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Ole Chuck doesn't like it when people take him at his word.
The Senate's No. 3 Democrat said Tuesday that his 2007 promise to block a conservative Supreme Court nominee should not be used by the GOP to justify its own plan to ignore President Obama's choice to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said his pledge to stop a nomination by then-President George W. Bush is an "apples to oranges comparison" to the current vacancy because he would have at least entertained the nomination and voted on it.
Uh, that's not what you said Chuck. Let me refresh your memory.
Schumer told the American Constitution Society in 2007 that Democrats "should reverse the presumption of confirmation," because the court was "dangerously out of balance." At the time, George W. Bush was president.
Guess what Chuck? We're gonna "reverse the presumption of confirmation."
Thanks for the idea!
Oh, but now Chuck is saying he'd only oppose an "extreme" nominee.
Left unsaid is that Chuck's idea of "extreme" is anyone to the right of Bernie Sanders.
Also left unsaid is how Democrats have been playing outrageous games with the appointment process for a quarter century.
When Robert Bork was defenestrated by Joe Biden, despite Biden's having said he would have no choice but to vote for someone so well-qualified, he was setting the table for payback. When Harry Reid pulled the trigger on the nuclear option (on lower court appointments) he was warned that this would come back to haunt him. When Democrats disgustingly blocked Miguel Estrada from the bench solely because he was a Hispanic, they set the table to be turned. When Barack Obama voted to filibuster Alito, he set the table to be turned.
Your team made the rules Chuck. Don't come crying to me when we start playing by them.
From where I sit it's about damn time we stood up and shouted "no!"
And if you don't like that? Well, in the immortal words of Dick Cheney,
Go fuck yourself.
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