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December 15th, 2013

Kevin’s Korner: President Selfie, Birdcage Liner and Iowa Liar of the Year

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. In this life, you don’t have to prove nothin’ to nobody but yourself.

Dear John Boehner: You’re not helping.

I reserved part of this space to discuss the Des Moines Register’s new “presidential poll”, which was unveiled at 7pm Saturday night. I shouldn’t have. It’s birdcage liner … A likeability poll is not the same thing as a presidential poll. I like my barber. That doesn’t mean I want him to be president. Though, he would be a lot better than our current one …

Also, any “presidential” poll that shows Paul Ryan as the GOP leader is clearly flawed … You would think the biggest newspaper in our First-in-the-Nation caucus state would actually poll likely caucusgoers for a presidential poll. But you’d be wrong …

Paul Ryan in CF photo

Here’s the essence of the Register’s poll: Jim Bob from Lee County has never caucused, but he thinks that Paul Ryan guy is “a nice fellar” … Brilliant insight, DMR. Thanks … Jim Bob thinks Paul Ryan was a pretty good baseball pitcher back in the day, too.

The poll is also outdated. They began surveying people prior to the questionable budget deal Ryan authored last week, which conservatives are treating with disdain … One only needs to look at the tepid reception he received at the Branstad Bash last month to realize Paul Ryan ranks pretty low on a scale of Iowa Caucus favorites at the moment.

The poll also gave us the earth shattering news that democrats love and Republicans loathe Hillary Clinton … In other headlines, the sun rose today.


“If you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” That is the Politifact Lie of the Year. Which makes Barack Obama the liar of the year, and Bruce Braley the Iowa liar of the year. Yep, Towelboy told the same lie and is now doing everything he can to scurry away from the Obamacare debacle. Sorry, Bruce, it ain’t gonna work because you’re going to get hit over the head with your dishonest record every week for the next 10 ½ months.

Another lie from President Selfie: The Obamacare website is now up to snuff. No,  it ain’t. And it’s going to get a lot worse when people who thought they bought insurance through the error-ridden site head to their doctors in January and find out they are not covered … Even Capitol Hill staffers have been warned not to trust information on the website.

obama selfie

I can’t think of anything more classless than taking a selfie at a funeral, especially a smiling selfie. Barack Obama showed last week that he has little class

obama flirting

And the FLOTUS shows she has little regard for Barack’s dalliance with the Danish first lady. 20 bucks says she was thinking, “Wench is gonna to be rotting in the state of Denmark.”

I don’t know which is funnier: The Paulistinians suddenly talking about bringing the party together, or Republican Party of Iowa leadership suddenly deciding getting paid by campaigns while serving on the SCC is a conflict of interest … Both gave me a good chuckle because Big Liberty was the foremost offender in both instances. Now they’re hoping we’ll forget those pesky little facts. Well, you can wish in one hand

As I mentioned on WHO Radio Monday, with another legislative session on the horizon, another effort to raise the gas tax comes with it. Rep. Josh Byrnes (R-Osage) is once again pushing the idea as a way to pay for fixing up Iowa’s bridges and roads. I know this issue is a political non-starter for many conservatives. I also know conservatives in rural Iowa who see the increase as a necessity. This will be a political hot button in 2014, but it’s an election year, so the increase will not pass.


Planned Parenthood abortion mills in Iowa keep closing. The webcam abortion centers in Creston and Red Oak both dropped their hours to zero. Another victory for life, in what has been a pretty good year for pro-life warriors. Saving even one life is a good thing and many have been saved this year.

Finally, good news from Florida. The 15-year-old orphan who gained worldwide sympathy for his plea for a family during a church service might have found one. Davion Only, who has spent most of his life in various foster homes, gets to enjoy Christmas with a family that is working on adopting him. And they’re taking him on his first ever vacation …

Only has also advocated on behalf of homeless children to Florida Governor Rick Scott … There remain more than 138,000 homeless children in the U.S. Something to remember this holiday season.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Great acts are made up of small deeds.

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

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