Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

Ron Paul supporters bolt Rand Paul camp

March 27, 2015
posted by

Politico    

"As he pulls together his expected presidential campaign in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sen. Rand Paul is confronted by defections from an unexpected quarter: the die-hard idealists whose energy powered his father's campaigns. That network of committed supporters was expected to convey to Paul, the natural successor to Ron Paul's libertarian movement, providing him with a plug-and-play ground organization in the make-or-break early voting states. But instead of embracing the Kentucky senator, many of those grass-roots activists are turning their backs on him, disillusioned by the younger Paul's concessions to mainstream politics." (03/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/peqf95o  

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More March Madness!

March 26, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Mark Streeter  

Cartoon. (03/25/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/03/insanity-ii/  

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Ted Cruz announcement

March 25, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Bruce Plante  

Cartoon. (03/24/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/03/ted-cruz-announcement/  

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TX: Cruz to announce presidential bid

March 22, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Texas Senator Ted Cruz, a conservative firebrand who has frequently clashed with leaders of his Republican Party, will announce on Monday that he plans to run for president, an aide told Reuters on Sunday. Cruz will be the first major figure from either party to announce his candidacy for the 2016 election when he speaks at Liberty University, an evangelical Christian school in Virginia. Two other prominent Republican senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, are expected to reveal their plans in coming weeks." (03/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mvvsdxp  

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March madness

March 22, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Rick McKee  

Cartoon. (03/19/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/03/march-madness-6/  

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Rand Paul, revisited

March 18, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"Remember, Sen. Paul has voted for sanctions against Iran: he believes they're a valuable tool. How do we know he wouldn't vote the same way he has in the past? The answer is: we don't know. And that is precisely the problem: one never knows, from one day to the next, what Rand Paul will say or do. Again, Antle contrasts Rand with Ron, pointing out the latter's role as an educator and the former's role as a working politician out to win, as if these are irreconcilable opposites. But is this really the case? A successful politician is a leader, that is, someone who takes a position, sticks to it, and persuades people of the rightness of his stance: in short, he leads rather than follows. So a winning candidate is indeed partly a teacher: aside from which, voters respect a candidate with firm convictions, and tend to despise panderers." (03/18/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/03/17/rand-paul-revisited/  

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Will the GOP once again opt for big government?

March 17, 2015
posted by

Scott Sumner EconLog
by Scott Sumner  

"People often tell me that I should be a Republican. After all, I believe in small government. I point out that the GOP is pro-war on drugs, pro-NSA spying, pro-massive spending on border control, and pro-military adventurism. The response is that the Dems also favor some of that, and in any case the GOP actually wants less spending. I point out that when the GOP finally grabbed all three branches of government for the first time in my life, they immediately proceeded to increase Federal spending as a share of GDP, with a massive new entitlement program and greatly increased Federal involvement in education. They respond, 'that was the old GOP, the new party has repudiated big government.' I doubt it, but we shall see ..." (03/17/15)

http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2015/03/will_the_gop_on.html  

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Are Republicans insane enough to propose a balanced budget?

March 16, 2015
posted by

Our Future
by Bill Scher  

"For years, the Republican House mocked the Senate Democrats for failing to pass a budget. It was an overblown charge: the budget is merely a nonbinding resolution for guidance purposes, not the actual 'appropriations' laws that disperse taxpayer funds to government agencies. But Republicans made passing a budget a benchmark of governance; now they will have to oblige. That means getting the House and Senate to agree, and House Republicans have been obsessed with balancing the budget in 10 years. Which is insane." [editor's note: I agree, ten years is insane. One year should be the absolute maximum; this author, on the other hand, thinks that to "govern like adults" is to just continue spending more than they take in - TLK] (03/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q22hced  

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The Iowa agricultural panderfest

March 13, 2015
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"Political junkies have always been of two minds about the Iowa caucuses' position as the first step on the road to the presidential nomination. On the one hand, Iowa is far less diverse, far more rural, and generally more insular than much of the country. It tells us little about a candidate's broader appeal. On the other hand, its small media market and retail politics allow candidates without huge war chests to compete on a nearly equal footing. Whereas in bigger states, candidates with lots of money can flood the airwaves with advertising, in Iowa, candidates actually have to answer questions from voters and the media in person. Iowa also provides one other valuable service. It lets us see just how far candidates will go in pandering to special interests. And this year, most of the potential Republican candidates are already providing a particularly craven spectacle." (03/12/15)

http://tinyurl.com/q74zczy  

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What’s the deal with Republicans and cannabis?

March 11, 2015
posted by

Voices of Liberty
by Joe Erato  

"As legalization of cannabis is sweeping the nation, the Republican Party has not only taken a hard line in the anti-pot crowd. They are actively working to undermine local governments for passing pro cannabis laws. As a younger person who used to call the Republican Party home, I am deeply disturbed by this. These inconsistencies in beliefs are one of the many things that chased me away from the party. As I matured politically I, like many of my peers, started getting real sick of the rhetoric and I focused on the consistency of stances." (03/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ma855y3  

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Rand Paul’s Munich

March 11, 2015
posted by

Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"What's particularly galling about Rand Paul's opportunism is not only that it reeks of insincerity, as Heilbrunn notes, but also that it isn't even effective. He gains nothing by it: his neoconservative enemies are still attacking him, and even going at it more viciously once they smell his fear. That's how bullies operate, and that the Senator allows himself to be bullied so easily speaks to the major flaw in his political persona, one that militates against his presidential ambitions. ... Faced with vicious attacks from the neoconservative wing of his party, Senator Paul has become the libertarian Neville Chamberlain, meeting with Sheldon Adelson, reversing his position on foreign aid to Israel, and doing everything short of asking Jennifer Rubin out on a date. The Cotton letter is Rand Paul's Munich, a betrayal of his libertarian and anti-interventionist constituency that will not be soon forgotten." (03/11/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/03/10/rand-pauls-munich/  

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Iran: Regime says GOP letters suggests US is “not trustworthy”

March 10, 2015
posted by

Boston Herald    

"Iran's foreign minister said Tuesday a letter from U.S. Republican lawmakers warning that any nuclear deal could be scrapped once President Barack Obama leaves office suggests the United States is 'not trustworthy.' 'This kind of communication is unprecedented and undiplomatic,' Mohammed Javad Zarif was quoted as saying by a state-run TV website. 'In fact it implies that the United States is not trustworthy,' he added. Zarif linked the letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress last week, in which the Israeli leader argued against the emerging agreement." [editor's note: I doubt that the Iranians are only just now noticing that the US is untrustworthy - TLK] (03/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oc4zvtw  

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Marijuana federalism is principled and popular

March 9, 2015
posted by

Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Cruz's apparent turnaround reflects a political reality that he and other candidates for the Republican presidential nomination will have to confront. Although most members of their party still support pot prohibition, most Americans don't, and even within the GOP the staunchest drug warriors are dying off, while Republicans in their 20s and 30s strongly favor legalization. As with gay marriage, Republican politicians face a generational shift that will leave them struggling to placate social conservatives without alienating younger, more tolerant voters. Cruz's calibration -- I don't personally favor legalization, but as a conservative constitutionalist I think the issue should be left to the states -- is the easiest way to strike that balance." (03/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pe64s72  

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Is the libertarian moment over?

March 9, 2015
posted by

W. James Antle III The American Conservative
by W James Antle III  

"Scott Walker's rapid rise finally seems to have dented Rand Paul's numbers in the national polls testing who Republicans want to see as their 2016 presidential nominee. While Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have fallen behind, as late as mid-February Paul was still in the double digits even in polls showing Walker competitive with Jeb Bush. Now three national polls -- McClatchy/Marist, Quinnipiac and Public Policy Polling -- have the Kentucky senator in the single digits. He's ahead of candidates like Rubio and Cruz, yet in the RealClearPolitics polling average Paul not only trails Walker and Bush but also Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson. Is the libertarian moment over? More hawkish conservatives certainly hope so." [editor's note: Even if there is a "libertarian moment," neither the Republican Party in general nor Rand Paul in particular have anything to do with it - TLK] (03/09/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o4rc8qh  

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SC: Poll says Lindsey Graham for president is less popular in his own state than marriage freedom

March 5, 2015
posted by

Charleston Post and Courier    

"If U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham heeds what South Carolina voters are saying in a new poll, he'll be sitting out the 2016 presidential race. ... Poll results released Wednesday by Winthrop University in Rock Hill once again show most South Carolinians -- six out of 10 -- say Graham should give up on exploring a White House bid. ... More than half of those who took part, nearly 53 percent, said they think marriages between same-sex couples should not be recognized by the law as valid." (03/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ptb53jq  

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Why don’t libertarians like Scott Walker?

March 3, 2015
posted by

The Libertarian Republic The Libertarian Republic
by Charles Barr  

"Ideally, a more libertarian candidate for president would have a sound economic background while supporting civil rights and a more constitutional approach to governing -- both at home and abroad. This puts Walker at odds with this limited approach to governing a state, and would likely put him at odds with this limited approach to governing a nation. Additionally, it also means that a plan to win the presidency is in place that includes minority outreach, young voter support, and a message that is consistent with is or her governing record (which also appeals to these voters)." (03/03/15)

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/dont-libertarians-like-scott-walker/  

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Is Carly Fiorina the GOP’s Anti-Hillary?

March 2, 2015
posted by

The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Kristen Doerer  

"Carly Fiorina is almost certainly running for president. At first glance, Fiorina doesn’t seem like much of a 2016 presidential contender. Despite that, organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference gave her a desirable speaking slot on February 26, the conference's opening day -- just after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and before right-wing favorite Ted Cruz. If elected, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard would not only be the first woman president; she’d be the first not to have held an elected post." [editor's note: From what I've seen she's just as interventionist as HRC, but I'm open to proof otherwise - SAT] (02/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qyl87ov  

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Paul wins CPAC straw poll

March 1, 2015
posted by

Reuters Reuters    

"Senator Rand Paul won a straw poll of conservative activists on Saturday, giving his potential bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 a boost, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came in second in a surprising show of strength. Whether the victory for Paul will have long-lasting benefit is unclear, since his libertarian [sic] views may not have broad appeal in the Republican Party. Paul, a 52-year-old Kentucky Republican, outdistanced most other potential candidates by taking 25.7 percent of the vote at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a gathering of activists on Washington's outskirts of Washington." (03/01/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nasnt7u  

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MO: State Auditor Thomas Schweich dead in apparent suicide

February 26, 2015
posted by

CNN CNN    

"Thomas Schweich, the 54-year-old state auditor who'd just won a second term while running unopposed in 2014, was pronounced deceased from a single gunshot wound, possibly self-infliction, according to a Clayton Police Department press release. Detectives are conducting an investigation and an autopsy is pending, authorities said. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said Schweich's wife, who was in another room, heard him making phone calls -- and then a gunshot. It happened just hours after Schweich had requested interviews with the Post-Dispatch and The Associated Press at his home." (02/26/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/26/politics/missouri-politician-suicide/  

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Walker’s “Sarah Palin” problem: What’s really behind his media hostility

February 25, 2015
posted by

Salon
by Heather Digby Parton  

[T]the definition of the gotcha has undergone a subtle change over the years. Where it was once thought to be a question about their personal life or history designed to embarrass the candidate with the mere insinuation, today's gotcha is almost always a question rudely designed to test the candidate's knowledge of the issues and skill in navigating treacherous political controversies. (They can thank George W. Bush and Sarah Palin for that -- they made it obvious these tests were necessary.) Scott Walker, for instance, was making the apparently requisite GOP primary candidate's pilgrimage to Britain where he was quizzed about whether or not he believes in evolution. ... According to the right wing this is the worst kind of gotcha journalism because it is irrelevant and solely designed to embarrass the Governor. ... It is certainly relevant to the evangelical community from which Scott Walker hails and from whom he will need to draw support in the primaries. The fact that so many Republicans consider asking about evolution to to be a gotcha question is revealing. Evidently they believe that most Americans would find it embarrassing if their candidate said he believes what a substantial faction of their party believes. (They are,of course, right about that.)" (02/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/m4rzvuz  

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The rise and fall of Rubio

February 24, 2015
posted by

The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"[E]verything that could have gone right for Rubio in 2010 did. So far, almost everything that could have gone wrong for a Rubio presidential campaign has gone wrong. First, Rubio has a lot more competition, and most of that competition is much more credible and harder to caricature than Crist ever was. Meanwhile, Rubio's own credibility with his original core of supporters has suffered because of the immigration debacle. Instead of being the insurgent that he claimed to be in 2010, Rubio embraced the conventional wisdom in D.C. about what the GOP had to do on immigration, and he aligned himself with the party's donors and elites against most of its supporters. On top of that, instead of sticking to his guns on that issue when he faced a backlash he immediately backtracked and went into damage-control mode for the next year or two. The critic of the opportunist Crist had become a bit too opportunistic himself." (02/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ln3k9cu  

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Jeb Bush’s empty indictment

February 23, 2015
posted by

Steve Chapman Reason
by Steve Chapman  

"Foreign policy is a complicated and bottomless topic, which forces politicians to address it with abstract words and punchy sound bites. Smart politicians know the difference between the messy realities and the simple pictures they paint. The danger lies with politicians who mistake the slogans for reality. Jeb Bush asserts that when it comes to these matters, he should not be confused with his brother or his father. 'I am my own man,' he declared in a speech Wednesday before the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. In fact, it would be unfair to suggest that he got all his ideas about the world from his brother and father. It would be equally off-base to suggest that he has any of his own. What he, like most of the other Republicans who may run for president, has are muscular-sounding bromides that substitute for understanding." (02/23/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/02/23/jeb-bushs-empty-indictment  

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How school choice could come back to bite Republicans in the butt

February 16, 2015
posted by

Joy Pullmann Heartland Institute
by Joy Pullmann  

"Obama and Republicans have common ground on K-12 education in one major area: Charter schools. In this, Obama has long bucked the teachers union gorillas in the Democrat closet. And who can really rage against charter schools, given that high-quality studies keep showing these independent public schools educate children better and for less cost than traditional public schools? Unions can, but Obama occasionally ignores them, since they backed Hillary instead of him in 2008. The problem with federal support for charter schools is the problem with federal support for a lot of things: Federal support usually means money with strings attached, which often ends up suffocating the thing you’re trying to inflate." (02/16/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pvokowq  

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Ted Cruz, closet Keynesian

February 16, 2015
posted by

Mother Jones
by Andy Kroll  

"There are few members of Congress more opposed to using government funds to boost the economy than Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). As a candidate in 2011, he blasted President Barack Obama's job creation agenda as 'yet another rehash of the same big-government stimulus programs that have consistently failed to generate jobs.' ... But before entering politics, when he was a $695-an-hour lawyer in private practice, Cruz once delivered a full-throated defense of the stimulus spending he now condemns." (02/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mpdd7lh  

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The debt and the GOP

February 12, 2015
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D Tanner  

"With our national debt now passing the $18 trillion mark, and rising at the rate of $40 to $50 billion per month, it is worth taking a look at where the putative Republican presidential candidates stand on the question. Do they see it as a major issue? Would they deal with it by cutting spending or raising taxes? Are they willing to take the political heat in order to reform the entitlements (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security) that are the real drivers of the debt? Or are they content to offer platitudes about cutting 'fraud, waste, and abuse?'" [editor's note: "Our" national debt? I never signed any of those promissory notes, nor have I ever given anyone else permission to name me as a guarantor! - TLK] (02/11/15)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/debt-gop  

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