Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

Rand Paul, hawk or dove?

April 24, 2015
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W. James Antle III The American Conservative
by W James Antle III  

"Since his election to the Senate in 2010 it's barely been an exaggeration to say that the Republican foreign-policy debate has been Rand Paul versus everyone else. While he has some likeminded colleagues, especially in the House, he is the single figure most associated with a break from the GOP's Bush-Cheney national-security legacy. The debate was kicked off by his father, former Texas congressman and two-time GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul. Many hoped that the son would expand the electoral base for what his father started. In the early stages of his own 2016 presidential campaign, however, Rand Paul has edged closer to the Republican foreign-policy consensus." (04/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qfo78bj  

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Graham, McCain call for wahhhhhhmbulance over Paul “lapdog” remark

April 23, 2015
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Politico    

"The Senate's Two Amigos are firing back at Rand Paul's 'lapdog' diss. Paul, the 2016 GOP presidential contender who's tussled with Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain over foreign policy, took aim at the hawkish duo this week by charging that they are 'lapdogs' for President Barack Obama's policies abroad. On Wednesday, Graham -- considering a 2016 bid of his own -- dismissed the Kentucky Republican's criticism and said Paul would have the 'worst chance of anybody to make a case against Obama’s foreign policy.' ... Meanwhile, McCain said an anonymous Obama administration official has compared him and Graham to Doberman Pinschers -- rather than lapdogs." [editor's note: I have to agree that Graham and McCain aren't "lapdogs." More like rabid Chihuahuas - TLK] (04/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mswakge  

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Ben Carson’s gay epiphany

April 21, 2015
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Republican potential presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson, experienced an epiphany recently after taking some heavy flack for expressing his opinion that homosexuality is a 'choice' and backing up the argument by declaring that people 'go to prison straight -- and when they come out they're gay.' Upon serious reflection, and to his credit, the good Dr. apologized for his ignorant insensitive comments. He now says that he no longer wants to talk about LGBT issues." (04/21/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/04/ben-carsons-gay-epiphany.html  

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Rubio’s phony concern for stability

April 21, 2015
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"It is fairly common for hawks to exaggerate how disorderly and dangerous a region or the world is, but Rubio's statement stands out for being even more misinformed than the usual fear-mongering claims. The [Middle East] has not suffered from '3,800 years of instability,' and if Rubio were pressed on this he would have to admit that this phrase is silly. ... Some parts of this region are very insecure and unstable, but it is clearly untrue that regional instability is greater now than it has ever been. It is certainly much more stable than it was a century ago when the Ottoman Empire was disintegrating and being carved up into the many states we see today. So Rubio's claim is easily refuted. Another part of his speech shows us that his concern for regional stability is phony." (04/20/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q6fvlhq  

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NH: With candidate “cattle call,” GOP summit kicks off primary season

April 17, 2015
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New Hampshire Public Radio [US state media]    

"The state Republican Party kicks off its First in the Nation Leadership Summit in Nashua Friday. Virtually every Republican thought to be considering a presidential run is scheduled to speak at the two-day event." (04/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/op84yuz  

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OH: Earl seeks $720k fine versus Kasich election-rigging conspirators

April 16, 2015
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Cleveland Plain Dealer    

"The Libertarians' would-be candidate for governor last year has filed an elections complaint claiming Gov. John Kasich's re-election team violated campaign-finance law by keeping him off the ballot. Charlie Earl's complaint, submitted to the Ohio Elections Commission on Wednesday, alleges that Kasich's campaign colluded with GOP activist Terry Casey to successfully disqualify Earl because of invalid petition signatures. Kasich's campaign and Casey have each denied the accusation. Because of their collaboration, Earl's complaint claims, the $250,000 in legal bills Casey now owes because of the challenge constitute an illegal 'in-kind' contribution to Kasich's campaign. The complaint states that Kasich's campaign should be fined $720,000, or three times the amount by which the contribution exceeded Ohio's $10,000 political donation limit. Earl also claims that Kasich's campaign should face additional fines for not reporting the in-kind contribution and 'actively concealing it.'" [editor's note: A good start, but far from enough. Kasich, Secretary of State John Husted, Kasich's campaign ghouls, and the judges who helped pull off the caper should spend some time in jail, too - TLK] (04/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l8z76qo  

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Marco Rubio

April 15, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Kevin Siers  

Cartoon. (04/14/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/04/marco-rubio-2/  

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Insure Tennessee and GOP

April 15, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Daryl Cagle  

Cartoon. (04/14/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/04/insure-tennessee-and-gop/  

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Rubio’s candidacy still makes no sense

April 13, 2015
posted by

Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"It is worth remembering Romney's example as evidence that presumptive front-runners can and do get away with dissatisfying 'very conservative' primary voters. It doesn't tell us very much about what long-shot, first-time candidates can get away with in a very crowded field. Rubio isn't in Romney’s 2011-2012 position. If we want to compare him to earlier Republican candidates, he is more like McCain in 2000 or Romney in 2008. Both of them had a record of positions that put them at odds with movement conservatives, and both of them were running for president for the first time. McCain took pride in this and ran against Bush from the 'left,' and Romney underwent one of his periodic transmogrifications in order to pretend that he now agreed with movement conservatives on almost everything. Most conservative voters didn't trust either of them, and neither of them won the nomination that year." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p44ctpb  

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Rubio announces presidential campaign

April 13, 2015
posted by

Politico    

"In a historic building that symbolizes the United States' promise and past, Marco Rubio on Monday announced his candidacy for president, playing up his family's immigrant roots and promising to usher in a 'new American century.' The first-term Florida senator, a 43-year-old rising star in the Republican party, said Americans are starting to doubt their economic opportunities. He cast himself as the torchbearer of the next generation of U.S. visionaries who can restore hope. ... Rubio's soaring rhetoric and the venue he chose -- the iconic Freedom Tower, known as the 'Ellis Island of the South' -- underscore the intensely personal nature of his campaign, an effort that's as much about biography as it is about ideas and inspiration." (04/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/owoxd7a  

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The making of Hillary Clinton, part 1

April 13, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair  

"The setting of Hillary’s political compass came in the late Sixties. The fraught year of 1968 saw the Goldwater girl getting a high-level internship in the House Republican Conference with Gerald Ford and Melvin Laird, without an ounce of the Goldwater libertarian pizzazz. Hillary says the assassinations of King and Robert Kennedy, plus the war in Vietnam, hit her hard. The impact was not of the intensity that prompted many of her generation to become radicals. She left the suburb of Park Forest and rushed to Miami to the Republican Convention where she fulfilled a lifelong dream of meeting Frank Sinatra and John Wayne and devoted her energies to saving the Party from her former icon, Nixon, by working for Nelson Rockefeller. Nixon triumphed, and Hillary returned to Chicago in time for the Democratic Convention where she paid an afternoon's visit to Grant Park. By now a proclaimed supporter of Gene McCarthy, she was appalled, not by the spectacle of McCarthy's young supporters being beaten senseless by Daley's cops, but by the protesters' tactics, which she concluded were not viable. Like her future husband, Hillary was always concerned with maintaining viability within the system." (originally published 2007; posted 04/13/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/04/13/80658/  

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Scott Walker’s stadium socialism

April 13, 2015
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by James Bovard  

"Governor Scott Walker has soared to the front of Republican presidential candidates thanks largely to his reputation for fighting wasteful government spending in Wisconsin. Republican faithful across the nation envision Walker as the great hope to finally end Washington budget shenanigans. But a tangled, tawdry stadium subsidy deal Walker is championing raises questions about whether the Wisconsin governor is ready to play in the Big League." (04/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qbdqufl  

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Rand Paul polishes? demolishes? “libertarian” label

April 13, 2015
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Garry Reed Libertarian News Examiner
by Garry Reed  

"Whether The Rand is demolishing or polishing the libertarian image will depend on what kind of libertarian a libertarian is. Capital L politically oriented conservative types will have little pause in punching Paul's ticket to the White House; small L philosophical types won't punch Paul with a 2016 foot poll. Everyone in between are on their own." (04/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/l88tx57  

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Premise is mistaken

April 13, 2015
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The Cagle Post
by Steve Kelley  

Cartoon. (04/09/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/04/premise-is-mistaken/  

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Why it’s so hard to like Rand Paul

April 10, 2015
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Rand Paul is the Republican son of a longtime Republican House member, but let it never be said that he is not open-minded. In 2013, he confided to Sean Hannity, 'I've been kind of disappointed, because honestly there were certain aspects of President Obama that I wanted to like.' I know how he feels. That's how I feel about Rand Paul." (04/09/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/04/09/the-faint-case-for-rand-paul  

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Rand is running

April 9, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Steve Sack  

Cartoon. (04/08/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/04/rand-is-running/  

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US public learning: More government, more problems

April 9, 2015
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Jose Nino  

"[L]iberty-oriented movements within the history of the Republican Party are a dime a dozen: the Goldwater movement, the Reagan Revolution, and the Republican Revolution of 1994, have all come and gone. As such, the choice of Tea Party scions in October [sic] demonstrates more a cyclical 'vote the bums out' mentality rather than a considered rejection of prevailing government philosophies. Yet, in many ways, Republicans have betrayed the very principles that these earlier reform movements stood for. It is no wonder why these movements became stale and have had to be resuscitated by younger generations." (04/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pjtqs5a  

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The Freedom Report Podcast, 04/09/15

April 9, 2015
posted by

The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by  

"Today’s episode of the Freedom Report podcast breaks down Rand Paul's chances to win the presidency." [Flash audio or MP3] (04/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lszwx38  

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Keep Rand Paul weird

April 9, 2015
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Rand Paul, who launched his presidential campaign on Tuesday, calls himself 'a different kind of Republican,' which at this point remains an accurate description. But in his eagerness to win primaries, the libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator runs the risk of shedding the differences that make his voice distinctive and worth hearing. Perhaps the most striking example of politically motivated backpedaling is Paul's recent proposal to raise defense spending by $190 billion over two years with money reallocated from other parts of the federal budget. Four years ago, by contrast, he supported cutting defense spending by $164 billion over five years. Paul seems keen to placate Republicans who absurdly insist that the current defense budget is inadequate, even though it amounts to nearly two-fifths of global military spending." (04/08/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/04/08/keep-rand-paul-weird  

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Can libertarian-leaning Rand Paul really win the GOP nomination?

April 9, 2015
posted by

David Boaz Cato Institute
by David Boaz  

"Sen. Rand Paul has officially announced he's running for president. But can a libertarian-leaning candidate win the Republican nomination and ultimately the presidency? In a political world dominated by the liberal-conservative divide, there are many doubters. But there's growing evidence that Paul can broaden the Republican base and appeal to the broad center of the electorate." (04/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lr7eyog  

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Will president Rand be good for liberty?

April 8, 2015
posted by

Jeffrey Tucker Foundation for Economic Education
by Jeffrey A Tucker  

"'Do you think supporting Rand Paul for President is good for liberty?' Here is my incredibly unsatisfying answer: I don't know. Truly, I don't. Neither do you. Why can't we just admit this? There is something about politics that elicits a faux sense of certainty. No matter how many times that political action contradicts political promise, we still mostly pretend as if we know for certain what will happen when so and so wins." (04/08/15)

http://fee.org/blog/detail/will-president-rand-be-good-for-liberty  

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Defeat the machine

April 8, 2015
posted by

Paul Jacob Common Sense
by Paul Jacob  

"Standing with Rand, as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced yesterday his candidacy for the U.S. Presidency? A banner: 'Defeat the Washington Machine -- Unleash the American Dream.' I know and like Rand, both personally and politically. I love that message. Yet, today, I come not to praise Dr. Paul but to use him as an example about political reality, nuts and bolts." (04/08/15)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2015/04/08/defeat-the-machine/  

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Ron Paul, Bill Clinton, and dynastic dilemmas

April 8, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by David A Graham  

"Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton don't have a lot in common, and what they do have, both sides might like to downplay. But the wrangling ahead of Paul's formal declaration that he's running for president shows one interesting parallel between the two -- the way they're handling their respective eminences grises, Bill Clinton and Ron Paul. Both men are being treated a little like crazy uncles in the attic -- the type everyone knows about but doesn't acknowledge -- and a little like wise gurus essential to victory." (04/08/15)

http://tinyurl.com/n928zb7  

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Note to media: Please stop calling Rand Paul a libertarian

April 8, 2015
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Libertarians argue constantly over what it means to be a libertarian. I bet I've heard a hundred definitions. All of those definitions describe consistent defenders of liberty. None of them describes someone who always says whatever he thinks the crowd he's talking to wants to hear. Some of Paul's defenders claim he's a 'stealth libertarian,' pretending to be a conservative -- but that once he's in White House, he'll reveal his true principles. They're selling a pig in a poke. Buyer beware!" (04/07/15)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/896  

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“Stand with Rand” Paul? But where exactly?

April 8, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Los Angeles Times
by Justin Raimondo  

"'Stand With Rand.' That's Sen. Rand Paul's main slogan as he launches his campaign for the White House. He's holding a 'Stand With Rand' rally in his home state of Kentucky on Tuesday and is holding another 'Stand With Rand' rally in New Hampshire, the traditional first primary state, on Wednesday. It's an unfortunate choice of words, because it underscores the chief problem with his candidacy. For the life of me, I can't figure out what he really believes -- where he really stands, especially when it comes to foreign policy." (04/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kcd3r6t  

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