Congress

Chuck Grassley’s Job Apparently Consists of Doing Nothing

As you've probably heard, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has declared that his committee will not hold hearings, talk to, or vote to confirm (or even reject) anyone nominated by President Obama to fill Antonin Scalia's seat on the Supreme Court.

Grassley was asked by reporters if he's concerned about becoming the first committee chairman in history to blockade a Supreme Court nominee and Grassley flatly said he doesn't care.

“Do you think I spend my days wondering about how Chuck Grassley will go down in history?” he told reporters on Wednesday, according to The Des Moines Register.

"I don’t care if I ever go down in history,” added Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I’m here to do my job.

It's the president's duty to nominate a Supreme Court justice. It's the Senate's job to review and consent to a nominee. That makes it Chuck Grassley's job.

It's not as if the Judiciary Committee or even the full Senate have anything else on their plate at the moment. Congress spends most of its time doing absolutely nothing under Republican leadership.

More than just hyper-aware liberals are going to begin recognizing that conservative members of Congress are paid a salary of over $170,000 to sit around and do nothing. I'd argue at least some portion of Donald Trump's support can be attributed to that.

  • Toolymegapoopoo

    I went through a period of rage when the GOP announced they wouldn’t even consider a nominee with Scalia still warm on the slab. Then I thought about it a bit and realized that I don’t believe I’ve ever seen a better example of cutting off the nose to spite the face. They aren’t going to win the White House so what can they possibly gain by this? They actually WANT Hillary or (god forbid for them) Bernie nominating the next justice? Also, they have now set a precedent that Dems (should they ever grow some balls) will just have to use the next time a Republican is president (I know, I’m laughing too). Not to mention this obstructionist strategy will only appeal to their base. That would be the same base that lost by 5 million votes in the last presidential election. I just seems so bizarre even for them.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      They support homophobia, xenophobia (esp. against Muslims), racism, obstructing common-sense gun control, denying climate change, supporting vaccine-conspiracy-theorists, and cutting funding for infrastructure and education, all while increasing spending (esp. military) and cutting taxes. Well, gee, does this sound like a group of people who excel at taking the “long view”?

      They don’t know or care what happens after the election just so long as they look good to their base now (gotta get reelected!). And their base doesn’t care either, because they don’t ever think further out than their next meal (which probably has a heaping helping of bacon because America, F*** Yea!).

      History will not be kind to the memory of today’s GOP.

  • muselet

    According to the Constitution—you know, that document Rs loudly proclaim their undying devotion to—a President nominates judges with “the Advice and Consent of the Senate.” Oddly enough, no mention of obstruction.

    According to the rules of the Senate, there’s not much for the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to do except under extraordinary circumstances—of which this is not one—other than holding hearings and voting on judicial nominees. Not a word there about obstruction, either.

    But according to Chuck Grassley, he’s in Wasington DC to do his job. Since he doesn’t think his job involves considering judicial nominees, I’m left to wonder just what Farmer Chuck thinks his job actually is. My best guess is that it involves sitting on his blot and scowling.

    And, quite possibly, sheep.

    –alopecia