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On Tuesday, Dr. Ben Carson said he is starting to think about running for the White House in 2016.
Carson, the retired brain surgeon, won a Western Conservative Summit straw poll this weekend in Colorado, and the Draft Ben Carson for President Committee has raised more than similar groups for Hillary Clinton and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) have.
“I certainly didn’t give it much thought early on,” he said before noting that “there’s just hundreds of people” who are “so enthusiastic” every place he goes.
Carson mentioned that hundreds turned out for a book signing on Monday evening at Costco, and he said, of the enthusiastic response he receives, “I can’t simply ignore it.”
“So I am starting to think about it,” he said. “But it certainly wasn’t on my bucket list when I retired.”
I think the investigative function, particularly post-election needs to be ramped into a fever pitch, casting aside a lot of the current play-nice facade. The contempt (in both the political and legal sense) of this Administration is absolutely breathtaking and still demands stronger measures.
Congress should be devouring the bandwidth of the targeted agencies. Flooding the zone with requests, constant depositions of senior leaders, a constant legal barrage of inquiry for every email, every piece of paper, everything, all the time. Who cares if we use it? Torture them every minute of the day and force them to live in fear of contempt charges. Make their execs lawyer up, and dig dig dig at every inconsistency.
Second, the power of the purse is entirely underutilized, and Congress as a rule has no creativity. Don’t cooperate? Zero out every executive bonus in the agency for a decade. Don’t cooperate? No more conferences, training seminars, trips. Don’t cooperate? No more drivers for senior execs. Don’t cooperate? Every construction project for every building your agency wants is zeroed. Don’t cooperate? We’re relocating 98% of your manpower to Omaha. Don’t cooperate? Zero out the public affairs budget. Don’t cooperate? Every program with ‘green’ ‘affirmative’ ‘equal opportunity’ ‘LGBT’ ‘diversity’ or ‘awareness’ is zeroed out.
Sure, it sounds petty, but the agency people we’re talking about are the most parochial, small-minded bureaucratic weasels, and their perks and powers are all they care about. All it takes is a more bloody-minded approach.
I could play that game all day.
GOP hopes of corralling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) during the 2014 primary season are officially dead.
The defiant Republican’s brutal criticism of Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-Miss.) reelection campaign on Tuesday — and the involvement of a group he is technically a vice chairman of, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) — is just the latest example of the Tea Party hero refusing to play nice.
That brazen approach has exacerbated already fragile relations with establishment Republicans, who believe the freshman senator is intentionally undercutting them for no reason other than furthering his own political career.
Meanwhile, his conservative base is rejoicing that he’s refusing to be cowed.
Cruz is furious at the NRSC for its involvement in the Mississippi primary to boost Cochran over challenger Chris McDaniel. After losing the June 24 runoff, in which national Republicans spent late money to help the six-term incumbent, McDaniel and his supporters are looking to challenge the result, citing evidence of illegal crossover voting from black Democrats.
On Tuesday, the Senate Conservatives Fund — another frequent thorn in the GOP establishment’s side that counts Cruz among its models and supported him in his own uphill 2012 primary bid — sent $70,000 to a legal fund set up by McDaniel.
National Republicans hoped they could tame Cruz when they gave him the NRSC position. But he officially took a hiatus from the group earlier this year when it became clear that it would be involved in helping incumbents win against Tea Party challengers.
But Cruz still remains vice chairman, and reiterated he won’t resign.
House Speaker John A. Boehner explained in an editorial on Sunday why he plans to file a lawsuit over President Obama’s use of executive action, arguing that the president’s “flippant dismissal of the Constitution” is “beneath the dignity of the office.”
The Ohio Republican accused Mr. Obama of “excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold — at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him.”
Mr. Obama defended his use of executive actions and dared critics to stop him.
“Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff,” he said during a speech in Washington on Tuesday. “So sue me.”
“What’s disappointing is the president’s flippant dismissal of the Constitution we are both sworn to defend,” Mr. Boehner wrote. “It is utterly beneath the dignity of the office. I know the president is frustrated. I’m frustrated. The American people are frustrated too.
Why Don’t Republicans Respond To Border Crisis? – People Want To Know Why The “GOP” Does Nothing To Stop The Illegal Alien Madness… We’ll Explain
Many people are wondering why Republicans are not doing more to stop the Illegal Alien influx, and more specifically not stop President Obama’s approach. We can answer that question…..
….But before we do everyone needs to stop being a co-dependent and accept what is in front of us.
This guy, Tom Donohue, is at the root of the matter.
Tom Donohue is the President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the CoC.
The CoC wants amnesty legislation, the CoC is also the primary source of campaign funding for the following Republicans:
Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Rob Portman (R-OH), Bob Corker (R-TN), Roger Wicker (R-MS), John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Cornyn (R-TX), Dean Heller (R-NV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Thune (R-SD), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Dan Coats (R-IN), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), John Boozman (R-AR), Richard Burr (R-NC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), John McCain (R-AZ), Jim Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Deb Fischer (R-NE) and John Hoeven (R-ND).
For those keeping score that’s 32, yes thirty two, of the current GOP Senators.
The CoC funds them directly, and funds PAC’s and Super PAC’s that act on their behalf. If you have a Senator on that list, you can call them to verify what you are about to read. (I’ll list their phone numbers at the end).
Through his various lobbying constructs CoC President Tom Donohue has pledged $50,000,000 to those names listed above this year alone. Do the math – that’s about $1.5 million each.
And that’s the MINIMUM he will spend. He’ll spend around an equivalent amount on funding PAC’s (Political Action Committee’s) that act on their behalf. In addition he’ll spend about another $50 million on “in-kind” activities, junkets, and trips to support the ongoing alliance.
By not actually opposing what Obama is doing, they are facilitating a need for them to deliver what Donohue and Obama want, comprehensive immigration reform.
The Federal Election Commission is looking into whether Mississippi Conservatives PAC violated campaign finance law in its bid to help re-elect Mississippi U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.
The inquiry, sent as a Request for Additional Information, or RFAI, provides another bit of drama in a heated primary battle in which Cochran narrowly defeated state senator Chris McDaniel.
The FEC, which monitors spending in federal elections, notified the political action committee that it may have failed to file one or more “24 hour reports,” which track “last minute” independent expenditures.
Political action committees are required to file the reports within the 24-hour window for any expenditures $1,000 or greater made between two and 20 days before an election. The regulation is meant to increase oversight as elections draw near.
The FEC also pressed the PAC on $15,000 it paid “Winning Edge,” a political consulting firm based in Dallas. The date listed for the expenditure did not match an entry on a schedule that the PAC filed, according to the FEC letter.
Volunteers for Chris McDaniel say they’ve found 4,900 voting irregularities in Mississippi, which is 69 percent of the 7,113 invalid votes they need to trigger a rerun of the June 24 runoff that gave the GOP nomination to Sen. Thad Cochran.
But that 4,900 figure is padded by including votes marred by clerical errors, along with clear cases of invalid duplicate votes by people who voted in the Democratic primary on June 3, and then improperly crossed over to vote in the GOP runoff on June 24.
“Volunteers have examined election records in 51 of Mississippi’s 82 counties, and have documented more than 4,900 voting irregularities, the vast majority of which are ineligible crossover votes,” Noel Fritsch told The Daily Caller.
Fritsch also said the volunteers expect to find more invalid votes among the 19,000 absentee votes.
One week after traveling to Mississippi to do his utmost to help Senator Thad Cochran (R) beat Tea Party rival Chris McDaniel, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) talked about the strengths he saw in Cochran’s approach to campaigning.
According to AZ Central, McCain dismissed criticism over the tactics the Republican Establishment used to get black Democrats to cross over and vote for Cochran.
Said McCain, “There are some people complaining that African-American voters voted. [But] I thought one of the major priorities of the Republican Party was to get all minority and ethnic voters out to vote for Republicans.”
He described Cochran’s “get-out-the-vote campaign” as “excellent,” then talked about how he will face similar circumstances in Arizona and needs to work equally as hard if he runs again. “The key is you’d better pay attention, you’d better work hard, you’d better organize.” He added, “And you’d better understand that there’s a strong anti-Washington/anti-incumbency sentiment out there, which is justified and you’ve got your work cut out for you.”
Pointing out that post-election challenges usually fail, one Tea Party leader, Judson Phillips is calling for Thad Cochran’s primary challenger, State Senator Chris McDaniel to run as a write-in candidate in the Fall.
“The Republican Establishment thinks they have fought back an insurrection from conservatives and now we will meekly fall in line in November and support a RINO who needs Democrats to win? Never,” said Mr. Phillips, who also writes a column in The Washington Times. “If Chris McDaniel loses his challenges to this election, then he needs to be a write-in candidate this fall.”
It’s increasingly clear that Democrat votes, particularly from Mississipi’s African American community helped Thad Cochran eek out a win over McDaniel in the GOP primary. Those votes would most likely go to a Democrat in the Fall, meaning McDaniel may have a good chance at winning in a three man race.
As Conservative radio host Mark Levin pointed out on Twitter, the DC GOP establishment may have broken the Republican / Conservative alliance once and for all given their tactics in propping up Cochran in Mississippi when the Republican base so clearly had rejected him.
Republican Party elders have learned well from their political idol, Barack H. Obama. After observing the total lawlessness of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder over the past five and half years, as both men ignored all checks and balances without consequence, ruling Republican elites have seen fit to adopted their strategy of overt lawlessness.
Unburdened from ethics, state election laws, or voter accountability, national GOP party masters adopted and replicated Obama and Holder’s “best practices” in the deep red state of Mississippi.
With obscene amounts of “walking around money” (vote buying cash) in hand, the GOP united with uber-liberal, gun-grabbing billionaire, Michael Bloomberg, to canvas predominately black, democratic, minority neighborhoods. It is blatantly illegal for Mississippi voters intending to vote for Democrats in a general election, to participate in a Republican Party primary election. GOP control freaks ignored Mississippi state election laws and spat in the faces of all conservative voters, in a naked effort to pervert a Senate election to preserve GOP power and control in Washington, D.C. Their efforts prove, once and for all, there is no difference between Barack Obama, Mitch McConnell, the GOP, Organizing for Action or the DNC. All these groups have adopted Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” playbook, including the “rules” for which Alinsky gives formal credit to Satan for creating. The grotesque GOP corruption on public display in the Thad Cochran vs. Chris McDaniel Senate primary has confirmed the GOP has officially adopted Obama’s “ends justify the means” philosophy.