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Sunday, May 31, 2009
By Steven L. Taylor

Via ABC’s Jake Tapper: First President in US History to Have Voted to Filibuster a Supreme Court Nominee Now Hopes for Clean Process

President Obama’s expressed hope today in his weekly address “that we can avoid the political posturing and ideological brinksmanship that has bogged down this (Supreme Court nomination) process, and Congress, in the past” runs against another historical first for the 44th president: his unique role in history as the first US President to have ever voted to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee.


In January 2006, then-Sen. Obama joined 24 colleagues in a futile effort led by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., to filibuster the Supreme Court nomination of now-Justice Samuel Alito.

There will be some political hay made of this, no doubt (well, in fact, see: here, here and here). Well, this is what happens when a given political actor holds two different offices in a given governmental structure: they act differently according to the institution that they are occupying at a given moment. It just stands to reason, yes? Beyond that, isn’t the bottom line here that a Democrat once opposed a Republican nominee and now likes his own nominee and wants a quick and easy confirmation? Not exactly “stop the presses” kind of stuff, is it?

Now, I will say that as a matter of political trivia is it interesting to note that Obama is the first US President to vote to filibuster a SCOTUS nominee. Pack it away for Trivial Pursuit 2000s Edition, but in terms of political commentary, it ain’t much.

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4 Responses to “Where you Sit is Where you Stand (Hypocricy or Just Institutions? Edition)”

  1. Pug Says:

    No, it ain’t much. It’s a talking point that will be mentioned over and over again, but it won’t mean much.

  2. RandyB Says:

    Trivia indeed.

    As the apparently attention-starved talk radio/GOP alerts America to the latest critical issue as seen through the Newt/Rove/Rush kaleidoscope, the intellectual vacuousness of their “movement” becomes ever more apparent.

    Now hypocrisy is an urgent issue pressing the nation? One might suggest were it not for our willingness to look past a bit of hypocrisy the 4th of July would be just another hot summer day in his majesty’s colonies.

    From your link to Astute Bloggers:

    Just the other day weren’t we to worry about Sotomayer’s “reverse racism?”

    Now we find the record indicates a quite conservative record on discrimination suits.

    So she’s disqualified because she actually has voted in a way that the Right would find reasonable but has made a statement that indicates to our insightful guardians of Conservatism and American values that she should’ve voted otherwise? And these people expect to be taken seriously?

    Furthermore, Obama said he voted for filibuster because he objected to Alito’s deference to the Executive branch. The Democrats now have obtained a super majority in Congress and the power of the Executive has assumed breath taking reach. Given current circumstances, are Conservatives really going to argue that Obama didn’t have a point concerning the value of protecting the independence of the judiciary?

  3. Stewart Says:

    Very funny headline, thanks! Alito is/was no Sotomayor. Educated individuals understand that. Alito was a Bush/Cheney tool to further abuse our nation’s delicate checks and balances and would have furthered Cheney’s goal of moving uber power to the excecutive branch. Both Obama and Biden knew this and know this and have more respect for the American people and the U.S. Constitution.

    We’re not embiciles, and if media does their job and stays fair and balanced (give up on Fox), we will no longer get an extreme right POV of this. If you only read conservative’s opinion of Judge Sotomayor, you would scratch your head over Obama’s decision. This I recommend to all who care for this country: read many views, many opinons, do your own research, and please stop allowing one or two sources to fill you head with goo.

    Judge Sotomayor is definitely no Alito, or Bork, or Gonzalez, and President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are very wise. Thank you Obama-Biden.

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