The Joni Ernst Watch 1/18/2016

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.

Steve King got in his ounce of stupid this past week. First, he left his guest seat vacant during the State of the Union to represent millions of aborted babies.

Second, he actually skipped the State of the Union because he did not want to be lectured.

Lastly, he chided South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for not being a true conservative but complementing her on her appearance.

You gotta’ love Republicans. Middle aged white men who cannot understand why the ladies, young people, and brown folks just do not understand them. The clown car of Republican presidential candidates all had pretty much the same visceral reaction to the State of the Union as Steve King…I mean, most of them were not in attendance and did not actually listen to the speech.

Maybe it is time to take a moment and imagine the potential future horror of President Ted Cruz’s 2018 State of the Union speech.

Shudder. This is a man who would rather keep someone incarcerated than admit fault.

Christian charity and humility does not extend to Ted Cruz. Of course, this is a man who’s colleagues in the Senate almost universally despise him.

The “bromance” between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump is over. With just two weeks to go until Iowans brave what will probably be a cold night to caucus for their particular candidate those two right wing blowhards are going after each other with both barrels blazing.

Cruz has his personal lap dog, Steve King, out there providing loony tunes coverage for him. It’s a great strategy. Get someone who anyone with sense does not take seriously to wind up the craziest parts of your base. I am kind of surprised that King thought attacking “New York values,” which the Cruz campaign had hoped would translate into a pseudonym for liberal, went too far:

I thought it was one of the times when you saw Donald Trump actually show you more of his heart than we’ve seen on the campaign trail. He meant what he said. You could tell that he was reliving some of the pain of Sept. 11 2001.

What surprises me even more is that Republicans have used 9/11 as a campaign prop for the last fourteen years. Why stop now?

Please let it be true that the father of the Koch brothers built an oil refinery for the Nazis.

Nothing would warm my heart more knowing that the seed capital for their enterprise was provided in some measure by one of the most brutal regimes in the history of the world.

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