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The 'political gaffe of the year' might just hand GOP the Iowa Senate seat
americanthinker.com ^ | 3/26/14 | Rick Moran

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 who’s 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.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; alreadyposted; brucebraley; chuckgrassley; election2014; election2016; elections; iowa; joniernst; markjacobs; mattwhitaker; texas; tomharkin; tortereform; tortreform
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1 posted on 03/26/2014 10:22:42 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
Sigh, it's wishful thinking.

Our 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.

2 posted on 03/26/2014 10:25:43 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cotton1706

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.


3 posted on 03/26/2014 10:26:41 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: cloudmountain
Same here,

We need a constitutional amendment that bans all Lawyers from government. Maybe also restaurants, and public bathrooms!

4 posted on 03/26/2014 10:28:11 AM PDT by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: cotton1706

Plenty of time for the GOP candidate to come up with their own “political gaffe of the year”.


5 posted on 03/26/2014 10:30:01 AM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: stubernx98

How about a Constitutional amendment limiting the number of lawyers.

I think 3 should be enough.


6 posted on 03/26/2014 10:30:41 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: cotton1706
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 Committee.

As Braley's idol might proclaim .... It's Officially Happy Hour with the Democratic Party!

7 posted on 03/26/2014 10:32:13 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: stubernx98
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."

William Shakespeare - Henry VI, Part 2 Act 4, Scene 2

8 posted on 03/26/2014 10:33:00 AM PDT by Sideshow Bob
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To: cloudmountain
FOOLISH voters keep voting for Democrat congresses and leaders

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.

9 posted on 03/26/2014 10:33:03 AM PDT by glennaro
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To: cotton1706

Has potential to offend lots of Iowans, but the Des Moines register has to print it, and it has to be used in ads.


10 posted on 03/26/2014 10:33:52 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: glennaro
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.

Yep.

11 posted on 03/26/2014 10:34:49 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: cotton1706

Old saying: Don't run down the farmer with your mouth full.

12 posted on 03/26/2014 10:35:27 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: cotton1706

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.


13 posted on 03/26/2014 10:35:47 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: cloudmountain

Have you ever been to Iowa?


14 posted on 03/26/2014 10:36:01 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: cotton1706

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.


15 posted on 03/26/2014 10:38:23 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: cotton1706

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.


16 posted on 03/26/2014 10:38:36 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: cotton1706

i doubt it...demhole gaffes disappear down the MSMwhore memory hole. Such comments by a republican get the macca treatment.


17 posted on 03/26/2014 10:39:16 AM PDT by wny
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

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.


18 posted on 03/26/2014 10:39:39 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; cloudmountain

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.


19 posted on 03/26/2014 10:41:15 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Free Vulcan

“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.”

You’re in Iowa? Who do you think is the best candidate? Ernst? Clovis?


20 posted on 03/26/2014 10:41:59 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: stubernx98

Better yet maybe Lawyers should be subject to the same restrictions that Lib states place on guns.


21 posted on 03/26/2014 10:42:24 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

/bingo

Great saying, that’s a keeper.


22 posted on 03/26/2014 10:42:49 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/alreadyposted/index)
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To: wny

Maybe, but the farm community DOESN’T forget. Braley truly stuck the knife in his butt on this one.


23 posted on 03/26/2014 10:43:31 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: cotton1706

Bruce should just throw in the towel:

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/10/09/dem-congressman-bruce-braley-whines-about-towel-service-house-gym


24 posted on 03/26/2014 10:44:12 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: driftdiver

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.


25 posted on 03/26/2014 10:45:17 AM PDT by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: cotton1706

Yep.

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.


26 posted on 03/26/2014 10:48:41 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: Free Vulcan

Thanks.


27 posted on 03/26/2014 10:50:51 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: cotton1706

Was Abortion Barbie in the room?


28 posted on 03/26/2014 10:52:19 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Free Vulcan

I entered the Army from the Ft Des Moines MEPS, living in Kelley (near Ames) at the time.


29 posted on 03/26/2014 10:53:04 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

HEY! Where the hell have YOU been. Damned slacker!

Nice to see you around,pal.


30 posted on 03/26/2014 10:55:41 AM PDT by warsaw44
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To: stubernx98
We need a constitutional amendment that bans all Lawyers from government. Maybe also restaurants, and public bathrooms!

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.

31 posted on 03/26/2014 10:59:32 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Exterminate the terrorist savages, everywhere.)
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To: cotton1706

This was the LAST Republican to have that Iowa US Senate “Seat”:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Jepsen


32 posted on 03/26/2014 11:01:36 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: US Navy Vet

I like Clovis!


33 posted on 03/26/2014 11:04:38 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: DoodleDawg
Plenty of time for the GOP candidate to come up with their own “political gaffe of the year”.

Hell we have that covered for a long time in the flatulence of Boner,Mitch the Turtle and McLame.

34 posted on 03/26/2014 11:06:35 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


35 posted on 03/26/2014 11:08:16 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead...)
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To: cotton1706

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.


36 posted on 03/26/2014 11:11:29 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: cloudmountain

Actually, the Democrat get what they pay for - with our tax dollars. They have bought an electorate too stupid to vote them out...


37 posted on 03/26/2014 11:24:31 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Sideshow Bob

How about a lawyer tax to fund the bloated legal system? Who else profits from it? They are very much the one percent.


38 posted on 03/26/2014 11:26:56 AM PDT by JmyBryan
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To: tanknetter
yank the guy and get a retired senior Dem (possibly even Harkin) to step in to save the seat.

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?

-PJ

39 posted on 03/26/2014 11:29:37 AM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Political Junkie Too

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.


40 posted on 03/26/2014 11:32:46 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: DoodleDawg
This is true: Plenty of time for the GOP candidate to come up with their own “political gaffe of the year”.

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.

41 posted on 03/26/2014 11:39:56 AM PDT by Robwin
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To: cotton1706

OMG. That’s just too good to be true!


42 posted on 03/26/2014 11:53:09 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom.)
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To: JmyBryan
How about a lawyer tax to fund the bloated legal system? Who else profits from it? They are very much the one percent.

Fine. Let's just split the difference and have a lawyer death tax.

43 posted on 03/26/2014 11:53:36 AM PDT by Sideshow Bob
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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.


44 posted on 03/26/2014 12:24:33 PM PDT by radiohead
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To: Sideshow Bob

“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.”

William Shakespeare - Henry VI, Part 2 Act 4, Scene 2


Just so you know, Shakespeare put those words into the mouth of an evil character with an evil plan to grab power.

Shakespeare meant it as a compliment to attorneys and judges who instill justice in society.


45 posted on 03/26/2014 12:30:19 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with Washington DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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To: stubernx98

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.


Japan has far more legal practitioners per capita than the US. But what we call lawyers are in Japan usually in house employees who do not represent people in court, but do what would require legal training and a law license in the US.

If you think there are too many lawyers (in Japan or in the US) then why are legal fees so high?


46 posted on 03/26/2014 12:32:30 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with Washington DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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To: Atlas Sneezed
Shakespeare meant it as a compliment to attorneys and judges who instill justice in society.

I know the context, but I think Shakespeare would likely have a different take on nobles in today's society.

47 posted on 03/26/2014 1:03:34 PM PDT by Sideshow Bob
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To: Free Vulcan
farmer from Iowa who never went to law school

Perfect opening for Grassely. When he is asked about this statement he should thank the gentleman. What finer compliment could a person make.

48 posted on 03/26/2014 1:17:26 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: cotton1706

I’d rather have a Senate or House full of farmers than lawyers or “educated” self righteous elites.


49 posted on 03/26/2014 1:19:53 PM PDT by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Sideshow Bob

I know the context, but I think Shakespeare would likely have a different take on nobles in today’s society.


If you knew the context, it’s dishonest to use it as a cheap shot that you know will be misunderstood by most, and which is contrary to the point you are trying to make.


50 posted on 03/26/2014 1:20:11 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with Washington DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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