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September 9th, 2012

Kevin’s Korner: Winners and Losers from DNC Week

Greeting’s and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.

Last week’s format was so much fun, I decided to repeat it. After another wild seven days in politics, here are the winners and losers from the week that was.



Voter ID: The Dems don’t like Voter ID, because it makes it much more difficult for all those dead people to vote for them, but the hypocrites required a state-issued ID to pick up passes to the DNC convention.

God and Jerusalem: Despite being removed from the Democrat platform, with the approval of President Obama, party leaders tried to reinstate support of God and Jerusalem after realizing their stupidity would cost them the Jewish vote. Although Dem delegates booed God and Jerusalem, and they lacked the 2/3 majority of votes required for reinstatement, God prevailed. He always does.

It is important to remember that although President Obama and Dem leaders demanded that Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel in their party platform, but only after the public backlash, the Obama administration refuses to take that official position anywhere else.

Gabby Giffords: No matter which side of the aisle you’re on, seeing Giffords walk onto the stage and lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance was a feel-good moment.

Michelle Obama: She’s come a long way from the “for the first time in my life, I’m really proud of my country” speech.

Bill Clinton: I don’t like him, but you’ve got to give Slick Willie credit. Clinton can deliver a speech like few others. He might be the only politician in America who could have pulled off a 50-minute speech that never got boring. He didn’t really make a case for reelecting Barack Obama, but might have made a good one for reelecting himself.

Empty Chairs: Clint Eastwood made President Obama so afraid of empty chairs, the Dems moved the final night of their convention indoors so the media wouldn’t report on the thousands of empty seats at Charlotte’s Bank of America stadium. Much like noted frauds Milli Vanilli, the Dems blamed it on the rain. Coincidence? I think not.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: He closed the Dems’ three-day celebration of abortion by praying for life in the benediction, much to the dismay of many DNC delegates. “Thus do we praise you for the gift of life. Grant us to defend it. Life, without which no other rights are secure. We ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected.”


The Cyclones: It was ugly, but the Cy-Hawk Trophy stays in Ames for another year.

Andre Ward: For the first time in well over a year, I watched a boxing match from start to finish Saturday evening. Super-middleweight champion Andre Ward put on a clinic and knocked out light-heavyweight champion Chad Dawson in 10 rounds. Boxing is nowhere near as interesting as it once was, but it was great to see these two champions go head-to-head and put on an entertaining bout.

Michael Clarke Duncan: RIP, big man. You will be missed.

Savannah: A four-year old angel. Happy birthday!



Barack Obama: Granted, his past speeches set the bar very high, but even Obama’s minions in the liberal media called his convention speech empty drivel … OK, I added the drivel part. But “empty”, “flat” and “uninspiring” were adjectives used by the media lap dogs. The next day, the Obama campaign made the laughable claim that the speech was unexciting by design. Mission accomplished.

Babies in the Womb: The Democrat National Convention was essentially a three-day celebration of abortion. Taxpayer funded abortion is now in the Democrats’ platform and speaker after speaker praised the virtues of choice killing babies in the womb … The libs are going in the opposite direction of the rest of the country on this issue. More Americans consider themselves pro-life than pro-choice.

Christie Vilsack: She called Steve King “an embarassment” during Thursday’s debate. It is Vilsack who is an embarassment. This lady wants to represent Iowans in the United States Congress, so she attacks a tax plan, the Fair Tax, only because Steve King supports it. However, Vilsack does not have the common decency to take the time to find out any of the details of that tax plan. This is reckless, irresponsible and reeks of the kind of politics Christie Vilsack claims to loathe.

To paraphrase Vilsack in Thursday’s debate, “Have you no decency, ma’am?”. Mrs. Vilsack is insulting the intelligence of the voters of Iowa’s 4th District. By all accounts, even from her own party, Vilsack’s debate tactics of attacking, but not knowing the facts, continued in Saturday’s debate in Spencer … She should apologize to Steve King and the voters of the 4th District, and quit her ridiculous campaign. Or at least take the time  to research the facts before calling anyone else “an embarassment”.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: The DNC chair is the biggest fraud in American politics … Even Anderson Cooper and the CNN crew were mocking her ridiculous remarks, saying she lives in an “alternate universe” … The stuff that comes out of her mouth is so easily proven false, DWS makes Christie Vilsack look like Honest Abe … Despite DWS’ love of lies, I’m pretty sure we can trust this party chair when she says the presidential nominee “has my full support”.

Leonard Boswell: Even the MSM is getting tired of Ol’ Leonard’s tired smear tactics. WHO-TV’s Patrick Dix took Boswell to task last week.

Leonard Boswell’s staff: While Christie Vilsack is blatantly obvious in her efforts to avoid Barack Obama, Boswell’s crack staff of political geniuses are more subtle in finding ways to not be tied too closely to the president. The Boswell campaign sent an email alerting area Democrats to Obama’s Saturday afternoon, September 1 visit to Urbandale … The catch? As you can see below, they waited until 10:22 pm on Sunday, September 2 to send it.

Jake Highfill: The young House hopeful showed his inexperience with what could possibly be the worst fundraising letter in the history of Iowa politics. In addition to probably violating campaign disclosure laws, among the hosts of this fundraiser are “Sentor” Jack Whitver and “Mayer” Steve Gaer … Here’s a fun game: There are at least four other glaring errors and/or issues with this flier. Can you name them? Hint: It was mailed inside a plain white envelope with only a poorly scribbled return address.

Martin O’Malley: The Maryland governor, a likely 2016 presidential contender, continued in the great John Kerry-esque tradition of flip-flopping. Last Sunday, he said we are not better off than we were four years ago. After an earful from the Obamalytes, O’Malley changed his tune 24 hours later … This model of political fortitude headlines Commie Tommie Harkin’s annual steak fry next Sunday.

Charlie Crist: The former Republican’s pathetic pandering at the convention was transparent to everyone, so he received a lukewarm reaction, at best. Crist even paraphrased Ronald Reagan, claiming “the Republican party left me”. Yeah. They left you for Marco Rubio, an actual conservative. Something you never were. Rubio was going to destroy you in the primary, so you ran as an independent and still got walloped. Sorry, Charlie. Star-Kist doesn’t want you and neither do we.

Tom Harkin: He attacked Republicans, the Tea Party and Clint Eastwood, calling the film icon, “An old angry white man spewing incoherent nonsense.” Hey, Commie Tommie, look in the mirror.

Obamacare and stimulus: The president is so proud of his signature pieces of legislation, the words “Obamacare”, “Affordable Care Act” and “stimulus” never appeared in his DNC speech.

The DNC: They ran a video during the convention that included this line from the moderator: “Government is the only thing that we all belong to.” Now, keep in mind that almost every word of these conventions is approved ahead of time. After a backlash, the Dems blamed the line on the Charlotte host committee … But do you have any doubt that they honestly believe we belong to government? Me neither.

The Hawkeyes: They came real close to starting the season 0-2. Their offense is woeful and Hawk fans should be very, very worried about next week’s Northern Iowa game.

Kirk Ferentz: Great coach. Great man. Great record, except against Iowa State. 6-8. Ouch.

Miami Dolphins: I’d like to say my team will do well this year, but after watching their disastrous training camp on HBO and their 0-4 record in the preseason, I feel a very bad season coming on … On the bright side, my fantasy football team is stacked. Story County GOP Chair Cory Adams, a non-Paulistinian Paul supporter, will be my Week One victim … You didn’t really think I’d go a whole column without writing Paulistinian, did you?

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. If you ain’t first, you’re last.

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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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