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Lefty Blogger: Media Get an Assist If ‘Right-Wing Loon’ Ernst Wins
November 4th, 2014 11:29 AM
Kevin Drum and other pundits take the press to task for misleading Iowa voters by, in Drum's words, pushing a “charade” that Republican Senate contender Joni Ernst is a “pragmatic centrist.”
Matthews Argues Ernst Talked of 'Killing Pols She Doesn't Agree With'
October 24th, 2014 6:13 PM
During his MSNBC show on Thursday night, Chris Matthews discussed a soundbite of Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst stating her stance on the Second Amendment from two years ago and interpreted it as “pretty radical” to the point that “[s]he has talked about killing politicians she doesn't agree with.” First, here is what Ernst actually said (which was uncovered in a Huffington Post…
MSNBC Slams GOP Over 'Irresponsible' 'Politics of Fear' on Ebola
October 16th, 2014 11:05 AM
After citing numerous Republicans on the campaign trail criticizing the Obama administration's handling of the ebola crisis, on Thursday, MSNBC Daily Rundown host Craig Melvin condemned such criticism as "the politics of fear" and "irresponsible."
NBC Hypes 'Close' Ky. Race and 3 Seats That Are 'Big Hurdles' for GOP
October 14th, 2014 10:55 PM
Following a segment that aired on Sunday night’s NBC Nightly News on President Obama’s unpopularity ahead of the midterm elections, the evening news program with two more midterm election segments on Tuesday. Both segments, however, were not without liberal bias, as one segment promoted the “close” Kentucky Senate race and the other discussed three Senate races to watch that present “big hurdles…
Lefty Blogger: Joni Ernst a ‘Dangerous…Militia Type’
October 8th, 2014 11:08 AM
Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall says Ernst’s ideas about localism and the ACA are “insane” and remind him of something you’d hear from “militia types.”
Flashback: MSNBC's Matthews's Odd Fixation on Joni Ernst
October 6th, 2014 10:20 PM
Managing Editor's Note (Jan. 15, 2015; 5:15 p.m. Eastern): I've republished this to the front page today given the news that Sen. Ernst will be give the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Address next Wednesday. If Chris Matthews doesn't make repeated sneering references to hog castration on MSNBC next Wednesday night, look out your window. You'll probably see a…
Joni Ernst-Hating Blogger Wonders Why Democrats Can't Stop 'Morons'
October 1st, 2014 12:32 PM
Charlie Pierce at Esquire complained that Democrats refuse to make the case that “the Republican party has thrown its marbles gleefully to the four winds,” which among other things means that “crackpot” Joni Ernst has a good chance to win a Senate seat. "She shouldn't be allowed into the United States Senate on a tour, let alone as one of its 100 members," he wrote. "This is more than just a…
Politico Says Hillary Can Fix Lack of Iowa Women in Statewide Office
September 29th, 2014 12:02 PM
Politico has noticed a lack of women in statewide office in Iowa for over 20 years. So who is promoted as the possible savior of this situation? Not the obvious choice. Instead it is promoting Hillary Clinton who is might be running to win the Iowa primary for presidential nomination, not statewide office.
MSNBC's Matthews, Salon's Walsh Tag-Team to Smear Iowa Republican Joni
July 29th, 2014 8:55 PM
Her ears ringing with the "code words" of "nullification" and "states rights," Salon's Joan Walsh strongly suggested on Tuesday's Hardball that Iowa Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst was cynically reaching out to nefarious elements of the GOP when she answered a question about nullification of federal laws in a September 2013 forum. [See my related story about the Daily Beast's biased…
Daily Beast Attempts to Paint Iowa Republican Joni Ernst as Nullificat
July 28th, 2014 7:00 PM
Recent polls show a tight contest in the Iowa Senate race to replace retiring liberal Democrat Tom Harkin (D), so leave it to the Daily Beast to hype a video clip it recently unearthed to insist that it is evidence that Republican nominee Joni Ernst as a nut who betrays a "shocking ignorance" [see image below page break] about constitutional law regarding the Tenth Amendment and state…
Watch Mika Get Verklempt Over Obama Impeachment Talk
July 9th, 2014 7:52 AM
Bartender—send a double Wyborowa with a Zoloft chaser to the nice lady at the end of the table. But seriously, relax, Mika. Four months before an election in which they are poised to triumph, congressional Republicans are not about to muddy the waters by trying to impeach President Obama. But on today's Morning Joe, that reality did not prevent Mika Brzezinski from getting verklempt and…
MSNBC's Matthews Can't Believe 'Pig Castrator' Joni Ernst Leading in N
June 9th, 2014 10:50 PM
Reporting a new poll out on the Iowa Senate race on this evening's program, Hardball host Chris Matthews seemed a bit befuddled that a Tea Party conservative who grew up on a farm, Joni Ernst, is actually leading a Democratic lawyer Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) who waded into a muck a few months ago with an elitist-sounding crack about Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) being a "farmer from Iowa who never…