IA-Sen The Daily Beast, “The Woman Who May Send Joni Ernst (R) Back to Castrating Pigs”

Margaret Carlson at The Daily Beast has a must read piece on U.S. Senate candidate, Theresa Greenfield (D. IA), and her upcoming race to unseat incumbent U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R. IA). It's a great piece worth reading. Here's a snippet that I really liked:

With her flannel shirts, quilted vest, and eastern counties accent, Greenfield could bring back those Obama/Trump voters whose flip was a cry for help. She performed strongest in rural areas where Democrats traditionally struggle. She’s trying to avoid the Trump trap: “What I care about is how Iowans choose between me and Joni Ernst.”

Either Ernst doesn’t realize that the ground has shifted beneath her, or she actually believes in Trump. The cost grows as Trump ignores police brutality and embraces all things Confederate, positions that are particularly rejected by women. Ernst is losing them overall 54 to 34 and among non-college-educated white women by a shocking 60 to 29.

When she had a chance to break with a president who recklessly insists the virus will disappear like the “sniffles”in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash last weekend, Ernst claimed Trump has done a better job dealing with COVID-19 (133,000 dead) than Obama did handling Ebola (two dead). It’s hard to know what Ernst got from Trump for that, or how she lives with it, but over the next two days Greenfield received $200,000 in contributions.  

And now Trump’s ordering schools to open, hoping that if the kids are all right in September, carrying new backpacks and sharpened pencils, everything else will look all right. The Senate should be squealing that he can’t threaten to withhold funds from states that don’t open and he can’t discard his own CDC’s guidelines he doesn’t agree with. That’s if there was a functioning Senate.  

Without senators like Greenfield, Biden winning won’t restore the country. Divided government has crippled us. If Obama was for something, McConnell was against it. He vowed to make Obama a one-term president. He proudly denied Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland a hearing and recently pledged to fill any vacancy up to and including Inauguration Day. There’s no telling what he’ll do with a Biden nominee if he’s still the majority leader.

Greenfield, in her flannel shirts and down-home style, seems made for the Hawkeye State with its famous summer fair of deep-fried Twinkies and friendly alpacas, small towns and quilting bees. In Field of Dreams, one of the players who’s come to the field because Kevin Costner built it emerges from between tall stalks of corn to ask, “Is this heaven?” “No,” Costner answers, “it’s Iowa.” It’s the kind of place that could send Greenfield to Washington in November to join Biden in the urgent cause of making America decent again.

Give the piece a read and when you’re done, let’s help Greenfield and Biden get ready to flip Iowa Blue. Click below to donate and get involved with Greenfield, Biden and their fellow Iowa Democrats campaigns:

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