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November 24th, 2013

Kevin’s Korner: Queen Hillary, Man Named Jeb and Craig Hating Liberty

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, when his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.

Iowans should be insulted by the Democrats’ blatant attempt to clear the 2016 presidential primary field for Hillary Clinton and render our First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucus meaningless … Her disdain for retail politics, particularly in Iowa, is well known and she doesn’t want to have to deal with irrelevant voters getting to know her. Queen Hillary is above all that and it’s obvious she has commanded the subservient dems to make sure she has no competition for the nomination …

Two out-of-state senators have come to Iowa in recent weeks and basically ordered Democrats to nominate Hillary. Thankfully, there is already some push back against that, as our liberal friend John Deeth pointed out. I expect a significant backlash as the push to coronate Queen Hillary intensifies …

I also think Hillary is much more beatable in a general election than some Dems believe. Besides, if she’s so great, what difference does it make if someone challenges her in the primary or not?

Jeb and Dubya Bush

Why do people keep mentioning Jeb Bush as a potential 2016 presidential candidate? He’s not. The man named Jeb was a good governor, but totally lacks the charisma and swagger of his older brother George and has no shot at the GOP nomination …

Forget about Jeb’s criticism last week of Steve King. That was unwise, but the real reason he won’t contend is because he’s too moderate, his speeches are dreadfully boring and he has nothing to offer that more charismatic and relevant Republican officials can … Jeb won’t be a contender. And I doubt he’ll run because there’s no real clamor for him to do so … Republicans have a deep bench for 2016 and Ol’ Jeb wouldn’t crack the starting lineup.

Bruce Braley weird look

Congratulations to Congressman Bruce Braley for his spot-on impersonation of John Kerry … The U.S. Senate wannabe has been busy flip-flopping in Kerryesque fashion as he tries to convince Iowans he’s not a flaming liberal. Braley was against making sure Americans kept their health insurance before he was for it …

Braley pulled a similar flip-flop earlier this year on the Keystone XL Pipeline. He voted in favor of the job-creating, energy-producing pipeline in April, then voted against it in May.

The Kennedy assassination has intrigued me for many years. I’ve watched countless documentaries and read several books on the subject, but after this week’s endless coverage, I’m burnt out on it … Oh, and I have my own interesting theory on who killed Kennedy. It was…wait for it…Lee Harvey Oswald.

Iowa Republicans, other than one or two whiners who didn’t get their way at the nominating convention, came together nicely to make sure we held onto the Senate District 13 seat. Julian Garrett won in a landslide because everybody pitched in. See how that works? … I’m surprised the Dems did not go all out for this seat. It would have been a huge pickup for them heading in 2014

We should also be able to hold onto the House District 25, the seat Senator-Elect Garrett will be vacating … Door-knocking guru and volunteer extraordinaire Stan Gustafson was the first to officially announce his intentions to run for the seat. Former Madison County Supervisor and perennial candidate Joan Acela is also contending.

Spiker loves Ron Paul

The Paulistinians are throwing a hissy fit over Craig Robinson’s article in Politico Magazine regarding RPI’s leadership. It’s a good read. The funniest part is them actually asking Craig why he hates liberty

More tantrums are likely coming soon. My clandestine, ubiquitous informants tell me some more bad news will be dropped on Big Liberty’s Iowa team within the next two weeks.

For the first time that I’m aware of, Governor Branstad’s inner circle is split regarding whom to support in an election. While Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and big money donors like Bruce Rastetter are supporting Joni Ernst in the U.S. Senate primary, longtime Branstad confidants Doug Gross and Rich Schwarm are backing Mark Jacobs

What does this mean for the U.S. Senate race? I think it creates an opening for someone else. If the so-called “establishment” vote is split, and the social conservatives and Tea Party types rally around Sam Clovis, as they seem to be doing, the underdog college professor could emerge victorious out of this crowded field.

Harry Reid nuke

Harry Reid’s decision to break over 200 years of U.S. Senate tradition and nuke the filibuster will come back to burn Democrats … For instance, if Republicans re-take the Senate, hold the House, and win the presidency in 2016, using Reid’s precedent, they could use the nuclear option on something like…hmmm…maybe, overturning ObamacareThat’s the ticket. Thanks Harry!

In Iowa’s gubernatorial race, Democrat Jack Hatch is running on raising taxes and Tyler Olson is running on the tired ‘war on women’ meme. Meanwhile, Governor Branstad can run on the fact that Iowa’s unemployment is down to 4.6% and a new survey shows he is the chief executive of the third best-managed state in the land … Gee, I wonder who’s going to win that race.

jason chaffetz

I was under the weather and unable to make it, but it sounds like Chad Airhart’s 2nd Annual Blue Jean Bash was a big success. Airhart, the Dallas County recorder, announced his plans for reelection in front of more than 100 supporters who braved the wintry weather on Thursday. Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, one of the most outspoken critics of President Obama and Queen Hillary’s handling of the Benghazi tragedy, headlined the event.

If you want to smile, laugh, and maybe a good cry on this chilly Sunday, check out this great story of a baby born 15 weeks premature. The dad beautifully captured his son’s first year on video. Great stuff:

Finally, congratulations to the Hawkeyes and Cyclones for very nice wins on Saturday, but in the only game that really mattered, East Carolina spanked NC State on the road, 42-28. Go Pirates.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. He who controls others may be powerful but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.

Photos by Dave Davidson,

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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