Truth Revolt -- President Obama is leading the charge against Republicans who intend to block any Supreme Court justice nomination put forward by the Democratic administration to replace recently deceased conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
It was just this week that TruthRevolt reported on Obama's call for the GOP to "rise above the venom and rancor in Washington," cease their "obstructionist" tactics, and follow the Constitution, which he said, "is pretty clear about what is supposed to happen now."
But at the same press conference where the president lectured Republicans for blocking his nominations, a reporter reminded him about doing the same thing back when he was a senator:
How do you respond to Republican criticism that your position is undercut by the fact that you and other members of your administration, who were in the Senate at the time, tried to filibuster Judge Alito in 2006?Stunned, Obama stammered through his response:
You know the, uh… look -- I think what’s fair to say is that how judicial nominations have evolved over time is not historically the fault of any single party. This has become just one more extension of politics. And there are times where folks are in the Senate, and they’re thinking, as I just described, primarily about, "Is this going to cause me problems in a primary? Is this going to cause me problems with supporters of mine?" And so, people take strategic decisions -- I understand that.The White House rushed to clarify Obama's remarks saying he now "regrets" his previous "approach." Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday:
That is an approach the president regrets. [Obama and other Dem senators at the time] should have been in the position where thy were making a public case [against Alito] and shouldn't have looked for a way to just throw sand in the gears of the process.Yet, Earnest made sure to excuse the president from his previous, and very similar actions, by saying what the Republicans are doing now is somehow "different" from what Sen. Obama et al. were doing. Earnest added that Obama's filibuster was "based on substance" and nothing petty like partisan politics.
Blog Author's Comments -- I have no doubt that Obama thinks its okay when the Democrats do it, but not right when the Republicans stop his appointments to the Supreme Court. Does anyone believe that if the tables were now turned, and Harry Reid was still in charge of the Senate, that he would allow a vote to come to the floor of the Senate for a Supreme Court Justice from a Republican President? I don't think so.
The Democrats are the enemy, and if the Republicans do not know this by now there is no hope for them or us. Mitch McConnell cannot allow a vote on anyone Obama wants as a Supreme Court Justice - Period! Let Obama, the Democrats and all the liberals within the mainstream media whine all they want. We will now finally see if McConnell can redeem himself and show us that he deserves to be the Majority Leader of the GOP controlled Senate. That classic liberal hypocrisy needs to be crammed, right into Obama's face.