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June 23rd, 2013
 

Kevin’s Korner: Dump Trump, Height of Hypocrisy and Let the Games Begin

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. He does not believe that does not live according to his belief.

It was bound to happen sooner or later. It finally did. BVP has jumped the shark and alienated his core constituency … Donald Trump is coming to Iowa as a featured speaker at The Family Leader’s “Leadership Summit” in August. I’m flabbergasted that anyone at TFL thought this was a good idea …

Trump is thrice divorced, a casino magnate and was pro-choice until he began flirting with the idea of running for president a few years ago. Trump opposes gay marriage, but other than that, he is basically for everything BVP and company are against. And vice versa …

Except for the opportunity at some cheap publicity, this turns TFL’s signature event into a three-ring circus. There already would have been plenty of media coverage, since potential 2016 presidential candidates are likely to attend. Rick Santorum has already committed, though I wouldn’t blame him for backing out …

Last year’s Leadership Summit was a great event that didn’t need cheap gimmicks. This year’s will be all about The Donald, his ridiculous hair and the sham that he might run for president in 2016.

Poll time: Who is the bigger publicity hound, Donald Trump or Bob Vander Plaats?


It looks like only a select few will get the chance to hear Texas Senator Ted Cruz speak when he visits Iowa next month. A couple of weeks ago, RPI announced Cruz would headline their summer picnic. They also gave a vague description of the event, saying it would be held in “downtown Des Moines” and tickets would cost $100

Now we find out the picnic location is inside RPI HQ and only 50 tickets are being sold. Those are already gone … Don’t worry Paulistinians. I’m sure extra space will be provided for many of you who couldn’t afford a ticket …

I wonder if Senator Cruz knows that his event might look like an endorsement of a U.S. Senate candidate, since it appears he will be sharing the stage with one, according to RPI’s event page …

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RPI Co-Chair David Fischer appears to be laying the groundwork for a U.S. Senate run … Until that announcement last week, Drew Ivers appeared to be Big Liberty’s chosen candidate. Now it’s Fischer. It’s basically the same thing. Make no mistake. Only one will run. With the mothership’s blessing, of course …

Two SCC members have already told me they think Fischer should resign from RPI if he is pursuing this path, to avoid any conflicts of interest … Of course, Fischer and company have never been concerned with conflicts of interest before, since he, Ivers and A.J. Spiker ran Ron Paul’s campaign while they were SCC members …

If he runs, Fischer is sure to have the support of RPI Chairman A.J. Spiker and the other Paulistianians on the SCC. Chad Steenhoek has already expressed his support …

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That leads us to the platform purists on the SCC, who have reached the height of hypocrisy. Steenhoek is one. Joel Kurtinitis is another. So is Fischer … They all  talk openly about holding candidates accountable to the platform. Yet, they refuse to follow it themselves …

Here it is again, Plank 24.8:

24.8 We reaffirm that the Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of Iowa and its officers should remain neutral in all contested primaries.

Steenhoek, judging from his Facebook comments, appears to already be supporting Fischer’s candidacy … Kurtinitis works for Liberty Iowa. They’ve already endorsed Rod Blum, with Joel’s name and # atop the press release … I’m sure they’ll be heavily involved in several other primary races as well … Kurtinitis claims he won’t be personally involved in backing candidates, but as someone intimately involved in the Liberty Iowa PAC, there’s no way to avoid it …

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Last week, Joel Kurtinitis criticized Governor Branstad for violating a plank of the RPI platform … Not too long ago, Steenhoek told the Story County GOP that the SCC would work to withhold money from candidates that didn’t follow the platform …

Then, in the latest email blast from RPI, David Fischer talked about being “proud to serve as Co-Chairman of a party that doesn’t shy away from the values of our platform” … Those “values” of the platform are obviously selective, since David Fischer is a serial platform violator, as one of Ron Paul’s campaign leaders while serving as SCC member …

This whole notion of “platform purity” is a joke, and not just because of the hypocrisy of Fischer, Kurtinitis and Steenhoek … Not only are there numerous contradictory planks in the latest RPI platform, but the document changes every two years. And each county, district, state and national platform is different.

Here’s an even bigger joke: In the midst of the Paulistinians’ takeover of our state party and national delegate slate, they also rammed through a platform with a preamble that is blatantly plagiarized from the Libertarian Party’s. Check it out for yourself. Compare theirs to RPIsIdentical

BTW, I disagree with Governor Branstad on the internet tax. Unlike Kent Sorenson, I wasn’t for it before I was against it, though …

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Sorenson says the vote for the tax was a “mistake”. Which is the same verbiage Kurtinitis used regarding his name being on the Rod Blum endorsement press release. It’s also the same phrase the Bachmann campaign said about their illegal use of the NICHE list … I’m just sayin’.

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DM Register political reporter Jennifer Jacobs takes issue with TIR’s recent criticism of the paper getting scooped repeatedly on important political stories. She emailed me to point out a handful of stories that she “broke” recently. One of those being that David Young told her, on the record, that he was running for the U.S. Senate …  Of course, that was two days after TIR’s Craig Robinson had already reported that Young resigned as Chuck Grassley’s chief of staff was officially entering the race … I wonder where Craig got that information from? …

I’m not sure Jacobs really wants to play this game. It won’t end well. The DMR has resources and staff that TIR and every other outlet in the state does not. The point is, they should be breaking most of the political stories. But they don’t …

For instance, take Jacobs’ report on Friday that Mariannette Miller-Meeks is considering another congressional run. TIR readers knew that a month and a half ago … Your move, Mrs. Jacobs … BTW, Miller-Meeks is nowhere close to making a decision.

Gubernatorial wannabe JackN-word, I don’t give a f*** about the debtHatch tweeted a picture of the Democrats’ Third District convention, held Saturday in Anita. Every Republican in Iowa should be trembling in fear looking at this huge and enthusiastic group:

Dem 3rd District convention

For those who think ultrasounds for pregnant women considering an abortion are an unnecessary medical procedure, answer me this: Have you ever broken an arm? Or had pneumonia? Or any kind of medical procedure performed on you? …

I would bet dollars to donuts that the doctor took x-rays or MRIs and then showed you the pictures of those, to explain your injury/condition, what the medical procedure entailed and what would happen. To think that it shouldn’t be done before you kill a living being inside of you is preposterous.

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Chelsea Clinton regrets that her great-grandparents didn’t have access to Planned Parenthood services. I bet the families of Ambassador Stevens and the other three Americans who lost their lives in Benghazi regret the same thing …

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland leader Jill June is stepping down next year, following a 30-year tenure at the abortion mill. “It’ll be 30 years by the time I leave. That’s a full career, a full life,” she told the Register … I wonder how many babies lost their lives during her tenure. Thousands? Tens of thousands? … It’s amazing she proudly talks about a “full life” while denying that right to countless others …

Iowa Right to Life Executive Director Jenifer Bowen summed it up perfectly: “Abortion currently ends the lives of at least 13 babies every single day in Iowa. That’s the equivalent of a kindergarten class every other day. Ms. June is not leaving behind a beautiful legacy as she and her board want you to believe, instead she is leaving one of death and the destruction of countless women and men’s lives.”

I was very saddened by the news of James Gandolfini’s passing. The man who became famous as Tony Soprano brought countless hours of entertainment to me. I’ve watched every episode of the classic HBO show, probably more than once. RIP

His sudden death reignited the talk of what really happened in “The Sopranos” series finale. I’ve said many times, there’s no real mystery. Tony got whacked at the end. Watch:

Now count how many times the camera focuses on the guy in the Member’s Only jacket, including as he gets up and goes to the bathroom. Also notice his repeated glances as Tony’s table … Think back to the numerous “Godfather” trilogy references throughout the series. It makes sense that Tony would finally get whacked in a scene reminiscent of the most memorable mob hit from “The Godfather” … And what was the name of the first episode of season 6 of “The Sopranos”? Members Only. There are countless other clues as well.

Finally, two upbeat videos to end this week’s Korner on a high note. Louisiana State Senator Elbert Guillory explains why he turned away from the dark side and become a Republican:

Finally, a 3-year-old from North Carolina was able to hear for the first time thanks to a new medical breakthrough. The moment was captured on video. Great stuff:

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.


About the Author

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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