Monday, November 3, 2014

Don’t Vote for Joni Ernst Just Because “She Is Really Attractive” and “Sounds Nice”

There’s been a bit of a to-do about Joni Ernst, a Republican candidate for U.S. senator in Iowa.

For one thing, she turned down three interview offers with three different state newspapers. Naturally, the mainstream media didn’t take that very well despite her very logical reasoning that said papers hadn’t had anything nice to say about her so far, thereby clearly displaying their goal of making her lose.

And why cater to people like that when your own goal is most definitely to win?

Incidentally, that’s a question most other Republican candidates should be asking themselves… while their Democrat rivals should be doing some self-reflecting of their own, specifically wondering, “Am I really this pathetic? Do I hear the words coming out of my own mouth?”

For example, retiring Iowa Senator Tom Harkin – whose position Ernst is vying for – had this to say about the Republican woman: “In this Senate race, I’ve been watching some of these ads. And there’s sort of this sense that, ‘Well, I hear so much about Joni Ernst. She is really attractive, and she sounds nice.’ Well, I got to thinking about that. I don’t care if she’s as good looking as Taylor Swift or as nice as Mr. Rodgers, but if she votes like Michele Bachmann, she’s wrong for the state of Iowa.”

Seriously, Harkin? Seriously?

Ok, yes, Ernst is a good-looking woman. But her opponent, Bruce Braley, isn’t exactly deformed. The guy has that all-American appeal: You know, the type who probably played quarterback for his high school team some 25 years ago. Judging by his pictures, he takes care of himself just as much as Ernst takes care of herself.

So why bring up looks at all? Possibly because there’s nothing else to fall back on for Democrats this November?

I mean, it’s not like they delivered anything good the last two years. In fact, they didn't deliver anything good the last six years. There were tons of promises and very little worthwhile follow-up.

So let the Democrats play their sleazy sexist/racist (or sexism/racism) cards all they want. Let's take a cue from Ernst and play to our strengths instead.

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