"If there is a nuclear tactic being used here, I submit it is the use of that Obstruction where a willful minority blocks a bipartisan majority from voting on the President's Judicial Nominees" ~~~ Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
First, it was that America should wait till after the Elections, so a mandate of the people can decide the next President's choice for the Highest Court in the land...that horseshit, about a non-existent rule that's against confirming Supreme Court Appointments of “lame-duck” presidents...did not sell too well with the rest of the Party! Or did the Chairman of the US Senate "Judiciary" Committee tend to forget the Law, and the US Constitution?
That Ship of Fools that disguises itself as the once proud Grand Old Party...which bleeds for that Red White and Blue Patriotism, for our Forefathers, and the US Constitution...is sinking faster than the Titanic!
Maybe Chuck Grassley just didn't read Article II Section 2 of US Constitution?...that states: "The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session".
There has been 10 Recess Appointments made in US History...only George Washington's appointment of John Rutledge was later Rejected by the Senate. The last four appointments were made in the 20th Century; Oliver Wendell Holmes by Franklin Roosevelt...and Chief Justice Earl Warren, William Brennan, and Potter Stewart...all by a Republican named Eisenhower! So, it's not unusual...it's not "Obama" and the Democrats that wrote that Constitutional Article and that Section, so live with it.
But, Republican Obstruction to Barack Obama has to continue till their last dying breadth, this Political Burlesque staged by the GOP doesn't have a happy ending, it'll cost them a few Senate careers and more than a few US House careers...and put them in a very dangerous position of loosing their Majority!
Will the Republicans risk those type of loses just to remain stupid and hateful?...and keep obstructing Barack?...you bet! And in an Election cycle, at that!
Personally, it's too late in the game to change strategies...and with an almost assured volatile Convention coming up in Cleveland? The mutually assured destruction of the Grand Old Party as they crash and burn, live on TV and Internet Streaming around the world!...too bad they can't carry their six-shooters inside...what a show would that had been!?!?
Now that the "Lame Duck" excuse for obstructing the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland fizzled, or even the "Blame it on Obama" shtick!...what on earth is going to be their next excuse? and who is Grassley going to blame for his miserable failure? Chief Justice John Roberts!! Yes! George Dubya's own John Roberts!
Why John Roberts? Somebody has to take the blame for the delay, cause Chuck Grassley just doesn't have the cojones to take responsibility...he's the "Chairman" and it's his committee, but continues to use the Republican blame game...never them. Now it's Robert's turn to be at fault for the "Politicization of the Supreme Court", "Physician, heal thyself"...good 'ol John Roberts is now Politicizing SCOTUS?
"Politicizing" it like Bush v Gore? or maybe like Citizens United v Federal Elections Commission? Of course, to Republicans...oh no! 'that' was not Political!
As Harry Reid said about Grassley and the GOP; “What needs mending is the Judiciary Committee under his Chairmanship, which he has annexed as a political arm of the Republican Leader’s office"...Grassley has "Sacrificed the historical independence of the Judiciary Committee in order to do the bidding of the Tea Party and the Koch Brothers.”
That sacrifice appears to be the beginning of the end of the GOP, and Dumbo's transformation to a political White Elephant.