The Joni Ernst Watch 12/22/2014

Joni “Make ‘em squeal” Ernst is rarely without something to say. However, before officially taking her place in the U.S. Senate she has been oddly quiet.

Steve King, on the other hand, is never without something to say. Speaking with regards to the potential of a government shutdown he said:

What was the penalty? We picked up 15 seats in the House and maybe nine in the Senate. That’s the kind of punishment I can handle.

Think about that for a moment. Here is a person entrusted with running the government who views the calculus purely in terms of seats his party wins or loses. It’s not about people’s lives or the economy. It’s about the little right wing empire that Steve King is building in advance of the Iowa caucuses. He wants to be seen as the standard bearer for the wing nut portion of the party that will decide the next nominee for the Republicans.

And if you thought Steve King was a whack job, just check out his friends. The people responsible for those awesome overpass protests, Overpasses for America, and some other right wingers want to remove the president and vice president from office and replace them with either Steve King or Louie Gohmert. I guess the “love it or leave it” attitude of the George W. Bush years ended the minute your guy was not in the White House. Clowns.

A longtime favorite of mine and fellow alumnus of Winona State University Michele Bachmann gave her farewell address recently. There were some excellent Bachmann classics. Like:

No government gave me rights that only God can give, and no government can take away the rights that only God can give.

Sure. I don’t know what rights she is speaking about, but she is certain that only her particular god can grant rights or take them away. Those Muslim or Jewish or Buddhist or Hindu or Shinto or whatever gods need not apply. We will miss her very, very much.

I hope everyone has the best holiday season possible whatever belief system you subscribe to.


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