The Joni Ernst Watch 4/27/2014

When it comes to Joni “Make ‘em squeal” Ernst or Steve King it’s clown shoes all day, every day. Recently, the conversation in Iowa has turned away from our homegrown whack-a-doos and focused on the nutcase circus that will be the Republican caucus.

Why did Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley vote no on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch?  Ernst’s comments were predictably about standing up to President Obama’s actions on immigration.  For Grassley the reason had something to do with Eric Holder and blah, blah, blah. Does anyone take Chuck Grassley seriously anymore? Has he said anything relevant over the past decade? Yet, he will walk to another victory in his next election. Ugh.

You gotta’ love Steve King. He has now decided that the only check and balance on his own ego and power should be himself.  There is nothing quite like watching an egomaniac with delusions of grandeur tilt at windmills.  I want these clowns to define traditional marriage.  Does it include divorce?  Does it deal with infidelity?  What if two people get married and choose not to have children?  Are they no longer fit to be considered married?

If the courts overturn a law he agrees with then that court’s decision was activist. If the court defends a law he likes then that court is defending the “American way.” If people like Steve King were transported back to the nineteenth century they would argue that the Dred Scott decision should remain law and that President Abraham Lincoln overstepped his authority, legally and morally, in issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. I am ashamed that Steve King gets to represent even a portion of the state of Iowa. It is just shameful.

With all the attention that gets focused on Steve King and Joni Ernst it’s hard to remember that Rod Blum is actually a member of Congress from the state of Iowa. In 90 days in office he has managed to trot out the same talking points that all political “outsiders” do during that time. Here is his tea party wish list. Nothing in and of itself is a deal breaker, but there are real problems to be dealt with and this guy focuses on career politicians. Thanks for the effort Rod.

As the caucus and primary season heats up, it is important to remember that big money rules the day. How much big money? According to CrowdPAC the richest 0.01 percent of the American population gave 42 percent of the political donations in the 2012 election cycle. I actually expect that number to get worse in 2014 and even more so in 2016. What does that mean in reality?

It means that candidates like Jeb Bush will prostrate themselves before the Koch Brothers.  And, candidates will make pilgrimages to Las Vegas in order to curry favor with Skeletor’s long lost relative Sheldon Adelson. That guy’s money, Adelson not Skeletor, kept Newt Gingrich relevant long after his expiration date as a viable candidate had passed. Trust me, I was hoping for a Newt run but it was not in the cards.

Rand Paul has a secret. It’s a secret that will destroy Hillary Clinton and he’s not going to tell anyone just yet. Probably so we continue to pay attention to the rants of a man better suited to be a dorm room libertarian than an elected political official. I digress.

Mike Huckabee, who actually polls well in Iowa, is still lurking as a potential Republican contender for the nomination to run to lose the election for President of the United States. Granted, he has a snowball’s chance in hell of actually getting the nomination because his ability to fundraise is somewhere near that of Gary Hart right now. However, he may have just excised himself from the race because he has such modern views on women. Oh right, who am I kidding? This is the Republican Party we are talking about. He’s actually mainstream.

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