bush is trying to expand his party's reach.

Do high-level meetings imply Germany backs Jeb Bush?  Is Jeb Bush getting the royal treatment in Berlin?  Bush's high level meetings in Germany Tuesday appear to push the line on German protocol in foreign elections, and perhaps could imply support for his campaign.  The former Florida governor and likely Republican presidential candidate arrives a day after President Barack Obama wrapped up a two-day summit in southern Germany.

Jeb Goes from Fragile Frontrunner to Underdog.  With each passing day, Jeb Bush looks weaker and weaker.  While he has a top notch political team and (reportedly) tons of cash, he is dropping, not, rising in the polls.  For a party desperate to win back the White House, Bush is looking more and more like a risky bet.

Five reasons Jeb Bush should not go for it.  [#4]  The name won't go away as an issue.  While we've had examples of presidents from the same family, father-son John Adams and John Quincy Adams and cousins Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt, the country has not had three presidents from the same family.  President George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq will not, as Jeb Bush has learned, go away as an issue.  He will be questioned more than he wants about issues from the presidencies of his brother and his father, George H.W. Bush.  Jeb Bush could find himself painted into a corner of criticizing decisions of his brother and father, not a congenial prospect for him or his family.  Even if he were nominated, the idea of a father and two sons ruling the White House will remain a hard sell.

Not the Bush You Think He Is.  Jeb Bush is more ruthless than he looks, more conservative than moderates like to believe, and possibly more appealing to Latinos than Marco Rubio.

Jeb Should Withdraw to Save the Country from Hillary.  Jeb Bush should withdraw from the presidential contest of 2016.  He should do so soon to become a true hero to our country that sorely needs one.  And he should accompany his withdrawal with a detailed explanation of his reasons.  It is not just because his mother Barbara Bush was correct in her original assessment that the United States does not any more Bushes or Clintons.  It is far more.

Poll: 35 Percent Of Republican Voters View Jeb Bush Unfavorably.  [A] Pew survey found that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the most well-known among registered GOP voters, but he also has the most unfavorable rating, with 35 percent of Republican-leaning voters viewing him unfavorably.

Jeb Bush: Young Socialist?  [Scroll down]  According to his mother, he seriously thought about registering as a conscientious objector, a claim Jeb later disputed.  Although he never volunteered to fight, he did register for the draft in 1971.  Rebellious?  Check.  Long hair?  Check.  Weed?  Yup, and apparently a lot of it.  He was, as one former classmate put it to Vanity Fair, a "budding hippie" at an establishment bastion rapidly veering leftward.  But while Young Jeb had a certain Prodigal Son thing going on, there's nothing to really back up the claim that he was ever a socialist.

Jeb Bush Implodes: Embraces Amnesty, Invasion of Iraq, Common Core.  Appearing on Fox News' The Kelly File on Monday night [5/11/2015], 2016 prospective presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush explained that he would not try to undo President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.

Jeb Bush, Common Core cronie$, Pearson, PARCC, and your kids' privacy.  Last week, Jeb Bush was in New Hampshire, pressing on with his sordid campaign to delude conservatives into swallowing Common Core and massive, unfettered immigration policies.  He has fashioned himself a champion of the American worker, even as he pompously pushes Gang of Eight amnesty as the "adult" plan in the room.  And he has fashioned himself a champion of American parents, students, and "school choice," even as he zealously crusades for failed Fed Ed rackets and data-mining schemes masquerading as "higher standards."  (Amnesty and Common Core are two sides of the "same sides of the coin," in more ways than one.)  The condescending Bush attitude is familiar to grass-roots activists and parents in Florida and across the country who have fought Club Bush and Common Core, Inc.

Jeb Bush: We Have To Show Respect to Illegal Immigrants.  In a preview of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly that will be aired Monday night, Bush said, we need to "fix the system so that legal immigration is easier than illegal immigration and show some respect for people."

Jeb Bush dismisses dip in polls, defends immigration stance.  In the roughly 22-minute interview, Bush addressed Common Core, immigration reform and his family's political dynasty — all issues posing early challenges for him in a potential GOP primary.

Jeb Bush Says Respect Law Breakers.  Jeb Bush, the candidate/non-candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, says we should show illegal aliens some respect. [...] There's no doubt which people Bush is talking about here.  They are the line-cutters, the border crashers, the law-breakers.

Poll: Jeb Bush trails most of Republican field in Iowa.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may be the most popular Republican presidential hopeful nationwide, but he trails his rivals badly in the critical state of Iowa, according to a new poll released Wednesday [5/6/2015].  Only 5% of likely Iowa GOP caucus-goers told Quinnipiac University pollsters that they planned to vote for Bush, placing him No. 7 in the field of declared or potential 2016 candidates.

G.W. Bush's CIA, NSA Director Gen. Hayden Endorses Jeb Bush.  Retired Gen. Michael Hayden's endorsement of Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) seems to be playing right into the hands of critics who say the potential presidential candidate's foreign policy will mirror his brother's, George W. Bush.  Hayden, who served as deputy Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) head under President Bush, is now advising the former president's brother on foreign policy.

Jeb Bush misfires with evangelicals over gay marriage supporters in [his] inner circle.  Jeb Bush's latest effort to court evangelical voters boomeranged when a Christian radio network boss challenged him for hiring two political aides who support same-sex marriage, and the former Florida governor conceded that he couldn't identify any "genuine" conservatives in his inner circle.  The details of Mr. Bush's private phone call in mid-April with Rich Bott, whose religious radio network of 100 stations stretches from California to Tennessee within potential reach of 51 million listeners, were confirmed to The Washington Times by Mr. Bott and top aides to Mr. Bush.

Jeb Bush Pulls an Obama Trick.  Jeb Bush did a decent job as governor of Florida, and he can sound conservative when he wants to.  Most presidential candidates start by running to their ideological base.  But Jeb is doing the opposite, running hard left.  Immigration?  Jeb is Obama II.  There isn't much daylight between Jeb and Hillary, either.

Jeb Bush is Dead Wrong on Common Core.  Jeb Bush has a new immature insult for parents, university professors and teachers who recognize Common Core standards are a hindrance to your children's education:  "You believe in unicorns." [...] If you don't believe in Common Core like he does, Jeb Bush says you're an ignorant fantasist.  Conservatives have been reporting on Common Core problems since the federal government first shocked Americans with the scheme, threatening states by refusing billions of dollars in education funding if they don't blindly accept the deal.  Liberals snickered.  Parents working exhaustedly with their school children began studying the assessment tests and learned firsthand of the problems.  Soon after, college professors researching Common Core discovered the standards will not help high school students be ready for college.

Jeb Bush: Let 11 Million Illegals 'Receive Earned Legal Status'.  "Immigration is a key element of our country's success," Jeb Bush, a possible contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, told the National Christian Hispanic Leadership Conference in Houston on Wednesday [4/29/2015].  An advocate of immigration reform, Bush said the 11 million people who are in the country illegally "should come out from the shadows and receive earned legal status."

Jeb Bush on immigration: 'I think I'm right about this'.  On Thursday [4/30/2015], Jeb Bush faced one of his most unwavering critics on the issue of immigration.  The questions were sharp, the answers were heartfelt, and the result was ... inconclusive.

Jeb Bush Endorses Puerto Rican Statehood in Spanish Speech.  Jeb Bush confronted one of the Republican Party's touchiest debates head-on Tuesday, telling Puerto Ricans that conservatives should be proud that America is "an immigrant nation" and value the contribution immigrants make to the country.

Jeb Bush Endorses Puerto Rican Statehood in Spanish Speech.  Jeb Bush confronted one of the Republican Party's touchiest debates head-on Tuesday, telling Puerto Ricans that conservatives should be proud that America is "an immigrant nation" and value the contribution immigrants make to the country.

More about the 51st state.

Jeb Bush Says Spending $1 Billion on a Campaign Is Unnecessary.  Jeb Bush said he thought it was unnecessary to spend $1 billion on a presidential campaign, a figure reached by both Mitt Romney and President Obama in 2012, saying a smart team could run a leaner operation.  It was an implicit critique of the emerging campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose supporters estimate she will raise and spend that amount in her bid for the White House.

Marco Rubio is Paving the Way for Jeb Bush.  Marco Rubio is the strategic plow for a Jeb Bush GOP primary win.

Jeb Bush's Record Fund-Raising Total.  Jeb Bush told donors here that he believed his political action committee had raised more money in 100 days than any other modern Republican political operation, according to those who heard him.  The remark suggests that the so-called shock and awe financial effort underway by his team is meeting or exceeding its internal goals and will represent a formidable threat to his Republican rivals in the 2016 presidential contest.  He offered no specific figure.

Is anyone afraid of Jeb Bush?  Jeb Bush jolted his prospective rivals for the Republican presidential nomination last winter when he dived with unexpected aggressiveness into the 2016 campaign.  Few of them seem to be quaking now.  The former Florida governor is still the biggest name in the GOP field, with a fundraising network unmatched by any of the others.  But Bush's considerable assets so far have done little to reshape the early polls or keep others out of the race.  If anything, it's the opposite.

Jeb Bush: NSA Snooping 'The Best Part of the Obama Administration'.  Plenty of Republicans (Rand Paul especially) have been railing against the NSA's bulk metadata collection for a while now, but not only does Jeb Bush support it, he thinks it's the best thing about the Obama administration.  Bush was defending NSA surveillance months ago as "hugely important program to use these technologies to keep us safe."  Today, he was on Michael Medved's radio show, and was asked directly what he considers the best part of the Obama administration.  Bush said, "I would say the best part of the Obama administration would be his continuance of the protections of the homeland using the big metadata programs."

The Editor says...
The government's job is to keep us free.  Whether we are safe or not is left up to the states, or to us individually.

Jeb Bush Endorses UN Climate Change Treaty Process.  A big supporter of Common Core?  Check.  A big supporter of amnesty for illegal aliens?  Check.  A big supporter of Doing Something about "climate change"?  Check.

Did Jeb Bush Just Support A UN Global Warming Treaty?  Jeb Bush told a crowd in New Hampshire Friday that the "climate is changing and I am concerned about that."  Jeb added that the U.S. must "[b]e cognizant of the fact that we have this climate change issue and we need to work with the rest of the world to negotiate a way to reduce carbon emissions."  Environmentalists with the group NextGen Climate Action were quick to praise Bush for his statement, saying that he "demonstrated leadership today on the issue of climate change — distancing himself from the other Republican presidential hopefuls and demonstrating why climate change doesn't have to be a partisan issue."

Assistant Democrat Jeb Bush Calls for Loretta Lynch's Confirmation.  No enemy is more dangerous than the enemy within, as supposed Republican Jeb Bush demonstrates by demanding the confirmation of the irresponsible leftist Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.

Jeb Bush: raise the retirement age.  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), looking for a way to break through in the Republican presidential race, announced his support for major "reforms" to social-insurance programs this week, including a call to raise the retirement age to 69.  In the larger political context, the question was whether — and when — the more competitive GOP candidates would follow suit.  Now we know.

Obama toadie Jeb Bush backs confirmation of radical leftist Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.  Obama has been trying to get Loretta Lynch confirmed as the new head of the Department of Justice but the Senate has been dragging its feet.  This is a woman who has refused to say if she would investigate Hillary's email violations and said that illegals have every right to work here in the USA like legal citizens do.But Jeb says she deserves to be confirmed.

Jeb Bush calls on Republicans to Confirm Loretta Lynch.  Jeb Bush says that the Senate should confirm the nomination of Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama's choice for attorney general.  A number of Senate Republicans oppose her nomination.  "I think presidents have the right to pick their team," Bush said, according to reports of his stop at the "Politics and Pie" forum in Concord, New Hampshire, on Thursday night [4/16/2015].

Jeb Bush: Legal Status for Illegals 'Rational, Thoughtful'.  On Friday [4/17/2015] in New Hampshire, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said giving illegal immigrants a pathway to "earned legal status" is a "rational, thoughtful" way to deal with illegal immigrants in the country.  Speaking at the Politics and Eggs breakfast, Bush, who said last year that illegal immigration is an "act of love," proposed giving illegal immigrants provisional work permits after they pay taxes and fines and granting them legal status that they can "earn over an extended period of time."

Jeb Bush 'concerned' about climate change.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush acknowledged on Friday [4/17/2015] that he's "concerned" about climate change, but argued that the U.S. has largely addressed carbon emissions through private sector innovation that has led to a natural gas boom.

Jeb Bush Pushes Republicans to Cave to Obama Executive Amnesty, Approve Loretta Lynch.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has joined Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid in calling for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to abandon his pre-election promise to fight President Obama's executive amnesty by holding a vote to confirm U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as Attorney General.  "I think that presidents have the right to pick their team," Bush said in New Hampshire at an event with about 95 voters and "a horde of media," according to Time Magazine's Zeke Miller.

Flashback: Jeb Bush Awarded Hillary Clinton 'Liberty Medal' on the Eve of 1st Anniversary of Benghazi Attack.  At a gala ceremony in Philadelphia on September 10, 2013, former Governor Jeb Bush honored former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton with the prestigious Liberty Medal on behalf of the National Constitution Center.  The medal was presented "in recognition of her lifelong career in public service and for her ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of women and girls around the globe."

Jeb Bush admits mistake: He's not Hispanic.  Jeb Bush is not Hispanic, even if he somehow said so on an old voter registration form.  The New York Times obtained a copy of Bush's 2009 voter registration application from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department in which the former Florida governor marked "Hispanic" in the section asking about race and ethnicity.

Jeb Bush Listed Himself as 'Hispanic' on Voter Form.  Mr. Bush, a former Florida governor and likely presidential candidate, was born in Texas and hails from one of America's most prominent political dynasties.  But on at least one occasion, it appears he got carried away with his appeal to Spanish-speaking voters and claimed he actually was Hispanic.  In a 2009 voter-registration application, obtained from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department, Mr. Bush marked Hispanic in the field labeled "race/ethnicity."  A Bush spokeswoman could offer no explanation for the characterization.  However, Mr. Bush took to Twitter late on Monday morning [4/6/2015] to call the situation a mistake.

Jeb Bush Pressed Pension Officials On Behalf of Donor's Firm.  Jeb Bush received the request from one of his campaign contributors, a man who made his living managing money:  Could the then-governor of Florida make an introduction to state pension overseers?  The donor was angling to gain some of the state's investment for his private fund.  It was 2003, still a few years before regulators would begin prosecuting public officials for directing pension investment deals to political allies.  Bush obliged, putting the donor, Jon Kislak, in touch with the Florida pension agency's executive director.  Then he followed up personally, according to emails reviewed by the International Business Times, ensuring that Kislak's proposal was considered by state decision makers.

Support for Jeb Bush falling in Florida, Rubio rising.  Outside of the class of conservative activists, it is not hard to find political analysts and observers who are convinced that the Republican presidential primaries are essentially over, and Jeb Bush won.  The argument for why Bush has already sewn up the nomination is not particularly compelling, but it does have its devotees.  The case centers on the fact that the former Florida governor has prohibitive access to a set of prolific Republican donors.  It's perhaps no surprise that those who believe American politics is hopelessly corrupt as a result of the fact that high-dollar donors can contribute to the campaigns and causes of their choosing also believe that Bush's deep-pocketed backers will inevitably secure for him the GOP nomination.

Jeb Bush Can't Be Nominated. Or Can He?  The former governor's negatives are obvious and hard to ignore.  Bush is the face of the establishment at a time when the party seems overrun by angry outsiders who are frustrated and want change.  Even many Republicans don't like the idea of their party becoming a monarchy, and another Bush at the top of the ticket would seem the ultimate example of a party relying on hereditary succession.  The former governor's support for a comprehensive immigration overhaul and Common Core places him at odds with a majority in his party, and he has shown little, if any, inclination to pander to the most vocal in his party or tweak his positions to please his critics.

Jeb Bush's Nightmare Scenario.  He's underperforming in early public polls and is receiving a frosty reception from Republican focus groups.  His entitled biography is at odds with the Republican Party's increasing energy from working-class voters, who relate best with candidates who have struggled to make ends meet.  The Bush name is a reminder of the past at a time when GOP voters are desperate for new faces.  And after losing two straight presidential elections, Republican voters are thinking much more strategically — and aren't nearly as convinced as the political press that Bush is the strongest contender against Hillary Clinton.

Jeb Bush Returns to the Washington Fund-Raising Well.  "I'm not an expert on the ways of Washington," Jeb Bush told conservatives last month when he was asked about a funding dispute in Congress.  Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor, has sounded that theme regularly in his fledgling presidential campaign.  But even as he positions himself as a Washington outsider, he seems to have mastered a skill that is crucial in this city:  tapping into the money-raising clout of the K Street lobbyists, political operatives, superlawyers and business leaders in Washington's permanent class.

Jeb Bush Condemned Over Speech at Anti-Israel Conference.  Leading talk show host and best-selling author Mark Levin assailed Jeb Bush last night over the revelation that one of his top foreign policy advisers, James Baker, will keynote an anti-Israel conference this weekend.  The annual conference of the activist group J Street features an array of anti-Israel speakers, including proponents of the Boycott, Sanctions, and Divest (BDS) movement, which seeks Israel's destruction, and advocates for the terrorist group Hamas.

Jeb Bush's tie to fugitive Miguel Recarey goes against business-savvy image he promotes.  Jeb Bush was a young man building a real-estate business in Miami in 1985 when a health-care entrepreneur named Miguel Recarey Jr. hired him to help locate office space in South Florida.  Bush, then the son of the vice president, later provided another service: opening doors in Washington, where Recarey had mounted an aggressive lobbying effort for a waiver from Medicare rules that would allow his fast-growing company to continue to expand.  Recarey got what he wanted.  But two years later, the firm, International Medical Centers, was shut down as regulators searched for millions in missing federal funds.  Facing charges of bribery and bilking Medicare, Recarey fled the country to avoid prosecution.  He remains a fugitive in Spain, where a court denied U.S. requests for extradition.

Why doesn't Jeb Bush just run for the Democrat nomination?  Jeb Bush has zero, none, zippo chance of winning the presidency.  Should he somehow secure the Republican nomination — an unlikely prospect given his bizarre and unpopular opinions — the notion that he could both secure the support of a conservative base that he has demonized and insulted and the Democrat masses is delusional. [...] Given that Hillary is damaged goods, why doesn't Jeb try for the Democrat nomination?  He has the name recognition, the far Left policy positions on Amnesty and Common Core, and the backing of crypto-liberal Karl Rove.

There He Goes Again — Divisive KING RINO Jeb Pushes For Massive Immigration Increases.  Using the same logic as President Barack Obama on Iran, Bush condescendingly stated in South Carolina this morning [3/17/2015], "I have not seen, I don't know if you've seen, a plan that says 'we're gonna deport everybody,'" Mr. Bush said at a breakfast event in Greenville Tuesday morning, kicking off a multi-day swing through the state.  So, according to Jeb, it's either massively increase immigration on all levels, or deport everyone, a convoluted logic that rules Obama's dealings with Iran; Obama's way or war.  The plain fact is, that Jeb is pursuing illegal actions.  It is the cornerstone of his campaign that we not enforce immigration law — another thing he has in common with the Imperial Obama.

Jeb Denies There's Any 'Bush Fatigue' In Iowa.  While the former Floridian Governor might be "leading with his chin" as he gears for a possible 2016 run, he denied there was "Bush fatigue" when he visited Iowa earlier this month.  Bush probably knows his views on immigration and Common Core aren't popular with Republican primary voters.  Yet, he seems to be banking on presenting himself as a candidate who can discuss a wide range of issues to dilute the attacks that he's too moderate to win the Republican nomination.

Jeb Bush Flips And Flops On Amnesty.  Republican presidential aspirant Jeb Bush has different positions on amnesty depending on which audience he's talking to.  Bush visited New Hampshire this weekend and discussed his amnesty position at a business roundtable held at Integra Biosciences.  In front of the business crowd, Bush supported a path to "legal status" for illegal immigrants — a buzzword for non-citizenship that would allow illegals to work for companies that want cheap labor.  "The best plan, the most realistic plan, the grown-up plan, once you control the border ... is to say, 'Let these folks achieve, earn legal status,'" Bush said.  "If we just keep people in the shadows, we're not going to solve our immigration problems."

Jeb Bush Panned by Former Aide to His Father.  Curt Smith, a speechwriter for President Bush from 1989 through 1993 as well as after he left the White House, said in an interview that he objected strongly to Jeb Bush's forgiving attitude toward immigrants in the U.S. illegally and believed the former Florida governor wouldn't be a strong general election candidate.  "Anyone who says illegal immigration is an 'act of love' ought not to be president of the United States," said Mr. Smith, referring to a line in a 2014 speech.  "I'd support him if he was nominated but I'm not sure he's electable."

The Trouble With Being Jeb.  For some time, polls have found former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush with higher negative ratings than one might expect of someone who has never before run for president or, until recently, maintained a high national political profile.

Jeb Bush Publicly Endorses 'Gang Of Eight' Amnesty Bill In New Hampshire.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, during a gaggle with reporters in New Hampshire on Friday [3/13/2015], came out publicly for the previous Senate's "Gang of Eight" amnesty bill that would have provided citizenship, public benefits and other goodies such as work authorization for every illegal alien in America.

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Poll: Jeb Bush Fares Horrendously With Middle Class Voters, Only 4 Percent Think He Represents Them.  A minuscule 4 percent of Americans think that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush represents middle class values well, numbers far worse than Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama or either political party, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds.  Bush's biggest electability problems would come if he does survive what will be a bloodbath GOP primary, as it's unlikely conservative Republican voters would even turn out for him in a November general election should he get the nomination.  This poll shows yet again why that's the case.

Jeb's War on Conservatives.  Throughout Jeb Bush's book titled, Immigration Wars, he and co-author Clint Bolick lament that the conservative grassroots are too strident in their opposition to immigration.  In fact, Bush frames conservatives as anti-immigrant, and whose opposition to immigration is precisely why Republicans continue to receive less Hispanic votes than the Democrats.  Essentially, it is a nasty and insulting lecture about the positive attributes of certain immigrants, aimed at the supposed "nativists" in the Republican base.  Bush proposes a massive increase in immigration while denouncing a fence as an example of "Fortress America."  In his eagerness to convince us that America cannot prosper without massively increasing immigration, he takes certain pains to put conservatives who oppose illegal immigration in their place.

Jeb Bush: The Leading Anti-Conservative Candidate.  America has had enough insults and apologies under the current White House Resident.  No one I know wants a repeat of that.  But lately "Republican" Jeb Bush has praised illegals as "economic-driven immigrants" and has been pushing for amnesty.  Can someone please explain to me how, if invaders are going to be so good for our economy, why do we need money from the federal and state budgets to facilitate them?  If they are good for the economy, communities that have high invader population should be thriving, shouldn't they?  Shouldn't California's economy be through-the-roof vibrant by now, with all those family-oriented, entrepreneurial invaders in their state?  Shouldn't Arizona's border be lined with Hilton and Holiday Inn properties to facilitate the traffic of these wonderful families, seeking to become American citizens?  Shouldn't Texas border towns have excess education funding, farmers cheering them on as they show up to be the best employees they've ever had?  No, that is not the case.  People along the border are in DANGER.  Sex trafficking, drug trafficking, assaults, robberies, murder and disease are what is thriving.  And yet Jeb Bush apparently wants to invite more of it, just like the current Resident.  Anyone toying with the ideas of amnesty by any name is inviting more crime and destruction including increased death against law-abiding Americans.

Jeb Bush Touts Conservatism In New Video.  Did you know Jeb Bush is a conservative?  That's the message the former Florida governor, preparing to run for president as a Republican in 2016, makes in a new video released Friday, likely targeted at GOP primary voters who may be suspicious of some of his political views.

Won't you please not donate $1 million to Jeb Bush's campaign.  [T]his month the fundraisers for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush have a real problem: Too much money coming in.  So much money coming in that they're worried people may get the idea that these presidential candidates are somehow beholden to mega-donors.  You know, like Bill Clinton renting out the Lincoln Bedroom or Barack Obama making his finance chair a Cabinet secretary.  Money = access.  Big money = Big Access.

Awash in cash, Bush asks donors not to give more than $1 million — for now.  An unusual request has gone out to wealthy donors writing large checks to support former Florida governor Jeb Bush:  Please don't give more than $1 million right away.  The requested limit, confirmed by multiple people familiar with the amount, may mark the first time that a presidential hopeful has sought to hold off supporters from contributing too much money.  The move reflects concerns among Bush advisers that accepting massive sums from a handful of uber-rich supporters could fuel a perception that the former governor is in their debt.

Jeb Bush Speech Prompts CPAC Walkout.  It's clear that there is a division within the GOP and that it is not likely to go away any time soon.  With establishment Republicans routinely selling-out the constituents in a Quixotic quest to gain longterm political survival, the conservative base has grown tired and angry with these establishment candidates.

Sources Near Jeb Bush Say He's "Evolving" On Gay Marriage And Might Just Embrace It.  ...should the Supreme Court make it the law of the land in June, which they, you know, probably will.  So [he is] not a "moderate" Republican but a liberal one.  Ah, whatever, that's fine.  I suppose I should credit him, at least, for being somewhat honest about it.  Well, if the party is craving a liberal candidate, he would be a decent choice.

Report: Jeb Bush Attempting To Rig CPAC Straw Poll With Bused In Supporters.  Perhaps in fear that he didn't have enough backers willing to show up on their own, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's campaign organized to bus supporters to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to cheer during his appearance on stage and vote for him in the straw poll.

Jeb Bush Fails CPAC, Can't Even Stack Straw Poll Successfully.  Republican voters rejected former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the straw poll, as he earned only 8 percent of the vote and came in fifth.  That came as, according to reports and several other campaigns, Bush attempted to rig the straw poll by busing in "supporters" from Washington, D.C., and K Street.

Laura Ingraham: Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton Should Run on the Same Ticket.  Jeb Bush will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference this afternoon.  But Laura Ingraham wasn't going to let him have an easy welcome.  In her speech Friday morning, the conservative talk-show host opened with a warning shot at Bush, asking attendees to raise their hands if they were skeptical of another Bush presidency.  The crowd applauded.

CPAC attendees plan to walk out on Jeb Bush.  A movement is underway to stage an informal protest when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hits the CPAC stage Friday [2/27/2015].

Jeb Bush tries to ease concerns over support for Common Core.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, trying to tamp down conservative criticism over his support for Common Core, told thousands of activists on Friday [2/27/2015] that he opposes the federal government pushing any kind of educational standards on states, as President Obama's Department of Education has been doing.  "This president, and this Department of Education, there's a risk that they will intrude, and they have as it relates to Race to the Top," Bush said as he spoke to the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Obama Tells Jeb to Lobby Fellow Republicans to Support Immigration.  In a town hall in Miami, President Obama encouraged probable Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush to lobby folks in his party to support immigration reform:  [Video clip]

Jeb and the 'immortal 306'.  The Washington Post recently christened Jeb Bush the frontrunner, and for good reason.  He is pulling in the top Republican talent — the donors, consultants, and various policy advisors necessary to fund and run a top-notch campaign.  Yet, his polling numbers are anemic.  The average from Real Clear Politics (RCP) shows Bush pulling in just 14 percent nationwide.

Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly assails GOP establishment for trying to coronate Jeb Bush.  Phyllis Schlafly has long argued that the American conservative movement's purpose is to influence, not echo, the Republican Party.  And still going strong at age 90, Mrs. Schlafly wants to influence the GOP anew by warning against letting the party's "kingmakers" — the Wall Street elite and political consultant class — coronate former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as the presidential nominee in 2016.

Documents show the expensive tastes of Jeb Bush's low-key wife.  In 1999, Columba Bush, the famously private wife of then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, was detained and fined by federal customs officials for misrepresenting the amount of clothing and jewelry she had bought while on a solo five-day shopping spree in Paris.  The incident left the Florida first lady deeply mortified and her husband politically chagrined.  Jeb Bush said the first lady had misled customs officials because she did not want him to know that she had spent about $19,000 on the trip.

Clint Bolick: Jeb Believes in Amnesty Bill 'With His Absolute Heart & Soul'.  A top Jeb Bush ally said that Jeb Bush will not back down on his support for comprehensive amnesty legislation and is willing to win or lose the GOP nomination based on the issue.  On Thursday [2/19/2015], Clint Bolick, who co-wrote Immigration Wars with the former Florida governor, said Bush "is either going to win or lose with a mandate on immigration."

Jeb Bush vows to set his own course while tapping longtime family advisers.  Former Florida governor Jeb Bush on Wednesday promised to chart his own course on foreign policy — even as he announced a campaign brain trust associated, in part, with the most contentious policies of his brother's and father's presidencies.

The lethal political ledge Jeb Bush must navigate.  So far in the 2016 presidential race — and we are not yet very far into it — Jeb Bush has been the key player.  His December announcement of interest completely changed the timetable of the entire field of wannabes.  He's already ahead in some key state polls like New Hampshire, even before announcing a candidacy.  And his fundraising prowess is apparently off-and-running, though actual numbers won't be available until mid-July's report.

Bush blows away GOP rivals with 2016 war chest.  Jeb Bush's money juggernaut is far eclipsing the efforts of his would-be rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, putting his two political committees on pace to amass an unprecedented sum of tens of millions of dollars by early spring.

Jeb Bush's eye-popping event: $100k per ticket.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will raise money on Wall Street on Wednesday [2/11/2015] at an eye-popping $100,000 per-ticket Park Avenue event hosted by private equity mogul Henry Kravis and his wife.  The price of admission to the event, which will raise funds for Bush's "Right to Rise" super PAC, surprised even Wall Street veterans used to high-dollar fundraisers.

Jeb Bush Email Dump Contains Sensitive Personal Information Of Florida Residents.  In the lead up to a likely 2016 presidential run, Jeb Bush made his eight years worth of emails as Florida governor public on a website set up by his political action committee, Right to Rise.  The emails, which span from 1999 to 2007, document Bush's time in the Florida governor's mansion.  They also contain sensitive information about those who corresponded with Bush, including email and home addresses, social security numbers, and details of personal turmoil.

Jeb Money Train Makes Two More NYC Stops.  On Wednesday night [2/11/2015], several dozen people with the means to attend an event so pricey its invitation doesn't list an expected contribution will gather in the Park Avenue apartment of Henry and Marie-Josée Kravis to meet Jeb Bush and add to the quickly filling coffers of Right to Rise, the PAC set up to aid Mr. Bush's presidential ambitions.

Jeb Bush: We will lose our liberties if we control the border.  Jeb Bush made a series of astonishing remarks about immigration Wednesday [2/4/2015]. [...] So if the parents commit a crime, like robbing a bank, and give the money to the kids, we can't take the money away, because it's not fair to the kids.  If illegals bring their kids here so they can benefit from the American taxpayer, there is no reason why we should let those kids benefit.

Jeb Bush: We Must 'Dramatically Expand' Immigrants Coming to Work.  Wednesday [2/4/2015] at the Detroit Economic Club, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said to "create high, sustained economic growth," we need to "dramatically expand immigrants that are coming to work."

Jeb Bush admits toking at private prep school: 'I smoked marijuana when I was at Andover'.  Jeb Bush, the newest front-runner among Republicans seeking their party's 2016 presidential nomination, smoked marijuana in high school — an activity he describes as 'pretty common' at the tony Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

Ingraham: Immigration 'Huge Winner' for GOP If It Avoids 'Jeb Bush Trap'.  Talk radio host Laura Ingraham said that "immigration is a huge winner" for the GOP if it avoids the "Jeb Bush trap" on Wednesday [1/28/2015].  Ingraham, citing recent poll numbers, argued "immigration is a huge winner for the Republican Party, if they do not fall into the Jeb Bush trap.  They fall into the Jeb Bush trap, and they are going to go the way of the Edsel in the Republican Party."

Jeb Bush Fails Common Core Test and Disqualifies Himself for Presidency.  Jeb Bush thinks he can ride Common Core to the White House.  He is using it as a litmus test to prove he is not a scary conservative and will not upset the federal gravy train.  This is a grave misjudgment.  It will be as toxic for him, as Romneycare was for Romney.  Bush would usher in the complete capitulation of our education system to the progressive agenda.  Common Core reproduces everything wrong with Obamacare, and then some.  It is unconstitutional, corrupt, and incompetent.  And it is a government takeover of our children.

Jeb Bush an Iowa no-show.  A key figure was conspicuously missing from the conservative confab of presidential contenders at the unofficial 2016 campaign kickoff in Iowa Saturday: Jeb Bush, who many GOP insiders believe is the best choice to battle Hillary Clinton.  Bush cited a previously unannounced "scheduling conflict" as his reason for being a no-show, but it's clear the 1,000 religious activists and tea party backers aren't his natural base.

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Scheduling conflict?  Really?  What was he doing that was so much more important?

Jeb Bush: We Need to Control Border By Politely Asking Illegals to Leave.  This weekend in San Francisco while speaking to the National Automobile Dealers Association, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said, "First and foremost we need to control our border."  "The 40 percent of the people that have come here illegally came with a legal visa and overstayed their bounds," he added.  "We ought to be able to figure out where they are and politely ask them to leave."  State and local enforcement should partner with the federal government to encourage illegal aliens to return to their home countries in a "compassionate" way, Bush continued.

Jeb Bush lays out plans for 60 fundraisers for 2016 bid.  Jeb Bush on Tuesday met with Republican lobbyists in Washington to provide an update on his expected run for president and let supporters know how they could boost his budding campaign.  Bush operatives who joined the former Florida governor at the afternoon event announced that 60 events in cities across the country have been scheduled to raise money for his federal leadership political action committee, which can accept money only in limited amounts, and his super PAC, which can accept checks in unlimited amounts.

Republicans Like Romney More Than Jeb Bush — WSJ/NBC Poll.  Mitt Romney begins the 2016 Republican presidential primary campaign with significant advantages over Jeb Bush, his chief rival for GOP establishment support, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.  More than half (52%) of all Republicans still maintain a positive view of the party's 2012 nominee, compared to just 37% who said the same about Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor.  Mr. Romney does more than 20 percentage points better among self-identified tea party supporters and core Republican voters than does Mr. Bush, who last ran for office in 2002.

Jeb Bush kept key roles in Florida firm amid signs of trouble.  After attending his second meeting as a board member for InnoVida, a Miami-based company that marketed prefabricated housing materials for use in disaster zones and other places in need, Jeb Bush had some follow-up questions. [...] Previously unreported court documents suggest that Bush was more involved with the company than has been publicly known — and that he deepened his role even as others associated with Inno-Vida grew concerned about its financial practices.

Can't We Do Better?  I'm not much of a conspiracy theorist [...] but I can't help but wonder if the "mainstream media" is playing up the potential presidential candidacies of Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum simply to depress Republican voters. [...] And then there's Jeb Bush.  The mainstream media keep rattling on about his great "name recognition."  Sure, we all know his family, but how many Americans actually know anything about Jeb.  How many even know in which state he served as governor?

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"Name recognition" isn't enough.  Sarah Palin has plenty of name recognition, and I doubt if anyone wants her to be the presidential nominee.  Mike Huckabee has a show on Fox News Channel for a while, the whole purpose of which, I suspect, was the generation of additional name recognition.  If name recognition is all that matters, the Republican Party should be really excited about Ted Cruz.

Jeb's fundraising host ripped GOP's 'fixation' with Christian agenda.  Emerging Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, kicking off a West Coast fundraising effort, is opening the door to criticism from skeptical conservatives by attending one event hosted by a former moderate GOP senator who blasted the party for giving in to the Christian right's agenda.  A Bush fundraiser Thursday in Indian Wells, Calif., is being hosted by former Missouri Sen. John Danforth, one of a group of former Republican lawmakers who have criticized the party for shifting focus to a Christian social agenda.

Mitt Romney Thinks Ted Cruz Will Destroy Jeb Bush's Candidacy.  A tidbit buried at the end of a Romney adviser's longish rationalization of why Mitt Romney may yet again run for the GOP's nomination suggests Romney does not think Jeb Bush has what it takes to win the GOP nomination.

Jamming Jeb: The press starts scrutinizing how conservative he really is.  When Bush ran as a harsh right-winger in 1994, he lost.  When he moderated his tone in 1998, he won.  Therefore, he has "grown" into the more moderate Republican he is today, and that makes him more electable.  Sure, Bush adviser Sally Bradshaw is quoted as saying "he didn't change his core principles."  But in our polarized media atmosphere, the ex-governor is likely to face an intense round of scrutiny over this question:  Which one is the real Jeb?

Jeb's government in waiting.  Jeb Bush, more than any other potential Republican presidential candidate, brings to the table a government-in-waiting of executive branch veterans experienced in domestic and national security policy.  The Bush family network of political operatives is thousands deep and scattered across Washington and the nation, throughout politics and the private sector.  The group was formed over three White House administrations, not to mention Jeb Bush's two terms as Florida governor, during a period spanning 30 years.  The Bush alumni are rich in the critical experience needed to run the federal government day to day.

Jeb Is Hillary's Weakest Opponent.  Jeb Bush may be the most electable Republican against a generic Democratic candidate, but against Hillary Clinton, he would be the weakest nominee we could field. [...] The leading negatives against Hillary also apply to Jeb.  As Cokie and Steven Roberts noted recently, both are too old, each is too tied to Wall Street, and the two are equally dependent on a last name someone else made famous.  In a sense, Bush and Hillary are co-dependents.  Each makes the other into Teflon over their biggest negatives.

Read My Lips: No New Bushes.  If the opposition is going out of its way to insist — wink! wink! — that there's only one Republican candidate capable of victory, the GOP had better wise up and opt for somebody else!  The fact is that the Democrats would like nothing better than to see a Bush run for president.  Just his last name alone would drive liberals to the polls in droves to oppose him.  For the past six years, "Bush" has been the name blamed for everything gone wrong, both domestically and abroad.

Big red flag:  The New York Times is excited about Jeb Bush.
Jeb Bush Begins Wooing Donors for a 2016 Bid.  Jeb Bush on Tuesday [1/6/2015] delivered a powerful message about two of the most vital ingredients in a presidential campaign, money and ideas, transforming himself from a figure who once seemed paralyzed by ambivalence over a White House run into the most forceful presence within the emerging Republican field.

Jeb Bush calls for 'respect' of same-sex marriages.  Jeb Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, called for "respect" of same-sex marriages on Monday as his home state of Florida began allowing gays to wed following a court ruling.  Bush, a former governor of Florida, said in a statement that even those like him who oppose same-sex marriage must "respect the rule of law" now that the state's ban on gay marriages has been ruled unconstitutional.

Jeb Bush's burden.  As Florida governor, Bush compiled a long domestic record on issues like education and immigration.  Yet at a moment when America is winding down one war and ramping up another, he remains untested and opaque when it comes to war and peace.

Jeb Bush Announces PAC in English, Spanish Facebook Videos.  On Tuesday, former Florida governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush announced the launch of his new "Right to Rise" political action committee in English and Spanish on Facebook.

Jeb Bush announces new leadership PAC.  Former Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush announced on Facebook Tuesday [1/6/2015] that he is launching a leadership PAC called "Right to Rise" as he explores the possibility of running for president.

Whistling Past the Junkyard: The Establishment's Attempt to Make Jeb Seem Inevitable.  For several weeks now, the mainstream Jurassic media has been up to their old psychological warfare tricks, and naturally, the Republican establishment is falling for it hard.  They always do, and this includes "the architect," Karl Rove.  This time it's the media's attempt to get Jeb Bush the Republican nomination for President in 2016.  Articles that fawn over Jeb, either from a formidability standpoint or in the vein that he's a "reasonable" conservative are everywhere.

A Republican Battle Royal: Jeb Bush vs. Chris Christie.  Jeb Bush's possible entry into the 2016 Republican presidential primaries has raised many questions.  Here's just one:  What happens to Chris Christie?  Not long ago, the New Jersey governor looked like the safe establishment choice for the GOP nomination.  Conservative enough to possibly be palatable to the base, not so conservative to necessarily be kryptonite to swing voters — a blue-state governor cozy with the party's Northeast donors.

For 2016 — Mitt, Jeb, and Christie, Please Stay Home.  My endorsement record for successful political candidates is very, very spotty.  That could be because I live in a very blue city in a blue state and I am a conservative.  My endorsements of Rudy Giuliani and George W. Bush succeeded only because their opponents were a non-issue.  I do have the ear, however, of many right wing and tea party voters and it is quite clear that they feel the media is pushing Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney down our throats.  I dare say that neither of these men nor Chris Christie would win a Republican primary.

Jeb Bush on gay marriage: Ought to be a 'state decision'.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Sunday that gay marriage should be a "state decision," weighing in on the thorny social issue that could figure prominently in the 2016 GOP presidential nominating contest.  "It ought be a local decision.  I mean, a state decision," Mr. Bush told the Miami Herald.  "The state decided.  The people of the state decided.  But it's been overturned by the courts, I guess."

Why Jeb Bush might not run for president.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's number has come up on the Republican Party's presidential roulette wheel, making a possible third President Bush the talk of Washington, D.C. and fodder for breathless news reports. [...] But Bush's family could drag along enough heavy baggage to sink a White House run, including his daughter Noelle's 2002 arrests for prescription drug fraud, stealing pills at a rehab clinic, and possession of crack cocaine.

Jurassic Media Desperate for Jeb.  The Jurassic media is on the march, and their goal is to help the Republicans nominate Jeb Bush in 2016.  In order to achieve this goal, they have started to soften the battlefield of ideas with their stockpile of shallow psychological tactics.  This is just the same old psy-ops the left always tries.  And why not?  It almost always works on the Republican establishment in Washington.  Inside the GOP-e in DC, reality does not matter — only polls and media opinions do.  It's Orwellian, as we can tune in and watch polls and media opinion work it's voodoo on elected officials like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, not to mention wizards like Karl Rove and other clueless Republican "strategists."

Why Jeb Bush Can't Bypass Conservatives.  Before Jeb Bush announced he was "actively exploring" a presidential bid came news he was just as actively seeking a way to avoid appealing to conservatives.  (The Bushies prefer the word "pandering.")  The would-be King Bush III consulted one of the country's foremost experts on excelling in the Republican Party without being too conservative:  Arizona Sen. John McCain.  "I just said to him, 'I think if you look back, despite the far right's complaints, it is the centrist that wins the nomination,'" McCain told Bush, according to The New York Times.

Absurd Polls That Favor Jeb Bush.  Jeb Bush is polling as the man to beat in 2016, and it's completely absurd.  Most people outside of Florida have little idea what Jeb Bush has done in office and even fewer voters know what he plans to propose or the direction he seeks for the Republican Party.  But in poll after poll, John Ellis Bush (J.E.B.), the privileged son of President G.H.W. Bush, brother of President G.W. Bush and grandson of a banker and Rockefeller-type Republican senator from Connecticut, Prescott Bush, is leading the list of Republican nomination contenders by a wide margin.  So far though, he's the only one who has announced his desire to run for the office.

Everyone Says Jeb Bush Is A Conservative — Except Conservatives.  We here at CHQ have observed an interesting phenomenon about former Florida Governor Jeb Bush — hardly a week passed after he met with Senator John McCain to discuss how to obtain the Republican presidential nomination without being a conservative until testimonials started flowing about how conservative Jeb is.  Of course these testimonials are mostly coming from Democrats and the establishment media, but they are slowly, but inexorably filling the top pages of Google, so that soon they will become the conventional wisdom.

The Overrated Candidate: The Case Against Jeb Bush.  Ever since Jeb established an "I'm Thinking About Running for President Committee" (translation to English: I'm running for president) a week or so back, the conventional wisdom, whooped up by the chatterati and the various great mentioners, is that this latest Bush is a lock for the Republican nomination for president in 2016.  They also say he's that party's best hope for reclaiming 1600.  He's probably neither.

Jeb Bush "Owns" Common Core.  George Will understands why conservatives are revolted by the Common Core standards.  Jeb Bush either does not understand or, perhaps worse, does not care.  Either way, Bush owns his insistence upon the highly controversial education initiative, a position that will likely cost him with most conservatives in a presidential bid, and should also matter to all Republicans.

The lucrative Obamacare connection that Jeb Bush is trying to cut.  The for-profit hospital chain Tenet Healthcare announced on Christmas Eve that Jeb Bush would be stepping down from its board of directors by the end of the year.  Bush, who has served on the board of Tenet since 2007, is starting to cut his business ties as he explores a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.  And there's one obvious reason why keeping Tenet on his resume might not look so good politically:  Tenet has benefited greatly from the Affordable Care Act, which much of the GOP base is still committed to repealing.

Jeb Bush eases out of some businesses, such as firm helped by Obamacare.  Bush is quitting Tenet Healthcare Corp. — a company that has profited from Obamacare — and is ending a consulting contract with Barclays Bank to focus on his political future.  Aides say he also has stopped giving highly paid speeches to focus on traveling America, meeting with potential donors and testing what a friend calls a "visionary" brand of campaigning.

Jeb Bush to Step Down From Tenet Healthcare Board.  Jeb Bush will resign from Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s board effective Dec. 31, the hospital operator said Wednesday [12/24/2014].  Mr. Bush, the Republican former governor of Florida, announced last week that he is exploring running for president.

Jeb Bush and Tenet Healthcare Corp..  Jeb Bush left the Florida governor's office in January of 2007, after eight years of service.  Three months later, he joined the board of a hospital company that had been pillaging government health programs and abusing patients, in Florida and around the country, for most of the years he sat in the governor's office.  Apart from a very generous compensation package, why did Bush sign on with such a tarnished company?

'We've Had Enough Bushes'.  According to [Jeb] Bush's own "political vision," the 2016 Republican nominee must be willing to, "lose the primary to win the general without violating your principles."  Which of course means he doesn't think conservatives really matter, and that the Republican most willing to [anger] the base, in his view, will win the general.  Ok, that's his view, which was shared by Nixon, Ford, his granddaddy, his father, his brother, Dole, McCain and Romney.  And you know, if you think about it, none of them represent me, so what do I care what flawed logic and reasoning leads to these vapid comments?

Jeb Bush's Unseemly Love Affair with Communist Core.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush embraces one-size-fits-all national education standards that would turn schools into re-education camps for the left.  His decision could cause trouble with GOP primary voters.

Jeb Bush: I Can 'Persuade' Conservatives on Amnesty.  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush believes he can "persuade" conservatives to support comprehensive amnesty legislation during a potential 2016 presidential campaign.  In the second part of his interview with a local Florida television station this week, Bush was asked about the "immigration issue" and whether he could "get through the primary" with his pro-amnesty positions.  Bush replied to NBC 6 in Florida that "a candidate gets to persuade."

5 Observations About Jeb Bush Running for President.  [#2] Jeb Bush's support for Amnesty is wildly unpopular among a huge majority of Americans:  88% of Republicans, 66% of independents and even 50% of Democrats believe that the border should be locked down before any Amnesty efforts are undertaken.

Wall Street Journal to Jeb: Don't Budge on Amnesty, Common Core.  The pro-amnesty and open borders Wall Street Journal wants former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to not back down on Common Core and amnesty, the two issues that may represent the greatest divide between the bipartisan political class and Main Street.

Flashback: Jeb Bush Said LBJ Would Be His Role Model As President.  In February of 2013, Jeb Bush told several hundred people at a Catholic Florida university that, were he to become president, he would strive to be like Lyndon Baines Johnson.  As the Miami Herald reported, while speaking at St. Leo University, Bush praised LBJ's strong, practical leadership "that among other things produced a 25 percent across-the-board income tax cut."

Jeb Bush Is Dismissing the GOP Base at His Own Peril.  Republican voters aren't looking for reforms.  They want to cut the size of government.

Jeb Bush: The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce's Waterboy.  Allow me to unite America's left, right and center in just three words:  No, Jeb, No.  Former GOP Florida governor Jeb Bush made the obvious official this week when he announced on Facebook that he's "actively exploring" a 2016 White House run.  Of course, he's running.  That's what inveterate politicians do.

More commentary about the Jeb Bush candidacy.  I don't have as much of a problem with the Bush Brand as other people; I have a problem with the Jeb Bush Brand.  I think it's absurd for a candidate's main selling point to be how much he hates the party whose nomination he's seeking.

First Presidential Attack Ad of 2016 Cycle Jabs Jeb Bush.  American Bridge just put this nifty little anti-Jeb attack ad, that will surely be a sampling of what is to come for the former governor of Florida[.] [Video clip]

Six Reasons Conservatives Oppose Jeb.  On Tuesday, former Florida governor Jeb Bush announced via Facebook that he would "actively explore" a presidential run — in other words, Bush announced that he would be entering the 2016 primary sweepstakes.  His early jump effectively bars the candidacies of 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney as well as Florida Senator Marco Rubio.  It also disheartens members of the conservative base, who see Bush as too moderate, unlikely to fight the Clintons tooth and nail, and as a representative of a family that helped destroy the Republican brand not once but twice.

Dems fundraise off Bush announcement.  The Democratic National Committee is fundraising off former Gov. Jeb Bush's (R-Fla.) announcement that he will "actively explore" a White House run, by trying to tie him to the policies of his brother, former President George W. Bush.  "Jeb Bush is starting to run for president," the DNC said in an email to supporters hours after his announcement.  "Think about how President Bush worked out last time."

Jeb Bush may follow Mitt Romney script to 2016 Republican nomination.  Jeb Bush, the Florida governor, was a darling of the conservative movement who championed tax cuts, pro-growth policies, the end of raced-based college admissions and fiscal discipline in one of the most politically important states in the country.  Jeb Bush, the retired politician, hasn't fared as well with the same movement, earning distrust over his views on such thorny topics as immigration, Common Core education reforms and tax increases.

Best-Selling Author Brad Thor: 'If Jeb Bush is the Nominee, I Will Never Vote Republican Again'.  Best-selling author Brad Thor is expanding the tweet that started a social media firestorm. [...] "The whole of idea of a Jeb Bush candidacy and potential Presidency is managing the country's decline, not fixing it, not repairing it," Thor told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, shortly after his tweet exploded across the conservative blogosphere.  "At this point America doesn't want another Bush," Thor told Breitbart News.  "I don't want Jeb Bush for President and I will not vote for him."

The Jebster's First Run at a Political Slogan Seems Strangely Familiar.  As you gentlemen and ladies well know, Jeb Bush is testing the POTUS waters, with the encouragement of the GOP Establishment's donor class and the liberal media (e.g., see WaPo, NYT, Politico and HuffPo).  Jeb's doubtless trying to impress same with his abilities to attract financial support.

Leaking his 2016 plans: How Jeb Bush is working the media refs.  After more than a year of playing Hamlet, Jeb Bush had left most media and political players wondering if he was just too ambivalent to mount a presidential campaign.  And he needed to send a clear, unambiguous signal that he wants to be a contender in 2016.  Voila:  the magic leak. Well-placed sources orchestrated a doubleheader, the message delivered simultaneously on the front pages of two major newspapers.  The former Florida governor followed up by announcing he'll release all 250,000 e-mails he sent during his tenure and telling a Miami station that he plans to write an e-book.  My translation:  he's in.

Report: Jeb Bush Asks McCain For Advice On Not Pandering To Conservatives.  Jeb Bush has quietly consulted former Republican presidential nominee John McCain about how to run for president without pandering to conservatives in a GOP primary, according to a new report.  The New York Times, in a story published Friday, examines the former Florida governor's thinking on a possible campaign.  The story notes that Bush seems to be leaning towards running, but has no desire to change some of his political positions to win over the party's base.

Barbara Bush backtracks on disapproving words about Jeb's presidential prospects.  Barbara Bush has backtracked on her comment that "we've had enough Bushes in the White House," when asked in April 2013 if her son Jeb should run for President.  Now the straight-talking former First Lady has "thought about it" and thinks he is the best candidate for the job.

Will The GOP Lose To Hillary In 2016 By Nominating A Loser Like Jeb?  It's crystal clear that Hillary Clinton has a glass jaw and is poised to be knocked out in 2016.  With Barack Obama and his legacy of failure weighing her down, Hillary must cobble together a coalition by recovering the normal Americans who used to help Democrats win while at the same time satisfying the freak show that is the Democrat base. [...] So with the GOP facing this crew of future footnotes, why are we toying with potential nominees whose only qualification appears to be the ability to implode?

Is Jeb Bush really prepared to lose in order to win?  Jeb Bush might or might not run for president in 2016.  If he runs, he might or might not emerge as a winner.  But his formulation for how to think about waging a successful presidential campaign suggests he already is ahead of some of his potential competitors — in both parties.

Jeb stalling in neutral.  Guess who isn't running for president?  Jeb Bush.  Just listen to him.  The GOP presidential race is frozen until the former Florida governor makes his decision, and he sounds like a man ready to run for the hills.  Asked about his thinking this week, Bush was blunt:  "It's a big sacrifice because it's a pretty ugly business right now," he said.

Progressive Icon Jeb Bush: Obama Executive Amnesty Didn't Go Far Enough.  ["]He [Obama] granted a deferral of the execution of the law for a couple of years.  So these people are still in limbo.  What we need to do is get to some certainty for people, the 11 million people that are here, five million of which he dealt with.  We need to find some ... give them some legal status and move to a system that is more economically driven.["]

Jeb girds for battle with base.  Jeb Bush is steeling for a fight with the GOP's conservative base, signaling he will not bend from his centrist positions on immigration and Common Core education standards in 2016 — even if it costs him support with grassroots conservatives.  In what could be read as a swipe at 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Bush told a Washington audience this week that "no one really knows" if a presidential candidate can survive the primaries without sacrificing his core principles because "it hasn't been tried recently."

The Editor asks...
Why is anyone giving Jeb Bush the slightest consideration, if it is already well-known that he is out of sync with the party's conservative base?

Jeb Bush: Republicans Don't Need Conservatives to Win White House, Should Not Defund Executive Amnesty.  Even though moderate Republican candidates lose presidential elections without the conservative base (see:  George H.W. Bush '92, Bob Dole '96, John McCain '08, Mitt Romney '12), former Florida Governor and potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush thinks conservatives are not needed to win the White House.  Bush believes that a presidential candidate who is "willing to lose the primary to win the general" has the best shot at the White House.

Conservative leaders gang up to block Jeb Bush, say he opposes Reaganism.  Conservative leaders who had a hand in key Republican victories including Ronald Reagan's presidency, the Contract with America and the birth of the Tea Party, are ganging up to oppose a Jeb Bush presidential bid, declaring him easier to beat than Bob Dole or John McCain.  "I don't know of any conservatives who are supporting him," said Richard Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com.  "Jeb is a very good moderate Democrat," added top-rated talk radio host Mark Levin.  "He's very boring.  He doesn't elicit excitement and energy outside a very small circle of wealthy corporatists and GOP Beltway operatives.  Time to move on."

Family Affairs.  In terms of American political dynasties, the Bushes are about as good as it gets.  And, with apologies to the remarkable former governor of Florida, nobody is clamoring for another one.

Jeb Bush: Time for Congress to Pass Amnesty Bill.  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush called on Congress to pass bipartisan comprehensive amnesty legislation after President Barack Obama unilaterally granted nearly five million illegal immigrants executive amnesty on Thursday [11/20/2014].  Bush, a potential 2016 presidential candidate who has come under fire for his support for comprehensive amnesty legislation and Common Core, said Obama's "ill-advised unilateral action on illegal immigration undermines all efforts to forge a permanent solution to this crisis."

Jeb Bush Is Reportedly Making 'Secret Visits' To Wall Street To Prepare For A 2016 Campaign.  According to a Daily News report published Wednesday night [11/19/2014], [Jeb] Bush visited an unnamed downtown Manhattan bank earlier in the week to secure financial backing for a potential White House bid.  It wasn't his first such trip, either.  "He's been having these secret visits with guys who can write six and seven-figure checks," a finance industry official told the paper.

Jeb Bush meets with major Wall Street donors to prepare for potential 2016 presidential run.  The former Florida governor quietly met with Wall Street executives on Monday [11/17/2014] in a Manhattan bank to lay down the necessary ground work for a run by lining up donors.  It was his fifth visit to the city since June.

Dynasty: It's not just a TV show.  [Scroll down]  Does anyone really think there is no one more qualified than either Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush to run the country?  I can probably think of 100 people from both parties (or no party) I would rather see as president before either one of them.  Everyone says they want change, but then when they have the chance to make it, they run scared.

Jeb Bush Promises GOP Immigration Reform To Spanish Speaking Media.  A great many Republican House and Senate candidates may be staying away from talking immigration, or immigration reform this cycle, but not Jeb Bush.

George P. Bush says dad 'moving forward' on 2016.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is "moving forward" on a potential 2016 White House run and it appears more likely he will enter the Republican field, according to his son, who's running for office in Texas.

Don't dismiss Jeb Bush just yet.  Many Republicans, especially conservatives in crucial early voting states such as Iowa, shudder at the idea of the type of comprehensive immigration reform that Bush advocates.  Others bristle at the mere idea of Common Core in their kids' schools, another policy Bush backs.  Many remain irked at his refusal to sign a no-new-taxes pledge.  Still more must hold their noses before the idea of another Bush in the White House is even palatable.

Round Three for the Bush Dynasty?  It's not that I think this Bush would make a bad president; I actually think he'd make a very good one.  It's just that, come on, this is America.  And when one family — or a handful of families — appears over and over at the top of the government, things start looking and feeling a lot more like an aristocracy than a representative republic.  No one has said this better than the Bush matriarch herself, former first lady Barbara Bush, who has famously said she doesn't want Jeb to run for president.

Jeb Bush will 'more than likely run for president, son says.  Jeb Bush's son, George P. Bush, said his father will "more than likely" seek the Republican nomination for a 2016 presidential run.  "I think it's actually, I think it's more than likely that [Jeb Bush is] giving this a serious thought in moving forward," George P. Bush told ABC News' Jonathan Karl aboard his campaign bus in College Station, Texas.  The younger Mr. Bush is running for land commissioner in Texas.

Dear Mitt and Jeb: No, Thanks.  There is a long list of people I admire whom I do not wish to see in the GOP field.  Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush are two of them.

Report: Jeb Bush Thinks Fox News [is] Annoying.  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush reportedly told South Carolinians that Fox News annoys him.  Bush, a potential 2016 establishment Republican presidential candidate who has already come under fire for his support of amnesty legislation, Common Core, and potential tax increases, reportedly made his remarks in the first-in-the-South primary state on Thursday [10/23/2014].  He was in South Carolina to meet with activists and campaign for Republican Governor Nikki Haley.

Jeb Bush talks 2016 run with donors.  Jeb Bush was blitzed with questions Thursday [10/23/2014] about his presidential ambitions in a private session with top South Carolina donors and business leaders, multiple sources at the meeting told CNN.  Bush was politely non-committal, as he is in public, but said he was seriously considering the possibility and would make a decision after the holiday season.

Jeb Bush in Grand Rapids touts immigration reform, Common Core.  Jeb Bush voiced support for immigration reform and Common Core education standards while stumping for Gov. Rick Snyder and U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land on Monday [10/13/2014] in Grand Rapids.

Jeb Bush: GOP Must Work With Dems On Amnesty If Republicans Control Congress.  On Monday in Michigan, former Florida Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush again said Republicans need to pass comprehensive immigration legislation if they control Congress.

No to 'Jeb Bush for President'.  Republicans are divided into three parts: the Charlie Crist utter opportunists who care about nothing but his ego and his power; the Bush/Romney dynastic clan who feel a sense of noblesse oblige toward their countrymen; and the true conservatives, who see in liberty the only real function of government.  The first group — the Jim Jeffords, Lincoln Chaffee, and Chuck Hagel types — are enemies, pure and simple.  The second group, however, are profoundly misguided and will never lead a conservative revolution because they would not understand the need for it.  These are the sorts, like Jeb Bush, would think making government more efficient and honest will cure our nation's ills:  dead wrong, of course, but not malicious.

American Conservative: The Jeb Bush Fantasy.  According to fairly recent polling, most Floridians (53%) don't want Jeb Bush running for president, and in a hypothetical match-up with Clinton he receives just 44% in the state where he was governor for eight years.  So it's not just fantasy to imagine Bush carrying Wisconsin, Iowa, and Ohio, which have all become impossible or very difficult states for Republican presidential candidates.

Why Are the Bushies Attacking Ted Cruz?  [Senator Ted] Cruz is a foreign policy hard-liner, not an isolationist, but he is a tough-minded realist in a party contaminated by the ideological impulse to export America's political system to the Middle East.

Jeb Bush Produces Spanish Ads For 3 GOP Candidates.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hasn't said whether he's going to run for president in 2016, but he's going on the air in three races this year — in Spanish.

The Truth About Jeb Bush's Presidential Ambitions.  There are currently two factions in American presidential politics:  Those who are absolutely sure Jeb Bush will run for president in 2016 and those who are absolutely sure he won't.  The first group points to Bush's recent weeks on the road — he hit a variety of long-planned Republican political and policy events in advance of the midterms, and put on an impressively lively and incisive show.

George W. Bush: Jeb 'wants' presidency.  Former President George W. Bush said Thursday [10/2/2014] that he thinks his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), wants to be president.  "I think he wants to be president, I think he'd be a great president.  He understands what it's like to be president," Bush said in a Fox News interview.  "He's seen his dad, he's seen his brother.  He's a very thoughtful man and he's weighing his options."  The Bush brothers met in Dallas on Wednesday [10/1/2014], and the former president said he was "pushing" his brother to run.

Why Boehner is wooing Jeb Bush.  It's been a yearlong courtship, but no one quite knows if it will pay off.  For the past year, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has been wooing his longtime friend Jeb Bush to jump into the 2016 presidential race, even as he has shunned potential Tea Party rivals like Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky.  Boehner stepped up his lobbying efforts this week, singing the former Florida governor's praises in a pair of media interviews.

George W. Bush: Brother Jeb 'wants to be President'.  President George W. Bush says his brother Jeb would like to enter the family business of presidential politics.  "I think he wants to be President, I think he'd be a great President," Bush told "FOX & Friends" on Thursday [10/2/2014] as the President marks the start of the fourth annual Warrior Open golf tournament in Dallas to honor veterans.  "He understands what it's like to be President ... he's seen his dad, he's seen his brother.  He's a very thoughtful man and he's weighing his options."

Boehner: Jeb Bush has 'real shot' in 2016.  Count House Speaker John Boehner as a fan of Jeb Bush for president.  He also hasn't spoken to Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz in two years.  The driving issue of the 2016 election will be "competence," and if former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush runs, "he's got a real shot" at winning, the Ohio Republican told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Tuesday.

Jeb Bush Suggests Republicans Should Pass Amnesty if They Win Back Senate.  Even though Republicans may take back the Senate by running against amnesty, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush pushed amnesty legislation while stumping for North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis on Wednesday [9/24/2014].  Bush, according to the New York Times, reportedly said that comprehensive immigration reform "will restore and sustain economic growth for this country."  And even though a recent Gallup poll found that illegal immigration is now the top concern among Republicans, Bush said that if immigration reform is "framed in that way, I don't think there's a big debate in the Republican Party about the need to do this."

Jeb Bush Returns to Fray and Finds Going Rough.  In one of his first public appearances of the 2014 campaign, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida had a vivid preview Wednesday [9/24/2014] of the challenges he would face with his party's conservative base should he seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016.  Standing alongside Thom Tillis, the North Carolina House speaker and Republican Senate candidate, Mr. Bush outlined his views on two of the issues he cares most passionately about:  immigration policy and education standards.  But as Mr. Bush made the case for an immigration overhaul and the Common Core standards, Mr. Tillis gently put distance between himself and his guest of honor, who had flown here from Florida on a dreary day to offer his endorsement in a race that could decide which party controls the Senate.

A Clinton Versus a Bush? Jeb Eyes the Family Business.  While a broad, deep coalition of Democrats is urging Hillary Clinton to run for president, Republicans so far aren't rallying behind the politician in their party from a famous political family: Jeb Bush.  In the spring, at the height of the controversy over lane closures in New Jersey that implicated the staff of Gov. Chris Christie, GOP donors talked publicly about drafting the former Florida governor and the son and brother of ex-presidents into the race to be the Republican establishment candidate they had expected Christie to be.

Pat Roberts to bring Jeb Bush to campaign in Wichita; Sarah Palin in Independence.  Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida and a possible 2016 presidential candidate, will come to Wichita on Sept. 29 to stump for U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in a tight Senate race that has drawn national attention.

Washington Post Interview with Jeb Bush.  A former GOP governor is traveling extensively, speaks passionately about the lack of presidential leadership, is conversant in foreign policy and has a comprehensive vision for domestic reform.  A presidential contender?  Well, that is what everyone wants to know about Jeb Bush.  Sitting in his educational foundation's offices in Washington, Bush is animated and — if you think this has political implications — looks thinner than I have seen him over the past couple of years.  No, he didn't say whether he has decided to run for president, but he gave every appearance of being ready and capable of doing so — if he wants to.

Jeb Bush To Appear At String Of Republican Campaign Events.  Former Republican Florida governor Jeb Bush will hit Illinois, Florida and Michigan in a tour of GOP campaign events over the next several weeks.  As the Washington Examiner detailed, Bush will make three high-profile appearances this month and next:  a campaign stop with Illinois gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner in Chicago on September 18; a September 23 fundraiser in Florida for five competitive Republican Senate candidates including hawkish Arkansas prospect Tom Cotton; and an up to $5,000 per head fundraising gala for Michigan governor Tom Snyder in October.

Report: Better than 50% Chance Jeb Bush Runs for POTUS.  There is reportedly better than a 50-50 chance that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will run for president.  According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Bush's inner circle of "advisers have been quietly spreading the word that they should avoid committing to other possible presidential candidates until he decides on his own course after the November election" and have been actively dismissing "speculation that the former Florida governor has ruled out a 2016 run."

Will Republican Recycling Bring Back the Bushes?  Whatever else environmentalists might say about Republican policies, there's no denying the Grand Old Party practices recycling.  Talk of Jeb Bush for president is back in circulation as the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday [9/4/2014] that the former Florida governor, who is the son of one former president and the brother of another, is sending signals about a potential White House bid in 2016.

Just the fact that he has a "team" is a pretty good clue.
Jeb Bush's team signals possible 2016 presidential run.  As he mulls a presidential run in 2016, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's friends and associates are urging top Republican fundraisers and strategists to avoid throwing their lot in with another candidate until Bush makes a decision.  "Before you do anything, let us know," was how one GOP insider described the message from Bush's team to the Wall Street Journal.

Sure sounds like Jeb Bush is getting closer to running for president.  I tend to think the only rational explanation for the Jeb buzz is that it's some sort of sly "Romney 2016" psy op.  There's just no way, no way, that the Republican Party's going to take another bite at the Bush apple.  The donor class may despise the base and would doubtless enjoy sticking it to righties by handing the nomination to the RINO-iest member of the Bush clan but the baggage that would come with it is too heavy.

Florida Newspaper: Jeb Bush's Embrace of Common Core Hurts 2016 Chances.  One of Florida's top political editors labeled former Florida Governor Jeb Bush the "loser of the week" and noted that his full-throated embrace of Common Core is making it less likely that he would secure the GOP nomination if he decides to run for President of the United States.

Jeb Bush quietly ramping up potential presidential bid.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has been traveling to New York in the past month to quietly meet with high-flying business leaders to ramp up interest in a potential presidential bid, sources tell Page Six.  "He's been meeting with groups of up to 15 people at private homes to tell them about some of his moderate points of view," a source said.  "He's been meeting with Republicans, Democrats and independents."

Jeb Bush's Fundraising Pushin 2014 Could Help in 2016.  The fundraiser for Republican Senate candidates to be headlined by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will be coordinated through a joint fundraising committee called Floridians for a Senate Majority, according to a filing Wednesday [7/30/2014] with the Federal Elections Commission.

The New Aristocracy.  If Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush were to become president of the United States it would mean the power and influence of the presidency remained in the hands of the Clinton family for possibly sixteen years, and that's not even counting the princess in waiting, Chelsea; and in the case of the Bush family, possibly twenty years, and that's not counting the heir apparent, George Prescott Bush.  Have we devolved into a nation of bleating sheep, or screaming teenagers at an episode of American Idol?  Can it be true that there are no other citizens in this great nation worthy of serving in the highest office of our land?  Is Mrs. Clinton truly the only woman?  Is Mr. Bush truly the only man?  It is my hope that Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Bush would in a moment of quiet patriotic introspection discover in themselves a generous humility that would cause them to realize that enough is enough.

2016 Rehearsal? Jeb Bush to Headline Big Senate Fundraiser.  Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida is planning to headline a fundraiser for at least four Republican Senate candidates, seeking to make an impact on the 2014 election while exploring the possibility of his own presidential bid in 2016.  The fundraiser is scheduled for Sept. 23 in Tampa, Fla.  The chosen candidates are crucial to a Republican takeover of the Senate, including Cory Gardner in Colorado, Joni Ernst in Iowa, Monica Wehby in Oregon and Tom Cotton in Arkansas. The event may also benefit the winner of the Aug. 26 Republican primary in Alaska.

Jeb Bush for Veep?  Speculation among Republican strategists is that Bush won't run for president in 2016, but might be willing to be a strong conservative's running mate.

The Editor says...
I would campaign for Mary Lou Retton before I would try to get anyone to vote for Jeb Bush.

Jeb Bush's Common Core problem strikes at heart of his foundation.  Jeb Bush is one of the country's most visible advocates of Common Core, forcefully defending the K-12 standards even as it puts him at odds with a conservative base he would need to mount a viable campaign for president.  But his problem is deeper than policy.  Bush's Foundation for Excellence in Education has collected millions of dollars from pro-Common Core organizations — from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the for-profit education giant Pearson — giving critics something to sink into and drawing attention to the venture that has allowed the former Republican governor to expand his profile beyond Florida.

Jeb Bush Gives Party Something to Think About.  As Mr. Bush, 61, weighs whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, he is dogged by fears of voter exhaustion with a family name indelibly linked to his older brother, a self-assured Texan who prized instinct over expertise and once acknowledged a lack of interest in slogging through long books.

Oh, Brother.  For the first time in more than 20 years, Jeb is emerging from George W.'s shadow and being seriously talked about as a contender for the Republican nomination for president in 2016.  Most of the chatter about his prospects focuses on whether, as a fairly moderate Republican who's taken heretical stands on immigration and education, he can win over the party base.  And if he does run, a thornier issue for Jeb could well be the tense relationship he now has with his older brother's presidential legacy.

Why Democrats Are Aching to Run Against Jeb Bush.  [Scroll down]  If Republicans are smart, they'll do everything in their power to avoid this debate.  First, because they want to portray Hillary as running for Barack Obama's third term, not her husband's, since the Obama legacy is trickier to defend.  Second, because the 2016 GOP nominee needs to embody change, which is hard to do when you're depicted as George W. Bush.  Third, because Bill Clinton is about 20 points more popular than Bush, and that's highly unlikely to change over the next two years.

For 2016, Rice says Jeb Bush would be 'fantastic'.  Condoleezza Rice is hopeful that Jeb Bush runs for president in 2016 but said it's unlikely she'd be seen on a ballot with the potential candidate. [...] "Jeb hasn't said whether he will run.  He's a friend.  I hope he does, frankly," she told Ozy's Carlos Watson in the interview published Thursday [5/15/2014].

Jeb Bush: I Would Govern Like Lyndon Johnson as President.  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he would strive to be like Lyndon Johnson, the Democrat famous for expanding the U.S. welfare state through the "Great Society," if he were elected president.  According to the Miami Herald, Bush made those comments Wednesday night in San Antonio, Florida at Saint Leo University, while speaking about education, immigration, and energy policy.  Bush did not address Johnson's Great Society and War on Poverty programs, about which Ronald Reagan once famously quipped, "We had a war on poverty, and poverty won."

Condoleezza Rice: I Hope My Friend Jeb Bush Runs For President.  Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she hoped that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush runs for president in 2016.  "I think Jeb would be fantastic," Rice said.  "Jeb hasn't said whether he'll run.  He's a friend.  I hope he does, frankly," she said in an interview with OZY.  Rice explained that she also liked Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) for his stance on immigration reform.

John Boehner: My Friend Jeb Bush Would Make a 'Great President'.  House Speaker John Boehner signaled support for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to run for president during a press conference on Monday [5/12/2014].  "Jeb Bush is my friend," Boehner said.  "I think he'd make a great president.  And I've been nudging him for some time."  Boehner made his remarks during a Q&A session with Texas Tribune at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.

Jeb Bush: Opposing Amnesty 'Makes No Sense To Me'.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush courted Wall Street donors on Monday, saying that he could not understand amnesty opponents who made no sense to him.  According to the Tampa Bay Times, Bush addressed a Manhattan Institute crowd along with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who has also embraced amnesty legislation, and doubled down on his support for an immigration reform bill that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers while not securing the border.

Why Jeb Bush's turn may not come.  It's well known that Republicans tend to pick the candidate whose "turn" it is.  Except for 1964 and 2000, the guy who came in second the last time or who in some way was perceived as next in line got the nomination. [...] It should be obvious that, even among Republicans, nostalgia for George W. Bush doesn't run nearly so high as it did for his father.  This is a key difference between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush; Democrats are nostalgic for Clinton, Republicans aren't for Bush.

Why Jeb Bush might not run for president.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's number has come up on the Republican Party's presidential roulette wheel, making a possible third President Bush the talk of Washington, D.C. and fodder for breathless news reports.  A House aide close to Speaker John Boehner told MailOnline on Tuesday that he will 'go to the mat for Jeb.'  'He doesn't want someone in office who's going to keep splitting the party between the center and the right,' the staffer said.

John Boehner says he is encouraging Jeb Bush to run for president.  House Speaker John Boehner said he is "nudging" former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to run for president and he wants to take up immigration reform legislation in small pieces, starting first with border security.  Boehner made the remarks at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce during a question-and-answer session with the editor of Texas Tribune.

Hillary Outpolls Jeb in His Own State.  To be sure, the presidential primaries and caucuses are still nearly two years away, but if [Jeb] Bush were to begin the campaign trailing the likely Democratic nominee in his own state, the GOP establishment might be shopping for another white knight.

3 Cheers for Jeb Bush.  Longtime Bush family loyalists at the John F. Kennedy Library yesterday to honor former President George H.W. Bush say not only is the country ready for another Bush run, but also they believe John Ellis "Jeb" Bush is the Republican Party's "most-qualified" hope for its future in the White House.

Bias alert!
Well of course "Bush family loyalists" are going to cheer for another Bush.  Next!

Sources: Jeb Bush seriously considering 2016 bid.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, egged on by his parents and brother, former President George W. Bush, is seriously considering a 2016 bid, according to sources close to the Republican.  They claim that Bush wants to run but will test the waters to gauge the reaction to his ideas, such as immigration reform and support for the controversial Common Core education standards, and his last name.  He is also wants to see reception of his wife and family, who they said are not keen on him running.

Jeb Bush raps federal lawmakers for inaction on immigration.  After the Florida House on Friday gave final approval to a bill granting in-state tuition to the children of some immigrants in the country illegally, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush used the occasion to criticize Washington lawmakers — including members of his own party — for inaction on immigration reform. [...] Bush's comments were in keeping with his outspokenness on immigration as he mulls a 2016 presidential run — testing his ability to win over the conservative elements of his party who dominate the early state primary and caucus contests.

Tim Pawlenty cites John McCain, Mitt Romney in predicting Jeb Bush can win GOP nomination.  Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Wednesday he believes former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush can win the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, dismissing the notion that conservatives wouldn't elect an "establishment" candidate by pointing to the party's standard bearer the past two presidential cycles.

This is a huge red flag:
Saudi Columnist Endorses 'Leading Candidate' Jeb Bush for President.  Renowned Saudi columnist Mamdouh Al-Muhaini of Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat has endorsed Jeb Bush for president.  Writing that the Republican establishment has rallied around the candidate, Al-Muhaini declares Bush's appeal to be his moderate approach, "distant from all those rigid and fanatical demagogues."

Poll: Hillary Clinton would beat Jeb Bush in Florida.  Hillary Clinton is running 8 percentage points ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in his home state, the Quinnipiac Poll said Thursday [5/1/2014].

For a guy who isn't running (yet), Jeb sure gets a lot of inexplicably favorable press coverage.
George W. Bush wants Jeb Bush to run, says he'd be 'great president'.  President George W. Bush said his younger brother Jeb Bush would make a "great president," as speculation builds that the Republican former governor of Florida might mount a run for the White House in 2016.  Jeb Bush, a favorite of the Republican establishment, has maintained a high public profile in recent weeks, appearing at GOP fundraising events and weighing in on debates over immigration and education policy.  He has publicly backed at least two GOP candidates in 2014 races, including his recent endorsement of California gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari.

Here is some of the free publicity provided by the New York Times (another red flag).
The Big Reason Republicans Should Hope Jeb Bush Runs.  Florida has been an afterthought in electoral politics over the last few cycles, but it is positioned to return to the forefront.  No state looms larger as the Republican Party mulls its future.  It's not just because two of the party's top presidential hopefuls — Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio — are from the Sunshine State.  The state's growing diversity will make it far harder than commonly believed for Republicans to retake Florida, the nation's most populous swing state in 2016.

Bush Alumni Test Whether Family Name Is Liability in 2016.  As a key player in George W. Bush's administration, Ed Gillespie was a vocal supporter of Bush's unsuccessful plan to revamp U.S. immigration law. [...] Gillespie, 52, is one of more than two dozen former Bush administration officials seeking state or federal offices this year in contests from New York to Nebraska.  How they embrace the Bush brand — running on it, or running away from it — could be an early market test for Jeb Bush, now considering his own presidential campaign.

Are you ready for Bush/Paul 2016?  Here's the X factor:  Will establishment hawks and the GOP's donor class tolerate having [Rand] Paul on the ticket?  If he wins an early primary or two, they're going to kitchen-sink him with harsh attacks — he hates Israel, he fraternizes with racists, he'd destroy respect for American power in the world even more thoroughly than Obama has, and certainly he wouldn't stand a chance against Hillary in the general.

Palin To Jeb Bush: They're 'Called Illegal Immigrants For A Reason'.  On Sunday [4/27/2014], former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin reminded former Florida Governor Jeb Bush that no matter how much of an "act of love" he thinks illegal immigration is, it is still illegal.  "I think that anybody who breaks a law in America as their first action putting their first foot on our homeland illegally, it may be an act of love from the heart, but it's illegal," Palin told NBC News after attending a rally for Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst.

Poll: Just 18% of conservatives want Jeb Bush to run in 2016.  With the GOP considering a slew of conservative potential candidates, including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, a new Economist/YouGov poll found that among the right, Bush is considered too moderate.  A word bubble produced by the poll showed the hurdles he faces entering the presidential race.  The acronym RINO, or "Republican in name only," is prominent, as is "legacy" and "Bush," and the polling firm said that the public isn't keen on having a third Bush presidency.

Perry defends Jeb Bush on immigration.  Texas Republican Gov.Rick Perry defended Jeb Bush's remark that illegal immigration is an "act of love," claiming he "understands about people breaking a law to take care of their family" — particularly when for decades U.S. policy was "come on over, don't worry about it."  Perry spoke with Fox News' Stuart Varney about the former Florida Republican governor's illegal immigration apology, which inspired a ferocious backlash from the right.

Son: George H.W. Bush wants Jeb to run.  Barbara Bush may believe her son Jeb should pass on a 2016 bid because there have been enough Bushes in the White House already.  But her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, disagrees and thinks Jeb should go for it.  So revealed Jeb's younger brother, Neil Bush, in an interview with CNN on Thursday [4/24/2014] that shed additional light on the conflicting sentiments within the former first clan about another potential Bush presidential run.  Neil Bush spoke about his father's desire to see another son seek the White House and said Barbara Bush's cautionary words won't affect Jeb Bush's decision.

Blitzer: If Republicans 'Want to Win,' They Need Jeb Bush.  In late 2011, nearing the eve of the formal start of the 2012 presidential election cycle, America's liberal commentators had already watched a series of Republican presidential debates and formed their opinions of the prospective GOP candidates.  Most determined that former Massachusetts governor and eventual nominee, Mitt Romney, was an unsavory conservative, but he was a preferable alternative to his Republican competition.  In fact, the left-leaning political press was so much more concerned about Romney's arch-conservative competitors that they were willing to overlook the former governor's offenses to liberal orthodoxy.  According to the left-of-center press, virtually all of the Republican Party's presidential aspirants in 2012 were literally crazy.

Jeb Bush Pushes Amnesty, More High-Tech Visas at Education Conference.  At a prominent conference of education innovators, Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is considering a 2016 presidential run, called for more guest worker programs and a path to amnesty for all of the country's illegal immigrants.

Jeb Bush: 'I'm thinking about running for president'.  Jeb Bush said Wednesday [4/23/2014] he's "thinking about running for president," in his most direct statement yet about a possible 2016 run.  The former Florida governor spoke at a Catholic school benefit in New York Wednesday morning.  He previously has said he'll make a decision on whether to run for president before the end of this year, making clear that he was considering the possibility.

Jeb Bush and the GOP Donor Problem.  Jeb Bush — the Establishment personified — is being pushed by all manner of GOP donors, insiders, and the party's consulting class.  Yet mere mention of Bush's name at a New Hampshire gathering grassroots conservative activists elicited a chorus of boos.  Notably, Bush himself was nowhere in evidence at this event attended by several prospective 2016 GOP nominees.  An event composed of the activist base of the Republican Party.  If the Republican Party Establishment isn't careful, it will blow yet another presidential election.

Jeb Bush's Rush to Make Money May Be Hurdle.  As it sought to recruit well-heeled investors, an untested and unprofitable Miami company named InnoVida brought aboard a trusted Florida figure in 2007:  Jeb Bush, the former governor and the brother of a sitting president.  For potential stockholders, the imprimatur of Mr. Bush, who joined InnoVida as a paid consultant and a member of the board of directors, conferred credibility on the young start-up.

Fox News Poll: Christie, Bush and Paul are top GOP picks — today — for 2016.  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 4/16/2014].

Voting against Bushes is an act of love.  Jeb Bush seems like a nice, even smart, enough guy.  But if he runs for president, he looks like he will campaign on his father's domestic policy and his brother's foreign policy.  Jeb also favors the immigration policy of both previous Bushes.  His father signed a bill increasing legal immigration by 40 percent.  His brother tried very hard to pass an amnesty.  How else can one explain the former Florida governor's predilection for riling conservatives even before the primaries?  Standard GOP operating procedure since Nixon has been to run to the right in the primaries and then tack back to the center in the general.

Will Jeb Run? Only if the Bush Clan Says Yes.  Want to know whether Jeb Bush will run for president?  Don't listen to the learned pundits pouring over Electoral College maps and crunching poll numbers, weighing the former Florida governor's chances against the rest of the putative 2016 Republican field.  Put aside for a moment, the very real questions about his immigration stance and whether he's too much of an Establishment guy in a Tea Party world.  Electability matters, of course, but if you want to get Jeb, it's the last name that counts, and the family history you should consult for clues as to whether he will seek to join his father and brother in the Oval Office in what would be the boldest act of dynastic ambition in American history.

Can This Marriage Be Saved?  Jeb Bush's recent musings on a possible presidential run — and his comments on immigration, rankling many in the Republican grassroots — sparked a familiar clash.  Jeb, the establishment's preferred candidate, some said, could neutralize the fiery GOP base in 2016.  Conservatives shot back that Jeb would depress conservative turnout, and his last name would play poorly with the general electorate.  It's a constant tension:  The base is unhappy with the establishment, and vice versa.

Rubio, not Bush, is the right name for the GOP in 2016.  Let's get one thing clear: If someone could wave a wand and make Jeb Bush president it would be a very good thing for the world and this country.  As his mother said, he is the best-prepared person.  But as his mother also said, he shouldn't be running.  And the reasons are becoming more clear by the day. [...] Problem four, which is really the big one, is that the party needs someone to unite and excite all the wings of the party, and Bush clearly isn't the one.

Jeb Bush's wife, family issues key to 2016.  Republican donors and operatives are chattering about Bush's publicity-shy wife, so worried she isn't on board with a 2016 White House run that they're urging people in the family's orbit to make the case.  Columba Bush has long been deeply averse to the spotlight, especially after an embarrassing encounter with U.S. Customs while her husband was still in office.  Donors also wonder whether Bush is willing to subject his family and their personal lives to the inevitable scrutiny that comes with a national campaign.  Two of his children have been in the news in past years for arrests linked to drug problems and public intoxication.

Rand Paul for President.  Republicans, let's get it over with.  Fast forward to the finish line.  Avoid the long and winding primary road.  It can only weaken the nominee.  And we know who he — yes, he — has to be.  Not Jeb Bush, who plainly is unsuited to be president.  He is insufficiently hostile to Mexicans.  He holds heretical views on the Common Core, which, as we well know, is the defining issue of our time.  And he's a Bush.  Another installment of a political dynasty just isn't going to fly with the American people, who want some fresh blood in their politics.

Jeb Bush immigration remark could be 2016 problem.  With a single phrase of compassion for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, Jeb Bush has prompted questions about his viability as a potential presidential contender and underscored how divisive the immigration issue remains for the Republican Party.  The former Florida governor sparked a conservative furor this week when he described illegal immigration in an interview as an "act of love" by people trying to provide for their families.

Bush draws boos from conservatives.  A mention of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), a potential 2016 presidential contender, brought boos from a conservative crowd in New Hampshire on Saturday [4/12/2014].  Speaking at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, a gathering of conservative activists and figures organized by Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United, billionaire Donald Trump said Bush's recent comments on immigrants coming to the U.S. as an "act of love" were "out there."  "You know, I heard Jeb Bush the other day," he said, with quiet boos and angry murmurs erupting from the crowd at the mention of Bush's name.

Jeb Bush Ties to [Wall] Street Could Be Hurdle in Presidential Run.  When Jeb Bush comes to New York City Thursday, his main purpose won't be to raise money for his possible 2016 presidential bid, but to begin two days of meetings with his employer, the big Wall Street firm Barclays Capital, FOX Business has learned.  Bush's trip, confirmed by people close to the former Florida governor, is raising eyebrows among some Republican fund raisers that he remains too cozy with to the financial industry at a time when many voters view Wall Street as toxic.

How to tell if a presidential candidate is an establishment Republican.  [Jeb] Bush, who is being pushed by the establishment republicans to run for the 2016 election and recently gave Hillary Clinton a "Liberty Medal," is also a fan of Common Core.  His nonprofit Foundation for Excellence in Education has been running pro-Common Core advertisements, as reported at Saint Peter's Blog.  As reported at NPR last month, "... the Florida Board of Education recently approved minor changes to Common Core and renamed them The Florida Standards."  Oh, yes.  Jeb Bush is also clearly not a fan of the Tea Party.

35 'Acts of Love'.  Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush insisted that many of the instances of illegal immigrants coming into the U.S. were "acts of love."  Though many of the human beings who enter the U.S. illegally or overstay their legally permitted time in the U.S. are doing so to earn more resources and provide for families, many of the illegal immigrants who come into the U.S. are doing so for highly criminal reasons — a fact often left out of the discussion or otherwise barely mentioned.  Breitbart Texas has provided 35 of these other "acts of love" for our readers.

Jeb Bush defends 'act of love'.  Bush's initial "act of love" comments ignited a firestorm of criticism from conservatives.  Bush hasn't campaigned for elected office in 12 years, but is weighing a bid in 2016.  Bush has long advocated for immigration reform.  But the issue has taken center stage in politics recently in a way it hadn't in almost a decade, as President Obama and Senate Democrats have pushed for a comprehensive reform package the past year.

The GOP's legacy underdog.  Jeb Bush fans — call them Jebbies — argue that his resume is exactly what the GOP needs.  Even though Barack Obama won their state twice, Floridians love their former governor.  His wife is Latina.  He speaks Spanish at home.  He's not a knee-jerk Republican.  He gets things done.  He supports Common Core State Standards.  He could draw new eyeballs to the Grand Old Party.  I see the appeal. [...] But it would be a mistake to vote for this Bush, because like Mitt Romney, he cannot win a general election.

Media Hacks Who Have Never Voted Republican Continue To Tout Jeb Bush For 2016.  The "moderates are the GOP's only hope" argument is made by both the Democrats in the media and the old guard in the Republican party, which is yet another reason not to trust them.  I have no hope that the old guard will finally learn not to listen to what the media is telling them what's best but I do think there might be enough voters who are grasping that it's a bad idea.

The Incoherent Idiocy of Jeb Bush, Illustrated.  The hilarious thing about the videotaped interview with Bush is that, like, 50 people were in the audience.

Mark Levin Calls Jeb Bush 'Act of Love' Remarks 'Utterly Irresponsible,' 'Typical Liberal Tripe'.  "Ladies and gentlemen, do you know how many laws there are out there — federal, state, local laws that are not felonies but are misdemeanors and have a real impact on American citizens?  This is an utterly irresponsible statement.  Every violation of law is not a felony.  And by the way, it's not a felony because Congress said it's not a felony.  But it is a misdemeanor.  But here we have really typical liberal tripe justifying that which is illegal, justifying that which is destructive."

Jeb Bush Talks Approach If He Runs for President.  With eyes increasingly on him, Jeb Bush signaled on Sunday [4/6/2014] the kind of campaign he would mount if he runs for president, one arguing against ideological purity tests while challenging party orthodoxy on issues like immigration and education.

If Jeb Bush fears 'mudfight,' he's not ready for 2016.  Does Jeb Bush sound like a man who wants to run for president?  In an extended interview with Fox News' Shannon Bream, the former Florida governor gave the impression of someone who would like to be president but has been out of the game for a while and isn't particularly eager to jump in the trenches and fight for it.  The only problem is, whoever wins the 2016 Republican nomination — and there will be a field full of candidates in top form — will have to jump in the trenches and fight for it.

Bush Aides Push Jeb To Run For President.  More than a hundred Republican Party elders gathered this weekend in Texas to celebrate George H.W. Bush's legacy.  But many of the event's participants had another, much simpler agenda:  launching a Jeb Bush presidential campaign.  The two-day festivities featured a widely covered speech by Jeb.  And on the sidelines, former Bush retainers were frank about their hopes that the eldest son could save a party the family has led on and off since 1988.

Jeb Bush: Many illegal immigrants come out of an 'act of love'.  Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said Sunday that many who illegally come to the United States do so out of an "act of love" for their families and should be treated differently than people who illegally cross U.S. borders or overstay visas.  The comments came during an event marking the 25th anniversary of the presidency of George H. W. Bush at the library and museum that bears the name of the Bush patriarch.  The event was closed to reporters, but moderated by Fox News anchor Shannone [sic] Bream and portions of the event were later broadcast on the Fox News Channel.

The Editor says...
My opinion of Shannon Bream dropped a couple of notches after seeing her "moderate" this hour-long program on Fox News Channel, because the whole thing was just an informercial for Jeb Bush.  (I perceive that we're all being prepared to accept Jeb Bush nomination as inevitable, with the help of the news media.)  On the other hand, Shannon Bream has to go where she's assigned to go, and the program probably wasn't her idea.

Republican elites felled by horrible new sickness: Jeb Bush fever!  Can the Republican Party base catch Jeb Bush fever?  They may have no choice.  According to the Washington Post's Philip Rucker and Robert Costa, GOP donors panicked over Gov. Chris Christie's implosion are going all out to draft the long-ago Florida governor to run for president in 2016.  Jeb Bush is certainly tanned and rested, if not ready:  He left the governor's office in 2006, and has done little since then besides work for disgraced and defunct Lehman Brothers and write a book that reversed his once progressive stance on immigration reform.  Rucker and Costa quote a former Mitt Romney bundler saying the "vast majority" of Romney's top 100 donors would like to see a Bush run.

War party oligarch.  This time Sheldon [Adelson] wants to buy himself a winner.  Ari Fleischer, press secretary to Bush 43, and a member of Adelson's RJC fiefdom, put it plain and simple:  "The 'Sheldon Primary' is an important primary. ...anybody running for the Republican nomination would want to have Sheldon at his side."  One such man is Jeb Bush, son and brother to presidents, who was the prize bull at Sheldon's cattle show.

Bush family's return to the spotlight may benefit Jeb.  It's a big weekend for the Bush family, which is enjoying a renaissance of sorts after several years in the political wilderness.  Throngs of former administration officials, members of Congress and others descended Friday on College Station, Tex., to fete former president George H.W. Bush on the 25th anniversary of his arrival in office.  One of the highlights of the weekend will be a live interview with his son, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has quietly been exploring a 2016 presidential campaign.

5 Reasons Why Republicans Should Say No to Jeb 2016.  [Reason #2]  Jeb would split the party.  Conservative activists/Tea Party Republicans who are the majority of GOP primary voters are not lining up for Jeb 2016 due to his support for "Common Core" academic standards and his support for "amnesty" immigration legislation.  Jeb, although he considers himself a "practicing conservative" is also viewed as a "moderate" establishment Republican in the mold of Mitt Romney.  The good news is that means he does not scare independent voters and is capable of raising millions from the "country-club" Republicans.  The bad news is Jeb reinforces and epitomizes the "Establishment verses Tea Party" divide currently raging within the party.

Jeb, Hillary and the curse of tarnished political brands.  Some Republican fat cats are trying to coax former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — brother and son to two former presidents — into making a bid for the White House. [...] For obvious reasons, these developments have generated a lot of discussion (including on this page) about political dynasties in America.  That's understandable.  After all, in a democratic republic, the prospect of dynasties should make everyone at least a little uncomfortable.  Populists of the left and the right like to focus on the more sinister problems of dynasties — the suspicion that the elites have rigged the system in favor of a few powerful families.

The Jeb Bush boomlet.  Inevitably, considering the absence of a clear Republican frontrunner for the 2016 presidential election, the name of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush of the family dynasty has been rushed to the fore.  On his record in office and his soft-spoken personal appeal, he would seem a natural to go to the head of a list of only moderately impressive wannabes.  But the immediate question is:  Do American voters, after a double dose of Bushes, want another one?  The fact is that memories of the two George Bush presidencies now set few GOP hearts aflutter.

If U.S. is going to have dynasties, at least have good ones.  [Scroll down]  Jeb seemed pretty jubilant last fall, at a Philadelphia event, where he and Hillary Clinton, the odds-on favorite for the Democratic nod in 2016, "basked in a mood of bipartisan bonhomie."  Bush was there to give his potential 2016 rival the National Constitution Center's "Liberty Medal."  "Hillary and I come from different political parties, and we disagree about a few things," he joked, "but we do agree on the wisdom of the American people — especially those in Iowa and New Hampshire and South Carolina."

Opposing viewpoint:
The GOP faithful should give Jeb Bush a hearing.  A candidacy by Florida's former governor would be desirable.  But if Republicans want to avoid intra-party carnage, they should be very careful about doing what The [Washington] Post recently reported:  "Many of the Republican Party's most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race."  How "behind the scenes" is an enterprise reported on The [Washington] Post's front page?  And what does "draft" mean?

Jeb Bush has good creds, bad name.  Jeb Bush would appear to be a perfect general election candidate for the Republican Party:  A record of success and competence as governor of Florida.  Moderate conservative principles.  A history of bipartisanship.  Thoughtful leadership on vital policy issues like education.  Fluency in Spanish, a Mexican-born wife, and a sincere searcher for a way out of the country's immigration mess give him appeal to the growing Hispanic vote.  Just one problem:  His last name is Bush.  Even his mother has opined that a nation of more than 300 million can do better than turn to dynastic control of the White House.

The Editor says...
"A history of bipartisanship" is exactly his problem.  There is nothing wrong with mono-partisanship:  If you believe that your partisan position is the right one, you should stick to it.  There is no virtue in compromising one's principles for the sake of bipartisanship.

Jeb Bush team awaits 2016 decision.  A powerful network of Jeb Bush loyalists, from previous high-ranking campaign staffers to top donors, increasingly have been communicating and coalescing as they await a decision from the former Florida Republican governor on whether he will run for president in 2016.  "We are keeping our powder dry," said Justin Sayfie, Bush's former communications director and chief speechwriter.

The inevitable "draft Jeb" campaign shifts into high gear.  The chore of determining who is the inevitable candidate for Republicans — at least in the minds of beltway insiders and the media — is clearly becoming more difficult.  But the Washington Post takes a swing at the problem this weekend as they delve into the number of big donors who are now courting Jeb Bush to get off the bench and toss his hat in the ring.

'Vast Majority' of Romney Donors Want Jeb Bush Run in 2016.  A "vast majority" of Mitt Romney donors, establishment pooh-bahs, and an anti-conservative consultant who is the epitome of permanent political class want former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to run for president in 2016.  Bush was in Las Vegas this week meeting with Sheldon Adelson, and, according to the Post, "many if not most of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney's major donors are reaching out to Bush and his confidants with phone calls, e-mails and invitations to meet."  One bundler even said that a "vast majority" of "Romney's top 100 donors would back Bush."

The Editor says...
There's your problem.  There are too many bundlers and power brokers in the mix.

The Political Party Elites Have Spoken: It's Bush vs. Clinton in 2016.  I have no objections to Jeb Bush running for president.  He obviously has a wide appeal as a potential candidate.  With a Mexican wife, and as a man who speaks fluent Spanish, he would be able to increase the Hispanic vote in the GOP column.  On the other hand, many in the Republican base find his position on immigration untenable, and would fight him tooth and nail during primary season.  He is also a serious advocate of education reform.  His support of Common Core, however, will also find many who are in the conservative ranks objecting, since they fear that Common Core represents educational centralism and having the government ram federal standards down their throats.

Did someone mention Common Core?

Influential Republicans working to draft Jeb Bush into 2016 presidential race.  Many of the Republican Party's most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush into the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.  Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP's brightest hope to win back the White House.

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The only people "alarmed" by the rise of Rand Paul are those to his political left.  The only way for the Republican Party to win the 2016 election, or any future election, is to move to the right and create a clear choice between the Republican candidate and the left-wing socialist tax-and-spend baby-killing extremist on the Democratic ticket.

Top GOP pollster: Hillary Clinton's rise 'opens the door' for Jeb Bush.  It may not be conventional thinking, but Hillary Clinton is good for Jeb Bush, according to an influential GOP political pollster.  Ed Goeas, the go-to pollster for top Republican candidates around the nation, said that Clinton's dominance among likely 2016 Democratic contenders will inspire Bush and make him change his mind that the nation has enough of political dynasties and Bushes in particular.  "I actually think the fact that Hillary is doing well actually increases the chances for Bush to make a positive decision about running, because all of a sudden it's no longer 'Too many Bushes,'" he told [the Washington Examiner].

Jeb Bush is thinking about running for president. Here's who he talks to about it.  He's the headliner at an event hosted by mega donor Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas on Thursday.  He was actively involved in Rep. David Jolly's special election victory in Florida earlier this month.  And he is breaking with his party's orthodoxy on Common Core.  So, as Jeb mulls a bid whose advice does he seek?  Who does he trust to give him an unvarnished view of what the race might look like?

Jeb Bush Praises Illegals as 'Risk Takers,' Has Common Core Ally in Hillary.  Well, isn't that a good thing, this alliance between "center-rightest" Jeb Bush and radical leftist Hillary Clinton?  I mean, it's what the American people want, right?  Compromise?  Comity?  Common ground among the parties?  I know this because the GOP establishment and mental giants like Colin Powell and Nancy Pelosi keep telling me so!  And no, it doesn't really matter what the compromise is.

Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton together again to talk education.  Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton — two central figures in modern politics with 2016 prospects — joined forces Monday to talk global education.  In her keynote address, Clinton praised Bush's dedication to education reform since serving two terms as governor of Florida, where he overhauled the state's education system, introducing a school voucher program and banning using race as a factor in university admissions.

Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton to discuss education.  Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush, potential foes in the 2016 presidential contest, said Monday [3/24/2014] that higher education has the power to transform lives and be a force for democracy around the globe.  Clinton and Bush spoke separately at the Globalization of Higher Education conference, but chatted briefly offstage.  The event, co-organized by Bush, offered a bipartisan twist for the nation's two dominant political families, both of whom could return to the presidential campaign trail next year.

Sheldon Adelson plans VIP dinner for Jeb Bush at GOP gathering in Vegas.  Former Florida governor Jeb Bush will get top billing when he and other potential 2016 presidential candidates join billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson for an exclusive Republican gathering next week in Las Vegas.  Bush, who is quietly exploring a run for the White House, will be the featured speaker at an exclusive VIP dinner on Thursday hosted by Adelson and his wife, Miriam, at his company's private airplane hangar at Las Vegas Macarran International Airport, according to a draft itinerary obtained by The Washington Post.

Jeb Bush seeks common ground in higher education.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Thursday the partisan divide isn't as wide when it comes to improving the nation's higher education system as it is in many other areas.

Jeb Bush Praises Illegal Immigrants as 'Risk Takers,' Defends Common Core.  In a speech Friday [3/21/2014], Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush praised illegal immigrants as "risk takers" who embody the entrepreneurial spirit of America and doubled down on his defense of Common Core.  According to the Miami Herald, Bush made his remarks in front of business leaders in Florida. [...] Speculation has intensified about whether Jeb Bush will become the third person in his family to seek the White House.

GOP Gets Dumber And Dumberer On Immigration.  Ann Coulter wondered on Thursday how dumb Republicans were on immigration.  That day, two prominent GOP reform advocates — Sens. Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush — rushed in to provide the answer.

Jeb Bush to Award Hillary 'Liberty Medal' on Eve of Benghazi Anniversary.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) will honor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with this year's Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center.  The award will be presented to Clinton on September 10th, the eve of the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States mission in Benghazi that killed four Americans.

Jeb Bush to award Hillary Clinton with 2013 Liberty Medal.  Jeb Bush will present Hillary Clinton with the 2013 Liberty Medal this September in Philadelphia.  Mr. Bush is chairman of the National Constitution Center, which is honoring the former first lady for her career in public service and her advocacy efforts on behalf of women, The Hill reported.

Glenn Beck Tears Apart Jeb Bush: 'Maybe It's Time to Stop Listening to the Bushes'.  Beck listed a whole array of things brought to life by the Bushes, from the PATRIOT Act to John Roberts to "never-ending wars" to No Child Left Behind, and asked why on earth any conservative would ever have voted for them in the first place.



Senator Lamar Alexander

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Republican Senator: Ted Kennedy 'Set a Wonderful Example for Us'.  Sen. Lamar Alexander (R.-Tenn.) said on the Senate floor on Wednesday [7/8/2015] that the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D.-Mass) set a wonderful example for other senators.  "He set a wonderful example for us, and it is nice to be reminded of him," said Sen. Alexander.  Alexander's remarks came while the Senate was discussing his proposal to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act that imposes federal regulations and sends federal money to local public schools.  The initial No Child Left Behind Act was co-sponsored by Kennedy and Rep. John Boehner (R.-Ohio) and signed into law in 2002 by President George W. Bush.

Invited Media Only at Tennessee Common Core Event Featuring Jeb Bush and Sen. Lamar Alexander.  Avid Common Core supporter and former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) met in Nashville Wednesday with U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Gov. Bill Haslam (R-TN), for a roundtable discussion that was sponsored by the pro-Common Core Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Tennessee Business Roundtable.  The event, which was held at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, was closed to the general public and available only to invited guests and media.

Jeb Bush: Follow through on Common Core standards.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Wednesday urged state officials to follow through on Common Core education standards despite what he called an "avalanche" of criticism from those who oppose them.  Bush said at an education forum with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., that the standards are key to improving educational achievement around the country.

Mike Huckabee Fans Revolt After He Endorses Lamar Alexander.  Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee angered his Facebook fans after endorsing Sen. Lamar Alexander against conservative state Representative Joe Carr last month.  Carr has been endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham for the August 7th primary. And Carr has been relentlessly hammering Alexander for voting for the Senate's amnesty bill even after law enforcement officials warned Alexander that it would lure more illegal immigrants from Central America.

Republicans look at eliminating filibuster for SCOTUS nominees.  A group of Republican Senators led by Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) are floating the idea of further extending the nuclear option enacted by the Democrats to take filibusters off the table when considering nominees to the Supreme Court.  Clearly wiser heads than myself have been able to determine why this is such a great idea, because I'm not seeing it at the moment.

Senate cloture vote tells us one thing: the GOP as a national party is dead.  If John McCain and Lindsay Graham and Lamar Alexander are in your party — and carry much weight in that party — you are in the wrong party. [...] I proposed this half-seriously back in 2008-9, but it's now time to reintroduce it in earnest:  the time has come for a third party.  Now, that third party may lose, at least initially, but at least those who join it can point, laugh, and say I told you so.  If we're going to lose anyway — and at this point, a vote for either national party is a losing proposition — we may as well do so with our integrity intact.



Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee's appalling crusade.  Huckabee, who won Iowa's 2008 caucuses, aims to become the second person to win two contested Iowa caucuses.  Bob Dole, who won in 1988 and 1996, spent the intervening eight years at the center of politics.  Huckabee has spent much of the past eight years at Fox News, which is dandy but hardly the Senate.  In 1998, Huckabee vowed to "take back this nation for Christ."  And to repel Satanic threats to Iowa's subsidized ethanol industry, which he says is vital because "we need the broadest possible energy portfolio."  Never mind today's bountiful energy.

Huckabee's Hucksterism vs. Clintons' Cash.  Behind former Gov. Mike Huckabee's warm smile, inclusive rhetoric, and gee-whiz populism lies an ethics record that would make a Clinton blush. [...] While Huckabee can claim legitimate accomplishments in Arkansas (he raised taxes for schools, highways, and children's health; he welcomed into the state refugees from Hurricane Katrina and the children of immigrants), there is a side of this complicated man that political reporters often miss or ignore.  Kinda like the Clintons.

More reasons not to like Huckabee.  When asked what I think of the Republican presidential field, I have said — until now — that I like everyone in it, in various ways.  That changed yesterday when Mike Huckabee threw his hat into the ring.  A reader expresses my view of Huck:  ["]The Huckster is a left populist.  It's just pro-life statism.["]  Particularly appalling, as this reader points out, were Huckabee's promises on Social Security and Medicare.

Why The Republican Party Doesn't Need Mike Huckabee Right Now — Or Ever.  Sometimes, probably because he's such an affable media presence, I forget why I dislike the political version of Mike Huckabee so much.  Maybe it's the awe-shucks populism that isn't substantively very different from the class-conflict rhetoric we hear from so many on the Left these days.  Or maybe it's that everyman Huckabee has been running for one political office or another for the past 25 years — a fact that might escape the attention of anyone listening to the nuggets of blue-collar wisdom found in his speeches and those God, guns, grits, and gravy books he writes.

Mike Huckabee's Love Affair With Big Government.  Mike Huckabee had a pretty good record as governor.  It's too bad he can't run on it.  Better known in recent years for saying occasionally outrageous things as a commentator, Huckabee governed Arkansas for more than a decade as a pragmatist, devoting his attention to basics such as roads, schools and health care.  On those issues, though, Huckabee generally took positions too liberal to suit a Republican presidential prospect in 2016 — posing a conundrum for him as he plunges this week into the 2016 presidential race

The Dreariness of Huckabee 2016.  Instead of being the amusing gadfly that helps the frontrunner to win, he will presumably be trying to establish himself as a major contender.  That always makes a candidate less inclined to "let it rip."  In 2008, he was the insurgent upstart who overcame a vastly better-funded Romney in Iowa.  Now he is the one that the other lesser-known candidates will be seeking to defeat there.  That is probably going to make for a more defensive and scripted campaign that could make the second Huckabee run a much drearier affair than anyone imagines possible.

Mike Huckabee and The Dynamics of 2016.  There was a time when I thought that Mike Huckabee had a chance to win over enough "somewhat conservative" voters that, when added to his pre-existing base among conservative white evangelicals, would give him a good chance to win the 2016 Republican nomination.  I don't think that chance exists anymore (if it ever did).  He hasn't done any of the maneuvering he would need to do in order to expand his base of support.  Thirteen months is not a long time and he has shown no inclination to make the moves he would need to make in order to expand his base.  If he does run, I don't see how his ceiling is higher than a strong second.

Mike Huckabee Is a Poison Pill for Conservatives.  [Scroll down]  Keeping Huckabee from consolidating the evangelical vote will be important for some of the other candidates.  If Jeb Bush follows his brother's lead, he will marry the evangelical vote to the establishment, making it difficult for any movement conservative challenge to get off the ground.  True, Dubya was an evangelical himself, albeit one who still belonged to a mainline Protestant church, while Jeb is Catholic.  But that's not necessarily an obstacle.  Buchanan and Santorum have proven that evangelicals will support socially conservative Catholics.

Mike Huckabee: Isn't it time we retire the term "RINO"?  Apparently someone applied this term to Huck himself and it brought him up short.  You'd think he'd be used to it after the millionth time.  I'm fine with swapping it out for another term, but how do I describe myself then?

Mike Huckabee wants to ban the term 'RINO'.  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee wants to ban the term "RINO" — "Republican in Name Only" — in the Republican Party.  The former governor complained in a letter to supporters that during a recent social media outreach, he was disturbed that too many Republicans were attacking each other and calling them names.  "Many of you used a term that I'd like to see outlawed from the vernacular of the party:  RINO," he said, calling it a "pejorative term" that questioned one's purity.

South Carolina Tea Party Slams Huckabee for Supporting Lindsey Graham.  Joe Dugan, executive producer of the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention that will be held in Myrtle Beach from January 18th to the 20th, criticized former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee for supporting incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in an ad that ran on television networks in South Carolina during the Capital One Bowl Game Wednesday [1/1/2014].

Mike Huckabee Fans Revolt After He Endorses Lamar Alexander.  Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee angered his Facebook fans after endorsing Sen. Lamar Alexander against conservative state Representative Joe Carr last month.  Carr has been endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham for the August 7th primary. And Carr has been relentlessly hammering Alexander for voting for the Senate's amnesty bill even after law enforcement officials warned Alexander that it would lure more illegal immigrants from Central America.

Huckabee Threatens To Leave GOP Over Gay Marriage, Abortion.  Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says he will leave the GOP if Republicans abandon their ardent opposition to gay marriage and abortion.  Appearing on the American Family Association's radio show this week, Huckabee was discussing gay marriage and said:  "If the Republicans want to lose guys like me — and a whole bunch of still God-fearing Bible-believing people — go ahead and just abdicate on this issue, and why you're at it, go ahead and say abortion doesn't matter, either."  "Because at that point, you lose me," Huckabee said.  "I'm gone.  I'll become an independent.  I'll start finding people that have guts to stand.  I'm tired of this."



Representative Renee Ellmers

Pro-Life Groups Defeat "Pro-Life Traitor" Renee Ellmers, Who Almost Sabotaged Abortion Ban.  For a short time last year, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers was public enemy number one of the pro-life movement.  Congressional leaders had planned for weeks to bring up a bill to ban abortions after 20-weeks on the anniversary of Roe v.  Wade.  But Ellmers sabotaged the bill by insisting that broad rape and incest exceptions needed to be added to the bill that many pro-life groups were worried would undermine the bill entirely and render the ban moot.  Due to her attacks, Republican leaders were force to pull the bill and rework it — and it eventually passed.

GOP Rep Slams 'Childish' Pro-Life Groups.  A Republican lawmaker whose concerns about language in the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act resulted in GOP leadership canceling a vote on the bill accused the pro-life groups of acting childishly in response to the disappointment.  Representative Renee Ellmers (R., N.C.) faulted Republican leadership for canceling the vote rather than changing the provision that requires victims of rape and incest to report the crime to the police in order to get a late-term abortion.  "I am appalled by the abhorrent and childish behaviors from some of the leaders of the outside groups," Ellmers wrote in a blog post on her website.

Republicans Surrender To Infanticide.  Evidently, Republicans don't feel competent enough to make a case against infanticide.  Why else would the GOP pull its 20-week abortion limit bill?

GOP Abortion Bill Punt: Sell Out or Smart Politics?  There they go again, those accident-prone Republicans, down the rabbit hole on abortion and rape — just as voters said in November that they cared most about the economy.  That's how some viewed what happened in the House this week, when Republican leaders swapped out a bill that would make abortion after 20 weeks illegal after some members objected to a provision that would allow exemptions in rape and incest cases only if the victims had reported the crime to police.  The controversy could also be read as the rise of the GOP's more moderate wing after years of conservative domination.

ERLC's Russell Moore 'Disgusted' by GOP's Decision to Drop Pro-Life Bill.  Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, responded to House Republicans' decision to drop the "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," a major pro-life bill that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.  "I am disgusted by this act of moral cowardice.  If the House Republicans cannot pass something as basic as restricting the abortion of five-month, pain-capable unborn children, what can they get done?

Republican Woman Derails Abortion Ban.  Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers of North Carolina led the charge against a 20-week abortion ban that was defeated in the House on Wednesday, saying its mandate that rape must be reported to police prior to obtaining an abortion is too extreme.  "The thing is — I am pro-life.  I believe in the sanctity of life.  I believe that life begins at the point of conception," said Ellmers, who is also a former nurse.  Ellmers stressed but said she was worried about "that particular bill, and the path it was taking. It became more about rape and the victims of rape."

Not even babies' screams stop politicians from allowing late pregnancy abortions.  They ought to rename the Republican Party that gained majority control of both the House and Senate in November's midterm elections only to turn around and renege on campaign promises immediately after being sworn in, the Pontius Pilate Party, PPP for short.  No other name better suits a party that staged an 11th-hour revolt against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the 20-week abortion ban that had already got a green light in the last Congress with overwhelming GOP support.

Why everyone should be terrified of the GOP's abortion bill debacle.  Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court legalizing abortion on demand throughout pregnancy.  The pro-life movement commemorates this day with marches, worship services and lobbying for bills to protect unborn children.  Pro-lifers were promised by the Republican leaders they just helped elect and re-elect that the House of Representatives would pass a bill today banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a point after which infants can feel pain and survive if born prematurely.

Republicans Abort Their Moral Authority.  On Tuesday [1/20/2015], Republican Senator Joni Ernst, a Tea Party favorite, used her State of the Union response to completely ignore President Obama's executive amnesty.  On Wednesday [1/21/2015], Republican Renee Ellmers, a Tea Party favorite, undercut legislation that would have effectively banned late-term abortion after 20 weeks — five months.  She pulled her name from the legislation, saying it was not the right time politically.

Renee Ellmers Says She Won't Flip-Flop on Bill Protecting Viable Infants from Late-Term Abortion.  Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, a Republican of North Carolina, has been raising concerns about a late-term abortion ban that the House is scheduled to vote on this week, but she said Wednesday afternoon [1/21/2015] that she will vote for the bill even if it comes to the floor without changes she wants in it.

House GOP abruptly drops plans to debate abortion bill after backlash.  In an embarrassing setback, House Republicans abruptly decided Wednesday to drop planned debate of a bill criminalizing virtually all late-term abortions after objections from GOP women and other lawmakers left them short of votes.

Republicans Unanchored.  This past week, the national media and the Republican base both scratched their collective heads perplexed by the un-anchoring of the Republican Party.  The climax came last Wednesday night, 12 hours before pro-life supporters gathered en masse in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life.  Republicans had promised to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  They passed the legislation in 2013, but Senate Democrats then blocked it.  The legislation would prevent most abortions after five months of pregnancy because most scientists agree children can, by that point in their development, feel pain.  It seems cruel to kill a child, in sometimes gruesome ways, when the child can feel it.

Protesters gather at Rep. Ellmers' DC office as she explains concern.  Protesters gathered outside the office of U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers on Thursday [1/22/2015] to urge the Congresswoman to act on anti-abortion legislation that was pulled from an expected vote.  Ellmers played a key role in delaying the bill, which would ban abortions at 20 weeks and later, and has been swept up in a storm of concern about her effort.  Ellmers and a spokeswoman said the Republican lawmaker from Dunn was mainly concerned about a requirement in the bill that a woman would have to report rape or incest to police before it could be a legal exception to the ban.  Ellmers said she wants the bill tweaked so that requirement is removed, according to the Washington Examiner.  Ellmers told the National Journal earlier that the politics weren't right, either, for the House to take up an abortion bill early on in the term, suggesting a more careful vetting of legislation that might be viewed as harsh on women or young people.

Exclusive: Pro-Life Leaders Call for Ellmers' Ouster from Congress.  On a usually happy and even triumphant day, pro-life leaders found themselves angry at a vote in the U.S. House that never happened.  Much of the talk today at the annual March for Life, that likely brought close to 500,000 mostly young people to Washington DC, was about how House leaders canned a bill that would have banned abortion after the 20th week of gestation, the point at which an unborn child is said to feel pain.



Donald Trump

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Governor John Kasich

Kasich Veto Draws Cheers From Environmental Lobby.  Once again, Ohio Governor John Kasich (shown) used his veto power to kill yet another bill favored by conservatives in his state.  On Tuesday, he killed a bill that would have made renewable energy benchmarks voluntary, rather than mandatory, for the next two years.  Kasich defended his action, saying, "Ohio workers cannot afford to take a step backward from the economic gains that we have made in recent years, however, and arbitrarily limiting Ohio's energy generation options amounts to self-inflicted damage to both our state's near and long-term economic competitiveness."  Of course, how suspending mandatory benchmarks imposed on electric companies would limit the companies' "energy generation options," as opposed to doing exactly the opposite, Kasich did not explain.

Kasich votes for McCain instead of Trump.  John Kasich has made good on his vow not to vote for Donald Trump.  The Ohio governor voted today by absentee ballot, writing in the name of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) instead of the Republican presidential nominee.  Kasich voted for the GOP candidates in other contests, according to his spokesman Chris Schrimpf.

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If you're going to waste your vote, why brag about it in the newspapers?

Priebus: RNC could block Kasich, Bush from running again.  Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could be barred from seeking the Republican Party's presidential nomination in the future if they refuse to get on board with Donald Trump, party chairman Reince Priebus said Sunday [9/18/2016].

Kasich: Give McCain a lifetime Senate appointment.  Donald Trump might be unwilling to support Arizona Sen. John McCain's re-election bid, but Ohio Gov. John Kasich thinks McCain deserves a lifetime appointment to the Senate.  "Honestly, I don't even think they ought to have an election.  They ought to tell McCain, as long as you want to be in the Senate, you can have it," Kasich told WGN radio.  "He's just the greatest guy."

Kasich: I don't know if I'll vote for Trump.  John Kasich says he's no closer to endorsing Donald Trump for president, cementing his place as one of the most prominent holdouts in the Republican Party.  Kasich, the governor of Ohio, a state that Trump almost certainly must win to take the White House, said he didn't know how he would vote in November.

Gov. Kasich:  We Want Immigration - Population is Stagnant in Ohio.  Ohio Gov. and former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich (R-Ohio) told an audience in Cleveland that he looks at immigration as an opportunity because Ohio has a "stagnant growth of population — we want people to come to Ohio."  "When I look at immigration I look at a new level of energy," Kasich told an International Republican Institute gathering on Tuesday [7/19/2016].

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This country would benefit greatly if the number of immigrants dropped to zero, because most of the people who are coming to America are only interested in food stamps and "disability" checks.  If that comes across as an unfair generalization, you're not paying attention.

Kasich To Skip GOP Convention But Will Address NAACP Convention.  Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich has no plans to attend the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week, but he does plan to speak at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Annual Convention in Cincinnati on Sunday [7/17/2016].  Kasich, a former GOP presidential candidate this election cycle, joins presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman, NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock and others at the convention.

Sure looks like Kasich's goal was to stop Cruz.  With the news that Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) will suspend his fruitless campaign for president Wednesday [5/4/2016] at 5PM it's worth asking the obvious question:  Why now?  Kasich lost every single caucus and primary over the past several months except for his home state of Ohio.  Sen.  Marco Rubio (R-FL) has more delegates for the nomination than Kasich and he's been out of the race for weeks.  So why stay in as long as he did just to drop out when the race finally comes down to just two candidates?

John Kasich wishes more Republicans liked Democrats' ideas.  In a Wednesday [4/20/2016] interview with The Washington Post, [John] Kasich — continuing his sad presidential campaign's efforts to equate Ted Cruz with Donald Trump — whined about being one of few Republicans who cares about ideas.  "See, I am a fundamental believer in ideas," Kasich said.  "If you don't have ideas, you got nothing.  And frankly, my Republican Party doesn't like ideas.  They want to be negative against things.  Every word of this is trademark John Weaver, the sometime Democrat consultant running Kasich's campaign.  Within a few hours, lefty opinion columnists were using Kasich's words against other Republicans.

Top 17 Left-Wing Moments of John Kasich's Endless Political Career.  As we are learning throughout this primary season, the Republican Party is divided and diverse.  But the common denominator between all Republicans is that they want to move in a new direction, far away from the Obama agenda.  What is clear about John Kasich is that far from being a fresh alternative, he is the embodiment of what is fueling everyone's anger.  Here are the top 17 times Gov.  Kasich's left-wing tendencies on the most critical issues of our time have been on display: [...]

What Does John Kasich Think He's Doing?  The Ohio governor has won a single state:  his own.  He has 143 delegates.  That puts him fourth in the count behind Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio — who is no longer a candidate.  To win the nomination on the first ballot of the Republican convention, Kasich would have to win 138 percent of the remaining delegates.  This is impossible.  Even a politician should be able to do that math.

Kasich's Delusional Dishonesty About His Obamacare Expansion in Ohio.  Just a few months ago, few would have predicted that John Kasich would be one of the last three candidates standing in the GOP presidential primary.  Now, a lot of GOP voters are looking at Kasich with fresh eyes and considering voting for him.  However, that's not an easy decision for a lot of principled conservatives.  Kasich expanded Obamacare in Ohio, and on top of the law being broadly unpopular with the American electorate, it's particularly unpopular with Republican voters.  But given that the GOP frontrunner has repeatedly praised socialized health care, you'd think Kasich's policy transgression could be overlooked.  Unfortunately, Kasich is making that very, very hard to do.  As we saw last night at CNN's town hall, he sanctimoniously keeps insisting that expanding Medicaid in Ohio to get his hands on Obamacare money was the right thing to do, and he portrayed it as a smart fiscal decision.  The former assertion is highly debatable, and the latter is utterly delusional.

Is ISIS Faithful to Islam?  "We are not at war with Islam," said John Kasich after the Brussels massacre, "We're at war with radical Islam."  Kasich's point raises a question:  Does the Islamic faith in any way sanction or condone what those suicide bombers did?  For surely the brothers and their accomplice who ignited the bombs in the airport and set off the explosion on the subway did not do so believing they were blasting themselves to hell for all eternity.  One has to assume they hoped to be martyrs to their faith if they slaughtered infidels to terrify and expel such as these from the Islamic world and advance the coming of the caliphate of which the Prophet preached.  And where might they have gotten such ideas?

Kasich rules out vice president role, is open to Dem running mate.  Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he isn't willing to serve as anyone's vice president, but he indicated party affiliation would not matter to him when choosing his own running mate.  After losing the Arizona primary and trailing a candidate who is no longer running for president, Kasich hit the campaign trail in Wisconsin and told voters only he could beat the Democrats in November.  He ruled out the possibility of serving with any GOP nominee, but would not oppose putting a Democrat near the top of the Republican ticket himself in November.

John Kasich Lone GOP Candidate Preaching Tolerance of Muslims.  It seems unlikely that such moderation will earn the Kasich campaign any traction.  While blanket targeting of an entire religion may prove impractical, immoral, and illegal, Republican primary voters clearly respond to tough talk about taking the fight to terrorists.  An appropriate response to Kasich's assertion that we are at war with radical Islam might be to ask:  really?  Because war between the world's largest superpower and literally anyone shouldn't take that long.  Why have we been at it for 15 years?  What would he propose to secure victory?

John Kasich's Utterly Strange, Bizarre Campaign.  If you like John Kasich, it's time to celebrate! The Ohio governor finally won a primary — his home state's.  Of course, he flopped in last week's other contests, ending the evening with almost two dozen fewer delegates than Sen. Marco Rubio, who exited the GOP race.  Kasich's campaign has bordered on the bizarre.  He has survived for two reasons:  First, he has refused to get out, no matter how badly he has done.  And second, he has been so irrelevant that nobody attacked him, leaving him generally unscathed in a race where there is plenty of blood on the floor.

John Kasich Warns Against Singling Out Muslims for Monitoring.  Gov. John Kasich of Ohio on Tuesday [3/22/2016] cautioned against monitoring Muslim-Americans after the attacks in Brussels, saying that such a step would create division and harm the country's ability to gather intelligence.  His comments came after one of his rivals, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, called for law enforcement "to patrol and secure Muslim neighborhoods before they become radicalized."  Mr. Kasich told reporters in Minneapolis, "We are not at war with Islam; we're at war with radical Islam."

The Obama Republican: John Kasich's Medicaid expansion is a $7 billion disaster.  Ohio Gov. John Kasich's expansion of Medicaid under the 2010 federal health law has cost taxpayers $7 billion in a little more than two years.  The federal government — which is $19 trillion in debt — paid $390 million for Ohio Medicaid expansion benefits in February, bringing the program's total cost since January 2014 to $7.1 billion.  Kasich frames his Obamacare expansion as a fiscally responsible way to keep drug addicts and the mentally ill out of prison, even as costs zoom past his projections.  The expansion was $1.5 billion over budget after 18 months.

Kasich on Mass Deportation: We're Not Going to 'Yank Them Out'.  Ohio Gov. John Kasich said during CNN's "Final Five" forum Monday night that a mass deportation of illegal immigrants is not only impractical, but also immoral.  "The idea that we're going to go around in the neighborhoods, picking these people up is just not — first of all, it's not practical, and secondly, that's not the way we behave," said Kasich, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

Kasich on Nominating Merrick Garland If He Were President: 'Of Course We'd Think About It'.  GOP presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday [3/20/2016] that as president, he would consider nominating D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick.  "Well, you know, he received overwhelming support, I think even from Senator Hatch.  So, of course we'd think about it," Kasich said when asked if he would "take a look" at Garland if he were president.

John Kasich Wants to End Deportations and Enact Amnesty in His First 100 Days in Office.  Because the Kasich campaign was largely ignored as a non-factor prior to Rubio's polling collapse, Kasich went months with virtually no scrutiny of even his most bizarre statements on the campaign trail.  However, in recent days, Trump has increasingly set his sights on Kasich — whether it be Kasich's role at Lehman Brothers during the time of the economic collapse, as well as Kasich's support for NAFTA and Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement — a deal which Donald Trump and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) have warned would destroy Ohio's auto industry.  In particular, Trump has zeroed in on Kasich's heretofore overlooked push for massive amnesty.  Though it has transpired without much attention, Kasich has quietly amassed a string of bizarre, peculiar, and extreme statements on immigration that places him to the furthest leftward reaches of not just the Republican President field, but the Democratic Presidential field as well.

John Kasich: I'd consider nominating Merrick Garland to Supreme Court.  Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich gently criticized Senate Republicans' approach to President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court, suggesting lawmakers should at least meet with the nominee, and even saying he'd consider nominating Garland himself, as president.  "I never thought the president should send it because I knew nothing was going to happen," Kasich told "Face the Nation" in an interview taped for Sunday's [3/20/2016] broadcast.  "Frankly," he added, "they probably ought to all sit down and meet with the guy."

Gun-Banner John Kasich: His Horrible, Terrible, Awful Track Record on the Second Amendment.  John Kasich is more than a presidential "candidate" that has no legitimate chance to win the Republican nomination.  He's more than a big government Republican who loves the federal takeover of education known as "Common Core".  He's also more than a rabid pro-Amnesty advocate for open borders.  Despite his newfound respect for the Second Amendment, he's also a gun control advocate who once joined with the Clintons to pass the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban.

Flashback: John Kasich's Diabolical Obamacare Expansion, Bypassing the Legislature and the Will of the People.  Ohio Gov. John Kasich went around the state legislature to expand Medicaid under Obamacare in 2013, but that's not the story he's telling voters on the campaign trail.  Kasich, a Republican candidate for president, introduced a budget in February 2013 that included the expansion of Medicaid to working-age adults with no kids and no disabilities that was part of the 2010 health care overhaul.  For months, Kasich pressed the state legislature to approve the expansion.  And they steadfastly refused.

John Kasich Thinks He Is Running In The Democratic Primary.  A lady goes to a John Kasich rally and asks him about why she should support him in the Democratic Primary.  Kasich never corrects her that he is in the Republican Primary.  Considering how he has been running and his public statements, he might as well be running in the Democratic Primary.  [Video clip]

Bully Pulpit: Kasich Says He'll Send Bibles to Enemies of Medicaid Expansion.  Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is thumping his Bible at detractors of his decision to take advantage of Obamacare by expanding Medicaid, adding 600,000 (mostly) able-bodied, childless adults to the welfare rolls. [...] I'm just going to be blunt here — the man is a serial scripture twister who picks and chooses Bible verses to promote his liberal political agenda.  Kasich seethes with condescension at conservatives — Christian conservatives — who disagree with him while claiming the biblical high ground, but he has no idea what he's talking about.  (Or worse, he does know better and he's intentionally misusing God's word to further his agenda.)

John Kasich to ObamaCare critics: Do I need to buy Bibles for you people to remind you to care about the poor?  [Scroll down]  Jeb Bush at least has the good sense not to antagonize conservatives who already dislike him.  As it is, this is like Rick Perry telling righties in 2012 that if they "don't have a heart" if they don't support in-state tuition for illegals — times a hundred.  I don't get it.  And the worst part is, if you're all about helping the poor, Medicaid is one of the worst ways to go about doing so.

What is the point of you, John Kasich?  In listening to an interview John Kasich had with Sean Hannity, I was struck by what he clearly wants the Hannity audience to think is his message:  I knew Ronald Reagan.  I can't recall a many sentences in which he didn't use Reagan's name (possibly in vain) to justify his candidacy, and only in passing (and upon Hannity's insistence) did he even mention the Ohio budget.  Instead, he spoke of the past, of his days as a congressman, and about what they accomplished.  One of those Reagan sentences was the tired line about how Reagan was willing to negotiate with Tip O'Neill.  Kasich is, of course, missing the key point here:  Reagan negotiated from a position of strength.  He didn't capitulate or compromise his party's views before negotiation even started.  He also wasn't afraid to shut down the government, either.

John Kasich scores backing of Trent Lott, ex-Senate majority leader.  Longtime U.S. Senate leader Trent Lott of Mississippi is endorsing Ohio Gov. John Kasich for president. [...] "I look forward to doing all I can to help him take back White House and strengthening our great nation," Lott said in a Kasich campaign news release.  Lott represented Mississippi for 35 years in Congress, including 16 years in the House and 19 years in the Senate, culminating in his selection as majority leader.

Rick Perry criticizes John Kasich's decision to expand Medicaid.  Texas Gov. Rick Perry criticized Republican governors who expanded Medicaid, the state- and federally-funded health insurance program for poor and disabled Americans, targeting Ohio's decision to accept federal funding to allow more people to qualify for the program.  In explaining his decision to expand Medicaid, Gov. John Kasich has said the more than $13 billion federal dollars Ohio receives for the program belong to Ohioans and would be spent in other states if Ohio did not accept them.  Perry, without mentioning Kasich's name, said that argument was "just nonsense."

John Kasich: The GOP Establishment's Spare Prince.  The Republican establishment has always had its suspicions about Jeb Bush's "fire in the belly" to be President, and its Wall Street wing never likes to put all of their money in one sector of the market, so they've adopted the monarchist "heir and a spare" model in this year's Republican presidential nominating contest.  The "heir" is of course Jeb Bush and the designated "spare" has rotated among a cast of establishment candidates including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Florida Senator Marco Rubio and now Ohio Governor John Kasich.

John Kasich: Conservatives 'Focus too Much' on Abortion.  GOP presidential contender John Kasich said during an interview Sunday [8/16/2015] he thinks conservatives "focus too much on just" abortion as a social issue.  Speaking with CNN host Dana Bash on State of the Union, Kasich said he doesn't "read a Bible to figure out" what he thinks.

John Kasich Is The Liberal Media's Darling.  Ohio Governor John Kasich has become the darling of the liberal media for his "touching response" to a question about same-sex marriage (as well as his "stirring defense" of accepting Obamacare Medicaid expansion money) in the debate last week.  A Google search for "Kasich gay marriage" yields over 10,000 largely fawning articles, such as [a] piece by Slate's LGBTQ editor extolling his "gracious and humane view."

John Kasich, the anti-conservative, cuts into Jeb Bush.  For all the talk about Donald Trump not being a conservative, the real anti-conservative in the field is John Kasich.  From his tenure as a pretty conservative representative from 1983-2001, keeping in mind this was mostly in the Bob Michel [...] era, to a corporatist, big government Republican as Ohio governor.  If you have any doubt, his campaign manager is former Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 53% and 'strategist' for Jon Huntsman.  In between times he worked for the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee — that would be the organization that elects Democrats to the House — and slimed his former boss, McCain, to the New York Times.  Weaver hates conservatives.

Kasich defends immigrants as 'contributing significantly'.  Republican presidential candidate John Kasich defended millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally as "people who are contributing significantly" to the nation, taking on a divisive issue Wednesday [8/12/2015] as he promised to redefine conservatism during his latest New Hampshire appearance.

If Governor John Kasich is on the Republican ticket, Obamacare repeal is off the table.  Republicans can forget about campaigning against Obamacare in 2016 if Ohio Gov. John Kasich is on the party's presidential ticket.  Conventional wisdom says Kasich will need to explain his Obamacare Medicaid expansion to Republican primary voters — but he's been explaining it for two years.  That's the problem:  most of Kasich's arguments for Medicaid coverage for working-age adults with no kids and no disabilities sound like they were written by Democratic strategists.  The longer Kasich is in the presidential race, the greater the potential for Democrats to capitalize on Kasich's promotion of Obamacare.

John Kasich should be punished for expanding Obamacare.  Ohio Gov. John Kasich has made clear that he's seriously considering running for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.  If he formally announces, it will be important for conservative voters to punish him for his expansion of President Obama's healthcare law in his state.  Kasich is currently polling in the low single-digits, has no clear path to the nomination, and the grassroots aren't exactly clamoring for him to run.  Yet he is being egged on by a group of Republicans who want to see the party move in a direction that's more comfortable with a larger role for government.

Ohio Governor John Kasich: a tax-happy, liberal RINO.  The liberal media calls him a "conservative Republican" but don't you believe it.  Ohio Governor John Kasich is an Obama appeasing, tax crazy RINO, and the citizens of Ohio need to watch out.  This past week we reported here at Poor Richard's News that Kasich was preparing to cave in to Obama and implement a massive expansion of Ohio's medicare program under Obamacare.  Now Kasich is taking his RINOism a giant step even further and planning to expand Ohio's sales tax to include a giant list of transactions that have previously been exempt.

John Kasich — Common Core loving RINO to run for president.  John Kasich the Common Core loving Ohio RINO governor will announce he is running for president in late July.  In a way, this is kind of good news.  With Kasich, Christie and Bush splitting the RINO vote, this gives real conservatives an advantage.  The Obama/Clinton duplicates in John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie will also have to split their share of the money that can be raised.  This is the third GOP candidate that I will refuse to vote for in 2016.  I will NOT vote for another Bush, Christie or Kasich under any circumstances.  I will vote third party.



 Congressman  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan

Poll: 48 Percent in Paul Ryan's District Would Vote for a Replacement.  A poll released Thursday [5/11/2017] finds 48 percent of voters in Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan's Wisconsin district want someone new to take his seat.  The poll, conducted by progressive firm Public Policy Polling on behalf of a liberal group opposed to the Speaker, also found that 51 percent disapprove of Ryan's job performance, while 43 percent approve.

Paul Ryan is proving to be all talk and no action.  Now that President Trump has survived his first 100 days, a burning question in Washington is whether House Speaker Paul Ryan will survive the second 100 days.  A miracle might be needed.  Ryan's repeated inability to pass anything resembling a repeal of ObamaCare goes beyond simple failure.  It's shaping up as a potential disaster for the Trump presidency and the GOP congressional majority.  With every Republican talking about little else for seven years, and with Trump in the White House, producing a repeal-and-replace bill should have been relatively low-hanging fruit.

Paul Ryan's Catastrophic Lack of Political Skill and Judgment.  [Scroll down]  As the 2016 primary election season was about to begin, Ryan negotiated with the Obama administration an omnibus budget bill once more without bothering to find out what his party would and would not accept.  And so he was surprised to find that his Republicans were more than disappointed: they were furious.  His agreement funded almost every hot button issue that Obama was desperate to have funded and Republicans were just as determined not to fund:  Obama's illegal executive amnesty was funded, his Muslim refugee program funded, sanctuary cities funded, yet there was no money for a border fence.

Ryan unmasks himself as biggest threat to GOP, Trump presidency.  House Speaker Paul Ryan didn't just step in it again, big time, on the Ryancare bill this week.  The Wisconsin Republican unmasked himself as the man most capable of demolishing his own party and the Trump presidency.  The Ryan American Healthcare Bill is a piece of moderate GOP trash that Mr. Ryan owns and has been trying and failing miserably to sell as the long-promised Republican repeal and replacement of Obamacare.  By telling conservatives in the House and across America to go have intimate relations with themselves and not meddle in the medical-care matters of him and the rest of what passes as House GOP leadership, he has done American politics a favor.

Paul Ryan Is Solely To Blame For RyanCare's Demise.  Friday's decision to pull the American Health Care Act from the House floor because it lacked enough votes to pass was a culmination of months of bad decisions, poor planning, and terrible messaging by the GOP leadership in the House.  This failure undermines not only the party's credibility, but President Trump's purported ability to "make great deals."  Worse, it emboldens the left-wing "resistance."

Discussion About GOP Replacement to Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House Intensifies in White House, Congress.  Republican officials in Congress and the White House are now openly discussing finding a GOP replacement to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House, after Ryan failed to pass the American Health Care Act out of the House and misled the public and President Donald Trump when he promised repeatedly the bill would pass.

Ryancare Will Destroy The Republican Majority.  So eager was Obama to pass the bill it required shady deals like the infamous "Cornhusker Kickback," false promises ("if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor"), and playing games with House rules to pass it under the reconciliation procedure reserved for tax measures.  Even after all that, 34 Democrats joined every House Republican in voting against the bill.  The story was the same in the Senate where not a single Republican voted for Obamacare.  Still, the healthcare bill offered by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) seems like a premeditated act of defiance against the expressed desires of his own base.  And it is an obvious contradiction of Ryan's own rhetoric.

Lou Dobbs:  Speaker Paul Ryan Should Resign.  House Speaker Ryan should resign his post, says Lou Dobbs, the radio host, and anchor of Lou Dobbs Tonight on Fox Business Network.  Dobbs Tweeted his resignation call Tuesday morning [3/14/2017] after Breitbart posted a pre-election recording of Ryan saying he would never defend President Donald Trump, and as multiple GOP legislators walked away from Ryan's Obamacare replacement proposal, the American Health Care Act.

Audio Emerges of When Paul Ryan Abandoned Donald Trump.  On a never-before-released private October conference call with House Republican members, House Speaker Paul Ryan told his members in the U.S. House of Representatives he was abandoning then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump forever and would never defend him ever again.  In the Oct. 10, 2016 call, from right after the Access Hollywood tape of Trump was leaked in the weeks leading up to the election, Ryan does not specify that he will never defend Trump on just the Access Hollywood tape — he says clearly he is done with Trump altogether.  "I am not going to defend Donald Trump — not now, not in the future," Ryan says in the audio, obtained by Breitbart News and published here for the first time ever.

2 Words That Spell Doom For The GOP's ObamaCare Replacement Plan.  When selling the House Republican's health care bill, Speaker Paul Ryan says that ObamaCare is failing and must be replaced.  He also promises that the GOP bill will "ensure vital protections for patients with pre-existing conditions."  There is just one problem with this formula.  ObamaCare is failing precisely because of those very "vital protections" Ryan wants to preserve.

Cutting the Obamacare Knots.  Conservatives in Congress are not buying Paul Ryan's proposed ObamaCare revisions mainly because Ryan seems have accepted, as Trump implicitly did when he promised nearly universal coverage, the idea that health care services should be provided federally.  In effect, Ryan's plan is unacceptable because it accepts the unacceptable: the replacement of individual responsibility for health care by collective responsibility and so drags the nationally socialized health care camel's nose further into the tent.

Speaker Paul Ryan Targets His Own Republicans, Not Democrats, with Ads on Health Care.  House Speaker Paul Ryan is openly targeting House Republicans with television advertisements — while conspicuously not hitting Democratic members — to try to browbeat them into supporting his healthcare legislation.  The remarkable development, in which a GOP leadership-connected organization is now opening fire on the airwaves against Ryan's own members, is ultimately one of the main tactics employed by Ryan's predecessor, former House Speaker John Boehner — one that was instrumental in forcing his resignation in 2015.

Ryan: 'We are not planning on erecting a deportation force'.  House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday [11/13/2016] despite Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric, lawmakers are not prepared to form a deportation force to round-up and deport undocumented immigrants.  "We are not planning on erecting a deportation force.  Donald Trump's not planning on that," Ryan told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."  "I think we should put people's minds at ease:  That is not what our focus is.  That is not what we're focused on.  We're focused on securing the border.  We think that's first and foremost, before we get into any other immigration issue, we've got to know who's coming and going into the country — we've got to secure the border," he added.

Ryan gets unanimous nod to lead GOP in next Congress.  House Republicans on Tuesday [11/15/2016] unanimously nominated Paul Ryan to serve his first full term as speaker in the next Congress, casting aside the fears of some conservatives that he would not carry out President-elect Trump's populist agenda.

Oh yeah, NOW he's on board.
Paul Ryan effuses over Donald Trump in wake of election.  With his own political future perhaps in doubt, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan heaped praise on the GOP's new undisputed leader Wednesday, saying Republicans owe their continued congressional majorities to president-elect Donald Trump.  After a rocky campaign that saw many of them shun the billionaire businessman as a false Republican, GOP lawmakers scrambled to climb aboard the Trump train, saying their political futures are now linked, and insisting they can work together to repeal Obamacare, cut government red tape and advance GOP priorities.

Chatter grows that Ryan could step down.  Chatter is growing louder on Capitol Hill that Paul Ryan's days as Speaker are numbered.  Four House Republicans, including a senior lawmaker close to leadership, told The Hill they expect Ryan to step down after Tuesday's elections, arguing that he faces a daunting path to the 218 votes he needs to win a full two-year term leading the House GOP.  Aides to the Wisconsin Republican insist he isn't going anywhere and that he's completely focused right now on protecting the GOP's majority in the lower chamber.  "He is running.  The Speaker's only focus until Election Day is defeating Democrats and protecting our majority, and nothing else," Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said.  But even some Ryan allies are conceding that the Speaker now finds himself in an untenable position after just a year on the job.

Speaker Ryan bracing for GOP attacks after the election.  Rep. Paul Ryan has become the top target of pro-Trump forces lurking in the halls of Congress.  Although the Wisconsin Representative said he cast his ballot for the party's nominee on Tuesday, the House Freedom Caucus reportedly held a "secret meeting" Wednesday morning [11/2/2016] to discuss their post-election plans.  Allegedly on the agenda: a challenge to Paul Ryan's position as Speaker of the House.

He's With Her:  Inside Paul Ryan's Months-Long Campaign to Elect Hillary Clinton President.  Donald Trump made headlines this week when he questioned whether Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan wanted him to prevail over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.  "Maybe not," Trump told Good Morning America on Tuesday [10/18/2016].  "Because maybe he wants to run in four years... or maybe he doesn't know how to win.  I mean, who can really know?" Trump said.  The view that Ryan "doesn't know how to win," however, neglects the reality that both Ryan and Clinton share a progressive, globalist worldview, which is at odds with Trump's "America first" approach.

The Legend Speaks — Schlafly Thunders for Ryan Ouster: 'Get Rid of Him!'  Coming on the heels of her pivotal endorsement that helped propel Donald Trump to becoming the Republican nominee, conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly is once again entering the 2016 electoral fray.  After ending the presidential ambitions of Sen. Marco Rubio, the living legend now has her 91-year-old sights set on the highly controversial House Speaker Paul Ryan, who leads America's globalist political sect and is nominally a member of the Republican Party.  Ryan has faced a spirited challenge in his August 9th open primary election from Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen.

Bill Kristol Lets The Cat Out of the Bag:  Paul Ryan Is Secretly Working Against Donald Trump.  "Never Trump" movement leader Bill Kristol of the Weekly Standard seemingly accidentally let the cat out of the bag about House Speaker Paul Ryan:  Kristol says Ryan is secretly working against Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president.  "Trump is corrupting everyone who has supported him, or who is working for him, and even is accommodating or rationalizing," Kristol said in an interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell on Thursday, one his own publication the Weekly Standard promoted online.

Double Agent:  Paul Ryan Races to Media to Join Hillary's Attacks Against Trump.  Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan opted to join in on Hillary Clinton's latest attack against his party's nominee.  In recent days, the establishment media has devoted a great deal of coverage to Khizr Khan, a Muslim father whose son died serving in Iraq and who spoke at the Democratic National Convention.  During his DNC speech, Khan attacked Donald Trump for wanting to curb the record-high rate of Muslim immigration into the U.S.  Following the media's practically round-the-clock coverage of Khan's attacks against Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan decided to join in on the pile on.

Paul Ryan Comes Out Against Religious Test To Get Into US.  House Speaker Paul Ryan defended slain Muslim U.S. soldier Capt.  Humayun Khan's military experience after his father spoke at the Democratic National Convention, adding he doesn't believe the country should add a religious test to the immigration process.

Paul Nehlen:  Paul Ryan's Betrayal of GOP Nominee Beneath Dignity of His Office, Morally Disqualifying.  Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen blasted House Speaker Paul Ryan for his "repeated betrayals" of both Republican nominee, Donald Trump, and the American electorate, who "who want a leader that will put the interests of America and her citizens first."  "Paul Ryan's repeated betrayals of the GOP nominee is beneath the dignity of the Speakers' office and is morally disqualifying," Nehlen declared.

Moms Who Lost Kids to Illegals to Rally at Wall Around Paul Ryan's Home.  On Saturday [7/23/2016], American mothers who have buried their children as a result of illegal alien crime will be holding a press conference in front of Paul Ryan's personal border wall that protects his family and his estate.  These "angel moms" say that Ryan has ignored the American families that have been torn apart by open borders for too long.

Paul Ryan Caving on Gun Vote is Exactly Why We Lose.  Did you ever hear the saying "Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory?"  Well that is what Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., did yesterday [6/30/2016] when he announced the House would vote next week on a measure that would prohibit people on terrorism watch lists from purchasing firearms.  The Hill is reporting that Ryan caved to the demands of Democrats and he is scheduling a gun control vote on the House floor when they come back from recess next week.

Paul Ryan Blinks:  Will Allow Vote on Gun Control Next Week.  House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will allow a vote on legislation dealing with terrorism and guns next week.  The details of the legislation have not been made available, but Roll Call reports that Ryan told House Republicans about the vote during a June 30 conference call.  During the call, Ryan said it is "common sense that suspects on terror watch lists not be able to buy guns."  His announcement of this scheduled vote comes one week after House Democrats ended their 25-hour sit-in for gun control.

President Obama Signs Paul Ryan Bill and Immediately Suspends 5th Amendment.  Today [6/30/2016] President Obama signed the PROMESA (Puerto Rico Bailout) bill created by representative Paul Ryan, and with it the immediate suspension of the Fifth Amendment which was supported by a Senate vote yesterday [6/29/2016].  The Fifth Amendment protects U.S. Citizens from federal seizure of property without compensation.  It applies in this instance to Puerto Rico via the general obligation bonds (property) purchased by municipal bond holders (investing citizens), which were supposed to be repaid, and which congress has now determined can be frozen.  In addition, PROMESA suspends legal redress, by blocking bond holders (property owners) from suing the debtor (PR) to recover their property.  In essence the Fifth Amendment is suspended, and the rights of those whose property has been confiscated to use the courts has been preemptively denied.

Anti-Paul Ryan Billboards Shred the Speaker's Sellout of Ordinary Americans.  [Scroll down]  While polling data shows that the Republican electorate overwhelmingly backs proposals to temporarily pause Muslim migration, Ryan has rejected such proposals.  He has repeatedly ruled out the possibility of making any cuts to Muslim migration — insisting that "that's not who we are," and that such a proposal is "not reflective of our principles."  However, Ryan has not explained how importing hundreds of thousands of migrants from nations that hold sentiments that are anti-women, anti-gay, anti-religious tolerance, and anti-America benefits the United States or helps to protect our Western values.  Indeed, as a result of large-scale Muslim migration, the U.S. has imported several practices and values that are antithetical to Western principles.

House gun control sit-in a media coup, but party gets a pass on disruption.  [Scroll down]  Unlike the Senate, where anyone can filibuster, the majority party rules the House with an iron hand.  So Ryan was basically on target in telling CNN the move was a "publicity stunt."  The speaker, like Nancy Pelosi before him, can keep any bill he wants off the floor.  What's more, and some of the stories acknowledged this, if there had been a vote, the Democrats would have lost, just as they failed to win approval for four Senate measures, two sponsored by each party.  So this is pure protest politics.  Back in 2008, when Democrats ran the House, the GOP tried to block an adjournment, refusing to leave while insisting on a vote on an energy bill.  Pelosi was dismissive, accusing the Republicans of "obstructing common-sense proposals."  She and her party left town for summer recess anyway, darkening the chamber and having the C-SPAN cameras turned off.

Paul Ryan's Treason.  In an awkward interview with the Huffington Post, House Speaker Paul Ryan threatened to sue Donald Trump if he were to ban Muslim immigration or build a border wall with Mexico.  Considering the current track record of suing Obama over abuses of power, this is little more than a confession of impotence.  And yet it's deeply troubling that a top Republican is willing to go to such lengths to fight for Muslim migration or for that matter illegal immigration in general.  Paul Ryan insists that he will continue to "speak up in defense of our principles, in defense of not just our party's principles, but our country's principles", but it's telling that these principles seem to involve illegal immigration and Muslim migration.  Since when are either of these representative of our party's principles or our country's principles?  And yet they are indeed core principles for Paul Ryan.

Paul Ryan:  We Have Not Pushed Kate's Law Because We Do Not Want to Clog Up Jails with Illegal Drunk Drivers.  In a Wednesday Fox News interview, Speaker Paul Ryan seemed to suggest that the reason the House has not pushed Kate's Law is because he is opposed to "clogging up our jails" with illegal alien drunk drivers.  Kate's Law — named in honor of Kate Steinle — would increase the penalty for illegal immigrants who return to the U.S. after being deported.  Last year, Steinle was gunned down in broad daylight by a five-time deported criminal alien. [...] On his Wednesday [6/15/2016] program, Bill O'Reilly pressed Ryan — who is the leader of the pro-illegal immigration wing of the Republican Party — on why the House has yet to push Kate's Law nearly a year after her murder.

The Saboteur:  Speaker Paul Ryan Plans to Sue a Future President Donald Trump Over Muslim Migration Pause.  In a sit-down interview with the anti-Trump publication the Huffington Post, House Speaker Paul Ryan suggested that he might sue President Trump if he were to enact a temporary pause on Muslim migration into the United States.  With his omnibus spending bill, Ryan funded President Obama's expansion of Muslim migration — funding visas for nearly 300,000 (temporary and permanent) Muslim migrants within the course of 12 months.  Yet more significantly, Ryan's omnibus fully funded Obama's unconstitutional 2012 executive amnesty for illegal immigrants who allegedly entered the country as minors.

Decepticons In Sunlight — Paul Ryan Threatens To Sue Donald Trump Over Temp Muslim Ban.  House Speaker Paul 'Omnibus' Ryan is quoted in a Huffington Post interview as threatening to sue President Trump if he attempted to initiate his proposed halt on Muslim immigration: [...] "I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers", Ryan says.  That's rather strange, because there's a disconnect.  When President Obama declared his November 2014 "executive action on amnesty" or DAPA, neither Paul Ryan nor any other body of congressional authority attempted to sue the president.  Exactly the contrary is evident.  Through Ryan's Omnibus spending approach, all of President Obama's priorities were fully funded through the end of his entire term in office.

Ryan on Trump's Muslim ban: 'I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers'.  Though House Speaker Paul Ryan has endorsed Donald Trump, he has made it clear he does not support some of his policies and said he's prepared to take him to court should the presumed Republican presidential nominee move forward with one of them.  "I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers," the Wisconsin Republican told the Huffington Post in an interview published Friday [6/17/2016] when asked about Trump's proposed Muslim ban.

The Editor says...
Where has Mr. Ryan been for the last seven years?  Does he really believe Barack H. Obama has never overstepped his authority?

'Muslims are our partners': Paul Ryan insists U.S. battle is 'not a war with Islam'.  House Speaker Paul Ryan drove another wedge between himself and Donald Trump on Tuesday with a stinging rebuke of his party's presumptive presidential nominee's proposed pause on non-citizen Muslim immigration — saying 'Muslims are our partners' in the war on terror.  'I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country's interest,' Ryan said during a press conference at the Republican National Committee's Capitol Hill headquarters.  'I do not think it is reflective of our principles — not just as a party, but as a country,' he said.

Ryan Pushes Passage of Puerto Rico (Bain Capital Bond Seller) "Rescue" Through House.  Rat Fink Paul 'Omnibus' Ryan quickly scampers out of view after strategically timing the Puerto Rico Rescue bill to occur on a heavy news days containing White House endorsement and presidential election politics.  Let there be no doubt the "rescue bill" vote was timed via scheduling coordination with Obama (heavily supports) and Pelosi (also heavily supports).

Exclusive: Longtime GOP Backer Says Ryan Wants Trump To Lose.  A longtime Republican financial backer who attended a New York fundraiser held by Chris Christie for Donald Trump Thursday tells The Daily Caller that most Republican donors are on board with Trump, yet House Speaker Paul Ryan is hoping Trump loses so he can run in four years.  The source tells TheDC that the reason Ryan has not been coming out strongly for Trump is because of his desire to run in four years.  Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who has been fervently anti-Trump, also wants to run in four years, according to the longtime Republican backer.  Romney will be 73 in 2020.

David Brat:  The Paul Ryan Puerto Rico Rescue Bill "Turns People Into Subjects".  Yesterday [6/9/2016] House Speaker Paul Ryan pushed through a Puerto Rico Rescue bill called PROMESA.  The details of the bill are fundamentally challenging to understand in scope, however, the key aspect to remember is the underlying benefactor(s) — Wall Street.  While Ryan is severely adverse to PROMESA being called a bailout, that's exactly what it is — only worse.  The plan structurally changes the dynamics of how State debt is repaid, and the considerations for bondholders under the 5th amendment (seizure of private property w/out compensation); which will lead to a guaranteed bondholder bailout.  However, beyond the 'bailout' aspect there is a framework to override state legislative authority and use unelected "control board" appointed by congress to subvert citizen voices and make independent decisions.

Ryan changes rules for spending bills.  House GOP leaders on Wednesday announced that they will begin restricting contentious amendments on spending bills, a move that critics say violates the party's commitment to regular order.  Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) used most of a conference meeting Wednesday morning to outline the party's new strategy to unjam the appropriations process.  For remaining spending bills, all amendments will be approved by the House Rules Committee before the debate reaches the floor.  GOP leaders hope the new rules will lend control to what has been a chaotic appropriations process this spring.  Several Republicans in the room said Ryan described it as a last-ditch attempt to block Democrats' "poison pills," amendments they say are designed to derail the underlying spending legislation.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is ready to jump off the fence and endorse Trump in bid to unify party, a top Trump official says.  House Speaker Paul Ryan is finally ready to endorse Donald Trump for president, a senior-level Trump source said.  ABC News reported that a top Trump official said Ryan will be making the endorsement.  The story gave no time frame, but Ryan meets with House Republicans Wednesday [5/25/2016] during the regular meeting of the GOP conference.

Paul Ryan Says U.S. Must Admit Muslim Migrants, Sends Kids to Private School that Screens Them Out.  After the Paris terrorist attack, House Speaker Paul Ryan declared that the United States cannot turn away the hundreds of thousands of Islamist migrants now being approved for visas to enter the United States.  Ryan declared that it is not "appropriate" to consider the religious attitudes of would-be migrants seeking admission.  After the San Bernardino terrorist attack, Ryan echoed President Obama in condemning what was described as Donald Trump's "religious test."  However, a Breitbart News investigation now reveals that while Paul Ryan wants no 'religious test' for who gets admitted into America, Ryan sends his children to a private school that uses a "religious test" in its admissions process.

Paul Ryan Declines to Take Position on N.C. Bathroom Law, Mississippi Freedom of Conscience Law.  House Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.) declined [4/21/2016] to take a position on the North Carolina law that requires people to use the restroom that corresponds with their biological sex or the Mississippi law that protects religious organizations and individuals from being forced to act against their consciences on matters involving same-sex marriage, sex outside marriage or transgenderism.

Ryan steers clear of transgender bathroom fight.  Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday declined to take a position on North Carolina's controversial law forcing transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to their biological sex.  But the Wisconsin Republican also said there should be a "well-maintained balance" as states address lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues.  "I'm not going to comment on what various different states are doing," Ryan told reporters at a news conference.  "Again, all of our committees that have jurisdiction in this area will look at this issue, but it's not my place to get involved in what each state is doing."

Speaker Paul Ryan Pushes Puerto Rico Bondholder Cram Down on Conservatives.  House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wants Congress to pass a law that would cause Puerto Rico bondholders who own $73 billion in notes from the territory's government to be treated the same way the federal government treated Chrysler bondholders back in 2008 and 2009.  Friday morning [4/15/2016], Ryan addressed a special meeting of the GOP caucus to attempt to persuade recalcitrant conservatives the cram down is a good idea.

Alien Crime Victims to Wisconsin on Eve of Vote: Stop 'Traitor' Ryan from Stealing Delegates.  On the the heels of new reports indicating Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) could likely emerge as the GOP nominee should the "#NeverTrump" clique keep Donald Trump from getting 1,237 delegates outright, the American victims of illegal alien crime are now speaking out against the possibility of a President Ryan.  Paul Ryan's position on immigration is "treasonous," said Dan Golvach, whose 25-year-old son Spencer was murdered and shot in the head during a drive-by shooting carried out by an illegal alien.

Businessman Paul Nehlen to challenge Paul Ryan from right in primary.  Wisconsin businessman Paul Nehlen announced Tuesday [3/29/2016] that he is the tea party-allied candidate who is challenging House Speaker Paul D.  Ryan in the Republican primary, saying he's "had it" with the speaker betraying conservatives.  Sources first confirmed to The Washington Times earlier this week that a wealthy businessman was mounting a primary challenge to Mr. Ryan in Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District, but Mr. Nehlen did not reveal his identity until now.

[The] Republican Establishment [is] the Next Whig Party.  [Scroll down]  The other half of the 2012 GOP comedy team, Speaker Paul Ryan — another Republican defeatist — also took a shot at Trump.  As speaker, Ryan worked with Nancy Pelosi to pass the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, fully funding ObamaCare, executive amnesties and Planned Parenthood.  Conservatives gave the GOP the House in 2010 and the Senate in 2014.  In return, the Republican leadership gave us empty rhetoric and vague promises.  The Republican establishment believes it has a divine right to pick the party's nominees.  Ford, Dole, McCain, and Romney — the elite has an unerring instinct for disaster.  For them, vision and values are irrelevant.  It's all about credentials (who's next in line for the nomination) and who won't upset the media by being "divisive."

Paul Ryan: 'We're Not Going To Be Talking About Visa Caps'.  In a remarkable interview with popular Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo, House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) declined multiple times to answer whether he would, as Speaker of the House, allow legislation to proceed curbing the rapid growth of America's foreign-born population.  Ninety-two percent of GOP voters want immigration frozen or slashed, according to Pew polling data.

Media Chatter: House Speaker Paul Ryan Is The Establishment's Next Challenger to Face Trump.  House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) may become the GOP establishment's 2016 candidate who can snatch the nomination or the leadership of the GOP away from pro-American populist Donald Trump, according to D.C. media chatter.  But the move — if it happens — may be too late.  Any fight between the increasingly popular Trump and the decreasingly popular Ryan would mark a last-ditch effort by the GOP's establishment-business-wing to deny any political power to its conservative voters, likely splitting the party just before the elections that will decide which party gets to control the White House and the U.S. Senate.

Laura Ingraham: 'The Bearded Wonder' Speaker Paul Ryan Enabled Barack Obama's Executive Gun Control.  Nationally syndicated conservative radio host Laura Ingraham says that "the bearded wonder," House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), is a failure who enabled President Barack Obama's gun control by executive action.  "I would love to see the bearded wonder Paul Ryan [...] giving Obama funding for his lawless behavior for the next 12 months," Ingraham said.

Executive Gun Control: House Speaker Paul Ryan Supported Background Check Expansion In 2013.  With Barack Obama announcing an executive expansion of background checks that is certain to draw ire — and lawsuits — from conservatives and gun rights groups around the country, it is important to remember that House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) supported a very similar background check expansion just two years ago.

Paul Ryan — Meet the New Speaker, Same as the Old Speaker!  So after the political professional wrestling a few months ago in Washington that resulted in the resignation of John 'Boo Hoo' Boehner, the Republicans replaced Boehner with Boehner!  Paul Boehner!  New Speaker Paul Ryan appears to be Boehner on steroids after his $1.1 trillion spending bill was passed.  Ryan, the head of the (so-called) loyal opposition gave Obama and the Democrats everything they wanted in the bill except repeal of the Second Amendment.  He must have forgotten that part.

Tea partyers fume over Ryan's spending bill, seek conservative challenger.  Conservative activists are targeting House Speaker Paul D. Ryan for a primary challenge next year as retribution for the massive spending bill the Wisconsin Republican ushered through Congress at the end of the recent session.  The effort is spearheaded by Wisconsin tea party groups and pro-life activists, who feel betrayed by Mr. Ryan's nearly $2 trillion package.

Paul Ryan Blames Sessions and Internet for Omnibus Muslim Migration 'Hyperbole'.  [Scroll down]  Indeed, Ryan's omnibus not only fully-funds all visas for Muslim immigrants but funds the President's announced expansion of Muslim refugee admissions along with dramatically increasing the caps on H-2B visa issuances.  By definition, as Sessions, Cruz, and Shelby all tried to warn Congressional Republicans, the omnibus will fund the arrival of hundreds of thousands of migrants from Jihadi regions.  That is because Ryan rejected multiple proposals to reduce visa issuances, while instead increasing them.

Buyer's Remorse? National Review Slams Omnibus After Backing Paul Ryan As Speaker.  The editors of National Review are slamming House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) for pushing his omnibus spending bill through Congress.  The editors' rebuke of Ryan — in which they accuse him of having far different priorities than GOP voters — comes just two months after the publication endorsed Ryan for Speaker and, in so doing, helped place a man with a two-decade long history of pushing open border immigration policies in charge of the GOP conference.

Pelosi Explains Support for Ryan Budget: 'They Were Willing to Concede So Much'.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi explained her support for the $1.2 trillion spending bill that the Republican Congress passed yesterday and President Obama signed into law by pointing out to reporters that the Republicans "were willing to concede so much" to get the bill passed.  The bill, Pelosi noted, did not stop funding of Planned Parenthood, and the Republicans "had to take out their provisions to destroy ACA" — the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare.  Pelosi argued that the Republican leaders were so intent on getting a provision to allow exports of U.S. crude oil that they were "willing to give up so much."

"Loyalty Has Been Repaid With Betrayal" Jeff Sessions Slams Paul Ryan for Mocking American Workers.  [Scroll down]  [Senator Jeff] Sessions went on to lay out what the GOP-led Congress would have to do if it wished to claim that it represented Americans, saying, "Congress should defend the citizens of this country with the same passion as the President defends the citizens of other countries."  Earlier in the week, Sessions said, "The voters put Republicans in a majority in the 2014 midterm elections — a vote which constituted a clear decision to reject the abuse of our immigration system.  That loyalty has been repaid with betrayal."  In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly described Jeff Sessions as "the best guy in Congress."

Boehner with a beard: Paul Ryan's legacy of surrender.  On Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, Congress held up a white flag and surrendered its constitutional authority to make laws and to regulate spending on behalf of the United States government.  Instead, Congress has decided to give the president whatever he wants, however much it costs, because they are terrified of being accused of shutting down the government if they insist on responsible spending, representative government, and constitutional separation of powers.  In a span of two days, Congress received a 2,000 page bill that authorizes spending $1.1 trillion on a smorgasbord of hundreds of programs both good and bad, and then passed it with hardly any discussion because... well, um, because they wanted to get home for the Christmas break!

Paul Ryan Betrays America: $1.1 Trillion, 2,000-Plus Page Omnibus Bill Funds 'Fundamental Transformation of America'.  [#1] Ryan's Omnibus Fully Funds DACA [...] [#2] Ryan's Omnibus Funds Sanctuary Cities [...] [#3] Ryan's Omnibus Funds All Refugee Programs [...] [#4] Ryan's Omnibus Funds All of the Mideast Immigration Programs That Have Been Exploited by Terrorists in Recent Years [...]

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Ryan omnibus — $265 million in welfare for Mexico.  More good news from the Ryan-Obama omnibus bill.  Contained in the bill is $265 [million] for welfare to Mexico and Central American countries for 'economic development'.  Wouldn't that $265 million been a lot more useful here?


Paul Ryan's 11 Christmas Gifts to Obama.  At 1:34 on Wednesday morning [12/16/2015], the party of Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan dropped their Christmas package off at the White House lawn in the form of a 2,009-page omnibus spending bill and a 233-page tax subsidy bill.  The House plans to vote on the tax bill today and the spending bill tomorrow.  The enormity of this betrayal is breathtaking.  At the same time, however, it perfectly illustrates why the American people are done with the Republican Party as currently constituted, as witnessed by the direction of the presidential primary.  Amazingly, many "D.C. conservatives" are giving Paul Ryan a pass.

Paul Ryan's Omnibus Budget Surrenders to EPA Radicals.  Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) continues predecessor Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)'s tradition of surrendering to liberal Democrats.  Ryan's decision to remove critical riders from the Omnibus budget bill that intended to stop the EPA's radical and statutorily unauthorized new rules that could devastate America's coal and farming industries is just the most recent version of the GOP white flag.

Paul Ryan Builds Border Fence Around His Mansion, Doesn't Fund Border Fence in Omnibus.  While Paul Ryan's omnibus spending bill does not provide funding for the mandatory completion of a 700-mile double-layer border fence that Congress promised the American people nearly a decade ago when it passed the 2006 Secure Fence Act, Paul Ryan has constructed a fence around his property.  As Breitbart News's photographic documentation reveals, Ryan's home is surrounded by a tall border fence reinforced by equally high bushes — ensuring both privacy and security.  Moreover, the fence is manned by an on-duty agent who guards his property's perimeter.

Time for Paul Ryan to go.  Paul Ryan is acting like every Democrat's [...] dream.  The massive budget he is shoving down America's throat is a wish list full of everything the Democrats could possibly want.
  •   He's giving $1.6 billion to resettle illegal aliens rather than deport them.
  •   He is fully funding Obama's illegal amnesty.
  •   He is fully funding Obamacare.
  •   He is fully funding Planned Parenthood and their baby cutting tactics.
  •   He is allowing Obama to bring in hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees.
  •   He is fully funding the EPA's program to shut down coal-fired power plants.
  •   He is going to add hundreds of billions of dollars to our national debt.

Obama Gives 'Kudos' To Paul Ryan For Helping Pass Omnibus.  Obama said John Boehner deserved credit for raising the spending levels before he left office, leaving more room for his successor Paul Ryan to negotiate.  But he also pointed out that Speaker Ryan deserved credit for working with Democrats to pass a bill.  "I think he is respectful of the process and respectful of how legislation works," Obama said.

Congress Votes To Fund Nearly 300,000 Visas For Muslim Migrants In One Year.  The House passed Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)'s $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, negotiated with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).  A majority of House Republicans voted for the measure, which fully funds Obama's refugee resettlement operation, all Mideast immigration programs, Sanctuary Cities, Obama's continued executive amnesty for DREAMers, and the resettlement of illegal aliens within the U.S. interior.  In perhaps a display of loyalty to Ryan, three-fifths of the Republican conference supported his legislation, and even gave him a standing ovation following the bill's passage.

Do we really want an 'inclusive' political agenda?  I suppose Paul Ryan is some improvement over John Boehner, superficially at least.  He's sober and doesn't look over-tanned, although his beard is starting to look a little Mufti-ish.  But in substance, I see no improvement at all.

Ryan Becomes First Bearded House Speaker in 90 Years.  Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled a new beard on social media [11/30/2015], making him the first House Speaker to sport the facial hair in 90 years.

Paul Ryan calls for GOP to support $1 trillion spending bill.  House Republican leaders say they're confident the $1.1 trillion spending bill now on the table will be approved by the deadline of Dec. 11, averting a government shutdown.

New Education Bill Pushes A Liberal Agenda.  After seven years of rule by decree by President Obama's Chicago crony Arne Duncan, why are Republicans about to reauthorize the federal government's authority over the nation's public schools?  And why is the new speaker, Paul Ryan, rushing a 1,059-page bill to a floor vote only two days after the text was released on Nov. 30?

Report: Speaker Ryan Expanding Taxpayer Bailout For ObamaCare Insurers.  This year we taxpayers get yet another round of usurpation from the Progressive Republican GOPe critters, led now by Paul Ryan, who infect the spending body.  Speaker Ryan and his team of spending enthusiasts is getting ready to "bail out", meaning give, the ObamaCare health insurance carriers an influx of even more money.

How's That Paul Ryan Vote Working Out for You "Conservatives?"  Had the Freedom Caucus held firm in mass (nine honorable exceptions did not vote for Ryan), they could have blocked his election.  I realize that they didn't have the votes to get their man, but they could have and should have blocked the particularly troublesome Ryan for someone less overtly noxious.  For those of us who recognized Ryan for what he is, an errand boy of the Establishment, the brief term of Speaker Ryan is already turning into a disaster.

Paul Ryan Rejects Cuts to Muslim Immigration — "That's Not Who We Are".  House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is ruling out making any cuts to Muslim immigration.  In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Ryan declared that considering an applicant's religion would not be "appropriate" and would be fundamentally un-American — insisting "that's not who we are."

Rand Paul Says Marco Rubio 'Had Secret Deal With Chuck Schumer' on Immigration.  Rand Paul appeared on Mark Levin's radio show Tuesday evening [11/17/2015] to share his thoughts on the refugee crisis and the lack of vetting of Muslim refugees arriving in America.  The conservative senator had some other things to say, especially about Marco Rubio.  Rubio has always supported an open-borders policy and was part of the Gang of 8, the group of senators that tried to pass amnesty for illegal aliens and would have opened the floodgates to Islamic refugees.  Last week Senator Ted Cruz blasted Rubio, saying the Floridian had voted against every single amendment conservatives put forth to the Gang of 8 bill.

Paul Ryan's Breathtaking Ignorance of Religious Liberty and Immigration.  In case you thought suicidal immigration policies were limited to Obama and his allies, think again.  Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) evidently believes there is a constitutional right to emigrate to this country.  In addition, he appears to believe that the First Amendment of religious freedom applies to everyone in the world and compels us to bring in anyone from every religion, irrespective of the problems endemic in some of its practitioners.

Paul Ryan abandons his promise.  Well, it was nice while it lasted.  Three weeks ago, Paul Ryan accepted the speaker's gavel with a vow to return to "regular order," in which the Congress runs by deliberation rather than fiat and lawmakers have loose rein to amend and shape legislation.  "The committees should retake the lead in drafting all major legislation," he said, adding that "when we rush to pass bills, a lot of us do not understand we are not doing our job."  That dream died about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night [11/17/2015].  That's when House leaders announced that they would take up a never-before-seen piece of legislation, written that very day, to rewrite the rules of the U.S. refugee program for those coming from Syria and Iraq.  There had been, and would be, no hearings or other committee action before the legislation was rushed Thursday to the House floor, where no amendments would be allowed.

Huckabee to Paul Ryan: Stop the 'Importation' of Refugees, or Resign.  Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Monday [11/16/2015] called on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) to "reject the importation" of refugees into the U.S., or resign the speakership.  "If Speaker Ryan will not lead & reject the importation of those fleeing the Middle East he needs to step down today & let someone else lead," Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, tweeted.  Huckabee's response to the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people is the most forceful thus far of those who seek to prevent refugees from entering the U.S.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman: No Commitment From Paul Ryan To Block Import of Muslim Refugees.  In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) reveals that conservative House members have received no commitment from Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) that he would in any way try to curb the nation's importation of Muslims on visas.  By the end of the year, Congress will have to pass a government funding measure to appropriate funds for all federal operations.  The Boehner-Obama debt deal, backed by Ryan, established the spending levels — but Congress still has to pass the actual spending bills which contain the money.

Boehner II: The Revenge — Ryan Will Fund Planned Parenthood.  Paul Ryan is a movement conservative.  But he may not be a good Speaker of the House.  Being a movement conservative means having conservative instincts on the issues:  recognizing the power and virtue of the free market, believing in a government that protects individual rights instead of forwarding imposed notions of material equality.  Being a good Speaker of the House means using all the tools at your disposal to stop the agenda of the left.

Ryan elected 54th House speaker.  The House on Thursday elected Rep. Paul Ryan to serve as its 54th speaker, as Republicans rallied behind the Wisconsin Republican after weeks of infighting over who should take the gavel from retiring Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

Dem Whip says Ryan an 'outstanding' choice for speaker.  House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Wednesday [10/28/2015] that he thinks Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would be an "outstanding" speaker of the House.

Paul Ryan handcuffs the next president to Obama's budget.  Paul Ryan has endorsed a huge, secretly put together mega-budget that was created in precisely the manner in which he said he wouldn't create budgets.  And Democrats love it.

Paul Ryan: A Poor Choice for Speaker.  Contrary to Republican establishment propaganda, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is not reliably conservative.  He has strayed so far from the conservative mainstream that his recent voting record alone ought to instantly disqualify him from consideration as the next speaker of the House.  He is the wrong man at the wrong time.  If Ryan ends up wielding the speaker's gavel, the low-intensity civil war bubbling in the Grand Old Party may quickly go nuclear.  And the fact that Ryan wants to make veteran Beltway lobbyist David Hoppe his chief of staff in the speaker's office should concern conservatives.

Speaker Ryan and the Depth of Amnesty Immigration Trickery by GOPe.  Having watched the full PBS outline any conservative pundit, media outlet, blogger or activist who doesn't immediately begin pulling back the curtain on this construct doesn't deserve to be considered as legitimate.  The PBS story absolutely appears to be the initial thread to discover that Speaker John Boehner's decision to abdicate his position, and the decision by McCarthy to withdraw from consideration, was/is a planned scheme to advance Paul Ryan specifically to attain immigration reform.

Paul Ryan Pledges: No Immigration Reform under Obama.  Specifically, it extracts Ryan's word that he will not bring up comprehensive immigration reform "so long as Barack Obama is president" and, as speaker, Ryan will not allow any immigration bill to reach the floor for a vote unless a "majority" of GOP members support it.  Alabama representative Mo Brooks wrote the letter and will enter it into the Congressional Record on Tuesday morning [10/27/2015].

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If I were chronically skeptical and profoundly cynical, I would say that it sounds as if Congressman Ryan heard a rumor that Barack H. Obama was about to resign, which would also explain why Joe Biden isn't running for President.  (Why bother?)  And then, when Obama is no longer President, this "so long as Barack Obama is president" condition will have expired.  But I would never start such a rumor myself, of course, because that would be just crazy.

Paul Ryan Says He'll Run for House Speaker.  Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., informed his GOP colleagues late Thursday [10/22/2015] that he would run for House speaker, likely ensuring Republicans avoid what could have been a divisive battle to become the party's next leader in the lower chamber.  "I never thought I'd be speaker.  But I pledged to you that if I could be a unifying figure, then I would serve — I would go all in," Ryan said in a letter to his Republican colleagues.  "After talking with so many of you, and hearing your words of encouragement, I believe we are ready to move forward as one, united team.  And I am ready and eager to be our speaker."

Paul Ryan taps GOP power broker David Hoppe for top job.  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has selected David Hoppe, a former adviser to Republican congressional leaders and a longtime Washington lobbyist, to serve as his chief of staff, should Ryan be elected House speaker this week, as is widely expected.  The hiring was finalized after Hoppe and Ryan, both Wisconsin natives and proteges of the late New York congressman Jack Kemp, had conversations about Ryan's desire to staff the speaker's office with seasoned aides who are also deeply familiar with conservatism, according to people briefed on the talks.

Paul Ryan Says Corporate Lobbyist Would Be Chief Of Staff If He Becomes House Speaker.  The Washington Post reported [10/25/2015] if he wins the speaker's job, Ryan will name as his chief of staff registered lobbyist David Hoppe, a former aide to Sens. Trent Lott and John Kyl.  The announcement comes a decade after congressional Republicans' so-called K Street Project, which sought to bring lobbyists closer to the Republican policymaking machine, resulted in federal indictments.  Federal records show since 2010, Hoppe has lobbied for major financial industry interests such as insurance giant MetLife, the National Venture Capital Association and Zurich Financial Services.

Paul Ryan Announces Chamber of Commerce Lobbyist Will Be His Chief of Staff.  With this announcement representative Paul Ryan is openly announcing his intention to destroy the conservative elements within the republican party.  And yet again, its doubtful anyone will try to stop him.  The president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue, recently announced his intentions to eliminate opposition to their progressive big government positions and destroy fiscal conservatives (Tea Party).

PBS Documentary: House Freedom Caucus Founder Was Key to Paul Ryan, Luis Gutierrez Open Borders Effort.  A new PBS documentary has exposed the motivating factors behind House Freedom Caucus members' decision to propel donor-class favorite Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) into the most powerful position in Congress.  As Speaker of the House, Ryan will have unilateral control over many aspects of the congressional agenda, including passage of Obamatrade in the lame duck session and amnesty legislation in 2017.

How Paul Ryan Went From Wingnut to RINO.  It's important to establish two things.  First, even when the Tea Party set loved him, Paul Ryan was never a perfect conservative.  And second, Ryan was, and continues to be, a very good conservative — and he would certainly be the most conservative Speaker of the House in modern history.  Let's begin with conceding the fact that Ryan's voting record has its blemishes.

Levin Asks Why Bushtablisment Media Allies Have "Conservatism" Double Standard.  Is Paul Ryan a true conservative?  The Bushstablishment wants you to think so.  Even some in conservative media are pushing Rep. Ryan as the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Conservatives Worry About 2017 Amnesty Push From Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio.  Conservatives movement-wide worry that the donor class's concerted effort to push House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) into the House speakership — a post he's almost certain to win now that he's running — would ultimately lead to an amnesty push in 2017 alongside Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) if Rubio wins the White House.  They are warning now there would be no way to stop such a push since both would be able to woo enough Republicans in Congress into submission on the hot-button issue of immigration, and several say now that 2016 GOP frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump is the last line of defense against such an amnesty blitz.

Time To Thank House Rebels For Speaker Paul Ryan?  To be sure, it's still possible something could happen that would block Ryan from ascending to the speakership.  And it's worth mentioning that a lot of tea party conservatives (I'm thinking here of the talk radio and Breitbart crowd) will continue to undermine him every step of the way.  But it's fair to say that if we end up with Speaker Ryan, it will be thanks to House GOP rebels.

Paul Ryan's impact on the GOP is only beginning.  On one side:  Paul Ryan, who said he'd only run for speaker of the House if Republicans were unified, open to reforms, and respectful of his family life.  On the other:  the House Freedom Caucus, which had influenced John Boehner's decision to retire and Kevin McCarthy's withdrawal from consideration.  The Freedom Caucus had a reputation.  Combative, aggrieved, empowered.  And supportive of Ryan.  Even the persnickety Justin Amash of Michigan endorsed him.  That adversarial relationship between "conservatives" and "leadership" we had heard about for so long?  It melted away.

Paul Ryan Unites the Party: 93 Percent of Republicans Oppose His Amnesty Agenda.  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) says he'll take the job as House Speaker only if particular groups — including the important House Freedom Caucus — concede to a list of significant demands.  Ryan is demanding support across the Republican conference and says he wants to be "that unifying candidate."  However, polling data reveals that a Ryan Speakership would do anything but unite the party.

Why The Freedom Caucus Betrayed Talk Radio — And Backed Paul Ryan.  Despite the vehement protestations of the talk radio (Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham, specifically), Ann Coulter, and the Breitbart crowd, the House Freedom Caucus backed Paul Ryan with a super majority vote (though he fell short of the official endorsement).  This paved the way for him to become the next Speaker of the House.  You might be wondering how this came to be.

Paul Ryan's 'Conservative' Critics.  Some of the most prominent political entertainers on the right — Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, and Mark Levin — have unleashed frantic attacks against soon-to-be Speaker of the House Paul Ryan on the grounds that he's not conservative enough.  That is ludicrous.  Ryan is among the most articulate and effective conservatives in American politics.

The Ryan Test: Do Republicans want to be martyrs or winners?  This has been the main question posed to Republicans since the wave election of 2010: governing or rage?  The fault line is clearest in the choice of political enemies.  For some conservatives, the politically ascendant and intellectually exhausted liberalism of the Obama era is the target.  For others, the real enemy is a Republican establishment complicit in a corrupt political order — a GOP establishment that "reflexively surrenders on every issue" (in the words of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.)) and must be razed before anything good can grow.

Paul Ryan wins broad Republican support in House speaker bid.  Rep. Paul Ryan is on the cusp of becoming House speaker after sewing up endorsements Thursday [10/22/2015] from key Republican factions, leaving him in good stead to have the support needed to claim the job when the whole House votes next week.  The centrist Tuesday Group and the influential conservative Republican Study Committee blessed Mr. Ryan's bid, showing signs of unity from both sides of the political spectrum after months of internal party warfare.

Paul Ryan and the Suicide of the GOP Establishment.  Congressman Ryan is one of the world's good guys.  But that isn't a qualification to be Speaker of the House.  The point of being Speaker, a Republican Speaker, is — to borrow from the late Jack Kemp — to "be a leader."  And not just a leader in the sense of pulling people together but a leader who can lead in the direction of a conservative agenda.  Not to mention being a leader as a Member's Speaker — not an Imperial Speaker.

At least he looks good on paper.
Here Is Where Paul Ryan Stands on 13 Key Policy Issues.  Over the course of his 16years in the House, he led the Budget Committee and currently serves as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.  He was also tapped to be Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012.  During his time in Congress, he's accumulated a lifetime average of 63 percent on the Heritage Action scorecard and an 83 percent lifetime score from the Club for Growth.  Now, as he considers a run for House speaker — a job he'll only do if all factions of the GOP stand behind him — The Daily Signal takes a look at some of the key issues that have shaped Ryan's career.

Paul Ryan wins House Freedom Caucus support in speaker bid.  Rep. Paul Ryan won over most of the members of a key conservative caucus Wednesday night [10/21/2015] as he tried to stitch together enough support to become the next House speaker, amid ongoing concerns about his list of demands and worries that his need to be drafted into the job does not bode well for someone filling Congress' top constitutional post.  The House Freedom Caucus, which was a major part of the maneuvers that pushed Speaker John A. Boehner to announce his retirement, met with Mr. Ryan and then took a vote in which about two-thirds said they would back him when the time comes next week.

'Supermajority' of House Freedom Caucus to back Paul Ryan's speaker bid.  The decision to back Ryan by the House Freedom Caucus, a group of nearly 40 lawmakers that has risen in power and stature since its founding this year, came after the Ways and Means Committee chairman spent much of his day courting its support.  The group stopped short of an official endorsement, which would have required 80 percent support, but members said a "supermajority" of the caucus would back a Ryan bid for speaker.

House Freedom Caucus Will Not Endorse Ryan.  House Freedom Caucus members confirmed that they were not able to reach the 80% threshold required to endorse Paul Ryan for Speaker.  Representative Raul Labrador called it a "supermajority support" for Ryan.  "We were not able to reach a consensus" on an official endorsement, he told reporters, but added that "two thirds of the caucus will be voting" for a Ryan speakership.  "If he wants to be speaker, he's got the votes," added Representative Mick Mulvaney.

Levin: Paul Ryan Told Me We Could Repeal 85% of Obamacare, Then He Did Nothing.  The Republican Establishment likes to tell conservatives that they lack the votes to actually do what they campaigned on.  If they could just get more members then, they could really deliver on the conservative rhetoric of their campaigning.  Conservative Review Editor in Chief Mark Levin just called the establishment's golden boy du jour, Paul Ryan, on that lie.

Republican voters are spitting mad at the establishment GOP.  And they should be.  The establishment to date has tossed aside the grass roots and has worked to undermine the everyday voter at every turn.  Why is Boehner out?  Because Republican voters didn't trust him and they made it known.  Why did McCarthy run into a brick wall[?]  Similar reasons.  Why is Paul Ryan hesitant to take the Speaker reigns?  Because Republican voters are sick to death of being sold out and Ryan wonders if he can handle the heat.

Freedom Caucus Balks at Paul Ryan, Refuses to Endorse Him.  If House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is true to his word, he will drop out of contention for the House Speakership.  The House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday evening voted against endorsing Ryan — an endorsement Ryan considered essential to formally launching a bid for House Speaker.

Conservatives Rally Against 'Mafioso-Style' Paul Ryan Speakership Demands.  Conservatives are coalescing movement-wide against an effort by House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to ascend to the Speakership in the wake of outgoing Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)'s forthcoming resignation.  "Paul Ryan is Boehner 2.0, except worse.  Boehner didn't keep his promises, but at least he made them," ForAmerica chairman Brent Bozell said in a statement.

Just Say "NO" To Amnesty and Paul Ryan As Speaker.  In the two weeks since establishment Republican House Majority Leader Keven McCarthy unexpectedly dropped out of the race to succeed his mentor, Speaker of the House John Boehner, the inside-the-Beltway elite have scrambled mightily to find a suitably pliable replacement.  After postponing the election, so they could stall around until they win, they still haven't been able to find a candidate who can credibly claim to appeal to conservatives, so they've apparently settled upon another strategy — forcing House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan down the throats of reluctant conservatives.  And it just might work unless members hear from their constituents that they want no part of a Speaker of the House, like Paul Ryan, who favors amnesty for illegal aliens, open borders and the rest of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce agenda that would continue the destruction of the quality of life of America's working families.

Paul Ryan Demands Repeal of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson's Rule.  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wants to repeal a rule put in place by the third President of the United States and Founding Father — Thomas Jefferson — before he'd become Speaker of the House. [...] The provision Ryan wants repealed was authored by America's Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, according to National Review, in order to give members of the House power to remove the sitting Speaker of the House.

Ryan Wants Conservatives To Sign Their Own Death Warrant.  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has conditions to become Speaker of the House.  One of those conditions is that the House of Representatives gut the ability to remove a future Speaker. [...] House conservatives would be insane to agree to these terms.  Ryan is actually promising very little by way of specifics.  Instead, he wants a unanimous election and then he will go into details.  Put another way, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 55% wants to get elected after it is made impossible to get rid of him, then he will really get into specifics.  Amnesty anyone?

Conservatives Call Paul Ryan's Demands a 'Non-Starter'.  Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) said the demands that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is making before running for Speaker of the House are "unreasonable," while Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) said one of his demands is a "non-starter."  "You know, I'm not sure he wants the job," Massie said on CNN.  "His list of demands were so bold, they pass almost into the unreasonable."

Everything Wrong With the GOP in One Story.  After more than a week of pontificating, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has blessedly emerged to notify the GOP he will reluctantly take up the mantle of the most powerful elected position in the party on one condition.  Oh, and it's not really that demanding of a condition, fellow plebeians.  All Ryan wants is the same thing Obama wants — unconditional allegiance.

Paul Ryan Lays Out His Demands.  During his meeting(s) with the Republican caucus, no-one else was allowed to speak, make inquiries, or challenge his presentation.  He came, he spoke, he laid down the rules and he walked out without answering questions or allowing questions to be raised.  The various descriptions of what took place sound like typical GOPe maneuvers.  You get the sense the "establishment" elite are preparing for a vulgarian presidency — and authoritative control over the speakership position is a way to deflect/diminish any lost control, power or influence.

Paul Ryan Doesn't Believe in Borders or National Sovereignty.  As the donor class continues to push for a Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) Speakership, conservative activists have renewed their scrutiny of Ryan's support for a radical Republican policy of open borders.  Breitbart News has discovered yet another little-noticed video in which Ryan articulates his commitment to immigration policies that would dissolve America's sovereignty.

Paul Ryan Will Run For Speaker — If Conservative Colleagues Stop Being A 'Problem'.  The establishment wing of the Republican party is finally getting its wish.  After meeting with House Republicans this evening, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted during a press conference that he was willing to run for Speaker of the House — but only if they met a list of demands of what it would take to get him to run.

The Editor says...
The establishment wing of the Republican party almost always gets its wish.

Obama's OFA Thanks Paul Ryan, John McCain for Helping Push Amnesty.  Organizing for Action, the community organizing group rebooted from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign remnants that uses BarackObama.com as its website, has thanked House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and other Republicans supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants.

OFA Year-End Immigration List Thanks Paul Ryan, John McCain for Helping Amnesty.  Organizing for Action, the community organizing group rebooted from President Barack Obama's re-election campaign remnants that uses BarackObama.com as its website, has thanked House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and other Republicans supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants.

Boehner faces treacherous path to the exits.  Everyone wants to know whether Paul Ryan is going to run for speaker of the House.  No one wants to know more than Speaker John Boehner.  Boehner intends this week to set a date for the election to succeed him.  But he doesn't know whether Ryan will run, and, if not, the Ohio Republican could be in a serious jam.

No Replacement, No Vote.  Last week, U.S. House speaker John Boehner backed down on immigration surrender.  It took a firestorm of grassroots opposition to make the speaker drop Paul Ryan's cave-in to big business interests (led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce) and the left, arrayed throughout the Democratic Party, the mainstream media, show biz, academia, and whatever other crags and holes they inhabit. [...] The speaker isn't to be trusted — on immigration reform and other vital issues.

Jeb Bush: Opposing Amnesty 'Makes No Sense To Me'.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush courted Wall Street donors on Monday [5/11/2015], saying that he could not understand amnesty opponents who made no sense to him.  According to the Tampa Bay Times, Bush addressed a Manhattan Institute crowd along with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who has also embraced amnesty legislation, and doubled down on his support for an immigration reform bill that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers while not securing the border.

Paul Ryan's Pelosi-Esque Obamatrade Moment: 'It's Declassified And Made Public Once It's Agreed To'.  Chief Obamatrade proponent House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted during Congressional testimony on Wednesday evening [6/10/2015] that despite tons of claims from him and other Obamatrade supporters to the contrary, the process is highly secretive.  He also made a gaffe in his House Rules Committee testimony on par with former Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) push to pass Obamacare, in which she said infamously said:  "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it."

National Journal: Paul Ryan Will Lead House on Amnesty After GOP Primaries.  The National Journal's Major Garrett is out with a new report detailing how House GOP leadership plans to push an immigration bill that would grant amnesty to America's at least 11 million illegal aliens in 2014, a bill that would move after GOP primary season and have House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) leading the way.

The Wall Street Journal's pathetic attempt to see Paul Ryan become Speaker of the House.  Over at the GOP establishment's press release reprint service known as The Wall Street Journal, the panic over Kevin McCarthy's sudden withdrawal from the race for the Speaker's gavel is palpable.  Decrying a "toxic crack-up inside the Republican conference", the Journal says the real issues in Washington are the fault of the "Refuseniks" (the party's conservative base and its representatives, albeit a better epithet than "hobbits").  According to the WSJ rocket scientists, conservatives blame the GOPe "for all the country's problems, not President Obama."  That kind of sheer unvarnished idiocy is not unexpected from the GOP, which now seeks to install Boehner Lite — Paul Ryan — as Speaker.

The Tea Party is the only thing [good] about the GOP.  Paul Ryan asks conservatives to trust Congress to make cuts in 2016 as he discards cuts from 2011.  The existence of Santa Clause [sic] is more plausible.  But if spending reductions do materialize in future budget deals in the only way they ever really can — by making cuts the law of the land as the sequester did — it will be most likely due to the efforts of the Tea Party movement.

Congress Fakes Fiscal Responsibility.  The most risible aspect of a risible bill is the claim that entitlement spending caps set to take effect a decade hence — after four congressional and two presidential elections — will save tens of billions of dollars.  Yet as Congress approved this provision it was abandoning the discretionary spending caps approved just two years ago.  Rep. Ryan and his Republican cohorts gave up $62 billion in real outlay increases for fake future cuts.  It's the standard Washington game that is constantly replayed.

Paul Ryan's Deal Throws away 2014 Advantage.  Republicans in the United States just damaged their chances of winning elections in 2014, while trying to increase their chances.  That is what is wrong with the Republican Party:  A total failure to properly diagnose or understand the Party's circumstances cripples it.  What Ronald Reagan saw so clearly, Republican insiders cannot grasp.

Mark Levin: 'Entrenched' Republican 'losers' may cost GOP the House in 2014.  Conservative talker Mark Levin blasted Republican House leaders on his Tuesday [8/13/2013] radio show, warning that by attacking more conservative members of the GOP, Speaker John Boehner and prominent Reps. Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor are throwing away the 2014 midterm elections.  Levin, author of "The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic," said the GOP establishment's disparagement of conservative colleagues, could be a disaster in a midterm "turn out the base" election.

Rep. Paul Ryan Now Backs Adoption of Children by Homosexuals.  Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), the 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate, used to oppose adoption of children by homosexuals but now says it is okay for gays to adopt kids and that he would vote to support such a policy.  The Catholic faith, which Ryan professes, teaches that such adoptions "are contrary to the divine plan" of God and Pope Francis has said that gay adoption is a form of discrimination against children.



Governor Nikki Haley

Governor Nikki Haley Comes Out Against Gender-Affirmation Law in South Carolina.  Gov. Nikki Haley is criticizing a proposed gender-recognition law in the South Carolina legislature that would affirm and preserve the normal practice of reserving separate bathrooms for men and for women.  "I don't believe it's necessary," Haley said Wednesday [4/6/2016], amid growing progressive hostility to the gender-affirmation law.

Will The Republican Establishment Stand Down?  After months of waiting for Trump to self-destruct, the Washington-based Republican establishment has finally found a way to take back control of the party from the outsiders and grassroots.  The plan revolves around the newly empowered House Speaker, Paul Ryan, who is openly contemptuous of Trump and has little use for Cruz.  To signal his intentions, Ryan tapped South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to give the official Republican response to President Obama's final State of the Union address.  Haley admitted she cleared her remarks with the Speaker, who then let it be known that she would be a fine choice for vice president.

Haley Attacks the Conservative Base in Response to State of the Union Speech.  Barack Obama has ruled the nation like a dictator with no regard for the Constitution.  He is responsible for the outlandish spending, heavy regulations, the growth in government, Obamacare, the foreign policy mess, the increase in welfare, the increase in illegal immigration, and on and on.  The Republicans didn't do any of this.  They should have fought harder against it and they should talk more about the Constitution, but they didn't cause this mess.  Why then is Nikki Haley being so "magnanimous" and giving the GOP some responsibility for the Democrats' failure?  Does she think it will make Democrats want to vote for her?  The president spent his entire speech ripping into the GOP, he didn't need her help.

Nikki Haley uses State of Union response to bash Trump and praise illegals.  Longtime readers know that I am not exactly the strongest supporter of Donald Trump.  As a big employer of illegal aliens and a five-time party switcher, his commitment lends itself to some doubts.  But that is no excuse to criticize him in a forum meant to represent the Republican Party response to the Democratic Party.  That is, however, just what South Carolina governor Nikki Haley did.

Nikki Haley Just Proved Beyond Any Doubt That UniParty DC Republicans are Intentionally Disconnected.  There is only one party in DC and that is the UniParty run by Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.  There's not a hairs difference between them, and Nikki Haley just affirmed the GOPe commitment in that regard.

Busted! — Republican State of Union Response Carried Amnesty Pledge in Spanish Version.  There is a bigger controversy about to break wide-open that's potentially far more significant than Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell approving Nikki Haley's non-subtle attack on GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.  That bigger controversy is the Spanish version of the GOP State of the Union rebuttal containing an "amnesty pledge".

Clemson poll shows SC GOP with mixed feelings on Sen. Lindsey Graham.  A new Clemson University poll shows U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is having trouble with his Republican base here at home.  Graham's popularity was not as strong as South Carolina's two other high-profile Republicans up for re-election next year:  U.S. Tim Scott and Gov. Nikki Haley.



Senator John Cornyn

Editor's note:
It saddens me to include Senator Cornyn on this page, but I must.

Texas RINO John Cornyn about to fold on gun control.  You knew it was coming.  After the clown show today [6/22/2016] when Democrats held a 60's hippie style 'sit-in' to force a vote on gun control, it looks like Texas RINO Senator John Cornyn is about to told and team up with Maine progressive Republican Susan Collins to pass gun control.  You got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em.  John Cornyn, like most Republicans today only knows when to fold 'em.

49 Senators [including Cornyn] OK Common Core Advocate as Education Secretary.  The Senate voted 49-40 Monday evening [3/14/2016] to confirm John B. King Jr., President Barack Obama's nominee, as secretary of education.  A total of 11 senators did not vote on King's confirmation, while those who voted against him cited his loyalty to the system and support for Common Core education standards.

Senate Republicans Willfully and Knowingly Lie to Their Constituents.  Readers from Texas, Kentucky, Utah, South Dakota, and Georgia all had the same story.  They'd called the offices of Senators Chambliss, Cornyn, Hatch, Thune, McConnell, and Isakson to object to those senators funding Obamacare.  They were all told by these Senate offices that these Senators had voted to defund Obamacare or, in the case of Senator Cornyn's office, that there had been no vote on defunding Obamacare.  These Senators and their staffs are lying.  They voted to fund Obamacare.  More troubling, they know they did it.

Is Texas Sen. John Cornyn ripe for a primary challenge?  After his vote to increase the deficit in the so-called "fiscal cliff" negotiations, I think so.

Tea-Party Activists Push David Barton to Primary Cornyn.  David Barton, an Evangelical Christian historian who recently made headlines for a controversial history of Thomas Jefferson, is seriously considering primarying Senator John Cornyn (R., Texas), per multiple sources.

Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn Push Through Voice Vote to Fund Planned Parenthood, Protect Obama's Iran Deal.  On the floor of the U.S. Senate on Sunday evening, something remarkable — a little bit insider-y in Washington, but remarkable nonetheless — happened:  The Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), his entire leadership team, and most of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate voice voted through measures to fund Planned Parenthood in its entirety and to help protect President Barack Obama's nuclear arms deal with Iran.  The reason the voice vote is significant is because McConnell, especially, and his Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), purposefully launched what appears to be an unprecedented effort to duck accountability for their votes — and the votes of every other GOP member who joined with them in supporting Obama's Iran deal and funding for Planned Parenthood.

Mitch McConnell is actually worse than Reid.  On the floor of the U.S. Senate on Sunday evening, something remarkable — a little bit insider-y in Washington, but remarkable nonetheless — happened: The Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), his entire leadership team, and most of the Republicans in the U.S. Senate voice voted through measures to fund Planned Parenthood in its entirety and to help protect President Barack Obama's nuclear arms deal with Iran.  The reason the voice vote is significant is because McConnell, especially, and his Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), purposefully launched what appears to be an unprecedented effort to duck accountability for their votes — and the votes of every other GOP member who joined with them in supporting Obama's Iran deal and funding for Planned Parenthood.

McConnell, Cornyn Whipping Votes Against Ted Cruz.  A source in Congress tells Breitbart News that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn are using their leadership positions to pressure other Republicans to oppose Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in his campaign to defund Obamacare. [...] Instead of helping Cruz with their power as Senate GOP leaders, McConnell and Cornyn are working against him, this senior staffer said.



Others

Republican Senator Floats Back-Door Amnesty Proposal.  A bill introduced this month by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) would increase foreign guest workers by up to 500,000 a year and offer a back-door amnesty for illegal immigrants.  The legislation, the State Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2017, has attracted support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the libertarian-oriented Cato Institute.

Moderate GOP Rep:  I Have No Interest In Meeting With House Freedom Caucus.  While leadership said they are encouraging party unity, a number of members of the moderate Tuesday Group are pointing fingers at the House Freedom Caucus for the derailment of the leadership-backed Obamacare repeal bill Friday [5/5/2017].  House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said he's been having discussions with Tuesday Group Co-Chairman Tom MacArthur, and is open to a meeting between the two groups.  But Tuesday Group member Rep, Chris Collins of New York said Thursday it's not in the cards.  "I am not speaking for the White House; I'm not speaking for the Speaker; but I will speak for the Tuesday Group," Collins told reporters.

Collins: Senate 'Starting From Scratch' on Health Bill; Urges Funding of Planned Parenthood.  The health care bill passed by the House will not be considered by the Senate, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told ABC's "This Week" with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday:  "The Senate is starting from scratch.  We're going to draft our own bill.  And I'm convinced that we're going to take the time to do it right."

List of Republicans who voted against health bill.  The following House Republicans voted against the GOP health care bill that passed the chamber on Thursday: [...]

Meet the Republicans Who Voted 'No' on the Health Care Bill.  Twenty Republicans bucked their party and voted against the health care overhaul on Thursday [5/4/2017].  More than half of the members who voted "no" are part of the Tuesday Group, a collection of moderate House Republicans.  Nine of the lawmakers represent districts that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton carried in November.

Who Are The Turncoat Republicans Protecting ObamaCare?  Republicans in the House voted nine times to fully repeal ObamaCare when they knew President Obama would veto it.  Now that they actually can repeal ObamaCare, dozens of "moderate" Republicans are blocking even a partial repeal.

Does Judge Orrick Think President Obama 'Fundamentally Transformed' Executive Orders?  William H. Orrick III is a Democrat campaign bundler and left-wing political activist.  He has been known as "Judge Orrick" since 2013, when President Obama managed to get him on the federal bench — with the assistance of Republicans Senators Jeff Flake (Arizona), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Susan Collins (Maine).  All other Republicans opposed Orrick's nomination, except Bob Corker (Tennessee) who failed to vote.

Conservative Groups Back Freedom Caucus Over RINOs.  A group of conservative leaders defended the House Freedom Caucus for sticking to its principles in the debate over the House health care bill on Friday.  "I urge the president to rethink these attacks on the Freedom Caucus," said L. Brent Bozell III, a Republican advocacy leader, during a conference call filled with top conservatives defending the Freedom Caucus against President Donald Trump's recent attacks directed toward the group.  "Not only is [Trump] going to need the Freedom Caucus in virtually every single fight to come, but, the irony is, the Freedom Caucus is going to be his strongest supporters in the battle ahead, so [Trump's attacks need] to be reconsidered," Bozell added.

GOP Senate cuts it close on initial vote to defund Planned Parenthood.  Anything to get more time on C-SPAN.  That's what happened Thursday [3/30/2017] when the Senate was voting whether it could vote on a provision that would, in effect, allow funds to healthcare providers to be cut off for reasons other than providing poor healthcare.  Think Planned Parenthood and its abortion program.  Carrying on an emerging congressional tradition of 2017, two Republican squish suspects — Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski — abandoned their party.  That would have left the tie-breaking vote up to its president, Vice President Mike Pence, a long-time PP foe.  So, Mitch McConnell's minions fetched Georgia Republican Johnny Isakson out of back-surgery rehab.

Big-government RINOs:
Why Is Cory Gardner Trying To Save Obamacare?  On Monday [3/6/2017], the House released their Obamacare repeal and replace bill.  The same day, four Republican senators wrote a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warning him they would not support any repeal bill that doesn't protect the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.  "We are concerned that any poorly implemented or poorly timed change in the current funding structure in Medicaid could result in a reduction in access to life-saving health care services," states the letter signed by Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Cory Gardner of Colorado.

GOP Rep. Thomas Garrett Intros Bill To End Federal Pot Prohibition.  Rep. Thomas Garrett is a freshman Republican congressman who represents Virginia's 5th district.  But being a newbie from a socially conservative area isn't stopping him from going big and bold right out of the chute:  He has just introduced a bill called the "Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017."

Republican Senator Says She'll Be Voting Against Trump's EPA Nominee.  [Republican Sen. Susan] Collins, along with Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) also voted against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, which gave Senate Republicans heartburn due to their slim majority.  It also pushed back a vote to confirm Jeff Sessions as attorney general since they needed his vote to maintain the 50-50 split; Vice President Mike Pence broke the tie.  Both women said they announced their opposition only after they had the confidence that the rest of the GOP was lock step behind her.

Think Again, Collins and Murkowski.  Two Republican senators — Alaska's Lisa Murkowski and Maine's Susan Collins — have declared that they intend to vote against Betsy DeVos, putting Donald Trump's nominee for Education secretary at risk of failing confirmation.  Murkowski and Collins, and any other Republicans who might be on the fence, should think twice before giving America's teachers' unions a huge victory.

Republicans Voting Against DeVos Are Backed By Teachers Unions.  Two Republican senators who said they would not vote to support Betsy DeVos Wednesday have a friendly history with teachers unions.  Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine both announced Wednesday [1/31/2017] that they would not support Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Education.  Murkowski was endorsed by the Alaska chapter of the National Education Association (NEA) in her 2016 campaign for Senate.

Two GOP senators to vote 'no' on Betsy DeVos.  GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski in back-to-back speeches on the Senate floor announced Wednesday that they would oppose Betsy DeVos's nomination to be Education secretary.  They are the first two Republicans to break with Trump on any of his Cabinet picks, and the votes could make it difficult for DeVos to win confirmation.  If all of the Senate's Democrats vote against DeVos, she would have 50 votes if the remaining Republicans backed her — with Vice President Mike Pence potentially breaking the tie.  No Democrats have backed DeVos.

Uniparty Embed Jason Chaffetz:  "We Won't Investigate Voter Fraud".  We would be failing in our due diligence if we did not point out a history of UniParty affiliations and the subsequent willful blindness. [...] Remember the IRS hearings that went no-where?  Remember the House Committee hearings on Clinton's email use that went no-where?  [A]nd more importantly:  Remember the 2010 Tea Party led surge against the usurping GOPe agents and the push to have Jason Chaffetz challenge Senator Orrin Hatch?  Oh yes, there's a history here to track the exact moment when Chaffetz joined the UniParty.  That moment when he retracted his challenge to Senator Hatch and took the payoff from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in combination with the McConnell constructed promise of a major House Committee chairmanship if he removed himself from the equation.

Four Senate Republicans Want To Make Taxpayers Pay For Abortions.  In the same week as the March for Life and the anniversary of the Roe v.  Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide, congressional Republicans are presenting strikingly different messages on the issue.  While the House of Representatives on Tuesday [1/24/2017] approved legislation (H.R. 7) that would prohibit federal funding of abortions, with all House Republicans present voting for the bill, on Monday [1/23/2017] four Republican senators introduced a bill that would allow direct taxpayer funding of abortions.

Two Republican senators demand states should be allowed to keep Obamacare.  Trump and congressional Republicans campaigned on a promise to dismantle Obamacare, and they are working on carrying out that pledge as an early product of united Republican control of the White House and Congress.  But the legislative proposal by Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would let states choose to keep Obamacare or move to a replacement program, for which states would also receive some federal funding.

Here We Go!  Republicans In Congress Turn On Trump — Make Move To Stop Border Wall.  And here come the charging RINOs!  Intent on stopping President-elect Donald Trump from building a wall on the border.  You'll recognize the names... it's the same [people] every single time:  Lindsey Graham, Jeff Flake and Lisa Murkowski.  They join Turban Durbin on drafting a measure that would allow illegal alien children to stay in the US.  Uh, no.  In this particular instance, the sins of the father and mother are the sins of the child.  You cannot justify breaking the law because they are children.  They should stay with their family in their country of origin until they come here legally... the right way... through the front door, not the back.

Democrat Tammy Duckworth beats Sen. Mark Kirk.  Wounded Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth unseated Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk in Tuesday's [11/8/2016] election and will become only the second woman to represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate.

Mark Levin:  President Trump Needs to Avoid Associating with Losers Like Bob Corker.  Mark Levin has a special message regarding speculation that Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. is being considered for secretary of state in the administration of President-elect Trump:  [Expletive] No.  Sen. Corker, you will recall, single-handedly enabled the Obama administration to enact the Iran Nuclear Deal by surrendering the treaty clause of the U.S. Constitution to Obama.  President-elect Trump must not nominate Corker for secretary of state:  "We will go to war over this!" Levin exclaimed.

CNN's 'Republican' Ana Navarro:  I'm Voting for Hillary Clinton.  CNN's "Republican strategist" contributor Ana Navarro explains in an op-ed why she chose to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Jeb Bush's son says Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush may vote for Clinton.  George P. Bush says he's the only member of his powerful political family who will be voting straight-ticket Republican and says his grandfather and uncle, both former presidents, could "potentially" cast ballots for Hillary Clinton.

Bush for Clinton?  Eight-and-a-half months after his brother and former Florida Governor John Ellis "Jeb" Bush dropped out of the Republican primaries, former President George W. Bush is reportedly considering voting for the Democratic ticket this year — and the woman whose husband defeated his father 24 years ago.  In September, the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, declared in an informal statement to some 40 people at a private gathering in Kennebunkport, Maine, that he intended to vote for Hillary Clinton, whose husband Bill Clinton unseated Bush, then the incumbent president, in his 1992 reelection attempt.

GOP senators:  We could work with Hillary Clinton.  Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is predicting that congressional Republicans will be more willing to work with Hillary Clinton than they have been with President Obama, should she be elected president.  "Barack Obama was somewhat of an unknown — he was a senator, but only for a year-and-a-half before he was elected president.  She is a known commodity, and I think there'll be more camaraderie in terms of working together, than there might have been in the early days of Obama," Isakson told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Eight Republican Senators Propose to Expand Obamacare.  While waiting for a chance to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a conservative alternative, there are right ways and wrong ways to address its 2,400 pages of shortcomings.  The right way was recently demonstrated by a group of five Republican senators, who proposed a bill to offer millions of Americans an escape from Obamacare's unprecedented and unconstitutional (despite the opinions of five justices) individual mandate.  The wrong way was recently demonstrated by a group of eight Republican senators, who proposed a bill to expand the reach of Obamacare's direct outlays to insurance companies.

Here are the Republicans who've endorsed Hillary Clinton.  A member of the George W. Bush administration endorsed Hillary Clinton for president this week, adding the growing list of Republicans who've come out in support of the Democratic candidate.

GOP Rep. Steve King Calls Hillary Clinton 'Somebody I Can Work With'.  Considering the rhetoric being deployed on the campaign trail this year, this is a pretty remarkable statement from an elected Republican.  Congressman Steve King, who was strongly behind Ted Cruz before jumping on the Trump Train, made it clear today that he and Hillary Clinton see eye to eye on very little and if he's reelected, he'll "break out of my shell if I have to do battle with an agenda that Iowans reject."

Moderate Republican Senator Susan Collins says she won't vote for Trump and is 'dismayed' by his behavior.  Collins also said she does not support Trump's rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins won't vote for Donald Trump.  Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has become the second and most-senior Republican senator to say she will not vote for GOP nominee Donald Trump for president.  In an op-ed published online Monday night [8/8/2016] in The Washington Post, Ms. Collins said it was "not a decision I make lightly, for I am a lifelong Republican."

Only GOP Congressman Supporting Hillary Took Thousands From Planned Parenthood.  Republican New York Rep.  Richard Hanna, who announced Tuesday he would be breaking ranks this November and voting for Hillary Clinton, has a lengthy history of siding against his party and standing with with one of Clinton's staunchest allies — Planned Parenthood.  Planned Parenthood donated thousands of dollars to Hanna's campaigns in 2012 — when he was one of three Republicans in Congress to accept money from the organization — and in 2014, when he was the only Republican in Congress funded by Planned Parenthood.

Fake Republicans For Hillary.  The media is gleefully touting the defection of Republicans to the Hillary camp.  In reality, the Republicans who are defecting were never Republicans at all.  Take Congressman Richard Hanna.  Please.  Hanna has announced that he'll be backing Hillary Clinton.  This isn't so much a change as an admission.  Hanna is a retiring lame duck whose Republican credentials are up there with those of fellow Hillary endorsee Michael Bloomberg.  Both men are New York politicians who ran as Republicans because of pure political opportunism.  No one seriously believed that Bloomberg was a Republican.  Hanna's Republican credentials are an even bigger joke.

First GOP congressman: 'I will vote for Mrs. Clinton'.  Retiring GOP Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) said he will vote for Hillary Clinton in November, making him the first Republican member of Congress to openly announce his support for the Democratic presidential nominee.  In an op-ed for Syracuse.com, Hanna writes that Trump is "deeply flawed in endless ways" and "unrepentant in all things" before declaring:  "While I disagree with her on many issues, I will vote for Mrs. Clinton."

You can thank these 20 Republicans for Loretta Lynch.  Lynch's private meeting at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport with former President Bill Clinton combined with the mounting evidence against Hillary that is continually being swept under the rug only affirms the special treatment and consideration Hillary has received.  But how did Loretta Lynch become America's top cop, albeit a corrupt one, with a GOP controlled Senate?  Republicans had to vote for her, of course.

Vulnerable GOP Senators Split on Gun Bills.  Republican senators in difficult re-election fights split their support Thursday between two differing measures to prevent suspected terrorists from obtaining guns, showing the difficult politics of a gun debate in an election year.  Three of the senators in the most competitive campaigns this year — Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Mark Kirk of Illinois and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania — supported a bipartisan compromise sponsored by moderate GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.  Her proposal would prevent people on the no-fly and selectee lists from obtaining guns.  (The latter designation applies to people singled out for extra security screening before being allowed to board an airplane.)

Democrats end gun-control sit-in without winning concessions.  House Democrats wrapped up a daylong sit-in Thursday [6/23/2016] without winning concessions on gun control, leaving town empty-handed after Republicans accused them of co-opting the chamber floor for a "publicity stunt" designed to fill party coffers. [...] The measure by Sen. Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican, was supported by 52 senators in its first test vote — 46 wanted to kill it — yet fell short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a possible filibuster.

Taking Away Constitutional Rights at the Discretion of the Government.  If the news reports are correct, the latest "gun control" proposal being put forward by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is a "measure that would block people on the Transportation Security Administration's no-fly list from buying firearms," according to ABC News.  There is one major problem with that proposal:  It is potentially unconstitutional since it would take away a constitutional right — your Second Amendment right to bear arms — at the discretion of a government official in a secret, nontransparent process that has no adequate due process protections.  Let's be clear — we don't want terrorists buying guns in this country.  Nor do we think that they have a Second Amendment right to do so.  But this blunt instrument is not the right solution.

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards and GWB Daughter Barbara Bush Celebrate Lots in Common At Lunch.  Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and CEO of Global Health Corps Barbara Bush had lunch together in New York City, where they talked about how much they have in common despite the fact their parents have been political opponents.  Richards, 58, is the daughter of the late Gov. Ann Richards (D) of Texas who eventually lost to Bush's father, Republican President George W. Bush, when he ran for governor of Texas in 1994.  "But there was no trace of animosity when the women met for lunch at Gotham Bar and Grill," writes Philip Galanes of the New York Times who interviewed the two women as they ate black cod and branzino.  "They are enthusiastic supporters of each other's work."

Moderate Republican offers compromise on gun control.  Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), a prominent Senate Republican moderate who has helped put together major bipartisan deals in the past, has proposed compromise legislation to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists.  She is working with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), one of the chamber's most endangered Senate GOP incumbents, as well as Sens.  Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

Armitage to back Clinton over Trump.  Richard Armitage, the deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush, says he will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, in one of the most dramatic signs yet that Republican national security elites are rejecting their party's presumptive nominee.  Armitage, a retired Navy officer who also served as an assistant secretary of defense under Ronald Reagan, is thought by Clinton aides to be the highest-ranking former GOP national security official to openly support Clinton over Trump.

Impeach John Koskinen.  Jason Chaffetz wants to impeach IRS Commissioner John Koskinen.  Orrin Hatch doesn't want him to.  Chaffetz is in the right this time.  Koskinen is not the central figure in the IRS scandal, which found the federal tax agency being used to harass and bully conservative organizations in the run-up to the 2012 election.  But he is a culpable figure.  Specifically, it was under his watch that hundreds of backup tapes containing tens of thousands of e-mails — e-mails that were under congressional subpoena — were illegally destroyed, inhibiting investigation into the agency's wrongdoing.  The intentional destruction of evidence under subpoena is a crime, and a serious one.  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has voted 23-15 for a bill that would officially censure Koskinen, who was IRS commissioner when that evidence was illegally destroyed, and demand his resignation or removal, as well as the forfeiture of his pension.  Representative Chaffetz has made it clear that if removing Koskinen requires impeaching him, then that is what Republicans will pursue.  Indeed, the House Judiciary Committee already is considering impeachment.

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Orrin Hatch is the worst kind of RINO if he is protecting John Koskinen from impeachment.

Republican Senator Susan Collins Says She Might Support Hillary Clinton.  This week, after Donald Trump said that Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge in a case against Trump University, had a conflict of interest because of his Mexican heritage, many Republicans distanced themselves from Trump and condemned the candidate's remarks. [...] But no matter how much they have condemned Trump, none of these high-ranking Republicans have said that they would consider supporting his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.  In an interview with me, on Wednesday [6/8/2016], Senator Susan Collins, of Maine, made herself the exception.

43 Republicans Join Democrats to Support Obama's Transgender Agenda.  On Wednesday night [5/25/2016], 43 Republican members of Congress joined the Democrats to vote for President Barack Obama's transgender agenda.  Whereas last week Congress voted to reject this proposal — known as the Maloney amendment — last night they voted to ratify Obama's 2014 executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as "discrimination" on the basis of "sexual orientation and gender identity" in their private employment policies.  And, of course, "discrimination" on the basis of "gender identity" can be something as simple as having a bathroom policy based on biological sex, not gender identity, as we learned last week from Obama's transgender directives.

Liberal Mary Fallin Appointed Co-Chair of RNC Platform Committee.  As soon as Obama promulgated his transgender mandate earlier this month, the Oklahoma legislature jumped into action to block the illegal edict.  The bathroom safety bill, SB 1619, was originally sponsored by the Senate pro temp and the House speaker.  Suddenly, the Chamber of (Crony) Commerce came out against the bill, and Speaker Jeffrey Hickman took his name off it.  According to local grassroots activists, Gov. Mary Fallin, who has not uttered a word in defense of state's rights against Obama's absurd and immoral decree, has ensured that state party leaders backed off the bill.  With just three days left until the end of the session, the bill is now stalled.

Congressional GOPers talk up their support for Trump.  Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump may not have had much support among establishment Republicans during the primary, but a panel of three GOP members of Congress said Sunday that they're backing Trump and are confident he'll do what needs to be done to unify the party.  Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), one of Trump's first congressional endorsers, said he's backing the candidate because of his executive experience.

So this is why Cruz picked Fiorina.  I was still trying to figure out why Ted Cruz would pick Carly Fiorina as his running mate.  She's basically the exact opposite on policy to Ted Cruz.  Then I finally found the answer.  The California Republican Convention is this weekend. [...] I watched Fiorina's feeble run for Senate in 2010, in a Republican year.  She couldn't even get within ten points of old hag Barbara Boxer who is unpopular, even in this loony state.  She may have had a few good GOP debates, but she is about as progressive Republican as it gets.

GOP Congressman: I'll poison myself if Cruz wins.  If Texas Sen. Ted Cruz becomes the Republican nominee, Rep. Peter King, a fellow Republican, might take the route of ancient armies when faced with defeat: poison.  "Well, first of all, in case anybody gets confused, I'm not endorsing Ted Cruz.  I hate Ted Cruz," King said on MSNBC.  And not to put too fine a point on this — King is a Republican.  "And I think I'll take cyanide if he got the nomination," King finished.

List of 11 Republican Senators Who Will Not Oppose Obama's Executive Amnesty.  A coalition of 26 states, led by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, sued the federal government over its unfunded mandate to provide health insurance and other benefits to illegal aliens.  Its case will be heard by the Supreme Court on April 18, 2016.  Adding to their effort, 43 U.S. Senators filed an Amicus Brief with the Court, requesting that the justices affirm the U.S. District Court's ruling.  On the eve of implementing Obama's illegal executive order on immigration and amnesty, the District Court placed an injunction on the program, halting his actions.  Eleven Republicans chose not to sign.

Republican Senator Calls for Hearing for Obama's Supreme Court Nominee.  Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said Tuesday [4/5/2016] that she met with President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland, and she is "more convinced than ever that the process should proceed" despite the GOP leadership's assertion that the next president should nominate the next Supreme Court justice.

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If Senator Collins has examined Judge Garland's motives and track record, and still gives him any consideration, she must be in sync with his gun-grabbing left-wing big-government agenda.

Obama's Supreme Court pick meets with first GOP senator.  Sen. Mark Kirk on Tuesday [3/30/2016] became the first Republican senator to meet with Merrick Garland, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.  The senator from Illinois, who is facing a competitive re-election this fall, slammed his GOP colleagues, some of whom have flatly refused to meet with Garland or even consider holding confirmation hearings.

GOP senators break with party over Supreme Court nomination fight.  A pair of moderate Republican senators broke rank with their party leaders Monday [2/22/2016] and said President Barack Obama's potential Supreme Court should receive a hearing, though another powerful GOP senator made the case against it.  Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican, told CNN that the Senate should take the process "one step at a time," but also welcomed a nominee from Obama.

Some Republicans Begin to Cave on Potential Obama Supreme Court Nominee.  Two moderate Republican Senators have broken ranks with GOP leadership.  Both have declared their support for giving President Obama's nominee to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court a hearing.  Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) have both indicated they believe the President has a right to appoint a successor to Justice Scalia and that the Senate has a duty to consider that nominee.  Speaking on CNN, Collins said "I believe we should follow the regular order and give careful consideration to any nominee that the president may send to the Senate."

Murkowski: Obama's Supreme Court nominee should get a Senate hearing.  Whomever President Barack Obama nominates to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski thinks the nominee deserves to be vetted by the Senate.  The position may put her at odds with her party's leadership, but for some hedging:  She noted that a hearing doesn't necessarily mean the Senate will vote to approve a nominee.

The Desperate Bleatings of Orrin Hack.  Seven-term incumbent Hatch embodies everything that's wrong with the GOP brand.  He's a mascot for the Big Government Republican parade and masquerade of career politicians who stand for nothing and roll over for everything.  D.C.'s GOP establishment can't stand the idea of a conservative presidential candidate who would actually pay more than election-year lip service to conservative principles.  That's why so many entrenched GOP Senators are pulling out all the stops to trash their colleague.  Sen. Cruz is a stiff antidote to the Beltway-itis that has metastasized in the GOP halls of power.  Let me remind you of the alternative "points of view" Sen. Hatch has adopted to keep himself in office. [...]

GOP Massachusetts Governor Orders Nation's First Statewide LGBT Affirmative Action Program For Contractors.  Massachusetts Gov. Charles Baker (R) is the first state leader to issue an executive order that mandates the commonwealth alter its Supplier Diversity Program (SDP) to include LGBT-owned businesses along with those owned by other minority groups.  The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) said Baker's order is a "precedent-setting opportunity for tens of thousands of LGBT business owners" — one that will allow LGBT-owned businesses to be added to the state's SDP alongside women and minority-owned businesses.

Democrats and GOP Senator Mark Kirk team up to block 'sanctuary cities' law.  This is what having a GOP majority and gutless, go-along-to-get-along leadership in the Senate gets you. [...] The idea that cities can create no-go zones for the enforcement of US immigration laws, our own equivalent of Parisian suburbs where the national law does not run, is bizarre.  It is doubly bizarre as the Supreme Court has ruled that states and municipalities have to defer to the federal government on this subject.

Kevin McCarthy Makes John Boehner Look Like Ronald Reagan.  I saw House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's attempt to "clarify" his comments about how the Benghazi Select Committee affected Hillary Clinton's poll numbers to Brett Baier earlier this evening and I must say he does not inspire confidence.  McCarthy makes John Boehner look like Ronald Reagan.

Three Republicans Opposed House Vote To Defund Planned Parenthood.  The House voted to defund Planned Parenthood Friday [9/18/2015] with the support of two Democrats and all but three Republicans.  The (241-187) vote is an effectively symbolic response to a series of videos released by the Center for Medical Progress in which top Planned Parenthood doctors and officials discuss how and at what cost some of their clinics harvest and distribute aborted fetuses.  Republican Reps. Robert Dold, Charlie Dent and Richard Hanna sided with Democrats against the bill, which would defund Planned Parenthood for a year.  Every other Republican representative present, along with Democratic Reps. Dan Lipinski and Collin Peterson voted in favor of the defunding bill.

Who voted for TPP fast track in the Senate?  It's time to get serious about busting these Republican sellouts, once and for all.

Five Republicans buck GOP chairman on O-Care investigation.  The Senate's Small Business Committee on Thursday [4/23/2015] denied its chairman's request to subpoena documents from the D.C. insurance marketplace, which he said would prove that some in Congress evaded ObamaCare rules.  Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), the head of the committee, was demanding unredacted copies of health insurance applications used by members of Congress to enroll in the small-business exchange.  Vitter has claimed that congressional staff falsified documents in order to allow members of Congress and their staff to receive subsidized insurance.

In Spanish Interview, Marco Rubio Says It's 'Important Not To Cancel' Obama's Executive Amnesty.  Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio offered a measure of support for President Obama's first executive amnesty program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, during a recent interview he conducted in Spanish this week with Univision's Jorge Ramos.  Rubio's comments mark a reversal of sorts from criticism he offered of DACA last year, and they also put him at odds with the conservative Republican base, which he will need in his corner if he hopes to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Republicans Behaving Like Democrats.  By signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law, Indiana governor and GOP presidential nominee wannabe Mike Pence briefly looked like a real conservative, trying to champion the Judeo-Christian morals and principles that made this country great.  But within days of signing the RFRA, under unrelenting fire from the secular progressive MSM, Pence's conservative resolve withered, and he decided the RFRA needed to be re-written 'for clarification.'  Unfortunately, Pence is not the only Republican in a leadership position who doesn't understand that the only way to stop secular progressive relativism is to actually be a Republican ... and not behave like a Democrat.  Two other Republican Governors haven't been acting much like Republicans either.  We can now add Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and, if any doubt still remained, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to the list of RINOs.

Gun rights groups in fierce opposition to Loretta Lynch as next A.G..  Calling Lynch, "Eric Holder 2.0," a number of pro-gun groups are lobbying the Senate to oppose President Obama's attorney general nominee in an upcoming close vote that could see the vice president as a tiebreaker.  On Nov. 8, 2014, the president nominated her to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general of the United States.  Facing a historic Republican majority in the Senate, Lynch managed to negotiate her way past the Senate Judiciary Committee last month in a grudging 12-8 bipartisan vote.  With the chamber population currently at 46 Democrats and four Republican lawmakers publicly supporting Lynch — Susan Collins, Maine; Jeff Flake, Arizona; Lindsey Graham, South Carolina and Orrin Hatch, South Carolina — an upcoming floor vote could see a deadlocked 50-50 Senate in which Vice President Joe Biden would be called upon to cast his rarely used tie-breaking vote.

More Than 300 Republicans Call on Supreme Court to Recognize Gay Marriage Nationally.  More than 300 veteran Republican lawmakers, operatives and consultants have filed a friend of the court brief at the Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage late Thursday [3/5/2015].  The amicus brief, organized by former Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, was filed for the four same-sex marriage cases the Court will hear on April 28 that could legalize the unions nationwide.  In 2013, Mehlman marshaled a similar effort for the case that overturned California's Proposition 8, which had banned same-sex marriage in the state.

Republican floats compromise on immigration.  Sen. Susan Collins has proposed compromise legislation she hopes could serve as the basis for a deal between congressional Republicans and the White House on President Obama's executive actions on immigration.  The Maine centrist Republican filed an amendment Wednesday [2/4/2015] that would allow Obama's 2012 executive action to stand.

Pence caves, expands Obamacare.  Indiana Gov. Mike Pence was known as a stalwart fighter for limited government principles as a member of the House of Representatives (one of few Republicans to have voted against President Bush's Medicare prescription drug plan and No Child Left Behind law).  But on Tuesday [1/27/2015], he betrayed taxpayers when he embraced an expansion of Medicaid through President Obama's healthcare law.

Pro-Amnesty House Republican To Deliver Spanish Language Response.  Based on House Republican documents reviewed by Breitbart News, pro-amnesty Republican freshman Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida will be delivering the Republican's Spanish-language address in response to Obama's State of the Union speech.  Curbelo recently made waves with a January 18 interview in The Hill, which focused on his strong dissent from the basic Republican position on immigration and all but stated his support for Obama's executive amnesty.

Sen. Cory Gardner to House GOP: Don't Say 'No' to Obama's Amnesty.  Bloomberg.com conveniently labels freshman Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado a conservative, while pointing out that his position on illegal immigration amounts to little more than giving Barack Obama a free hand to do what he wants, irrespective of what the American people or even the House might prefer.

House votes 218-209 to freeze Obama's delayed deportation program.  The House adopted an amendment Wednesday to freeze a 2012 program allowing illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to apply for work permits.  Passage fell largely along party lines by a vote of 218-209.  But 26 Republicans, many of whom represent districts with large minority populations, voted against the amendment.  Adoption of the amendment onto a $40 billion base funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security makes it unlikely to pass in the Senate, where it will need 60 votes to advance.

Centrist Republicans break with party on deportation vote.  More than two dozen House Republicans broke with their party on Wednesday [1/14/2015] to oppose defunding a program that lets those who entered the U.S. illegally as children to stay in the country, a sign of tension within the party on immigration.  A total of 26 GOP lawmakers bucked leadership and voted with Democrats against an amendment to defund Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Mark Kirk Abandons NRA, Second Amendment: Joins Dems to Confirm Anti-Gun Surgeon General.  On December 15, Obama's anti-gun Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy needed 51 votes to be confirmed.  He reached 51 because one Republican — Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) — joined Democrats to confirm him.  Breitbart News previously reported that Murthy's "political activism" was even too much for some gun control lawmakers, like Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV).  And on the day of the vote, Manchin made clear he would not support Murthy.  But Kirk stepped up and voted "yea" in Manchin's place.

Ernst Says Open To Tax Increases, Wouldn't Repeal DACA.  Iowa GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst declared two surprising stances in a Saturday [10/11/2014] debate with Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), saying separately that she would consider increasing taxes to shore up Social Security and that she does not support repealing President Obama's executive amnesty for so-called "DREAMers."  Asked if she would support increasing payroll taxes to pay for Social Security, which Braley had proposed, Ernst said, "That is an option and we need to sit down and discuss that — absolutely — in a bipartisan manner."

Lamar Alexander Skips Senate Vote against Obama's Executive Amnesty.  On Thursday evening [7/31/2014], Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) had a chance to stand with American workers and against amnesty by voting with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to kill the Senate's border funding bill, which would not prevent President Barack Obama from unilaterally granting temporary amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants.  While Alexander has been claiming to be against amnesty, he was nowhere to be found on the Senate floor just a week before his August 7th primary against Joe Carr for a decisive vote against a bill that threatened America's sovereignty.

This is exactly the kind of tantrum one would expect from a Democrat.
Rep. King: Paul, Cruz Will Use Cantor Loss to 'Stop Gov't from Functioning'.  Representative Peter King (R-NY) warned on Morning Joe Wednesday morning [6/11/2014] that the Rand Paul/Ted Cruz wing of the Republican Party would use House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) surprise defeat last night to push a far-right agenda bent on shutting the government down.  "My concern is a lot of things are going to be dead and pushed aside," King said.  "I'm concerned that the Ted Cruz supporters, the Rand Paul supporters, are going to use this as an excuse to basically stop the government from functioning. [...]"

GOP Sen. Hatch: Gay Marriage Will Be 'Law of the Land'.  During an appearance on Salt Lake City's Doug Wright Show, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said gay marriage was "going to be the law of the land," and that anybody who thought otherwise wasn't paying attention.  A district judge recently invalidated Utah's prohibition on gay marriage.  "Lets face it," Hatch said.  "Anybody that does not believe that gay marriage is going to be the law of the land just hasn't been observing what's going on...  The trend right now in the courts is to permit gay marriage and anybody who doesn't admit that just isn't living in the real world."

Lessons from a former RINO:
Charlie Crist Tries To Explain Why He Became a Democrat and The Results are Hilarious.  Crist left the GOP in 2010 during a run for Senator, when then Tea Party favorite Marco Rubio took the lead in the polls.  Crist stayed in the race as an Independent but was trounced by Rubio in the general election.  Did his leaving the party in the middle of a Senate primary have anything to do with the fact that he was getting his lunch handed to him by Marco Rubio?  No, it did not.  It was because the Republican party was "racist."

Thad Cochran runs in Mississippi as king of corporate welfare.  When the Republican Party deviates from its limited-government talk, it's almost always at the bidding of Big Business.  And in these cases Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran almost always sides with Big Business.  Cochran, the six-term Mississippi senator, has suddenly become the underdog in his re-election.  The Republican primary has gone to a runoff after Cochran and conservative challenger Chris McDaniel both finished with 49 percent of the vote.

Cochran Lists DC Address As His Primary Residence.  Newly revealed documents cast a doubtful glare on where exactly Republican Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran calls home.  The documents, as first reported by Breitbart, show that since 2003, Cochran repeatedly lists an address owned by an aide as his primary residence.  His campaign claimed that his primary residence was instead a self-described "cabin" in Oxford, MS, but on formal documents, Cochran identified that residence in 2006 and 2010 as a second home.

Shenanigans of this sort would be greatly reduced by term limits.

Conservative Critics of Government Are 'Freaks' Who 'Will Need Kevlar'.  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.

Reince Priebus Claims 'Consensus' Within GOP for 'Serious Immigration Reform'.  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said there was a consensus in the GOP for "serious immigration reform" in an interview with Politico about the one-year anniversary of the RNC's controversial 2012 "autopsy" report that said the party "must embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform."

Condoleezza Rice urges Republican party to be more inclusive.  "We have a responsibility to those who do not yet have the liberties and the rights that we enjoy," Rice told a cheering crowd at the annual gathering of California Republicans in the San Francisco suburb of Burlingame.  "We cannot abandon them ... We were once them."

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I am not an immigrant.  I was born here.  My parents were born here.  My maternal grandfather immigrated from Germany, but he did it legally and officially.  The notion that "We were once them" is a verbal sleight-of-hand designed to make us feel sorry for the uninvited who are sneaking into this country every day.  Once you feel sorry for them, it's easier to sign them up for perpetual welfare programs and voting privileges.

It's All About Vote Buying.  The vote to continue debate about extending unemployment benefits was expected for the Democrat-controlled senate.  But six Republicans sided with Democrats and voted against limiting debate, thus keeping the issue alive.  The vote was 60-37.  The six Republicans who joined the Democrats were:  [...]

GOP senator ousted by Tea Party challenger donates to Democratic Senate hopeful in Georgia.  Former Sen. Richard Lugar, a Republican, has given the maximum amount of money allowed under federal campaign finance laws to a candidate who hopes to help Democrats retain the Senate in the 2014 election.

Alexander Lashes Out at Tea Party.  [Scroll down]  Where has Alexander's "compromise" and "problem-solving" approach taken us?  [Senator Lamar] Alexander has often abetted the Democrats in the Senate, supporting their legislative agenda and providing support for Obama nominees.  When has he been able to persuade Democrats to support a conservative issue?  Alexander's record suggests compromise is a one-way street, i.e. Republicans support Democrats.  When do Democrats in the Senate ever repay the favor Alexander extends them?

Exclusive: Snowe Tells Obama, Republicans 'I Told You So'.  In the wake of the Obama administration's announcement to delay financial penalties for companies that do not offer employees health insurance, former Sen. Olympia Snowe says both Democrats and Republicans are to blame for the mess created by the comprehensive health care law known as Obamacare.  The moderate Maine Republican played a key role in helping to write some of the law and was the only Republican to give a committee version of it a vote of approval.

15 "Republicans" Who Voted For Amnesty Bill.  These fifteen need to be primaried and thrown out of office.

27 GOP Senators Embrace Internet Taxes: Find Out Who.  If this many Republicans will vote for this in the Senate, how many will vote for it in the House?

Pat Toomey, RINO?  Politico has an interesting story out Thursday [4/11/2013] about Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., headlined, "NRA Ally Pat Toomey Pivots on Gun Control Efforts" in the print edition and "NRA Ally Pat Toomey's Gun Control Moment" online.  The story details how the senator, who is up for re-election in 2016, is co-sponsoring compromise gun control legislation with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. He is trying to ensure that he has a moderate image in his purplish battleground state.

House approves Ryan budget.  [Scroll down]  The Republicans who voted against the Ryan budget were Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Paul Broun (Ga.), Rick Crawford (Ark.), Randy Forbes (Va.), Chris Gibson (N.Y.), Phil Gingrey (Ga.), Joe Heck (Nev.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Tom Massie (Ky.) and David McKinley (W.Va.).  Ryan's budget calls for cutting taxes, repealing the 2010 healthcare law and slowing the rate of growth in government spending to achieve a balanced budget in 10 years.

Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman reveals son is gay, flips to support gay marriage.  A top GOP senator's announcement that he now backs same-sex marriage after learning his son is gay has again stirred the political pot on a contentious issue bedeviling Republicans as they try to reach a younger generation of voters.  Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, who was a finalist to be Mitt Romney's running mate last year, said he wants "all of my children" to benefit from marriage like he has.

The Editor says...
It's your son who's headed the wrong way, Senator.  You should change your son, not your position.  If you want to "reach out to younger voters," tell them about the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.  It's not pretty.  Moral standards don't change, even when you discover that your family members are immoral.

Social Conservatives to RNC: Don't Be 'Pandering Idiots'.  The Republican National Committee's support of Senator Rob Portman's flip on gay marriage has infuriated social conservatives. [...] "I think [the RNC] should pretty much ignore him," says Phyllis Schlafly, a longtime conservative activist, in an interview with National Review Online.  "I think he has made a mistake, and he probably won't get reelected."

Obama's GOP Dinner Companions Defend Sit-Down with President.  Republicans who enjoyed a three-hour private dinner with President Obama at the Jefferson Hotel last night — with POTUS picking up the tab — defended the meeting, even with the optics of leaving their colleague Sen. Ran Paul (R-Ky.) to filibuster while acquiescing to the president.

Abby Huntsman: Reverend Al's Kind Of Republican.  Turns out today is the 159th anniversary of the founding of the Republican party.  So who did Al Sharpton have on his MSNBC this evening to discuss it supposedly from the GOP point of view?  "Republican" Abby Huntsman, daughter of Jon.  After somehow divining that if Abe Lincoln were around today he would want a "conversation" on immigration and gay marriage, Abby described today's Republican party as populated by people who want "absolutely no government."

GOP congressman who donated to Obama gets trip on Air Force One.  Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell became one of the rare members of the Republican Party to join President Barack Obama on Air Force One on Tuesday [2/26/2013].  According to FEC records, Rigell donated $1,000 to President Obama during his first run for the White House, and has been vocally supportive of Obama's calls for increased tax revenue as a part of a sequester deal.

The Editor says...
No self-respecting Republican should ride on Air Force One at the invitation of Barack Obama.  It benefits only Mr. Obama.

Obama's quiet [gun control] ally.  As President Obama pushes for gun control in Chicago Friday, an unexpected ally from his home state, Sen. Mark Kirk (R) of Illinois, is crossing party lines to propose legislation that could have a greater impact than higher-profile proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, experts say.

As candidate, Hagel supported de-funding Radio Free Europe.  Secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel sought to eradicate U.S. funding for pro-democracy broadcasts across the globe during his tenure in the Senate, according to a candidate questionnaire from his 1996 race against then-Nebraska Gov. Ben Nelson (D).  Asked if the U.S. should "continue funding for Radio Free Europe [RFE] and Radio Liberty [RL]," the pro-democracy networks that helped reshape the world, Hagel replied, "No."  Asked if the U.S. should "continue funding for Radio Marti and TV Marti," the U.S.'s voice of freedom in Cuba, Hagel replied, "No."

Hagel Pick Shows Where Obama Wants To Take The Country.  The puzzle of the Chuck Hagel nomination for defense secretary is that you normally choose someone of the other party for your Cabinet to indicate a move to the center, but Hagel's foreign policy views are to the left of Barack Obama's, let alone the GOP's.  Indeed, they are at the fringe of the entire Senate.

Incoming Republican congressman signals openness to gun control.  An NRA-backed incoming congressman from Utah said Friday [12/28/2012] he would be open to a discussion of some gun-control measures in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting.

Transparent Political Ruses Sanctioned By Liberal Republicans.  If Conservative America has any real intention of ever making an effective stand against the onslaught of liberalism, now is the time to take note of the Republicans who remain firmly committed to principle, as opposed to those who will completely sell out the moment they believe the political winds to be shifting.  And of the latter group, no belated apologies or election season reawakenings to conservative ideology should ever be accepted.

Eight Traitor RINOs Cuddle Up to Treasonous LibDems But Fail to Approve U.N. Treaty.  Nine Republicans made their very best efforts to cause Americans to lose their sovereignty in a vote in the United States Senate on Wednesday, December 5, 2012. [...]