Posts Tagged ‘ Republican Party ’

Why don’t libertarians like Scott Walker?

March 3, 2015
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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
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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)

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Paul wins CPAC straw poll

March 1, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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)

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Jeb Bush’s empty indictment

February 23, 2015
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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
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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
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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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Jeb Bush’s tech officer resigns after controversial tweets

February 11, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"Jeb Bush's chief technology officer said Tuesday night he resigned from his post, a day after he removed tweets from his personal account that the likely presidential candidate considered to be 'inappropriate.' Ethan Czahor announced his resignation from Bush's political committee following an uproar about tweets dating back to at least 2009 that referenced women as sluts and made other derogatory comments about them." (02/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nhywtc4  

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Republicans on the verge of a nervous breakdown over Obama’s “executive amnesty”

February 8, 2015
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Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Last month, the GOP leadership convinced restrictionists to temporarily hold their fire and pass a Cromnibus spending bill that would fund all federal departments till the end of fiscal 2015, except for DHS, which would be funded only till the end of this month. The plan was to use DHS funding as leverage to get Democrats -- and the president -- to back off on the so-called 'executive amnesty' (their exaggerated term for a three-year reprieve from deportation that does not even offer a path to legalization let alone citizenship) while avoiding a repeat performance of the 2013 government shutdown that splashed so much egg on the GOP’s face. So how's it working out?" (02/06/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kflcbgn  

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GOP unveils new ObamaCare alternative

February 5, 2015
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The Hill    

"Three top Republicans are pushing an alternative to ObamaCare that would scrap the law's mandates while keeping the tax credits that help low-income people buy private insurance coverage. An outline of the plan was made public late Wednesday by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). The plan -- released the same week that the House cast its first vote of the year to repeal ObamaCare -- will compete with several other replacement options as the GOP tries to coalesce around a response to a looming Supreme Court decision that could dismantle the law." (02/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kr7uv2y  

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Aristocracy 2016: Jeb Bush vs. Hillary Clinton

February 5, 2015
posted by

Voices of Liberty
by Winter Trabex  

"In the early months of 2015, the two major American parties -- Democrat and Republican -- are already talking about putting forward candidates for the 2016 election. If past history is any indication, the candidate who comes to office will be markedly different than the candidate whom people thought they voted for. The prestige and power of the office of the president soon goes the head of the person who occupies it, creating tyranny where liberty was promised." (02/04/15)

http://tinyurl.com/noubb4f  

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Romney steps aside

February 2, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Kevin Siers  

Cartoon. (01/30/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/01/romney-steps-aside/  

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Romney bows out of 2016 presidential race

January 30, 2015
posted by

The Hill    

"2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016. In a call with supporters early on Friday, the former Massachusetts governor said it's time to 'give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee.' The Romney team sent an email out to supporters late on Thursday night informing them of a conference call, kicking off speculation that Romney was set to formally announce his candidacy. But a source on the call said Romney announced he will not be running." (01/30/15)

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/231258-mitt-romney-is-out-for-2016  

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Here we go again

January 28, 2015
posted by

Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"The 2016 Republican Presidential nomination campaign silly season is upon us already and it's shaping up just as it did the last time when the ultra right wing religious fanatics in the Party forced Mitt Romney, the best moderate candidate way too far to the right and, as a consequence, he lost a general election which should have easily been won to the incompetent socialist, Barack Obama. Here we go again. Will the Republicans ever learn?" (01/27/15)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2015/01/here-we-go-again.html  

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Sarah Palin slips into self-parody

January 28, 2015
posted by

National Review
by Charles CW Cooke  

"'It would be hard to say,' York observed drily, 'that Palin's 35-minute talk had a theme.' But, one might ask, 'Do they ever?' For a long while now, Palin has not so much contributed arguments and ideas as she has thrown together a one-woman variety show for a band of traveling fans. One part free verse, one part Dada-laden ressentiment, and one part primal scream therapy, Palin's appearances seem to be designed less to advance the ball for the Right and more to ensure that her name remains in the news, that her business opportunities are not entirely foreclosed, and that her hand remains strong enough to justify her role as kingmaker without portfolio. Ultimately, she isn't really trying to change politics; she's trying to be politics -- the system and its complexities be damned. Want to find a figure to which Palin can be reasonably compared? It's not Ronald Reagan. It's Donald Trump." (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kbocbj5  

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Note to GOP: Talking about raising taxes is a bad idea

January 26, 2015
posted by

Marita Noon Heartland Institute
by Marita Noon  

"What are the Republicans thinking? Coming right out of the gate, at the start of the new GOP-controlled Congress, they began talking about the crazy idea of increasing the gasoline tax. It has little chance of passing, yet can easily taint the party with a tax-raising reputation." (01/26/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pd8aer5  

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Republicans drop abortion vote after revolt by female House members

January 23, 2015
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The Guardian [UK]    

"Faced with a party-wide 'meltdown' over young female voters just as they are taking control of Congress, Republicans saw their first major assault on abortion access collapse after a late-night, last-minute meeting on Wednesday. ... House members were due to vote on Thursday for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have instituted a national ban on abortions in the 20th week of pregnancy and later. The legislation was expected to pass easily, as a similar ban did in 2013. But dissent from some of the party’s women drove the bill off the docket." (01/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/qhednlk  

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Why don’t Republicans have an alternative to ObamaCare?

January 20, 2015
posted by

John C. Goodman Forbes
by John C Goodman  

"The Affordable Care Act is one big mess. Even most Democrats know it’s a mess. It’s disliked on the left almost as much as it’s hated on the right. So you would think that Republicans would have a golden opportunity to offer an alternative. But they don’t have one. They’re not even close. Why is that?" (01/19/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5wj4ju  

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Groundhog Day C

January 20, 2015
posted by

The Cagle Post
by Bill Schorr  

Cartoon. (01/19/15)

http://www.cagle.com/2015/01/groundhog-day-c/  

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Ted Cruz: Loose cannon or libertarian reformer?

January 19, 2015
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Reason Reason
by Glenn Garvin  

"Part of Cruz's yahoo image comes from his Tea Party-style positions. Many people still get jolted when a candidate calls not to reform or rein in the IRS but to abolish it. But an even bigger component of the perception is that he spends too much time tilting furiously at windmills. The best example was his campaign in late 2013 to block a continuing budget resolution unless Democrats agreed to delay or defund Obamacare, spearheaded by Cruz's 21-hour filibuster (which included readings from a pair of unlikely soulmates, Ayn Rand and Dr. Seuss)." (for publication 02/15)

http://reason.com/archives/2015/01/17/ted-cruz-loose-cannon-or-liber  

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Finally, an answer to the question “just how freaking stupid is Lindsey Graham?”

January 18, 2015
posted by

Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

[editor's note: The answer is "stupid enough that can't figure out, without the assistance of a committee, that he stands about the same chance of being elected to the presidency of the United States as the corpse of Osama bin Laden does" - TLK] (01/18/15)

http://tinyurl.com/k2g8ab3  

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GOP announces plans to take a dive, have Ernst deliver State of the Union response

January 15, 2015
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NBC News    

"Newly elected Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst will deliver the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Republicans announced Thursday. The freshman senator is the first woman elected to the office from Iowa and the first female combat veteran to serve in the United States Senate." [editor's note: Possible political points to be made notwithstanding, that Lillian Howell voice and Elmer Fudd laugh -- the speaking equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard -- can't help but completely alienate a good third of the electorate before they pay any attention at all to WHAT she's saying - TLK] (01/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/lskt6ak  

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