Ernst wins big in Senate primary, DSCC attacks as “the Sarah Palin of Iowa”

posted at 2:41 pm on June 4, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Joni Ernst only needed 35% of the vote to avoid a convention fight against her four competitors for the Republican nomination to the US Senate. Instead, she gained a clear majority of 56% and put herself in position to consolidate GOP support across all factions to face Rep. Bruce Braley, the uncontested Democratic nominee for the seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Tom Harkin:

Joni Ernst, who highlighted her ability to shoot guns and castrate hogs to overcome disinterest in a sleepy primary election, dominated the field to become the first female GOP U.S. Senate nominee in Iowa history.

The 43-year-old farmer’s daughter turned state senator and military commander blew past the 35 percent necessary to claim victory over her four competitors, including retired businessman Mark Jacobs, who tried to overpower the rest of the field by self-funding his campaign with millions from his own wealth. With some precincts still out, Jacobs appeared to have fallen to a disappointing third place. He quickly pledged 100 percent support to Ernst.

Ernst wiped away tears during her victory speech. She stressed the values she learned growing up on a farm in southwest Iowa. “It really is a long way from Red Oak to Washington, but with your help, that journey is just beginning, and it is beginning tonight,” she said to cheers from supporters at her watch party at the Des Moines Social Club.

Ernst got onto the national radar with the fun jab at pork-barrel politics by recalling her hog-castration experience, but she won the state by attracting support from both Tea Party and so-called establishment Republicans in Iowa. Ben Sasse won in neighboring Nebraska using a similar, open-tent strategy, and both are expected to be strong candidates in the general election.

Ernst’s big win certainly has the DSCC worried, which rushed last night to paint her as a Sarah Palin clone:

“Her rigid partisanship and support for the federal government shutdown not only won her the support of Sarah Palin, but proved that Joni Ernst is the Sarah Palin of Iowa who would bring more gridlock and dysfunction to Washington,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Deputy Executive Director Matt Canter said in an email statement.

Gee, do all Republican women look alike to the DSCC? More seriously, do they expect that a Palin comparison will actually do damage to Ernst at this point, or at all in any context in Iowa? That looks like a boiler-plate Beltway perspective on flyover country that speaks volumes about the problems Democrats face in middle America this November.

Braley may be Exhibit B himself on that score. He also started off his efforts with a splashy video, but not one the Braley team expected. An attendee of a private fundraiser caught Braley insulting Iowa farmers in this now-notorious clip, in which the uncontested Democratic nominee pledged to be the voice of trial lawyers in Washington DC if elected to the Senate:

Stuck with that lemon on the record, Braley’s tried to make lemonade by emphasizing his legal career in campaign ads:

Rep. Bruce Braley is up with a new ad for his Senate bid touting his career as a lawyer — a résumé that’s caused the Democrat some grief in his bid for the competitive, open seat in Iowa.

In his 30-second spot, the congressman casts his oft-maligned profession as one of fighting for people and helping them solve their problems.

“Equal justice under the law is what this country is built upon, is one of the things that motivated me to want to become a lawyer, and fight for people,” Braley says in the ad, which shows footage of him talking to a variety of people in Iowa.

And make snide remarks about farmers, too, when he thinks the public won’t find out about it. Up until the primary, Braley still led in the RCP polling average, but only scores a 41.8/36.5 lead over Ernst over the last two months despite having no primary opponent of his own.

National Journal’s Alex Roarty warns Democrats that they’d better worry about Iowa, and their lackluster nominee:

Iowa once looked like one of the great GOP disappointments of 2014. Top-tier recruits like Congressman Tom Latham and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds passed on the open-seat race and left Republicans with a handful of unknowns fighting a messy primary. Democrats, meanwhile, gave four-term Rep. Bruce Braley a free year to prepare for the general election.

But then Braley insulted the state’s most important constituency, the Republican Party discovered Joni Ernst, and suddenly a race rarely mentioned as a midterm battleground has become a legitimate pick-up opportunity for the GOP. Republicans received another break Tuesday, when Ernst, a state senator from Iowa’s rural western-half, won the GOP’s nomination outright. With 18 percent of the vote in, Ernst had captured just over 53 percent support. Not only did she avoid a run-off by cross the 35 percent support threshold, her margin of victory is something few would have imagined possible just a month ago. …

“You might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as next chair of Senate Judiciary Committee,” he said. “Because if Democrats lose the majority, Chuck Grassley will be the next chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

The comment went down as one of the worst gaffes of the still-young midterm season, and Braley apologized within hours.

But to Republicans, it provided the frame for Ernst’s entire candidacy: a small-time Iowa farmer (and former veteran) taking on a condescending liberal more at home on either coast. (It also explains why most, if not all, Republican operatives preferred Ernst win the party’s nomination over the millionaire Jacobs, who could self-fund but would struggle to depict himself as a blue-collar champion.) That’s a potentially potent argument in not just a farm-heavy state, but one in which blue-collar white voters made up 56 percent of the electorate in 2010.

“It provides a strong contrast that I think a lot of Republicans in DC are anxious to have,” said Matt Strawn, a former chairman of the Iowa GOP. “Someone who comes from rural Iowa, who has a non-politician feel about her, running against an incumbent member of Congress.”

Keep an eye on this race. We’ll see whether the trial lawyers outnumber the farmers in Iowa.


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the support of Sarah Palin

The gold standard.

John the Libertarian on June 4, 2014 at 2:43 PM

“Her rigid partisanship and support for the federal government shutdown not only won her the support of Sarah Palin, but proved that Joni Ernst is the Sarah Palin of Iowa who would bring more gridlock and dysfunction to Washington,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Deputy Executive Director Matt Canter said in an email statement.

As opposed to that personification of bipartisanship, Sen. Obama, who voted with his own party 97% of the time?

Doughboy on June 4, 2014 at 2:44 PM

The leftists are shit*ing their pants on this.

Veteran
Woman
Farmer
Shooter

Her speech last night sent cold steely shivers into them.

She’s ready for the “war on women”, and how.

Go Joni, go!!!

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Better to be Iowa’s Sarah Palin than Iowa’s Wendy Davis . Sarah Palin won statewide elections . Sarah Palin is beloved in Iowa , especially by Iowa Republicans . Bruce Braley supported Obamacare and the Obama agenda .

Give me Sarah Palin 2016 . Sarah Palin kicks butt while others grandstand and protect incumbents .

Run Sarah Run . Joni Ernst is going to win !

Unaffiliated4P on June 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Note how the RINO monsters on Fox only talk about Joni “where the GOPe and the TEA came together, kumbayaed, bla, bla, bla”.

The didn’t focus on the TEA party wiping all out in Texas, incl. Dewhearst.

They also are silent on Cochran, the senile pig with a secretary, who doesn’t have the decency to spare the state more expenses, while his wife rots in a facility.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Reminder: Bruce Braley is the Alan Grayson of Iowa!

22044 on June 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Sarah Palin is to be admired . Embrace Palin and win . Distance yourself from Palin and you lose .

Sarah Palin 2016

Unaffiliated4P on June 4, 2014 at 2:48 PM

ut she won the state by attracting support from both Tea Party and so-called establishment Republicans in Iowa.

Hmmm… not “from both so-called ‘tea party’ and establishment Republicans”?

Why is the ‘Tea Party’ (an informal group of folks at best) capitalized, but ‘establishment’ is ‘so-called’?

Midas on June 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Saw the ads … more like the Chuck Norris of Iowa.

Awesome.

M240H on June 4, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Like this woman a lot.

Yeah go ahead Demazzes. Bring in Palin….

Either one of these women will scratch your face off….

ToddPA on June 4, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Midas on June 4, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Because Tea Party groups and voters identify as such, which is why using the term as a proper name makes sense. One does not see self-proclaimed “Establishment” groups, and the term “establishment” is most often used to denigrate others rather than as a self-adopted description, let alone a label.

Does that explain it?

Ed Morrissey on June 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Sarah Palin is to be admired . Embrace Palin and win . Distance yourself from Palin and you lose .

Sarah Palin 2016

Unaffiliated4P on June 4, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Agreed.

MoreLiberty on June 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Hotair uses Sarah Palin to troll for hits like the establishment turds that they are, Salem is the establishment line. Salem owns the Hugh Hewitt Show , which is GOP establishment radio . Sarah Palin won Joni Ernst this race . John McCain was anti-Ethanol subsidies and probably would have lost Iowa by 25 points if not for Sarah Palin .

Unaffiliated4P on June 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

If you are a rightie black, woman or gay, you are the devil for the leftist thugs.

Go, Joni, go!!!

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Stop dividing Republicans with “establishment” and “tea party”. Follow Reagan’s 11th commandment.

John the Libertarian on June 4, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Leftists hate farmers and veterans, women too, heh.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

“Her rigid partisanship and support for the federal government shutdown not only won her the support of Sarah Palin, but proved that Joni Ernst is the Sarah Palin of Iowa who would bring more gridlock and dysfunction to Washington,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Deputy Executive Director Matt Canter said in an email statement.

And the *ahem!* Republican #WarOnWomen continues…

Newtie and the Beauty on June 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Embrace Sarah Palin and win ! Remember Hillary Clinton finished third in Iowa in 2008 .

Unaffiliated4P on June 4, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Keep an eye on this race. We’ll see whether the trial lawyers outnumber the farmers in Iowa.

A farmer, who’s a Veteran, during the VA and Boomerang scandals, Benghazi hearings, and America, against sharks and leftist latrine rats.

Which side would you rather be on?

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

War on women?

mjbrooks3 on June 4, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Plus, the TEA party is dead.

The DIABLOs and D-rats told us so.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 2:59 PM

It’s nut cuttin’ time.

Hucklebuck on June 4, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Ed Morrissey on June 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

The Redskins should change their name to the Washington Establishment.

Akzed on June 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM

She seems like a great candidate. Will be great if another conservative woman joins the Senate next year, along with Deb Fischer.

cat_owner on June 4, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Because Tea Party groups and voters identify as such, which is why using the term as a proper name makes sense. One does not see self-proclaimed “Establishment” groups, and the term “establishment” is most often used to denigrate others rather than as a self-adopted description, let alone a label.

Does that explain it?

Ed Morrissey on June 4, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Not sure it does, but I’m not a professional in this regard. Seems “Tea Party” as a capitalized proper name would be used to describe a distinct organization rather than a group of self-identified folks (don’t know, would we refer to gays, whites or transgendered folks as Gays, Whites or Transgendered?).

Additionally, many conservatives decidedly do *not* self-identify as ‘tea party’, especially after the IRS targeting situation became known.

Lastly, ‘tea party’ is quite often used as a term to denigrate others as well.

If ‘Tea Party’ is being used to group a set of people separately from the so-called ‘establishment’, but the ‘Tea Party’ non-organization that is comprised of people only some of whom self-identify as ‘tea party’…

I dunno, as I say, not a professional in this regard. The distinct usage as presented seems, to me, to adopt a pro-establishment view by giving a vibe of “those people over there are all in a group (that doesn’t technically exist but is formalized for effect) even though they’re not all in it – vs. what they laughing refer to as ‘the establishment’, when we all know that no such thing exists”.

Maybe it’s just me, I’ll admit it. :)

Midas on June 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM

comparing every repuglican woman to palin is getting kinda old. we really need to come up with new material dont we?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM

The Redskins should change their name to the Washington Establishment.

Akzed on June 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM

LOL!! So many jokes to be made …

Ed Morrissey on June 4, 2014 at 3:06 PM

comparing every repuglican woman to palin is getting kinda old. we really need to come up with new material dont we?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Who is this “We” you speak of, you have a tapeworm your talking to?

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Hotair uses Sarah Palin to troll for hits like the establishment turds that they are, Salem is the establishment line. Salem owns the Hugh Hewitt Show , which is GOP establishment radio . Sarah Palin won Joni Ernst this race . John McCain was anti-Ethanol subsidies and probably would have lost Iowa by 25 points if not for Sarah Palin .

Unaffiliated4P on June 4, 2014 at 2:54 PM

I don’t think HA injected Sarah Palin into this discussion, the Democrats did.

Midas on June 4, 2014 at 3:06 PM

comparing every repuglican woman to palin is getting kinda old. we really need to come up with new material dont we?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Hey Sparky, you might want to talk to the Democrats about that..:)

idesign on June 4, 2014 at 3:06 PM

I truly love this woman.

libfreeordie on May 20, 2014 at 9:18 PM

About time you upped your standards perfesser.

slickwillie2001 on June 4, 2014 at 3:07 PM

The anti-Joni

Go, Joni, go!!!

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 3:07 PM

*politely holds aloft the ‘Please, do not feed the trolls’ sign*

I picture myself in a Roadrunner/Wylie Coyote fashion when I do this.

Midas on June 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

(and former veteran)

More lousy journalism.
No such thing as a former veteran.
Having been in the military, she IS a veteran, and always will be until she dies.

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

I truly love this woman.

libfreeordie on May 20, 2014 at 9:18 PM

About time you upped your standards perfesser.

slickwillie2001 on June 4, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Way to go!

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Note how the RINO monsters on Fox only talk about Joni “where the GOPe and the TEA came together, kumbayaed, bla, bla, bla”.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

There are fools who believe FNC is conservative. It clearly has become part of the MSM, just to the right of CNN.

bw222 on June 4, 2014 at 3:09 PM

She was endorsed by Willard and the CoC. I have no doubt she’ll betray us.

Ted the Average on June 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

are they trying to “swiftboat” I mean “Palinize” Ernst?

Dino V on June 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

About time you upped your standards perfesser.

slickwillie2001 on June 4, 2014 at 3:07 PM

My suggestion for lefties:
“We’ve upped our standards, now up yours…”

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

If the Republican leadership were really leaders they could have this in every state. Let’s see if they are smart enough to know it when the candidates have been set. Also they might try voting as they campaigned.

Cindy Munford on June 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

comparing every repuglican woman to palin is getting kinda old. we really need to come up with new material dont we?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Sarah Palin was one of few in 2008 to identify Obama as the dangerous incompetent that he is.

bw222 on June 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Sarah Palin was one of few in 2008 to identify Obama as the dangerous incompetent that he is.

bw222 on June 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

A fact that the Left still hates her for.

oscarwilde on June 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

How did she become a “former” veteran?

GaltBlvnAtty on June 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Gee, do all Republican women look alike to the DSCC?

Yes, because like Andrew Sullivan, they only see women from the uterus looking out.

ezspirit on June 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

My suggestion for lefties:
“We’ve upped our standards, now up yours…”
dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

[grabs sham-wow and Windex...borrows ALT's *glare*...enters under "Cleaning Supplies"...proceeds to cackle uncontrollably...]

Newtie and the Beauty on June 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

obama freed 5 terrorist leaders, who chop heads off, who terrorize women.

The leftists in America support obama.

Go, Joni, go!!!

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Desperado!!!

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 3:21 PM

I live in Iowa and voted for Ernst. I think she can win.

Braley is a trial lawyer and has had some mean things to say about Iowa Farmers.

I think if Ernst can define him as a Trial Lawyer who is out of touch with Iowa Values, especially farmers, she can win.

Whatever she does, she can not take the Mitt Romney route and go in with kids gloves, or try to appeal to crossover voters. Just tout your conservative values and you will be fine. Even though Iowa is a blue state the past few presidential cycles, this is still a state with a lot of conservatives.

tcufrog on June 4, 2014 at 3:22 PM

“We’ve upped our standards, now up yours…”

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

What is this, Nipsey Russell Day, or what?

Flange on June 4, 2014 at 3:22 PM

But then Braley insulted the state’s most important constituency, the Republican Party discovered Joni Ernst, and suddenly a race rarely mentioned as a midterm battleground has become a legitimate pickup opportunity for the GOP. Republicans received another break Tuesday, when Ernst, a state senator from Iowa’s rural western half, won the GOP’s nomination outright. With 18 percent of the vote in, Ernst had captured just over 53 percent support. Not only did she avoid a run-off by crossing the 35 percent support threshold, her margin of victory is something few would have imagined possible just a month ago.

Schadenfreude on June 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM

The SarahCudian Grizzly Mama Forces are increasing,….
…….**Excellent**!!

Sarah Palin – Mama Grizzlies

Uploaded on Jul 8, 2010
************************

From: http://www.sarahpac.com

“This year will be remembered as a year when common sense conservative women get things done for our country,”

“All across this country, women are standing up and speaking out for common sense solutions.”

“These policies coming out of D.C. right now, this fundamental transformation of America — well a lot of women concerned about their kids’ futures are saying we don’t like this fundamental transformation and we’re going to do something about it,”

“That’s why we’re seeing, with all these women who are banding together rising up saying, ‘No, this isn’t right for our kids and for our grand-kids and we’re going to do something about this.’”

“We’re going to turn this thing around. We’re going to get our country back on the right track,”

“Look out Washington, cause there’s a whole stampede of elephants crossing the line and the e.t.a. for them stampeding through is November 2, 2010.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oF-OsHTLfxM

canopfor on June 4, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Not sure how a member of a Republican supermajrity would be responsible for “gridlock” anyway – and that is precisely what this Regime appears to be attempting to orchestrate with all their bumbling. These are the same bunch we were all told were so “tech-savvy” and smart during Obamao’s campaigns.

PJ Emeritus on June 4, 2014 at 3:27 PM

Also democrats are going to try the reverse gender gap strategy here.

Sarah Palin got most of her support from men, women hated her.

Same here, Braley is leading in the polls with women and Ernst is leading with men. The democrat strategy will be to try and cast Ernst as a stupid woman who makes women look bad because she is so dumb, stupid, backward, and not a real champion of women’s rights and feminism.

Just watch. But I don’t think that will play as well in Iowa as it would on the coasts.

tcufrog on June 4, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Sarah Palin got most of her support from men, women hated her.
tcufrog on June 4, 2014 at 3:28 PM

That’s cuz her husband got the gun, and she got the rack….

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

This tactic will backfire. It only works with certain women. All you have to do is hear Ernst talk, and you’ll know she’s no Sarah Palin. They tried the same thing with Ayotte and it didn’t work. It worked with O’Donnell and Angle for obvious reasons.

GOPRanknFile on June 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Braley sounds like yet another pos Dem running in a state he has little in common with and no business representing in the Senate.

changer1701 on June 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM

How did she become a “former” veteran?

GaltBlvnAtty on June 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Good thing she’s not from Kalifornia – we’d be asking if she’s a former woman….

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Just watch. But I don’t think that will play as well in Iowa as it would on the coasts.

tcufrog on June 4, 2014 at 3:28 PM

It is not my growing up Iowa any more. I think they have coast envy.

astonerii on June 4, 2014 at 3:35 PM

How did she become a “former” veteran?

GaltBlvnAtty on June 4, 2014 at 3:13 PM

in a past life she fought in the napoleonic wars.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 3:39 PM

These are the same bunch we were all told were so “tech-savvy” and smart during Obamao’s campaigns.

PJ Emeritus on June 4, 2014 at 3:27 PM

As with people who talk too much about how honest they are, be skeptical of anyone who keeps telling you how smart they are.

“People who think they know everything are a pain in the @ss for those of us who really do.”

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Give me Sarah Palin 2016 . Sarah Palin kicks butt while others grandstand and protect incumbents .

Run Sarah Run . Joni Ernst is going to win !

Unaffiliated4P on June 4, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Joni Ernst is head and shoulders above Palin.

Ernst is a uniter, who can bring together conservatives, blue collar Republicans and the Republican power players.

Palin is the grandstander who can never bring those groups together.

RUexperienced on June 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

GOPRanknFile on June 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Sarah Palin would be the president of the United States if not for a corrupt GOP establishment that rigged the game for Mitt Romney enabling the re-election of Barack Hussein Obama .

The GOP establishment turds like you underestimate and spit on Sarah Palin . She will win .

Unaffiliated4P on June 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Unaffiliated4P on June 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Lol. The scariest thing is that you actually believe the stuff you say.

GOPRanknFile on June 4, 2014 at 3:46 PM

RUexperienced on June 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

See your anti-Palin comments in a bunch of places. Remember your name from the comments section at numerous sites where you troll . Sarah Palin lives rent free in your head .

Unaffiliated4P on June 4, 2014 at 3:46 PM

GOPRanknFile on June 4, 2014 at 3:46 PM

It is the truth .

Unaffiliated4P on June 4, 2014 at 3:46 PM

tcufrog on June 4, 2014 at 3:28 PM,

Palin is only hated with liberal women and the ugly .

Unaffiliated4P on June 4, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Joni Ernst is head and shoulders above Palin.

Ernst is a uniter, who can bring together conservatives, blue collar Republicans and the Republican power players.

Palin is the grandstander who can never bring those groups together.

RUexperienced on June 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Well, I see this former member of the Democratic underground continues with his Palin hate..:)

Hey dude, take your BS and shove it up Obama’s a**..:)

idesign on June 4, 2014 at 3:49 PM

in a past life she fought in the napoleonic wars.

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch on June 4, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Do you believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis?

Just wondering.

/extra credit if you know who said it and where

clear ether

eon

eon on June 4, 2014 at 3:50 PM

It is the truth .

Unaffiliated4P on June 4, 2014 at 3:46 PM

In the latest poll of hypothetical matchups of Republicans against Hillary in Alaska, every single one of them beats Hillary there except Palin. Alaska knew Palin before she burst on to the national scene. No one blew it for her. She blew it for herself with her interviews and debate performance.

GOPRanknFile on June 4, 2014 at 3:50 PM

/extra credit if you know who said it and where
clear ether

eon

eon on June 4, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Well, his career as a college researcher didn’t last long.
But he has a “direct line to my funny bone”…..

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 3:53 PM

GOPRanknFile on June 4, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Sarah Palin would be the president of the United States if not for a corrupt GOP establishment that rigged the game for Mitt Romney enabling the re-election of Barack Hussein Obama .

The GOP establishment turds like you underestimate and spit on Sarah Palin . She will win .

Unaffiliated4P on June 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

That’s the ‘so-called’ establishment to you, mister.

Midas on June 4, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Do you believe in UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis?

Just wondering.

/extra credit if you know who said it and where

Annie Potts said it in the movie Ghostbusters.

TarheelBen on June 4, 2014 at 3:54 PM

She blew it for herself with her interviews and debate performance.

GOPRanknFile on June 4, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Well, one thing I didn’t like about her was quitting her job as governor halfway into her term, to go “national”.

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Sarah Palin would be the president of the United States if not for a corrupt GOP establishment that rigged the game for Mitt Romney enabling the re-election of Barack Hussein Obama .

The GOP establishment turds like you underestimate and spit on Sarah Palin . She will win .

Unaffiliated4P on June 4, 2014 at 3:43 PM

The GOP rigged the game for Romney and against Palin?

Palin never showed up for the try-out. How does somebody get drafted in the NFL if they don’t bother to suit up and show people what they can do?

If anything, it was Palin sabotaged the 2012 GOP nomination with her ridiculous celebrity Bus Tour to Nowhere promoting her movie and dvd.

RUexperienced on June 4, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Well, one thing I didn’t like about her was quitting her job as governor halfway into her term, to go “national”.

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Yup, that didn’t help either.

GOPRanknFile on June 4, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Just wondering.

/extra credit if you know who said it and where
Annie Potts said it in the movie Ghostbusters.

TarheelBen on June 4, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Darn – you’re right. I got that one wrong – my first thought was Venkman (Bill Murray).

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Ernst wins big in Senate primary, DSCC attacks as “the Sarah Palin of Iowa”

…so she’s more qualified to be president than the community organizer.

KOOLAID2 on June 4, 2014 at 3:58 PM

The typical Democrat attack dogs better be careful, she may cut their nuts off.

Tater Salad on June 4, 2014 at 3:59 PM

The typical Democrat attack dogs better be careful, she may cut their nuts off.

Tater Salad on June 4, 2014 at 3:59 PM

I’d pay good money to see that….

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

I think Joni Ernst has a much better resume’ than Sarah. Let’s see how she does in office.

Tater Salad on June 4, 2014 at 4:01 PM

comparing every repuglican woman to palin is getting kinda old. we really need to come up with new material dont we?

ThisIsYourBrainOnKoch

Who is this ‘we’, you dolt? What, do you have a mouse in your pocket? And speaking of ‘new material’, do you not think you might, perhaps, on chance, come up with an original thought?

Gothguy on June 4, 2014 at 4:03 PM

Well, one thing I didn’t like about her was quitting her job as governor halfway into her term, to go “national”.

dentarthurdent

Yea, because that has NEVER happened before in politics. Yep, she was a trailblazer in that regard.

Gothguy on June 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Joni Ernst seems like the perfect candidate for Iowa. As a woman, she can easily deflect any “war on women” attacks, and as a farmer’s daughter, she will appeal to the numerous farmers in Iowa. She also has political experience as a State Senator, so she won’t make the kind of gaffes some Tea Party neophytes make.

Braley’s attack on both farmers and Senator Grassley was a double gaffe. In the purple state of Iowa, where Democrat Tom Harkin was repeatedly elected by wide margins, Grassley has also been repeatedly elected by wide margins. Braley’s trying to tie Ernst to Grassley will probably help Ernst.

Like she did in southwestern Iowa, Joni Ernst will make the pigs squeal in Washington!

Steve Z on June 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

The Redskins should change their name to the Washington Establishment.
Akzed on June 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM

The Redskins play in Maryland and their practice facility is in Virginia. They are one of the flagship teams of football, going back 81 years. I am getting tired of them being linked to the cesspool of politics in Washington. The only disparaging thing about the Redskins is Washington.

fight like a girl on June 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Well, one thing I didn’t like about her was quitting her job as governor halfway into her term, to go “national”.

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Hey hater, please tell us what you would have done with over $500k of legal bills from bogus law suits and costing your state $millions as the law suits continue?

idesign on June 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Well, one thing I didn’t like about her was quitting her job as governor halfway into her term, to go “national”.

dentarthurdent

Yea, because that has NEVER happened before in politics. Yep, she was a trailblazer in that regard.

Gothguy on June 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM

I saw a report that out of 1200 governors who have taken office since 1900. Most served their terms. Many died. Some were indicted. Some resigned to accept a higher political position.

But only three first term governors just ‘quit’- Eliot Spitzer, Jim McGreevey and Sarah Palin.

RUexperienced on June 4, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I proudly cast my vote yesterday for my fellow Lt Col, Joni Ernst. Can hardly wait to do it again in Nov.

WarEagle01 on June 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Yea, because that has NEVER happened before in politics. Yep, she was a trailblazer in that regard.

Gothguy on June 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Sure it has.
But when you jump jobs too soon and/or too often, it looks like you’re just trying to climb the ladder as fast as you can – and that means not necessarily doing the job you’re in to the best of your ability – too much focus on the next step. In my industry, people start to get wary of hiring someone like that.

She had 10 years at the local level, which is good, but then only one year leading a state level commission, then to Governor – and she quit that position halfway through.
I would have liked to see her at least finish her full 4 year term as governor. It would have helped her national credibility.

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

please tell us what you would have done with over $500k of legal bills from bogus law suits and costing your state $millions as the law suits continue?

idesign on June 4, 2014 at 4:10 PM

1- They were not “lawsuits” They were simple ethics questions that needed to be answered to a state ethics panel- “Did you get paid for that logo on your snowmobile suit?”

2- Sarah Palin had a legal defense fund to help pay her bills. Additionally the GOP elite paid over $250,000 of those bills. There is no evidence that Sarah Palin ever had to pay a dime.

3- Sarah Palin told us in her resignation speech that at the time she quit the “ethics investigations are over. We won!”

RUexperienced on June 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Midas on June 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM

I would think TEA party is capitalized because it is an abbreviation for Taxed Enough Already. Although, now, it has taken on a broader mantle.

freedomfirst on June 4, 2014 at 4:19 PM

Because of Palin we have Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and a host of other conservative lawmakers. This is a fact that even the haters cannot deny, try as they might.

fight like a girl on June 4, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Midas on June 4, 2014 at 3:04 PM

Some may think that the term “tea party” is derogatory. Not too many who identify as TEA partiers would find shame in being called such.

I believe the left fears the TEA party. Kinda makes me feel happy.

freedomfirst on June 4, 2014 at 4:23 PM

WOW

oh. I meant War on Women.

socalcon on June 4, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Because of Palin we have Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and a host of other conservative lawmakers. This is a fact that even the haters cannot deny, try as they might.

fight like a girl on June 4, 2014 at 4:22 PM

She helped – but they might have won their races anyway, even without her help – there’s no way of knowing for sure one way or the other.
She could have still helped with those races as Governor of Alaska as well – although Cruz was elected in Nov 2012 – so Palin would have already finished her term long before that election. But look at the national stage Rick Perry is playing right now, while still being the Governor of Texas.

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Ernst got onto the national radar with the fun jab at pork-barrel politics by recalling her hog-castration experience, but she won the state by attracting support from both Tea Party and so-called establishment Republicans in Iowa.

I’m sorry Ed but these comments come off as misogynist. Not to re-hash her qualifications. She has experience on farms. She’s an active Reservist with deployments during ODS and OIF. She serves in the Iowa state senate.

To boil down her qualifications as a fluke of an ad and positions that attract both conservatives (what you label as Tea Party) and surrender weasels (the faction you think runs the party as moderates) demeans the fact that Joni Ernst is a legitimate candidate with legitimate qualifications.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Well, one thing I didn’t like about her was quitting her job as governor halfway into her term, to go “national”.
dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Oh, DAD…read the sources

Newtie and the Beauty on June 4, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Some may think that the term “tea party” is derogatory.

freedomfirst on June 4, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Only two groups use Tea Party as a pejorative. Democrats and the surrender weasels that are trying to maintain control of the GOP by shutting out everybody except the so-called moderate voices.

The surrender caucus consists of fiscal conservatives that are fully in support of gay marriage, legalization of pot, amnesty for illegals, expansion of Medicaid. They are against repeal of Obamacare, social issues, and doing more than pay lip service to being pro-life. The surrender caucus is afraid of wins by candidates like Ernst. It threatens their dream of a squishy place designed to pick off the few less than radical Democrats.

You know who they are. They were the ones high-fiving each other and lecturing us about the need to STFU when Boehner completely caved when Ted Cruz objected to Obamacare last October.

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 4:43 PM

Happy Nomad on June 4, 2014 at 4:37 PM

To further emphasize what you said:

Ernst has served a combined 21 years in the United States Army Reserves and the Iowa Army National Guard. She spent 14 months mobilized and overseas in Kuwait from 2003-2004 as a company commander at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom.[3][4] Her unit was responsible for running logistical convoys in Kuwait and into southern Iraq. A Lieutenant Colonel, Ernst currently commands the largest battalion in the Iowa Army National Guard.

And she was also an elected County Auditor for 8 years prior to her state senate election.

dentarthurdent on June 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

1- They were not “lawsuits” They were simple ethics questions that needed to be answered to a state ethics panel- “Did you get paid for that logo on your snowmobile suit?”

RUexperienced on June 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

You are out of your flipping mind.

John the Libertarian on June 4, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Geez, if only Palin hadn’t just up and quit the governorship! I wonder why she didn’t think of that?

otlset on June 4, 2014 at 4:45 PM

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