Of all the things that happened on election day, this is by far the most disturbing to me, for it has implications deep and broad for the future of constitutional democracy. It's the real danger of teabagger mentality, their abject failure to understand (or to give a sh*t about) the law:
DES MOINES — An unprecedented vote to remove three Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of the unanimous decision that legalized same-sex marriage in the state was celebrated by conservatives as a popular rebuke of judicial overreach, even as it alarmed proponents of an independent judiciary.The outcome of the election was heralded both as a statewide repudiation of same-sex marriage and as a national demonstration that conservatives who have long complained about “legislators in robes” are able to effectively target and remove judges who issue unpopular decisions.Leaders of the recall campaign said the results should be a warning to judges elsewhere. “I think it will send a message across the country that the power resides with the people,” said Bob Vander Plaats, an unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor who led the campaign. “It’s we the people, not we the courts.”
It literally gives me a chill, makes me feel ill. How far from understanding our Constitution is such a statement. How threatening to the deepest of our roots in law. It's me, the son of a supreme court judge speaking here, the son of a chief judge of a court of appeals; but you don't have to be born into a family of law to have a third-grade understanding of how it works.