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The Joni Ernst Watch 8/24/2015

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.

Steve King thinks that Donald Trump is the best:

I think today he is the leader on immigration. There’s no question about that.

You have to wonder when the right wing of the right wing is going to snap out of its Trump mania. It might never actually happen. However, Steve King is right there with Trump when it comes to getting extreme on immigration and citizenship:

The people who say that the Constitution has to be amended in order to end birthright citizenship are invariably the people who think it’s a good idea — and those who think it’s a good idea generally are the beneficiaries of it.

No, the people who say you need to amend the Constitution are legal scholars who understand how the U.S. federal system works.

But at least Steve King found time to dig into a stick of deep fat fried butter at the Iowa State Fair.

Scott Walker, who has watched his early momentum in Iowa be usurped by the Donald, apparently does not want reporters asking any tough questions. Walker now has his staff screen questions before anyone is allowed to ask anything.

John Kasich, competing with a whole bevy of second tier candidates trying to get some spotlight, went al Chris Christie and attacked public teachers. Apparently, the problem with our public school system is unions and teachers’ lounges:

I’ll tell you what the unions do, unfortunately too much of the time. There’s a constant negative comment, ‘They’re going to take your benefits, they’re going to take your pay.’ So if I were, not president, but if I were king in America, I would abolish all teachers’ lounges, where they sit together and worry about, ‘Woe is us.

Carly Fiorina, who is apparently still running for the Republican nomination, wants to get in on some bashing of poor people and laws designed to provide a floor on how bad businesses can treat vulnerable workers:

We are crushing them under the weight, the complexity, the cost, the power of a federal government that frankly advantages the big, the powerful, the wealthy and the well-connected, and is crushing the small and the powerless. Every time we destroy a small business or we destroy a community bank, we are destroying the opportunity for someone to get that first job, learn skills, and get a better job.

We are really crushing companies that are making lots of money while people are on government assistance because wages have stagnated.

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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.

The Joni Ernst Watch 8/10/2015

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.

Joni decided that she was going to go all-in on defunding Planned Parenthood and came up seven votes short. Better luck next time. Instead of licking her wounds in private, the junior senator from Iowa went on the offensive by lashing out at two of the right wing’s favorite targets—Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren:

Women like Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren are really trying to push this and I think this is very, very unfortunate. What are they defending? Are they defending the selling of baby body parts potentially?

I love the passive aggressive tone of the statement. It’s okay to slander someone if you end it in question market right?

Normally, Chuck Grassley does not grace these pages because the long-serving senator from Iowa is pretty bland even when is in attack mode. Unfortunately, he decided to delay the nominations of 20 State Department appointments until Hillary Clinton releases some more emails because…uh, Benghazi? When will these people quit?

Man, I love this guy:

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Not Scott Walker, but Tyler McFarland who was the brave soul who made this picture possible.

Granted, I would love to see someone do the same to Ted Cruz. He apparently thinks that scientists have created climate change:

They’re cooking the books. They’re actually adjusting the numbers. Enron used to do their books the same way.

Wasn’t Enron a poster child for the right wing’s race to deregulate markets across the country? Just saying.

Does anyone remember Sarah Palin? Speaking about Donald Trump she said:

The elites are shocked by Trump’s dominance, but everyday Americans aren’t. Everywhere I’ve gone this summer, including motorsport events in Detroit full of fed-up Joe Six-Pack Americans, the folks I meet commiserate about wussified slates of politicians, but then unsolicited, they whisper their appreciation for Trump because he has the guts to say it like it is.

I love the paint by numbers word salad she always employs. If I bought a six pack of American made craft IPA would I be considered Joe Six Pack American?

The Joni Ernst Watch 8/3/2015

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.

Steve King went all…well, Steve King and suggested that the recent Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage opened the door on other, shall we say, alternative unions:

I had a strong, Christian lawyer tell me yesterday that, under this decision that he has read, what it brings about is: It only requires one human being in this relationship — that you could marry your lawnmower with this decision. I think he’s right.

I would love to meet the lawyer who gave Iowa’s favorite member of Congress this stout legal opinion.

This site does not usually post a lot of stuff about the Governor For Life Terry Branstad, but his recent comments about agricultural pollution in Des Moines’ drinking water are most interesting:

The Des Moines Water Works ought to just tone it down and start cooperating and working with others, like Cedar Rapids is doing, and other communities in the state of Iowa

This is an attack on Branstad’s big ag buddies who dump shit into the water of the state of Iowa.  He does not care because their money is green.

Who is ready for the Republican debate this week? I am. Ten of the “top” candidates will get to debate in prime time on Fox News while the other seven candidates will get relegated to the kids table. You have to love a world where Donald Trump is invited to be an adult. The ultimate man child is getting some respect from the establishment. This will end well.

Mike Huckabee cannot stop with comparisons between the recently negotiated nuclear deal with Iran and Nazi Germany.

One, it’s as if reactionaries trying to gain traction in the Republican race to be the nominee are grasping at the most facile of imagery in hopes of moving up the polls. For example, see Donald Trump’s recent rise in standing. Say something inflammatory and get some bump in your numbers.

Second, there is a trend of comparing anything this president does to Nazi Germany. Don’t believe me? Take a moment to look at some of these classic Tea Party signs:

DEB NICKLAY/The Globe Gazette A billboard on South Federal Avenue in Mason City seemingly compares President Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler (left) and Vladimir Lenin.

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A billboard on South Federal Avenue in Mason City seemingly compares President Barack Obama to Adolph Hitler (left) and Vladimir Lenin.

Forget for a moment that the National Socialism was really fascism, which was opposed ideologically to the type of socialism we normally associated with the Soviet Union, China, or Cuba. Semantics, I know.

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What is up with these whack-a-doos?

Coming up we might have our first casualty of the 2016 primary season. Rand Paul, hoping to grab some of his dad’s libertarian grassroots magic, Rand 2016 is on the ropes

Given that his stump speeches sound like something written by a junior in high school running to be senior class president you have to wonder how he got this far:

I’ve told people if I am elected president — or I guess, better yet, when I am elected president — I will do something extraordinary, I won’t try to grab up more power, I will try to give power back to the people and to the states, respectively.

That is some real barn burning rhetoric Rand. Thanks for playing.

The Joni Ernst Watch 7/27/2015

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.

When you are a conservative in the United States you need to remember one thing: it’s always about you. Even when it is obviously not about you, it’s about you. Take Joni Ernst, for example, Joni Ernst: Obama insulted slain service members to distract from Iran nukes deal

I do think that there are so many things going on right now that he doesn’t want us talking about, whether it is the fact that terrorism remains, whether it is the agreement with Iran. I think there are so many things that he would just rather he don’t discuss and focus on something else.

Sure, if by talking you mean bloviating on Fox News.

With so many white dudes and some other candidates who fill certain diversity quotas it is hard to keep the Republican candidates straight. How to Tell the Difference Between All the Dudes Running for President

The other way to look at the candidates is to The Most (And Least) Extreme Republican Presidential Candidates On Climate Change Just remember that being the least extreme Republican is sort of like being the nicest executioner. You’re still a giant douche.

No one can win biggest clown of the week award when Rick Santorum goes on the Rachel Maddow Show. Getting into a discussion on the finer points of civics with someone who is an admitted wonk is not a good idea under normal circumstances. “You’re fundamentally wrong on civics”: Rachel Maddow schools Rick Santorum on the Constitution

At least he is not Chris Christie.Christie courts Iowa voters

The Joni Ernst Watch 7/20/2015

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.

Steve King apparently thinks that ethnicity is a state of mind like Rachel Dolezal. Breaking: GOP Rep. Steve ‘cantaloupe calves’ King comes out as Latino!

What does Julian Castro know? Does he know that I’m as Hispanic and Latino as he?

‘Nuff said.

The Donald Trump circus continued as he self-immolated when discussing John McCain’s record of service in the U.S. military. Listen, I disagree with John McCain on a lot of issues but his service to the U.S. while in uniform is above reproach. It was nice knowing you Donald Trump, former contender for the Republican nomination to be President of the United States.

Iowa’s largest Christian evangelical organization The Family Leader, run by notorious bigot and homophobe Bob Vander Plaats, held a “cattle call” for ten of the Republican candidates. The so-called Family Leader Summit was held on the campus of Iowa State University this past weekend.  Interestingly, of the 3000 people who registered only 2500 attended.  Good ol’ Bob Vander Plaats probably has an excuse, but I am going to chalk it up to the limited power his organization wield.  It included such tidbits as the following from the candidates.

Like Bobby Jindal, who is apparently taking his run seriously:

We’ve got to move away from a culture of dependence where we celebrate dependence instead of celebrating people getting good-paying, private sector jobs

It’s pretty much table stakes at this point to attack the poor for being poor. Or Lindsey Graham, delusional about his actual chances of success:

I can’t wait to be commander-in-chief. I can’t wait to be the leader of the free world. I’m tired of leading from behind.

And then there is Marco Rubio, who somehow thinks that his short time in the Senate makes him the elder policy wonk of the clown car:

The bad news is America is not fulfilling its potential as a country. No one running has more experience on the issues we face right now, today … (rather than) the issues we faced 18 years ago.

Oh wait, he is saying that being a neophyte is a good thing because he has experience with today’s problems that did not exist twenty years ago. I love these guys.

Barring a resurgence in sanity from Donald Trump, the likely leader in the Republican race is Scott Walker. Now we can focus on his actual record of running the state of Wisconsin.  The moral of the story is that he ran the state like the crony capitalist that he is and as president it would be more of the same writ large.

Leading the pack in being an out-of-touch stooge, oh wait that is the Donald so Rick Santorum only gets to be number two on our list of out-of-touch stooges. He is apparently hitching his wagon to a team of fire and brimstone when Santorum promises partial birth abortion-style attack on gay marriage

When did it become the law of the land that the Supreme Court has the final say on anything? They do not have the final say on anything! The American people have the final say on everything!

I almost wish that there was a machine that you could flip the switch on certain keystone events and see how things played out. What would Rick “Holier than you” Santorum have said about the Supreme Court had they invalidated the premise of same sex marriage? I doubt he would have been so strident in his criticism.

The Joni Ernst Watch 7/13/2015

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.

Steve King cannot let marriage equality alone. Knowing that his side has lost the war on the issue since same sex marriage is now the law of the land, Rep. Steve King Wants Congress to Denounce Supreme Court’s Marriage Equality Ruling There is absolutely nothing more productive than fighting symbolic rear guard actions in defense of hatred.

Rep. Steve King defends Trump’s comments on immigrant rape

I asked them the question — how many of these girls that go into a transfer home, how many of these girls are raped along the way?

And I asked at place after place, the most consistent answer I got was 75 percent, and I heard Donald Trump say in Winterset, Iowa, a week ago Saturday night, that 80 percent are raped. That’s consistent with what I learned.

So yes, they’re being raped, they’re being murdered, they’re being brutalized, and when I know I’ve been challenged on that, ‘well you can’t conclude that (it’s) Mexicans or Central Americans that are doing the raping,’ well, can you conclude anything else? They are being raped, they are victims of rape, and the price for the transit sometimes is, often is and predominantly is their body.

I give you Steve King defender virtue and Donald Trump.

Scott Walker is officially in today, although he kind of sort of announced his run via Twitter which seems really Presidential and all. Nothing says leader of the free world quite like 140 characters or less. Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus

You have to take these polls with a grain of salt because there are fourteen candidates who appear on the list and for a time Donald Trump was the number two guy in the state. Granted, Donald Trump takes the lead in North Carolina poll

Speaking of the Donald or rather what the Donald is speaking about he has inserted his big fat foot into his belligerent blow hole again. Donald Trump: ‘Infectious disease is pouring across the border’

 The Border Patrol knows this. Likewise, tremendous infectious disease is pouring across the border.

Stay classy.

Ted Cruz, who looks like he has just smelled fart every time he gets up to speak in front of an audience, Ted Cruz’s favorite talking point: money Why? Because his campaign does not have much else going for it besides some filibuster showboating with children’s books. And a coloring book. I always forget about the coloring book.

Lindsey Graham, who has to be considered a fringe candidate at best, looks like he is going to stake his claim to the Republican nomination on his willingness to get into more wars. One Presidential Candidate Just Promised To Wage War In 4 Different Countries