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HUFFPOST HILL - Marco Can Save Us, GOP Intones, Rocking Back And Forth In A Ball

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 22/02/2016 Eliot Nelson

An invigorated Marco Rubio triumphantly campaigned in Nevada, fresh off his commanding South Carolina delegate tie with Jim Gilmore. John Kasich bragged that women "left their kitchens" to vote for him, a gaffe that could really hurt if he had any support left. And a bunch of drunk oil dudes named Bobby, Haley and Bobby convened in Houston to strategize how best to squander hundreds of millions of dollars on George P. Bush's career. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, February 22nd, 2016:
GOP ESTABLISHMENT CONFIDENTLY ENDORSING RUBIO NOW THAT HE'S ONLY 25 POINTS BEHIND TRUMP - Feel the Marcomentum! Daniel White: "The most notable endorsement came from former Republican presidential candidate and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, who previously backed Bush and has made clear that he does not want to see Texas Sen. Ted Cruz win the nomination...Other endorsements Monday for Rubio included U.S. Sens. Thom Tillis and Jeff Flake, former Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and U.S. Reps. Jeff Miller, Gus Bilirakis and Crescent Hardy... Meantime, former Homeland Security head and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, who had previously backed Bush, endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich." [Time]
Feel even more Marcomentum! " @bahmankalbasi: A #Massachusetts Poll by Emerson:
#Trump- 50%
#Rubio- 16%
#Kasich- 13%
#Cruz- 10%"
HOW TRUMP COULD WIN - Zach Carter and Ryan Grim: "It would be very nice if a brand of politics built on fear, intimidation, racism and sheer meanness could not succeed in 21st-century America. Most political pundits have spent the past year wishing it to be so, refusing to contemplate the horror of a Trump presidency. And the business mogul may very well end up getting trounced in the general election if he does secure the GOP nomination. But Trump has a perfectly plausible path to the presidency as a Republican. If he makes it to the White House, he'll get there by taking the Upper Midwest back from the Democratic Party…. All he has to do is carry the Rust Belt -- a region perfectly attuned to Trump's fiery denunciations of American trade policy and his angry condemnation of Washington corruption. While [Mitt] Romney hailed free trade, globalization and 'creative destruction,' Trump rails against the North American Free Trade Agreement and promises to bring jobs back home." [HuffPost]
BUT IS IT GOOD FOR THE CRUZ? FIRING A GUY EDITION - Igor Bobic and Amanda Terkel: "Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) announced Monday he had asked for the resignation of his senior communications director, Rick Tyler, for spreading a false report about Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). 'This morning, I asked for Rick Tyler's resignation,' Cruz told reporters at a campaign stop in Las Vegas. The Texas senator said Tyler was 'a good man' but that he had 'committed a grave error of judgment' and that 'even if it was true, our campaign should not have sent it.' Tyler was about to do a live television interview on MSNBC when he abruptly left as news of Cruz's remarks broke, the network said." Apparently Tyler posted some video that used phony subtitles to make it seem like Rubio made fun of the Bible. Sadly, today is not the day we catch Marco Rubio making fun of the Bible. [HuffPost]
BURN ALERT - A spokesman for Rubio's campaign pinned the blame on Cruz, not Tyler, who "had the unenviable task of working for a candidate willing to do or say anything to get elected."
GOP SOFT ON SNYDER OVER FLINT WATER CRISIS - So says Elijah Cummings, Tyler Tynes reports: "In a letter Monday, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) asked committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) to demand the documents from Snyder. Chaffetz has said he wouldn't request the items because Snyder could claim executive privilege over his communications. 'Although I was not a part of your conversation with Governor Snyder,' Cummings wrote, 'any claim of executive privilege to withhold documents from Congress would be a surprising turn of events that directly contradicts the Governor’s own promises of accountability to the people of Michigan.' Cummings' letter noted that Chaffetz sent a number of document requests to former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) for the committee's yearlong investigation into a scandal involving the state’s health insurance exchange." [HuffPost]
BEST OF LUCK - From Claire McCaskill's Tumblr: "I very recently learned that I have breast cancer. It was detected through a regular mammogram. It’s a little scary, but my prognosis is good and I expect a full recovery. I will be in St Louis for the next 3 weeks receiving treatment. During this time my staff will continue to assist Missourians and I will be posting on my Senate website ( how I would have voted on any matters that come before the Senate during my absence—which I’ll also enter into the Congressional record. Additionally, I’ll be submitting questions in writing for any missed Senate hearings." [Tumblr]
Does somebody keep forwarding you this newsletter? Get your own copy. It's free! Sign up here. Send tips/stories/photos/events/fundraisers/job movement/juicy miscellanea to Follow us on Twitter - @HuffPostHillBERNIE SANDERS IS TOTALLY GOING TO GET SCREWED OVER SPRING BREAK - But not because of his selfie stick, his dayglo green tank top or his SALT LIFE bumper sticker. Darren Samuelsohn: "[T]here’s just one problem for the surging senator: When primary or caucus day arrives in each of these college towns, as well as dozens more from Maine to Hawaii, many of the students Sanders hopes will help carry him to the White House won’t be there. They’ll be in Cancún. Or Florida. Or back home…This year’s spring break schedule clashes directly with a large swath of primaries and caucuses, a conflict that comes at the worst possible time for Sanders, who crushed his rival Hillary Clinton among young and first-time voters in the exit polls in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada." [Politco]
SMOOTH MOVE, KASICH - Annnnnnnnnd that's his campaign. Igor Bobic: "Republican presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich bragged on Monday that he was elected to office at a young age with the help of an 'army of supporters' that included women who 'left their kitchens' to knock on doors for him. 'How did I get elected? Nobody was -- I didn't have anybody for me. We just got an army of people and many women who left their kitchens to go out and go door to door and put yard signs up for me,' Kasich said at a town hall in Fairfax, Virginia. Kasich first ran for Congress in 1982 at the age of 26, and was re-elected as a representative eight times, serving a total of nine terms until 2001. A woman at the town hall who asked why the governor decided to sign a bill defunding Planned Parenthood in Ohio over the weekend said the governor's remark offended her. 'First off, I want to say your comment earlier about the women coming to support you? I'll come and support you, but I won't be coming out of the kitchen,' she said. 'I got you,' Kasich responded." [HuffPost]
Great timing, too: "Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Sunday prohibiting the state from contracting for health services with any organization that performs or promotes abortions, blocking government funds to Planned Parenthood." [CNN]
KIRK WANTS TO CONSIDER SCOTUS NOMINEE THIS YEAR - Amanda Terkel: " Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), one of the most at-risk GOP incumbents this cycle, has broken with his party and said he's open to considering a Supreme Court nominee put forth by President Barack Obama. '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 Barack Obama advancing a nominee for the Senate to consider,' Kirk writes in a Chicago Sun-Times oped posted Monday afternoon. '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,' he added." [HuffPost]
Jeff Flake said he's NOT down with replacing Scalia this year.Maybe these PPP numbers helped him decide: "Only 29% of voters approve of the job Toomey is doing to 40% who disapprove, and just 30% approve of the job Portman is doing to 39% who disapprove. They’re both very much in the danger zone for reelection based on those low approval numbers. One thing complicating their path to reelection is how bad the overall brand of Senator Republicans is. Mitch McConnell has a 13/56 approval rating in Pennsylvania, and a 14/57 one in Ohio. His extreme unpopularity is going to be a weight on his party’s incumbents running across the country. Strong majorities of voters- 58/35 in Ohio and 57/40 in Pennsylvania- think that the vacant seat on the Supreme Court should be filled this year." [PPP]
BIDEN OF CHRISTMAS PAST HAUNTING BIDEN OF NOMINATION PRESENT - Now Obama will never nominate himself and let Joe run out the clock! Mike DeBonis: "C-SPAN on Monday posted a clip of a sprawling 90-minute address then-Senator Biden delivered on June 25, 1992, on the subject of reforming the Supreme Court confirmation process. Biden, in his fourth term and serving as Judiciary Committee chairman, spoke in anticipation of the end of court’s term that year -- the traditional season for justices to announce their retirements. And if such a retirement came to pass, he said, President George H. W. Bush should 'not name a nominee until after the November election is completed' and, if he did, 'the Senate Judiciary Committee should seriously consider not scheduling confirmation hearings on the nomination until after the political campaign season is over.'" [WaPo]
GUY LIVING THE DREAM ON THE INTERNET - Meet the Kim Dotcom of pro-Bernie Sanders web op-eds. Michael Calderone and Sam Stein: "Over the past year, a series of blog posts boasting about the forthcoming presidency of one Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have ricocheted across the Internet, achieving virality that would make most journalists blush. The posts all rely on the same formula: self-assured headlines with predictive prose, usually placed on websites with a large liberal readership. 'It's Official,' read one Huffington Post blog item on June 25, 2015. 'Bernie Sanders Has Overtaken Hillary Clinton in the Hearts and Minds of Democrats.' The piece has been shared 731,000 times on Facebook...They're all the product of an upstart political writer whose work prior to the current election cycle included authoring two existential fantasy novels. H.A. Goodman is the Bernie whisperer of the Internet." [HuffPost]
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DONALD TRUMP IS LIKE A WHITE DON KING - That's what Al Sharpton tells Glenn Thrush. "'I think what he has said has been biased and bigoted, but I don’t know if Donald Trump is really a bigoted guy,' says Sharpton when asked about the reality star’s comments on Mexicans and Muslims. And Sharpton knows exactly who the GOP frontrunner reminds him of – and it’s not Benito Mussolini or Huey Long or George Wallace – it’s a black guy, a motor-mouthed, sprout-haired boxing promoter who befriended Sharpton and brought him into the glamorous, big-money world of Atlantic City prizefighting three decades ago. 'The best way I can describe Donald Trump to friends is to say if Don King had been born white he’d be Donald Trump,' says Sharpton with a broadening smile. 'Both of them are great self-promoters and great at just continuing to talk even if you’re not talking back at ‘em.'" [Politico]
- 110-year-old lady is not taking any of your crap.
- "Bohemian Rhapsody" run through Google Translate a few times.
- $700 battery is a total rip-off.
TWITTERAMA@darth: flake: "i support marco rubio for president!"
rubio: "thanks jeff!"
flake: "he and i worked hard on immigr..."
rubio: "THANKS JEFF"

@burgessev: And then the politician changed his or her mind because someone dredged up an old quote
@RalstonReports: Most humor-impaired political folks on Twitter, ranked:
1. Hillarybots
2. Trumpbots
3. Breitbartbots
4. Berniebots

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