Stephen Colbert Takes on an Iowa GOP Kingmaker

More

In the May issue of The Atlantic, just out now, I have a short profile of Bob VanderPlaats, the Iowa social conservative who led the campaign to oust three state supreme court justices for a decision allowing gay marriage and who is now styling himself as a kingmaker in Iowa's Republican presidential caucus. In the latter role, VanderPlaats, through an organization he runs called the Family Leader, is inviting each of the candidates to tour the state with him and talk to social conservatives. The expectation is that they'll adopt and amplify his message that gay marriage poses a threat to the American way of life and must be overturned. Yesterday, Michelle Bachman was his guest. And among others, Stephen Colbert took notice and did this excellent segment on VanderPlaats last night on "The Colbert Report":

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Threat Level: Rainbow
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogVideo Archive
Jump to comments
Presented by

Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In