Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee; and Vice President Joe Biden. Democrat leaders Harry Reid and Pat Leahy also attended.
The meet was meant to gauge the climate of the impasse and perhaps start working toward a solution.
And if the length of Tuesday’s short meeting is any indication, the matter still has a long way to go.
“We met for an hour”, McConnell said. And at this stage, they’ve decided not to do that. Let’s see, that gives Obama a 6/8ths or 3/4ths presidency, which I guess is at least better than 3/5ths numerically, never mind the intent being the same. They have a Constitutional duty to consider the president’s nominations for the Supreme Court, they took an oath swearing they would uphold the Constitution, they raised their hands, swore to God that they would do that. Democrats in the rooms said the meeting failed to move forward.
As for the White House, as anticipated, there wasn’t a whole lot of optimism that the discussion affected the mindset of the GOP Senators-they remain steadfast in their position to not even consider a SCOTUS nominee sent to them for consideration. Both parties have been guilty of pigeon-holing judges’ views and using Senate rules or just plain bullheadedness to block nominees believed to be too far right or too far left. Reid wrote on his Twitter page.
First, he floated the name of a Republican governor in hopes that it would cause a rift in the Senate majority’s principled stand against a rushed confirmation process in an election year.
Grassley fired back: “It’s another day and another tantrum from the minority leader”. “The American people have the opportunity in November to vote on which direction our country should go in”, Cassidy said in a statement.
Debates over the future of the nation’s highest court will heat up when President Barack Obama chooses a nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia. At a private meeting of House Republicans before heading to the White House, McConnell promised not to budge from that stance, even as the campaign heats up. Chuck Schumer said in July 2007 that no George W. Bush nominee to the Supreme Court should be approved, 19 months before a new president was set to be inaugurated.
In an interview with Channel 13, Grassley was asked if Iowans would be disappointed if the 51-year-old jurist did not have a chance to have a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee.