More deliberately anti-intellectual assessments of the Iowa judicial retention vote, this time from Maggie Gallagher:
That whole “what is this, Russia?” thing? It comes straight from NOM’s latest e-blast. It’s their strategy here: To act like opponents of the vindictive attempt to oust judges based on one personal whim about one certain decision are opposing the right to vote itself. Maggie and Co. know that their unbelievably narrow read of these judge’s long careers is an indefensible misuse of the retention system (which was designed to take politics out of the independent judiciary), so they’ve changed the conversation to make it sound as if they are the ultimate defenders of the retention process, while the pro-equality, pro-fairness side is standing in opposition to the same.
As per usual, it’s outright deceit designed to cleanse the hands and moral compasses of those who are lashing out in unneighborly ways. And once again: It just might work here in talking point-happy America, where everything from the “[insert rock star] had to have his stomach pumped” story to the “protect marriage” rhetoric survives due to repetition rather than truth.