Skip to comments.Did Joni Ernst Just Turn Herself into Christine O'Donnell?
Posted on 03/27/2014 7:16:04 PM PDT by EveningStar
...The risk of the Ernst ad is that it may cause people not to take her seriously. While Iowa is one of the top agricultural states in America, 64 percent of residents live in urban communities. The question that deserves to be asked is, how does this ad play with urban women? From the ones I talked to on Tuesday, it didn't set very well.
"It reminds me a little of the 'I'm not a witch,' ad," one woman told TheIowaRepublican.com. "I think you could tell that story in a speech, but I would never use the word castrate in a television or radio ad. Plus, she seems just a little too happy about castrating pigs," the 35 year-old added. Another said that the ad created an image in her head about a mad woman roaming around Washington D.C. castrating legislators.
Those are two tough critiques of the ad, but one thing is abundantly clear after pushing the fact that she is a mother, solider, and conservative for almost a year now, Ernst is now going to forever be linked to castration much in the same way Christine O'Donnell will forever be linked to her 2010 U.S. Senate ad that began with the words, "I'm not a witch." O'Donnell's "Witch" was also the first ad she run in the general election in 2010 in Delaware. The ad went viral. Some people loved it, others laughed, but the result was that people stopped taking her seriously...
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Open note to Christine O’Donnell:
You have a lot of supporters out here.
I don’t know about all you folks, but when someone
has experience at castration, I take them seriously.
Both Joni and Christine would be fine Senators.
She’s just channeling her inner Jesse Jackson...
Maybe she will get the dyke vote and conservative vote.
I thought Christine Odonnel was cute!
Christine O’Donnell is a complete moron. That said, I would rather have Sen. Chris Coons than Sen. Mike Castle. RINOs poison our ranks, and they must be purged.
“I dont know about all you folks, but when someone
has experience at castration, I take them seriously.”
No problem in the GOP in both the House and Senate, there isn’t a single testicle attached to anyone there. She would have a better time “cutting” the RATs. They may be Marxists, but they are effective.
Who was she, Craig, your mother or sister?
341,000 youtube views, up from 110,000 or so yesterday.
I don’t think so.
Ernst should be judged on her accomplishments. The Dem loving media wants to paint her right out of the box in an effort to minimize her as a person.
Talk about a war on women.
Going to DC to castrate politicians there? And the problem with that image is ,what? They deserve a rope for looting the Treasury and allowing the reign of Obama to weaken us to the point of military and economic danger.
Let’s not fall into the trap being laid for any conservative candidates. We don’t have to come up to some media lunkhead’s idea of what is acceptable.
Christine O’Donnell would, on her worst day, be ten times better than that Obama loving putz Chris Coons that defeated her.
And I will never forgive Karl Rove for sinking O’Donnell for his GOP-E hand picked successor, the liberal Mike Castle.
Nothing wrong with COD in my opinion
Her victory helped stop the Dream Act. 2 million Dem voters immediately and 4 million more is much worse than one Senate race.
By my count, Millers primary coup may have helped gain around ten votes by terrifying GOP incumbents who might otherwise have been tempted by the prospect of a feel-good, bipartisan, MSM-approved pro-DREAM stand.
Some here are ready to attack conservatives even before the MSMdoes
The knee-capping begins...
You are right, FRiend.
And you don't see them in the arena, do you?
Do you think Joni Ernst is a lesbian?
Exactly the GOP e refuse to support conservatives and they love RINO
I would never have thought of the connection, this is silly, but it is the way the media works.
So you also prefer Harry Reid for majority leader by purging all RINO’s? Is that really an intelligent strategy?
No. The dykes like castrating men.
Well Said Geron.
I wish those on the right would attack the Democrats as hard as they fight their own side.
Then we might actually make some headway.
Christine O Donnell was an excellent candidate.
Too many Christian pro life women are slurred and treated with seething contempt.
These women are having their civil rights violated and Republicans cheer.
Sarah Palin had her church burned with women and children inside— Rwanda style.
Even reading the comments here on FR is disappointing.
I genuinely appreciate the defense of Christian values by these women.
This is a stupid analysis by someone who doesn’t know what they are talking about.
It’s a great ad.
These are Republican consultants talking. I wouldn’t trust this story.
It may help her or hurt her, but there is no comparison between these 2 ads. O’Donnell ran that ad after the pig Bill Maher embarrassed her by playing old tapes of her appearences on “Politically Incorrect”. She was already on defense when she ran that ad. (And let’s not forget to thank Karl Rove too for putting her there. Thanks Turd Blossom!).
To my mind she handled it all wrong, it was a dreadful ad. If I were going to address that issue I would have gone all light hearted, used the theme song from Bewitched,etc.
BTW, does anyone remember the “demon sheep” ad? Who ran that, was it Carly Fiorina?
That ad made NO SENSE AT ALL.
I want about 30 more senators just like her.
The most Bizarre was Mike Gravel’s “Rock” ad.
Here is the backstory on the “I am not a witch “ ad.
Christine did not approve of that ad. She made it under the insistence of the GOP media consultant, I believe his name was Fred Davies.
Immediately after she made that ad, along with others that day, she told Fred not to run it, she did not feel right about it. Fred thought it was the best thing since sliced bread.
Fred, or someone close to him, then let the ad that night out to the media, without Christine’s permission.
Christine only had seven weeks after the primary to win the election. She received 40% of the vote, losing by only 25,000 votes. No GOP candidate for Senate has received more than 35% of the vote in 20 years in DE. Those votes were in New Castle County. And since those NCCo GOP-ers couldn’t have their precious Mike Castle, so they stayed home and let the seat stay with the Dems.
A betrayal by all levels of the GOP. The result was the entire GOP power structure in DE was canned, and replaced.
I think if Lugar and Castle were here they may have voted to confirm the cop killer lawyer. Lugar had a policy that he would vote for anyone no matter how liberal they are.
Donnelly and Coons voted no.
“Both Joni and Christine would be fine Senators.”
Maybe they would, but you need to be a fine politician before you get there.
I’m with you. I thought the add was very creative and hit on a subliminal level. The Dems will try to use Ernst’s words to demonize her, Alinsky style. However, the more they remind the voters of the nature of her words, the deeper the stake goes into the voter’s view of the pork spenders.
“BTW, does anyone remember the demon sheep ad? Who ran that, was it Carly Fiorina?
That ad made NO SENSE AT ALL.”
Yes, but it was a primary ad and she won the primary.
And a make no sense ad mostly costs money.
Then there is the horrible ad that costs money and the election which is what Pete Hoekstra did with his anti asian ad.
I hope the good lady gets it off the air, gets herself a shovel and buries it under the barnyard manure heap as fast as humanly possible.
Given this item in her bio:
“I met my husband Gail while in Ames. After Gail retired as a Command Sergeant Major in the Army Rangers...”
One might also take into consideration her husband. Getting a Ranger Reg’t CSM irritated at you isn’t too smart either.
Looks to me like the GOPe is getting ready to Bork Joni Ernst. Using Christine O’Donnell as the Democrats used Robert Bork. But come September, October they will be all sweetness and light wanting my money than my vote.
Craig carrying water for her opponent?
And just how many urban women are there in Iowa?
She was attractive. And I backed her over RINO Coons.
But she was a horrible candidate that embarrassed the party on a national level.
As for the question asked in the headline, no, I don’t think so. But clearly that’s what the media is hoping.
A conservative woman will always be Palinized.
Joni Ernst Bio (from Wikipedia)
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Iowa, Ernst resides in Red Oak, Iowa with her husband of 21 years, Gail, a Command Sergeant Major in the Army Rangers (retired) and their three daughters.
Ernst is a member of the Montgomery County Republican Women, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2265 (Life Member), Montgomery County Court of Honor, Altrusa, PEO Chapter HB, National Rifle Association (Lifetime Member) and the Montgomery County Farm Bureau. She is a member of the Mamrelund Lutheran Church (ELCA) of Stanton, Iowa.
Ernst was elected to the Iowa Senate in 2011 and re-elected in 2012. She represents District 12, which serves the southwest part of the state. In the Iowa Senate, Ernst is a ranking member of the Education Standing Committee, and also serves on the Veteran Affairs, Appropriations, Rules & Administration and Human Resources Standing Committees. Ernst is also a member of the Administration & Regulation Budget Subcommittee.
During the 2013 legislative session, Senator Ernst cofounded the Iowa Prayer Caucus, a bi-partisan caucus devoted to protecting the religious liberties of Iowans.
Before being elected to the state senate, Ernst was elected the Montgomery County, Iowa County Auditor in 2004 and re-elected in 2008.
Ernst has served a combined 21 years in the US Army Reserves and the Iowa Army National Guard. She spent 14 months mobilized and overseas in Kuwait from 2003-2004 as a company commander at the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her unit was responsible for running logistical convoys in Kuwait and into southern Iraq. A Lt. Colonel, Ernst currently commands the largest battalion in the Iowa Army National Guard.
She is a graduate of Iowa State University and earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbus College.
From that biography: NOT GUILTY!
And I don’t care what she looks like.
Christine O’Donnell Bio (from Wikupedia)
She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and began her career as a public relations and marketing consultant in the early 1990s. Since attending Fairleigh Dickinson University, O’Donnell was active in Republican organizations and campaigns. She also worked for such organizations as Enough is Enough and Concerned Women for America. Later, O’Donnell established her own consulting firm.
With strong financial support from the Tea Party movement, she defeated nine-term U.S. Representative and former governor Michael Castle in Delaware’s September 2010 Republican primary for the U.S. Senate. In doing so, O’Donnell caused an uproar among the political establishment. She lost in the general election to Democrat Chris Coons by a margin of 57% to 40%.
O’Donnell’s 2010 Senate run was her third try for the office in five years. In the Senatorial election of 2008, she was the Republican nominee, losing to the incumbent, Joe Biden, by 65% to 35%. In 2006, she ran in the Republican primary for Senate, finishing third, then ran as a write-in in the general election, drawing four percent of the vote.
After 2010, O’Donnell provided commentary on the Fox News Channel and CNN.
O’Donnell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised in Moorestown Township, New Jersey. She is the fifth of the six children of Carole (Chillano) and Daniel O’Donnell. Her mother is of Italian descent and her father is of Irish descent. O’Donnell has said that at times, her father had to work three jobs to make ends meet. He worked part-time in community theater and on local television, and did a brief stint as Bozo the Clown in the 1960s.
O’Donnell graduated from Moorestown High School in 1987, where she was a member of the drama club and a student announcer. She attended Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) beginning in 1987, initially majoring in theater, but later changing to English literature with a concentration in communications. O’Donnell later told The New York Times she had had three senior years of college.
O’Donnell first became involved in politics in 1991 when she worked the polls for the College Republicans. She was a youth leader for the Bush-Quayle campaign and attended the 1992 Republican National Convention. While there she began making media contacts, meeting daily with a CNN producer and giving television interviews that offered a college student’s perspective on the convention.The following year O’Donnell worked for three months in Washington, D.C. for the anti-pornography organization Enough is Enough. She then spent two years working in the communications office of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in Washington D.C. Disappointed that the Republican Party had shifted its emphasis away from pro-life issues after the 1994 election, she quit the RNC and worked briefly for the Christian Coalition as a media consultant with its President Roberta Combs. O’Donnell then became the Press Secretary for conservative Christian group, Concerned Women for America. Christine O’Donnell appeared regularly on C-SPAN including as Concerned Women for America’s Press Secretary in 1995.
In 1996 O’Donnell attended the Republican National Convention in San Diego, moved to Los Angeles, and founded her own advocacy organization, The Savior’s Alliance for Lifting the Truth (SALT), serving as its president. SALT lobbied the U.S. Congress on moral issues and promoted Christian values, including sexual abstinence before marriage, to the college-age generation. In the 1990s, O’Donnell took a public stance against masturbation, calling it “sinful” and equating it with adultery. Some commentators have noted her comments are consistent with official Roman Catholic doctrine, which condemns masturbation and other forms of non-procreative sex. O’Donnell appeared on Fox News, MSNBC and C-Span as a representative of SALT. She also appeared on MTV’s Sex In The 90s, advocating sexual “purity” and was a regular guest panelist on Bill Maher’s ABC show Politically Incorrect, appearing in 22 episodes. In a 1996 discussion on CNN, O’Donnell advocated the teaching of creationism in public schools and criticized Darwin’s theory of evolution on the ground that it is “merely a theory” or “a myth”. She asserted that “there is just as much, if not more, evidence supporting [creationism].” In the late 1990s O’Donnell moved back to Washington, D.C., where she continued her advocacy work. In 1998 she published an article in Cultural Dissident entitled, “The Case for Chastity”. In 2003 she wrote an article, “The Women of Middle Earth,” for the Catholic Exchange.
In February 2003 O’Donnell moved to Delaware to work for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI), a non-profit conservative publisher of educational materials and bought a house in Wilmington. In 2004, she filed a complaint against ISI with the EEOC saying that she had been demoted due to gender discrimination. Later, on February 26, 2004, she was fired, and in 2005 she sued ISI in federal court for $6.9 million for wrongful termination, claiming gender discrimination and that her firing was retaliation for talking to the EEOC. She said ISI’s actions caused her mental anguish and were a consequence of “ISI’s conservative beliefs”. She also claimed that she had lost future financial earning power because ISI’s actions had offered a flexible work schedule to allow time for a Master’s program while recruiting her to Delaware at half the salary she expected in Washington, D.C., then redefined her employment after she had moved and bought a house. ISI defended its action by alleging that O’Donnell had used company resources for her own media consulting work while on their time for Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ, which O’Donnell contends was agreed to before she was hired, and that ISI cited this reason only months later after the firing as a pretext. O’Donnell dropped the suit in 2008, stating she could no longer afford an attorney.
After leaving ISI, O’Donnell started her own media consulting and marketing company, and worked for both commercial clients and non-profit organizations and other clients. She founded the Catholic Advocacy Network and again began making media appearances. In 2006 she was approached by supporters of the pro-life movement who asked her if she wanted to run against Delaware Senator Tom Carper and ultimately ran three times for a U.S. Senate seat, in 2006, 2008 and 2010. In-between the 2006 and 2008 elections, she did pro bono advocacy work opposing the disconnection of a feeding tube for a young woman who was in a persistent vegetative state.
Only if we want to keep the Republic.
Well, we could use a few nut-cutters in DC. There is no shortage of pantywaists there now.