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July 22nd, 2012

Kevin’s Korner: Convention Overload, Randi’s Ramblings, and Free Advice for Mitt

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. I didn’t build this column. Somebody else made it happen.

In case you didn’t get enough of the wonderful county, district and state GOP conventions this year, we’ve got more on the docket in the next few weeks … At least three special nominating conventions will take place soon to select Republicans to run for Iowa House and Senate seats …

Most prominently, of course, is Senate District 34 in Linn County. No date has been set, but they will hold a convention to pick a replacement for “U.S. SenatorRandi Shannon, after she fell into the void where even some Paulistinians fear to tread … Despite a dearth of strong potential candidates in that district, the only one seemingly interested in running is…Randi Shannon’s campaign chairman Ryan Flood … Yes, really …

There’s no word on if Flood is also cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs, but he apparently doesn’t even live in the district. Or the county. Or the state, for the past few months. Flood was working on a “liberty” PAC in Texas after serving on Ron Paul’s Iowa campaign … Ryan Flood has a Des Moines address, was a Polk County delegate to the state convention and also served on the credentials committee … There’s no truth to the rumor that Liz Mathis just gave her staff the next four weeks off …

Meanwhile, another Paul supporter, and member of the Libertarian Party, is running in HD 33 vs. Dem House Leader (aka Fleebagger-in-Chief) Kevin McCarthy. Cory Ewing hopes to secure the Republican nomination at a special convention on August 1 …  Perennial candidate Jeremy Walters, who embarrassed the Iowa GOP two years ago while running against McCarthy, hopes to be nominated as well … There’s no truth to the rumor that RPI Chair AJ Striker just scheduled a trip to Macho Grande for August 1

And our friends in the Lee County GOP, who almost singlehandedly destroyed the Iowa Caucus, are holding a meeting July 30 to nominate a candidate to run against Dem incumbent and union capo Jerry Kearns in HD 83 Jim Steffen is running for the GOP nomination. He’s a lifelong Lee County resident, Marine veteran and current member of the Iowa National Guard … There’s no truth to the rumor that Form E’s will be required to verify the winner … All three of these seats are almost certain to remain in Dem hands.

As for “Senator Randi Shannon”, after her bizarre exit from the SD 34 race, Shannon went on a media tour to promote her new position of “U.S. Senator of the Republic of the United States of America” … The media lapped it up, because crazy = ratings. How else do you explain “Glee”? …

The nonsense Shannon and her alternate government reality cohorts spew is beyond ridiculous. And completely contradictory … They claim our government became illegitimate in 1871. That means any law passed after 1871 is also illegitimate. Women weren’t allowed to vote until 1920. So, in Randi Shannon’s world, she doesn’t even have the right to vote, much less become a Senator

Shannon also couldn’t just be “appointedSenator by pre or post-1871 laws. A vote would have to take place … And the four “Iowa congressmen” of her alternate government reality are also illegitimate, considering three of them live in Scott County … And who appointed them? …

It’s obvious no one in this alternate government reality has read, or comprehends, the Federalist Papers, although they’ll claim to be smarter than the rest of us and we would understand if we listened to their drivel … And drank their Kool Aid …  Apparently what sent Randi Shannon on this crazy train was a recent convention in Atlanta with like-minded folks … I’m still following up on the rumor that she also returned home with a truckload of Amway products …

So, which is worse, a liberal or a libertarian? A liberal, of course. By a longshot … Which is worse between a Democrat and a Paulistinian? That’s a tougher question … I’ve never voted for a Democrat and have no intention to do so anytime soon. Whether or not I will vote for a Paulistinian might be decided this November.  And no, I don’t mean in the presidential race. It’s over. Move on.

Some free and useful advice for Mitt Romney: The next time Democrats or reporters (same thing) ask you to release your tax returns, say “I’ll be glad to, as soon as Eric Holder releases all the Fast and Furious documents.” … Or, “As soon as Barack Obama releases his college transcripts.” … You’re welcome

Why is getting a Mitt Romney yard sign or bumper sticker harder than collecting two dollars from Lane Myer? … My clandestine, ubiquitous informants tell me, to get one from the Central Iowa HQ, you have to give them your name, address, phone number, social security number, driver’s license and the rights to your first-born child … Guys, the idea is get the yard signs and bumper stickers out the door. Ya know, where the public can see them. It’s called advertising … Learn it. Know it. Live it

2011 Ames Straw Poll winner Michele Bachmann is facing some serious backlash from top Republicans after she called for an investigation into Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton … Bachmann pointed out that Abedin’s family, including her father, might have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. BTW, Abedin’s father has been dead for almost 20 years … She’s also married to a Jew …

I honestly think Bachmann means well. She serves on the House Intelligence Committee and has concerns about the Muslim Brotherhood infiltrating our government. However, the congresswoman jumped the shark. Again … Then she pulled it out of the water, sliced it up and served shark steak sandwiches to her 2,328 foster kids.

I thought it was a good move by both Romney and Obama to suspend their campaigning in the wake of the movie theatre tragedy in Colorado. Of course, Obama’s liberal friends didn’t follow suit … Not content with shamelessly blaming Sarah Palin for the Gabrielle Giffords shooting tragedy of 2011, the libs wasted no time in blaming Friday’s horrific event on their favorite conservative boogeyman, Rush Limbaugh … Remember earlier this year when the libs thought they were going to run Rush off the air? He’s on 10 different stations in Iowa. Ten!

Not to be outdone by his fellow libs, ABC’s Brian Ross immediately tied the shooting to the Tea Party, because someone with the same name as the shooter was a member of a local Tea Party … ABC apologized later, but this was journalistic malpractice at its worst.

There’s one person to blame for this shooting. It’s the psychopath who did the shooting. Period.

Finally, a sign of hopeful news in the case of the missing Evansdale girls. The FBI said on Saturday that they have reason to believe the girls are alive. Let’s pray they are safe, and found soon. And those responsible for their disappearance are punished to the full extent of the law. Even though that will probably hit close to home for the girls.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.

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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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