Skip to comments.The 'political gaffe of the year' might just hand GOP the Iowa Senate seat
Posted on 03/26/2014 10:22:42 AM PDT by cotton1706
The only Democrat running in the primary for the open Senate seat in Iowa made a spectacular gaffe before a roomfull of trial lawyers in Texas.
Standing next to a table full of booze, Rep. Bruce Braley insulted farmers, praised lawyers, and belittled the second most popular political figure in Iowa.
Iowa Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat running for Senate, was caught on videotape disparaging fellow Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley as a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school comments that later drew an apology from the candidate.
The video, posted online Tuesday afternoon by GOP opposition research firm America Rising, shows Braley speaking to what the group described as a group of lawyers at a fundraiser in Texas.
If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice someone whos been literally fighting tort reform for 30 years in a visible and public way on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Braley, a trial lawyer by training who is running to replace Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin. Or you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the Senate Judiciary. Because if Democrats lose the majority, Chuck Grassley will be the next chair of the Senate Judiciary.
Braley is the sole Democratic candidate in a race that could, as he alludes to in the video, help determine which party controls the Senate after November. He faces whoever emerges from a crowded Republican primary field that includes state Sen. Joni Ernst, businessman Mark Jacobs and former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker.
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STUPID moronic FOOLISH voters keep voting for Democrat congresses and leaders. We get what we pay for.
Makes me GLAD that I am old, retired, healthy and financially established.
Look to the Dems to pull a Torricelli; yank the guy and get a retired senior Dem (possibly even Harkin) to step in to save the seat.
We need a constitutional amendment that bans all Lawyers from government. Maybe also restaurants, and public bathrooms!
Plenty of time for the GOP candidate to come up with their own “political gaffe of the year”.
How about a Constitutional amendment limiting the number of lawyers.
I think 3 should be enough.
As Braley's idol might proclaim .... It's Officially Happy Hour with the Democratic Party!
William Shakespeare - Henry VI, Part 2 Act 4, Scene 2
Yeah ... and most of those who keep electing Democrat-Socialists live in the population centers -- the cities -- and have little in common with the state's farmers.
Has potential to offend lots of Iowans, but the Des Moines register has to print it, and it has to be used in ads.
Old saying: Don't run down the farmer with your mouth full.
congress is at least 2/3’s lawyers and look what they do to us.
i’d say the less lawyers in congress we’d all be better off and have better, more well-rounded representation.
Have you ever been to Iowa?
I’ve never seen anything just explode here like Braley’s remarks. The Senate race was just ho-humming and chugging along all nice and low key. Now it’s just electrified. I think whoever can grab on and make the most hay will dramatically improve their position going toward primary day.
the people see a congress of 2/3 lawyers and believe the solution to the morass we get from them is less lawyers and more citizen statesmen.
lawyers see a congress of 2/3 lawyers and believe the problem is that congress isn’t made up entirely of lawyers.
i doubt it...demhole gaffes disappear down the MSMwhore memory hole. Such comments by a republican get the macca treatment.
The jackass was fundraising in Texas for his campaign in Iowa, and bragged up his 30 year opposition to *tort reform* (opposition to tort reform renders one unfit for office or any other position of responsibility), and THEN insults not only all farmers and others who rely on agriculture to earn their living, but most of the population of Iowa.
And on Sunday, the Demogogic Party’s Media Shills will use their shows to beat on Rumsfeld’s “trained monkey” line.
Diddo that. There aren’t many here that are more than a step or two removed from the ag economy. Believe me everybody gets it.
Good to see you back 2DV.
“Ive never seen anything just explode here like Braleys remarks. The Senate race was just ho-humming and chugging along all nice and low key. Now its just electrified. I think whoever can grab on and make the most hay will dramatically improve their position going toward primary day.”
You’re in Iowa? Who do you think is the best candidate? Ernst? Clovis?
Better yet maybe Lawyers should be subject to the same restrictions that Lib states place on guns.
Great saying, that’s a keeper.
Maybe, but the farm community DOESN’T forget. Braley truly stuck the knife in his butt on this one.
Bruce should just throw in the towel:
japan had a law that limited the total number of Lawyers to 10,000. this was in the 70’s, and their economy boomed. then they eliminated the law and it has been down hill ever since.
Ernst, Clovis, and Whitaker are very good. So is Scott Schaben, but he’s got no traction. Jacobs is the only one who concerns me. Lots of money but very vague in his positions.
Was Abortion Barbie in the room?
I entered the Army from the Ft Des Moines MEPS, living in Kelley (near Ames) at the time.
HEY! Where the hell have YOU been. Damned slacker!
Nice to see you around,pal.
The first thing we will do, is KILL ALL THE LAWYERS... William Shakespeare.
Over four hundred years, even though there were only a relative handful of the bloodsucken scum bags called lawyers, people recognized that the only cure for them and mooselimbs was total removal from the planet.
This was the LAST Republican to have that Iowa US Senate “Seat”:
I like Clovis!
Hell we have that covered for a long time in the flatulence of Boner,Mitch the Turtle and McLame.
I live in the very SE corner, mom’s side has been here 6 generations, dad’s is from the south.
Very active in politics and campaigns and the GOP itself. The last 24 hours had been very enjoyable for our side.
The first problem here is someone from Iowa, running in an Iowa race campaigning in Texas. As a Texan it is not our place to be campaigned to we don’t vote there. Stop allowing fundraising outside of the state you are running in.
Actually, the Democrat get what they pay for - with our tax dollars. They have bought an electorate too stupid to vote them out...
How about a lawyer tax to fund the bloated legal system? Who else profits from it? They are very much the one percent.
Isn't this Harkin's seat that they are running for? Do you think they would try to get Harkin to rescind his retirement and file to run again, if there is still time?
They had Disney reanimate Lautenberg, so why not drag Harkin back?
As to whether it’s too late, that rests in the hands of whatever Federal Judge they turn to.
The difference being that whatever "gaffe" the Repub makes will lead the network news for a week, continually be the subject of current events program, and will constantly be used as proof of some Republican sin (sexism, racism, make your own selection). Braley's comments will either not see the light of day, or be spiked within a few days.
OMG. That’s just too good to be true!
Fine. Let's just split the difference and have a lawyer death tax.
I read that remark and was appalled, but not too surprised that it came from a Dem.
I’m in Iowa. I’m originally an East Coast lawyer. If you live here for any length of time, you come to appreciate farmers and the work they do. Every term, I have students right off of the farm or whose grandparents still farm. Farming comes through in student papers.
To try and bad-mouth Iowans by saying they are farmers without law degrees is not going to make any friends here. Time to send in another candidate. This one’s done.
“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”
William Shakespeare - Henry VI, Part 2 Act 4, Scene 2
Shakespeare meant it as a compliment to attorneys and judges who instill justice in society.
japan had a law that limited the total number of Lawyers to 10,000. this was in the 70s, and their economy boomed. then they eliminated the law and it has been down hill ever since.
If you think there are too many lawyers (in Japan or in the US) then why are legal fees so high?
I know the context, but I think Shakespeare would likely have a different take on nobles in today's society.
Perfect opening for Grassely. When he is asked about this statement he should thank the gentleman. What finer compliment could a person make.
I’d rather have a Senate or House full of farmers than lawyers or “educated” self righteous elites.
I know the context, but I think Shakespeare would likely have a different take on nobles in today’s society.