Obama On Filibustering Alito
“We need to recognize, because Judge Alito will be confirmed, that, if we’re going to oppose a nominee that we’ve got to persuade the American people that, in fact, their values are at stake,” Obama said.
“There is an over-reliance on the part of Democrats for procedural maneuvers,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”
“There’s one way to guarantee that the judges who are appointed to the Supreme Court are judges that reflect our values. And that’s to win elections,” Obama said.
I agree with him in spirit, but we’re still talk about the here and now and Alito gives me pause. If there were ever a time to use the filibuster, it is for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. This decision can’t be undone. However, he’s right to say that this filibuster won’t work. Threre aren’t enough Dem Senators to make it work, so it’s merely a stalling tactic.
So why even pursue it? The short answer seems to be it’s an attempt to rally the troops and say, “Hey, at least we tried.” But Dems did try in the hearings and failed to persuade the American people that Alito shouldn’t be appointed. Of course, if Alito has come out and said he’d overturn Roe v. Wade, one may think that the Dems would have more support.
However, Obama nails it when he talks about winning elections. And how do you win elections? Ahh…there’s the rub…