The Joni Ernst Watch 12/14/2015

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 was probably an honest mistake, but Joni Ernst or someone in her office should have waited a few more minutes before sending this tweet:


It stings a little still.

Steve King is really feeling it right now with this whole anti-Muslim groundswell in the right wing. On MSNBC King “challenged” Keith Ellison, a Muslim Congressman from Minnesota, about Sharia law:

Well, when Congressman Ellison takes an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and also — you’ll get to ask him. I’m glad he is going to be there to answer this question. And it is, which is superior? The Constitution or Sharia law? And in Sharia law, by their teachings, is superior to everything else. It replaces everything else. It replaces the Constitution itself.

So you can’t be assimilated into the American civilization and accept Sharia law as being superior to our Constitution. It’s antithetical to Americanism.

This is no different than people questioning whether a Catholic is fit to be an American because they accept the ultimate authority of the Pope over all others.

Apparently, Steve King likes what Donald Trump says about Muslims but he will not go all out with an endorsement.

Ted Cruz is your leader in Iowa right now. Leader is a bit of a strong word, but what was I going to go with when discussing the Republican presidential candidates?

Cruz has the endorsement of Iowa’s chief bigot Bob Vander Plaats, who shows up every couple of years peddling his influence and reminding people that he is a gigantic ass.

Now that Ted Cruz has passed Donald Trump—next week it could be someone entirely different because in Iowa even Newt Gingrich had his moment in the sun—it’s time to spend some time focusing on one of the most disliked politicians in recent memory.

Ted Cruz likes religious liberty as long as you are practicing the same sort of religion that he likes. Otherwise, tough cookies. In a bid to grab some of those Donal Trump voters he has said:

I commend Donald Trump for standing up and focusing America’s attention on the need to secure our borders.

Thanks Ted. Protecting us from terrorists and families fleeing terrorists who just happen to have the same religious beliefs. I shudder to think what he would say about Buddhists.

Ted Cruz is a climate change denier. No big surprise there, but in his position as a U.S. Senator he invited William Happer to be a “star witness.” Happer is nothing short of a snake oil salesman, carnival barker, or charlatan. You pick whichever you like because they all fit. Happer is essentially a shill for the fossil fuel industry and has been caught doing their dirty work.

Happer was not the only whack-a-doo that Cruz invited to testify regarding climate change. He also called Mark Steyn, a conservative radio host, who proceeded to try and grab the mantle of craziest guy in the building:

We are planning now for global security threats a century hence, because the Maldives might have been swept away by water by the. The entire population of the Maldives are Sunni Muslim, so they will fit in perfectly fine if they all move to this Brussels suburb that produced the shooters in Paris.

Nothing like inserting a little Islamophobia with you climate denial. These guys just rule.

Perhaps the best Ted Cruz tidbit from the past week or so is his interaction with a child in Iowa:

“You have lots of toys?” Cruz asked Josselyn, who seemed like he wanted to play quietly.

“What’s your favorite toy?” Cruz insisted, unable to pick up on basic social cues.

“Do you have a dinosaur?” he badgered. “Do you have a fire truck?”

“Do you have a toy monkey?”

Josselyn, like a dog sensing a malevolent spirit, stared Cruz down, unwilling to participate in his corrupt political theater.

“A toy monkey!” Cruz bellowed at no one in particular. “You know what that means?! You get to be the monkey in the house!”

Josselyn walked away without acknowledging the outburst. Cruz murmured to a nearby adult, “I’m glad you’re here.”

Where does one even begin to peel back the layers. Aw hell, just let it stand in its own pool of awesome sauce.

However, the award for jackass comment of the week has to go to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. During arguments for the Fisher v University of Texas, a case dealing with race based college admissions, Scalia went all old school racist:

There are those who contend that it does not benefit African Americans to get them into the University of Texas, where they do not do well, as opposed to having them go to a less-advanced school, a slower-track school where they do well. One of the briefs pointed out that most of the black scientists in this country don’t come from schools like the University of Texas. They come from lesser schools where they do not feel that they’re being pushed ahead in classes that are too fast for them.

Why doesn’t he just start advocating for separate dining areas?


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