Neil Cavuto pressed Senator Chuck Grassley, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, about Republican opposition to President Obama nominating a Supreme Court justice.
Grassley filibustered like he was in the Senate.
GRASSLEY: 52 of our 54 Republicans in caucus have the same view that I have. All the members of the Judiciary (Committee) have the view, and it kind of follows on something that we believe, but also several Democratic senators of the past have also believed, that during the corrosive environment of a presidential election, it would be unfair to the nominee, it would be unfair to the court, it would be unfair to the country to carry on that sort of a debate in the middle of a presidential election so put it off for the new president to make a decision.
Then of course, there’s a second reason as well, it’s what you call checks and balances of government. Unlike when the president says that he has a pen and a phone and if Congress won’t, he will, he can act some on his own, this is an instance where the President can have a pen and a phone, but it doesn’t apply to nominating people that the Senate has to confirm.
…The Republican caucus and I have made a decision: withhold consent with the idea of letting the people decide.
Cavuto wasn’t buying it. “Why not just go ahead and let him submit a name, have a confirmation hearing, so if you guys don’t like him, you can reject him? Are you afraid that you’ve started, maybe, a slippery precedent here that will come back to bite Republicans should they get the White House and a Republican in his final year in office is facing the same dilemma?”
Later, Cavuto asked if Republicans might be “forcing themselves into a corner or that they’re looking so political, so obstructionist that they might be deemed babies?”
No, Grassley didn’t think so.
But what Cavuto didn’t mention is that a recent CNN poll shows that a majority of Americans want the president to make a nomination and have a hearing.
Watch it below, from the March 7 Your World.