It was bad enough that Sen. Joni Ernst, winner of 2014’s “dumbest Senate race,” was chosen to give the GOP’s official response to the SCOTUS, amid loose talk of her representing the future of her party. Now we have the prestigious Iowa Poll seriously asking Iowans if they think she’s “got what it takes to become president one day.” Unsurprisingly, given the power of suggestion, Republicans think she’s presidential timber by better than a two-to-one (58/26) margin (Democrats? Not so much: 11/82).

It says a lot that that a campaign that rarely rose beyond the level of high-school-student-council-president banalities has so excited Republicans in Iowa and Washington alike. But on behalf of those President Ernst would govern, I have to say if we are supposed to start thinking of her as a potential castrator-in-chief, it’s time to conduct the sort of vetting of her insane base-pandering positioning early in the 2014 cycle that the MSM, transfixed by the idea of a revived Establishment destroying the Tea Party, simply refused to do once she won the Republican Senate nomination. But I guess you know that if I thought Ernst’s enthusiastic endorsement of the Agenda 21 craziness disqualified her from becoming a Senator, I certainly think it should doubly bar her from a national ticket, unless she can provide a physician’s note indicating she was medically impaired.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.