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March 1st, 2015

Kevin’s Korner: Heads Buried in the Sand Edition

head buried in sand

Greetings and welcome to Kevin’s Korner. The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

Do some pf Iowa’s top Republican elected officials have their hands buried in the sand? Judging from events of the past 10 days, it certainly seems so. From Speaker Paulsen’s committee shuffling to Senator Dix’ inability to hold vulnerable Dems accountable to Governor Branstad’s expeditious gas tax bill signing, Iowa Republicans bumbled and stumbled repeatedly in the past week and a half. Their actions were politically tone deaf

As TIR Grand Poobah Craig Robinson pointed out, the 10-cent gas tax isn’t just some small user fee. It is a billion dollar boondoggle … Yes, Iowa’s roads and bridges need repair, but it’s hard to see how the legislature couldn’t find $2 million $200 million in a $7.3 billion budget without placing additional burdens on the taxpayers …

However, the legislative session is not over, so the collective meltdown of conservatives might be a tad premature. I hear the Iowa House Republicans do plan to pass an income tax cut and other conservative legislation in the next few weeks … However, if these bills don’t also pass in the Democrat-led Iowa Senate, that effort is moot …

Republicans also should have been talking about an income tax cut offset all along and/or tied it to the gas tax increase. Some House representatives tried, but failed, during last week’s floor debate.

clel baudler

The gas tax fallout has resulted in calls to primary every Republican who voted in favor of the increase. Every cycle, the IGO/Paulistinian types talk of trying to oust Rep. Clel Baudler in a primary, but they always fail to recruit a candidate. Eric Durbin plans to challenge Baudler in 2016

Durbin, who lost the GOP primary in the Indianola-based HD 26 last year has already bagged his carpet and moved to Stuart in House District 20. Durbin will find defeating Baudler even more difficult than winning in HD 26. Rep. Baudler remains well liked in the rural district despite some of his stances.

benton holds nose mcconnell

The Head Buried in the Sand Syndrome sadly spreads beyond Iowa’s border. The disease is reeking havoc in Washington, D.C. as well. As I so eloquently wrote last week, a federal judge gave Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans all the backing they needed to reject Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. Instead, they folded. Pathetic …

Sen. McConnell has another chance this week. Maybe he’ll surprise us all and show some testicular fortitude.

HBS Syndrome has long plagued South Carolina Senator, and GOP presidential hopeful, Lindsey Graham. He was one of three Republicans on the Judiciary Committee to approve Eric Holder-clone Loretta Lynch for attorney general. Her nomination now goes to the full Senate.

 John Kerry idiot

Of course, the HBS Syndrome is not exclusive to Republicans. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry showed he is completely oblivious to the dangerous world to the dangerous world we live in:

“We are actually living in a period of less daily threat to Americans and to people in the world than normally— less deaths, less violent deaths today than through the last century,” Kerry claimed to Congress last Wednesday …

One day later, Obama’s National Director of National Intelligence James Clapper contradicted what the secretary of state said: “When the final accounting is done. 2014 will be the most lethal year in global terrorism in the 45 years such data has been compiled. About half of all attacks including fatalities in 2014 occurred in just three countries, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

Even more idiocy and hypocrisy from Secretary Kerry: He criticized Benjamin Netanyahu for supporting the Iraq War … Kerry apparently forgot that he also supported the Iraq War, voting for it and funding it as a U.S. senator … As did soon-to-be coronated Dem presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

Interestingly, despite the Obama administration’s slimy and cowardly attempts to smear the Israeli prime minister, the U.S. Senate passed a unanimous resolution welcoming Netanyahu to speak to a joint session of Congress.

 Ames Straw Poll

Will the Ames Iowa Straw Poll return to Ames? My clandestine, ubiquitous informants tell me Iowa State University is still in the running, but the asking price is extremely high and  the other three potential sites offered strong proposals …

RPI’s Straw Poll Committee toured the Iowa Expo Center in Boone, the Iowa Speedway in Newton and Drake University on Saturday and is weighing all the pros and cons. They plan to reach a decision soon. More on that Monday

I still like the idea of the candidates literally racing it out, Jean Gerard vs. Ricky Bobby-style, at the Iowa Speedway. Sans the post-race kiss, of course.

Rand Paul CPAC

It comes as no surprise that Rand Paul won the CPAC Straw Poll, again, with 25.7% of the vote from 3,000 or so conservative and libertarian activists. This is Rand’s third straight win there. His pop Ron Paul won CPAC twice … One thing Paulistinians are very good at is winning straw polls, but when it comes to winning the most votes when entire states go to the polls, not so much

Scott Walker finished a strong second at CPAC with 21.4% helping the Wisconsin governor maintain his frontrunner status. Texas Senator Ted Cruz placed third at 11.5% and Dr. Ben Carson finished just behind Cruz at 11.4%. Ol’ Jeb took fifth at 8.3%. No one else garnered more than 5% of the vote … 42% of those that voted are college students.

Meanwhile, the liberal media continues its Scott Walker smear campaign. Liberal website the Daily Beast apologized and retracted their sickening hit piece about Walker they published Friday. The New York Times did the same last week. Walker obviously has them worried ..

This is just the beginning of the liberal lies against the GOP presidential hopefuls. It’s going to be a long campaign.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for dropping by. Live long and prosper.

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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