Senator Chuck Grassley was looking for somewhere safe, friendly and familiar as he toured the state this week, so he headed to the deep-red northwest corner of Iowa for three open town hall meetings.
After all, where could be better than counties where he won between 81 percent and 90 percent of the vote in his 2010 re-election?
But he soon found out nowhere is safe.
Because even in these conservative outposts, Grassley encountered fierce opposition and concern over his role in refusing to hold a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
[I freelanced this story for the Daily Beast. To read the full post, click here: Can Chuck Grassley Be Shamed Into SCOTUS Sanity?]
by Pat Rynard