Politico says that Scott Walker is having a “crisis of faith” because social conservatives are questioning his bona fides. Showing their ignorance of what “social conservatism” actually is, they quoted a lot of evangelicals and mentioned over and over how it was surprising he would have this problem given that he mentions God a lot. You know, because that’s the criteria. Hold your hand up, say God led you, and the social conservatives will stop drooling on the floor long enough to scream “UNDER GOD!” defiantly when reciting the pledge of allegiance.
That Walker is under pressure to prove his social conservative bona fides is perhaps surprising. He’s worn his faith proudly as he crisscrosses the country, even suggesting that his ultimate decision on whether to seek the presidency is in God’s hands.
Another day, another notch in the “Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned” belt that is squeezing the life out of conservatives: Mark Kirk has hocked another loogie in the spittle-splashed faces of conservatives who held their noses and helped elect him. He, along with U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), has introduced a resolution to remove the ratification deadline for the Equal Rights Amendment, which has long since passed.
This comes on the heels of his shameless pandering to homosexual activists at a marriage-deconstruction rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court a few weeks ago.
When Mark Kirk first ran for the U.S. Senate, I advocated voting for the Democratic candidate Alexi Giannoulias. My argument was that Kirk would not only vote against conservative principles on the misnamed “social issues,” but he would also pollute the party.… Continue Reading
Mike Huckabee’s official entrance into the Republican race for president this week underscores the importance of a particular segment of the Republican population — highly religious Protestant voters. Often called evangelicals, this segment is clearly the key target for Huckabee’s campaign. Huckabee attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, is a former Baptist minister, and as was the case in 2008, he clearly perceives this religious background to be a particular strength. Huckabee is not the only one vying for the affection of the highly religious Protestant segment, of course. Ted Cruz made his announcement in front of the student body at the evangelical Liberty University in Virginia. Jeb Bush made his own trek to Liberty University as the commencement speaker on May 9. Potential presidential candidate Scott Walker has been emphasizing his religious upbringing in Plainfield, Iowa, as the son of a Baptist preacher.… Continue Reading
The Republican National Committee released a web video this week that frames the Clintons as out of touch with everyday Americans. Another theme of the Republican ad is that the Clintons are willing to say just about anything, regardless of the facts.
The ad highlights remarks made recently by former President Bill Clinton.
Watch the 30-second spot here:
The ad opens with text reading: “The Clintons are out of touch with working Americans.”
Then this clip from Clinton’s recent interview with NBC is played: “Over the last 15 years, I’ve taken almost no capital gains.”
“Tax returns show that the Clintons earned almost $371,000 from capital gains,” the ad text reads. “Almost nothing? To who? $371,000.”
“I’ve gotta pay our bills,” Bill Clinton is heard explaining in that same NBC interview.… Continue Reading
New Hampshire law currently permits same-day voter registration. The legislation would amend the way the state defines “domicile” to require that a voter reside in the Granite State for “no less than 30 consecutive days” before they become eligible to cast a ballot.
Supporters argue that a residency requirement would reduce voter fraud.
A new Quinnipiac poll of likely Iowa Republican presidential caucusgoers finds Wisconsin’s Scott Walker in front of the GOP pack with 21 percent support and a 9-point advantage over his closest primary opponents. That’s down from 25 percent and a 12-point lead in Quinnipiac’s February poll, but Walker remains ahead of his Republican rivals, with senators Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, all huddled together behind the Wisconsin governor. This jibes with the Real Clear Politics average of polls for the Iowa caucuses, which gives Walker a 5.5-point advantage.
Getting the biggest boost in Iowa since the February Quinnipiac poll are Rubio and Cruz, who have both declared their candidacies in the last month.… Continue Reading
The 2016 presidential election will feature a matchup between a white millionaire Yale graduate from the Democratic Party (Hillary Clinton) and whichever candidate emerges from the diverse Republican field.
How diverse is this year’s crop of GOP candidates? It might be the most diverse in history, regardless of party. Let’s take a look at the current state of the 2016 race, using charts to explain everything you need to know.
1. Democrats have few serious candidates
Note: The GOP field is expected to grow much larger in the coming months and may include the likes of Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, and Bobby Jindal, among others. The Democratic field may or may not get any bigger.
2. Democrats are very old
Note: Bernie Sanders has a son who is older than Marco Rubio, a sitting senator who is just eight years older than Chelsea Clinton.
According to Roll Call, Illinois Congresswoman Robin Kelly met with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee about a possible U.S. Senate bid against Mark Kirk, who is considered the most vulnerable senator in 2016.
If Kelly, who is black, enters the race, she’d face a primary against fellow Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth, who entered the race a month ago. Democrats say Duckworth, who is disabled, offers a real challenge to Kirk, who is also disabled after a stroke in 2012.
Pro-abortion PAC EMILY’s List, backed Duckworth on Thursday, despite Kirk being outspokenly pro-abortion as well.
Kirk won the Senate seat in 2010 against a weak Democratic opponent. With 2016 being a presidential election year, Democrat voter turnout is expected to be strong, and Kirk’s only hope seems to be a run against another weak Democrat who is damaged in a divisive primary.… Continue Reading
Could Bernie Sanders show Elizabeth Warren
how to beat Hillary Clinton?
Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an avowed independent Socialist, has decided to run for the Democratic presidential nomination, and if nothing else his presence will be entertaining. He has no chance of winning, but he could prove instructive for voters as a demonstration of where the American political left wants to go.
The 73-year-old second-term U.S. Senator from the country’s most liberal state, and former mayor of Burlington, is sincere about his progressive politics. He thinks the American economy is fundamentally unfair, and that government must tax and spend even more heavily than it already does to balance out incomes.
He thinks Social Security should increase benefits, no matter that it is heading toward insolvency. Higher taxes can make up the difference.… Continue Reading
In the rocky roll-out of her campaign, Hillary Clinton has listed four goals for her presidency: expanding opportunity for the middle class, strengthening families and communities, confronting foreign threats, and somehow breaking the connection between money and politics. “We can fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccountable money out of it once and for all,” she promises, “even if that takes a constitutional amendment.” This last announced goal represents a cynical bid to deflect attention from the big money that Hillary herself has pocketed by exploiting her power and prominence; the Clintons have accumulated at least $140 million since leaving the White House.
And speaking of “unaccountable money,” the Clinton foundation recently acknowledged more than $2 million dollars of unreported foreign donations, as Hillary faces serious conflict-of-interest charges.… Continue Reading