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September 2nd, 2012

Kevin’s Korner: Winners and Losers of RNC Week

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them … It’s a little different format this week, as we look at who won and who lost this past week.


Mitt Romney: His campaign did a great job setting the stage. Friends and family showed the compassionate, humanitarian side of Romney that the public hasn’t seen. Former business partners, employees and even Olympians told us what a great leader he is. To cap it off, the GOP nominee needed to deliver the speech of his life Thursday. He did. It was one that could sway undecided voters. Overall, the Romney campaign should be very pleased with how the convention turned out.

Paul Ryan: The VP nominee showed exactly why he was chosen. Ryan delivered a rousing speech that hammered the Obama administration and painted a conservative vision for the future. Ryan openly challenged Democrats to a fight over Medicare. That’s never happened before and there are considerable worries in Democrat camps that their usual games of smears and lies won’t work this time …

Plus, women are swooning over Ryan’s movie star looks, and that can’t hurt at the polls.

Rand Paul: The Kentucky senator got a featured spot at the convention and delivered a hard-hitting speech. He shares his libertarian father’s beliefs, but comes off less grumpy, and much less crazy … Rand Paul endorsed Mitt Romney in June, praised him last week and will campaign with him leading up to November … Rand knows what Ron & the Paulistinians fail to grasp: You get nowhere by railroading those who can help you. If you want to effect change, you build coalitions and work with people, not against them.

The Future of the GOP: There are numerous rising stars in the party who gave tremendous speeches at the RNC. This crop of potential presidential candidates, all under the age of 50, is also more conservative on the whole than the 2012 group. Looking at this lineup has to make the Dems quiver about the future: Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Ted Cruz, Brian Sandoval, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, etc.

Republican Women: The future of our party includes many wonderful women. The Romney campaign provided the spotlight for several of them at the convention, and they all excelled. Ann Romney’s speech was magnificent. Ditto for Condi Rice. Mia Love, Susana Martinez, Nikki Haley, Kelly Ayotte and others also came off very well. Classy, smart and well-spoken women.

The RNC: Other than Clint Eastwood’s rambling diatribe, which I personally enjoyed, the convention shown on TV was extremely well-produced and organized. The RNC also responded to the Ron Paul campaign’s scorched earth tactics with their own scorched earth tactics. And the RNC prevailed.

Expense Reports: Bob Vander Plaats finally abandoned northwest Iowa. He just bought a $417,000 house in Grimes, on the Polk County side. This will make the expense reports on BVP’s next campaign much easier to fill out.

Vander Plaats has been known to charge his campaign for everything: a pack of gum, a cup of coffee and reimbursement for every tenth of a mile he drives … Those expense reports will be much easier to fill out without those long drives from Plymouth County … Trees are also winners as a result of this. The paper industry took a big hit, though.

The Bulldogs, Cyclones, Panthers and Hawkeyes (barely): Drake beat city rival Grand View, the Cyclones knocked off a decent Tulsa team and UNI put a major scare into 12th ranked Wisconsin … Iowa was real, real close to being losers. Hawk fans better hope this game was just a tune-up or it’s going to be a long season.



Barack Obama: It wasn’t so much that his policies got dismantled by RNC speakers, it was how Americans were reminded what a disappointment Obama has been. That will be much more difficult for Democrats to explain … Marco Rubio: “Our problem with President Obama isn’t that he’s a bad person…Our problem is he’s a bad president” … Paul Ryan: “College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life.” … Mitt Romney, with the coup de grace: “You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him.”

The “war on women” meme: This nonsense was absolutely destroyed by a long line of strong Republican women who delivered outstanding speeches at the convention.

A.J. Spiker, Steve Scheffler or Kim Lehman: All three of Iowa’s RNC officials said they would vote for Mitt Romney or “the nominee” (same thing). One of them lied. Romney got six votes from the Iowa delegation. We know that four of those came from Senator Grassley, Governor Branstad, Margaret Stoldforf and Bob Anderson.

We also know 21 of the 28 delegates were diehard Ron Paul supporters. That means two of our RNC officials voted for Romney and one did not. Who was it? We’re still waiting for the one who voted for Ron Paul to show some testicular (or ovarialogical) fortitude, step forward and admit it.


Steve Scheffler (again): Our national committeeman was all over Facebook last week railing against “the establishment”. Earth to Steve: After two decades of being the man behind the curtain, you ARE the establishment.

Steve Bierfeldt: Donors in the state are not giving money to the Republican Party of Iowa because they believe the leadership is more interested in supporting Ron Paul than in gaining a majority in the Iowa Senate. You would think RPI would do everything to dissuade that assumption. Instead, the executive director of the party proved them right.

That’s Bierfeldt on the left. He was not a delegate, but decided to place himself in full view of the national TV cameras, with a Cheshire Cat-like grin, as Iowa handed most of its delegate votes to the third place finisher in the Iowa Caucus. The RPI’s E.D. made it clear where his priorities lie.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz: The Democrats’ National chair accused Republicans of placing “winning” over the people dealing with Hurricane Isaac. And where was out Democrat president during the hurricane? Was he mobilizing aid? Was he coordinating with southern governors? Nope. He was campaigning here in Iowa. And in Virginia. And Colorado … The Dems hypocrisy knows no bounds.

The Rules: Yes, the RNC changed them as they saw fit in order to avoid a Paulistianian uprising at the convention. That is unfortunate. RNC overreacted, but I don’t really blame them. A candidate who didn’t win a single freaking state should not have had such a disproportionate number of delegates … Don’t forget, the Paulistinians changed the rules in Iowa in an effort to get their people elected to the SCC and delegate slots. They also tried to change the rules, in violation of the RPI Constitution, to help their chosen national committeeman and committeewoman candidates.

The Paulistinians: They felt like they got steamrolled at the national convention. Now they know how longtime party activists felt as the district and state conventions. The difference is, by the mass, our hearts are in the trim, while the Paulistinians are reacting like children, taking their ball and going home.

Some of our own delegates skipped the final two nights of the convention after they didn’t get their way. Some are vowing to vote third party. That’s a shame and a disgrace. First of all, you deprived yourself the chance to be a part of American history … Secondly, being a national delegate is a huge privilege. If you have no intention of supporting the Republican Party, you shouldn’t be a delegate to the Republican National Convention.

Tim Pawlenty: The boring guy tries to overcome that stigma by being the lame joke guy. Thank goodness he was not chosen as Romney’s running mate … TPaw’s a nice guy. He was a decent governor. He is not Henny Youngman.

The Media “Fact Checkers”: On orders from their bosses in the Obama campaign, the media were hyperventilating while they quickly tried to spin Paul Ryan’s fantastic convention speech by calling him a liar. The “fact checkers” simply read the Obama campaign emails and failed to do any research of their own … Ryan was 100% right in everything he said about the Janesville plant, he was 100% right that Obama swiped $716 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare, and he was 100% right about Obama ignoring his own debt commission … It’s pretty sad that a lowly Republican blogger has to do the MSM’s job for them.

Christie Vilsack: After promising Iowa Dems she would help Barack Obama get reelected, The Abortion Queen is doing everything she can to avoid being seen with the president. He campaigned in Ames and Sioux City last week, two cities she needs to win. Yet, as I predicted, Vilsack was nowhere to be found … And although several Dem women running for Congress will be paraded on stage with Nancy Pelosi during their national convention this week, Mrs. Vilsack will once again be conspicuous by her absence.

Is it because she’s “not interested in fighting for any political party”, as she claims in her laughable TV ad? If that were true, that means she lied to Iowa Dems, repeatedly … No, Vilsack won’t campaign with Obama or appear the Dem convention because she thinks the voters of the 4th district are too stupid to figure out she’s a flaming liberal.

And our final loser of the week is everyone involved in this play. It is a metaphor for the direction of our country under Barack Obama.

That’s is for this week. Thanks for dropping by. A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.

Photos 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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