News Center

October 6th, 2013
 

Kevin’s Korner: Sorenson’s Sycophants, RPI vs. Police, and Braley’s Barricades

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. Truth never damages a cause that is just.

For those remaining gullible Kent Sorenson sycophants who are convinced he’s been totally honest this whole time and is completely innocent, think about this: Why would an innocent man plead the Fifth?

Sorenson trying to explain the “deeply suspicious$73,000 in wire transfers he received in 2012 is the least convincing witness testimony since Vinny Gambini cross-examined Mr. Tipton

My clandestine, ubiquitous informants tell me, after watching the video, WWE talent scouts are now interested in Sorenson. It seems he reminded them of one of their former stars. Sorenson’s eyes shifted so many times in two minutes, the WWE thinks he would be perfect as a 2013 version of Repo Man

This story isn’t over, either. Sorenson could still face criminal charges for lying, and the Bachmann and Ron Paul campaigns still have some ‘splainin to do.

House Rep. Julian Garrett is the first Republican to formally announce his intentions to run for the senate seat vacated by Sorenson. I doubt he will be the last … Unfortunately, some of Sorenson’s aforementioned sycophants will be among the small group of Republicans deciding who the nominee is. Choosing someone with Sorenson’s conservative stances is fine. Choosing someone with Sorenson’s ethical issues is not …

While Wes Enos has stepped down from the State Central Committee due to his ties to the Sorenson scandal, SCC member Bob Anderson has officially filed to compete in a contested primary. Anderson is running for the state senate in District 39. Two other Republicans, Royce Phillips and Michael Moore, have also launched their campaigns for the seat.

police endorse branstad

In September of 2010, a group of 600 Des Moines area police officers publicly backed Terry Branstad for governor over the incumbent, Big Debt Chet. In October of 2013, the Republican Party of Iowa did everything it could to ensure the cops won’t back Republicans again anytime soon …

RPIleadership” decided to blast out a “call to action”, accusing Polk County law enforcement of conducting “unnecessary” checkpoints and “illegal searches”. They also encouraged motorists to videotape their interactions with police at these checkpoints, and to send the tape to the state party … Mindbogglingly stupid …

A political war with law enforcement in the state where First-in-the-Nation caucuses take place is exactly what a state political party should be focused on … The “call to action” also prompted several Paulistinians to equate Polk County law enforcement officers with Nazis on the party’s Facebook page. Brilliant …

Once again, the small cabal running the state party behaves like rebellious teenagers throwing a kegger while mom and dad are out of town. They did not receive, nor seek, the approval of the State Central Committee prior to this ridiculous move …

Focus on this non-issue happened on the same day the Iowa Poll showed President Obama’s approval rating at just 39%, a full 15 points below our Republican governor’s numbers, in a state Obama won by six points … SCC member David Chung’s tilting at windmills Facebook post was very apropos, with the caption,  “This is how I feel serving on the Republican Party of Iowa’s State Central Committee”:

Tilting at windmills

I know, I know. They’re focusing on “issues” and “standing up for the platform” … Funny. I can’t seem to find the platform plank that says the state party should denigrate Iowa law enforcement officials. You know, those guys who put their lives on the line to protect us … Nor is there anything in the platform about police checkpoints …

Btw, the checkpoint conducted Friday is legal under Iowa Code. DUI checkpoints, which are constitutional according to a 1990 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, are not legal in Iowa

Here’s a crazy, rhetorical question: Why doesn’t the state party focus on registering more Republican voters, and maybe try to help us win a U.S. Senate seat in 2014? Maybe even the reclaim the majority in the Iowa Senate? I guess asking them to actually do their jobs is too much …

Perhaps the RPI brain trust hasn’t noticed, but the Dems’ senate candidate gift-wrapped the perfect photo-op for the opposition. Bruce Braley was caught on candid camera helping park guards seal off access to the Korean War Memorial

Braley barricade

This came just a day after Congressman Steve King helped Iowa WWII veterans defy the government shutdown and visit the memorial built in their honor … The Democrats would be hammering Republicans with a picture like this, context be damned …

For all you wannabe conservative politicos, here’s a helpful tip: We’re not going to win by adopting the Dems’ stances, but it is past time to adopt some of their tactics. Political campaigns are wars, and if you’re afraid to get bloody, or bloody your opponent, it is time to find another line of work …

For instance, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid does not want to help a kid dying of cancer … Yes, really. He said so himself:

Kudos to Congressman Tom Latham for forgoing his congressional pay during the federal shutdown. More elected officials should follow his lead.

Rod Roberts is still considering a bid for the U.S. Senate … Ditto for Mariannette Miller-Meeks and another bid for the U.S. House … Both of them have very good jobs as department heads in the Branstad administration, and those jobs are secure for the next five years, so giving them up for a risky run at federal office is a difficult decision. It will be awhile before we know their intentions … On the other hand, I expect another Republican to enter the First Congressional District race very soon …

State Senator Amy Sinclair (R-Allerton) is ready to lay the smackdown on Hermie Quirmbach (D-Bag) after he attempted to belittle her on the senate floor during the last legislative session. Bad move, Hermie. Sinclair will expose Quirmbach for, among other things, being a public servant that refuses to join his colleagues on the senate floor for the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance each morning …

Hermie’s arrogance is going to cause him to have a much more difficult time holding on to his liberal-leaning district with Sinclair exposing him, and helping Jeremy Davis pull off the upset in 2014.

Week one of Obamacare went about as well as you would expect. The lone story the liberal media could find of someone successfully signing up on the new healthcare exchange turned out to be an Obama for America volunteer who lied when he said he had signed himself and his dad up …

In typical fashion, the MSM did zero research before running with the fraud’s story. Apparently, it would have taken them too much time to try out this helpful little website known as Google.

Finally, I’m not a big fan of blaming referees for losses in sports, but there’s no doubt the zebras blew it in Ames Thursday night and robbed Iowa State off a victory over Texas. However, unlike some Cyclone fans, I blame it on ineptitude, not bias. …  Head Coach Paul Rhoads’ criticism of the refs was totally justified:

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward.

Photos 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.




blog comments powered by Disqus