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October 21st, 2012
 

Kevin’s Korner: Romney’s Last Chance, Santorum’s Spark and Facebook Follies

US President Obama looks as Republican presidential nominee Romney speaks during second US presidential campaign debate in Hempstead

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.

I’m a big supporter of this Lily Leadbelly law everyone is talking about. Leadbelly put out some groundbreaking music in the early half of the 1900s and deserves to be honored … He was even Kurt Cobain’s favorite performer … What? Oh …

Barring an impactful October surprise, the entire 2012 presidential race comes down to one final debate, on Monday night … As they did throughout the GOP primary, debates have become the determining factor in the presidential race. Mitt Romney had a chance to bury Barack Obama last week, but blew it, thanks in part to hack moderator Candy Crowley … Tomorrow, Romney gets his final chance …

Where was Candy Crowley’s fact-checking when Obama claimed millions of women rely on Planned Parenthood for mammograms? That was one of many Obama falsehoods of the night … Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms … BTW, the national head of Planned Parenthood is taking a sabbatical from her day job to “campaign full-time” for Barack Obama

It is painfully obvious the Obama administration bungled the situation in Libya, ignored repeated requests for more security, even from Ambassador Stevens, and then tried to cover up the mess. Mitt Romney has ample opportunity to expose Obama’s weaknesses in the final debate, which focuses exclusively on foreign policy … If he does so effectively, Romney likely wins the presidency … If he doesn’t, the march to socialism accelerates …

It is also becoming increasingly possible that Mitt Romney could win the popular vote, but lose in the electoral college … We here in Iowa play a very crucial role in deciding the fate of this election, and the future of this country … Our six electoral votes could be the difference between winning and losing

While campaigning for Congressman Steve King on Friday, Iowa Caucus winner Rick Santorum masterfully laid out the ramifications of an Obama victory … I’ll have more on this event tomorrow here on TIR, but I think every conservative in Iowa should take a few minutes today to listen to what Santorum says. Then think long and hard about his message … Santorum lays out perhaps the best case I’ve heard anyone make for helping Mitt Romney and the entire Republican ticket win on November 6

Key quote from Santorum: “You can make a difference in the future of humankind in 19 days, here in the state of Iowa.” … Heed his warnings …

Another must-see video is Mitt Romney’s performance at the Alfred E. Smith Dinner. I never would have mistaken Mitt Romney for a comedian, but he showed great timing and eviscerated President Obama and the liberal media with some great lines … Obama knew it too. Watch his reaction when Romney rips into him … Great stuff.

Democrats continue to hold a decisive edge in early voting in Iowa. More than 300,000 people have already voted by absentee ballot … Almost half of those are from registered Democrats. 92,000 came from Republicans and almost 62,000 from independents … In Iowa’s Republican-heavy Fourth Congressional District, the Dems’ edge is only 3,000

For those of you on the western side of the state longing to see the GOP ticket, VP nominee Paul Ryan campaigns in Council Bluffs and Sioux City today … It’s a good idea for the Romney/Ryan ticket to hit both of these towns. They are crucial to delivering a GOP victory.

The future of Iowa could be placed in the hands of a few dozen county central committee members … Democrats hold a 26-24 lead in the Iowa Senate. It is impossible to get any significant conservative reforms done as like as the Dems hold the majority …With the untimely passing of Iowa State Senator Pat Ward last week, may she rest in peace, members of the Polk and Dallas County GOP central committees who live in SD 22 will convene to select a new candidate, after the November 6 election …

The Paulistinians will try to push one of their own or perhaps rally behind Pastor Jeff Mullen, who ran a very negative primary campaign and lost handily to Ward … Mullen was supported by the “liberty” folks in the primary … There are several other prominent and not-so prominent names that have expressed interest in the GOP nomination …

The winner of the convention will face Democrat Desmund Adams in a special election on December 11 … Republicans hold a voter registration edge of almost 5,000 in the district, but if the wrong candidate is chosen, Adams could win and that could mean the difference between a GOP majority, a deadlocked senate or a continued Dem majority …

Senator Tom Harkin made a rare visit to Iowa recently. I’m surprised he still knows the way … Commie Tommie joined Gollum Boswell for the same, tired Mediscare they’e been using for years … But the regulars at the southside Des Moines senior center weren’t buying the load of crap the Dems were selling …

From the DM Register’s article: “They try to scare you, and who are you going to believe?” wondered Drottz … ‘I’m not that stupid,’ she said … A few dozen senior citizens were at the center that morning. But only Drottz and three others bothered to participate in the politicians’ discussion of Medicare. The rest preferred to drink coffee or shoot pool in the center’s common area.”

What kind of maroon schedules a fundraiser at 7:30 on a Saturday morning? That would be House District 45 hopeful Dane Nealson, who is a great guy, despite being a lousy scheduler …  Despite the early hour, Nealson’s event at the Ames Pizza Ranch, featuring State Auditor David Vaudt, was a good event, with great food and great people …

Dane would do the entire state of Iowa a humongous favor if he upended Beth Wessel-Kroeschell in the HD 45 race. She is perhaps the biggest liberal in Iowa’s legislature, which is really saying something … As State Rep Dave Deyoe put it, Kroeschell isn’t pro-choice, she’s pro-abortion. And supports any and all government spending … Dane has also last 62 pounds this year, which is an amazing accomplishment. I hope I can call him State Rep Nealson next year.

Much as I love politics, November 7 cannot come soon enough me. Primarily, so Michele Bachmann’s campaign will stop sending me emails … They are easily the most obnoxious campaign I’ve ever seen in regards to spamming email accounts … In a typical day, I’ll get a form email from Bachmann in the morning. Then a few hours later, one of her campaign lackeys emails to ask if I received her first email …

Then there will be another email in the evening begging for money because some Democrat somewhere said something negative about Bachmann during the day … It’s a never ending cycle … I could just unsubscribe, but I’m afraid I’ll then get a bunch of emails asking me if I really wanted to unsubscribe …

I pity people who live in Iowa that aren’t interested in politics. The barrage of political ads, signs, talk and propaganda is constant and unavoidable, whether you’re driving around, watching TV, listening to the radio or online. Especially on Facebook and Twitter … With less than three weeks until Election Day, I’m sure a lot of political activists are being unfriended by their non-political friends, or those on the other side of the aisle who get annoyed or offended with the political posts …

Here are a few of the more interesting Facebook posts I stumbled across last week:

Hypocritical Facebook Post of the Week: Multi-millionaire, ultra-liberal, trial lawyer and twice failed political candidate Roxanne Conlin called Mitt Romney “an aristocrat” … When TIR’s illustrious founder Craig Robinson pointed out the paradox of an aristocrat calling someone else an aristocrat, he was quickly unfriended … Craig cried for days …

Surreal Facebook Post of the Week: State rep Kim Pearson criticized another Republican for not showing party loyalty … Yes, really … The next speech or public statement Pearson makes without criticizing another Republican will be her first …

Funniest Facebook Post of the Week: That goes to Brian Harrison, who works for Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey … Brian’s posts often make me laugh, as he provides a play-by-play of conversations with his family.  Last week he provided a video of his two young sons, Parker and Clark, doing a dance routine, presumably hoping to land a slot on “Dancing with the Stars” … Classic.

Ridiculous Facebook Event of the Week:  Clarke Davidson, part of the Occupy Des Moines crowd, who is also running for the Iowa House in District 41 as a Republican, was sending out Facebook invites for Occupy The World Food Prize

Davidson was arrested back in December for protesting at Ron Paul’s Iowa campaign HQ, even though he was a Ron Paul precinct captain. Davidson also allegedly uploaded the “Anonymous” YouTube video that threatened to shut down the Iowa Caucuses … This is one of those occasions where voting straight Republican might not be a good idea … Not that a matters. Dems hold a voter registration edge of more than 5,000 in HD 41. Davidson has no chance.

Anyone who has spent time in the Des Moines metro can tell you that Windsor Heights is the “Speed Trap Capital of Iowa” … Not content with the revenue they generate from busting people going 37 in a 35 mph zone, the City of Windsor Heights is now suing the Iowa Department of Transportation for denying their request to place speed cameras along a stretch of I-235 … Rumor has it toll booths are next on the city council’s agenda.

Finally, this Thursday is “Dan Gable Day” in the state of Iowa. The wrestling legend will be honored at the wrestling museum in Waterloo that bears his name … For those who don’t know Gable’s history, he won three state titles in high school, two NCAA titles at Iowa State University and an Olympic gold medal. Gable then coached the Iowa Hawkeye wrestling team to 15 national championships …

He’s also a Republican, so score one more for the good guys … One question I’ve always wanted to ask Dan Gable: If Iowa wrestling is so great, how come none of the Hawkeye wrestlers ever turn pro?

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Wise men make more opportunities than they find.

Photo by Dave Davidson, Prezography.com


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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 TheIowaRepublican.com.




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