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Thursday, February 18, 2016

White House: Obama 'regrets' decision to filibuster Supreme Court Justice Alito

Funny how regret only takes place when the shoe is on the other foot.

Speaking of regret now that we have crossed over $19 trillion in debt, and by the time he leaves office it'll be $20 trillion, maybe we should revisit another one of his infamous statements. I don't know about regret but he's certainly a hypocritical lying turd when he issued this statement:

Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government can not pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that "the buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

And what did we get? This worthless, lying, SOB.

Have you ever seen this on any of the major networks?


The top White House spokesman said Wednesday that President Obama “regrets” his 2006 decision to filibuster the nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court – after being accused of hypocrisy for blasting “obstructionist” Republicans now vowing to block his next high court nominee. 

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was pressed on Obama’s 2006 vote, as a U.S. senator, at the daily briefing. 

“Looking back on it, the president believes that he should have just followed his own advice and made a strong public case on the merits about his opposition to the nomination that President Bush had put forward,” he told reporters. 

Earnest said that Republicans are going further than Obama did, with a pledge to not consider anyone the president nominates. 

“There is a pretty stark difference here. What Republicans are advocating is wrong and is inconsistent with the requirements of the Constitution, primarily because the wording of the Constitution is unambiguous and does not provide an exception for election years,” he said. 

Earnest also argued that the 2006 filibuster of Alito was different because it was not likely to succeed since the votes already existed for him to be confirmed and was based on “substance.” 

“What the president regrets is that Senate Democrats didn't focus more on making an effective public case about those substantive objections,” he said. “Instead, some Democrats engaged in a process of throwing sand in the gears of the confirmation process. And that's an approach that the president regrets.”

Obama, in his most extensive remarks on the vacancy since the 79-year-old Scalia was found dead at a Texas ranch on Saturday, rejected widespread calls by Republican lawmakers and 2016 candidates to defer to the next president to fill Scalia’s seat.

“There is no unwritten law that says that it can only be done on off-years. That’s not in the constitutional text,” Obama said at a press conference Tuesday, blasting what he called an “obstructionist” Senate.

In 2006, then-Senator Obama tried to filibuster the nomination of Alito, who ultimately was confirmed. 

When asked about that seeming discrepancy, Obama did not answer directly, noting that senators are sometimes worried about primary elections and a backlash from supporters, and take “strategic decisions.”

He also brushed off his own opposition to Alito, saying he’s on the bench now, “regardless of which votes particular senators have taken.”


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