Competing Bus Tours Vilify, Defend Iowa Supreme Court Justice

WigginsbusIowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins was the center of attention today as two competing bus tours kicked off to attack and defend the Iowa Supreme Court Justice whose career is on the line this November.

On one side there stood the likes of failed presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum, perennial gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats and others who are trying to oust Wiggins for participating in a unanimous 2009 decision allowing marriage equality in the Hawkeye State. Three other justices were voted out in 2010.

"Justice Wiggins used the Constitution and twisted it to undermine the other thing that our founders understood to be necessary – virtue," said Santorum, according to the Des Moines Register.

He also told his bus' crowd that Wiggins and his peers' unanimous vote amounted to "tyranny of the oligarchy, the tyranny of people who believe they should determine what’s best for us.”

On the other side, driving their own bus directly in the wake of Santorum et al's campaign, there stood Democrats and other allies who are fighting to keep Wiggins on the bench. But their campaign is more about keeping politics out of the judicial branch than a debate about morals, as the right would have it.

"We don’t want to return to the days where politics have been injected into our system, and remove the fair and impartial courts that we have, [that are] well-respected throughout this country," said Des Moines-based attorney Guy Cook.

Both sides of this divide will be touring all week and hits a total of 17 cities, so watch out Iowa!


  1. MaddM@ says

    “the tyranny of people who believe they should determine what’s best for us”

    Rick Santorum must have had a head injury or something, or at least lacks even the basics of self-reflection from another perspective. Does he not realize he’s doing exactly that?

    Wow Rick, it must be awful when other people tell you what you can and ca’t do. Luckily gay marriage won’t make you do or not do anything. Too bad you’re determining whats best for us.

  2. says

    Santorum went on to say “I’ve heard that in many families with multiple children the youngest, or youngest male, is often the one that’s gay. As many of you know we lost our youngest, Gabriel, soon after he was born. It’s probably for the best because I would never have loved that f@ggot.”

    And Santorum’s living children sighed collectively that Gabriel got out easy.

    Think what I said was meanspirited? Think again. Ricky, and his fellow bigots, are not immune from having gay children. Imagine what it must be like to grow up in those households. Imagine how it must be for even the straight kids, knowing that the tie that (supposedly) binds can be cut in a second if you’re not straight.

    Those are the values of these bigots.

  3. gregory brown says

    Oh how boring all these people are! Ms. VanderPlop is the worst because after ricky goes home, he’ll still be skulking around Orange City and Pella stirring up the Calvinist and anybody else who’ll give him an ear.
    I lived in Pella 2 years: it’s the only place I’ve been where actually hid in their basements to drink the spirits they drove the back roads to Oskaloosa to buy. Then they crowded to the numerous churches on Sunday morning hoping to appease their angry Old Testament God who’s already decided who was saved and damned. Not nice at all.

  4. Randal Oulton says

    Does any other first world country have elected judges? Honestly don’t know, just asking. Aren’t elected judges more likely to rule in favor of the groups who voted them into office? My understanding is only 39 American states elect judges.

  5. Diogenes Arktos says

    There is no good solution about the selection of judges. Consider a parallel: the appointment of bishops by the pope in the RC church versus the election of bishops by a special diocesan convention in The Episcopal Church. The former has produced an endless stream of anti-everything bigots whereas the latter produced +Gene Robinson.

  6. Diogenes Arktos says

    Oops! I forgot to mention that after the special diocesan convention, the broader church consents to the bishop’s election. (I’ll spare you the details.)