Even in this most conservative corner of Iowa, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley on Monday faced tough and repeated questions over his refusal to hold hearings on a nominee to the Supreme Court.The article goes on to say that a sizable portion of the crowd supported Grassley refusing to give Merrick Garland a hearing for the Supreme Court nomination, but it is still telling that people actually voice opposition to the decision in public in crazy red county America.
Crowds at two town hall meetings here Monday afternoon returned again and again to Grassley’s decision as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee not to consider the nomination of Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland to the high court.
“It’s not fair for this man not to get a hearing,” said Randy Waagmeester, a Rock Rapids attorney who attended the town hall here. “It’s not right for this country to be short-staffed on the Supreme Court.”
Others objected that blocking the nomination elevated politics over functional government, continued a worrisome politicization of the courts and could even hurt Republicans’ reputations.
“There’s nothing in the U.S. Constitution that says we can’t have a hearing and then vote yea or nay, so that we don’t constantly have it thrown at us as Republicans that all we say is ‘no,’” said Glenda Schrick, 78, of George, Iowa.
But whether such criticism was reflective of the overall sentiment in the room or the feeling in this remote corner of Iowa is not clear.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
If You've Lost Northwest Iowa...
This is the part of the state that elects Steve King as their Congressman: