The Democrats have pulled out all the stops to pressure Senate Republicans to hold a vote on President Obama’s eventual replacement for Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. In particular, they are targeting Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) with vile op-eds in partisan Iowa newspapers and threatening him with a challenge in his re-election bid.
Grassley’s challenger, former Lt. Governor Patty Judge, said she will focus on Grassley’s refusal to
cave into the Democrats’ wishes hold hearings on Obama’s nominee as part of her campaign.
Like I said: ALL THE STOPS.
Soon-to-be-retired Minority Leader and Chief Obstructor Harry Reid (D-NV) has taken the Democrats’ righteous indignation/dog and pony show theatrics to the Senate floor.
The Hill reports, “Reid has spent the last week delivering daily speeches against Grassley, accusing him of abandoning the Constitution and blindly adhering to McConnell’s wishes.”
Oh, the humanity!
“Now as each day passes, the senior senator from Iowa is trying desperately to justify his blind loyalty to the Republican leader and to Donald Trump,” Reid said. “Senator Grassley is grasping for any rationale — anything that will excuse him for not doing his job.”
To which Grassley astutely observed: “The tantrums from the other side continue. But I guess it shouldn’t surprise anybody, as everyone knows around here nothing makes the minority leader more mad than when his side is forced to play by its own rules.”
Vice President Biden had no problem waiting until after an election to replace a Supreme Court justice. Neither did Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Now that the balance of power has shifted, the Democrats are unhappy their own playbook is being used against them.
Is there any doubt the Democrats would be doing the same thing if the president in question was a Republican? Of course not.
Stand strong Senator Grassley! #nohearingnovote