Iowa, Please Send This Gal to the US Senate

43 years old, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa National Guard and a State Senator, pro-life Joni Ernst certainly has a way of attracting attention!  I can think of many fat pigs in Washington that could benefit from her expertise!


Well, Joni Ernst’s likely opponent in November, assuming she wins the nomination, has decided to give her a big gift:

Congressman Bruce Braley was speaking before a group of ambulance chasers in Texas, begging for campaign donations.  Personal injury attorneys tend to be big donors to Democrats to stop tort reform.  So, to appeal to them he bad mouthed Senator Chuck Grassley as just an Iowa farmer who never set foot in law school.  Well, I have been a member of the bar for 32 years, and I can guarantee you that farmers are immeasurably more popular than attorneys, especially in a farm state like Iowa.  John Dickinson at the liberal Salon is calling this the gaffe of the year:

Why is this so awful? Let us count the ways. Iowa is a farm state, and it’s never a good idea to disparage one of the state’s chief occupations. Next, it’s particularly not a good idea to demean your state when you’re somewhere else: In this case, Braley was speaking in Texas. Next, Braley, a trial lawyer, was making his pitch to a room full of trial lawyers at a private fundraiser (which is why he didn’t think he was being recorded). Trial lawyers are perhaps the most unpopular constituency among Republican base voters—besides Obama administration officials. Since midterm elections are all about motivating your base, Braley has given his opponent a turnout gift. Next, look where Braley is standing: If you’re going to talk down to Iowa farmers, at least don’t do it next to a table of booze. It makes for amusing viewing and that reinforces the idea for voters that you’re not one of them. 

Thank you Congressman!  You have made it much more likely that when the Senate convenes next year it will have one less attorney and one more hog castrator!



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  1. While Iowa’s governor has yet to make an endorsement, State Sen. Ernst was
    recently endorsed by both the Iowa Lt. Governor and by Mitt Romney. If she
    wins the Republican nomination, she’ll have to run against a Democrat, Bruce Braley,
    who is currently leading in the polls.

    The Democrats are already running attack ads against her, so I assume they think
    she’s likely to win the Republican nomination.

    I think her ad is genius– it’s generated a great deal of favorable attention for
    her campaign. She sure got her money’s worth there!

  2. When I saw this ad on Facebook yesterday, my first thought was, “I think I’m in love!” So far as I’m concerned, she has given us the only slogan we really need this year — “Let’s make ’em squeal!”

  3. Iowans sure do loooove their pork. That’s what kept Sen. Tom “Honkin'” Harkin (D-Lawyer) in office for ages.

  4. “Great Ad. She’s certainly got what the hogs have lost. ” That would be integrity.
    Sending Farmer’s Wife video to all my friends. Great for Mother’s Day too. Ouch to the lawyer’s video. Is that why sharks do not eat lawyers? Professional courtesy.
    Bad joke. Poking fun at the not so honest. The truth hurts. Abraham Lincoln was a lawyer, a decent, honest, with integrity, lawyer. So was Saint Thomas More… and Donald McClarey, but I cannot say that until you are in heaven.

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