Basu: So much for the old civics rules (DesMoinesRegister)
Iowa has been giving the country an odd civics lesson, one that seems to defy the rules you learned in school about honoring the respective roles of branches of government, and keeping religion and politics out of the judicial process.
It starts with the twisted premise that if you don't like a particular ruling of the state's top court, whether for political, religious or personal reasons, it's appropriate to tamper with the constitution and the judicial selection and retention process. Here are some ways political leaders unhappy with the Iowa Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage have found to dig in their heels, shake their heads and say, "I'm not listening":
- Vilify the justices who issued it. Call them out of touch with the public. Campaign to unseat them through a retention vote intended for addressing serious judicial or personal misconduct. Heeding conservative leader Bob Vander Plaats' call, Iowans voted out all three justices up for retention.
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