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Joni Ernst labeled the "Perfect Choice" to deliver the Republican rebuttal speech

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    I should clarify that I don't mean to use the term "airhead" in a derogatory sense against women. The Democrats have some wonderful intelligent articulate women in Congress that are highly deserving of their office (e.g. Elizabeth Warren) and in many respect much better than our men. Republicans seem to elect women like Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and now Joni Ernst and a few others that do not represent the best of women in America. Why is that?
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    Schmidt Wrote: Republicans seem to elect women like Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin, and now Joni Ernst and a few others that do not represent the best of women in America. Why is that?
    That's a wonderful question. How a woman can vote against equal pay for women baffles my mind. I literally have a hard time comprehending how that is even possible. And that's just one of many instances where Republican women consistently vote against the better interest of women in general.

    However, if I really think about this, I am putting an unfair burden on Republican women. If a man votes a certain way on an issue, I don't automatically think he voted that way because he's a man. Maybe I should do the same for Republican women. I shouldn't question their vote because they are a woman and are voting against the better interests of women. I should question their vote because they are Republicans and they consistently vote against the better interest of America.

    The same goes with many black Republicans. I seriously have a hard time understanding how someone like Ben Carson or Michael Steel can stand on the side of a party who has waged war on minorities. It is really something I just have a hard time with. But, just as I shouldn't judge Republican women for voting a certain way, I shouldn't question black Republicans for voting against the better interests of black Americans. I should question their vote because they are Republicans and they consistently vote against the better interest of America.
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    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.

    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 .
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    I saw on CNNfor the first time that on the Iowa caucus the Koch brothers had an influence on these candidates; however the hypocrites did not mention the John Birch society.
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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.

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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    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.

    Yes; how can we as a country have sunken this low? However a good laugh is great; I hope we still can laugh after 2016!!
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    Great...as only John Stewart can make us all laugh. What is scary though is these Republicans are the chosen ones to show case the Tea Party...excuse me Republican agenda. I really missed Louie Gohmert though. He should have been the 6th rebuttal speech...the frosting on the cake.
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    Looking forward to future Elections, --- maybe Joni Ernst can get together with Louie Gohmert & have babies. Or Sarah Palin could have babies with Donald Trump. Those genetic combinations would be PRICELESS. And guarantee Republican victories for decades to come!! ----- BBQ Hog balls, anyone? ---- And "mama grizzlies bear claws" for dessert.
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    Schmidt asked why these "women' are the way they are; I guess because they follow Republican culture:
    1) women are not in charge; the men are
    2) the church tells them to obey their husband at all times; even if he's drunk or on drugs.
    4) Never go in against anything your husband or the church or what the "bible" tells you
    5) Never have sex before marriage; after marriage bread like rabbits.

    So no wonder why if you let them loose; they "loose" it
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    And these idiots think that they have any PHUCQUING answers to China, Isil, Putin, stagnating wages, etc ad nauseum? Clown car isn't strong enough. in fact it doesn't even apply. These people are dangerous. To borrow from and old remark about South Carolina at the time of the civil war: The u.s. is big enough to be a republic and it is also an insane asylum.