American sniper, female division, goes to Congress

This is Joni Ernst’s reply to Obama’s State of the Union speech. It’s cornpone but effective. She is the newly elected Senator from Iowa and utterly Tea Party, Sarah Palin endorsed even. These are some rueful comments from The Washington Post:

By drawing on her uncommon, interesting personal story as an Iowa farmgirl and Army National Guard combat veteran, and relating to her fellow Iowans, Ernst captured one of the most reliably liberal Senate seats in the country — one that had been held by now-retired Democratic senator Tom Harkin for 30 years. While Ernst’s opponent ridiculed Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for being a farmer, Ernst embraced her roots and produced one of the most memorable, viral campaign ads of the 2014 cycle.

But even more than losing a critical Senate seat, Democrats are frightened by Ernst because she is a woman who has a strong conservative philosophy and message that appeals to a lot of people. Democrats can’t dismiss Ernst as a token, because she didn’t run as one. Everything about her biography and style blunts the Democrats’ usual criticisms of conservative women.

Now when Hillary Clinton comes to visit Iowa, rather than having a friendly liberal trial lawyer senator by her side, she will be bracketed by Ernst — who no doubt will hold Clinton’s feet to the fire. It will be a woman-to-woman matchup, so the Democrats’ usual pablum about a GOP “war on women” just won’t work.

It need hardly be mentioned that Obama’s speech was deceitful from end to end, or that the media will pick him up on none of it. But this was an effective reply, given the nature of the politics of the US at the present time.

AND BY THE WAY: I have just discovered the following about Chris Kyle, the actual American Sniper:

Kyle also served as the personal bodyguard for Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor, at many points throughout her political career, including at the screening of Breitbart News Network Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon’s film about her political rise: “The Undefeated.”

If you really want to understand the political views of someone else, ask them about Sarah Palin. The most perfect political-moron detector I have yet discovered.

Only idiots sit out an election

It really is an idiocy to complain about election results when people on the supposed right sat out the last election. This is a list from The Other McCain by Smitty in which he argues The Vichy GOP Thinks Tea Parties Should Just Shut Up & Fall In Line, Or Something. This is the list of issues that might have been dealt with if we had elected those more to the Tea Party right.

ObamaCare is still a river of lies, with no hope of repeal
The IRS is an affront to all things American
Ground truth on Benghazi remains elusive
We have no hope of a reasonable budget
The Federal Reserve is still running amok
The immigration sellout seems a question of when, not if
Border and national security seem a shambles

As these things go, I am as Tea Party in my values as anyone I know, more so in fact. But all of these would have been more than dealt with had Romney won in 2012 and there had been more senators elected with an “R” in brackets after their name however centralist they may have been. Perfection is the enemy of the good, but Romney was more than just good, he was exceptional. We won’t see his like again, particularly someone as near electable as he was.