COMMENTARY | Say what you will about Joni Ernst, candidate for the United States Senate from Iowa, when she states that she wants to go to Washington to cut the pork, she can boast about having some experience in that regard.
As all the world now knows, Ernst, an Iraq war veteran and mom, grew up on an Iowa farm castrating hogs, thanks to her viral campaign video. She is just one of several Republican candidates who are vying to run for the senate seat being vacated by the retiring uberliberal Tom Harkin, but she is certainly the most colorful.
She has also been endorsed not only by Sarah Palin, who must see her as a kindred spirit, but oddly enough Mitt Romney, according to the Washington Post. Ernst is running for her first political office, touting herself as a “mother, soldier, and conservative” on an issues platform that is conventionally conservative. She is against abortion, Obamacare, and government waste. She is for scrapping the tax code, maintaining America’s strength, and, of course, Iowa’s farmers.
In that last she will likely rouse the ire of Bruce Braley, who is running for the senate seat as a Democrat and recently sneered to a group of trial lawyers about farmers. Braley believes that the main reason the Democrats need to retain control of the senate is to prevent Iowa’s senior senator, Charles Grassley, from becoming chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Grassley, after, is just some farmer who is not qualified for that exalted position. It was one of the biggest gaffes of the current election cycle and is likely to haunt the Democrat running in a state that certainly has more farmers than lawyers. It was a prime example of why any politician needs to be careful of what he or she says. Recording devices are everywhere.
In any case the Iowa senate race has just got interesting and will bear watching as the Republicans seem poised to take the upper body and provide President Obama another headache.