Thursday, March 17, 2016

Is Sen. Grassley morphing into Iowa's Mitch McConnell?


The World-Herald reports that GOP Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is hewing to his "no-hearings, no-votes" position even now that President Obama has announced he will nominate centrist Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court.
     Clearly, Grassley is drunk on arrogance, or doesn't care any longer, or thinks Iowa voters get more rather than less gullible as time passes, or all three; else he wouldn't be parroting the Mitch Mantra, “This is not about a person or an individual. This is about the principle of letting the people decide.”
     The people did decide, Chuck, et al.
     That happened in 2008 and 2012, when they elected the person charged with the responsibility of nominating replacements for SCOTUS vacancies. That person is in the White House, not the Senate, and will be until 2017. That person is not you. Your responsibility is to hold hearings for that person's nominees. Do your job, lest the people decide that you need to be replaced. Mercifully, if that happens, it won't be accompanied by any transitional stalling.
     Now that we've thought about it, choosing Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge to replace you would be a breath of fresh air wafting over a pipeline-free Sandhills pond.
     We like what Judge just said about your partisan obstructionism: “He doesn’t need to wait for permission from his friends in the Republican leadership or from Donald Trump.”

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