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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) appears to be shifting tactics in Iowa, by painting Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst as an unstable extremist.

DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz set the tone at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, calling Ernst “an onion of crazy.”

“I know that this state is known for its wind energy, for corn, for soybeans, but that woman is an onion of crazy,” she said. “I mean, there is no other way for me to describe it, you just can’t make it up. Every time you peel back a layer, you find something more disturbing about her views.”

As evidence, Wasserman Schultz pointed to Ernst’s past comments that President Obama is a “dictator” who should be impeached or removed from office, and that she still believes “there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.”

Ernst has tried to walk back both statements, but they are just two on a long list of “crazy” remarks.

She’s also come out against the United Nations’ Agenda 21, which is a voluntarily implemented plan that seeks to promote sustainable development. Ernst erroneously sees it as an evil, foreign force that will abolish all property rights.

And she infamously threatened to “castrate” members of Congress who don’t reduce spending, and released a campaign ad featuring her shooting a handgun at Obamacare.

“When you have a candidate for the United States Senate who was endorsed by Sarah Palin, that should say it all right there,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Do we need a United States senator who’s just going to be a carbon copy of Sarah Palin? I don’t think so.”

The DSCC followed her lead, releasing a video on Monday comparing Ernst to Palin.

“Joni Ernst would be another Tea Party vote in the Senate,” says the ad’s narrator. “Palin. Ernst. Too extreme for Iowa.”

The new rhetoric represents an escalation by Democrats, who previously focused more on her political positions. Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), who is running against Ernst in the general election and whom Wasserman Schultz called “a voice of reason and moderation and leadership,” is running ads emphasizing that Ernst is too “extreme” for Iowa and that her “Tea Party ideas are out of step with Iowa families.” These ideas include getting rid of the federal minimum wage and wanting to privatize Social Security.

Ernst is more than holding her own in this race, however. She, along with her Republican supporters, have tried to paint Braley as “out of touch” for expressing concern that Republican Chuck Grassley could become the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee even though “he was a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school.”

The Real Clear Politics poll average has Ernst ahead by 0.8 points.

Photo: Monica de Argentina via Flickr

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  • Ford Truck

    The Right Wing in American has lost their freakin’ minds…. if they ever had them to begin with!!

  • TZToronto

    If they have their way, there will be no federal income taxation whatsoever–which will force the federal government to revert to what the Constitution originally said. How will they feel when the states are forced to tax their residents to the hilt to pay for running the federal government they hate so much. Then the states will pay their proportional shares of the federal budget, based on population (i.e., capitation). If they’re so enamored with the letter of the Constitution (when it suits them), they should welcome such a system. No federal income tax, just huge state taxes plus import and export taxes, excise taxes, and a federal value added tax. Of course, given such a system, the red states shouldn’t expect to get back $1.50 for every dollar they send to Washington by way of the states’ taxation efforts. . . . Not to mention that they’d be at the mercy of the demands of the federal budget.

    • Allan Richardson

      The income tax made Prohibition possible, because until it was passed, most of the Federal budget was from liquor taxes. Also, the THREAT of women voting (which passed shortly after Prohibition), and the extremism of the WCTU, made Prohibition inevitable. Which made organized crime powerful enough to be not only a public menace but a fertile ground for novels, movies and later TV writers.

      So, no income tax and no WCTU, no Godfather movies.

  • Stuart

    Just like every Republican candidate who regurgitates the talking points, this is just scamming the donors. Talking a good game, knowing the game will never be played.

  • herchato

    Many of our politicians have become stand up comedians, not that they’re trying to be funny but they can’t help it.

  • ExRadioGuy15

    Ernst is a Fascist GOP Con psychopath?!? Noooo, really?!? (sarcasm)