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September 11th, 2011

Kevin’s Korner: Paulbot Invasion, The Real T-Paw, and Mediacom Morons

Welcome to Kevin’s Korner.  It’s been a rough week.  I’m just grateful that I have people in my life that care about me.  That’s all the really matters… Oh, and the fact that I didn’t draft Peyton Manning in my fantasy football league… Wait.  I drafted Manning’s favorite receiver, Reggie Wayne… HML.

I’m not going to dwell too much on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  It’s a day we’ll never forget.  It changed all of us forever.  What we should remember most are the heroes of that day.  The police, firefighters, and passengers of United 93 who gave their lives to save others.  Honor them… The one thing I am sick of is politicians using 9/11 to boost themselves.  Anyone who makes a campaign ad showing the airplanes crashing into the WTC has some very, very, very, very messed up priorities… I wasn’t sure how I felt about that video, so I asked a few of his key supporters in Iowa their opinions.  They also found it inappropriate.

Unbelievable Cy-Hawk game.  People are making a lot of Steele Jantz/Seneca Wallace comparisons.  That’s high praise for the new Cyclone QB…  Not to rub it in on the Hawk fans, but let’s be honest, some of them deserve it.  Wallace was a better QB than Brad Banks ever was.  Seneca is still in the NFL.  Banks never made it.  Case closed…  I always thought it would have been cool if ISU had played the “Wallace, Wallace” chant from the end of “Braveheart” on the big scoreboard when the needed a boost…  That would have rocked.

Michele Bachmann deciding to use the Cy-Hawk tailgate as a campaign event was a good idea.  Deciding to lie and say she’s spent 70 days in Iowa was not so good.  It’s more like half that many days…  This line is ridiculous too:  “I think that what we’re known for is our time with people and talking with people.” … No, Congresswoman.  You rocketed to the top in Iowa because of your Tea Party cred and one solid debate performance.  You’re known more for showing up late for town hall meetings and not taking questions at them.  If you want to win Iowa, that needs to change.

As I said during our live debate chat, Rick Perry deciding to criticize Ron Paul was a really dumb move.  Never punch down at a candidate way behind you in the polls…  Then, Perry went farther by confronting Paul during a commercial break.  The exchange does not show Perry in a positive light.  This guy is going to have to develop some thicker skin.  Mistakes like this will make his lead evaporate.

We’ve got yet another Ron Paul endorser on the State Central CommitteeJames Mills bested Chad Airhart, Isaiah McGee and others for the spot that opened up when Bill Schickel became state co-chair.  Mills is the 4th District campaign co-chair for Paul…  For those of you keeping score at home, that makes five State Central Committee members who have endorsed Ron Paul…  Nothing against those guys.  From what I know of them, they’re good people.  However, as I’ve said before, even as recently as last week, it is an enormous conflict of interest to be on the SCC or a county GOP chair and endorse a candidate in a primary.

Tim Pawlenty says he could have skipped the Straw PollHe apparently thinks that was his downfall.  No, Tim.  Your downfall was not being yourself.  You listened to consultants who tried to make you into something you’re not…  When I first saw Pawlenty speak at the Reagan Dinner in Des Moines two years ago, I really liked him.  He was interesting and funny.  From what I hear from those close to him, he has a great sense of humor and T-Paw’s appearance on “The Colbert Report” last week backed that up…  The genuine Tim Pawlenty would have gone over a lot better than the stiff, boring one we saw in most of the campaign.

How bad is Mediacom’s customer service?  It’s worse than T-Paw’s fake southern accent… I called Sunday evening because my cable and internet were out.  Their response was to try to sell me their phone service.  I’m not kidding…  They then scheduled someone to come and fix it on Thursday morning.  Five days later…  I called back a few hours later to complain about the earlier call, and see if it would be possible to come any sooner.  Their response was to push back the service time to Thursday afternoon…  I waited all day Thursday.  No one showed…  Finally, the service guy called and said it was an outage in the neighborhood and several people were affected.  He said it should have been fixed immediately.  It took five days.  Beyond pathetic.


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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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