The Joni Ernst Watch 6/8/2015

When it comes to Joni “Make ‘em squeal Joni” 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.

The clown car was in town as Joni Ernst hosted her first “Roast and Ride” where a who’s who of the GOP attended for the right to spend some quality time with the new power player in the U.S. Senate. She may not see herself as a gatekeeper to the Republican nomination, but come caucus time every GOP candidate will be looking to have her on stage.

The real question confronting the GOP right now is what horse to back in this race. Why are there so many obviously lost causes gumming up the works? It’s great for someone watching from the sidelines, but it makes no sense as a strategy to run a party.

The megadonors, however, are lining up behind their candidates of choice.   I would not be surprised if the list of candidates still in the race come the Iowa caucuses looks a lot like the list of candidates being backed by big money donors.

For the moment the plethora of candidates has led to a lot of great sound bites. Great for me, maybe not so great for them.

Rand Paul thinks he is a treehugger.

Rick Perry, with smart guy glasses on, says he would approve Keystone XL pipeline on day one of a, shudder, Perry presidential administration.

Rick Santorum wants the Pope to stop talking about climate change. He said that “The church has gotten it wrong a few times on science, and I think that we probably are better off leaving science to the scientists and focusing on what we’re really good at, which is theology and morality.” I will leave the morality issue on the table and focus on leaving science to the scientists. Okay, Pope Francis is the one who holds a post-secondary degree in chemistry.

And then there is Mike Huckabee. Forever trying to stay relevant in a world that has discovered the Duggars are sick as fuck he doubled down on his dated views by saying:

 

Now I wish that someone told me that when I was in high school that I could have felt like a woman when it came time to take showers in PE. I’m pretty sure that I would have found my feminine side and said, “Coach, I think I’d rather shower with the girls today.” You’re laughing because it sounds so ridiculous doesn’t it?

I do not think that is the thought process, but I will let Huckabee just stew on that comment for a while.

In the wake of the scandal engulfing Dennis Hastert it is useful to remember the people who led the charge for the impeachment of Bill Clinton. First, Newt Gingrich who’s personal failings are well known and would like to focus on how he knew what was right as opposed to acting in accordance with those beliefs. Second, Bob Livingston stepped into the breach and was himself laid low by allegations of extramarital relations with at least four women. Last, Dennis Hastert saw things through to the end and is now known as someone who preyed on young boys with whom he enjoyed a position of power as a teacher and coach. Scumbags.

 

Remember conservative hero Cliven Bundy? He is back in the news and he is still offering his wisdom on poverty and race.

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