Bruce Braley is an Iowa Democrat congressperson attempting to win the U. S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Tom Harkin.

Braley has already made quite a splash with voters when, during a fundraiser held among a group of lawyers in Texas, he disdainfully insulted Iowa\’s long-time Republican incumbent Senator Charles Grassley as a “farmer”.  His exact words:

Ifyou help me win this race, you may have someone with your background,your experience, your voice – someone who\’s been literallyfighting tort reform for 30 years in a visible and public way on theSenate Judiciary.  Or you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school,never practiced law, serving as the next chair of the SenateJudiciary. Because if Democrats lose the majority, Chuck Grassleywill be the next chair of the Senate Judiciary.”

Now there\’s a man with a talent for politics.  I\’m sure Iowans loved that he went out of state, to tell a bunch of fellow lawyers (not exactly the most beloved segment of the population), that the man they have elected 6 times to the U. S. Senate is incompetent to serve as a committee chairmperson in the body he has served them in for 34 years, because he is….a farmer – farming being a great mainstay of Iowa\’s economy.

If there is a way that could be more tone-deaf, let me in on it. Because I can\’t begin to imagine one.

But – as they say in those cheesy ads – wait.  There\’s more.

From an article at Washington Free Beacon today:

Rep.Bruce Braley flip-flopped on his Obamacare position tonight duringthe Senate debate in Iowa against Republican candidate Joni Ernst.

Whenasked his opinion on Obamacare, Braley said, “We need to fix what\’swrong and improve the Affordable Care Act.”

Braley\’sstatement contradicted an earlier remark made in the Iowa Democraticprimary, where the congressman passionately spoke of PresidentObama\’s healthcare legislation.

NoI wouldn\’t vote to repeal anything that\’s in the bill,” Braleysaid.

Democrat primary: leave the bill as-is. Senate debate (as polls continue to show voters oppose ObamaCare):  fix what\’s wrong…without any specifics, thus leaving each voter to fantasize a “fix” of what he/she personally considers wrong –  as if that would happen if Braley were elected.

 Joni Ernst, once thought to have only a modest shot at winning this seat, has opened up a serious lead over Braley.  The latest poll, run by the (decidedly leftward, pro-Democrat) Des Moines Register, shows her up by 44% to 38%, with a double-digit lead among independents….and a 4 to 1 lead among rural voters (think farmers).

Any doubt about why?

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