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August 14th, 2011

Kevin’s Korner: Rosannadanna, Palin Invades Straw Poll, and Charisma Transplants

Dear readers:  I have returned home after serving 4,000 cold beverages to you at the Straw Poll.  Now, my back is killing me, my face broke out, I’m nauseous, I’m constipated, my feet swelled, my gums are bleeding, my sinuses are clogged, I have heartburn, I’m cranky and I have gas.  I know, I sound like a real attractive guy

It was all worth it… It was great seeing the thousands of people who came to our tent.  Craig Robinson did a fantastic job putting together the TIR/Google Soapbox  and we were thrilled to have Steve King, Chuck Grassley, Tom Latham, Newt Gingrich, Thad McCotter, Rick Santorum, Mark Chelgren, Matt Strawn, Matt Whitaker, Kayne Robinson, Betsy McCaughey, Tony Katz and others drop by and speak to the crowd… The presidential candidates who declined our invitation missed out on a chance to pick up more votes.

The excuses are flying fast and hard from the supporters of the candidates who lost at the Ames Straw Poll.  Quit your whining.   It’s pretty simple.  If you had enough supporters to bus in and buy tickets for, you would have.  You didn’t.  You lost because your campaign and your candidate weren’t good enough.  Period.

Did you see Sarah Palin at the Straw Poll?  Rumors were flying that she would be there… I think I spotted her.  She was walking the midway with a Chinese menu in her hand.  Her hair was perfect.

Some people are upset with Byron York for questioning Michele Bachmann about being “submissive” to her husband.  Sorry guys and gals, but this is a perfectly legitimate question.  She said it.  “Wives you are to be submissive to your husbands.” Submissive means obedient.  Women with “titanium spines” should not be obedient…  I don’t want my Commander-in-Chief asking her husband for permission before she makes a decision about our national security… I want her to be like Stone Cold and refuse to tap out if she’s locked in the sharpshooter… BTW, Bachmann answered the question perfectly.

Speaking of tapping out, it’s time T-Paw.  Fade into the mist and come back in four eight years.  I hear Dr. Nicholas Van Helsing at the University of Rangoon is doing clinical trials for charisma transplants.  It might be ready for you by then.

Welcome, Governor Perry to the race.  After dissing the Straw Poll, he’s hitting Iowa hard this week.  Unfortunately for him, I think he’s the one who’s going to get hit pretty hard tonight in WaterlooRick Santorum has already unleashed the hounds, and has now decided to speak at the Black Hawk GOP fundraiser, along with Bachmann.  Could make Thursday’s debate look tame.  Should be fun…

The idiots who heckled Mitt Romney at the Straw Poll showed, once again, that they are indeed idiots…   Being loud and obnoxious is their strategy, but you have to wonder what their purpose is.  If it’s to be loud and obnoxious, then congratulations.   You succeed every time.  If it’s to advance the issues you claim to care about, you have failed for years… Romney’s not my favorite guy, but I give him kudos here.  He handled the clowns very well…

Speaking of clowns, I hope I don’t run into Pogo tomorrow.  I’m headed to the ‘Loo for the Perry-Bachmann-Santorum Triangle of Death Match…  I do hope get to see The Duke’s birthplace while I’m there.  He’s my dad’s all-time favorite.

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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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