COMMENTARY | Joni Ernst, the candidate for United States senator from Iowa, has pulled ahead of her Democratic opponent, Rep. Bruce Braley and is also stomping on the “war on women” meme that the left has used to some effect.
“I have been to war, and if the Democrats are going to use that war, they had better do it to honor those men and women because those men and women have fought every day to defend our freedoms.”
She is also exploiting a gaffe made by Braley, to the effect that Iowa does not need another farmer in Washington, but rather a trial lawyer, with great alacrity. “That trial lawyer is running against a farm girl from Iowa.”
Ernst had catapulted to national prominence when she cut an ad touting the fact that she used to castrate pigs while down on the farm and was ready to do the same to the porkers in Washington. She has managed to unite all factions of the Republican Party behind her, including Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney, and therefore looks to be the next senator from the great state of Iowa, replacing uber liberal Tom Harkin.
Some Democrats have tried to stop Ernst by comparing her to Sarah Palin. But to rural farm folk in Iowa, this is a feature rather than a bug. A former Army colonel who likes to shoot firearms and ride motorcycles might be threatening to the metrosexuals who dominate the mainstream media and the coastal elites, but she is proving to be quite popular in the heartland.
The main virtue of Joni Ernst is, like General Grant, that she fights. Any military veteran knows about the principle of the offensive. It applies in politics as well as warfare. The path to victory lays in unceasing attacks on liberal policies, ranging from Obamacare to excessive spending. Ernst understands that and she will likely win as a result.