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December 9th, 2012

Kevin’s Korner: My RPI Endorsement, Harkin Sighting and Adams’ Campaign Smears Ward

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Sometimes Grace comes in the form of a punch in the face.

Here’s my endorsement for RPI chairman: Clint Eastwood’s empty chair. It couldn’t do worse than the current occupant … The race for Republican Party of Iowa chairman heated up in recent days with a few potential new candidates. Pastor Terry Amann and former congressional candidate Ben Lange are two of names being mentioned most often … Amann would neither confirm nor deny that he is interested in running … Current RPI Co-Chair Bill Schickel says he is definitely running for chairman, again … Others might jump in …

As I mentioned last week, despite failing in practically every aspect of his job, none of these candidates are likely to unseat current chair A.J. Spiker. He already has automatic votes from the Paul Seven. He only needs three more two more to get reelected … I forgot to point out last week, that although the chair and co-chair are non-voting members of the State Central Committee, the chairman votes in the case of a tie. So, if the SCC members are split 9-9, A.J. Spiker will cast the deciding vote to re-elect himself RPI chairman …

The big question is whether or not RNC Committeeman Steve Scheffler and his lackeys will side with the Paulistinian crowd again. Scheffler and Gopal Krishna gave the deciding votes in February that put Spiker in the chairman’s seat to begin with … Word is, new SCC member Loras Schulte will also vote whichever way Scheffler does … Will Scheffler and company learn from their mistakes, or will they vote for two more years of abysmal failure?

Among the known candidates for RPI co-chair are current SCC member Wes Enos and former Linn County GOP Chair Eric Rosenthal … My clandestine, ubiquitous informants tell me the Paulistinians are strongly considering running one of their own (likely one of A.J. Spiker’s puppeteers) to try to snatch this seat and complete their stranglehold on the party.

RNC Chair Reince Priebus is likely to keep his position also. When former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts expressed interest in the job last week, conservatives were excited about the prospects. I’ve long admired Watts and think he would make a fantastic RNC chairman

However, Priebus claims he has the support of more than 150 RNC members. He only needs 85 to win … After hearing Priebus heap over-the-top praise on Iowa’s RNC members during recent visits here, I’m not surprised he has a lot of support within the committee. At the RPI dinner in October, If A.J. Spiker had made a sudden stop, Priebus’ face would have gone halfway up Spiker’s rear.

Desmund Adams mugshot

Democrats have erased the early voting edge Polk County Republicans had in the Senate District 22 special election. Last week, Republicans held a substantial lead. As of late Friday afternoon, Democrats had requested 158 more absentee ballots than Republicans. Polk County Republicans have still hold a 156 vote the lead in ballots turned in, but I’m betting that won’t last …

The Dems would absolutely love to have Desmund Adams win this seat. And they have higher aspirations for him than just the state senate … There’s a reason the nine biggest liberals in the state, posing as “Republicans”, are actively supporting him …  That’s also why they’ve based Adams’ entire campaign on the ridiculous notion that he’s a “moderate” … Really? What makes Adams a moderate? On what issue will Desmund Adams differ from Mike Gronstal? Name one … Go ahead Dems, take your time … I’ll wait …

Desmund Adams’ press flunkie would have you believe they have run nothing but a positive campaign. Yet, this same press flunkie publicly accused Senator Pat Ward of “hiding” from the campaign trail … Ward wasn’t hiding. She was dying. Senator Ward died of cancer three weeks after Michael Libbie’s ill-gotten statement … Adams’ “positive” campaign still has not apologized nor admitted their faux pas. Inexcusable hypocrisy.

December 19 has been set as the date for the GOP special nominating convention in House District 52. Former newspaper publisher Dan Feuling is the first known Republican candidate. Don’t be surprised to see a handpicked “liberty” candidate jump in as well.

I ran into Tom Harkin Saturday night. In Iowa … Yes, really. Bahama Tommy was actually visiting the state he represents … I spoke with Commie Tommie briefly and our chat lent credence to those recent rumors that Harkin’s lights are on, but nobody’s home … I fully believe Harkin will run for reelection in 2014, if he’s able. These longtime Dem senators usually only give up their seats on their deathbeds …

Republican senators? They quit in the middle of their term to head up the Heritage Foundation. South Carolina Senator Jim Demint’s sudden departure from Congress sent shockwaves through the political world. Demint is one of the most reliably conservative voices in the country and an ally of Iowa’s own conservative firebrand, Steve King

Demint says he can accomplish more for the conservative movement leading the Heritage Foundation than in the U.S. Senate. I hope he’s right. And I hope SC Governor Nikki Haley picks a conservative in the Demint mold as his replacement.

You remember that Libya scandal, where our ambassador and three other Americans were killed? You know, the one the liberals claim we’re racist for asking questions about and there’s no scandal or cover-up? Yeah, that one. It turns out, the Obama administration supplied Libyan rebels with weapons that ended up in the hands of jihadis … Yep. Those guns that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens probably came from our own government … Funny how this didn’t come out before the election …

The U.S. Supreme Court plans to hold hearings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8 … Any guesses on which way this is going to go? Will Chief Justice John Roberts betray conservatives again?

Tragedy struck the NFL for the second time in two weeks when Dallas Cowboys LB Jerry Brown died in a car crash on Saturday. Cowboy DT Josh Brent was arrested and charged with manslaughter … Tonight during halftime of NBC’s game, Bob Costas will do a two-minute soliloquy on the reasons why NFL players should not be allowed to own cars.

Remember a couple years ago when Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. were going to fight in the matchup that would save boxing? Well, it never happened. And now it probably never will. Boxing’s spiral toward irrelevancy continued Saturday night when Pacquiao got destroyed by Juan Manuel Marquez

Congrats to Ankeny native Colton Smith. He has advanced to the finals of  “The Ultimate Fighter”. If Smith wins his fight live on FX next Saturday in Las Vegas, he wins a six-figure UFC contract … The former Ankeny High wrestler notched over 100 wins in his high school career. Later, he joined the Army and served two tours in Iraq. Smith is a staff sergeant at Fort Hood in Texas … Good luck, Colton!

Finally, the Cyclones are going bowling in Memphis on New Years Eve. Having spent some time in Memphis and tailgated before a few Cyclone games, I can tell you Iowa State fans are going to have a blast at the Liberty Bowl … My advice: Get there a few days early and enjoy some of the blues clubs on Beale Street. Unless you’re a huge Elvis fan, don’t waste your time at Graceland.

Cyclone fans should also rejoice that Jamie Pollard, not former A.D. Bruce Van De Velde is leading the ISU athletics department. Van De Velde is now the A.D. at Louisiana Tech. Although his football team went 9-3 and had the highest scoring offense in the nation, Tech isn’t going to a bowl game this year. That’s primarily because Van De Velde got outmaneuvered by Pollard … No one was sad when Van De Velde left Iowa State. This bowl fiasco shows exactly why.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Nothing baffles the schemes of evil people so much as the calm composure of great souls.

Photo by Dave Davidson

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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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