Ethics Dunce: Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)

Ugh.

Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said yesterday, “I think this door of impeachable whatever has been opened. Joe Biden should be very careful what he’s asking for because, you know, we can have a situation where if it should ever be President Biden, that immediately, people, right the day after he would be elected would be saying, ‘Well, we’re going to impeach him.’”

No, no, no. Someone should wash Ernst’s mouth out with soap. That door needs to be slammed shut, and Ernst is a fool for suggesting otherwise, even hypothetically.

What the Democrats did, by deciding from the moment Donald Trump was elected to seek a way to remove him, undermined our democracy and its institutions. It also threatened—threatens-— to institutionalize  a  precedent that would make every  elected President to come a permanent target  of a soft coup by those who lost the contest to decide who was “fit” to be President.  From the beginning, one of the main reasons the Democrats’ undemocratic strategy was so evidently dangerous was the powerful “tit for tat” reflex in politics. Sometimes, the understanding that in politics “what goes around comes around” is a restraining force on irresponsible and unethical partisan warfare. This time it wasn’t, but that does not mean that the Republicans should reciprocate in kind. That is exactly what they must not do. If that is their approach, they will complete the destruction that the Democrats started.

It is reassuring to know there is very little chance that Joe Biden will be nominated, much less elected. ( I will note that Ethics Alarms has been pointing this out all along.) His poll numbers are crashing everywhere, notably South Carolina, which was supposed to be his firewall after losing in Iowa and New Hampshire. It’s pretty simple, and, again, should have been obvious long ago: even Democrats are not going to support a rapidly declining, doddering candidate whose attempts at oral advocacy make Donald Trump sound like Cicero. This inevitable development further reveals the idiocy of the claim that President Trump was trying to “rig” the 2020 election by seeking evidence of Biden’s corruption. I can’t imagine the President being overly concerned about any of the wan contenders for the Democratic Party’s nomination, but especially not Joe, who lately has also been tarnishing his “nice guy” image ( he was never a nice guy) by lashing out at citizens and journalists.

As for impeachment, it is imperative for the survival of the nation that it be put back in the metaphorical locked box where the Founders placed it, the one with the sign that reads, “In Case Of Emergency Break Glass.” The felt need to strike back at the opposing party by repeating its most irresponsible conduct does not create address  an emergency, it manufactures one. Nor should the glass in a party’s frustration after  losing the Presidency in an election it was so, so certain it would win.

Shut up, Senator.

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12 thoughts on “Ethics Dunce: Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa)

  1. OK, if Joe doesn’t get nominated, who will? Sanders? Bloomberg? Warren? Mayor Pete? The only one I can see winning is Bloomberg.

    BTW, This isn’t the first time the Democrats have pushed this nation down a slope they shouldn’t have. Harry Reid’s decision to do away with the filibuster was widely seen as a great thing at the time – by Democrats, since it meant His Hipness and Coolness could appoint whoever he damn well pleased and those old fogey Republicans who represent less than half the population couldn’t do a thing about it. All of a sudden the Senate flips and Hillary’s campaign goes up in smoke. Suddenly this isn’t such a good thing, as Trump starts stacking the courts with conservative judges and almost everything His Hipness and Coolness did starts coming apart at the seams, while Chuck the Schmuck can’t do a thing about it. It also cost them two Supreme Court seats and is likely to cost them a third when Ginsburg finally either steps down because her health forces it or kicks the bucket (Breyer is also pretty close to either death or his health forcing him into retirement).

    At this point any Democratic president who’s facing a hostile Congress is a legitimate target. Do I think the GOP should do it? No, I think almost nothing is worth throwing the nation into chaos, but there’s nothing wrong with reminding the other side that it’s a two-edged sword, and they too can feel the side that cuts. They won’t like it.

  2. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said yesterday, “I think this door of impeachable whatever has been opened. Joe Biden should be very careful what he’s asking for because, you know, we can have a situation where if it should ever be President Biden, that immediately, people, right the day after he would be elected would be saying, ‘Well, we’re going to impeach him.’”

    No, no, no. Someone should wash Ernst’s mouth out with soap. That door needs to be slammed shut, and Ernst is a fool for suggesting otherwise, even hypothetically.

    Nothing less than the Democrats paying a heavy political price for their course of conduct, a course that started with promoting the Great Awokening, will slam that door shut.

    • Prediction: If Trump is re-elected and the Democrats hold the House, The Motherfucker, er, President Trump will be impeached again within the first six months of 2021 and perhaps yet again during his second term.

  3. Jack,

    I have a hard time with the high road these days. All it has gotten the right is loss after loss, when the cheating left takes every trick.

    If Trump is removed out of office, the only recourse is to make the left play by the rules they used against us. Until they understand their peril, they will show no restraint.

    The ‘color of goose shit’ indeed 😦

  4. Senator Ernst represents my state. I emailed her twice with regards to impeachment, once early in the process with some great statements Chris Marschner offered in one of his comments, and a second time with my own thoughts when the House sent the Articles to the Senate. On both occasions, it took several weeks for a response and, on both occasions, her office sent the exact same reply…a synopsis of how the impeachment process works.

    Contrast that with the emails I sent to Senator Grassley. I got responses in one or two days, and while each look rather boilerplate, both specifically addressed the comments I had made.

    If she had been merely repeating the danger we now face – that “nuisance” impeachments set a dangerous precedent that we should never repeat – that would be one thing. But her specifics with Hunter and Burisma lead me to believe she actually thinks it could happen. Not good.

    I think I’ll be sending her another email.

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