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February 24th, 2013
 

Kevin’s Korner: Fighting for Life, Braley the True Liberal and Driving in Circles

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.

I’m looking forward to Tuesday’s Polk County GOP central committee meeting. It is officer election time, so you know what that means: Time to stack the deck with a bunch of new people who suddenly want to join the committee, but will never attend another meeting … Why? So they can help their cohorts get elected … And yes, this is mostly the “liberty” crowd, but they’re not the only ones guilty of this practice … The Polk County GOP would be wise to follow the Story County GOP’s lead and not allow any new members until after new officers are elected. That way there is no appearance of impropriety …

There will also be scores of people there who are already on the committee, but never show up unless there’s an election … If you’re on the central committee, but have been to only one or two of the 11 meetings since you were elected on caucus night, you really should give up your spot to someone who actually wants to help the county party … Yes, Kim Pearson, that includes you …

I was pleasantly surprised that the Republican Party of Iowa leadership didn’t charge me to cover their “Celebrate Life” event on Saturday, like they tried to do for their legislative breakfast in January … That nonsense, of course, resulted in no coverage …

So, I wrote on Facebook that RPI didn’t charge me to cover the “life” event and asked, “Is this a sign RPI is becoming less douchey?” … A friend, showing even more snark than me, replied in a private message, “It wouldn’t be possible for them to become more douchey.” … Touche.

More good news from RPI … It looks like they have doubled the number of legislators who have donated to the state party this year. Up from the three they had last week, a total of six Republican legislators have given at least $500 to RPI, according to the programs they handed out at Saturday’s event … House Reps. Cecil Dolecheck, Henry Rayhons and Senator Mark Segebart join this elite group … Six down, 71 to go …

As for the “Celebrate Life” event, I thought it was a good event overall, with a few terrific speeches, including Mike Huckabee’s … My full report, including video of some of the speeches, will be filed tomorrow here on TIR.

The good folks at WHO Radio were kind enough to let me fill in for Simon Conway last Thursday. My thanks to Cody Hoefert, Secretary of State Matt Schultz, Senator Chuck Grassley, State Rep. Tom Shaw and TIR founder Craig Robinson for joining me …

Craig and Tom participated in a somewhat heated discussion about the life issue … I do think Rep. Shaw revealed a fatal flaw in regard to his Personhood bill … Shaw wants aborted babies to be treated as murder victims. However, he said he would leave the decision to prosecute left up to each county attorney … As Craig Robinson pointed out, that means if you have a pro-choice county attorney, no charges will be filed. That is not equal protection, which Rep. Shaw is striving for …

Does anyone seriously think Polk County Attorney John Sarcone is going to prosecute people for having abortions? Me neither … So, while Shaw’s bill is aimed at protecting all life, it would fail to do so … I’m not attacking Tom Shaw or his bill. I’m just pointing out it’s not the silver bullet some are making it out to be … But if by some miracle it passed, Shaw’s bill would accomplish more than any other pro-life legislation in Iowa history …

I thought both Shaw and Robinson made good points. I call the debate a draw … The only losers are the cowards on social media who launched personal attacks against Craig or Tom … We’re never going to make any kind of progress on this issue by attacking each other, as Iowa Right to Life President Marlys Popma said so eloquently in her speech on Saturday at the RPI’s “Celebrate Life” event … This battle will be won by winning hearts and minds. Until we realize that, and start focusing on that, we will lose …

For my conservative friends who say, “Incrementalism doesn’t work”, I say, “Really!?! Really” … Look at gay marriage. The liberals were very patient. They achieved small victories with small, incremental steps. And now look where they are. Gay marriage is now winning on the ballot in some states … The liberals play this game much better than conservatives … The all or nothing approach gets us nothing.

Is it possible Iowa will wind up with a U.S. Senator who is more liberal than Tom Harkin? … Is it even possible there is anyone more liberal than Tom Harkin? … The answer to both questions, sadly, is yes. Bruce Braley, Commie’s Tommie’s handpicked successor, is more liberal than Harkin himself … That’s hard to do, but Bruce has been working overtime to achieve this dubious distinction …

According to the American Conservative Union’s ratings, based on his 2012 votes, Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley scored 0% in regard to conservative principles. Harkin scored 4% … Braley is also more liberal than Nancy Pelosi. She scored 4% … Braley is in esteemed territory with his 0% rating. He joins Harry Reid, Al Franken and Chuck Schumer at the bottom of the barrel …

Likely 2016 presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Rand Paul each scored 100% in the ACU ratings … Meanwhile, Rubio is making the best out of his infamous & awkward water-sipping during the State of the Union reply … The Florida senator’s PAC has raised over $125,000 selling water bottles with Rubio’s name emblazoned on them …  I admire intelligent uses of capitalism …

Another example of smart capitalism in politics is Governor Branstad’s campaign committee raising money off the Des Moines Register’s repeated attacks regarding Medicaid expansion … The Register has written 14 editorials on the subject in the past month … Branstad, wisely, does not trust the federal government’s promise to fund Medicaid, so he reaffirmed his rejection of the Obama administration’s call to expand it while in Washington, D.C. this weekend …

BTW, the Register is once again taking its cues from TheIowaRepublican.com on how to properly cover Iowa politics … My clandestine, ubiquitous informants tell me, after seeing some of the videos we’ve captured here on TIR, the Register has decided to start equipping their reporters with tripods for their video cameras so they can cover events comprehensively, the way TIR does … At this rate, frequent use of the term “Paulistinians” should be coming any day now in the DMR

Speaking of the Paulistinians, they got all riled up last week when Ann Coulter used a non-PC term for the female anatomy to describe them during a public forum for young libertarians … Following a rant about legalizing drugs, host John Stossel asked Coulter why gays can’t marry. “Well, they can. They have to marry a member of the opposite sex,” Coulter said … Several audience members booed. Others couldn’t, because they were trying to hold the smoke in as long as possible …

It’s no coincidence that WWE has renamed an old wrestler, giving him the last name “Coulter”, and assigned him to manage Jack Swagger for their latest attempt in a long tradition of going lowbrow to get publicity … The new gimmick for Swagger and Zeb Coulter is a caricature of Tea Partiers. They criticize people who don’t speak English, rail on immigrants and use “Don’t Tread on Me” flags for backdrops …

Conservative talkshow host Glenn Beck took the WWE’s bait and accused the wrestling organization of “demonizing” the Tea Party … So naturally, hoping for more free publicity, WWE offered Beck five minutes of airtime on this Monday’s RAW program. He declined …

This race-baiting angle is far from the most distasteful WWE storyline ever. In 1990 they turned former U.S. Marine Sgt. Slaughter into an Iraqi sympathizer to coincide with the Gulf War … In 2000, they had a 76-year old woman flash her wrinkled breasts in the middle of the ring during a pay-per-view … In 2002, they simulated necrophilia … Now, after blowing $97 million on Linda McMahon’s two failed senate runs, Vince McMahon is looking for new ways to make money. Some genius thought doing a caricature of the Tea Party would accomplish that.

Some NFL news: Kansas City Chiefs QB failure Matt Cassel is “destined to be released soon”, according to reports … And there was much rejoicing

Finally, Danica Patrick has the pole position at the Daytona 500 on Sunday, but the female athlete who deserves the most credit at this moment is Ronda Rousey … At least, in my opinion … The former Olympic medalist in judo became the first woman to fight in a UFC match …

In fact, Rousey main evented the UFC pay-per-view Saturday night, coming from behind to defeat Liz Carmouche by submission … Rousey’s accomplishment is bigger than Patrick’s. Why? Because no matter how fast she’s going, Patrick is still just driving a car in circles.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.


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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