The Gadfly did, however, catch a few minutes of the GOP response starring the Republican party's next new rising star Joni Ernst, the Iowan Tea Partier and swine castrator extraordinaire.
Aside from Ernst's Stepford wife delivery, which really did creep The Gadfly out, what really sent The Gadfly's bullshit meter pegging off the dial was Joni's hokey story about having to wear bread bags over her shoes on rainy days as a child because her family was too poor to be able to afford more than 1 pair of shoes for their children:
“I had only one good pair of shoes. So on rainy school days, my mom would slip plastic bread bags over them to keep them dry,” she said. “But I was never embarrassed. Because the school bus would be filled with rows and rows of young Iowans with bread bags slipped over their feet. Our parents may not have had much, but they worked hard for what they did have.”http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/sen-joni-ernsts-family-actually-received-more-than-460000-in-federal-subsidies/
Sigh . . . . Christ almighty -- if these phony Teabaggers can't even tell some bullshit story with any measure of believableness, what in the hell makes anyone seriously think that they can govern the country in a sane and responsible manner??
Ernst's hoary bread bag story falls apart in the very first sentence - "I only had one good pair of shoes. So on rainy school days, my mom would slip plastic bread bags over them to keep them dry."
The Gadfly only has one reaction to that statement . . . .
Umm Joni dear . . . The Gadfly grew up in a lower middle class, large midwest family and is quite familiar with the use of plastic bags in the quest to keep one's feet dry (primarily in winter btw). First off - you don't put the bags over the outside of the shoes to keep the shoes dry hon - you put them over your socks and then put your shoes on to keep your socks and feet dry - but then again - who is The Gadfly to question the methodology of Iowa morons?
The second thing that caused The Gadfly's bullshit meter to skyrocket was the insinuation that the bread bag anecdote was evidence of lil' Joni's destitute upbringing. Joni Ernst is 44 years old, which around 10 years of age would have had her growing up smack dab in the middle of Saint Ronnie Reagan's economic revival -- the one that conservatives are incessantly reminiscing (more like hallucinating) about. Is Joni Ernst, in her zeal to bullshit the rubes, inadvertently copping to the actuality of the times back then that the Reagan revolution really wasn't all that great of an economic era for working and middle class families due to Republican's disastrous and now totally discredited trickle down economic policies?
Lastly, it really isn't that hard to put the total lie to Ernst's sob story that her poor poor family could only afford one pair of shoes, and that the Ernst kids had to wear Wonder bags over their only pair of shoes to make them last longer. More diligent folks than The Gadfly have already done some homework on Joni and her family and not so shockingly, her family has benefited quite well (to the tune of nearly half a million tax dollars) sucking at the teat of government handouts in the form of agriculture subsidies - story here.
So yeah -- call The Gadfly depressingly unimpressed with Little Joni on The Prairie and her contrived rags to riches fairy tales. Unimpressed because it is the kind of bullshit that requires absolutely no effort to see right through it and recognize it for the phoniness that it is. And depressingly so for a whole lot of idiots in this country will lap that shit up like it's gospel.
Frankly - if The Gadfly wants to hear manufactured fables of how tough that presently affluent people had it before they were affluent, The Gadfly can watch this classic over and over again . . .
Suffice to say, it's going to be nothing short of a horror show with these duplicitous asshats running the show in Washington the next two years.