After vowing and then sort of walking back his call to obstruct all Supreme Court nominees made by Hillary Clinton, the usually press-friendly John McCain wanted nothing to do with the press.
After making those comments, Arizona’s senior senator attended an event at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce where he dodged questions.
McCain’s Senate office later issued the following statement regarding his Supreme Court comments:
“Senator McCain believes you can only judge people by their record and Hillary Clinton has a clear record of supporting liberal judicial nominees. That being said, Senator McCain will, of course, thoroughly examine the record of any Supreme Court nominee put before the Senate and vote for or against that individual based on their qualifications as he has done throughout his career.”
Not very bold of him, there. In response to McCain’s comments, Senator Grassley tossed him under the bus.
During a conference call with Iowa reporters, Grassley said that the Senate has a “responsibility” to consider the nominee chosen by the winner of the election.
“We have the same responsibility for Trump,” Grassley said, adding that he would categorize Trump’s potential nominees as “strict constructionists” as opposed to Clinton’s preference for “judicial activists.”
Grassley went on to cite his rationale for refusing to confirm President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, to the Supreme Court.
He reiterated that he wants the next president to fill the seat left empty by the late Justice Anthony Scalia, but added that he would be open to working with whichever candidate wins in November: “If that new president happens to be Hillary, we can’t just simply stonewall.”
Oh. Which liar do you believe anymore? I think Grassley is as disingenuous as McCain, so it’s hard for me to believe either one of them. This would be a good time to make some calls into Arizona to get out the vote for Ann Kirkpatrick.