Reporter Reminds Obama He Tried to Filibuster Justice Alito in ’06… Watch His Response
What a two-faced hypocrite. Obama, just like Hillary Clinton, got up in front of the media and went on about how obstructionist Republicans are for vowing to block any nominee that Obama puts forth for the rest of what remains of his presidency to replace the late Judge Antonin Scalia. But go back just a little in time and that is exactly what Obama did in 2005/2006 with Clinton to George W. Bush when Judge Alito was put up for nomination. It was okay then because it was Democrats doing it, but it’s not okay now when the shoe is on the other political foot.
Democrats have been up in arms with Senate Republicans who’ve promised to block any Supreme Court nomination from President Barack Obama to replace conservative justice Antonin Scalia, who was found dead at a Texas resort Saturday.
Democrats have argued that such a course of action is obstructionist and puts politics above the rule of law.
Obama said as much at a press conference Tuesday on the issue: “I am amused when I hear people who claim to be strict interpreters of the Constitution suddenly reading into it a whole series of provisions that are not there.”
But a reporter asked Obama to comment on similar actions he took as a U.S. 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 [Samuel] Alito in 2006?”
A reporter caught Obama off-guard and asked him about his attempted filibuster of Alito. Once again Obama faltered in his response. Whenever he does that, you know he’s about to lie. He then softened his tone when he realized how bad that makes him look. “You know the a, 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,” Obama replied. “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 gonna cause me problems in a primary? Is gonna cause me problems with supporters of mine?’ So people take strategic positions, and I understand that.” In other words, he weaseled his reply. He used the tried and true ‘evolved’ response which is bull crap. The Senate must hold the line here, but I hear they are already beginning to cave. If so, it’s the end of our Constitution and possibly the Republic.
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