"Well, I hear so much about Joni Ernst. She is really attractive, and she sounds nice.
Well I got to thinking about that. I don’t care if she’s as good looking as Taylor Swift or as nice as Mr. Rogers, but if she votes like Michele Bachmann, she’s wrong for the state of Iowa."
You can watch Harkin's sexist remarks, as well as a discussion about the remarks with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe and Wall Street Journal White House correspondent Carol Lee in the following video:
Brzezinski gets it right when she says that there is a double standard when it comes to politicians making sexist comments.
"If a Republican said that, it would be over. Can you imagine a female candidate saying that about a male? I can’t, it just wouldn’t happen."
Harkin, who will be 74 this month and has been in Congress for 40 years, ought to know better.
Joni Ernst is a Republican member of the Iowa Senate, and also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard. She served in Operation Iraqi Freedom will be the first female combat veteran in the Senate if she wins tomorrow.
The latest Des Moines Register Iowa Poll, conducted Oct. 28-31, finds Ernst now has a 7-point lead. The Register quotes pollster J. Ann Selzer as saying, "This race looks like it’s decided." And Politico reports that Selzer "has a long track record of correctly predicting elections in the Hawkeye State."