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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Flashback: Obama Was Among Those Involved in Justice Alito Supreme Court Filibuster Attempt

Jake Tapper mentioned an interesting fact on his blog today:

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.

Therefore, what he said in his weekly address seems a bit hypocritical:

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.

While it looks likely that Sotomayor won't get filibustered by Republicans, it shows his propensity to be a bit two-faced or sanctimonious. This dubious distinction might get Obama some ribbing from Republicans for being for Supreme Court filibusters before he was against it.

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