Democrats from the president on down have been righteously indignant about Senate Republicans’ promise to block any Supreme Court nomination from President Barack Obama to replace conservative justice Antonin Scalia, who was found dead Saturday. They’ve accused Republicans of being obstructionist and undermining not just the president but the Constitution as well.
As Obama snarkily noted at a press conference yesterday: “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.”
Of course, conservatives all over social media have been reminding us of the hypocrisy in the current Democrat outrage, pulling out examples of the Dems doing just what they’re accusing Republicans of when the tables were turned.
The president himself appeared a bit taken aback to be questioned about his own particular history on this front in yesterday’s news conference, on the heels of his own snarky comment about Republicans.
Via The Blaze:
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?”
Obama seemed momentarily taken aback by the question — and took a politically softer tone with his response.
“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.”
Today — perhaps in response to being “outed” on his own filibuster of the opposing party’s Supreme Court nominee, President Obama has just made a shocking admission. He claims he “regrets” filibustering the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in 2006.
Via The Hill:
President Obama “regrets” filibustering the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in 2006, his top spokesman said Wednesday, though he maintains that the Republican opposition to his effort to replace Justice Antonin Scalia is unprecedented.
“That is an approach the president regrets,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said.
“They shouldn’t have looked for a way to just throw sand in the gears of the process,” he added.
As a senator from Illinois, Obama and 23 other senators attempted to stage a filibuster to block a confirmation vote on Alito, one of former President George W. Bush’s picks to serve on the bench. The filibuster bid failed and Alito was confirmed.
I, for one, am “amused” — to use the president’s own word choice to see this president pretend he has “regrets” over anything. And even more “amused” that this president — who has been very transparent about his love affair with his phone and pen and distaste for this pesky thing we call the Constitution — is suddenly concerned about the process our three branches of government follow.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]