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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, center, flanked by Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., left, and Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Ill. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Maybe there are more cojones and testosterone in the US Senate than I had credited.

It is “standard practice” to not confirm nominations to the Supreme Court in an election year, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Saturday, following news of the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

As a result, he said the Senate shouldn’t confirm President Obama’s nominee to replace Scalia.

“The fact of the matter is that it’s been standard practice over the last 80 years to not confirm Supreme Court nominees during a presidential election year,” Grassley said.

“Given the huge divide in the country, and the fact that this president, above all others, has made no bones about his goal to use the courts to circumvent Congress and push through his own agenda, it only makes sense that we defer to the American people who will elect a new president to select the next Supreme Court Justice.”

Both Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have said that there should be no consideration of any nominee by Obama. Likewise, Mitch McConnell has also voiced that opinion… but we know what that is actually worth, push come to shove.

It seems though that the GOP is very quickly coalescing around the idea that Barack Obama does not get to put another leftist half-wit on the Supreme Court.