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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
A question for Sen. Chuck Grassley: How dumb can you get?
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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By Pat Cunningham
May 24, 2013 5:17 p.m.



One would think that the ranking Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee would know what it means to “pack” a court.

But, in the case of Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, one would be wrong.

“Court-packing” is a term that dates back to the administration of Franklin Roosevelt, and it refers to expanding, or trying to expand, the number of seats on a given court for political reasons.

A president who merely nominates candidates of his own philosophical persuasion to fill vacancies on a certain court is not resorting to court-packing. He’s just doing what presidents always do.

But ...

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