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Thu Aug 29, 2019, 05:07 PM

Retired admiral jumps into Iowa Senate race against Joni Ernst with blistering message...


Retired admiral jumps into Iowa Senate race against Joni Ernst with blistering message for Trumpís enablers
By
Stephen D. Foster Jr -
August 26, 2019


Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and her fellow Republicans should be terrified of losing her seat in 2020 now that retired Vice Admiral Michael Franken has entered the race as a Democratic challenger.

Ernst is already facing an uphill battle in 2020 to keep her Senate seat as she faces angry voters at home for refusing to pass gun control measures aimed at preventing mass shootings in the wake of 22 people being murdered by a white nationalist in El Paso earlier this month.

And much of that refusal has to do with Ernst and her Republican colleagues not wanting to stand up to President Donald Trump and the NRA, which is something else voters have hammered Ernst for in recent months.

Long story short, Democrats are smelling blood in the water, which is why several have stepped up to challenge the incumbent Republican. And now Democrats have a high-ranking candidate in the field to take on the former Iowa Army National Guard Lt. Colonel.

Hailing from the most conservative part of the state, Franken served in the United States Navy for decades, attaining the rank of Vice Admiral during a distinguished career in which he had no fear voicing his opposition to the Iraq War, something he proudly mentions in a video announcing his candidacy.



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Reply Retired admiral jumps into Iowa Senate race against Joni Ernst with blistering message... (Original post)
babylonsister Aug 2019 OP
Owl Aug 2019 #1
Trenzalore Aug 2019 #2
Fullduplexxx Aug 2019 #3
AdamGG Aug 2019 #14
geardaddy Aug 2019 #56
Thekaspervote Aug 2019 #4
babylonsister Aug 2019 #9
zentrum Aug 2019 #11
HootieMcBoob Aug 2019 #18
zentrum Aug 2019 #37
ewagner Aug 2019 #49
joost5 Aug 2019 #53
NNadir Aug 2019 #25
joost5 Aug 2019 #54
stopdiggin Aug 2019 #59
NNadir Aug 2019 #60
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NNadir Aug 2019 #62
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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 05:10 PM

1. Excellent!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 05:11 PM

2. I will need to learn more about him

I will probably send a few buck his way if he checks out.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 05:11 PM

3. What? no cute stories about bread bags for socks?

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Response to Fullduplexxx (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 06:11 PM

14. or cute stories about hog castration...

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Response to AdamGG (Reply #14)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 11:56 AM

56. Or making biscuits at Hardee's?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 05:13 PM

4. It was a good announcement until he said dc Dems won't do what's right regarding climate change

WRONG!!

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 05:28 PM

9. Maybe he meant the DNC/Tom Perez...

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/democrats-reject-climate-debate-push-activists-n1046111

Democrats reject climate debate push from activists
The move drew rebukes from the Sunrise Movement and other activists who say the party leadership is ignoring young voters' priorities.

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 05:54 PM

11. Maybe he

...means they just won't fight hard enough.

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Response to zentrum (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 07:05 PM

18. That was what I heard

It sounded to me like a call for DC Democrats to be bolder in confronting climate change deniers and big pharma. I think it was a smart way to call for bolder action on Democratic issues in a way that comes across as perhaps moderate or even, dare I say, conservative. Can you imagine some Republicans saying ďIíll vote for him because heíll stand up to those damn DC Democrats!Ē

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Response to HootieMcBoob (Reply #18)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 10:36 PM

37. Good point.

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Response to HootieMcBoob (Reply #18)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 09:08 AM

49. me too...n/t

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Response to HootieMcBoob (Reply #18)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 10:54 AM

53. Yep. Iowa is ripe to vote for change

Tbag's trade war with China is softening support from rural farm communities everywhere. This candidate seems like the kind of Dem an IA farm family could vote for.

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 08:15 PM

25. I have spent 30 long years intensively studying climate change and energy in the primary...

...scientific literature.

The candidate is right.

I am a lifelong Democrat who has never voted Republican, but our party seems to think that we're going to save the world with a bunch of wind turbines, solar cells and electric cars.

Guess what?

Much of the world has already endorsed this "plan" if you can call it that. More than two trillion dollars has been expended on solar and wind in the last ten years alone.

What is the result?

We hit 415 ppm of CO2 in the planetary atmosphere this spring. In the 20th century the average rate of increase in the dangerous fossil fuel waste was as follows:

1961-1970: 0.898 ppm/year on average.
1971-1980: 1.339 ppm/year on average.
1981-1990: 1.554 ppm/year on average.
1991-2000: 1.541 ppm/year on average.

In the age of the rise of "renewable energy will save us" beginning with Germany:

2001-2010: 2.038 ppm/year on average.
2011-2018: 2.418 ppm/year on average.

The 20th century average annual increase overall: 1.31 ppm/year
The 21st century average annual increase overall: 2.12 ppm/year

The last 5 years annual average increase: 2.55 ppm/year

Are we tired of so much winning yet? Do we care a shred for the planet we are leaving behind for our children, our grandchildren and their great grandchildren?

To find out about the acceleration of the rate of decay of the atmosphere, the following graphic from the NOAA Mauna Loa Carbon Dioxide Observatory says it all:



The absolute numbers can be discerned by calculating from data on the Mauna Loa website's data pages:

CO2 Observatory Data Pages

Let's be clear on something, OK? Prattling on about wind and solar and what we call "The Green New Deal" is not going to work.

So called "renewable energy" hasn't worked; it isn't working; and it won't work.

I'm intrigued by what the candidate has said, and hope he's focused on what will work.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #25)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 11:03 AM

54. Thank you for your analysis. The data don't lie.

We need to dramatically transform every sector of our economy away from carbon rich fuel sources. If that hurts billionaire oil/gas moguls and Drumpf donors and all the rest of the libertarian Koch suckers... so be it. The workers can retool and rebuild the much needed infrastructures of the future.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #25)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 01:39 PM

59. so what WILL work?

you fail to mention what you're advocating

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #59)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 01:51 PM

60. The guy is an Admiral.

He therefore knows nuclear energy works.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #60)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 01:59 PM

61. that's the one word you didn't use

(and, just for the record, I am not opposed ..)

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Response to stopdiggin (Reply #61)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 02:13 PM

62. Good. Its time on the left that we start respecting...

...science and engineering.

I've been used to hearing lots of credulous bull when I discuss reality, and not only on the right.

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Response to NNadir (Reply #62)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 02:18 PM

63. unfortunately, the left has been a dogged (if sadly misinformed) opponent (nt)

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 10:21 PM

35. I didn't like that either...but hey, if throwing democrats under the bus works in that state

then more power to him. I won't hold it against him right now. Once he's in though, he needs to drop that.

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 10:28 PM

36. It sounded to me like a tactic to pick up some crossover voters.

Even so, a lot better option than Ernst.

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 07:48 AM

44. You may not like it...

but that line will play VERY well in Iowa.



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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 08:35 AM

45. Last year, the Des Moines Register published a series on climate change

And the effects it was having on Iowa.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2018/08/09/climate-change-iowa-hotter-temperatures-more-frequent-intense-storms/863249002/

Alan Lamb wonders how much more he can take.

Lamb's wife died last year after battling multiple sclerosis for nearly three decades.

In June, massive flooding filled his basement with water and sewage, destroying his Fourmile Creek home of 40 years.

Now thieves have taken some of the family's few undamaged possessions, including a widescreen TV and his late wife's collectible Cabbage Patch dolls.

"Iím just tired," said the 62-year-old retiree, who plans to take the city's $144,000 buyout of his home and head West. "I want to get this over with and get away from people."

Experts call Lamb and about 80 other homeless Des Moines residents "climate refugees" ó people displaced by a catastrophic weather disaster.

Iowa is likely to see more: The state has gotten warmer over the past 30 years, and scientists expect the years ahead will get even hotter, a shift that's likely to hit cities with more frequent and intense rainstorms, similar to the torrential rains that ravaged parts of the Des Moines metro in late June.

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Response to Thekaspervote (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 10:54 AM

52. Considering where he's running, I don't have a huge problem with that...

I'm not worried overly much about purity tests or one issue candidates.

We need Dem voices in the Senate and there probably won't be a better chance for us to take it over in the near future.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 05:13 PM

5. I think he would have the best chance against Ernst

I plan to vote for him in the primary.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 05:14 PM

6. Michael Franken... Reporting for duty.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 05:18 PM

7. He's an impressive candidate. And he didn't mention castrating farm animals once!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 05:19 PM

8. Compare his intellect to the vapid Joni!

Joni introduced herself with a hokey commercial in a barn talking about her "farm girl" upbringing and castrated pigs. She is a big phony. And she is dumb.

Here is her recent comment on Climate Change: "I haven't seen proven proof."

Retired Vice Admiral Franken seems to be the opposite of Ernst and that can only be a good thing.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #8)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 08:53 PM

27. "Proven proof?"

How about unproven proof. Is that like ďalternative facts?Ē

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Response to 3catwoman3 (Reply #27)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 09:16 PM

28. my friend....hccc...


depends on the tequila.....brppppp.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 05:39 PM

10. Iowans Would be Fortunate to Have Franken Representing Them In the Senate

He looks like an outstanding candidate.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 06:01 PM

12. Awesome!

...and his name is Franken!!!!!

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Response to sdfernando (Reply #12)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 10:15 PM

33. Wouldn't it be nice to have TWO Frankens in the Senate?

Good luck to the Vice Admiral and come back Al.

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #33)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 04:10 AM

40. That would be cool!

I wish Al Franken could get back in action. We need him.

And maybe Joni can go back to castrating hogs. I remember that nauseating campaign commercial. She sure looked happy when she talked about that. UGH!!!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 06:11 PM

13. Am anxious to learn much more about him

Have been a Theresa Greenfield fan and was backing her against Ernst. But I must say Franken has some credibility.
Primary is the second Tuesday in June.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 06:38 PM

15. Blue wave over Iowa should help get another Franken into the Senate

Semper Fortis!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 06:45 PM

16. Really good message

Obviously he doesnít go along to get along. Good for him. We need more just like this....honorable people who actually stand for something.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 06:58 PM

17. Go Navy! ⚓ eom

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 07:07 PM

19. VOTE. EVERY. REPUBLICAN. OUT. OF. OFFICE.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 07:08 PM

20. Thumbs up.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 07:26 PM

21. I LIKE MIKE!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 07:43 PM

22. Let's see Ernst try to cut his nuts off! Ain't gonna happen.

 

I hope this means she should start packing her office. Unfortunately, a lot of them voted for Steve King over and over again.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 08:02 PM

23. Great!

Each Senate and the House seat is the most important. We win the locals and state you win the nationals.

Letís get Franklin elected!

Go Iowa!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 08:10 PM

24. I like it. Each race needs to be personalized for

that specific constituency. If a retired vice admiral who is likely to be a conservative democrat can beat Ernst to represent Iowa, then we're on the right track.

The color in the ad is brilliant, too. Navy blue, GOLD, not gold color. Looks fantastic.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 08:17 PM

26. Fair winds and following seas Admiral

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 09:18 PM

29. She has a nice smile

but that's about it. Vapid would be an understatement.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 09:21 PM

30. I think we will win this!

 

Just don't expect Republicans to vote for him. The idea they respect veterans is bullshit.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 09:43 PM

31. Send Her Back!

Letís send her back to the pig pen!!!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 09:59 PM

32. Bye Joni

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 10:18 PM

34. Hey - I Like This Guy


He really struck a chord with me instantly.

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Response to DarthDem (Reply #34)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 08:41 AM

46. Same here. He seems to be a rational, intelligent person of integrity.

We need more politicians like this.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #46)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 11:27 AM

55. Agreed!


I wonder if he has any chance? Any Iowans know?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 10:47 PM

38. ImWithHim

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Aug 29, 2019, 11:57 PM

39. We need MORE Frankens!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 04:17 AM

41. Thank you, babylonsister. What outstanding news. n/t

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 05:08 AM

42. The DSCC is backing Theresa Greenfield,Franken will have a hard time getting vendors to work for him

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 07:33 AM

43. Wow, that's a killer ad!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 08:42 AM

47. Kick

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 08:43 AM

48. Gave me chills, what a well-conceived ad and great message. We do need bolder action and more

outside the box thinkers. He has gravitas to stand up to McConnell, too.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 09:50 AM

50. As soon as he wins, like for many people here...

... to start attacking him as insufficiently Dem. We can't ever seem to muster enough credit for our ENORMOUSLY CRITICAL red or purple Dems.

Joe Biden and his speaking nicely about Republicans
Joe Manchin and is appeasing West Virginia voters at times
Even newly elected Kyrsten Sinema here in Arizona

Let's let Dems fit their states when they run in these hard to win locations.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 10:09 AM

51. Wow this ad is amazing, I really like this guy

Go Mike Franken, it's time to send Joni Ernst home. The state of Iowa needs you to represent them in Washington. Thanks for joining the Blue Wave!

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 11:59 AM

57. Ernst (R-Koch Industries)

IS going to have a tough re-election unless she breaks from Trump... cue the tears

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 12:40 PM

58. Even Pig Farmers don't want her anymore

Salute you sir! Sioux County Iowa! I know it well. Take the pig farmer to the woodshed and leave her there in her bread bag stockings. Iowa, and this county, should never settle for the super rich selecting our leaders like Ernst! Never!

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