IA Dem: Hey, you don’t want some farmer in charge of the Judiciary Committee, do you?

posted at 9:21 am on March 26, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

If anyone wonders why political candidates don’t want recording devices present in private fundraising pitches, here’s Exhibit B. (Exhibit A was Mitt Romney’s “47%” remarks.) Bruce Braley wanted cash from trial lawyers to help boost his chances of holding Tom Harkin’s seat for Democrats in November as part of the effort to keep Republicans from taking control of the Senate. Otherwise, Braley warned his fellow members of the bar, his efforts to block tort reform would get blocked by Chuck Grassley, who would become the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee if the GOP took over. And that would just leave some dumb farmer who never went to law school in charge, rather than a smart lawyer.

And hey, the state of Iowa is filled with smart lawyers, right? Right? Er …

Slate’s John Dickerson calls this the Gaffe of the Year, one so powerful that”the Environmental Protection Agency may seek to regulate it.” How awful is it? Let Dickerson “count the ways”:

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.

Dickerson says to expect more of this, thanks to the declining cost and space of recording technology:

Braley’s gaffe is the result of both the rise of money in campaigns and the ubiquity of technology. Candidates must raise more and more money—the average amount spent to win House and Senate races has doubled in 12 years—which means more and more evenings by the bar cart straining for money. Since technology is everywhere and cameras are small and always on (see: 47 percent), it also means there will be more opportunities to broadcast candidates when they are saying anything to get elected.

Well maybe, but this seems to be a rather extreme case. Not only is this a strange example of snobbery for a man running for office in a farm state, the argument itself is nonsense. Grassley has been on the Judiciary Committee for the entirety of his Senate career — and he’s in his sixth term in the Senate. He’s clearly experienced enough to run the Senate committee. Even if Grassley can’t argue at the bar himself, the American political system wasn’t designed to have lawyers writing laws for lawyers but citizens writing laws to govern themselves.

Now, one can argue that six terms in the Senate is an issue in and of itself, but that wasn’t Braley’s argument, and he’s not running against Grassley anyway. Braley was attempting to sell the election on behalf of trial lawyers. That may not be terribly unusual, but we rarely get to see an example this brazen.

Braley tried apologizing for the slam against farmers:

“I apologize to Senator Grassley and anyone I may have offended,” he said. “I respect Senator Grassley and enjoy our working relationship, even though we disagree on some issues.

He also noted he has supported policies that benefit Iowa farmers.

“My parents both grew up on Iowa farms during the Great Depression,” Braley said. “It deeply influenced who they are and who I am, and gave me a profound appreciation for what farmers do for the world. One of my grandfathers was a charter member of the Iowa Farm Bureau. I grew up in rural Iowa, doing farm jobs and working a grain elevator.

“I have tremendous respect for Iowa farmers and appreciate how important they are to our state, and I’m grateful to have the support of hundreds of farmers across Iowa,” he continued.

Hey, some of his best friends are farmers! Just don’t put them in charge, or anything.


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Not an “organic” one. Preferably one that utilizes chemicals and GMO’s. They are the pro-science and smart ones.

Murphy9 on March 26, 2014 at 9:23 AM

How do you try to apologize for something? Either you’re sorry or you aren’t.

gryphon202 on March 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM

This is almost as bad a gaffe as McConnell’s gaffe of featuring DUKE celebrating when mentioning KENTUCKY basketball:

http://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/mitch-mcconnell-celebrates-duke-2010-title-win-in-new-ad/

ConstantineXI on March 26, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Not an “organic” one. Preferably one that utilizes chemicals and GMO’s. They are the pro-science and smart ones.

Murphy9 on March 26, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Fishing for wacko-trolls I see…

oldroy on March 26, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Another reason lawyers, at least those licensed to practice in federal courts or who have a financial interest in a law firm that practices federal court, should be barred from serving in Congress.

doufree on March 26, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Just give me your vote you gun-clinging, bible-thumping rubes.

BacaDog on March 26, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Democrats represent the 1%

/irony

mankai on March 26, 2014 at 9:28 AM

OOF!

workingclass artist on March 26, 2014 at 9:28 AM

We darn sure don’t need anymore lawyers in Congress. They’re the reason our government is so screwed up.

Charlemagne on March 26, 2014 at 9:29 AM

My parents both grew up on Iowa farms during the Great Depression,” Braley said. “It deeply influenced who they are and who I am, and gave me a profound appreciation for what farmers do for the world. One of my grandfathers was a charter member of the Iowa Farm Bureau. I grew up in rural Iowa, doing farm jobs and working a grain elevator.

He doesn’t look old enough to have parents that grew up during the Depression. He looks too young. My mom was a teenager during the Depression, and she remembered it well.

This guy’s campaign just went into a nosedive. I hope his opponent runs this over and over.

Ward Cleaver on March 26, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Slate’s John Dickerson calls this the Gaffe of the Year

I guess the one he made last year just wasn’t enough.

Braley apologizes for ‘Trail of Tears’ tweet

Flora Duh on March 26, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Why is this a gaffe? He meant every word he said. Stop giving these guys a break when it is so obvious what the intention was. We do our side no favors being so cordial.

A republican having said the same thing would already be a dead-man walking; every news agency and every dem operative would have the repub condemned and excoriated by now.

No wonder we keep losing to these provers of lies, we fail to understand what we are really up against and they keep using that to thier advantage.

Skwor on March 26, 2014 at 9:33 AM

I wonder what Hillary said about rural voters in Arkansas when she thought she wasn’t going to be heard during Bill’s career there?

If you hold people in contempt, it will come out eventually.

KW64 on March 26, 2014 at 9:34 AM

omg provers = purveyor. sorry

Skwor on March 26, 2014 at 9:34 AM

IA Dem: Hey, you don’t want some farmer in charge of the Judiciary Committee, do you?

Title should be changed to “How to lose an election in 60 seconds or less” or maybe “Gone in 60 Seconds”

ConservativePartyNow on March 26, 2014 at 9:34 AM

And, he’d better stay out of Texas. Weasel.

Ward Cleaver on March 26, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Looks like this gaffe prone legal eaglet rube is destined to go back to the farm team. Fighting tort reform? I suggest his early ancestors were Tories, fighting against the ‘reform’ that has allowed him to blather on without arrest. He should study more to be an expert, Constitutional lawyer…Oh, wait…

vnvet on March 26, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Gaffes do not matter for the democrat voters… A long as their candidate promise them what they want they will vote for him… Our main political challenge is the extreme stupidity, ignorance, and unification of democrat voters base…

mnjg on March 26, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Yes.. because we all know how well lawyers have contributed to the good of our society.

Oh.. and we all know how well life would continue to be if only we had the guts to make lawyers and experts kings over us.

JellyToast on March 26, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Fight Communism, never vote for a DemocRat.

WillNV on March 26, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Grassley has been on the Judiciary Committee for the entirety of his Senate career — and he’s in his sixth term in the Senate. He’s clearly experienced enough to run the Senate committee.

Bingo.

gocatholic on March 26, 2014 at 9:36 AM

..so?…they’ll elect him anyway!

KOOLAID2 on March 26, 2014 at 9:37 AM

This seems like a perfect GOP campaign ad . . . do you want this sleazebag lawyer who fights against tort reform? Or a farmer? Ummmm . . . I’ll take the farmer, thanks.

Bizarre to think there are people so twisted they’d look at the above and pick option 1.

SoRight on March 26, 2014 at 9:37 AM

Your move, IA.

22044 on March 26, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Lethal combination—cell phone camera + Democrat + table full of booze=OOPS!

dirtseller on March 26, 2014 at 9:39 AM

If lawyers are so freaking smart.. how come in every courtroom in America you have 2 lawyers arguing the opposite side of the same case?

JellyToast on March 26, 2014 at 9:40 AM

He meant every word of it. This is the elite’ speaking to the elite’. The message being;

No way are we letting the peasants tell us what to do.

Not only is this a strange example of snobbery for a man running for office in a farm state, the argument itself is nonsense.

No, he’s running for office in his own social strata, and expects their support. After which he will go to what he sees as his destined apotheosis- Washington, where he will Rule Forever And Ever, Praise Himself.

He may be from a “farm state”, but I guarantee you he doesn’t think of himself as being of a “farm state”.

Gods are universalists.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 26, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Go Joni…

OmahaConservative on March 26, 2014 at 9:42 AM

The answer to Iowa…Joni Ernst…

I can hear Braley squealing now…

PatriotRider on March 26, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Skwor on March 26, 2014 at 9:33 AM

RNC ‏@GOP

#OutOfTouch @BruceBraley sneers at Iowa farmers http://gop.cm/6015gQXJ at a fundraiser with out-of-state trial lawyers #IASen

Reince Priebus ‏@Reince 6m

#OutOfTouch Iowa Dem Rep @BruceBraley thinks big-money lawyers are better than farmers http://gop.cm/6016gQXK #IASen

More Here

Flora Duh on March 26, 2014 at 9:45 AM

This is NOT a “gaffe” in any sense! This is the Democratic Party Platform! “I have been fighting tort reform for 30 years” should be hung around the neck of every democrat in the country. Tie it directly to Obamacare while you are at it!

Mord on March 26, 2014 at 9:46 AM

How do you try to apologize for something? Either you’re sorry or you aren’t.

gryphon202 on March 26, 2014 at 9:24 AM

You try to apologize when you’re sorry you got caught.

Grammar Nazi on March 26, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Hey, some of his best friends are farmers! Just don’t put them in charge, or anything.

Gee, this is one of those political ads that just writes itself.

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2014 at 9:50 AM

The Iowa dem’s will just find someone else to run.

The worst thing about this story is that it will probably help Grassley win his next election.

kcewa on March 26, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Grassley has been on the Judiciary Committee for the entirety of his Senate career — and he’s in his sixth term in the Senate. He’s clearly experienced enough to run the Senate committee.

Come to think of it… spending 6 terms in the Senate is probably not the best preparation for making real-life policy decisions.

Of course, being a trial lawyer qualifies you for nothing except chasing ambulances.

mankai on March 26, 2014 at 9:51 AM

There is no way this guys parents grew up during the depression. He’s lying.

Plus, I hate that pussyfooting apology “to anyone who was offended”.

Naturally Curly on March 26, 2014 at 9:52 AM

“My parents both grew up on Iowa farms during the Great Depression,” Braley said. “It deeply influenced who they are and who I am, and gave me a profound appreciation for what farmers do for the world. One of my grandfathers was a charter member of the Iowa Farm Bureau. I grew up in rural Iowa, doing farm jobs and working a grain elevator.
He doesn’t look old enough to have parents that grew up during the Depression. He looks too young. My mom was a teenager during the Depression, and she remembered it well.

This guy’s campaign just went into a nosedive. I hope his opponent runs this over and over.

Ward Cleaver on March 26, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Absolutely right. It is impossible for his parents to grow up during the great depression, 84 -74 years ago. Even if they had him at their age 15, he would have to be in his seventies now. He is a liar! Of course, it is OK for librul marxist dhimocrapts to lie if it fits the narrative. By the way, why don’t any politician or journolist call prevaricators the liars they are?

Old Country Boy on March 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM

I guess the one he made last year just wasn’t enough.

Flora Duh on March 26, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Maybe Braley has higher aspirations than he lets on. The gaffes are VEEP-quality!

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Front page of the Quad-City Times this morning.

https://twitter.com/EllieWallace/status/448805873331097600/photo/1

Flora Duh on March 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM

The difference between a lawyer and a catfish?

One is a bottom dwelling scum sucker, and the other is a fish…

I’ll be here through Friday, folks…try the veal and don’t forget to tip your waitress…

bimmcorp on March 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Braying Braley isn’t as bad as Alan Grayson, but he’s not far off.

22044 on March 26, 2014 at 9:55 AM

$20 says that Braley wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to chair the Agriculture Committee.

blammm on March 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Absolutely right. It is impossible for his parents to grow up during the great depression, 84 -74 years ago. Even if they had him at their age 15, he would have to be in his seventies now. He is a liar! Of course, it is OK for librul marxist dhimocrapts to lie if it fits the narrative. By the way, why don’t any politician or journolist call prevaricators the liars they are?

Old Country Boy on March 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Not to quibble, but it’s possible.

eon;

Father born; 1904

Mother born; 1913

Parents married; 1937 (father’s second marriage, mother’s first and only)

eon born; 1958 (menopausal pregnancy, mother’s age; 44)

eon present age; 56

So it’s not completely impossible. But if he’s much under 50, I call BS.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

#waronagriculture

blammm on March 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

just another professional liberal democrat politican looking down his nose on those who WORDK for a living.

he wants us to sit down, shut up and let the elite like him rule the country.

sniffles1999 on March 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Braley was born in 1957. So, his parents were alive during the depression. they were probably infants and toddlers during the depression, but they were alive.

Monkeytoe on March 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Resist We Much on March 26, 2014 at 9:59 AM

The Earhart one was pretty funny.

cozmo on March 26, 2014 at 10:08 AM

He doesn’t look old enough to have parents that grew up during the Depression. He looks too young.

Ward Cleaver on March 26, 2014 at 9:32 AM

According to his bio he was born in 57, his father was born in 26 and his mother in 29. So I guess they did grow up during the Depression.

katiejane on March 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

I’ll take the farmer, the rancher, the building contractor, the owner of a small chain of restaurants, the founder of the foundry, the trucking company owner, or the top nurse at the hospital every time over the likes of, oh, say, a Patrick Leahy every single you-better-believe-it time.

M240H on March 26, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Come to think of it… spending 6 terms in the Senate is probably not the best preparation for making real-life policy decisions.

mankai on March 26, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Well, if that is poor preparation for making real-life policy decisions, then the Judiciary Committee (a home for wayward lawyers if ever there was one) is certainly a poor place for making real-life policy decisions…

JohnGalt23 on March 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

According to his bio he was born in 57, his father was born in 26 and his mother in 29. So I guess they did grow up during the Depression.

katiejane on March 26, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Yeah, I could see how the math works out.
He’s a miscreant in sufficient other ways, though.

22044 on March 26, 2014 at 10:13 AM

What about comedians without JDs?

blammm on March 26, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Video: Number of People Who Gave Obama Customary Round of Applause After Press Conference . . . One…

Via Free Beacon:

President Barack Obama failed to receive any applause or cheers Tuesday in the Netherlands at the conclusion of his joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

After thanking the crowd twice, Obama remained at the podium, expecting the usual fanfare and applause.

Instead, he was met with one slow, awkward clap.

Resist We Much on March 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Don’t think it was mentioned anywhere, but this jackass is actually a former president of the Iowa Trial Lawyers’ Association.

steebo77 on March 26, 2014 at 10:18 AM

I’ll take the farmer, who didn’t go to COLLEGE.

In fact, graduates of any Ivy League School should be avoided like the PLAGUE.

That’s my extreme NEGATIVE mental attitude, on that subject.

If we end up with a whole Judiciary of farmers, GREAT !

listens2glenn on March 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM

I’d like to see a lot more farmers in Congress, quite frankly: they work hard, they actually produce something useful and they are used to shoveling manure so they already know what it’s like having to deal with Democrats and the media.

Shadow on March 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Just where do these morons come from? Totally beyond me……….

ultracon on March 26, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Actually farmers are better at making decisions than a lot of people. I would vote for someone who can do that.

This web site must record what you type as you type. I have to type slowly or the keystrokes are missed.

TerryW on March 26, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Resist We Much on March 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Did you notice how the photographers and reporters were laughing after the boy king left the stage?

Flora Duh on March 26, 2014 at 10:23 AM

In Braley’s defense, it’s not as if he called anyone a “bitter clinger.”

steebo77 on March 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Just give me your vote you gun-clinging, bible-thumping rubes.

BacaDog on March 26, 2014 at 9:28 AM

In Braley’s defense, it’s not as if he called anyone a “bitter clinger.”

steebo77 on March 26, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Indeed. If this is “Exhibit A” than that one must be “Exhibit ☢”.

RushBaby on March 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM

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).

After what happened to Romney, why would anyone running for any office anywhere, think these “private” fundraisers are really all that private?

Braley is either a little slow on the uptake or that JD did him in.

lynncgb on March 26, 2014 at 10:28 AM

mankai on March 26, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Well, if that is poor preparation for making real-life policy decisions, then the Judiciary Committee (a home for wayward lawyers if ever there was one) is certainly a poor place for making real-life policy decisions…

JohnGalt23 on March 26, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Notice how running a real-life business in the real world doesn’t seem to qualify anyone for making real-life decisions… but apparently sitting in Congress for decades or suing doctors somehow qualifies people to make policy on everything.

mankai on March 26, 2014 at 10:29 AM

A few years back, a politician in Texas, who held a state office; I think it was Education Commissioner; was running for re-election and speaking to a group of Black Educaters.
About halfway through his speach, he referenced Booker T Washington; “that great Black N-gg-r.”
He paused, staring down at his speach, fumbled around a bit, and said; “Uh, ah, EDUCATER, that great Black educater, EDUCATER.”
His speach staggered on for a few more minutes, he closed and left the stage.
His campaign, his career was over. That was it.

thelastminstrel on March 26, 2014 at 10:29 AM

$20 says that Braley wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to chair the Agriculture Committee.

blammm on March 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM

What Iowa farm boy wouldn’t want to chair the committee that deals with all those subsidies Iowans are addicted to?

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM

I actually like many lawyers. Any system that strives for rule of law needs lawyers in it. I just think lawyers, like experts, need to be on tap, not on top.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on March 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Hey, you don’t want some farmer in charge of the Judiciary Committee, do you?

Certainly not, at least when the alternative is a well paid off political friend of some lobbyist who work day and night for the socialist left.

Don L on March 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Hey, some of his best friends are farmers!

… which will be more than enough for the average Democrat, who would’ve voted for him anyway regardless of what he said.

Midas on March 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM

I actually like many lawyers. Any system that strives for rule of law needs lawyers in it. I just think lawyers, like experts, need to be on tap, not on top.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on March 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Amen, while we can still say, amen in America.

Don L on March 26, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Via Free Beacon:

President Barack Obama failed to receive any applause or cheers Tuesday in the Netherlands at the conclusion of his joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

After thanking the crowd twice, Obama remained at the podium, expecting the usual fanfare and applause.

Instead, he was met with one slow, awkward clap.
Resist We Much on March 26, 2014 at 10:17 AM

The rat-eared wonder is like a trained seal. He’s done his job and he’s expecting his fish.

And it was probably one of his worst pressers (which takes some doing). An ABC reporter essentially asks him if he’s still relevant, he insults Russia by calling them a regional power, and he delivered it all with his usual arrogance that the smartest kid in the room has to answer questions from stupid people.

Happy Nomad on March 26, 2014 at 10:38 AM

I believe this is what is called “Throwing yourself under the tractor.”

That smell, Mr Braley? It’s not manure. It’s your campaign. Decaying.

orangemtl on March 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM

David Burge @iowahawkblog
Tried ta read me that feller’s apology, but guess I’m too farm dum ta unnerstand all that complicatedy lawyer talk atr.rollcall.com/braley-apologi…

Flora Duh on March 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Let’s not gloss over the fact that trial lawyers are seeking to block tort reform.

Tort reform would go a long way in making health care insurance and health care services less expensive. Hospitals and physicians are obliged to carry malpractice insurance with excruciatingly high premiums and those costs are passed down to the consumer, and physicians are often required to run extra tests to confirm results they’ve already achieved simply to avoid any potential lawsuit down the road lodged by an overzealous attorney and ‘patient’ looking to cash in that the expense of the physician and/or hospital or clinic.

Tort reform could do away with frivolous lawsuits that end up raising the cost of health care and health care insurance for the consumer.

No one is suggesting that those who are the victim of real harm through laxity or incompetence from a health care provider or facility shouldn’t be able to bring suit, but moving to make it far more difficult to sue simply in hopes of forcing a settlement or cashing in at the expense of others by ambulance chasers and unscrupulous fraudsters is long overdue.

thatsafactjack on March 26, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Damn…why couldn’t this have come out AFTER he got the nomination?

Ricard on March 26, 2014 at 10:47 AM

“I have tremendous respect for Iowa farmers and appreciate how important they are to our state,

As long as they don’t get uppity and think they’re qualified for elected office or something. Only rent seeking lawyers can make decisions about the law.

RadClown on March 26, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Unfortunately the farmers won’t give a crap since Braley is all about wind and ethanol subsidies for…. farmers. He’s a condescending D-bag, but subsidies are subsidies.

I guess the only issue with that is that the Pubs here have no principles either, so they also support wind and ethanol subsidies out the wazoo.

Free Indeed on March 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM

If you hold people in contempt, it will come out eventually.

KW64 on March 26, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Their cult followers don’t care if they are held in contempt as long as they get what they want.

crankyoldlady on March 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM

This guy just vaulted himself into being one of the top 10 lawyer jokes !

Pretty good considering there are thousands of lawyer jokes….none expressing “good” about lawyers !

BigSven on March 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Not to quibble, but it’s possible.

eon on March 26, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Yep,
I’m barely over fifty and my mom is 88. Born 1925.

MontanaMmmm on March 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Tells you exactly what D-rats think of farmers.

They also hate the middle/lower classes, always.

They also hate women and minorities, and keep them in modern day bondage, for votes only.

Leftists are Never truly liberal or progressive.

Schadenfreude on March 26, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Arrogant snob.

I’m not from Iowa and I’m p!SSED.

itsspideyman on March 26, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Y’all are being overly harsh on the guy about his Depression era parents. You probably don’t believe Mrs. Clinton was named after Sir Edmund either.

texacalirose on March 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM

If anyone wonders why political candidates don’t want recording devices present in private fundraising pitches, here’s Exhibit B. (Exhibit A was Mitt Romney’s “47%” remarks.)

There’s a big difference. Although in both cases, the politician was caught being less than tactful, the 47% comment made loads of sense and was very much fact-based. The Dems and their MSM lapdogs just didn’t like hearing the truth & blew it out of proportion. (Kind of like Romney’s “Russia is our #1 geopolitical foe” comment.) This guy’s farmer gaffe is just plain stupid and, as Ed points out, ignores the fact that Grassley has served in that position forever.

KS Rex on March 26, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Hey, you don’t want some America-hating Muslim in charge of the country, do you?

RandallinHerndon on March 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Well I hope that remark rewards him with a significant defeat. As to Romney – his 47% remark was entirely correct. Too bad facts don’t matter to the media or dumba$$ Amerikan voters.

earlgrey on March 26, 2014 at 11:09 AM

and I’m grateful to have HAD the support of hundreds of farmers across Iowa,” he continued.

I think adding that word is more definitive now…

right2bright on March 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Commercialtastic!!

tommer74 on March 26, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Or some yokel who just came back from plowing the back forty. This is gold

jake49 on March 26, 2014 at 11:27 AM

If lawyers are so freaking smart.. how come in every courtroom in America you have 2 lawyers arguing the opposite side of the same case?

JellyToast on March 26, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Because under our system, they both get paid regardless of who wins. If they take a contingency fee, they will settle unless it is a sure winner. It’s all good. In England, if you lose you pay the other side’s fees. Cuts down on stupid suits, but lawyers aren’t as well fed there so don’t look for tort reform here any time soon.

2ndMAW68 on March 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Grassley has been on the Judiciary Committee for the entirety of his Senate career — and he’s in his sixth term in the Senate.

I say that makes him a good poster boy for term limits.

But I’d rather have ALL political positions filled by farmers (preferably those who do not depend on gubmint subsidies), or at least anyone who is NOT a lawyer.

dentarthurdent on March 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Everyone steps in a cow pie now and then.

Herb on March 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Unfortunately the farmers won’t give a crap since Braley is all about wind and ethanol subsidies for…. farmers. He’s a condescending D-bag, but subsidies are subsidies.

I guess the only issue with that is that the Pubs here have no principles either, so they also support wind and ethanol subsidies out the wazoo.

Free Indeed on March 26, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Sadly, you’re probably right.

dentarthurdent on March 26, 2014 at 11:38 AM

He done everything but sell I Heart Farmers bumper stickers to reclaim some good graces. At least he was standing next to some corn likker.

Kissmygrits on March 26, 2014 at 11:43 AM

I actually like many lawyers. Any system that strives for rule of law needs lawyers in it. I just think lawyers, like experts, need to be on tap, not on top.

Random Numbers (Brian Epps) on March 26, 2014 at 10:33 AM

I would say we should have far fewer lawyers – and they should be kept in a dungeon and brought out only when needed.

dentarthurdent on March 26, 2014 at 11:44 AM

What stupidity ; Name me one other occupation that you thank three times a day. Back in the 50′s farmers were look down upon until Eisenhower was taking breaks at the farm and its name was changed to Camp David.

mixplix on March 26, 2014 at 11:50 AM

OOPS

gophergirl on March 26, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Farmers in Congress?

If it was good enough for the Founding Fathers, it’s good enough for me.

ImmigrantsWife on March 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM

The Honorable Richard Noggin.

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Farmers in Congress?

If it was good enough for the Founding Fathers, it’s good enough for me.

ImmigrantsWife on March 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM

John Adams. Lawyer and Farmer.

hawkdriver on March 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM

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