Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Lest We Furr-get: Bruce Braley Was Right
Remember back in 2014 when the Democratic candidate for Tom Harkin's Iowa Senate seat caused a kerfuffle by calling into question Chuck Grassley's credentials as a potential chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee?
"If you help me win this race, you may have someone with your background, your experience, your voice," Bruce Braley told a roomful of lawyers at a fundraiser. "Or you might have a farmer from Iowa who never went to law school, never practiced law, serving as the next chair" if the Republicans take control of the Senate, he added.
Oh, such a scandal! Braley was forced to apologize, and he eventually lost the race to Joni Ernst, whose election helped tip the chamber into GOP hands — and the Judiciary Committee into Grassley's.
And Grassley's performance in that chairmanship has been a sheer embarrassment. Not only is he refusing hearings on Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court, now he's unloaded on Chief Justice John Roberts. Under Roberts, Grassley said on the Senate floor, the Court has "drifted from the Constitutional text and rendered decisions based instead on policy preferences."
Gee. Did Charles Grassley protest the decision in Citizens United? Shelby County v. Holder? District of Columbia v. Heller? Nope. And although it was before Roberts's time, did Grassley howl about the disenfranchisement of thousands of American voters in Bush v. Gore? Nope again.
The only thing Bruce Braley should have apologized for was the mildness of his language. Charles Grassley is worse than a farmer who never went to law school. He's a total idiot. We cats HISS.