After 42 years in the legislative branch of the federal government, it’s past due that Iowa voters make a hard assessment of Sen. Chuck Grassley. In the last few weeks he’s shown symptoms of ‘Washington Syndrome.’ The disease is indicated by his brief and accidental showing of his true thinking when he complained of constituents as wastrels, squandering their resources on “booze” and “movies.” An indication of the senator’s insulting attitude.
Since then he has urged the justice department to investigate a witness to his Judiciary Committee because he doesn’t like the political ramifications of the testimony. He makes no specific charge of dishonesty or obfuscation, he is simply in lockstep with the Republican Party in trying to prop up their president, the most dishonest, self serving, and incompetent any of us have ever seen.
Sen. Grassley then takes exception to Sen. Dianne Feinstein who released the transcript of the testimony. Instead of applauding this open air approach, he complains that it “undermines the integrity of the committee’s oversight work.” Only a truly hidebound partisan Senate lifer would claim release of information as harming an oversight function. Perhaps he sees those interested only in “booze” and “movies” as unworthy of honesty and openness in government.
Sen. Grassley attained chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee through seniority and party pandering. He never spent a day in a law school classroom and abandoned a Ph.D. pursuit at the University of Iowa. Hard assessment is wanting and hopefully coming; it cannot come too soon.