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Schmidt Wrote: Jared -- You are right. I think that part of this type of thinking is driven by the fact that Republicans have so few minorities, and they tend to use them in a hypocritical way to counter the criticism that they are an "old white man's party". If Joni Ernst wasn't a women, would she have been given the honor of doing the SOTU rebuttal speech? Why not one of the Republican newbie men? Or maybe someone like Louie Gohmert who often seems to speak for the party.
I couldn't agree more. Republicans have a weird obsession with showcasing their handful of women and minorities. I think it has more to do with the fact they are keenly aware that they have a terrible standing with women and minorities, so they try their best to come across as this open tent party by parading them in front of the cameras.
Joni Ernst's speech was laughable. Literally. I laughed out loud multiple times as I watched her speech. I couldn't help myself once she started talking about wearing bread bags over her shoes on rainy days. Have Iowans never heard of galoshes? That's what us Illinois folk wore when it rained outside.
And I love how she tried to come across as some down on her luck, regular American lady who pulled her and her family up by the boot straps to achieve the American dream. That is the biggest load of bullshit I have ever heard. The American taxpayer has given her and her family $500,000 in Federal farm subsidies. She literally got rich off of welfare and now wants to try to tell everyone else that welfare is a bad thing.
I try not to judge people that I've never met, but she's an asshole. How she can act like she did everything by herself without any Government help while at the same time becoming rich off of money the American taxpayer gave her?
Schmidt Wrote: Oh well, they did have five responses to the SOTU, and they were all different in many respects, even the Spanish language one. Maybe with those five they can claim to be the party of diversity .
Did you happen to watch Jon Stewart's bit on this? I haven't laughed this hard in awhile.