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Obama On His Criteria For SCOTUS Judges – Then and Now

May 1, 2009

It’s official Supreme Court Justice David Souter has retired from the bench.

Social justice SCOTUS

Constitution? What Constitution?

Or rather…whose?

Then:  July 17, 2007

Obama speaks as if he were already Prez…

“We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it’s like to be a young teenage mom. The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor, or African-American, or gay, or disabled, or old. And that’s the criteria by which I’m going to be selecting my judges.”

Now: May 1 2009

During todays White House press briefing Robert Gibbs had an episode of POTUS Interruptus

Not much has changed…

“I will seek somebody with a sharp and independent mind, and a record of excellence and integrity,” he said. “I will seek someone who understands that justice isn’t about some abstract legal theory or footnote in a case book, it is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of people’s lives, whether they can make a living, and care for their families, whether they feel safe in their homes, and welcome in their own nation. I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with peoples hopes and struggles as an essential ingredient for arriving at just decisions and outcomes.”

Continued the former constitutional law lecturer: “I will seek somebody who is dedicated to the rule, who honors our constitutional traditions, who respects the integrity of the judicial process and the appropriate limits of the judicial role. I will seek somebody who shares my respect for constitutional values on which this nation was founded and who brings a thoughtful understanding on how to apply them in our time.”

Sharing Obama’s respect for a living breathing constitution and his enlightened vision. Peachy…we are screwed.

Or are we?

But ironically, Specter’s defection may give Republicans the ability to filibuster judicial nominees at the Judiciary Committee level, so the nominees never get out of committee.

Finally a ray of hope amongst all the doom…

Flashback….Obama joins filibuster bid against Alito

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