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


Liberals and leftists in the United States are generally comfortable with the socialist 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.

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.  Unfortunately, the Republican Party is in no position to eject anyone.

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  used to serve as a counterbalance, encouraging citizens to rely on themselves, take care of their families, pay attention in school, defend the lives of unborn children, and at least acknowledge God.  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, freeloaders, lawyers, and lobbyists.

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.  The two parties are just two sides of the same coin.  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.

RINO politicians are the people most likely to appear on Sunday morning political talk shows, ostensibly to represent "the right."  This is a news media canard.  The producers of those shows are almost all Democrats, and they select the guest politicians based on what the politicians are likely to agree with.  This results in a "panel discussion" in which everybody is in agreement with the Democrat talking points of the week, from which the viewers come away mistakenly think they've heard both sides of the issues.

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.

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Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham and John McCain

Kelly Ayotte

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Michael Bloomberg

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Colin Powell

Karl Rove

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Mitch McConnell

Jeb Bush

Lamar Alexander

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Paul Ryan

Nikki Haley

John Cornyn

Orrin Hatch

Susan Collins

Claire McCaskill

Lisa Murkowski

Richard Burr

Justin Amash

Bill Kristol

Carly Fiorina

Liz Cheney

Asa Hutchinson

Glenn Youngkin

Mehmet Oz

Mike Pence

Vivek Ramaswamy

Senator James Lankford

Others / various combinations

The Republican establishment vs Tea Party Candidates

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George W. Bush, part two

Pork Barrel Spending

Donald Trump versus the Deep State

Massive list of federal government agencies

Criticism of the Republican Party -- From the Right

Overviews and definitions

How to Spot a RINO.  We are now enduring the usual competing ads from another primary election.  A trend has developed in Republican primaries that sees candidates call each other "RINOs" (Republicans in Name Only). An incumbent GOP candidate insists that his challenger is a RINO.  The challenger says the same thing about the incumbent. [...] Only some of the accusing candidates are lying.  RINOs do appear in many races and sometimes win.  They stop key legislation or join with Democrats to create oppressive new levels of government bureaucracy.  They repeat Democrat talking points.  They denounce conservative elected officials while providing momentum for Democrat efforts to derail conservative initiatives.  It takes only two or three RINOs to derail a bill or nomination when a legislative body is held by a slim majority.  Their presence at all levels of government demoralizes the Republican base and depresses GOP voter turnout.  Many GOP voters have simply given up because GOP officials appear to carry out the same policies that the base has voted against.

For Republicans, A Candidate Who Shares Their Views Is More Important Than A Candidate Who Can Actually Win In 2024, New Poll Finds.  The University of Georgia's School of Public & International Affairs' (SPIA) latest survey asked Republican voters "which is more important to you personally" — that the GOP nominate a 2024 presidential candidate with a strong chance of beating President Joe Biden, or that the party nominate a candidate "who shares your positions on major issues."  Among respondents, 46.4 percent would prefer a candidate who agrees with them on major issues, even if that candidate would not beat Biden.  Just 34.4 percent want the party to nominate someone who can beat Biden, but may disagree with them on major issues.  Republicans' preference for an ideologically aligned candidate, rather than one who is more electable, translates across all demographic segmentations:  race, sex, age and education.

The Editor says...
In other words, it's better to be defeated than to elect a flip-flopping RINO.

Can Someone Please Explain to Me Who's a 'RINO' and Who's Not a 'RINO' in the Republican Party?  The definition of "RINO" — Republican in Name Only — not only used to be easy to understand; it was easy to identify Republicans who fit the RINO mold.  In the 1990s, Pennsylvanian Senator Arlen Specter was a perfect example.  While Specter was a registered Republican, he generally sided with the Democrats.  But in the Age of Trump, everything changed, including the definition of RINO — for which Trump himself was responsible.  So now, any Republican who isn't sufficiently "Trumpy" is immediately labeled a "RINO" by Trump and/or his followers.

The Globalist Uniparty Murdered the American Constitutional Republic.  The U.S. government is a corrupt, one-party authoritarian state controlled by a Globalist Uniparty of Democrats and Republicans, who steal from the American people on behalf of rich and powerful multinational interests and use the federal bureaucracy, particularly the national security agencies, to suppress dissent and deny individual rights guaranteed under the Constitution.  The American Constitutional Republic died in Arizona from yet another stolen election, the kill shot being administered by Maricopa County Super Court Judge Peter Thompson, who just dismissed gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's lawsuit despite overwhelming evidence of election law violations and malicious intent.  The Globalist Uniparty has been injecting lethal poison into the body politic of the American Constitutional Republic ever since the American people defied Globalist Uniparty dictates and practiced actual democracy by electing Donald Trump as President.  Recognizing that democracy was a existential threat to its survival and its iron grip control of the U.S. government, the Globalist Uniparty did everything in its power, to not only undermine the Trump Presidency, but took measures to ensure that the American people would never again pose a threat to its absolute power.

RINOs Deny Funding to MAGA Candidates.  While RINO ideology bears little resemblance to today's MAGA Republicans who are America First to the core, RINOs became a household word during Trump's Administration.  Biden's hate speech suggested RINOs are more compatible and like-minded than America First supporters.  They are, with few exceptions, well known as status quo thinkers with little interest in accountability or transparency and are known to rule with an iron hand.  They will rock no boat, accept their place as secondary political participants behind the Democrats, are willing to go-along and get-along, and most importantly, are not seen as an electoral or policy threat to the Democrats.  Many RINOs achieve powerful positions by the fluke of seniority as the global roundtable introduces them to the same techno-economic elitists that the Democrats pay homage to, thereby creating a genuine Uniparty.

Hey, RINOs!  How's all this working for you?  When does a person enter the forbidden realm of "RINOhood"? When those values get diluted to the point that you no longer recognize them.  The problem with "let's go along to get along" is that sooner or later, people drown in the swamp of negotiation and compromise.  They fail to double down on core principles and stand firm.  There are brave, well-meaning men and women who compromise to rise to positions of power where they can make a difference.  It is sometimes difficult for conservative Republicans to judge when their compromises are acceptable and when they are simply caving in.

The Factions of the Right and How They Fight.  The Republican faction is composed of those whose primary allegiance is to the Party.  Whatever benefits the Party is what they support and defend.  Republicans are further subdivided into groups who support bipartisanship and reaching across the aisle to Democrats on virtually every issue and those whose bipartisanship is more limited.  The former are usually the ones Christians sneeringly refer to as RINOs.

There Are RINOs but Never DINOs.  The RINO is an interesting political phenomenon and relatively new.  It stands for Republican in Name Only, meaning that although the office-holder is a registered Republican, his voting record and public statements are too often aligned with liberal causes. [...] This kind of politician seems to exist only on the Republican side of the fence.  Only Republicans have to scramble to make sure all their members are on board for crucial congressional votes.  When a Senate vote looms on a controversial measure, only Republicans have to be certain that all their members are on the same page.  John McCain was famous for deviating from Republican orthodoxy, earning him the positive-intentioned nickname from the liberal mainstream media of "Maverick of the Senate."  There are many Republican politicians who are famous for their voting or public speaking "undependability," such as Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), and Susan Collins (Maine), and, before her, Olympia Snowe (Maine).  With the Senate as closely divided between the parties as it's been in recent years, a few perfidious Republican senators are all it takes to defeat a conservative initiative.

Why RINOS Must Go.  The time is long overdue for ridding the Republican Party of the Republicans-In-Name-Only ("RINOs") populating much of our government.  For many decades, they have traveled under the euphemistic but false label of "moderates" as they sided with the liberals/progressives/socialists of the Democratic Party against Republican conservatives who believe in personal freedom, personal responsibility, a limited federal government, and the Constitution of the United States as "We the People" ordained and amended it.  To recognize who the RINOs are, appreciate why they must be removed from office, and maximize our prospects for success in this mission, it is worth considering how they came to hold such sway over our politics.

Hunting RINOs is tough, but here's how you do it.  President Donald Trump has ushered in a new age of politics, one that's not been seen since Ronald Reagan's day, that supporters see as putting people over pols, citizens over Capitol Hill.  And boy, are the RINOs on edge about that.  So oust 'em, some say.  The trouble is it's easier said than done.  Here's why.  And more importantly, here's how to do it.

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.

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Senator Lindsey Graham

GOP Neocon Senator Lindsey Graham Suggests Lack of Evidence Against Joe Biden's Corruption.  In a recent episode of "Meet the Press," GOP Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared to suggest a lack of compelling evidence in the ongoing impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden.  When questioned by host Kristen Welker about his stance on the allegations against Biden, Graham indicated that he has not been closely following the proceedings.  His comments implied that for the inquiry to hold weight, it must demonstrate that Joe Biden benefited financially from his son Hunter Biden's business dealings.  Graham's statement, "If there were a smoking gun, I think we'd be talking about it," suggests skepticism about the current strength of evidence presented in the inquiry.

Lindsey Graham and His Record of Lies, Smears, Trump-Bashing and Deceit via Ultra MAGA Party.  On Saturday, horrible RINO and backstabbing warmonger Senator Lindsey Graham was loudly booed throughout his speech at the Trump rally in Pickens, South Carolina.  The MAGA crowd is fully aware of Lindsey and his devious ways.  And it is not missed by the people of South Carolina that Lindsey cares more about the security of Ukraine than the security of the USA. [...] On Sunday afternoon ULTRA MAGA PARTY reminded us all of how backstabber Lindsey Graham has worked nonstop to destroy the MAGA movement and President Trump while endorsing the criminal Joe Biden.

Who is pulling the puppet strings in Washington, DC?  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared last week on Jesse Watters's show on Fox News to express his opposition to the RESTRICT Act.  The proponents of the bill claim that it will be used to ban the Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok.  But the critics of this legislation have pointed out that it grants sweeping powers to the federal government and the president to ban any application they label a 'threat'. [...] Watters made his case opposing the bill while pointing out that the bill doesn't even have the word "TikTok" in it.  Graham reiterated his opposition to the bill.  Before you can leap with joy that Graham was breaking a rule of a lifetime and standing for what is right, Watters revealed a detail that would have been hilarious if it weren't so grave.  Watters informed Graham that South Carolina's senior senator supports the bill.  When Graham looked befuddled, Watters explained that Graham happened to be among the cosponsors of the bill and that information is available online.  Graham eventually was compelled to admit that he may be co-sponsoring the legislation without reading it and that it made him "look bad". [...] Graham would have been forgiven for not knowing a minor clause in the bill.  But opposing a bill on TV that he has co-sponsored is unpardonable.  What makes it worse is that he wasn't even aware that he was a co-sponsor.  Some say the ploy of feigning ignorance was to avoid tough questions.  But the video made Graham look ridiculous, and no politician wants to look ridiculous in the era where videos can be played repeatedly online.

Jesse Waters Tells Senator Lindsey Graham He's Listed as a Co-Sponsor on the Restrict Act — Graham Has No Idea.  This is a little funny, and simultaneously very sad.  Folks, this is the state of legislative affairs in Washington DC, this is exactly what it was like when I was asking these types of questions.  Senator Lindsey Graham is listed as one of the Republican co-sponsors for Senate Bill 686, the Restrict Act, aka the TikTok ban act.  Fox News host Jesse Waters goes through the bill on live television and then asks Senator Graham why he co-sponsors it.  Lindsey Graham has no idea.  [Video clip]

Why Preserve a 'World Order' without Freedom?  Senator Lindsey Graham desperately wants more money and weapons for Ukraine.  Recently standing in Kyiv alongside two (other?) Democrat senators — one who repeatedly lied about his service in Vietnam and another who repeatedly lied about President Trump being a Russian spy — Graham demanded American tanks on the ground immediately.  "World order is at stake!" he declared.  Something serious must be at stake over there; having thrown over a hundred billion dollars to a nation that was known universally as one of the most corrupt in the world before Russia crossed its borders last year, the U.S. government has become "pot committed" to a European war, whether financially struggling Americans care or not.  Just what is this "world order" that keeps Ol' Lindsey up at night?  Surely he means some combination of American hegemony, military dominance, dollar-denominated financial supremacy, and command over the vaunted "rules-based international system" so-called Western leaders love to defend.  You never hear anything about the importance of defending Western rights and liberties, though, do you?  Senator Graham-nesty isn't worried about protecting America's borders.  He says absolutely nothing about securing Westerners' freedoms from threats of tyranny.  Why?  Because America has relinquished its status as "leader of the free world."

Why were the polls off so badly in this election?  I believe that the final polls were wrong simply because they underestimated the Democrat ballot-harvesting machine.  Almost every polling organization uses a turnout model that predicts what percentage of registered or likely voters will vote in any given election.  Unfortunately, the polls overestimated the number of Republican-leaning voters and/or failed to consider the Democrats' effort to get out their vote.  It is also possible some Republican-leaning voters stayed home.  Why?  Because almost every political pundit and writer, including yours truly, said a red wave was coming no matter what.  You could lay a little blame at the feet of Republican senator Lindsey Graham, too.  In September, Graham introduced a bill in the Senate to ban abortions nationwide at 15 weeks.  This came little more than two months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.  The point of overturning Roe was to return this issue to the states.  Graham effectively gave the other side something to fight for right before the election.

[The] Republican Leadership [is] Worse than Worthless.  After winning a major victory when the Supreme Court overturned Roe v.  Wade, Lindsey Graham, two months before the Nov. 2022 election, brilliantly announced his intent to introduce a bill, that had no chance whatsoever to become law at the time, to ban all abortions nationwide after 15 weeks, not in the least worried that this would energize the Democrat base.  In fact, and despite the pollsters who still cannot get anything right, it turns out that this did energize young women to turn out in massive numbers and vote for Democrats.  Unfortunately, Lindsey does not appear to grasp that one cannot get any of one's programs enacted into law unless one gets elected first, this being, apparently, too deep for him.  Lindsay did, of course, accomplish his major goal of getting his pretty face on camera emotionally stating how much he cares.  Perhaps this brilliance will propel Lindsey to a presidential run in 2024!

Lindsey Graham Urges Biden to Treat Attacks on Ukraine as Attacks on NATO, Even Though They're Not a Member.  Sen. Lindsey Graham is urging Joe Biden to consider a nuclear attack on Ukraine as an attack on NATO — even though they are not a member of the alliance.  Graham, who has seemingly never met a war he didn't like, called for the US to do more to defend Ukraine during an interview on Fox News. [...] Graham continued, "The president, Biden has refused to designate Russia a state sponsor of terrorism under U.S. law.  We had a vote in the Senate 100 to nothing, urging the Biden administration, declaring Putin's Russia a state sponsor of terrorism like Iran and North Korea.  If you did that, we would have access to federal courts to sue for the damage done in Ukraine and throughout the world by Putin."  "He is a terrorist.  The Wagner group is dismantling, dismembering parts of Africa.  He is now illegally annexed territory of a neighboring country," Graham continued.

Is Lindsey Graham Trying to Throw the Midterm Elections to Democrats?  Was Mitch McConnell Behind It?  Joe Biden is the worst president in US history.  Inflation is at 40 YEAR HIGHS — and it is NOT receding!  Gas Prices are the highest they have ever been under Joe Biden — And this is a direct result of his anti-energy policies.  Joe Biden surrendered Afghanistan to the Taliban and armed them with $80 billion in US arms.  Including 600,000 weapons and 200 aircraft! [...] Joe Biden declared open war on his political opposition.  Joe Biden opened the border to 2 million illegal aliens this year!  Joe Biden allowed tons of illegal drugs entry into the country via the open border causing over 100,000 annual deaths!  Joe Biden pushed the US economy into recession in 18 short months.  Republicans should be in GREAT SHAPE for the upcoming elections.  But Lindsey Graham wants to change the subject.  Lindsey Graham wants the 2022 midterm election to be all about abortion.

A few words about Lindsey Graham.  Let me say at the outset that I'd rather have Lindsey Graham in the United States Senate than any Democrat, especially the clown he beat last time who is now the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (liberals fail up). Jamie Harrison is a racist pile of garbage on top of being a moron who would do everything he was told by the White House.  Graham is a lot of things, and one of them is significantly better than Harrison is in every way.  But he's far from perfect and getting farther away from it every day.

Lindsey Graham, GOP Senators Say Nothing About Protesters In Prison For Over A Year Without Trial.  At some point, these horrible RINOs will notice there is no one standing behind them.  RINO Senators Lindsey Graham, Mike Rounds, Kevin Kramer slammed Trump and said "pardons for January 6 protesters was a bad idea."  These same senators have SAID NOTHING about the men and women imprisoned today without trial following the January 6 protests.  Don't fool yourself, they don't care if ANY Trump supporter rots in prison.

Senator Lindsey Graham claims Republicans are prone to riot.  Every time Lindsey Graham tries to work his way back to the conservative fold, he blurts out something in a way that hurts not just Graham, but all Republicans.  For his long history in the U.S. Senate, Graham has reliably been the Republican's answer to "foot-in-his-mouth Joe Biden."  And that Biden sound-alike contest-winner has just done it again.  Given Graham's frequent attacks of Bidenitis, it shouldn't be surprising that Graham blew the roof off of the January 6 issue by publicly claiming that Republicans are ready to take street action.  If President Trump is indicted, he said on Fox News, "there will be riots in the street

Lindsey Graham:  The RINO Who Keeps Telling You He's Really a Principled Conservative.  How many times will Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) convince us he's a conservative and then run off into the sunset like the RINO he is?  He's done it again. [...] Graham really confirmed the worst this week when he voted to pass a bipartisan gun control bill that critics say will gut the Second Amendment.  According to a statement by the National Rifle Association, "The NRA will support legislation that improves school security, promotes mental health services, and helps reduce violent crime.  However, we will oppose this gun control legislation because it falls short at every level.  It does little to truly address violent crime while opening the door to unnecessary burdens on the exercise of Second Amendment freedom by law-abiding gun owners."  As Human Events' Senior Editor Jack Posobiec noted, there were "Zero tweets from @SeanHannity about Lindsey Graham joining the Democrats to sell out the 2nd Amendment."  Hannity has Graham on his show quite frequently.  So frequently, you would think he was a co-host.  Graham is often on to promote his own fundraising and spends most of his time, encouraging the United States to spend more money and lose more lives on foreign wars.  Graham was hopping mad about the end of the war in Afghanistan and of course he had every right to be angry about the ignoble way in which America left that conflict and billions of dollars in state-of-the-art military hardware as well.

The Six Worst RINOs In Congress.  [#4] Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC): Lindsey Graham, like many of those on our list, is maddeningly frustrating because there are times when you think, they get it, the Democrats are evil and hate this country. [...] America is on the cusp of a technocratic nightmare.  Either we stand for freedom or we don't.  And Graham has been quite comfortable hobnobbing with evildoers and standing up for Ukrainian sovereignty well before Americans'. Does everyone get to feel pride in their nation and defend its values except us?  Graham loves to still talk about his buddy John McCain, who was an utter disaster in the Senate as well.  RINO losers who don't value limited government are worse than Democrats, who at least are open and transparent about their beliefs.  We vote for a guy with an R behind his name, then get sandbagged every time.

Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins Buck Trump, Vow to Persecute Jan-6ers.  President Trump held another packed rally in Conroe, Texas on Saturday night [1/29/2022].  An estimated 50,000 supporters turned out to see President Trump in Texas.  President Trump also promised to release the persecuted January 6 Political Prisoners at the DC Gulag!  These poor men and women are held in isolation without any basic human rights.  Truly this is a dark stain on America and our judicial system.  This morning on the Sunday talk shows dangerous Lindsey Graham and RINO Susan Collins bucked Trump and vowed to persecute the January 6 prisoners.  These are not good people.

Republican pols preemptively surrender on Supreme Court, but Americans don't.  Biden isn't even pretending that anything other than race and sex are the most important metrics for his Supreme Court choice.  And of course, the usual RINOs couldn't agree more with quotas for the Supreme Court.  Perhaps these out-of-touch politicians would do well to pay attention to the American people, though, because Americans think it's a terrible idea to make intellectual qualifications the least important thing.  Lindsey Graham, a man of tremendous charm and no backbone, has already surrendered on the issue.  When he heard that J. Michelle Childs, a U.S. District Court Judge from South Carolina, was on the short list, Graham couldn't have been more excited.  "Michelle Childs is incredibly qualified," he said.  "There's no affirmative action component if you pick her."  No, Childs is not incredibly qualified.  She is simply another garden-variety leftist.  If you search for articles about her in the media before her name suddenly got picked up for the Supremes you learn that she has no record of extraordinary intellectual distinction.

Lindsey Graham Reportedly Called for Law Enforcement to Shoot Jan. 6 Rioters During the Attack: 'You've Got Guns.  Use Them.'  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reportedly called for law enforcement to gun down the rioters who broke into Congress during the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.  The Washington Post has released a new retrospective article on the riot Donald Trump's supporters carried out in their violent attempt to overturn the former president's 2020 election defeat.  The piece offers a massive reconstruction of January 6th, and amid all the shocking content that turned up during the Post's investigation, the paper presents a detailed timeline of how the situation on Capitol Hill plunged into chaos.  In the Post's second chapter — titled Bloodshed — the report goes in-depth on how Vice President Mike Pence and members of Congress were evacuated or sheltered in place after rioters breached the Capitol.  One anecdote describes Graham's reaction to fleeing the Senate chamber, including him urging the Senate's sergeant-at-arms to use guns against the mob.

Lindsey Graham breaks with most Republican colleagues by supporting Biden judicial nominees.  With Democrats controlling the Senate, it comes as no surprise that President Biden has successfully nominated dozens of federal judges, but nearly all of those picks enjoyed the support of a high-profile Republican:  Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.  Graham, who until January was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, voted in favor of all but three of Biden's picks who have gone before the full Senate for votes.  In two of those cases he did not vote at all, and he voted no in just one.

Republicans Shout Down Lindsey Graham for Pushing Vaccine.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was booed by Republican activists Saturday after he suggested they should consider taking the coronavirus vaccine, making him the latest prominent Republican to face a backlash from the party's grassroots over the vaccine.  Speaking at a county Republican event in Summerville, South Carolina, Graham said he had received the vaccine and encouraged audience members to take the vaccine as well.  "If you haven't had the vaccine you ought to think about getting it because if you're my age — " Graham said, before he was interrupted by boos and shouts of "No!" from the audience.

Fully-Vaccinated RINO Lindsey Graham Goes On A Weekend Trip With A Boat Filled With Democrat Senators, Comes Back With COVID.  Republican Senator Lindsey Graham became a darling of the party when he bravely stood up for Justice Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.  For a short period of time, Americans forgot Senator Graham(SC) was besties with Senator John McCain, the traitor who turned the fake (Hillary Clinton funded) Russian dossier over to the FBI that led to the 4-year-long witch hunt against Donald Trump.  After spending the weekend on Democrat Senator Joe Manchin's houseboat, the fully-vaccinated RINO Senator Lindsey Graham (SC), announced today [8/2/2021] that he's tested positive for COVID.

Joe Manchin Hosts Weekend Houseboat Gathering, Attendees Include Now-Covid-Positive Lindsey Graham.  Several senators attended an event on Sen. Joe Manchin's (D-WV) houseboat over the weekend, and one of the attendees, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), announced Monday [8/1/2021] he tested positive for coronavirus.  In addition to Manchin and Graham, senators who were present at the gathering included Sens. John Thune (R-SD), Chris Coons (D-DE), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Mark Kelly (D-AZ), according to multiple reports.

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Why is Lindsey Graham partying with six Democrats and another RINO?  A man is known by the company he keeps.*

Senator Lindsey Graham Deploys UniParty Outrage Chaff and Countermeasures.  Senator Lindsey Graham (U-DC) appears for his scheduled pontificating pantomime with Maria Bartiromo.  Right-wing Graham is outraged, shocked and verklempt at the policies being advanced by the left-wing of the UniParty bird.  Graham walks through the legislative constructs that are destroying our constitutional republic and then promises if the flag atop the Senate spire is changed, all will be better.  Graham is what Native Americans aptly described as "forked tongue".  [Video clip]

The Establishment GOP Still Does Not Understand the Patriot Movement...and Never Will.  Establishment Republicans have yet to come to terms with the fact that they need patriots to keep them in office. [...] Senator Lindsey Graham, who emphatically declared with a sweaty brow from the U.S. Senate floor on January 6 that Biden would be sworn in as president, senses that his political relevancy is nearing expiration.  Labeled a traitor among America's 80 million Trump voters, he has recently attempted to grovel back into President Trump's good graces.  Perhaps the 45th President has a forgiving heart, but Republican disenfranchised voters will not be supporting a traitorous career politician.  After all, it was patriots who saved Senator Graham's almost failed re-election bid this past November.

Lindsey Graham Supports Liz Cheney.  The framework of Liz Cheney's DeceptiCon perspective is actually turning out to be a valuable asset.  By watching who steps out to defend Ms. Cheney we get a more clarified picture of who the DeceptiCons are.  Liz Cheney is a walking 'TOUCHSTONE", a test or criteria for determining the genuine ideology of corrupt political alignment.  Last night Mitch McConnell stood up on Cheney's behalf.  Today Lindsey Graham does the same.  These republican names reflect politicians who are aligned with Globalism, Wall Street, and the leftist agenda of Big Government; these are the DeceptiCons.

Keywords:  Lunacy, delusion, chicanery.
Sen. Lindsey Graham raises doubts about Antifa's role in riots, looting.  Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday [6/2/2020] questioned how much blame should be directed at Antifa for the violent protests and looting in the wake of George Floyd's death in police custody.  Mr. Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Antifa has played "a part" in the civil unrest.  But the South Carolina Republican noted that rioting and looting happened during protests long before the militant anti-fascist group became a movement.  "We will try to find out how organized this violence is," Mr. Graham said.  "But I am old enough to remember 1968, and Antifa was not around in 1968, that I know of."

New Ad Destroys RINO Sen. Graham.  A new political advertisement by popular U.S. Senate candidate Michael LaPierre exposes globalist RINO U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina for who he really is.  In particular, the ad exposes Graham's disgusting boot-licking of billionaire population-control fanatic Bill Gates, who now wants to forcibly vaccinate everybody on the planet with his experimental vaccines.  Right as President Donald Trump has terminated U.S. ties with the disgraced United Nations World Health Organization, Graham can be seen in this video advocating a doubling of funds for the WHO — if Bill Gates, who was recently denounced as a dangerous criminal on the floor of the Italian Parliament, were to be put in charge [of] it.  Yes, Lindsey Graham really did endorse Gates for director of WHO and pledged more funds for WHO.  [Video clip]

Lindsey Graham to the Rescue?  Don't Count on it.  Is Senator Lindsey Graham actually about to hold an Obamagate hearing? — Don't bet the farm on it yet, but yesterday the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee did at least schedule a hearing to debate whether or not to issue subpoenas to potential witnesses.  Of course, Graham set the agenda for his May 21 hearing in such a way to ensure that at least two more weeks would go by before the committee votes on the question.  At that June 4 hearing, assuming the Republicans on the committee hold together (not a safe assumption in the RINO-filled Senate) to approve the question, you can be sure that many more weeks would then pass before Graham actually schedules additional hearing to begin questioning the witnesses.

Lindsey's Obamaphobia.  Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who loves to bloviate on cable news and the talk shows, is the man who has launched a thousand excuses to not hold hearings on the Deep State attempt to overthrow duly elected President Donald J. Trump.  Can't muddy up the waters with all this stuff going on, Graham opined.  He just might disturb someone else's investigation.  Running out of excuses and time, Graham has scheduled hearings in June, but with one very important proviso — with all evidence pointing to Barack Hussein Obama as the architect and quarterback of the coup, particularly the Jan. 5 White House meeting that set up Lt. Gen Michael Flynn, Lindsey Graham wants Obama and links to him to be off limits.  Lisa Page told FBI lover Peter Strzok, "POTUS wants to know everything we're doing."  Graham wants to hear nothing about what Obama was doing, at least not from the unindicted co-conspirator himself.

Senator Lindsey Graham is Making Sense Again:  "This is J Edgar Hoover Stuff.  Senator Lindsey Graham must be thinking about his reelection again because he's back to making sense mode.  In this interview Senator Graham discusses the second scope memo (August 2, 2017) and actually uses a timeline to outline how the Mueller investigation itself was based on a fraud.  Graham then says today's [5/6/2020] declassified scope memo was given to him for release by AG Bill Barr, and [...] Graham actually, finally, notes the FBI letter to the FISA court on July 12th, 2018, was based on a lie.  [Video clip]

Republicans [Graham and Rubio] buck Trump, side with Democrats on aid for 'mismanaged' cities, states.  President Trump is facing a growing rift with Senate Republicans who are siding with Democrats on the need to provide hundreds of billions of dollars in emergency aid for states and cities that have lost tax revenue during the coronavirus pandemic to pay for first responders and other basic expenses.  Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Marco Rubio of Florida said they are inclined to provide more aid to states, despite the president warning that he opposes giving more money to states that have been "mismanaged" by Democrats.  "No doubt states have been hit pretty hard," Mr. Graham told reporters at the Capitol.  "If it were set up the right way, I think it makes sense."

The Editor says...
The federal government is going to print and distribute money to compensate state and city governments for the economic damage incurred by government mandates.  Brilliant!

Lindsey Graham Creates Opening for Bernie Sanders to Derail Rescue Bill.  Senator Lindsey Graham led a group of Republican Senators warning that they would oppose a swift passage of the economic rescue package unless changes are made to its unemployment benefits section.  That prompted Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to say he too would hold up the bill over his objections to the aid to U.S. businesses.

The Republicans Pushing a Mass Immigration Scheme Favoring China.  As Americans struggle to stem the spread of the Wuhan virus, the Republican Party is considering bringing Wuhan to a suburb near you.  According to a Politico exclusive, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is leading an effort to increase the number of EB-5 visas offered to wealthy immigrants, supposedly to salve the economy as the crisis caused by the pandemic worsens.  Between 2012 and 2018, about 80 percent of EB-5 visas went to Chinese investors.  Jared Kushner reportedly is also heavily involved in this scheme.

Sources: Lindsey Graham Uses China's Disease Crisis to Deliver Green Cards to Wealthy Chinese.  Sen. Lindsey Graham is using the coronavirus recovery bills to dramatically expand the award of EB-5 green cards to wealthy Chinese if they lend money to U.S. real estate investors and other companies, according to several activists and Politico magazine.  "How can people pushing this not see how politically explosive this is?" said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies.  "An EB-5 increase would almost exclusively benefit Chinese:  It is hard to imagine what they are thinking."

Lindsey Graham does not want Schiff or other Congressmen to testify at Senate impeachment trial.  Is the ghost of John McCain haunting Senator Lindsey Graham?  The South Carolina Senator went on Maria Bartiromo's Fox News show, Sunday Morning Futures, to throw a wet blanket on conservatives' dreams of a Senate trial that would get to the bottom of the plot against President Trump.  He wants to leave all those rocks in place, turning nothing over to see what crawls out.  Instead, once the House managers present their case, he wants a quick vote, presumably ending in dismissal of the case.  In particular, Graham ruled out calling Adam Schiff to testify.

Where's Lindsey Graham?  I, for one, have grown weary of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), appearing on every other talk show bloviating about spygate, Ukrainegate, collusiongate, and all the wrongs committed against the Trump presidency and then doing nothing to fight back other than getting his face in front of the camera.  Lindsey, do your job or get off the pot — call some hearings, as you promised, and go for the Democrat's jugular.  Show that passion you showed during the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh when you went on an epic rant against that bevy of Democratic presidential wannabes who were raising the politics of personal destruction as they shredded the presumption of innocence all Americas are supposed to enjoy.

Curious Statement, Curious Timing — Senator Lindsey Graham Announces Intent to Abdicate Judiciary Chair Following 2020 Election.  Senator Lindsey Graham, who has increasingly come under pressure for doing nothing as the powerful Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announces today that he will be abdicating his chairmanship immediately after the 2020 presidential election: [...] Obviously this announcement begs the question:  Did Graham — who has done nothing promised — assume the Chair for 2019 and 2020 as a designed effort to protect the backroom interests of the upper-chamber?  Despite some initial side-eye to the cynicism, the premise would actually not be that far fetched.

Senator Rand Paul Calls-Out Chairman Lindsey Graham for Doing Nothing Except Protecting the "Deep State".  Finally, Senator Rand Paul directly calls-out Senator Lindsey Graham, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee for doing absolutely NOTHING.  At a certain point it becomes necessary to accept willful blindness for what it is.  Senator Graham wants to protect the Deep State more than Senator Graham wants to protect a constitutional republic.  It's worth noting that Senator Rand Paul's statement comes out at the same time Senator Lindsey Graham has said he will support the impeachment of President Trump as soon as the articles reach the Senate for trial.  [Video clip]

Romney and Graham leave the door open to voting to remove Trump if impeachment passes.  Sens. Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham both indicated that voting to remove President Trump from the Oval Office is on the table for them should the House pass articles of impeachment.  In a Sunday [10/20/2019] interview with Axios on HBO, Romney "made it clear that he's open to voting to remove Trump."  The Utah Republican outlined the answers he'll be looking for if the impeachment process reaches the Senate, including who was involved in Trump's communications with Ukraine, the intentions behind the conversations, and if efforts were made to conceal the transcript of his July 25 phone call with the country.  Romney did say, however, that he'd have a high bar for voting to remove Trump from office, pointing to wrong or possibly illegal activities of other presidents that didn't amount to being removed.

Rand Paul slams Lindsey Graham: 'Been wrong about almost every foreign policy decision of the last two decades'.  Rand Paul sharply criticized fellow Senate Republican Lindsey Graham for suggesting that U.S. troops should remain in northern Syria.  "Lindsey Graham has been wrong about almost every foreign policy decision of the last two decades," the Kentucky senator said during a Tuesday morning [10/15/2019] appearance on MSNBC.  "He was wrong about the Iraq War.  The Iraq War was a mistake.  It made Iran stronger, allowed more chaos, more instability, and more terrorism.  He was wrong about the war in Libya.  It lead to more chaos and more terrorism.  He is wrong about this."

Lindsey Graham Isn't Defending the President As Promised.  Maria Bartiromo confronted Lindsey Graham on her show, 'Sunday Morning Futures,' today about when he was going to start sending out subpoenas.  It's a good question since the Democrats are on the offensive but Republicans are sitting back in silence or in defensive mode, except for people like Romney who are plotting against the President [thank you Utah].  Graham promised he would hold investigations, but he hasn't followed through on even one.  As for Inspector General Horowitz, his reports so far have been experiments in whitewashing.

Russiagate Probe:  Empty Threats, Broken Promises.  Lindsey Graham vowed to get to the bottom of the scandal.  We're still waiting.

Bad Lindsey Graham Has Made a Comeback.  Good Lindsey Graham came increasingly to the fore last year as John McCain's absence due to illness and subsequent death released Graham from his daily duties of following McCain around like a puppy on a leash.  Unleashed Lindsey turned out to be a pretty consistently conservative guy and loyal supporter of his country's best interests and of a President from his own party, quite the direct contrast to Senator From the News Media McCain. [...] Unleashed Lindsey, it seems, has been re-leashed, and this time we don't have John McCain to blame.  Indeed, there is no difference at all between Re-Leashed Lindsey's conduct of the Judiciary Committee and the conduct of the Senate Intelligence Committee by its' Chairman, deep state skunk Richard Burr of North Carolina.  With Republican "friends" like these controlling the key Senate committees, President Trump has no need for enemies.

Lindsey Graham:  Democrats, GOP Can 'Come Together' for Gun Confiscation Law.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) says firearm confiscation laws portend a way that Democrats and Republicans can "come together."  CNN reported that Graham has long supported red flag laws, which allow a court to issue firearm confiscation orders for individuals deemed a threat to themselves or others.  House Democrats have already passed legislation during this Congress to criminalize private gun sales and extend the instant background check for firearm purchases.  They are now pressing for $50 million in annual funding to bring academia into the gun control push.

Beware the Lindsey Graham amnesty betrayal.  The problem is that amnesty is the main reason why we need a border wall at all.  More of it will make a wall useless.  Kushner and Graham have an amazing idea.  You see, it was never tried before.  They are asking Democrats if they would agree to begin funding part of a border wall, which is just one of the many things we were promised and need to stop illegal immigration.  In return, they will give the Democrats another mass amnesty, which will engender an even bigger wave of illegal immigration before we can construct all of the wall.

Lindsey Graham Brazenly Disrespects Trump, Says He Would Not Serve in Cabinet If Asked.  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham ran a wildly unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2016.  Most people probably forgot about that, because Graham went unnoticed the entire way.  Now, Graham says if asked by President Trump to serve in a cabinet position he'd turn down the offer.

Lindsey Graham Calls for Roy Moore to Step Aside but Defends Bob Menendez.  Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Friday that if the allegations against Alabama candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore are true, he should step aside, and "should be dealt with severely."  But Graham not only hasn't called for Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez (N.J.), accused of having sex with underage prostitutes, to step aside — he went to New Jersey on his own dime two weeks ago to testify as a character witness in Menendez's corruption trial, telling the judge that Menendez is "very honest" and "honorable."

Lindsey Graham's Idea To Bail Out The Highway Trust Fund Could Involve You Paying More For Energy.  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham told reporters he supported taxing carbon dioxide emissions to keep the Highway Trust Fund from going under and to bail out ailing nuclear power plants.  "The Highway Trust Fund is falling apart," the Republican lawmaker told reporters at the National Clean Energy Week event in Washington, D.C.  "Somebody needs to do something about it."  Graham told reporters a carbon tax could boost highway funding as electric cars become more prevalent, according to Axios.  Electric vehicles and fuel efficient cars have depressed federal and state gas tax revenues.

Lindsey Graham endorses carbon tax at Yale climate forum.  Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham endorsed a carbon tax on Tuesday during a Yale University climate change conference hosted by former Secretary of State John Kerry.  "I'm a Republican.  I believe that the greenhouse effect is real, that CO2 emissions generated by man is creating our greenhouse gas effect that traps heat, and the planet is warming," said the South Carolina senator in a transcript of his pre-recorded message to the conference.  "A price on carbon — that's the way to go in my view."

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Someone who has attained the powerful position of U.S. Senator shouldn't have to be told that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant, that natural sources of carbon dioxide far outweigh those produced by industrial activity, that water vapor is a far more important component of the greenhouse effect, and that no amount of legislation or taxation will affect the weather.  But alas, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham apparently has not been informed.

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].

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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

Why they won't convict Trump.  [Scroll down]  Since the death of John McCain, no Republican has stepped up to be the Blue Falcon who trashes the party's president on the Sunday morning talk shows.  Everyone expected Lindsey Graham to be McCain.  Instead, Graham has consistently supported the president, and has been polite in policy disagreements.

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

Marco Rubio brushes off potential Senate primary face-off with Ivanka Trump in Florida.  Marco Rubio signaled Sunday [1/24/2021] that he isn't too worried about any primary run from Ivanka Trump in his 2022 reelection race, claiming she would 'have a tough race' amid speculation she could pursue public office like her father.  'I don't really get into the parlor games of Washington,' the Florida senator told 'Fox News Sunday' host Chris Wallace.  'If you're going to run for the Florida Senate, you're going to have a tough race, including a primary,' Rubio continued.  'That's their right under the system.'

Marco Rubio calls Biden national security picks 'polite & orderly caretakers of America's decline'.  [Scroll down]  But there's nothing polite or orderly about the way they have handled policy or treated people.  This is Team Obama, coming back to populate Washington, D.C. again. [...] The media depicted the Obama administration as mainstream and competent when it actually wasn't, and gave it every advantage of admiring, incurious, sycophantic coverage for eight years.  That is a far different thing from competence or moderation being the reality of the Obama administration.  As ugly as the protracted agony of Russiagate and Spygate has been, they taught us what was really being done by the Obama administration.  It wasn't polite or orderly.

Senate Intel Committee Refuses to Give GOP Senators Documents From Russia Investigation.  Of all the tells that have surfaced in the past four years, this is the biggest.  This is the one that reveals just how corrupt and duplicitous the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence really is.  Do not pass over this information without pausing and evaluating just how explosive this refusal is amid the largest, most corrupt scheme in political history.  The republican led Senate Intelligence Committee (SSCI) is refusing to provide documents to republican senators from their Russia investigation.  Citing archaic justification within senate parliamentary rules current Chairman Marco Rubio (R) and Vice-Chairman Mark Warner are refusing to allow Senator Johnson and Senator Grassley to review the evidence the SSCI assembled to create their report on Russian election interference.  The reason and motives for the denial are simple, yet the majority of Americans have no idea.  The SSCI was the legislative entity, both republicans and democrats, who participated in the unlawful effort to remove President Trump from office.  The risk of exposure is exactly why Mitch McConnell put Senator Marco Rubio on the committee as chairman to replace Richard Burr.  The Senate was participating in the soft-coup.

Marco Rubio's Plan To Suck Social Security Dry Faster With Family Leave Isn't Pro-Family.  Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has introduced legislation that would allow parents to cash in a portion of their future Social Security benefits early to finance family leave.  He's billing the proposal as pro-family, but it would actually hurt families by worsening the program's already dire financial problems.  Rubio's bill would give new parents the option to take at least two months of paid leave, in exchange for delaying their Social Security benefits for three to six months after they retire.  Rubio's passion for providing paid family leave is admirable, but his proposed solution is fundamentally flawed.  The Social Security system is currently not financially stable, and allowing more benefits to be drawn from the trust fund will only quicken its existing death spiral towards bankruptcy.

Tim Scott and Marco Rubio Sink Stellar Judicial Nominee.  Despite their razor-thin numerical advantage over Democrats, Senate Republicans were able to put together a long and impressive winning streak in confirming President Trump's court of appeals nominees.  That winning streak came to an ignominious end today.  Not because Sen. Susan Collins or Sen. Lisa Murkowski balked at a conservative nominee.  But because Sens. Tim Scott and Marco Rubio ambushed a superb conservative.  Their victim, Ryan Bounds, is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Oregon.  He has served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff in the Office of Legal Policy at the Justice Department and as Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy.

Rubio's Approval Rating Hits All-Time Low After He Participates In CNN's Gun Control Town Hall.  Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is at an all-time low with Florida voters following his participation in CNN's televised town hall with Parkland shooting survivors, while Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who chose not to attend, is at an all-time high.  Both Republicans have backed gun control measures in the wake of the shooting that left 17 students and staff dead.  But a Quinnipiac poll conducted a few days after CNN's town hall suggests Scott made the right call not to participate in the heated event.

Marco Rubio, unclear on the concept.  On the heels of its multiple failures to repeal Obamacare, the troublesome Senate has finally gotten its act together enough to pass a $1.6-trillion tax cut.  If it passes as expected, Americans can finally get the tax cut they elected a Republican Congress for, following years of Obama-era tax-harvestings and stagnation.  But it was a close call.  One name stands out as a stinker here, and it still stands out as a stinker even though he's now voting yes:  Senator Marco Rubio.  The supposed conservative from Florida was willing to derail the whole thing for all of us and cost the Senate its majority if he didn't get the tax refund credit he wanted.  In reality, it wasn't a tax cut, but a dollop of pork slipped into the package, a refundable tax credit to hand to people whose incomes are so low they don't pay taxes at all.  Read: illegals and unwed mothers who get all kinds of free stuff already.

Marco Rubio Opposes Tax Reform Unless Republicans Expand Child Tax Credit.  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will oppose the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act unless it includes an expansion of the child tax credit.  According to the Washington Post, a Senate GOP source revealed that Rubio will oppose the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.  Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rubio proposed an expansion of the child tax credit.  Lee has yet to say whether he will oppose the tax bill in its current form.  If Rubio opposes the tax legislation, Republicans can only afford to lose one more vote in the Senate and have Vice President Mike Pence pass the bill through Congress's upper chamber.  Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) revealed that he would oppose the Republican tax bill because of its supposed effects on the federal deficit.

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.

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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.

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Anti-Trump Republican Presidential Candidate Maintains Close Ties To Pharmaceutical Industry.  Anti-Trump Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie is closely tied to the pharmaceutical industry he has repeatedly criticized on the campaign trail.  Christie's connections to large pharmaceutical companies are reflected in his current board seat with Pacira BioSciences — a manufacturer of opioid alternatives — and in his previous lobbying work for multinational pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk through his consulting firm in 2020 and 2021.  Christie's consulting firm, Christie 55 Solutions, received $40,000 from Novo Nordisk in 2021 and $120,000 in 2020, according to nonpartisan watchdog group Open Secrets.  Christie's firm made $1.3 million from nine clients in 2020 and $180,000 from six clients the following year, according to Open Secrets.  Christie 55 is run by longtime Christie aide and former chief of staff Rich Bagger, who spent 25 years as a pharmaceutical executive with Pfizer and Celgene, his official bio says.

The Poll Results Are In:  Everyone Hates Chris Christie.  It's not an exaggeration to say that everyone hates 2024 presidential candidate Chris Christie.  An August poll from Fox News found that Christie is viewed rather unfavorably by every political, racial, and economic demographic.  Overall, 56 percent, a majority of American voters, express disdain towards Christie.  Only 22 percent of 1,002 people polled said they held "favorable" opinions of the former New Jersey governor.  Christie isn't just disliked by 57 percent of Republicans, the people he expects to potentially elect him in 2024, but he also earned the ire of 60 percent of Democrats.  Even a good portion of independents, 46 percent, say they have a "somewhat" or "strongly unfavorable" opinion of Christie.

Republican Chris Christie Advocates for More War, More Conflict, More Turmoil, More Weapons, More U.S Intervention.  Big Picture:  Democrats want power, Republicans want money — and when it comes to foreign policy, they are in complete UniParty alignment.  This is the baseline to understand why only Donald J. Trump represents an alternative to the foreign policy worldview of the corrupt DC system.  This is also why they hate him and us.  There is no genuine alternative, no distinction between the foreign policy of professional Democrats and the foreign policy of professional Republicans.  The nature of each wing of the UniParty vulture flows in complete sync on the issues of U.S. global interests and the multinational beneficiaries who pay for the policies of intervention.  At the absolute core of the issue for Republicans is the money.  The financial mechanisms which create a need for outcomes in various nations.  The ultimate and biggest pay-to-play scheme, where the policy of the United States is sold to the highest bidder and becomes an outcome of the interests of the multinational corporations.  It is maddening to watch this dynamic continue to play out and yet feel incapable of stopping it.  This is part of the value in Donald Trump.

Chris Christie says we haven't done enough for Ukraine ... he wants to be the Republican nominee?  This is the man who wants to be the Republican nominee for President.  The man who thinks he can beat President Trump in a primary and carry the torch for Republicans. [...] I don't know what is more insane, the idea that we haven't done enough for Ukraine or the idea that Biden, who is largely responsible for Russia being emboldened enough to invade Ukraine in the first place, is doing a better job than Trump whose presence in office held off Putin's invasion plans.  I'll tell you what IS the craziest part, however.  That Chris Christie visited Zelensky in Ukraine a week ago and delivered him a handwritten note from Jon Bon Jovi containing the lyrics to the song "It's My Life."

Survey: Chris Christie [is the] Most Disliked GOP Candidate in [the] Field.  Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the most disliked Republican candidate in the GOP primary field, this week's Morning Consult survey found.  As is consistent with past weekly surveys, Trump continues to stand as the candidate with the highest favorability among Republicans, with 71 percent viewing him favorably.  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis comes in second place with 63 percent reporting a favorable view of the presidential hopeful.  Both Trump and DeSantis, however, see roughly a quarter of respondents reporting an unfavorable view of them — 26 percent and 23 percent, respectively.

Almost two thirds of Granite State Republicans say Chris Christie should drop out now.  Chris Christie is gambling his presidential campaign on New Hampshire's independent-minded Republican voters.  And it looks like an uphill struggle according to a new poll that shows 60 percent of primary voters want him to drop out of the race now.  Yet at the same time the former New Jersey governor has risen to joint third place behind Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis.  It all points to a love-him-or-hate-him, take-him-or-leave him candidate who polarizes voters like a mirror image of Trump, and casts him as a potential wild card.

The GOP's Festival of Losers.  The obvious reaction to the bizarre idea that Chris Christie will soon enter the 2024 GOP primaries and then win the general election — "Fat chance! — is accurate on every level.  The rotund Republican has zero support among the base, having missed his window a decade ago and having gone on to become one of those Republicans whose primary function is to trash other Republicans — a chubby chimp dancing for dimes as the MSNBC organ grinders play.  Why is he running?  Delusion?  Narcissism?  Greed?  Who knows?

Chris Christie is wrong:  Election integrity matters.  In an effort to tee up another failed run for president, former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently stated that everyone should move on from the 2020 election, criticizing former President Donald Trump and his supporters for focusing on it.  Christie is completely out of touch with voters.  Trump is right to focus on election integrity.  Election integrity is an important and winning issue for Republicans, especially after the sham election of 2020 and with the fast-approaching elections of 2022 and 2024.  Without it, history will repeat itself, and we will lose our country as we once knew it.  The 2020 election was one of the most unfair, disgraceful events in U.S. history.  And with H.R. 1, the Democrats are trying to make sure this becomes the new normal on a nationalized scale.  Contrary to the Constitution, state officials ignored statutes passed by their legislatures and made last-minute, illegal changes to voting procedures.  Millions of ballots were mailed to people who never even asked for them.  With no voter ID laws in many places and inadequate signature matching and poll monitoring, it was a free-for-all.

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.

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.

The Editor says...
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:

The Editor says...
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.

John Boehner Reminds Republicans Why They Can't Stand Washington.  Nancy Pelosi is ending her second and final stint as Speaker of the House, and despite her tenure being one of the most divisive and harmful in history, she's taking a victory lap.  On Wednesday, a ceremony was held to unveil a comically large portrait of Pelosi that will now hang in the Capitol Building into perpetuity because our elites aren't content with just stealing our money.  They must also use that money to laud themselves on their way out the door.  At the ceremony, the spirit of bipartisanship was alive and well.  Former GOP Speaker John Boehner spoke, and naturally, he cried over how amazing Pelosi supposedly is.  In doing so, he reminded Republicans exactly why they can't stand Washington, DC.  [Tweet]

Former House Speakers Paul Ryan and John Boehner Conduct Fundraising Rallies for The Shameful 35 House Decepticons.  Former House Speaker Paul Ryan previously held a fundraising event for Liz Cheney (March 2021).  Former House Speaker John Boehner previously held a fundraising event for Ohio Rep Anthony Gonzalez (March 2021).  And now Paul Ryan announces he will host a fundraising event for Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger.  What do Liz Cheney, Anthony Gonzalez and Adam Kinzinger have in common?  If you notice they are all members of the shameful 35 HOUSE DeceptiCons, you are correct.

Boehner Stands to Make Millions in Drug Money From Biden Win:  The sordid motives behind the ex-Speaker's anti-Trump stand.  Nine years ago, the New York Times was accusing John Boehner of racism.  Now it's eager to lap up every drop of vomitous bile from the former Republican House Speaker.  When Boehner asked Obama to move his speech by one day to avoid clashing with a Republican debate, NBC political analyst Richard Wolffe suggested that Boehner only did it because of "the color of his skin".  Wolffe meant Obama's skin, not Boehner's, which always looks like spoiled meat served in some blackmarket back alley cafe in Havana.  Since then Boehner has followed the usual career track of former RINOs from "worse than Hitler" to "sleazy lobbyist" to "author of unnecessary memoir bashing Trump".  Boehner's memoir On The House, like his political career, has no reason to exist.  Even when he occupied one of the most powerful elected positions in the country, Boehner was mostly notable for looking like he was on the edge of tears.  That and the time his bartender was arrested for wanting to poison him.  That seemed unnecessary as Boehner was doing the job for him.

The GOP establishment strikes back.  For the first time since at least 2015, former House Speaker John Boehner is the toast of the town in Washington.  The Ohio Republican is out with his memoir On the House.  In both the book and a series of interviews to promote it, Boehner dishes on his party.  On The View, Boehner accused former President Donald Trump of "one of the sadder things I've seen in the last 40 years in politics."  "The president abused the loyalty and the trust that voters had placed in him by perpetuating this noise," Boehner said of Trump's claims that last year's presidential race was stolen from him through widespread voter fraud.  According to Boehner, Trump isn't finished yet.  "Here's a guy who's unemployed, has nothing else to do but cause trouble," he said.

Marijuana Firm Gains Unlikely Ally:  Former Speaker John Boehner.  Former House Speaker John Boehner says his stance on a popular substance has shifted — and it's not merlot.  The former Republican congressional leader — and famed wine-drinker — announced Wednesday [4/11/2018] he is joining the board of Acreage Holdings, a firm that cultivates, processes and dispenses marijuana in 11 U.S. states.  The move marks a significant shift for the former lawmaker, who told Bloomberg 2011 that he was "unalterably opposed" to marijuana legalization but now says his views on the drug have "evolved."

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].

The Editor says...
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.

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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.

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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.

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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 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 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:  I Am No Longer a Republican.  Colin Powell, who served as secretary of state in a Republican administration, told CNN on Sunday that he no longer considers himself a member of the GOP.  "I can no longer consider myself a fellow Republican," said Powell.  "I'm not a fellow of anything right now.  I'm just a citizen who has voted Republican, voted Democrat throughout my entire career and right now I'm just watching my country and not concerned with parties."  Powell, who during the 2020 presidential campaign, supported Democrat Joe Biden, told CNN that, following the siege of the U.S. Capitol, it was a time for accountability.

The traitors who fooled us.  Colin Powell was another general gone bad, but by the time President Trump arrived, we already knew his conservatism was a gimmick.  He supported Obama.  Twice.

All The Republicans Who Have Endorsed Joe Biden For President.  Though Trump has largely seized control of the Republican party and the loyalty of GOP officials, a number of prominent former GOP officials, and even some of his ex-staffers, have come out in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden. [...] Biden has won the endorsements of four Republican cabinet secretaries; Obama administration Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and Bush administration Secretary of State Colin Powell and EPA Director Christine Whitman, who appeared at the DNC alongside Kasich.

Colin Powell:  I'm Voting For Biden.  Tom Cotton:  Big Deal.  You Haven't Voted GOP In 16 Years.  Despite the fact the he hasn't voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 2004, retired General Colin Powell, who served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, made headlines in the mainstream media when he stated on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that he would vote for former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, in November.  Arkansas GOP Senator Tom Cotton quickly fired back, stating, "I respect Colin Powell's service and he's entitled to his opinion, like every other American.  But he hasn't voted Republican for sixteen years.  Apparently John McCain and Mitt Romney were 'too extreme' for Secretary 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.

Karl Rove Under Fire for Redistricting Failures:  He's 'Costing Republicans All Over the Country'.  Veteran GOP strategist Karl Rove is under fire hours before he is set to speak at a major gathering of Republicans in Missouri, Breitbart News has learned, all while his failures on redistricting nationwide become clearer.  Rove, who is scheduled to keynote the Missouri Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner in St.  Louis on Saturday night [2/12/2022], is a senior adviser nationally to a group called the National Republican Redistricting Trust (NRRT).

Why does Karl Rove want to send our sons to war?  Karl Rove is, once again, beating the war drums.  He is ready to send 18-year-olds like my son to fight nuclear Russia over Ukraine's border so that he and the other neocons can talk like tough guys on TV.  On Jan. 28, Karl Rove shared an article on his Twitter page written by Noah Rothman attacking American populists who are opposed to sending our troops to war with Russia.  My view is that Mr. Rove despises "America First."  He loves war and the global economy that all these wars prop up. [...] The fact that he wants to send 18-year-old Americans like my son to fight nuclear Russia over Ukraine's border — again, so he can talk like a tough guy on TV — makes me sick.  He can put on the uniform and go fight the Russians himself.  Mr. Rove is part of the consultant class that is never held responsible for the failed product of their decisions.  It is only the American people who suffer the consequences.

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."

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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.

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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

Note to Jeff Flake:  Joe Biden Is Not the 'Decency and Civility' Candidate.  On Wednesday [10/28/2020], former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) released an ad for Democratic nominee Joe Biden, arguing that the Democrat "will best restore decency and civility in the White House."  He lists "character, moral leadership, and integrity" as reasons to vote for Biden.  Yet Biden is not some shining example of moral integrity.  If Flake wants to make the integrity argument and he cannot stomach President Donald Trump, he should abstain from voting for president as he did in 2016.

Republican former Sen. Jeff Flake endorses Joe Biden.  Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) has endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, the former vice president's campaign said Monday [8/24/2020]. Flake, who retired from the Senate early last year, will deliver remarks later on Monday as part of the launch of the "Republicans for Biden" effort featuring two dozen GOP former members of Congress.  The former senator was an early and frequent critic of President Trump during their few overlapping years in Washington, DC, becoming more vocal in his disapproval of the commander-in-chief after announcing he would not seek re-election.

Gasbag Jeff Flake Wants to See a Democrat Win in 2020.  Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Thursday that he would rather see a Democrat win in 2020 than have President Trump elected to a second term.  Flake made his comments at a debate in New York hosted by the nonprofit Intelligence Squared.  "Are you willing to lose a cycle for the Republican Party because of the principles that you're arguing?" moderator John Donvan asked.  "Oh yes, yes," Flake responded, citing Trump's policies on issues such as immigration.

Jeff Flake Lands Job as CBS News Contributor, Won't Run in 2020.  Former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is joining CBS News as a contributor, the network announced Tuesday [1/29/2019].  Appearing on CBS This Morning Tuesday, Flake discussed his future role at the network and revealed he will not launch a primary challenge to President Donald Trump in 2020.

Guess Which Former Senator That Trump Disliked Is Reportedly Seeking A TV Job?  Guess which former senator is speaking with CBS News about a job at the network?  It's Jeff Flake, former senator from Arizona, according to The Hollywood Reporter (THR).  THR reports that Flake visited CBS' Manhattan office, adding, "Flake could serve in the standard role for ex-politicians as an on-air contributor — or as something more, according to knowledgeable sources."

Jeff Flake Will Introduce Bill To Raise Taxes Before Leaving Senate.  Outgoing Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake will soon co-introduce legislation to tax carbon dioxide emissions, according to news reports.  Flake, who will not be returning to Congress next year, and Delaware Sen. Chris Coon, a Democrat, will introduce their carbon tax bill as soon as Wednesday.  The bill is unlikely to go anywhere with just two weeks left in the current legislative session.  Flake and Coon's bill will be the Senate companion to bipartisan House carbon tax legislation introduced in November.  The Washington Times first reported of Flake's carbon tax bill Wednesday [12/19/2018], and The Hill later confirmed it.

Jeff Flake:  Somebody From Within the GOP Needs to Challenge President Trump in 2020 — Maybe ME?  Outgoing Arizona Senator and RINO of all RINOs Jeff Flake told CNN's Jim Acosta on Friday [12/28/2018] that somebody within the GOP needs to challenge Trump in 2020.  "The country needs to be reminded what it means to be conservative... and what it means to be decent," Flake told Acosta.

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Let me remind you, Mr. Flake, what it means to be conservative and decent.  It does not include blocking conservative judges, raising taxes disloyalty to your own party or abortion.  President Trump, with all his flaws, is a far more conservative leader than you'll ever be.

Judicial Nightmare:  Jeff Flake Has Pretty Much Destroyed His Party's Agenda On Judges This Year.  Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is leaving, but not quietly.  The immensely unpopular Republican has decided to totally trash his party's judicial agenda.  Flake is the key 11th vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and he's not budging until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell holds a binding vote on a bill protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the Department of Justice's Russia investigation.  It's frustrating.  It's deplorable.  And it just comes to show you why Flake would never have won re-election if he decided to execute a suicidal banzai charge concerning that effort.  He would have been knocked off in a primary, but I digress.  The Senate Judiciary Committee has pushed back votes on judges.  In all, he's holding up the advancement of 21 judicial nominations, along with the confirmation of an additional 32 nominees whose votes are now stalled on the floor.

Jeff Flake's Sad Exit.  Usually when Congress cancels a committee meeting the country misses nothing more than grandstanding.  But this week the Senate Judiciary Committee had to halt progress on confirming talented judges thanks to GOP Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona.  The committee was scheduled to meet Thursday to move some 20 judicial nominees.  But Mr. Flake has said he will block all judicial nominees until he receives a vote on a bill that would insulate Robert Mueller's Russia investigation from normal political accountability.  The GOP's one-seat majority on Judiciary means the party can't report judges out of committee with a favorable recommendation without Mr. Flake's vote.

Grassley cancels vote on judges in face of Flake opposition.  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley canceled panel votes scheduled for Thursday on 25 executive and judicial nominations.  The Iowa Republican announced the cancellation late Wednesday, after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blocked an effort by Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., to bring up a bill that would prevent President Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

Senate Cancels Votes on 21 Federal Judges After Jeff Flake Blocks Committee.  Outgoing U.S. Senator Jeff Flake from Arizona has given the American electorate the big middle finger for Christmas.  Flake has followed-through on his vow to block more than 20 judicial nominees; forcing the Senate Judiciary Committee to abandon six federal circuit court nominees, and 15 federal district court nominees.

Flake to halt judicial nominees until Mueller protection bill passed.  Sen. Jeff Flake announced Wednesday [11/14/2018] that he will not vote to advance any new judicial nominees through the Judiciary Committee, nor will he vote to confirm picks on the Senate floor, until he gets his way on unrelated legislation to prevent the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller.  Mr. Flake made the announcement on the Senate floor minutes after his bid to pass the bill failed.  His threat could block the committee from approving any more judges this year, since the GOP only holds a one-seat majority on the panel.

Trump proud of forcing Jeff Flake from Senate.  After complaining that the GOP retirements hurt the party in the midterms, President Trump on Wednesday proudly credited himself with forcing out Sen. Jeff Flake.  "In Jeff Flake's case, it's me, pure and simple.  I retired him.  I'm very proud of it.  I did the country a great service," Mr. Trump said at a White House press conference.

Jeff Flake: 'We Can't Have That on the Court'.  As the Senate awaits the results of the FBI investigation into the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Jeff Flake, one of the lawmakers who spurred the inquiry, criticized the judge Tuesday [10/2/2018] for his recent appearance in the upper chamber.  Speaking with Jeffrey Rosen, the president of the National Constitution Center, and Democratic Senator Chris Coons at The Atlantic Festival on Tuesday morning, Flake called the judge's interactions with lawmakers "sharp and partisan."  "We can't have that on the Court," said the Arizona senator, who didn't elaborate on which interactions he was referring to.

Flake: Not Exactly Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.  At least the likes of Mazie Hirano, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris et all [sic] have the honesty to put a "D" next to their names.  Whether that D stands for Democrat, demagogue, demented, or merely delusional is up to the reader.  Not so honest has been the likes of RINO poster child Sen. Jeff Flake, who found he couldn't be elected the proverbial dogcatcher in his home state of Arizona and decided to leave the Senate, but not before he had his "Benedict Arnold moment" in a Senate elevator.  Jeff Flake has not exactly been Mr. Smith goes to Washington, but rather been a profile in porridge who cannot claim to be risking his political career, because he has none.  It evaporated the moment Arizona voters realized Jeff Flake is a political chameleon with no backbone and no color palate.  He is quite simply a grandstanding political coward whose true nature has been revealed by the Trump revolution and the Kavanaugh nomination.

Senator Jeff Flake Attends Soros-Sponsored Globalist Festival With Democrats.  Here he is yesterday [9/30/2018] standing shoulder-to-shoulder with "good friend" and fellow globalist senator, Chris Coons at a George Soros-sponsored "Global Citizen Festival" where Flake makes a joking reference to the elevator confrontation that he says made him request a one-week FBI investigation into allegations against Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  The women who confronted him in that elevator were paid Soros operatives.  The entire thing was a sham, a set-up, and now Mr. Flake himself appears to be directly on the Soros payroll.

Sen. Flake: 'Not a Chance' I'd Call for FBI Investigation If I Were Up for Reelection.  Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who broke with his GOP colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday [9/28/2018] and joined with Democrats in calling for another FBI investiagtion of Supreme Court nominee Jeff Kavanaugh, told CBS's 60 Minutes that he never would have done what he did if he were running for reelection this year.  "No, not a chance," he said, smiling.  Flake has served one term in the U.S. Senate and announced earlier this year that he would not run for reelection in November.  Flake has been a staunch critic of President Donald Trump and compared him to the Soviet genocidal dictator Joseph Stalin.

Report: Flake wasn't pressured, he masterminded the Kavanaugh delay.  According to a report published by Politico, Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) chose to appear pressured when, in fact, he masterminded the latest Kavanaugh delay.  His subsequent media statements about his motivations and his media appearances in light of this report suggest Flake's true motivations are far less pure than he would have us believe.  Flake's focus on optics, on his raw ambition (for 2020?), and on the kind of "swamp creature" political maneuvering surrounding this planned reversal paints for the American people a hideous and disturbing portrait of the Arizona senator.

We Are Finally Getting Rid Of The Treacherous Sissies Who Used To Control The GOP.  That simpering sap Jeff Flake — he's the kind of guy who voted for Evan McMullin and still doesn't regret it.  It's sad to see what was once allegedly a man be utterly emasculated in public and then proceed to dance to please his new masters.  He ought to be, and henceforth shall be, known as Jeff! since he's essentially Jeb! without the pedigree or — here's the scary part — the spine. [...] Flake does not care about you Normals, especially you Normals from the Grand Canyon state who are now regretting your decision to send McCain Superlite to the Senate.  At least John McCain, for all his faults, flew fighters and took no guff; Jeff! takes a little guff from some shrieking leftist in an elevator and he's suddenly primed for his Democrat buddies to talk him into helping carry some of the wood for the Brett Kavanaugh witch burning.  The "Democrat buddies" part is key.  See, they are his real constituency.  Like all Fredocons, he chose trying to please his elite pals over keeping his promise to serve Normals like you.

Jeff Flake Isn't A Truth-Seeker, He's A Coward.  There's a great quote from the poker movie "Rounders": "If you can't spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you are the sucker." Time and time again, Sen. Jeff Flake has allowed the left to use him as a tool to advance their agenda.  Flake's desire to be accepted and loved by the left all too often ends with him knifing conservatives in the back.  Repeated attempts to be liked by his enemies has now morphed into Flake working against the small-government ideals he once claimed to champion.

The Flaky Flakery of Jeff Flake.  Jeff Flake is the best player on the left's team.  He can always be counted on to aid the enemy when the stakes are high.  Whenever Trump says something "controversial," Flake seems always to be available to the press to throw Trump under the bus.  Whenever the left does something unthinkable, Flake seems always to be around to legitimize the left's lunacy.  Late last week, Flake gave the left exactly what it wanted by delaying the Supreme Court nomination process.  That's the very purpose behind these baseless Kavanaugh accusations, after all, and Flake folded like a cheap suit.  Flake's treachery is so predictable that it almost makes you suspect he has a Cultural Marxist handler and that his disloyalty is less a matter of stupidity than design.  Late Friday night [9/28/2018], some left-wing radical screeched hysterically and aggressively at Jeff Flake in a Capitol Building elevator.  Rest assured:  Flake buckled, as he always does, to come to the left's rescue in the 25th hour and perhaps change the course of history.

Dear Senators Flake, Collins, and Murkowski.  Senator Flake, you were confronted on national television by two activists, both claiming to be rape survivors.  Maria Gallagher and Ana Maria Archila gained national fame over the video of that confrontation, and both say they've never spoken about their experiences before.  The testimony of Christine Blasey Ford gave them the strength, they said, to come forward.  But they haven't, at least as far as I've seen so far.  These women have an opportunity to tell their stories and hopefully get justice.  I hope they do.  And I hope journalists who've granted them hero status, follow up and air their stories so other women won't risk being victimized by their attackers.  But they're also dedicated liberal activists.  There is no investigation, no piece of evidence (or lack thereof) that will change their opposition to Kavanaugh.

Jeff Flake Confronted By Protestors in Jawdropping Moment — You're Telling Women 'They Don't Matter!'.  Moments after stating that he plans to vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) was confronted by protestors while on his way to vote in a Senate Judiciary Committee session.  A woman who identified as a sexual assault survivor told Flake, "What you are doing is allowing someone who actually violated a woman to sit on the Supreme Court!  This is not tolerable!  You have children in your family.  Think about them!  I have two children.  I cannot imagine that for the next 50 years they will have to have someone in the Supreme Court who has been accused of violating a young girl.  What are you doing, sir?!"

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But there's more to the story.  Apparently the Elevator Nag was an astroturf plant.

Who Was behind the Flake Set-Up?  On Friday morning [9/28/2018], two women raced past reporters and security officers and blocked a senators-only elevator in the U.S. Capitol.  They cornered Arizona senator Jeff Flake, who had just announced he was going to vote yes on moving Brett Kavanaugh's nomination out of the Judiciary Committee and onto the Senate floor for a full debate.  The women wouldn't let Flake leave until they had yelled at him, face to face, for several minutes.  Anyone who thinks the two left-wing activists acted without a well-thought-out plan hasn't read The Intimidation Game by Kim Strassel of the Wall Street Journal.  A CNN camera broadcast the event live, and from there it went viral.

The Genius of the Elevator Women.  The Elevator Women sniping Senator Flake in front of so many journalists was a deliberate move.  And it worked beautifully.  Public tongue-lashings of this sort are wonderfully effective against men.  Flake was caught in an enclosed space, unable to escape, maneuver, or construct a hasty defense.  Off guard and off kilter, he simply stuttered out half-hearted responses in the face of overwhelming pressure.  I admire the Left's strategic and tactical understanding.  Find your enemy's weakness and then strike at it, hard, in the moment he least expects it.

Senate Judiciary Committee advances Kavanaugh nomination in party-line vote.  The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Judge Brett Kavanaugh in a party-line vote on Friday afternoon.  That sent his Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate a day after an emotional hearing in which a California professor leveled sexual assault allegations — allegations that Kavanaugh emphatically denied.  The committee voted 11-10 to recommend Kavanaugh, with previously undecided GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona supporting him.  However, that support came with a last-minute caveat that holds major implications for a final vote.  After meeting with Democrats behind closed doors, Flake, who earlier in the day announced he would endorse the nominee, emerged to call for a delay in a full floor vote to allow for an FBI investigation "limited in time and scope."  While backing Kavanaugh at the committee level, Flake said he'd only be "comfortable" moving ahead on the floor if the FBI investigates further.

What Sen. Jeff Flake just did on the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination, explained.  Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., created some late drama in the Senate Judiciary Committee this afternoon.  On Friday morning [9/28/2018], Flake announced he would support Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.  But by the time the committee was supposed to vote to advance the nomination to the full Senate floor at 1:30pm, Flake, well, flaked a little bit.  Although he voted to advance the nomination to the floor, Flake asked for a short delay — up to a week, he said, but perhaps shorter — for the FBI to conduct an investigation limited in scope and time on the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh (Flake did seem to say "allegations" plural, rather than limiting it to just the initial allegation from Christine Blasey Ford).  But Flake's request is nonbinding.

Flake Flakes in Senate Judiciary Committee — Asks to Delay Senate Floor Vote on Kavanaugh for One Week.  Outgoing Senator Jeff Flake asks for the US Senate to delay the House floor vote for a week.  Flake also asked for an FBI investigation into the baseless charges against Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  The Senate Judiciary Committee then moved to confirm Judge Kavanaugh 11 votes to 10 nays for the Democrats.  This was after Flake met with several Democrats this morning outside the hearing room.  Earlier Flake said he would vote to confirm Flake — so he had a change of heart.

Senator Jeff Flake Supports The Democrat DC Scheme — Kavanaugh FBI Investigation To Be Manipulated By Michael Bromwich.  Today [9/28/2018] the democrats in the judiciary committee, fully engaged political operatives, talked Jeff Flake into supporting a call for a week-long delay in the full senate confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh.  Flake, who is not running for re-election, advances the nomination out of committee — and simutaneously states he will not support a full senate vote until the FBI conducts an investigation into the ridiculous claims against Kavanaugh.

Flake Flakes Out.  Earlier this morning [9/28/2018], Senator Jeff Flake said he would vote Yes on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation.  But when the Judiciary Committee met and voted, he threw a curve ball:  Flake voted Yes and the nomination went to the Senate floor on an 11-10 party line vote.  But Flake said he will ultimately vote for the nomination only if there is a brief delay to permit another FBI investigation.  Lisa Murkowski followed up by telling an interviewer she supports Flake's call for a delay.  So it seems doubtful that the final vote can be held tomorrow as planned.  That isn't good, but an FBI investigation isn't problematic in itself.  The Agency will interview the people who have already been interviewed and report that they said the things they already have said.  It will add nothing to our knowledge, particularly if, as Flake suggested, "It would be short and limited in scope to the current allegations here."  Which means, I take it, the Christine Ford allegations.  If there is a delay, it needn't be long.  The FBI could probably re-interview the small number of relevant witnesses in the next 24 hours if it wanted to.

Jeff Flake and the Kavanaugh / Ford Story.  "Traitor" is normally considered a harsh word, but it is the only printable thing I have called "Republican" Senator Jeff Flake since he announced, a few hours ago, that he is "not comfortable voting yes" on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court.  His concern is the ridiculously stale allegation by Democrat professor Christine Ford that Kavanaugh groped her and tried to kiss her at a party when they were both high school students more than 30 years ago.  You might reasonably think this is a joke.  Unfortunately not.  Kavanaugh unequivocally denies Ford's allegation, and the only witness to the event (per Ford), Mark Judge, says "It's just absolutely nuts.

Tancredo: Jeff Flake is a Fake.  Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is acting like a spoiled teenager.  In the midst of the Democrats' grandstanding and obstruction over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, Flake — who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee — decided to go to Africa for three weeks in order to further stall Kavanaugh's confirmation process.  Mitch McConnell cancelled the August recess specifically to ensure that Kavanaugh is confirmed as soon as possible despite Democrat obstruction.  But Flake's last-minute sabbatical means he will be absent when the Senate reconvenes this month.

Jeff Flake takes to Senate floor to suggest Trump committed TREASON by giving 'aid and comfort' to 'enemy' Russia.  The Trump-Helsinki summit brought new accusations in Congress Thursday, as GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona accused the president of providing 'aid and comfort' to the enemy.  Flake's choice of words evoked the Constitution's definition of treason — at a time when President Trump is facing a new level of scrutiny for his refusal to forcefully condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin for election meddling during their summit meeting Monday in Finland.

Flake Confirms He's Stalling Trump's Judicial Nominees Over Tariffs.  Sen. Jeff Flake has gone public with his threat to stall judicial nominations seeking action to rebuff President Donald Trump on tariffs.  It comes more than a week after the Arizona Republican first held up the nomination of Britt Grant to be a judge on the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals at the Judiciary Committee.

Why Is This Anti-Trump GOP Senator Considering Holding Trump Judicial Nominees Hostage.  Yes, under President Trump, the most federal judges have been confirmed in the first year of a presidency — ever.  Yes, we have Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court, but more work needs to be done.  There are plenty of nominees in the pipeline, but we have a potential clog.  And that clog's name is Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ).  Mr. 18 percent is threatening to hold Trump judicial nominees hostage over the president's actions on tariffs.  The GOP has a one-seat majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  If Flake decided to take a bunker mentality on these nominations and dig in, we're stuck.  This is why the chair of the committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), is not putting up any more nominees for a vote until Flake agrees to support these judges.

Jeff Flake:  Trump Needs To Be Challenged In GOP Primary.  Lame duck Republican Sen. Jeff Flake appeared on NBC's "Meet The Press" Sunday [3/11/2018] and said that President Trump should be challenged in the 2020 primary election.

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Even if term limits are someday implemented for the House and Senate, every politician should be challenged in every primary election.

Sen. Tom Cotton:  Flake-Graham-Durbin Bill Gives Amnesty to DACA 'Children' AND Their Parents! — Millions of Illegals!  Democrats hold a minority position in the US Senate but they do have the support of Sen. Lindsey Graham, Senator Jeff Flake and others.  The Gang of 6 bill would have offered Mr. Trump less than 10 percent of his border wall, and only a 3 percent cut to existing paths of family-based chain migration.  The president does not support this.  Neither do Americans.

Jeff Flake Was a Foreign Lobbyist for a Firm with Ties to Iran.  Before he was a senator, Jeff Flake was a foreign lobbyist who worked for a uranium mining firm with ties to Iran.  Between 1990 and 1991, Flake was a registered foreign agent for Rossing Uranium, a company which operates a mine in Namibia that is among the world's largest suppliers of the nuclear fuel.  It was quite lucrative for his company Interface Public Affairs.  Flake likes to pretend he's a D.C. outsider and a conservative, both of which are untrue.  Flake said he never hid it, but what he doesn't say is he never spoke of it either.

Are Trump-haters giving up on Hitler comparisons?  Yesterday [1/17/2018] saw two famous Trump-haters eschewing Hitler in finding murderous tyrants with whom to compare President Trump.  J. Marsolo notes elsewhere on these pages that just prior to the release of President Trump's Fake News Awards, Republican Senator Jeff Flake described President Trump's criticism of media reporting as similar to Stalin's practice of imprisoning and executing critics of his regime because Trump once employed the words "enemy of the people" to describe fake news media.  I guess that Flake is unaware of Henrik Ibsen, the world-famous Norwegian playwright who popularized the expression in the late nineteenth century.

Jeff Flake urges White House not to pull out of NAFTA.  Sen. Jeff Flake warned the White House against pulling out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, arguing that leaving the deal would harm the economy and lead to increased immigration.  To think otherwise is an "illusion," he said on the Senate floor Thursday [12/14/2017].  "Allow me to briefly describe what America would look like without NAFTA.  It's an America with fewer jobs and higher unemployment.  Some of these jobs that are lost will not return for a generation, others will likely never return.  It's a poorer America.  The gross domestic product will drop.  Much of the positive growth we have seen recently will be erased," the Arizona Republican warned, adding later, "Let's not be fooled by those who would have us believe that the impact of exiting this trade agreement would somehow be minor or short-lived."

The Aptly Named Jeff Flake.  "Country over Party" outgoing U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) wrote on the $100 check he sent to Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones (D-NARAL).  Jones, now trailing Roy Moore, the Republican, by a few percentage points, told Chuck Todd on MSNBC in September that he doesn't support restricting abortion after 20 weeks or really at all. [...] Jones says on his web site he "will ... stand with Planned Parenthood" — as in the odious fetal-parts-trafficking organization that Flake voted to defund.  In short, there is no situation where having Jones in the U.S. Senate will benefit the country.  So why did Flake write him a check?

Jeff Flake Signs $100 Check To Roy Moore's Abortion-On-Demand Democratic Opponent.  On Tuesday [12/5/2017], Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who recently announced that he would not run for re-election on the floor of the Senate and tore into President Trump while doing so, issued a tweet showing that he had signed a check to Democratic Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones in order to oppose the candidacy of Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.  Moore, who has been credibly accused of sexual molestation of underage women, earned an endorsement from President Trump this week, and the monetary support of the Republican National Committee as well.

Jeff Flake Shoots Blanks.  One of the easiest ways to gain 15 minutes of fame as a Republican is to attack another Republican.  The cameras will roll, the pundits will marvel, and we will soon be assured of a collapsing conservative movement.  This week, Jeff Flake of Arizona garnered himself a full 17 minutes of fame with his defiant speech on the U.S. Senate floor.

RINOs Mourn the Retirement of Jeff Flake.  The liberal wing of the "conservative" movement has the sadz about this, claiming that we lost a "libertarian" voice and a staunch advocate of limited government.  How is the guy voting repeatedly for huge omnibus spending bills and clean (no strings attached) debt increases a fighter for limited government?  The guy who fought for the Import-Export bank and for the Newton gun grab is a "libertarian"?

On the other hand, or perhaps not...
Jeff Flake is no martyr.  Steve Bannon did not defeat him.  And the media is [in error] on this story.  Jeff Flake had a 100 percent lifetime Club for Growth record in the United States House of Representatives.  He was a conservative's conservative and stood up to the House GOP leadership.  He used that reputation to catapult himself into the Senate with the backing of most every major conservative group.  He towed a tough line on the budget, ObamaCare, immigration, etc.  Then he got to the Senate and promptly caved on it all.

Is There Anything Honorable About Arizona Senator's Exit, Or Is He Just A Quitter?  [Scroll down]  It still doesn't cover-up the fact that it looks like you're a quitter, Senator.  The Senate is too gridlocked, so I quit.  The partisan atmosphere is so toxic, so I quit.  Trump is a bad, bad man, so I quit.  I can't win an election, so I quit.  First, not faring well in a primary is not a forgone conclusion.  There is a lot of time between now and Election Day 2018. Anything could've happened.  Also, Flake voted with the Trump agenda the vast majority of the time.  If Flake started out as a Tea Party conservative, his exit will peg him as a moderate who couldn't hack it, but he's not the only one.

Flake: 'I Didn't Vote for This President Last November'.  Wednesday on NBC's "Today," Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) revealed he didn't vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election and said those conservative Republicans that had done so made a "Faustian bargain" by voting for Trump.

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

Trump Verdict Is Indictment Of GOP Leaders Who Can't Be Bothered To Resist Republic-Wrecking Lawfare.  Republican leaders have remained largely tight-lipped about Democrats' anti-Trump lawfare despite holding the House and control of several states in which Biden surely could be brought up on charges pertaining to the porous border or defying the Supreme Court.  But Republicans did and continue to do nothing.  Take, for example, the belated and worthless response from Senate Minority "Leader" Mitch McConnell.  "These charges never should have been brought in the first place.  I expect the conviction to be overturned on appeal," McConnell posted to X hours after the verdict was delivered.  McConnell is right that the charges never should have been brought.  So then why did Republican leaders sit on their hands for a year while Bragg devised his lawfare campaign? [...] When McConnell finally spoke about the lawfare, he called for increasing funds for federal law enforcement agencies — which act as the enforcement arm of such lawfare.

Why Is Mitch McConnell Still In Charge?  The role of the Senate minority leader requires a master tactician when the chamber is in session and a charismatic strategist when an election is on the line.  Mitch McConnell is only one of these things and not the one his party desperately needs over the next six months.  He has already announced his intention to step down from leadership but not until after November's vote, leaving Republicans undermanned in the campaign underway.  Whatever their sense of loyalty, their chances will be better if they replace him now.  The problem is one of both style and substance.  The 81-year-old's health problems and lapses during public appearances would make him an ineffective spokesman in any cycle, let alone one where Republicans seek to make President Joe Biden's similar issues a major liability.  But even were he at the peak of his powers, McConnell's core beliefs would still preclude him from effectively supporting his side.

Report: Mitch McConnell Urges Republicans to Oppose Term Limits.  Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) has reportedly told his colleagues to oppose the idea of term limits, which aligns with his past public statements.  A report from Axios said two sources indicated McConnell told Senate Republicans that "imposing term limits on the Senate leader is a bad idea during a Wednesday [3/20/2024] meeting about the direction of the conference":  ["]McConnell was one of several senators who spoke during an hour-and-a-half conference meeting, which was called by conservative Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.).  McConnell spoke against imposing term limits for the top GOP position, calling it a bad idea, according to two sources in the room.["]

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It's easy to see that term limits are a great idea, because the loudest voices in opposition are those who have made a lucrative careers out of their elected positions.  Especially the politicians whose net worth is a hundred times their annual government salary.

International Intrigue on a Ranch in Texas — The Angela Chao Story.  Angela Chao, the sister of Elaine Chao (wife of retiring Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican Senate Minority Leader), died in her car on February 11, 2024.  Angela was found in a submerged car, unresponsive, first responders attempted to revive her, but were unsuccessful.  The pond was on a ranch close to Johnson City in Blanco County, Texas, about 40 miles west of Austin.  The ranch was reportedly owned by a business entity of Chao's husband, Jim Breyer, a Venture Capitalist who has offices in Austin.  The Sheriff of Blanco County is Don Jackson, and the matter has now been deemed a criminal investigation, which blocks the release of many details to the public.  In a letter to Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, Sheriff Jackson said, "This incident was not a typical accident."  Angela Chao was also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Foremost Group, a privately held business entity that was the largest American owner of bulk shipping merchant vessels (all the vessels were flagged in other countries).  The ships alone were valued at $1.2 [billion] five years ago, but there were other activities of the Foremost Group that because it is privately held, are not fully known.

McConnell's Retirement Marks The End Of The Disastrous Bush Era.  Mitch McConnell and his friends are keen to paint the outgoing majority leader as the bookend of the Age of Reagan.  Even some of his liberal opponents are happy to repeat the lazy mantra, if only to contrast gooey 1980s nostalgia with the populist conservatism of the new right.  They'd like to remind us how the Kentucky Republican was married on the Gipper's birthday, but while it can feel nice to reminisce on a young man's nerdy romance, any serious attempt to understand history's longest-serving Senate leader needs to focus on the age in which he rose to power: those eight years of Republican rule in the early 2000s.  A 42-year-old McConnell may have won his first Senate race at the height of the Reagan years, but by the time he won the mantle of minority leader, those days were gone.  More than anything, Mitch McConnell was a Bush Republican.

The GOP Is Changing, And That's Good.  [Scroll down]  We saw another big change with the announcement that Mitch McConnell will soon resign.  There's been a lot of ink spilled about Cocaine Mitch, a man who was simultaneously unbelievably frustrating and unbelievably proficient in his prime.  Is it time for him to go?  Yes, because he's 82 and he's in poor health — it's commonly understood in Washington, DC, that he suffered a debilitating stroke.  And yes, his game seems to be slipping with the border fiasco and the obnoxious gun control thing that may very well keep John Cornyn, who is inexplicably a senator from Texas, from taking the Murder Turtle's job.  Conservatives will not miss the old-school aspects of McConnell, who seems to find it an intolerable imposition to have the grassroots offer its input regarding his plans.  But love him or hate him, he was the most effective legislative genius of this century and maybe more.  If for nothing else, he deserves huge credit for keeping that obnoxious progressive lackey Merrick Garland off the Supreme Court.

Dot-Connecting Between Angela Chao and Mitch McConnell.  On Feb. 12, 50-year-old Angela Chao was found dead in her Tesla that was submerged in a pond on private property in Blanco County, Texas, according to the incident report from fire department EMS personnel.  Chao was the sixth and youngest daughter of Chinese-American shipping magnate Dr. James Si-Cheng Chao, who founded the New York-headquartered Foremost Group in 1964. Angela had been CEO of the company since 2018 and was a founding member of The Asian American Foundation.  On Feb. 28, 82-year-old Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced his intention to step down from his leadership position in November.  Angela Chao was the sister-in-law of Mitch McConnell, and speculation has been rife about these two seemingly unrelated events.  Is there any connection other than familial?  Let us examine the topic.

Death of Mitch McConnell's billionaire sister-in-law Angela Chao under 'criminal investigation' weeks after Texas crash.  The death of Sen. Mitch McConnell's billionaire sister-in-law is being investigated as a crime weeks after her body was pulled from her submerged car in Texas.  Angela Chao, 50, was found dead in her sinking vehicle in a pond on a ranch in Johnson City, near Austin, on Feb. 11.  "Although the preliminary investigation indicated this was an unfortunate accident, the Sheriff's Office is still investigating this accident as a criminal matter until they have sufficient evidence to rule out criminal activity," the Blanco County Sheriff's Office wrote in a Thursday letter to state Attorney General Ken Paxton, according to CNBC.  "This incident was not a typical accident," the agency added.

McConnell may not stick around.  Sen. Mitch McConnell announced this week he is leaving his leadership post in November and will serve out his current term, which ends in 2026.  However, he may be planning to leave earlier than that. [...] McConnell would go on to shepherd a record number of conservative justices onto the court, thanks in large measure to Harry Reid ending the appointments filibuster when the Democrats ran the Senate.  McConnell would never have changed the Senate rules by his own volition, but Harry Reid crossed him with the Nuclear Option.  McConnell was then only too glad to repay the Democrats with their own rules when the GOP took back the Senate.  So the most consequential SCOTUS appointments in 80 years came about, not because of ideology, or grand strategy, or intellectual brilliance, but mere partisan tit-for-tat.  That's how a lot of things happen in DC.  And it explains how the least popular politician in America was also the longest serving Senate leader in history.

Mitch McConnell's Entire Legacy Is 'Misunderstanding Politics'.  "I have many faults," intoned Mitch McConnell after announcing he would be surrendering his leadership of the Senate GOP at the end of the 2024 term.  "Misunderstanding politics is not one of them."  That McConnell would provide this assessment of his own career was predictable.  He was just echoing the take of the average GOP establishment politician or D.C. operative.  He was also completely wrong.  In fact, throughout his career, few people understood politics more poorly, and of the many flaws he had as a leader, his misunderstanding of the nature and purpose of politics was perhaps his worst. [...] McConnell is great at counting votes, seeing what egos need massaging, making the threats he needs to make, etc.  These are very useful skills for climbing the greasy pole in D.C. — and for a party whip whose job it is to wrangle votes — but they are not the primary skills needed for a party leader who sets the agenda.  McConnell could have been a very useful cog in a machine led by a strong majority leader who would have set the ideological tone for the party in alignment with the voters and then relied on someone like McConnell to twist the arms to get the votes to execute that vision.  But we never had that.  Instead, we had almost two decades of "leadership" from an antiquated backroom pol who almost never delivered on his voters' priorities.

Mitch McConnell's Legacy: $27.6 Trillion in National Debt.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday announced plans to step down as GOP conference leader in November, marking an end to his more than 20-year stint in Senate leadership that saw the U.S. accumulate a mountain of debt.  "One of life's most underappreciated talents is to know when it's time to move on to life's next chapter," he said on the Senate floor.  "So I stand before you today ... to say that this will be my last term as Republican leader of the Senate.  I'm not going anywhere anytime soon.  However, I'll complete my job.  My colleagues have given me until we select a new leader in November and they take the helm next January."  McConnell has served as GOP leader since 2007 after serving as party whip since 2003, at which time the U.S. national debt stood at $6.783 trillion.  As of Wednesday, that figure stood at $34.405 trillion.

Texas Sheriff:  Suspicious Tesla Drowning Death Of Mitch McConnell's Chinese Communist Party Sister-In-Law Under "Criminal Investigation".  Last week, we reported on the suspicious death of Chinese Communist Party member, shipping CEO and sister-in-law of Kentucky Senator Mitch Mcconnell after she backed her Tesla into a pond and drown, or was she hacked?  Now, a "criminal investigation" is under way, according to a Texas sheriff.  First, here's a recap of what took place, and keep in mind that this story was largely not covered by the Mockingbird media. [...] U2VlIEhUTUwgY29tbWVudHMu

Death of shipping CEO Angela Chao under 'criminal investigation,' Texas sheriff says.  The death earlier this month of Foremost Group CEO Angela Chao, the sister-in-law of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is currently under "criminal investigation," a Texas sheriff's office said Thursday.  Chao, 50, was found dead shortly after midnight on Feb. 11 after being pulled out of a car that had gone into a pond on a private ranch in Johnson City, Texas, about 40 miles from Austin.

Foremost Group CEO Angela Chao died after car went into Texas pond, sheriff says.  Angela Chao, CEO of Foremost Group and the sister-in-law of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, died after her car went into a pond on a private ranch about 40 miles west of Austin, Texas, authorities said Friday.  Chao's family on Wednesday announced she died in a car accident on Sunday, but did not disclose details of the incident at that time.  On Friday, the Blanco County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that on Saturday, it "responded to a possible water rescue on a private ranch located in Blanco County, TX."  "On arrival Blanco County deputies along with Blanco County EMS and Fire recovered the body of Angela Chao from a pond on the ranch," the statement said.

Angela Chao, sister of former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, dies in Texas car accident.  Angela Chao, chief executive of a major shipping company and former board member of the state-owned Bank of China, died in a car accident in Texas on Sunday, according to her family and multiple published reports.  Ms. Chao, 50, was head of the Foremost Group and the sister of former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.  "It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I announce the passing of my beloved youngest daughter, Angela Chao," her father, James S.C. Chao said in a statement.  No details of the accident Feb. 10 were available.

Good Riddance To Mitch McConnell:  A List Of GOP Senate Chief's Worst Blunders In Leadership.  Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky announced Wednesday he will step down from his leadership role this fall, citing his age and health. [...] Here are some of McConnell's worst moments as Republican Senate leader.  [#1] 2024 Senate Border Bill:  One of McConnell's latest blunders came in the form of a bipartisan spending bill to codify the Biden administration's open borders into law.  Earlier this month, the Republican Senate chief deputized Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford to put forward a $118 billion spending bill with $60 billion for Ukraine and $20 billion for the border.  The legislative package not only gave disproportionate funding to Ukraine, but would have allowed 5,000 crossings per day and asylum for all.  "[McConnell] didn't just bless the deal.  He wrote the deal," said Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, Democrats' lead negotiator on the bill.  The GOP Senate leader's team "were in the room every single day."

McConnell's Leadership in Jeopardy After Sending Lankford on a 'Suicide Mission' in Border Negotiations.  When Senate negotiators unveiled their 370 page supplemental funding bill Sunday night, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer planned to schedule a vote on the legislation Wednesday.  How things have changed in less than 72 hours.  The bipartisan-negotiated supplemental is dead.  It's dead not because of Senator James Lankford, the head Republican negotiator, but because of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  With the Senate now set to consider a stand-alone supplemental for Ukraine, a country whose border security McConnell values more than his own, one can't help but wonder if this is what McConnell wanted all along.

Schumer Celebrates McConnell on Senate Immigration Plan: 'Have Never Worked More Closely'.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) celebrated Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) with the reveal of the new immigration plan, adding that the two have "never worked more closely."  "I have never worked more closely with Leader McConnell on any piece of legislation as we did on this," Schumer told reporters on Sunday, according to Andrew Desiderio of Punchbowl News.  [Tweet]  As Breitbart News reported on Sunday, the newly revealed bill had some concessions made on border security along with other glaring red flags:  ["]The establishment authors of the bill have largely hidden its contents — along with many possible loopholes, exceptions, modifications, and caveats that can turn apparent restrictions into government-funded welcomes.  The bill was assembled behind closed doors by a tight circle of establishment advocates — and their business donors.["]

McConnell Returns to Back Ukraine Funding Joined to Immigration Bill.  The most brutally Machiavellian Senator, Mitch McConnell (U-DC), is the leader and source of anxiety created by the coalition of professionally Republican liars we call DeceptiCons.  They are a select group of around 16 "Republican" senators who scheme, lie and support the left-wing of the UniParty vulture.  McConnell is their leader.  Yesterday, on the heels of the New Hampshire primary win by Donald Trump, Senator McConnell intentionally fed a media narrative that a border crisis deal could not be reached because candidate Trump didn't want one.  The media ran with the story based on comments by Republican senators who were in the meeting.  McConnell made those comments intentionally, because he is trying to create as much friction for MAGA and Trump as possible.  Today, McConnell says he supports the Ukraine funding proposal connected to the "border security" proposal being negotiated by James Lankford (U-DC).  The red-haired DeceptiCon from Oklahoma, shifted from his prior role on the Senate Intel Committee (SSCI) to his current role in supporting the U.S. Chamber of Commerce plan for amnesty and expanded illegal entry (cheap labor) at the border.

Rand Paul Says Mitch McConnell Plans 'Sellout' on Border Security.  The GOP's Senate leadership is preparing to betray their voters on President Joe Biden's migration flood, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), told Fox News on Tuesday.  The still-secret draft deal "is a sellout — it's going to continue to allow illegal immigration" because Democrats are threatening Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) with an aid cut-off for Ukraine, Paul said before adding:  ["]It's saying, 'Oh, we'll let 5,000 people come illegally a day, and then after that, we might try to stop the next 5,000 that day.'  It's completely a sellout.  But it's because people like Senator [Mitch] McConnell care more about Ukraine than anything else — more than the border, more than anything else.  He wants to send $60 billion of your money to Ukraine.  On this issue, he is more aligned with Biden.["]

Only Six Percent of Americans Approve of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's Job Performance.  We reported earlier about the new Monmouth national poll showing President Joe Biden has dropped to his lowest approval rating ever, earning a meager 34 percent.  But voters are even more unhappy with another politician, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who received an exceptionally low six percent approval rating.  Meanwhile, 60 percent of respondents disapproved of the job he's been doing.  [Tweet]

McConnell supports Biden's Israel and Ukraine aid bundle.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is openly championing President Joe Biden's push to bundle Ukraine and Israel aid together while also wishing for a "functional" House.  Biden delivered a his second primetime Oval Office address last Thursday seeking to gin up support for the White House's proposed roughly $106 billion package entailing $61.4 billion for Ukraine, $14.3 billion for Israel, and $30.1 billion for other projects like border security.  "It's correct.  No Americans are getting killed in Ukraine.  We're rebuilding our industrial base.  The Ukrainians are destroying the army of one of our biggest rivals.  I have a hard time finding anything wrong with that," McConnell (R-Ky.) told CBS' "Face the Nation" in an interview that aired Sunday.  Dozens of Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate have publicly implored the Biden administration to decouple aid to Israel and Ukraine.

You can vote all you want, but the Swamp will do as it pleases.
Mitch Mcconnell's Replacement Has Already Been Decided — It Was Rigged.  Capitol Hill insiders are increasingly of the opinion that if a replacement procedure for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were to be instituted, it would be discriminatory against populist or outsider candidates.  During a July news conference on Capitol Hill, Senator McConnell displayed signs of transient immobility and required assistance from other Senate Republicans to exit.  In a subsequent incident in August, McConnell had a transient speech lapse during a press conference in Kentucky. [...] The Daily Caller conducted interviews with several current and former Senate staff members regarding McConnell's potential replacement.  The Caller granted anonymity to facilitate a discussion on a sensitive subject.  "It's almost impossible for an outsider to win leadership races these days with how much money is controlled by the party leaders on all sides, but the issue is particularly acute with McConnell in the Senate.  He's basically the most — at least to the base — the most unimpressive leader that we've had in previous decades.  However, he is the longest-serving Republican leader or any party leader in the Senate, based primarily on the fact that he controls about a half a billion dollars every cycle in campaign funds," a former Senate aide told the Caller.

Mike Lee Calls for 'New Leadership' as Mitch McConnell Plans to Ram Ukraine Aid Down 'House's Throat'.  Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on Friday night called for new Senate Republican leadership, citing a story that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) plans to ram Ukraine aid down the "House's throat."  Citing a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by Kimberly Strassel that discussed how McConnell will help Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) force the House to agree to $24 billion in aid to Ukraine.  "Mitch McConnell has been making daily floor speeches on the need for more Ukraine funding, worried Mr. McCarthy can't get this crucial aid past House GOP spending hard-liners.  So Mr. McConnell is ... signing up to help Mr. Schumer ram the whole package down the House's throat," Strassel wrote.

This Is Why Mcconnell Should Serve Out His Term.  No, not I'm not a fan of Glitch McConnell.  In fact, I hate him as much as any Democrat.  But there's a problem that Republicans calling him to resign aren't understand.  If McConnell steps down, the governor of Kentucky gets to pick who would fill the seat until a special election is held.  Kentucky's governor is far left Marxist Andy Beshear.  He would appoint a communist if McConnell stepped down, probably the loser of the last two Senate elections.  Either Charles Booker or Amy McGrath.  I'll stick with McConnell at this point, and replace [him] in 2026.

Leo Terrell Calls on Mitch Mcconnell to Resign After Sad Second 'Freezing' Incident.  Ardent Donald Trump supporter and popular news commentator Leo Terrell has not minced words after U.S. Senator and minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has had a second apparent "freezing" incident while publicly speaking.  "Resign Mitch.  Put Country First!" Terrell said with a repost of a Media Right News X.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Has Another Episode.  This one is worse, significantly worse.  Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell freezes again while taking questions from reporters on Wednesday at an event in Kentucky.  This very disturbing cognitive disconnect is raising additional concerns about the 81-year-old's health.  The episode happens after a reporter asked him about running for re-election in 2026.  [Video clip]

Mitch McConnell Urges House Republicans to Avoid Biden Impeachment.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has urged House Republicans to avoid impeaching President Joe Biden.  Speaking to the New York Times in an interview published Tuesday, McConnell said that he does not want to continue the impeachment cycle that Democrats started two years ago when they impeached former President Trump on dubious charges.  "I said two years ago, when we had not one but two impeachments, that once we go down this path it incentivizes the other side to do the same thing," McConnell said.  "Impeachment ought to be rare," he added.  "This is not good for the country."

The Editor says...
Nonsense.  Failure to impeach a venal, corrupt and senile President is much more harmful than the impeachment itself.

Mitch McConnell Endures 5-Minute Heckling During Speech.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was interrupted and heckled for five straight minutes during his speech in his home state at the St. Jerome Fancy Farm Picnic on Saturday, a premier political event in Kentucky.  Instead of a respectful silence, the audience delivered a relentless, clear, and loud message for a full five minutes, drowning out his speech.  Foot-stomping and chants echoed around the venue, making it abundantly clear that the senator's reception was far from warm in his home state.  He is done.  The dissenting voices underscore the sentiment that McConnell, at 81 years old and with nearly four decades of senatorial service, is more of a representative of Washington's political 'Swamp' than the average American he's supposed to represent.

Senate Republicans Despise Their Voters.  Lisa Murkowski is the perfect mascot for Senate Republicans.  She is a Democrat in all but name, an aristocrat who inherited her office, and a beneficiary of rigged elections.  She has more in common with Nancy Pelosi than the average Republican voter, and every time Alaskan Republicans attempt to throw her out of office, Mitch McConnell's minions manipulate the rules to save her.  For McConnell, Murkowski is another beholden senator kept securely in his pocket who will vote how he wants on any given day.  That might not be so bad (except for the good people of Alaska, whom she purportedly represents) if McConnell were not also an aristocrat who routinely betrays Republican voters.  However, because his loyalties lie with President Xi, multinational corporations, the World Economic Forum, and his good friend Joe Biden, China Mitch uses the leash around Murkowski's neck only when he needs help sticking it to the American people.

Mitch McConnell Agrees to Attend Debt Ceiling Negotiations at White House.  Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters he accepted President Joe Biden's invitation and will attend debt ceiling negotiations at the White House next week.  Last week, House Republicans passed the Limit, Save, Grow Act with no Democrat support.  This legislation would lift the debt ceiling through early next year while saving the government an estimated $4.8 trillion over the next ten years.  After months of refusing to negotiate with House Republicans, Biden caved and invited Democrat and Republican Congressional leaders to sit down with him to negotiate on May 9.

Mitch McConnell Stays Silent on Trump Indictment.  After Tuesday's arraignment of former President Trump, Republicans rushed to defend him against the political persecution of Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg.  However, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his top allies stayed silent.  McConnell, who reportedly hasn't spoken to Trump since December 2020, refrained from making any statement responding to Trump pleading not guilty to 34 felony counts.  In fact, the Republican has not said anything regarding the indictment of Trump overall.  "If we issue a statement, we will let everyone know," is all McConnell's top spokesman, David Popp, said following the arraignment.

Mitch McConnell Leaves Hospital After Suffering a Fall Last Week.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was discharged from the hospital after a nasty fall last week.  The incident occurred at a private dinner, and he was briefly hospitalized for a concussion.  Based on reports from his staff, the leader for Senate Republicans was eager to get out of the facility.  He will need to undergo physical therapy, which draws questions about the severity of his injuries, given his age.

The Editor says...
The man spent a week in the hospital.  He was not "briefly hospitalized."

It's Time for Mitch McConnell to Retire.  Whether or not Mitch recovers fully and resumes his role as the leader of the Democrats' controlled opposition, there ought to be a lesson in this for him: when people get very old and frail, they begin to be susceptible to falling, and those falls can be deadly.  Maybe it's time for Mitch to retire to his Old Kentucky Home.  This is, after all, not the first time this has happened.  Newsweek reported Thursday morning that "in 2019, the 81-year-old suffered a shoulder fracture after falling outside on a patio at his home in Kentucky."  There are going to be more falls.  Is this octogenarian really up to carrying out his serious and solemn duties as the water carrier for Chuck Schumer?

Dear Mitch McConnell: You Were Not Elected To Do The Bidding Of Chuck Schumer And CNN.  [Scroll down]  [Mitt] Romney said that showing Americans footage from Jan. 6 meant Carlson had gone "off the rails," and compared him to Alex Jones.  He also went after McCarthy for being transparent with the American people.  Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., took a break from working on an amnesty bill to tell Raju that Carlson showing new footage of the protest that countered the left's narrative was [bad].  South Dakota Sens. Mike Rounds and John Thune, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, and North Dakota Sen. Kevin Cramer also fell for the media campaign against Carlson.  Leading the group was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Raju invited him to bash McCarthy.  It's not saying much, but McConnell was at least smart enough to decline that opportunity.  But he did take the opportunity to attack a media outlet for daring to say something different than what a police leader said.  Really.  He said, "It was a mistake, in my view, for Fox News to depict this in a way that is completely at variance with what our chief law enforcement official here at the Capitol thinks."

With His SOTU Ukraine Tie, Mitch McConnell Advertised Which Country He's Most Concerned About.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has never shied away from shilling for Ukraine.  But for Tuesday night's State of the Union address, the Kentucky Republican took it up a notch with a wardrobe statement piece.  While attending President Joe Biden's largely incoherent speech, McConnell forwent America's red, white, and blue, instead wearing a tie emblazoned with the colors of the Ukrainian flag:  blue and yellow.  Like a NASCAR driver, McConnell was apparently just sporting the hues of the brand he represents.  [Tweet]  Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine nearly a year ago, the Senate minority leader has been one of Congress's biggest proponents of shipping endless U.S. taxpayer dollars overseas to fund the conflict.  Back in May, for instance, McConnell issued the most tone-deaf statement imaginable by claiming that "we all agree the most important thing going on in the world right now is the war in Ukraine."  The remark came at a time when voters said "lowering inflation and fixing the economy" was their most important issue heading into the 2022 midterms.  Rather than encourage the Biden administration to push for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict, McConnell has been at the forefront of Senate efforts to throw more dollars and military help at Ukraine.  During December's negotiations on the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill, which passed as a result of Senate Republican support and will further increase America's ballooning national debt, McConnell made more aid to Ukraine one of his top spending priorities.  In 2022 alone, McConnell helped approve over $100 billion in aid and military assistance to the eastern European nation.

Senate Republicans: Time to ditch Mitch.  According to a poll released earlier this month by Morning Consult, and reported by a number of websites, including The Hill, Mitch McConnell, the senior senator from Kentucky and Senate Republican leader, is not very popular in his home state.  His disapproval rating is 64%, and his approval rating is less than half that figure at 29%. [...] Does anybody recall McConnell demanding that Jan. 6 defendants be treated fairly, with the full protection of due process rights?  How can we recall a non-event?  Next question:  Did McConnell speak out against the Jan. 6 kangaroo court?  Here is the answer to that question from The New York Times:  "McConnell Denounces R.N.C. Censure of Jan 6 Panel Members."  What more evidence is needed that the Senate Republicans have as their leader a Deep State mole, with a brief to undermine conservative populism whenever it raises its liberty-enhancing head?

Just What Kind Of A Republican Is Mitch McConnell?  [Scroll down] Russia would not have invaded Ukraine if Donald Trump had his second term.  Vladimir Putin is a very dangerous man, but Ukraine was not the way or the place to best confront him.  [Mitch] McConnell, like so many RINOs, wants a continuation of endless foreign wars.  This assures a continuous flow of tens of billions of dollars going out the door regularly with no accountability.  The American people will never know who really benefits from these misadventures.

Pfizer drops $1 million on Big Pharma delegate Chinless Mitch.  Boy oh boy does this stink, and it's a story that cruised relatively under the radar.  According to reporter Tom Loftus writing for the Kentucky Lantern, Pfizer "donated" a whopping one million dollars last month to the Republican Party of Kentucky Building Fund; to put that into perspective, the same fund only raised $6,000 in the first three quarters. [...] The pharmaceutical giant "donated" the money?  Yeah, right.  Seems more plausible that Pfizer took a cue from BlackRock's Laurence Fink and bought the Kentucky turncoat's political favor — Fink recently gifted Zelensky with "pro bono" advice on how to implement a "special patronage" system in Ukraine which currently sees municipalities, buildings, really whatever, auctioned off to the highest bidder.  Or, perhaps it was payment for McConnell's rabidly aggressive push in favor of the Covid-19 vaccine?

Pfizer Gives $1 Million to Kentucky GOP to Expand Its Headquarters — The "Mitch McConnell Building".  Pfizer donated $1 million to the Kentucky Republican Party in 2021 in what is being called the highest donation to a political party in state history.  The donation will be used to expand the Frankfort Mitch McConnell Building in the state capital.  The donation seems like a perfect fit.  Mitch McConnell has been a staunch supporter of the COVID vaccine and COVID legislation.

Gaslighting of the highest order.  [Senate Minority Leader Mitch] McConnell states that he is looking forward to "working together to check and balance Washington Democrats, bring oversight to this reckless Administration, fight the far left's radical policies, and defend America."  Apparently, McConnell thinks the rest of us were born sometime in the last few days because he literally just got done doing what was essentially a joint campaign stop with Joe Biden in Kentucky.  Together, the two lauded the passage of a massive infrastructure bill, seen as a key victory for the White House's agenda prior to the last election.  McConnell himself helped whip the votes for that spending package.

How Is The Uniparty Destroying America?  Let Me Count The Ways.  There is perhaps no better example of the disconnect between the ruling elites than last month's utterance from the clown who runs the GOP in the Senate, Mitch McConnell.  He said of America sending another $45 billion to Ukraine:  "Providing assistance for Ukrainians to defeat the Russians is the number one priority for the United States right now, according to most Republicans."  That may be the biggest lie in American politics since Bill Clinton told the American people, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman."  Ukraine is not and has never been even close to the top of the list of important things to either the American people or Republicans.  According to data Statista published the day before the election in November 2022, of the 15 top priorities for Americans, foreign policy came in at #15, with only 37% finding it "very important."  Inflation was #1, with 69%, followed by healthcare and jobs at 62% and 61%, respectively.  National security came in #4 with 60%, but most Republicans feel like the invasion on our southern border is far more threatening to the Republic than anything going on between Russia and Ukraine.  Democrats, not so much.

If that's all you were after, then congratulations.  Now you can retire.
Mitch McConnell Becomes Longest Serving Party Leader in Senate History.  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will become the longest serving party leader in Senate history on Tuesday.  McConnell, 80, will remain the Republican minority leader in the 118th Congress and thus eclipse the late Sen. Mike Mansfield's time as Democrat leader from 1961 to 1977.  McConnell overcame ten Republican "no" votes in November to remain minority leader.  The votes against McConnell marked the first time McConnell had received a "no" vote as leader, a sign the GOP has begun to turn against his establishment agenda.

Joe Biden Teaming Up with Mitch McConnell in Kentucky to Promote Infrastructure [Spending].  President Joe Biden plans to appear with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in Kentucky on Wednesday, to promote infrastructure.  The president will use his appearance with McConnell to signal bipartisanship with establishment Republicans even as they take control of the House of Representatives.  Biden and McConnell are expected to celebrate the massive $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed in 2021, which McConnell and establishment Republicans worked with Democrats and the White House to get passed.

The Editor says...
Joe Biden is arguably the most destructive president in American history.  He should be opposed at every opportunity.  Instead, Mitch McConnell is aiding and abetting Biden in this destruction.

The most revolting people of 2022.  [#5]  Mitch McConnell:  The man is responsible for the GOP Senate' underwhelming midterm performance, which cost them a winnable majority.  McConnell didn't financially support many MAGA candidates and even withdrew money at key junctures.  He badmouthed MAGA candidates prior to the elections, which is the equivalent of calling for their defeat.  His primary concern is the well-being of Ukraine and not of the country whose citizens pay his salary.  McConnell reportedly told Joe Biden that he wanted to blunt President Trump's influence in the party.

The Republicans' Mitch McConnell Problem.  One of the annoying tendencies of our conservative-populist movement is to conflate objective evaluations of individuals in the arena with the approval of those individuals.  For years, I have found Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell to be a frustrating and imperious charter member of the GOP establishment while simultaneously being the best parliamentary leader we have had in living memory. [... But] It's time to face facts.  The Mitch McConnell of today is not the savvy and savage killer of yesteryear.  The Mitch McConnell of today is hapless and hated, weak and tone deaf, barely competition for the second-rate hack who is Chuck Schumer.  He is perhaps the most unpopular major politician in America, a group that includes Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden.  It's sad, but at 80 years old, Mitch McConnell is fading, and he is not going quietly.  Instead, he is raging at the GOP base for daring to object to his increasingly opaque and bumbling schemes.

Mitch McConnell Was OK with Purple-Haired Crazy Lady Sitting at Omnibus Table But No House Republican Was Present.  Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans really, really hate their voters.  The Senate Minority Leader approved the $1.7 trillion spending bill this week along with 17 Republican Senators.  Mitch was OK with the purple-haired crazy lady, Democrat Rep. de Lauro sitting at the Omnibus table but NOT GOP's Appropriations Committee ranking member Rep. Kay Granger.  Rep. Kat Cammack told Maria Bartiromo 98% of all Democrat earmarks made it into the package.

This $1.7 trillion-dollar circus demands a new debate over term limits.  Term limits were always a peripheral debate.  If you'd ask most Americans, it wouldn't be shocking if this proposal got supermajority support, but all politics is local.  The same old folks keep getting re-elected no matter how bad the anti-incumbent bias becomes.  That's the paradox:  voters might not like other people's representatives, but they want theirs.  I was indifferent to the whole affair, but I might be more open to it, though it only took multiple trillion-dollar omnibuses to get my head straight here.  The latest $1.7 trillion omnibus is an atrocious bill, filled with the Democrats' last-minute items they know wouldn't see the light of day under a Republican House majority next Congress — and Senate Republicans went along with it. [...] Then, on the omnibus itself, McConnell has the gall to say that this bill, fraught with liberal initiatives, was a good piece of legislation that showed Republicans could get their agenda aims accomplished under a Democratic Congress.  Also, he added that billions more in aid to Ukraine is a top priority for Republican voters.  Two patently false things were uttered by one of the faces of the GOP and our leader in the US Senate.  To make things worse, McConnell does know that billions were allocated to the Internal Revenue Service to harass Americans, right?

McConnell Stabs House GOP in the Back, Speeds Democrat Omnibus Boondoggle.  As if it were not painful enough for Republicans to watch the vaunted red wave merely ripple across their ankles, they now must endure 2022's final insult: A red wave of deficit spending courtesy of lame-duck House Democrats, triumphant Senate Democrat leader Chuck Schumer of New York, and Senate GOP "leader" Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.  Fiscal responsibility [notwithstanding], Democrats are riding one whale of an omnibus spending bill.  The $1.7 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 washed in on Monday at 11:48 p.m.  Its 4,155 pages are thrice as long as Leo Tolstoy's classic doorstop, "War and Peace."  This averages $409,145,607.70 per page.  Taxpayers should be seasick.

McConnell 'proud' of $1.7 trillion spending deal that funds Planned Parenthood, woke gender programs.  Eighteen Republicans joined Democrats in passing the $1.7 trillion package: [List] [...] McConnell claimed that the omnibus, despite having to meet the approval of Democrats, achieved "essentially all of our priorities," including assistance for Ukraine's defense against invasion by Russian dictator Vladimir Putin (an issue that has divided conservatives). Specifically, he said that the deal provides the U.S. military "the funding increase that it needs, outpacing inflation" while "non-defense, non-veterans spending will come in below the rate of inflation, for a real-dollar cut."  [Tweets]  That sunny assessment is contrary to many of the details highlighted by conservatives such as Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC), who identified numerous examples of pork for lawmakers' constituencies as well as numerous left-wing priorities, including $286 million for the Title X family planning program, which in turn will fund abortion giant Planned Parenthood.  It also funds left-wing environmental, gender, and immigration priorities, and increases funding for a vaccine injury trust fund.

GOP Can't Be Successful Until Mitch McConnell Is Gone.  Comments Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made on Tuesday show why he has become the single biggest obstacle to GOP success.  The Kentucky Republican claimed giving more money to Ukraine is "the No. 1 priority for the United States right now, according to most Republicans."  The new $1.7 trillion Democrat spending bill he enthusiastically supports would give Ukraine another roughly $45 billion in assistance, bringing the total over the past eight months to more than $100 billion, a staggering figure even if it weren't happening during a time of inflation, looming recession, and other serious domestic problems.  [Tweet]  The comment about Republican priorities is so false as to be completely delusional.  Among the many concerns Republican voters have with Washington, D.C., a failure to give even more money to Ukraine simply does not rank.  A large coalition of conservative groups, including the Heritage Foundation and the Conservative Partnership Institute, publicly opposed ramming through more Ukraine support during the lame-duck session before Republicans take over control of the House on Jan. 3, 2023.  Strong pluralities and majorities of Republicans have told pollsters they want decreases, not increases, in foreign spending and global military involvement.

Mitch McConnell Says America's 'Number One Priority' Is Helping Ukraine.  In a press conference on Tuesday afternoon in the U.S. Capitol, Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was talking about priorities for the United States as lawmakers rush to pass a $1.7 trillion omnibus bill.  According to Leader McConnell — who said he was speaking for "most Republicans" — the "number one priority" for the United States is not any of the pressing domestic issues plaguing Americans as a result of President Joe Biden and his administration.  No, McConnell said that "providing assistance for Ukrainians to defeat the Russians is the number one priority for the United States right now, according to most Republicans."  Really?  [Tweet]

McConnell Caves to Pelosi, Schumer, Allows JCPA Media Cartel Bailout Bill to Be Included in Defense Package.  Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell has caved to outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and will allow the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to include the highly controversial media cartel bill the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), sources familiar with the matter told Breitbart News.  Over objections from House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, the likely next speaker of the House come January 3 of next year, other congressional leaders acquiesced to lobbyist pressure and agreed to include the JCPA in the base text of the NDAA. McCarthy was the only member of congressional leadership to fight back against the inclusion, but was overruled three to one after McConnell caved.

Chinless Mitch continues to galvanize reputation as an Establishment yellow-belly.  Yesterday morning, Resident RINO Mitch McConnell addressed a crowd of reporters; but instead of embracing the role he's hired to do — advance political conservatism — he took the opportunity to attack President Trump. [...] Funny, I don't recall him, or any other Never Trumpers condemn the following:
  [#1]   Obama and all the others who hung around with notorious antisemite, Louis Farrakhan.  In 2020, the Anti-Defamation League labeled Farrakhan as the "most popular antisemite in America."
  [#2]   Obama, Biden, and all others who continue to work with and reward Iran as its leaders and its extremists pledge(d) death to the U.S. and Israel.
  [#3]   Any of the people who hang around with Squad Members who are rabidly anti-Israel.
  [#4]   Any of the politicians (including Biden and Obama), who were so complimentary of Democrat congressman Robert Byrd.  Byrd began his political career as an "Exalted Cyclops" in the Ku Klux Klan — it's safe to say Byrd harbored sentiments of racism and white supremacy.
The media, other Democrats, and Republicans like McConnell — the Swamp — have been trying to destroy Trump for a long time.  It's been a scorched-earth policy, [regardless of] the collateral damage.

McConnell Ended 2022 Midterms with $40 Million in the Coffers — Refused Funding to Blake Masters Who Was Outspent by $70 Million.  On Tuesday, after a week of counting ballots in an obviously fraudulent election where Republican voters were blocked from voting when they went to the polls, Blake Masters conceded his race to far left Democrat Mark Kelly in Arizona.  Arizona was a dependable red state until Democrats and secret sleeper Republicans turned the state over to mail-in voting, ballot harvesting, and broken and fraudulent voting machines, and election tricks by the communist left.

[The] Republican Leadership [is] Worse than Worthless.  In the run-up to the 2022 election, Mitch McConnell came out, and naturally not in private where it would be most appropriate, but rather in public to provide the Democrats a great talking point, and disparaged many of the Republican senate candidates as "bad candidates."  One of those 'terrible' candidates, J.D. Vance, just won handily in Ohio and another, Arizona's Blake Masters, who yesterday, was closely behind his Democrat opponent — Masters sure could have used some of the money McConnell sent to Alaska to defeat a Trump-Republican.  That race has since been called in favor of radical leftist, Mark Kelly.  McConnell seems more interested in defeating Trump-affiliated firebrands than he is in defeating Democrats.

2022 Midterms: No Stink on the Republican Establishment?  Case in point, the august Mitch McConnell, who, in fact, has become the poster boy for everything cynical, smarmy, and loathsome about the Swamp.  At least, on the Republican side of the aisle.  R or D, Mitch isn't alone.  Elaine Chao's — Mitch's wife — family has made a fortune in shipping, primarily off the People's Republic of China.  McConnell and Chao, per Peter Schweizer, have both played key roles in furthering the Foremost Group's interests.  That's James Chao's — Elaine's dad's — company.  Since 2004, the McConnells' fortune has ballooned to as much as $36.5 million.  How do two D.C. lifers get that rich?  But no stink on Mitch and Elaine for — as Schweizer terms it — "corruption by proxy."  And no stink on Mitch for publicly remarking during the midterms that "candidate quality" among Republican Senate hopefuls was lacking, which meant don't expect the GOP to win the Senate.  But Mitch wasn't done.  Caring more about retaining his Senate leadership position (even if that meant minority status), McConnell's PAC pulled badly needed money from Blake Masters' race in Arizona and Don Bolduc's New Hampshire contest.  Worse — if there is a worse — well, yes, there is — Mitch has poured money into propping up Lisa Murkowski's campaign in Alaska.  Murkowski, who just radiates political whore.  But, hey, that's the ilk Mitch runs with.

So Trump lost the midterms?  I am amazed at what I am seeing.  President Trump goes 174-9 on endorsements and it's his fault it was a Pink Mist, instead of a Red Wave?  Cocaine Mitch is the one who held back the money and support.  Was he out campaigning?  Nope.  Could Mitch ever draw the crowds Trump has?  Nope.  Sorry — that dog will not hunt.  In my humble opinion, what you're now seeing is the establishment hacks, media, and big money globalist hedge fund hooligans like Ken Griffin trying to get rid of Trump and coronate DeSantis, before either has even announced.  Griffin, the GOP's $100 million Soros-style donor, has poured a lot of money into DeSantis and the GOP with the expressed goal of "blunting the vein of populism that has complicated the party's relationship with the corporate world."  In other words, destroy MAGA and get the rubes back in line with the corporate fascists.

This Election Was an Unmitigated Disaster, and It's Time to Air Some Grievances.  Buckle up and understand that my anger is about wanting to win, not pushing any specific politician or direction.  My family matters more than protecting party leaders.  With that said, let's talk about Mitch McConnell first.  That'd be the same Mitch McConnell who decided to pass gun control, give Joe Biden his infrastructure bill, break his promise on the debt ceiling, and proclaim Ukraine the top issue for Americans while shoveling tens of billions in unaccountable money overseas.  If McConnell wanted to validate the attacks on him as leading a nefarious "establishment," what would he have done differently?  It is time for new leadership, and that includes replacing the 80-year-old, deeply disliked GOP Senate leader whose biggest brag was getting through conservative Supreme Court justices with a Republican Senate.

The Case Against Mitch McConnell For Leader.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is making a play for another term in leadership next week while control of the upper chamber remains in the balance after the Kentucky lawmaker's chess game sabotaged chances for a GOP majority.  In September, McConnell inaugurated the fall midterms by undermining Republicans in key races when the GOP Senate chief complained of "candidate quality."  "I think there's probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate," McConnell said on Fox News just before Labor Day, the unofficial start of the fall campaign season.  "Senate races are just different, they're statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome."  McConnell's super PAC, the Senate Leadership Fund, went on to gut desperately needed campaign cash from conservative candidates in Arizona and New Hampshire who refused to kiss the ring of Washington monarchs.

Trump Calls for the Impeachment of 'Old Crow' Mitch McConnell.  Former President Trump is calling on Republicans to impeach Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for "allowing" Democrats to pass their agenda items.  During an interview on Real America News, Trump insisted that the Democratic Party must "have something" on McConnell since he has often made deals with them on the debt ceiling in the past.  "Mitch McConnell keeps allowing [them] to have it.  I mean, they ought to impeach Mitch McConnell if he allows that.  Frankly, Mitch McConnell, something has to be — they have something on him.  How he approves this thing is incredible," Trump said.  With just days until the midterm elections, Trump insinuated that McConnell is colluding with Democrats or the left is blackmailing the Republican, threatening to impeach him if he betrays them.

Looks Like Mitch McConnell Wants to Lose Winnable NH Senate Seat.  Just a few days after U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced he would pull his Senate Leadership Fund PAC out of New Hampshire on the 25th, two polls showed the Republican candidate surging into what is now virtually a tied race.  According to an Emerson poll released Monday, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Gen. Don Bolduc has surged five points since last month and is now down only three points — 45-48 percent — to incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan. [...] Either way, that seat looks winnable ... and McConnell's fleeing?  Why?  Obviously, the super PAC ads combined with an overall national GOP surge helped Bolduc.  Why pull the rug out from under him now?

McConnell Pulls Money From GOP Senate Candidate In Close Race — And Gives it To Murkowski?  The Senate Leadership Fund, a Super PAC aligned with Mitch McConnell, is pulling money from New Hampshire's Senate race — this is despite the fact polling shows the race close.  Beginning on October 25th, $5.6 million in spending will be slashed from the state.

Mitch McConnell Pulls PAC Ads Out of New Hampshire, Effectively Sabotaging GOP Candidate Don Bolduc.  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will pull all his super PAC's money out of New Hampshire, effectively sabotaging Republican Senate candidate Gen. Don Bolduc.  The McConnell-backed Senate Leadership Fund will pull all its ads off television starting October 25, Shane Goldmacher of the News York Times reported Friday afternoon.  The decision will rip $5.6 million away from Gen. Bolduc's candidacy and greatly help incumbent Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH).  The general will now be all alone in the Granite State.  The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has also reportedly removed its financial support from the state.

Time to ditch Mitch.  A few days back it was reported that a GOP super PAC aligned with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) would withdraw a significant $5.6 million reserved for TV ads from New Hampshire's Senate race.  A spokesperson for the PAC claimed they "are shifting resources to where they can be most effective to achieve our ultimate goal: winning the majority[.]"  That follows a similar move made by the Senate Republicans' campaign earlier this month to pull its resources from New Hampshire, claiming it was because of other Republican spending going toward the race.  Recent polls show both candidates in New Hampshire, Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and her Republican challenger Don Bolduc, evenly poised in the contest.  Despite Hassan outspending Bolduc by a whopping $9 million during the third quarter. [...] Where is McConnell spending his funds?  Why of course in Alaska on Sen. Lisa Murkowski who running against Trump-endorsed GOP challenger Kelly Tshibaka.  McConnell's PAC is spending about $9 million on Murkowski.  Murkowski voted to impeach Trump in the Senate and voted 66.7% with Biden, a high number for a Republican.  She voted to send billions of tax dollars in aid to Ukraine and myriad other Democrat-backed bills.  She also voted to approve most nominations of Biden's cabinet members and even his Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson[.]

Poll: Just 7 Percent View Mitch McConnell Favorably.  Just seven percent view Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) favorably, down from 31 percent in 2020 when former President Donald Trump was leading the Republican Party, a Civiqs poll found Wednesday [9/21/2022].  The Civiqs poll averaged 214,149 responses tracked between November 18, 2017, and September 20, 2022.  The Civiqs tracking model captures the shifts in attitudes of various groups over time across all 50 states and Washington, DC.  These changes can happen either rapidly or over time.  The poll showed McConnell's favorability took a huge hit the month former President Donald Trump left office, plunging from 17 percent to 8 percent.  As the Biden administration assumed office and began weaponizing federal agencies and prosecuting political foes, McConnell's favorability rating sank and has hovered in the high single digits.

McConnell Abandons Arizona Senate Race to Maintain a GOP He Can Control.  The top elected Republican in the country, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is abandoning the competitive Arizona Senate race — and potentially a Senate majority — to maintain a conference he can control in the upper chamber.  On Tuesday, Axios reported that McConnell's super PAC, the Senate Leadership Fund (SLF), is pulling another $9.6 million in television ads from the Arizona contest where Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters remains locked in a tight effort to unseat Democrat incumbent Mark Kelly.  "The cancellations mean that the GOP's leading super PAC won't be spending any money in Arizona, one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country," Axios reported, adding that McConnell's allies are "confident other outside conservative groups will make up much of the difference."

Is Mitch McConnell sabotaging the GOP's chances to win back the Senate?  [Senate candidate Blake] Masters isn't the only candidate receiving a cold shoulder from McConnell.  Senate Republican nominees such as J.D. Vance (Ohio), Mehmet Oz (Pennsylvania), Adam Laxalt (Nevada), and Herschel Walker (Georgia), all of whom were endorsed and backed by President Donald Trump during their states' respective GOP primaries, haven't exactly received much financial support, either.  This financial support is vital because it enables campaigns to counter Democrat smear campaigns and reach out to independent or ignorant voters.  In August, McConnell questioned the caliber of some of the Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate.  McConnell said the following regarding the midterms:  "I think there's probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate.  Senate races are just different — they're statewide, candidate quality has a lot to do with the outcome."  This is shocking and unprecedented.

McConnell Remains Silent on Biden's Speech Attacking MAGA Movement.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) remains silent regarding President Joe Biden's speech that labeled "MAGA Republicans" a threat to America.  Five days after the speech, McConnell has not publicly remarked on Biden's rhetoric.  His office did not respond to several requests for comment from Breitbart News that spanned several days.

The McConnell betrayal: Why Republicans never win.  Conservatives wonder why the party leaders that are supposed to represent them do such a poor job of doing so, and why, frankly, they as voters keep getting cynically shafted by these same Republican leaders.  Unfortunately, many establishment-Republican leaders do not appear to grasp that the rise of Trump was due precisely to rank-and-file anger at weak undependable Republican leadership that was not put there to enrich itself but to represent the Republican base and stick to conservative principles, on the economy, on education, on guns, and on immigration.  Perhaps the most important of these, Sen. McConnell, does not appear to be bothered by the fact that he is both the most unpopular senator but also that he has lost the confidence of most Republicans.  Astonishing, it appears that McConnell may prefer to lose the Senate and continue to subject the country to Biden's hellish policies rather than lose his status as minority leader if a sufficient number of Trump-Republicans win their Senate races.  The fact that the Republican base still prefers Trump should settle the debate for McConnell no matter what his private views.

McConnell says election fraud [is] rare, threats to democracy [are] not a problem.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says election fraud is rare but "happens occasionally" and that threats to democracy, an important issue to U.S. voters in a recent survey, are not a pressing issue.  The chamber's top Republican made the remarks a day after the release Sunday of an NBC News poll that show the plurality of respondents, 21%, ranked "threats to democracy" as the most important issue facing the country.  "I do think it's an important issue.  There were those who were trying to prevent the orderly transfer of power for the first time in American history and that was not good," said McConnell, referring to the post-2020 presidential election results.

Trump Is Right.  Mitch McConnell And Elaine Chao Spent Decades Getting 'Rich On China'.  For decades, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao have maintained a glaring conflict of interest, conducting extensive government business despite the Chao family's deep ties to China through a maritime shipping company.  Now, former President Donald Trump is calling attention to the top Republican's problematic China ties, while most of Washington remains silent.  "Why do Republicans Senators allow a broken down hack politician, Mitch McConnell, to openly disparage hard working Republican candidates for the United States Senate[?]" Trump asked in a Truth Social post on Sunday.  "This is such an affront to honor and to leadership.  He should spend more time (and money!) helping them get elected, and less time helping his crazy wife and family get rich on China!"  It didn't take long for the corporate media to mock Trump's assertion, framing his legitimate criticism of McConnell and Chao as unfair and unjust.  Some outlets such as Vanity Fair even hinted that Trump's comments were revenge against Chao for resigning from the Trump administration following the 2021 Capitol riot and subsequently cooperating with the illegitimate Jan. 6 Committee.  Trump's criticism of McConnell and Chao, however, is not something to be taken lightly.

Mitch McConnell is unwilling to help floundering MAGA candidates.  Republican leadership — I'm looking at you, Mitch McConnell — would rather hand the country over to the Democrats than risk any leadership roles.  Trump focused on Dr. Mehmet Oz, the Trump-endorsed Republican candidate in Pennsylvania.  His opponent, John Fetterman, is a radical leftist who lived off his family's wealth until he was almost 50 before getting in politics, has been part of the government that has presided over Pennsylvania's partial collapse into anarchy, and is only somewhat recovered from a stroke.  Pennsylvania is a conservative state outside the cities, and, while the cities are (of course) Democrat, they are getting destroyed by the crime wave Democrat politics have unleashed.

Mitch McConnell Refuses to Answer Questions on FBI's Mar-a-Lago Raid.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refused to answer questions about the FBI's raid on Mar-a-Lago, the home of former President Donald Trump.  During a press event, when McConnell was asked about his reaction to the FBI's raid at Mar-a-Lago, he quickly responded, "I'm here today to talk about the flood and the recovery from the flood."

6 Ways McConnell Betrays the Republican Base.  I sure wish we could move on from Mitch McConnell.  Or rather, I wish we could find an effective way to compel Republican senators to move on from McConnell (and his lackeys) as their leader.  I don't like him.  I don't like the way he conducts business in the Senate.  I don't like his imperious nature and his backroom double-dealings.  I don't think he represents the vast majority of Republican voters, and even worse, I don't think he even cares.  I find him off-putting and arrogant and a terrible spokesperson for the Republican Party.  I do not think he has ever convinced a single non-Republican voter to come onboard.  I'm not certain he believes in much aside from the accumulation and maintenance of raw power.  And to the extent he actually does have sincere beliefs, those beliefs seem hopelessly aligned to an outdated Republican Party still grazing in the country-club safe spaces of bourbon-swilling "elites."  His fingerprints are all over the Senate's new gun control bill, of course, because nothing gets done on the Republican side unless Mitch first snaps his fingers or gives his blessing.

Did Sen. Mitch McConnell want a riot on January 6?  It's possible that, without Julie Kelly's dogged journalistic efforts, almost no one would remember the January 6 martyrs, immured in dirty, cruelly-managed D.C. prisons for the sin of entering the Capitol last January.  For 15 months, Kelly has lived and breathed the story, ferreting out every bit of information that the government isn't hiding from defendants and journalists alike.  That knowledge, combined with a book revealing Sen. Mitch McConnell's feelings about Trump, lead her to suggest that McConnell encouraged the breakdown on January 6 to avoid protest votes against Biden's assuming the presidency.

McConnell's 'Exhilarating' Insurrection.  A dirty little secret about January 6 — one of many — is that Democrats and establishment Republicans, not Trump supporters, wanted to shut down the official proceedings of that day.  Just as the first wave of protesters breached the building shortly after 2 p.m., congressional Republicans were poised to present evidence of rampant voting fraud in the 2020 presidential election.  Ten incumbent and four newly-elected Republican senators planned to work with their House colleagues to demand the formation of an audit commission to investigate election "irregularities" in the 2020 election.  Absent an audit, the group of senators, including Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) pledged to reject the Electoral College results from the disputed states.  The Hail Mary effort was doomed to fail; yet the American people would have heard hours of debate related to provable election fraud over the course of the day.  And no one opposed the effort more than ex-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Why Mitch McConnell?  If we've heard it once, we've heard it a million times:  80-year-old Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell is the indispensable man.  McConnell's indispensability, we're told, stems from his skill shepherding Republican judicial nominees through the process and onto the federal bench.  Alternatively, McConnell's mastery of Senate rules keeps more than a few Democrats off the bench.  This is practically lore among Republicans.  But McConnell's prowess is overstated.  As the saying goes, graveyards are full of indispensable men.  Okay, give McConnell his due.  He's been an effective manager, advancing and opposing judicial nominations.  But are we to believe that among McConnell's 49 Senate Republican colleagues not one has the chops to lead on judicial nominations?

Mitch McConnell Just Announced Support For This Big-Time Anti-Trumper.  Can Mitch "the RINO" McConnell be trusted to stand up for conservative interests and the values that his ruby red voters presumably elected him to fight for when he ran as a Republican?  No, no he can't.  His spine is weaker than overcooked spaghetti and Mitch rarely has the guts to stand up to the radical left on anything other than judicial appointments.  For some reason, he takes that issue seriously and fights as he should but can't take that attitude and apply it to other areas, as we saw when he shamefully retreated on the budget issue.  So, it should come as no real surprise that now Mitch has thrown financial support behind another anti-Trump RINO, Liz Cheney, and is trying to keep that Never Trumper in the House instead of replacing her with the more conservative, pro-Trump and Trump-backed Harriet Hageman.

If DC Fears Trump, He Deserves Four More Years.  I do try not to get angry when government actors confirm my belief that they are lowly human beings not worthy of respect. [...] Still, there are things that boil my blood faster than I can tend to my passions and mediate my hatred.  And one of those instances came this week, when Mitch McConnell pushed the D.C. Leviathan's lie that January 6 was a "violent insurrection" in his clear attempt to set the stage for a time in the near future when the power-mad monsters of Washington declare to the country that President Donald Trump will not be "permitted" to run for election in 2024.  I could write an avalanche of essays explaining how important I believe Trump's presidency has been for this country.  But that seems secondary to the need to roll up six years of government-orchestrated hoaxes, crimes, and propaganda used to undermine the 2016 (and, in my opinion, 2020) election(s) and shove all of Washington's corruption right down its collective throat.

McConnell joins Cheney and Kinzinger in giving aid and comfort to the swamp's denizens.  Mitch McConnell obviously has never met a conservative populist (a/k/a Trump supporter) he ever liked.  That clearly is indicated by his gratuitous defense of GOP turncoats Cheney and Kinzinger. [...] No one tried to prevent "the peaceful transfer of power."  The January 6 demonstrators — by far most of them — were concerned about the wrongful transfer of power.  But it wasn't enough for McConnell to identify with the radical Democrats who are weaponizing "Jan. 6" in a desperate bid to hold Congress in next November's elections.  He had to defend the vicious attacks by the turncoats on Republicans, declaring Cheney and Kinzinger merely have different views that most GOP officials, and that it was not the purview of the RNC to censure such views.  What rot. [...] One senses that Mitch McConnell has thrown down the gantlet:  "It's either Trump or me.  If Trump remains titular head of the GOP after the midterm elections.  I'm out of here."

McConnell States the People Can Never Be Permitted a Voice in Politics, and January 6th Was a Terrorist Attack.  Mitch McConnell and his team of UniParty leaders made a strong statement today against anyone who would ever have the audacity to stand in opposition to the upper elite within the United States government.  The timing of McConnell to align with Joe Biden is not coincidental.  First, to the status of the January 6th protestors, DeceptiCon party leader Mitch McConnel affirms the united DC position that all J6 protestors were violent domestic terrorists, carrying out an insurrection attempt, intent on destroying the carefully constructed democracy the DC elites are providing to the people.  Stunningly, the second point was McConnell admonishing the RNC for rejecting Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger as members of the Republican Party platform.  McConnell now states the Republican Party should have no input in determining who is supported by the Republican membership.

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Mitch McConnell slams RNC for Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger censure.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) broke with the Republican National Committee Tuesday over its decision to censure GOP Reps.  Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for sitting on the House Select Committee tasked with investigating last year's Capitol riot.  McConnell told reporters at the Capitol that he felt the RNC had no business "singling out members of our party who may have different views from the majority.  "That's not the job of the RNC," the Kentucky Republican added.  The censure resolution passed by voice vote at the RNC's winter meeting in Salt Lake City last week.  It included language alleging Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Kinzinger (R-Ill.) were "participating in a Democrat-led persecution of ordinary citizens engaged in legitimate political discourse."

McConnell breaks with RNC: Jan. 6 'violent insurrection'.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) criticized the Republican National Committee (RNC) for its censure of Reps.  Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and broke with their language on the Jan. 6, 2021 riot, calling it a "violent insurrection."  "It was a violent insurrection with the purpose of trying to prevent a peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election. ... That's what it was," McConnell said.  The RNC sparked fierce backlash after it described Jan. 6, when a mob of former President Trump's followers breached the Capitol, as "legitimate political discourse" in a resolution censuring Kinzinger and Cheney.

Mitch McConnell says January 6 defendants should not have their sentences shortened.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell countered former President Donald Trump on Tuesday saying those charged with crimes for the January 6 Capitol attack shouldn't have their sentences shortened.  'What we saw here on January the 6th was an effort to prevent the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the other, which had never happened before in our country,' McConnell said at a press conference with GOP leaders.  'My view is I would not be in favor of shortening any of the sentences for any of the people who pleaded guilty to crimes.'  At his Texas rally on Saturday, Trump dangled pardons for January 6 defendants.  'If I run, and if I win, we will treat those people from January 6 fairly.  We will treat them fairly,' he told the crowd.

McConnell, Emblematic of Republicans' Past, Is The Least Popular Politician In America.  Even with bad approval ratings, the nation's top four Democratic leaders are more popular than Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  According to an aggregate of polls maintained by RealClearPolitics, just 24 percent of Americans view McConnell favorably, compared to 59 percent who say otherwise for a net negative of 35 percent.  McConnell's Democratic counterpart in the upper chamber, Sen. Chuck Schumer, enjoys a 32 percent favorability rating, while Nancy Pelosi's stands at 34 percent, Vice President Kamala Harris at 40 percent, and President Joe Biden at 43 percent.  The low ratings signal a challenge for McConnell in the GOP leader's effort to maintain control of the Republican conference beyond next year's midterms.  With one seat needing to flip in a hostile year for Democrats, Republicans hold the advantage to reclaim a Senate majority.  The season's primary battles, however, showcase McConnell's simmering unpopularity in a changing Republican Party outside the Beltway.

McConnell dismisses GOP's Biden impeachment chatter: 'That's not going to happen'.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday dismissed the notion that President Biden would be impeached over the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, arguing that a Democratic-controlled Congress would never allow it.  The impeachment question came during an event in the Republican leader's home state of Kentucky.  "The president is not going to be removed from office.  There's a Democratic House, a narrowly Democratic Senate.  That's not going to happen," Mr. McConnell said.  "There isn't going to be an impeachment."

Mitch McConnell: 'President Is Not Going to Be Removed from Office'.  Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters Wednesday that President Joe Biden will not "be removed from office" in wake of the deadly Afghan evacuation that left 13 U.S. military personnel killed, an estimated 200 American citizens stranded, and billions of dollars worth of equipment in the hands of the Taliban.  "Well, look the president is not going to be removed from office ... I think the way these behaviors get adjusted in this country is at the ballot box," the Wall Street Journal reported McConnell's remarks.  "There isn't going to be an impeachment," the Kentucky Senator who lost his majority in the 2020 election cycle added.

Cocaine Mitch Speaks on Possible Biden Impeachment.  Joe Biden's dangerous incompetence crescendoed earlier in the week when US forces pulled out of Afghanistan, unconscionably leaving American citizens behind.  Prior to that, questions of the president's mental and physical acuity were already widespread, and his latest moves only compounded that.  That includes the revelation that the president asked former Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to lie about the Taliban's successes in exchange for support.  Given that, the calls for impeachment are growing louder.  After all, Donald Trump was impeached over supposition about a phone call.  Is abandoning Americans to terrorists and asking a world leader to lie in the process somehow less egregious?  Remember, we've been previously assured that impeachment is a political act and that no actual high crime or misdemeanor has to exist.  On that front, Sen. Mitch McConnell has chimed in, and he's not exactly leading the charge.

Mitch McConnell Has Run America Off A Cliff.  Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has led the charge of 19 senator republicans, hell-bent on running off a cliff.  Like a bunch of lemmings, 19 GOPers sided with Democrats and signed onto an infrastructure bill that isn't about infrastructure[.  I]t's a debt and bureaucratic disaster in the making.  Although we are told it will "pay for itself", it won't.  Repurposed Covid funds are insufficient to fill gaps, and "Covid funds" were funds created out of thin air in any event so claiming it pays for itself with fake money, is just more mafia-style creative accounting.  Democrats included a whole bunch of "equity" language throwing money at "disadvantaged groups".  The purpose is to create equal results, not equal access.  Apparently, a disadvantaged group is "female truck drivers".  Weird because the bill also includes an effort to create traffic jams with a thing called "Traffic Calming".  Traffic Calming would deliberately create traffic congestion in an effort to force people to use public transpiration [sic].

Dirtbag Mitch McConnell Threatens to Defy Trump and Pick His Own Candidate to to Run Against Herschel Walker in GA Senate Race.  Mitch McConnell threatened to defy Trump and pick his own candidate to run against Herschel Walker in the Georgia Senate primary race in 2022 against Marxist Democrat Raphael Warnock.  Shouldn't he be more focused on challenging the Democrats' latest trillion-dollar infrastructure garbage dump?

Mitch McConnell's sister-in-law Angela Chao served on the board of Chinese defense firm CSSC.  [Thread reader]  Mitch McConnell's sister-in-law Angela Chao served on the board of Chinese defense firm CSSC that builds missiles, warships, nuclear submarines & aircraft carriers one day will by used to attack America.  CSSC also builds infrastructures on fake islands in South China Sea.  McConnell sister-in-law Angela Chao also served on the board of Carnegie-Tsinghua Center.  Tsinghua U has been designated as "Very High Risk" over its links to military researches and cyber espionage.  Angela Chao currently serves as a director at Bank of China, which has been involved in money laundering, terrorist financing, and Hunter Biden's investment fund.

Mitch McConnell Says Something So Dumb, It'll Make You Question Everything About Him.  Perhaps no figure in Washington has caused more damage over the last year than Dr. Anthony Fauci.  The once-obscure government bureaucrat has taken a leading role in pushing disastrous lockdowns and mask mandates.  He also championed a vaccine strategy that possibly kneecapped the effectiveness of the roll-out.  Through all that, Fauci has been relentlessly arrogant despite his many, many mistakes and misstatements.  Given that, you'd expect Republicans to be unified around the idea that he's not someone to be propped up or respected at this point.  Unfortunately, Mitch McConnell didn't get the memo, delivering this unbelievable endorsement of Fauci.

Mitch McConnell's Grand Guignol performance in the Senate.  [Scroll down]  McConnell knows, as does every Democrat Senator, that once the Democrats pass HR 1, which opens an express lane to Democrat fraud in elections; end the filibuster; fast tracks citizenship for all the illegal aliens in America (possibly more than 10% of our population); pack the Supreme Court; and add Puerto Rico and Washington DC as new states, there will never again be a two-party system in America.  It is laughable to think that the Republicans could one day regain power.

When will Joe Biden step down ... or be removed from office?  [Scroll down]  So how does the swamp manage to remove a clearly feeble Joe Biden and maintain the tie-breaking vote in the Senate?  The answer, as always, is Mitch McConnell. [...] It is highly unlikely an 85 year-old McConnell would even run for reelection in six years, so why resign now?  Could it possibly be due to a deal regarding McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, the recent Inspector General's report, and the Biden Justice department's decision to not investigate?  That is speculation, but is anything beyond the realm of possibility in 2021 America?  Suppose McConnell resigns, the Senate is then 50-49 in favor of the Democrat majority.  Kamala Harris is installed at that time as president and quickly puts forth a nominee for vice president while the Democrat governor of Kentucky, Andy Beshear, slow walks a replacement for McConnell.  The Democrats confirm a new vice president, and maintain control of the Senate by way of the tie-breaking vice presidential vote.  No Republican senator has to explain to voters why they voted for the new vice president, handing total control of the government back to Democrats, and so all have plausible deniability.

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What is Mitch McConnell up to?  [Scroll down]  Sorry, folks.  I've known Mitch for 45 years.  That's about the last thing he would ever do.  Monster ego?  Yes.  Liberal Republican roots?  You bet.  He still goes weepy over his old boss, John Sherman Cooper, the Nelson Rockefeller of Kentucky.  But he is also an ultra-partisan Republican.  He may not care much for what conservatives in the GOP think, but he has mortal contempt for anybody with a D by his name. [...] So an early exit for McConnell would spoil his succession plans.  And he badly wants those to happen, so he will be inclined to stay in the Senate for now.  The I.G. report on Elaine Chao is not a big deal, either.  Using government staff to run personal errands — that's the sort of thing that might get a sitting Cabinet member fired, but the DOJ has already declined criminal charges here.  At worst, she might be asked to write a check to cover the costs for such services.  For McConnell, the real issue is going to be the 2022 Senate elections.

Report: Mitch McConnell working on leaving the Senate before his term is over.  A new report from The Intercept presents strong evidence that Mitch McConnell is preparing to leave office before his Senate term expires.  Coincidentally or not, this report closely follows release of a report by the Department of Transportation's Inspector General stating that McConnel's wife, Elaine Chao, used her office staff to promote her wealthy family's shipping interests, and could face federal prosecution.  Currently, if Senate Minority Leader McConnell were to leave his Senate seat, his successor would be named by Kentucky's Governor Andrew Beshear, a Democrat, leaving wide open the possibility of handing an actual 51-49 Senate majority to Chuck Schumer, and liberating Kamala Harris from her role as a tiebreaker and freeing her to take over more duties from fading Joe Biden.  According to The Intercept, McConnell is working closely with the Kentucky legislature to change the manner in which a successor is chosen.

Mitch McConnell Says He Will Throw His Support Behind Trump-Hating RINO Lisa Murkowski in her Reelection Bid!.  Republican leader Mitch McConnell trashed President Trump on the Senate floor following his second acquittal by the US Senate.  McConnell brutally and needlessly trashed President Donald Trump following his acquittal.  McConnell and the GOP elites (GOPe) worked against President Trump for years preventing him from passing his wildly popular agenda to protect America, its workers, and its citizens.  McConnell claimed that the protesters stormed the Capitol because they had been "fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on earth," and that Trump was "practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day."  And then Mitch McConnell suggested that President Trump may still be charged in the criminal justice system!

3 More Kentucky GOP County Leaders Call on Mitch McConnell to Step Down.  The Nelson County Republican Party wrote Senator Mitch McConnell on Tuesday [2/16/2021] demanding he immediately resign from his leadership position with the Republican Party's caucus in the United States Senate.  This comes after McConnell's comments on Saturday and an explosive editorial in the Wall Street Journal viciously attacking and smearing President Donald Trump.  Nelson County Chairman Don Thrasher pointed out McConnell's "complete and total disdain for the will of your constituents" for the reason for the letter.

The Uniparty's Wishful Thinking.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) committed a mortal political error on Saturday [2/13/2021] when, after voting to acquit President Trump on constitutional grounds, he accused the former president of the crime of being "practically and morally" responsible for the invasion and vandalization of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and the deaths of five people.  McConnell not only signed on to the ultimate NeverTrump loyalty oath of submission to the totalitarian big lie there was no possible doubt about the legitimacy of the election verdict; he also declared Trump had no choice but to accept the result and quietly leave Washington with his tail between his legs.  McConnell took it upon himself to declare the end of the Trump era in the Republican Party, nailing his flag to the mast of return to the McCRomBush swamp of alternating Democrats with Dem look-alikes in the White House, and leaving the overwhelmingly Democratic political establishment serenely undisturbed.

McConnell's Bitter Turtle Soup.  [Scroll down]  McConnell should have mocked the whole [impeachment] affair as obscene.  Instead, his decision to browbeat the president right after finding him "not guilty" reeked of cowardice.  He gave every appearance of having raised a wet index finger in the air before determining how to proceed, and when it was clear from recent polling that Republican voters had not abandoned President Trump en masse, as McConnell no doubt had hoped, the minority leader decided to turn King Solomon's wisdom on its head by cutting the impeachment baby squarely in half — acquitting the president on procedural grounds while verbally excoriating him nonetheless.  It was a striking reminder that, with President Trump now sidelined from power, two-faced, stand-for-nothing Republican leadership is back on top.  O glory days!  And McConnell would rather destroy the MAGA movement than ever win again. [...] If the Republican Party does, indeed, wither and die in the near future, it is this kind of underhanded duplicity that will finally do it in.

Poll: Mitch McConnell Favorability Under Water at 18%.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) favorability is under water, a Politico/Morning Consult survey reveals.  The survey, taken February 12-15, among 1,987 registered voters, asked respondents to rate a number of prominent politicians, including the minority leader.

Trump Responds: 'Mitch Is a Dour, Sullen & Unsmiling Political Hack'.  Former President Trump issued a statement in rebuttal to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), calling him a "business as usual" politician with "status quo policies" and "a dour, sullen, and unsmiling political hack." [...] The former president reiterated that he "received the most votes of any sitting President in History, almost 75,000,000" and concluded with, "This is a big moment for our country and we cannot let it pass by using third rate 'leaders' to dictate our future!"

Kentucky County Demands Mitch McConnell Resign as GOP Leader of the US Senate Over Disgusting Attacks Against President Trump.  The Nelson County Republican Party wrote Senator Mitch McConnell on Tuesday demanding he immediately resign from his leadership position with the Republican Party's caucus in the United States Senate.  This comes after McConnell's comments on Saturday and an editorial in the Wall Street Journal attacking and smearing President Donald Trump.  Trump won Nelson County in Kentucky 67.5% to 30.9% in the 2020 election.

Mitch Miscalculated Bigly.  [Scroll down]  McConnell's goal is to separate President Trump from his supporters as a repeat performance of his somewhat successful efforts to destroy and marginalize the Tea Party (who have never really gone away). An organized Tea Party was a direct threat to the political class and McConnell's key backers at the US Chamber of Commerce.  He was happy to reach across the aisle to undermine upstart Tea Partiers who dared to question their "betters" in Congress during the disaster for the country that was the Obama regime.  And those "betters" included Establishment Republicans like McConnell, who were ready, willing, and able to make deals with Barack Obama to the detriment of Main Street Americans.  McConnell capitalized on Democrat-media attacks on the Tea Party.  After beating down his own Tea Party-backed challenger in 2014, he was happy to work behind the scenes to undercut Tea Party people at every opportunity and elect "his kind of candidates" — those he could control through campaign contributions and other perks — as opposed to the limited government conservatives whom the Tea Party supported.

Trump urges ouster of 'unsmiling political hack' Mitch McConnell.  Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday [2/16/2021] issued a blistering attack on the most powerful Republican in post-Trump Washington, calling Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell an "unsmiling political hack" who should be thrown out of office.  "The Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political 'leaders' like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm," Trump said in an emailed 626-word statement that all but declared political war on the Kentucky Republican.  "McConnell's dedication to business as usual, status quo policies, together with his lack of political insight, wisdom, skill, and personality, has rapidly driven him from Majority Leader to Minority Leader, and it will only get worse," Trump said.

Mitch McConnell Deployed His Anti-Trump Ploy in The Exact Same Manner He Deployed Against The Tea Party.  An interesting, insightful and accurate article from Christopher Bedford in The Federalist outlines how Mitch McConnell delivered his impeachment floor speech as a ploy to destroy the MAGA movement.  Bedford notes how Senator Lindsey Graham even outlined how McConnell's attack was purposefully written and delivered to give any Democrat opponent in 2022 ammunition against Republican senators up for re-election.  However, what Bedford and Graham did not directly speak about is:  (a) the historic pattern within exactly what Mitch McConnell did; and (b) the motive for him doing so.  Several DeceptiCon senators have already announced they will not run for re-election in 2020 [Shelby, Toomey, Burr, Portman and Johnson].  In the 2022 Senate races there are 34 seats up for grabs.  14 are held by Democrats and 20 are held by tenuous Republicans.

McConnell's Impeachment Ploy Was Not Statesmanship, But An Attack On The Base.  McConnell isn't a man used to public rebukes from the corporate wing of his party, but after the past month's antics they are rightly deserved.  Friday's [2/12/2021] floor speech was no quick tantrum:  It was the last stupid moments of the minority leader's plan to purge the GOP of Donald Trump — a plan that began to unravel nearly immediately after its poorly conceived Jan. 12 rollout in the pages of The New York Times.  So what's all behind this?  After four years of yelling "MAGA!" while pushing his own classic, corporate Republican policies, McConnell had hoped to rid himself and his conference of the conservative populist nationalism the former president had championed and go back to the way things were.  He wants a return to promising to tackle illegal immigration before winking at corporate America that nothing will change.  He wants to raise money on fighting the abortion of our infants while comfortably lifting nary a finger.  He wants to shrug and change the subject when asked about men dominating women's sports and using women's bathrooms.  He wants fewer taxes and more wars.

Mitch McConnell deepens GOP civil war by warning he could oppose Trump-backed candidates.  Mitch McConnell has said he is open to opposing any 'unelectable' candidates in 2022, even if they are strongly backed by Donald Trump, as he wrestles with how to handle a deeply-divided party following Trump's impeachment hearing.  McConnell voted on Saturday [2/13/2021] to acquit the former president, but then publicly attacked him, accusing him of a 'disgraceful dereliction of duty' in his most critical remarks ever uttered.  His tightrope walk between defending and demonizing the former president impressed few.  McConnell's home newspaper, The Lexington Herald-Leader, accused him on Sunday of having 'contorted himself into a strange pretzel-shaped politician hated by everyone'.

Graham:  McConnell 'put a load on Republicans' back' with anti-Trump speech.  Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for speaking out against former President Donald Trump after voting to acquit Trump at his impeachment trial.  Despite voting in Trump's favor, McConnell, R-Ky., blamed the former president for the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  Graham warned on "Fox News Sunday" that this will be used against Republicans as they try to retake control of Congress in 2022.  "I think Sen. McConnell's speech, he got a load off his chest, obviously, but unfortunately he put a load on the back of Republicans," Graham said.  "That speech you will see in 2022 campaigns."

After His Second Acquittal The Democrats Push Plan To Ban Trump From Running For Office Again - This Can Be Done With A Simple Majority Vote.  McConnell and the GOP elites (GOPe) worked against President Trump for years preventing him from passing his wildly popular agenda to protect America, its workers, and its citizens.  McConnell did not hold back as he ripped Trump apart for a "disgraceful dereliction of duty" and attempting to "overturn the election."  He claimed that the protesters stormed the Capitol because they had been "fed wild falsehoods by the most powerful man on earth," and that Trump was "practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day."

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[#1] Mr. Trump was not trying to overturn the election.  The election had already been overturned by massive voter fraud.  Mr. Trump was attempting to retain that which was rightfully his.  [#2] Nobody was "fed wild falsehoods" by Mr. Trump.

Mitch McConnell launches all-out attack on Trump AFTER voting to clear him.  Mitch McConnell tore into Donald Trump Saturday [2/13/2021] after voting with 42 other Republicans to acquit him of 'incitement of insurrection' — but then immediately argued the former president is solely to blame for Capitol storming.  'President Trump is still liable for everything he did while he was in office,' McConnell said in Senate floor remarks.  On the fifth and final day of the impeachment trial, the Republican Senate leader argued in a speech following the 57-43 vote that Congress does not hold the jurisdiction to criminally or civilly prosecute the former president.

Top Republicans, Ex-White House Officials Pressing McConnell to Convict Trump.  On January 6, there was a riot on Capitol Hill.  Five people died.  The Capitol Building was stormed.  New impeachment articles were filed against President Trump as well.  Trump addressed the Save America rally on the same day as the riot.  He's being accused of inciting a riot and insurrection on this day; the day Congress certifies the 2020 election results.  This appears to be the straw the broke the camel's back.  McConnell blames Trump for losing the GOP majority in the Senate.  There's no love lost between the two men.  He is even supportive of the Democrats' impeachment push, seeing it as not being grounded in politics as with the first attempt regarding Ukraine.  He also reportedly sees this as an avenue to purge Trumpism from the GOP.  The Daily Caller reported that key Republicans and former White House officials are conducting a whisper campaign to urge the Kentucky Republican to convict Trump.

Report: McConnell Wants Trump Gone As GOP Big Shots Lobby For Conviction.  Now that the date has been set for the unprecedented second impeachment of former President Donald J. Trump, the only question remaining is whether enough Republicans join Democrats in convicting him on bogus charges.  There will need to be 17 Republicans willing to pull the trigger in order to prevent Trump from ever running for president again.  And while it has been reported that there are few outside of the klatch of die-hard Never Trumpers who would convict, one key GOP senator wants him gone.  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly siding with the lynch mob although the powerful Kentuckian hasn't come out publicly in favor of conviction.

Nelson Co.  GOP leaders censure Senator Mitch McConnell after floor speech saying Capitol riot was 'provoked' by Trump.  On his last day in the role before becoming minority leader, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell pointed fingers at President Trump, directly accusing him of playing a role in the January 6th insurrection of the U.S. Capitol. [...] Senator McConnell went on to say the "marching orders" from the American people are to now find bipartisan agreement and seek "common ground."  "This is by far and away the most extreme and dramatic break between McConnell and Trump that has been seen publicly," UofL professor and constitutional law expert Sam Marcosson said. [...] McConnell's speech prompted Nelson County GOP leaders to hold an emergency meeting, voting unanimously to issue a resolution censuring the senate majority leader for his comments.

Mitch McConnell's betrayal hurts the nation.  Just when Washington has a chance to turn the page, fresh signs emerged Tuesday that the past is not yet past.  It is almost certain now that the Senate will hold an impeachment trial of President Trump next week.  Even worse, it looks probable he will be convicted of a single charge stemming from the Capitol invasion.  The history-making event got the green light from McConnell (R-Ky.) on his last day as Senate majority leader.  Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, McConnell said of the Jan. 6 incident:  "The mob was fed lies.  They were provoked by the president and other powerful people and they tried to use fear and violence to stop a specific proceeding of the first branch of the federal government which they did not like."  The comments build on earlier reports that McConnell was glad House Democrats were impeaching the president and that he might vote for conviction.  The speech signals he is likely a yes vote, which would open the GOP floodgates and yield at least the 67 Senate votes needed for conviction.

Mitch McConnell Blames President Trump, Says Mob "Was Provoked By The President".  If there has been one politician on these pages we have warned about over the years it is Senator Mitch McConnell.  The Senate Majority Leader is the most conniving, cunning and Machiavellian member of the republican party.  With his positions solidifying CTH warnings for well over a decade, his actions over the past several weeks now highlight the dark background of his politics.  Today [1/19/2021], McConnell took the final stab at the people's president as Donald Trump prepares to depart the White House.

Schweizer: Mitch McConnell, Wife Elaine Chao Financially Tied to the Chinese Government.  Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer on Sunday detailed how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his wife Elaine Chao are financially tied to the Chinese Communist Party.  Schweizer said on Fox News Channel's "The Next Revolution" that McConnell's "position on China has softened over the years," which he argued is due to the growing relationship between the Chinese government and the Chao's company.  "Really, it goes to the fact that Mitch McConnell and Elaine Chao, his wife, are financially tied to the Chinese government," Schweizer outlined.

Mitch McConnell 'believes Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses' and wants him purged from the party.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is signaling support for the House Democratic impeachment effort that includes an article charging the president with 'incitement of insurrection.'  The view of the GOP powerbroker emerged shortly before Rep. Liz Cheney, a member of the House GOP leadership, announced that she would vote for impeaching President Trump.  'On January 6, 2021 a violent mob attacked the United States Capitol to obstruct the process of our democracy and stop the counting of presidential electoral votes.  This insurrection caused injury, death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic,' wrote Cheney, the daughter of the former vice president.

McConnell is said to believe impeachment would make it easier to purge Trump from GOP.  Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, has told associates that he believes President Donald Trump committed impeachable offenses and that he is pleased that Democrats are moving to impeach him, believing that it will make it easier to purge him from the party, according to people familiar with his thinking.  The House is voting Wednesday to formally charge Trump with inciting violence against the country.  At the same time, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the minority leader and one of Trump's most steadfast allies in Congress, has asked other Republicans whether he ought to call on Trump to resign in the aftermath of last week's riot at the Capitol, according to three Republican officials briefed on the conversations.

It's Time For Mitch To Go.  Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who currently holds what I suppose we now call the Office of the Outgoing Senate Majority Leader, has to go.  He's a man unsuited for the times.  The results prove it.  It is McConnell who has been the architect of Republican defeat in the Senate.  Heading into the 2016 election, there were 54 Republican senators.  After the election there were 52.  Then, in 2018, McConnell backed the disastrous candidacy of Martha McSally for an open seat in Arizona.  It was McConnell who picked her and crowded out other viable candidates.  That year McSally lost by 2.4 percentage points to Kyrsten Sinema while, at the same time, Republican Doug Ducey cruised to a nearly 15-point win as Arizona's governor.  Voters didn't reject Republicans as such; they rejected McSally.  McConnell then lobbied for McSally to be appointed to the seat vacated by John McCain, setting up another McSally defeat at the hands of Mark Kelly in November.

Mitch McConnell lied on the floor of the Senate Wednesday.  Soon-to-be minority leader of the Senate today [1/6/2021] lied to the American people when he said there was not sufficient evidence of fraud to overturn the election results or the certification votes of the electoral college.  There are mountains of evidence, especially from the six contested states.  McConnell betrayed the President, his supporters and his own constituents who only just re-elected him in November.  His recent re-election is probably why he felt comfortable breaking faith with the 74 million Trump supporters.

Mitch McConnell Will Reach Out to Senator-Elect Tommy Tuberville and Urge Him Turn His Back on Trump in Electoral College Vote.  Last week news broke that senator-elect Tommy Tuberville may challenge the Electoral College votes on the US Senate floor in January.  Several states were stolen from President Trump in his landslide 2020 election.  Democrats and the media claim it is perfectly normal to lock out GOP observers while you manufacture tens of thousands of votes to overcome a massive Trump win.  Trump supporters disagree.  But Mitch McConnell does not stand for President Trump and he does not stand with Trump's voters.  Mitch stands with the globalists and the Democrats and he is reportedly reaching out to Tommy Tuberville to warn him about creating a messy situation next week.

Mitch's Betrayal:  Senate Majority Leader Tells Republicans Not to Object to Electoral Votes.  Kentucky Republicans sure must be glad they elected "Cocaine Mitch" to another six year-term this year.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reportedly told Republican members of the chamber to refrain from objecting to electoral votes when they arrive to be counted by Congress next month.  According to The Hill, McConnell made the remarks during a caucus call on Tuesday.  The outlet reported that an objection "isn't in the best interest of everybody."  "McConnell warned that any GOP senator who signed onto a House Republican objection to a state's electoral votes would then force the Senate to debate and vote on the objection, putting fellow GOP senators in a bad position," The Hill reports.  Of course it would put them in a bad position, as it would force the Senate's Republicans — who claim to be conservatives and constitutionalists, and many of whom have won their elections on the basis of being President Trump's allies — to reveal on record where they really stand on the issue of the Democrat Party's attempted theft of a presidential election.

Fighting On.  So Mitch McConnell thinks it's over.  We need to congratulate Biden (whom I have taken to calling "President Asterisk"), forget everything, put it all behind us, and move on.  According to Mitch, the greatest political crime in American history is something you just walk away from.  Mitch is not alone in this, nor was he the first. [...] The consensus among this crowd is that there is no upside to continuing the fight, no benefits to be gained, nothing at all to be achieved.  Instead, we should back down, as Republicans and conservatives have done a thousand times before, take our whipping, resign ourselves to the fact that no honest election from dogcatcher on up will ever again occur in the U.S., and prepare the single suitcase we're allowed while we wait for the truck to take us to Alger Hiss Reeducation Camp at Prudhoe Bay.

A crafty old turtle?  [Scroll down]  Conclusion: there is no reason Senate Republicans should vote for the Biden slate of electors.  We are left with the possibility of some crafty positioning.  McConnell, Thune, and Blunt may be pretending to roll over for the Democrats in order to help win the two open Senate seats in Georgia.  If they were to come out strongly now for the pro-Trump electors, that could sufficiently incentivize Democrat donors to open their wallets further, and energize the Democrat base in Georgia to head for the polls and lead to a possible win for the two Democrats in the special election on Jan. 5 and the subsequent loss of the Senate to the Democrats.  This of course would be a disaster, as the Democrats could more easily enact their insane communist legislative agenda.  As usual the cagey Turtle hasn't shown us all his cards.

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Right.  Or maybe he is just another Deep State RINO.

Mitch McConnell pleads with his Senators not to force public vote challenging Biden's Electoral College victory.  Mitch McConnell warned Senate Republicans on a Tuesday call not to join colleagues in the House in challenging the Electoral College votes because the last-ditch effort to overturn the election results would split the party and ultimately fail.  The Senate majority leader pleaded with the caucus, according to Politico, to not object when Congress moves to certify the election for Joe Biden on January 6.  He said it would be a 'terrible vote' for Republicans because they would have to slash the attempt down, which would end up making them look anti-Trump.

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If they vote against Trump, they are anti-Trump.  Get off the fence, and pick one side or the other.

Mitch McConnell warns Republican senators not to object when electors are certified on January 6th.  The mask is off the Turtle and the Republican Senate.  According to the Politico, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his lieutenants are warning Republicans not to object when the electors are certified on January 6th. [...] The terrible vote as McConnell put it would be the bad optics of Senate members voting against President Trump and affirming Joe Biden.  Better to keep the treachery hidden than out in the open, eh Mitch?  And it would certainly put a crimp in the campaign donations if 80 million Trump supporters witnessed a Republican Senate selling out the president, wouldn't it Mitch?  This was the second example on Tuesday of McConnell undermining the efforts of Trump and his legal team to fight back against election fraud.  The first shiv came Monday night.  In a 10-minute speech on the Senate floor, the Turtle congratulated China Joe and Kamala Harris as the first woman vice-president elect.

Mitch McConnell congratulates Biden and lobbies colleagues to oppose a final-stage Republican effort to overturn his victory.  Breaking with President Trump's drive to overturn his election loss, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky on Tuesday congratulated President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on his victory and began a campaign to keep fellow Republicans from joining a last-ditch effort to reverse the outcome when Congress tallies the results next month.  Although Mr. McConnell's moves came weeks after Mr. Biden was declared the winner, they amounted to clear effort by the majority leader, who is the most powerful Republican in Congress, to put an end to his party's attempts to sow doubt about the election.  They were also a bid to avoid a messy partisan spectacle on the floor of the House that could divide Republicans at the start of the new Congress, pitting those loyal to Mr. Trump against institutionalists.

Mitch McConnell congratulates Biden and lobbies colleagues to oppose a final-stage Republican effort to overturn his victory..  Breaking with President Trump's drive to overturn his election loss, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky on Tuesday congratulated President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. on his victory and began a campaign to keep fellow Republicans from joining a last-ditch effort to reverse the outcome when Congress tallies the results next month.  Although Mr. McConnell's moves came weeks after Mr. Biden was declared the winner, they amounted to clear effort by the majority leader, who is the most powerful Republican in Congress, to put an end to his party's attempts to sow doubt about the election.  They were also a bid to avoid a messy partisan spectacle on the floor of the House that could divide Republicans at the start of the new Congress, pitting those loyal to Mr. Trump against institutionalists.

The 'Ditch Mitch' McConnell Campaign Is Just Democrats Lighting Their Money On Fire.  Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath raised more than $2.5 million in the first 24 hours of her campaign against Mitch McConnell.  It is reportedly the most money ever raised in the first 24 hours of a Senate campaign.  The people who donated may as well have lit their money on fire.  Unless Mitch McConnell is found to have dated teenagers while in his thirties, McGrath is losing, probably in a landslide.

NYT Confirms Schweizer 'Secret Empires' Bombshell on Elaine Chao and Mitch McConnell's China Ties.  Trump Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao "repeatedly used her connections and celebrity status in China to boost the profile of [her family's shipping] company, which benefits handsomely from the expansive industrial policies in Beijing that are at the heart of diplomatic tensions with the United States," according to a New York Times exposé on Monday [6/3/2019] that builds off research from Peter Schweizer's bestselling book Secret Empires.  Chao, who is also the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), has been the subject of intense criticism over the years due to the deep financial ties between her family's shipping business and China's communist regime.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: "in the Senate there will be votes to pass the resolution of disapproval".  Mitch gets what he wants (a UniParty approved budget) by walking his political opposition (in this example the president) into a tenuous position, and informing them of his support.  Then, when it really matters, Mitch retreats and isolates his opposition, forcing them to carry the consequences for the position that he really never did support, while protecting his UniParty position.  This is so typical of Mitch McConnell.

Mitch McConnell's About to Betray the President.  Republicans in the Senate actually prayed the day the President was supposed to sign that absolutely awful spending-border bill.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to support the President with a National Emergency Declaration if he signed the bill.  Well, that's changed.  Now McConnell isn't sure it's legal.  It's clearly legal since the Congress ceded that power in the 1970s for then-President Jimmy Carter.  If they want to change it in the future, they should, but for now, it's perfectly legal.  This is a very bad sign for the vote in the Senate to stop the declaration.  If Republicans side with the Socialists against the President, what hope does this country have?

Senator Mitch McConnell Announces He is "Especially Proud" of Legislation Rebuking President Trump.  [Scroll down]  Every time this happens victims of battered conservative syndrome start a process of reconciling the reason for their abuse by excusing and justifying their abuser, Mitch McConnell.  Let's be clear, CTH has watched this process, on a very granular level, for well over a decade; specifically about Senator McConnell.  Mitch McConnell doesn't give a hoot what any voter, constituent, or member of the national electorate thinks about his action.  He is entirely unfazed and bound to a power ideology that sets him above all considerations.

Senator Rand Paul Calls Out Mitch McConnell for Undermining President Trump.  Senator Rand Paul delivers a righteous speech supporting President Trump's decision to begin removing the US military from the Middle East, and calling out Mitch McConnell and the UniParty for undermining the president.  Rand is fired up.  [Video clip]

Beware Senator Mitch McConnell.  Sometimes we must call the baby ugly.  CTH has followed and mapped how Mitch McConnell operates for over a decade. [...] Mitch McConnell is stealthily working against the efforts of President Donald Trump.  The effort is to support his primary Wall Street financial benefactor, Donohue.  However, Mitch McConnell cannot directly be connected to underhanded efforts against President Trump because it would lead to:  (A) questions about a confrontation; and (B) public exposure.

Decepticon Mitch Fires Trump Impeachment Warning with U.S. Senate Demand to Keep Troops in Afghanistan/Syria.  The front-story is that Mitch McConnell organized his Decepticon coalition to warn President Trump not to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Syria.  However, the more true back-story is McConnell warning President Trump that he has assembled his impeachment coalition.  The Senate passed a "sense of the senate" resolution today demanding that President Trump keep troops actively engaged in perpetual war.

Mitch McConnell's Complicity with Democrats.  While [Mitch] McConnell and his team may bemoan their lack of the 60 votes needed to overcome Democrat opposition, the truth is, neither he nor his team has ever even tried.  Because the wall, or anything else related to Trump's immigration agenda, isn't a McConnell priority.  This is obvious when you look at things that are among his priorities; that is, what happens when the congressional GOP and the White House align.  On tax reform, McConnell clearly communicated his priorities, he worked closely with his House colleagues, he engaged K Street, Wall Street, Main Street, and the White House.  He worked his Senate colleagues, horse-traded for votes, and made sure all of them were prepared to vote favorably.

Debunking a Few Myths About Mitch McConnellThe Weekly Standard published a gusher last week on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Fred Barnes, the magazine's executive editor, fell all over himself praising McConnell's "pragmatism and political skill ... [which] allows little to get in the way of winning."  Barnes went on to brag about the majority leader's cool demeanor, his close advisors who are "team players," and his willingness to dismiss "conservatives who insist on pushing right-wing issues with no chance of passage."  Barnes practically genuflects before the 84 judges confirmed to the lower courts over the past two years, in addition to two confirmations to the Supreme Court.  To the latter point, Barnes attributes the Senate midterm victory to McConnell's deft handling of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation.  These claims deserve examination.

How Mitch McConnell Stole the 2016 Congressional Elections.  [Scroll down]  McConnell's scheme is clandestine, far more shrewd and effective.  His method was to allow everyone to vote, then cut off the input voters have on congressional bills at the Senate level.  If the House passes 768 bills and Senate Leader McConnell ties up 569 in the Senate, then 74% of those House bills may as well not exist. [...] What McConnell did violates the constitution in the most direct way possible.  Since all spending every two years must be decided by the voters — this is why the entire House is elected every two years — for McConnell to deprive the voters a Senate vote on the House bills is identical to denying them their opportunity to express their will and consent.

Mitch McConnell's In-Laws Bought 10 Massive Ships from the Chinese Government Since His Wife Elaine Chao Became Transportation Secretary.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) in-laws have ordered 10 massive cargo ships from the Chinese government since the senator's wife Elaine Chao became Secretary of Transportation.  The deep financial ties between the Chao family's shipping business Foremost Group and the Chinese regime were first revealed in the #1 New York Times bestseller Secret Empires.

Watch Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell Lie About Funding the Trump Border Wall.  President Trump promised to build a border wall with Mexico at nearly EVERY campaign stop he held in 2015-2016.  The president won the election in an electoral landslide with a promise to build a border wall with Mexico.  In January 2017 Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promised to pass funding of $12-15 billion to build the Trump border wall.  [Video clip]  But it was all a lie.

Levin: Mitch McConnell should be removed after 'shocking' and 'disgusting' corruption allegations.  Wednesday [3/21/2018] on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin called for Senator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to step down as Senate majority leader and be investigated for corruption.  Levin cited a New York Post article detailing new corruption allegations made against McConnell and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.  The story refers to a forthcoming book by "Clinton Cash" author Peter Schweizer.  "Secret Empires:  How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends" details how the majority leader and his wife softened their approaches to China over the years due to Chinese business interests.  The book claims McConnell and his wife grew rich selling political power.

Ryan & McConnell Worked Hand-In-Hand With Pelosi & Schumer To Fracture POTUS Trump's Support With Omnibus Bill.  President Trump signed the 1.2 trillion dollar Omnibus bill today [3/23/2018] with open frustration over both the process and the product of that bill.  Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer heaped praise on Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for their help in what Pelosi called a great bill for the American worker.  What wasn't said was how the Republican and Democrat leadership worked together to force POTUS Trump's hand and create a voter backlash they hope will fracture Mr. Trump's base of support among millions of Americans.

How McConnell and Chao used political power to make their family rich.  In 2004, current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, current US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, had an average net worth of $3.1 million.  Ten years later, that number had increased to somewhere between $9.2 million and $36.5 million.  One source of the windfall, according to a new book from Peter Schweizer, was a 2008 gift from Chao's father, James Chao, for somewhere between $5 million and $25 million.  But this gift could be seen as more than just a gift.  It may have been acquired, according to Schweizer, thanks to the couple's fealty to China, the source of the Chao family fortune.  And that fealty may have occurred at the expense of the nation they had pledged to serve.

Republican Party Is Allowing 'The Resistance' To Run The Score — And The Government.  Senate Republicans are heading toward midterm elections with control of their chamber and the biggest advantage any majority party has had since 1790.  Yet every week, the Democrats are allowed to work just 2.5 days before returning home to duke it out with their Republican challengers.  That is, Mitch McConnell is allowing Democrats to hit the campaign trail hard while obstructing 139 of the president's nominees.  In eight months, eight Republican seats and 26 Democratic seats are up for grabs.  That's less than one sixth of GOP seats, and more than half of Democrats' seats, including 10 in states President Donald Trump won in 2016 — half of which by 10 or more points.

King Mitch is the star of the stupidest show on Earth.  Some are out there asking, "When do you think Mitch and his ilk will realize it's over for them?"  My money says never.  We will be ushering in a Democrat-run Senate next year, and that will be his own doing.  And it won't bother him, because he keeps his influence either way.  King Mitch knows the grassroots want him out of leadership, so he'll keep throwing NRSC money at losers, because dammit — if Republicans win the majority with conservative candidates, he loses his position.  And position is all that matters. [...] Mitch McConnell is a bumbling buffoon who is propped up by the slimiest political hangers-on imaginable — those who do not care about the outcome for the nation and who do not trust the electorate.

Judge Roy Moore Will be the 52nd GOP Vote [and] Would Help Break RINO Hold of Senate:  So Why Is McConnell for the Democrat?  Mitch McConnell is afraid of his shadow.  The good news is that Mitch McConnell may not get his wish.

Report: Mitch McConnell Camp Planted Roy Moore Story To Help Clear Path For Trump Impeachment Attempt In 2018.  What a disgusting cesspool of self-serving corruption is the nation's capital and no better example of that can be found today than Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell who, according to longtime political activist, Ned Ryun, was a primary source of the anti-Roy Moore stories that are now attempting to sway the upcoming Alabama special election and help clear the path for a Trump impeachment attempt in 2018.

Ned Ryun on Roy Moore: 'I Strongly, Strongly Suspect Somebody out of the McConnell Camp Planted the Story'.  American Majority founder Ned Ryun talked about Roy Moore and the Alabama Senate race with Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon and SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam on Friday's [11/17/2017] Breitbart News Daily, broadcast live from the Restoration Weekend event.  Bannon asked Ryun about celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred's involvement in the Roy Moore case, representing a woman who accuses Moore of assaulting her in 1977 when she was 16 years old.  Ryan said Allred is "basically a human vulture when you look back at some of the things she's been involved in."  "Remember the incident with Arnold Schwarzenegger?" Ryun asked.  "She brought all these women in front of him, said they're going to sue, they're going to file suit against Schwarzenegger.  Guess what?  After the election, absolutely nothing happened."

Al Franken To The Rescue.  [Scroll down]  At this point, regardless of what happens McConnell loses — if Moore wins, the leadership will have to seat him and tolerate his sure-to-be maverick behavior for having alienated the GOP's own candidate and seen him win anyway, and if Moore loses they'll have found a way to lose a Senate seat in one of the deepest-red states in the country.  Either way, McConnell's utility as the Senate's Majority Leader seems to have passed his expiration date.  If he's unable to deliver a tax reform bill to a conference committee on top of the Alabama debacle, it will be an urgent necessity to force him out.

The GOP is in a civil war, and Mitch McConnell is making it worse.  The Republican Party is in the middle of a civil war.  And instead of trying to resolve it, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is making it worse.  According to a recent report, the Senate majority leader has decided to escalate his feud with Steve Bannon, the former adviser to President Trump and current Breitbart News executive chairman.  McConnell's allies cite the decision as evidence of his toughness.  But it illustrates instead the limits of his leadership.  While long considered a canny operator, the reality is that McConnell has been unsuccessful in leading Senate Republicans in the current environment.  And the decision to treat his critics as adversaries suggests that he would rather deflect blame for his missteps than rise above a conflict that threatens to tear his party apart.

Mark Levin: 'I'm Calling on Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan to Resign'.  Tuesday on his nationally syndicated radio show, conservative talker Mark Levin called on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to resign over allegations made by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) earlier in the day.  Speier had claimed two members of Congress had engaged in sexual harassment and remain members of the body.  Levin said since these alleged incidents occurred on Ryan and McConnell's watch, they should be held to account and resign.

Rand Paul Infuriates McConnell By Going Public With Plan To Eliminate Obamacare Mandate Via Tax Cut Legislation.  Both are Kentucky senators but one, Rand Paul, remains a free-thinker removed from the trappings of the D.C. Swamp.  The other is Mitch McConnell, the epitome of the swamp and the current Senate Majority Leader.  Today [11/15/2017] Senator Paul broke rank and went public with his plan to tie the proposed tax cut/reform legislation to the elimination of the Obamacare mandate — a move that would effectively kill the highly unpopular and insanely expensive federal healthcare program[.]

McConnell was apparently okay with Robert Byrd, but...
Mitch McConnell:  Roy Moore Will Face Ethics Committee Investigation If He Wins Senate Race.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told attendees at a Wall Street Journal event on Tuesday [11/14/2017] that if Judge Roy Moore wins the Alabama Senate race in December, he will face a Senate ethics committee investigation.  McConnell argued, "I think it's safe to say that if he were to be sworn in, he would immediately be in a process before the Senate Ethics Committee.  He would be sworn in and be asked to testify under oath as well, and it would be a rather unusual beginning."

Mitch McConnell Fights Back Against POTUS Trump With Roy Moore Scandal.  It was a rather cagey move via Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  The longtime anti-Trumper was barely able to conceal his smirk as he informed the media that should Roy Moore win next month's Alabama special election to fill the vacant Senate seat created when Jeff Sessions became the U.S. Attorney General, it would be up to President Trump to make the final decision regarding whether or not Moore would be allowed to actually serve in the Senate.

The Despicable Mitch McConnell.  [Scroll down]  The plan to replace Moore escalated in synch with the Washington Post and liberal lawyers floating unproven allegations that 40 years ago Judge Moore sought relationships with teenage girls when he was a thirty-something attorney.  And now National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Cory Gardner (R-CO) has issued a written statement going further.  "If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him," Gardner said.  He told reporters afterward that Moore "doesn't belong in the United States Senate."  If Roy Moore doesn't belong in the U.S. Senate based on unproven 40-year old allegations, then Senator Thad Cochran certainly doesn't belong in the U.S. Senate based on his proven conduct — but will Mitch McConnell call for him to step down?  Of course not.  There's a despicable double standard at work here.

Mitch McConnell urged Roy Moore to 'step aside' with a new accuser set to speak today.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Monday said that Roy Moore should "step aside" following allegations of sexual misconduct against the Alabama Republican Senate candidate.  "I believe the women," he told reporters in Louisville, Kentucky when asked if he believes the allegations against Moore are true.

McConnell Urged to Resign.  A coalition of grassroots conservative groups has urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to resign over his inability to get the Senate to pass President Donald Trump's agenda.  The Senate Conservatives Fund, ForAmerica, ConservativeHQ, Tea Party Patriots, and FreedomWorks have joined forced to urge the majority leader to step down.

Move Underway To Push Mitch McConnell Out As Senate Majority Leader.  The Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks, and the Senate Conservatives Fund called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and the rest of Senate leadership to resign over their inability to pass President Donald Trump's agenda, which includes repealing and replacing Obamacare, confirming federal judges, and funding a southern border wall.  The grassroots conservative leaders chastised the members of Senate leadership, which includes Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), and Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY). The conservatives argued that the Senate leadership should resign to make way for more effective lawmakers who will enact the president's populist agenda.

Panic Mode:  Mitch McConnell's Senate Leadership Fund Dumps Another Nearly Million Dollars into Alabama.  Allies of establishment-backed Senate candidate Luther Strange, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, are in full panic mode over the Senate race here just a week away.  The Senate Leadership Fund, a PAC affiliated with McConnell, has dumped another nearly million dollars into Alabama to try to sway the race toward Strange and away from conservative Judge Roy Moore.

Conservative PAC: It's Time for McConnell to Go.  A conservative political action committee has sent out an email in an attempt to drum up support to remove Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) from his leadership role.

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell Is Actively Working To Undermine M.A.G.A Agenda.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a speech today in Kentucky.  A speech which yet again personifies the disconnect between the insufferable professional republicans within the party and the MAGA insurgency that has taken it over.  CTH has been transparent with our support for Donald Trump, and the specific reason for it.  We want the GOPe machine torn down, dispatched to earth orbit, and nuked while there regardless of consequence, because we're sick of having to be brutalized and used by Republican liars hiding within it.  Period.

Mitch McConnell tosses white towel on Obamacare, cedes to Dems.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell threw in the white flag on Obamacare repeal on Friday, admitting defeat and telling his Republicans in a voice that seemed close to cracking that it's "time to move on" to other matters.

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

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.

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.

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.

Senate Intel Committee Refuses to Give GOP Senators Documents From Russia Investigation.  Of all the tells that have surfaced in the past four years, this is the biggest.  This is the one that reveals just how corrupt and duplicitous the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence really is.  Do not pass over this information without pausing and evaluating just how explosive this refusal is amid the largest, most corrupt scheme in political history.  The republican led Senate Intelligence Committee (SSCI) is refusing to provide documents to republican senators from their Russia investigation.  Citing archaic justification within senate parliamentary rules current Chairman Marco Rubio (R) and Vice-Chairman Mark Warner are refusing to allow Senator Johnson and Senator Grassley to review the evidence the SSCI assembled to create their report on Russian election interference.  The reason and motives for the denial are simple, yet the majority of Americans have no idea.  The SSCI was the legislative entity, both republicans and democrats, who participated in the unlawful effort to remove President Trump from office.  The risk of exposure is exactly why Mitch McConnell put Senator Marco Rubio on the committee as chairman to replace Richard Burr.  The Senate was participating in the soft-coup.

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.

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.

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: [...]

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.

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.

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.]

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jeb Bush Wants 'Action' on Climate Change.  Jeb Bush has returned to brighten your Labor Day weekend with a message:  It's time for Republicans to take "action" on climate change.  Yes, with everything that's going on right now, including the country being led off a cliff by Joe Biden, 2016's low-energy candidate has his finger on the pulse.  Inflation, American hostages in Afghanistan, the border crisis, etc. pale in comparison to the urgent need to tax carbon and spend more money we don't have on useless green energy projects.  But it's not just the message that's dumb.  It's also the presentation.

Jeb Bush's Woke Tweet About the Olympics Is Shockingly Anti-American.  [Scroll down]  Listen, Jeb, I get that you don't like Trump, and you're probably still a bit bruised by the way he wiped the floor with you in the 2016 GOP primaries.  Still, it seems incredibly anti-American to imply that American-born athletes are inferior to foreign-born athletes.  I'm sure you thought it made you sound woke and inclusive, but instead, it just makes you sound anti-American.  I honestly have no idea which athletes competing on Team USA are foreign-born.  I'm surely not gonna waste my time looking into it.  But surely our American-born athletes have performed well.  Clearly, the USA's athletes have done well enough to win more medals than any other country.

Jeb Bush Consultants Working to Help Joe Biden, Kamala Harris Win Florida.  Former consultants for failed Republican presidential primary candidate Jeb Bush are now working with a "Never Trump"-associated group to help Democrat Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris win the swing state of Florida.  The group "Republican Voters Against Trump," funded by Never Trump's Bill Kristol, Sarah Longwell, and Tim Miller, is spearheading an initiative to flip Florida blue this election cycle.  The group has tapped former Bush consultants Mike Murphy and David Hill to help elect Biden.

Jeb Bush uses deadly hurricane to mock Donald Trump.  Failed GOP presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has managed again to anger both liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans.  How?  By mocking President Donald Trump with a Hurricane Dorian-related retweet.  The retweet from documentary filmmaker Billy Corben consisted of a viral video of a Palm Beach man suggesting that the military just drop some ice in the water to stop the devastating storm.

Jeb Bush Uses Democrat Talking Point: 'Not Sure' Sanctuary Cities for Illegals Are a 'Problem' in Florida.  Former Florida governor and failed presidential candidate Jeb Bush (R) is questioning why Florida's current governor, Ron DeSantis (R), is pushing to ban sanctuary cities that protect criminal illegal aliens in the state.  As Breitbart News has chronicled, DeSantis has led an initiative in Florida to ban sanctuary city jurisdictions across the state.  The plan, which has already passed the state Senate, would fine a locality or county $5,000 every day that it enforces a sanctuary policy.

Knucklehead Jeb Calls for Republican Primary Against President Trump.  In a universe of parallel political parties RNC Jeb Bush is mirror image of DNC Beto O'Rourke.  [Video clip]

Jeb!'s super-PAC got a little too globalist, accepting 1.3 million from Chinese-owned company.  The Federal Election Commission has imposed almost a million dollars in fines on the super-PAC founded by Jeb!  Bush in early 2015 and its Chinese donors of $1.3 million.  In other words, "foreign interference in our presidential election."  The move represents a blow to the NeverTrump faction of the GOP, for the super-PAC caught being too globalist is headed by NeverTrump Mike Murphy, and the Bush family has been signaling its opposition to President Trump and comfort with Democrats like Bill Clinton, whom the late George H.W. Bush reportedly looked upon "like a son."

Red China helped finance Jeb.  Low Energy Jeb turned out to be Red China's Bush Boy as well.  The Sun Sentinel in Florida reported, "A Super PAC that spent more than $100 million in support of Jeb Bush's failed 2016 presidential campaign has been hit with a massive fine by the Federal Elections Commission for soliciting more than $1 million in political contributions from Chinese nationals."

Election Watchdog Hits Jeb Bush's Super-PAC With Massive Fine for Taking Money From Foreign Nationals.  The Federal Election Commission has hit Right to Rise USA, the super-PAC that backed Jeb Bush's 2016 presidential bid, with a record fine for accepting a seven-figure donation from a company owned by Chinese nationals who were in business with Bush's brother, Neil, according to FEC documents obtained by Mother Jones.  It is illegal for foreign nationals to be involved in making donations to political committees.  Neil Bush, who has extensive business dealings in China, solicited the $1.3 million contribution from American Pacific International Capital (APIC), an international investment holding company where Neil is a board member.  Although the contribution to Jeb's super-PAC came from the American arm of APIC, the company's owners are Chinese, and Neil Bush initially solicited the money from two Chinese nationals — Gordon Tang, the chair of APIC, and Huaidan Chen, a board member.  The FEC has fined APIC $550,000 and Right to Rise $390,000.

Jeb Bush:  Americans Urging for Immigration Controls 'Threatened' by 'Less White' Country.  Failed 2016 presidential candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush says Americans who are urging for immigration controls are "threatened" by their perception that the United States is "changing" and becoming "less white."  In a podcast interview with National Review Editor Nordlinger, Bush said immigration controls were "foolhardy" and that illegal alien crime gets too much attention compared to crimes committed by American citizens.

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.

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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.

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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."

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Jeb Bush needs to open his eyes and visit 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."

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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."

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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.  [Video clip]

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?

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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.

More about the Gang of Eight.

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.

The Editor says...
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  "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.

The Editor says...
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.

Governor John Kasich

The GOP declares war on the mainstream media.  Back in 2017, Ohio GOP governor John Kasich appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher.  Maher's show is often a platform for the most vicious voices on the left.  They often slyly hide behind "it's just humor" when they go too far.  Maher began with a backhanded compliment for Kasich, calling him "one of the good ones" (among Republicans).  This caused Kasich to beam with bliss all through the conversation, despite Maher's derisive questions and tone.  All through the interview, Kasich proceeded to water down and even renounce the principles of conservatism in an attempt to appease the left.  Kasich was not the only one; in the past, GOP presidential candidates such as McCain and Romney were compelled to squirm uncomfortably and laugh awkwardly in the face of the ridicule they received.

Kasich: 'January 6 Is One of the Darkest Moments in Our History'.  Former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) said Thursday [2/10/2022] on CNN's "The Situation Room" that the House Select Committee investigating the riot on January 6, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol was important because it is getting to the bottom of "one of the darkest moments in our history."  Guest-host Jim Acosta said, "As you know, the top-secret designation means if those documents were released, it could cause grave damage to national security, so what's your reaction to this report?  Can you imagine removing top-secret documents from the White House?"

All The Republicans Who Have Endorsed Joe Biden For President.  Though Trump has largely seized control of the Republican party and the loyalty of GOP officials, a number of prominent former GOP officials, and even some of his ex-staffers, have come out in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden. [...] Former Gov. John Kasich, who challenged Trump for the GOP nomination in 2016, has been one of Biden's most vocal Republican backers, lauding his "experience and his wisdom and his decency" at the Democratic convention on Monday.

Chris Christie Absolutely Savages John Kasich After ABC Tries to Play Up 'Republican' Biden Endorsements.  Last night was one of those nights I was glad to have other commitments.  The "virtual" DNC occurred last night, and if the highlights are any indication, it was an absolute cluster of awkwardness.  In the same hour you had John Kasich proclaim that Joe Biden wouldn't govern as a left-winger, Bernie Sanders took the stage and presented Biden as a puppet for his revolution.  There was no congruent message except the orange man being bad, which culminated in a dark, fear packed speech by Michelle Obama, or at least that's what it would be called if Trump gave a similar presentation.

Kasich in the road
Democrats' virtual convention was embarrassingly bad television.  [Scroll down]  Trump-hating Republican John Kasich came in for a ton of mockery for his segment that made the point that America is at a crossroads by standing at... wait for it... an actual crossroads.  I wonder what genius came up with that concept!  (Plenty of mockery here.)  There's the postman's son, all by himself, alone out in the country addressing a party whose base is the cities, with nobody following his lead.  But the thing that struck me as really odd is the specific choice of the crossroads, with the branch going off to the left seriously bent, while the main road, that continues slightly to the right, is perfectly straight.  That's a message all by itself that works on the brain entirely apart from the words chosen by the ex-governor and Fox News host.  It perfectly sums up the aims of the Democrats to bend the nation and our institutions sharply to the left, with a growing list of radical changes, from forced low-income housing in the suburbs to blackout-prone "green" energy and defunded or abolished police forces, for example.

DNC Night One — I Think the Democrats Want Trump to Win.  Well, the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC) kinda/sorta got underway on Monday night and we're still waiting to hear from the twelve people who aren't in political media who watched it. [...] One of the more perplexing things was the DNC giving a speaking slot to former Ohio governor and noted mailman's son John Kasich.  Kasich brings slightly less excitement than dryer lint to any gathering he graces but what was most amusing was that during the somnambulant lead-up to the DNC, the Democrats were acting like Kasich was a real big get for them.  He's a milquetoast squish Republican whom no Republicans like anymore, so he tucked tail and went begging for attention crumbs from the Democrats, which is the way of the spineless squishes.  After backstabbing his own party to score points with the Democrats and their flying monkeys in the media, Kasich then — as Matt details at Townhall — [betrayed] his hosts by disparaging Bartender of the Year Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Ex-Republican stalwart John Kasich touts Joe Biden for president.  John Kasich is an enlightened convert to the cause of Joe Biden's presidential campaign.  Or the former Ohio GOP governor is an apostate Republican.  That's how some Democrats and most Republicans are likely to view Kasich's convention speech at the virtual Democratic National Convention Monday night.  "I'm a lifelong Republican, but that attachment holds second place to my responsibility to my country.  That's why I've chosen to appear at this convention.  In normal times, something like this would probably never happen, but these are not normal times," said Kasich, 68.

Four former top Republicans back Joe Biden at DNC.  Four former top Republicans formally backed Joe Biden at Monday night's virtual Democratic National Convention festivites, with 2016 GOP hopeful John Kasich promising his fellow party members that the Democrat wouldn't become too liberal.  'I'm sure there are Republicans and independents who couldn't imagine crossing over to support a Democrat, they fear Joe may turn sharp left and leave them behind.  I don't believe that,' Kasich said.  'Because I know the measure of the man — reasonable, faithful, respectful and you know, no one pushes Joe around.'

Seriously?  John Kasich?  What Is the Biden Camp Thinking?  The Associated Press reports that the Joe Biden campaign has reached out to former Ohio governor John Kasich to speak on his behalf at the Democratic National Convention.  Kasich, an anti-abortion, pro-gun Republican, ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2016.  When he didn't win, he voted for... John McCain, even though McCain wasn't even on the ballot. [...] I do not think it is a good idea for the Democratic National Convention to feature failed Republicans.  I don't think that having a "big tent" means it's necessary to highlight people who would knock down your tentpoles.

John Kasich's ego-driven grift marches on.  Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich is reportedly gearing up to speak at the Democratic National Convention — what there will be of it — to support Joe Biden over President Trump.  It is the natural conclusion of the presidential run he flamed out of in 2016.  That Kasich has retroactively inserted himself into the Republican resistance to Trump is a masterful grift from start to finish.  It was Kasich, after all, who made Trump's win possible in the 2016 primary.  Despite having no shot at victory (he wasn't alone in this), he stayed in well past his expiration date, further splintering the anti-Trump vote.  If anything, Kasich was more anti-Ted Cruz than anti-Trump; he refused to give up his no-hope bid until the day after Cruz dropped out of the race.  Kasich spent his waning days as Ohio's governor vetoing pro-life and pro-gun bills before turning his anti-conservatism into a CNN gig.

John Kasich will speak in support of Joe Biden at Democratic Convention.  Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich is expected to speak at the Democratic National Convention on Joe Biden's behalf next month — one of several prominent Republicans being courted to back the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, a report said Monday [7/20/2020].  Biden's team would not confirm specific discussions with Kasich, who served as the Buckeye State's chief executive from 2011 to 2019, but deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield told the Associated Press that the campaign has begun working with Republicans, just as it had worked with progressives in recent months.  At the least, she said GOP backers could help blunt President Trump's efforts to paint Biden as a far-left, radical Democrat.

Kasich Wants to Impeach Trump.  Former governor John Kasich (R., Ohio), [...] said Friday [10/18/2019] that he has been pushed "across the Rubicon," and now thinks President Donald Trump should be impeached. [...] The former Republican presidential candidate, who was one of the many political opponents humiliated by Trump during the 2016 GOP primary, announced his impeachment swing during an interview with Ana Cabrera on CNN, where he is currently employed as a political commentator.

CNN Hiring John Kasich Is Another Never Trump Payoff.  If a restaurant already has more than enough cooks, why hire another cook?  If a car dealership is already overflowing with cars, why buy another car?  If a construction site already has more than enough day laborers, why hire another day laborer?  If a fa