Democrats Step Up Attacks on Grassley

“Democrats are increasingly laying a hammer to Sen. Chuck Grassley as they seek to unseat the Iowa Republican,” The Hill reports.

“Grassley’s Senate seat is widely handicapped as likely to stay in the GOP column, but Democrats believe the rise of Donald Trump and the fight over the Supreme Court are providing the perfect storm for taking out the six-term GOP incumbent.”

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  • Dodgson

    Good riddance. I used to kind of like Grassley but he’s been very disappointing under Obama.

    • jpic

      Never liked Farmer John, never trusted him. Time for gramps to go back to the farm and STFU.

      • Dodgson

        Your instincts were obviously better than mine. Grassley and Hatch seemed better when Leahy was dealing with them under Bush… they have been horrible under Obama.

        • jpic

          He did seem more reasonable in the 1980s and 90s but no more. But I was more conservative back then too.

          • evave2

            I used to remember thinking about Grassley as a ‘reasonable Republican.’ No more. He is saying ‘everybody’ agrees with the GOP Senate leadership,

            No, not everybody.

  • abctefg

    Put to pasture.

  • abctefg

    Mike Miller! Work!

    • mikemiller56

      Chucky’s approvals numbers are now under 50% and that makes him vulnerable.
      Plus He endorsed Trump, so none of his actions are playing well.
      Obstruct away Chucky, we are gaining on you!

      • jpic

        I still have to cue it up – To Dream the Impossible dream……….. Highly unlikely he gets beat but we can hope. Tie the shitass to Drumpf and nail him to him. I have really grown to hate Grassley the last 10 years or so.

  • David Golden

    Make him own Trump and not holding confirmation hearings. If people are truly fed up with a dysfunctional Congress, voting him out is a good start.

    • Pat Flores

      i imagine that when we get to October and Trump is polling 10 points or so lower than Trump the GOP will come to Jesus and confirm Garland just to spite Hillie…and Grassley will use that as a symbol of his flexibility.

      • jpic

        That is when it is time for Hillary and Obama to rescind the nomination and get a far leftie who is 38 on the court.

        • Pat Flores

          No way…it would be a betrayal of Garland, personally, a betrayal of Obama’s integrity, and an alienating, supercilious treatment of the judiciary in general. I imagine that Obama told Garland: “They (the GOP) are going to treat you very badly, but you will have a very easy appointment if Trump is their candidate. Just be patient. I still truly believe that the GOP treatment of the nomination of Garland will hurt some fringe candidates like Ayotte, and that Obama thought so, too.

          • jpic

            True and he would be a great judge.

          • evave2

            I agree. Garland has behaved so well in all this bull-puckey he deserves the seat.

          • Gwyneth Hannaford

            I like the thought but if November tosses the GOPers out and Dems again control the Senate I can see H and O deciding to withdrawn the nomination and giving in to the GOPer rhetoric of letting the next President nominate a liberal justice. What a slap that would be to the Turtle.

          • Pat Flores

            Still say no way…especially since the GOP would break speed records in doing the Garland confirmation…and Hillie will have her day with the Ginsburg seat.

        • Marc83

          Ginsberg needs to step down if we hold the senate. I don’t want to chance the hold on the Supreme Court. The actuarial numbers aren’t encouraging on that front.

          Give that seat to Goodwin Liu or some other up and comer.

          • Pat Flores

            I am sure that that is Ginsburg’s plan…maybe even serve until the end of Hil’s (first?) term…she knew that if she resigned the Senate would never confirm an Obama appointment.

          • Marc83

            As much as I respect her and want her to go out on her own terms, I’m not sure the timing will allow her to wait.

          • Pat Flores

            `Why not? Even if Gins dies in office, Hillie appoints…

          • Marc83

            The balance of the senate. If we have a functioning majority, it’s time to confirm as many justices as possible. Especially if the house won’t work on anything bipartisan. No sense in not using every waking moment on confirmations. Remake the courts top to bottom.

      • Dem2016

        I hope that when Hillary wins, her first order of business is appoint President Barack Hussein Obama to the SCOTUS. I only hope he will accept it.

        • Pat Flores

          A nice fantasy, but Michelle would have something to say about that.

          • Dem2016

            I understand that but they’re going to spend a couple more years in DC at least until Sasha graduates from HS. Michelle might think that the former POTUS needs a day job to keep him from being under foot.

          • jpic

            Big Bill Taft did it.

          • pbrower2a

            In view of Nixon, Ford, Carter, the elder Bush, and Bill Clinton, “President Emeritus” can be busy enough.

          • Hawkeye

            Nominate them both.

        • LordDart

          Good god, no. Let the man have a rest. Lord knows he deserves it.

          And frankly, I think the President is just itching to talk about the GOP after 12:01 PM on January 20, 2017. And being on the Court wouldn’t cater to that desire…

        • KurtBusiek

          I’d rather see it as her last order of business, in 2024.

          If she’s got the Senate for it.

  • KevinIn

    I don’t understand why this one hasn’t been on the radar. Grassley has upset written all over him. Why is this race no different than McCain’s? Out of touch, partisan, gridlock, Trump supporter, time for fresh blood etc.

    • Rhysem

      Demographics are harder. It’s doable, but Iowa is a tough state to pull off an upset.

      • KevinIn

        Except for Jodi Ernst 😞

        • MrBeale

          Hopefully Patty Judge never commits the cardinal sin of asking her neighbor to stop letting chickens crap on her lawn.

        • jpic

          That bwitch will be there the next 36-42 years sad to say.

      • mikemiller56

        Rhy, I am predicting either a total collapse and he holds the hearings OR Patty Judge to be our next senator. Grassley is now going against the Obama GOTV machine and here it is lethal.

        • Rhysem

          I’m not making predictions about much of anything at the moment. If Trump is the nominee, then we are in uncharted waters, if he’s not then we are in really uncharted waters. Stu, Charlie, Nate, et al are in for a really rough election cycle from a prognostication perspective.

        • jpic

          They got rid of Leach in 2006 after 30 years but Grassley….. That is too much to hope for. Now if Steve King could somehow get beat but you have better odds on the lotto jackpot. When Alabama goes blue, then Grassley will lose.

          • YvonneofNC

            Yeah. And Obamacare is toast, right jpic?

          • jpic

            Until June 28, 2012 when the SC came down 5-4 on Obamacare with Roberts voting for, it was very much in doubt. How many of us would have thought Roberts would vote for ACA?

            If they get all three branches in the next 10 years, you can bet they will toast it.

      • vicupstate

        Iowa is a swingy state. At least as much as AZ. It follows the national winds too.

        Old, long timers use to be the prime candidates for upsets in the ’80’s and ’90’s. No reason they can’t still be.

    • MrBeale

      It has been on the radar ever since he acquiesced to McConnell’s “block all SCOTUS nominations” strategy. The Democrats recruited a former Lt. Governor to run against him and the race has been downgraded to “Leans Republican” in most forecasts.

  • Chammy

    Good. I am liking what I am seeing from our side,

  • Larry McD

    My guess, and it is a guess, is that this will come down to voter turnout. Bruce Braley seems to have been an abrasive and unlikable candidate and lost to Ernst by about the same margin that Obama beat Romney. Judge has none of Braley’s liabiilties and a number of assets that he lacked (statewide elections being cardinal). It’s unfortunate that she can’t effectively play the age card against Grassley, but there’s no perceptible reason she can”t make this competitive. At the very least she can force the Republicans to spend a good deal more than they’d like to.

    • chrispa9573

      I just saw a ppp poll that had Grassley at 49% to Judge’s 41% . It’s winnable but will the Democratic Party put any money here when there are much easier pickups?

      • Pat Flores

        Could some political junky please, please tell e why PPP consistently polls with Dems lower than in any other major poll…PPP is listed as (Dem), and my memory is that in previous elections, they have polled overly-well for Dems…now they are lower on Dems in almost every poll, statewide or national.

        • YvonneofNC

          The folks who run PPP are Democrats. If their polling shows the Democrat is lagging, they’ll publish it. There’s nothing more to explain.

      • vicupstate

        We need to pick up 9-10 seats to have a shot of being int he majority in 2019. Historically speaking a 9-10 seat pickup isn’t unusual at all.

      • vicupstate

        Actually it is 48-41.

    • mikemiller56

      I am thinking she will do well in the debates, Grassley is being handled now, he is 83 and absent minded sometimes.

      • Larry McD

        Indeed. If there are debates, and she can corner him on specifics she’ll have him.

    • jpic

      Sure she can, she is TEN years his junior!!!!!

      • Larry McD

        Right. So if she serves two terms she’ll only be two years older than he is now.

    • Red Phillips

      What a weird turn of events, to have two women senators from a state that is only one of four that have never elected a woman for the House of representatives.

  • MrBeale

    Good. Make him suffer for his mindless partisanship.

  • pbrower2a

    Going along with Mitch McConnell on the Supreme Court vacancy is political suicide.

  • eve

    If Grassley loses I may start believing there is a God.

    • EconProf

      The economy has been tanking in his state, though not as badly as Kansas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Aging Senators are always vulnerable to being “out of touch” with their constituents when they return only every 6 years. Chuck has also negotiated too much with the enemy on things like Obamacare (though he always bails out and votes the party line) to be trusted by the right wing of his party. He has zero charisma so it may be his time.

  • UnionLeague

    I like to refer to him as Gassley.

  • Red Phillips

    Here’s a neat little factoid from my absolute favorite part of middle America: THE two very whitest counties in the U.S., Mitchell and Howard county, Iowa (at 99.27% and 99.06% white, respectively) both went solid for Obama, both times. He won huge in Howard County by over twenty points, both times. Iowa is very different from just about everywhere else, and proves it often.