Two Iowans, Two Videos—Two Trajectories?

Before today, I’d never heard of either of these folks

I’m pretty familiar with both of ’em now, though.

When I heard each of their stories I didn’t realize they were related.

Turns out…

‘An Iowa farmer who never went to law school’

Bruce BraleyHe was talking about his own state’s beloved senior senator, Charles Grassley.

Infamous words that will haunt Bruce Braley, a four-term Democratic Congressman from Iowa who wants to be a Senator.

Maybe cost him success in this campaign.

The only Democrat running, before today he was leading all his Republican rivals in the race to succeed Democrat Tom Harkin. From the Sioux City Journal, March 16 (Braley maintains lead in Iowa U.S. Senate race):

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley has extended his lead over the Republican field for an open seat in the U.S. Senate.

Braley has a double-digit lead — 12 to 15 percentage points — over most of the largely unknown GOP hopefuls for the seat of Sen. Tom Harkin, who is retiring after five terms, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday morning.

Although his margins have improved, Braley has yet to break 50 percent in the Quinnipiac poll. He leads his nearest possible competitor, former energy company CEO Mark Jacobs, 40 percent to 31 percent in the poll of 1,411 registered voters from March 5-10.

That’s an improvement for Braley from a Quinnipiac poll in December that showed the four-term Democrat representative’s lead over former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker to be just 3 percentage points — 43-40 — or barely more than the poll’s margin of error.

Today, though, we all saw this:

John Dickerson calls it The Gaffe of the Year:

Why is this so awful? Let us count the ways. Iowa is a farm state, and it’s never a good idea to disparage one of the state’s chief occupations. Next, it’s particularly not a good idea to demean your state when you’re somewhere else: In this case, Braley was speaking in Texas. Next, Braley, a trial lawyer, was making his pitch to a room full of trial lawyers at a private fundraiser (which is why he didn’t think he was being recorded). Trial lawyers are perhaps the most unpopular constituency among Republican base voters—besides Obama administration officials. Since midterm elections are all about motivating your base, Braley has given his opponent a turnout gift. Next, look where Braley is standing: If you’re going to talk down to Iowa farmers, at least don’t do it next to a table of booze. It makes for amusing viewing and that reinforces the idea for voters that you’re not one of them.

John blames his plight on “the rise of money in campaigns and the ubiquity of technology.”

The only think he left out was a high dose of stupid.

So here I am applauding both money and technology for saving my Iowa friends from this loon from the Trial Lawyer Left..

Also by way of video, we met this lady today:

Mother, Soldier, and Senator?

That’s the title of a great John McCormack piece he wrote before either of these videos came out.

Joni Ernst

In Iowa’s crowded, six-way GOP Senate primary, Joni Ernst is trying to break out of the pack by running as the only candidate who is “a mother, a soldier, and a proven conservative.”

Born and raised on a small farm in southwest Iowa, the mother of three served in Iraq as an Iowa National Guard battalion commander from 2003 to 2004. She rides a motorcycle (a 2009 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe) and has a permit to carry a concealed weapon (she likes to alternate between a Smith & Wesson 9mm and a .380 as her pistol of choice). Now serving her fourth year in the state senate, Ernst has positioned herself as a U.S. Senate candidate who could unite the Tea Party and the GOP establishment.

Ernst also had a video today, some are calling the best line in a political ad ever:

McCormack seems to like her:

Ernst is running to the right, but she certainly isn’t a bomb-thrower. She speaks diplomatically and dismisses the my-way-or-the-highway approach of unnamed politicians.

Is he talking about Cruz?

Oh well.

It’s all good.

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