Donald Kaul

About Donald Kaul

Donald Kaul wrote newspaper columns for half a century, beginning with a long stint at the Des Moines Register that made him a household name (in a good way) throughout Iowa. Kaul, who was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary in 1987 and 1999, wrote for OtherWords for many years, right on up to his retirement. He passed away in July 2018 and was lovingly memorialized throughout Iowa, the Midwest, and the journalistic world.

Donald Kaul Signs Off, an OtherWords Cartoon by Khalil Bendib

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Articles by Donald Kaul


What Would Nancy Say?

March 16, 2016 | The former first lady must have been appalled by the Republicans’ floating food fight.

The Unelectibility Winning Streak

February 24, 2016 | John Kasich does well when he can sit next to you in a diner and ask about your grandkids, but this country is too big for that kind of campaigning.


The Passion of Scalia

February 17, 2016 | Had the late justice not violated his own philosophy, George W. Bush might not have occupied the White House and brought on the Iraq War.


Somebody Will Win

January 27, 2016 | Who prevails in the Iowa caucuses won’t matter much, except in the fevered imaginations of the political reporters covering the spectacle.


The Year of Trump

January 13, 2016 | The Donald wasn't the worst thing about 2015, but he was the most irritating.

Will the Carnage Ever Cease?

October 14, 2015 | The chances that you, an untrained shooting range wizard, can prevail against an insane guy with an assault weapon are less than nil.