Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

New Hampshire: Rage against the political machine

February 10, 2016
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spiked spiked
by Sean Collins  

"If someone had told you a year ago that Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders would win the New Hampshire primaries, you would have said they were crazy. And yet here we are. It's easy to forget how amazing this result is, given that opinion polls have been predicting this outcome for weeks. But votes are real, they count. And a presidential contest in November between a reality-TV star and an obscure socialist is now a real possibility." (02/10/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/new-hampshire-rage-against-the-political-machine/18020  

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Establishment, always establishment

February 10, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders winning in New Hampshire is as good an indicator as any that Americans -- or at least Live Free or Die staters -- are tired of the bipartisan Establishment. Victories for a billionaire iconoclast and a self-designated socialist. Both are 'players' in their distinct ways: the former a publicity-minded entrepreneur who boasts of having been a briber of politicians, the latter as a long-term senator with a consistently pro-government-growth voting record. But both are plausibly outsiders, too. ... But if elected, would either rock the Establishment boat?" (02/10/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/10/establishment-always-establishment/  

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NH: Trump, Sanders victorious in presidential primaries

February 10, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders swept to convincing victories in the New Hampshire primaries, providing them momentum for future contests and sending shockwaves through the anxious political establishments of both parties. Sanders['s] victory Tuesday, coupled with a close second-place finish in Iowa, has elevated him as a serious challenger into a race that Hillary Clinton was expected to dominate. Even after his disappointing second place finish in Iowa, Trump's dominance in the Granite State has taken a sensational story into a legitimate candidacy. On the Republican side, Ohio Governor John Kasich is projected to finish second but just ahead of three other candidates, including Iowa winner Ted Cruz, ensuring that the multi-candidate race will continue as the field heads to South Carolina, Nevada and beyond." (02/09/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-sanders-sweep-victory-new-hampshire-primaries-nbc-news-n515191  

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Ted Cruz should make the case for telemedicine

February 10, 2016
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Shirley Svorny  

"Ted Cruz won Iowa's Republican presidential caucus promising to repeal every word of Obamacare. When pressed for details, he said he would separate insurance from employment, expand the use of health savings accounts, and allow people to purchase insurance across state lines. These are good ideas, ones we've heard before. There are, however, a number of other policy initiatives worthy of attention, whether the Affordable Care Act is repealed or not. There's one simple thing Congress could do that would expand access to high-quality care, especially for patients in rural areas, without costing taxpayers a dime." (02/09/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/ted-cruz-should-make-case-telemedicine  

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GOP candidates compete over who will commit most war crimes once elected

February 9, 2016
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain and Dan Froomkin  

"The spectacle of one Republican presidential candidate being identified by another as a 'pussy' for failing to sufficiently endorse an archetypal form of torture exemplifies the moral state of the current race for the GOP nomination. The Republican candidates have seemingly been competing with one another over who would commit the gravest war crimes if elected. In recent months, one or another has promised to waterboard, do a 'helluva lot worse than waterboarding,' repopulate Guantanamo, engage in wars of aggression, kill families of suspected terrorists and 'carpet bomb' Middle Eastern countries until we find out if 'sand can glow in the dark.'" (02/09/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/02/09/gop-candidates-compete-over-who-will-commit-most-war-crimes-once-elected/  

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Fun’s over with Trump

February 9, 2016
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Rod Dreher The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher  

"I watched several times the entire NSFW 1:53 clip of Trump calling Ted Cruz a p**sy for having constitutional qualms about waterboarding. It doesn't get any better when repeated. The thing that most people are talking about is his use of the vulgarity, which is pretty lowlife stuff coming from a man who wants to sit in the Oval Office. But by far the more disturbing thing was that he was calling Cruz this as a way of asserting his own willingness to torture people, and the Constitution be damned. And here's the thing: a mob in the audience started shouting, 'Trump! Trump! Trump!'" (02/09/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/fun-over-with-trump/  

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Lesser evil voting and Hillary Clinton’s war on the poor

February 9, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ben Burgis  

"I voted for Jill Stein in 2012, and I'll do so again as a matter of course if Hillary is nominated in 2016. I'm cautiously optimistic that a non-trivial fraction of those currently Feeling the Bern may do the same, just as a spillover effect from Ron Paul's liberatarian-ish Presidential campaign in 2012 seems to have contributed to the unprecedented million votes received by Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson in the 2012 general election. I would argue that breaking the stranglehold of the two-party 'duopoly' on American politics is clearly in the interests of working people -- not to mention the interests of all the people in the third world who live in fear of American bombs. As OACW union leader Tony Mazzocchi was fond of saying, 'The bosses have two parties. We need one of our own.'" (02/09/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/09/lesser-evil-voting-and-hillary-clintons-war-on-the-poor/  

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Cruz makes play for libertarian voters. Is anybody game?

February 8, 2016
posted by

David Boaz Cato Institute
by David Boaz  

"Cruz is now lowering the volume on social issues and trying to sound like Rand Paul. CNN reports, 'Gone Wednesday morning was the vow to investigate Planned Parenthood. In was [Rand Paul's] punchline about the White House tapping your cell phone.' He's talking about the Fourth Amendment, eminent domain, and auditing the Federal Reserve. He's downplaying the social issues that he emphasized in Iowa. (Maybe he'll bring them back next week in South Carolina.) But will libertarians buy it?" (02/08/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/cruz-makes-play-libertarian-voters-anybody-game  

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Healthy economic growth is our missing ingredient

February 8, 2016
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Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"This year's Republican presidential race has generated an unusual number of unusually bad ideas -- Donald Trump on Muslims, Ted Cruz on carpet bombing, Marco Rubio on male footwear. It has also has produced one of the best: Jeb Bush's 4 percent plan. No, that wasn't his desired share of the vote in the Iowa caucus, where he got less than 3 percent. It's his goal for annual economic growth, which he argues would 'restore the opportunity for every American to rise and achieve earned success.'" (02/08/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/02/08/healthy-economic-growth-is-our-missing-i  

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Rand Paul in retrospect

February 5, 2016
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Sen. Paul began to believe the hype he had generated in the mainstream media, back when he was polling double digits and was effectively the frontrunner. His goose was cooked when President Obama echoed all that 'most interesting politician in Washington' hyperbole -- it went right to his head. He began to believe that the movement his father had created and so carefully nurtured would follow him anywhere, and that his goal was to straddle the fence between libertarianism and 'movement' conservatism. But as Dan McCarthy points out so effectively, there already was a Ted Cruz, who is a much cannier politician than Rand, and all the pilgrimages to Israel and all the meetings with Bill Kristol would never get the neocons off his back. Instead of taking them on, he capitulated to them -- and in this election year, weakness is a vote-killer." (02/05/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2016/02/04/rand-paul-in-retrospect/  

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Rand Paul would have enlarged GOP tent

February 4, 2016
posted by

David Boaz USA Today
by David Boaz  

"Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign has ended, like most presidential campaigns, short of the White House. The Republican debate will be poorer without him. Polls show substantial support for libertarian ideas in the Republican Party. Gallup found that libertarian strength in the GOP had risen from 15% in 2002 to 34% in 2012. In surveys in 2012 and 2013, David Kirby, then at FreedomWorks, found libertarians had grown from 35% to 41% of the party. Paul obviously didn’t capture that vote." (02/03/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/03/rand-paul-ends-presidential-campaign-2016-libertarians-gop-column/79755372  

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Rubio’s accomplishments in the Senate

February 4, 2016
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"[Rick] Santorum's stint as a Rubio surrogate got off to a shaky start this morning. When pressed to name Rubio's top accomplishment in the Senate, he couldn't come up with one .... Santorum couldn't come up with anything because there aren't any accomplishments to be named. This isn't a case where a new surrogate hasn't been sufficiently briefed on the minutiae of a candidate's record. There's simply nothing that Santorum could have cited as an example, because Rubio doesn't have any significant legislative accomplishments since he entered the Senate five years ago. Even Obama managed to join up with Richard Lugar on a serious piece of nonproliferation legislation during his brief time in the Senate. Rubio can't point to anything comparable. Neither can his rival Ted Cruz, whose even shorter Senate career has been defined entirely by obstructionist theatrics." (02/04/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/larison/rubios-accomplishments-in-the-senate/  

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Standing with Rand

February 4, 2016
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky, suspended his presidential campaign yesterday. He took fifth place in Iowa, but garnered just four percent of the vote. I'll miss him." (02/04/16)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2016/02/04/standing-with-rand/  

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The Tom Woods Show, episode 585: Rand Paul drops out; could Rubio be the nominee?

February 4, 2016
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The Tom Woods Show The Tom Woods Show
by  

"Rand Paul dropped out of the presidential race today, so I invited Dan McCarthy to join me for a discussion of that decision, of the Rand Paul campaign in general, and why we may be looking at the nomination of Rubio now, believe it or not." [various formats] (02/03/16)

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-585-rand-paul-drops-out-could-rubio-be-the-nominee/  

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Rand Paul demise: Botched campaign or apathy on freedom?

February 4, 2016
posted by

James Bovard JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard  

"In football terms, Rand started his prez campaign on the 40-yard line -- he was doing great in the polls in 2014. He ended it by punting from his own end zone. There will likely be some excellent post-mortem analyses of his campaign in the next few days. On the other hand, it is unclear how many Americans still give a damn about freedom. If folks are more enthused about carpet bombing foreigners than leashing Leviathan, any pro-freedom candidate will have a hard row to hoe." (02/03/16)

http://jimbovard.com/blog/2016/02/03/rand-paul-demise-botched-campaign-or-apathy-freedom/  

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Cruz and Rubio: Heirs to Bush-Obama militarism

February 4, 2016
posted by

Sheldon Richman Free Association
by Sheldon Richman  

"I see no point splitting hairs over whether Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio is the more egregious warmonger. Both love the bloody and costly U.S. empire. Both believe in American exceptionalism. (Rubio arrogantly calls for a 'New American Century.') Both want to make war in the Middle East (and beyond) and 'stand behind Israel,' though such policies provoked the 9/11 attacks. Both want to pour money into the military, as though America were militarily threatened. (The U.S. military budget equals the budgets of the next seven highest spending nations.) Both want to prevent detente with Iran, which poses no danger. Both hype terrorism as an existential threat. Both want the government to spy on Americans, especially Muslim Americans. Both want to 'control the border,' code for violating the natural right of people to move freely and make better lives without government permission." (02/03/16)

http://sheldonfreeassociation.blogspot.com/2016/02/cruz-and-rubio-heirs-to-bush-obama.html  

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Republicans after Iowa

February 4, 2016
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"The conventional wisdom hasn't been right about much this political season, but it is probably accurate when it says that there were three tickets out of Monday's Iowa caucuses on the Republican side. Other candidates will limp on for a while, driven by a combination of ego and Super PAC money, but, for all intents and purposes, this now looks like a three-way race: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio." (02/03/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/republicans-after-iowa  

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Santorum drops presidential bid, endorses Rubio

February 4, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum ended his presidential bid on Wednesday, throwing his support behind Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. ... Santorum won the 2012 Iowa caucuses and ended that race with the second-most number of delegates to eventual GOP nominee Mitt Romney. But he was unable to capture any momentum this year despite extensive barnstorming efforts in Iowa." (02/03/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/03/politics/rick-santorum-dropping-presidential-bid/  

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Is Trump a realist?

February 3, 2016
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Leon Hadar  

"If Donald Trump has distanced himself from some of the positions held by two of the powerful wings of the conservative movement -- free marketeers and evangelical Christians -- he has provoked a fury among members of the third GOP wing, the neoconservatives, who for all practical purposes dominate the party's foreign policy thinking. To say that the neocons don't like Trump would be an understatement." (02/03/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/is-trump-a-realist/  

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Paul ends presidential bid

February 3, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said today he is suspending his 2016 campaign for president. 'It's been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House,' Paul said in a statement. 'Today, I will end where I began, ready and willing to fight for the cause of liberty.' Paul finished fifth in Monday's Iowa caucuses with 4.5 percent of the vote, behind rivals Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ben Carson." (02/03/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rand-paul-suspends-2016-presidential-campaign/story?id=36674666  

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Trump hits Cruz for “fraud,” calls for do-over in Iowa

February 3, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Less than 48 hours after an Iowa caucus defeat, Donald Trump is calling for a do-over. The New York business man accused the Ted Cruz campaign of fraudulent activities during the Iowa caucuses .... Trump took to Twitter to air his grievances against what he called Cruz's 'fraud' and in subsequent tweets made the case for why he believed 'a new election should take place or Cruz results nullified.'" [editor's note: I bet Trump's campaign is really eating into the ratings of pro wrestling and Days of Our Lives - TLK] (02/03/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/trump-hits-cruz-fraud-calls-do-over-iowa-n510431  

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IA: Cruz tops Trump, Rubio; Clinton, Sanders in “virtual tie”

February 2, 2016
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Miami Herald    

"Iowa voters wielded their political power in the U.S. presidential elections Monday, handing a Republican caucus victory to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz -- who devoted ample time and extensive resources to the state -- over celebrity businessman Donald Trump, who blew off a local debate and repeatedly chose TV interviews over voter handshakes. ... The victory by Cruz over Trump and fellow Cuban American Marco Rubio sets up a three-way GOP race ahead of the Feb. 9 New Hampshire primary. ... The Democratic race between former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was too close to call late Monday. The virtual tie was effectively a win for Sanders, a democratic socialist who vaulted from little known senator to political sensation." (02/02/16)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/elections-2016/article57850598.html  

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A grim scenario: If America ends up with a Republican president and a GOP-controlled Congress

February 2, 2016
posted by

OpEdNews
by Michael Payne  

"It's entirely possible that in the upcoming presidential election the Republican candidate could win and become the next U.S. president and, at the same time, the GOP would retain control of the Congress. If that happens then this country and society would undergo a drastic change, one that is almost unimaginable. That grim prediction and the points presented in the following discussion are not based on supposition or unsupported speculation but, rather, on explicit, documented statements and actions of the Republican Party and its members. They have clearly stated their positions on the major issues and problems facing this country and what they intend to do if they are given the opportunity, i.e., when they have assumed total control of this government." [editor's note: On the one hand, I prefer gridlock. On the other hand, there was a GOP White House and Congress from 2001-2007, and while it was bad I don't recall it being any worse than the Democratic White House/Congress of 2009-2011, or the split periods. They ALL suck, just in different ways - TLK] (02/01/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/A-Grim-Scenario-If-Americ-by-michael-payne-Change_Congress_Health_Immigrants-160201-903.html  

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Huckabee’s out

February 1, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Former Arkansas governor and 2008 Iowa caucus winner Mike Huckabee announced on Twitter he will suspend his presidential campaign after finishing near the bottom of the pack in the opening contest of the 2016 race on Monday. Huckabee initially polled in the middle of a crowded Republican field in the Hawkeye State. But he was quickly overshadowed by political outsiders like Donald Trump and Ben Carson." (02/01/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/mike-huckabee-suspends-presidential-campaign-n509306  

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Treating Trump supporters like an exotic tribe

February 1, 2016
posted by

spiked spiked
by Sean Collins  

"As the chances of Trump winning the nomination have risen, the media have taken to scrutinising his supporters who have propelled him to the top of the Republican polls, much in the way of anthropologists who study an exotic tribe. And many have concluded that the typical Trump voter is even scarier than the man himself." (02/01/16)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/treating-trump-supporters-like-an-exotic-tribe/17984  

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