Sen. Chuck Grassley cracked open the door to the Senate's Mansfield Room. He craned as little of his neck and glasses around the tall wooden door as possible.
Earlier in the morning, on their first full day back in session since the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Senate Republicans had announced that the Judiciary Committee would not even hold hearings on any nominee picked by President Barack Obama to succeed Scalia.
Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, had managed to avoid the press so far that day. Now, as he peered down the hall, he caught a glimpse of cameras and reporters staking him out. They had anticipated that Grassley might try to sneak out the back way and were waiting for him.
He quickly retreated back inside like a groundhog seeing his shadow.
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