**Written by Doug Powers
In your Psychology 101 textbook, rip out the current definition of “projection” and replace it with this:
Reid used his anti-Koch brothers shield to block the ensuing lighting strike from on high.
Many Dems now accusing Republicans of abdicating their constitutional duties (even though Obama hasn’t even put forth a nominee yet) have conveniently short memories. Flashback to 2006 (via Phil Kerpen):
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.
On January 29, 2006, Mr. Obama told George Stephanopulos on “This Week” that he would “be supporting the filibuster because I think Judge Alito, in fact, is somebody who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values, you know. When you look at his decisions in particular during times of war, we need a court that is independent and is going to provide some check on the executive branch, and he has not shown himself willing to do that repeatedly.”
Mr. Obama did seem to express some reserve about using the filibuster process, which in common parlance refers to a procedural Senate maneuver requiring 60 votes to end debate and proceed to a vote.
In mid 2007, where George W. Bush still had 18 months left in his presidency, Chuck Schumer said “we should not confirm any Bush nominee to the Supreme Court except under extraordinary circumstances.”
The Democratic push began in earnest on the last weekend of April 2001, when 42 of the 50 Democratic senators attended a retreat in Farmington, Pa., to hear from experts and discuss ways they could fight a Bush effort to remake the judiciary.
The panel also advised them, participants said, that Democratic senators could oppose even nominees with strong credentials on the grounds that the White House was trying to push the courts in a conservative direction, a strategy that now seems to have failed the party.
Attempts to block judicial nominees in the Senate, not unlike dissent, became unpatriotic on January 20, 2009.
**Written by Doug Powers
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