Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa gave the main GOP response to the President's 2015 State of the Union Address last night. She's the gal who campaigned on the fact that she has castrated hogs on her family farm because apparently that kind of distasteful macho boast appeals to Tea Party wingnuts. Last night I'm sure Ernst hoped to shine on national television, yet she managed to sound as crazy as her cosmic doppelganger, Michele Bachmann. It all comes down to the phrase "Bread Bag Shoes," which is now a hashtag and a meme.
Via Yahoo News
“You see, growing up, 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,” Ernst 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.”
Does anyone really believe this story? I certainly don't. And Ernst manages to sound as if she's just so happy to have busloads of poor children surrounding her in Iowa. But I bet that won't bother her when she votes against financial help for those same children, because that's what Tea Party members do. She is just like Senator Paul Ryan, who touted giving children an empty lunch bag instead of a free lunch. Symbolism and Irony are wasted on these people.
Ungrateful Joni Ernst Used The GI Bill, Student Loans And Farm Subsidies To "Pull Herself Up By Her Own Bootstraps" pic.twitter.com/mhWIKgh7AW— Lnonblonde (@Lnonblonde) January 21, 2015
Someone wrote a song that now has 10,000 hits!
Thanks everyone! "Bread Bags On The Soles Of Her Shoes" will make 10,000 hits today. https://t.co/chhnptw8K9— Rocky Mountain Mike (@RockyMntnMike) January 25, 2015
Andy Borowitz put a comedy spin in the New Yorker:
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) shared more folksy stories of her childhood on Wednesday, telling reporters that she used to wear a bucket on her head for no apparent reason.
“I’d be walking outside our house and see a bucket lying there, and I’d say to myself, ‘That’s a perfectly good bucket, I think I’ll put it on my head,’ ” she said. “It wasn’t because I needed a hat or anything. I must have had, oh gosh, a half-dozen hats or so. I just wanted to wear a bucket.”
Ernst said that during her youth, she was known for poking a hole in a large piece of corrugated cardboard and wearing it as a poncho.
“I can’t for the life of me tell you why I did that,” she said. “I just liked the look of it, I guess. Nobody paid much attention to it. People sure don’t notice your cardboard poncho when you’re wearing a bucket on your head.”
Ex-MSNBC pundit Keith Olbermann put his own spin on the meme by quoting Monty Python from the skit The Four Yorkshiremen ~ via The Gateway Pundit
Of course, we had it tough. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning...— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 21, 2015
We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down t' mill, fourteen hours...— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 21, 2015
And when we got home our Dad would thrash us to sleep wi' his belt. #SOTUresponse— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 21, 2015
Luxury. We used to have to get out of the lake at six o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of hot gravel, work 20 hours...— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 21, 2015
...come home, and Dad would thrash us to sleep with a broken bottle -- if we were lucky! #SOTUresponse— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 21, 2015
I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work 29 hours a day— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 21, 2015
...And pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us... #SOTUresponse— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 21, 2015
and dance about on our graves singing Hallelujah. And you try and tell the young people of today that they won't believe you #SOTUresponse— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 21, 2015
Thank you for listening and keep your feet wrapped. #SOTUresponse— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 21, 2015
Also, she apparently stole the idea from The Simpsons, which is hilarious. Thanks, Fox!
I'm not even kidding…i thought this was a saturday night live skit…this lady was so plastic and fake when she... http://t.co/Q2BLdgRRR7— yoyotechit (@yoyotechit) January 21, 2015
Joni Ernst sure puts the loaf in loafers— Paul Lander (@paul_lander) January 21, 2015
Does #breadbagshoes mean that Ernst is toast? Find out at 11!!— Charles Gaba (@charles_gaba) January 21, 2015
Joni Ernst as a kid. pic.twitter.com/oguBORE0ti— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) January 21, 2015
Joni Ernst history: Bread bags on feet Castrating pigs Embarrassing self on national television— Dee (@Msdmurph) January 21, 2015
EXCLUSIVE pic of Joni Ernst's shoe closet. pic.twitter.com/2DDuiEgRc0— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) January 21, 2015