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February 10th, 2013
 

Kevin’s Korner: Senate Showdown, Personhood Pros/Cons and Laughing at the Loons

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.

Whether Steve King decides to run for U.S. Senate or not, Karl Rove did the good congressman a huge favor by publicly declaring war on KingIowa Republicans have consolidated around King and Rove’s ill-advised attack had the opposite effect of its intention. King says he’s more likely to run now than he was a week ago, pre-Rove stupidity …

Meanwhile, Tom Latham is quietly making moves that signal he is at least strongly considering the U.S. Senate seat … I hope we don’t see a Latham vs. King primary, and I don’t think we will, but it sure would be fun to watch …

Will Tom Vilsack run for U.S. Senate? Or, will he give the Dems their only shot of defeating Terry Branstad, and make another run at the governor’s office? I doubt the latter … The Vilsacks are creatures of Washington. My guess is they’ll do everything they can to try to stay there …

One of the most interesting aspects of the Register’s U.S. Senate poll, along with Tom Vilsack outpolling the golden boy Bruce Braley, was the negative view of Tom’s wife, ChristieWhat are Iowa values?Vilsack. 46% of those polled say “The Abortion Queen” is not an appealing candidate … Those are some very high negatives for someone who clearly still has political aspirations. Only Big Debt Chet and BVP garnered bigger negative numbers

Only 12% were unsure about Mrs. Vilsack, which means she is well-known, but not well-liked …  It also means people saw her joke of a campaign last year and realized they want no part of Vilsack’s dishonesty and desperate attacks … How long until Carpetbagger Christie moves into Iowa’s First District to run for the seat Bruce Braley currently occupies? … Or, will she run for Latham or King’s seat, if one or both of them run for the senate? One way or another, a Vilsack will be on the ballot in 2014. Bank on it.

Are the Dems really going to let Bruce Braley go unchallenged in the U.S. Senate primary? Bad move, IMO. For one, he is not their strongest possible candidate … Secondly, if Republicans do have a competitive primary, the media attention and focus will be overwhelmingly on the GOP candidates. Braley, who was the least known candidate in the poll, would struggle to get attention … And Bruce loves attention … I could see the Dems throwing out a token candidate just to help Bruce get some pub …

My clandestine, ubiquitous informants, who are big hunters and love shooting little birdies, got a good laugh this week when some self-righteous, self-proclaimed “constitutional conservatives” decided Iowa Republicans should decide their nominees at the state convention, instead of a primary …

Why the big chuckle? Because these “constitutional conservatives” don’t even know the laws in their own state … See, there’s this little thing called the Iowa Code, which clearly states we decide our nominees, except for lieutenant governor, in primaries … You can’t just change the process with a vote from the Ron Paul 9

Even more laughable, what happened the last time these “constitutional conservatives” tried to force their chosen candidate onto the ballot at state convention? Oh, that’s right. He lost. For the fifth time. Not to Terry Branstad, but to Kim Reynolds

Yep, I salivate at the thought of our nominee being chosen at convention too. Why? Just to relive the looks on your arrogant faces when you thought you had it won, and you lost. Again … Only, if you were going against Branstad, it would be a landslide defeat … Please, by all means, go for it.

 

State Rep. Tom Shaw has introduced a Personhood bill in the Iowa House and has immediately come under attack from the pro-aborts … I admire Shaw, because unlike some of his allies, he doesn’t just talk a big game. Shaw actually stands on the House floor and during the Republican House caucus meetings and fights for what he believes in, instead of sniping from the sidelines … Shaw’s bill will probably never see the light of day in the Iowa Senate, but I applaud him for his efforts … Life is precious and should be protected, from conception.

On a related note, you might have read last week that a Personhood bill was passed by the North Dakota legislature. That’s not exactly accurate. The bill passed the Senate. It has not yet cleared the House, but probably will … However, it still has a long way to go before having any chance of becoming law …

The bill aims to amend the state’s constitution to recognize the inalienable right to life of every human being at every stage of development … To be enacted, after passing in the North Dakota legislature, it must be approved by voters in 2014 … If that happens, it will most certainly be challenged in court. The bill’s sponsor says that’s what she wants, to wage a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade

It’s a fight worth waging, but there is also a major concern if that happens. If a Personhood amendment winds up before the U.S. Supreme Court, it could legally challenge Roe v. Wade and there’s a slim possibility that atrocity would be overturned … However, the chances are more likely that the courts reaffirm Roe v. Wade. In that regard, the consequences could be very bad.

Liberals’ hypocrisy knows no bounds …  The same libs who were calling for George W. Bush’s head for fighting the War on Terror are now defending drone strikes that Barack Obama orders. Strikes that kill American citizens, or those of other countries we have not declared war on … Frequent Bush basher Eleanor Clift even went so far as to call the drones “a blessing” …

Liberal hypocrisy, point 2: You’ll recall how President Obama repeatedly hammered Mitt Romney for holding offshore accounts and saying we need to end these “tax scams”… Our own Chuck Grassley has a good take on this: “The irony is thick,” says Sir Charles … It turns out, Obama’s treasury secretary nominee Jack Lew held over $100,000 in an offshore hedge fund in the Cayman Islands … Hope & change.

The great “God Made a Farmer” Super Bowl commercial voiced by Paul Harvey was the hot topic on MondayDodge just calls the ad “Farmer”. I call it “God Made a Farmer” … Anyway, there’s a new ad out, that’s almost as powerful and buzzworthy. Behold, “God Made a Liberal” …

The obligatory “liberty” candidate has announced his intentions to run for the open 4th District seat on the SCCShawn Dietz, who failed in his attempt to make the SCC during the district convention elections is giving it another shot … At the time of convention, TheIowaRepublican.com was doing voter guides for the elections. Dietz declined to say whom he supported in the Iowa Caucus, even though he had publicly endorsed Ron Paul … Dietz then complained when we revealed his public endorsement … Don’t ask. It doesn’t make sense to me either …

Lyon County Chair Cody Hoefert and college student Jeremy Freeman are the other announced candidates for the SCC seat … Hoefert has the endorsements of Fourth District Congressman Steve King, several area legislators and numerous prominent Republicans in the district. The election is this Tuesday in Ft. Dodge.

Congratulations to NBC News for picking up on TIR’s story regarding the alleged theft and cover-up of the NICHE list by Kent Sorenson and the Michele Bachmann presidential campaign … The fact that Eric Woolson corroborates Barb Heki’s claims is significant … With a lawsuit, criminal probe, FEC investigation and possible Iowa Senate ethics probe looking into the Sorenson, Bachmann, et al., I predict we’ll hear much more on this situation in the coming week …

After dealing with all the nonsense of the Bachmann campaign, I don’t blame Eric Woolson for retiring from politics. The longtime strategist played prominent roles in the Iowa campaigns of numerous candidates, including Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Mike Huckabee, George W. Bush, Chuck Grassley, Bob Vander Plaats and Mariannette Miller-Meeks, to name a few … He was also the press secretary for Terry Branstad during his first term as Iowa’s governor. Woolson has moved into the non-profit sector and bid adieu to campaign work. I don’t blame him.

I don’t think Dr. Benjamin Carson will be on the White House Christmas card list this year. With the president sitting four feet away, the renowned Baltimore neurosurgeon shredded Obamacare and railed on the government’s attempted takeover of the healthcare industry …

Dr. Carson suggests health savings accounts for every American from the moment they’re born, and it can be passed on to family members when you die. Watson also says contributing to HSAs, instead of government bureaucracies, is the way to help indigent people. The entire speech is worth watching, if you’ve got a half-hour to spare:

Finally, I’ve been accused by some Paulistinians of sowing discord in the Republican Party. Interesting. And funny … The same people that accuse me of that, praise the (now former) state legislator who told one 2012 House candidate in Polk County that the Republicans weren’t going to help him …

How did the Polk County Republicans help this candidate? Let me count the ways … Other than providing walking lists for door knocking, purchasing, picking up and distributing yard signs, donating $1,000 to his campaign, trying to broker a forum with his Dem opponent, arranging donor meetings and strategy sessions, facilitating absentee ballot requests and helping collect signatures to get him on the ballot, the Polk GOP didn’t do much … And that’s far from a complete list … Yep. This candidate found out quickly, as many others have, that this (now former) legislator is a self-serving fraud.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Time is the justice that examines all offenders.

Photo by Dave Davidson, Prezography.com


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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