Speaking in Des Moines, potential GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN) praised conservative Iowa voters for ousting three justices involved in the unanimous Iowa Supreme Court ruling that brought marriage equality to the heartland.
Bachmann, speaking to a group of home school advocates, credited conservatives with sending a “shot across the bow” to judges throughout the country. "You said enough is enough and sent them packing, and I’m very proud of what you’ve done," she said, repeatedly calling judges “black-robed masters.” "It’s very rare that a judge does not go back to office."
Iowans ousted the judges last fall – in what in other years would have been a routine retention election – after the April 2009 Iowa Supreme Court ruling that made Iowa the first state in the Midwest to sanction same-sex marriage. About 54 percent voted "No," booting Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit after a massive campaign against them led by Bob Vander Plaats and the Iowa For Freedom group.
And the"black robed masters" who decided Bush v Gore?
The founder of the U.S. House Tea Party Caucus is "stepping up her activity in Iowa as a Republican presidential prospect" and will make a decision about a 2012 campaign by June, reports the Des Moines Register.