--Here in Iowa, Michelle Obama is stumping around, trying to pull Bruce Braley's balls out of the fire. The race to replace Tom Harkin is very close, but RCP has Joni Ernst looking like a winner. I've liked this campaign. Ernst skewered Braley for his stupid and condescending remark about Sen. Chuck Grassley being a mere Iowa farmer who never practiced law.
She became the Hog-Ball Lady, "I'm Joni Ernst and I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm." Braley has not yet recovered, maybe because he's trying to prove he can get elected with the most incompetent handlers in the business.
Item: For months the Braley campaign massed-mailed slick cards featuring a huge picture of Ernst, who happens to be a very attractive woman. The text was so subdued that people tended to think it was a pretty good piece for her.
Item: That mailing ended eventually, replaced by similar cards with photos of a paunchy congressman quickly going to jowls. If elections are beauty contests, Braley conceded even before the swim-suit competition.
Item: Then Braley or his wife threatened to sue a neighbor whose chicken walked across their yard.
Item: Then Michelle spent most of a speech intro identifying him as "
--We lost a very good man a few weeks ago. Libertarian senate candidate Doug Butzier flew his PA 46 into the ground trying to land in Dubuque. He was polling the Iowa LP's usual 1 or 2 per cent, but was earning props as level-headed candidate who was being pretty effective in promulgating the liberty message.
You will be shocked, shocked, I tell you, to learn that before too long I will be saying some nice things about a Democrat who will turn up on the TMR Iowa Caucus list. Jim Webb.