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May 1st, 2011

Kevin’s Korner: End of the truce, Barack’s silliness, and losing my Man Card

By Kevin Hall

For all that flak Mitch Daniels took for calling a “truce” on social issues, the Indiana Governor is about to own one of the strongest pro-life records in the country.  Daniels will become the first governor in the nation to sign a bill stripping Planned Parenthood of government funding…  The lefties in Indiana are going apoplectic, naturally.  Daniels’ response to them is simple: Stop doing abortions, you’ll get state funding again.

The Indiana bill also bans abortions after 20 weeks, like Iowa is trying to do.  Our bill is still being held up by a few state senators.   If they don’t act very quickly, Iowa will become the late-term abortion capital of the United States.  Who will we blame?  I think there will be plenty to go around.  More on that tomorrow…

Am I the only who believes David Fischer, Drew Ivers, and A.J. Spiker should resign from the GOP State Central Committee if they are going to work on Ron Paul’s campaign?  This is an enormous conflict of interest…   A lot of people were shocked when Haley Barbour announced he wasn’t running for president. I wasn’t.  I just didn’t see a path to victory for ol’ Haley.  His big tent ideals drew the scorn of Iowa conservatives and his southern drawl would not have played well in New Hampshire.  You have to do well in at least one of those states to have any chance…  Ask Rudy Giuliani.

A new poll claims there is “literally zero support” for Michelle Bachmann among Iowa Republicans.  Who commissioned that poll?  The University of Iowa.  There’s a reliable source.  We know how friendly they are to Republicans … Making it even more ridiculous, they also polled non-Republicans, claiming they can vote in the Iowa Caucus.  Umm…sure they can.  As long as they register to become Republicans.

A lot of my Hawkeye friends are thrilled that the Chefs drafted Ricki Stanzi.  Let’s just hope his NFL career lasts longer than Drew Tate’s and Brad Banks’.  Combined.  Six weeks shouldn’t be too difficult…  Congrats to the Iowa Energy for their NBA D-League Championship.  The perfect way to cap off this season would be for Curtis Stinson to finally get his chance in the NBA.  He deserves it.

Congressman Tom Latham says he and Leonard Boswell are friends.  I’m betting that friendship does not last much longer.  I’ll set the over/under at 3 months.  Any takers? …   The Grumpy Old Man will go very negative, very quickly.  He has no problems running the slimiest campaign possible…  The pro-abortion Emily’s List group just did Congressman Steve King a huge favor.  They are already backing Christie Vilsack in the 4th District congressional race.  Great strategy, geniuses.  They’re big abortion fans in NW Iowa.

Like many of you, I was deeply saddened by this week’s news.  I was very much looking forward to chowing down at Flavor Flav’s fried chicken restaurant in Clinton.  Alas, it closed after only four months…  What this state desperately needs is a Bojangles.   Some of the best fried chicken and fixins you’ll ever find.  Unfortunately, they’re pretty much limited to the southern U.S.

Give Donald Trump credit.  No one else could get Obama to release his birth certificate.  Now, if The Donald can somehow pry Obama away from his Teleprompter, he might get my vote…  Rand Paul gets the Best Line of the Week award: “I want to see the original long-form certificate of Donald Trump’s Republican registration.”  Well played, Senator Paul. Well played.  But wait, his dad ran for President as a 3rd Party candidate in 1988, whoops… I wanna know the true birthplace of The Donald’s hairpiece.  Rugs like that could only come from the Middle East.

After Obama finally revealed his birth certificate he said, “We do not have time for this kind of silliness.”  He then flew to Chicago, where he cracked several jokes with Oprah…  The silliness continued Friday as Barack found time to watch the Royal Wedding on TV.  A wedding that he was not invited to.  Moammar Gaddafi received an invitation.  Obama didn’t.  Hmmm… BTW, the Reagan’s were invited to the Charles-Diana wedding.  Just sayin’…

I must admit.  I watched the Royal Wedding too.  Should my Man Card get permanently revoked because of it?  …  For the record, I was woken up, “strongly encouraged” to watch it, and was bribed with cupcakes and devilled eggs.  I’m hoping my efforts at least earn me some bonus points.  I could use a few…  Facebook Post of the Week goes to my friend Brian Harrison, when he sent several women into panic mode Thursday night with this one:  “Shocked to hear that the Royal Wedding has been called off… – WOW!” The reaction was hilarious!!

Here’s a question for all political reporters out there… Why is it so difficult for you to accurately report crowd sizes?  I’m stunned how often they get this wrong… I read somewhere there were 80 people at Rick Santorum’s event in Cedar Rapids this week.  There were actually 100…  I will give you guys & gals some help.  There’s a pretty simple way to actually get the crowd sizes correct.  You ready?  Here it goes… You take the whole 30 seconds it requires to actually…count.

Santorum scored some points with the Cedar Rapids crowd for ripping on Obama repeatedly.  He scored additional points with me for his story about Kent Tekulve and the 1979 World Series Champion Pittsburgh Pirates.   Best…team…ever!!

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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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