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March 10th, 2013
 

Kevin’s Korner: Wacko Birds, Platform Purists and Joe Don’t Know Jack

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner, an hour earlier than usual. I stand with any politician who works to ban daylight savings time. Believe me. I need that extra hour of beauty sleep.

There’s no doubt that Rand Paul vaulted himself to the front of the pack for the 2016 Iowa Caucus with his brilliant piece of political theatre last week. The nearly 13-hour filibuster was the most talked about political event of the week and made for some captivating television … When Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul the next day saying the president cannot kill a non-combatant U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, Paul secured a hard fought victory … Well played, sir

And this time, Paul voted the right way on the confirmation, by casting a No vote for CIA Director John Brennan … For some reason, after assisting Paul’s filibuster, Marco Rubio voted in favor of confirming him, much like Rand did for Hagel the Horrible. Dumb … BTW, Iowa’s Chuck Grassley voted no. Commie Tommie Harkin voted yes, of course …

John Brennan took his oath to uphold the Constitution on an original draft of that founding document, written in 1787. Nice touch of history, but that version of the Constitution excludes the entire Bill of Rights, so Brennan hasn’t sworn to protect those all important pieces of the U.S. Constitution … He then dispatched a drone over Bowling Green, Kentucky, waterboarded a Paulistinian and started a secret war in Uganda

John McCain and Lindsey Graham made one of the worst political moves of the week when they bashed Rand Paul, and allies Ted Cruz and Justin Amash, the next day, calling them “wacko birds” … Amash, who was barely past puberty the last time John McCain was relevant, was surprised to learn the 2008 GOP presidential nominee is still a member of the Congress

It’s almost three years until the 2016 Iowa Caucus, but the first attack ad in the presidential race has already hit Iowa airwaves. Patriot SuperPAC released an ad hammering Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell for advocating the largest tax increase in state history … Much like New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie, McDonnell’s once promising presidential hopes are now shot. Paying for an attack ad against him isn’t worth the time, effort or money …

How bad has this legislative session been for Iowa Republicans? State Senator Brad Zaun summed it up perfectly: “There is not one bill that I’m happy that survived. We have done a poor job this year of doing any legislation that’s going to be good for Iowans, specifically talking about the Iowa Senate.”

Legislation conservatives want, like Personhood bills, webcam abortion bans, abolishing no-fault divorces, defining marriage, abolishing the Department of Education and banning traffic cameras all died a quick, painful death in committee … There has also been little to no progress on education reform and property tax reform …

On the bright side, important bills like allowing Iowans to possess Bengal cats and banning “straight ticket” voting did survive funnel week … It’s so nice that they’re focusing on important things up there while getting paid with our taxpayer dollars …

Pro-LIFE

Another wasted year in the legislature for the pro-life community in Iowa, as they once again cannibalized themselves … As a result, more babies will die while the bickering and over-the-top attacks against other pro-lifers continue …

I think the critics of the “all or nothing” crowd have it wrong … Many use the analogy that, by the “all or nothing” logic, if this group came upon a burning house, they wouldn’t try to save anyone trapped inside the house unless they could save all of them …

That analogy is a little off. Here’s a more fitting one: The all-or-nothing crowd wouldn’t save anyone because they would be too preoccupied with criticizing the people who were rushing into the house to save everyone they could … That’s what they’re doing with the abortion issue …

House Rep. Matt Windschitl (R-Missouri Valley), in particular, was slimed by one “pro-life” group last week. They took out-of-context snippets from Windschitl’s House speech regarding webcam abortions and accused him of protecting women who have abortions, while not standing up for the children … It was a blatantly false smear …

Windschitl also sponsored a Personhood amendment, but was slimed by the “pro-lifers” for that effort, too … As long as this type of behavior from self-righteous “conservatives” continues, abortions will continue … Here’s a crazy idea: If you disagree with a portion of someone’s bill, instead of attacking him, why don’t you work with him to make it better? … I know, crazy idea. Sorry. I don’t know what I was thinking by suggesting that …

Do you know what the toughest restriction on abortion in the entire U.S. is? A ban on abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. The law was just passed by the Arkansas legislature, vetoed by the Democrat governor, which was overridden by the legislature, with the help of Democrats …

Everywhere else, abortion goes almost completely unchecked. There’s nothing to stop them. I don’t care what anyone says. Banning abortions after 12 weeks is better than no ban. If it survives court challenges, the Arkansas bill will save lives. That’s all that matters …

Shane Vander Hart has a very good write-up on how those opposing other pro-life legislation are standing against the Republican platform … Of course, a lot of these folks are the same ones constantly demanding Republicans follow the platform. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds …

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BTW, I’m confused … For you platform purists, exactly which platform are Republican candidates supposed to pledge allegiance to? The 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006 or 2004 state versions? They’re all different … Or should candidates pledge allegiance to their county party’s platform, which differs from the state version? That makes more sense, because we’re all about bottom up government, not top down. But which year’s county platform are candidates supposed to follow? Only the latest one? …

Or is the RNC national platform, which changes every four years, the one GOP candidates are supposed to treat like the it’s the Holy Gospel? It is different from every county and state platform in the country … Is a Republican candidate supposed to change his principles on an important issue, just because some delegates to a convention change the platform from the previous two years? … Dang. Seven more rhetorical questions that would have fit well into last week’s Korner.

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We here at TheIowaRepublican.com were honored to be the only Iowa website recognized by the Washington Post among its best state-based political blogs … Not bad for a website that receives “little traffic” and  is “irrelevant” … While we welcome the kudos, there are several other top-notch political blogs in the state who also belong on the list, from both sides of the aisle. Those include John Deeth, Shane Vander Hart’s Caffeinated Thoughts, the Conservative Reader, Bleeding Heartland and more … All these people work hard, are dedicated to their craft and provide information you cannot find anywhere else.

The Johnson County GOP provided a much-needed and unexpected Republican victory last week as John Etheredge won a county supervisors race in the state’s most liberal county, becoming the first Republican since 1958 to do so … This was a total team effort, made possible by a strong central committee and some hard working volunteers … And yes, even RPI chipped in a little bit to help … Congrats all around.

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I’ve gained a whole new respect for Congressman, and senatorial wannabe Bruce Braley. He might be more liberal than Nancy Pelosi and Commie Tommie Harkin, but that guy rocked the ‘70s fro as good as anyone … Just let your soul glo, Bruce …

Joe Biden’s brilliance is unending. The VPs advice for women to protect themselves is to “get a double-barrel shotgun”, which Biden claims is harder to aim and use than an AR-15 … That theory was put to the test …

As usual, Joe don’t know jack

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.


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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