GOP Backing Down From Pledge To Block Obama SCOTUS Pick

I told ya so… (Via Washington Times) It took longer than I thought it would:

Even before Mr. Obama stated his case, there were signs that Republican unity was wavering on the notion of blocking any nominee out of hand.

SenateJudiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, didn’t rule out confirmation hearings and a vote by his panel on an Obama selection.

“I would wait until the nominee is made before I would make any decision,” Mr. Grassley said Tuesday in a conference call with Iowa radio reporters. “In other words, take it a step at a time.”

Asked whether he thought the controversy over filling the court vacancy might endanger his re-election chances this fall, Mr. Grassley said, “I think I have a responsibility to perform, and I can’t worry about the election. I’ve got to do my job as a senator, whatever it is. And there will be a lot of tough votes between now and the next election.”

His comments appeared to be a softening from a statement shortly after Justice Scalia’s death, when Mr. Grassley said it was “standard practice” not to nominate or confirm candidates for the Supreme Court in an election year.


  1. Sounds reasonable. The Rs need to give the President’s nominee(s) a fair and just hearing before issuing a rejection. A sure bet he won’t find a fair and just person to nominate.

    1. You are joking right?

      They have no duty to even hold hearings. There is no constitutional requirement to go through the confirmation process, and if they do confirm it would be devastating to the country.

      Their obligation as Senators is to their constituents. Which I can damn well guarantee you that they dont want them to place another radical liberal activist on the bench.

    2. There is nothing reasonable about helping O destroy the country through in-elected activists with lifetime appointments.

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