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June 24th, 2012

Kevin’s Korner: Paul’s Convention Coup, Christie’s Ducks and His Name is Brian Terry

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. A rumor is not a rumor that doesn’t die.

Not content with their takeovers of state Republican parties and national delegate slates, the Paulistinians are now suing the RNC, its chairman, and every state Republican party and chairman in the nation … This lawsuit is beyond ridiculous, on many fronts.

First of all, the suit was filed on behalf of “Delegates to the National Convention” who want to be “unbound” and free to vote for Ron Paul on the first ballot. Here’s the problem: It looks like few, if any, of these plaintiffs are actually delegates to national convention …

The lone Iowan in the suit, Edward True, was not a district or state delegate, much less a national one … BTW, Edward’s last name is apparently short for 9/11 Truther … I know. Shocking … There’s no record of the two plaintiffs from Missouri being delegates at any level … And of the 56 Arizonans claiming to be national delegates, not a single one actually is …

Furthermore (I always wanted to use that word in a sentence), am I the only who sees the utter hypocrisy in the Paulistinians filing a federal lawsuit to get their way? … Their idol Ron Paul is the ultimate champion of states’ rights. So his minions do the exact opposite of everything Paul advocates by filing a federal lawsuit to overturn the rules of state parties, and in some cases, state laws … Of course, the fact that Paul didn’t denounce the lawsuit is also very telling …

When you ask the Paulistinians how they can have 70% of the delegates in states where Ron Paul got 10% of the vote, their answer is, “We played by the party rules.” … Now they’re saying those party rules don’t matter … Of course. It all makes sense if you stand back from it … REVOLUTION! LIBERTY! FREEDOM! HYPOCRISY!

So, assuming the ridiculous lawsuit fails mightily, as it should, what’s next in the Paulistinian Playbook? A Bob Vander Plaats-like coup attempt to make Ron or Rand Paul the vice-presidential nominee … And this one has a legitimate shot at working … The delegates have to approve the vice-presidential nominee. And they’re not bound to anyone. They could reject whomever Mitt Romney chooses and demand a Paul be placed on the ticket …

That scenario would be a disaster. Rand Paul is obviously playing nice with Romney because he’s thinking about his political future. Forcing your way on the ticket is not the way to go … However the Romney campaign did not think ahead in this regard. They should have organized their supporters early on to fight for delegate spots. They didn’t and now we have potential for a disastrous GOP national convention …

RPI Chairman AJ Spiker says he thinks all of Iowa’s delegates will vote for Mitt Romney on the first ballot. I think A.J.’s still not over Macho Grande. If Ron Paul is able to get nominated, I highly doubt all of Iowa’s votes go for Romney. Paul needs the majority of delegates in five states in order to be placed in nomination.

Republican activists have been rightfully outraged about the Fast and Furious debacle for over a year now. However, most Americans had never even heard of the scandal until this week because the mainstream media never bothered to cover it …

Now, they’re trying to make duplicitous Attorney General Eric Holder out to be the victim and defending President Obama for using executive privilege. The mainstream media and the Democrats (same thing) would have excoriated President Bush for the same action. Oh wait, they did, including a certain Illinois senator

Kudos to our own senator, Chuck Grassley, for keeping the pressure on Obama and Holder … Too bad Obama’s own spokesman can’t even remember the name of the border agent who was killed with guns that our own government put into the hands of Mexican drug cartels … His name is Brian Terry … Terry’s the real victim here and his parents want answers that Obama and Holder refuse to give … Of course, Holder’s Justice Department has been lying from the very beginning, including saying they knew nothing about the entire program.

Of course, Nancy Pelosi has this issue all figured out. It’s a huge Republican plot to suppress votes … In the Smackdown of the Week, South Carolina rep Trey Gowdy nailed it: Pelosi is “mind-numbingly stupid” …

I wonder if Pelosi’s good friend Christie Vilsack thinks holding the Obama administration accountable is an effort to suppress votes … Oh, that’s right. She’s not in Congress yet. So she doesn’t have an opinion. On anything

Can you imagine what Tom Vilsack must go through, being married to someone who can’t make a decision on anything? My clandestine, ubiquitous informants overheard some recent conversations between the Vilsacks. They are very revealing:

Tom: “Honey, should we go out to eat or stay in tonight?”

Christie: “I appreciate you asking the question, but I’m trying not to answer questions right now.”

Tom: “Chris, does this outfit match?”

Christie: “I’m not for it or against it.”

Tom: “Tell me the truth, I was a lousy governor, wasn’t I?”

Christie: “I don’t think it makes sense to go back and replay something.”

Tom: “Christie, which did I look more ridiculous as, Winnie the Pooh or the Crocodile?’

Christie: “Why anybody is talking about that particular issue is beyond me.”

Why anybody takes Christie Vilsack seriously as someone who should represent Iowa in Congress is beyond me.

One of the worst things I’ve seen in a long time turned into a heartwarming story. This 10-minute video shows a group of middle schoolers bullying 67-year old bus monitor Karen Klein in all sorts of despicable ways. They drove the poor woman to tears while she just sat there and took it … The video went viral, with more than 6 million views. Disgusted people from all over the world rallied to Karen Klein’s side. They have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Klein, a widow. Originally it was to give her a nice vacation, but not it looks like Klein can live out her years in luxury and not have to deal with snot-nosed brats like those ever again.

Finally, I want to send my best wishes out to my friends David and Becky Kepler. The Keplers are longtime GOP activists in Hamilton County and wonderful people. David is putting up a hellacious battle against cancer and could use your prayers. Please take a moment and think of them the next time you bow your head. Keep it up, Dave. We’re with you!!

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.

Photo by Dave Davidson,

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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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