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October 20th, 2013

Kevin’s Korner: Shutdown Slams, Rand’s Remorse and Bruce’s Noose

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

We knew from the beginning Republicans would eventually cave on the government shutdown. They did, and accomplished nothing, other than exposing some of Bruce Braley’s pretentiousness

Tom Latham is dealing with some conservative backlash, deservedly so, after voting to raise the debt ceiling and end the shutdown. In the end, it won’t hurt him too bad politically. Nobody is going to beat Latham in a primary and conservatives certainly aren’t going to help ultra-lib Staci Appel make it to Congress. At least, sane ones won’t …

The democrats won the political battle of the federal government shutdown, but that might prove to be a pyrrhic victory. The Obamacare rollout has been nothing short of a disaster. Now that the media has something else to cover, the spotlight shone on this technological terror will not reflect well on the dems.

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The only person who comes out of the shutdown looking worse than House Majority Leader John Boehner is Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. And by extension, Rand Paul … Rand and the Gang endorsed McConnell early on, while apparently holding their nose, and are therefore tied to McConnell’s poor leadership while conservatives across the country are bashing him …

Rick Santorum’s 2004 endorsement of Arlen Specter haunted him seven years later on the presidential campaign trail. Rand Paul will have similar issues with his pitch for Mitch when he runs for president in 2015-16 … The irony is, Rand endorsed McConnell because he thought it would help him in the presidential race. Brilliant strategery …

And as much as the media and many of his fellow Republicans want to tear down Senator Ted Cruz, he remains the 2016 Iowa Caucus frontrunner, and will likely boost that standing when he comes here this week.

Cruz will campaign on Saturday for another politico reviled by most of the media and some of his fellow Republicans, Congressman Steve King. The Sioux City Journal provided an excellent rundown of 12 things to remember about Steve King. The list absolutely hits the mark.

Iowa’s Union Thug-in-Chief Danny Homan jumped the shark last week when he criticized Governor Branstad for keeping the Gold Star Military Museum open during the federal shutdown. Homan is constantly on the lookout for something to attack Branstad with. They’re usually idiotic reasons. This was possibly his most idiotic, which is quite an accomplishment …

Terry Branstad

To clarify our headline from Wednesday, Governor Branstad’s executive order did not put an end to Common Core in Iowa. It barred any further intrusion from the federal government and outside groups. Common Core was installed by Big Debt Chet and continues to creep into the curriculum …

I’m looking forward to the first debate for our U.S. Senate candidates. Sponsored by AFP and National Review, the event takes place this Wednesday at Sheslow Auditorium on the Drake University campus. Tickets are free and still available

BruceTowelboyBraley, the Iowa dems golden child, leads a generic Republican candidate by just four points, 45-41, according to PPP, a democrat polling firm. That should seriously frighten Braley’s campaign … I’ve said before, and it bears repeating: Braley is beatable, if the Iowa GOP gets its act together …

I’m not sure he gained much traction from it, but senate candidate David Young has already done the Full Grassley, visiting all 99 Iowa counties. Young’s campaign would likely benefit the most from a strong debate performance on Wednesday …

This senate field is still unsettled. 2010 gubernatorial candidate Rod Roberts plans to make his decision soon on whether or not to jump in the race, Mark Jacobs is still in his “exploratory” phase, and the obligatory “liberty” candidate still has not entered … Jacobs was invited, but declined to take part in Wednesday’s debate.

AJ Spiker

Two more county parties have asked for Republican Party of Iowa Chairman A.J. Spiker to step down. Linn County Republicans passed a resolution on Monday, which means, along with the Polk GOP, the two biggest county central committees in the state want the chairman to go …

The Poweshiek County GOP also requested Spiker step down. Their resolution, also passed Monday, was unanimously approved by the central committee … It was reported elsewhere that the Grundy County GOP passed a similar resolution. That is erroneous.

Julian Garrett

I wasn’t surprised Julian Garrett won the GOP nomination for the SD 13 special election. I was surprised he trounced the rest of the field, securing 20 1/3 of the 30 precincts … That’s a whuppin’

It’s a shame that once again, State Central Committee members were unable to remain neutral in a contest between Republicans. Tamara Scott was one of the candidates and John Kabitzke nominated Steve McCoy … I’m not sure which was the most egregious, but I am sure neither of them should have gotten involved in the convention …

The dems select their SD 13 nominee on Monday. Former House Rep. Mark Davitt is the only announced candidate, and knowing the dems distaste for making their candidates actually earn the nomination, he will probably take it uncontested …

Just in case there was any doubt where Davitt and the dems stand on the issue of life, IDP reaffirmed that this week by celebrating the country’s foremost abortion mills:

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Although she has excited some liberal activists, congressional wannabe Anesa Kajtazovic was trounced by the rest of the dems in the First District race. Maybe the folks with the bucks realize what the activists don’t: Kajtazovic is woefully unprepared for federal office …

However, the most embarrassing fundraising report comes from perennial Republican congressional wannabe Steve Rathje. He raised only $7,658 in the third quarter, while spending more than $16,000Dreadful

It’s also worth remembering that Rathje spent $10,000 paying consultant Craig Bergman earlier this year, then Bergman split from the campaign just weeks after Rathje announced his candidacy.


Moving to the sports world, the Hawkeyes played well Saturday at Ohio State, but it’s pretty said that being happy about moral victories is what their fans have been reduced to. Quite a fall from the national title hopes their fans had just a few years ago …

No moral victories for the Clones. Losing 71-7 is as embarrassing as it gets … This is going to be a depressing college football season in Iowa.

It’s hard to be a boxing fan these days, for a variety of reasons. However, every sports fan should check out HBO’s latest sports documentary, “Legendary Nights: The Tale of Gatti/Ward”… It’s the tale of the incredible three-fight series between Micky Ward and Arturo Gatti, and the friendship they developed while beating the crap out of each other … You will go through a wide range of emotions watching it. I did.

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Finally, as we approach the holiday season, I’m going to start highlighting worthwhile charities here on the Korner, so that maybe, together we can make this year a little brighter for some folks in Iowa who could use some help … I think Shoes That Fit is an outstanding charity. These kids are just asking for small things, like socks or a warm shirt. A small donation can go a long way. Please help them in whatever way you can. Thanks.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. It’s not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it.

Pictures by Dave Davidson,

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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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