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July 29th, 2012

Kevin’s Korner: Paul Plots, Meatless Monday, and My First Endorsement

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. All art is political. Otherwise it would just be decoration.

I thought Marco Rubio’s speech Saturday in Des Moines was one of the best I’ve ever heard from a politician. There were no attacks, no smears, no distortions, and no promises that he won’t be able to keep. Every politico should strive for that kind of excellence … Too bad Marco never found Polo … Or Iowa

Wait, what? Oh … Rubio phoned in his speech. Sorry. I left before that … I had to hurry home and watch Kazakhstan win a gold medal in the Olympics. I love their national anthem

For those that thought Ron Paul’s campaign would finally fade quietly into the night, you don’t know the Paulistinians very well. They are challenging all 46 of Louisiana’s national delegates … The state party offered the Paulbots 17 of those 46 delegate slots (37%), even though he collected a whopping 6% of the vote … That wasn’t good enough for the Bots, because it wasn’t a majority of the delegates … So Paul’s campaign wants the entire delegate slate wiped clean and their Paulistinian-only “rump convention” slate proclaimed the legitimate one.

New slogan for the Paulistianians: “We Are the 6%

Some of our own Paulistinians are facing a little legal trouble for alleged campaign law violations … Washington County Attorney Larry Brock, a Republican, filed seven serious misdemeanor charges against Custom Impressions, Inc. Iowa GOP State Central Committee member Marcus Fedler is the president of the company … Six of the charges are for unlawful campaign sign placement by a corporation. The other charge is for unlawful campaign contribution by a corporation …

Brock also filed charges against three Washington County candidates, all Republicans … Well, sort of. Priscilla Marlar, a “liberty” candidate who unsuccessfully challenged Jarad Klein in the HD 78 Republican primary, is charged with one count of unlawful receipt of a campaign contribution from a corporation (a funeral home), and one count of unlawful use of campaign funds (car tires) … Marlar clearly misunderstood the Chicago Way, where the dead drive themselves to the polls on election day …

Two Washington County supervisor candidates face one charge each for alleged campaign finance violations … A serious misdemeanor conviction in Iowa results in up to a year in jail and/or a fine up to $1,875. The county attorney told The Kalona News he would not seek jail sentences …

Christie Vilsack’s best buddy Nancy Pelosi and their union pals could also be facing some legal issues after Vilsack’s campaign clearly coordinated with Pelosi’s PAC and AFSCME to produce a commercial that has identical footage to a Vilsack ad … The funniest part is the liberals made this ad about education, but had to read a Republican blog to find the correct way to spell “Independence”.

The word is, Christie Vilsack neither approves nor disapproves of the “Meatless Monday” promoted by her husband’s UDSA … In response to the Agriculture department’s anti-Ag stance, Senator Chuck Grassley tweeted: “I will eat more meat on Monday to compensate for stupid USDA recommendation abt a meatless Monday” …

Of course, that bit of common sense prompted PETA to start taking bets on when Grassley will die from a “meat-related disease” … You stay classy, San Diego … I’ve got news for the hypocrite animal killers at PETA. Even at 78 years old, Grassley is probably healthier than all of you. Challenge him to a race. I dare you …

Speaking of eating meat, I agree with Mike Huckabee … I am officially offering my first endorsement ever here on Kevin’s Korner. I endorse: Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches … They are absolutely the best of any fast food restaurant … Trust me. I’ve tried ‘em all.

When I was a kid, the Chick-fil-A in my hometown inside the mall would offer free, bite-sized samples. My friends and I, being the brats that we were, would raid the sample trey three or four times in a 10-minute span. A new Chick-fil-A is opening soon in West Des Moines. I’ve got two words for that: Awe. Some … BTW, if the owners would like to reward that unsolicited testimonial with some coupons or free food, go right ahead.

Who else thinks Randi Shannon and Dennis the Constitutional Peasant would make a good couple?

What is the capital of Israel? That should be an easy question for any American politician, especially the president. Jerusalem was, is and will always be the capital of the Jewish state …

But the Obama White House either doesn’t know that or refuses to acknowledge it. When pressed, White House spokesman Jay Carney replied, “Our position hasn’t changed.” Repeatedly. But he failed to identify what that position is … It’s a good thing for Carney that the Old Man from Scene 24 wasn’t there with any tough questions like, “What is your favorite color?”

Mitt Romney made a diplomatic stumble in Britain, but the bumbling Obama administration counteracted with a bigger one of its own … One of Obama’s first acts as president was to remove a bust of Winston Churchill from the Oval Office and return it to the Brits

Conservative columnist extraordinaire Charles Krauthammer wrote about the faux pas last week, which drew a swift rebuke from the White House, claiming the bust is still there … Problem is, that is a different Churchill bust. So the British embassy rebuked Obama’s rebuke. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the White House to apologize to Krauthammer

Finally, for those of us who care about winning in November, what are we to do with a Republican state party that raised only $4,700 in the last reporting period? During a presidential election year … In the pre-Paulistinian Era, the chairman and the entire staff could have taken the entire month off and raised more than that … Some are already calling for Chairman Spiker’s head. Well, be careful what you wish for. Considering the make up of this SCC, they could hand over the reins to someone a lot worse …

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

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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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