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Audio: 'Iowa For Freedom' might win. But not with a clean conscience.

by Jeremy Hooper

More deliberately anti-intellectual assessments of the Iowa judicial retention vote, this time from Maggie Gallagher:

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*AUDIO SOURCE: Maggie Gallagher, segment 2 [Drew Mariani Show, 11/1/10]

That whole "what is this, Russia?" question? It comes straight from NOM's latest e-blast. It's their strategy here in Iowa: 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 (a system that was designed to take politics out of the independent judiciary), so the so-called "Iowa For Freedom" crew has 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 discriminatory "protect marriage" rhetoric survives due to repetition rather than/independent from truth.


*SEE ALSO: Our complete Iowa For Freedom Archive

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