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December 18th, 2011

Kevin’s Korner: Paul Wins Iowa, Bachmann’s Travels and Remembering Wendy

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends … Maybe I need some friends.

Ron Paul is going to win the Iowa Caucus. As of Thursday afternoon, that was the entire basis of my opening paragraph for this column. Then Paul pulled a Hari-Kari on his own campaign, showing his utter ignorance about the threat of radical Islam. I don’t see how any sane person could want this man to be Commander-in-Chief … He still might win Iowa. But he’ll never win the GOP nomination.

What would happen if Ron Paul won the Iowa Caucus? The results would become totally insignificant, we would lose our first in the nation status and Mitt Romney would waltz to the GOP nomination.

Dr. Paul’s response to the whuppin’ he received Thursday night? Straight out of the Democrat playbook, of course. After all he admits he’s further to the left than Obama … Paul said Michele Bachmannhates Muslims” and Rick Santorum hates “gay people and Muslims”…  If they gave him a little more time, Paul was also going to accuse them of mugging old ladies, eating kittens and renaming Vets Auditorium … On the bright side, at least they don’t use caterpillars for eyebrows.

In the worst kept secret since Hulk Hogan admitted using steroids, the DM Register endorsed Mitt Romney this weekend. It’s a completely worthless endorsement. Mitt’s had a few of those lately …  And no matter who wins the GOP nomination, the Register will back Barack Obama in November. Take that to the bank.

As we wait with bated breath for The Family Leader’s endorsement announcement, my clandestine, ubiquitous informants tell me it is looking less and less likely that Congressman Steve King will back anyone this year. Apparently, he was close a couple of months ago, but changed his mind.

Speaking of the good congressman, I am absolutely stunned that prior to yesterday’s very brief drop-in by Michele Bachmann, no one had visited Sac County, where King lives, other than Rick Santorum. Not only is it King’s home county, the GOP county chair there is one of his closest confidantes. They all want his endorsement, but don’t bother to campaign in his area? Dumb.

Although he does not plan to endorse, Governor Branstad entered the presidential fray this week. Hours before Thursday’s debate, Branstad said this about Newt Gingrich. “Whether he has the discipline and the focus, I don’t know.” … The quote is accurate, but Branstad’s office says he “was referencing former House colleagues who had this concern.” … Branstad was right the first time. Gingrich’s erratic campaign style raises a lot of doubts.

Reportedly, Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen will endorse Newt on Wednesday in Des Moines, though his spokesperson denies it … Last week, the Gingrich campaign claimed State Senator David Johnson and former Senator Jim Kersten endorsed Newt. Johnson and Kersten said otherwise … I don’t get it. At least three presidential campaigns have claimed endorsements from Iowans who did not give them. Sloppy … I’ve worked on three statewide campaigns two campaigns and a book tour, and we triple-checked all the info before we would release a supporter list to the public.

Kudos to Senate Republicans for tying the Keystone pipeline to the payroll tax cut, despite President Obama’s veto threats. Keystone would bring lots of jobs and energy resources to the U.S., but Barack bowed to the environmental loons and delayed a decision on it … Newt suggested in Thursday’s debate they should tie Keystone to middle class tax cuts. Saturday, that’s exactly what they did. Sometimes it helps to have some experience in Washington.

The Gingrich campaign should make a campaign ad with this, pronto. Although she’s relentlessly bashing him now, Michele Bachmann heaped enormous praise on Newt Gingrich three years ago … Caucus goers might want to keep these statements in mind when you hear her criticize him today. “Beloved friend… made an indelible mark…changed the course of the United States…leading conservative … architect of the revolution… … What a treat, Speaker. This is real. This is from the heart. We love you here. We love you.”

Unintentionally Funny Headline of the Week: “A Tale of Three Wives: Life on the Campaign Trail”. From CBN, it’s in an article that includes a profile of Callista Gingrich. Oops. The other two wives referenced are not Newt’s exes. They’re Anita Perry and Mary Kaye Huntsman.

We got some negative feedback from the pro-Bachmann folks about my article from Saturday. They complained I only focused on one minor occurrence on the seven-stop tour. That was Bachmann being grilled about not defending marriage to a late night comedian and then her husband telling the griller that Rick Santorum “can’t win”.

In all fairness, their complaints are justifiable. There are numerous things that happened that day that I could have written about … Like how Bachmann was late for all seven stops … Or how she referred to WHO radio’s Simon Conway as “Simon Caldwell” … Or how the staff was frantically removing chairs they had set up in Le Mars once they realized the crowd would be significantly smaller than what they expected … Or how Rick Perry had twice as many people at the exact same location in Storm Lake that Bachmann did on the same day.

I could have written about how people at some stops were grumbling after she spent less than 10 minutes there … Or how I saw zero Bachmann yard signs during the trip, but several for Ron Paul and Rick Santorum … Or how at the end of her stop in Primghar, Michele Bachmann introduced herself to longtime O’Brien County GOP Chair Kelly O’Brien, even though she had already met him six minutes earlier and discussed her Ames Straw Poll victory with him.

I could have written numerous things about that trip. But its probably good for the Bachmann campaign that I didn’t.

I’m not going to waste a lot of space dismantling the douchebaggery of University of Iowa “journalism” professor Stephen Bloom Because he is a waste of space … Bloom’s fact-deprived hit piece on Iowans was capably shredded by plenty of others, including his fellow lefty and Johnson County resident John Deeth … I will say that Bloom confirmed what I said last week. “Some of the stupidest human beings who ever lived can be found teaching at Iowa’s universities.” … That doesn’t mean all instructors. Just the lefties like Bloom, Ellen Lewin and Thomas Walker.

Finally, it’s with a heavy heart that I bid farewell to Iowa GOP super volunteer Wendy Jensen. I got to spend quite a bit of time with Wendy. One of my fondest memories is a pre-debate rally in Sioux City … The Branstad people had actual volunteers. The Culver campaign paid-off a bunch of union thugs … We dominated.

At the end of the rally, the union thugs decided to try to muscle their way right through our group, led by a couple of King Kong Bundylooking goonsWendy, standing at 4’9 and weighing about 80 pounds, didn’t budge. She stood there with her Branstad sign and continued to voice her support for her candidate, even as the union thugs literally tried to run her over … She will be sorely missed. God bless you, Wendy.

About the Author

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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