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September 30th, 2012
 

Kevin’s Korner: Boswell’s Precious, Early Voting Shenanigans and The Stench

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Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. It is perilous to study too deeply the arts of the enemy, for good or for ill.

It was an interesting week for TheIowaRepublican, to say the least.  An offhand comment by our illustrious founder became national news, resulting in an ill-conceived “satire” by a left-wing hack that was then reported as an actual story by the network for left wing hacks.

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No, MSDNC, Paul Ryan does not call Mitt Romney “the stench”. You read a poorly penned satire and believed it, because it fit your motif … Lawrence O’Donnell is every bit as bad as Iran’s official news agency, FARS. Last week, they ran a story from satire website The Onion, and published it as fact. The story cited a fictional poll showing rural whites prefer Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over Barack Obama. MSDNC and FARS, both state-run media …

Technically, what Craig Robinson said is correct. If Romney doesn’t win this November, being a part of a losing campaign is an obstacle Paul Ryan will have to overcome if he ever runs for president. He will have to wash that stench off … Just like Rick Santorum had to wash the stench of his Arlen Specter endorsement off, this website has to wash the stench of the new Dem trolls off and Ron Paul had to wash the stench of being a crazy old codger off … Some odors are harder to clean than others …

I don’t think any politician in America had a worse week than Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell … On Monday, liberal activist Ed Fallon blasted out an email that began by telling Dems not to support ol’ Leonard … Then it got even better. Fallon says a Boswell aide tried to bribe him with an $80,000 a year job in exchange for not running against him in the 2008 primary …

Fallon went on WHO Radio later on Monday, repeated the charge and said the bribe was offered a second time a few days later. And he has witnesses … You know what this means? U.S. House ethics investigation for ol’ Leonard … Now, Leonard Boswell, the king of sleazy smear campaigns, is filing a lawsuit against Fallon for defamation … Hilarious …

Here’s my favorite line from Fallon’s email: “The aide also told me that Boswell was so in love with power that he had “become like Gollum with the ring.

Making matters even worse for Boswell and his infantile staff, on Thursday, mild-mannered Des Moines Register columnist Kathy Obradovich pummeled the congressman for his constant “negative and misleading attack” ads … This was the hardest hitting column I’ve ever read from Kathy O. And it was spot-on … That follows similar criticism from WHO-TV … Even the MSM media is turning on Leonard …

Congressman Boswell and minions, there’s a name for your current situation: It’s called karma … There’s nazgul on your tail and your precious power is about to be cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came

Speaking of alleged bribery, the below picture and caption from the QC Times shows Nancy Seidler is passing out cookies to people as they are going into a polling place …

The Iowa Code indicates that it is election misconduct in the first degree to offer anything of value to influence a person’s vote … Am I being too much of a skeptic about this seemingly nice lady giving people cookies? Hmmm… Let’s see … In addition to the noticeable resemblance, records seem to indicate that Nancy Seidler is the mother of Erin Seidler, the Obama campaign’s Iowa communications director

So, what we appear to have here is an immediate family member of a top Obama advisor photographed outside a polling location in Scott County passing out an item of value to voters while they stood in line waiting to vote … I’m sure it was all perfectly innocent …

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t troubled by the continued procrastination of the GOP on early voting … When are they going to start taking this seriously? The Iowa Dems have already pocketed thousands of votes … Some of them are even legitimate … They also outnumber Republicans on absentee ballot requests by an enormous margin

Early voting officially began Thursday. I received my absentee ballot request form in the mail from the Republican Party of Iowa on Friday … That says it all … On that first day of voting, Democrats in Polk County outnumbered Republicans 4-1 … The GOP says they will catch up, but I see no wisdom in providing an opponent with a huge head start … The Obama campaign will continue to push this hard. They have early voting bus tour going around the state this week …

Voting early make sense for a lot of reasons. You’ll stop receiving those nagging phone calls, the campaigns can focus on others who have not voted yet and you never know what could happen on election day that could prevent you from making it to the polls …

Maybe I’m being pessimistic, but I am deeply concerned about the GOP’s overall chances this November. Unlike many people, and despite our nation’s economic woes, I never believed defeating Barack Obama would be easy, regardless of who won the nomination. Iowa was always going to be an uphill battle because this is the state the launched Obama four years ago … However, recent legitimate polls show Mitt Romney still has a chance to win Iowa … Winning Wednesday’s debate would provide a big boost …

For the first time, I do believe there is a possibility of Steve King losing to Christie Vilsack. The good congressman still has the edge, but that race is closer than it should be, whether the margin is two points or seven points …

More locally, I’m concerned with what I’m seeing in Urbandale with the House District 40 race. A seat that was held for years by Scott Raecker, which he easily won five times, could fall into Democrat hands … With Raecker retiring, the GOP is running small business owner Mike Brown against possibly the best candidate the Dems could find, John Forbes … Forbes is winning the sign war, from what I’ve seen, and although it’s a Republican district, it is far from a sure thing we will keep it.

Luckily, our margin in the Iowa House remains significant, 60-40 … The golden key is the Iowa Senate. We need to hold our seats and pick up two more. Iowa’s future hangs in the balance … Folks, we’ve got 37 days to get this right. Time to get off your duffs and go out and win this thing.

Shockwaves reverberated around the country with recent reports of a pending bacon shortage. My clandestine, ubiquitous informants tell me this was all a carefully crafted ruse initiated by Hawkeye head coach Kirk Ferentz to get his team to finally start playing well … These newspaper clippings were posted on every football player’s locker at the University of Iowa last week … Message received, zero distortion …  Floyd of Rosedale is back in Iowa. Let’s fry him up and eat him … And you guys were complaining that Ferentz is overpaid … This move was pure genius.

Finally, I’m worried about those poor NFL replacement refs. What are Tommy Young and Earl Hebner going to do for work now?

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

Photos by Aaron Windeknecht


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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