Since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, much has been discussed about her replacement. A lot of folks have ruffled feathers over Sen. Chuck Grassley’s decision to participate in Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings.
Four years ago, Grassley chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee when Justice Antonin Scalia’s death created a Supreme Court vacancy in a presidential election year. At that time, the outgoing president was a Democrat and Republicans controlled the Senate. When President Barack Obama nominated a candidate for the vacancy, the Senate Republican Majority followed precedent in divided government and held off on the vacancy until after the elections.
Like his predecessor, President Donald Trump has named a nominee. So, what’s different in 2020? First, there weren’t votes in 2016 to confirm the nominee. Second, Grassley no longer chairs the Judiciary Committee. It’s no longer his decision to hold confirmation hearings. Third, voters in 2016 and 2018 elected a Republican president and expanded a Senate Republican Majority. Grassley always works for Iowans. He’s not about to give up his seat at the table when a nominee for the Supreme Court is being vetted. And when Judge Amy Coney Barrett comes up for a vote, Iowans expect our U.S. Senators to cast votes on our behalf. If anyone has egg on their face, look for the unhinged folks who try to “Bork” the nominee and “Kavanaugh” the proceedings. As for Grassley, he’s demonstrated six ways to Sunday he’s a good egg.