After his recorded conversations from 2006 became public this week, Barack Obama said, via his spokesperson Josh Earnest, that he is very sorry he filibustered Bush’s appointee – Justice Alito – in 2006 – using the same reasoning Republicans are using now.
Earnest said today that Obama and the Democratic senators who joined him in filibustering Alito “should have been in the position where they were making a public case” against the merits of his nomination to the high court.
“They shouldn’t have looked for a way to just throw sand in the gears of the process,” he added.
How things change in less than 24 hours.
Yesterday he said the following before he had time to come up with a better line:
“I think what’s fair say is that how judicial nominations have evolved over time is not historically the fault of any single party …. What is also true is Justice Alito is on the bench right now.”
Josh Earnest added that what the GOP is threatening is much worse than what Obama and the Democrats did in 2006 because they won’t consider any nominee.
We all know if he gets a nominee to the floor, the person, who will undoubtedly be a minority, will be used to vilify the GOP. We will hear they are making the candidate sit in the back of the bus.
This president has filled up more than 40% of the seats in the courts and he even invented jobs where they were none. It’s enough.
It’s not only that, remember our recent history where, for years, Harry Reid let nothing come to the floor for a vote?
If you missed the president’s comments in 2006, here they are: