Sen. Chuck Grassley is out of tissues. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

We paraphrase, but not by much. His exact words during debate on Thursday? “Quit crying.”

The Senate was preparing to approve two federal district judges, Analisa Torres and Kahala Watson, and Grassley turned the subject to a favorite partisan battle — the one over whether President Obama’s judicial nominees are getting slow-walked in the Senate.

“I get tired of these crocodile tears being shed,” Grassley thundered. “So quit crying.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) had a slightly less folksy take. “I share the senator from Iowa’s perplexed attitude about our friends’ concerns about nominations,” he said.