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October 2nd, 2011

Kevin’s Korner: Christmas Caucus, The Coup, and Spending Your Dash

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Spoiler Alert: Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know how the column ends.

It looks like we will once again have the Iowa Caucus in early January. I think we should move it to Christmas Eve. After all, the candidates are all playing Santa Claus, promising to bring us lots of goodies. Just like Santa, their promises, and much of what we see in public, is make believe. Plus, just like Santa on Christmas, as soon as its over, we won’t see them again for a long time. Christmas Caucus fits perfectly.

How badly did Bill Dix bungle his attempted coup for the Iowa Senate Republican leadership? Dix was about as successful as the Soviet hardliners in the August Pusch. That failure hastened the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Likewise, Dix’s failed attempt could have serious repercussions. Ill-timed, ill-advised and Senator Dix is clearly not licensed to ill.

Meanwhile, I hope Senator McKinley enjoyed his European vacation. Hopefully he got to see Big Ben, Parliament … What? He went to Italy? I didn’t know Senate District 18 extended that far… Uh guys, can we try to work together and win this thing? Please? It’s kinda important.

Let’s all give a big Hawkeye State welcome Democrat national chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz. She’s in town this weekend campaigning for her fellow libs and, naturally, blaming Bush and Republicans for state of the economy. Yeah, originality isn’t exactly Schultz’s strong suit.

Most Laughable Quote from the Dem leader: “It’s hard to understand substantively why (Republicans) would oppose the president’s bill. They’re opposed because it would improve the economy and help re-elect the president. They only care about ONE job: his.” Schultz didn’t bother to explain why the Dem controlled Senate won’t take up Obama’s jobs bill. Are they trying to defeat Obama too?

Did Iowa Dems sell Christie Vilsack down the ol’ river”? They did indeed. And don’t take my word for it. This is from Democrat Daily (aka the Des Moines Register) … When I rag on the Ragister for their liberal bias, I don’t mean to lump the entire staff in there. They have some good, solid professionals whose bias I cannot detect … Then there are those “reporters” who basically act as Democrat PR machines. And don’t even get me started on the editorial page.

Christie Vilsack’s new best friend Nancy Pelosi has been found to be a bold-faced liar by… the left-leaning Politifact. Pelosi tried to blame the country’s massive debt on Bush and Reagan, instead of Obama. She lied. I know. Shocking … Clearly, VP Joe Biden didn’t get the memo from Nancy and Debbie, as he said we should blame Obama, not Bush, for the lackluster economy. Ol’ Joe might be the most honest Democrat in Washington.  Then again, that’s like saying he’s the nicest guy in prison.

Meanwhile, the “most transparent administration ever” continues to play CYA in the Operation Fast & Furious scandal. They’re withholding documents because Obama’s office has “significant confidentiality interests”. Translation: “We know we’re in deep doo-doo and hope you won’t find out about our culpability in giving guns to Mexican drug runners and murderers.” … Remember when Obama was given an award for transparency?  No wonder he accepted it behind closed doors.  I would be embarrassed too.

Did you hear Tim Pawlenty hoped to land a Fox News gig after his campaign tanked.  He had a great idea for a show.  It would air at 2 am and be titled “T-Paw’s Cure for Insomniacs” … I’m shocked FNC didn’t pick it up … Then again, they could have avoided paying Pawlenty and just re-ran his campaign speeches.

Every man’s worse fear? This glare from his significant other. We’ve all received it. We all dread it. This guy definitely deserved it. He dropped his kid to chase a foul ball souvenir … I haven’t been much of a baseball fan lately. It’s kind of hard when your team hasn’t had a winning season in almost 20 years …  Still, I was glued to Wednesday night’s events.  Four fascinating games at once making it one of the greatest nights in professional sports ever. And they were timed perfectly so you could catch the ending of each game. Tons of fun.

What’s more annoying than the new Facebook? How about when you unsubscribe from an email list and they send you yet another email to confirm you don’t want any more emails … Even worse, I did this yesterday and got three more emails.  One to confirm I unsubscribed from their email list. Another telling me I need to reply to that email with another email if I really want to unsubscribe from their emails. Then a third email telling me the results of my email commands … Good grief.  It would have been easier to stay on the list. Maybe that’s their point … I suspect the Winklevoss twins are behind this.

It’s amazing how one positive article can bring tons of love from the Paulbots, especially when there’s plenty of not so positive things I’ve written about their hero…  Like this: Dr. Paul was not only wrong, he sounded like an ill-informed Howard Dean Democrat by jumping to conclusions when we whacked Al Qaeda terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki this week.  Paul said, “Nobody ever suggested that he [Awlaki] was a participant in 9/11.”

Just one problem with that.  Lots of evidence shows he was involved. Awlaki had very close ties to the 9/11 attackers, as mentioned on several pages in the 9/11 Commission Report. He was also closely aligned with the Fort Hood shooter and the Underwear Bomber. American citizen or not, Awlaki was a terrorist and enemy of the country. He deserved to die … Now, go ahead Truthers. Flame away…

Finally, our Question of the Week comes from state representative Clel Baudler:  “How do you spend your dash?”  The dash is the symbol on your tombstone between the year you were born and the year you die… The dash is what really counts.  How will you spend yours?

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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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