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October 23rd, 2011

Kevin’s Korner: Unalienable, Uninvited and the 7th Circle of Hell

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. I just wanna say, it’s nice to live in a country where life, liberty, and all the rest of it still stand for something. I love my unalienable rights.

Who knew John Kerry was running for the GOP nomination? … And who would have guessed conservatives would actually support him? … BTW, you can add gay marriage to the ever-growing list of things Herman Cain flip-flopped on. One week ago on Meet the Press, he said he would not seek a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Last night, he said he would.

There is a difference between being anti-abortion and being pro-life. Herman Cain is anti-abortion. But he is pro-choice. End of story.

The IFFC forum in Des Moines last night was very interesting. I thought Perry, Gingrich and Santorum helped themselves the most. Pro-lifers owe it to themselves to watch the second half of Santorum’s speech. It was personal and very powerful.

Watching the aftermath on CSPAN provided some great insight. The network stayed with the feed for several minutes, showing Santorum and Gingrich working the room … Several people came over to Santorum to tell him he won them over … Someone told Gingrich he was “the smartest guy in the room”.

The camera caught a Paulbot trying to grill Santorum on a past endorsement, clearly trying to sway some of the people gathered around Santorum. It didn’t work … He’s one of those idiots that yells for Paul during debates. These people really don’t help their cause with their behavior.

CSPAN also picked up an exchange between Newt and state rep Kim Pearson, the anti-Republican Republican who has endorsed Ron Paul. It sounded like she was lobbying Newt to encourage Linda Upmeyer, House Majority Leader and Gingrich’s state chair, to work on reinstating the Defense of Marriage Act in Iowa … Pearson also said she worked “with” Upmeyer. That depends on what the meaning of the word “with” is.

I don’t know which was more disturbing this week: the video of Gaddafi getting whacked, the “12 Monkeys”-esque wild animal release in Ohio, or this idiot pretending to be a referee, then stripping at the UCLA/Arizona game … Maybe we should unleash a Bengal tiger on him …. I hope Moammar Gaddafi enjoys his time in the Seventh Circle of Hell with Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. I hear the weather is beautiful there this time of year.

Remember in Tuesday’s debate when Michele Bachmann said 999 contained a “value added tax”? Cain denied that and encouraged everyone to go read the analysis. I did. Guess what I found. The report, on Cain’s website, refers to the business tax in 999 as a “subtraction method value added tax.” … Maybe Cain was just joking. Again … Or maybe he misspoke. Again … Or maybe he hasn’t bothered to read the analysis of the signature piece of his campaign … I’m choosing door #3.

Also from that debate, I enjoyed Rick Perry channeling Hulk Hogan, calling people “brother” … If Perry could cut a promo like the Hulkster, he would still be leading the polls.

The Polk County redistricting drama drags on … Secretary of State Matt Schultz has rejected the Polk Dems’ gerrymandered map twice. The October 15th deadline has passed and local Republicans want Schultz to send the map to the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency. However, I hear LSA wants no part of this ongoing soap opera… Meanwhile, the feuding continues between the Tates and Campbells … Stay tuned.

Senator Chuck Grassley made the right decision by deciding not to endorse anyone in this deeply flawed GOP field, as I recommended last week. It’s also smart for him to read this column each week … Its smart for you too. Where else are you going to get your weekly fix of obscure references to pro wrestling, ‘80s movies and ‘70s TV shows?

There are still two endorsements out there that could impact the Iowa Caucus. My clandestine, ubiquitous informants tell me that if Congressman Steve King endorses, he will do so before Thanksgiving Rick Perry and Rick Santorum are pheasant hunting with King this weekend. His support could greatly boost their hopes. King’s other option is his good friend Michele Bachmann, who will be highly upset if King does not back her, but as he told TIR back in August, this isn’t about friendship.

The other big endorsement out there is Bob Vander Plaats and his FAMiLY Leader organization. Since only Bachmann and Rick Santorum signed their controversial pledge, they are the only ones seemingly eligible for that endorsement … Despite what state rep Jeff Kauffman says, Vander Plaats’ backing still carries some weight. Maybe not as much as it did a year ago, but his backing can help.

BTW, National Right to Life has no plans to endorse at this time … Meanwhile, Halloween arrived a little bit early, as former Tea Party darling Christine O’Donnell, who is not a witch, supports Mitt Romney … If Romney wins, I wonder if he will invite O’Donnell, uninvite, re-invite and re-uninvite her to his inaugural. She’s used to it.

Although she claims otherwise, Michele Bachmann’s entire New Hampshire staff quit last week … Meanwhile, her former top advisor has insured he will not be on Bachmann’s Christmas card list this year. When asked about Ed Rollins’ penchant for slamming candidates he used to work for, Bachmann said, “I guess I should have done that Google search.” Rollins replied: “Well, if I would have Googled her, I would have found out she had 6 chiefs of staff in 5 years.” … Ouch.

That’s all for this week. Until next time, remember these words from a wise man: “Fear knocked on the door. Faith answered. There was no one there.”

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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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