The Joni Ernst Watch 1/19/2014

Joni “Make ‘em squeal” Ernst is rarely without something to say.

Well, keeping quiet is just not Joni’s style and the Republican leadership has deemed her star power of sufficient wattage to deliver the rebuttal or response to the State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

Raise your hand if you think this is odd, but wonderful. Thought so. Generally, the response is given by a rising star in the party who has designs on national office. It’s not an easy speech to give because it is done in front of television cameras, as opposed to an audience, and you are following up a national office holder bringing the gravitas of the President. Best of luck to you Joni.

Recently, Des Moines’ Water Works Board voted to file a federal lawsuit against three rural counties in the northwestern part of Iowa for failing to control nitrate pollution. Naturally, the junior senator from Iowa favored a voluntary system:

It is an issue that I believe needs to be done on a voluntary basis, and we do see a lot of great programs that are being implemented.

Really? What incentive to rural counties have to reduce nitrate pollution on a voluntary basis right now? None. That is why the water is polluted. Whenever it comes to a regulation that makes sense the Republican talking point flowchart says to label it something that should be done on a voluntary basis. Because, as we all know, businesses will just reduce profitability because a voluntary program exists. I call shenanigans.

Here’s another potential Republican nominee in 2016 saying stupid things. This time it is Rand Paul spouting off on disability:

The thing is that all of these programs, there’s always somebody who’s deserving, everybody in this room knows somebody who’s gaming the system. I tell people that if you look like me and you hop out of your truck, you shouldn’t be getting a disability check. Over half the people on disability are either anxious or their back hurts. Join the club. Who doesn’t get up a little anxious for work every day and their back hurts? Everyone over 40 has a back pain.

Never mind the truth when you can get in a good sound bite in front of a favorable crowd.

Besides Joni Ernst delivering the Republican response to the State of the Union this week also brings us the so-called “Iowa Freedom Summit” from everyone’s favorite member of Congress Steve King.  Just look at the list of Republican luminaries lining up to genuflect before the new kingmaker of the Iowa caucuses Representative Steve King:

  1. Sarah Palin
  2. Ted Cruz
  3. Chris Christie
  4. Mike Huckabee
  5. Rick Santorum
  6. Donald Trump
  7. Rick Perry
  8. Scott Walker
  9. Newt!
  10. Ben Carson
  11. Joni Ernst
  12. Terry Branstad

The sad thing is that Rand Paul or Marco Rubio could not make the event.  The headlines are going to write themselves on the 25th.

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