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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overviews and definitions

The 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.

Mitt Romney

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

There's Nothing New About Roger Stone Clemency.  Many Democrats, along with some in the press and a few Republicans, have expressed outrage at President Trump's commutation of political operative Roger Stone's jail sentence for lying to Congress and witness tampering.  GOP Sen. Mitt Romney, the only senator ever to vote to remove a president of his own party, was particularly outraged.  "Unprecedented, historic corruption," Romney tweeted.  "An American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president."  But Romney's claims aside, the commutation is simply not unprecedented.  To look at one example, in 2007, President George W. Bush commuted the sentence of top White House aide Lewis Libby, convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in the CIA leak affair.  Back in those days, Romney defended the commutation as "reasonable."

Romney slams Trump for 'historic corruption' after he commutes Roger Stone's prison sentence.  Sen. Mitt Romney tore into President Trump's decision to commute his ally Roger Stone's prison sentence.  "Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president," the Utah Republican tweeted Saturday morning.  It was the strongest statement of disapproval yet from a high-profile Republican after the White House announced on Friday that the president was commuting Stone's entire three-year prison sentence, which does leave intact his criminal record.

The Editor says...
Really, why doesn't Mitt Romney change his allegiance to the lying, baby-killing, America-hating Democrat Party and be done with it?  If Senator Romney wants to see several examples of "unprecedented, historic corruption," he should refer to this page.

Romney leads bipartisan group to stop Trump pulling troops from Germany.  Sen. Mitt Romney is leading a bipartisan group of senators in an effort to curb President Trump's ability to remove troops from Germany after the commander-in-chief opted to withdraw tens of thousands of US soldiers from the region.  Romney (R-Utah) introduced a measure Monday alongside Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) prohibiting the White House from reducing the number of active-duty troops in the country below 34,500 without Congress confirming that such a move would not negatively impact European alliances or NATO.  On Wednesday [6/24/2020], Trump announced that he planned to withdraw tens of thousands of US troops from Germany — accusing the European nation of taking advantage of his administration by not paying its fair share to NATO.

Senate RINOs Hope Chairman Johnson Doesn't Use Subpoena Power to Investigate the Obama Deep State Spying on Trump.  Senate RINOs Mitt Romney and Rob Portman are speaking out against the Homeland Security Committee Leader using his subpoena power to call in the crooks and spies from the Obama administration to come in and testify.  Romney and Portman are protecting the deep state crooks who spied on President Trump, his family, his campaign, his Transition Team and his administration!

Romney To Biden? Bain Capital Founders Throw Money At Biden 2020 Campaign.  During the 2012 presidential campaign, former Vice President Joe Biden was a sharp critic of Republican nominee Mitt Romney's work for investment firm Bain Capital, but now Bain executives are helping fuel Biden's 2020 presidential bid.  Bain co-founder Joshua Bekenstein and his wife Anita each donated $250,000 to Biden's super PAC in April, Federal Election Commission (FEC) records showed.  The donations accounted for the majority of the PAC's fundraising in April, according to FEC records.  Additionally, both Joshua and Anita Bekenstein donated the federal maximum of $5,600 — split between the primary and general election — to Biden's campaign, FEC records show.

Mitt Romney Defends Vote-by-Mail:  Works 'Very, Very Well' in Utah.  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), one of the Republican Party's most vocal critics of President Donald Trump, responded to the president's criticism of recent vote-by-mail initiatives by Democrat governors, claiming the voting system works seamlessly in his home state.  "In my state, I'll bet 90% of us vote by mail.  It works very very well and it's a very Republican state," Romney told reporters on Capitol Hill when asked about the president's comments, according to ABC News.

The Editor says...
Mitt Romney says and does eveything a Democrat would say and do.  His reluctance to change parties is a mystery to me.

After Flynn Fiasco was Exposed, Mitt Romney's Old Mueller Tweets Should Keep Him at the Kids' Table.  Oh, Mitt.  Mitt Romney what are we going to do with you. [...] You voted with Democrats on one of the politically motivated impeachment articles against Donald Trump.  You forever betrayed the Republican Party, this president, and should be relegated to the kids' table for all coming time.  Then, you're all worried about Donald Trump firing all these inspector generals, which was already in the works because most if not all are Obama holdovers.  They have to go.  After the 1980 election, you know what Ronald Reagan did, Mitt.  He fired all 13 IGs under Carter.

Exactly what a Democrat would say:
Romney denounces multiple IG firings as 'threat to accountable democracy'.  Republican Sen. Mitt Romny (Utah) on Saturday [5/16/2020] denounced President Trump's firings of several inspector generals in various federal government offices as a "threat to accountable democracy."

A wise decision:
Mitt Romney is only GOP senator not placed on White House coronavirus task force.  Sen. Mitt Romney was the only Republican senator left off the list of members of the White House coronavirus task force announced Thursday [4/16/2020].  Romney, a Utah Republican, was the only senator in the party not asked to join President Trump's task force on reopening the U.S. economy as the coronavirus pandemic begins to subside.  All other Republican senators and 12 Democratic senators were invited to join the team.

Mitt Romney, others demand Trump explain firing of intelligence inspector general.  Sen. Mitt Romney is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers demanding that President Donald Trump explain why he fired the intelligence community inspector general.  The eight senators, led by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, say the explanation Trump gave for removing Michael Atkinson was insufficient and does not comply with the law.  The president cited a lack of confidence in the intelligence community's top watchdog.

Trump trolls Romney over coronavirus test.  President Trump taunted Mitt Romney on Wednesday after the Utah senator tested negative for coronavirus, ostensibly cheering the news before going on to slam his record as a presidential candidate and member of Congress.  "This is really great news!  I am so happy I can barely speak.  He may have been a terrible presidential candidate and an even worse U.S. Senator, but he is a RINO, and I like him a lot!" Trump tweeted early Wednesday [3/25/2020].

Sen. Romney proposes $1,000 handout for U.S. adults in coronavirus stimulus.  Republican Sen. Mitt Romney proposed Monday giving a $1,000 handout to every American adult in an attempt to help the U.S. economy weather the coronavirus which is devastating markets.  The money is intended to "help fill the gaps" for Americans who are starting to have issues with their paychecks and bills.  The senator sees it as an additional step to the House-passed coronavirus bill that includes free testing, paid sick leave and solidifies unemployment benefits.

Mitt Romney Is Now More Liked By Democrats Than Republicans.  Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney is significantly more popular with Democratic voters than Republicans, according to a new Gallup poll released Tuesday [3/10/2020]. The poll that assessed overall support for Republicans in Congress, noted that Romney has maintained an overall favorability of 39% with Americans, a number that would be much lower if it weren't for Democrats, 56% of whom like the senator.

Top Romney Advisor Served on Board of Burisma with Hunter Biden.  While Senator Mitt Romney's decision to vote to convict President Trump on charges of abuse of power sparked Outrage amongst conservatives and supporters of the president, it is perhaps not all that surprising.  Aside from Mitt Romney's sour relationship with the president, the Utah senator has his own ties to the notoriously corrupt Burisma Holdings — where Hunter Biden served on the board making over $80,000 a month despite lacking experience and qualifications.  Democrats argue that Trump inappropriately pressured Ukraine president Zelensky to investigate the Bidens because of Hunter's position at Burisma and former Vice President Joe Biden's pressuring of Ukrainian officials to fire the prosecutor investigating the company corruption.

Former Romney Adviser Worked on Burisma Board With Hunter Biden.  At the center of a lot of the storm surrounding impeachment was the question of the Hunter Biden relationship with Burisma and the conflict of interest it presented with his father Joe Biden, the then-Vice President, being the Obama administration point man on Ukraine.  President Donald Trump was impeached but acquitted after he inquired of President Volodymyr Zelensky if the "Biden investigation," meaning the investigation the Ukrainians had been looking at involving Burisma, was properly dropped.  The concern about whether there was corruption in the process was among other reasons because of a video of Joe Biden admitting that he threatened to withhold aid/loan guarantees from Ukraine if they didn't fire the prosecutor.  The prosecutor reportedly raided the home of the head of Burisma on February 2, 2016, according to the Kyiv Post.  The prosecutor was fired in March, 2016.  Hunter Biden served on the Burisma board from April 2014 until the spring of 2019.  Joseph Cofer Black, who goes by Cofer Black, was appointed to the Burisma board in February 2017, so overlapping with Hunter Biden being on the board.

Mitt Romney Will Vote for Biden-Burisma Probe Subpoena.  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) will vote to authorize a subpoena as part of Senate Republicans' investigation into the Biden family's dealing with Ukrainian energy giant Burisma.  The announcement comes as Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is readying a request for an interview and documents from former Blue Star Strategies consultant Andrii Telizhenko.  Burisma is alleged to have attempted to leverage its relationship with then-board member Hunter Biden to obtain access to the State Department, while his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, was in office.  The younger Biden was paid a lucrative $83,000 per month to serve as a board member, despite his lack of expertise in the oil and gas industry.

Romney Pushes Back on Burisma Probe — Because His Top Advisor Sat on Board with Hunter Biden.  Mitt Romney AKA Pierre Delecto on Thursday pushed back on the burgeoning probe into Burisma, asserting the GOP Senators' investigation into Biden-Ukraine corruption "appears political."  Senator Ron Johnson told reporters on Wednesday that Senate Republicans are entering a new phase of their investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden and their ties to a corrupt Ukrainian natural gas company, Burisma.  Senator Johnson (R-WI) said he will likely release an interim report within the next month or two about his committee's probe into the Biden crime family, Politico reported.

Romney and Graham Suffer Same Political Disease.  A couple of stories converged to highlight the effective destructive threat against weak Republicans from the leftist cultural Death Star.  Mitt Romney received a standing ovation at the University of Denver for his impeachment conviction vote against President Donald Trump.  At about the same time, Lindsey Graham tweeted a gushing congratulations message to Joe and Jill Biden after the South Carolina primary.  Romney, no doubt, thought being applauded by a room full of indoctrinated students who believe that Republicans are evil was wonderful and a testament to his integrity and the incredible strength of his character.  That his vote provided leftists even more cover for their toxic worldview, no doubt, failed to cross his mind.

Romney not happy about Senate investigation into Hunter Biden.  [Mitt] Romney told reporters, when asked about if he's worried about the appearance of the investigation, "There's no question but that the appearance of looking into Burisma and Hunter Biden appears political.  I think people are tired of these kind of political investigations and I would hope that if there's something of significance that needs to be evaluated that it would be done perhaps the FBI or some other agency that's not as political as perhaps a committee of our body."

Romney-Bloomberg ticket would heal divided America, author says.  Should Utah Sen. Mitt Romney attempt another shot at the White House — but this time on the independent ticket, with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his running mate?  The hypothetical Romney-Bloomberg ticket would give millions and millions of independent and moderate Democratic and Republican voters stuck in the middle a solid choice for president, which doesn't exist now between democratic-socialist Bernie Sanders and current White House occupant and Twitter-flamethrower President Donald Trump.

Utah GOP Considering Resolution Calling For Mitt Romney To 'Immediately Resign' From Office.  The Utah Republican Party is reportedly considering multiple resolutions following Sen. Mitt Romney's vote to convict President Donald Trump in the impeachment trial, including a resolution calling for his resignation.  According to local Salt Lake City news outlet 2KUTV, "the Utah Republican Party has pending resolutions on Romney:  one that expresses support for Trump's acquittal, another that supports legislation to recall a U.S Senator and a third that calls for Romney to 'immediately resign' from office."

The Romney/Bloomberg "Unity Ticket": A Profoundly Stupid Idea.  In an election year characterized by mind-numbing stupidity, some people still manage to stand out.  Some guy named Neal Simon, writing at the NeverTrumper website called "The Bulwark," published a piece on Monday that will go down in infamy as the single most profoundly stupid opinion piece of the 2020 election season.  The headline of the piece is so desperately stupid that one doesn't even really need to get into the guts of the thing.  But here at the Campaign Update, we like to get into the guts of all varieties of media stupidity and mendacity, even media from people who formerly pretended to be conservatives.

Mitt Romney Betrays Republicans and Utah.  Mitt's first betrayal was his choice to lose the 2012 campaign.  The whole nation had seen him snuff Obama during the first debate.  He looked like a winner.  We thought he was fighting for us.  But in the next debate, he soft-pedaled his criticism.  He declined to criticize Obama for his failure to protect four Americans killed in Benghazi, although I knew he had been well briefed about what happened there.  I was with him and his team that night.  I asked why he had pulled his punches.  "Criticism didn't play well with independent women in Ohio," a senior aide told me.  He stopped fighting because it didn't look decent.  My family and I were with the Romneys and his inner circle in Boston on Election Night, and for breakfast the morning after.  All we could think of was the devastation that four more years of Obama meant for us.  Mitt gave up America's victory for what he perceived as his own private decency.

Former Romney Campaign Spokesman Says Romney's Impeachment Vote All About Jealousy & Bitterness.  Failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney's impeachment vote betrayal was quickly painted by the far-left media as an act of "courage." Mr. Romney himself premised his vote by bringing up what he calls his deeply-held religious beliefs.  Ah, but a former Romney campaign spokesperson is calling out the Utah senator on that — claiming Romney's true motivations are nothing more than bitter, jealousy-fueled nonsense mean to curry favor among the D.C. elites.

Utah governor rejects push to censure Mitt Romney.  Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he does not support a state lawmaker's push to censure U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney over his vote to convict in the president's impeachment trial.  Herbert, a Republican, said in a statement Friday [2/7/2020] that Romney voted in accordance with his conscience after hearing all the evidence in the trial, and his decision does not warrant censure.

Things I have learned from genuine, honest journalists and other Democrats.  As I have gotten older, I have been enlightened about so many things from honest, genuine, conscience-driven journalists and other Democrats.  Of course, to accept what I have learned, I had to check my common sense at the door. [...] In 2012, as I supported Romney, I learned that he was deplorable, greedy and stupid.  He even thought Russia was dangerous, and President Obama laughed at him.  Now, he is the most respected, genuine, God-fearing man of conscience and wicked, as long as he trashes Trump.  He is in great demand by the honest, non-partisan media.

Christians Dodged Romney's Bullet.  He Wanted Us Marginalized and Voiceless.  Yesterday [2/6/2020] I wrote about President Trump's big win over bogus impeachment charges.  At last, some three years into his term, the president is not under the cloud of some cooked-up conspiracy theory.  How providential.  Just in time for the Iowa Caucuses.  The Democrats finally must accept the results of the 2016 election.  Grudgingly.  With teeth clenched, torn-up speeches, and ongoing public hissy fits from the "Resistance."  And we saw how Mitt Romney reacted.  When it was obvious that every other Republican senator, facing the same evidence, judged the president innocent of the latest concocted charges.  His head full of promises from deep-pocketed legacy GOP donors, he took his stand.  He voted for one of the impeachment charges.  To approve the removal of a sitting president of his own party from office, over a squalid policy squabble.  As Romney's 2012 press secretary said, the whole thing reeks of ambition frustrated.  Petty resentment's in the saddle.

Romney's Links to Burisma.  It wasn't 2012 Presidential loser Mitt Romney's faith that caused him to vote to impeach President Trump, whom he once begged to rescue him from political oblivion.  While Romney, who undoubtedly entertained visions of succeeding a President Trump after his vote helped remove from office, says it was his faith that caused him to believe Trump really did abuse his power to pressure the Ukrainians to dig up dirt on the Bidens, more likely it was because that Romney wanted to put an end to an administration that might expose his link to the Bidens and Burisma, Romney will go down in the history as the only senator to vote to impeach a member of his own party, but the question remains why he retained such animus against the man who forgave Romney his 2016 rant warning, as Adam Schiff, Nancy Pelosi, and that seditious bunch later would, that Donald J. Trump was an unhinged danger.

Romney faces party scorn, isolation after impeachment vote:  He is ostracized'.  Mitt Romney will have a long road to redemption with the GOP — at least as long as President Trump is in office.  For those closest to the president, the business titan who was the party standard-bearer just eight years ago may never be forgiven over his dramatic vote to convict Trump on abuse of power this week.  He could face primary challenges on top of the sustained scorn of Trump backers in his own state.  His own family has a beef with him.  The U.S. Capitol will become an instantly more challenging labyrinth of relationships.

What Is Consistent about Mitt Romney?  I've never understood Mitt Romney.  I've admired him, even warmed to him. [...] But I've never understood him.  Once the subject turns to politics, law, and morality, the things Romney says and his actions don't quite match, or his reasoning doesn't cohere.  Unable to understand him, I've found him impossible to believe.  And on two subjects in particular it has been impossible to reconcile his words and actions: abortion and Donald Trump.  Exploring the first can help us illuminate his approach to the latter.

Mitt Romney's Oath before God.  In the impeachment, it is the accusers, not the president, who have the burden of proof.  In this regard, on the delay of military aid to Ukraine, it was contended that such delays of aid were common, and that aid to Ukraine was one of them.  Yet Romney speaks as if the reason the accusers asserted were a matter of uncontested fact.  And there is the matter of adjectives.  Romney describes Trump's request as an "appalling abuse of public trust," yet it was made before 25 other government officials, and none commented.  He describes it as a "flagrant assault."  And he says "corrupting an election to keep oneself in office is perhaps the most abusive, destructive violation of one's oath of office I can imagine."  The first question that last particular statement raises is how exactly any information coming out of an investigation and Ukraine would "corrupt" an American election.  The second question is whether or not Romney is aware of the fact that in the previous administration, the IRS was subverted to impede conservatives from organizing in the run-up to the 2012 election.  (Where was the impeachment then?)  And is he aware that the FBI was (not openly, but secretly) used to spy on the Trump campaign in the 2016 election?  He doesn't have to imagine these things; they occurred.

Mitt Romney Is No Shining Example Of Political Principle.  Let us first state the obvious:  Romney made the wrong decision to vote to convict the president on the first article of impeachment.  This was the most blatantly partisan impeachment sham in a century and a half, going back to the vehement "Radical Republican" opposition to President Andrew Johnson.  The conduct upon which Democrats attempted to impeach Trump is dramatically less ruinous than the conduct upon which the Framers would have considered impeachment justified, and reeks of the sort of petty politics that led the Framers to deliberately reject the far lesser "maladministration" as a possible constitutional standard for impeachment.  What's worse, Romney's vote rewards an unhinged Democratic Party that has only further coarsened our politics, further embittered an already fractious and tribal citizenry, and recklessly lowered the bar for future impeachments so as to make them far likelier — perhaps even mundane — when differing political parties come to control the House and the White House.

Trump Tweets Mitt Romney Attack Ad — Will Romney Switch Parties?  President Trump tweeted out a political ad targeting Senator Mitt Romney (? - Utah) yesterday.  The ad depicts Romney as a slippery Republican poser and Never-Trump infiltrator:  [Video clip]

Why I'm Not Upset with Mitt Romney.  On a purely practical level, what Romney did will be far more destructive to his political career.  And he certainly doesn't need to write a bestselling, anti-Trump book to make himself extra money.  Romney has subjected himself to isolation within his own party.  He has likely doomed any future political plans.  And he has guaranteed that he will be hated and vilified by millions of loyal Trump supporters in the years ahead.  That's why I'm not upset with him for voting his conscience, since I genuinely believe that's exactly what he did.  Ironically, the very people who will believe President Trump when he speaks of the motivations behind his Ukraine phone call will not believe Senator Romney when he speaks of the motivations behind his vote.

What Does Mitt Romney Even Stand For?  It's a serious question:  What motivates Mitt?  Why did the junior Republican from Utah come to Washington?  Was it for the military?  Families?  Business?  Abortion?  Guns?  The old Reagan-Republican way?  It's truly hard to say.  He's generally toed the line on the military, failing to distinguish himself as either a hawk or a dove.  He sure likes his family, but he voted to shut down Catholic adoption in Massachusetts a full 13 years before President Barack Obama followed suit.  He's generally pro-business but no outspoken champion, and he actively opposed an Arizona law that protected religious business owners from having to violate their consciences.  On abortion, he went after nuns for opposing it in Massachusetts (once again, before Obama made that policy popular), but voted against federal funding for abortion when he came to D.C.  He's gone back and forth on guns as well, and was actually against Ronald Reagan before he was for him.

Mitt Romney Stabbed American Workers in the Back Long Before He Stabbed Trump.  Mitt "Pierre Delecto" Romney is enjoying an outpouring of "strange new respect" from the media today after voting with the Democrats to impeach President Trump.  Thanks to Mitt, the Democrats get to claim that their impeachment show trial was "bipartisan."  Anyone who has followed Mitt's career could have seen this betrayal coming.  This isn't the first time he's behaved like a bitter sanctimonious weasel when it comes to Donald Trump.

Romney's political suicide.  Romney has been nasty to Donald John Trump all along.  The only reason Romney ran for the Senate was to vote to convict him in an impeachment.  On March 3, 2016, the native of Michigan who was once governor of Massachusetts went to Utah to use his Mormonism to denounce Donald John Trump.  Romney said, "Here's what I know:  Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud.  His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.  He's playing members of the American public for suckers:  He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat."  Thus the 2012 Republican nominee worked against the 2016 Republican nominee.  Despite that backstabbing treachery, Donald John Trump won.

Explaining why Mitt Romney really voted to convict Trump.  Romney's ire isn't about the man occupying the Oval Office.  It's not about presidential misconduct, inappropriate behavior, abuse of power, degrading the office, or any other euphemism for gauche etiquette the Acela-riding media like to fill their reporting with.  It's about the unconscionable act of voters: electing Donald Trump.  Mitt Romney regards the presidency as a rarefied space, where only the best, brightest, and most articulate men may enter.  Trump got there while boasting about his libidinousness.  He insulted the political class by calling them stupid, incompetent, venal, and wholly self-interested.  He mocked his presidential rivals with belittling nicknames, many quite clever and deserved.  And voters accepted it, some begrudgingly, putting the WWE Hall of Famer in the White House.  Mitt Romney wasn't voting for Trump's impeachment as much as he was voting to obviate the electoral will of millions.

Rep. Louie Gohmert Sports a "Quit Mitt" Lapel Pin on Hannity.  Mitt Romney voted with Democrats on the first article of impeachment.  The vote was 48 guilty and 52 not guilty.  Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney became the first senator ever to vote against his own party's president in an impeachment trial.

The Atlantic tries to make us feel sorry for Romney:
How Mitt Romney Decided Trump Is Guilty.  Eight years ago, he was the leader of the Republican Party, its nominee for president.  Today, he has become accustomed to a kind of political loneliness.

Romney's Discreditable, Dishonest Vote.  This odd man, so overbrimming with conscience and full of consultation with the Almighty, has finally revealed his purpose in returning to public life.  His incandescent conscience managed to be a self-enriching asset-stripper at Bain and Company.  He possessed a near-Olympian talent for flipping in all four directions on practically every public policy question from abortion and healthcare to taxes.  But he could not manage his spirit of vengeance. [...] From February 5, 2020, onward, Romney is a political outcast — a briefly useful idiot for the defeated Democrats and a traitor to the party he once led in a presidential election.

Hollywood Finds a Hero in Mitt Romney.  Left-wing Hollywood celebrities have a new hero and his name is Mitt Romney.  Prominent stars including Alyssa Milano, John Legend, Rosie O'Donnell, and Ben Stiller rushed to praise the Utah senator on Wednesday after he announced that he would break ranks with fellow Republicans and vote to convict President Donald Trump in the Senate's impeachment trial.

Mitt Romney, Bedwetter.  Romney's decision on Wednesday to cast a vote to convict the president for "abuse of power" in simply doing his job sets a dangerous precedent for all future presidents.  Without question, there is a mysterious flow of money into Ukraine from the federal treasury and out of Ukraine into the pockets of the affiliates of U.S. politicians.  That scandal seems potentially bigger than the Teapot Dome.  And there is some evidence that Romney affiliates played the game.  If you don't believe me, believe NPR.  Any presidents would have to investigate this and, what's more, campaigning for office cannot shield a potential wrongdoer from an inquiry.  Corruption must be ferreted out, even where the investigation may embarrass a political opponent.  Romney has cast this aside — along with concerns about the meaning of the vague allegation of "abuse of power" — to slake his thirst for vengeance.

Nancy's Fake Fire Alarm.  [Scroll down]  When Obama was elected, I commented to a friend that the best which could be expected from his administration would be four years of nonsense and a lot of bad laws to repeal.  That proved optimistic.  Obama lasted eight years, and we've barely made a start at cleaning up the legislative mess he left.  But he was president, duly elected, for better or worse.  We were stuck with him until the next election.  The country had the opportunity in 2012 to trade in Obama for Romney, but Mitt didn't pass the smell test (and his odor hasn't improved since, to be honest).  Republicans concluded that Romney was nothing more than Obama in whiteface and stayed home on election day.  Perhaps they hoped that another four years of the affirmative action president would help race relations... Didn't work out that way.

Romney voting with the Demsto upset impeachment proceedings was despicable.  There are numerous members of the House of Representatives and the Senate who made epic jackasses of themselves during these unnecessary and wasteful proceedings.  The American people expect better of the House and the Senate.  Yet, if there is one senator who deserves an award for his performance, say, Jackass of the Year, it is Sen. Mitt Romney of the great state of Utah.  His attempt to throw a monkey wrench into the proceedings by voting with the Democrats on late Friday afternoon was despicable.  Sen. Susan Collins did likewise, but she had a pithy explanation and she shut down quickly.  Mr. Romney kept talking.  He obviously enjoyed the drama.  Many Americans voted for him in 2008 and in 2012.  We knew he was a shameless poseur, but we recognized him as the best candidate in the race, at least in 2012.  Now I am not so sure.

Romney fosters 2024 speculation with criticism of Trump during impeachment.  Mitt Romney is stoking suspicions that he is eyeing a third White House bid in 2024 after the Utah Republican broke with his party and insisted on witnesses at President Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate.  Along with centrist Susan Collins of Maine, Romney was one of just two Senate Republicans to join the Democrats in a failed vote to subpoena fresh testimony.  The 2012 Republican presidential nominee might yet acquit Trump on two articles alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, but consistent criticism of Trump throughout impeachment, a GOP rarity, capped by support for witnesses has some Republicans convinced Romney is jockeying to reclaim the party.

CPAC says Mitt Romney not welcome at annual confab after his impeachment trial vote.  CPAC doesn't want Sen. Mitt Romney's shadow darkening the door at its annual conference.  The Conservative Political Action Committee formally disinvited the Utah Republican from its high-profile conference next month, after he voted in favor of new witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial.

Swipe at Romney?  Utah lawmaker introduces bill to recall US senators.  Republican Utah state Rep. Tim Quinn has introduced a bill in that state's legislature that would allow voters to recall U.S. senators — a possible swipe at Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, despite Quinn saying the bill isn't targeted at anyone in particular.  First reported by Deseret News, the bill would create a process by which a recall vote could go on the ballot after a petition by voters.

Mitt Romney:  The Dumbest Smart Person?  "Dumbest smart person" should be engraved on an award.  Mitt Romney and the three other Republicans considering calling witnesses in President Trump's impeachment trial would be the final four.  Clearly, Romney, Collins, Murkowski, and Alexander are all smart people.  They're successful.  They've managed to get elected to the Senate.  Romney himself is a near-billionaire in his own right.  But they are willfully blind to the obvious-to-everyone-else tactics of the Democrats.  Romney especially — as a businessman — should know better.

The Dark Truth About Mitt Romney.  Utah GOP senator Willard "Mitt" Romney is standing out among Republicans for his anti-President Trump activism during Trump's Senate impeachment trial.  Romney said that he would be open to hearing what John Bolton has to say as a trial witness, after Bolton allegedly wrote in his unpublished manuscript that Trump wanted to withhold foreign aid from Ukraine.  The reasons Trump allegedly wanted to withhold the aid are unclear, and Trump has strongly denied Bolton's hypothetical claim, which was reported by the New York Times.

Pierre Delecto would like you to know how important he is.  That Bolton is selling a book and has kept quiet about his allegations until Democrats developed the idea for him, and then gave him the month's lead time for the leak and front-page publicity from the New York Times during the Senate trial seems to be an acceptable old swamp game to Romney.  To the rest of us, that's a problem, but not to him.  That there's no penalty for perjury during the Senate trial is another problem, but again, not to him. [...] As a result, Americans now can look forward to a long, long, long extension of speeches and a dragged out impeachment process with Republicans forced into bowing to Democrat demands to do the job they failed to do in the House.  The Democrat game of course is to either oust Trump or sufficiently damage him in the election of 2020 ahead of the inauguration of a Democratic president, picture:  President Bernie Sanders.  To Romney, the game seems to be getting a message to Trump simply to say that he, too, is important.

Newly Sworn-In GOP Senator Hits Romney On Impeachment: 'Wants To Appease The Left'.  Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), who was sworn into the Senate earlier this month, hit her colleague Mitt Romney, former GOP presidential nominee and sitting Republican senator from Utah, for his stance with regard to the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.  In a viral tweet, Sen. Loeffler blasted Romney for wanting to "appease the left" over his support of impeachment witnesses, when, according to the senator, there is "no case for impeachment."  "After [two] weeks, it's clear that Democrats have no case for impeachment," Loeffler posted via social media on Monday [1/27/2020].

Romney says it's 'very likely' he'll join Democrats in pushing for impeachment trial witnesses.  Sen. Mitt Romney, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, said it's "very likely" he will join with Democrats in calling for witnesses in the Senate's impeachment trial.  "I think it's very likely I'll be in favor of witnesses, but I haven't made a decision finally yet and I won't until the testimony is completed," the Utah Republican told reporters on Saturday following the first day of arguments from the president's legal team.

Traitor Mitt Romney Tries to Backtrack from Supporting Democrat Impeachment Gambit.  After his repeated anti-Trump statements, Utah "Republican" Senator Mitt Romney tried to back away from his outright support for impeachment on Tuesday.  Democrats were likely expecting Romney to come out swinging against Trump as the U.S. Senate begins its part of the impeachment drama this week.  Instead, Romney took a few steps backward from his previous anti-Trump support for impeachment.  Romney's reaction to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's outline for the Senate's proceedings struck a slightly different tone than his previous comments.

Romney pledges 'open mind' ahead of impeachment trial.  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said on Monday [1/20/2020] that he is keeping an "open mind" ahead of President Trump's impeachment trial but reiterated that any decision on witness should wait until mid-trial.  "Deciding whether or not a sitting president should be removed from office is perhaps the most solemn matter that can ever come before the United States Senate.  I enter this task with an open mind and a recognition of my solemn responsibility to fulfill my oath," Romney said in a statement to constituents.

Romney loses GOP support in Utah after challenging Trump on impeachment.  Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney lost support from Republicans and independents in his home state during the weeks after he called for witnesses in President Trump's Senate impeachment trial, a new poll shows. [...] The Utah Republican senator, however, did gain among Democrats in his state.

Don't Count on Romney.  Counting on Mitt Romney for political courage and moral leadership is always a bad bet.  Romney has a very safe seat in Utah, so in theory he could afford to take risks, but taking political risks is exactly what Romney never does.  He is a consummate opportunist, and he has spent the last decade and a half pandering to anyone and everyone to advance his political career.  Romney is not the politician you're looking for if you want someone who will take a principled stand on, well, anything.  If he is the "custodian" of the GOP's "moral and political balance," they are truly lost.

Mitt Romney:  The National Dad No One Asked For.  There must've been something in the water back in 2012, because everyone on the top of the ballot turned out to be even worse than we originally thought.  Barack Obama's legacy is shot, being destroyed by President Trump and the radical left who now view him (laughably) as a conservative.  Joe Biden doesn't know where he is half the time, the other half has his campaign staff wishing he were somewhere else.  Paul Ryan was a feckless Speaker of the House who cut bait and ran once he was free to push all the things he'd sworn for years were his deeply held beliefs.  But worst of all was Mitt Romney — the nicest-seeming of them all who ended up becoming the nagging, nannying squish we all secretly knew he was but pretended he wasn't because he was the GOP nominee.  And he keeps getting worse.  If there's one Republican in the Senate who'd vote to remove President Trump, it's Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney seen favorably by just 18% of Americans:  Poll.  [Senator Mitt] Romney is viewed very positively by 2% of Americans, somewhat positively by 16%, neutrally by 37%, somewhat negatively by 19%, and very negatively by 19%, according to the poll.  Romney, 72, has served as Utah's junior senator since January 2019 and has become one of President Trump's chief Republican critics in Congress.  In October, Trump escalated his feud with Romney, [...] The president later called for Romney to be impeached.  "Somebody please wake up Mitt Romney and tell him that my conversation with the Ukrainian President was a congenial and very appropriate one, and my statement on China pertained to corruption, not politics," Trump tweeted on Oct. 5.

Inasmuch as the constituents include Democrats, this is no surprise.
Mitt Romney's constituents split on whether he's too tough on Trump.  Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday his Utah constituents are split on whether he is too tough of President Trump — or not tough enough.  The Utah Republican told USA Today that during a series of town halls he asked:  "How many of you in the room think I'm being too tough on the president?"  Mr. Romney said about half the room raised their hands, and that the other half raised their hands when he asked if he needed to be more critical of the president.

Report: Utah GOP Furious with Anti-Trump Mitt Romney's Impeachment Fever.  Club for Growth President David McIntosh says that he has heard from many members of Utah's Republican Party and they are "disgusted" with Mitt Romney for jumping in with Democrats on so many things, especially impeachment fever.

Our Bankrupt Nomenklatura.  [Mitt] Romney seems to have entered Hillary/Biden fantasyland by admitting to being a "lurker" on social media — one who adopts an anonymous and secret Twitter account (in Romney's case under the nom de guerre "Pierre Delecto"), to channel and encourage nice stories about himself, and to attack vicariously those who do not share his views or self-admiration.  In other words, Romney, of all people, has now entered the unhinged territory of former Obama EPA director Lisa Jackson, who created a fictional royal persona "Richard Windsor" to communicate with green activists and others, without leaving an official EPA footprint.

Mittens, the Deep State, and the Ongoing Coup Against POTUS.  House of Representatives Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, announced impeachment proceedings against the president just three hours after stating in a speech that she would not.  Speaker Pelosi had zero evidence, cause, stated reason and lacked the required vote of the House of Representatives to do so, but announced it anyway.  Strangely enough... and what caught my attention... Mitt Romney jumped on the "Impeach Trump" train that same day.  How did Nancy go from "There will be no impeachment proceedings," that morning in New York to announcing impeachment proceedings that afternoon when she got back to Washington, DC?  Meet the Grand Master of the Deep State in America.  Admitted Communist, John Brennan, who has some serious explaining to do now that his attempted coup of U.S. President Donald Trump has been exposed... and continues!  So why did Romney want to shut down any investigation of Ukraine's role as well?  That's the question that got this investigation started and it's shocking.

Utah voters turn against Mitt Romney (and Mike Lee, too).  These are turbulent times, indeed.  I doubt Utahans will elect a Democrat senator, but Mike Lee has some fence-mending to do.  I have given up on Romney and hope he faces a primary challenger four years from now, if he runs for re-election.

Mitt Romney, thy name is Pierre Delecto.  Willard has been a rather pathetic figure for quite some time now, but really this Pierre Delecto nonsense is, as he himself conceded, a new low.  Has anyone ever seen Pierre Delecto and Carlos Danger together in the same room?  Anthony Weiner was employing his nom de perv in a sick attempt to pick up underage girls.  Mitt Romney was trying to respond to the unkind words of ... Jennifer Rubin?  Mitt, are you serious?  Jennifer Rubin?  Mitt, as the old country song goes, here's a quarter, call someone who cares.

Will the Real Mitt Romney Please Shut Up?  Four years ago, Donald Trump's candidacy was the craziest thing any of us had ever seen.  But since then, his opponents have gone so far off the deep end that they have made him seem the sensible alternative.  For whatever reason — jealousy? bad advisers? — Mitt Romney hasn't come to the realization the rest of us have:  that President Trump is now the thin orange line between order and chaos.

Leftist heroes of the Week?  Hillary, Schiff, and Mitt.  [Scroll down]  What does one say about Mitt Romney's descent into elitist madness?  A fake Twitter account!  It's as though he were in middle school.  Those of us who supported his bid for the presidency in 2012 are shocked and horrified by his childish attempt to take Trump down, to see him impeached.  What became of this man we all believed to be above reproach?  He wanted to be Trump's secretary of state.  That did not happen, so it seems he is bitter and has regressed to schoolyard bullying.  He's cozying up to the people who did everything in their power to see that he was defeated by Obama, to their everlasting shame.  He's chosen the Left and the silly NeverTrumps over the country and Trump's phenomenal success as president.

Has Pierre Delecto Killed Mitt Romney's Political Career?  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who — it could be argued — suffered an almost inexplicable loss to President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, is one of those politicians who has tried hard to portray himself as eminently principled, morally upstanding, and an all-around decent man.  To be sure, he has done things in his personal life that lend credibility to such an image.  What if it turned out, though, that Romney — until now — had secret social media persona for the primary purpose of defending and boosting the image of none other than Mitt Romney?  Enter (on Twitter) Pierre Delecto.  Sounding more like a 1970s porn star, Delecto is the Mr. Hyde to Romney's Dr. Jekyll — only, we must presume, without the homicidal tendencies.  As Delecto, Romney spent most of his time trying to make himself look good, defending himself to reporters, and bashing Trump.

Senator Pierre Delecto ends the career of Senator Mitt Romney.  Harry Reid was so impressed with Mitt's run against Obama that he urged Mitt to challenge President Trump for the 2020 Republican nomination so Mitt could run against the Democrat.  Mitt probably thinks Reid meant that as a compliment, and not as a means for the Democrats to win in 2020.  Mitt has led the Quisling Republican attack on President Trump for withdrawing 1,000 American troops from the Syria-Turkey border.  The Dems and Romney Republicans are concerned about the Syria-Turkey border but not securing the USA-Mexico border. [...] The good news for non-quisling Republicans is that this should end the career of Pierre/Mitt to be the next John McCain as the go-to-guy whenever the Democrats and the media need a "Republican" to attack President Trump and conservatives.

Newt Gingrich Eviscerates Mitt 'Pierre Delecto' Romney.  Ever since his 2012 defeat, Romney, AKA Pierre Delecto, has become increasingly consumed with anger and bitterness, which only deepened after he was turned down for the Secretary of State position.  Unlike Hillary Clinton following her stunning defeat, Romney was characteristically quiet about it — at first, then became progressively more vocal.  He was happy to accept President Trump's endorsement during his Senate campaign last year.  But upon his arrival in Washington last January, the trickle of criticism he'd directed toward Trump escalated to the point where he has become one of the President's most outspoken critics.  Now the media, which had derided him in 2012 and 2016, treats him like a hero.  He mistakes this newfound attention and flattery from the liberal elites as true respect when it's actually a case of 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend.'  He's become a tool of the left.

Romney Twitter treachery no surprise.  Truth be told, I'm not really surprised that there are people still support the dishonorable and eminently dishonest rogue politician who trades as a Republican because he would have trouble winning on the Democratic ticket.  People are gullible, and as there are a few people who support the "Halloween Sisters" — i.e., Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria "Oscar" Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley — there are those who will support "Fauxcahontas Warren" and Romney even though they are both perennial losers.  Who knows?  Maybe a Warren-Romney ticket would appeal to certain people.

Romney Mocked After Using Secret Twitter Account To Defend Himself, Report Suggests.  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) was mocked Sunday evening after a new report revealed that he appears to have used a secret Twitter account to defend himself against critics online.  During an interview with The Atlantic, Romney made the revelation that he had a secret Twitter account: [...]

Mitt Romney Caught with Secret 'Pierre Delecto' Twitter Account to Champion Himself.  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has been caught using the pseudonym "Pierre Delecto" to defend his own honor on Twitter.  Everything about this story says so much about Mitt Romney:  his pettiness, his insecurity, his lack of character, honesty, and decency, starting with how it all unraveled:  Romney doing business with the establishment media — in this case, the far-left Atlantic and activist-reporter, McKay Coppins, who was originally hired at BuzzFeed to destroy Romney's 2012 presidential campaign.

This Sure Looks Like Mitt Romney's Secret Twitter Account.  Earlier today [10/20/2019], the Atlantic's McKay Coppins published a lengthy profile on Mitt Romney, apparently part of Romney's effort to set himself up as the noble Republican foil to an out-of-control president.  These sorts of pieces, which are more about narrative setting than anything else, typically don't contain a lot of new information, but this had one notable exception.  About midway through, the usually guarded senator revealed that, just like fellow lone-voice-of reason-haver James Comey, he was the owner of a secret Twitter account.

Keywords:  laughingstock, twit, doofus, subterfuge, loser.
Mitt Romney admits to running secret Twitter account under the alias 'Pierre Delecto'.  For years, Pierre Delecto's presence on Twitter largely went unnoticed.  Operating a bare-bones account with the handle @qaws9876, the user's limited activity revealed only an interest in politics — namely, supporting Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah).  So when "Pierre Delecto" started trending Sunday [10/22/2019] on the social media platform, people were understandably confused.

Everyone Knows a Mitt Romney.  [Scroll down]  The guy who has spent the better part of almost 30 years running for state and federal office — including an attempted stint in the Trump White House — insisted that politics doesn't define his life.  "I don't attach the kind of — I don't know — psychic currency to it that people who made politics their entire life," Romney said, presumably unconvincingly.  (Pierre must like when he talks that way.)  But then, Romney revealed that he plays with an anonymous Twitter profile.

Meet the real Mitt Romney:  Pierre Delecto.  Mitt Romney admits he's operating a secret Twitter account, revealing his real thoughts about President Trump, the deplorables, and everyone else, posting as — are you ready — Pierre Delecto.  Not even Mitt Romney's worst detractors could make that one up. [...] It's as perfect a name for the pompous priss as "Carlos Danger" was for Democratic Party pervert Anthony Weiner, or "Reinhold Niebuhr" was for fired FBI director James Comey.  For that reason, it's a name that's likely to stick, same way "Fredo" is going to stick forever to thin-skinned princeling television host Chris Cuomo.  One can only hope a blunder like this will carry some political consequences for Romney, too, waking his voters up to his essential phoniness.

President Trump blasts Mitt Romney's stealth Twitter account.  President Trump lashed out at Mitt Romney saying Democrats don't have to deal with backstabbers like he does after the former Massachusetts governor admitted he was behind a bogus Twitter account used to slam the administration.  "I think (Democrats) are lousy politicians.  But two things they have — they're vicious and they stick together.  They don't have Mitt Romney in their midst, they don't have people like that," Trump said Monday [10/21/2019].

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.

Mitt Romney:  Impeachment of Trump an 'Inflection Point in American History'.  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) told the Atlantic on Sunday [10/20/2019] that he believes the Democrats' impeachment inquiry investigating President Donald Trump will serve as an "inflection point in American history."  Atlantic staff writer McKay Coppins released an interview on Sunday detailing extended conversations with Romney regarding his views on the U.S. Senate, his attacks on President Trump, as well as his opinions on impeachment.

Snit Romney.  [Scroll down]  The same day he was on the Senate floor fronting about "honor" and "betrayal" there was a civil war breaking out in Mexico, yet Mitt couldn't spare a second to fight to secure our own border.  Every year, our open border literally kills thousands of Americans, via criminals and fentanyl.  That's what we're interested in, not refereeing between tribes on the other side of the globe.  But the folks who really matter to Mitt, his fat cat elite pals, decreed that we just have to accept the open borders butcher's bill because they need the serf labor and new voters, so Mitt's right there championing the Kurds instead of you and your family.

Mitt Romney:  I Am Not Leading a Never Trump Coup.  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) suggested Friday [10/18/2019] that he is not leading a Never Trump Republican coup against President Donald Trump.  Sen. Romney, who has served as a frequent critic of President Trump, denied that he is leading a Never Trump GOP coup against the president.  "I don't believe I'm leading a wing of the party.  Because there's no wing that's very large that is aligned with me," Romney said this week in an interview with Politico.

Romney opposes peace.  Real conservatives really want that 2012 vote back.  We knew he was a RINO but we did not realize what a war-mongering spiteful little man he was. [...] "'Adding insult to dishonor, the administration speaks cavalierly, even flippantly, even as our ally has suffered death and casualty,' Romney said.  'We once abandoned a red line.  Now we abandon an ally.'"  President Trump had no red line.  Obama did.  Assad crossed it and Obama did nothing.  And Turkey is our ally.

Mitt Romney, Mr. Unreliable.  Mitt Romney, commenting about the Trump pull-out of U.S. troops in northern Syria, says America is "an unreliable ally."  Hey, Mitt:  America demonstrated that she's an unreliable ally a long time ago in that one war over in southeast Asia that you missed out on.  Remember that war?  The one where our allies were doing just fine 'til Congress cut them off?  You might wanna compare notes with John Kerry; it's seared into his brain.  Let's talk some more about unreliable allies.  When Mitt expressed interest in the SecState job, and in spite of Romney's unfriendliness, Donald Trump interviewed him for the position.  Even before the president decided on the pick, Mitt was over in Europe, bad-mouthing his own president.

Is Mitt Romney Weighing A Primary Challenge To Trump?  Mitt Romney could turn out to be the 2020 version of Evan McMullin.  Last week some signals were sent that may indicate Romney is considering it.  Remember Evan McMullin?  He's the former CIA officer who ran as a third-party candidate in 2016.  He claimed to be a conservative alternative to Donald Trump.  He failed miserably and even placed third in total votes in his own state of Utah.  McMullin was said to have been recruited by Bill Kristol and his ilk among Establishment Republicans who were unable to accept Trump at the GOP nominee.

Mitt Romney Is Weighing a Primary Challenge to Donald Trump.  Mitt Romney has become an expert at lobbing bombs at President Trump from the sidelines.  Now there is rumors that Mitt Romney may take on President Trump in the Republican primary.

Is Mitt Romney weighing a primary challenge to Trump?  Romney has re-emerged, as he does occasionally, to be the self-appointed voice of morality. [...] Romney's behavior toward Trump has been erratic from the start.  He blasted Trump before the election then pursued the position of Secretary of State and then ran for the U.S. Senate with the mission of being a thorn in Trump's side.  His talent at flip-flopping is legendary.

Donald Trump's lesson for Mitt Romney.  Genteel Republicans like Mitt Romney complain about Donald Trump's unpresidential behavior but how else does he combat the dirty left?  Only a barbarian could defy the liberal establishment as he has done.  Imagine if Romney were president, trying to be dignified and patrician.  They'd eat him alive.  Unless, of course, he did nothing to block their agenda, in which case he'd be left alone like all the other cowardly roll-over Republicans.

Trump continues to rip Romney for condemning Ukraine call.  "The Democrats are lucky that they don't have any Mitt Romney types.  They may be lousy politicians, with really bad policies (Open Borders, Sanctuary Cities etc.), but they stick together!" Trump wrote on his Twitter page.  In a series of postings on Saturday [10/5/2019], the president said "somebody please wake up Mitt Romney and tell him that my conversation" with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky "was a congenial and very appropriate one."

Rush Limbaugh:  Mitt Romney Assured Pelosi There Was Republican Support to Impeach President Trump.  About ten days ago Rush Limbaugh told his massive radio audience that Mitt Romney assured Nancy Pelosi that there was Republican support in the US Senator for President Trump's impeachment for asking Ukraine and China to look into Joe Biden's billion dollar pay-for-play scams.  Mitt hates President Trump — so much so that he is willing to sell out his country to get back at President Trump.  On Friday [10/4/2019] Mitt Romney downloaded on President Trump again — this time siding with Democrats in their sham impeachment quest.

Mitt Romney:  Trump Suggesting China, Ukraine Investigate Biden Is 'Appalling'.  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) declared Friday [10/4/2019] that President Donald Trump's suggestion that China and Ukraine investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's dealings with the two countries is "wrong and appalling."  "When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China's investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated," Romney wrote on Twitter.  "By all appearances, the President's brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling."

Mitt Romney adviser sits on Burisma board of directors.  Mitt Romney's national security advisor in his 2012 campaign — a career CIA spook who rose to its top levels — sits on the board of directors of Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company that formerly paid Hunter Biden $50k a month despite his complete lack of credentials or qualifications.  And it also an odd coincidence that Mitt has as CNN puts it "been a lone Republican voice expressing concern about President Donald Trump's July phone call with Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump asked Ukraine's President to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his family."

Bill Kristol:  Mitt Romney Has Helped Reassure Pelosi There Is Republican Support For Impeachment in Senate.  Bill Kristol excitedly reports the prospect that Sen. Mitt Romney's criticism of President Trump's call with the Ukrainian president may result in House and Senate Republicans supporting impeachment.  "I think this statement by DeLauro is very important," Kristol said of a key Pelosi ally calling for the impeachment of Trump.  "That signals to me I think where Nancy Pelosi is going."

Fox Business' Lou Dobbs on Romney declining to endorse in 2020: 'What is wrong with this man?'.  Fox Business host Lou Dobbs went after Sen. Mitt Romney on Friday after the Utah Republican said this week that he does not plan to endorse President Trump or others in 2020, asking, "What is wrong with this man?"  Dobbs, a vocal backer of Trump, referred to the GOP senator as a "never Trumper and RINO" in a segment Friday night.  He began the segment by touting Trump's electoral chances in 2020 as well as predictions that there won't be a recession next year.  "Can you hear the tears falling on the marble floors under those terrible, terrible anti-Trump-ers?" he asked, suggesting more attention should be paid to "this booming Trump economy."

Romney signals he's open to bipartisan background check bill.  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) said Monday [9/9/2019] that he believes all commercial gun sales should be subject to a background check and signaled he's open to supporting bipartisan legislation from Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).  "It certainly should be applied to commercial sales and finding a more comprehensive way to make sure that people are in the system that ought to be in the system," Romney told reporters when asked about expanding background checks.

Romney Says He's No Longer 'Part of the Republican Establishment'.  Seven years after running for president as the GOP standard bearer, U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney on Monday [8/19/2019] described himself as a "renegade Republican" and said that he is "not part of the Republican establishment these days."  In a wide-ranging speech at the Sutherland Institute, a conservative think tank in Salt Lake City, Utah's junior senator argued against "socialist" proposals being discussed on the Democratic presidential debate stage such as "Medicare for All" and free college tuition.  He also lamented that "neither party is interested in talking about the debt and the deficit."

Mitt Romney:  Climate change is happening, humans a significant contributor.  During a speech at the conservative Sutherland Institute in Salt Lake City, the senator acknowledged that the position is rare among his fellow Republicans, but one that younger people seem to respond to more strongly than older conservatives.

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Does Mitt Romney care about facts, or does he only care about getting votes?  Does Mitt Romney know more about the climate than you do?  Probably not.  His position, as he says, is one that the poorly-educated and heavily-indoctrinated public school yoots find believable, whereas older Americans, with more experience in the real world, remain skeptical.  I'm skeptical about global warming and I'm also skeptical about politicians who will say or do anything to get elected.

Mitt Romney, On Track to Being Worse than John McCain.  In the last few years before he died, Sen. John McCain became a net negative for the country, acting like a petulant child and torpedoing the people's agenda just because he was mad.  But thus far, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney in on track to being worse than McCain as he clearly seeks to be the "new" voice of petulance in the upper chamber.  In his few short months in the U.S. Senate, Romney has already racked up a record more traitorous to the conservative cause than McCain did in 40 years.  For instance, Romney's latest calumny is to side with the one man in Congress that literally nobody is backing:  lunatic Trump hater Justin Amash.

Mitt Romney Open To Considering "Carbon Tax" Bill.  Let's be clear about a few things regarding "carbon taxes".  First, the system of taxing carbon emissions, also known as "cap-n-trade", has absolutely nothing to do with climate change.  Second a "carbon tax" is the holy grail for the totalitarian globalist world view.  The concept of a tax on carbon emissions was developed inside the same financial network of multinational monetary interests that control the current global trade system.  Powerful financial interests directly connected to The World Bank (WB), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Trade Organization (WTO), together with global banking interests connected to Wall Street and all international stock-trading systems, were the first to put together a "cap-n-trade" proposal after the financial collapse in 2008.

What's Mitt Romney's problem?  After taking President Trump's endorsement to get himself elected senator, Mitt Romney has made quite a show of turning on Trump.  The last two incidents have been notable:  He declared GOP "maverick" congressman Justin Amash "courageous" for joining the Democrats and calling for the impeachment of President Trump in the House.

What Does It Mean To Be Moral In the Public Area?  Mitt Romney, otherwise known as Senator Pablum, came out yet again and informed the world how terrible he thought Donald Trump's behavior was in light of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report — you know, the political document that spells out the failed soft coup against a duly elected president.  Romney joined others in tut-tutting the president's moral character, but he and everyone else apparently have forgotten the message voters sent to the swamp in 2016:  we pretty much don't care what you think.  Voters are tired of candidates who promise them the world, but who, upon arrival in Washington D.C., are happy to hold hands with opponents across the aisle and increase spending, decrease freedom, and ignore the people who sent them to Washington in the first place.

Mitt Romney Is an American Oligarch.  Robert Mueller's hit job disguised as a counterintelligence report would not be complete until America heard from its favorite Bain Capital founder whose dad was a governor:  Willard "Mitt" Romney.  The senator from Utah was "appalled" at Mueller's revelations, but not in the raised eyebrow sort of way you or I would be when the baseball manager signals the bullpen and brings in the struggling pitcher.  No, Romney was upset like the guy who forgets to lock the bathroom door in first class and suffers an intrusion by a confused kid from the cheap seats who blurts out, "Sorry, dude."

Romney self owns.  Mitt Romney blasted the idea of appointing Herman Cain to the Federal Reserve.  That makes no sense as Cain was chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Omaha Branch from 1989 to 1991.  He was deputy chairman, from 1992 to 1994, and chairman, from 1995 to 1996, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.  Obviously, Cain is well-qualified to be on the national Federal Reserve.  But the facts did not stop Romney from flapping his gums about Cain.

Romney helps GOP look for new path on climate change.  Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who is emerging as a pragmatic leader among Senate Republicans, is at the center of private discussions among GOP senators about crafting a legislative response to climate change.  Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) has tried to put the focus on Senate Republicans for not having a plan to combat global warming, which has been linked to erratic weather events costing American communities billions of dollars in damages.

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Read it again carefully.  Global warming, of which there has been practically none in the last 25 years, "has been linked to erratic weather events."  Really?  Linked by whom?  I've lived in Texas all my life, and the weather has always been somewhat erratic.  Next time a hurricane forms in the Gulf of Mexico, look at the "spaghetti map" of the competing computer models trying to guess where the hurricane will go in the next three days, and the lines will go all over the place.  That's erratic.  Weather cannot be accurately predicted more than a few days in advance because it's full of random variables.  It has always been that way, and it is not caused by global warming.

Poll: Near Majority of Republicans View Romney Unfavorably.  A near majority of Republicans do not have a favorable view of freshman Senator Willard "Mitt" Romney (R-UT), according to a PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll released on Thursday [1/17/2019].  The poll, conducted January 10-13, found 48% of "Republicans and conservative-leaning" have an "unfavorable" view Romney.  Just 29% view Romney favorably while another 23% are "unsure" or "never heard" of him.

Mitt Romney, Commander of the Fake Internationalists.  No surprise:  Senator Mitt Romney does not like President Donald Trump, as he recently explained in The Washington Post.  But what, one wonders, was the former GOP presidential candidate thinking two years ago when he supped with the man he now claims to deplore while seeking an appointment as secretary of state?  Much of Romney's complaint is over manners.  Yes, the president is a boor.  Most people, including many of Trump's supporters, recognize that.  Trump won not because of his etiquette but because of what he stood for — and against.  Romney also defended The Blob, Washington's bipartisan foreign policy establishment.  In his article attacking the president, he offered the usual vacuous bromides that characterize the interventionist consensus, which poses as internationalism but with plenty of bombing raids, illegal occupations, and nation-building.  Most importantly, this perspective presumes permanent American domination, irrespective of cost.

The Useful Idiot Is Back.  Mitt Romney started the new year with a bang, by writing a highly critical op-ed in The Washington Post, harshly rebuking the president of his own party. [...] Romney exhibited one of the most emblematic and unforgiving characteristics of the Old Guard of the party:  playing the role of useful idiots for the Democratic Party and its wholly owned subsidiary, the mainstream media.  Romney's rebuke of Trump, penned in the paper that serves as the official communications organ of the Democratic Party, clearly indicates he has been afflicted with a terminal case of "McCain Syndrome," a disease that has plagued the Old Guard of the Republican Party for the past thirty years.  One of the symptoms of the disease is the failure to recognize the obvious:  for political journalists, who overwhelmingly lean left, Republicans are the enemy and will always remain the enemy.  The fact that the media have become an extension of the Democratic Party seems to have escaped notice by those, including Romney, to whom it should be self-evident.

Mitt Romney, McCain's never-Trump replacement, comes to Washington.  It's been the rule among weak-kneed Republicans that the road to the White House requires them to run against their own party.  It didn't work for John McCain in 2008 nor Mitt Romney in 2012.

Mitt Still Does Not Get It.  My dear senator, are you really the last person to the right of the last blue-dog Democrat in America to realize that the reason we have Trump is that the old strategy, that of Republican niceness, was an utter failure?  We have Trump because the success of the Reagan years did not result in a fundamental centrist move on the left.  We have Trump because the Bush "kinder and gentler ... compassionate conservatism" did not result in a kinder, gentler left; it led to Obama and the centralizing administrative-state nightmare of Obamacare. [...] It makes me realize how far we non-elite racist sexist homophobe deplorables have traveled since the famous 2015 escalator incident at Trump Tower.  And how people like you have not learned a thing.  First we win.  Then we heal.  Then we fix the budget.  Anyone who doesn't get that, at this late hour, is a fool or a knave.

Mitt Romney: 'Ready for My Close-Up, Mr. DeMille'.  It is hard to quantify the smallness of Mitt Romney, but let's just say that if character were measured in shoe size, we'd be using the children's scale to gauge his worth.  He certainly is not qualified to walk in the shoes of President Trump, nor even to follow in his footsteps.  Utah's newest senator is so small he'd get lost in the cavernous legacy left behind by each footfall of the historic president who dares to walk upright among the craven beasts of the Swamp.

Faux conservative unites by dividing.  Like others who have run for president and failed, Romney has taken a stance that smacks of jealousy and resentment.  It does nothing but serve the radical liberal left and further divides conservatives.

Stuck in the Middle with Mitt.  You remember Mitt:  the man who a) courageously decided not to run for re-election as governor of Massachusetts because he knew he would lose, b) lost the GOP nomination in 2008 to the left-for-dead candidate John McCain, and c) lost the 2012 election to Obama after winning the first debate and refusing to challenge the obvious electoral hinkiness in Ohio that still has Karl Rove scratching his head.

Et Tu, Mitt?  Today the roles of Bob Corker and Jeff Flake will be played by the freshman Senator from Utah, Willard Mitt Romney.  Romney is previously known for playing the role of Brutus in the play Julius Caesar[.]  Perhaps President Trump should be as wary of entering the Senate chambers as Julius Caesar should have been that fateful day in the Roman Senate.  While Trump's physical safety is assured, character assassins like Romney await.  Romney, the 2012 loser, has trashed Trump, the 2016 winner, in a Washington Post Op-ed, President Trump's stability and competence, in the process demonstrating Romney's lack of both.

Mitt Romney's Sucker Punch.  Mitt Romney's screed against President Trump is being taken as a sign that the newly elected senator from Utah may try to mount a challenge for the Republican presidential nomination in 2020. Good luck, we say.  He'd be wise not to run on the character issue, though, because he's just managed to forfeit the last shred of credibility he might have enjoyed on that head.

Mitt Romney Is an Idiot.  My opinion of Mitt Romney has changed over the years.  When he lost the Republican nomination to John McCain in 2008, I thought he was a classy guy with a future.  When he lost the general election to Barack Obama in 2012, I thought he was a good man with a glass jaw.  When he repeatedly got on his high horse to sabotage Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016, I thought he was an opportunistic sleaze bag gorging on sour grapes and his own monstrously selfish sense of virtue.  But now, after reading his Washington Post jihad against Trump, I finally figured what Mitt Romney really is — an idiot.

Lou Dobbs Rips 'Treacherous Fool' Romney: 'I Can't Believe The People Of Utah Elected This Creep'.  Fox Business host Lou Dobbs called Utah's GOP Senator-elect Mitt Romney a "treacherous fool" on Wednesday [1/2/2019], then expressed disbelief that "the people of Utah elected this creep."  Reacting with Republican consultant Ed Rollins to Romney's anti-Trump editorial published Tuesday evening [1/1/2019], Dobbs outlined his reasons why Romney is already becoming "the smallest man in the Senate."

Let's call Mitt Romney 'Mitt McCain Flake'.  Mitt Romney, AKA Mitt McCain Flake, cannot wait 'til he takes his Senate office to attack President Trump.  Romney showed no fight against Obama in 2012.  He selected Paul Ryan as his V.P. running mate, who had absolutely no fight as the V.P. candidate in 2012 and did his best to sabotage President Trump's efforts to secure funding for the southern border wall.  Romney did not fight back when Harry Reid falsely accused him of not paying his income taxes.  But Mitt has no problem attacking President Trump.

Mitt Romney Explains Why His Group Must Oppose President Donald Trump.  Decepticon caucus senator-elect Mitt Romney (U-DC) appears on CNN to outline why he stands in opposition to President Donald Trump.  Understanding the unspoken background color here is important.  The Decepticon Caucus in the senate is comprised of senators who represent the interests of Wall Street; and every principle of finance and commerce that intersects with Wall Street's multinational interests.  In essence the Decepticon Caucus is the defensive force protecting the global financial elite; ie.  "The Big Club".

Lindsey Graham, Other Republicans Attack Mitt Romney For Anti-Trump Op-Ed.  South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham had harsh words for his fellow Utah Republican Sen.-elect Mitt Romney on Wednesday after the newly elected senator wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post attacking President Donald Trump's character.  Graham joined Brian Kilmeade on Fox News radio to discuss the incoming senator's op-ed and Graham did not hold back.  When asked about the wisdom of Romney publishing such a piece so early into his time in Washington, Graham said bluntly, "Well, how does it work to the advantage of the people of Utah?"

Republicans don't rally behind Romney.  Mitt Romney began his third presidential campaign today — on the eve of his joining the Senate representing Michigan or Massachusetts or Utah or wherever he lays his hat is his home.  The mittens are off as Romney scolded President Trump in a Washington Post column.  Big mistake.  I cannot think of a publication more irrelevant to the Republican Party, whose nomination Romney seeks.  He offers the party a choice between winning ugly and losing gracefully.

Mitt Romney Is A Bitter Loser Hoping The Socialist Media Can Make Him Relevant Again.  This week Mr. Romney obliged the perpetually anti-Trump Washington Post with an op-ed that had the 2012 GOP presidential nominee rebuking President Trump for, among other things, "not rising to the mantle of the office'.  In short, Romney called the president a big meanie who doesn't say enough nice things about others.  And there you have it.  Yet another longtime politician condemning President Trump for not being a longtime politician.

Mitt Romney backtracks after Trump-hating op-ed attack bombs.  President Trump has said that if Romney had fought President Obama as hard as he fights against Trump, he'd be president today.  It's true enough, but the backtrack is obviously Romney's style, proof that he never would have made a good president.

Romney Didn't Wake Up This Morning and Haphazardly Write an Op-Ed to Attack The President of His Own Political Party.  Don't get so caught up in a furor over Senator-elect Mitt Romney writing a political hit piece against the President of the United States that we forget to look at the big picture.  Senator-elect Mitt Romney's niece is Ronna McDaniel, Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee (RNC).  Senator Romney didn't just wake up on New Year's Day and haphazardly write a specifically constructed character assassination against the President of the republican party; who is currently the President of the United States.  No, this attack was done with forethought and specific intent.

Mitt Romney's History of Backstabbing Donald Trump.  Senator-elect Mitt Romney (R-UT) attacked President Donald Trump's "character" in an op-ed Tuesday evening [1/1/2019] in the Washington Post.  "His conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month [December], is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office," Romney wrote.

Romney: 'Too early' to say whether I'll support Trump in 2020.  GOP Senate candidate Mitt Romney on Monday [7/2/2018] said that it is "too early" for him to say whether he would support President Trump in the 2020 presidential election.  Romney, who last week won the GOP nomination in the Utah Senate race, has gone back and forth on his praise of the president.

Wall Street, big business start backing Mitt Romney's Senate bid as GOP establishment seeks stronger leadership in Congress.  Major names on Wall Street and in the Republican establishment are buying into Mitt Romney's run for Senate, particularly as Republican lawmakers are looking to him as a future leader within a congressional caucus that is struggling to find its identity.  According to first-quarter filings, Romney has been quietly receiving the financial backing of some of the most powerful names and donors in Republican circles, such as former Goldman Sachs CEO and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson.  The early contributions are not necessarily big, but they indicate a coordinated effort to push the former Massachusetts governor and presidential nominee into the Senate with hopes that he will quickly climb his way up the leadership ranks.

Mitt Romney earned more than $1.5 million for speeches, financial disclosure shows.  Mitt Romney gave 20 paid speeches from early 2017 to early 2018, earning him more than $1.5 million, according to a personal financial disclosure he filed with the U.S. Senate.  Romney, who is running for a Senate seat in Utah, received between $15,000 and $137,000 per speech from February 2017 to February 2018. He gave speeches to organizations across an array of industries, including finance, media and insurance.  He delivered a pair of speeches to the investment bank Goldman Sachs last year, earning $40,000 for each one.  This year, NBCUniversal Media paid him $137,082 for a speech.  Blue Cross Blue Shield gave him $100,000 for a speech last year.  Deutsche Bank paid him more than $221,000 for two speeches.  Romney's filing shows $127,000 worth of speech earnings were paid to charities.

Fearing a Utah 'coronation', 11 Republicans challenge Romney.  Eleven Republicans stepped forward before a Thursday evening [3/15/2018] filing deadline to challenge former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in the Utah Senate race, including a state lawmaker who says an "establishment insider" can't fix problems in Washington.

Romney's Really Changed His Tune On Trump.  GOP Utah Senate candidate Mitt Romney is changing his tune on President Donald Trump from where he was one year ago.  Trump endorsed Romney late Monday evening, giving the former failed presidential candidate "full support and endorsement."  Romney responded almost immediately, thanking the president for his kind words and for backing him the upcoming election.

Romney Is a Misfit for America.  There's always been something unstable about Mitt Romney's political identity.  In fact, Romney could give Trump a run for his money on political inconstancy.  In his first run for the Senate, against Ted Kennedy, he tried to stake out a position on abortion to Kennedy's left.  Then Romney debuted his "severely conservative" persona in 2012.  The political transformations reflect Trump's own:  Trump used to defend late-term abortions but started talking about the violence of abortion when political expediency demanded he do so.

Romney Is Already Being Considered for Republican Leadership Position.  Mitt Romney hasn't even officially announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate, yet Republican leadership is already seeing stars.  According to a Republican donor with direct knowledge, Senate GOP leaders have expressed an early interest in having Romney succeed Colorado Senator Cory Gardner as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  The role involves leading the Senate GOP's fundraising arm and helping recruit and vet prospective GOP candidates for the upper chamber.  A Republican source close to Romney confirmed that the idea of the Utah Republican taking over the NRSC has generated chatter in recent weeks.

Beware Romney & Trump Impeachment Attempts.  Two Democrats were just sworn in to the Senate this week:  Doug Jones of Alabama and Tina Smith of Minnesota.  One man waits in the wings to do the same — former GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.  The Trump White House is likely watching the Senate developments very closely as they could prove pivotal to ongoing attempts to destroy the Trump presidency.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More about the minimum wage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senator John McCain

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

America in the 21st Century: 20 Long Years of Constant Brainwashing.  [Scroll down]  These media/government brainwashing campaigns are nothing new, of course.  Hell, they've been carrying out a similar campaign related to "climate change" for the last 20 years, creating a global leftist religious cult in the process.  They ran a massive campaign in 2008 designed to convince America that it was in fact obligated to elect Barack Obama because he was black.  It worked, helped along by a traitorous Republican who intentionally tanked his own campaign.  It worked again in 2012 thanks largely to the same dynamic.  For four long years, corrupt media outlets like the New York Times coordinated with the Democrats and many swampy Republicans like Paul Ryan and John McCain on a campaign to convince you that the "Russia Collusion" fantasy was in fact a real thing.  It wasn't, as Rod Rosenstein formally admitted multiple times under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday; but hey, they're still at it anyway.

Obamagate: Of Course It Comes Back to Obama's Narcissism.  [Scroll down]  And don't forget Hillary, the creator of the Russia collusion hoax narrative.  After her ignominious fit-throwing evening where she didn't have the decency to face her supporters, she immediately began a string of confabulation to justify her loss.  She had to find a boogey man to avoid any blame for a winnable election.  It was her DNC and her dossier, via John McCain to the FBI, that got the ball officially rolling.  Fusion GPS (former reporters who had lots of media connections), the FBI and DOJ, and, we learned this week, President Obama himself all knew about this nonsense because of their surveillance of Flynn.  John McCain was just either the willing dupe or was in on the drive to destabilize the Trump presidency at the beginning.

The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again: this scandal is worse than Watergate by orders of magnitude.  People active on the federal payroll conspired to attempt the overthrow of the Trump administration before Trump had even taken office.  The infamous "Steele dossier" was commissioned by a company called Fusion GPS, hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign to dig up dirt on Donald Trump and call it opposition research.  Literally, a couple of guys getting drunk in a bar made up a bunch of absurd, salacious nonsense [...] that only a mindless twit would ever believe.  Fortunately, the conspirators could count on John McCain to get a copy of this farcical "research" document and pass it along to James Comey at the FBI, who was more than happy to knowingly receive utter garbage in the form of uncorroborated opposition research from a political campaign and then turn around and use it as the foundation to spy on President-Elect Donald Trump.

The ceaseless sadness of Meghan 'My Father' McCain.  'Everyone on both sides of the media class — stop using my deceased father for political points and cheap shots,' Meghan McCain declared on Twitter this week.  'It is painful.  It is traumatizing.  And it is perverted.  Let us all grieve and try and move on in peace!'  Well, as much as everyone would love to move on — it's been nearly two years, after all — Meghan won't let us.

Things I have learned from genuine, honest journalists and other Democrats.  As I have gotten older, I have been enlightened about so many things from honest, genuine, conscience-driven journalists and other Democrats.  Of course, to accept what I have learned, I had to check my common sense at the door.  I learned in 2008 that McCain was a despicable racist who would be a terrible President.  Later, I learned how beloved, smart and honest he was as long as he was trashing Trump.  He was deeply respected when he died and had been in high demand by genuine journalists who only care about the truth.

We dodged a bullet with Romney.  [Scroll down]  Remember McCain, or as I refer to him, McStain, when he would tell his constituency everything they wanted to hear, like when he went to the border and demanded the fence be built, then went about the process of blocking all attempts to fund it?  McStain was a leftist plant decades back, like a cancer wearing the flag of it's host and hiding in plain sight.  It's politics, sadly people that enter into it have no interest in doing the work for the will of the people.  They campaigned to the Right to get elected, then went against all they promised.  Don't get me wrong, there are good people in the party, it's just that the leftist Establishment holds all the key positions and money to keep the Conservative from having a voice.

McCain apparently funneled Steele data to Comey.  We've now learned that after Steele was fired by the FBI as a source due to unreliability John McCain apparently funneled that Steele data to Mr. Comey.  This was not, as previously reported, a singular event:  The IG report documents that McCain passed five additional reports that the FBI had not previously seen from Steele to Comey, all of which were sourced through Fusion GPS which is the firm that Hillary Clinton hired to dig up dirt on Trump.  While McCain may not have known that Steele had been fired Comey certainly did.  Folks, partisan and political animus is nothing new, as I've repeatedly reported.  However, to use the gun-toting federal police force as a means to unlawfully tamper with evidence, commit perjury before a court in order to obtain surveillance warrants and for Comey to apparently circumvent the fact that the FBI had previously found Steele unreliable and had fired him by means of obtaining further information via John McCain is outrageous.

IG Report Reveals Steele Funneled Claims Through John McCain After FBI Dropped Him.  Late Senator John McCain provided disgraced former FBI chief James Comey with five separate reports from Christopher Steele that the FBI didn't previously possess related to unsubstantiated allegations of collusion between Russia and President Trump's 2016 campaign, the Justice Department's recent Inspector General report revealed.  There have long been questions about why it was necessary for McCain to pass Steele's anti-Trump dossier to Comey on December 9, 2016, several weeks after the November 2016 presidential election.  By then, Steele had already met numerous times with FBI agents to provide them with his controversial reports.

Democrats Gush Over John McCain at Debate when Asked to Name 'Surprise' Friend.  Democrats cited Sen. John McCain as one of their "unlikely" friends when asked to name someone by CNN during the 2020 presidential debate on Tuesday [10/15/2019].  "For me, it's John McCain, and I miss him every day," Sen. Amy Klobuchar said.  "I traveled all over the world with him."  Klobuchar recalled McCain standing up for her chance to speak when they were in groups of world leaders.  Bernie Sanders also cited McCain, recalling his time working with the Republican senator on Veterans Affairs.

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John McCain's biggest fans were Democrats, when he was in the Senate, and that continues to this day.  That says a lot about Mr. McCain.

Pete Buttigieg:  GOP 'poorer as a party' without John McCain.  Presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg praised late Sen. John McCain Sunday [8/25/2019] on the first anniversary of his passing, adding Republicans are "poorer as a party" without his presence.

John McCain recited names of dictators during Trump's inauguration ceremony, according to Amy Klobuchar.  Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar said the late Sen. John McCain compared President Donald Trump to notable dictators aloud during the president's 2017 inauguration ceremony.  Speaking in Iowa on a campaign stop ahead of the 2020 presidential election, Klobuchar said she was seated next to Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders and longtime Republican McCain, who "knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation."

Why McCain still stinks.  We usually allow the dead to rest in peace because they no longer can defend themselves.  But by using his funeral to get one last lick in on his opponents — Republicans — John McCain relinquished any claim to such decency.

McCain Institute cozies up to Qatar front groups.  Cindy McCain, the widow of deceased Republican Sen. John McCain, and the McCain Institute have continued to cozy up to two shadowy front groups that work to advance the interests of a theocratic Middle Eastern regime.  Over the past few years, Mrs. McCain and the McCain Institute have ramped up partnerships on many fronts with the Sports Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA), which describes itself as an "independent coalition aiming to reform the integrity and governance of sport," and its founder, the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), which claims to have similar goals.

A John McCain Anecdote.  I've never told this story before but I was deployed to Guantanamo Bay when McCain came down in 2013 and was asked to give him a briefing as part of his review[.]  For obvious reasons I cannot dicuss the content of the briefing as it was a national security matter[.]  But I can discuss McCain's demeanor[.]

Here's Why Donald Trump Still Does Not Like John McCain.  President Donald Trump explained why he did not like the late Senator John McCain, listing reasons why on Wednesday after taking the stage at an Ohio battle tank factory.  Trump asked the hundreds of gathered employees if he should talk about his ongoing feud with the deceased senator.  After several of the employees shouted "Yes!" Trump continued, "I have to be honest.  I never liked him much.  Hasn't been for me.  I really probably never will."

Lou Dobbs Defends Trump Against GOP Critics Over McCain Comments.  Fox Business host Lou Dobbs criticized Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and other Republican critics of President Donald Trump's latest comments about late Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain.  Speaking with former Reagan's campaign director Ed Rollins on Wednesday evening about the president's recent positive polling within the Republican Party, Dobbs gave GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel "great credit" before ripping Trump's GOP critics.

McCain's Key Role in Fueling Post-Election Trump-Russia Hysteria.  In his 2018 book, The Restless Wave, the late Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) wondered aloud why he was sought out and given the infamous Steele dossier shortly after the 2016 presidential election. [...] It is true that McCain was an outspoken critic of Putin.  But the big problem with McCain's defense is that by the time he wrote those words — presumably the end of 2017, since the book was published in late May 2018 — it already was public knowledge that the dossier had been authored and distributed by political pimps funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.  When McCain was writing his book, many of the culprits were in serious legal jeopardy.

Donna Brazile Trashed John McCain While He Was Alive; Now She's His Biggest Fan.  Former interim Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile was full of posthumous praise for the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Wednesday's edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier.  The context was President Trump's renewed criticism of McCain after a newly-released deposition showed how deeply McCain was involved in the fraudulent "Russia dossier" that has been used to attack the administration and divide the nation.  Brazile, who Fox News recently hired as a contributor, began by criticizing the president for speaking ill of the dead.

Court files reveal role of McCain, aide in spreading anti-Trump dossier.  Newly unsealed court filings show the office of the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., shared with the FBI and a host of media outlets the unverified dossier that alleged the Russians had compromising information on now-President Trump.  McCain had denied being the source for BuzzFeed after it published the dossier, which was funded by the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, but had acknowledged giving it to the FBI.  In a newly unsealed declaration from September, former senior counterintelligence FBI agent Bill Priestap confirmed that the FBI received a copy of the first 33 pages of the dossier in December 2016 from McCain.

Michelle Malkin denounces 'the ghost of John McCain' at CPAC.  Michelle Malkin, a conservative blogger and commentator, blasted deceased Sen. John McCain in an anti-immigration speech she gave Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference.  "And yes, I'm looking at you, the ghost of John McCain," Malkin said to a standing ovation after blaming GOP party leadership, including former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for not dealing with what she described as an immigration crisis.  McCain, who was a senator of a border state, advocated for compromises on border security which included more fencing but also a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants and a beefed up foreign-worker program.  Malkin took aim not just at illegal immigration but also the H-1B visa program which brings in foreign high-skilled workers.

Meghan McCain:  I Hate America Without My Father's Leadership.  Meghan McCain, co-host of ABC's The View and daughter of the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), told CNN's Van Jones in an interview broadcast Saturday that she hates the United States without her father's leadership.

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Maybe you should leave, Meghan!  I sure wish I had known it was your father who kept the whole country afloat.  You'd be much happier in Cuba, Venezuela, or Zimbabwe.

Meghan McCain says she no longer calls herself a Republican, cites Trump's influence on [the] party.  Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Arizona Sen. John McCain, said Saturday that she no longer calls herself a Republican because the party is "so tied up with being for" President Donald Trump.  McCain, 34, made the comments during an appearance on CNN's "The Van Jones Show."  She qualified that she is still a member of the Republican Party, and still holds conservative views but lamented what she sees as the president's stranglehold on Republicans.

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Anyone who "holds conservative views" would not appear on television next to Van Jones.

John McCain's family turns on Martha McSally.  [Scroll down]  What I can't help but wonder is why anyone cares what the McCain family thinks.  But, then again, this is Arizona, the state that kept electing McCain, who was a nasty vindictive man right to the end.  A man who over and over again betrayed every conservative principle and so many fellow Republicans.

Classy Bush Funeral Reminds Us of Just How Awful the McCain Family Is.  [Scroll down]  By far, the worst part of McCain's going-away grudgefest was the clown show of audacious hypocrisy, the slathering sanctimony found in a theme that begged for us to go back to the good old days when people were civil with one another — and yet, all of this tripe about "civility" was coming from those who used a war hero's funeral to snub and bash everyone who is not a member of their elitist establishment club — including, unforgivably, the president of the United States.  The catty, childish snubbing of the president is unforgivable, not because Donald Trump was snubbed, but because the office of the presidency was snubbed.

John McCain's family gets hefty taxpayer-funded 'death gratuity' after week-long funeral extravaganza.  For American taxpayers, John McCain's six-term senate career is the "gift" that keeps on taking.  A $174,000 "death gratuity" will be paid to Senator McCain's family, in keeping with a longstanding tradition of giving a year's salary to a departed lawmaker's next of kin.  The $174,000 gratuity will be tacked onto the next federal appropriations bill for taxpayers to bankroll, Roll Call reported.  While the practice is nothing new, it raised eyebrows because John McCain's widow, Cindy McCain, is a wealthy heiress whose net worth reportedly tops $100 million.  Cindy inherited the chairmanship and majority control of Hensley & Co., one of the largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributors in the United States, upon her dad's death in 2000.

The Maverick is Dead, Long Live the Maverick.  In September 2008, the major houses on Wall Street were failing, and President George W. Bush embarked on the largest government program ever to bail them out.  It smacked of socialism, a very nice word for it, because not even a French intellectual could have thought this one up. [...] When the whole thing collapsed, they then turned to President Bush for a bailout.  It was a crisis ready-made for a maverick.  Turn on Bush and Wall Street and failed government policies and say to the people in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Wisconsin that they should not pay a cent to bail out bankers.  Those voters wanted to like McCain anyway because of his war record.  But, no!  The "Maverick" fully supported the bailout, grumbling only that Andrew Cuomo should be put in charge to make it bipartisan.  That was the moment the deplorables started to feel ripped off.

The Circus of Resistance.  [Scroll down]  Anonymous finishes with an encomium to John McCain, whose politicized and unfortunate funeral we have just witnessed, and the likes of which we have not seen since the travesty of Paul Wellstone's own hijacked services 16 years ago.  Tragically, the McCain funeral speeches most certainly should not serve as model of how to honor a distinguished U.S. senator in the future.  McCain's final deification by his erstwhile critics and enemies was mostly a result of his own bitter feud with Donald Trump that in his 11th hour sanctified him to those who had earlier smeared him as a libertine and reckless in 2000 — and vilified him in 2008 as a near-demented racist.  In sum, in death McCain was transmogrified into angelic status by the very architects who in life were responsible for his demonization.

When funerals become politics.  Mr. McCain and President Trump were hardly friends.  During the 2016 election, Mr. Trump had in crude fashion impugned Mr. McCain's stellar military service, which included a horrific five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in a dank North Vietnamese prison.  For his part, Mr. McCain had earlier cruelly called Trump supporters "crazies."  Later he helped to bring the largely discredited anti-Trump Fusion/GPS dossier to the attention of federal authorities.  And he flipped on Obamacare to cast the deciding vote that defeated Mr. Trump's effort to repeal and replace it.  That McCain-Trump discord soon became thematic in the funeral eulogies.

The Kitchen Sink and John McCain.  In short, the McCain funeral had nothing to do with the deceased.  If it had, the organizers would not have made a point of excluding Sarah Palin, who had given the inept McCain his only chance of winning the presidency in 2008, and had remained personally loyal to him despite political differences.  But the whole point of the exercise was to stand together, throwing dirt on those such as Palin, extra ecclesia, nulla salus.  Those who respectability must stand with us against them.  By the same token, the weeklong commentary praised McCain chiefly by imputing all manner of evil to Donald Trump and inferring that McCain represented the opposite.  This had the added convenience of sidestepping John McCain's seamy reality.

The McCain Funeral Marked the End of an Era for the Globalist War Party.  Perhaps the most revealing moment in the week-long media extravaganza over John McCain's death came on September 1, when Meghan McCain, daughter of the late senator, chose to use her "eulogy" to rip into Donald Trump. [...] Okay, we get it:  Ms. McCain hates Trump so much that she has to grit her teeth when she talks about him.  Trump and his supporters already knew that, of course.  And as an aside, we might note that the good news is that in making her hatred so evident, Ms. McCain surely kiboshed any chance that Arizona Governor Doug Ducey would appoint her to fill her father's senate seat, as some — even some who bill themselves as conservative — have suggested.

McCain's Friends and Family Did Him No Honor.  Henry Kissinger, who by his eloquence and experience must be the world's greatest eulogist since Bossuet, confined himself to Senator McCain's bravery as a naval aviator and prisoner of war, and scion of a family of admirals.  His remarks were entirely appropriate. [...] But the recourse by President Obama and Senator McCain's daughter to clearly hostile references to the incumbent president (who had facilitated the protracted funeral week with official favors) were in appalling taste.  There was what amounted to an attempted hijack of the funeral of an authentic war hero and prominent senator, to convert it into an expression of anger and of contempt for the absent president.  This campaign was torqued up all week by the Trump-hating media, who then gave maximum play to the gratuitous shots of Obama and Meghan McCain.

McCain's former chief of staff considering Senate bid as Democrat.  John McCain's former chief of staff, Grant Woods, is considering running as a Democrat for the Senate, he told The Washington Post on Wednesday [9/5/2018].  McCain's recent death prompted Woods to consider running, he told the Post.  McCain died late last month after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.  Woods, a former Arizona attorney general, was among those who delivered a eulogy at McCain's funeral last week.

DC wants Meghan to inherit her father's Senate seat.  If you need proof that Washington needs to be drained and demolished, Tom Rogan provided it in his column in the Washington Examiner, "Meghan McCain would be a great Senate replacement for her father."  Rogan was born in the nation's capital and raised in London.  Perhaps he sees our Senate as a House of Lords.  He is not alone, unfortunately.  He wrote, "To be clear, Meghan McCain might not want to be a U.S. senator.  And that's fine, no one should ever face pressure to serve in public office unless in the situation of a national emergency.  But if McCain is open to replacing her father until a special election can be held in 2020, she would make a great conservative successor to her irreplaceable predecessor.  Seriously, Rogan thinks a pro-abortion supporter of the CIA's own Evan McMullin is a conservative.

Trump Bashing at McCain [and] Franklin Funerals [was] Truly Juvenile.  [Scroll down]  As for McCain, it's true Trump was way out of line attacking his military service, doubly so since Donald had none to offer of his own.  But McCain, whose vaunted maverick qualities often seemed motivated more by narcissism than policy, had more than got his own back on Trump.  His last minute vote to save Obamacare couldn't have been more generated by pique.  And, far worse, though still unclear, is the senator's role in the promulgation of the Steele Dossier.  That could, as information evolves, make McCain party to an attempted coup — not great for his historical record.  At the very least, he appears to have been a useful pawn, his Trump hatred easily exploited.

How much backlash will there be to the 8 days of McCainapalooza?  Yes, he was a brave war hero that endured years of brutal captivity in North Vietnam, and all of us honor that.  But as a politician, his main legislative legacy is a failed campaign finance act, one of those bipartisan feel-good efforts that backfired and made things worse.  So, how is it that his passing and a week's worth of scheduled events merited wall-to-wall coverage?  President Kennedy's assassination required two days of live coverage for the death and funeral.  I am hopeful that the Media Research Center will tabulate the total hours of coverage and compare it to the live coverage of events around the death of President Ronald Reagan.  My impression is that McCain received more hours.

How Our Vulgar Media and Political Elite Ruined Two Funerals.  Please do argue with me if you disagree, but if the media reports are true, was it not John McCain himself who set the childish tone with his mean-girl invite list?  Apparently, he spent eight months planning his own funeral, which was, to begin with, — am I allowed to say it? — just a tad ostentatious.  But to snub a sitting president, to snub Sarah Palin, his unfailingly loyal 2008 vice presidential running mate?  What was that other than petty and childish?

Two Funerals and a Missing Cardinal.  The Maverick's five-day funeral rites were reportedly planned in every detail by the departed and reflected his bitter, vindictive streak.  In particular, he disinvited Sarah Palin, his running mate in his unsuccessful run for the presidency, and the family made this gesture public.  To my mind, without her, his campaign would have been an even bigger failure.

Burying the Dead With Bile-Filled Histrionics.  The big news last week revolved around the funerals of a 1960s pop singer and an unreliable Republican senator with a cult following among masochistic conservatives and cynical leftists eager to capitalize on his capacity to spread dissension among his nominal allies.  I suppose the exploitation of funerals for grubby political ends is nothing new.  Mark Antony did it with notable success when he eulogized Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.  But there was something especially stomach-churning about the injection of partisan animus into the obsequies of Aretha Franklin and John McCain.

Next time, get your own plane.
Trump Approved Air Force 2 to Transport McCain Casket to DC — Then Family and Uniparty Elites Trashed Him at Funeral.  President Trump approved Air Force 2 to fly John McCain's casket to Washington D.C. at the request of McCain and his family, yet the DC elitists still turned the funeral into a Trump-bashing session.  This is further proof that nothing President Trump does to appease these people will ever get them to back down, even at a funeral.

Americans Disgusted With Hyper-Politicized McCain Funeral.  Americans were outraged Saturday [9/1/2018] after John McCain's funeral turned into a Trump bashing session.  Speaker after speaker, from Meghan McCain, to George W. Bush, to Barack Obama took turns to rip President Trump in words of anger.

Obama: 'I never tried to hide the admiration I had for John McCain'.  Barack Obama said being asked to speak at John McCain's funeral was a 'precious and singular honor', but joked he had worked out why he and Bush — his political opponents — had been asked.  'What a better way to get a last laugh than to get George and I to say nice things about him to a national audience,' he said, lightening an otherwise emotional tribute.  Obama and McCain were both in the race to become President in 2008, and though the democratic candidate won, the pair made headlines for how quickly they sat down after the election to find ways to work together.

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As usual, Mr. Obama tried to make the occasion all about him.

It was a Political Rally:  Entire Audience Applauded Meghan McCain's Vicious Attack Against President Trump.  This was a political rally.  The entire crowd at John McCain's funeral applauded his daughter's biting attack against President Trump and his supporters.

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At John McCain's funeral, his daughter said, "All that I am, all that I hope, all that I dream is grounded in what you taught me."  Really?  She was a speaker at the Log Cabin Republicans convention in 2009.  Wikipedia quotes her as saying, "I love punk rock. [...] I have a tattoo. [...] I have lots of gay friends."  All that is "grounded" in what John McCain taught her, she says.

John McCain, Party of One.  [Scroll down]  At its best, his devotion to enlightened honor showed his gift for genuine statesmanship, as when he famously corrected the woman who called President Obama an Arab during a television town hall meeting.  But from a modern political point of view, it proved a weakness.  McCain instinctively understood how a statesman was supposed to behave, but he never wore the duties of a factional leader with ease or understanding.  He was suited for national leadership, not partisan combat.  A fierce warrior for his country, he was uneasy being the same for his party.

Media's praise for McCain is warranted — but where was it in 2008?  Sen. John McCain's passing last weekend has dominated the news, particularly cable news, over the past week.  The life of the former prisoner of war and 2008 presidential candidate is certainly worthy of attention.  But the respect and honesty we're seeing from the 2018 media is a far cry from the Arizona Republican's treatment in 2008.  McCain was labeled as a racist, a get-off-my-lawn grouch with a divisive temper, someone whose health should be scrutinized because of his age.

Dole calls McCain 'my friend and my hero'.  Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kansas) reflected on his relationship with the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), calling the Senate icon "my friend and my hero" in an interview with CNN late Saturday [9/1/2018].  "I was his leader for 10 years when he first came to the Senate, and then I left in '96, but we had a special relationship," Dole said.  "I think we were the only two Republicans with a pretty bad disability."

Meghan McCain Unloads on President Trump at Father's Funeral.  It's no secret to Americans why the third most unpopular US senator is being heiled as a hero.  He hated Trump.  Meghan McCain spoke at her father's funeral today [9/1/2018] and took several cheap shots at President Donald Trump.  Republican President Donald Trump and former Governor Sarah Palin were dis-invited to the funeral.

John McCain Funeral Coverage 'Seems a Little Over the Top'.  Conservative talker Mark Levin told listeners of his nationally syndicated radio show Thursday [8/30/2018] that media coverage of the late Sen. John McCain's memorial services "has gone on a little too long," and "seems a little over the top."

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Not only did McCain have multiple memorial services, the week-long adulation in the news media continued for two days after his burial, with lengthy recaps of the Washington funeral and sound bites from the various Trump-bashing speeches.  The Washington funeral was attended by a Who's Who of the Deep State:  Every poster child for term limits, every fossilized RINO, and every surviving relic from the 1970s and later was there:  Lieberman, Graham, Bob Dull, Boehner, McConnell and even Henry Kissinger.  That was in addition to Bush 43 and Barack H. Obama, who could easily have been defeated, and his disastrous presidency prevented, if McCain had wanted to win.  McCain refused to talk about Obama's highly questionable biography, gaps in his whereabouts over the years, his total lack of qualifications, his fraudulent birth certificate, his phony Social Security number, his Muslim faith, or anything else that could have helped McCain win.  McCain seemed to derive more leverage and face time in the news media by maintaining his unpredictable, duplicitous, "maverick" status in the Senate.

The McCain funeral:  A failed brand re-launch.  McCain will always be known, by friends and enemies, as the only Republican in a political generation loved by the press.  Press love comes pretty cheaply.  Bash Republicans, talk up amnesty, appear ready to cut a deal with any Democrat who wants to deliver a body blow to the conservative middle of America, and you are there.  McCain's major achievements were a campaign finance bill which was overturned and support for Middle East wars that have proven to be disasters.  Many military families had short, one-hour funerals for their dead heroes who came back from these terrible mistakes. [...] This funeral, actually a brand launch for those who will claim it, with fawning press, veiled attacks on Trump failed to launch the brand.  Many speakers did not appear to focus on the man, they appeared to get some petty revenge on his opponents.  It failed because this brand is fleeting.  It will not last more than months.

McCain resurrects the Wellstone memorial disaster.  Two well known and important people passed away this past week: singer Aretha Franklin and senator John McCain.  Both had memorial services attended by the political high and mighty, and both services received extensive coverage on cable news.  Both, rather than serving as a last chance to honor and bury the dead, instead served as a political forum to focus on President Trump.  It's what one would expect at a campaign rally, not at a memorial service. [...] Next was Senator McCain's memorial.  His daughter and cohost of The View took the opportunity to slam Trump.  "We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness," she said.  "The real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege."  Forgetting she was at her father's memorial and not on The View, she channeled her inner Joy Behar and added this:  "The America of John McCain does not need to be made great again, because America was always great."

No Further Evidence Needed:  Hate-Filled McCain Family Does Not Invite Sarah Palin to Attend Funeral.  Despite having numerous opportunities over the past several years to criticize her former back-stabbing, war-mongering, decepticon and former running mate, Sarah Palin always refused to be critical of the pontificating pus goblin known as Senator John McCain.  To highlight the severity of the self-interest, elitist superiority and bitter hatred carried in the heart of the entire McCain clan, Sarah Palin was not invited to attend his funeral service.  Barack Obama, Joe Biden and George Bush will deliver remarks.

Did Sarah Palin really deserve that?  I can't think of anything more spiteful or "mean-spirited" than the exclusion of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin from the funeral of the late Sen. John McCain.  According to Breitbart News, not only was she not asked to come to any of the numerous McCain events where she could have been present, but she was actually asked to stay away. [...] Since the Breitbart report, the McCain camp has backtracked a bit and now says Sarah would not be bounced by the security guard at the door if she actually came.

Even in death it's hard to grapple with the legacy of 'maverick' McCain.  The longtime Arizona lawmaker and 2008 Republican presidential John McCainnominee's expected passing last Saturday unleashed a whole range of emotions from just about every segment of the ideological spectrum.  Nearly everyone appropriately praised McCain as a man who honorably served his country in wartime and then lived a dedicated if uneven existence as a politician.  Just as it was in life McCain's death engendered a heap of controversy over the lasting meaning of his friendships and liaisons with Democrats and his numerous calls for everyone to "work together" regardless of the circumstances.

Momentum Slows For Renaming Senate Building For McCain.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday [8/28/2018] delayed efforts to rename the Russell Senate Office in honor of Sen. John McCain by creating an official group to vet a variety of memorial options.  McConnell announced plans for the bipartisan committee just days after Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., first suggested renaming the building to memorialize McCain, who died Saturday at 81.  Republican reaction to the Schumer proposal was mixed, even as Sen. Jeff Flake, McCain's fellow Arizona Republican, signed on as a co-sponsor.

Sarah Palin Reportedly Not Invited to John McCain's Funeral.  If this is true, it's an unneeded swipe at someone who doesn't deserve it.  The death of Senator John McCain has opened up old wounds between him and President Trump, whom he's never seen eye-to-eye with.  Much ado has been made about the contentious relationship between the late Senator and President.  In the immediate wake of his death, the White House even neglected to lower the flag to half staff in honor of the deceased Senator, only later relenting after media outcry.

McCain Funeral Shocker:  Senator Insisted This Infamous Swamp Rat Got a Front Row Seat.  Many Americans have reported they are getting a tad bit fed-up with the endless coverage of John McCain's many memorial services.  After having a big memorial service in Arizona with all the pomp and circumstance, he was then flown on Air Force Two to Washington, DC where he had another full-blown memorial on Friday morning.  But it's not over.  McCain will "lie in state" at the Capitol, something only 30 Americans have had that honor usually reserved for presidents, before then going to the Naval Academy for another send-off service.  Every single detail was planned by McCain, and he had a list of those he wanted at every service and where they would be allowed to sit.

The McCain Palin Snub.  The exclusion of Governor Sarah Palin from Senator McCain's funeral this afternoon [8/31/2018] strikes us as an off-note from the McCain camp.  It's unclear exactly who — the Senator before he died or his family or others — decided not to extend an invitation.  Reports, in People magazine and Breitbart News, suggest that not only was Mrs. Palin not invited but that she was asked to stay away.  It's a missed opportunity in respect of a man who sought to summon our better angels.  It's not as if Mrs. Palin had pushed her way into McCain's political life.  His presidential campaign was floundering when, in the summer of 2008, he sought to make a Hail Mary play by reaching out to ask Mrs. Palin to join his ticket.

Who Really Started the Trump-McCain Feud?  With Senator John McCain's recent passing, the Trump-McCain feud has heated up.  It's really a manufactured kerfuffle, as one party is saying little, and the other party has departed from the living, no longer able to participate in the feud, except posthumously via the media.  Leave it to the media to resurrect the controversy between the late senator and the U.S. president as a means of bashing President Trump, whom the media detest.  It is also a distraction from the stock market breaking records left and right, a new and better trade deal with Mexico, a country that the media constantly tell us hates Trump and won't do business with him, Bruce Ohr's congressional testimony, and other news the media would prefer to ignore.

John McCain's wife Cindy emerges among contenders to take his Senate seat until after the 2020 election.  Cindy McCain has emerged among candidates to occupy the Arizona senate seat left vacant after her husband John died from brain cancer on Saturday [8/25/2018].  While McCain's term runs until 2023, state law requires anyone taking the seat now to run for election themselves immediately after the 2020 presidential race.  That leaves Republicans with the option of appointing a 'caretaker' to occupy the seat while they decide who best to field in two years' time.

John McCain and the Church Riots:  A Firsthand Account.  On fundamental principles, John McCain was an absolute rock.  He did not give an inch.  He had two broken arms and a broken leg when he was captured.  No one would have faulted him had he accepted early release.  He thought it was wrong, and he would not do it.  A man who believes that there are fundamental principles so important that he is willing to die for them, and to convince others to risk death to uphold those principles, is a man to be respected.

The Establishment Media Still Owe John McCain a Big Apology.  [Scroll down]  In other words, the media are not at all sincere in their outrage over Trump's shot at McCain.  What the media are actually outraged over is that they could not bully Trump into an apology.  Trump refusing to apologize to their mob is what the media find unforgivable.  The only thing the media find unforgivable is defiance.

Will McCain's funeral turn into another Wellstone funeral?  Remember Paul Wellstone?  Probably, but mainly for his funeral.  Wellstone was a well liked Democratic senator from Minnesota who died in a plane crash in 2002.  In the midst of public turmoil back in Washington, what with Bush Derangement Syndrome going full blast and midterms eleven days away, his funeral ended up amounting to a political rah-rah session, a "pep rally" and a "partisan foot-stomp" for the Democratic Party instead of a memorial to a man who was supposedly loved by Democrats.  What it showed was that midterms were more important to Democrats than honoring a man who had died.  For the rest of us, it was just disgusting.  Scroll over to 2018, and note the outlines of the funeral of Senator John McCain, 'who died Saturday.

MSNBC Finds McCain's 'Biggest Political Mistake': Sarah Palin.  Amid glowing tributes to the life and career of Arizona Senator John McCain on Monday, MSNBC took time to use the Republican lawmaker's passing to trash his 2008 vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin, labeling McCain's selection of the then-Alaska governor as his "biggest political mistake."  "McCain made some controversial decisions, some much-criticized decisions.  One of those decisions was who he chose to run with in 2008, Sarah Palin," proclaimed anchor Katy Tur early in the 2:00 p.m.  ET hour.  She then recited a column from Washington Post Associate Editor David Ignatius making that case.

Jim Inhofe: 'John McCain is partially to blame' for White House flag controversy.  One of the late Sen. John McCain's colleagues in the Senate apportioned some of the blame for Monday's White House flag controversy to the Arizona Republican.  "Frankly, I think John McCain is partially to blame for that because he is very outspoken.  He disagreed with the president in certain areas and wasn't too courteous about it," Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., told reporters on Capitol Hill, according to CNN.  "So that's one thing about John McCain and the president — both very strong willed people."

John McCain's ideal Senate successor would be a Hispanic woman, former staffer says.  John McCain likely wouldn't want a white man to take his place in the U.S. Senate, his former campaign manager said Monday [8/27/2018].  "He's always been someone who's encouraged participation in politics, especially in the Republican Party, with minorities and women," Rick Davis said during a news conference.  "I think a Hispanic woman probably would've been his pick for a successor if he would've lived long enough."  Davis declined to go into further detail about McCain's wishes or speculate on specific appointment possibilities, confirming only that the senator had contemplated what the replacement process would look like over the years.

Google Maps renames Russell Senate building for McCain.  Google rushed Wednesday [8/29/2018] to fix its popular Maps application after it renamed the Russell Senate Office Building after Sen. John McCain.  The company blamed overzealous McCain fans for the move, which saw the building just across the corner from the Capitol as the "McCain Senate Office Building" on the search engine's maps of the capital city.  Earlier, it Google was not waiting on Congress.  The internet giant has renamed the Russell Senate Office Building after Sen. John McCain in its popular Google Maps application.

The Democrats are the first to praise McCain, and the most sincere in their mourning.
Schumer to introduce resolution to rename Senate building after John McCain.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., intends to introduce a resolution in the Senate to rename a Senate office building after the late Sen. John McCain, he announced Saturday [8/25/2018]. [...] The Russell Senate Office Building is currently named for Sen. Richard B. Russell, D-Ga., who served in the Senate for nearly 40 years.

John McCain's Failed Second Act.  McCain's Senate career before 2008 illustrated his misguided bipartisanship based on a failure to see what the Democrats had become, and how his dubious perception of "principle" carried water for the Democrat opposition.  The 2002 McCain-Feingold bill banning unlimited contributions to political parties was a patent violation of the First Amendment, as the Supreme Court later ruled in its Citizens United decision, which overruled a lower court's use of McCain-Feingold to justify censoring a documentary critical of Hillary Clinton.  Perhaps worse, McCain's outspoken opposition to waterboarding, despite its proven value in gathering intelligence, was given persuasive authority by his personal experience in Vietnam.  McCain's misguided false analogy between the sadistic, pointless torture he suffered, and the carefully controlled and calibrated practice of waterboarding to obtain life-saving information, ultimately led to the banning of this interrogation technique.

Sorry America, McCain Was No Hero.  While the liberal and conservative establishments are sending their regards, Geopolitics Alert instead compiled a list of reasons why we don't care about McCain.  The list is, of course, a history of all the instances McCain has called for US-led intervention around the world.  There's clearly a long history here, so Geopolitics Alert has compiled the most blatant examples from Europe to Asia.

Finally, a Republican!
Arizona governor must pick a Republican to replace McCain under Arizona rules.  Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will make the appointment that will fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain — but only after Mr. McCain is laid to rest next Sunday, according to the governor's office.  Under state law the replacement must be of the same party as Mr. McCain, a Republican, according to election experts.  That ensures the GOP will maintain control of the seat — though because Mr. Ducey is a Republican also, that was likely anyway.

Same Liberal Media That Called John McCain a Racist and Islamophobe Praise Him as Hero in Death.  In 2008 the liberal mainstream media did everything they could to denigrate and slander John McCain and lift Barack Obama into the White House.  Despite the fact that McCain was a weak candidate that didn't stop the media from slandering him as a racist and Islamophobe.

When Obama mocked McCain.  While "the betters" on the Sunday talk shows were praising John McCain, who died from brain cancer Saturday, Mrs. Marathon Pundit turned to me and asked, "Why isn't anyone talking about the number of houses he owned?"  The TV talking heads weren't.  In his laudatory statement about the Arizona senator's passing, of course Barack Obama didn't bring up the houses.  But in 2008, when a Politico reporter asked the Arizona senator how many houses he owned, and in a awkward manner, McCain replied that he didn't know.  He suggested that the reporter check with his staff. [...] The correct number was eight, if you include the homes owned by McCain's wife.  Obama's campaign used the McCain houses remark in television ad. Which, in one of the McCain campaign's better moments, led a spokesperson to retort, "Does a guy who made more than $4 million last year, just got back from vacation on a private beach in Hawaii and bought his own million-dollar mansion with the help of a convicted felon really want to get into a debate about houses?"

Americans Are Fed Up with John McCain.  Several recent rallies that featured Sen. John McCain in attendance showed that young conservatives have had it making excuses for his repeated selling out of his own party.  It would be wrong to ignore his record as a POW in Vietnam and the over five years of his life that he sacrificed for his country.  However, though he has never been as conservative as many of his counterparts wished, he always was reliable to stand by Republicans even when he disagreed with some of their stands.  That has changed over the last two years, epitomized by his dramatic thumbs down vote that saved Obama's disaster called Obamacare and partnering with Democrats on an amnesty plan for illegal immigrants.

Will John McCain's selfishness torpedo Trump's Supreme Court nominee?  Republicans theoretically have a 51-49 majority in the Senate, but in practice, it has been 50-49, since John McCain has left the Senate due to his brain cancer and shows no signs of returning.  This makes it difficult for the Senate to pass legislation, of course, but since the Senate needs 60 votes for most matters, McCain's absence is not critical — except for judicial nominees.  Under current rules, only a majority of senators is needed to approve judicial nominees.  That's why every senator counts.  With McCain's absence, if one Republican senator defects, and no Democrats support Trump's Supreme Court nominee, that nominee will not be confirmed.

John McCain To Resign Senate Seat on the 4th of July, Says Aide.  Cindy McCain [has been] Offered his Seat.  Senator John McCain will resign his US Senate seat on July 4, 2018, says an aide who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the press.  "In the end, it was about Kennedy resigning from the Supreme Court," said the aide.  "Confirming a (SCOTUS) replacement before the election is considered in the interest of the national Republican party, so that it doesn't become an issue for Dems to run on in every race," said the aide, meaning every race for Senate or Congress.  The Aide indicated that the Senator wanted to wait until June 1 to resign, so that his seat would not be on the ballot along with retiring Jeff Flake.  Republican Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint a Senator to serve until the 2020 election.

John McCain [is] viewed more favorably by Arizona Democrats than by Republicans.  In the latest CBS News Battleground Tracker poll, Arizona voters weighed in on their state's U.S. senators, and each got more negative than positive views.  Partisanship shapes opinion, but not in the way we typically see in politics today.  GOP Sen. John McCain gets his highest favorable rating from Arizona Democrats of all partisan groups — 62 percent view him favorably.  It's voters in his own party who give McCain his most negative ratings — nearly 7 in 10 view him unfavorably.

So IRS Tea Party persecutor Lois Lerner had help all along:  John McCain.  Sen. John McCain, not too long after seeking conservative and Republican votes in his failed 2008 bid for the presidency, went right after those same conservative voters without telling them, by egging on the IRS to ruin them.  It's the sort of political back-stabbing that defies belief, taking an active role in destroying the Tea Party, which was an authentic grassroots movement of local groups calling for smaller government.  Sure enough, Judicial Watch has found McCain's central role right there in the documents.

John McCain Staffer Told Lois Lerner To Audit Non-Exempts Till They Collapsed.  Judicial Watch released some documents revealing that a John McCain staffer urged Lois Lerner to audit non-exempt organizations until they financially collapsed.  What he didn't know was Lerner was already attacking the 501(C)(3), groups.  By April 30th, 2013, Sen. John McCain's staff director Henry Kerner, had moved on to be the chief counsel on the McCain-chaired Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee[.]  On that last day of April he urged a group of senior IRS officials, including the infamous director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner that if she thinks the groups were being political to "audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous."

Judicial Watch Obtains IRS Documents Revealing McCain's Subcommittee Staff Director Urged IRS to Engage in "Financially Ruinous" Targeting.  Judicial Watch today [6/21/2018] released newly obtained internal IRS documents, including material revealing that Sen. John McCain's former staff director and chief counsel on the Senate Homeland Security Permanent Subcommittee, Henry Kerner, urged top IRS officials, including then-director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner, to "audit so many that it becomes financially ruinous."  Kerner was appointed by President Trump as Special Counsel for the United States Office of Special Counsel.  The explosive exchange was contained in notes taken by IRS employees at an April 30, 2013, meeting between Kerner, Lerner, and other high-ranking IRS officials.  Just ten days following the meeting, former IRS director of exempt organizations Lois Lerner admitted that the IRS had a policy of improperly and deliberately delaying applications for tax-exempt status from conservative non-profit groups.

McCain Now Openly Supporting Other Nations Instead of US Elected Leaders.  [Arizona Sen. John] McCain, like so many others of the reflexive anti-Trump and NeverTrump movements, has made it clear that he will stand with whoever is viewed as in opposition to the president, so strong is his dislike for the man.

John McCain viciously undermines Trump to world leaders in absolutely inexcusable message to our allies.  Poor John McCain.  The Arizona senator, who's battling terminal brain cancer, thinks someone died and made him the leader of the free world.  Proving that he's determined to be a thorn in President Trump's side even on his deathbed, McCain once again tried to undermine the billionaire by slamming the tariffs Trump slapped on China and Canada (you know, like the ones they charge on American goods).

McCain giving one last middle finger to Arizona conservatives by refusing to resign.  Even in death the man shows lack of integrity.  He hasn't been able to show up for work in months but he's still drawing that Senate salary and grasping those Senate perks and denying Arizona its second vote in the Senate.  [Scroll down to the comments:] ["]We truly need term limits in this country, there are too many in DC who think the seat they hold is "theirs" and they get to decide its fate.  It is a real hatred for the people.["]

The Only Thing Worse For Republicans Than John McCain In The Senate.  Mrs. McCain, known for her white blonde hair and hard-edged fashion choices, is the daughter of the late Jim Hensley, who built one of the largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributors in the United States.  And, in the minds of many, it was the Hensley wealth and ambition that built John McCain's political career. [...] Senator John McCain's maverick personality and tendency to adopt the views of Democrats on issues such as amnesty for illegal aliens, restriction of free speech through radical limits on political campaigns, abortion and the radical homosexual agenda have long made him an outlier in the Republican Party who forced a perennial leftward crack in the Senate's Republican Conference.  With her radical leftist views on same sex marriage and opposition to the Republican Party's platform position on abortion, the only thing worse than having John McCain in the Senate would be for him to be succeeded by his liberal wife Cindy.

Report: Cindy McCain Likely to Succeed Husband John McCain in Senate.  Cindy McCain, wife of ailing Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), is likely to succeed the longtime lawmaker, a new report says. [...] One longtime friend of the McCain family told Newsmax he long thought Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey would appoint Cindy McCain to the Senate after her husband became too ill to serve.

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Obviously he's "too ill to serve" already.  That doesn't mean his wife is entitled to his job.

Cindy McCain Set to Succeed Husband in Senate.  As Arizonans prepare for their final salute to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Republicans and political pundits in the state privately tell Newsmax they expect the appointment of his wife, Cindy, to succeed him in the Senate.  Of course, no one in the Grand Canyon State who spoke to us wants to go on record discussing what will happen when the ailing McCain no longer holds his seat.  But those who did, agree almost unanimously, Cindy McCain following John in the Senate through appointment by Gov. Doug Ducey, R-Ariz., is a near certainty.

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Oh, good.  Will she vote in sync with the Democrats, just like her husband?  Will she be immune to criticism because she's a grieving widow?  What are her qualifications for a Senate seat — or for any office?

Time for Mccain to Resign.  McCain's extreme vanity gets in the way of putting the public interest ahead of his towering ego.  Meanwhile, he continues to grandstand in his convalescence, this week saying that he opposes the confirmation of Gina Haspel to be CIA director because she's a torturer, and also saying that he regrets picking Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008.  I regret it too, because her premature elevation to the national stage, with no serious preparation for it by McCain's staff, ruined a talented person with a bright future ahead.  And the motivation for him to make such a graceless statement about Palin just now is obvious:  it plays well with his real base — the news media.

John McCain:  Fake Maverick.  John McCain's Republican Party is over, perhaps before it even got started.  That's the argument Daniel McCarthy makes at Spectator/USA.  It is worth considering.  McCain has always enjoyed being called a "maverick" — a moniker used by friend and foe alike in describing him.  It's universal usage was less an indication of any shared understanding of the man, however, than it was the result of carefully crafted branding.  That one could scarcely tell whether a person used "maverick" as an epithet or as a compliment at any given moment, not even when the political leanings of said person were evident, speaks to the utter meaningless of the term as it was applied to McCain.  McCain has been a "maverick" in the same way that people who buy Apple products "think different."  That is to say he isn't and they don't; at least not for their participation in this absurd branding exercise.

John McCain calls on Senate to reject CIA nominee Gina Haspel.  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., called on the Senate to reject Gina Haspel's nomination to become CIA director Wednesday, charging that she was unable to address concerns with her role in the use of enhanced interrogation techniques during the Bush administration.

McCain defends giving dossier to Comey: 'I would do it again'.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wrote in his upcoming memoir that he does not regret alerting the FBI about the so-called Steele dossier, which details President Trump's alleged ties to Russia.  McCain acknowledged in January 2017 that he delivered a dossier of "sensitive information" to then-FBI Director James Comey.  In his upcoming book, "The Restless Wave:  Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations," McCain wrote that he "did what duty demanded I do" in passing on the documents.  "I discharged that obligation, and I would do it again.  Anyone who doesn't like it can go to hell," McCain said, according to excerpts of the book published by The Guardian.

Retired general:  Torture worked on John McCain, that's why they call him 'Songbird John'.  Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney on Thursday [5/10/2018] referred to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., as "Songbird John" and said torture worked on the former POW.  McInerney, during an interview on Fox Business Network, was slamming McCain's refusal to support CIA director nominee Gina Haspel over her past work at the agency involving enhanced interrogation techniques that are considered torture.  "The fact is, is John McCain — it worked on John.  That's why they call him 'Songbird John,'" McInerney said.

'I would do it again,' McCain writes about release of Steele dossier to FBI.  U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., apparently has no regrets about his role in the release of the so-called Steele dossier, which is said to contain salacious allegations about then-candidate Donald Trump.  In excerpts of his forthcoming book, "The Restless Wave:  Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations," the 81-year-old senator — who is recuperating at home following recent cancer treatment and surgery — acknowledges that he delivered the information to then-FBI Director James Comey.  "(A)nd I would do it again," McCain writes, according to excerpts published by the Guardian.

'Songbird' McCain:  The evidence — in his own words, his fellow veterans, and his captors.  McCain had a unique POW experience.  Initially, he was taken to the infamous Hanoi Hilton prison camp, where he was interrogated.  By McCain's own account, after three or four days, he cracked.  He promised his Vietnamese captors, "I'll give you military information if you will take me to the hospital."  His Vietnamese capturers soon realized their POW, John Sidney McCain III, came from a well-bred line of American military elites.  McCain's father, John Jr., and grandfather, John Sr., were both full Admirals.  A destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, is named after both of them.  While his son was held captive in Hanoi, John McCain Jr., from 1968 to 1972, was the Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Pacific Command; Admiral McCain was in charge of all US forces in the Pacific including those fighting in Vietnam.  The Admiral's bad boy was used to special treatment and his captors knew that.  They were working him.

Fox News Bans Guest Analyst Who Said Torture 'Worked' on John McCain.  A spokesperson for Fox News said they have banished the guest who said torture "worked" on Sen. John McCain, calling him a "songbird" for his five years spent a prisoner of war in Vietnam.  Air Force veteran and former military analyst Thomas McInerney caused massive outrage yesterday for his interview on Fox Business Network where he bashed McCain for his opposition to Gina Haspel's nomination as CIA Director.  McCain opposes Haspel because of her history overseeing the use of enhanced interrogation techniques, and when McInerney spoke to Charles Payne about this, he bashed the Arizona senator.  "The fact is John McCain — [torture] worked on John.  That's why they call him 'Songbird John.'  The fact is those methods can work, and they are effective," McInerney said.

Fox Business guest endorses torture because 'it worked on John McCain'.  Torture is good, a Fox Business guest said Thursday, because it worked on John McCain.  Appearing on "Making Monday," retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney simultaneously defended Gina Haspel's 2002 torture of an Al Qaeda militant in a black-site prison and took a nasty dig at McCain, who was a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War.  "That's why they call him 'Songbird John,'" McInerney told host Charles Payne.  "The fact is those methods can work, and they are effective, as former Vice President Cheney said.  And if we have to use them to save a million American lives, we will do whatever we have to."

Senator McCain's Regrets.  As the [McCain presidential] campaign faltered, our view was that it was because of the kinds of errors that could be laid only to the candidate at the top of the ticket.  We marked that on September 5, 2008, in "Wrong-Way McCain."  It rued the way the Senator was running against the "tobacco companies" and "drug companies" and kvetching about the oil companies.  For that we needed a Republican?

McCain says he regrets choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate.  Quite clearly, McCain is part of the Republican internationalist establishment, against which Trump is fighting.  I suppose it is admirable that he is sticking to his guns to the end.  But there is no way that these views are less than an insult to the woman who dropped everything after being asked to be his running mate.

Palin: That's not what he told me!  Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin says hearing that Sen. John McCain now regrets choosing her as his 2008 running mate is 'like a perpetual gut-punch' every time she hears about it.  And the latest verdict from the ailing 81-year-old Arizona Republican, she said, is perplexing because McCain has told her very different things over and over in person.  'That's not what Sen. McCain has told me all these years, as he's apologized to me repeatedly for the people who ran his campaign — some who now staff MSNBC, the newsroom there, which tells you a lot,' Palin said.

John McCain — The Insane Traitor Who Masquerades as an American Hero.  [Scroll down]  McCain has an impeccable record of being anti-American with every piece of legislation he endorses and writes.  McCain does not support war veterans.  McCain is anti-second amendment.  McCain supports an open border policy.  John McCain also has his POW records sealed, which is not consistent with someone proud of their record.  John McCain supports almost every bill that comes along the pike that is bad for the American people and for the country in general.  Senator McCain has also been wrestling with insanity since the public has known him, with angry outbursts, foul language, and rants.  This, along with his general anti-Americanism are a direct result of the brainwashing he went through during his time as a POW and the guilt he carries around all the time in his subconscious because he aided and abetted the enemy.  He has been carrying this around ever since.  Definitely not a person who we want in public office making important decisions about our country.

McCain says he regrets picking Palin as running mate.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he regrets choosing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to be his running mate during the 2008 presidential campaign.  The New York Times reported on Saturday that McCain, while still defending Palin's performance, said in his upcoming book, "The Restless Wave:  Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and other Appreciations," that he wishes he had instead selected former Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.)  His advisers reportedly had warned against choosing Lieberman, who was once a Democrat, stating that Lieberman's support of abortion rights could divide Republicans.

John McCain:  I regret picking Sarah Palin as running mate.  Arizona GOP Senator John McCain said Saturday he's sorry he chose then-Alaska governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate in the presidential race he lost to Barack Obama.  He told the New York Times that if he could do it over he would have picked former Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut.

McCain aide took the Fifth Amendment on role in Steele Dossier.  More threads are unraveling in what may be the biggest political scandal in history:  the use of intelligence agencies to spy on a rival-party presidential campaign and then unseat a duly elected president.  The blowback from the Steele dossier, the multi-million-dollar operation of the Hillary campaign and the DNC, may reach all the way to Trump-haters in the GOP.  The Steele dossier scandal's tentacles are reaching all the way to Trumpophobic John McCain, via a close associate of his.  The longtime aide to Senator McCain who flew to England to get a copy of the Steele dossier and speed it along to the FBI in 2016 has clammed up and asserted his right to avoid self-incrimination.

Paul Ryan Blames John McCain for Tanking Obamacare Repeal.  House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in 2017; however, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell failed to pass an Obamacare repeal package when Sen. McCain infamously voted against the "skinny" Obamacare repeal bill.  Sen. McCain also opposed the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare block grant repeal proposal after the legislation nearly achieved a majority of support from Senate Republicans.

Report: John McCain's Role In Attempting A 2016 Election Coup Revealed.  John McCain hated how Donald Trump, a break-the-political-rules outsider, became what he had always longed to be — President of the United States.  Mr. Trump, in turn, considered McCain a self-involved globalist who had been in D.C. far too long.  A war hero fifty years ago?  Trump didn't care.  He simply saw a bad politician who was hurting the country.  And so it was with that backdrop that John McCain is said to have been motivated to attempt to circumvent the wishes of tens of millions of Trump supporters by allegedly colluding with high-ranking U.S. intelligence officials, foreign agents, and the Hillary Clinton campaign.  It's interesting to note how John McCain worked harder to defeat Donald Trump in 2016 than he did Barack Obama in 2008.

Intel Memo Mystery:  John McCain Pushed 'Pee' Dossier to FBI Months After Feds Already Used It to Gain FISA Warrant.  Last week's release of a four-page House Intelligence Committee memo alleging abuse of surveillance authority provides details that raise new questions about Sen. John McCain's role in delivering the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier on President Donald Trump and Russia to the U.S. intelligence community under Barack Obama's administration.

McCain, at it again, deals with Dems and kills wall funding.  Sen. John McCain is reportedly joining with Democratic colleague Christopher Coons to introduce legislation that gives Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals' illegals a path to citizenship, but denies President Donald Trump his funding to build a wall.  McCain giving the Democrats what they want at the expense of the Republicans — now there's something you don't see every day, right?  Not.

RINO McCain.  Arizona senator John McCain has worked tirelessly to thwart President Trump and the rule of law in our country.  In these past two months McCain has denigrated Trump overseas in a fashion that even surpasses the Democrats innuendo and lies about our President.  Claiming that even Congress is not to be trusted in investigating the supposed Russian meddling, which has been debunked by the past administration and members of the intelligence community, he has thrown the members of the Congress under the bus.  The senator is now standing with those who would impeach President Trump or at the very least create an atmosphere of agitation and chaos to make it as difficult as possible for President Trump to govern.

McCain rebukes Republicans:  Attacking FBI serves 'only Putin'.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Friday delivered a subtle but stinging rebuke to House Republicans over their move to release a classified memo alleging misconduct at the FBI, urging President Donald Trump and other Republicans to stop "manufacturing partisan sideshows" that benefit Russia.  The statement from McCain, who is away from Washington undergoing treatment for brain cancer, came minutes after Trump signed off on the release of the memo crafted by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee.  McCain directly connected his fellow Republicans' campaign to undercut the FBI with Russian President Vladimir Putin's meddling in the 2016 election.

John McCain Worked With Foreign Agents, Obama White House, DNC, & FBI To Try And Defeat Trump In 2016.  Whatever legacy Senator John McCain might have had left, it's taking a brutal beating with today's stunning revelations via this report out today.

Fusion GPS Admits They Used John McCain to Pass Anti-Trump Dossier to Obama-Era Intel Agencies.  The founders of the controversial opposition research firm Fusion GPS admitted that they helped the researcher hired to compile the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier on President Donald Trump to share the document with Sen. John McCain.  The goal of providing the dossier to McCain, the Fusion GPS founders explained, was to pass the information contained in the questionable document to the U.S. intelligence community under the Obama administration.  The disclosure raises questions about whether McCain knew that the information he delivered to the intelligence community was actually an opposition document reportedly funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

McCain associate subpoenaed in Trump dossier probe.  House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued a subpoena to David Kramer, a former State Department official who, in late November 2016, traveled to London to receive a briefing and a copy of the Trump dossier from its author, former British spy Christopher Steele.  Kramer then returned to the U.S. to give the document to Sen. John McCain.  Kramer is a senior fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University.  McCain later took a copy of the dossier to the FBI's then-director, James Comey.  But the FBI already had the document; Steele himself gave the dossier to the bureau in installments, reportedly beginning in early July 2016.

McCain returns to Arizona, won't vote on GOP tax bill: report.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is reportedly returning to Arizona and will miss the final vote on his party's tax bill this week.  McCain, who has been hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center suffering from the side effects of his treatment for brain cancer, left Washington, D.C., on Sunday to return home for the holidays, CBS News reported Sunday [12/17/2017].

Inside the Trump dossier handoff:  McCain's 'go-between' speaks out.  The man who says he acted as a "go-between" last year to inform Sen. John McCain about the controversial "dossier" containing salacious allegations about then-candidate Donald Trump is speaking out, revealing how the ex-British spy who researched the document helped coordinate its release to the FBI, the media and Capitol Hill.  "My mission was essentially to be a go-between and a messenger, to tell the senator and assistants that such a dossier existed," Sir Andrew Wood told Fox News in an exclusive interview with senior executive producer Pamela K. Browne.

McCain's Lies Are Nothing New.  It was a little while ago that Sen. John McCain was awarded the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.  The Liberty Medal is given to those who have "secured the blessings of personal liberty to people the world over."  In the speech McCain spoke brashly about of the current President.  It is alarming that this particular award was given to a Senator who has constantly ignored the damage done to civil liberties in the search for "national security".  Senator McCain has never worried about past conflicts started without Congressional approval, at least until Donald Trump became President.  Now he wants in on the action and to make the decisions for going to war that are not his to make.  The speech was nothing more than Trump bashing by the ultimate RINO.

Is the GOP establishment behind the Roy Moore hit?  [Scroll down]  Hours after the Washington Post piece went viral, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell joined the dance, calling for Moore to withdraw from the Alabama Senate race "if these allegations are true."  No pause.  No circumspection.  No waiting until the facts are in before rushing to judgment.  It's reminiscent of President Obama immediately concluding that the Cambridge police acted "stupidly" after the Henry Gates incident or jumping on the "hands up, don't shoot" bandwagon before the facts were known.  McConnell's dance partner, Senator John McCain, was quick to the microphone, not even considering whether the allegations against Roy Moore were true, saying, "The allegations against Roy Moore are deeply disturbing and disqualifying.  He should immediately step aside and allow the people of Alabama to elect a candidate they can be proud of."  It is just like when senators also wanted Clarence Thomas to step aside based on disturbing allegations that could not be substantiated.  Senator McCain, judge, jury and executioner.  He and McConnell are moving faster on this than they ever have on a piece of legislation.  Too bad they couldn't move even half as quickly on tax cuts or Obamacare repeal.

Monumental McCain hypocrisy on Roy Moore.  I am really sorry that John McCain suffers from a brain affliction, but he continues to play an active role in politics, and so I must call him out when he does something really outrageous.

John McCain is a self-satisfied bore.  The single most interesting thing John McCain has done in the last three or so decades is beat a guy named Richard Kimball in his first Senate election in 1987. [...] Otherwise, his tenure in the Senate has been a long series of contributions to the turbid ebb and flow of human misery — mostly drops, but a handful of big splashes — from his sordid involvement with Charles Keating of Savings and Loan fame until Monday night [10/30/2017], when he seized upon what should have been a very cursory rah-rah patriotic sort of speech at the U.S. Naval Academy to remind us what a tirelessly self-satisfied bore he is.

Sen. John McCain urges bipartisanship, wants Trump to stop attacking Republicans.  Sen. John McCain said he'd urge President Trump to stop tweeting and attacking Republicans if he were to talk to the president again.  "We've got enough people who attack them," Mr. McCain, Arizona Republican, said in an interview that aired Thursday on MSNBC, referring to his party.  Mr. McCain also said the role of the press is "more important than ever before."  "I hate the press, OK, but the fact is without a free press in this country, the pillar of Democracy is destroyed," he said.

Day Seven:  John McCain Continues to Dodge Questions on Role in Trump Hoax Dossier.  Sen. John McCain has still not responded to questions raised in light of the disclosure last Tuesday that the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) helped fund research utilized in the infamous, largely discredited 35-page dossier on President Donald Trump.  In December, it was McCain who notoriously passed the controversial dossier produced by the Washington firm Fusion GPS to then FBI Director James Comey, whose agency reportedly utilized the dossier as a partial basis for its probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

McCain joins Dems to regulate Drudge, Google, Facebook political ads.  Big websites like Facebook, Drudge Report, Breitbart News, Google and the New York Times would face substantial punishment if they don't make "reasonable efforts" to block foreigners from posting political ads under new election legislation pushed by Sen. John McCain and two Democrats.  The "Honest Ads Act," co-sponsored by Democrats Virginia Sen. Mark Warner and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, would put new legal requirements and punishments on websites with 50 million unique monthly readers that take a tiny $500 or more in political ads from one advertiser.

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By now you should know how these things work:  The initial "50 million unique monthly readers" boundary will affect so few web sites that nobody could possibly object to it.  But then, over the next few decades if necessary, the parameters will be incrementally tightened so that the law will constrict free speech — or at least political advertising — for everyone.  The incremental changes tactic is probably on about page five of the Democrats' playbook.  (See:  Origins of the Income Tax)

Bush, Obama, McCain — three peas in a cowards' pod.  Once upon a time, there was a moral concept that taught if you had a problem with somebody, you went to that person directly and spoke of that matter in private — you didn't throw darts at public walls.  Then came Sen. John McCain.  And in speedy order, then came George W. Bush and Barack Obama.  The trio just can't seem to get enough of trash-talking President Donald Trump in public.  But they do it in a way that's sneaky and cowardly.

McCain's amnesia on Obama's foreign policy failures.  Somehow, Senator McCain was able to stand and watch as:
  •   Obama, Hillary, and Kerry essentially bragged about leading from behind.
  •   Obama said he wanted to remake America.
  •   Obama went around the world apologizing for what America had previously done.
  •   Obama drew the fictitious red line in Syria.
  •   North Korea, Russia, Syria, and Iran were essentially able to do whatever they wanted with almost zero consequences.
  •   Obama tried to undermine Israeli elections.
  •   Obama sold uranium to Russia.
  •   We paid ransom — over a billion dollar in cash — to Iran.
  •   Obama considered ISIS the J.V. team.
How could McCain have watched everything Obama did from his seat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and not given a speech about abdicating American leadership?  I would love to have McCain or anyone else list Obama's foreign policy successes and how they maintained our leadership position that McCain says is now under attack because of Trump.

Time to subpoena Obama on his ties to Russia.  Barack Obama, the pay-to-play president, cut a deal with Russia shortly after taking office.  The FBI investigated, but mysteriously dropped the case according to the Hill.[...] Russians donated to the Clinton Foundation, after Obama and Hillary promised not to accept foreign bribes — er, donations — while she was secretary of state.  Hillary also signed off on the deal.  Let's see, on his watch, this man who received a Nobel for his efforts in nuclear disarmament:
  •       Gave pallets of money to Iran so it could nuke up
  •       Allowed North Korea to nuke up
  •       Cleared the sale of uranium to Russia
World War III should be named after him.

McCain's defection on health care is inexcusable.  John McCain has once again shown he has no loyalty to his party, his friends, or to his voters.  In likely torpedoing what may prove Republicans' last effort to rid the country of ObamaCare, McCain evinced the nostalgia of an old man for better times.  He wants the Senate to operate as it once did, with bipartisan comity and regular order.  Yes, and I'd like to return to the days when kids were addicted to twilight stickball rather than video games.  Those gentler times are long gone.  What we have now is a bitterly divided Congress, and country.

Before ObamaCare, McCain Tried To Save Another Unpopular Health Law From Repeal.  In what will likely be one of the final acts of his career as a Senator, John McCain may have scuttled the last chance to repeal ObamaCare, a law that he voted against, that was sold to the public on false pretenses, was widely disliked, and that he and his fellow Republicans had promised for seven years to repeal the first chance they got.  McCain says he wants ObamaCare repealed, but only if it's done through "regular order."  Nearly 30 years ago, however, that wasn't the excuse McCain gave in his battle to protect another unpopular health law targeted for repeal.

8 Times 'Maverick' John McCain Has Thwarted Conservatives.  According to analysis by Harry Enten at Five Thirty Eight, McCain voted reliably with conservatives and Republicans from his election to the Senate in 1987 until 1996, which just happened to coincide with his decision to seek the presidency in 2000.  Since that time, McCain has only voted with his party in one Congress out of ten.  McCain has voted particularly against his party during the early years of the George W. Bush and Donald Trump administrations — two Republicans with whom he clashed bitterly during their respective presidential primaries.

Senator John McCain Opposes Any Attempt at Obamacare Repeal.  Will Rogers never met Senator John McCain.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has paid millions to the GOPe to retain Obamacare on behalf of multinational corporations who exploit and erode the U.S. economy.  The largest beneficiaries of those payments has long been the decepticons within the senate.  McCain's position is not a surprise.

Schumer praises McCain for ObamaCare repeal opposition.  The Senate's top Democrat offered praise for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after he said he would oppose the latest ObamaCare repeal bill, which narrows the chance that Republicans can get the legislation to President Trump's desk.  "John McCain shows the same courage in Congress that he showed when he was a naval aviator," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said an hour after McCain's statement.  "I have assured Senator McCain that as soon as repeal is off the table, we Democrats are intent on resuming the bipartisan process."

Candidate McCain Hates Obamacare.  Senator McCain Loves It.  John McCain demands we repeal and replace Obamacare, during election time.  But when given the chance to repeal and replace it, he always shoots it down.  Friday [9/22/2017] he announced he wouldn't support the Cassidy-Graham plan, stabbing his close friend Lindsey Graham in the back as well as Arizona governor Doug Ducey who endorsed the reform plan.  Earlier this week, McCain claimed if Ducey supported it, he would as well.  But just one year ago, Sen. Maverick promised to fight Obamacare.  He ran against former congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, who was booted from her House seat after supporting the Affordable Care Act.  McCain spent 2016 hammering Kirkpatrick and the unpopular program.

McCain Puts 'Process' Over Promises And Saves ObamaCare.  We checked, and we couldn't find Sen. John McCain telling voters who reelected him in 2016 that he'd repeal ObamaCare, but only if the Senate followed all the proper "procedures."  But that's his excuse now for opposing what is probably the last chance to get rid of this law.

Schumer praises McCain for ObamaCare repeal opposition.  The Senate's top Democrat offered praise for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) after he said he would oppose the latest ObamaCare repeal bill, which narrows the chance that Republicans can get the legislation to President Trump's desk.  "John McCain shows the same courage in Congress that he showed when he was a naval aviator," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said an hour after McCain's statement.  "I have assured Senator McCain that as soon as repeal is off the table, we Democrats are intent on resuming the bipartisan process."

John McCain announces opposition to health care bill, Jeff Flake supports it.  Sen. John McCain says he won't vote for the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law.  His statement likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week.

Dan Bongino: 'John McCain Sold Us All Out'.  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Friday [9/22/2017] announced his opposition the Republican ObamaCare overhaul bill, which could doom GOP leaders' attempts to pass the health care reform legislation.  President Donald Trump slammed McCain at a rally in Alabama on Friday night, saying the Arizona senator's opposition to the Cassidy-Graham bill is "terrible, honestly terrible."

John McCain, guarantor of the Obamacare poverty tax.  Does John McCain have any shame at all?  In his grandstanding declaration of opposition the Graham-Cassidy bill to scrap Obamacare, which must be passed by the end of the month, he's sticking more than 100,000 low income taxpayers with huge fines associated with being unable to afford Obamacare's larded up insurance policies.

John McCain Is Not Happy With His Republican Colleague Over FBI Letter.  Chuck Grassley, is trying to distract from the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election.  A spokeswoman for McCain issued a blistering statement on Thursday night [9/21/2017] in response to a letter that Grassley sent this week to FBI Director Christopher Wray regarding possible attempts by Russian operatives to infiltrate the Trump campaign.  "Facts are stubborn things, and the fact is no member of Congress has done more to push back on Russian aggression, human rights abuses, and corruption than Senator John McCain," McCain spokeswoman Julie Tarallo said in a statement Thursday night.

Disgusting, Fake Republican McCain Sponsors Bill to Block Trump's Transgender Ban.  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has signed on to a new bill to be introduced Friday [9/15/2017] by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, to block President Trump's order to ban transgender military service.  The stand-alone bill, which is also co-sponsored by Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., the top Armed Services Democrat, has the same language as an amendment proposed by Gillibrand and Collins this week for the National Defense Authorization Act that would prohibit the military from barring service based on gender.

John McCain backs new bill blocking Trump's transgender troop ban.  John McCain is joining a bipartisan push to block President Donald Trump from banning transgender people from serving in the military. [...] "Any member of the military who meets the medical and readiness standards should be allowed to serve — including those who are transgender," Mr McCain said in a statement.

John McCain slams Trump in Italy, recommits to America's role in world.  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said that America is still committed to traditional alliances and values, despite doubts that have emerged due to the "actions and statements of our president."  McCain said in remarks Saturday [9/2/2017] at the Ambrosetti Forum, a major economic and policy conference, that he realizes that he comes to Italy "at a time when many are questioning whether America is still committed to remaining engaged in the world, to upholding our traditional alliances and standing up for the values we share."

RINOS Wrong on Arpaio.  Arizona Sen. John McCain's limited understanding of the law and the Constitution was on display when he falsely claimed that President Trump's pardon of former Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio undermined the rule of law.  McCain was joined by his Arizona colleague, Sen. Jeff Flake, who is up for reelection in 2018.

McCain blasts Trump over Arpaio pardon.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) blasted President Trump over his pardon of former Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday, arguing it "undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law." [...] Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt after he disobeyed a federal judge's order to stop racially profiling individuals suspected of illegally entering the U.S.

Paul Ryan, John McCain break with Trump on Arpaio pardon.  Speaker of the House Paul Ryan opposes President Trump's pardoning of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, an aide said Saturday, joining Arizona GOP Sen. John McCain in criticizing the decision.  "The speaker does not agree with this decision," said Doug Andres, a spokesman for Ryan.  "Law enforcement officials have a special responsibility to respect the rights of everyone in the United States.  We should not allow anyone to believe that responsibility is diminished by this pardon."

Arpaio Pardoned, RINOs melt down.  What on earth has happened to the moral and political sensibilities of Paul Ryan, John McCain, Jeff Flake, Jeb Bush, etc.?  All of those RINOs who are attacking President Trump for pardoning Joe Arpaio are simpering, whining traitors to the party they allegedly represent.  They should declare themselves Democrats and be done with the masquerade.

Open-borders shill John McCain resurrects Gang of 8 amnesty push.  President Trump's plan for a border wall will be sidelined and the Gang of Eight bill is coming back, if Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., has anything to say about it.  In an interview with The Arizona Republic Thursday, McCain said that he and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. are in agreement about bringing back the bipartisan amnesty legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

Mr. McCain Goes to Washington.  In 2015, McCain joined all but one other GOP senator in voting to repeal Obamacare.  The next year he ran an ad in his primary campaign against a Tea Party Republican claiming he was "leading the fight to stop Obamacare."  That ad helped him win 51 percent of the primary vote.  Just this year, McCain introduced a bill to "fully" repeal Obamacare and replace it with a "free-market approach that strengthens the quality and accessibility of care."  Then, last Friday, McCain faced a choice on the Senate floor.  He could vote with all but two of his GOP colleagues for "a skinny repeal" bill and get to a conference committee, where negotiators from the House and Senate could devise a bill that might pass both chambers.  Or he could effectively leave Obamacare in place, dooming any realistic effort at curbing it given the uniform Democratic opposition to any real reform.  McCain sided with the status quo, killing the "skinny repeal."

These Six Senators Lied About Obamacare Repeal.  The following Republican Senators demonstrated this afternoon [7/26/2017] that they are liars and frauds:  Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Dean Heller (Nev.), John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Rob Portman (Ohio). [...] These mountebanks, all of whom voted for "clean repeal" when Obama's inevitable veto made it safe and politically expedient to do so, voted against a virtually identical bill today — knowing full well that President Trump would sign it.  In other words, they consciously betrayed their constituents, their party, and the nation as a whole.

John McCain is About John McCain.  He has always been a "maverick" and a "rebel."  I think it's his personality.  But ultimately, there is a self-indulgence to the man that puts himself before what's right for the country.  I think some of it, maybe a lot of it, stems from his involvement in the Keating Five scandal back in the 1980s.  He was cleared of charges, but something so precious to him, his honor, was tarnished.  And so, I think, making sure people understand how honorable he is has become part of his life's mission.  His vote against the Obamacare "repeal" bill last night, which sunk the measure, and his betrayal of the will of so many Republican voters, was not about the content of the bill.  It was about process.

McCain Shocks Senate by Shooting Down Obamacare Repeal.  The senator who was defeated by President Obama in his 2008 quest for the White House stepped in to cast the deciding vote to kill Senate Republicans' last-gasp effort to repeal Obama's signature healthcare legislation before the summer recess.  Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) were expected to vote against the "skinny repeal" — a bare-bones repeal of only the individual and employer mandates as well as the medical device tax; the latter has drawn bipartisan criticism over the years.

Murkowski and McCain Saved ObamaCare Just Months After Promising Voters They'd Repeal It.  Whatever your views on ObamaCare, the simple fact is that the GOP Senate voted to repeal ObamaCare in December 2015, knowing full well that President Obama would veto the bill.  That vote was conveniently timed to give Republican lawmakers the ability to go back to their states and proclaim that they had tried to repeal ObamaCare, but were thwarted by a Democratic president.  "Elect me, and give us a Republican in the White House, and we can finally get rid of this law," was the basic message to voters.  Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, for example, wrote multiple op-eds for her hometown papers decrying what ObamaCare had done to her state, and vowing to repeal it, in the run-up to her 2016 re-election.

John McCain Voted Against Bipartisanship, Not for It.  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said his vote Friday [7/28/2017] against "skinny repeal" of Obamacare was a vote for bipartisanship.  In fact, it was the opposite, rewarding Democrats for passing Obamacare without working with Republicans in the first place, allowing them to establish a beachhead for government-run health care, which they will now be able to protect.  Whatever happens going forward, they will regard their initial partisanship as having been worth the effort.

John McCain Casts Legacy Vote Against American People — Votes To Continue ObamaCare.  At 1:45am on July 28th 2017, Republican Senator John McCain together with Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins voted against the ObamaCare repeal in the Senate; ensuring the failing ObamaCare health care takeover and economic drag continues.  This should not come as a surprise.  McCain has a legacy of voting against the American people to the benefit of his corrupt legislative corporate handlers.  Yet, the vote was still blood-boiling in ramification and consequence.  Additionally, it should be noted for an accurate record that Nevada Republican Senator Dean Heller delayed his own roll call vote, skipped his name when called, until he was able to see that McCain cast the vote against America.

Hypocrite John Mccain 2016 Campaign Video:  Repeal Obamacare.  Remember in 2010 he campaigned about "build the [...] fence" to keep illegal aliens out of the country?  Since then McCain has done everything he can to keep the borders open and allow illegal aliens to flood into this country.  McCain was up for re-election in 2016 too.  You know what he campaigned on?  Repealing ObamaCARE:  [Video clip]

Once a RINO, Always a RINO — McCain Sinks Obamacare Repeal.  John McCain has made a career out of cultivating an image of being a "maverick", or at least that's what the mainstream media likes to call him.  To anyone on the right, he's nothing more than an egotistical blowhard who loves being a thorn in the side of his own party.  Like his toady Lindsey Graham, McCain isn't a conservative, a nationalist, a constitutionalist, an America Firster or any other related ideology.  The fact is that John McCain is nothing more than a big spending, open borders liberal who has far more in common with the Democrats than he does the Republicans.

Schumer: McCain Ranks as Great as Ted Kennedy.  Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) today [7/28/2017] declared Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to have joined the ranks of late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) when it comes to greatness in Congress.  The senator who was defeated by President Obama in his 2008 quest for the White House stepped in to cast the deciding vote to kill Senate Republicans' last-gasp effort to repeal Obama's signature healthcare legislation.  Audible gasps arose from the Dem side of the chamber in the wee hours this morning when McCain walked forward and cast a loud "no" vote — the 51st vote to kill a "skinny repeal" bill also opposed by Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine).

Dark Days.  It is tough to follow the news these days.  The biggest disaster is in the Senate, where John McCain, despite having campaigned in favor of repealing Obamacare twice, turned his coat inside out and joined the Democrats in voting down repeal.  Now perhaps Obamacare will be left to suffer a lingering death, as premiums continue to rise and insurers exit the exchanges.  Or perhaps President Trump will use his authority to reform the ACA administratively, which could result in significantly lower costs.  Either way, the perception that Republicans are unable to govern will gain currency, and rightly so.  Meanwhile, the White House looks like a fiasco.

McCain's Revenge.  I understand that revenge is a dish best served cold.  But by looking to hurt President Trump — which I have no doubt was one motivation of the "maverick" Senator — John McCain cemented his reputation as a politico who always talked a good game and who traded on his former heroism but who in the end was a harmful influence in American politics.  (I say cemented because McCain's reputation had already gone substantially in that direction with his involvement in the unconstitutional McCain-Feingold Incumbent Protection Act — which may not be its official name — his incessant efforts to get and keep America in wars, and his mindless desire to promote "bipartisanship" over principle, party, and, in this case, country.)

The Coming GOP Electoral 'Health Care' Disaster.  It is ironic, but somehow fitting, that the illness of one of the worst men in American political life should be the thing that might save the Republican Party from the ineptitude of its leadership and its own cowardly instincts.  I'm referring, of course, to John McCain, a man who's been in the public eye since his Vietnam captivity in the 1960s and has contributed exactly nothing since to the country he professes to serve.  So maybe inadvertently delaying the "health care plan" vote in the Senate, if that can enable its defeat, is the way McCain can finally make up for his years as a showboating, self-aggrandizing "maverick" who never met a political friend he didn't want to stab in the back, nor enemy he didn't wish to cozy up to.

Revealed: 'Ordinary 'citizen' John McCain dispatched a trusted aide across the Atlantic to get dirty dossier from ex-spy after former British diplomat told him about blackmail tapes.  Sen. John McCain said he did 'what any citizen would do' in turning over the dirty dossier, which contained unconfirmed secrets about the president-elect, over to the FBI.  The Guardian charted the path of how the dossier came to be and how it was that McCain got his hands on the controversial documents.  The story of the dossier began with an investigative firm in Washington, D.C., being tapped by one of Trump's primary allies to dig up some opposition research on the Republican hopeful.

REPORT: John McCain Was The Globalist Point Man In Efforts To Destroy Trump Campaign.  Evidence is now mounting that Senator John McCain was among the highest ranking members of a globalist effort to dismantle the then-insurgent Donald Trump presidential campaign.  This evidence points to Mr. McCain's direct involvement with foreign agents to do so — the very kind of election influencing he has repeatedly charged against POTUS Trump and the Russian government.

McCain Institute Refuses to Disclose Big Donations.  McCain Institute for International Leadership executives refuse to disclose how much money big donors have contributed to the nonprofit that's named after Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.  McCain was the architect of the landmark Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 — more popularly known as "McCain-Feingold" — that required public disclosure of all contributions of at least $250 in federal elections.  Former Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold co-sponsored the measure with McCain.  But the McCain Institute — created in 2012 with an $8.7 million donation of funds remaining from McCain's unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign — refused Monday to disclose the amounts it received from its biggest donors who gave $100,000 or more.

Here's the Russia influence controversy that John McCain doesn't want you to know about.  The FBI has said that there is no evidence to date that Trump ever met with a Russian figure banned from the United States.  McCain actually met twice with [Oleg] Deripaska, a Russian businessman and Putin ally whose visa was blocked by the United States amidst intelligence community concerns about his ties to Moscow.  The meetings were arranged by Manafort and his lobbying firm partner Rick Davis, who later would become McCain's campaign manager, according to interviews and documents.  Deripaska, a metals magnet [sic - (magnate?)], is president of United Company RUSAL, and is considered to be one of the richest men in the world worth an estimated at $5.1 billion, according to Forbes.

Soros, Clinton-Linked Teneo Among Donors to McCain Institute.  Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain in 2012 turned over nearly $9 million in unspent funds from his failed 2008 presidential campaign to a new foundation bearing his name, the McCain Institute for International Leadership.  The institute is intended to serve as a "legacy" for McCain and "is dedicated to advancing human rights, dignity, democracy and freedom."  It is a tax-exempt non-profit foundation with assets valued at $8.1 million and associated with Arizona State University.  Conservative and liberal critics, however, believe the institute constitutes a major conflict of interest for McCain, The Daily Caller News Foundation's Investigative Group has learned.

Senator John McCain Is A Front For Soros-Saudi Globalist Scheme — See Proof Here.  Kudos to The Daily Caller for connecting the dots on the "McCain Institute" — a shadowy hodgepodge of globalist interests very much modeled after the Clinton Machine.

London Terrorist Fought in Sen. McCain's Beloved Free Syrian Army.  One of the terrorists who carried out the deadly London Bridge attack in England this month fought in an affiliate of Senator John McCain's beloved Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Libya, supporting the U.S.-backed effort to topple Muammar Gaddafi.  His name is Rachid Redouane and, after fighting in the Libyan revolution with the Tripoli-based group Liwa al Ummah, he joined a militia that deployed jihadist fighters to Syria.

McCain says American leadership was better under Obama: report.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said American leadership was stronger under President Trump's predecessor, according to a Guardian report published Sunday [6/11/2017]. Asked if the country stood on sturdier ground under former President Obama's leadership, McCain said "yes," according to the report.  "As far as American leadership is concerned, yes," said McCain, though he vocally criticized many of the Obama administration's foreign policy decisions.

McCain: 'Never Said' U.S. Leadership Was Better Under Obama Than Trump.  Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain denied Monday [6/12/2017] that he said U.S. leadership under President Donald Trump is worse than when Barack Obama was in office.  "I never said such a thing.  A thousand times I said, 'Look at the world in 2009 and look at it today.'  Of course, I never said [that].  If I did I was joking," McCain told The Daily Caller.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Did someone mention Huma Abedin?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senator Lindsey Graham

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."

Mike Pence casts tie-breaking vote to cancel Obama-era rule favoring class-action suits against banks.  With Vice President Mike Pence casting the deciding vote, the Senate voted late Tuesday night [10/24/2017] to undo a rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that would bar financial firms from contracts that rule out class-action lawsuits related to their products.  The measure now goes to President Trump's desk.  Two Republicans, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John Kennedy of Louisiana, voted no, forcing Pence to break the tie.

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."

The Editor says...
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.

The Editor says...
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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'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.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former Speaker of the House, John Boehner:

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

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

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].

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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 Republicanhas decided to totally trashhis party's judicial agenda.  Flake is the key 11thvote on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and he's not budging until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell holds a binding vote on a billprotecting 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

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.

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 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.

The Editor says...
There is abundant evidence available to all those who look for it, to show that Barack H. Obama is not a Christian, and a separate pool of evidence to show that he is a Muslim.  The two are mutually exclusive:  One cannot be both Muslim and Christian, regardless of what Jeremiah Wright says.

The Obnoxious and Important Questions I Would Ask At The GOP Debate.  Jeb! Bush:  You support amnesty and Common Core, you won't undo the Iran sellout of Israel on your first day in office and — as we always expected — you've come out in support of more gun control.  Since you have adopted Hillary's platform, why are you running as a Republican?  Why are you so [very] special that despite there being 320 million other Americans, we can't do any better than a third Bush?

Jeb: The 10th Amendment Can Trump The 2nd Amendment.  Presidential candidate Jeb Bush told Stephen Colbert Tuesday [9/8/2015] that gun control — including but not limited to ramped up mental health background checks — should be left up to the individual states.

Jeb Bush Says Obama Isn't a Bad Guy, Impersonates Trump on Colbert's Late Show Debut.  Bush kicked things off with a rehearsed answer about why he wants to be president, but Colbert pushed him to explain how he'd get past the partisanship in Washington.  "So I'm going to say something that's heretic, I guess:  I don't think Barack Obama has bad motives.  I just think he's wrong on a lot of issues."

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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."

The Editor asks...
How many of you want MORE warrantless wholesale domestic surveillance in this country?

Jeb Bush: Birthright citizenship is "a constitutional right".  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday [8/18/2015] that birthright citizenship is a "constitutional right," casting doubt on fellow 2016 candidate Donald Trump's plan to do away with it.  "That's a constitutional right," Bush said.  "Mr. Trump can say he's for this because people are frustrated that it's abused.  We ought to fix the problem rather than take away rights that are constitutionally endowed."

The Editor asks...
How many of you want MORE anchor babies in this country?

Hillary Clinton Is Rooting for Jeb Bush.  There is an obvious subtext to the panicked effort to purge the GOP of Donald Trump:  to allow the party's true hero to emerge to vanquish Hillary Clinton and restore peace and justice throughout the land.  To most GOP elites, of course, the savior is Jeb Bush, complete with the Clark Kent glasses and aw-shucks good guy demeanor.  The Chamber of Commerce crowd is so convinced that Jeb is the man that it (so far) has placed a bet of more than $100 million on that proposition.  There's just one problem — the Clintons want Jeb Bush to be the GOP nominee, too.

The Futility of a Third Bush.  If Republicans nominate a third Bush to face a second Clinton, they will suffer their third consecutive loss in the battle for the White House.  Each of those losses will have been rooted in one undeniable fact:  a milquetoast, Washington establishment-backed nominee is unelectable.  Grassroots conservatives, rank-and-file Republicans and Tea Party supporters have figured this out.  Since the Washington establishment blessed Jeb Bush with the title of front-runner last December, he has steadily lost support.  I know this base.  I have worked with them for over three decades.  I have raised tens of millions of dollars for Republican candidates only to see one after another betray the very constituents who put him (or her) in office.

Bush's Common Core Obfuscation.  Given Bush's past support for Common Core, Marco Rubio wasn't buying Bush's disavowal of support for federal standards.  He responded:  ["]Here's the problem with Common Core:  the Department of Education, like every federal agency, will never be satisfied.  They will not stop with it being a suggestion, they will turn it into a mandate...  They will use Common Core or any other requirements that exist nationally to force it down the throats of our people and our states.["]  Bush countered:  "If states want to opt out of Common Core, fine; just make sure your standards are high."

Jeb's Illegal Immigration Problem.  Jeb Bush and other Establishment Republicans have a huge problem with illegal immigration.  They are on the wrong side of the issue — opposed by a majority of Americans. [...] The Constitution makes the President, Commander in Chief of the US Armed Forces.  Ultimately he (or she) is responsible for the nation's security.  Including border security and controlling illegal immigration.  Congress has legislated illegal immigration in the past.  In 1986 it passed, and the president signed, a law to "grant legal status to illegal immigrants, crack down on employers who hired illegal workers and secure the border once and for all."  So if our border has been "secure" since 1986, how are millions of illegals crossing it?

Jaw Dropping Nonsense — Erick Erickson: "Jeb Bush is The Most Conservative Republican Governor".  Erick Erickson became the center of the GOP discussion this week with his disinvite of Donald Trump from the Red State gathering of political candidates.  In addition, Erickson did not invite Dr. Ben Carson saying:  "he'd seen him appear at charity benefits and talk about himself".  So Erickson takes to the stage to introduce his friend:  "I love this guy", "the most conservative governor", Jeb Bush.  [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.

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Scheduling conflict?  Really?  What was he doing that was so much more important?

Jeb Bush: We Need to Control Border By Politely Asking Illegals to Leave.  This weekend in San Francisco while speaking to the National Automobile Dealers Association, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said, "First and foremost we need to control our border."  "The 40 percent of the people that have come here illegally came with a legal visa and overstayed their bounds," he added.  "We ought to be able to figure out where they are and politely ask them to leave."  State and local enforcement should partner with the federal government to encourage illegal aliens to return to their home countries in a "compassionate" way, Bush continued.

Jeb Bush lays out plans for 60 fundraisers for 2016 bid.  Jeb Bush on Tuesday met with Republican lobbyists in Washington to provide an update on his expected run for president and let supporters know how they could boost his budding campaign.  Bush operatives who joined the former Florida governor at the afternoon event announced that 60 events in cities across the country have been scheduled to raise money for