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March 11th, 2012

Kevin’s Korner: Paulbot Convention Crashers, Polk Coup and Palin’s Change

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I need a nap.

Despite more than 40 attempts, the Paulbots were thwarted in their attempts to crash the Polk County GOP convention. It was a disgraceful display from people who were not delegates and had no business there … Even worse was the State Central Committee member trying to help them get seated as delegates, in clear violation of the rules … That SCC member’s conflict of interest as a paid Ron Paul staffer was never more evident …

And from what I hear, he wasn’t the only SCC member looking out for the Paulbots, and only the Paulbots, at conventions on Saturday … They proved exactly why State Central Committee members should not take sides, especially as paid staffers, in a primary or caucus … This practice must end. Now.

Tomorrow here on TIR, we will have an in-depth look at the statewide attempts by Ron Paul supporters to break the rules, disrupt the proceedings and undermine GOP county conventions at sites around Iowa … And the State Central Committee members who were helping them.

The Paulbot invasion helped create an unorganized mess at the Polk GOP convention. There were other issues that were inexcusable … Polk GOP Chair Kevin McLaughlin lost control of the floor during the afternoon session. Things dragged on forever with nothing happening. There was an extended floor debate to suspend and change the rules to expedite the process. The floor debate wound up wasting more time than if we would have just followed the rules, which eventually is what happened after a long delay … Stupid waste of time. There’s no excuse for taking 10 hours to do a convention, when a similar sized convention in Linn County to half that amount.

Again, the Paulbot invasions were a biggest problem. But there was a serious lack of organized leadership … My clandestine, ubiquitous informants tell me members of the Polk GOP executive committee are not happy with McLaughlin. A coup attempt could be in the works …

The morning session inside the convention hall went well for the most part. A whopping 37 speeches were delivered from 9 am-11:30 am. They included Congressman Tom Latham, National Committeeman Steve Scheffler, Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, and a gargantuan number of party officials, candidates and legislators … Ya know, I’ve always liked that word, gargantuan. I so rarely have an opportunity to use it in a sentence … Speaking of gargantuan, there are five Republican candidates running for House District 37 in Ankeny.

Oh yeah. RPI Chairman A.J. Spiker was there too … Most of the candidates and officials took time to deliver a speech to the 42 junior delegates in attendance. Spiker did not … No point in trying to get those young people excited about the party, I guess.

Line of the Day at the Polk GOP convention came from State Senator Brad Zaun: “Guns don’t kill. Abortions do.” Yep …

I always get a chuckle out of people who constantly advocate for the party platform, treating it like it’s the Constitution or the Bible. That is a ridiculous outlook … The Republican Party of Iowa platform differs greatly from the Republican National Committee platform. And they both change every few years … So, which platform are we supposed to be beholden to? … There isn’t a candidate alive anywhere that follows every plank of the platform. It’s a nice guide put together by a select few activists. Nothing more.

I’ve always been big fan of HBO’s original programming … “The Sopranos”, “Game of Thrones”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “True Blood”, “Carnivale” … Even all the way back to “The Hitchhiker” and “Tales from the Crypt” … Some of their movies have been good too, but “Game Change”, their Sarah Palin hitpiece, was awful. And not just because of the blatant liberal bias. I enjoyed the book, but the movie was just so hokey … The most laughable line is that it would cost $60,000 to do a poll that Palin requested. The real cost is more like 1/10 that. Or less … The sole intention of that figure was to make Sarah look bad, which is really the goal of the entire movie.

Julianne Moore does decent job looking and sounding like Sarah Palin, but there’s something missing … Woody Harrelson’s acting was so forced. His portrayal of McCain campaign manager Stephen Schmidt was one of the least believable characters he has ever played … And they tried to make all Palin fans look like redneck rubes … The fact that some are is beside the point … “Recount”, the HBO film about the Bush-Gore Florida fiasco was much better.

Stephen Schmidt’s continued bashing of Palin is unseemly. Schmidt ran an awful campaign for John McCain and still wants to make Palin the scapegoat. This always happens on losing campaigns. Take a look at the Bachmann debacle and all the fingerpointing that went on afterwards … Only Brad Zaun stepped up and took fault for some of those problems. But then, Brad is a standup guy.

Newt Gingrich’s hypocrisy is on full display again. Not too long ago, he was advocating for Rick Santorum to drop out, so a conservative could go one-on-one with Mitt Romney. Now, Santorum has proven to be Romney’s toughest challenger. Newt should wake up and do a fundamental reassessment of what’s going on in this campaign.

It’s hilarious to watch the liberals at CNN go apoplectic over the first posthumous Breitbart video, which is a preview of Barack Obama’s ties to radical racist professor Derrick BellThis video is worth watching all the way through. It’s even more fun when panelist Amy Holmes, who is black, smacks down Soledad O’Brien, the rest of the panel and the entire mainstream media for not doing its job and vetting Obama in ’08.

Huge news from HD 73 over in eastern Iowa: Republican Speaker Pro Tem Jeff Kaufmann plans to retire. He will be missed … Kaufmann faced a tough challenge in this November in his new Dem leaning district, but still had a solid chance of winning. Now, it would be a fallacy to think Republicans will defeat the winner of the primary of unfortunate names between David Johnson and Dick Schwab.

Finally, could our men’s teams have possibly fared worse in the conference tournaments? … Well yes, Drake and Iowa won their first round games. They could have lost. That would have been worse … Shaddup. It was a rhetorical question … Let’s hope the Clones give all Iowans something to cheer for in the Big Dance.

Thanks for reading. There is no life in the void.

Photos 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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