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October 13th, 2013

Kevin’s Korner: Hatch’s Greatest Hits, Bruce’s Towel Time and Cruz Wins

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.

Bruce Braley’s unforced error in Towelgate shows that the liberal U.S. Senate hopeful is not nearly as ready for prime time as the dems think he is. In one 54 second clip, the former president of the Iowa Ambulance Chasers Association revealed he is truly an elitist snob … No towel service! He might have to do his own laundry!! The horror!!!

Bruce also complained about the ridiculously low U.S. House gym membership fee of $260 per year. Most gym memberships, for us lowly, ordinary folk, cost about $660 per year … Of course, the Braleycare he forced on the rest of us is taxpayer subsidized for Bruce, but full price for the rest of us …

Braley is also keeping his full congressional salary during the government shutdown, while many of his colleagues are refusing it or donating it to charity … Then again, we can’t be too hard on Bruce. He has taken on extra duties during the shutdown, like helping to barricade open-air war memorials in D.C.

Johnson County Republicans had some fun at Braley’s expense Saturday night, waving white towels in honor of Bruce during their fall fundraiser …

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Gubernatorial wannabe Jack Hatch unveiled a slew of endorsements last week. So-called moderate house representatives John Forbes and Joe Riding are among those backing the ultra-liberal state senator … BTW, there is no such thing as a moderate democrat in the Iowa Legislature, no matter what they claim during those candidate forums. They vote exactly how leadership tells them to …


Even ol’ Gollum himself, Leonard Boswell, emerged from his cave in the Misty Mountains to lend his full-throated support to Jack ‘N-word’ Hatch … In honor of Hatch actually finding 15 people who said they would vote for him, let’s look back at his momentous announcement tour, complete with animal feces and Hatch’s admission that he has no ideas of his own.

Funniest Facebook Post(s) of the Week: From former state Rep. Kim Pearson, who called it “reprehensible” and “outrageously inappropriate for Lt. Gov. Reynolds to interject herself into a highly contested republican primary” …

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Why is this hilarious? Because when Pearson was an elected official, not only did she endorse a presidential candidate months before the 2012 Iowa Caucus and Ames Straw Poll, she also publicly declared she would recruit candidates to primary her own GOP colleagues in the legislature … Outrageously inappropriate? Try outrageously hypocritical.

During his visit to Iowa last week, anti-tax chieftain Grover Norquist said it’s ok for Republicans to compromise, if it gets them on the road to their final destination … Unfortunately, I fully expect congressional Republicans to cave and compromise on the government shutdown, while getting almost nothing in return. They’re running to stand still.

Steve King fist

“Iowa Republicans are recruiting a pro-business Republican to challenge six-term conservative Rep. Steve King,” according to AP writer Thomas Beaumont. That line in a Beaumont article about the GOP establishment tangling with the Tea Party created a few waves. Beaumont did not cite a source for this line, and I don’t think he has one …

Anyone trying to recruit someone to primary Steve King is wasting his time. There is no chance Congressman King would lose a primary race in the Fourth District. … Sorry dems. He’s not going to lose a general election race either … I’m guessing Beaumont is mistaken, and is referring to the recent comments made by notorious moderate Doug Gross that King might face a primary in 2016 if he keeps making “controversial” statements …  King laughed at that notion. As well he should.

Ted Cruz TFL Summit

Ted Cruz further solidified his top tier status in the 2016 presidential primary by rolling to victory in the Values Voters Summit straw poll in Washington, D.C. Cruz garnered 42% of the vote … Dr. Ben Carson and 2012 Iowa Caucus winner Rick Santorum tied for a distant second place, at 13%. They were followed by Rand Paul at 6% and Marco Rubio at 5%

Cruz’ propelled himself to the easy victory by laying the smackdown on some liberal loons who kept disrupting his speech. This guy is good …

Senator Cruz returns to our first-in-the-nation caucus state October 25 for the Iowa GOP’s Reagan Dinner, as well as a fundraiser and hunting excursion with Congressman King the next day …

Dr. Carson drew national attention, again, with this line during his Values Voters Summit speech: “You know Obamacare is really I think the worst thing that has happened in this nation since slavery” … Carson added that Obamacare is making us all subservient to the government …

The neurosurgeon is being mentioned as a possible 2016 candidate, has a new gig as a Fox News contributor and a “Draft Ben Carson” movement is starting to make some inquiries into setting up shop in Iowa.


Finally, while enjoying some NFL action this Sunday, please say a prayer for Vikings RB, and 2012 NFL MVP, Adrian Peterson, and the soul of his 2 year-old son. The child was beaten to death, apparently by his mother’s boyfriend, on Friday. There is a special layer deep in the darkest recesses of hell for anyone who would harm a child, especially with the brutality displayed by this scumbag. My heart grieves at stories like this. We live in a sick society.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by.

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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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