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October 7th, 2012

Kevin’s Korner: Debate Excuses, Braley Supporters AWOL and Supreme Court Shenanigans

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner, where we rock and roll all night and part of every day. I usually have errands. I can rock and roll from like 1-3.

David Letterman has a pretty good top ten list of excuses for why President Obama got trounced in the first debate … However, the actual excuses the lefties are using are ever better. Here’s the top ten excuses that Obama supporters have actually used in public to explain his humiliating defeat:

10. The high altitude.

9. Romney cheated.

8. It’s moderator Jim Lehrer’s fault.

7. He didn’t want to seem like an angry black man.

6. He tanked it on purpose.

5. He was distracted by Romney’s lies.

4. He was being “statesmanlike” and “dignified”.

3. He was high after using Bill Maher’s million dollar donation to buy weed.

2. It was John Kerry’s fault.

1. And my personal favorite: He wasn’t allowed to use his Teleprompter.

BTW, Obama spoke for four more minutes in the debate than Romney did … You really want to know why Obama lost? It’s simple. Mitt Romney knows what he’s talking about and Barack Obama is too used to living in the White House echo chamber and using his teleprompter as a crutch … This is what happens when you take your teleprompter everywhere, for every speech, even in sixth grade classrooms … It’s sad and pathetic that our president has come to rely on it so much, that he cannot deliver a coherent speech without it …

While the lefties accuse Mitt Romney of lying during the debate, the Obama campaign finally admitted they were lying about Romney giving the rich a $5 trillion tax cut … Meanwhile, gaffetastic VP Joe Biden admitted in Council Bluffs that he and Obama want to raise taxes by $1 trillion … The VP debate on Thursday should be fun …

There’s no doubt that Romney’s debate performance has reinvigorated the GOP. I was pretty pessimistic last week, but I certainly have more hope about this November than I did seven days ago … Still, I think the election results will be a mixed bag, with some resounding victories and some disappointing defeats …

The timing of a sudden .3 point drop in the unemployment rate, to 7.8, was very fortuitous for Obama. There is a lot of skepticism about these numbers, for good reason … Congressman Allan West points out that the total unemployment and underemployment rate (the U6 computation) remains the same, 14.7%, and the labor participation rate did not change and remains at a 30-year low …

Meanwhile, if the labor force participation rate was the same size as when Obama took office, the unemployment rate would be 10.7% … Unlike Congressman West and former GE Chairman Jack Welch, I’m not saying Obama’s minions fudged the numbers. I am saying the 7.8% is smoke and mirrors and hides much more serious problems in our economy.

Lost in all the debate and unemployment talk last week was the bombshell Univision dropped about the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal … Remember when President Obama claimed executive privilege over the thousands of documents his Justice Department refused to give to Congress? Now we know what Obama and Eric Holder were covering up …

Not only were guns given by our government to Mexican drug cartels used to kill border agent Brian Terry, they also found 57 more of those guns at Mexican crime scenes, including a massacre of 14 students at a party … Kudos again to our lone good senator, Chuck Grassley, for his vigilance on this issue.

Closer to home, Gollum Boswell backed out of a debate with Congressman Latham scheduled for Monday in Red Oak … However, the power hungry (alleged) briber will debate Latham three times this week, if Gollum Boswell decides to show up. They’re in Creston Tuesday for a radio debate, followed by televised debates in Des Moines Wednesday and Council Bluffs Thursday … Latham will still visit Red Oak on Monday although Gollum slithered out of the event.

Few politicians pander to veterans with the fervor of Iowa Dem Congressman Bruce Braley, so he was sure the pandering would be rewarded with support from military familiesBraley had quite an event planned at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown last week to showcase this huge support …

The podium was adorned with a “Veterans for Braley” placard, two dozen Braley signs were plastered on the wall behind him and the liberal rep packed plenty of pander into his speech … Just one problem: Braley’s vaunted veterans coalition went AWOL … Although more than 600 veterans live at the home, Braley attracted a crowd that the local paper generously described as “less than 10” …

It has now become obvious why the Obama administration was so insistent that the Benghazi attack in Libya was not a well-coordinated terrorist attack … They were trying to cover-up the fact that although U.S. officials in Libya asked for increased security, Hillary Clinton’s state department did the exact opposite …

CBS has done a great job unearthing the facts … There were 13 attacks or threats in Libya on western diplomats in the six months leading up to the assassination of our U.S. ambassador and three other Americans … A congressional hearing this week, featuring testimony from the former top security official in Libya, could prove devastating for the Obama administration.

Maybe Hillary was too busy thinking about Christina Aguilera

Conservatives in Polk County are being encouraged to vote ‘NO’ on the proposed Bonding Measure A … They want $50 million in taxpayer dollars for “conservation” purposes, with the funds being managed by bureaucrats … Yeah, this isn’t a difficult choice …

The lefties are in an uproar because Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal came to Iowa and joined the No Wiggins campaign last month … The outcome of this ballot issue will be very interesting, with far reaching political ramifications for those involved and their causes …

Speaking of Justice Wiggins, did he and his cohorts on the Iowa Supreme Court violate the state code of judicial conduct in the Varnum decision? Hmmm … I welcome any legal experts to weigh in on this one … Page 54 of the Varnum ruling: “Plaintiffs presented an abundance of evidence and research, confirmed by our independent research, supporting the proposition that the interests of children…”

Rule 51:2.9, section C: “A judge shall not investigate facts in a matter independently, and shall consider only the evidence presented and any facts that may properly be judicially noticed.” … So, they actually put in writing that they did their own independent research in this case. Is this proper behavior from the judiciary?

How ‘bout those Cyclones? Awesome win on the road Saturday against the 15th ranked TCU Horned Frogs. ISU’s schedule is brutal, perhaps the toughest in the nation this year, but they become bowl eligible with two more wins, and that alone would be quite an accomplishment … Cyclone fan or not, you’ve got to love head coach Paul Rhoads and the passion he brings to Ames …

There’s a very interesting story developing between former Iowa State basketball star Royce White and the NBA’s Houston Rockets, who snagged White in the first round of the 2012 draft … As many Cyclone fans know, White suffers from anxiety disorders and that includes a fear of flying. Well, it’s impossible to be a full-time NBA player and not fly to at least some away games …

White held out of training camp until the issue was resolved … Over the past couple of days, the two sides came to an agreement. The Rockets will allow the former Clone to travel by bus whenever possible, but he will also have to join the team on airplanes at times … Royce White has a ton of ability and could have a very good NBA career. How this all works out will be interesting to watch … We here at the Korner wish him well.

That’s all for this week. Thanks for dropping by. A goodbye isn’t painful unless you’re never going to say hello again.

Photos by Dave Davidson, Aaron Windeknecht

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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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