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June 10th, 2012
 

Kevin’s Korner: RPI’s New E.D., Bilderbergers Buy Rand, and Vilsack’s Vacuousness

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. I’m serious thinking about attending my own funeral as a guy named Phil Shifley.

I’ve been accused of wanting to push the Ron Paul supporters out of the Republican Party. It’s actually the other way around. The Paulistinians want to take over and push the rest of us aside … I don’t have an issue with Paul supporters. Obnoxious Paulistinians, yes. But the sane Paul backers are ok … I also take issue with a group that comprises, at most, 1/5 of the party taking 95% of the positions of power in the party … My complaints would be the same if supporters of Romney, Gingrich, Santorum or any others tried to hijack the party.

The Ron Paul Party of Iowa has almost completed its takeover of the Republican Party of Iowa. Paulbot-in-Chief AJ Spiker continued his trend of hiring only former Ron Paul staffers. From outside of Iowa. That includes the new executive director. Apparently, the only prerequisite for an RPI job is pledging allegiance to the Paulistinian flag  … The new hires will be officially sworn in soon …

My clandestine, ubiquitous informants uncovered the pledge all new RPI staffers must recite: “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the united Paulistinians of America. And to the Paulbots, with which we stand, one cult, under Ron, indecipherable, with legalized drugs and prostitution for all.” … Much more on the new hires tomorrow here on TIR …

This Saturday, after the state convention, the takeover will be complete. The Paulistinians will fill the rest of the national delegate slate with their kin at the district reconvenings Friday night, they will elect Paul endorser Kim Pearson as national committeewoman on Saturday, and elect a Paul supporter as the new RPI treasurer Saturday night …

With at least four candidates in the running for national committeewoman, Kim Pearson is practically guaranteed the victory. The others will split the vote and all the Paul supporters, with their group think cult-like mentality, will vote for Pearson … The other announced candidates are Scott County GOP Chair Judy Davidson, Montgomery County GOP Chair Margaret Stoldorf, and Concerned Women for America Director Tamara Scott

Of course, this is why the Ronulans stacked the deck on the rules committee. Just like they did with the State Central Committee elections, the Paulistinian-controlled rules committee changed the method for voting on the national committeeman/woman. In years past, the winner was required to garner over 50 percent of the vote. Now, whoever comes in first on the first ballot wins … That will be Kim Pearson.

The only suspense remaining at the state convention is whether or not Drew Ivers and David Fischer pull a Brutus and Cassius on Caesar Scheffler and stab him in the back … Or will they keep to their presumed deal and help Scheffler get reelected as national committeeman in exchange for casting the deciding vote in electing AJ Spiker as chairman … Beware the Ides of June, Steve …

So, barring any dramatic changes at the state convention, at a minimum, our national committeewoman, our chairman, at least eight other SCC members, and at least three staffers will all be Ron Paul supporters … And our platform preamble will be plagiarized from the Libertarian Party, while platform planks will change from supporting Israel to not providing any foreign aid to anyone (11.8), changing Iowa to a recall state like Wisconsin (7.9), and allowing the Mike Gronstal-controlled legislature to pick our U.S. Senators (7.6)  …

What’s most ridiculous about all this is that both Ron and Rand Paul realize the Paulistinians are out of control. Ron admits he can’t win the GOP nomination and asks for respect to be shown at the RNC convention …  Rand goes ahead and endorses Mitt Romney … Because he hates liberty … How did the Paulistinians react? Just as you would expect. By blaming the Bilderbergers. Who, of course, are plotting to take over the world and want to eliminate Ron Paul and his supporters by putting them all on a plane driven by a Muslim suicide pilot … Yes, some Paulistinians really believe this crap. Hence the image below:

Enough about the Bots. You know who else is fun to ridicule? Christie Vilsack … Her session on “Iowa Press” this weekend was an insult to Iowa voters. Once again, Vilsack avoided taking a stand on almost everything. The ObamaCare mandate? “I’m not for it or against it.” … Sex-selective abortions? “Why anybody is talking about that particular issue is beyond me.” … Gay marriage? “People are not talking about it.” … It’s not that she doesn’t have an opinion. It’s just that her Democrat consultants told her not to share it.

During Vilsack’s half-hour of avoidance, the looks on the faces of Radio Iowa’s Kay Henderson and the DM Register’s Kathy Obradovich were priceless … You could practically see them thinking, “You are the worst interview subject of all-time.” … Either that or, “If I lived in the Fourth District, I would vote for Steve King over this joke of a candidate.” … Or perhaps, “Mike Glover was smart to retire when he did.” … Actually, they were  really thinking, “I bet I get mentioned in Kevin’s Korner this week. Score.”

It seems like it was ages ago, but here are my thoughts on last week’s House and Senate primaries … A lot of noise was made about taking out incumbents. Those vocal groups failed miserably … Two important lessons were learned: Never underestimate your opponent and going negative in a primary will burn you badly … The first lesson was learned by Erik Helland, who was the only incumbent to lose to a non-incumbent challenger. Helland lost by 50 votes to a college kid who publicly announced his support of gay marriage just six months ago, then tried to run as a values candidate … Jake Highfill simply outworked Helland. Erik, seek out a copy of Sun Tzu’sArt of War” … Learn it. Know it. Live it

As for going negative, Jeff Mullen went way, way overboard in his attacks on Pat Ward. The Waukee pastor, who is good guy, did not come across that way to voters. Many only knew him for negative ads against Ward. Mullen spent too much time criticizing her and not enough showing people why they should vote for him …

Annette Sweeney was also hurt by the negative ad made by Team Iowa PAC against Pat Grassley. I think Grassley still would have beaten her, but the margin of error would not have been as large. People love the Grassleys in that area and a criticism of them, especially an untrue one, will backfire every time … I also think Sweeney still has a very bright future in GOP politics. Great lady …

It is hilarious to see Iowa Gun Owners try to take credit for Jake Chapman’s senate primary victory. Chapman proudly trumpeted the endorsements of Clel Baudler, IGO’s #1 target, and the NRA, IGO’s #1 rival, both on his website and in interviews … However, the credit for Jake Chapman’s victory goes to one person: Jake Chapman. He worked the district hard for a year, won over GOP primary voters of all stripes and ran a very solid campaign …

Finally , what a devastating week for the Obama campaign. Scott Walker laid the smack down on unions, Bill Clinton said we should extend the Bush tax cuts, Democrats are lashing out at national security leaks that are clearly coming from the White House, and then Barack tried to promote his jobs plan with this gaffe: “The private sector is doing just fine” … How’s Barack handling the bad week? He’s super. Thanks for asking.

That’s it for this week. I’m hungry. If anyone wants to join me, I know this little out of the way place that serves great Viking food.

Photo by Dave Davidson, Prezography.com


About the Author

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 TheIowaRepublican.com.




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