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Sarah Palin’s political stature has faded in the years since she bolted from politics.

Her endorsements in 2010 were powerful, and helped her chosen candidate gain media attention, grassroots donations and conservative credibility. Two years later, that influence had waned. Now, during the 2014 election cycle, mere mentions of the former vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor are likely to be met with a sarcastic “Who?” in response.

But Palin is far from an anonymous bystander. While Republicans may have moved on to newer conservative champions, Democrats still see a benefit in bringing her up. On Monday, the independent expenditure arm of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released its first ad against Iowa Republican Senate nominee Joni Ernst. (The DSCC itself has already put out an anti-Ernst issue ad.) And the ad is hardly subtle in its efforts to tie her to Palin.

“We have faith in Joni…She is the right one,” Palin says at the start of the ad, in footage taken from the press conference she held to announce her endorsement of Ernst during the Republican primary.

“I was just absolutely ecstatic to have her endorsement," Ernst says after. "Those are the types of people we need in our federal government." - Huffington Post, 8/18/14

Not a bad idea comparing one whack job to another because they are practically two peas in a pod:

Ernst broke out in the primary, despite being enormously outspent by retired businessman Mark Jacobs, with a pair of innovative commercials. In one, she aims a gun at the camera while a narrator says, “Once she sets her sights on Obamacare, Joni’s gonna unload.” Then she fires. In another, she talks about growing up on a farm castrating pigs, and how she knows how to “cut pork.” Both drew national attention for their boldness—some calling them Palinesque— and in that respect, they worked. With relatively little money or name recognition, Ernst won the GOP primary with 56% of the vote.

All primary candidates say things they inevitably regret in the General Election and Ernst is no exception. Since the General Election has begun, videos of Ernst talking about Agenda 21, a Glenn Beck conspiracy theory about the United Nations’ superseding U.S. laws, states nullifying federal laws and impeaching Obama have surfaced. Ernst has since backpedaled from all of these statements, saying the impeachment talk, in particular, was taken out of context, arguing that she was answering a hypothetical question.

To be sure, Ernst is more conservative than most Republicans in the Senate. She believes life begins at conception, and co-sponsored a personhood amendment in the Iowa State Senate. Personhood laws often ban several types of contraception, as well as Plan B, on the grounds that conception could have taken place already.

Ernst, who served more than 20 years in the military, including a deployment to Iraq, is also enthusiastically pro-gun. And if elected, she would make it one of her top priorities to repeal Obamacare. She also enjoys the support of those she has been lobbed together with: Cruz and Palin. - Time Magazine, 8/17/14

Exposing Ernst has an insane extremist is the best way to go to beat. Meanwhile, Rep. Bruce Braley (D. IA) has a new ad up:

U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley will air a new statewide TV ad beginning today highlighting his work securing "respite pay" for Iowa National Guard soldiers who served in Iraq.

The 30-second spot features veteran Todd Prichard, who served in the 133rd Infantry Unit of the Iowa National Guard. He describes the unit's long deployment in Iraq during the war there and the Department of Defense's failure to provide extra compensation it had promised for an extended deployment.

Braley, a Democratic congressman, led the effort to ensure soldiers received the extra money. - Des Moines Register, 8/18/14

Click here to donate and get involved with Braley's campaign:

Originally posted to pdc on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 09:02 AM PDT.

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