Direct download: Advice & Consent 05: Trump’s list, Grassley’s chairmanship and tortured NFL draft analogies (mp3)
An all Mic Drop edition
Lena: Donald Trump’s “WHAT?” moment.“I’m going to announce that these are the judges, in no particular order, that I’m going to put up,” he told The Washington Post last week. “And I’m going to guarantee it. … Because people are worried that, oh, maybe he’ll put the wrong judge in.”
The “wrong judge”? WHAT? Plus the Heritage Foundation’s “wish list”
Adam: Elephant in the room when speaking of Sen. Grassley and his odd comments about Roberts, his qui tam line of questioning at hearings. (BTW, If you want to know about qui tam, the Supreme Court is actually hearing a qui tam lawsuit next week, Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar. See )
As people who followed the Iowa Senate race last year know, Grassley is not a lawyer. No requirement that Judiciary Committee members be lawyers. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, another long-time member of the Committee, is not a lawyer. But it IS unusual for a Judiciary Committee chairman not to be a lawyer. I went back to the Wilson administration (using Wikipedia, admittedly), the first time the Committee held a hearing on a nominee, and ALL the other chairmen (all men) were lawyers.
Not to say they were all winners. From 1956-1987, the Committee had a segregationist as chair, excluding 3 years in the 70s when Ted Kennedy was chair.
It is possible to learn a lot about the law by being involved in legal issues for years, but Grassley has had other priorities, Ike oversight, chairing Finance Committee.
Tim: Semi-attenuated #sportsball analogy: there are parallels between SCOTUS nominations gone wrong and (poorly) drafting NFL quarterbacks… hi Browns, hi Bills, hi Jets… hello GOP Presidents. See the list of “mistakes” here.