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Jeb Bush Won't Run for President in 2016

Mar 10, 2013 12:36 PM PT

In response to Jeb does the 'Full Ginsburg 1':

Look. Let Jeb Bush make the book-selling rounds. While his is still very popular here in Florida, Rubio owns the state. Many of the die hard Jeb Bush supporters have now become Rubio groupies. Rubio's popularity trumps Bush's, especially down in Miami where Cuban-Americans, and other Latinos, swoon over everything Rubio says and does. You should see him in a crowd of 'abuelos'-he can do 'no' wrong in their eyes.

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Jeb-ageddon

Mar 10, 2013 9:05 AM PT

In response to Jeb does the 'Full Ginsburg + 1':

After a week of Rand Paul dominating the news, and rocking the Obama Administration back on its heels, what we clearly needed on Sunday was six shows filled with Jeb Bush launching a long-shot four-year quest for the White House by explaining why he disagrees with the book on immigration reform he just published.  

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Jeb does the 'Full Ginsburg + 1'

Mar 9, 2013 9:39 PM PT

Because I just can't bring myself to rename it the "Full Bush."

From... Breitbart (Politico buried the lede!):

Bush will appear on the classic Ginsburg set: ABC's This Week, CBS' Face the Nation, CNN's State of the Union, Fox News' Fox News Sunday, and NBC's Meet the Press. In addition, he will appear on Univision's Al Punto.

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Cruz: 'Badge of Honor' to Be Called 'Wacko Bird'

Mar 9, 2013 2:43 PM PT

Shortly after Senator Rand Paul finished his epic filibuster of Obama’s CIA nominee, John Brennan, Senator John McCain came out swinging at his junior Republican colleagues in U.S. Senate, calling Paul and Senator Ted Cruz “Wacko Birds.”

“But I also think that when, you know, it’s always the wacko birds on right and left that get the media megaphone.”-Sen. John McCain

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Newt Gingrich Stands With Rand - Rips John McCain: 'Does He Know Nothing of History?'

Mar 8, 2013 5:03 PM PT

I preferred Newt Gingrich to Mitt Romney in 2012 because of his savvy political instincts, excellent communication skills, and superior ability to handle the media. He showcased those talents in  this interview he did with CNN's Wolfe Blitzed, today:

BLITZER: This is a real battle that’s brewing on John McCain and his friends, on the one side, Senator Rand Paul and some others on the other side. One congressman from Michigan, Justin Amash, Tweeted: “Senator McCain called Senator Paul, Senator Ted Cruz and me wacko birds. Bravo, Senator, you’ve got us. Did you come up with that at #dinnerwithbarack?”

So who are you with, the McCains or the Rand Pauls?

GINGRICH: Well, I’m really disappointed in John McCain. And I’m very saddened by it. McCain, in his younger years, was a great maverick. He took on his party all the time.

Um, the idea that he’s now lecturing the next generation because they have the guts to stand up, which is I – I would have thought John McCain would have applauded them and he would have said, I may not agree with you in detail, but I’m proud of the fact that you’re standing up for your beliefs, you’re fighting.

I don’t know what’s happened to John McCain. But I find this very sad.

BLITZER: But on the substance of the issue, whether or not the – the Obama administration needed to spell out the use of drones against U.S. citizens on U.S. soil, who – who’s right, McCain…

GINGRICH: Rand Paul is right. I mean, if our constitution means anything, it means that your government can’t capriciously kill you without the rule of law. And it was very clear from the attorney general’s earlier letters that they were reserving the right – remember, we’re not talking about a combatant engaged in fighting against the US. The minute you do that, you lose all your rights…

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But if you say, we have a guy over here who sorta maybe plotting and may sort of think about it...who could be eventually be serious...because they have stretched this a long way.....

I'm a real conservative in the sense that I don't think the government should have the ability to take your life, and frankly, Senator McCain seemed to think it was outrageous to suggest this. Does he know nothing of history?

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Obama's not worried about his legacy

Mar 8, 2013 2:29 PM PT

Friday brought some good news for both the Obama White House and the nation: improvement on the jobs front, bipartisan lunches, a captured terrorist (albeit one being tried in federal court, which is a mistake). 

It's a reminder of what the Obama presidency could have been like. The fact that lunch with the opposition is considered newsworthy is a reminder of just how different, and disappointing, the Obama presidency has been.

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Lindsey Graham Not Acting Like A Worried Man - But Maybe He Should Be

Mar 8, 2013 2:02 PM PT

 Senator Lindsey Graham has a history of tacking to the right before the primary seasons of years he's up for reelection. Oddly enough, we're not seeing any of that behavior in him with 2014 on the horizon.

Jill Lawrence of National Journal wrote:

... now the South Carolina Republican is in the thick of bipartisan talks on immigration reforms that include a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants; making overtures on a fiscal "grand bargain" that would include higher taxes along with entitlement trims; and praising President Obama for reaching out to him and others in his party. On Wednesday, Graham held a press conference to announce a bipartisan bill to strengthen mental-health provisions in gun background checks. He also attended Obama’s dinner party with Republicans at a Washington hotel. In fact, Graham drew up the guest list.

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NY Times Cites SPLC Designation of FRC, Omits Mention of Shooting

Mar 8, 2013 10:12 AM PT

Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center is making the media rounds again. Today he's quoted in a NY Times story about the moderation being expressed by Christian group Focus on the Family. For contrast, the story mentions the SPLC's designation of the Family Research Council as a "hate group":

Such efforts have won Mr. Daly praise from unexpected quarters. The Southern Poverty Law Center, for instance, has classified the Family Research Council, another conservative Christian organization, as a hate group because of its position on homosexuality. But the law center’s senior fellow, Mark Potok, said Focus had tried to evolve with the times.

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