Research by Lawnewz has discovered the legal firm behind the Trump civil action lawsuit paid Bill and Hillary Clinton massive amounts of money for speeches and advocacy during and after Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State:
Donald Trump has undoubtedly made the class action lawsuit against Trump University a prime campaign issue. For the last several days, he has been on a tear against federal Judge Gonzolo Curiel who is overseeing one of the class action lawsuits against Trump University. In the lawsuit, former students claim that the University and Trump violated federal law by luring them to sign up with false promises and then defrauded them once they handed over their checks.
LawNewz.com discovered that when it comes to politics, Robbins Gellar Rudman & Dowd, the law firm behind the class action lawsuit, is not exactly neutral either. Our analysis, using data compiled by The Washington Post, found that Robbins Gellar Rudman & Dowd paid the Clintons a total of $675,000 in fees for speeches since 2009. Hillary Clinton gave a speech for the law firm as recently as September 4, 2014.
Bill Clinton also gave a speech for the same fee back in 2014, and another one in 2009 before the firm had been renamed (they used to be called Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP). In fact, of the five law firms that paid for Clintons to speak in the last few years, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd paid out the most money.
In addition GotNews is reporting on the Open Borders immigration position of the judge overseeing the Trump civil case.
Donald Trump has accused Judge Gonzalo Curiel as having a bias, a specific agenda bias, to the benefit of the plaintiffs in the case; and it appears he is correct…
Mitch McConnell: I Have ‘No Trouble’ Backing Donald Trump, But He Should Be More ‘Boring’ – Yahoo News
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that while he “vigorously” disagreed with Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on certain policy measures, he would still support him in an effort to defeat Hillary Clinton.
In a sit-down with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, McConnell said he had “no trouble supporting” Trump in November. But he also noted that he encouraged Trump to paint himself as more “studious” and to rely less on off-the-cuff speeches. He spoke with Yahoo while promoting his new memoir, “The Long Game.”
“I think he needs to now portray a more studious, thoughtful approach to the biggest job in the country,” McConnell said. “He’s at a crossroads, it seems to me. Does he conclude that since the way he’s been operating has gotten him this far, that’s the way to operate until the finish? Or does he need to pivot? My advice to him is to pivot.”…
Huffington Post Writer: Editors Deleted My Article On Hillary’s Imminent Indictment, Disabled Me From Writing – Breitbart
A writer for The Huffington Post is still waiting for an explanation as to why editors deleted his piece reporting that the FBI will pursue an indictment against Hillary Clinton.
Huffington Post freelance contributor Frank Huguenard, a scientist and public speaker, wrote a report for the liberal site Sunday entitled “Hillary Clinton to be Indicted On Federal Racketeering Charges.” But the piece was not up for long before the Huffington Post pulled it down and replaced it with a “404” Error screen.
“Huffpo has yet to respond to my request for an explanation,” Huguenard tweeted at this Breitbart News reporter Monday morning. “I’ve got my sources, they never asked.”
Huguenard later told Breitbart News, “I want to do another story but my HuffPo account has been temporarily disabled. Not sure what’s happening with them.”
Huffington Post Politics senior editor Sam Stein told Breitbart News that he doesn’t know why the piece was pulled.
“Sorry. I don’t know. I’d direct your question to a blog editor,” Stein said.
Pressed to provide contact information for the blog editor in question, Stein did not respond further…
Brits “Appalled, Disgusted” At Brexit Postal Ballot ‘Fraud’ – Zero Hedge
“I am appalled by it. It should be neutral,” exclaimed one angry Brit after seeing that Brexit voters are being sent postal ballots with a guide that strongly suggests they should vote for Britain to remain in the European Union.
The “How to vote by post” forms were sent out last week.
And, as The Telegraph reports, this has prompted furious complaints from anti-EU campaigners, as the step-by-step guide includes advice to “read the instructions carefully, then complete your ballot paper” above an image showing a pencil in a hand ticking a box to “remain a member of the European Union.”
“When i first saw these instructions I was disgusted. The Electoral Commission should never have allowed this to be sent.”…
Pro-Refugee Activist Takes In Afghan Refugee And Then This Horror Happens – 100PercentFedUp
Americans should take notes on what’s happening in Europe because it’s heading our way soon if we don’t act now. In Germany, bleeding heart liberals are being raped and robbed by the economic opportunists and thugs coming to get all the freebies that Germany offers. Germany is known for its great benefits as is America. Because of this, America has become a global magnet for economic opportunists who aren’t true refugees. You should remember that YOU are paying for this which is why many of our mayors, governors and city council members across America are very secretive about refugee resettlement. Ask questions and shine a light on refugee resettlement!
One of the most curious facts about American refugees who’ve come this year is that only 1% are Christian and the other 99% are Muslim.
A 26-year-old Afghan man was last Thursday sentenced to two and a half years in prison for rape. The sentence was given by the court in Cologne, writes the local news outlet Kölner Rundschau.
The news outlet describes how the victim, a 20-year-old woman, had let the Afghan refugee stay with her in her apartment.
The Afghan man came to Germany two years ago, and the contact with the woman came through internet, in the group ‘Flüchtlinge Wilkommen’ (Refugees Welcome).
The rape happened during the night of October 25 last year, when the man sneaked into the 20-year-old woman’s room while she was sleeping.
The woman eventually managed to flee, and then ran into another room in the apartment, where her brother lives…
Animal Rights Protesters Rush Stage At Bernie Sanders Rally In California – ABC News
Five animal rights protesters jumped over barricades and rushed the podium at a Bernie Sanders rally in East Oakland, California, on Monday night, prompting the Vermont senator’s Secret Service detail to intervene.
One of the protesters appeared to be hit by one of the security member’s baton, while another was carried out of the venue by his arms and legs.
For his part, Sanders did not seem rattled.
“We don’t get intimidated easily,” he said, after the protesters had been removed.
Sanders’ campaign spokesperson, Michael Briggs, said he thought security handled the episode “professionally,” although a media spokesperson for the group organizing the protest said one of its members was “assaulted.”…
Quran Scholar: Martyrs Get Raisins, Not Virgins – WorldNetDaily
Note to jihadists: It’s raisins you’ll get in heaven for acts of martyrdom – not virgins. That’s according to at least one scholar who studied the Quran’s original text and found the word that’s been commonly translated to mean “virgin” in times of late actually means “raisin.”
The revelation came to light during a recent showing of CNN’s “Why They Hate Us” special with host Fareed Zakaria aimed at trying to discern just why radical Islamists seek to bomb, kill and destroy those in the West, including Americans.
As CNN’s blogged promo of the show stated: “‘Why do they hate us?’ [This] has been the question asked since the 9/11 attacks 15 years ago – and again in the wake of terrorist attacks in Boston, Brussels, Beirut, Paris, Mumbai, [Fort] Hood, San Bernardino, and beyond. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria explores what is fueling the rage – and challenges intelligence experts, religious scholars, policy influencers, and even the very men who want o kill us – for answers to whether America and the rest of the West can do anything to stop the bloodshed.”
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A Twitchy review of the broadcast found Zakaria furthered a more moderate view of Islam, one that put forth the view that terrorists hate “all things modern,” rather than just Israel, the West and America.
But one surprising element to emerge: A Canadian author and scholar named Irshad Manji broke commonly held ranks to say Islamists might want to double check the truthfulness of their supposed receipt of 72 virgins in heaven for acts of martyrdom. The word “virgin” in the Quran actually means “raisin,” he said…
SiriusXM Announces Suspension Of Glenn Beck Over Brad Thor Interview Comments – Breitbart
SiriusXM hosts Stephen K. Bannon and David Webb announced on Breitbart News Daily that SiriusXM has suspended Glenn Beck and Webb will temporarily take over Beck’s 9AM to noon Eastern time slot on SiriusXM’s Patriot Channel 125.
SiriusXM issued the following statement:
SiriusXM encourages a diversity of discourse and opinion on our talk programs. However, comments recently made by a guest on the independently produced Glenn Beck Program, in our judgement, may be reasonably construed by some to have been advocating harm against an individual currently running for office, which we cannot and will not condone. For that reason, we have suspended The Glenn Beck Program from our Patriot channel for the coming week and are evaluating its place in our lineup going forward…
White McDonald’s Manager Doused With Gasoline By Black Man At Drive Thru – Inquisitr
A McDonald’s employee in Elkhart, Indiana, was the victim of a cruel prank when an unidentified black male threw a cup of gasoline in her face while advancing through the drive thru.
The assailants recorded the incident on their cellular phones and uploaded it to social media. The video was quickly removed, as it may be linked to a hate crime, but ABC 57 News was able to obtain the video before it was removed.
The victim is Kayla Prater, of Elkhart, and works at the McDonald’s location as a manager. The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, May 2o. It seemed like any other late night at the location that she manages when the car of three black males pulled into the drive thru and placed their order. As many late night customers are, the three males were a bit rambunctious inside the car. However, as the car started to drive away, the black male in the back seat revealed a 7-11 cup full of gasoline and tossed it into the window, where it doused Prater.
CBS 58 revealed that Prater believes the attack was random, and she just happened to be the victim of the night. She does not believe it was a race-related crime, but will not completely rule it out.
Prater was shocked and surprised that the gasoline was thrown in her face. She was unsure happened at first, but felt the burning as soon as the liquid hit her. She did not know if it was gasoline, acid, or some other substance…
Dad Pulls Sons Out Of School After Officials Allow Girl To Use Boys’ Bathroom – Daily Caller
A father of three in small-town Michigan has pulled his three children – all sons – out of the local public schools after one of the sons told him that school officials are allowing a girl to use the boys’ bathroom because she really wants to be a boy.
The scene of the transgender fracas is Howell, Mich. (pop: 9,489) – about an hour west of Detroit, reports local ABC affiliate WXYZ.
“My son informed me there was a girl in the bathroom with him and the other kids in his class,” the dad, Matt Stewart, told the station.
After the conversation, Stewart and his wife opted to keep their kids home…
Katie Couric Cooks The Facts, Burns Her Reputation – Washington Examiner
“If there are no background checks for gun purchasers, how do you prevent felons or terrorists from purchasing a gun?”
In “Under the Gun,” her new documentary film on gun violence, Yahoo’s Katie Couric poses this reasonable question to a members of a gun rights organization known as the Virginia Citizens Defense League.
And in the movie, they seem to react with an awkward silence lasting eight seconds. They look clueless about how to answer the most basic and obvious inquiry. The viewer is led to conclude that these people not only hold indefensible views, but cannot even make an attempt to defend them.
Thanks to a complete audio recording, however, we know that this depiction is a lie. When asked the question about background checks, members of the group launched without hesitation into their answers.
One of them discussed due process rights. Another brought up the numerous laws that already limit gun ownership. A third talked about the practical problems of relying on law to prevent crime in advance, as opposed to punishing it after the fact. At no point was there a pause longer than a second.
Swift and reasonable answers were, however, not what Couric needed. To make her case for more gun regulation she decided to transition from journalism to falsification and propaganda. Instead of showing the interview question and answer as they actually happened, she edited in an eight-second clip of the group sitting silently and slightly uncomfortably waiting to be interviewed…
Gorilla Shot: Angry Blacks Claim White Privilege, Turns Out The Boy Is Black – The Examiner
Reporter James Delingpole of the British edition of the Breitbart.com news portal notes on 30 May, 2016, that there is quite an outrage brewing on social media concerning the shooting of Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo. As it turns out while enjoying a week-end visit to the local menagerie, 4-year-old Isaiah managed to slip away for his mother, Michelle Gregg, which resulted in a series of terrifying events that led to Harambe being shot to death by local officials.
As it turns out, prior to Isaiah’s name finally bubbling to the surface, he was simply known on social media simply as “gorilla boy.” However, young Isaiah’s mother went by a number of very different names, none of them complimentary or print-worthy.
As Delingpole cites, a number of individuals have taken to Twitter claiming the shooting of Harambe to ostensibly save the life of Isaiah was yet another example what some have labeled “white privilege.” Examples of the outraged include the following:
Isa Ibn @IsaIbnOfficial – That gorilla was taken from it’s homeland, put in captivity, and then killed to preserve White life. That sounds familiar…
It’s ridiculous to assert that Ted Cruz has stolen delegates in Colorado. All the candidates knew that the Colorado GOP had blocked average people from participating in that state’s caucus system many months ago. Indeed, it’s not the Cruz camp I have a problem with when it comes to the Colorado scenario, it’s the Republican party elite with whom I’ve a bone to pick. You see, by choosing to turn the state’s delegate allocation over to the will of establishment insiders and political hacks instead of the will of the voter base, party leaders are sending a clear message to millions of primary election voters nationwide that it doesn’t matter who you campaign for, organize for, or even cast your ballots for – when we allow it – because in the end WE are going to decide who gets the nomination. My only question is: why is anyone still pretending that the deck wasn’t stacked in the house’s favor from the start?
Tell me, could there be a more glaring example of contempt for democratic processes than this? Sure, the GOP is a private institution and its leaders are free to make up any rules they want to whenever they feel like it. Nobody with an above-room-temperature IQ is disputing that fact. What one needs to ask oneself is this: of all the ways the party big-wigs could have chosen to run their nomination process, why did they pick this incoherent mishmosh of primary/caucus/neither systems that dole out delegates in such variable and often confusing ways? I mean, even among states which allow for direct primary voting, there’s widely differing rules with respect to delegate allocation. Some states are winner-take-all, while others are winner-might-take-all if he or she wins up to a certain percentage of the vote. Other states are purely proportional in their delegate disbursements, while still others don’t seem to follow any rational course at all. Where’s the homogeneity here? …the consistency?
And why have party bosses waited until so late in the primary season to consider changes to the rules by which the convention will be run? Shouldn’t they have made those decisions before the primaries even started, if only for the purpose of appearing fair and equitable to the voting public? What possible excuse could they have for waltzing in after most of the primary votes have been cast and diddling with this process, other than they desire to further burden the frontrunner with obstacles that did not exist before the race started?
I have long complained that primary elections are largely rigged affairs, but rarely do I have the opportunity to point to such clear illustrations of said rigging as I do today. It may well please many of my fellow Cruzites to learn that our favored candidate has just been handed the entirety of Colorado’s delegates for no discernable reason whatsoever, but it doesn’t put a smile on my face. I only consider myself a winner when I’ve actually faced someone in competition and beaten them fair and square. I don’t accept participation trophies, nor do I feel like breaking into a victory dance merely for showing up on time.
If it hasn’t become painfully obvious to you people by now that this entire primary election season is turning into one gigantic sham, then I feel sorry for you. Yes, fellow Cruzites and Cruzoids, don’t delude yourselves into thinking that just because the party’s insiders seem to be leaning in Cruz’s direction for the time being, that they won’t turn on him like a pack of rabid weasels in Cleveland this summer. You see, once you’ve cast your lot with the likes of Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan and all the other unprincipled assclowns currently running the GOP, you don’t get to complain when they stab you in the back further on down the road. That’s the nature of “party rules”, and they have nothing to do with the concepts of right and wrong.
Edward L. Daley
Or words to that effect anyway from Rep. Peter King (RINO) N.Y.
BUZZFEED – “Let me say something about the New York primary: Any New Yorker who even thinks of voting for Ted Cruz should have their head examined,” King said on the Joe Piscopo Show on AM 970 The Answer. “Really, here’s a guy who refused to sign onto the 9/11 health care act for the cops and fireman. Here’s a guy who talks about New York values.”
“New York keeps going forward,” King continued, citing the city’s response to 9/11. “We’re tough, and to have some guy like Ted Cruz with cowboy boots walk around criticizing us. Look, I hope he gets the cold shoulder and other things from every New Yorker. Send him back where he belongs. He’s a phony, and that was all off the record by the way. I don’t want anyone listening. That was all off the record.”
“I just can’t stand that guy,” he added.
King is one of the least conservative Republicans, and hates Cruz for, well, being a conservative. H’T The Right Scoop
Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Governor John Kasich tries to sell himself to the American people as “the adult in the room” and as level-headed.
But, video has surfaced of Kasich being anything but reasonable, rational, and adult-like. In fact, it shows him flat-out lying about and denigrating the character of a police officer while speaking at an EPA meeting.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, known as “The People’s Sheriff” happened upon a video that not only shows Kasich insulting a police officer as “an idiot,” it also shows that he flat out lied about what happened that day when he was pulled over in Columbus, Ohio for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle. (video below)
The stop occurred in 2008, before Kasich was elected governor of the state. Video footage clearly shows other cars following the law by slowing down and getting over into the other lane, but Kasich continues driving at normal speed and doesn’t even attempt to get over.
The officer in question, Officer Robert Barrett, pulled over the former congressman and interacted with him with the utmost respect. Barrett was polite as he explained the violation and as he told Kasich that he would have a mandatory court appearance as required by law.
When Kasich told the officer he didn’t see the police car that he passed improperly, that was pulled over on the side with its lights on, the officer responded, “It happens to everyone on occasion, sir. You kind of have to watch out.” The officer reassured Kasich that it was not that big of a deal, but according to Ohio law he would have to appear in court.
Ten days later, while speaking in front of Ohio EPA workers, John Kasich tells a much different story, making the officer a villain and calling him an idiot numerous times.
Have you ever been stopped by a policeman, who was an idiot?” he asked his audience. “I had this idiot pull me over on 315. Listen to this story. He says to me, you passed this emergency vehicle on the side of the road and you didn’t yield. I didn’t even see, where the heck was it. The last thing I would ever do would be to pass an emergency vehicle. Are you kidding me?”
Kasich continued, the policeman, “tells me if you don’t report to court, we are putting a warrant out for your arrest. He’s an idiot! We just can’t act that way, and what people resent is people who are in the government, who don’t treat the client with respect.”
This unwarranted attack on the character, intelligence, and professionalism of a police officer did not sit too well with Sheriff Clarke. On Wednesday, he tweeted exactly how he felt about what John Kasich did back in 2008.
m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=nTf_qyRXhxk… This rat bastard @JohnKasich lied about this cop’s treatment of him as a lack of respect. Called the cop an idiot.
9:52 PM – 16 Mar 2016
Sheriff Clarke didn’t stop there.
cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2011/02/ohio_gov_john_kasich_calls_pol.html… @JohnKasich lied about this cop, he would make a great spokesperson for Black L-I-E-S Matter http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2011/02/ohio_gov_john_kasich_calls_pol.html…
9:57 PM – 16 Mar 2016
youtu.be/h2LMWQ0W0is @JohnKasich is anti gun and anti cop and people,say Trump is not conservative? Seriously? https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=nTf_qyRXhxk…
11:53 PM – 16 Mar 2016
He then offered a challenge to FOX News and FOX Business.
12:14 AM – 17 Mar 2016
Will they take him up on this challenge or keep Kasich’s treatment of a police officer who was just doing his job hidden?
While Kasich did eventually apologize, the apology came only after the video surfaced during his first term as governor and it went viral. The apology was done in a cowardly fashion, behind closed doors.
Heads are spinning at the speed of light over the news that establishment RINO Lindsey Graham is going to be fundraising for… constitutional conservative Ted Cruz.
Just days ago, Graham said that, “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you,” a clear joke, but nevertheless a clear indication of Graham’s feelings toward Cruz.
Hell has just officially frozen over.
But apparently, he sees Ted Cruz as preferable to bloviating billionaire and reality TV actor Donald Trump.
CNN reports that Lindsey Graham will be holding a fundraiser for Ted Cruz during the AIPAC policy conference in Washington next week, that he now sees Cruz as “the best alternative to Donald Trump, and that he now plans to “help Ted in every way I can.”
The draft copy of the invitation obtained by CNN invites guests to “honor and support a great friend of Israel and the Jewish people.”
Graham reiterated that Cruz is not his first preference but that he sees no way for RINO Ohio Governor John Kasich to win in the current political environment.
“He’s certainly not my preference, but he’s a reliable Republican, conservative, which I’ve had many differences with,” the South Carolina Republican said. “John Kasich is the most viable general election candidate. I just don’t see how John gets through the primary. This is an outsider year, and he is an insider.”
Last week, Ted Cruz picked up his first Senate endorsement, Senator Mike Lee from Utah.
MARCH 8THPOLL PROJECTIONS (Combined Averages For Michigan, Mississippi, Hawaii And Idaho)
Donald Trump: 36.9%
Ted Cruz: 18.4%
Marco Rubio: 16.6%
John Kasich: 10.1%
RESULTS (March 8, 2016)
Total Votes: 740,467
Average Percentage: 38.6%
States Won: HI, MI And MS
Delegates Won: 71
Total Votes: 580,146
Average Percentage: 34.9%
States Won: ID
Delegates Won: 56
Total Votes: 373,917
Average Percentage: 15.3%
States Won: None
Delegates Won: 17
Total Votes: 180,813
Average Percentage: 10.8%
States Won: None
Delegates Won: 0
Total Delegate Allocation Since Iowa
Donald Trump: 458
Ted Cruz: 359
Marco Rubio: 151
John Kasich: 54
Total Vote Count Since Iowa
Donald Trump: 4,344,542
Ted Cruz: 3,579,114
Marco Rubio: 2,426,859
John Kasich: 1,088,248
MARCH 5THPOLL PROJECTIONS (Combined Averages For Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana And Maine)
Donald Trump: 37.3%
Ted Cruz: 20.9%
Marco Rubio: 17.7%
John Kasich: 8.2%
RESULTS (March 5, 2016)
Total Votes: 230,209
Average Percentage: 40.9%
States Won: KS And ME
Delegates Won: 64
Total Votes: 230,453
Average Percentage: 33.3%
States Won: KY And LA
Delegates Won: 49
Total Votes: 85,035
Average Percentage: 13.6%
States Won: None
Delegates Won: 13
Total Votes: 62,541
Average Percentage: 10.9%
States Won: None
Delegates Won: 9
Total Delegate Allocation Since Iowa
Donald Trump: 378
Ted Cruz: 295
Marco Rubio: 123
John Kasich: 34
Total Vote Count Since Iowa
Donald Trump: 3,603,634
Ted Cruz: 3,003,166
Marco Rubio: 2,221,583
John Kasich: 714,488
SUPER TUESDAYPOLL PROJECTIONS (Combined Averages For Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont And Virginia)
Donald Trump: 30.1%
Ted Cruz: 20.1%
Marco Rubio: 18.9%
Ben Carson: 9.4%
John Kasich: 6.6%
RESULTS (March 1, 2016)
Total Votes: 2,952,964
Average Percentage: 34.6%
States Won: AL, AR, GA, MA, TN, VT, VA
Delegates Won: 237
Total Votes: 2,507,233
Average Percentage: 25.4%
States Won: AK, OK, TX
Delegates Won: 209
Total Votes: 1,879,467
Average Percentage: 23.0%
States Won: MN
Delegates Won: 94
Total Votes: 544,649
Average Percentage: 8.6%
States Won: None
Delegates Won: 19
Total Votes: 494,281
Average Percentage: 6.5%
States Won: None
Delegates Won: 3
Total Delegate Allocation Since Iowa
Donald Trump: 319
Ted Cruz: 226
Marco Rubio: 110
John Kasich: 25
Ben Carson: 8
After a week of silence on whether Republicans should refuse to consider President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Senator Mark Kirk is speaking out.
In a Chicago Sun-Times op-ed posted moments ago, Kirk argues that, in the spirit of honoring the late Justice Antonin Scalia, Republicans should place the Constitution before their party.
“I recognize the right of the President, be it Republican or Democrat, to place before the Senate a nominee for the Supreme Court and I fully expect and look forward to President Obama advancing a nominee for the Senate to consider,” he writes.
“I also recognize my duty as a Senator to either vote in support or opposition to that nominee following a fair and thorough hearing along with a complete and transparent release of all requested information. The Senate’s role in providing advice and consent is as important and significant as the President’s role in proposing a nominee.”
By the same token, he urges the president to put forth a nominee who rejects partisanship and extremism.
“My sincerest hope is that President Obama nominates someone who captures the sentiment he spoke about before the Illinois General Assembly this month – a nominee who can bridge differences, a nominee that finds common ground and a nominee that does not speak or act in the extreme.”
Kirk’s words mark one of the more significant breaks from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s swift call to block consideration for the president’s nominee; though a handful of senators up for reelection, such as Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, have shied away from McConnell’s strategy, his conference is by and large standing behind him. But for Kirk, arguably the most vulnerable Republican in the 2016 Senate field, the stakes are high, and his team spent the last several days mulling his words carefully. In the interim, Illinois representative Tammy Duckworth, the Democrat who is likely to be Kirk’s opponent in November, blasted the senator’s silence, calling on Kirk to “immediately level with the people of Illinois, and let us know whether he supports the Constitution, or if he’ll be a rubber stamp for Mitch McConnell’s obstructionist and unconstitutional gambit.”
Kirk has spent his career crafting a moderate political profile in the upper chamber, and has angered Republicans for regularly crossing the aisle, such as when he voted to maintain funding for so-called sanctuary cities. A more tempered stance on the current SCOTUS fight, however, shields him from Duckworth’s criticisms, and could help him preserve his appeal to independents – who, in the battleground state of Illinois, will be key come November.
GOP senators, if you give whichever Constitution-shredding libfascist Obama nominates a hearing, much less a vote, we are gone. Out of the GOP. Finished. And that means you’re finished too.
The “we” is us conservatives, and we are not in the mood for any pompous, delusional Senate-speak about how you can’t do what we elected you to do and defy Obama. You need to take a stand and shut him down. And we don’t care how much heat you have to take from the mainstream media and your distinguished commie colleagues across the aisle.
Man the hell up.
Our enemies keep blabbing about your alleged “duty” to act. Yeah, you have a Constitutional duty all right – to the freaking Constitution.
The reaction of Mitch McConnell was a pleasant surprise. After rolling over again and again, it seems to have dawned on Mitch that we conservatives are done with a submissive Senate going Gimp every time Obama demands something. Spending, Obamacare, illegal immigration – the GOP hasn’t been seemed to be able to draw a line, much less hold one, and we conservatives have been wondering why we even bothered to retake the Senate in 2014. But now our right to freely exercise our religion, our right to keep and bear arms, and even our right to criticize politicians like Hillary Clinton are at stake. There’s nowhere left to retreat to. Back, meet wall.
This is it. This is the moment you need to stop pretending the Senate is some sort of collegial debating society and realize that this is a life and death struggle for the future of our country. If the left gets its way, America is in serious trouble. And so are you, because if the GOP Senate can’t even stop the left from turning the Supreme Court over to the kind of people who run safe space universities, then what damn use is a GOP Senate?
We’ll be gone from your flailing party. We’ll check out, and then you’ll check out of the cloakroom for good. The revolt is already barreling down the highway; your weakness will only supercharge it. Do you think Donald Trump is some sort of accident? He’s the result of you and the rest of the GOP talking a big game about liberal abstinence and then getting to D.C. and giving it up to the first smooth talking establishmentarian you meet at the bus station.
You should be afraid, because this is about your careers. And remember, K Street’s not going to need you quite so much when there’s a big Democrat Senate majority after you betray us again – you might have to (gasp!) go get your sorry rears real jobs.
Supersize this, squishes. Are you feeling me?
But most of you are smart enough to understand that and to cultivate a healthy fear of losing your cushy sinecures – the majority of you seem to get that you don’t want to go home and run on not having stopped the SCOTUS nominee who just gave the thumbs up to trucks rumbling through your constituents’ neighborhoods with a speaker blaring, “Bring out your guns!”
But we can feel how much you truly want to submit, to adopt that chin-stroking pose of thoughtful pseudo-wisdom on some Sunday morning show and disclaim about your solemn duties and how the president’s candidate deserves careful consideration and blah blah blah blah blah. You know you’re in for mainstream media hell if you take a stand, and there’s nothing you hate more than having to actually defend conservatism rather than basking in the warm glow of strange new respect by going along and getting along with the liberal narrative. But most of you are also canny enough to see that this time is different, that this time you won’t be able to walk some weaselly tightrope where you avoid liberal establishment hate while not alienating your conservative voting base quite enough for it to toss you out of office.
Everyone knows fussy little Lindsey Graham would love to reach across the aisle and hug some guy on the other side, but he knows that South Carolina voters can tolerate only so much cavorting with the enemy. John McCain’s got an election in November and Arizona voters are watching, so he’ll hold fast even though we can see he’s aching to maverick all over conservatives again.
But then there are fools like Dean Heller of Nevada, who decided to respond with a joke when failing to commit to blocking whoever Obama nominates:
“‘The chances of approving a new nominee are slim, but Nevadans should have a voice in the process. That’s why I encourage the President to use this opportunity to put the will of the people ahead of advancing a liberal agenda on the nation’s highest court. But should he decide to nominate someone to the Supreme Court, who knows, maybe it’ll be a Nevadan,’ said Senator Dean Heller.”
Hey Heller, you’re hella unfunny. Do you think attacks upon Nevadans’ First and Second Amendment rights are comedy gold? Let me help you, and every other spineless senatorial sissy, with what you need to say:
“President Obama has spent over seven years disrespecting and disregarding the Constitution. He and his liberal soulmates have expressed nothing but utter contempt for the separation of powers and for our most basic rights. I will not stand by and allow them any further opportunity to infringe upon our freedoms. So my advice to Obama is not to bother nominating anyone to replace Justice Scalia, but if he does so then I shall withhold my consent. I will not support hearings on, or a vote on, or confirmation of, any Obama Supreme Court nominee, ever. Period.”
That’s how you do it. And unless Heller does, in two years I and others will be supporting and donating to his primary opponent – who I hope will be Adam Laxalt, the current Nevada Attorney General and a real conservative. But here’s a little secret – I hope Heller doesn’t come out clearly for what Hugh Hewitt has hashtagged #NoHearingsNoVotes. I hope he keeps trying to please the liberal media instead of his constituents. Why? Because I want us conservatives to destroy the budding career of some RINO next cycle, to select one wavering weakling and boot him out of office for the crime of defying us. The British used to occasionally shoot one of their admirals in order to encourage the others to greater bravery and resolve. We GOP conservatives should adopt this innovative incentivization strategy and each cycle cull the weakest from the herd, just to make sure that these Capitol Hill cretins remain more afraid of our wrath than the Washington Post’s.
No hearings, no votes – or you’ll be hearing from us, and you won’t be getting our votes.
Jeb Bush’s campaign insists it is not imploding before primary voters’ eyes despite mounting evidence to the contrary.
The former Florida governor now finds himself in a situation where his own supporters say he isn’t firing on all cylinders, his polls are sagging, Republican insiders claim he is running out of cash, and key endorsements are going to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
And now campaign officials and a top fundraiser are pushing back aggressively against claims the Bush campaign will stop paying staff on Saturday due to lack of funds.
Citing “sources close to the Bush campaign,” conservative commentator and Red State editor Erick Erickson wrote that there was a phone call on Wednesday night in which the news leaked out that the Bush campaign was out of cash.
“Pay for campaign staff will end on Saturday. The campaign is all but over,” Erickson wrote Thursday at the Resurgent. “Additionally, after having hundreds of millions of dollars on hand, the Bush Super PAC has less than $15 million from what I am being told.”
Erikson said Bush could be a “king-maker” if he got out of the race before South Carolina’s primary voters head to the polls on Saturday, but the campaign “vehemently” denied having cash-flow problems.
After Erickson’s story reverberated through the political world on Thursday morning, Bush campaign spokesman Tim Miller tweeted:
“I am traveling on Saturday to Nevada to help oversee that effort, and we have staff waiting for me,” Al Cardenas, a longtime Bush insider and senior fundraiser, said in a telephone interview with The Hill. “And nobody’s been notified about this information.
“It would come as a surprise to [Bush campaign] staff that Erick’s been notified ahead of them.”
And a source familiar with Bush fundraising and the campaign told The Hill the story was “complete bullshit.”
“F—ing Marco Rubio got a third place in Iowa and a fifth place in New Hampshire, and he’s trying to drive us out of the campaign. It’s ludicrous,” the source said.
“It’s a f—ing civil war [with Rubio], that’s what it is… Jeb Bush is a proud dude… We are not going to announce to the world that the campaign will finish on Saturday.”
Rumors that Bush’s campaign is about to be pulled off life-support coincide with South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley’s endorsement of Rubio and a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal national poll released Thursday showing Bush capturing just 4 percent of the primary vote.
A CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday also had Bush running a distant fourth-place behind Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Rubio.
“It’s all been decided, apparently,” Bush sarcastically said at a campaign stop in South Carolina on Wednesday. “The pundits have made it all – it’s all decided. We don’t have to go vote, I guess. It’s all finished. I should just stop campaigning, maybe, huh? It’s all done.”
Bush’s supporters, however, seemed worried.
Edward Scott, 58, who lives in Maryland but works in South Carolina, told the New York Times on Wednesday that Bush seems to have been “knocked off center” by his opponents’ attacks. He told the paper it was important for the former Florida governor to “raise the bar” and “be beyond the bullying.”
“I think [Trump] is getting you off your message, your good message,” added David Villinger, 62, of Ridgeville.
Bush told the Summersville audience he was “disappointed” that Haley endorsed Rubio, but vowed “a role for her in the campaign” if he wins the Republican nomination.
The Republican party has been attempting to commit suicide for as long as I can remember, yet, despite its best efforts, it has somehow managed to avoid shooting itself in the head. However, if its leaders decide to confirm Barack Obama’s next Supreme Court nominee, the GOP will bleed out all over the floor, and there’s nobody anywhere who will be able to stop the hemorrhaging.
Simply put, allowing the most corrupt and incompetent president in the history of the republic to replace the recently-departed Antonin Scalia with another Sonia Sotomayor would be criminally negligent on the part of Mitch McConnell and his crew, and even the moderate, Republican rump-swabs at Fox News know it.
The time has come for these go-along-to-get-along asshats to finally take a stand in defense of liberty, justice and the U.S. Contitution, and if they should fail to do so, they will prove once and for all that they never really did give half a shit about their country.
So, do the high mucky-mucks of the GOP have a death wish? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
After a sixth place finish in New Hampshire’s Republican primary on Tuesday, Chris Christie is calling it quits.
The New Jersey governor made the decision after conferring with major donors. He concluded that he did not have the financial support to continue his campaign, reports CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, citing a senior campaign source.
Christie spent significant campaign resources on the New Hampshire primary, wooing voters and banking on the state’s famous friendliness to governors running for the GOP nomination. Last week, Christie received plaudits for his debate takedown of rival Marco Rubio in Manchester, New Hampshire, where he slammed the Florida senator for his automaton-like answers to moderators’ questions.
But on Tuesday night, Christie finished with just single-digit support, behind Donald Trump, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Rubio. After a poor showing in Iowa, Christie is the only candidate left running who has so far accumulated zero delegates.
Christie addressed his backers at a primary night event in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Thanking volunteers and supporters, Christie said he did “not regret one minute” of the time spent in the early-voting state.
“I have both won elections that I was supposed to lose and I’ve lost elections I was supposed to win. And what that means is you never know and it’s both the magic and the mystery of politics – that you never quite know when which is going to happen, even when you think you do,” he said. “We leave New Hampshire tonight without an ounce of regret, not for the time we’ve spent, and for the thousands of people tonight in New Hampshire who will have voted for us. We thank each and every one of them.”
Of Republican front-runner Donald Trump, Christie said he “deserves congratulations” for winning the support of Granite State voters.
Trump, for his part, told “CBS This Morning” that Christie had called to congratulate him, and said in an interview on Fox News, “Frankly, Chris is somebody that maybe wouldn’t have to get out. I think somebody like Jeb Bush has far less talent than Chris, and he’s still in so you know, it’s one of those things.”
The New Jersey Republican announced Tuesday that he would be heading back to his home state, instead of continuing on to campaign in South Carolina, the last primary state before March’s Super Tuesday contests.
Carly Fiorina is dropping out of the presidential race.
After a weak showing in New Hampshire last night, Fiorina becomes the second candidate, after Chris Christie, to bow out today.
Here’s the full statement she posted to Facebook:
This campaign was always about citizenship – taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected. Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes. I’ve said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I’m not going to start now. While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them.
Our Republican Party must fight alongside these Americans as well. We must end crony capitalism by fighting the policies that allow it to flourish. We must fix our festering problems by holding our bloated, inept government bureaucracy accountable. Republicans must stand for conservative principles that lift people up and recognize all Americans have the right to fulfill their God-given potential.
To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you’re a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn’t shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology. It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made. Choose leadership.
As I have said to the many wonderful Americans I have met throughout this campaign, a leader is a servant whose highest calling is to unlock potential in others. I will continue to serve in order to restore citizen government to this great nation so that together we may fulfill our potential.