Scary Thought: #3 In Line to The Presidency Is Grassley.

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We got several email blasts from the Iowa Democratic Party this week. I am sure many of you got the same blasts.

The first one really got my attention. It dealt with two subjects, those being our two senators, Grassley and Ernst.

The first part dealt with the fact that at age 85, Chuck Grassley has entered the line of succession constitutionally for the presidency. The IDP explains it in this excerpt:

Watching the 116th Congress being inaugurated last week was awesome — but even with all of that excitement, you may have still felt a sudden queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach. I’m not a doctor, but I think I know why you felt a little sick. While we were all busy watching Democrats take control of the U.S. House, something scary was happening in the other chamber of Congress.

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley became Senate Pro Tempore — meaning he’s now third in line for the presidency.

Look, we’re mad as hell that Grassley is now one of the most powerful people in Washington. We know he’ll be one of Donald Trump’s top enablers. I won’t sugarcoat it, though: there isn’t a ton we can do right now about Chuck Grassley.

I know this has more to do with age and longevity in the senate than anything else, but if you look at Grassley’s track record in the age of Trump the thought of Grassley getting anywhere near real power scare you to the very quick. Just a couple of reminders:

  • When Antonin Scalia died, Grassley refused to follow the constitutional dictates of having a hearing for the legitimately nominated justice Merrick Garland. Iowans should have had enough brains to throw this party hack out of office in that upcoming election but they missed their golden opportunity.
  • Grassley has followed that up with 2+ years of bending himself into a pretzel to do Trump’s bidding including
  • Running a mockery of a Senate Judiciary Committee for Trump nominee to the SCOTUS, Brett Kavanaugh. By disallowing some evidence, refusing to seek other evidence and making it impossible to get all the evidence that should have been obtained, Grassley twisted senate rules to push a very unqualified Kavanaugh through.

This is a short highlight reel of the past couple of years. Having a party hack like Grassley anywhere near the presidency is the stuff that nightmares are made of.

Should Trump not finish his full term, look at the possibilities of who may succeed him in this order: Mike Pence, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Grassley. Two out of three are really bad.

As the IDP then pointed out in the rest of this short email, while we can’t do anything about Grassley right now, we can start working on Iowa’s other seat currently occupied by a senator who seems to be a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Joni Ernst. What little she does in her role, she does with party and donors in mind first, citizens seldom considered.

More on that in a couple of hours.

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