May 12, 2016

Patty’s Mis-Judged Editorial Board

One could say she’s been Judged and been found wanting. Puns aside, Iowa senate candidate Patty Judge, the great hope of the D.C. Democratic establishment, is having a whopper of a bad week thanks to a botched editorial board meeting with the Des Moines Register on Tuesday. 

What went wrong? First off, when this is the opening line of the write-up of a candidate’s meeting with the state’s major paper, you know it didn’t go well:

Patty Judge’s interview with the Des Moines Register on Tuesday helped clarify a few things — not so much about her positions on issues but on the line of attack Republicans will take against her.

Citing commentary from Republicans that Judge is…shall we say…light on policy, prominent Register political columnist Kathie Obradovich acknowledged:

But Judge has given her opponents ammunition for complaining that she’s light on details and she gave them more to complain about during Tuesday’s interviews.

To make matters worse for Judge, the one policy issue she gave any kind of answer on quickly ballooned into a major gaffe.

Judge praised the EPA’s controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule – a toxic issue for Iowa farmers. One of Judge’s few talking points on the campaign trail has been her claim to appeal to the agricultural community, but any potential support went out the window the moment she praised the EPA’s heavy-handed regulatory scheme.

Judge didn’t fare any better in her answers to basic softball questions, like “why should we endorse you?”:

This was the first question and the most predictable, but Judge gave a limp-noodle answer instead of a galvanizing argument of why she should be Iowa’s next senator.

Judge touted her electability against incumbent Republican Chuck Grassley but was vague about her strategy. She said her campaign plan would include “all kinds of media.” Asked about the lack of content on her campaign website, Judge said that’s coming soon, but she’s only been in the race since March. “This whole social media thing to me is very new,” she said.

Ooof. Every word Judge utters in public makes it more and more clear that she’s not ready for primetime, and makes Harry Reid and the Washington elites pushing her on Iowans seem more and more out-of-touch.