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September 16th, 2012

Kevin’s Korner: Appeaser-in-Chief, Paulistinian Pouting and Voter Fraud Does Not Exist

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Every lesson in history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face—that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight and surrender.

In 2008, candidate Barack Obama boasted his background growing up in a Muslim country and his ability to “reach out to the world” would cause the world to the look at the U.S. differently and would “make us safer” … Maybe that’s why Obama felt like it was OK to go golfing more than 100 times, but attend only 43% of his daily intelligence briefings. Only 38% this year … That also might explain why our embassies did not receive extra protection on the anniversary of 9/11.

Last week, a U.S. ambassador was assassinated for the first time since 1979. Three other Americans died in Libya … Embassies in Egypt, Yemen, Pakistan, Tunisia and Sudan were attacked. American flags burned … Al Qaeda is calling for the killing of more U.S. diplomats … The Taliban’s fervor to kill American troops in Afghanistan is renewed … Violent protests raged in several countries, including solid U.S. allies like Australia and India

Looking at the events of the past week, do you think Barack Obama has made us safer? … One day, I pray the Democrats learn that appeasement only emboldens our enemies. That lesson should now be crystal clear.

The Obama White House wants us to believe all these protests, including the one in Libya, are because of a YouTube clip that has been online for months and few people have seen … Surely, it had nothing to do with the 9/11 anniversary. Just a coincidence … I’m confused, were those American flags or YouTube flags being burned?

Isn’t it interesting that while the Obama administration attacks the free speech rights of the filmmaker, a pro-Obama super PAC accepted $1 million from Bill Maher, who has used a much larger platform on TV and film to criticize Islam? … Have they denounced in any way, shape or form Bill Maher’s attacks on Islam? What about his attacks on Christianity? Of course not … Also keep in mind that the Iowa Democrat Party was proudly promoting Muslim inciter, Christian hater Maher’s visit to Des Moines on their website.

When Mitt Romney criticized the statement put out by the U.S. embassy in Egypt, and by extension the Obama administration, the media furiously spun it as “a huge gaffe” … Nonsense … Romney was absolutely right in what he said. The Obama administration’s first instinct was to empathize with the attackers, while criticizing “an abuse” of free speech. The White House also tried to disown the embassy’s statement … Funny how quick the MSM forgets that pertinent fact … As usual, Charles Krauthammer was also correct. The rioters can all go to hell.

How important are Iowa’s six electoral votes? The Obama campaign is spending more per capita in Iowa than in any other state. Our state could determine the outcome of the election.

I congratulate RPI Chair AJ Spiker for convincing Paulistinian Melinda Wadsley to resign from her position as a presidential elector … However, Wadsley’s statement that she might not vote for Mitt Romney even if he won Iowa is not a new development. Wadsley said the same thing on the night she was chosen by 4th district delegates … The Paulistinians in the 4th district knew this when they chose her …

There is no quicker way to turn presidential elections into a national popular vote than having electors vote for someone other than the winner of their state … Wadsley also could have done irreparable harm to Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation status … Now, the question is, will the Ron Paul-dominated state central committee select someone better? Or worse?

How long will the Paulistinians complain that Ron Paul “played by the rules” but got cheated … First of all, he didn’t get cheated. He didn’t win a single freaking state and there’s no one to blame for that but Ron Paul and those running his campaign …

Secondly, from the beginning of the caucus-to-convention process, the Paul campaign did not play by the rules, despite their claims … Paul supporters repeatedly tried to crash the Polk County GOP convention. The Iowa leaders of the Paul campaign, including a state representative and a state central committee member, tried to use their positions of authority to convince Polk GOP officials to allow these unelected crashers to be seated as delegates … And these are not my claims. This is all from the people running the Polk GOP convention … That is playing by the rules? I think not.

I might need to see a doctor. I keep seeing evidence of this “imaginary” voter fraud … Our secretary of state says 1,208 non-citizens may have voted in the 2010 elections in Iowa … A Democrat congressional challenger dropped out of the race when it was revealed she voted in Maryland and Florida in 2006 and 2008 … An NAACP executive in Mississippi was sentenced to five years in prison for 10 counts of voter fraud, including casting votes for dead relatives

Now, all together Democrats. You know the routine: Close your eyes, click your heels three times and repeat your lie. “There is no voter fraud…there is no voter fraud…there is no voter fraud.”

It isn’t news that a longstanding Democrat tactic for winning elections is to accuse Republicans of racism, because they cant win by debating policy … Except now we’ve got them on record admitting it. The leader of CREDO, an ultra-liberal group that has set up shop in Ames in an effort to take down Congressman Steve King, said they got nowhere criticizing King’s policies … That would be because his policies are correct … So they started calling him a racist and they think that works much better …

This revelation would also explain the new campaign slogan for King’s congressional challenger: “Christie Vilsack, Short on Facts, So She Attacks” … King and Vilsack hold their third debate Monday evening in Hampton … Expect more of the same from the Ames Mt. Pleasant native, whose neighbors affectionately call her “The Abortion Queen”.

The Republican Victory campaign in Iowa is boasting that it has already made more phone calls and knocked on more doors than during the entire 2008 campaign … That’s great. Kudos to all for their hard work …

However, it’s obvious Republican absentee ballot efforts remain woefully behind the Democrats … Although requests for absentee ballots are way up over four years ago, 72% of those in Linn County came from Democrats. 70%-76% in Dubuque, Black Hawk and Johnson counties … It’s probably too late for a major push this year, but the GOP desperately needs to narrow this gap in 2014.

Paul Ryan returns to Des Moines Monday. I wonder if the idiot protestors will show up again. If they do, Ryan needs to pull a Reagan on them … As Craig Robinson pointed out, the Romney campaign’s repeated focus on Des Moines is a questionable strategy. VP Joe Biden will campaign in Burlington, Ottumwa and Grinnell this week … The GOP ticket needs to hit other cities or they can forget about winning Iowa …

While he’s here, ol’ Joe might want to swing by the Carroll County Dem headquarters and set them straight. They’re a little confused up there …

I have to laugh at all the Hawkeye fans celebrating and talking smack about Saturday’s victory over Northern Iowa. Seriously, UNI is a good football team, but they’re on a lower level than the Hawks. When you’re ecstatic about victories over the Panthers in football, your program might be in trouble.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by the Korner … I leave you with the longest, greatest, run-on sentence of all-time, courtesy of Illinois state senate candidate Dr. Barbara Bellar: “We’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan that we’re forced to purchase and fined if we don’t, which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people without adding a single doctor but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents, written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that didn’t read it but exempted themselves from it, and signed by a President who smokes —[laughter] —same sentence! —with funding administered by a Treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, for which we will be taxed for four years before any benefits take effect, by a government that has already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare, all to be overseen by a Surgeon General who is obese —[laughter] —and finally, financed by a country that’s broke.”

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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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