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Iowa Senate Hopeful 'Appalled' Her Husband Called Janet Napolitano A 'Traitorous Skank'
TPM ^ | Sahil Kapur

Posted on 06/18/2014 12:13:16 AM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal

Iowa Republican Senate nominee Joni Ernst told a local news outlet she's "appalled" that her husband once called former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano a "traitorous skank" on Facebook.

As reported by the Des Moines Register, Democrats took a screenshot of Gail Ernst's written comments, which had been up since April 2013, and seized on them. That prompted him to delete that and other inflammatory posts and apologize for them before Ernst denounced them.

"I'm appalled by my husband's remarks," Joni Ernst said, according to the Register

(Excerpt) Read more at talkingpointsmemo.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: ernst; hilary; joni; napolitano
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1 posted on 06/18/2014 12:13:16 AM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: ObamahatesPACoal
The flap is particularly notable because Ernst's allies have been sensitive to sexist attacks.

So when her husband called Napolitano a "traitorous skank" the gaffe was not in the "traitorous" part but in the "skank" part.

I am just trying to keep current on today's PC regs.


2 posted on 06/18/2014 12:19:50 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Looks like the Des Moines Register is going all in to help their favorite goon, Bruce Braley, and destroy Ernst quickly. However, will these attacks really sway anybody? Seems like a dumb line of attack to me, but maybe that’s because I think Mr. Ernst seems like a remarkably observant man.


3 posted on 06/18/2014 12:20:20 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: nathanbedford

You have to have sex to be skanky I think.

Looking at Napolitano..... I have my doubts....


4 posted on 06/18/2014 12:21:23 AM PDT by wardaddy (we will not take back our way of life through peaceful means.....i have 5 kids....i fear for them)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal
The first instinct of EVERY Republican candidate.

Denounce and apologize for any violation of politically correct speech.

If she can't stand up for her own husband, how is she going to stand up for Conservatives?

BTW - has “skank” changed its meaning?

Not that long ago a national ad campaign attacked “skanky” beer.

5 posted on 06/18/2014 12:24:04 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: wardaddy
You are more generous than I am, I have no doubts.


6 posted on 06/18/2014 12:24:14 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Surely an insult to skanks, comparing them to Janet.


7 posted on 06/18/2014 12:26:05 AM PDT by bobo1 (progressives=commies/fascists)
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To: wardaddy

IMHO, Her Butchness is the long missing Jimmy Hoffa in a fright wig and crappy business suit..


8 posted on 06/18/2014 12:28:27 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Her husband needs to shut up, even though I agree. If your wife is a public servant, you can’t walk around insulting people in such a personal way. He may be one of those spouses with hidden jealousy who wants to sabotage her career climb.
If Mr. Ernst keeps this up, it is being done to damage his wife, for whatever reasons. I’ve met people like this before.


9 posted on 06/18/2014 12:30:17 AM PDT by lee martell
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Wait, I just read another article a bit ago and it was Shrillary McPIAPS he was disparaging. What’s up?


10 posted on 06/18/2014 12:30:57 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Any person with two X chromosomes who has served in the Regime is by definition a skank!


11 posted on 06/18/2014 12:32:56 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: 98ZJ USMC

Both.

It is ironic they are trying to link to domestic violence when he is telling the truth about Team Bill Clinton and Team Napolitano. Is there a Bigger Sis that is involved with Napolitano?


12 posted on 06/18/2014 12:33:52 AM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: lee martell

Spot on....hubby has issues.


13 posted on 06/18/2014 12:33:59 AM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: ObamahatesPACoal
It won't take much to tip this election toward the Democrat.

In 2012, Obama received 51% of the white vote.

Statewide, Ernst is not well known.

Chuck Grassley, the current GOP senator, is an Iowa institution, and he could pull down about 65% of the vote.

Ernst won't get any where near that number.

14 posted on 06/18/2014 12:34:50 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: lee martell

This was a year ago and it was about Big Sis and the ammo shortage. That is good politics.

Chuck Grassley and Steve King have in nicer terms attacked the lawlessness of Napolitano.


15 posted on 06/18/2014 12:36:02 AM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: ObamahatesPACoal
Both.

Hmmmm... really. What. A. Coincidence.
16 posted on 06/18/2014 12:36:26 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

The posts were in January and April of 2013.


17 posted on 06/18/2014 12:39:44 AM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

The posts were in January and April of 2013.


18 posted on 06/18/2014 12:39:50 AM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: nathanbedford

Didn’t read the article, but I’m thinking it was because he bit his tongue and only called her this. Should have been much much worse...


19 posted on 06/18/2014 12:42:24 AM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: nathanbedford
I am just trying to keep current on today's PC regs.

Give me a break. You argument doesn't hold water. This has nothing to do with PC regs. This has to do with traditional manners. Did you see Reagan talk like this? Why do you think that was? You are trying to repackage 60's counterculture values as conservatism. Stop. Either be a conservative with traditional values, or keep your 60's counterculture values and stop pretending to be traditional.

20 posted on 06/18/2014 12:44:50 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nathanbedford; wardaddy; zeestephen; lee martell; LongWayHome

Would a gentleman talk this way? No, a gentleman wouldn’t. Did you see Ronald Reagan do this kind of thing no? If you give in to the left on this kind of behavior, don’t think you are ever going to beat them on the big issues. You’ve already conceded the game to them.


21 posted on 06/18/2014 12:48:44 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ObamahatesPACoal
Unfortunately, the comments one makes on Facebook have no expectation of privacy, nor of being in a closed loop, though doubtless, even an encrypted e-mail would have been found if it took that much digging. While I fundamentally agree with the characterizations, Mr. Ernst would do well to realize what you say can hurt you in the court of public opinion (well ginned up by the media, of course).

The sad part here is that he puts his wife in a position of having to distance herself from her husband's remarks. Awkward.

Time for hubby to play on the team, and pay attention. Democrats can get away with almost anything, but Republicans are held to a higher standard, both personally, and especially by the Democrat press.

22 posted on 06/18/2014 12:55:25 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: nickcarraway
Actually, the import of the article which I was at pains to point out was to identify the man's sin as violating political correctness: Evidently, to describe a woman as a skank is to violate the PC norm and, by inference, to accuse her of treason is not.

I thought this anomaly was worth pointing out and it distresses me that you think contrariwise. I do not understand how it is that skanks pose a greater threat to the survival of the Republic than traitors.

If traders do pose a greater threat, PC at least assures us that we will maintain a level of gentility as we decline. That is something we can hold fast to until the end.


23 posted on 06/18/2014 1:06:45 AM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

This is more of a cause célèbre for the liberal groups like Progress Iowa. Braley has no mention of it on his facebook. He’s talking about the Koch brothers and working across the aisle.


24 posted on 06/18/2014 1:24:43 AM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

For Janet Napolitano, Skank would be a promotion.


25 posted on 06/18/2014 2:11:52 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Stop wishing for a perfect world. You may get it. Who will you talk to then?)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal
A whole lot of skanking going on at the Obozo White Whore House!
26 posted on 06/18/2014 2:47:42 AM PDT by broken_arrow1 (I regret that I have but one life to give for my country - Nathan Hale "Patriot")
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To: lee martell

Yes. One would think. One also would think that this applies to Michelle Obama - unelected and unaccountable.


27 posted on 06/18/2014 3:31:56 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Reminds me of the campaign when Mary Matalin said, “Others may say that Bill Clinton is a philandering, pot-smoking draft-dodger. We would never say that.”


28 posted on 06/18/2014 3:38:06 AM PDT by IncPen (None of this would be happening if John Boehner were alive...)
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To: bobo1

He will be hearing from the Traitorous Skank Anti-Defamation League.


29 posted on 06/18/2014 3:42:25 AM PDT by Vehmgericht
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To: bobo1

He will be hearing from the Traitorous Skank Anti-Defamation League.


30 posted on 06/18/2014 3:46:33 AM PDT by Vehmgericht
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Think twice before speaking, three times before writing, and four times before posting. Twitter and Facebook have damaged or destroyed more campaigns lately than anything else I can think of.


31 posted on 06/18/2014 3:49:52 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: nathanbedford

I also need a list.


32 posted on 06/18/2014 3:58:15 AM PDT by Rumplemeyer (The GOP should stand its ground - and fix Bayonets)
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To: bobo1

Maybe that’s what the skanks look like in iowa


33 posted on 06/18/2014 4:04:09 AM PDT by Rome2000
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To: ObamahatesPACoal
Her response should have been, ‘Is my husband not entitled to his opinion or is the thought here that because I'm a woman I must submit to and share his opinion?’ She should refrain from making anything close to an apology for his comment and I don't understand why she's distancing herself from the comment. She should be insulted and instead turn the criticism back on those doing the criticizing.
34 posted on 06/18/2014 4:06:41 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Sounds like a good definition to me.


35 posted on 06/18/2014 4:07:28 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Joni just lost my support when she chickened out. It is her husband’s opinion and he stated truth and facts. Nothing to apologize for.


36 posted on 06/18/2014 4:39:54 AM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: lee martell

Yep. This is the sort of thing you never see from political wives.


37 posted on 06/18/2014 4:52:21 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Which part of the appellation was wrong?

Traitorous or Skank?


38 posted on 06/18/2014 4:53:53 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

This is the way people talk on the internweb. Big deal.


39 posted on 06/18/2014 5:06:34 AM PDT by bray (Palin/Putin 2016)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal
...her husband once called former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano a "traitorous skank" on Facebook.

And the problem is? If they're fishing this deep, Ernst's opponent must be in big trouble.

40 posted on 06/18/2014 5:08:56 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Rummyfan

Looks like a toss-up. I’d love to see the internal polls!

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2014/senate/ia/iowa_senate_ernst_vs_braley-3990.html


41 posted on 06/18/2014 5:13:58 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: nathanbedford

I understood your post. I am surprised that others did not.

The criticism of the lady’s husband is just the kind of lily liveried (sic) crap that has us in the shape we are in now. i.e. John McCain, “We have nothing to fear from and Obama presidency.”

The Democrats fight. The Republicans surrender. They fear the media. Anyway we will never win as long as we use the Marcus of Quisenberry rules.

By the way, Janet Nepalitno is a traitorous skank.


42 posted on 06/18/2014 5:15:28 AM PDT by Valentine Michael Smith (You won't find justice in a Courtroom)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

So he confused Janet Napolitano with Hilary! Clinton - why exactly should his wife be held responsible?


43 posted on 06/18/2014 5:35:38 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

So I guess the fact that Janet “He/She” Napolitano really is a traitorous skank, has no bearing on this incident. The truth and veracity of facts is no longer valid in this lying, deceitful world of liberals and democRATS.

In the private sector corporate world, they say the way an organization runs is a reflection of the man at the top. In the political world of Washington DC, the way the administration runs, reflects the lying behavior of the man at the top, Barack Obama, Mr. Prevarication himself.


44 posted on 06/18/2014 5:36:44 AM PDT by HotHunt
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Why? Was she worried that he would cost her the skank vote?


45 posted on 06/18/2014 5:37:43 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: IronJack

I am thinking more along the lines of,”Birds of a feather.....”


46 posted on 06/18/2014 5:39:34 AM PDT by sport
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

I’m sick of the hypocritical outrage on the left. Where was their outrage when Sara Palin was called much worse?


47 posted on 06/18/2014 5:41:03 AM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

The problem with retail politics is at the end of every day your breath smells like dirty ass from all of the butt kissing you have to do.


48 posted on 06/18/2014 5:42:21 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Audentis Fortuna Iuvat)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal
Another apologizer! Can Napolitano prove she is neither a traitor or a skank?
49 posted on 06/18/2014 5:42:39 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: Smokin' Joe

The proper response to this is “These characterizations may have reflected my husband’s views a year and a half ago, but at no time did I make or endorse those statements. My husband is not me and his opinions are not mine. Nor do I intend to be held accountable for the words of another person, regardless of who he is.”


50 posted on 06/18/2014 5:44:40 AM PDT by IronJack
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