Let Rand Paul have his epic filibuster and Ted Cruz his scowling threats to shut down the government. Let Chris Christie thunder to a second term as the governor of New Jersey, his hubris flowering as his ultimate designs on the White House take shape. Jeb Bush, lying low in the subtropics of Florida, has something they don’t: the unalloyed affection of many of the Republican Party’s most influential moneymen, who are waiting for word on what he’ll do, hoping that he’ll seek the 2016 presidential nomination
Comments: The ultimate put-down for Jeb... Praise from super-liberal, gay-columnist in residence, New York Times poster-child for effete idiocy, Frank Bruni. Gosh! Bet this will change the minds of us great unwashed.
A big government statist is still a statist, no matter what Party label he/she takes. I want a true conservative, who runs on restoring America to Founding principles, energy independence, and has appreciation and respect for the liberty of its citizens. Citizens who have a right to work and keep the fruits of their labor. The next President must be properly vetted and not a foreign born Communist.
Republicans who wave the white flag before the Democrat Party are only Democrats by another name. They are complicit in our current state of peril. It is time for a Constitution Party or something similar.
HRC would eat Bush alive if we were silly enough to choose him in the primary. The TEA party needs to work like it has never worked before to get a real conservative on the ticket. 2016 is a mandatory election for America´s survival.
I fully expect to see obama´s ugly head in a third attempt to become dictator for life. He and the harpie will not voluntarily give up the life that they have stolen from the taxpayers.
Jeb is one child I´d leave behind. As likeable and "classy" as the Bush family is, much of what we currently face in both foreign and domestic/economic affairs has roots in their administrations. I´ve learned my lesson.
The Bush family males may have started out republican, but they all married democrat women. The ladies hide their agendas well, but you can still tell their influence in a lot of the policies of the two presidents.
After the snide remarks the senior Mrs. Bush made for the record about Palin, I have lost a lot of respect for her. They say that class will tell, and in her case, it sure did.
I have a feeling we´ve been through all this before.
The Left is again telling us who our nominee is going to be, someone they would consider the least offensive to them, the least right-wing, who is intelligent and thoughtful and not a tea drinker.
Many Republican voters: "The Left won´t be able to attack THIS nominee because he agrees with them on some (or most) things/he is actually "smart" for a Republican/he saved the Olympics!/he is not as "evil" as most Republicans, the Republican talking heads assure us Romney is a sure thing, etc.
Will the Left pick our nominee yet again? McCain, Romney, now another Bush? Remember, the Bushes consider the toad Bill Clinton as a beloved member of the family while they denigrate the tea party (GHW Bush: "What IS the tea party?" B. Bush: "She´s (Palin) very attractive and I hope she stays in Alaska") youtube
Like Palin, I voted for Bush Senior twice and W twice and they are to be admired for many reasons. But did the powerful Bushes really have to denigrate an ordinary person who succeeded all the way to governor without family wealth, connections, some kind of privilege, or powerful husband or sleeping her way to the top like so many in DC? No, they didn´t have to but they did, more than once.
With all his bags of money, business, Harvard and political connections, and the backing of the entire Republican machine along with B. Bush´s annointment (interview on youtube), Romney still couldn´t pull it off.
I say we nominate someone we really want and then defend that person to the absolute hilt when he/she is attacked by the media, the Liberals, and our own party.
Frustration with our recent presidential nominees is understandable, but if we recall the circumstances which led to each of their selections we can see that, aside from the two incumbent presidents, they were essentially default nominees who won in the absence of viable and appealing conservative alternatives.
We need to get away from this notion that these candidates were "picked" by the "establishment" and the liberal media. They may have been favored by them, but in the primaries People Power can win out IF there is a candidate who has earned the trust of conservatives, knows how to take the initiative and present a case, and can appeal to the younger voters and the soccer boobs who may be inclined at first to support HRC.
But finding that potential candidate and getting him or her into the ring - THAT´S the rub. Until we can pull that off I think it is useless and perhaps counterproductive to continually bash the familiar figures and some anonymous, murky "establishment".
#14, f every person, in or out of politics, is to be dismissed if they have ever said a doubting word about the former demi-governor of Alaska, there will be no one still standing to run on any ticket. It´s time to move past the past.
There isn´t going to be a candidate who meets every one of our varying priorities, so those of you who are waiting for that person are going to be disappointed.
I can see many good possibilities among the ones whose names are now being thought about. I also see many whose names aren´t coming up, but there is time. I intend to find the one who comes closest to what I want and then I will work like the devil to get that person nominated and then elected. I have no room in my world for "we are doomed".
Enough with the whining about who picks our nominees. Whining is for liberals. Republican voters--and no one else--picked Romney and McCain, in part because there were no plausible conservative alternatives, just a bunch of bumbling vanity candidates (a stammering Perry, a silly Bachman...).
So if you want someone to blame, look in the mirror
If the principled conservatives at LCom can´t agree on who exactly is a RINO and who isn´t, how will a third party work? It won´t, because no third party candidate will make all the absolutists happy. You´ll need a fourth, fifth, and sixth party--perhaps more--to satisfy everyone. It will also ensure a Democratic presidency and a Democratic congress for the next fifty years, but hey...at least you won´t have to hold your nose.
Open primaries have just about killed the opportunity to elect a conservative Republican to office. The Democrats run one person with no challengers, and the Republicans run five, from conservative like Ted Cruz to liberal like John McCain. The Democrats say, "No need to vote in my primary, I´ll make sure those evil, nasty Republicans don´t elect a Neanderthal like Cruz--I´ll vote for McCain. That way if the Democrat loses, I won´t have it too bad."
Then we end up with only RINOs in the general election. Oh, and the RNC loads the front of the primary with purplish-red states so the squishiest candidates do the best and the conservatives wind up dropping after a few primary elections. I never got to vote for a conservative presidential nominee because they had all dropped out by the time my state´s primary was run.
George Mason’s home, Gunston Hall, just down the river from Mount Vernon, is closed on Thanksgiving Day but reopens to visitors the day after. In this season when Americans reflect upon all that we are grateful for, these stately and hallowed grounds are a good place to start. Commonly referred to as the “forgotten founder,” George Mason IV had a fair amount of contempt for politics. Especially politicians. It was a dirty, grubby affair that attracted mostly dirty, grubby people. In other words, Mason was clairvoyant.
SAN FRANCISCO — Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will recommend that President Obama act alone if necessary to create new national monuments and sidestep a gridlocked Congress that has failed to address dozens of public lands bills. Jewell said the logjam on Capitol Hill has created a conservation backlog, and she warned that the Obama administration would not "hold its breath forever" waiting for lawmakers to act. "The president will not hesitate," Jewell said in an interview in San Francisco last week. "I can tell you that there are places that are ripe for setting aside."
Of all the events commemorating the half-century since the Kennedy assassination, Ted Kennedy Jr. said Saturday night’s reunion of John F. Kennedy’s White House staff was the one not to be missed. “I don’t want to go to Arlington Cemetery,’’ he told hostess Nancy Hogan Dutton. “What I want is to be here in your home.’’ The point of the gathering of about 100 old friends was not the death of the president but his life — and theirs when they worked for him. No matter what they went on to achieve, reaching for the moon was hard to top.
An overdue measure to outlaw employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity cleared a procedural hurdle on Monday night in the Senate. The move is one step toward putting into federal law a basic principle most Americans support: Job applicants and employees should be judged on their professional credentials and the caliber of their work, and not be held back because of who they are. The Employment Nondiscrimination Act, however, has a significant flaw — a terribly broad religious exemption
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was the honoree at the annual Jack Kemp Leadership Award Dinner on Monday night, delivering a speech that laid out ways conservatives can advance the “American idea” that the dinner’s namesake advocated. Bush advocated free market principles, especially in energy policy.We should let market forces, not crony capitalism, decide where to invest and how to incentivize citizens to conserve,” Bush, a possible GOP candidate in 2016, said, advocating approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, “rational” regulations on fracking, and opening federal lands to drilling. “A real energy strategy could add an additional 1 percent growth over
Our leaders unite — against us Just when you thought nobody around here could agree on anything, Democrats and Republicans in Congress come together to unanimously express their unified and unwavering view of the innocent American taxpayer: SCREW YOU! That’s right. You can’t get these people to agree on whether it’s raining outside, but when it comes to their deep disdain for us suckers paying all the bills around here, a hot case of venereal bipartisanship breaks out all over the place.
Appearing on Andrea Mitchell´s MSNBC 1 p.m. ET hour show on Tuesday, Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy slammed the press for not doing its job in pointing out the hypocrisy of ObamaCare being delayed for certain groups but not for all Americans: "...the media won´t even ask the question about, ´Why are you [the Obama administration] treating families different than big businesses?´...That´s how pathetic, I think, news reporting has become, when we won´t ask tough questions to the administration.
Perhaps no historical figure is more deeply mired in legend and myth than Jesus of Nazareth. Outside of the Gospels — which are not so much factual accounts of Jesus but arguments about His religious significance — there is almost no trace of this simple Galilean peasant who inspired the world’s largest religion. But there’s enough biblical scholarship about the historical Jesus to raise questions about some of the myths that have formed around Him over the past 2,000 years. 1. Jesus was born in Bethlehem. The first Christians seem to have had little interest in Jesus’s early years. Stories about His
KENNEBUNK, Maine — Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, attended the ceremony joining Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen as private citizens and friends on Saturday, said spokesman Jim McGrath. Thorgalsen posted a photo on her Facebook page showing Bush signing the marriage license as a witness. She captioned the photo: “Getting our marriage license witnessed!” In the photo, Bush is seated in a wheelchair, a stack of papers on his lap and his left hand poised with a pen. One bright red sock
In what has become an annoying and unnecessary annual ritual, Congressional Republicans and the White House have staked out their political ground as we approach this year’s Season of the Witch—the time when any remaining shred of reason in government is retired in favor of political posturing over the debt ceiling. Appearing this morning on ABC’s “This Week”, Obama made clear that he has no interest whatsoever in cooperating with Speaker John Boehner’s demand for budget cuts in trade for House GOPers permitting the government to pay the debts it has already incurred.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL League Commissioner Roger Goodell defended the Washington Redskins’ name three months ago to members of Congress who had urged that it be changed. “The Washington Redskins name has thus from its origin represented a positive meaning distinct from any disparagement that could be viewed in some other context,” Mr. Goodell wrote June 5. “For the team’s millions of fans and customers, who represent one of America’s most ethnically and geographically diverse fan bases, the name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.” It therefore was a welcome development to hear this recent and more thoughtful
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Miss Kansas Theresa Vail says she wants to break the stereotype that women with visible tattoos don’t compete in pageants. So during the swimsuit portion of the Miss America competition on Tuesday, Vail revealed two tattoos – the Serenity Prayer on her right side and the insignia of the U.S. Army Dental Corps on her left shoulder. Vail is a 22-year-old senior at Kansas State University. She’s also a member of the Army National Guard who wants to become a military dentist. Her platform is helping women overcome stereotypes and break barriers.
The question all week long was this: Who are you going to believe, an illegal alien or the president of the United States of America? Obviously, if it’s a president who once went by an alias, Barry Soetoro, you go with Uncle Omar, 100 percent, no questions asked. And so it was that the White House finally admitted to another, uh, misstatement — despite previous denials, Barack/Barry did sleep on his beloved Uncle Omar’s couch in Cambridge when he first moved here to attend Harvard Law School (speaking of which, we’re still waiting to see the president’s grades and his LSAT scores). But the
How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible? At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting. The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface. First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a new five-year strategic plan to improve safety for elderly drivers and passengers. Although they are statistically among the safest on the road, the number of older drivers is increasing dramatically — and with it, that group´s numbers of injuries and deaths. Since 2003, the population of older adults, defined as age 65 and older, has increased by 20% and the number of licensed older drivers increased by 21% to 35 million in 2012, according to NHTSA. Last year, NHTSA reported that 5,560 people older than 65 died and 214,000 were injured
President Barack Obama’s Facebook page on Saturday posted a message honoring the dead from Pearl Harbor—accompanied by a picture of Obama descending the stairs next to the Pearl Harbor Memorial. The picture barely fits the name of the Arizona Memorial so it can frame Obama in the foreground. The post´s statement reads: Today, with solemn pride and reverence, let us remember those who fought and died at Pearl Harbor, acknowledge everyone who carried their legacy forward, and reaffirm our commitment to upholding the ideals for which they served. President Obama The Obama Administration´s current shipbuilding plan shrinks the size of
Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack,
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the hapless, goalpost-shifting so-called "architect" of Obamacare, told Fox News´ Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that President Barack Obama´s promise "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor" was absolutely true--with one important caveat: if you like your doctor, "you can pay for it." Wallace grilled Dr. Emanuel, challenging his false claims that California´s enrollment was keeping pace with the percentage of the young population necessary to keep the system afloat, and pointing out that the president´s promise on doctors would collapse once people lost their insurance or their
The U.S. isn´t called "America the Beautiful" for nothing. Each year, millions of tourists come from home and abroad to see the country´s majestic landscape and iconic sites, from the Grand Canyon to the Statue of Liberty. But there are also cool, quirky attractions, like Vermont´s Ben & Jerry´s Factory and Tennessee´s Graceland, the former home of Rock and Roll King Elvis Presley. From California to New York and everywhere in between, the country is chock-full of incredible attractions that keep luring in visitors. Here are the best tourist attractions in every state.
A veteran Washington adviser who has worked for four Presidents on both sides of the political aisle said that the stunning Government Accountability Report report that found President Barack Obama has not had a one-on-one meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius since the passage of Obamacare over three years ago is an indictment of the entire White House operation and shows that the Obama administration has bordered on "malfeasance." "I have no doubt the White House is right, that Secretary Sebelius was in several group meetings with the president about health care," Gergen caveated, "but the whole
Although the jobless rate in November fell to its lowest level since he took office, President Obama called on Republican lawmakers Saturday to spend tens of billions on unemployment benefits that are set to expire this month. “It shouldn’t be a partisan issue,” Mr. Obama said in his weekly address. But he said the “economic lifeline” is in jeopardy. “All because Republicans in this Congress — which is on track to be the most unproductive in history — have so far refused to extend it” Mr. Obama said. If Congress doesn’t act before lawmakers leave on their holiday break, about
Many people could die as extreme weather becomes common. There will be more freak winds like the October storm, which killed four people. Heatwaves will be lethal and the sea level will rise, leaving coastal towns at risk of being swamped by storm surges. Sir Brian Heap, president of the European Academies Science Advisory Council, said he felt “obliged” to issue the warning after a new study by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. It comes on the back of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, which has killed more than 5,000 people. Sir Brian said: “Given the tragic events this
Call me Grinch, call me Scrooge. Call me Lord Voldemort of the Yuletide. None could be worse than sending me a holiday card with glossy photographs of your lovely, smiling family. My wife, Emily, and I place your cards like trophies on our shelves, continuing an old-school practice that began about 175 years ago as a way of maintaining relationships as families and friends moved far and wide. Today’s cards may appear more personalized — with photos of spouses, kids and pets, and distribution lists much smaller than a sprawling collection of Facebook friends. But when I flip over the photo
Chris Matthews is crazy. Nevertheless, when left-wingers talk openly with one another, their craziness can be revealing. That is the case, I think, with this remarkable MSNBC clip. Matthews, fresh from his kneepad interview with President Obama, praises what he terms a uniquely brilliant insight by Al Sharpton: South Africa’s white politicians of the apartheid era were more patriotic than today’s Republicans: I haven’t heard anything as smart as what I heard Reverend Sharpton say a moment go in five years. The difference between the way F.W. de Klerk handled the need for change and the election – democratic election