• Senators Rumble: Grassley calls Dem Leader Harry Reid “Childish”

    For the second time in less than a year, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) derided the Democrat Senate Minority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) as a “childish” pol who is prone to throwing tantrums.

    As the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Grassley has had to spend most of 2016 beating back Democrat complaints about the Senate’s refusal to give Judge Merrick Garland a hearing. Several weeks after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, President Obama broke precedent and decided to nominate a replacement to the Supreme Court with less than a year left in his presidential term. Throughout most of American history the government has followed what has come to be known as “the Biden Rule,” whereby a sitting president is unable to name a replacement to the nation’s highest court in the year before a national election. Coincidentally, Democrats who have used the Biden Rule in the past now feel like the rule may be past its prime and a new precedent should be set.

    With that in mind, Harry Reid has spent much of the year complaining about Republican recalcitrance in giving Obama’s nominee, Judge Garland, a proper hearing.

    Back in February Reid complained that the Republicans were undermining the Constitution by choosing to follow the Democrat precedent of refusing to grant approval to Obama’s nominee.

    “By refusing to hold confirmation hearings for President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, or hold a vote, they undermine the presidency, the Constitution and the United States Senate,”

    Reid argued. At the time, Grassley responded by saying that the decision to wait until after the election was an attempt to defend American democracy.

    “There’s a chance to get that debated in the presidential elections and maybe lay out very clearly where Hillary Clinton’s coming from or where our Republican nominee, whoever that’s going to be, is coming from, what type of people are they going to put on the court,”

    Grassley told the press. However, after Reid continued complaining, Grassley chose to be less diplomatic…

    “Childish tantrums aren’t appropriate for the Senate. I think if my friend, Senator Biden, had been in the chamber today, he would have said, as you heard him say so many times, ‘That’s a bunch of malarkey.’”

    Grassley then reminded the gathered press of how Reid himself had chosen to undermine the Constitution with his “nuclear” assault on the democratic process.

    “I love Senator Reid. I don’t want to talk about the nuclear option and the tremendous damage that did to the Senate.” 

    Sadly, Reid’s irascible nature and complaining ways have not abated in the months since Grassley first reprimanded his whining. After having to deal with more haranguing from the cantankerous Democrat this past week, Grassley again chided Senator Reid’s “childish” behavior, but this time he did it from the Senate floor.

    “The minority leader has again come to the floor to speak about a Supreme Court vacancy. He made personal insults and threats, as he tends to do,” Grassley told his Senate colleagues on Thursday. “But political stunts and childish tantrums aside, the minority leader knows that the American people deserve to have their voices heard… I remain convinced that we owe the people a chance to speak their minds on the Supreme Court in the election. They want to have a voice in the matter. We will give them that voice.”

     It seems that GOP leaders in the Senate will indeed remain resolute in their decision to not allow Judge Garland’s appointment to have a hearing. How the decision will effect the presidential campaign and the future of the Supreme Court remains to be seen, but there can be no doubt that this one fight may indeed be remembered as the most momentous and indelible battle of the Obama era.

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