We are now being told that President Obama regrets his support of a 2006 filibuster to keep Samuel Alito off the Supreme Court. Of course he does since a bit of quid pro quo is being exercise by some Republicans over the replacement of Antonin Scalia’s seat on the bench.
As a Senator, Obama supported 24 other Democrats in opposition to Alito. He told George Stephanopoulos, who used to work for Bill Clinton, on ABC News This Week that he would be supporting the Alito filibuster because he “is somebody who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values, you know. When you look at his decisions in particular during times of war, we need a court that is independent and is going to provide some check on the executive branch, and he has not shown himself willing to do that repeatedly.”
If Alito views were contrary to some American values, he should have done everything in his power to keep him off the Supreme Court.
Note one of Obama’s principle objections. He wanted a judge that was “going to provide some check on the executive branch.” By this statement we know Obama was lying then and he is lying now since he revels in having no check on the executive branch.
Here’s what Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in 2007 about President George W. Bush’s judicial nominees, nearly 20 months before the next president was sworn into office:
“We should not confirm any Bush nominee to the Supreme Court, except in extraordinary circumstances. They must prove by actions, not words, that they are in the mainstream rather than we have to prove that they are not.”
In 2004, Schumer, “I’m prepared to do everything I can to stop the nomination of Justice [Charles] Pickering.”
In 1987, as reported in the New York Times, in addition to Senate majority leader Robert C. Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia and former member of the Ku Klux Klan, “The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, Alan Cranston of California, the party whip, urged colleagues in a letter to form a ‘solid phalanx’ of opposition if the President’s nominee was an ideological extremist. Some Democrats in Congress are worried that Mr. Reagan will nominate a conservative who will be committed to overturning Supreme Court decisions on abortion and other issues.”
Also in 2006, “Senator Patrick Leahy was one of the 25 [Democrat] senators who voted against cloture on the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. Then Senator Hillary Clinton also joined the filibuster.
“Arguing against cutting off debate [on the Alito nomination],” CNN reported in 2006, then Senator and now Secretary of State “John Kerry — who spearheaded the filibuster effort with his fellow Massachusetts Democrat, Sen. Ted Kennedy — said Alito’s record during his 15 years on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has given ‘the extreme right wing unbelievable public cause for celebration.’ That just about tells you what you need to know,’ Kerry said. ‘The vote today is whether or not we will take a stand against ideological court-packing.’”
Then there’s this:
“In 1960, the Democratic-controlled Senate passed a resolution to block President Eisenhower from being able to make any more recess appointments to the Supreme Court. The resolution stated: ‘Expressing the sense of the Senate that the president should not make recess appointments to the Supreme Court, except to prevent or end a breakdown in the administration of the Court’s business.'”
Let’s not forget what the Democrats did to Robert Bork and tried to do to Clarence Thomas.