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May 6th, 2012

Kevin’s Korner: Delegate Debacle, Affirmative Action, and the Force Choke

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. I got all the time that I need to kill. What’s the time? It’s time to get ill. RIP, M.C.A.

A friend sent me a link to a story about lighting striking a man in the worst place possible … Youch … It’s a fitting metaphor for what is happening to the Republican Party of Iowa.

How sickening is Iowa’s slate of at-large delegates elected on Saturday? It’s not just that nine of the 12 are diehard Ron Paul supporters, who has not won one single state and finished 3,800 votes behind the top two in the Iowa Caucus … It’s obvious the only the criteria the majority of the nominating commission used was that the delegate supports Ron Paul. To claim otherwise, which some members did, is laughable …

Becoming a national delegate should be a reward for people who have volunteered a great deal of their time and efforts to help the Republican Party or Republican candidates. Some of these delegates are completely unheard of in Republican circles. That means they haven’t done anything other than supported Ron Paul … I know some Paul supporters who are more deserving than some on this atrocious slate … Anyone interested in keeping Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation status will vote against it at state convention.

As a surprise to no one, serial conflicters of interest Drew Ivers and David Fischer are part of this abomination. I wonder if they’ll still be on the Paul campaign payroll while they’re “representing Iowa” at the national convention … If these two State Central Committee members had an ounce of integrity, they would step aside and make room for someone who actually deserves to be a national delegate …

Of course, this was Fischer and Ivers’ plan from the beginning. Let us never forget this blast email written by Drew Ivers just before the county conventions: “If there are any votes, make sure you vote ONLY for Ron Paul supporters.  A vote for anyone who is not a Ron Paul supporter could cost us seats at the District and State Conventions.” … Those words alone should disqualify Ivers from any position representing the RPI.

Speaking of words disqualifying people from the RPI, Jamie Johnson uttered them not once, not twice, not three, but four times to media outlets over the last several days. Even if you agree with Johnson’s stance in not supporting Mitt Romney, any clear thinking person can see that he is in violation of the party’s bylaws: The Central Committee has major responsibilities defined as follows: b. To recruit qualified candidates and assist in conducting the political campaigns required to elect all candidates of the Republican Party to office

Everyone get that?  Assist ALL Republican candidates. That is the duty of the SCC … If you don’t want to help the entire Republican team, you shouldn’t be on the committee. At the very least, don’t do media interviews all over the place telling everyone you will refuse to honor the bylaws …

Johnson hurt the Republican Party of Iowa this week. Something tells me he has finally realized that. But the damage is done … I’m sure Jamie Johnson is not the only SCC member who feels this way. But he’s the only one who went on a media tour proclaiming it. So far.

Ken Cuccinelli delivered a phenomenal speech at the RPI Lincoln Dinner Saturday evening. If he can win the gubernatorial race in Virginia next year, Cuccinelli will likely become a future presidential candidate. He’s got all the tools to reach out to all facets of the Republican Party. His First Principles approach to governing is right on …

There were about 250 people on hand for the Lincoln Dinner. That’s not a strong showing. RPI’s Executive Director Chad Olsen tells me they did make a small profit on the event, so that’s good. Still, they have a long way to go to regain the momentum of the Matt Strawn era.

Let’s talk about something else … How about the sham of the declining unemployment numbers. It’s all an illusion … The economy is not rebounding and Americans are still struggling to find jobs. Unemployment is going down because people’s benefits have expired and they’ve given up trying to find a good job. The truth is, we are now at the lowest percentage of adults in the workforce in three decades

Charles Krauthammer, as usual, nailed it. Massachusetts Dem Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren, who is white, has listed herself for the past 20 years as a minority in a directory of law professors. Why? To use that status to get ahead. Krauthammer came up with the perfect Indian name for Warren: Tells Tall Tales

On a related note, it looks like I left the Iowa Dems’ 4th District Convention before the true highlight: They appointed someone as “Affirmative Active Chair”. Yes, really …  Apparently they do this in all their district conventions.

Meanwhile, 4th District Dem hopeful Christie Vilsack continues to avoid answering any serious question about where she stands on the issues … WHO-TV busted her on this last week … Vilsack’s candidacy is an insult to Iowa voters.

Governor Branstad made a shrewd move last week. After the Iowa Senate Dem hypocrites rejected his nominee to the Iowa Board of Medicine, mainly because she is pro-life, Branstad offered a new candidate: Msgr. Frank Bognanno, a Catholic priest who proudly proclaims he is “absolutely pro-life”. Well played, Governor … Now, you need end those payments for “fetal anomaly” abortions that were removed from the HHS budget last year by the legislature … I’m not letting up on this topic until you do.

There was a lot of talk last week about the tanorexic mom. Being freckleptic myself, I’m hopeful that one day all my freckles will merge together. Then the tanorexic twit will envy my killer tan.

Finally, like many geeks, I celebrated Star Wars Day last week. Then got the best new of all. Real light sabers are now available! I must have one. After that, if I could just do the Force Choke, my life would be complete.

That’s it for this week. My job’s ain’t a job it’s a damn good time. City to city I’m running my rhymes.

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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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