DES MOINES, Iowa -- A liberal group has tried pressuring Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley with protests. On Tuesday, it tried with scrambled eggs, granola and a special cappuccino.
It’s another way to try to get Iowans to pay attention to this Supreme Court vacancy.
Why Courts Matter Iowa Coalition, a liberal advocacy group, persuaded the restaurant to make the temporary menu change. It was a protest breakfast to again encourage Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, the Republican head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to hold hearings on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Washington, D.C. Judge Merrick Garland.
The group's leader, Matt Sinovic, said, "People get up every morning. They drink coffee. They have their breakfast and they go to work. They do their job. They don't get to pick what day they follow their job description."
Grassley may have held the most high profile breakfast anywhere in the country. He had invited D.C. Judge Merrick Garland to sit down with him early Tuesday.
Grassley's office said the breakfast chat lasted an hour and 10 minutes. Grassley sent out an Instagram picture of the private meeting
He called the talk “pleasant.”
Grassley said he explained that the Senate won't hold a hearing on garland's nomination to the Supreme Court, and that the next president should get to nominate a person for the vacancy, rather than President Barack Obama, who is in his last year of office.
Back at the Ritual Café, the menu featured items including, Obstruction Oats, Justice Delayed Bowl, Constitution Quiche, Garland's Granola and Confirmation Coffee.
They served up Garland Granola until lunchtime because of the demand. Barista Melissa Wherry holds out hope the aroma of her temporary culinary change will make its way to Washington.
“If we want to stand as the United States, we should stand together instead of being divided over one person,” Wherry said.
“It’s a clever way to talk about a serious subject is that our judicial system needs to work and if Senator Grassley doesn't hold a hearing, doesn't hold a vote in his committee, then the Supreme Court won't function at full capacity,” Sinovic said.
Grassley has four Democratic challengers for his U.S. Senate seat this November. History shows they could have a difficult time beating him.
The breakfast was held from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m.