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Battle of the Breakfasts: Scrambled Eggs Vs. Iowa Senator Grassley’s Oatmeal

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DES MOINES, Iowa–A  menu consisting of “Supreme Court Steamed Eggs,” “Constitution Quiche,”  “Confirmation Coffee” and more greeted customers at the Ritual Cafe in downtown Des Moines Tuesday morning.

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(Temporary menus displayed on the tables at the Ritual Cafe. Photo: Dave Price, WHO-HD)

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.”


(Restaurant agreed to change the name of menu items to support Grassley protest. Photo: Dave Price, WHO-HD)

Grassley held his own breakfast in the Senate Dining Room in Washington, D.C. with Garland. His staff said Grassley had oatmeal, in case you wondered.

Grassley didn’t allow photographers in to his private meeting. But he later sent out a picture of the gathering.

Grassley insists that since President Obama is in his final year in office, the next President should get to make the nomination for the Supreme Court vacancy.