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May 13th, 2012

Kevin’s Korner: Striking Spiker, Convicts for Prez, and Swiss Miss

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. It looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

Have you ever heard of A.J. Striker? … Me neither. But Rand Paul has. They were like brothers … Paul called RPI Chairman and former Ron Paul campaign vice-chair A.J. Spiker A.J. Striker” on Jan Mickelson’s show Friday … He apologized Friday night …

No apology necessary on this end. In fact, thanks are in order. Rand Paul gift-wrapped a perfect theme for this week’s entire column … So grab a cup of coffee and enjoy. I take mine black …

Like Ted Striker trying to save an airplane from impending disaster, A.J. Spiker Striker faces a similar challenge with the Republican Party of Iowa. Donations are way down, staff is deserting the sinking ship, and the Paulistinians might blow the whole thing up … Yes, RPI was an inside job

By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to run a political party? … A.J. Striker doesn’t seem to think so … My clandestine, ubiquitous informants tell me he’s looking at out-of-state Paulistinians to replace departing Executive Director Chad Olsen … Surely he can’t be serious. That would be a big mistake. Striker needs to build some goodwill and hire a non-Ronulan. From Iowa … Whoever gets the gig, I just want to tell you, “Good luck. We’re all counting on you.” … I am serious

I found it very interesting that in Chairman Striker’s press release denouncing President Obama’s newfound support of gay marriage, he included the RNC Platform plank calling for a constitutional amendment against gay marriage. Why is that interesting? Because Ron Paul, Striker’s preferred presidential candidate, opposes that same platform plank. And many others … More on how Ron Paul differs greatly with the Republican platform later this week …


BTW, whoever decided to plaster the “sold-out” signs over the Lincoln Dinner ad on the Iowa GOP’s website home page must think we’re stupid. It wasn’t a sellout. Not even close

After 12 years as a tenant at RPI HQ in Des Moines, they are evicting the Polk County GOP … The issue was discussed during a State Central Commitee  meeting April 14, but they waited until Friday to tell the Polk GOP. They have three weeks to get out … “Security issues” were the apparent reason why, with volunteers coming and going from the HQ at all hours …

This follows one of Chairman Striker’s first moves as RPI chair, which was to remove the Des Moines Conservative Breakfast Club from the state party HQ … It might be a good idea to build bridges, not burn them, with the biggest county central committee in the state … I don’t think I’ll ever get over Macho Grande. Those wounds run pretty deep …

Which leads us to the task at hand: Winning in November. The total inaction of the Senate Democrats in this year’s legislative session shows how important winning a majority has become. An enormous property tax increase is about to explode on Iowans, and instead of getting anything accomplished, the Dems continue Gronstalling … We must win the Senate this November.


Some Iowa evangelicals are still trashing Mitt Romney, like they did with this sign in West Des Moines. Meanwhile, President Obama gift-wrapped the perfect issue for Romney by embracing gay marriage last week … Now Romney needs to take advantage of it. His campaign still has a lot of work to do to win over social conservatives. He cannot win in November without them … Dispatching Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum to campaign for him would be a good start.

I wonder if Keith Judd will get a prime time speaking role at the DNC convention … The convict got 41% of the Dem presidential vote in West Virginia, with Obama on the ballot. Yes, 70,000 Democrats chose a convicted extortionist who is locked up in Texas over the President of the United States … Judd even earned a delegate to the convention. I think a presidential pardon is in order.

While the Democrats are accusing Republicans of a “war on women”, I’m accusing them of a War on Mississippi. One Department of Justice staffer called Mississippians “disgusting and shameful”. Why? Because they support Voter ID. And the DOJ is using taxpayer funded resources to defend the staffer …

After her state voted 61-39 in favor of a constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, North Carolina’s Dem governor exclaimed, “We look like Mississippi.” … Have fun Dems, hosting your DNC convention in Charlotte, NC later this summer …

Michele Bachmann makes her long awaited return to the Korner. Two days after news surfaced that she had obtained dual citizenship in Switzerland, Bachmann renounced it … Her citizenship, not the news … Apparently, Bachmann became a Swiss Miss when she married Marcus back in 1978 … Not once on the campaign trail did Bachmann tell us she was a Swiss citizen … I did hear her say 74,372 times that she was an Iowan, although she had not lived here in 43 years …

Jill Biden followed in the family tradition of going off script. The VP’s wife broke the first two rules of the Christie Vilsack campaign: You do not talk about abortion … “Christie stands with women and their choices,” Biden pronounced … There’s a reason why Carpetbagger Christie is calledThe Abortion Queen” back home in Mount Pleasant. This is the first time the campaign came close to embracing that legacy.

The ICCI professional protestors conducted a rehearsed protest outside the Americans for Prosperity event that featured Congressman Steve King on Friday. Yes, I said “rehearsed”. And with union labor … Here’s part of an email sent by Adam Mason, ICCI’s state policy organizing director:

“We’re going to gather at the Laborer’s Local 353 Hall. We’ve got a plan that’s going to require just a bit of rehearsing, which is why we’re asking folks to show up at early. Once we’re all set, we’ll march to the Convention Center and make it clear that Tea Party madness ends in Iowa this year.” … Yes, 30 of you holding up signs and chanting will end the Tea Party. Brilliant, as always … I haven’t seen anything like this since the Anita Bryant concert

Finally, Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, especially mine. Thanks for all the love you’ve shown me over the years. I know it’s been too long since I’ve seen you. I will soon.

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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