Grassley Expected To Do Nothing Next Year Either
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) says he wants to continue finding agreements where he can, but he is making clear the chamber’s agenda will be driven partly by his members’ political needs.
“What we decide to allocate floor time to in the Senate, to be quite candid with you, is going to be to some extent…dictated by concerns I have about places like New Hampshire and Pennsylvania and Ohio and Wisconsin and Illinois,” Mr. McConnell said in an interview Thursday, referring to states with competitive Senate races.
At least he’s honest. Not that we can expect most reporters to remember this quote when McConnell and the Senate Republicans bring up nakedly partisan bills intended to boost the chances of those Republican senators facing tough races, or when talking about why Congress is so useless.
Of course, if you were expecting a lot from Congress in 2016, I have some bad news about Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.”
With Chuck Grassley up for re-election next year Iowans should look forward to Grassley’s office sending out a few press releases on how vigorous Grassley is at 83. We can expected some time around the beginning of the campaign next summer that Grassley will go after some charity or other hobgoblin that he will accuse of bilking the public. This will be good for a couple weeks of fawning headlines in Iowa’s compliant press.
We can also expect Grassley to continue clogging up the judicial system by using his position as chair of the Senate Judicial Committee to continue his refusal to schedule any hearings for Obama appointees. Why? Because Obama, dammit. Can’t let Obama win anything! He will also do nothing to schedule hearings for key personnel at the State Department at a time when diplomacy is critical to world peace.
Thus our Chuck will look statesman like as he does nothing and we pay him $174,000 a year.
Always remember, in this age of electronic media perception is reality and the appearance of doing something often trumps actually doing work.