Obama on Supreme Court: Do as I say, not as I did

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 11:12 PM

The onetime constitutional law instructor turned president is pushing Senate Republicans to keep hearings and vote on his nomination, arguing that it’s portion of their job.

Obama on Supreme Court: Do as I say, not as I did

As he visits his elderly law school Thursday to thrust his nomination of to the Supreme Court, President Barack Obama has a bit of personal history that complicates his argument.

The onetime constitutional law instructor turned president is pushing Senate Republicans to keep hearings and vote on his nomination, arguing that it’s portion of their job.

But when he was a senator, Obama and his Democratic colleagues attempted to obstruct the nomination of President George W. Bush’s choose to the Supreme Court, Samuel Alito, using the technical procedure of a filibuster.

Obama’s critics indict him of and are fast to point out that he presently “laments the type of tactics over judicial nominees that were the hallmark of his tenure in the Senate.”

“When it comes to nomination politics, there is plenty of hypocrisy to go around,” said , a former Republican Party official who teaches political science at Claremont McKenna College. “When politicians speak about ‘procedural fairness,’ what they frequently imply is ‘a procedure that's the outcome that I want.’ ”

The two sides are engaged in what's expected to be a nearly yearlong that includes TV ads targeting senators, partisans raising money off the conflict and opposition researchers digging for information.

Obama makes his latest thrust Thursday afternoon at the Univ of Chicago Law School, where he taught for a decade before he served in the Senate.

Senate Majority Boss Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. said Thursday that Obama will continue to wrongly argue that the Constitution requires the Senate to have a vote on his nominee.

“President Obama will fly to Chicago where he'll attempt and convince Americans that, despite his own actions while in the Senate to deny a Supreme Ct nominee a vote, the Constitution somehow presently requires the Senate to have a vote on his nominee number matter what — and thereby deny the American people a voice in the future of the Supreme Court,” he said on the Senate floor.

Valid and political experts declare it’s possible – but not likely – that Republicans will keep pre-election proof hearings later this year if the public puts sufficient pressure on them to vote. Or lawmakers could determine to consider Garland after the Nov election if the presidential contest doesn’t turn out the way they want.

, a Prof of constitutional law and politics at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, said there’s been a steady escalation of polarized conflict over judicial nominations since President Ronald Reagan’s second term.

Those examples comprise Obama’s opposition to two nominations, Alito and John Roberts Jr., and Joe Biden’s widely reported one thousand nine hundred ninety-two comments encouraging Bush not to create any Supreme Ct nominations in an election year.

“Despite this long history, the Republican senators’ current tactics represent an escalation, in that they're refusing to keep hearings and most of them are refusing to even meet with the nominee,” Keck said.

In two thousand-fifth, Obama . He said in a that a filibuster would've been a “quixotic fight I'd not have supported” and that Democrats would've lost both in the Senate “and in the Ct of public opinion.”

But in two thousand-sixth, Obama did connect a filibuster against Alito despite saying on the Senate floor that he'd “no doubt that Judge Alito has the training and qualifications required to serve.” The unsuccessful maneuver came after every senator, including Obama and Biden, met with Alito and hearings were held.

“What’s objective to declare is that how judicial nominations have evolved over time isn't historically the fault of any single party. This has become just one more extension of politics,” Obama said at a this year in explaining his actions. “There are times where folks are in the Senate and they’re thinking . ‘Is this going to cause me problems in a primary? Is this going to cause me problems with supporters of mine? And so people get strategic decisions.”

White House Press Secretary said Obama presently regrets the filibuster, saying Democrats should've made a more effective public case about their objections.

, vice president for valid affairs for the Cato Institute, a libertarian research group, said the fact that Obama’s opposition didn't arrive in an election year, love this one, makes the actions worse.

“It isn’t simply hypocritical, it’s worse,” Pilon said. “He did it during a non-presidential election year and we haven’t had Republicans do that. The Democrats don’t have much ground to stand on.”

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