The Joni Ernst Watch 11/9/2015

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.

Here is what the junior senator from Iowa is staking her political reputation on right now: overturning the recently announced waters of the United States rules under the Clean Water Act.

It’s pretty much a symbolic vote because the president would likely veto the legislation and there are not enough votes to override such a veto. Nevertheless, Joni Ernst is staking her claim to be the biggest friend of polluters in the senate.

Iowa’s favorite son and Congress’ resident whacko Steve King wants to release the immigration hellhounds on protestors. Never mind that there are already laws in place regarding the detention of illegal immigrants, King wants to make sure that anyone disturbing his most excellent work on the hill are taken into custody and sent back to Mexico. Preferably over the wall that Donald Trump is going to build.

As the next debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin looms I get a lot of satisfaction out of the hissy fit that the Republican candidates threw after the debate on CNBC. If this crop of right wingers cannot handle questions from anchors of a business network, how are they going to handle questions from a hostile press corps or, god forbid, a foreign leader?

Ben Carson get ready for your moment in the sun and get ready for the scrutiny that it will entail. Apparently he thinks that a large chunk of the American populace is just stupid.

He, like so many in the right wing, also has a problem with birthright citizenship.

When did the Fourteenth Amendment become such a hard on for the right wing? Maybe they spent too much time fetishizing the Second Amendment that a fresh face was required for this election cycle.

Then again, a large segment of the American populace might just be stupid if it actually thinks Donald Trump would be a good person to have inhabiting the Oval Office. The Donald, who has never held elected office, does not think fellow political neophyte Ben Carson has the necessary experience to be the president.

Ted Cruz, defender of the Second Amendment and bad haircuts, is not the one from whom you want to take gun safety advice.   Ironic.

Rick Santorum is still a Republican presidential candidate. I think he is still a candidate. Or he is essentially turning this campaign season into a long audition to spend time on Fox News as the voice of the religious right. Or he is angling for a full time position at Hobby Lobby as a fellow in charge on bigotry. Either way, he is a tough guy because he has “taken on” the women who host The View while President Obama is a chicken.  Every time these guys open their mouths I am reminded of the taunting of a third grader trying to act tough but realizing that his pants are two sizes too big and no one cares about his threats.

The best line of the week comes from everyone’s favorite dorm room libertarian Rand Paul who compared free college tuition to handouts of heroin:

If someone offers you something for free, treat it as if they’re offering you heroin and think about the repercussions of what is free and what is a drug, an addicting drug like heroin and the ramifications of that. There’s nothing free. It just means somebody else is gonna pay for it, you don’t see them. So the plumber, the welder, the carpenter, the people who don’t go to college are being asked to pay for your education.

Yep, this guy wants to be the leader of the free world.

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