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April 8th, 2012
 

Kevin’s Korner: Santorum’s Last Shot, Paul’s Pay, and Dems Debunked

Happy Easter and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. May you and your loved ones have a Blessed Day.

There are a lot of people saying it’s time for Rick Santorum to drop out of the presidential race. I’m betting he is at least considering it … Santorum absolutely, positively has to win his home state of Pennsylvania on April 24. Not only are his extremely slim presidential hopes on the line, so is his political future …

Santorum has already fared better than anyone could have imagined. He roared back from political purgatory and became the conservative choice in this race … He has even positioned himself as a potential VP pick. IMO, Romney needs a conservative like Santorum to make sure conservative voters turn out in November

However, Santorum’s chances of being VP go out the window if he loses Pennsylvania. It’s a key swing state in the general election. If he can’t win a primary there, he brings nothing to the presidential ticket … Santorum takes a huge risk by staying in, which it looks like he’s doing, for now.

Say it ain’t so, Joe … I don’t understand why the Iowa Legislature is giving a $16 million tax credit to a private business to build a baseball park at the “Field of Dreams” site in Dyersville … I love baseball and admit the movie made me a tad weepy the first time I saw it because I could totally relate to the father/son storyline

However, we have better uses for our tax dollars. This is the government picking winners and losers … As Senator Mark Chelgren pointed out, in the movie, Ray Kinsella plows under his own corn to build the field. He didn’t ask taxpayers to help him … Governor Branstad should veto this bill.

We hope you enjoyed Steve King Week here on TIR. The good congressman merited five different stories last week. It wasn’t planned that way, but circumstances and events warranted the coverage … I, for one, can never get too much Congressman King, but my guess is this coming week’s coverage will be more fair and balanced … And by “fair and balanced”, I mean totally lopsided toward other Republicans.

King wasn’t the only Iowa politico who took President Obama to school over his ridiculous Supreme Court comments about overturning a law being “unprecedented”. Senator Grassley took to Twitter with this gem: “Constituents askd why i am not outraged at PresO attack on supreme court independence. Bcause Am ppl r not stupid as this x prof of con law” … For those of you who are Twitter impaired, I believe this last sentence means, “Because the American people are not as stupid as this ex-professor of constitutional law.”

Speaking of Dems and their problems with the courts, the Iowa Democratic Party and one of their 2010 state senate hopefuls were successfully sued by Republican State Senator Rick Bertrand over a disgraceful smear ad. The IDP has to cough up $200,000 and Bertrand’s former opponent Rick Mullin must pay him $31,000

This could be an enormous, precedent setting legal decision with far-reaching implications … For instance, IDP, Christie Vilsack and their liberal allies might want to rethink those lies about Steve King voting to end Medicare”.

Proving once again there’s no level too low for Democrats to stoop to, Dick Durbin blamed the tornadoes in Dallas on global warming and demanded that people go buy hybrid cards. “It’s your money or your life,” he warned … Durbin is notorious for accusing Republicans of fearmongering, while being one of the world’s foremost practitioners of it. His hypocrisy knows no bounds.

It wouldn’t be a Kevin’s Korner if I didn’t point out the ridiculosity (yes, it is a word. I looked it up) of Ron Paul and/or his Bots. Paul has missed 92% of his House votes this year. That’s right, Mr. Monetary Policy is pocketing big taxpayer bucks ($174,000) while not doing his job 92% of the time … Only in Washington, D.C. could this happen … Further hypocrisy from Dr. Paul, who has called for congressional pay to be cut. Will the Bots demand that Paul repay 92% of his salary? After all, it’s about the movement, not about the man. Right?

Another week, another fun story from Olbermann-Gore liberal loon land. The recently fired Olby is suing Gore and his barely watched network for $50 million, saying the Current TV higher-ups are “erratic” and “unprofessional” … Gore has countersued, calling Olby “arrogant” and “immature”, as if that wasn’t already blatantly obvious

It gets even better … Time Warner cable might be on the verge of dropping Current TV because they’re struggling to beat 50-year old “Andy Griffith Show” reruns in the ratings … Mediacom, in a very rare wise decision, has not picked up the liberal network … Further proof that lib propaganda cannot survive in the marketplace of ideas without government assistance.

Sarah Palin once again raised her starpower with a solid performance as guest host on the “Today” show. She was personable, comfortable, and smacked down old rival Katie Couric in the ratings … Most of the reviews were solid, but the totally predictable liberal media haters still took their shots. The LA Times wrote an entire article slamming Palin’s performance by quoting a few people you’ve never heard of on Twitter … That would be like judging the merits of this column based on what liberals Cordane and Echo Buster put in the comment section.

Finally, while the NCAA Championship game on Monday was a snoozer (though I’m glad the Jayhawks lost and I won my tournament pool), WWE put forth one of its best TV shows in a long time. A rabid crowd and big return by former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar helped make for a fun show … It was as good as some of the WWE Raw programs from 12 years ago when even non-dorks watched wrestling … Yes, I’m including myself in that group.

That’s it for this week. Go in peace. I will not say do not weep. For not all tears are an evil.

Photos 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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