COMMENTARY | Joni Ernst, wife, mom, far girl, veteran, and candidate for United States Senate from the great state of Iowa, continues to amaze and delight. Her latest campaign ad has her riding up to a shooting range on her Harley.
Having previously promised to make porkmeisters in Washington squeal like the pigs she used to castrate of the farm, Ernst is now promising to shoot Obamacare and much else to pieces. One cannot wait to see this woman turned loose in the halls of the Senate.
She has also attracted support from across the political spectrum. It was no surprise that Sarah Palin, whose endorsements are worth hundreds of thousands of votes in many cases, threw in with her. One could see the two ladies hunting moose while talking about dismantling health care reform. But Ernst has also been endorsed by more establishment sorts like Mitt Romney and, now, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida. To be sure Rubio is somewhat late to the party, but he is showing good instincts getting on the bandwagon.
One other thing that impresses about Ernst is her joie de vivre, that sense of sunny optimism and the joy of being in the arena that few people have ever managed to achieve. Palin has it and Reagan had it in abundance.
Can she win? Since the castration ad and the Palin endorsement, Ernst has vaulted to the top of the heap in the Republican primary contest. That can be ascribed to a certain authenticity and woman of the people persona that has obviously delighted Iowa voters. If she does win, she goes into the general election against Bruce Braley, who once bemoaned that there are far too many farmers infesting Congress. He said this in Iowa, it should be remembered.
Considering that polling data suggests another Republican tsunami in 2014, it would be dangerous to bet against Ernst being another farmer in the Senate, no matter what Braley says.