They cannot tell a lie… or maybe they have no problem doing so: “A leading media fact-checking organization rates Republicans as less trustworthy than Democrats, according to a new study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) at George Mason University. The study finds that PolitiFact.com has rated Republican claims as false three times as often as Democratic claims during President Obama’s second term. Republicans continue to get worse marks in recent weeks, despite controversies over Obama administration statements on Benghazi, the IRS and the AP. According to CMPA President Dr Robert Lichter, ‘While Republicans see a credibility gap in the Obama administration, PolitiFact rates Republicans as the less credible party.’” (H/T: Political Wire.)
Ted Cruz is going to New York today to help raise money for the state GOP. But Rep. Pete King (R) is having no part of it. He won’t be attending the event because, he tells Buzzfeed, “I don’t think we should be acknowledging people who are voting against us in our hour of need.”
Cruz was against Sandy funding. King warned that no Republicans should then be supported by New York, a key to fundraising. King’s response drew fire from the state GOP. One official called it “grandstanding” and added, “Pete King does nothing to help other Republicans in New York State other than Pete King. He hasn’t been to a state dinner in anyone’s recent memory.” The state chairman had this to say: “Ted Cruz made it absolutely clear he was all for Sandy aid but he was against the pork which was stuffed in there by the Democrats, and that’s what he was voting against. This is very much going to be about growth and opportunity, showing the diversity that is the Republican Party here in New York State.”
Politico: “House Republicans were so opposed to forcing people to buy health insurance that they fought Obamacare all the way to the Supreme Court. But now they may be okay with an individual mandate — if it’s for illegal immigrants. Members of a House immigration group are considering a rule that would force immigrants to buy their own health insurance while they wait for citizenship.”
Roger Simon: “The Republican Party is in such a state of confusion that it is mystified over what it is supposed to be baffled about,” especially on drones.