Who said this?

 “Well, I Will Be Supporting The Filibuster Because I Think Judge Alito, In Fact, Is Somebody Who Is Contrary To Core American Values, Not Just Liberal Values.” (ABC’s “This Week,” 1/29/06)

Answer after jump –

SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D-IL):

14 Comments on Who said this?

  1. Shit. It just dawned on me that the Senate is in recess, so Bawwy can legitimately and constitutionally make an appointment before the Senate reconvenes next week.

    We’re screwed.

  2. Well, thanks to Harry Reid deploying the nuclear option, the circuit courts are stacked with liberal activists. The SCOTUS only hears what, like 5% of the cases appealed to it? I don’t think we should stake our hopes on nine talking heads in robes. The court doesn’t rule over the other two branches of government, just because the RINOS in both the house and senate have abdicated their responsibility. And SCOTUS doesn’t rule over the states.

    There is nothing in the constitution about the NUMBER of judges on the court. And the constitution gives congress alone the authority to create the courts. IF they do their job…WTF am I thinking?

  3. Spoiler alert: McConnell and the GOP leadership refuse to fight and Obama replaces Scalia with a socialist. Don’t have to be a genius to figure out what’s going to happen.

  4. There’s lots of room for argument against Barky coughing up a SCOTUS recess appointment hairball. The Constitution sez regarding the prez:

    3: The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

    But then it sez regarding justices:

    The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behaviour…

    …which means, practically, shall hold offices for life.

    So, there’s no provision for a justice to be named under an expiring warrant. Now it may be that eventually a fed court, almost certainly the Supremes, will rule on this issue, but it will take rather longer than the remainder of Barky’s time in office.

  5. @Menderman and @greetingsfromyonkers – There an error, a bad one, in the fox article regarding recess appointments. It says:

    Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution states that “The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate.”

    That is not what the Constitution says, and the reason is the final period within the quotation marks. That’s not where the sentence ends. See my quotation in my earlier comment: the prez makes recess appointments by granting warrants that expire.

    I submit that this makes a large difference, Eisenhower and Brennan notwithstanding, and that difference is not so much in the final outcome but in the delaying tactics available from now until next January.

  6. These are some of the things I heard yesterday on the news:

    1. The Senate is not in recess if they are just off for the weekend. I don’t know what happens if it’s a federal holiday.

    2. If O makes a recess appointment, it is not permanent (like Uncle Al said). It’s just until the Senate approves the permanent one.

    3. If the states convene the Convention of the States, they can establish rules to negate the Supreme Court decisions.

    We will need #3 if we are to survive a liberal court.

  7. @Tim, Justice Scalia’s body was escorted to the Funeral Home by US Marshalls. But the decision was made for NO autopsy.

    I sense a hand alright…….. A dark hand, at that.

  8. Anonymous,
    I posited earlier that they (CIA, FBI, or whomever) could have used the hypersonic heart-attack machine on him, as they did to Breitbart (high frequency burst of hyper-sound, just long enough to disrupt the heart valves).

    Yeah, sounds crazy – like the laser rifle that disrupts the brain through the optic nerve.

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