The Joni Ernst Watch 8/17/2015

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.

It looks like the “smart guy” glasses have done nothing for Rick Perry and he is headed toward another flameout in the Hawkeye state. If rumors are to be believed, Perry has stopped paying his campaign staff. How will he stay in the race? Dark money from a Super PAC of course.

Climate denial is sort of par for the course for the gaggle of Republican aspirants. John Kasich is taking things a step further by advocating a do nothing strategy:

I think that man absolutely affects the environment, but as to whether, what the impact is… the overall impact — I think that’s a legitimate debate.

And:

We don’t want to destroy people’s jobs, based on some theory that is not proven.

Remember, these are the same people who want us to base our laws on a book written in a language no longer commonly spoken and translated several times from that point. Oh, and a lot of the stories are probably apocryphal anyhow but let’s base laws on that piece of literature and not on sound science.

If you really want to understand the strident denial of sound climate science just look at how much money the Republican candidates have received from the fossil fuel industry.  The unlimited dollars allowed via the Citizens United ruling is allowing a small cadre of fossil fuel interests to really shape the Republican presidential field. Granted, since every billionaire has a pet candidate it has led to the entertaining circus side show that has developed.

Bobby Jindal, you remember that he was running for president right, decided to throw some shade at the Democrat’s slate of candidates by saying there is a “soap opera happening on the Democratic side.” Really? The guy who wants to be sharing a stage with Donald Trump is saying that there is a soap opera on the other side of the aisle? No wonder this guy is polling so low. He is clueless.

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