Stephen Colbert Takes on an Iowa GOP Kingmaker

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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":

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Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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