The Joni Ernst Watch 5/4/2014

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.

If I were Joni Ernst I would be concerned that Kirk Ferentz has a higher approval rating. This is a man coming off a disappointing football season who happens to be the highest paid employee in the state.   Nothing beats corn though.

Polling that actually matters to some degree is starting to make its way into the public. It looks like Scott Walker, he of Wisconsin notoriety, is the early leader.

However, remember that at a certain time during the last Republican circus Newt Gingrich was the presumptive favorite. Newt freaking Gingrich!

The crazy train of potential Republican presidential contenders is paying homage to a litany of so-called Iowa kingmakers in the hopes that a caucus victory can be pried from their cold, bigoted hands. At the recent Faith & Freedom Summit in Waukee the leading candidates all made sure to toss out just enough gay marriage red meat to keep the social conservatives salivating. Marco Rubio is my favorite:

Marriage as an institution existed before even government itself. The institution of marriage as between one man and one woman existed even before our laws existed.

Fair enough, but if that is the sole criteria by which we judge the essential validity of a law why are we not bringing back things like stoning?

Ted Cruz, never one to be outdone in the no talent ass clown department, said at a Q&A session with U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Javier Palomarez:

Some years ago, I was having lunch with a Hispanic entrepreneur in Austin. He asked me a question. He said, “When was the last time you saw a Hispanic panhandler?” And that’s a great question. You and I grew up in Texas. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Hispanic panhandler. And the reason is in our community it would be shameful to be begging on the streets.

There is a lot going on in this statement. First off, he is pandering to both Texas and the Hispanic community. The idea of a homogenous Hispanic community is somewhat of a misnomer given the deep lines of demarcation even among different groups of Mexican Americans, but I digress. Furthermore, ol’ Ted is sending out the coded phrases about African Americans that just get the social conservatives all lathered up. A panhandler is not a failure of the community writ large, but a failure of a particular ethnic community in general and of the individual specifically. If they would just work a little harder…

Do these people not understand some of the deep and profound issues that affect the chronically homeless in the United States? The answer is no because they do not really care.

Bobby Jindal, who is probably running for president as an audition for a job other than the one he currently holds, but he seems to really be doubling down on this whole “freedom to discriminate” shtick that has the Republican party feeling its oats.

Somehow, Republicans have now decided that considering corporations people is not enough. Corporations should have the same right to discriminate that individuals have. In essence, the Republican party is betting on the idea that we should be able to legally allow a twenty-first century segregation based on hokey religious beliefs.

Just in case you were missing Michele Bachmann, she thinks the rapture is imminent:

Jesus Christ is coming back. We, in our lifetimes potentially, could see Jesus Christ returning to Earth, the Rapture of the Church.

The world is full of people who believed the end times were coming. So far they have a pretty dismal track record.

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