Posted by: JanF | January 25, 2015

Solid Waste from Iowa

On Saturday, the best and brightest of the Republican Party met in Iowa to plumb the depths of their descent into madness*.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) invited the 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls to strut their stuff (sorry for the visual!) at the Iowa Freedom Summit. King is most recently “famous” for calling young Latino college students, who were sitting with the First Lady at the State of Union, “deportables”.

The Iowa Freedom Summit was a Very Important Event: one can tell because it has “freedom” in the title and it is a “summit”. And IOWA!! The place of the first nominating contest because nothing says Bellwether like a state that is 98% white and which selected Mike Huckabee in 2008 and Rick Santorum in 2012 as the Republican standard bearers. Finger on the pulse of America, Iowa, finger on the pulse.

Eric Wolfson @EricWolfson
If ignorance is bliss, #IAFreedomSummit must be the happiest place on earth.

Watching the assault on our democracy, and on our common sense, unfold would be more entertaining if it were not for this sobering observation:

BWD @theonlyadult
One of these people might be the next president. Nothing funny about this #IAFreedomSummit

PLEASE don’t let that happen.

LOLGOP @LOLGOP
The one thing every Republican candidate seems to have in common with normal people is they don’t think Jeb Bush or Mitt can beat Hillary.

And with that, let’s follow the summit of freedumbs on Twitter …

MARTY WEINSTEIN @LUCKYMW
@anamariecox @JimPethokoukis Don’t even know why this Summit is broadcast in color, there’s certainly no need for it.

Ana Marie Cox @anamariecox
Yup, Scott Walker is right there on the list of Things That Have More Charisma Than Tim Pawlenty, a short list bc I fell asleep making it.

JoeMyGod @JoeMyGod
This Palin speech was clearly randomly assembled from Teabagger fridge magnets. #IAFreedomSummit

Anna Marie Cox helpfully provided a link to the unedited Palin speech (text from the closed captioning … fittingly in ALL CAPS and with no punctuation): Palin’s Performance Art

Steve Dowdy ‏@Steverocks35
Sarah Palin: A noun, a grammatically incorrect verb, and a racist slur

Jon Swaine @jonswaine
Following Palin, Rick Perry sounds like Pericles

Ana Marie Cox @anamariecox
Is it just me or did Perry visibly stall for a second before he declared, “Right here in… Iowa!”

Matthew @Matthops82
“Shut up, Jesus loves you.” RT @HuffPostPol: Chris Christie brings New Jersey candor to Iowa evangelicals

Lisa Rowe @txvoodoo
Huckabee doing the aspirational politics thing: “You’ll make FIFTY bucks an hour with us!” Then GOP congress moves on abortion, not jobs.

Lizz Winstead @lizzwinstead
No one in this audience has bread bags on their feet. #JustSayin

Billmon ‏@billmon1
Two key GOP presidential primaries going on right now: The Koch brothers primary, and the Sheldon Adelson primary. The rest is circus noise.

In conclusion:

Kaili Joy Gray @KailiJoy
And that is why I’m a Democrat, the end.

*Still plumbing the depths … no bottom detected.

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