Yes, It Makes Me Squeal

So want another reason I don’t like State of the Union Addresses? It abets this sort of crap:

Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa will be delivering the Republican response to the State of the Union Address, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today in a press conference.

The State of the Union is scheduled for next week. Ernst was elected in November and has only been a U.S. senator for a couple weeks.

Dear God. I had hoped after watching her droolingly empty Senate campaign (in which she mostly accepted the fallout from Bruce Braley’s horrendous remarks to Texas trial lawyers, even as the media ignored her rich history of extremism) I wouldn’t have to hear her speak again for a good while. But there she is as the representative of one of the two major U.S. political parties, presumably as a farmer-mother-soldier, i.e., a convenient basket of stereotypes.

If this is what she meant in that famous ad by promising to “make ’em squeal,” she’s off to a good start.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.