Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat”

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Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat” (Credit: Wikipedia)

RAND PAUL FOR PRESIDENT:  Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens has made his choice for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate — Sen. Rand Paul. He writes that the GOP nominee has to be Paul and no-one else. Why? Because the Republican Party needs a “humbling landslide defeat.” Music to the ears of Democrats. Hillary Clinton, who would eviscerate him in a debate, particularly on his naivete on Iran. During an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Sen. Paul said that he didn’t think it was a good idea to rule out containment of Iran.

This man is Rand Paul, the junior senator from a state with eight electoral votes. The man who, as of this writing, has three years worth of experience in elected office. Barack Obama had more political experience when he ran for president. That’s worked out well.

Mr. Paul was in New Hampshire last weekend, speaking to conservative activists at the Freedom Summit, emphasizing the need for Republicans to do a better job of reaching out to Hispanics and African-Americans.

It’s a fine message. Or rather, it would be a fine message if it weren’t for Mr. Paul’s long political association with Jack Hunter, aka the “Southern Avenger,” a former radio shock jock who co-wrote Mr. Paul’s 2011 book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.” On April 14, 2004—the 139th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination—Mr. Hunter wrote a column titled ” John Wilkes Booth Was Right.” He also lamented that “whites are not afforded the same right to celebrate their own cultural identity” as blacks and Hispanics.

Mr. Hunter remained a member of Mr. Paul’s staff until last July, when the Washington Free Beacon broke the story. Afterward, Mr. Hunter recanted his views and pleaded amnesia. As for Mr. Paul, he defended his former aide, saying he had merely been “stupid,” that he had been “unfairly treated by the media,” and that “he got along fine with everybody in the office, treated everyone fairly, regardless of race or religion.”

So can we now, um, switch the subject?

Yes, we can. Let’s move on to a YouTube video of Mr. Paul in April 2009, offering his insights to a college group on foreign policy. Channeling Dwight Eisenhower, the future senator warned “we need to be so fearful of companies that get so big that they can actually be directing policy.”

“When the Iraq war started, Halliburton got a billion-dollar no-bid contract. Some of the stuff has been so shoddy and so sloppy that our soldiers are over there dying in the shower from electrocution.”

Then he gets to his real point: Dick Cheney, who opposed driving all the way to Baghdad when he was defense secretary in the first Bush administration, later went to work for Halliburton. “Makes hundreds of millions of dollars, their CEO. Next thing you know, he’s back in government and it’s a good thing to go into Iraq.”

Mr. Paul’s conclusion: “9/11 became an excuse for a war they already wanted in Iraq.” Source: Wall Street Journal

I have to admit, Bret Stephens had me going for a minute. But let me also add Sen. Paul tried to rewrite the whole civil rights movement during a speech at Howard University. That didn’t sit well with the black community, who won’t be coming out in droves to support a Rand Paul candidacy.  While we are at it, he should pick Louie Gohmert (R-TX) as his running mate.

Um, get out the popcorn…the GOP infighting as we go into the 2016 presidential election cycle is just starting and promises to be chock full of fireworks and drama! By the way, Bret Stephens wasn’t the only one bashing Rand Paul today.  Jennifer Rubin and Richard Cohen in the Washington Post both have scathing articles blasting him for a variety of ‘sins.’

 Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs Humbling Landslide Defeat

Mike Huckabee: More Freedom in North Korea Than in United States

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Mike Huckabee: More Freedom in North Korea Than in United States (Credit: Wikipedia)

It seems that the slate of potential Republican presidential candidates will do and say anything to appeal to the fringe element in the party.

Fox News personality and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who appeared at a New Hampshire event(#NHFreedomSummit), is quoted as saying: “I am beginning to think there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States,” citing TSA patdowns. Um, really?

Since he knows so much about North Korea, he should move there. The fact is, Mike Huckabee owes every American an apology for such inflammatory rhetoric.

Twitter exploded over Mike Huckabee’s North Korea comment:

Mitt Romney’s Top Donors Back Ex-FL Gov. Jeb Bush for 2016 Presidential Election

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Mitt Romney’s Top Donors Back Ex-FL Gov. Jeb Bush for 2016 Presidential Election (Credit: White House Archives)

Opinion:  It’s beginning to look like we could have another Bush running for the White House in the 2016 presidential elections. The ghost of George W. Bush will rear its ugly head and to the Democrats’ benefit. Let’s not forget that Jeb Bush was the one who signed Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground legislation into law.

The Washington Post reports, “Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush to run in the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.”

“Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP’s brightest hope to win back the White House.”

It’s interesting to note:  “Many if not most of Mitt Romney’s major donors are reaching out to Bush and his confidants with phone calls, e-mails and invitations to meet, according to interviews with 30 senior Republicans. One bundler estimated that the ‘vast majority’ of Romney’s top 100 donors would back Bush in a competitive nomination fight.”

All I can say to a Jeb Bush presidential candidacy is no….just no!

 Mitt Romneys Top Donors Back Ex FL Gov. Jeb Bush for 2016 Presidential Election

Florida Suspends Noncitizen Voter Roll Purge, Cites Federal Database Upgrade

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Florida Suspends Noncitizen Voter Roll Purge, Cites Federal Database Upgrade (Photo Credit: Raw Story)

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner is suspending the state’s efforts to remove noncitizens from the voter rolls due to changes in the federal database, known as SAVE, which is used to check the citizenship status of voters until 2015. If Gov. Rick Scott had his way, all Democrats would be purged from the his state’s voter rolls.

Don’t be lulled into thinking they won’t try to muck up the system right in time for the 2014 midterm elections and most certainly in time for the presidential elections. This is just a hiccup in their scheme.

You will recall there were previous efforts to purge voter rolls ahead of the 2012 presidential election. Political groups and activists said the removals disproportionately targeted black and Hispanic voters — both groups more likely to vote Democratic.

 

Changes Made to Bill to Allow Rand Paul to Seek Re-election, 2016 Presidency

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Changes Made to Bill to Allow Rand Paul to Seek Re-election, 2016 Presidency

Is Sen. Rand Paul a step closer to running for the White House? Changes have been made to legislation that would allow Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to run for Senate and president simultaneously. The bill now heads to committee in Kentucky state legislature on Thursday .

The bill specifies that a Kentuckian can be on the same ballot twice as long as one of those offices is president or vice president. State law now says no candidate can appear on the same ballot twice.

Thayer, R-Georgetown, told the Herald-Leader on Thursday morning that his committee substitute to Senate Bill 205 is modeled after a Wisconsin statute that allowed 2012 Republican vice presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to run for both seats at the same time.

The bill is set for a hearing in the Senate State and Local Government Committee at noon.

The original version of the bill, which Thayer filed last week, said a candidate could appear on a ballot twice if one or both of the offices was federal. That raised concerns among some Republicans that the door would swing open for state lawmakers to run for re-election and U.S. Congress at the same time.

Adopting the Wisconsin statute, Thayer said, would eliminate that concern. Source: Kentucky.com

The 2016 presidential GOP clown car is filling up slowly but surely. Donkeys will fly if Rand Paul wins the White House.

 Changes Made to Bill to Allow Rand Paul to Seek Re election, 2016 Presidency

Sen. John McCain Wants to Push US into Full-Scale War with Russia Over Ukraine

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Sen. John McCain Wants to Push US into Full-Scale War with Russia Over Ukraine

The Republican drum beats pushing the U.S. into a full scale war are getting louder and louder. Sen. John McCain would like nothing more than for us to engage in yet another ill-advised war. Of course, true to self, John McCain sought to undermine President Obama on his foreign policy, while pushing for the U.S. to send troops into Ukraine to confront the Russians directly.

Here is Sen. McCain’s full statement:

“I am deeply concerned that Russia’s ongoing military intervention in Crimea may soon expand to eastern Ukraine. Yesterday, President Obama said that Russia would face ‘costs’ if it intervened militarily in Ukraine. It is now essential for the President to articulate exactly what those costs will be and to take steps urgently to impose them.

Russia’s use of force in Ukraine is unfolding in clear violation of Russia’s own commitments to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, including under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum. None of us should be under any illusion about what President Putin is capable of doing in Ukraine, especially now that he has requested, and the Russian Duma has approved, the deployment of Russian troops, not just in Crimea but in the country of Ukraine.

Every moment that the United States and our allies fail to respond sends the signal to President Putin that he can be even more ambitious and aggressive in his military intervention in Ukraine. There is a range of serious options at our disposal at this time without the use of military force. I call on President Obama to rally our European and NATO allies to make clear what costs Russia will face for its aggression and to impose those consequences without further delay.”

How long will John McCain continue his diva-ish behavior as a result of the shellacking he got from Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential election? He sounds like an angry old man.

The drum beats from the Republicans are getting louder…. So easy for armchair quarterbacks to give their two cents.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who is on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said President Obama must “lead a meaningful, unified response” to the crisis in the Ukraine, which he has failed to do thus far. He also said, “The Russian government has felt free to intervene militarily in Ukraine because the United States, along with Europe, has failed to make clear there would be serious, potentially irreparable consequences to such action.” He said Congress would consider targeted sanctions against Russia.

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) took to a step further by saying, “History judges perpetrators of these actions poorly, as it does those who stand idly by.””Our response should be demonstrate the U.S. stands by its friends against bullies.” McKeon called Putin a ‘would-be empire builder” whose actions are a “throwback” to the Cold War. He accused Russia of violating the “freedoms of all Ukranians.”

Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) took an even uglier approach. He said, “Emboldened by President Obama’s trembling inaction, Vladimir Putin has invaded the Crimea region of Ukraine.” He rattled off a series of potential actions President Obama could take against Russia if they don’t withdraw from Crimea – revoking travel visas, freezing assets of senior Russian officials, rescheduling the G-8 summit in Sochi, suspending Russia from the forum of governments, and recalling the U.S. ambassador to Russia. WTAE reports.

Cotton said, “Putin must be punished for his outlaw actions and the Russian people and elites must recognize they will pay a price for them.” He added, “The hours ahead will decide whether this invasion of Crimea is repelled or expanded to the whole of Ukraine, and whether the West finally confronts Putin or again blinks in disgrace.” he said.

Separately, the Washington Post is out with a strongly-worded editorial, criticizing President Obama for simply condemning Russia’s invasion into Crimea:

As Mr. Obama noted, it would also be a blatant violation of Russia’s commitments, including the 1994 Budapest memorandum, in which Moscow pledged to the United States and Britain that it would respect Ukraine’s independence and borders in exchange for the removal of its nuclear weapons. It could create another chronic trouble spot in Europe — particularly as Crimea’s population includes a large minority of Ukrainian speakers as well as Crimean Tatars, a Muslim group that rejects Russian rule.

Mr. Obama and European leaders must act quickly to prevent Ukraine’s dismemberment. Missing from the president’s statement was a necessary first step: a demand that all Russian forces — regular and irregular — be withdrawn from all parts of Crimea outside the Sevastopol naval base and that Moscow recognize the authority of the Kiev government in the region. If Mr. Putin does not comply, Western leaders should make clear that Russia will pay a heavy price — not just in “condemnation,” but in economic and diplomatic sanctions.

The last thing Europe needs is a civil war breaking out in the Ukraine. It would be detrimental to American and European interests. But putting American boots on the ground or engaging in an outright war, isn’t the answer.

Michele Bachmann Says President Obama Got Elected Because of White Guilt Over Slavery

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Michele Bachmann Says President Obama Got Elected Because of White Guilt Over Slavery

Former GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says the U.S. isn’t ready for a female president. Um, we were ready when she attempted a lame campaign, right?

The fact is, some Republicans aren’t even trying to hide their racism these days. How else can you interpret Bachmann’s comments to Cal Thomas that Barack Obama was only elected president because white people felt guilty about slavery.

Never mind the fact that there were no credible Republican candidates to go up against President Obama in either election. John McCain with his half-term governor running mate Sarah Palin during 2008 campaign were a pathetic joke. Let’s not even talk about Mr. 47% and binders-full-of-women 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

So, no. This wasn’t about white guilt but about GOP voter suppression tactics and race-baiting of Barack Obama. I suppose blacks, Hispanics and Asians don’t count. Only white folks elected President Obama twice:

Bachmann says a lot of people “aren’t ready” for a female president. “I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt.” (Presumably she means because of slavery and the lengthy denial of civil rights to blacks.) “People don’t hold guilt for a woman,” she says, adding that while people vote for women for virtually every other office “I don’t think there is a pent-up desire” for a woman president. Source:  TriCities.com

Michele Bachmann also claimed that the Tea Party can best Hillary Clinton. Still delusional…..

Report: MSNBC Host Joe Scarborough Considering 2016 Presidential Run

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Report: MSNBC Host Joe Scarborough Considering 2016 Presidential Run

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is reportedly considering a 2016 presidential run. Well, that would be interesting since he obviously doesn’t have a lot of baggage. That we know about, that is. Still, it just shows you that the Republican Party has no credible presidential candidates to step up to the plate.

Meanwhile, some of Scarborough’s guests are beginning to talk him up as a possible candidate. Mark McKinnon — the former adviser to George W. Bush and John McCain who co-founded the group No Labels and appears on Morning Joe regularly — said he has talked about the prospect of a White House campaign with Scarborough “ever since we first met years ago, but always in the abstract.”

“On paper, he’s a great candidate,” McKinnon told The Daily Caller. “He has the kind of confidence, ideas and media savvy required to make it on the big stage. And he’d be a lot of fun to watch because he wouldn’t be afraid to mix it up with anybody on any topic. I think it would be highly entertaining and good for the party.”

Added McKinnon: “I think Joe looks at the potential field and thinks, ‘I could compete.’ And I think there are potential donors and supporters who think the same thing.” Source:  Daily Caller

 Report: MSNBC Host Joe Scarborough Considering 2016 Presidential Run

Move Over Chris Christie, WI Gov. Scott Walker Could be in Legal Hot Water

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Move Over Chris Christie, WI Gov. Scott Walker Could be in Legal Hot Water

It looks like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn’t the only presidential hopeful that’s in hot water. It turns out Koch Brothers lackey Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may be facing his own scandal:

Newly-unsealed court documents and media leaks add to a growing body of evidence that Wisconsin GovernorScott Walker’s campaign is at the center of a wide-ranging secret probe into campaign finance violations during the state’s contentious 2011 and 2012 recall elections.

The John Doe probe began in August of 2012 and is examining possible “illegal campaign coordination between (name redacted), a campaign committee, and certain special interest groups,” according to an unsealed filing in the case. Sources told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the redacted committee is the Walker campaign, Friends of Scott Walker. Campaign filings show that Walker spent $86,000 on legal fees in the second half of 2013.

A John Doe is similar to a grand jury investigation, but in front of a judge rather than a jury, and is conducted under strict secrecy orders. Wisconsin’s 4th Circuit Court of Appeals unsealed some documents last week as it rejected a challenge to the probe filed by three of the unnamed “special interest groups” that had received subpoenas in the investigation and issued a ruling allowing the investigation to move forward.

The special interest groups under investigation include Wisconsin Club for Growth, which is led by a top Walker advisor and friend, R.J. Johnson, and which spent at least $9.1 million on “issue ads” supporting Walker and legislative Republicans during the 2011 and 2012 recall elections. Another group is Citizens for a Strong America, which was entirely funded by Wisconsin Club for Growth in 2011 and 2012 and acted as a conduit for funding other groups that spent on election issue ads; CSA’s president is John Connors, who previously worked for David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity and is part of the leadership at the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity (publishers of Watchdog.org and Wisconsin Reporter). Other groups reportedly receiving subpoenas include AFP, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and the Republican Governors Association.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley Preparing for Presidential Bid

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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley Preparing for Presidential Bid (Credit: Getty Images)

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton may have competition. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is reportedly preparing for a 2016 presidential bid.

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In some of his most extensive comments to date on his aspirations, O’Malley (D) said he has been meeting with foreign- and domestic-policy experts privately to flesh out his thinking about “a better way forward for our country.” And he said that he would make a good president “for these times especially.”

“I have a great deal of respect for Hillary Clinton,” O’Malley said. “But for my own part, I have a responsibility to prepare and to address the things that I feel a responsibility to address. . . . To squander this important period of preparation because of horse-race concerns and handicapping concerns is just not a very productive use of energy. . . . Right now, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing — the thought work and the preparation work.” Source: Washington Post